SL v AUS, 2nd ODI Preview: Sri Lanka seeks redemption

Australian cricketer James Faulkner (L) celebrates with his teammates after he dismissed Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis during the first One Day International (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on August 21, 2016. / AFP / ISHARA S.KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian cricketer James Faulkner (L) celebrates with his teammates. (Photo by ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Redemption will be lingering on the minds of the Sri Lanka players as their honor and redemption will be at stake when they take on their rivals Australia in the second match of the ODI series the following day. They will be playing at the R Premadasa Stadium, the place where the first ODI of the series was played. Moreover, the fact of the matter is also that Sri Lanka will be hoping that they certainly do not get humiliated in their home conditions.

Pitch Conditions

The wicket is expected to be a similar one to that from the first ODI. The wicket will most certainly turn and will be a massive test for the Australian batsmen who seemingly did well to play the spin in the first One-Day International at the same venue.


Team Analysis

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was dealt a massive blow ahead of their second encounter against Australia when they lost one of their premier pacers in the form of Nuwan Pradeep. The 29-year old is reportedly suffering from a niggle from an injury he picked up in the recently concluded tour of England. Moreover, Angelo Perera, has been roped into the side.

The Lankans were also left baffled by some of the horrendous tactics employed by Angelo Mathews in the first One-Dayer. Although chinaman Lakshan Sandakan was indeed available, he opted not to bowl him against the Aussies. However, what the outcome of the team selection based on these factual details remains to be seen.

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Australia’s win in the first ODI has done wonders in erasing the heartbreak of the 3-0 Test series defeat at the hands of their hosts. With Mitchell Starc completing 100 wickets in Test cricket, it is clear that the monkeys are off the players’ backs and that they will play with a certain amount of freedom.

Although no changes in the team are expected, it is clear that the Aussies will be striving for excellence in the second match at the Premadasa. However, one can expect Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh to make their way into the side despite not wanting to tinker with the winning combination.

Match starts at 14:30 IST

Telecast on Ten1

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Playing XI (Probable)

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (C), Dinesh Chandimal (WK), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal

Australia: Steve Smith (C), Matthew Wade (WK), David Warner, Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Moises Henriques, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazelwood


1. In 23 ODIs played between Australia and Sri Lanka, the latter has won 13 matches and lost 10 matches.

2. Dinesh Chandimal requires 7 runs to complete 500 runs in ODI cricket against Australia. Australia’s David Warner requires 38 runs to complete 500 runs against Sri Lanka.