Papua New Guinea will take the field for the final time before commencing their World Cup campaign officially, when they face Sri Lanka at the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the 13th of October. Both the teams will be competing in the first round preliminaries of the tournament and will need to be in the best shape possible to ensure a passage to the next stage, Here, I have collated the three best ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Warm up games betting tips for you from the PNG vs SL match prediction.
The ICC T20 World Cup procedures are officially underway, with the first set of warm-up games already played out on Tuesday. Both Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka were in action, facing Ireland and Bangladesh respectively. While the former was pretty much a lopsided encounter as the Men in Green trot their way to a comfortable eight wicket victory, the fixture between the two Asian giants was a thriller as expected. Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the favourites to win their respective pools and easily qualify to the Super 12s, but the warm-up game afforded both sides a great chance to tussle with another world-class opponent to ensure there are no lapses when it matters the most. The islanders did emerge victorious by four wickets, but the match could have swung either way until the closing stages. Nevertheless, here are my three best betting tips from the PNG vs SL match prediction.
The two sides have never faced off before in the 20-over format, taking part in very few T20Is over the last couple of years making it nearly impossible to accurately gauge team bets. Even so, the evergreen player bets present great opportunities for massive returns and after going through all available options, I have found just the perfect tips for you. Here are my carefully selected PNG vs SL player bets.
Even though his team are the perpetual underdogs amidst these cricketing giants, the Papua New Guinea captain ensures he delivers his quota of runs to give his team the best chance possible. Assad Vala has 516 runs to his name across 28 T20Is at an average of 23.45 and is inching ever closer to the 1,500 run mark in international cricket overall. The bulk of his T20 runs have come in the past years, owing to a shift in focus of the country in lieu of the World Cup. Since 2019, the opener has played 17 T20I innings tallying 377 runs at a fantastic average of 26.92. In the past few months, Vala’s form has peaked, raking up 235 in the last seven internationals across formats averaging an incredible 33.57 with six scores of 25-plus amongst them. Against Ireland, the veteran played a solid innings of 32(38) despite his tema getting restricted to 96/8. This follows a power-packed 55(43) against the renowned Scots, less than a week ago at the UAE Bash. Thus, all statistics point towards Assad Vala leading from the front and scoring well against Sri Lanka. You can capitalize on this PNG vs SL player bet at Dafabet, who shall be releasing the markets for the game soon.
Avishka Fernando’s international numbers simply don’t do justice to his incredible talent, as he has repeatedly shown of late. He started off the scoring streak with great showings at the SLC Invitational T20 League, aggregating 154 runs at an amazing average of 30.80 while facing his country’s premier bowlers. The 23-year-old followed it up with a spectacular 118 against the Proteas in the first ODI, signalling his intentions for the coming future. His latest official T20I assignment came against Oman in a two match series, where he emerged as The Lions’ leading man. In the first game, he struck a phenomenal 83 not-out off just 59 deliveries, smashing three fours and clearing the rope five times. This was followed by a quickfire 33(18) in the second T20, but his most recent performance perhaps came on Monday against the formidable Tigers. Facing a bowling lineup that is coming off series wins against Australia and New Zealand, Fernando played a match winning unbeaten 62 off 42, taking his team over the line. Thus, in red-hot form at the moment, it is almost inevitable that Avishka Fernando will excel with the bat, as per my PNG vs SL match prediction. You can take up this player bet tip at Dafabet once they release the odds for the game.
Made the Sri Lankan skipper following Kusal Perera’s injury, Dasun Shanka has failed immensely with the bat in his international cricket journey so far. After a sizable 49 T20Is, the 30-year-old has just 611 runs to his name at a terrible average of 15.67. Playing in the middle-order, he has only crossed the mark of 50 twice. Another revealing statistic is that he has played 41 T20Is in Asia itself, which indicates his lack of competence against slow wickets the likes of which UAE has become famous for. In the last three years, Shanaka has played 21 T20Is, racking up a paltry 282 runs averaging a familiar 15.67. The last official T20I series of his came against the Proteas, where he registered scores of 16, 10 and 18 respectively. Even though he followed it up with a rare half-century against Oman, the veteran returned to his ways with a duck in the next game followed by another failure against Bangladesh on Tuesday. In fact, in T20Is in 2021, the skipper has an average of 14.22 which further slumps down to 11.14 once you consider just his last eight games. Across this period, he has just four double digit scores, the highest being a scant 18. Thus, Dasun Shanaka has simply not been able to adapt to international cricket and is more than likely to fail with the bat against Papua New Guinea.. To bet on this PNG vs SL player tip, keep an eye on Dafabet which shall be putting up the odds soon.
Assad Vala to score well
Avishka Fernando to excel with the bat
Dasun Shanka to get out early
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