Sri Lanka will take on Australia in the fifth and final ODI of their ongoing series at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, 4th September 2016. Kangaroos are leading the 5-match ODI series with 3-1 and they will look to make it 4-1 by winning the last game. The match will start at 2.30 PM local time and 5 AM GMT. Check out our Sri Lanka vs Australia 5th ODI match prediction, preview, and complete match analysis.
Australia started the series with a win in the first ODI but Sri Lanka bounced back in the 2nd ODI and won by 82 runs. However, after that match, Australia won back to back two matches and sealed the series. The 5th ODI of the series is not much important as there will no effect of this win on any team but Lankans will look to win this match for home fans.
The last match Sri Lanka lost against Australia by six wickets at Dambulla were host team won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision of Sri Lanka went wrong and they all out for 212 runs by the Australians bowlers. Except for Dhananjaya de Silva who scored 76 runs off 87 balls and skipper Angelo Mathews who scored 40 runs, rest all the players of Lanka didn’t even reach the double-digit scores.
George Bailey was looking in the great form in the match and scored 95 of 85 balls and partnership with Travis Head took Australia across the winning line. Australia dominated the ODI series completely and looking forward to win the last match of the series.
Bailey is performing in every for Australia and other players also doing well. The Sri Lankan team is not doing well in both batting and bowling and it will be very tough for them stop Australians in the last match.
Prediction: Australia will win this match.
Sri Lanka Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Amila Aponso, Milinda Siriwardana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan
Australia Squad: Moises Henriques, George Bailey, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, Scott Boland, Adam Zampa