Fantasy Insights for the 3rd of the 5-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia, at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeeper: Niroshan Dickwella

Batters: Marnus Labuschagne, Charith Asalanka, David Warner

Allrounders: Dhananjaya de Silva, Glenn Maxwell, Dunith Wellalage

Bowlers: Chamika Karunaratne, Josh Hazlewood, Matthew Kuhnemann, Dushmantha Chameera

C/VC: Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood

Base Team

Wicketkeeper: Kusal Mendis

Batters: David Warner, Charith Asalanka

Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Dhananjaya de Silva

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins

The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss.

Wicketkeepers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Kusal Mendis is a no-brainer after the form he has shown of late. As we predicted ahead of the series, Mendis batting higher than Carey has worked out in the Sri Lankan’s favour so far.

If Australia bat first, you could gamble on Carey, as batting usually becomes challenging in the second innings at Colombo.

Batters – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

David Warner: Warner has been dismissed for a single-digit score in both his innings at the R. Premadasa Stadium. This is one of the most spin-friendly decks in the world, and with a couple of off-spinners in the Sri Lankan XI, Warner is in for a tough outing. 

Charith Asalanka:

At R. Premadasa Stadium: 323 runs in 6 innings at 53/88.

Asalanka is now a differential pick after a low score in the last game. In 6 innings at the R. Premadasa Stadium, the left-hander has crossed the 50-run mark thrice with a career-high score of 77. 

All-rounders – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Glenn Maxwell: Bowling 10 overs regularly irrespective of matchups and excelling in the finishing role has seen Maxwell scoring loads of points so far. With another slow pitch on offer, the all-rounder is in for a good day at the office—top C/VC pick.

Dhananjaya de Silva: One of the better players of spin, de Silva is also handy with the ball on decks like Colombo. A top C/VC option if Hasaranga doesn’t play.

Dunith Wellalage: Dunith Wellalage has had a solid start with the ball to his international career, picking up 4 wickets in just 2 games. In a more spin-friendly venue, expect the young SLA all-rounder to bowl more overs than he has so far and return good points. 

Bowlers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:

Pat Cummins: As we had predicted, Cummins returned to wicket-taking form in the last game, picking up a four-for in the last game. Sri Lankan batters struggle against hard lengths at high pace and with Australia playing just 2 pacers, expect Cummins to be amongst the wickets again. 

Josh Hazlewood: With just one wicket in two games, Hazlewood has highly underperformed so far. You can’t keep a player his quality out for a long time, and this could be his night! 

Only twice in his 58-game career has Hazlewood gone wicketless in back-to-back innings.

Maheesh Theekshana: Theekshana picked up a 4-for on his debut at the R. Premadasa Stadium last year. After struggling in the first two games, his selection % has dropped to 30 compared to 70 in the first two games. The off-spinner is, therefore, one of the top differentials in this game.

Chamika Karunaratne: Karunaratne is in good form with 8 wickets in the last 5 games. He is also handy with the bat, as indicated by him averaging 33 runs per wicket in ODIs. 

Predicted Playing XI:

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Jeffrey Wandersay, Chamika Karunratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana

Australia: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steve Smith/Jos Inglis, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(wk), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Matt Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Hazlewood

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