Posts Tagged ‘Australia in Sri Lanka 2011’

 Srikrishnan Chandrasekaran

 10 August 2011

Australia will be under some amount of pressure after they lost their two match T20 series against Sri Lanka. Even though T20 is more full fledged action wherein any body can take over the game from any given point, the close finish on the 2nd match gives the home team an edge over Australia in the forthcoming ODI series.

Ajantha Mendis, who picked up 6 wickets in the match, has been included in the SL side for the ODI and Australia can hope to see a lot of this maverick spinner for the remainder of this tour. He has not been part of World Cup Final and didn’t play much in England. Mendis has got lot of variety and has given lot of trouble to Indian players when they visited SL last in 2008. Teams have learnt to play him much better over the years, but he will still be a handful for the younger Australian batsmen touring Sri Lanka for the first time.

Mesmerising Ajantha Mendis could take Sri Lanka to no.1 ODI ranking by the end of the series

The 50 over match require a fair amount of bowling and batting skills to win over the opposition. This series  will really of close contest as the fight between No. 1 and No. 2 in ODI cricket rankings. Both the team has got a good mix of experienced and young players. The challenge for Australia is how they can tackle against the spin attack of SL. Australia will focus towards winning the series to retain their No.1 spot on the other hand SL will look towards winning the series and moving on to No. 1 spot.

Players to watch out on the series from AUS:

Batting: Ponting, Watson and Hussey.

These 3 are real match winners and SL should come up with a different tactics to handle them. Ponting has scored over 1450 runs against SL, but has scored only 334 runs in the last 11 ODIs over the last 12 months period with 1 century.

Bowling: Lee, Bollinger. Bollinger

Players to watch oout on the series from SL:

Batting: Sangakkara, Dilshan, Chandimal.

Dilshan plays really well against pace bowling and Sangakkara is a real accomplished player who might turn the series for Sri Lanka with his bat.

Bowling: Mendis, Lakmal, Randiv. Mendis will most likey man of the series. Randiv and Lakmal  have bowled decently in the last series, and will hope to come up good in this home series.

Even though the sides have more of equal strength, Sri Lanka has an edge over Australia as it is their home series. Best wishes to both the teams and expecting a decent show from both the teams