Sri Lanka and Australia will face off for the 4th ODI of the five-match bilateral series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. It has been an exciting series so far with the visitors clinching the series opener in a rain-affected game by 2 wickets but the hosts managed to bounce back strongly by winning the next two matches.
When the two sides meet on June 21 while Sri Lanka would want to wrap up the series with one match to go and give enormous joy to a country suffering from economic and political crisis, Australia would want to force the series into the decider by winning this game. The stage is set for a riveting contest between two former world champions.
Ahead of the 4th ODI, here is a stat-based prediction of which team might come out on top in the end.
1. Toss Prediction
In the 3 matches in the series so far, Sri Lanka have won just one toss which happened in the series opener. Since then Australia has won the other two tosses and has even ended up on the winning side. With a 66.66 toss winning percentage in the series, the visitors are predicted to win the toss.
2. Win Possibility
Although not many would have predicted Sri Lanka to be leading the series 2-1 at this stage, the momentum is certainly with them. Moreover, in-home conditions, Sri Lanka should be able to beat the Kangaroos and register a memorable series win. However, against a wounded Australia it won’t be a walk in the park.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is Sri Lanka. Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka have been the leading run-scorers in the series. In addition, they have a good bowling pack with Dunith Wellalage and Wanindu Hasaranga leading the department. So Sri Lanka are likely to have a great outing in this game.
4. Powerplay Score
51 is the mean powerplay score that Sri Lanka have managed in the series so far. This is the average score that the home has recorded in the first 10 overs at a time when only two fielders of the fielding side are allowed outside the 30-yard-circle. Australia are not too far behind in this regard and have scored 50.33 runs on an average in the first 10 overs. So both are predicted to score over 50 in the powerplay.
5. Average Score
The average first innings score in this series has been 270.33. Two out of 3 times the team batting second has won the match in the 3 matches so far. However, this game will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo while the earlier ODIs were staged at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
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