Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the second clash of the ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia, who lead 1-0.
19:00 (AEST), Thu 16th Jul @ Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
History: Played 98: Australia 62 V Sri Lanka 32 (4 No Results)
Last meeting: June 14th, 2022: Australia d Sri Lanka by 2 wickets (9 balls to spare) at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Final Thoughts: Australia drew first blood in their ODI series in Sri Lanka with a thrilling, Glenn Maxwell-inspired two-wicket win. But the tourists injuries woes have continued ahead of the second clash on Thursday, while the home side’s bowling attack has also suffered a significant blow.
Sri Lanka batted first in game one and racked up 7/300. Danushka Gunathilaka (55 off 53) and Pathum Nissanka (56 off 68) put on a 115-run opening stand, before Kusal Mendis (86 not out off 87) took over. Charith Asalanka (37 off 42) and Wanindu Hasaranga (37 off 19) also chipped in impressively further down the order.
Ashton Agar (2/49) and Marnus Labuschagne (2/19) were the pick of the Aussie bowlers. Josh Hazlewood and Kane Richardson also picked up a wicket each.
Set an imposing revised target of 282 from 44 overs, Australia’s chase got off to a terrible start via David Warner’s third-ball duck. But Aaron Finch (44 off 41), Steve Smith (53 off 60) and Marcus Stoinis (44 off 31) steadied the ship.
Australia were 5/203 with 11 overs remaining before Maxwell hit top gear. The mercurial all-rounder blasted six fours and six sixes in a match-winning 80 not out off just 51 balls, getting the visitors over the line before running out of partners.
Casualty ward fills up
As he did in the T20I series, Hasaranga (4/58) caused Australia plenty of problems. But the legspinner has been ruled out of at least the second game with a groin strain. Sri Lanka will bring in legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, or name Bhanuka Rjapaksa in a bid to maintain a strong batting line-up.
Meanwhile, Agar is out of game two and Stoinis has been scrubbed from the rest of the series. Swepson shapes as Agar’s likely replacement, while Travis Head and Josh Inglis are the contenders to slot into Stoinis’ No.6 spot.
Australia will be looking for a better death-bowling performance in game two, though Pat Cummins will be better for his return in the opener. Warner – the only Aussie in the top seven to make less than 21 – will be desperate for some runs after a forgettable ODI comeback.
Sri Lanka are juicy $3.35 outsiders despite their strong game one showing – though Hasaranga’s absence is a big hurdle. Experienced campaigners Finch and Mendis are set to play key roles again after excellent contributions on Tuesday.