Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd T20I (SL vs AUS)
Date: June 11, Saturday, 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Australia are in Sri Lanka for a multi-format series which got underway on June 7. The series involves three T20Is, five ODIs and two Test matches. Australia have already clinched the three-match T20I series by winning the first two games comprehensively.
In the first T20I, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 128 on the back of a Josh Hazlewood masterclass. Hazlewood picked up four wickets for just 16 runs in four overs, after which half centuries from David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch guided Australia to an effortless win.
Sri Lanka’s poor performance with the bat continued in the second T20I, in which they scored just 124 for the loss of nine wickets. The bowler to wreak havoc was Kane Richardson, who picked up four wickets for 30 runs in his four overs. Australia initially stuttered in their chase but eventually wrapped up the game with 13 balls to spare.
The third and final T20I will offer Australia a chance to register a whitewash, and an opportunity to Sri Lanka to salvage pride. Ahead of the game, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for SL vs AUS
An even contest between the bat and ball can be expected at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Of the 21 T20Is played at this venue, the teams batting first have won 13 games. The average first innings score is 167, while the average second innings score is 148. The highest and lowest total recorded at the Pallekele Stadium is 263 for 3 and 88 for 10.
The weather in Pallekele will be mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 25 to 30 degrees.
Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI
Team news: Sri Lanka have not made any changes to their playing XI so far. Both Kasun Rajitha and Matheesha Pathirana are out with injury and Asitha Fernando and Pramod Madushan have been called in as cover. Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka will open the batting, followed by Charith Asalanka and Kusal Mendis on no. 3 and 4. The likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana will be the key bowlers.
Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara
Australia team news and predicted XI
Team news: Mitchell Starc is out with injury but apart from him the rest of the lineup is likely to remain unchanged. Aaron Finch and David Warner have done well as openers, while Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood have done well with the ball.
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch ©, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
Head to head record
Australia and Sri Lanka have met each other in 24 T20Is of which Australia have won 15 and Sri Lanka 9. Aussies have won 11 of the last 12 matches between the two teams, including the previous four in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s average score against Australia is 143, while Australia’s average score against Sri Lanka is 156.
Total games – 24
Australia – 15
Sri Lanka – 9
Last five games
Australia – 5
Sri Lanka – 0
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SL vs AUS
Pathum Nissanka – Batsman, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Pathum Nissanka played some good knocks when the two teams met in February this year. He was the top run scorer of the series with scores of 36, 73, 16, 46 and 13 in the five T20Is. He is also the overall top run scorer for Sri Lanka against Australia in T20Is (among active players). In the first two T20Is of this series, however, he has managed to score only 39 runs and will be looking to make amends for it in the final game. In all, Nissanka has an average and strike rate of 28.61 and 116.03 in his 22-match T20I career.
Wanindu Hasaranga – All-rounder, Sri Lanka
One of the best T20I all-rounders in the world currently, Wanindu Hasaranga is indispensable to your fantasy cricket team. With 26 wickets, he was also the second-highest wicket-taker of IPL 2022 for Royal Challengers Bangalore last month. He was also the highest wicket taker at last year’s T20I World Cup. Talking about the ongoing series, he picked up four wickets for 33 runs in the second T20I and will be looking to carry the same form into the next game. Overall, Hasaranga has played 29 T20Is for Sri Lanka, from which he has 61 wickets at a strike rate of 12.6 and an economy of under seven runs per over.
Glenn Maxwell – All-rounder, Australia
Another all-rounder that can win you quite a few points is Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell has not done anything extraordinary in the on-going series, apart from picking two wickets for 18 runs in the second T20I. But he has been in fine form in the recent past. Maxwell scored 301 runs in 13 innings of IPL 2022, before which he hit 138 runs in five innings against Sri Lanka in February. In all, he has a strike rate of over 154 in 86 T20Is along with an average of nearly 31. With the ball, he has picked up 36 wickets.
Josh Hazlewood – Bowler, Australia
Going by his recent performances, Hazlewood is indispensable to your fantasy team. He picked up 8 wickets in 3 matches against Sri Lanka in February, 20 wickets in 12 matches of IPL 2022 and in the on-going series, he picked up four wickets for 16 runs in the first T20I.
David Warner – Batsman, Australia
David Warner is the top-scorer of the series with 91 runs in two games, at a strike rate of 168.51. He has been well supported by fellow opener Aaron Finch, who has 85 runs in two games.
MPL fantasy XI – SL vs AUS, 3rdt T20I
SL vs AUS – where and what time to watch the match live in India
The Sri Lanka vs Australia T20I series will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 7.00 PM IST on June 7.