Following a fantastic 3-2 ODI series win over Australia, Sri Lanka now take on the Aussies in the first of the two-match Test series, starting Wednesday, June 29 at Galle International Stadium. The match will start at 10:00 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Sri Lanka vs Australia odds for the 1st Test
Sri Lanka: 3.85
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Sri Lanka vs Australia recent form
Though the hosts won the ODI series, the last encounter of the five-match series saw Australia beating the Lankan Lions by four wickets. As far as their form in Test cricket is concerned, Sri Lanka did win their previous match which came against Bangladesh in May. Before that, however, they lost two Test matches against India in March.
Australia, on the other hand, played Pakistan in their previous Test assignment. While the first two matches were drawn, they beat Babar Azam’s men to win the series in the final Test.
Sri Lanka: L, W, W, W, L
W, D, L, L, W (Test)
Australia: W, L, L, L, W
W, D, D, W, D (Test)
Sri Lanka vs Australia head-to-head
Sri Lanka and Australia have played a total of 31 Test matches in the past, where the former has won just four times while the latter has come out on top on as many as 19 occasions. This includes their recent 2-0 series win in early 2019.
Before that though, Sri Lanka defeated Australia 3-0 back in 2016, meaning that the Lankan Lions have, in fact, won more matches (3) against Australia in their last five outings.
Sri Lanka: 4
Sri Lanka vs Australia prediction and cricket betting odds for the 1st Test
With some vital World Test Championship points at stake, Australia will aim to maintain their Asian reputation by targeting a rather young and inexperienced Sri Lankan bowling attack. It’s certain that spinners will play a crucial role at Galle and while the hosts do have a plethora of options, they are rather young on the international circuit.
Given the talent Australia have in their roster, it’s no surprise that they are the odds on favourites to win the match.
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