Sri Lanka takes on Australia in the fourth ODI in Colombo on June 21, Tuesday. The side won the third ODI by six wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The last two games thus become a must-win for both teams. The series is nicely poised for both teams with everything to play for heading into the T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka will also have to play the Asia Cup ahead of the mega-event.
Australia headed into the ODI series after winning the T20I series 2-1. However, injuries to key players along with a few players unavailable meant that they had an uphill task in the ODIs. With Steve Smith joining the injury list, seven Australian players are injured at the moment. Amid adverse conditions, there is s series to win for both teams in the next few games.
SL vs AUS: Match Preview – Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022, 4th ODI
The Lankans won back-to-back games against Australia on home soil after 20 years. Pathum Nissanka was the architect of this victory as he scored 137 to take his side home. He now has the highest ODI score for any Sri Lankan player against Australia surpassing former SL skipper Sanath Jayasuriya. This Sri Lankan side under Daun Shanaka has challenged the Aussies at home.
Ever since winning the third T20I. they have become stronger as a side with the players performing as well. This is what they need in the remaining two games to notch up a memorable series win.
Sri Lanka Squad:
Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Niroshan Dickwella, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Madushanka, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan
The side has been handicapped with multiple injuries. Steve Smith is the latest to join the list as he missed out on the third ODI with a groin injury. He is now ruled out of the series as Australia’s injury concerns mount. In between, they have a series to win with their remaining players.
The Aussies found now answer to Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis’s 213-run stand that turned the game on its head. The Men in Yellow even after scoring 291 with the bat came second in the game as the Sri Lankans well and truly dominated the contest.
Due to Adam Zampa’s unavailability owing to the birth of his first child, Australia’s white-ball spin options had already been curtailed after Ashton Agar’s injury. They do not have many options to choose from in the remaining games.
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Matthew Kuhnemann