The fifth and final ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia will be held at Pallekele tomorrow. This is will be mostly of academic interest only, as Australia have clinched the series 3-1. But Australia were not as dominant as the 3-1 scoreline would suggest. At times it looked like they were the luckier side. And Sri Lanka have played well below their potential in the ODI series. If they sleeping island tigers can wake up in the final match, it will be an interesting game, offering exciting possibilities for cricket betting.
Preview – Sri Lanka
Skipper Angelo Mathews is out injured. All-rounder Thisara Perera and left arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan too have been left out. The selectors have drafted in batsmen Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella in their place. They have also included pace-bowling all-rounder Dasun Shanaka in the squad. This is a chance for some of the youngsters to stake their claims.
Sri Lankan bowling’s dependence on Rengana Herath became obvious in the ODI series. The series proved that Australian batsmen can manage the Sri Lankan bowling if Herath is not part of the bowling unit. The fact that Sri Lanka failed to post big scores too helped Australia’s cause.
Preview – Australia
The Aussies are unhappy with the pitch and playing conditions. But they will be happy in that they have won the series. The credit must go to the bowlers. Mitchell Starc has produced a towering performance with the ball that will go down as one of the best bowling performance by an Australian speedster in Sri Lanka. On the batting front, George Bailey emerged as a reliable performer, especially after the departure of skipper Steve Smith midway through the series. Aaron Finch too produced some turbo-charged innings to give Australia a flying start.
This will be a close match. There is some bad blood between the teams. Both the teams will be eager to finish on a high. Here is a tip for cricket betting: If the team batting first make 270+, it will be hard for the chasing team.
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