Australia vs Sri Lanka – One-Day International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Monday, 27th May, 10:30

Where Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Sri Lanka? 17-19c with sunshine and cloudy intervals throughout the day

What channel is Australia vs Sri Lanka on? The match will be not be shown live on UK TV

Where can I stream Australia vs Sri Lanka? Australia vs Sri Lanka will not be streamed live on UK TV

Are tickets still available for Australia vs Sri Lanka? https://tickets.cricketworldcup.com/ticketingInfo.html

LAST MEETING
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • Australia’s final warm-up match will see them measure themselves against Sri Lanka and they are riding a long winning streak with the latest victory coming against World Cup favourites England on Saturday so confidence is flying at the moment.
  • They managed to defend a total of 297/9 which was all the more impressive given the fact that they were without their star pacemen in Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins so they know there is plenty more to come when the real action starts.
  • The integration of David Warner and Steve Smith has been relatively seamless despite the duo being booed against England but that only served to motivate them even more with Smith hitting a sensation century on the way to victory and they will look to continue their strong form here.

SRI LANKA

Captain: Dimuth Karunaratne

  • Sri Lanka were comfortably beaten by South Africa once again in their first warm-up match on English soil after beating Scotland prior to that, and they will know they have plenty of improvements to make if they are to challenge at all in the World Cup.
  • This will be another extremely tough test for them against an in-form Australian side in Southampton and they will have to bowl much better than they did against South Africa where they were smashed for 338/7.
  • The experienced bowlers such as Lakmal, Pradeep and Udana are going to have to raise their game and hope that their spinners can make an impact although the early signs are not looking great for them and unless they can start to restrict their opponents to closer to 300 or less, then their batsmen are going to continue to struggle as they likely will here.

THE PREDICTION

Australia come into the World Cup as arguably the form side and they showed their potential as they beat favourites England on Saturday. They will be keen to maintain the momentum they have and pick up another win and they are favoured heavily to beat a poor Sri Lankan side. Dimuth Karunaratne’s men have some quality in their side but rarely are they able to piece a complete performance together and it is difficult to see how they can produce a display good enough to beat this strong Aussie team.