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Sri Lanka suffer Hasaranga blow as they look to fight back

ESPNcricinfo understands that Hasaranga has been dominated out of no less than the second match in Pallekele with a groin pressure with medical workers but to find out the size of his lay-off. He starred with bat and ball within the opening recreation, virtually carrying Sri Lanka to victory, and will likely be a big loss.

Australia have been barely shocked to see a used floor for the opening ODI nevertheless it nonetheless performed fairly effectively. Spinners actually had the higher time of it with 11 of the 15 wickets falling to spin.

Either side have damage issues of their spin division. Ashton Agar picked up a aspect damage within the opening recreation so as to add to Australia’s rising casualty checklist which has now additionally seen Marcus Stoinis, one other with a aspect pressure, dominated out of the collection.

Sri Lanka’s batters have been spectacular on a slowish floor however very similar to the T20I collection, they want one of many high three to kick on to a giant rating to put the platform for a complete effectively over 300. Their spinners picked up wickets however they have been unable to comprise Australia’s highly effective center order, who continued to take courageous choices regardless of the dangers concerned with Maxwell displaying there isn’t any floor sufficiently small when he is on tune.

Australia’s loss of life bowling stays a slight subject with Jhye Richardson as soon as once more getting it incorrect within the penultimate over of the innings, however Pat Cummins will likely be higher for the run after his first recreation again from a spell. Australia may additionally utilise Marnus Labuschagne’s legspin somewhat extra in recreation two after he solely bowled three overs however picked up two wickets.

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Sri Lanka’s spinners are their trump playing cards in opposition to Australia however they want Dushmantha Chameera to supply extra help together with his categorical tempo. He had an inconsistent IPL, with some excellent showings for Lucknow Tremendous Giants blended with some very costly outings. Australia’s top-order batters have feasted on his tempo on this tour to this point and took him for eight per over within the first ODI. Aaron Finch has been capable of get himself happening this tour due to Chameera lacking his lengths within the powerplay. If he could make inroads early, Sri Lanka’s spinners may assault Australia’s center order extra successfully.
Marnus Labuschagne can set up himself as a significant commodity in Australia’s ODI aspect on this collection forward of a World Cup on the subcontinent subsequent yr. Sri Lanka’s pitches are barely completely different to India, however his better-than-part-time-legspin supplies one other precious bowling choice, significantly within the absence of Adam Zampa on this collection. He has solely bowled 13 overs in his 17 ODIs to-date and his two wickets in recreation one have been his first two in ODI cricket. He’s additionally trying to mattress down a spot within the center order as Australia want to be extra aggressive of their ODI batting forward of the World Cup, which can imply there’s solely room for considered one of Labuschagne or Steve Smith as a middle-order accumulator.
Filling Hasaranga’s footwear is a tricky ask as he is two cricketers in a single. They do have Jeffrey Vandersay within the squad as a legspinning choice however they might lose vital batting depth. The opposite choice can be to convey Bhanuka Rajapaksa into the center order and use Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl his full quota.

Sri Lanka (doable): 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Dunith Wellalage, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Jeffrey Vandersay, 11 Maheesh Theekshana

Mitchell Swepson will probably come into the aspect instead of Agar though uncapped left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann has been known as up from the Australia A squad together with Travis Head who may exchange Stoinis straightaway. Cameron Inexperienced is not obtainable to bowl till recreation three though may play as a specialist batter if Australia are assured in making up the overs elsewhere. Josh Inglis is one other batting choice.

Australia (doable): 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Alex Carey (wk), 6 Travis Head/Josh Inglis, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Jhye Richardson, 10 Mitchell Swepson, 11, Josh Hazlewood

The ODI collection opener was on a used floor, the identical strip because the third T20I recreation being introduced again up. There was a second pitch being ready and it will probably be used for recreation two. However the pitches have been fairly good for batting in Pallekele to this point with spinners solely getting somewhat little bit of buy.

  • Because the begin of the Covid-19 pandemic, Glenn Maxwell has performed solely seven ODIs for Australia however he is posted scores of 77, 1, 108, 45, 63*, 59, and 80* to whole 433 runs at a mean of 86.60 with a strike charge of 147.27.
  • “I believed it was an honest effort. I believe we have been somewhat bit sloppy within the subject. We wish to preserve our requirements up. There’s a few issues I believe to have a look at going into tomorrow’s recreation. However general the bowling was fairly good.”
    Pat Cummins on the areas Australia may do higher in

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