Aussies ready to get the job done after bowlers shine on slow deck in ODI final against Sri Lanka – LIVE

Sri Lanka may already have taken an unassailable lead, but they have an uphill battle to win the fifth and final ODI against Australia.

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka regularly lost wickets and fell to 7-61.

But a phenomenal half-century of Chamika Karunaratne (75) saw the home side put something on the board.

Karunaratne was the last man out when he tried to catch Pat Cummins, but only managed to get a top edge where he was caught by Alex Carey.

His departure delayed the inevitable as Sri Lanka was eliminated for 160 from 43.1 overs.

Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner will be out to take control of a slow wicket, holding the wicket and taking turns.

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Josh Hazlewood did the early damage and took two top order wickets.

The big fast had caught Pathum Nissanka from behind early, before Hazlewood and Cummins snagging wickets from balls that held onto the wicket and were caught well by Finch for the wicket.

Australian David Warner (R) and captain Aaron Finch will finish the job after their bowlers sack Sri Lanka for 160 in the fifth and final ODI in Colombo. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

Charith Asalanka and Kusal Mendis threatened to fight back but a disastrous runout saw the former run out for 14 by spinner Matthew Kuhnemann.

Shortly after, Mendis (26 out of 40) was on his wickets as he tried to get deep into his crease and sweep to hand Glenn Maxwell his first wicket.

Kuhnemann then came into his own and took two wickets and left Sri Lanka 7-61.

Karunaratne was able to frustrate Australia, however, as he steadily built up with debutant Pramod Madushan (15).

In the end, Cameron Green removed Pramod Madushan with another ball holding the wicket as the all-rounder held up well.

Cummins then ended the innings when he caught Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis (C) is walking back to the pavilion after seeing Glenn Maxwell Colombo on June 24, 2022. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

On the eve of the series with two tests, Travis Head’s hamstring injury has opened the door for the Australian fringe’s five-day players.

In Head’s absence, Josh Inglis has come in to make his ODI debut.

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The wicketkeeper’s batter has the opportunity to put some pressure on selectors for the first Test next week in spin-friendly Galle.

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Josh Inglis will make his ODI debut for Australia. Photo: Cricket AustraliaSource: Delivered

It comes after fast bowler Mitchell Starc and prolific run scorer Steve Smith were withdrawn from the white ball streak earlier this month.

Maxwell has already been added to the test squad, but whether he will make his eighth test – and the first since 2017 – remains to be seen.

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Sri Lanka took an unassailable lead over Australia earlier in the week when the home side took a narrow four-point victory.

After putting 258 on the back of Charith Asalanka’s 110, Australia was eliminated for 254.

Warner came up a century short, while his opening partner and captain Aaron Finch was stuck for a duck.

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Josh Inglis (C) is likely to be recalled to the Australian team, paving the way for the wicketkeeper batter to secure a test spot. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

Despite a string of promising scores, skipper Finch still has questions.

The long-serving captain has hit two half-centuries in his seven strokes on the tour, but after failing in the fourth ODI, he will be out to finish the series on a high.

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Sri Lanka XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Matt Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood

14th of June: Australia won the first ODI by two wickets (DLS)

June 16: Sri Lanka won second ODI by 26 runs (DLS)

June 19: Sri Lanka won third ODI by six wickets

21st of June: Sri Lanka won fourth ODI by four runs

24th of June: Fifth ODI, Colombo, 7:00 PM AEST

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