Skipper, dazzling debutant with the ball as opener brought back to earth – Aussie Player Ratings

Despite a strong bowling performance from Australia, they couldn’t keep up with the bat in a rain-ravaged match in the Second ODI against Sri Lanka.

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DAVID WARNER — 6.5

37 out of 51

Warner looked comfortable and on track for a strong total after a nice selection of shots. However, he cheaply lost his wicket when he rocked back and appeared to fire a Dhananjaya delivery through cover, except the ball clattered into his leg stump. He also made some rare errors on the field, giving Sri Lanka three runs. In the end, he was the top scorer with the bat, but he’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t add more to his tally.

AARON FINCH — 3

14 out of 15

A quick start was as good as it got for Finch as he was sent over in seventh. He was caught LBW by a Dhananjaya pitch in the eighth over after attempting to sweep the spinner. Finch decided to revise it, but it was not reversed after replays showed no bat involved and the ball was thrown in-line. A disappointing turn considering his exploits in the first ODI.

STEVEN SMITH — 5

28 out of 35

Smith’s stylish footwork was on display for all to see, reaching three limits in his innings. However, it was cut short when he stepped to the right to direct a short Karunaratne ball down the field. Instead, he slammed his shot straight through the throat of Theekshana, who was perfectly positioned on the short fine leg to gobble it up and send Smith back to the barns.

Smith couldn’t fire properly. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP)Source: AFP

TRAVIS HEAD — 4.5

23 out of 34

Head got into the game much earlier than he might have wanted and perhaps it showed in the fact that he never got into full swing. He survived an LBW review from Sri Lanka in the 17th thanks to a Vandersay delivery that spun too far down the leg side. But his spinner problems continued throughout and it was Wellalage who tied Head’s wicket when the Aussie tried to send him over the ropes but instead found Asalanka’s grateful hands in the deep center of the wicket. Loses 0.5 marks for dropping a tough, albeit catchable, outfield opportunity that gave Dhananjaya a life.

MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE — 4

18 out of 30

0-13, economy 6.50

A frustrating performance for Labuschagne as he failed to hit one line in his time at the crease. Was sent off via a cry of a catch as he danced through the wicket to hit Wellalage but hit the ball to Sri Lankan skipper Shanaka who provided cover and required superhuman reactions to take the catch. Labuschagne also came in with two overs, but turned out to be a bit on the expensive side.

ALEX CAREY (World Cup) — 5.5

15 of 20

Carey got an extra life early on as a pitch from Theekshana had defeated the Australian wicketkeeper, but Sri Lankan gloveman Mendis couldn’t handle the ball, missing what could have been a stumping of just three balls in his innings. Was held up after pushing for two with Cummins, which never really looked like a two-run game.

Meanwhile, this was one of Carey’s stronger displays with the gloves. He barely set foot and took two great catches; the first was a sharp chance from the outer edge of Pathum Nissanka to give Matthew Kuhnemann his first wicket, while the second was a one-handed screamer high above his head to snare Dhananjaya de Silva.

Carey was strong with the gloves, but not with the bat. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

GLENN MAXWELL — 7

30 out of 25

2-35, economy 3.50

Maxwell looked his best in his turns and had the Aussies on track to hit the revised winning total with a series of limits. But just as momentum was holding him and the visitors tight, he snapped a short Karunaratne ball high in the air and was caught by Shanaka. His departure changed the game in Sri Lanka’s favour. Maxwell delivered another strong performance with the ball. He’s often talked about as a part-time spinner, but Maxwell is clearly much more than that as evidenced by displays like this one. Maxwell took full advantage of the conditions and took 2-35 – although it was his economy that was most impressive. He was the stingiest of all Australian bowlers, sending two girls down, while a whopping 39 of his 60 legal deliveries were point balls.

PAT CUMMINS – 9

4 out of 6

4-35, economy 4.03

The spinners may have enjoyed the extra turn, but it was Cummins who was Australia’s main destroyer with the ball. The Test captain didn’t miss a beat on the day – he threw 30 dots and not a single extra to go along with his four-wicket throw. The numbers are Cummins’ best in an ODI since he won 5-70 against India in March 2019. On top of the four wickets, Cummins also let a flyout through Head from his bowling. Australia’s best bowler of the match.

Cummins was sensational with the ball. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

MITCHELL SWEPSON — 5

2 out of 2

1-58, economy 5.80

Was slightly more expensive than the rest of the Australian bowlers as you would expect from a wrist spinner. It certainly wasn’t a bad performance from Swepson, but with plenty of spin to offer, he would have hoped to have made a bigger impact. Nevertheless, 1-58 was nothing to scoff at, while his resignation from Captain Dasun Shanaka when he was 34 out of 36 was a major one that really exposed the tail.

JOSH HAZLEWOOD — 7

4 out of 3

0-26, economy 3.71

Yet another textbook Hazlewood display that we are now used to. The gun quick didn’t get the rewards in terms of wickets overnight, but again he hit all the right areas consistently and proved to be a handful for Sri Lanka’s batters.

MATTHEW KUHNEMANN — 8

1 out of 2

2-48, economy 4.80

What a debut. Few expected to see the left arm finger spinner in an Australian shirt this year. But the stars aligned for the Queenslander following an injury to Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa’s absence on paternity leave and selectors’ decision to choose two specialist spinners. It marked the fourth string with which Kuhnemann made his international debut. He didn’t miss the opportunity. He took less than three overs to take his first wicket – and it was a peach that was beautifully pitched, thrown online and strained to take the edge of Nissanka. He later removed Chamika Karunaratne, who couldn’t resist going to another floated delivery. Kuhnemann also showed a clean pair of hands to make two good outfield-catches in the first innings.

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