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SL vs AUS, 3rd ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, (SL vs AUS, 3rd ODI)

Date: June 19, 2022 – 2:30 PM IST

Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

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 third 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, 3rd ODI:

The five-match ODI series between the hosts Sri Lanka and Australia has delivered some exciting action, with the series levelled at 1-1. The two teams will now race off at R Premadasa Stadium in the third ODI on Sunday.

Sri Lanka pulled off an incredible win over the visitors in the second game by 26 runs on DLS method. Pat Cummins snared 4 for 35 while Glenn Maxwell and debutant Matthew Kuhnemann picked two wickets each as they reduced Sri Lanka to 220/9 in 47.4 overs when the rain interrupted the game.

Australia were given a target of 216 in 43 overs with the DLS method. All of their top seven got starts but none of them could play a long inning. For Sri Lanka, Chamika Karunaratne starred with 3 for 47 while Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage picked two each. Australia were favourites as long as Maxwell was at the crease but he fell for 25-ball 30 and the hosts claimed the remaining four wickets in the next three overs.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SL vs AUS, 3rd ODI

The pitches at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo have the tendency to be low and slow. Batters can get big scores here once set. 137 ODI matches have been played here with the average first innings score of 236. The number reads 258 since 2021. 

The weather at Colombo on  is expected to be cloudy with possible thunderstorms in the evening. There’s a 55% chance of rain in the evening with the temperature fluctuating between 26-30°C.

Sri Lanka – Expected XI and Team News

Sri Lanka were forced to make a change in the last game after Wanindu Hasaranga’s injury. Jeffrey Vandersay was brought into the playing XI for the second ODI. Sri Lanka have trusted U19 star Dunith Wellalage, playing him in both the games.

Probable XI – Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana

Australia – Expected XI and Team News

Australia have been hit badly by injuries as several of their players are unavailable including Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar. They had to call up Travis Head and Matthew Kuhnemann from the ‘A’ side while Mitchell Swepson also got an opportunity.

Probable XI – Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head/Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar/Matthew Kuhnemann, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Hazlewood

Head to head record of SL vs AUS

Total Encounters – 99

Sri Lanka Won – 33

Australia Won – 63

Australia lead the last five encounters by 4-1. 

3rd 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:

Glenn Maxwell: All-rounder, Australia

Glenn Maxwell is amongst the top players in the game with great all-round value. He has been incredible since 2020, scoring 463 runs from eight ODIs at an average of 77 and strike rate of 145. Maxwell hammered 80* off 51 in the first ODI of the series and scored 30 off 25 in the second. He also picked 2/35 in the last game. Maxwell is a good captaincy pick, priced at 9.5 credits.

Kusal Mendis: Wicketkeeper Batter, Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis, a talented batter with compact technique, is one of Sri Lanka’s better players in the format. The right hander has scored over 2400 runs from 84 ODIs at an average of 31, including two hundreds and 18 fifties. Mendis has done well in the ongoing series, scoring 86* in the first game and 36 in the second. He’s a solid VC option, priced at 8.5 credits.

David Warner: Batter, Australia

David Warner is one of the best opening batters in world cricket. He has amassed 5492 from 128 ODIs at an average of 45 while striking at 96. The left hander has 18 hundreds and 23 fifties to his credit in the format. Warner got a good start in the second game with 37. He remains a good pick, priced at 10.5 credits.

Maheesh Theekshana: Bowler, Sri Lanka

Maheesh Theekshana is an exciting prospect for Sri Lanka. The mystery spinner has done well at the top level in his limited exposure. The 21yr old has played six ODIs, claiming 7 wickets at an excellent economy of 4.40. Theekshana has one four-for to his credit. He is a good pick, priced at 8.5 credits.

Dhanajaya de Silva: All-rounder, Sri Lanka

Dhanajaya de Silva doesn’t have great numbers in the fifty-over format but offers some all-round value. He has scored 1240 runs from 58 ODIs at an average of 26 with seven fifties. He also has 30 wickets to his credit. DDS did well in the second game, scoring 34 and picking two crucial wickets. He’s 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.


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