Sri Lanka face Australia in the fourth ODI match on Tuesday, June 21 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo from 2:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Australia’s comfortable start to the ODI series was short-lived as a poor bowling performance in the third match cost them dearly. The Australian spinners, Marcus Labuschagne and Matthew Kuhnemann, struggled for consistency as they were milked for runs. However, Travis Head scored an unbeaten 65-ball 70 and provided good finishing touches alongside Glenn Maxwell which was a big positive for Australia.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka were brilliant with the bat in the third ODI as they completed their record run-chase against Australia in this format. Chasing 292, opener Pathum Nissanka scored a sensational ton. His 170-run partnership with Kusal Mendis set the foundation for a comfortable victory for Sri Lanka. Jeffrey Vandersay took three wickets in a wonderful spell earlier in the game.
With Wanindu Hasaranga’s return still doubtful, Sri Lanka are unlikely to make any changes to their winning combination. The injury cloud looms large over Australia as they would be hoping that Steve Smith can make a comeback to the playing XI.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 4th ODI odds
Bet365 odds: Sri Lanka: 2.75, Australia: 1.44
10CRIC odds: Sri Lanka: 2.58, Australia: 1.44
Betway odds: Sri Lanka: 2.62, Australia: 1.45
Betwinner odds: Sri Lanka: 2.95, Australia: 1.39
1xBet odds: Sri Lanka: 2.99 , Australia: 1.40
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Sri Lanka vs Australia head-to-head in ODIs
Sri Lanka have won 13 out of the 22 matches played between these two teams in Colombo. However, Australia hold the edge in the ODI head-to-head encounters, winning 62 of the 100 matches played between the two teams.
Australia’s recent form against the Islanders has been good, winning three of the last five ODI matches.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 4th ODI probable playing XI
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Hazlewood.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 4th ODI top picks
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis will be a top pick for this match. The swashbuckling top-order batsman has top-scored with 209 runs in this series at an impressive strike rate of 98.12. His knock of 87 runs in the third ODI was the backbone of the record run chase for Sri Lanka. The hosts will hope for more of the same from Kusal Mendis.
Australia: Star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be key to Australia’s revival in this ODI series. He is currently the top scorer for Australia in the series with 143 runs at an unbelievable strike rate of 152.12 and has also taken three wickets with the ball. The Aussies will be keen on his finishing skills to take them to a massive total. Glenn Maxwell would be key to bulk up the Australian score in case rain plays a part.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 4th ODI prediction
Sri Lanka have the wind in their sails after winning the last two ODIs. The manner of their victory in the last game now puts them in good stead to seal the ODI series. The hosts will start as favourites.
Australia will look forward to a much better bowling performance and some consistency at the top with the bat. Aaron Finch’s men from Down Under do have the resources to spark a comeback and level the series.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 4th ODI playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 30°C
Wind: 13 km/h