Crickets Tips & Preview – Sri Lanka V Australia (3rd ODI)

Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the third clash of the ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo.

19:00 (AEST), Sun 19th Jun @ R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo

History: Played 99: Australia 62 V Sri Lanka 33 (4 No Results)

Last meeting: June 16th, 2022: Sri Lanka d Australia by 26 runs (D/L method)

Final Thoughts: We’ve got a series on our hands, with the ODI rubber between Sri Lanka and injury-hit Australia locked at 1-all heading into game three in Colombo – the 100th one-dayer between the rival nations.

Australia drew first blood with a thrilling, Glenn Maxwell-inspired two-wicket win. Sri Lanka batted first 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.

As he did in the T20I series, Hasaranga (4/58) caused Australia plenty of problems. But the legspinner was ruled out of the second game, while Agar and Stoinis added to the tourists’ casualty ward.

Sri Lanka square up as Aussies’ injuries mount

Sri Lanka scratched their way to 9/220 in 47.4 overs in game two. Mendis (36 off 41) top-scored again, while Dhananjaya de Silva and skipper Dasun Shanaka both scored 34 runs. The hosts’ top seven all scored at least 13, but Pat Cummins (4/35), Maxwell (2/35) and impressive debutant Matthew Kuhnemann (2/48) ensured they struggled to get any partnerships going.

Again set a revised target – 216 from 43 overs – Australia fell 26 runs short and were bowled out in the 38th over. Strikingly similar to the Sri Lankan innings, all of their top seven got starts of 14 runs or more. Warner responded with a team high 37 off 51 balls, while Maxwell (30 off 25) looked the most comfortable of the Australian batters.

But Chamika Kraunaratne (3/47), Dushmantha Chameera (2/19), Dunith Wellalage (2/25) and de Silva (2/26) made inroads at regular intervals to power Sri Lanka to a handy win. Australia lost their last five wickets for just 19 runs.

Compounding matters for the Aussies, Steve Smith is in doubt with a quad complaint. Mitch Marsh and Mitchell Starc are both still unlikely to be fit, along with Stoinis and Agar. Cameron Green could come into the side at number six, with Travis Head sliding up the order if Smith is out. Josh Inglis is another top-order option.

Sri Lanka’s winning line-up should remain unchanged, with Hasaranga still unavailable.

Australia are $1.44 to reclaim the series lead in game three – which seems a bit under the odds.

The mercurial Mendis looks to be in great touch and has scored less than 20 runs in just three of his last 19 ODI innings. Finch’s form has been less reliable but he boasts five fifties and a pair of centuries in his last 18 ODIs and has looked promising in Sri Lanka so far.

Tip: Kusal Mendis & Aaron Finch to score 20+ runs each @ $2.02