Australia and Sri Lanka will play the 2nd test match of the 2-match series at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Australia won the opening match with ease as beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs. It was a dominant performance by Australia where Pat Cummins impressed with the ball as the fast bowler took 6 wickets in the second innings and 10 wickets for the match. As far as the Australian batting was concerned, it was a rather disappointing display as the team failed to score a total that they would have been impressed with. Australia scored 323 runs but considering the pitch and their opponent, the hosts would have expected to score a far larger total.
On the other side of the coin, Sri Lanka had a very poor game. The batting was the biggest issue for Sri Lanka as they failed to score 300 runs in 2 innings. The top order was poor with the likes of Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis failing. It is important to note that Niroshan Dickwella batted well although his lower order contribution was not enough. The Sri Lankan bowling was decent as Suranga Lakmal impressed by taking 5 wickets. Dilruwan Perera was also impressive as he was efficient in bowling economically.
This will be the first test match at Manuka Oval which means the pitch will be unknown to the teams. Looking at domestic cricket at this venue, it is expected that Manuka Oval will produce a slow wicket.
Looking at all the information, I see Australia winning this match. Australia are far stronger than Sri Lanka and have the added advantage of playing at home. Sri Lanka’s batting looks very fragile and I don’t see the visitors scoring enough runs to challenge Australia. I see Australia winning this match with ease and winning this match.