Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide

Hungry hosts chase follow-up victory

Daniel Brettig

January 12, 2013

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Match facts

Ajantha Mendis celebrates a wicket, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, January 11, 2013
Ajantha Mendis will hope to have greater influence on the contest in Adelaide © Getty Images
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January 13, Adelaide Oval
Start time 1350 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

Unjustly labelled a B-team ahead of the series opener in Melbourne, George Bailey's Australian side demonstrated plenty of hunger and no little skill in dispatching Sri Lanka by 107 runs at the MCG. The emphatic nature of the result, and the composure shown by the team in achieving it, reflected handsomely on the national selectors' decision to refresh the squad following six Tests, allowing Phillip Hughes and Bailey in particular to enhance their reputations as limited overs batsmen.

A calf injury to Mitchell Starc should mean further opportunity for the bowlers in the squad, as one of Ben Cutting or Kane Richardson will get the chance to charge in at the Sri Lankans in Adelaide. Ahead of the looming returns of the captain Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade to the squad, Bailey's team will be doubly keen to push on to another victory in game two, in order to give the selection panel further welcome headaches about their options. Not everyone excelled in Melbourne of course, with Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja especially enthused about the chance to make significant scores before they return to the reserves bench.

Sri Lanka's display in game one reflected the difficulties experienced by the Test team on harder, bouncier surfaces than they are used to at home. Also perplexing was the lack of impact provided by Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis. The likely loss of Dinesh Chandimal to a hamstring strain is a further source of consternation for the visitors, who must win or otherwise be only a game away from forfeiting the series.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Until he fashioned a direct hit run out from mid off as Sri Lanka's chase stalled badly in Melbourne, Usman Khawaja had not enjoyed the best of ODI debuts. With the likes of David Warner and Michael Clarke expected to come back into the squad for the third match in Brisbane and Phillip Hughes already staking his claim for a more permanent place with a century in Melbourne, Khawaja will want to argue his own case more forcefully with a substantial score in Adelaide, the scene of some of his most fruitful innings for New South Wales before his move to Queensland.

When Ajantha Mendis was called into the ODI side for Melbourne, leaving Rangana Herath to sit on the sidelines, figures of 1 for 62 from 10 overs were not the sorts of returns he was after. Though Mendis did not have much difficulty getting past Aaron Finch, he struggled for impact against the rest, as the Australians quickly found that the MCG pitch did not offer enough spin for the bowler's variations to be truly dangerous. Adelaide may be a somewhat different case however, as the surface generally offers a little more lateral deviation for slow bowlers.

Team news

Ben Cutting for the injured Mitchell Starc is the most likely change to Australia's line-up, though the call-up of Kane Richardson as cover fro Starc will tempt the selectors to play the 21-year-old South Australian on his home ground.

Australia (possible) 1 Phillip Hughes, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Ben Cutting, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Dinesh Chandimal's strained hamstring is Sri Lanka's major concern, with the uncapped Kushal Perera poised to come into the team for him in Adelaide. Rangana Herath may also be in line for a call-up.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Kushal Perera (wk), 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

Pitch and conditions

Adelaide's forecast is for a mild and overcast day, while the pitch can be expected to be dry, even and potentially offering a little more turn to the spin bowlers as the game goes on.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia have won seven of nine encounters with Sri Lanka in Adelaide, though the visitors have been victorious in two of the past three matches
  • Kushal Perera will be the fourth Sri Lankan to don the wicketkeeping gloves on this tour should he debut in Adelaide
  • Mahela Jayawardene needs 29 runs to go past Adam Gilchrist and move into third on the list of alltime ODI run scorers in matches between Australia and Sri Lanka


"The confidence is quite high. I've never played an international game at Adelaide Oval, so it's something I'm really looking forward to. I really can't wait to get there on Sunday and hopefully score another big one and set up hopefully another win."
Phillip Hughes

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Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 13, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Popcorn- Finch deserved his shot because he has dominated at domestic level. If Khawaja followed through with the same domination he would be given extra oportunities. He is not in our best one-day side so he needs to take any opportunity given. Also stop your bleating about the runout it was Khawaja's fault and all but Khawaja supporters agree with that.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

1.TM Dilshan, 2.WU Tharanga(WK) 3. DPMD Jayawardene 4. Lahiru Thirimanne 5. Angelo Mathews 6. BAW Mendis 7. MF Maharoof 8.Thisara Perera 9. S Randiv 10. KMDN Kulasekara 11. SL Malinga

Posted by popcorn on (January 13, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Aaron Finch should be dropped.He may have performed well in the Ryobi One Day Cup, but when it comes to the Big Stage - International Cricket, he has failed on both occasions - MCG and Adelaide.

Posted by popcorn on (January 13, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

I continue to maintain that the Selectors are giving a raw deal to Usman Khawaja. He has been UNFAIRLY dropped for the second ODI. He did not get a chance to exhibit his skillsbecause his rival, Phil Hughes ran him out. There was no need to take Steve Smith fotr the second ODI - he is useless with the bat and ball, and been given ENOUGH opportunities. Sic.

Posted by PFEL on (January 13, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Looks like the selectors agree with me about Khawaja. . . not even playing. Steve Smith is a much better One Day player anyway. Better Bat, Fielder and can bowl.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

Malinga should bowl like he bowled in BBL, come on Malinge this is also a cricket match no mater if it is not a BBL or IPL match, but at least give your best for your team, where are the magic balls now??????

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

In the Adelaide ODI against Sri Lanka last year the people of Adelaide were treated to a spectacular century by Micheal Clarke. One year later, Michael Clarke is still in magnificent form but the people of Adelaide, and the TV audience across Australia and the world over will be deprived of getting to see Clarkey in action

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 13, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

It is the B-Team though. Doesn't mean it's a bad team.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 13, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

As for that the Aussie fellow (I assume he's Aussie - and a 'he') who is complaining about SL being too poor and that they shouldn't be coming here so much - the series is not over yet! Both AUS and SL are going through rebuilding phases, so have a little compassion for our friends from up north. Here's hoping for a close game today!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Today, hope to win this match by sri lankans. in 2010 Decemberat MCG our team showed who we are. beware of lions

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