Sri Lanka and Australia are set to clash in the third fixture of the five-match ODI series on Sunday, June 19 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The match begins at 2:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
The series is tied at 1-1 after Australia won the opening game by two wickets and Sri Lanka bounced back in the second with a 26-run victory. Both matches were decided by the DLS method.
The weather in Colombo is predicted to be rainy on Sunday as well so the DLS method might come into effect yet again.
Mitchell Starc was already missing from the squad and to make things worse, the visitors will be without Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar as well, with both picking up injuries.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 3rd ODI odds
Bet365 odds: Sri Lanka: 2.75, Australia: 1.44
Parimatch odds: Sri Lanka: 2.88 Australia: 1.40
10CRIC odds: Sri Lanka: 2.70, Australia: 1.41
Betway odds: Sri Lanka: 2.75, Australia: 1.40
1xBet odds: Sri Lanka: 2.755, Australia: 1.42
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 and Australia have faced each other in 100 ODI matches so far with Australia winning a whopping 62 times while Sri Lanka have ended victorious on 34 occasions. Four matches have fetched no result.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 3rd ODI probable playing XI
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(w), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood
Sri Lanka vs Australia 3rd ODI top picks
Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya de Silva’s all-round abilities can prove to be the difference in the upcoming match. He struck a 30-plus score and contributed with two wickets in the second ODI to help Sri Lanka level the series.
Another batting pick from Sri Lanka would be their wicket-keeper Kusal Mendis. An 86 not-out in the opening game, followed by a gritty 36 in the second puts him in good stead. Kusal Mendis was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in both matches.
Australia: The number one pick from the visiting squad has to be the swashbuckling Glenn Maxwell. He has impressed with both and ball, scoring 30 and picking up two wickets as well in the previous game. Maxwell made an unbeaten 80 in the first match as well.
In the bowling department, look no further than Pat Cummins. The speedster racked up four wickets in the second match while giving away just four runs an over.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 3rd ODI prediction
If Australia’s big guns – Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell – can convert their start into big scores, the visitors have a chance to take a lead in the series.
However, one can expect rains to play spoilsport again in this match and affect the outcome.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 3rd ODI playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 31°C