Sri Lanka lead the series by 3-1
After bagging the series in the previous match, the home side Sri Lanka will want to completely dominate and win the fifth match of the ODI series as well. The final ODI match between Sri Lanka and Australia is to be played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on June 24 (Friday).
The visitors somehow managed to lose the previous match after restricting Sri Lanka to just 258. However, the home team bowled at disciplined lines and lengths as they kept chipping away with wickets at regular intervals. It remains to be seen whether Australia can win the final match of the series before the focus shifts to Test cricket.
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium
Date and Time: June 24, 2:30 PM IST
Telecast and Live Streaming: Sony Six and Sony LIV app
The pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium has got difficult for batting as was evident during the fourth match. The spinners are getting assistance from the wicket and scoring has been difficult against them. Both teams might look to be aggressive during the field restrictions and try to score as many runs as they can with the new ball. Skipper winning the toss might look to bat first.
Probable playing XI
Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage
David WarnerAaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Matthew Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the match:
Australia’s pocket-dynamite David Warner was the only batter who looked comfortable during the fourth ODI. The left-handed batter stroked an excellent 99, but could not win the game for his team. Warner is comfortable against both spin and pace and will look to go big in the final ODI.
Probable best bowler of the match:
The left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage has bowled well in the 50-over series. The 19-year-old has scalped six wickets in four matches at an average of 26.50. He also took the wicket of Mitchell Marsh in the previous match and is currently sitting in the second spot for the most wickets list in the series.
Today’s Match Prediction: Australia to win the match