LIVE: Australia is determined to bounce again from a crushing six-wicket defeat to a record-breaking Sri Lanka, because the groups compete within the fourth ODI of the five-match sequence.
Australia bought off to a dream begin within the area, claiming a trio of wickets within the opening 10 overs after successful the toss – with three completely different bowlers claiming a wicket of their first over.
Sri Lanka responded with a 100-run partnership, earlier than Mitch Marsh halted their momentum with an important second wicket of Dhananjaya (60 off 61) due to some stable Glenn Maxwell fielding.
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After the successful the toss and opting to area first, Australia’s bowling assault bought off to a superb begin with three wickets within the first 10 overs. First, Glenn Maxwell had Niroshan Dickwella (1) stumped in simply the second over of the match. Then within the seventh over, Pat Cummins entered the assault and bowled the damaging Kusal Mendis off a thick inside-edge, leaving Sri Lanka 2-26.
Quickly afterwards, Mitch Marsh equalled the feat of his two teammates by placing in his first over. He had Pathum Nissanka – who scored a century within the third ODI – caught behind for simply 13 after an outdoor edge gifted gloveman Alex Carey a easy catch.
Australia’s tempo assault was capitalising on the bounce and ranging tempo attributable to the used floor, with the match being performed on the identical pitch in Colombo because the earlier match.
After 10 overs, Sri Lanka have been 3-35. However Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka steadied the ship and shortly had Australia on the again foot, with the guests leaking boundaries.
Australia had bowled a comparatively slender line early within the pitch, however grew to become more and more ragged – and any width was punished.
Dhananjaya reached his eighth ODI 50 in 52 balls, with the duo quickly mentioning a 100-run partnership in as many balls. However Dhananjaya threw away a possibility of a first-ever century when he holed out to Maxwell off Marsh’s bowling, with Maxwell leaping excessive into the air to assert the one-handed catch and ship the batsman packing for 60 off 61.
Asalanka made it 51 off 60 balls, his sixth half-ton in 15 video games, in a mature and affected person innings at an important time.
UNLUCKY AUSSIES PUNISHED FOR HEAVY BAILS
Remarkably, twice within the opening 11 overs Australia’s bowlers hit the stumps just for the bails to remain unmoved.
First spinner Matthew Kuhnemann noticed the ball deflect off a batter’s bat, then pad, after which dribble onto the off stump.
Then it was Pat Cummins who by some means didn’t knock off the leg stump when the ball flicked off Asalanka’s hip after which caught the sting of the stump – making a loud noise within the course of.
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The hosts lead the sequence 2-1 after a dominant efficiency noticed them chase down Australia’s 291 comfortably, securing back-to-back ODI wins for the primary time over Australia since 2013.
Now, Sri Lanka are eyeing a victory that will seal a primary bilateral ODI sequence win over Australia at residence since 1992.
Pat Cummins changed Jhye Richardson in the one change from the final match, regardless of Mitchell Starc being seen warming up. That meant there was as soon as once more no room for spinner Mitchell Swepson, regardless of Australia’s determination to select solely the inexperienced Matthew Kuhnemann (0/61 from 10 overs) backfiring spectacularly final trip.
“We’ve had fairly a number of accidents by way of the tour,” Finch stated, including the staff “goes to should be” snug utilizing a bunch of all-rounders.
Dew on the pitch performed a key function in aiding Sri Lanka’s chase within the third ODI, with a wetter ball spinning much less and skidding onto the bat within the night.
In reply, Australia opted to bowl first after successful the toss. “We’ve bought to get higher chasing in these situations,” Aaron Finch stated, declaring it a precedence within the staff’s long-term improvement forward of subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.
For Sri Lanka, famous person Wanindu Hasaranga made a shock return from harm, having missed the previous two matches. He changed injured fast Dushmantha Chameera (ankle) as the one change to Sri Lanka’s XI, leaving the hosts with NO frontline tempo bowler and a full 4 spinners.
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Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Inexperienced, Pat Cummins, Matthew Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood
Sri Lanka XI: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana
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