Sri Lanka staged a stunning comeback against Australia in the final T20I of the three-match series to avoid the whitewash and hence will be hoping to take the momentum into the five-match ODI series. The Sri Lankans will be buoyed by the return of Dhanajaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal, two of the most experienced middle-order players as their batting has struggled throughout the T20 series even in the last game where skipper Dasun Shanaka’s brilliance got them through.
Australia, on the other hand, have been plagued with injuries. After Mitchell Marsh and Mitchel Starc were ruled out, pacer Kane Richardson has returned home after suffering a hamstring injury during the warm-ups. This means, Pat Cummins has been drafted straight into the playing XI and Marnus Labuschgane will also take a crucial spot of No. 4 in the side. Since Australia are featuring their best XI, the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith and Cummins are playing an ODI for the first time in 18 months and will hope to get off the mark in the series with a win.
Alex Carey, David Warner (vc), Aaron Finch, Charith Asalanka, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood (c), Pat Cummins
Sri Lanka probable playing XI
Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana
Australia playing XI
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Asitha Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lahiru Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Pramod Madushan, Dunith Wellalage, Nuwan Thushara
David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Swepson, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis