Analysis for the match.
Sri Lanka and Australia go head to head in the second ODI on Thursday afternoon and evening in Kandy. Tuesday’s series opener saw Australia win by 2 wickets (DLS), chasing down their revised target of 282 with 9 balls remaining. Read on as we preview this game. The second of five ODIs begins at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium at 14:30 local time on Thursday.
Sri Lanka have lost to Zimbabwe by 22 runs and Australia by 2 runs in two of their last three ODIs. However, there were plenty of positives with bat and ball to take from the performance on Tuesday.
Must see points.
1). Australia have a better balanced side between the two, even despite the injuries
2). Sri Lanka relied heavily on Wanindu Hasaranga and his absence could have a telling impact on the course of the match
3). Australia have been the better performing sides between the two and will be brimming with confidence coming into this upcoming match
Head to Heads.
Overall matches - 98
SL won - 32
AUS won - 62
Tied - 4
Last five Head to Heads.
SL won - 0
AUS won - 5
Tied - 0
Match Predictions - AUS to win the match.
1). If SL won the toss and opted to bowl first, AUS could score 310-330 runs.
2). If AUS won the toss and opted to bowl first, SL could score 290-310 runs.
1). Kusal Mendis total runs - over 23.5 runs.
Kusal Mendis hit 86 not out from 87 balls on Tuesday and he is our pick for Sri Lanka’s highest run scorer in this game.
2). Steve Smith total runs - over 24.5 runs.
Steve Smith scored 53 runs from 60 balls in the first game of the series. We expect the number three batter to be Australia’s highest run scorer on Thursday.
3). Most sixes by a player in the match - Glenn Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell struck six sixes on his way to winning the game earlier this week. He is our prediction for the Player To Hit The Most Sixes in this clash.
Sri Lanka are going through the rebuilding phase at the moment - trying to find the Sangakkaras, Jayawardenes, and Muralitharan of this generation and while they have not done to their potential in this tour so far, they would believe that they are close to finding a settled side. This is important with respect to the 2023 50-over World Cup and they would now want to get some favorable results under their belt.
While Sri Lanka were outplayed in the T20I series, it was far from the same in the longer version of the game. If anything, the hosts exposed Australia's vulnerabilities of playing slower bowlers and would want to exploit that going forward. Having said that, they will be without Wanindu de Silva Hasaranga, who was the wrecker in chief for the Lankans in the first match.
Without him, Sri Lanka will likely struggle to fill the spinner as well as the lower middle-order batter's position. Having said that, they would not be too worried largely because of the number of options they have in the bank. The Lankans will need their experienced players to do well in the upcoming match and if that happens, getting past them could prove to be a very difficult task.
It's not been long since Australia were found struggling in limited overs cricket, but ever since their T20 World Cup title win, they have just been brilliant, regardless of the format. They started their ODI campaign against Sri Lanka with a close win, which followed a 2-1 win in the T20I series. They would want to win this upcoming ODI as well and stopping them could be difficult.
The impact of the long Sri Lankan tour is beginning to tell on the Aussies with a couple of their players ruled out of the remainder of the matches. Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar are both ruled out because of a side strain each and Australia will need to find worthy replacements quickly.
Despite the injuries, the on-paper combination will be the least of their concerns. Their primary concern will be the declining form of their bowlers, which was always going to be on the cards in such a long tournament. On the batting front, however, the Australians look well-settled with almost everything falling into the right places. As was the case in the last match, the Aussies will need someone experienced to contribute with a match-winning performance and if that happens, getting past them could prove to be a very steep climb.
Time - Jun 16th, 02:30 pm, IST.
Venue - Pallekele Cricket Stadium - Kandy, Sri Lanka
The Pallekele surface is known to assist both batters and the bowlers. While a run-fest can be expected from the batters once they are well-set at the crease, the spinners will enjoy a lot of turn on this track once the ball gets older, and batting here in the second innings might be challenging. However, with rain expected on the match day, the captain winning the toss will be looking to bowl first.
19 year old slow left-arm orthodox bowler Dunith Wellalage made his international debut in Tuesday’s series opener and picked up the wickets of Steve Smith and Ashton Agar. Sri Lanka put in an encouraging display and we expect to see the same XI for this match.Sri Lanka have lost two of their last three ODIs but did get themselves into a strong position on Tuesday with some excellent top order batting.
Possible XI - Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Thushara, Maheesh Theekshana.
As expected, Mitchell Starc missed the opening game of the series but there was encouraging news in his recovery from a finger injury and he may make a return in the third ODI. There will be discussion over whether to include a second front-line spinner with Jhye Richardson’s place the most under threat.Australia ended their two game losing streak in ODI cricket on Tuesday. They will now be looking to bring their strong IT20 form into this format.
Possible XI - Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Swepson