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Steven Smith comes into the game in good form (Getty Images)
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Ralph Staniforth 27 Oct 2021
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Australia vs Sri Lanka Predictions


Both sides have strong bowling lineups so this could come down to which teams batsmen perform under pressure. With Steven Smith in form I’m backing Australia to win with the former captain to top score.
  • Australia vs Sri Lanka Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Australia Form
  • Australia Injuries & Team News
  • Sri Lanka Form
  • Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News
  • Australia vs Sri Lanka Live Stream FAQ

  • Australia’s Steven Smith has scored 35+ runs in 4 of his last 5 T20 matches.
  • Australia have won 4 of their last 5 T20I matches against Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka’s Charith Asalanka scored 80 runs in his last match.

Head to Head


Australia have won four of their last five T20I against Sri Lanka. They last met in this format in 2019 when Australia won at home by seven wickets.

Australia Form


Australia came into the tournament in poor form having lost eight of their last 10 T20I matches. Their victory against South Africa will give the team some confidence but it was hardly convincing.

Josh Hazelwood was magnificent with the ball, taking 2-19 in four overs as South Africa were restricted to 118 runs. While it wasn’t the easiest pitch, South Africa were at least 30 runs below par.

Australia struggled in the chase, at one point they looked to be staring defeat in the face. Steven Smith top scored with 35 runs but it was Marcus Stoinis’ 24 off 16 balls that secured a five wicket win with two balls to spare.

Australia Injuries & Team News


Australia’s batting will be a major concern but they will likely be sticking with the same side that played against South Africa.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka were not in great form coming into the tournament but cruised through the qualifying round. They won all three of their fixtures to reach the Super 12 stage.

In their first Super 12 match against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka put in a superb chase. The Tigers batted first, scoring 171 runs which many thought would be a winning total.

At 79-4 Sri Lanka were struggling but Charith Asalanka (80) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (53) batted superbly to steer Sri Lanka to a five wicket win. There was more than an over to spare as well.

Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News


Sri Lanka will go into this match with an unchanged lineup. I can’t see them making many changes after their impressive win over Bangladesh.

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Verdict

Australia are backed to win with their superior bowling lineup. Steven Smith's form is tipped to continue with a top score for the Aussies.

Charith Asalanka comes off 80 runs in his last match. He can be backed in the best batsman market.

Best Bet: Australia Win Result $1.60 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units
Best Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Charith Asalanka Best Sri Lanka Batsman $3.50 at Neds - 1 Unit
Best Australia Batsman Tip: Steven Smith Best Australia Batsman $3.50 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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