The third ODI is very crucial, looking at the fact that it will decide who will lead the series from here on and provide them with confidence © Getty Images
The third ODI is very crucial, looking at the fact that it will decide who will lead the series from here on and provide them with confidence © Getty Images

A thrilling contest awaits the viewers as Australia take on hosts Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. You can watch the live telecast of the match on Ten Sports and the live streaming of the match will be available on Ozee and Ditto Tv app. Australia and Sri Lanka have both won one ODI each of the five-match series so far and the third ODI is very crucial, looking at the fact that it will decide who will lead the series from here on and provide them with confidence for the following matches. FULL CRICKET SCOECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia 2016, 3rd ODI at Dambulla

A key player for Sri Lanka is Kusal Mendis and skipper Angelo Mathews is happy to have him in the team. He told to espncricinfo.com,  “He’s going to be a big player for us. He’s going to be the future of our batting. If he keeps going like this he will do wonders for the Sri Lanka team and I wish him all the very best. It was a fantastic knock today.”

“He’s just very positive. Especially after losing a couple of wickets in quick succession, the way he went out there and the way he batted was brilliant. Not too many people do that – you take a bit of time and settle in and take a look at the wicket. But he’s just going out there and playing with a lot of freedom. He’s just a different kind of player,” he added.

This match is of special importance for Sri Lanka as this will be the last ODI played by Tillakaratne Dilshan, who recently announced retirement from all formats of international cricket. However, his last international match will be the last Twenty20 International (T20I) of the series. Talking about Dilshan’s contribution towards Sri Lanka cricket, skipper Angelo Mathews compared that with those of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Mathews told to espncricinfo.com, “Dilshan has been an absolute brilliant servant for Sri Lankan cricket over the past 17 years. I think he has equally done the service that Mahela and Sanga did, and we’re going to miss him a lot. Unfortunately, he had called it a day. We respect that decision and the whole team wishes him the very best.”

Arjuna Ranatunga told to Island Cricket, “Dilshan started his career as a middle-order batsman, then he moved on to become an opener. Opening the batting is the toughest thing in cricket. There’s a lot at stake for an opener and not many players excel in that discipline. Dilshan had an outstanding career as an opener in all three formats. He was also a brilliant fielder and an intelligent bowler. All captains wish they have players like Dilshan in their ranks.”

Australia will see a massive change from the third ODI till the end of the series as their regular captain Steven Smith has been rested while deputy David Warner took over the responsibilities for the time. Though the decision by Cricket Australia has been highly criticised worldwide, Warner said Smith deserved this time off.

Warner was quoted saying, “I can feel for Steve and the amount of cricket he has been playing. It is going to very, very tough with the scheduling these days to play all three forms and every single game possible. Players are getting rested here and there. Everyone has to adapt, and we’ve got [to remember] that everyone is human.

“The stats he has on the board, runs-wise and the world’s best batter and player, I think he deserves a break whether or not it was during the series or before the series. There were times there when I may have been leaning towards having a break and then you have a bit of misfortune by getting injured and that has sort of been my freshen-up.”

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews said he and his team have no objection with Smith opting out of the remainder. “I think they have their own player management system, but honestly, if it was me, I wouldn’t have [left], because it’s a tough tour. You need the captain alongside the playing XI. They decided to rest him – well, I don’t think we as players have any issues with that,” he said.

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.

Time: 14:30 local | 09:00 GMT | 14:30 IST