The Sri Lankan team has flipped the script on the series. After a shaky start in the ODI series, in which they lost the first game after losing the T20 series, the team has bounced back with consecutive victories to put the Australians on the back foot. The hosts, who have been chastised for their batting, would like to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
The Australians have a good record in this format of the game against Sri Lanka in the past and would like to keep it going here. The Sri Lankan team has momentum on its side after two victories and would like to ride it. We expect a good game as the series enters its pivotal game, and the challenge would be on the Australians to tie it 2-2.
The 4th ODI between Sri Lanka vs Australia will take place on June 21st, 2022 at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 4th ODI, Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022
Date: June 21, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30 PM IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sri Lanka vs Australia Team Previews
Dasun Shanaka’s team has made a strong comeback, and the captain is pleased with his team’s performance. Their batting appeared to be clinical in the previous game, as they easily chased down a large total. The pressure is now on the Australians, and the Lankan captain hopes to take advantage of it. A win here would help them defeat Australia in an ODI series for the first time since 2010-11.
Pathum Nissanka has been in good form, scoring a brilliant century in the most recent game. In this game, he’d like to get off to a good start with Niroshan Dickwella. Kusal Mendis has demonstrated his experience, and he strengthens the middle order alongside Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka. They have good finishers in Shanaka and Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne, so runs are expected from them.
Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana performed admirably in the previous game, and the team expects them to deliver again with the new ball. Jeffrey Vandersay was the bowler of choice in the previous game, and he and Dunith Wellalag must keep the scoring rate under control in the middle overs. Chamika Karunaratne, Shanaka, and Dhananjaya de Silva round out the bowling attack.
Sri Lanka Squad
Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lahiru Madushanka, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Pramod Madushan, Nuwan Thushara
Predicted XI: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage
Aaron Finch would be disappointed with his bowlers’ performance in the previous game. His bowlers failed to defend a score of 291 on a difficult batting surface, and the visitors are under pressure for the first time on this tour. Finch wants his team to fight hard in this game and tie the series at 2-2. He anticipates a strong performance from his bowlers in this game.
David Warner and Finch have had a good tour, and they need to lay a solid foundation for the side. Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, and Alex Carey will have to face the Sri Lankan spinners in the middle order on a turning surface. Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head have looked fantastic so far in the series, and they will aim to do the heavy lifting down the order.
Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson bowled well in the previous game, and they will play an important role here with the new ball. On this wicket, the team would have to play Mitchell Swepson, who, along with Maxwell and Matthew Kuhnemann, would have to take advantage of the conditions. In this game, Labuschagne will need to fill the role of a support bowler.
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood, Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Swepson, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood
Sri Lanka vs Australia Toss Prediction
The wicket was more difficult to bat on than the final score in the previous game suggested. The wicket slowed down in the second innings, and a similar surface is expected in this game. The team that wins the toss here will almost certainly choose to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is a large ground with a quick outfield, which has allowed the batsmen to score runs. The wicket is known for being dual paced, with the odd delivery catching the batsmen off guard. Spinners have benefited from surface assistance, but fast bowlers must rely on their skills and variations.
On June 21, we can expect partly cloudy skies over Colombo. The pitch here is flat, but it has been slow, with the ball not coming onto the bat nicely. Spinners love this surface because it causes the ball to stop on the batsmen. With good bowling, any score above 280 runs can be defended here.
Sri Lanka vs Australia Match Prediction
After a poor performance in the T20s, the Sri Lankans have done well to take the series lead. The threat of inconsistency, however, looms over their heads. Their middle and lower-middle orders are run-short, and this is one area where the team would be concerned. The Australians have a very strong batting lineup, but their bowling attack has given them little cause for concern. It will be a close game, but the Aussies, who have a stronger batting lineup, will start ahead of the hosts.
Australia is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.49.
- Australia’s openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch, have performed admirably on this tour and have the ability to win games for their country.
- Sri Lanka’s middle and lower middle-order has failed to score runs, which is a significant weakness for the team.
- The Australians have a strong new ball attack, and they will put the Sri Lankan batsmen to the test in this game.