After winning the ODI series, hosts Sri Lanka will take on Australia in the first Test at the Galle International Stadium on Wednesday, June 29. Australia are unbeaten in their last five Test matches, having won two games in the period. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have won and lost two matches each in their last five Tests.
Australia have won their last two Test matches against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka had won three consecutive Tests against the Kangaroos before those two Tests. Overall, the two teams have clashed 31 times against each other in the longest format of the game. Australia have won 19 and lost only four out of those 31 matches. In Sri Lanka, the visitors have won six and lost four Test matches. Six matches have ended in a draw. Australia last visited Sri Lanka for a Test series in 2016, and they were whitewashed 3-0 by the hosts.
Australia would aim to avenge that defeat in the 2-Test series. As we gear up for the first Test, I have brought to you the best three betting tips from the SL vs AUS 1st Test head-to-head encounter.
Mentioned below is the top team bet from the SL vs AUS 1st Test head-to-head contest.
David Warner and Usman Khawaja would be the opening the innings for Australia and the two batters have been in sublime form lately. 1/8, 1/96, 1/82, 1/20, 1/56 - were Australia's score when they lost their first wicket in the last five innings. All these innings were in the subcontinent in Pakistan. David Warner has scores of 51, 7, 7, 36 and 68 in his last five Test innings. His opening partner Usman Khawaja has been in the form of his life lately. The dramatical Test comeback has seen the southpaw score 104*, 91, 44*, 160 and 97 runs in his last five innings.
The last time Australia toured Sri Lanka for a Test series in 2016, the visitors lost their first wicket for scores of 21, 77, 0, 3, 3 and 2, however the opening pair has changed and Rangana Herath, who caused most of the damage, has retired. Australia, the number one ranked Test team in the world, played their last three Test matches in similar conditions in March this year. The Australians are also used to the conditions after playing white-ball matches ahead of the Test series. The same experience is going to help Australia further. In-form batters David Warner and Usman Khawaja look more than ready to partner for more than 31.5 runs before the fall of first wicket. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match and grab the odds of 1.87 for Australia to score over 31.5 runs in first innings before dismissal one from the SL vs AUS 1st Test head-to-head encounter.
Pathum Nissanka and David Warner are my top two player betting tips for the SL vs AUS 1st. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
Pathum Nissanka showed great form against Australia in the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia. He scored a fifty in the first match before slamming a hundred in the third. Those innings are going to hold the right-hand batsman in good stead entering into the Test series. The 24-year-old has played a total of seven Test matches to score 494 runs at an average of 44.90. Pathum Nissanka scores in his last five Test innings are - 6, 61*, 66, 73, 3 and 56. The talented batsman had slammed a hundred in his debut Test against West Indies at North Sound. Nissanka has scored 198 runs in two matches at an average of 49.50 at the Galle International Stadium, the venue for the first Test.
The likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon will pose a great challenge to Nissanka but looking at his record, current form and benefit of batting in home conditions, he is expected to score over 25.5 runs in the first innings for Sri Lanka. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match and grab the odds of 1.87 for Pathum Nissanka to score over 25.5 runs from the SL vs AUS 1st Test head-to-head encounter.
David Warner has an abundance of experience with 7753 runs under his belt at an average of 46.98 from 94 Test matches. The southpaw has 24 hundreds and 34 fifties to his name in the format. The 35-year-old is one the rare batsmen in the history of Test cricket to hit a triple hundred. David Warner has scores of 51, 7, 7, 36 and 68 in his last five Test innings. He has played a total of six Test matches against Sri Lanka and scored 435 runs at an average of 39.54. He is yet to hit a hundred against the island nation. In Sri Lanka, David Warner averages 27.16 from three matches. He has one Test at the Galle International Stadium and scored 83 runs at an average of 41.50. David Warner scored 68 runs the last time he batted in a Test match against Sri Lanka in 2016.
The New South Wales-born has a liking for fast bowlers and in the absence of Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka's biggest spin threat at the moment, Warner is expected to flourish in the first innings of the first Test and score at least 32 or more runs. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match and grab the odds of 1.87 for David Warner to score 31.5 runs from the SL vs AUS 1st Test head-to-head encounter.
Australia to score over 31.5 runs in 1st innings before dismissal one @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
Pathum Nissanka to score over 25.5 runs in 1st innings (Pari Match)
David Warner to score 31.5 runs in 1st innings @ 1.87 (Pari Match)