ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date & Time: 15 June 2019
RR: 5.38 | Australia beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs
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.
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.
Kane Richardson is back into the attack. Can he finish things off in this over?
Pat Cummins is back!
Nuwan Pradeep is the last batsman for Sri Lanka.
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.
Kane Richardson is back!
Isuru Udana walks in next.
Thisara Perera arrives with Sri Lanka in trouble.
Milinda Siriwardana walks out in the middle.
Pat Cummins is back into the attack as well.
Mitchell Starc returns into the attack. Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon is seen running down the stairs of the dressing room as he is to replace Kane Richardson on the field who is going off at the moment.
In walks Angelo Mathews. He is yet to open his account in this World Cup.
Change in bowling. Glenn Maxwell is back on. He has bowled 7 economical overs so far. Can he complete his spell well?
Kane Richardson is back into the attack!
Pat Cummins is back! New batsman and Finch goes back to his gun bowler. He wants another wicket here.
Kusal Mendis walks in next. 182 needed off 157 balls at this stage.
The physio is out to have a look at Thirimanne's arm. He is in some pain but should be fine to continue.
Jason Behrendorff is back on! He was expensive in his first spell. Needs to bowl well here.
DRINKS BREAK! Sri Lanka have made a rollicking start and now it's all about capitalizing from here onward. The Aussie bowling was very mediocre in Powerplay 1 and now they will hope to restore some sanity after the fall of Kusal Perera's wicket. They have four genuine bowlers only and will have to get as many overs as possible from the part-timers.
Lahiru Thirimanne is the new batsman.
MItchell Starc is back on!
Powerplay 2 begins. Maximum of 4 fielders allowed outside the inner circle till the 40th over. Glenn Maxwell comes on to bowl.
Big moment in the game! Australia have reviewed right at the end as an appeal for a caught behind was turned down. Nobody seemed confident, it may have been one in desperation. By the look of things, there seems to be day-light between bat and ball and there is nothing on the Ultra Edge as well.
Change of bat for Perera! Not sure why? He was hammering the balls with the old one.
What happened there? Richardson runs in and delivers but the batsman is not ready. He just stood there and then blocked it. The umpire spotted that and called it a dead ball. Rico will have to reload.
Kane Richardson is into the attack now. A very strong breeze is blowing across the stadium.
Jason Behrendorff is introduced into the attack. Smart thinking from Aaron Finch, it's always good to give him the ball when it's fairly new. He may not have the pace of Mitchell Starc but he can certainly move the ball both ways. Two slips in place...
Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Australian players stride out to the middle. They are followed by the Sri Lankan openers, Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne. A change for Australia as to who is going to start the bowling. It was Pat Cummins who did so in the last game and even in the one previously. This time it is Mitchell Starc who has the first new ball in his hand. Here we go...