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However, though history speaks in Sri Lanka’s (above) favour, recent records certainly favour Australia © Getty Images

Hosts Australia get set to play their final home series of the season, as they take on the mighty Sri Lankans in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I), at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Hotstar, along with the live telecast on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD 2. In Australia, the live telecast will be available on Channel Nine, while Willow TV will telecast the match in United States of America (USA), and OSN Sports 5 HD will be the official broadcaster in the Middle East. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I at Melbourne

Both sides have been hammered by South Africa in recent past, though not in the 20-over format. Sri Lanka even won the T20I series on South African soil against all odds: on either side of the series they were whitewashed by the hosts, first in the Tests, then in the ODIs. Australia, on the other hand, had faced the same fate, being whitewashed in South Africa in the ODIs and losing the Test series to them at home. However, though history speaks in Sri Lanka’s favour, recent records certainly favour Australia. Though they were whitewashed in the Test series in Sri Lanka in end-2016, they won the ODIs 4-1 and T20Is 2-1.

As Aaron Finch will lead his men at Melbourne, so will Steven Smith at Mumbai, to play their warm-up match before the series in India.  While Angelo Mathews’ injury and Dinesh Chandimal’s axing have left two massive voids in the Sri Lankan middle-order. Let’s see who prevails in this tie.