The three-match T20 series came to a thrilling conclusion as the Sri Lankans came from nowhere to win the final game and reclaim some pride and confidence. The hosts, on the other hand, will face a tougher test in the first game of the five-match ODI series against a confident Australian team. The hosts have struggled against higher-ranked opponents in recent years, and they will have to play their hearts out to win here.
Sri Lankans have not had a great record in this format of the game in recent years, and they will face a difficult challenge against the mighty Australians. During the T20 series, their bowling attack looked weak, and they need to improve. It will be interesting to see if the hosts can take an early lead in the series, given that they have lost seven of the last ten games against Australia.
The 1st ODI between Sri Lanka vs Australia will take place on June 14th, 2022 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st ODI, Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022
Date: June 14, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Sri Lanka vs Australia Team Previews
Dasun Shanaka hit a captain’s knock to lead his team to victory in the final T20 game. It was a much-needed victory for the hosts, who had suffered crushing defeats in the previous two games. The action now shifts to a game format that will put their shaky batting order to the test. Shanaka would like to capitalise on the momentum and begin the series with a win.
Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka play important roles at the top, and the team expects a strong performance from them. They would like to see runs from Dinesh Chamdimal and Kusal Mendis in the middle order, as both have a lot of experience. Charith Asalanka and Shanaka have done well down the order, and they, along with Chamika Karunaratne and Wanindu Hasaranga, will look to add quick runs in the final overs.
Because Australia has one of the best batting lineups in this format of the game, their bowling attack must deliver. As the Australian openers are in great form, Nuwan Thushara and Dushmantha Chameera will need to bowl good lines with the new ball. Karunaratne is the first change, and he must bowl in the correct areas. Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana must take advantage of the conditions because their spell is critical to the team’s performance.
Sri Lanka Squad
Dasun Shanaka (c), 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
Predicted XI: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Nuwan Thushara, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana
Aaron Finch would like to put the recent loss behind him. The Australian captain would be disappointed with his bowlers’ complacency in the final three overs of the game, in which they gave up more than 60 runs. They have a strong batting lineup and a strong attack, and Finch would like to take an early lead in the series.
David Warner and Finch have been in excellent form and would like to get off to a good start in this game. Steven Smith, Travis Head, and Marnus Labuschagne form a formidable middle order, and the trio would look to form partnerships and steer the innings. Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, and Glenn Maxwell are also expected to run down the order.
Pat Cummins returns to the side, and he and Mitchell Starc will look to take early wickets as the Sri Lankans have struggled at the top. Josh Hazledwood has looked in good form, and the team will rely on him to keep Ashton Agar quiet. Maxwell and Stoinis add variety and strength to this attack.
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
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar
Sri Lanka vs Australia Toss Prediction
We’ve seen sides win comfortably batting first in the last five ODIs played here. However, the weather isn’t looking good, and in a rain-shortened game, the team chasing the score has an advantage. As a result, we anticipate that the team that wins the toss will choose to bowl first on this track.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is quite large. Batsmen have scored runs because the outfield is fast and the ball comes to the bat nicely. Fast bowlers perform well in cloudy conditions and get the ball moving. The wicket here helps spinners a lot because the ball grips the surface and turns sharply.
On June 14, we can expect cloudy skies over Pallekele, with the possibility of rain. The wicket here has produced a lot of runs, and batsmen can easily play their strokes. Overcast conditions would help the bowlers, and a total of 280 runs or more would be a good total to defend.
Sri Lanka vs Australia Match Prediction
Sri Lankans have suffered from a lack of consistency in recent years. They come in with a good win, but their batting lineup has been inconsistent. Their bowlers will also face a stiff challenge in this game, and the team will need to put on an all-around performance to win. The Australians have had a successful run in this format. They have a strong batting lineup and in-form openers. This would make them the contest’s favourites.
Australia is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.38.
- Australia has won seven of the last ten One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka, which gives them confidence.
- David Warner and Aaron Finch of Australia scored more than 250 runs between them in three T20 games.
- Sri Lanka’s middle-order is out of form, which will have an impact on the team’s performance in this match.