Sri Lanka vs Australia 2nd ODI Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between Sri Lanka and Australia?
Sri Lanka would be hoping to stage a comeback after a bitter loss in the first game.
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Sri Lanka will be locking horns with Australia in the second ODI at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on June 16. This is a must-win game for the hosts, having suffered a bitter two-wicket loss in the rain-affected opening game despite posting a stiff total of 300 batting first. While the bowlers tried their level best to derail the Australian innings, they could not maintain consistency till the very end.
The Aussies, on the other hand, had an ordinary day with the ball, but their batters made up for it brilliantly with skipper Aaron Finch and Steve Smith taking the initiative upfront after the early dismissal of explosive opener David Warner. Even after the duo was sent back to the pavilion, the middle-order batters showed a great amount of determination. While all-rounder Marcus Stoinis steadied the run chase in the middle overs, Glenn Maxwell added the finishing touches despite running out of partners from the other end.
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Date and Time: June 16, 2:30 PM IST
Telecast and Live Streaming: Sony Ten Network, Sony LIV.
The Pallekele surface is known to assist both batters and the bowlers. While a run-fest can be expected from the batters once they are well-set at the crease, the spinners will enjoy a lot of turn on this track once the ball gets older, and batting here in the second innings might be challenging. However, with rain expected on the match day, the captain winning the toss will be looking to bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs for Sri Lanka vs Australia
Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Thushara, Maheesh Theekshana.
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Swepson
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the match
Glenn Maxwell turned out to be the hero for Australia in the previous game. The dasher destroyed the morale of the Sri Lankan bowlers at the backend of the run chase as he single-handedly tormented them with his batting performance. Maxwell only had the tail-enders for company in the end, but he remained unaffected despite that. The power-hitter remained unbeaten on 80 runs from 51 deliveries.
Probable best bowler of the match
Wanindu Hasaranga broke the backbone of Australia with his vicious bowling spell. Hasaranga was expected to dominate on the Kandy wicket that provides a lot of assistance to spinners in the second half. He finished his brilliant spell with figures of 4/58 from his nine overs at an economy rate of 6.4.