ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Sri Lanka vs Australia - Match 20

Venue: The Oval, London

Date & Time: 15 June 2019

Sri Lanka 247/10

RR: 5.38 | Australia beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Dimuth Karunaratne c Glenn Maxwell & b Kane Richardson c Glenn Maxwell & b Kane Richardson 9710890
Kusal Perera bowled Mitchell Starc bowled Mitchell Starc 523651
Lahiru Thirimanne c Alex Carey (W) & b Jason Behrendorff c Alex Carey (W) & b Jason Behrendorff 162610
Kusal Mendis c Alex Carey (W) & b Mitchell Starc c Alex Carey (W) & b Mitchell Starc 303702
Angelo Mathews c Alex Carey (W) & b Pat Cummins c Alex Carey (W) & b Pat Cummins 91120
Milinda Siriwardana bowled Mitchell Starc bowled Mitchell Starc 3400
Thisara Perera c David Warner & b Mitchell Starc c David Warner & b Mitchell Starc 7301
Dhananjaya de Silva not out not out 163020
Isuru Udana c Aaron Finch (C) & b Kane Richardson c Aaron Finch (C) & b Kane Richardson 8810
Lasith Malinga c Usman Khawaja & b Kane Richardson c Usman Khawaja & b Kane Richardson 1500
Nuwan Pradeep c Alex Carey (W) & b Pat Cummins c Alex Carey (W) & b Pat Cummins 0700
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 2, w 6, nb 0)
Total 247 (10 Wkts, 45.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
115-1 (Kusal Perera,15.3), 153-2 (Lahiru Thirimanne,23.5), 186-3 (Dimuth Karunaratne,32.1), 205-4 (Angelo Mathews,35.4), 209-5 (Milinda Siriwardana,36.2), 217-6 (Thisara Perera,37), 222-7 (Kusal Mendis,38.1), 236-8 (Isuru Udana,40), 237-9 (Lasith Malinga,41.4), 247-10 (Nuwan Pradeep,45.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mitchell Starc10 0 55 4 5.50
Pat Cummins7.5 0 38 2 5.07
Jason Behrendorff9 0 59 1 6.56
Kane Richardson9 1 47 3 5.22
Glenn Maxwell10 0 46 0 4.60
David Warner 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Finch 0 0 0 0 0
Usman Khawaja 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Smith 0 0 0 0 0
Shaun Marsh 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Carey 0 0 0 0 0

Done with this match. Sri Lanka competed well but didn't have enough in their tank to get over the line. There is another match going on at the moment where South Africa have started their chase against Afghanistan. You can switch over to the concerned tab to get all the updates. On Sunday, the arch-rivals, India and Pakistan will lock horns in the much-awaited game of this World Cup. Let's hope the weather holds up and we get a full game. The action will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us then. Cheers!

Australia skipper, Aaron Finch is up for a chat once again. Says they were not up to the mark with the new balls but his bowlers did well. Mentions Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne batted really nicely and their bowlers aimed at the top of off but they had to change their plans quickly. Admits it was nice to have a long boundary at one side for Maxwell as it was not easy to get 10 overs out of him in Taunton where the boundaries were short. Reckons they are improving with each game and they were excellent in the middle overs. Credits Maxwell, Behrendorff and Richardson for how they bowled and says Starc is a world class bowler. States it depends on the conditions as to what team they will pick, if he feels the conditions allow them to get 10 out of a part-timer then fine or they have to go with an all-rounder. Ends by saying they have played really well but still there are areas they can improve.

Sri Lanka skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne says he expected the pitch to offer some movement early on but there wasn't much and it was a pretty good wicket for batting. Reckons they bowled well in the first 25 overs but then Smith and Finch batted superbly. States they came back really well later on with the ball. Mentions they did get a good start but could not capitalize as the middle order failed to handle the pressure. Further adds that Cummins and Starc are world-class bowlers but they have played against them before and they did know what to do against them but could not execute the plans. Ends by saying they lost a couple of games to rain and they will look to play well in the games ahead.

Man of the Match, Aaron Finch says it was nice to get a few drives early, it is key to get his balance right at the start. States it's a good wicket and he was ensuring that his balance is good right from the start and he does not fall over. Mentions the Lankan bowlers were sharp early on and he had to play well. Further adds they lost a couple of wickets when he was about to launch so they had to take it deep. Praises Smith for the way he played and says he is an exceptional player, who rotates the strike nicely and also finds the gap brilliantly. Ends by saying Maxwell is brilliant when he is hitting it well.

It's yet another good win for Australia, their fourth in this World Cup and they have now jumped to the number one position in the points table. However, once again it was not a clinical performance. Their batting fared exceedingly well for most parts and powered by Aaron Finch's century, they posted a massive total on the board. But, the way they finished their innings wasn't up to the mark. To add to that, their bowling with the new balls was way below par. Things improved though later on and courtesy a fiery spell by Mitchell Starc, they managed to claw their way back in the match. The speedster finished with a 4-wicket haul and was well assisted by Kane Richardson, who also bagged a 3-fer. It will be unfair not to mention Glenn Maxwell's 10 overs. It's because of his spell, the Aussies managed to slow down things and as a fifth bowler, he did an exemplary job.

Sri Lanka needed to build partnerships after a great century opening stand but that didn't happen. Karunaratne held one end strongly but the batsmen who followed didn't contribute much. Kusal Mendis spent some time in the middle but he also went nowhere with his knock. Also, the Lankan skipper slowed down a bit as he approached his century and that resulted in the required run rate taking a hit. When he departed three runs short of his century, Sri Lanka required 149 runs off 107 balls and the middle order failed to handle the pressure. It was a meek surrender eventually and the chase that started with a lot of promise ended on a sad note for the Islanders.

Kangaroos have quietened the Lankan Lions! It was a roaring beginning from the Sri Lankan openers and they set the perfect platform for this big run chase. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera dominated the Australian pacers in Powerplay 1 and pushed the defending champions on the back foot. Under pressure, Australia decided to hang in there as in 300-plus chases, it's always a matter of a wicket or two. Mitchell Starc provided that and from thereon the scoring rate started to dip.

45.5
0
Pat Cummins to N Pradeep, OUT! There is the final wicket! Australia have finally managed to take it. Cummins is the man who finishes things off. Pradeep, like he has been doing, makes room again. Cummins bowls it full and follows him down the leg side. Nuwan looks to go downtown but the ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the gloves of the keeper. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 87 RUNS!
45.4
1
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Another short one on middle, Dhananjaya pulls it gently towards mid-wicket for one.
45.3
0
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Slower one on off, Dhananjaya pushes it to covers.
45.2
0
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Good length on off, de Silva defends it towards point.
45.1
0
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Bangs it short and on middle, de Silva looks to paddle but misses.
44.6
0
K Richardson to N Pradeep, Swing and a miss! Once again it is outside leg. Pradeep swings after making room but misses. Importantly, he survives.
44.5
1
K Richardson to de Silva, In the air... safe! Short and on middle, de Silva looks to pull but the ball gets big on him. A top edge is produced which falls safe in the mid-wicket region. A single taken.
44.4
4
K Richardson to de Silva, FOUR! Just over! Dhananjaya once again looks to paddle. It is outside off and he ends up dragging it just over the man at short fine leg this time for a boundary.
44.3
0
K Richardson to de Silva, NOT OUT! That has bounced before the hands! Dhananjaya looks to paddle but hits it uppishly towards Jason who takes it but is not sure whether it has carried or not. The umpires, after a chat, take it upstairs. The soft signal is NOT OUT! Replays roll in and after a few of angles, the third umpire rules it in the favor of the batsman.

Dhananjaya de Silva has played an uppish shot towards short fine leg. Jason Behrendorff stationed there goes down low to catch the ball but then shakes his head. He's not sure whether it carried to him or not. The two umpires get together and then refer it upstairs. Soft signal is not out. The third umpire is watching many angles. Seems like it has bounced just in front. Let's wait for the final verdict.

44.2
0
K Richardson to de Silva, Very full and on off, this is jammed out to covers.
44.2
0
K Richardson to de Silva, WIDE! This is bowled outside the tramline on the off side.
44.1
0
K Richardson to de Silva, Slower one and it is a low full toss. Dhananjaya looks to hit it through the off side but ends up dragging it to mid on.

Kane Richardson is back into the attack. Can he finish things off in this over?

43.6
0
Pat Cummins to N Pradeep, Over the stumps! The length is slightly shorter. Pradeep swings but misses.
43.5
0
Pat Cummins to N Pradeep, Nuwan makes room and Cummins bowls it wider outside off. He slashes but misses.
43.4
1
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg and a run is taken. Pradeep needs to negotiate two deliveries from Cummins.
43.3
0
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Shorter again on middle, de Silva keeps it out off the back foot.
43.2
0
Pat Cummins to de Silva, de Silva makes room but Cummins follows him. This is kept out.
43.2
0
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Goes short this time, Dhananjaya lets it be and it has been wided as the umpire feels it is too high.
43.1
0
Pat Cummins to de Silva, Back of a length on off, it is defended.

Pat Cummins is back!

42.6
0
M Starc to N Pradeep, Good length and on off, Pradeep guides it down towards third man but no run taken. No fifer for Starc but still a brilliant spell by him. He finishes with figures of 10-0-55-4.
42.5
1
M Starc to de Silva, This time the run is taken! So Starc has one ball to get his fifer. Full and on off, de Silva looks to drive but gets an outside edge down to third man for one.
42.4
0
M Starc to de Silva, Short and Dhananjaya pulls it hard through mid-wicket but refuses the single.
42.3
0
M Starc to de Silva, On the stumps and Dhananjaya is adamant not to give Starc his fifer, he blocks it solidly.
42.2
0
M Starc to de Silva, Full and on off, this is hit towards mid off.
42.1
0
M Starc to de Silva, Short and on the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for no run.
41.6
0
K Richardson to N Pradeep, Follows Pradeep with a very full ball. It is jammed out back to the bowler.
41.5
0
K Richardson to N Pradeep, Ends up making a lot of room there and Richardson bowls it on the stumps. Pradeep somehow gets bat to ball and keeps it out.

Nuwan Pradeep is the last batsman for Sri Lanka.

41.4
0
K Richardson to L Malinga, OUT! Three-fer for Richardson. 9 down now are Sri Lanka. Richardson goes very full and on middle, Malinga ends up slicing it straight to Khawaja at covers.
41.3
0
K Richardson to L Malinga, On the stumps, this is pushed to cover.
41.2
0
K Richardson to L Malinga, Malinga makes room again, Richardson bowls a slower one outside off. LM misses.
41.1
0
K Richardson to L Malinga, Malinga makes room and Richardson follows him. Malinga looks to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads. He does not know where the ball is and sets off for a run but then realizes it has not gone far away and goes back in the crease.
40.6
0
M Starc to de Silva, A dot to end! Malinga now will face the start of the next over. Full toss on off, Dhananjaya hits it to mid off.
40.5
0
M Starc to de Silva, Full toss and de Silva guides it to sweeper cover but does not run. Strange actually, he could have trusted Malinga with one ball.
40.4
0
M Starc to de Silva, Trademark Starc! Bowls a toe-crusher at 147 kph! Dhananjaya gets his boot out of the way and jams it out somehow at the last moment. Fiery stuff from Mitch!
40.3
0
M Starc to de Silva, Slower one on middle, de Silva is happy to play Starc out. He defends it onto the ground.
40.2
0
M Starc to de Silva, Very full and on the stumps, this is jammed out back towards the bowler.
40.1
1
M Starc to L Malinga, Malinga makes room and Starc bowls it full on the stumps, Lasith manages to get his bat down in time and jams it out towards cover for one.

Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Australia can now have 5 fielders outside the ring. Don't think they would like to take that option at this moment. Lasith Malinga is the new batsman now.

39.6
0
K Richardson to I Udana, OUT! Udana is out of here! A terrific catch by Finch. Length and around off, this one bounces a touch more and it is also the slower one. Udana looks to flat-bat it but mistimes it high up in the air behind mid off. Finch runs backwards and takes a very good catch. Not easy when you have to run like that and also, the sun might have just been in his eyes. Australia are now two wickets away from winning this one.