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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021: Winnable factors for Australia vs Sri Lanka
Oct 27, 2021, 12:00:00 PM

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021: Winnable factors for Australia vs Sri Lanka discusses key factors that decide who seals a win in match 10 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Bat first or second

The three matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 have been won by teams chasing. Going by the trend, the captain winning the toss might prefer to bowl first and chase down the score.

Head-to-head record

The head-to-head record is evenly stacked 8-8 for both sides. However, Sri Lanka have a slight edge of 5-4 while chasing. However, the Aussies have won four of the last five encounters between the two teams.

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Top Batters

Glenn Maxwell will be a key player for Australia in this match. The 33-year-old has scored 281 runs in four innings at a whopping strike rate of 225 against Sri Lanka.  Maxwell has the reputation of changing the course of the innings in a matter of a few overs and will be a top pick for this clash.

Charith Asalanka is a bankable player from the Sri Lankan side. The southpaw scored an unbeaten 80 in the last match against Bangladesh and is currently in good form with the bat. A reliable middle-order player, Asalanka can mix caution with aggression and will fancy his chances on a good batting wicket at Dubai. The 24-year-old is a consistent performer and is a must-have inclusion for this game.

Top Bowlers

With six wickets in four matches at an economy of 5.8, Wanindu Hasaranga has been in wicket-taking form in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The leg-spinner has troubled the batters with his guile and variations has been equally deceptive in both middle-overs and fag end of the innings. The 24-year-old will be expected to lead the spin attack against the Kangaroos and will be the player to watch out for in this contest.

Josh Hazlewood will be the best bowling option from Australia for this game. The 24-year-old was the pick of the Australian bowlers in the last match against South Africa ending with match figures of 2/19. Hazlewood has the knack of breaking partnerships and will be an excellent choice for this clash.

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Words: Kaustubh Potdar

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