The weather looks set to deliver a full day of play on Saturday when Sri Lanka and Australia take to the Oval for their World Cup Cricket clash. The Aussies are starting to gather pace following their impressive win over Pakistan last time out, while Sri Lanka come into this one short of game time after their last two fixtures were abandoned due to rain. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
Australia On Track
Australia are looking well set for a semi-final spot having won three of their opening four games, with their sole defeat against an impressive Indian outfit.
They’ve not been at their best however, winning two tight games against West Indies and Pakistan, thanks to some superb death bowling.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have nine wickets apiece and have been sensational so far, but the cupboard is pretty bare after them.
The same can be said of their batting, with the exclusion of Steve Smith, there isn’t much after David Warner and Aaron Finch at the top of the order.
Two Washouts For Sri Lanka
As was the case against India, the Aussies may lack the depth against the best teams, but that shouldn’t be an issue here.
Sri Lanka may have four points from their opening four games, but they’ve only beaten Afghanistan and had two wash outs, against Pakistan and Bangladesh.
In their two completed games, they’ve looked very weak with the bat, not lasting more than 37 overs in either, as they defended 201 against Afghanistan, but were skittled for 136 by New Zealand.
Sri Lanka v Australia Betting Tips
We think the Lions will struggle against the pace and quality of Starc and Cummins. They’re the two who interest in the top bowler market, and at a slightly bigger price, we’ll side with Cummins.
Although Warner hit a century against Pakistan, Finch has looked the more fluid of the two throughout the tournament.
He didn’t look particularly comfortable against the pace and bounce of the West Indies, but he won’t face that against Sri Lanka, and otherwise has scores of 66, 36 and 82 and a strike-rate of over 100.
The Aussies certainly hold the advantage but they’re too short back outright. However, as Warner is also in good nick, we’ll keep them onside in the Highest Opening Partnership market.
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