Sri Lanka must come from behind in their ODI series against World Cup champions Australia, in the Second One Day International that will stream live Wednesday, with skipper Angelo Mathews and his team attempting to figure out how to break what is now a four match ODI losing streak.
In the First ODI match on Sunday, Sri Lanka threw a non-stop spin attack on a sharply turning pitch at the Australia batsmen — who somehow solved the riddle to record their country’s highest-ever chase in the island nation, tracking down 227 to win by three wickets with 19 balls remaining.
— ICC (@ICC) August 22, 2016
For Australia, World Cup hero Mitchell Starc claimed three wickets, allowing a stingy economy rate of just 3.2 in his 10 overs, while fellow pacer James Faulkner took four for an economy of 3.8.
Dinesh Chandimal played the starring role for Sri Lanka with 80 not out, while on the Australia side, ODI specialist Aaron Finch and Captain Steve Smith recorded 56 and 58 respectively on the way to the winning total.
Mathews says the key a series evening victory in the Second ODI against Australia is to take a cautious approach against the dominant fast bowling of the tall left-hander Starc.
“We have a clear plan for him — to refrain from attacking him, so that we don’t give him wickets,” Mathews said on Tuesday. “If we can score 40 or 50 runs off him, we feel that we can catch up against the other bowlers.”
Watch Angelo Mathews offer his preview of the Second Sri Lanka vs. Australia ODI cricket match in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the Sri Lanka vs. Australia Second ODI, click on the video below — or see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. India Standard Time at at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday, August 24.
For fans in the United States, the live stream will get underway at 5 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2 a.m. Pacific. In Australia, the match will begin to stream live at 7 p.m. Australian Eastern Time, 5 p.m. Western.
Chandimal took a short ball from Australia paceman Moses Henriques square in the ribs in the First ODI, but the standout Sri Lanka batsman says he expects to play in the Second ODI despite the bruise, which tests showed not to be serious.
— M Asad Javed (@asadjaved609) August 23, 2016
But Sri Lanka will once again miss their own fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who continues to be sidelined with a hamstring issue, an injury incurred prior to the Second Test match of the three-Test series dominated by Sri Lanka.
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Can Sri Lanka rebound after dropping the first ODI match, to even the series. Or will Australia — the world champions and top-ranked team in the ODI format — dominate the five-match set the way Sri Lanka dominated the Test series? The best way to find out is to watch the Sri Lanka vs. Australia Second ODI cricket match from R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, live online in the United States via Willow TV Xtra, available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee as well as on Willow TV’s own site, accessible by clicking here.
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Fans in Australia can catch the live stream of their national cricket team’s Second ODI against Sri Lanka via FoxTel Play available at this link. The service, which normally costs a subscription fee of $50 (Australian) per month now offers a two-week free trial, allowing fans to watch the entire five-match Sri Lanka vs. Australia ODI series at no charge.
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