Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd ODI (SL vs AUS)
Date: June 16, 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. In a game played via the Duckworth Lewis method, the visitors beat hosts Sri Lanka by two wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Batting first, Sri Lanka put up a total of 300 runs in 50 overs. Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis scored a half-century each, but the middle and lower middle order was not able to get going.
Rain played a spoilsport when Australia were 72-2 in 12.4 overs, after which their target was revised to 282 from 44 overs. Glenn Maxwell top scored with an unbeaten 80 while Steve Smith also scored a half-century. The remaining contribution was made by Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis, who made 44 runs each. Australia won by two wickets and nine balls to spare.
Sri Lanka’s batsmen have been inconsistent throughout, including the T20Is, but their spinners have done well. But they have been faced with a big blow ahead of the second ODI – star all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has been ruled out with a groin strain. The medical team has given no update on the time Hasaranga will take to be fit again.
Ahead of the second 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
Going 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. But the spinners have enjoyed most assistance here. Of the 29 ODIs played at this venue, the teams batting first have won 12 games. The average first innings score is 254, while the average second innings score is 206. 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 with a good chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 25 to 32 degrees.
Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI
Team news: Wanindu Hasaranga has been ruled out of the second ODI due to a groin injury. They might go to Jeffery Vandersay in their bench strength to make up for Hasaranga.
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. Mitchell Swepson is likely to replace Agar while one among left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann and Travis Head will replace Stoinis.
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
Head to head record
Australia and Sri Lanka have met each other in 98 ODIs of which Australia have won 62 and Sri Lanka 32. Four games produced no result. At the Pallekele International Stadium, Australia have won all the three games played and they also take a 5-0 lead in the last five games played between the two sides.
Total games – 98
Australia – 62
Sri Lanka – 32
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 opening batsman Pathum Nissanka played some good knocks when Australia and Sri Lanka 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. In the recent T20Is, however, he was not able to convert the starts he got. But Nissanka returned to form in the first ODI where he scored 56 runs. In all, Nissanka has an average of 22.15 in 13 ODIs.
Glenn Maxwell – All-rounder, Australia
Since the start of 2020, Glenn Maxwell has played only seven ODIs but has scored 433 runs at an average of 86.60 with a strike rate of 147.27. In the opening ODI against Sri Lanka, the all-rounder scored an unbeaten 80 off 51 balls at a strike rate of over 155. Maxwell was also in good form in the recently-concluded IPL 2022 where he scored 301 runs in 13 innings. In all, he has a batting average of 35.21 in 117 ODIs and has also picked up 51 wickets.
Josh Hazlewood – Bowler, Australia
Josh Hazlewood picked up 8 wickets in 3 matches against Sri Lanka in February, 20 wickets in 12 matches of IPL 2022, six wickets in three T20Is against Sri Lanka recently and in the on-going series, he picked up one wicket in the opening ODI. In all, Hazlewood has played 57 ODIs, from which he has 94 wickets.
Aaron Finch – Batsman, Australia
Captain Aaron Finch made significant contributions in the T20I series, which includes a half-century. In the first ODI, the opener scored 44 runs and will be looking to better the score in the next game. Finch brings with him a rich experience of playing 136 ODIs, from which he has scored 5299 runs at an average of 41.07. This includes 17 centuries and 29 fifties.
Kusal Mendis – Batsman, Sri Lanka
Kusal Mendis disappointed in the T20I series but was Sri Lanka’s star performer in the first ODI where he scored an unbeaten 86. In the past, Mendis has delivered quite a few match-winning performances for Sri Lanka in the ODIs, a format in which he averages 30.94 in 83 games.
MPL fantasy XI – SL vs AUS, 2nd 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 16.
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.