The Sri Lanka national cricket team will need to overcome the retirement of one of their great batsmen, 39-year-old Tillakaratne Dilshan, to rally past a depleted Australia side in the Fourth ODI which will stream live Wednesday — as the reigning World Cup champions need just one win to clinch the five-match series.
Dilshan had declared Sunday's Third ODI the last 50-overs international match of his storied career, and as a result, more than 45,000 fans showed up at 18,000-seat Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium Sunday, causing chaos in the stands with spectators climbing trees to get a glimpse of Dilshan's final bow.
Tillakaratne Dilshan salutes the crowd following his final ODI #ThankYouDilshan #ShotOfTheDay pic.twitter.com/YN5LOFkUmsThey saw their hero post a respectable 42 runs in his final outing, and they also witnessed perhaps the next great Sri Lanka batting star, 26-year-old Dinesh Chandimal, tally 102 for the fourth One Day International century of his cricket career.
— ICC (@ICC) August 29, 2016
What the overflow crowd did not witness, however, was a Sri Lanka victory. After the hosts were bowled out with four balls to spare and just 226 on the board, an Australia team led by fill-in Skipper David Warner used an evenly distributed scoring attack to hang on for a two-wicket win with four overs left to bowl.
As in the third match, the Fourth ODI will see Australia trying to win without Captain Steve Smith, who has returned to Australia for a break, citing a need for rest before a busy summer of cricket, as well as fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and Shaun Marsh.
Watch highlights of Dilshan's last ODI match, in the third showdown between Australia and Sri Lanka, in the video below.Dilshan left the ODI game after 330 matches, the fifth-most of any Sri Lanka player, and with 10,290 runs on his record, fourth-most for his country.
Sri Lanka have called up 27-year-old Sachith Pathirana, an all-rounder with only three ODI matches to his credit and none for about a year, to take Dilshan's place on the squad.
Australia won the 3rd ODI by 2 wickets & take 2-1 lead in the series. #SLvAUS AUS 227/8 (46.0 Ovs) v SL 226 pic.twitter.com/84NNEyfpD8To find out how to watch a live stream of the Fourth Sri Lanka vs. Australia ODI cricket match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled to be bowled at 2:30 p.m. India Standard Time at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday, August 31.
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 28, 2016
Viewers in the United States can watch the live stream starting at 5 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2 a.m. Pacific. Cricket fans in Australia can log in at 7 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time, 5 p.m. Western Time.
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Can Sri Lanka rally after the retirement of Dilshan to defeat Australia and even the five-match ODI series at two games apiece? Or will Australia — the World Cup champions and still the top-ranked team in the 50-overs format — manage to clinch the series win even with a squad depleted by injures and other absences? The best way to find out is to watch the Sri Lanka vs. Australia Fourth ODI cricket match from Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium just outside of Dambulla, 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.
There are also legal ways to watch Willow TV and Willow TV Xtra for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the third ODI match of the Sri Lanka vs. Australia five-ODI cricket series, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link — or try the one-month free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and Willow TV Xtra, as well as the Sri Lanka vs. Australia Fourth ODI cricket match. Information on that deal can be found at this link. Another live stream link can be accessed by clicking here, and live text commentary on the third ODI match is available from Star Sports at this link.
Cricket fans in Australia can catch the live stream of their national cricket team's crucial Fourth ODI against Sri Lanka via the FoxTel Play service 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 remaining two matches in the Sri Lanka vs. Australia ODI series at no charge.
[Photo By Eranga Jayawardena / Associated Press]