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Friday, December 02, 2022

Aussies in search of the right balance are getting closer to winning the series

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Apart from the opening T20Is, which were a one-off affair, Sri Lanka have put pressure on Australia during this tour. He almost stole the low-scoring clash in the second T20I, thrillingly won the third game with the bat from captain Dasun Shanaka, only to be beaten by a Glenn Maxwell Special at the start of the ODI and has now withdrawn—in 20 years. For the first time, the ODI series against Australia stood on the cusp of victory.

It was a scintillating run-chase in Colombo on Sunday night when he proved a strong total. It cast a harsh light on Australia’s spin bowling – which, of course, is missing the first-choice duo of Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar – and raised questions about the side’s all-rounder-heavy balance.

However, with no Super League points in these matches, have a look at Australia’s upcoming Test series, especially when it comes to their all-format fast bowlers. Barely a day has passed in this tour when an injury has not been listed and there must have been some concern when Maxwell grabbed his left leg after a piece of fielding.

Significantly, for Sri Lanka, he has won the last two matches without his main weapon, Vanindu Hasaranga, who was a big threat to Australia. Instead 19-year-old Dunith Velez has excelled in his first international series, and legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay created a lot of problems with a sharp turn in the third game.
The starring role in the record chase in Colombo, however, went to Pathum Nisanka, who played his short career innings with 137 at a superb pace as he battled the oppressive heat to force an injury to Kusal Mendis. It was a rhetorical innings from a youngster that should play a big role in Sri Lanka’s future.

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in the headlines

Niroshan DickwellaKi’s return brought the proceedings to life in his first ODI for almost a year. He was his usual talkative self behind the stumps – reciting a play perfectly when he predicted Alex Carey would come down the pitch, then to send the ball straight to him for a six – and though his innings came from a promising position. Not developed, a flurry of boundaries played a part in convincing Sri Lanka that they could succeed in chasing a bigger target. However, having played just two ODIs in the last three years, he would like to take advantage of every opportunity.

David Warner There have been some catchy catches in the outfield during this series, but have not been able to run with the bat at all. After being lbw by Mahesh Thekshana in the first game, he was dismissed for 37 in the second game and dismissed the impressive Dushmantha Chameera in the third. Australia could have had a major showing with him in the series.

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Mendis has recovered from the cramp that forced him to retire and is available for the fourth match, so Sri Lanka will not need to replace the winning team unless Danushka Gunathilaka passes the fitness test of late . He is expected to be sidelined due to Hasranga’s back injury.

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Sri Lanka (Probable) 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Pathum Nisanka, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charit Aslanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Dunith Velalage, 9 Jeffrey Vandersay, 10 Dushmantha Chamira, 11 Mahesh D.

The balance of the attack is the big question for Australia. Can they find a place for Michelle Swepson and do they trust her? Mitchell Starc is yet to play in the series following his amputated finger, while Pat Cummins could be protected ahead of the Test; Talking about which Josh Hazlewood can be rested, that too due to playing every game on tour.

Australia (Probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (c), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Alex Carey (wk), 6 Travis Head, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Cameron Greene/Mitchell Swepson, 9 Jhye Richardson, 10 Matt Kuhneman, 11 Josh Hazlewood/Michelle Starko

pitch and conditions

The Colombo pitch did not live up to Aaron Finch’s pre-match ideas, making it difficult to bat on, instead skidding well under lights and dew also playing a role. Therefore, both sides may be eager to pursue.

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