Match Preview – Sri Lanka vs Australia, Australia in Sri Lanka 2022, 4th ODI

Big Picture

Other than the opening T20I which was once an excessively one-sided affair, Sri Lanka have heaped the force on Australia all the way through this excursion. They just about stole a low-scoring conflict within the 2nd T20I, thrillingly gained the 3rd sport off the bat of captain Dasun Shanaka, had been handiest overwhelmed through a Glenn Maxwell particular originally of the one-dayers and feature now taken back-to-back ODIs in opposition to Australia at house* for the 1st time in twenty years to face at the cusp of a sequence victory.

It was once a very good run-chase on Sunday evening in Colombo once they made what had appeared a robust general end up underneath par. It shone a harsh mild on Australia’s spin bowling – which, admittedly, is lacking the first-choice pair of Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar – and raised questions in regards to the allrounder-heavy steadiness of the aspect.

However, with those suits now not wearing any Super League issues Australia do have one eye at the upcoming Test collection, particularly with regards to their all-format speedy bowlers. Barely an afternoon has long gone through in this excursion with out an harm being added to the checklist and there may have been some worry when Maxwell grabbed at his left leg after a work of fielding.

Significantly for Sri Lanka they have got gained the remaining two suits with out their primary weapon Wanindu Hasaranga who had seemed the main risk to Australia. Instead the 19-year-old Dunith Wellalage has proven remarkable composure in his first global collection and legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay led to quite a lot of issues within the 3rd sport with sharp flip.
The starring position within the document chase in Colombo, regardless that, went to Pathum Nissanka, who performed the innings of his quick profession with a superbly-paced 137, as he battled the oppressive warmth which pressured Kusal Mendis to retire harm. It was once a commentary innings from a tender participant who will have to have an enormous position to play in Sri Lanka’s long term.

Recent shape

Sri Lanka WWLWL (remaining 5 suits, most up-to-date first)
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In the highlight

Niroshan Dickwella‘s go back livened up complaints in his first ODI for almost a yr. He was once his same old talkative self in the back of the stumps – studying one play completely when he predicted Alex Carey would come down the pitch, then to peer him ship the ball immediately for 6 – and regardless that his innings didn’t broaden from a promising place, the early flurry of limitations performed a component in making Sri Lanka consider they may reach a large chase. However, having performed simply two ODIs within the remaining 3 years he will need to benefit from each likelihood he will get.

David Warner has taken a few blinding catches within the outfield all the way through this collection however has now not rather were given going with the bat. Trapped lbw through Maheesh Theekshana within the first sport, he was once then bring to a halt when having a look just right for 37 in the second one and top-edged a pull off the spectacular Dushmantha Chameera within the 3rd. With the collection at the line Australia may just do with him generating a dominant show.

Team information

Mendis has recovered from the cramps that pressured him to retire and is to be had for the fourth event so there would now not seem a necessity for Sri Lanka to modify a successful crew until Danushka Gunathilaka passes a overdue health take a look at. Hasaranga’s groin harm is anticipated to stay him sidelined.

Sri Lanka (conceivable) 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Dunith Wellalage, 9 Jeffrey Vandersay, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Maheesh Theekshana

The steadiness of the assault is the large query for Australia. Can they discover a area for Mitchell Swepson and do they have got the boldness in him? Mitchell Starc has but to play within the collection after his minimize finger whilst Pat Cummins could also be safe forward of the Tests; talking of which Josh Hazlewood might be due a leisure too having performed each sport on excursion.

Australia (conceivable) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Alex Carey (wk), 6 Travis Head, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Cameron Green/Mitchell Swepson, 9 Jhye Richardson, 10 Matt Kuhnemann, 11 Josh Hazlewood/Mitchell Starc

Pitch and prerequisites

The Colombo pitch didn’t are living as much as Aaron Finch’s pre-match ideas of turning into trickier to bat on, as an alternative skidding on properly underneath lighting fixtures with dew additionally enjoying somewhat of a task. Both aspects would possibly, due to this fact, be prepared to chase.

*The statistic was once corrected to make connection with house suits

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