Man of the Match: Aaron Finch
Sri Lanka takes on In-form Australia team
Our prediction is Australia will win the match!
Australia team is looking in good form with three wins from their four matches played so far. They posted a big score of 307 runs in the last match against Pakistan team. David Warner returned to form with an impressive century and was rightly awarded the MoM award. Skipper Aaron Finch scored 82 runs at the top and shared a massive 146-run opening stand with David Warner.
The rest of the batting line-up failed to make any big contribution and the Aussies folded for 307 runs in 49 over’s. Australia went ahead with a four pace attack leaving out Adam Zampa and injured Marcus Stoinis. Pat Cummins was their star bowler with bowling figures of 10-1-33-3 in the match. Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson took 2 wickets each. Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch were left to share the fifth bowling option`s duties. Adam Zampa is expected to return in place of either Kane Richardson or Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Sri Lankan team is followed by the rain in their last three matches and the weather has already played a big part in their campaign by washing out their last two matches. Sri Lanka won their last match against Afghanistan after suffering a humiliating loss against the New Zealand team by 10 wickets. Openers Dimuth Karunatne and Kusal Perera are the only players to score 50+ runs in the tournament so far.
Their entire batting unit has very less contribution and only two middle-order batsmen have crossed the 20-run mark in the two matches played so far. Nuwan Pradeep`s presence made the difference in their match against Afghanistan and he is expected to return to playing XI after injury. Lasith Malinga and Suranga Lakmal will share the new ball bowling responsibilities. All-rounders Isuru Udana and Thisara Perera are expected to slot in the playing XI.
Dimuth Karunaratne – Karunaratne is the only batsmen in good form in the two matches played so far and has scores of 52* & 30. He even became only the second player to carry the bat in the World Cup matches. He has a big responsibility on his shoulders as a captain and batsmen.
Lasith Malinga – Malinga has been very vocal about his team`s performance and he led the charge in their match against Afghanistan with 3 wickets. He sealed the match with a classic Malinga Yorker to dismiss the last batsmen.
Kusal Perera – 107 runs, Avg. – 53.5, Strike rate -102, HS – 78, 50s-1
Nuwan Pradeep – 4 wickets, Economy – 3.5 RPO, BB- 4/31
Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis
TAM Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis , Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga
Aaron Finch – Aaron Finch has scores of 66, 6, 34 & 82 in the tournament so far. He has been the aggressor at the start of the match and is outscored David Warner in this tournament. Finch has been too severe against the spinners taking the attack to the opposition.
Mitchell Starc – Mitchell Starc is taking crucial wickets at the death that tilts the match in Australia`s favor. His twin strikes in his 9th over demolished Pakistan`s hope of chasing the total. He also bowled magnificently at the death in the West Indies match and claimed a five-wicket haul in the process.
David Warner – 255 runs, Avg. -85, Strike rate -80, HS – 107, 50s-2, 100s -1
Pat Cummins – 9 wickets, Economy – 4.4 RPO, BB- 3/33
Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis/Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Kane Richardson
Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, KW Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Jason Behrendorff, David Warner
Kennington Oval is a good batting surface where the batsmen will score a lot of runs. Teams scored more than 300 runs in five out of the eight innings played so far. But, the pitch was on the slower side and was aiding spinners slightly in the second innings. The weather on the match day looks partly cloudy with just 15-20% chances of rain as per the forecast.
The pitch gets slightly slower and is tough to bat in the second innings and teams will look to take advantage of the favorable conditions. If the batsmen can neglect the new ball without any loss of wickets, the team batting first will post a score in excess of 300 runs easily.
Australia team always brings out their best performance in the World Cups and they are playing very well this season. Sri Lanka`s win against Afghanistan will boost the team morale as they achieved victory against a full member nation after a long time. But, we predict Australia to win this match.
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