Will Australia Taste Success in Sri Lanka in Longest Format or Remain Winless

August 17 12:48 2016

ausNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 17 – Just a few hours are left for the last Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka to end. At Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, the host gained grip in the contest, continuing their good show as silimar to what they did in the previous Tests.

As a matter of fact, the hopes are yet soaring from the Australian cricket team in the final Test, which is in progress. Being a squad with both experienced and inexperienced Aussie cricketers, the travellers may look forward to end the Test in a draw as chasing down the target of over 300 runs is nearly next to impossible on the last day of the Test event. The stature of the Australia in the world of cricket is huge for the reason that they usually play as a unit. But poor performances of some players, especially when it came to accumulating runs, made them land in troublesome situation.

Here is to describe that scoring runs in Test matches and other formats is important to stay a step ahead of the rivals. But things haven’t been great for Australia by the time they landed in Sri Lanka, who logged some remarkable wins on the opponents first at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele and then at Galle International Stadium in Galle. Given that the final Test between Sri Lanka and Australia is to decide whether the host whitewash Australia or Steven Smith men will do the impossible thing possible and win it. All eyes are struck on each happening of the match at the present. Having Dinesh Chandimal, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan in the team, Sri Lankan squad has done well under the captaincy of Angelo Mathews in home conditions.

David Warner, Steven Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Moises Henriques, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland and Nathan Lyon make Australia Playing XI look strong but a lot of things will depend on how do they outstandingly perform to beat all odds and accomplish something that is not into picture at the present.  Sri Lanka have declared their innings at 347 runs for the loss of eight wickets on Day 5 of the final Test. A day ago, the opening batsman Dilruwan Perera got his leg before wicket in the first over of Starc and had to go back to the dressing room post scoring 8 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne was dismissed by Lyon but he played a knock of 22 runs in 42 balls, together with three boundaries. Kusal Perera fell short to Holland at a score of 24 runs and Kusal Mendis to Starc at 18 runs.

Kaushal Silva displayed great batting and pocketed 115 runs in 269 balls, inclusive of 10 boundaries. Kusal Perera hit five 4s before losing his wicket to J Holland at a score of 24 in 25 deliveries. Angelo Mathews hit a couple of 4s as well. The Sri Lankan captain was dismissed by Lyon at a score of 26 in 43 balls. Smith took a good catch to ensure no big innings is played by him. Dinesh Chandimal was lbw by N Lyon when he was seven runs away from getting a fifty. His innings comprised four 4s. Silva’s blitz came to an end when Holland bowled a good delivery and Smith making no mistake to pouch the ball. Rangana Herath succumbed to N Lyon at a score of 5 in 11 balls (4 x 1). Dhananjaya de Silva was not out at 65 runs in 74 balls, inclusive of 10 boundaries. Suranga Lakmal was not out at 4 runs that came through a classy shot.  Extras by Australian bowlers were 17.

At the present, Australian players need 247 more runs if they want to finish the match being on the victorious side. They have the potential to rise better. However, eyes can’t be shut to the fact that the hosts have been dedicating efforts well to pocket win and let Aussies be winless in the series. Shaun Marsh has lately been dismissed by D Perera when he was playing at a score of 23 facing 66 balls, along with one boundary. David Warner is batting at 44 runs. So far, he has struck three 4s and a six. Eyes are now struck on how the next-man in is going to perform. Aussies have lost their first wicket at 77 runs. Smith, Voges, Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Nevill, Starc, Hazlewood, Holland and Lyon are yet to bat.

Regardless of the truth that the visiting squad is thrashed in a row by Mathews-led side in the first two matches, the Australian cricketers are making all efforts to end the Test series on a positive note. It has turned exciting for the cricket fans to notice which team holds the nerves till the end. The action is in progress and nobody wants to miss it at any cost. As of now, Sri Lanka is focusing on getting remaining nine wickets as quickly as possible. Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva have been employed on the job, which is to send Australian player back to the dressing room without any substantial contribution. If truth be told then good batting by Australia is possible since most of its players have got exposure to limited over games. Warner could be dangerous if his wicket is not taken on time. If he start to hit shots at different corners of the ground on both good and weak deliveries, outcome may be unexpected in the end.

The hosts have already won the series 2-0 and look forward to wind it up by 3-0. While on the other hand, Australian playing XI is keen to let the team win in the last blow and end series by 1-2. Indisputably, the fight between two countries is going to be extremely interesting on the pitch. Australia are left with no option but to pocket specific runs to get close to the target but keep safe their wickets as well. After all, the prime motto is to deal with different bowling options of Sri Lanka. The level of challenges may rise as soon as the opponents start attacking via bowling in varied line and length to not let batsmen read it properly and settle. Without a doubt, the final battle on the last day of the 3rd Test is going to be a mega show as members of both playing XIs house potential to surprise viewers through amazing innings and wicket taking abilities. Viewers are curiously waiting to note that who sends whom in problematic situation and who finds a clear way towards the success. Not to forget that falling short of expectations is not going to do anything good for both squads. Even though Australia are on the back foot and pressure is immense on them since Sri Lanka demonstrated some wonderful batting, the hosts can’t make mistake of considering them on a weak side at all.

As far as Smith’s leadership is considered, he has shone a number of times when required. He is the kind of players who maintains the calm and exploits talent of his boys at a perfect time. Memorable wins of Australia in the past is adequate to keep confidence up. Cricket being such an unpredictable sport houses a whole range of fresh aspects whenever two teams contest against each other whether in different or same playgrounds. The way Sri Lanka have well utilized home situations and made the tourists taste foreign conditions is appreciable. Nonetheless, they are aware with potential of Australian cricketers, who can stand out at any point of time. Since not so many overs remain in the contest, Australian success will be to let Sri Lanka bowling line-up strive for wickets. Things will get apparent by the end of the day who is to be the victor in last Test.

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