Having already sealed their first bilateral ODI series win against Australia in three decades, Sri Lanka will look to make it a resounding 4-1 against the visitors when they meet at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo today for the fifth and final match.
The Sri Lankan fans are expected to don yellow colour clothing today, as an appreciation to the Australian team who choose to go ahead with the tour, despite a severe economic crisis in the country.
The visitors somehow managed to lose the previous match after restricting Sri Lanka to just 258.
However, the home team bowled at disciplined lines and lengths as they kept chipping away with wickets at regular intervals.
It remains to be seen whether Australia can win the final match of the series before the focus shifts to Test cricket.
Australia’s pocket-dynamite David Warner was the only batter who looked comfortable during the fourth ODI.
The left-handed batter stroked an excellent 99, but could not win the game for his team.
Earlier Asalanka rescued Sri Lanka from a precarious 34-3 as he put on 101 runs with Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 60.
Spinners Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay and fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne, who was the only regular seamer in the team, took two wickets each.
After losing the three-match T20I series 1-2, Sri Lanka were handed a two-wicket wicket defeat in the first ODI in Pallekele.
But Sri Lanka hit back with a 26-run win in another rain-affected match to level the series.
The pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium has got difficult for batting as was evident during the fourth match.
The spinners are getting assistance from the wicket and scoring has been difficult against them.
Both teams might look to be aggressive during the field restrictions and try to score as many runs as they can with the new ball.