Sri Lanka had unpleasant One-Day Series so far having already lost with fifth ODI still to be played on September 4. Last game will be played at Pallekele International Stadium on Sunday (4 Sep) which gives them opportunity to try out their bench strength and new players.
Fixture: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 5th ODI Match/ SL vs AUS
Time/Date: 02:30 PM IST/ 09:00 AM GMT/ 02:30 PM Local/ 04 Sep
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Sri Lanka comes into this fixture at the back of 6 wickets loss in last game which allowed visitors clinch One-Day Series 3-1. The biggest problem throughout the series for the hosts has been their batting and it was the same story at Dambulla on 31 August with the team only able to put on 212 runs on the board batting first. Dhananjaya de Silva and skipper Angelo Mathews were the only two batsman to contribute scoring 76 and 40 runs respectively.
Like during test series, Sri Lanka seemed relying too much on their spinners which may have hurt them. They lacked specialist pacers in their bowling attack and their part was done by skipper Angelo Mathews, Thisara Parera.
Skipper Angelo Mathews, who suffered from a calf tear while batting in the fourth ODI, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour while all-rounder Thisara Perera and spinner Lakshan Sandakan have been released from the squad. Batsman Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella and pacer Dasun Shanaka have been drafted in as their replacements.
Visitors finally have reason to smile with ODI series in their bag after misery they faced during test series in which they were whitewashed. This is the third consecutive bilateral series win for Australia in Sri Lanka, following wins in 2003/2004 and 2011.
Visitors will look to finish their job with one more win before they engage themselves in 2-match Twenty20 series starting 6 September.
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What is the full squad of Australia & Sri Lanka for five-match One-Day Series in 2016?
Sri Lanka Squad: Upul Tharanga , Amila Aponso, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana
Australia Squad: , David Warner (C), George Bailey, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa, Scot Boland
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