Australia complete convincing win over Sri Lanka by 87 runs at the Oval
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl against Australia at the Oval, London today in their World Cup encounter.
Australia 334 - 7 (Aaron Finch 153, Steve Smith 73; Dhananjaya de Silva 2-40, Isuru Udana 2-57)
Sri Lanka 247 (Dimuth Karunaratne 97, Kusal Perera 52; Mitchell Starc 4-55, Kane Richardson 3-47)
Result – Australia won by 87 runs
That's a wrap.— ICC (@ICC) 15 June 2019
Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne threatened to do something special, but Australia's bowlers bounced back to help their side to an 87-run win, Mitchell Starc leading the way with figures of 4/55.#SLvAUS SCORECARD ??https://t.co/q09r7WCUpQ pic.twitter.com/j0FsjcUVc7
Batting first, Australia scored a competitive 334-7 with Aaron Finch 153 and Steve Smith 73 top scoring and Dhananjaya de Silva 2-40 and Isuru Udana 2-57 th emain wicket takers for Sri Lanka.
In reply, Sri Lanka started well, putting on 115 for the first wicket – with Dimuth Karunaratne 97 and Kusal Perera 52 batting well. However, Sri Lanka were unable to push on from here and were bowled out for 247 with Mitchell Starc 4-55 and Kane Richardson 3-47 the stars with the ball for Australia.
Match Report - Salim Parvez
Aaron Finch-led Australia too good for Sri Lanka at The Oval
Australia, powered by a captain’s innings from Aaron Finch, clinched their pool game against Sri Lanka by 87 runs at The Oval. The end result was quite convincing but not without their opponents posing a real threat in their spirited attempt in pursuit of 335-runs target.
For inspiration Sri Lanka did not need to go any further than The Oval. It was on this very turf, 44 summers ago in the inaugural 1975 Prudential World Cup, they put up a good show against Ian Chappell’s Australian side. It took a couple of thunderbolts from Jeff Thomson to send the well-set Sunil Wettimuny and Duleep Mendis to hospital, to stop Sri Lanka, on their way to a surprise win whilst chasing 329 in 60 overs.
Today Sri Lankan bowlers given first use of the conditions by captain Dimuth Karunaratne, were nothing more than steady, even with the experience of Lasith Malinga. A number of fielding lapses allowed the Australian openers – Aaron Finch and David Warner – to some easy runs and to settle down for a big partnership. Skipper Finch was in his stride from the word go and Australia had reached a comfortable 53-0 in the first powerplay.
The run-rate did drop as Sri Lanka showed a bit more zest and discipline. The score at the 20-over mark had been kept down to 93-1 and Sri Lanka were back in the game. The free-flowing strokes and boundaries simply dried up in the second powerplay. These playing conditions have given bowlers an equal chance to compete and that can’t be bad for the game. In view of that Finch’s chanceless, hard-earned hundred off 97 balls in the 33rd over of the innings, was a high-quality innings and a lesson to all youngsters watching.
Australia 237-2 after 40 overs had dominated the last twenty overs. Finch’s powerful innings – 153 off 132 balls with 15 fours and 5 sixes – came to an end in the 43rd over, having added 173 in 19.4 overs for the third wicket with Steven Smith, who looked very composed in his 73 off 58 balls with his orthodox range of strokes. Glenn Maxwell took 22 runs of an over from Nuwan Pradeep and provided his team with a perfect finish, not for the first time in his career. His unbeaten 46 off 25 balls powered Australia to a final total of 334-7 off their 50 overs.
Sri Lanka’s reply got off to a confident start through Karunaratne and wicket-keeper Kusal Perera – the two left-handers. In the initial powerplay of 10 overs, they had raced to 87-0 with some bold approach, Karunaratne in particular with his short-arm jab, brought back memories of Sanath Jayasuriya. The 100 was up in the 13th over and Australia seemed to be losing control of the game against a spirited opposition.
Mitchell Starc broke the opening stand which had added 115 runs in 15.3 overs and by the end of 20 overs, Sri Lanka had progressed to 135-1. Australia having taken the field without a front-line spinner, struggled for wickets and by the 30th over, Sri Lanka 176-2 were well on their way to a surprise win. The dismissal of Karunaratne, having compiled a career-best 95 off 102 balls with 7 fours, was a blow to his side, from which Sri Lanka never recovered.
From that point, Australia took charge of the match, slicing through the middle and lower order Sri Lanka batting line-up. It was a sorry looking scorecard, courtesy of some superb bowling by pacemen, Starc (4-55) and Kane Richardson (3-47). Sri Lanka’s demise from a competitive 205-3 in the 36th over to 237-9 in the 42nd over, was a heart-breaking passage for their fans.
Sri Lanka, who had rain following them all around in the World Cup, have had to endure washouts against both Pakistan and Bangladesh, in its last two games. Unless something dramatic happens with other teams’ results, today’s defeat might just have ruled them out of the contention for a semi-final spot.
Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
Australia - Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson
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