Fantasy Insights for the 5th game of the 5-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia, at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Final Fantasy XI
Wicketkeeper: Kusal Mendis
Batters: David Warner, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka
Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Dunith Wellalage, Mitchell Marsh
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne
C/VC: Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins
Wicketkeeper: Kusal Mendis
Batters: David Warner, Pathum Nissanka
Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers: Pat Cummins
The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss.
Wicketkeepers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
- vs Australia: 427 runs in 10 innings at 53/89
- At R. Premadasa Stadium: 470 runs in 10 innings at 59/88
R. Premadasa Stadium is a happy hunting ground of Kusal Mendis, as the numbers above show. The 27-year-old also averages 53 runs per wicket against Australia, his highest against any major cricketing nation in the format, making him the safest option in this section.
Batters – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
Pathum Nissanka: On technique, Nissanka is the best batter on the Sri Lankan side. He has had an average series by his standards, crossing the 30-run mark only twice in 4 ODIs. And he would want to set that right today by registering his 3rd 50+ score in the series.
Nissanka in the ODI series: 56, 14, 137, 13
David Warner: After an ordinary start to the series, the left-hander showed his class in the last game, looking comfortable against Sri Lanka’s spin quartet challenge with an impressive and almost match-winning 99(112). When a player like Warner finds his touch, he usually doesn’t stop till he cashes in on the form fully.
Charith Asalanka: As we had predicted, Charith Asalanka delivered in a high-pressure situation in the last game, helping his side secure their first white-ball home series win against the Aussies since 1992.
With not many in-form alternatives in this section, there is little value in leaving the middle order batter out.
At R. Premadasa Stadium: 446 runs in 8 innings at 64/92
All-rounders – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
Glenn Maxwell: Has bowled a minimum of 7 overs in every game of the series and is in form with the bat. Maxwell is a must-pick with 144 runs and 4 wickets in the series. Top C/VC option.
Maxwell at No. 7 in ODIs: 683 runs in 19 innings at 49/129
Dhananjaya de Silva: Has looked good with the bat throughout the series but only managed to get a score of note in the last game. The 30-year-old has also been valuable with the ball, taking 5 wickets in the series. Differential C/VC option!
Wanindu Hasaranga: Arguably Sri Lanka’s most important player in the XI, Hasaranga is not only one of the world’s best spinners but also a genuine bowling all-rounder. The 24-year-old is in form with the bat, further improving his fantasy potential.
Highest strike rates in the series: Wanindu Hasaranga (148.7), Glenn Maxwell (148.4), Marcus Stoinis (141.9)
Mitchell Marsh: Marsh bowled 8 overs and took two wickets in the last game. It is not easy to get a bowler of his type away on a deck that’s a bit up and down and assists seam. Typically when you combine this with the fact that he bats in the top 3, he will be seen as one of the top captaincy picks, but not here because Marsh struggles big time against quality spin. And to succeed at Colombo, you have to be a good player of slow bowling.
Mitchell Marsh with the bat in the series: 36 runs at 18/72
Bowlers – Fantasy Angles and Stats:
Jeffrey Vandersay: Vandersay has picked 5 wickets in the last two games, troubling the Aussie batters with his crafty leg-spin. Considering the form the 32-year-old is in, leaving him out on a deck that’s tailormade for him could backfire.
Pat Cummins: Pat Cummins is not only the highest wicket-taker in the series but also the second most economical bowler among all those who have bowled a minimum of 10 overs. Add some cheap runs down the order with the bat, and the Australian superstar becomes one of the most straightforward selections in the game today.
- Most wickets in the series: Pat Cummins (6), Dunith Wellalage (6)
- Best ER in the series (min 10 overs): D de Silva (4.6), Pat Cummins (4.7), Maheesh Theekshana (4.8)
Predicted Playing XI:
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(wk), Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann
Josh Hazlewood has played every game on this tour so far, and with this being a dead rubber, the Aussies could rest their premium pacer in the hope of having him fresh for the Test series. Also, expect Josh Inglis to replace the injured Travis Head.
With Mitchell Swepson on the bench, Cameron Green could also make his way out to give Australia more specialist quality bowling options.