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Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets
Test for Sri Lankan batsmen against in-form Australians
Australia to win
Tournament: Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2022 | Format: ODI | Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It was a thrilling end to the 3-Match T20 series where Sri Lankans came from nowhere to win the final game and restore some pride and confidence. However, the hosts would face a tougher challenge as they take on a confident Australian team in the first game of the 5-Match ODI series. The hosts haven’t done well against higher-ranked sides in recent years, and they shall have to play out of their skins to win here.
Sri Lankans haven’t enjoyed a great record in this format of the game over the last couple of years and it would be a tough challenge for them against the mighty Australians. Their bowling attack looked weak during the T20 series, and they have to improve on their performance. It will be interesting to see if the hosts can take an early lead in the series as they have lost the last seven out of ten games against Australia.
Dasun Shanaka played a captain’s knock to take his side to victory in the last T20 game. It was a much-needed victory for the hosts after they had suffered crushing losses in the earlier two games. The action now shifts to a format of the game that would test the skills of their fragile batting order. Shanaka would look to make use of the momentum and start the series with a win.
Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka have an important role to play at the top and the side would expect to see a strong performance from them. In the middle order, they would like to see runs from Dinesh Chamdimal and Kusal Mendis as both these players have lots of experience. Charith Asalanka and Shanaka have done well down the order, and they would look to add quick runs in the final overs along with Chamika Karunaratne and Wanindu Hasaranga.
Their bowling attack needs to deliver the goods as Australians have one of the best batting line-ups in this format of the game. Nuwan Thushara and Dushmantha Chameera would need to bowl good lines with the new ball as Aussie openers are in great form. Karunaratne comes as the first change, and he will have to bowl in the right areas. Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana must take advantage of the conditions as their spell would be crucial for the side’s performance.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Nuwan Thushara, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana
Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage
Aaron Finch would like to put behind the loss in the last game. The Aussie skipper would be upset with the complacency his bowlers showed in the last three overs of the game where they gave away more than 60 runs. They have a strong batting line-up, and a quality attack, and Finch would be looking for an early lead in the series.
David Warner and Finch have looked in excellent form and the pair would like to offer a positive start in this game. In the middle order, Steven Smith, Travis Head, and Marnus Labuschagne make the line-up formidable, and the trio would look to build partnerships and steer the innings. They would also expect runs down the order from Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, and Glenn Maxwell.
Pat Cummins comes back to the side, and he will look to take early wickets along with Mitchell Starc as the Sri Lankans have struggled at the top. Josh Hazledwood has looked in good form and the side would expect him to keep the scoring under check with Ashton Agar. Maxwell and Stoinis bring variety to this attack and make it strong.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar
Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood
We would see overcast skies over Pallekele on June 14 and there are chances of rains during this game. The wicket here has produced lots of runs and batsmen can play their strokes easily. The overcast conditions would offer assistance to the bowlers and a score of 280 runs or more would be a good total to defend.
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has large dimensions. We have seen batsmen score runs as the outfield is fast and the ball comes to the bat nicely. Fast bowlers do well under cloudy skies and get the ball to move. The wicket here offers lots of assistance to the spinners as the ball grips the surface and turns sharply.
In the last five ODI games played here, we have seen sides win comfortably batting first. However, the weather isn’t expected to be great, and in a rain-curtailed game, the side chasing the score has an advantage. Hence we expect the side winning the toss to opt for bowling first on this track.
Consistency is something that the Sri Lankans have lacked in the last few years. They come here with a good win, but their batting line-up hasn’t been at its best. Their bowlers shall also face a tough challenge in this game and the side would need to put up an all-round show to win here. Australians have enjoyed a good run in this format. They have a strong batting line-up and openers in good form. This would make them the favorites in this contest.
Australia to win
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