Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, (SL vs AUS, 1st ODI)
Date: June 14, 2022 – 2:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
For those in India, you can watch the live action between Sri Lanka and Australia on Sony Sports Network. Catch the first ODI on Sony Six and Six HD at 2:30 PM IST on Wednesday. You can also watch the match on the online streaming platform Sony LIV.
Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st ODI:
Australia have had a good tour so far, clinching the T20I series by 2-1. The two teams now shift their focus towards the ODI series, where they will play three matches although not part of the CWC Super League. The first ODI will take place at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, June 14.
Sri Lanka are coming into this series with some form on their side, having won both their last two bilateral assignments. They defeated South Africa by 2-1 in September last year. Earlier this year, they won by 2-1 against Zimbabwe. Both these victories came at home.
Australia lost their last series by 2-1 at the hands of Pakistan away from home in March 2021. They had defeated West Indies in the Caribbean in July last year. Although this series will not be part of the CWC Super League, Australia are in better position with 70 points from 12 matches. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are out of the direct qualification race with only 62 points from 18 matches and will have to go through Qualifiers to make it to the 2023 World Cup. Either way, the series offers both the teams some decent game time.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SL vs AUS, 1st ODI
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is perhaps the best surface in Sri Lanka for batting. The venue has hosted 28 ODI matches with the average first innings score of 252. The highest total recorded here was 363/7 by South Africa while the lowest of 70 belongs to Zimbabwe.
The weather at Pallekele on Tuesday is expected to be cloudy with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. There’s a 55% chance of rain with the temperature hovering around 28°C.
Sri Lanka – Expected XI and Team News
Sri Lanka will have familiar faces back with Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Niroshan Dickwella and Wanindu Hasaranga returning to the side. The promising Dunith Wellalage, who was the U19 skipper, has also been added to the side. Keep an eye on their playing XI as they have several possible combinations.
Probable XI – Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara
Australia – Expected XI and Team News
Australia have a few injury concerns in the squad, with fast bwoler Kane Richardson flying home with a hamstring injury. Aaron Finch confirmed the XI for the 1st ODI, which will mark the return of Pat Cummins after he was rested for the T20I series.
Probable XI – Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
Head to head record of SL vs AUS
Total Encounters – 97
Sri Lanka Won – 32
Australia Won – 61
Australia lead the last five encounters by 4-1.
1st ODI: Five players to watch out for in the SL vs AUS match
Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:
David Warner: Batter, Australia
David Warner, one of the best white ball openers in the world, has a terrific record in the ODI format. He has 5455 runs to his credit from 128 ODIs at an average of 45 and strike rate of 96. Warner has scored 18 hundreds and 23 fifties in the format. He has been in superb touch through the Indian T20 League and the T20I series, making him a great C/VC option at 10.5 credits.
Josh Hazlewood: Bowler, Australia
Josh Hazlewood is amongst the best pace bowlers in the world with sublime numbers in ODI cricket as well. He has 93 wickets from 56 ODIs at an economy of just 4.71, including three five-wicket hauls and a four-for. Hazlewood has been in magnificent form across formats and will be a good C/VC option, priced at 9 credits.
Charith Asalanka: Batter, Sri Lanka
Charith Asalanka is a promising batter and has quickly become one of the reliable players for Sri Lanka. The left hander has played 11 ODIs so far, scoring 472 runs at an average of 43 while striking at 90. Asalanka has scored five fifties in the format from 11 innings. He has been in good form, scoring 38, 39 and 26 in three T20Is. He is a must pick, priced at 9 credits.
Wanindu Hasaranga: All-rounder, Sri Lanka
Wanindu Hasaranga is a valuable asset in the white-ball format with his all-round skill set. He has 29 wickets in as many ODIs at an economy of 5.03, with best figures of 3/15. Hasaranga has scored 546 runs with the bat at an average of 24 while striking at 100 with three fifties. He remains a good pick at 9.5 credits.
Glenn Maxwell: All-rounder, Australia
Glenn Maxwell is one of the key players, adding value in all three departments. The all-rounder has smashed 3230 runs in 116 ODIs at an average of 34 and strike rate of 125, including two hundreds and 22 fifties. Maxwell has also picked 51 wickets in the format and is likely to bowl a lot on these pitches. He is priced at 9 credits.
MPL Fantasy XI
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.