The Australian team snatched an 8-wicket win in a closely fought game to take an early lead in the 5-match One-Day International series. The Sri Lankans performed admirably with both the bat and the ball, but Glenn Maxwell was the difference between the two teams. With a win in the second game, the visitors would like to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Sri Lankans have struggled with a lack of self-belief. They put the Australians under pressure in the previous game but were unable to finish the game as they would have liked. They haven’t won many games against Australians in this format, and this will be on their minds. The Australians batted well in the previous game and will look to dominate the hosts in this one.
The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka vs Australia will take place on June 16th, 2022 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022
Date: June 16, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 2:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Sri Lanka vs Australia Team Previews
Dasun Shanaka would be disappointed with the way his team bowled in the previous game. They had done well with the bat and had the Australians struggling at the start of their chase, but they failed to apply pressure when it mattered most and were defeated. Shanaka is aware of Australia’s strengths and would like to see his players put on a good performance in this game to level the series.
Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka got off to a good start in the previous game, and the team is hoping for a repeat performance from them. Kusal Mendis demonstrated his ability, and he will have to anchor this innings alongside Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka in the middle order. Shanaka is a good batsman who would look to add quick runs alongside Chamika Karunaratne and Wanindu Hasaranga.
In this game, their bowling attack must be up to the task. With the new ball, Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana will have to bowl better lines. Hasaranga and Karunaratne caused problems for the Australians, and they will play an important role in this game. In this game, the team will also look for strong spells from Dunith Wellalage, Shanaka, and Dhananjaya de Silva.
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’s side has made a strong start to the series, and the skipper will be pleased with how his lower middle order performed in the last game. Their bowling attack failed to apply pressure on the host, allowing many runs with the new ball, and the captain would like to see improvements in this area. They have a good record against the Sri Lankans, which they hope to extend here.
David Warner did not score in the previous game, but he has been in good form and will look to establish a good opening wicket stand with Finch. They would enjoy batting on this surface because it allows them to play their strokes easily. In the previous game, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, and Marnus Labuschagne all scored runs. Glenn Maxwell delivered a match-winning knock, which boosted his confidence. He must perform well down the order alongside Alex Carey and Pat Cummins.
The team would like to improve its performance with the ball after failing to trouble the Sri Lankans in the previous game. Josh Hazlewood and Maxwell will look to get the team off to a good start and provide early breakthroughs. Jhye Richardson’s line must improve after a poor performance in the previous game. Pat Cummins performed admirably, and players such as Ashton Agar and Louis Labuschagne will have to make the most of the conditions in this game.
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
It was a fantastic wicket to bat on in the previous game, and we witnessed a high-scoring contest in which the bowlers struggled. The spinners get the ball to turn in the second inning. As a result, the team that wins the toss here will choose to bat first and take advantage of the surface.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has large boundaries, but the outfield is quick, and batsmen have scored runs here. Fast bowlers will struggle on this surface because they must bend their backs to get rewards. The track is ideal for spin bowling, and we’ve seen spinners trouble batsmen as the ball grips and turns sharply on this surface.
On June 16, there will be overcast skies over Pallekele, and rain is expected during the game. The surface would be flat, allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. Bowlers have little room for error, and the team that bats first in the game will need 300 runs to feel safe.
Sri Lanka vs Australia Match Prediction
Sri Lankans must show character and keep their cool during crucial moments of the game. They batted well in the previous game but lost the battle of nerves. To win here and tie the series, their bowling attack will have to make the most of the conditions. The Australians have a good record against Sri Lanka and a strong batting lineup. This would make them the odds-on favorite to win this game.
Australia is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.29.
- Team Australia has won the last five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka, which gives them confidence.
- Australia’s key batsmen Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, and Glenn Maxwell scored runs in the previous game.
- Sri Lanka’s middle-order isn’t contributing, which is one of the team’s major weaknesses.