Match Preview: (By- Anuj)
Hello and welcome to the preview & match prediction of The fifth match of the five-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia, which one will be played on 24th June at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Sri Lanka, led by Dasun Shanaka, have already sealed the fate of the series, having taken an unassailable 3-1 lead. On Tuesday, June 21, the hosts defeated Aaron Finch and Co. by four runs to beat Australia for the first time in a series at home in 30 years.
4th ODI Recap :
In the 4th ODI Sri Lanka won by 4 runs on the target of 258 runs. In that game, Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first. Coming to bat, Sri Lanka posted 258 runs on the board, Dhananjaya and Asalanka smashed 60 runs and 110 runs respectively for them. Kuhnemann, Cummins and Marsh took 2 wickets each for Australia.
Coming to the chase, Australia missed the target of 259 runs by just 4 runs. David Warner tried his best, scoring 99 runs, but he didn’t get proper support from othrr side. Australia needing 19 runs to win off the last over, Matt Kuhnemann kept his team after reducing the target to five off the final ball. However, Shanaka held his nerves, bowled a slower delivery and dismissed the left-hander to get the Lankans over the finish line. Karunaratne, Dhananjaya & Vandersay took 2 wickets each for Sri Lanka.
Today Match Scenario :
In the 5th ODI the home side Sri Lanka will want to completely dominate and win the fifth match of the ODI series as well. On the other side Australia will try to win the final match of the series before the focus shifts to Test cricket.
Probable XI :
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Pathum Nissanka, Danuskha Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Dunith Wellalage and Maheesh Theekshana
Australia Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labushagne, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Matthew Kuhnemann, Pat Cummins, Jhy Richardson and Josh Hazlewood
Total Matches: 102
Sri Lanka Won: 36
Australia Won: 62
No Result: 4
According to experts, during the match time, the temperature will remain around 28°C and humidity will be 81%. The speed of the wind will be around 19 km/h and the sky will be cloudy. Rain can effect during match time.
The pitch at the R.Premadasa Stadium usually assist to turn and assists to the bowler, and the run-scoring is not easy for the batters on this pitch, as was evident during the fourth match. The par score here is around 260 as the average total on this ground is around 240. In the last ten years, teams batting first have won 17 times and teams bowling first have won 14 times. The previous ODI game was also played on this ground, and it was observed that the middle phases of each innings were dominated by the spinners Kuhnemann, De Silva and Vandersay. The team winning the toss must elect to bowl first and pace their batting accordingly.
Match Timings- 2:30 PM IST
Live Streaming – Sony Six and Sony LIV app
Sri Lanka will win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.