Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 4th ODI (SL vs AUS)
Date: June 21, Thursday, 2:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
After winning the T20I series, Australia got off to a winning start in the ODI series as well but lost both the next two games. They will now be looking to avoid a series loss when the two teams meet for the fourth ODI at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on June 21.
Australia displayed a good batting performance in the third ODI but were not able to defend the target. Aaron Finch and Travis Head scored a half-century each to help the visitors post a target of 292 for the hosts. But a knock of 137 from Pathum Nissanka took Sri Lanka over the line with more than an over remaining. This is also their highest successful run-chase against Australia in ODIs.
Australia have a lot of depth and firepower in their batting lineup. But their bowlers will have to toil a bit harder. The absence of Pat Cummins was felt in the last game and the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson will have to deliver the goods. Sri Lanka did well in the last game despite the absence of their best player Wanindu Hasaranga, and will now be eyeing a series win. The last time Sri Lanka won ODI series against the Aussies at home was in 1992.
Ahead of the fourth ODI, 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
If we judge the pitch by how the recent games have played out at this venue, an even contest between the bat and ball can be expected at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. The spinners, like at most venues in Sri Lanka, enjoy better assistance here. Of the 30 ODIs played at this venue, the teams batting first have won 13 games. The average first innings score is 253, while the average second innings score is 205. The highest and lowest total recorded at the Pallekele Stadium is 363 for 7 and 70 for 10.
The weather in Pallekele will be mostly cloudy and a scattered thunderstorm has been forecast. The temperature will fluctuate between 25 to 32 degrees.
Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI
Team news: Sri Lanka are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI. Kusal Mendis has recovered from the cramps that forced him to retire hurt in the third ODI and is available for the next day. Meanwhile, Wanindu Hasaranga will continue to warm the bench due to a groin injury.
Predicted XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana
Australia team news and predicted XI
Team news: Ashton Agar suffered an injury in the first game, and Marcus Stoinis has also been ruled out of the series due to a side strain. Josh Hazlewood could be given a rest to manage his workload and Mitchell Starc would be brought into the XI in place of him.
Predicted XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head/Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Hazlewood/Mitchell Starc
Head to head record
Australia and Sri Lanka have met each other in 100 ODIs of which Australia have won 62 and Sri Lanka 34. Four games produced no result. In the games played in Sri Lanka, the hosts lead 16-14.
Total games – 100
Australia – 62
Sri Lanka – 34
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SL vs AUS, 4th ODI
Pathum Nissanka – Batsman, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan opening batsman Pathum Nissanka was the top run scorer of the series between Australia and Sri Lanka that was played earlier this year. He scored 36, 73, 16, 46 and 13 in the five T20Is. In the on-going ODI series, Nissanka scored 56 runs in the first game and an innings of 137 runs in the third game. He has 353 runs in six ODIs played this year and is an excellent choice for your MPL team’s captaincy.
Glenn Maxwell – All-rounder, Australia
Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 80 in the first ODI and scored in 30s in the next two ODIs. He has also contributed with the ball, picking three wickets in as many games. Maxwell was also in good form in the recently-concluded IPL 2022 where he scored 301 runs in 13 innings. With an experience of 119 ODIs under his belt, Maxwell will be looking to help Australia level the series 2-2.
Aaron Finch – Batsman, Australia
Captain Aaron Finch scored 44 runs in the opening ODI and a half-century in the third game. Finch brings with him a rich experience of playing 138 ODIs, from which he has scored 5375 runs at an average of 41.03. This includes 17 centuries and 30 fifties.
Kusal Mendis – Batsman, Sri Lanka
Kusal Mendis disappointed in the T20I series but has put up a good show in the ODI series. He scored an unbeaten 86 in the first ODI, 36 in the second ODI and an unbeaten 87 in the third ODI where he was retired hurt. Mendis has played 85 ODIs overall, from which he has 2506 runs at an average of more than 32.
Jeffrey Vandersay – bowler, Sri Lanka
Legbreak bowler Jeffrey Vandersay was included in the playing XI after Wanindu Hasaranga was ruled out with injury. Although he went wicketless in his first game of the series, Vandersay came back stronger in his second outing, picking up three wickets for 49 runs. Overall from 17 ODIs he has 23 wickets and will be looking to improve the tally in the remaining two games of the series.
MPL fantasy XI – SL vs AUS, 4th ODI
SL vs AUS – where and what time to watch the match live in India
The Sri Lanka vs Australia ODI 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 2.30 PM IST on June 21.
Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/
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.