Team Sri Lanka managed to defeat the visitors Australia during the second ODI match of the series. An all-round performance from Chamika Karunaratne ensured that the home side won the second contest by a margin of 26 runs. Mighty Australia collapsed under pressure as they lost their last five wickets for just 19 runs and were bowled out for 189 runs.
Both teams will now take on each other during the third match of the series to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on June 19 (Sunday). The visitors will have to think about some plan to counter the spin bowling attack of the home team as they continue to give away their wickets while not being able to score freely against them.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are also facing problems in the batting department. Despite getting some decent starts, none of the Sri Lanka batters managed to score big runs in the second ODI. The home team will want to put on a better batting display in the third match of the series.
A fresh pitch at R Premadasa Stadium awaits both teams. Team Australia might be benefitted from this as the fresh strip might not offer much turn to the spinners. However, the rain and thunderstorms could play a spoilsport in the third ODI. The skipper winning the toss might want to bowl first and chase the target later on.
Playing Combinations for SL vs AUS
After winning the second ODI, Sri Lanka will want to play with the same playing XI in the third match as well. Their star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga might make a comeback in the playing XI if he has recovered from his groin strain.
Predicted Playing XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana
Star batter Steve Smith hurt his left quad during the second ODI match and he might be replaced with all-rounder Cameron Green. Apart from that, the visitors might stick with the same playing XI.
Predicted Playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith/Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood
SL vs AUS Head to Head
Played – 99 | Sri Lanka – 33 | Australia – 62 | NR – 4
SL vs AUS Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 2:30 PM IST
Live Streaming – Sony Six and Sony LIV app