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  • 9:22 PM IST

    Live: AUS 217/4 Overs 31 | Batting: George Bailey 90 (85), Mathew Wade 8 (5): That’s it! Australia win the contest by 4 wickets, with 114 ball remaining. Incredible performances by Hasting and Bailey to seal the five-match ODI series 3-1.

    Oh, boy! What a match it has been! Top-drawer cricket!

    That’s it from us! See you in the fourth ODI between Pakistan and England.

  • 8:40 PM IST

    Live: AUS 181/3 Overs 25 | Batting: George Bailey 69 (62), Travis Head 34 (52): Well, well, well! Australia are on the verge of clinching the ODI series. Bailey and Head have managed to Sri Lankan spinners at bay, losing no wicket in the last 15 overs. Meanwhile, Bailey has scored a half-century. Aussies now need 32 runs off 25 overs.

  • 8:12 PM IST

    Live: AUS 138/3 Overs 15 | Batting: George Bailey 43 (29), Travis Head 18 (25): No wicket in the last five overs, but we have witnessed some top-drawer cricket. Pathirana and Aponso have bowled jaffa(s), but could not take wickets. Their formula is simple: bowl on middle and leg, and try to hit the off-stump. To be honest, Sri Lanka deserved more wickets (I have no clue how some of the balls missed the stumps).

  • 7:49 PM IST

    Live: AUS 109/3 Overs 10 | Batting: George Bailey 27 (13), Travis Head 6 (10): Just in case you aren’t following this contest, please do. Australian and Sri Lankans are equally berserk. Boundary after boundary and wicket after wicket, this game has caught me in trance. Warner and Khawaja both have been sent to the pavilion. Sachith Pathirana is having delightful time in the middle. He is not turning the ball, he is turning it square. And no, it is not a dust-bowl like the previous matches. Anyways, do turn on the TV as well as come back to this blog.

  • 7:24 PM IST

    Live: AUS 74/1 Overs 5.3 | Batting: David Warner 18 (14): The way Australia are batting, defending 213 runs will be a uphill task. Aaron Finch has fired on all cylinders, scoring four back-to-back boundaries in the second over. Moreover, he puts Sri Lanka in further enigma by scoring 2, 4, 4, 6, 2, 0 in Thisara Perera’s second over. I think I should start the Match Report, given the kind of no-nonsense mood these Australian are in. Oh, boy! We are in for some entertainment.

    However, Aaron Finch gets dismissed after scoring join-fastest 50 for Australia. OUT! Finch lbw b Sachith Pathirana 55 (19)

  • 6:13 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 200/9 Overs 48: Batting: Amila Aponso 0, Angelo Mathews 29–Dilruwan Perera’s cameo came to an end as Hastings got him to poke his bat at a a slower one. Perera tried to swing his bat but ended edging to keeper Wade. Perera’s departure saw injured skipper Angelo Mathews come to the crease. He cannot run but still he has come out to bat for his team and his hopping his way while running between the wickets. But Pathirana patience runs out as he tried to hoick one over long off but ends up giving an easy catch to Faulkner

  • 5:49 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 167/7 Overs 43: Batting: Sachitha Pathirana 13,Dilruwan Perera 1 –We had seen this coming. Sri Lankan batsmen were getting frustrated as runs had stopped coming in. Thisara Perera tried to slap one over covers but a slower one from Hastings got him. Aaron Finch did not move a t all as the balls came tpwards him and ended as a easy catch for him. This might be just it for Sri Lanka as their tail-enders have arrived at the crease. Now the question remain if they will even bat for 50 overs!

  • 5:36 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 161/6 Overs 40: Batting: Thisara Perera 11, Sachitha Pathirana 11 – Runs are coming in a very clumsy manner for hosts. This is the last batting pair for Sri Lanka and with Thisara Perera at the crease Sri Lanka will still consider themselves still into the match. Pathirana has been a good partner for Perera as he is also hitting the ball very well. In all this Bailey dropped a easiest of catch of Parera off Boland’s bowling. How much will this cost the visitors is what we can only understand at the end of 50 overs. Till them we will just have to wait to see what happens in the last 10 overs of the match as Sri Lanka has taken their batting powerplay.

  • 5:09 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 135/6 Overs 34: Batting: Thisara Perera 2, Sachitha Pathirana 1–Wickets tumbling at regular interval for Sri Lanka. This time it is Kusal Perera to depart. Travis Head gets hos first ODI wicket as Perera tries to charge down to a flighted delivery off head. Perera comes ahead and gives an easy catch to David Warner at short cover

  • 5:04 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 132/5 Overs 32: Batting: Kusal Perera 5, Thisara Perera 1–The trend of tumbling wickets is back for Sri Lanka as they loose 5th wicket. Perera looks to pull a short and wide delivery from Zampa. Tried to play it against the turn and ends up holing a easy catch keeper Wade. Will Sri Lanka get all out?

  • 4:49 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 123/4 Overs 29: Batting: Angelo Parera 1, Kusal Perera 3–What is wrong with Sri Lanka batsman. You cannot expect a set batsman like de Silva to get out in this fashion. Well directed short delivery from Hastings that was directed towards de Silva. He tried to go for a big one as he pulls the ball but ends up sending the ball into the sky high. Aaron Finch takes a easy one at mid-wicket. Two new batsmen at the crease now. Superb innings from de Silva comes to an end as he certainly had a century for taking. He will be disappointed and he should be!

  • 4:41 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 117/3 Overs 28: Batting: de Silva 73, Angelo Parera 1–Both Mathews and de Silva were looking pretty settled at the crease and were scoring runs easily. But a calf injury saw Angelo Mathews walk back to the dressing room as he was unable to continue even after some on-field treatment. Meanwhile Angelo Perera has walked into bat

  • 4:18 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 91/3 Overs 24: Batting: de Silva 59, Angelo Mathews 18–Lot of things happening on field but nothing much more then that. Australia even lost their review as they doubted a turned down appeal of lbw off Zampa’s bowling. The review showed the ball going down the leg side and the Australia lost their review. Also there were some close calls of lbw, a direct hit run-out appeal. But that is it for Australia. They will want to stop this partnership as they can prove fatal to their chances of sealing a series win in the 4th ODI itself.

  • 4:03 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 79/3 Overs 21: Batting: de Silva 50, Angelo Mathews 14–Dhananjaya de Silva gets to his half-century. His maiden ODI half-century. He was given the chance to open the innings and he has made th most of it as off now. Has a long long long way to go as a ton is there for the taking. Play responsible cricket is what everyone would be expecting from him and also the skipper Mathews.

  • 4:00 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 76/3 Overs 20: Batting: de Silva 49, Angelo Mathews 13–After the early debacle, de Silva and Mathews are ticking runs. They seemed to have absorbed the pressure very well. Sri Lanka needs this partnership to get going because if they loose a wicket here, they might just get bundled out very soon. Meanwhile de Silva is also reaching to bis half-century. He has been the only positive point for the hosts and this 5o if he gets to will serve as a big morale booster for Sri Lanka.

  • 3:43 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 55/3 Overs 15 : Batting: de Silva 39, Angelo Mathews 2 – Sri Lanka are still trying to handle their innings. After loosing 3 wickets which even included their Mister Dependable Dinesh Chandimal< skipper Mathews and opener de Silva are trying to keep the scoreboard ticking. Zapma has been got into attack now. This is introduction of spin in today’s match. Still a long way to go and lets see how this pitch against Zampa and his spin

  • 3:19 PM IST

    Sri Lanka are in a spot of bother as they have lost their highest runs scorer of the series. Chandimal was the man they had backed on in the previous matches. They have lost 3 quick wickets in the previous matches as well but had Chandimal every time, but situation is different here. What should we expect Sri Lanka to reach after 50 overs or will they even survive 50 overs?

  • 3:16 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 31/3 Overs 9 : Batting: de Silva 21, Angelo Mathews –Trouble! trouble and trouble as Chandimal walks back. The ball was way out of the off stump. Chandimal tried to slap the ball hard with a cross bat, but ends up giving an healthy edge to Wade behind the stump.

  • 3:06 PM IST

  • 3:00 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 17/1 Overs 4 : Batting: de Silva 13, Dinesh Chandimal – A loud shout from keeper Wade as a nipper from Hastings goes past Mendi’s bat. Wade shouts a loud but Hastings remained silent. Going by Wade’s confidence Australia went for a review which showed a faint edge. The original decision is reversed and Mendis has to go. His struggle comes to an end!

  • 2:48 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 17/1 Overs 4 : Batting: de Silva 13, Kusal Mendis 0 – Javagal Srinath has his birthday today and he is interestingly also the match referee. And the birthday boy was put on the big screen as the referee, apparently he got more cheers then any of the players. Such a legend. One of the finest bowlers India has ever produced till now! Meanwhile Sri Lanka are still trying to settle down after loosing the wicket in the very first over. Few edges here and there but still no luck for Australia except for the only wicket

  • 2:35 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 1/1 Overs 1 : Batting: de Silva, 0 , Kusal Mendis 0 (2)– Interesting opening pair from Sri Lanka. Avishka Fernando comes into the squad instead of retired Tilkaratne Dilshan while Dhanajaya de Silva opens the batting for the first time in series. As usual, Mitchell Starc opened the bowling and removed Fernando. Straight and full ball from Starc. Not much movement which is pitched full on middle. Fernando does not get any bat and the ball would have knocked off the middle stump. Starc gets wicket in first over yet again

  • 2:26 PM IST

    On the other side, Scott Boland has come instead of Josh Hazlewood. Interesting choice by the selectors I must say. Scott Boland on the other hand is a right arm medium fast bowler. Many would have preferred Nathan Lyon is it? justasking

  • 2:20 PM IST

    Sri Lanka have batted in all 3 previous ODI’s of the series where they could preform well only in the second ODI where they defeated Australia. Otherwise their performance has been well below par. They NEED to win this match to keep the series going as last ODI is still left to be played. A defeat here will end the host’s challenge in the series. Lot at stake for Angelo Mathews and his co. as they have a huge target to surpass

  • 2:17 PM IST

    Some new faces in SL XI as Sachith Pathirana and Angelo Perera make their way in. Perera comes into as an all-rounder while while Pathirana comes in as a left arm-spinner

  • 2:09 PM IST

    Australia XI – David Warner(c), Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Travis
    Head, Matthew Wade(wk), James Faulkner, John Hastings, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

  • 2:09 PM IST

    Sri Lanka XI – Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dilruvan Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Amila Aponso, Aneglo Perera

  • 2:07 PM IST

    I will get you the starting XI for both the teams in a while. Do not go anywhere!

  • 2:06 PM IST

    Hello everyone, welcome to live updates of the fourth ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia from Dambulla. News from Dambulla is that Sri Lanka has won the toss and have selected to bat first.

Australia currently lead the ODI series 2-1 © AFP
Australia currently lead the ODI series 2-1 © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and live cricket updates post of the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Australia. The match will be played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla. This is the same venue where the third ODI of this five-match series was played, in which Australia took a vital lead of 2-1 in the ongoing series. Australia will want to take an unassailable lead in the series since they have an upper hand going into the game. The tourists will be forced to make a few changes, since their regular captain Steven Smith has been rested and two key players in Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile have suffered injuries. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI at Dambulla

Both Marsh and Coulter-Nile have been ruled out of the ongoing series, which means that Australia will at least have to add a batsman in their playing XI. Left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja, who has been horribly out of form ever since he arrived in Sri Lanka, will get a chance to make amends.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka will find their backs on the wall with their bowlers not carrying the same effect which Rangana Herath could generate alone. The left-arm veteran spinner single-handedly ravaged Australia in the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy 2016-17, but the start of the limited-overs leg marked the exit of Herath from the scene and the returning of Sri Lankan bowlers back to mediocrity. ALSO READ: Australia vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI: Australia eye series win

Surprisingly, not a single score close to 300 has been registered so far in this series. Australia have restricted Sri Lanka under 230 twice, and the only time the tourists were challenged to chase a target close to 290, their batting fumbled. Australia, in case they field first, will have to ensure that they do not let the Sri Lankan batsmen settle in and make big scores. ALSO READ: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 4th ODI: Angelo Mathews vs David Warner and other key battles

One of the factors which will work in Australia’s advantage will be the exit of Tillakaratne Dilshan, who played his final ODI match on Sunday at the same venue. Dilshan’s exit marks the Sri Lankan opening order getting weaker, with Danushka Gunathilaka managing only 7 runs so far in the two ODIs he has played. In Dilshan’s place, it is expected that Kusal Perera, the specialist opener, will move to the No. 1 spot alongside Gunathilaka.

Talking about the hosts, Dinesh Chandimal has been their best batsman with 230 runs in the three ODIs played so far. Chandimal is averaging 115 after the first three ODIs, wherein he has struck one century and a half-century to keep Sri Lanka afloat. On the other hand, Kusal Mendis has continued making merry against Australia, as he follows the right-handed Chandimal in the list of most run-getters for Sri Lanka in the ongoing series.

Mendis has scored 140 runs in the three ODIs that he has played so far, and it can be said that he was unlucky as he could not convert his two half-centuries into tons. Mendis has been emerging as Sri Lanka’s best batsman in these conditions, and the right-handed batsman has made most of the opportunity that he has got.

At the same time, as far as Australian batting is concerned, there are a few problems for the touring team which is on the cusp of winning this ODI series. David Warner has  scored mere 19 runs in the three ODIs, and the man who is replacing Marsh is Khawaja who too has been horrible with his run-making.

Among the bowlers, it can be said that unlike the Test series where the hosts made most of the waves, it is the Australians who have been successful. Australia’s star all-rounder James Faulkner, who missed a major chunk of limited-overs cricket for his country in the last one year or so, is currently the leading wicket-taker in the series with 9 wickets so far in the three matches.

Australia will know that a win here will help them win some kind of trophy on a tour which has been extremely cruel on them. When Australia arrived in Sri Lanka, they were favourites to win everything that was there on the offer but a thrashing in the three-match Test series has turned the tide against them. Australia’s next trip to the Indian subcontinent will be early next year against India, wherein they are playing four Tests in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17. The preparation for the same has already begun as they do not want a third clean sweep on the trot.

Steven Smith has thus been rested from this series and it will be interesting to see what the Australian captain across formats comes up with following a good break. But for now, David Warner will be handling the matters in Sri Lanka, where they will have three more games after this.

Warner will be under tremendous pressure as he has played in all three ODIs so far and has got only 19 runs in the series so far. His partner Aaron Finch has managed runs, but then, with Marsh exiting and Khawaja coming in, some amount of pressure will be on the Australians as two out of their top three batsmen are in poor form.

But their middle-order is pretty strong, as George Bailey, Travis Head and especially Matthew Wade have done a decent job so far with the bat. Wade has been a revelation of sorts for Australia with the bat, as none expected the wicketkeeper-batsman to get as many runs as he has so far on this tour. Bailey has been taking giant strides by showing batting prowess in the subcontinental conditions, and at the same time, Head too has made steady progress. But the bowling skills of the 22-year-old are still unpolished, and Australia will have to do some more hard work in order to get their bowling power right.

Squads:

Australia: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Matthew Wade (wk), Moises Henriques, Travis Head, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja.

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Perera, Avishka Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Milinda Siriwardana.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI at Dambulla