Australia versus Sri Lanka One Day Match at Tasmania - Who Will Win?

Will Jayawardene rise to the occasion tomorrow?

Jawawardene should handle his team well to produce victory

Jawawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, has huge responsibility tomorrow
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Can Sri Lanka defeat Australia in Hobart?

Ponting Will Not Play In His Home Ground

It is really a pity that in the one day match that is to be played tomorrow at Hobart in Tasmania, which is Ricky Ponting’s home, Ponting himself will be missing. It is very sad and emotional setback for millions of Ponting’s fans all over the world and particularly in India. Will his absence affect Australia? Definitely it will have an impact to some extent. If Michael Clarke recovers from his hamstring injury and assumes the leadership role, then the impact will be minimum. But if Clarke is not fit and Warner takes over the mantle of leadership, then one cannot predict the impact as one cannot guess the direction of a drifting paper boat in water.

There Are No Differences in Sri Lanka Team

Sri Lanka looks confidant of taking Australia. Sri Lanka started the tour with a low key performance against India and Australia. It has steadily progressed to a stage where it can confidently look to playing the finals of the tri-series one day tournament. Unlike India, there are no differences of opinion in the Sri Lanka team and everybody gives maximum cooperation to the captain Mahela Jayawardene.

Sri Lanka Has the Strong Batting Line Up Till the End

Tilakratne Dilshan can give Sri Lanka an excellent start. He is the kind of batsman made in the same mould as Virender Sehwag, though their styles differ. Jayawardene can lend a solidity and steadiness to the team by his sensible approach to batting. Sangakkara, on his day, can tear any attack to pieces. He has a wide experience and skill to perform under difficult conditions. Dinesh Chandimal has proved to be a success in this series and can be banked upon to contribute many runs lower down in the order. Thrimanne has not succeeded till the last match, but in the last match, he proved his worth by top scoring with an excellent half century against India. Had Thrimanne not played that innings, India would have won the match. Matthews can take care of the job of wagging the tail with his hard hits. He very nearly won the match for Sri Lanka in its first match against Australia.

Malinga – Kulasekara Combination Proved Deadly In the Last Match

Sri Lankan bowling is safe in the hands of Lasith Malinga. Muthiah Muralitharan is very much missing in the Sri Lankan squad and his absence can hardly be filled by anybody. But now Nuwan Kulasekara is being tuned to perform the role of a matured bowler. He took three Indian wickets and was very economical also. He clean bowled Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar when Sachin was well set to play a big innings that might have turned the tables against Sri Lanka.

Will Sri Lanka Take Advantage Of Its Strength?

Warner has not succeeded so far in playing the kind of a big innings that he is capable of. Who is going to fill Ponting’s place is not clear, but as Ponting is currently not in good nick, this will not be a problem for Australia. The Hussey brothers will be banked upon by Australia to steer clear of any early troubles wrecked by Malinga. But still, compared to the Sri Lankan line-up, Australian batting lacks depth. Malinga – Muralitharan combination could strike vital blows in the present Aussie batting line up. But whether Malinga is able to do it with the help of Kulasekara remains to be seen.


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