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Sri Lanka vs Australia, SL vs AUS, Today Match Prediction

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka

220/9 in 47.4

4.62 Star

189/10 in 37.1

5.09
SCORECARD

Toss Winner - Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 31 runs

Sri Lanka’s search for series leveling win

  • Australia has won the last five ODI games they have played against Sri Lanka, and this would make them confident
  • Australia's key batsmen Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, and Glenn Maxwell scored runs in the last game
  • Sri Lanka’s middle-order isn’t contributing and this is one of the biggest weaknesses of the team

Australia to win

Tournament: Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2022 | Format: ODI | Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka | Toss: To Bat

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It was a thrilling start to the 5-Match ODI series as the Australian team snatched an 8-wicket win in a tightly fought game to take an early lead in the series. Sri Lankans did well both with the bat and the ball, but it was Glenn Maxwell who made the difference between the two sides. The visitors would like to use this momentum and go 2-0 up in the series with a win in the second game.  

The problem for Sri Lankans has been their lack of self-belief. They had the Aussies under pressure in the last game but failed to finish the game as they would have liked. They haven’t won much against Australians in this format of the game and this would be on their minds. The Australians looked good with the bat in the last game, and they shall look to dominate the hosts in this game.

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Dasun Shanaka would be upset with the way his side bowled in the last game. They had done well with the bat and had the Australians struggling at the start of their chase but the side failed to apply pressure when it mattered the most to suffer the loss.  Shanaka would be aware of Australia’s strengths and would like to see a good show from his players in this game to level the series.   

Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka delivered a good start in the last game and the side would like a similar show from them. Kusal Mendis showed his class, and he will have to anchor this innings with Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka in the middle order. Shanaka is a good hitter of the ball, and he would look to add quick runs with Chamika Karunaratne and Wanindu Hasaranga. 

Their bowling attack needs to stand up to the challenge in this game. Dushmantha Chameera will have to bowl better lines along with Maheesh Theekshana with the new ball. Hasaranga and Karunaratne troubled the Aussies, and they have an important role in this game. The side would also expect to see good spells from Dunith Wellalage, Shanaka and Dhananjaya de Silva in this game.  
 

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana

Sri Lanka Key Players From Previous Game Of Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
K Mendis
86
87
8
1
98.85
P Nissanka
56
68
6
1
82.35
D Gunathilaka
55
53
7
0
103.77
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
W Hasaranga
9.0
0
58
4
6.44
D Wellalage
7.0
0
49
2
7
M Theekshana
8.0
0
51
1
6.38

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage

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It has been another good start to the series for Aaron Finch’s side and the skipper would be happy with the way his lower middle order played in the last game. Their bowling attack failed to apply pressure on the host leaking lots of runs with the new ball and the skipper would like to see improvements in this area. They have a good record against the Sri Lankans and the side would look to extend it here.   

David Warner missed out on scoring in the last game, but he has been in good form and shall aim to set up a good opening wicket stand with Finch. They would enjoy batting on this surface where they can play their strokes easily. Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, and Marnus Labuschagne scored runs in the last game. Glenn Maxwell played a match-winning knock, and this would add to his confidence. He needs to do well alongside Alex Carey and Pat Cummins down the order.  

The side would look to improve its show with the ball as they failed to trouble the Sri Lankans in the last game. Josh Hazlewood and Maxwell would look to start the proceedings well and give the side early breakthroughs. Jhye Richardson must improve his line after the poor show in the last game. Pat Cummins did well, and the side would like Ashton Agar and Labuschagne will have to make the best use of conditions in this game.  

Australia Predicted Playing XI:

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar

Australia Key Players From Previous Game Of Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
G Maxwell
80
51
6
6
156.86
S Smith
53
60
5
0
88.33
A Finch
44
41
5
1
107.32
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
A Agar
10.0
0
49
2
4.9
M Labuschagne
3.0
0
19
2
6.33
J Hazlewood
10.0
0
54
1
5.4

Australia Actual Playing XI:

Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Matthew Kuhnemann, Alex Carey, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
21
0.54 mm.
1.79 k/h
From: WSW
100%
03h
23
0 mm.
1.12 k/h
From: SW
100%
06h
25
0 mm.
1.86 k/h
From: W
100%
09h
26
0 mm.
2.26 k/h
From: W
100%
12h
25
0 mm.
1.11 k/h
From: WNW
100%
15h
23
3.41 mm.
1.42 k/h
From: WSW
100%
18h
22
0.84 mm.
1.36 k/h
From: W
100%
21h
22
0 mm.
1.28 k/h
From: WSW
100%

Weather Conditions

We would see overcast skies over Pallekele on June 16 and there are predictions for rain during the game. The surface would be a flat one where batsmen would be able to play their strokes freely. Bowlers have little margin for error and the side that bats first in the game shall need 300 runs on the board to feel safe.

Venue Details

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has big boundaries, but the outfield is quick, and runs have been scored by batsmen here. There isn’t much on this surface for the fast bowlers as they must bend their backs to get rewards. The track is conducive to spin bowling, and we have seen spinners trouble batsmen as the ball grips and turns on this surface sharply.

Toss: To Bat

It was a brilliant wicket to bat on in the last game and we saw a high-scoring contest where the bowlers had a tough time. It is in the second innings that the spinners get the ball to turn. Hence, the side winning the toss here would opt to bat first and take advantage of the surface.

Sri Lankans have to show character and hold their nerves in the crucial moments of the game. They did well with the bat in the last game but lost out in the battle of nerves. Their bowling attack will have to make good use of the conditions to win here and level the series.  Australians have enjoyed a good record against Sri Lanka and have their batting line-up in good form. This would make them favorites to win this game.  

Australia to win

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