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4th ODI Predictions: Australia vs Sri Lanka



The 4th ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka will take place on Tuesday, 21st June.

The venue will be the Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

What happened in the last match

Sri Lanka defeated Australia in the third ODI by 6 wickets and took a 2-1 lead in the 5 match ODI series.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first.

David Warner fell cheaply but Aaron Finch played a vital knock of 62 in 85 balls.

The top middle order faltered.

However, the lower middle order bounced back to take Australia to a strong total of 291 for 6 in 50 overs.

Alex Carey hit 49 runs and Glenn Maxwell pitched in with 33.

Travis Head was the batting hero for the Aussies with his 70 not out off 65 balls.

For Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Vandersay picked up 3 wickets for 49 runs.

In reply, openers Niroshan Dickwella and Pathum Nissanka added 42 for the first wicket before Dickwella fell to Glenn Maxwell.

Kusal Mendis and Nissanka joined hands to carve out a 170 run partnership that put Sri Lanka in total command.

Mendis made 87 off 85 balls before he retired.

Nissanka carried on and ended up with 137 off 147 balls, before departing in the 48th over when just 8 runs were required.

Charith Asalanka hit the winning runs as Sri Lanka beat Australia with 6 wickets in hand.

Pitch Report

The Premadasa pitch is usually spin friendly and offers help to bowlers.

Run-scoring can be a challenge.

The average total on this ground is around 240.

In the previous ODI that was also played on this ground, the most impressive bowler was   spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.

The past records of teams chasing a total and setting a total are almost equally balanced.

So the toss won’t be a deciding factor.

Sri Lanka vs Australia head-to-head

Australia and Lanka have played of 101 ODI matches so far.

The Aussies have won 62 games while the former have come out winners on 35 occasions.

However, Sri Lanka have not defeated Australia in an ODI bilateral series since 2010.

Team News

Kusal Mendis left the field due to ‘neuromuscular cramps’ but will be available on Tuesday.
Even century-maker Nissanka, who received treatment during the course of his innings is fully fit.
However, Gunathilaka, who missed Sunday’s match with a hamstring strain, will most probably miss the match.
Star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga might miss the match as part of medical recovery.
Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay and left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage might be included again, based on their performances in the series.

The Aussies might risk playing Mitchell Starc in a bid to rescue the series, despite him having barely recovered from a finger injury.

Alternatively, Pat Cummins could also feature though playing him is a calculated gamble, owing to his importance in the upcoming Test series.

Mathew Kuhnemann was unimpressive going for 61 runs in 10 overs and might make way for leg-spin-bowler Mitchell Swepson.

Probable playing XI

Sri Lanka

Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage


David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc/Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood

Best batter of the match

Kusal Mendis is in sizzling form having scored two unbeaten fifties and a total of 209 with a strike rate of 98.12 in the three matches.

His knock of 87 off 85 balls helped Sri Lanka go 2-1 in the series.

He is expected to play a big role with the bat again.

Best bowler of the match:

Josh Hazlewood is the second-ranked ODI bowler in the world.

Till now, he has picked up two wickets with an economy rate of just above five runs per over.

However, he is a proven performer who steps up in crunch games.

Who will win

The Aussie batting line up is much stronger than the Lankans.

They would have also done their homework against the Sri Lankan spinners and will be well prepared.

Our prediction is that Australia will win.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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