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

commentary

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.
39.5
2
K Richardson to I Udana, Well fielded! Length and outside off, Udana goes after it away from his body. The ball goes off the outside edge and down towards third man. Behrendorff runs to his right, dives and saves two.
39.5
0
K Richardson to I Udana, Down the leg side, IU looks to flick but misses. Wided.
39.4
0
K Richardson to I Udana, On a length and around off, Udana strokes it to covers.
39.3
0
K Richardson to I Udana, Good short one and Udana ducks under it.
39.2
0
K Richardson to I Udana, Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
39.1
4
K Richardson to I Udana, FOUR! Up and over! Shorter and outside off, Udana slashes hard, it flies over point and the ball races to the fence. Consecutive boundaries.

Kane Richardson is back!

38.6
4
M Starc to de Silva, FOUR! Fine shot! Starc delivers it on a length around off, de Silva presents a straight bat and times his shot beautifully. Warner tries his best to stop it with a dive at mid off but fails.
38.5
0
M Starc to de Silva, Back of a length ball on middle, defended back from the crease.
38.4
1
M Starc to I Udana, Starc switches to 'round the wicket and spears in a full ball on off, Udana tries keeping it out but gets an outside edge behind. Richardson makes a diving stop at third man and saves three for his side.
38.3
1
M Starc to de Silva, Eyes a yorker but ends up serving a reverse swinging full toss on off, Dhananjaya plays it with an open-faced bat square of the wicket on the off side for one.
38.2
1
M Starc to I Udana, No hat-trick! It's full and outside off, Udana pushes it through covers for a run.

Isuru Udana walks in next.

38.1
0
M Starc to K Mendis, OUT! Another one bites the dust! Starc with the older ball is a different beast! He steams in and slants across a good length delivery outside off at 140 kph. Mendis stays back to throw his bat at it but only manages a thin outside edge behind. Alex Carey makes no mistake and Starc hunts down his fourth victim. He's on a hat-trick now. Can he get it and the fifer?
37.6
1
J Behrendorff to K Mendis, Shortish and on middle, this is pulled towards deep backward square leg for one.
37.5
1
J Behrendorff to de Silva, Another length and outside off, de Silva opens the face and hits it down to third man for one.
37.4
0
J Behrendorff to de Silva, Good length again on off, de Silva guides it to point.
37.3
2
J Behrendorff to de Silva, On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket and the batters take two.
37.2
0
J Behrendorff to de Silva, Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
37.1
1
J Behrendorff to K Mendis, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
36.6
0
M Starc to T Perera, OUT! Six, single and out! Perera does not last for long and he probably takes Sri Lanka's hopes of chasing this down along with him. Not clever, you can't keep going after Starc and expect to get away every time. Mitchell dishes out a full one on middle, Perera once again looks to find the boundary. He tries to go over mid on but does not get under the delivery. He ends up hitting it too flat and Warner takes a tumbling catch. An over with two wickets in it comes to an end. Probably the over which turns the tide completely into Australia's favour. 118 needed off 78 balls.
36.5
1
M Starc to K Mendis, On the off pole, Mendis looks to defend but it goes off the inner half on the leg side. A run taken.
36.4
1
M Starc to T Perera, Full now and on middle, this is whipped through square leg for one.
36.3
6
M Starc to T Perera, SIX! That is some way to get off the mark! WOW! Starc goes short and Thisara is up for the challenge. He pulls it high and handsome, over the backward square leg fence.

Thisara Perera arrives with Sri Lanka in trouble.

36.2
0
M Starc to M Siriwardana, OUT! KABOOM! Mitchell Starc knocks Siriwardana over. His second of the night and all of a sudden, Sri Lanka have half their side back in the hut. This is slightly fuller and it is at 143 KPH. Tails back in. Too good for MS. He looks to flick but gets an inside edge, the ball hits the pads and crashes into the stumps. Also, this is the 11th wicket for Starc in this World Cup. He is now the leading wicket-taker.
36.1
0
M Starc to M Siriwardana, On the stumps, kept out.
36.1
0
M Starc to M Siriwardana, Down the leg side, it has been wided.
35.6
1
Pat Cummins to M Siriwardana, Uppish but wide! Good length on off, Siriwardana looks to drive but then looks to bail out of the shot. Too late, the ball hits the bat and goes uppishly wide of cover for one.
35.5
2
Pat Cummins to M Siriwardana, Shorter in length and on middle, Siriwardana pulls it through mid-wicket and takes two.

Milinda Siriwardana walks out in the middle.

35.4
0
Pat Cummins to A Mathews, OUT! Soft, soft dismissal and Mathews is furious with himself as he walks back. He can't believe he has got out to that delivery. Remember how Cummins got Imam-ul-Haq in Australia's last game? This is similar. Short and down the leg side. Mathews looks to pull but it kisses the gloves and goes straight into the mitts of Carey who takes it and appeals. The umpire has his finger up. Mathews' poor form continues. Sri Lanka slip further. 130 more needed.
35.3
0
Pat Cummins to A Mathews, Another length ball and Mathews keeps it out.
35.2
1
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, On the shorter side again and Mendis works it through square leg for one.
35.1
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, Back of a length on off, kept out.

Pat Cummins is back into the attack as well.

34.6
4
M Starc to A Mathews, FOUR! The pull shot has been nailed! Top over for Sri Lanka. 11 from it. Short and on the body, Mathews may have been ready for it. He is quickly onto the back foot and then pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
34.5
0
M Starc to A Mathews, Top fielding! It is that man again, Maxwell. Back of a length on off, Mathews guides it towards point where Maxwell dives to his right and stops a single.
34.4
0
M Starc to A Mathews, Drags his length short and on off, Mathews evades it.
34.3
1
M Starc to K Mendis, Full and outside off, this is hit through covers for one. 200 up for Sri Lanka.
34.2
6
M Starc to K Mendis, SIX! Take that, Mitchell Starc! That is some shot. Not many batters do that to Starc. Full and on off, Mendis slams it over the bowler's head and it goes all the way. Need to keep going!
34.1
0
M Starc to K Mendis, Back of a length on middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

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.

33.6
1
G Maxwell to K Mendis, A single to end another excellent over by Maxwell. Also, that is it for the day from him. He has been outstanding today. Gone for only 46 in his 10 which is a commendable effort by a part-timer who is also the fifth bowling option. Maxwell applied the brakes when Sri Lanka were going great guns. He ends his spell with a full ball on the pads, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
33.5
0
G Maxwell to K Mendis, Another dot! This is fired on the stumps, Mendis pushes it back to the bowler.
33.4
0
G Maxwell to K Mendis, Mendis misses out there! This is down the leg side. Kusal looks to hit it fine but it goes off the gloves to short fine leg.
33.3
0
G Maxwell to K Mendis, Flatter and outside off, Mendis cuts it to point. A dot.
33.2
1
G Maxwell to A Mathews, Flatter again and on middle, Mathews works it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
33.1
1
G Maxwell to K Mendis, This is on the pads, it is worked through square leg for one.
32.6
0
K Richardson to A Mathews, Finishes the over with a full ball on middle, AM strokes it to mid on. A successful one by Richardson comes to an end.
32.5
0
K Richardson to A Mathews, Back of a length on off, Mathews defends it onto the ground.
32.4
0
K Richardson to A Mathews, A good short one now! Mathews ducks under it.
32.3
0
K Richardson to A Mathews, Good length on off, it is defended.
32.2
4
K Richardson to A Mathews, FOUR! Off the mark in style! Both in this game and in this World Cup after bagging two ducks in a row. Richardson overpitches and Mathews obliges by stroking it past mid on for a boundary. Sri Lanka need a big innings from him.

In walks Angelo Mathews. He is yet to open his account in this World Cup.

32.1
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, OUT! CAUGHT! Heartbreak for Karunaratne. He misses out on a well-deserved ton! The Australians are elated because this is a huge wicket. Richardson strikes. Not the best of deliveries bowled by him but he won't care. It is short and outside off, Dimuth cuts it nicely but straight towards Maxwell at point. He takes a sharp catch moving across to his right. Pin-drop silence in the stadium as the Lankan fans can't believe it. A standing ovation now for Karunaratne as he walks back. Australia firmly on top now. 149 more needed in 107 balls.
31.6
6
G Maxwell to K Mendis, SIX! Down he comes and it's a lovely clean hit from Kusal Mendis. Maxwell bowls it full and just outside off, Kusal wears his skates and lofts it nonchalantly over the bowler's head for a biggie at long off. Under 150 needed now!
31.5
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Tossed up ball on off, Dimuth uses his feet and eases it through mid-wicket for one.
31.4
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Skidding down the leg side, Karunaratne moves back and works it off his pads. Finds short fine leg.
31.3
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Walks forward with the flick shot but it takes the inner half and rolls behind square leg.
31.2
1
G Maxwell to K Mendis, Knocks a full ball down through mid on for a run.
31.1
0
G Maxwell to K Mendis, Mendis has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
30.6
1
K Richardson to K Mendis, In the air... but safe! Goes short and on the body, Mendis looks to pull but is hurried into the shot. He mistimes it towards deep backward square leg for one. Only 2 from this one. Run rate needed above 8 now.
30.5
0
K Richardson to K Mendis, Another dot! Pressure building! Length and on middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket.
30.4
0
K Richardson to K Mendis, Back of a length again on off, Mendis guides it to point.
30.3
0
K Richardson to K Mendis, Full and on off, Mendis is guilty of going too hard at the delivery. Ends up mistiming it back to the bowler.
30.2
1
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Good length on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
30.1
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Good length and on off, it is blocked.
29.6
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Just the single to end as Karunaratne works it through mid-wicket. Maxwell continues his good work with the ball. 8 done from him and he has gone for only 35 runs.
29.5
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Another dot to end! Flatter and outside off, this is guided to point.
29.4
1
G Maxwell to K Mendis, On the pads, this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
29.3
0
G Maxwell to K Mendis, Slower outside off, this is guided towards backward point.
29.2
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball. It is worked towards mid-wicket for a run.
29.1
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, On the pads, flicked to square leg.

Change in bowling. Glenn Maxwell is back on. He has bowled 7 economical overs so far. Can he complete his spell well?

28.6
1
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Well struck again but only a run! Short and on off, Karunaratne pulls it hard but too close to deep square leg. A single taken. Just the 5 from this over. Sri Lanka need someone to step on the gas now. 162 more needed in 126.
28.5
1
K Richardson to K Mendis, Mendis now guides it down to third man for one.
28.4
1
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
28.3
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Good short one and it is outside off. Dimuth looks to drag his pull but misses.
28.2
2
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Good running! This is worked with soft hands towards fine leg. They take the first quickly and then complete the second as well.
28.1
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Good length and on middle, Karunaratne pushes it to mid on.

Kane Richardson is back into the attack!

27.6
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Slower one outside off, Karunaratne looks to drive but it goes off the outside edge towards third man for one.
27.5
1
J Behrendorff to K Mendis, On the pads again, Mendis works it through backward square leg for one.
27.4
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Shuffles across but Jason bowls it outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
27.3
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, A wild swing! Length and outside off, this one stays a touch low. DK looks to hit it across the line but misses.
27.2
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Very full and on middle, Karunaratne pushes it towards mid on.
27.1
2
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Takes a few steps down the track and whips it nicely through backward square leg for a couple.
26.6
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, Full again on off, Mendis mistimes it to mid off.
26.5
1
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, On the bounce to the fielder! Shorter and around off, Dimuth upper cuts it and the ball goes on the bounce to the fielder at third man. A single.
26.4
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, On the fuller side, Karunaratne strokes it to mid off.
26.3
1
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, On the pads again, Mendis flicks it down to fine leg for another run.
26.2
1
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, On the shorter side and just outside off, Karunaratne plays it nicely between gully and point and down towards third man for one.
26.1
1
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.
25.6
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Almost an action replay of the last ball! Full and on middle, DK works it to mid-wicket where Khawaja dives to his left again and stops. Just the three singles from the over. Run rate needed almost 7.5 now.
25.5
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Well stopped! On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket where Khawaja dives to his left and stops it.
25.4
1
J Behrendorff to K Mendis, Lovely pull shot but just for one! This is short and on middle, Mendis gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through backward square leg for one.
25.3
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
25.2
1
J Behrendorff to K Mendis, A little too straight and Mendis works it through mid-wicket for one.
25.1
0
J Behrendorff to K Mendis, Good length and on off, this is kept out.
24.6
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Good bumper to end! Karunaratne ducks under it.
24.5
1
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, Back of a length on off, Mendis plays it late and guides it down to third man for one.
24.4
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, Well bowled! Continues bowling it on a length and around off, Mendis defends it towards cover.
24.4
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, Bangs it short but it is down the leg side. Wided.
24.3
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, On the fuller side on middle, this is played to mid on.
24.2
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, Back of a length again on off, Mendis defends it again.
24.1
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, Back of a length on off, Mendis keeps it out.

Pat Cummins is back! New batsman and Finch goes back to his gun bowler. He wants another wicket here.

23.6
1
J Behrendorff to K Mendis, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 9 runs and a wicket from the over!

Kusal Mendis walks in next. 182 needed off 157 balls at this stage.

23.5
0
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Jason Behrendorff has the last laugh. His first World Cup wicket and a much-needed one for him. He wasn't bowling that well but this should make him feel a lot better. Poor shot from Thirimanne. This is bowled in the 5th stump channel. It keeps coming in with the angle. Thirimanne looks to guide it through point but the ball is too close to play that shot. It kisses the edge and goes into the hands of Carey. Thirimanne walks back after a very uncomfortable stay.
23.4
4
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, FOUR! Crunched through point! Beautiful sound as the ball meets the sweet spot of the bat. Behrendorff bowls one short and offers width outside off, Thirimanne rocks back and cuts it hard through point. The fielder in the deep runs to his right but he doesn't have a chance to stop it.
23.3
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Karunaratne flicks this length delivery off his pads towards mid-wicket for a single.

The physio is out to have a look at Thirimanne's arm. He is in some pain but should be fine to continue.

23.2
0
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, Direct hit needed but Maxwell misses! A good ball first up. Jason bowls it on a length around off, this one takes off after pitching. LT looks to defend but it goes off the arm towards point. Dimuth wants a run but Thirimanne is late in taking off. Glenn picks the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker's end but luckily for Thirimanne, he misses. Leg bye signaled.
23.1
2
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, Length ball outside off, Thirimanne drives it through covers. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and keeps the batsmen to just two.
22.6
1
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, Another Maxwell over passes by and another good one for Australia. Thirimanne works it towards square leg and takes one. 7-0-32-0, a decent job from the part-timer so far.
22.5
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, DK punches this down to long on for one.
22.4
1
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, Uses his feet and looks to whip it but mistimes it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
22.3
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, A single as this is eased down to long off.
22.2
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Slower through the air on off, Karunaratne pushes it to the right of the bowler.
22.1
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Almost plays it on! Karunaratne looks to reverse sweep and gets into the position early. Maxwell sees that and bowls it down the leg side. DK still goes ahead with the shot but gets an inner edge onto the pads.
21.6
0
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, Again on length and outside off, Thirimanne once again defends with the full face of the bat.
21.5
0
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, On a length and on the stumps, Lahiru defends it down to the ground.
21.4
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, On a good length and outside off, Dimuth guides it to third man for a single.
21.3
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Length ball on the stumps, driven straight to the bowler.
21.2
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Length delivery on middle, pushed to mid on with a straight bat.
21.1
1
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, Length delivery outside off, Lahiru drives it to covers and gets to other end. A single added to the total.
20.6
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, A muted appeal! This is fired on the pads, Thirimanne looks to flick but misses to get hit on the front pad.
20.5
1
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
20.4
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Wrong end! Khawaja throws it at the wrong end! Karunaratne stays leg side of the ball and guides it towards backward point. Thirimanne wants a run but Karunaratne is late to start off. Khawaja though throws it towards the keeper and no harm done in the end.
20.3
1
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, On the pads again and Thirimanne works it towards fine leg and takes one.
20.2
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, DK takes a few steps down the track and then pushes it to long on for one.
20.1
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, On the pads, Karunaratne looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
19.6
0
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, Another dot to end! Length and around off, Thirimanne plays it late on the off side. He wants a run but is sent back.
19.5
0
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, On the fuller side, Thirimanne strokes it to covers. Has not timed the ball that well has Lahiru.
19.4
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, Karunaratne guides it down to third man for one.
19.3
2
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Well played! Walks right across and then works it through backward square leg for a brace.
19.2
1
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, Just outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
19.1
0
J Behrendorff to L Thirimanne, On the stumps, this one stays a touch low. Thirimanne works it to mid-wicket.

Jason Behrendorff is back on! He was expensive in his first spell. Needs to bowl well here.

18.6
4
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, FOUR! Poor ball and Karunaratne makes Maxwell pay. Short and outside off, Dimuth plays it late and gets it between backward point and point for the ball to race away. Spoils the over. 8 from it.
18.5
1
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, Another single as Thirimanne plays it through mid-wicket.
18.4
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Comes down the track again and flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
18.3
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, On the stumps, it is pushed back to the bowler.
18.2
1
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, Flatter on off, this is pushed through covers for one.
18.1
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Dances down the track and looks to go over mid on but mistimes it towards that fielder. A run taken.
17.6
0
M Starc to L Thirimanne, Another dot to end! Once again a tight over for Australia. Full and on off, Thirimanne strokes it back to Starc. 212 more needed in 192 balls.
17.5
0
M Starc to L Thirimanne, Attacks the off pole again and Thirimanne defends it onto the ground.
17.4
0
M Starc to L Thirimanne, Good length again on off, Thirimanne defends it towards point.
17.3
1
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Direct hit and Thirimanne was a goner! Karunaratne works it towards mid-wicket and the batters go for a run. Khawaja gets to the ball, dives forward and underarms it towards the keeper's end but misses. Australia need to take the half chances at the moment.
17.2
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, On a length and around off, DK defends it.
17.1
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, Karunaratne works it to mid-wicket.

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.

16.6
0
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, A dot to end another terrific over by Maxwell. He fires it into the pads, Thirimanne works it to mid-wicket.
16.5
0
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, Another dot as Thirimanne once again pushes it to covers.
16.4
0
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, Gives it a lot of air and lands it on off, LT pushes it to covers.
16.3
0
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, On the stumps, Thirimanne lunges and defends it onto the ground.
16.2
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Shorter and on the pads, this is worked to fine leg for one.
16.1
1
G Maxwell to L Thirimanne, Works it with the angle towards short fine leg for one.
15.6
4
M Starc to D Karunaratne, FOUR! Karunaratne wasn't in any control of the shot. Width on offer outside off, Karunaratne slashes at it and gets it away off the edge to the third man boundary. 8 from the over but a big wicket as well.
15.5
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Fullish and on middle, Karunaratne flicks but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
15.4
1
M Starc to L Thirimanne, Back of a length ball around leg, Thirimanne eases it behind square leg and gets off the mark with a single.

Lahiru Thirimanne is the new batsman.

15.3
0
M Starc to K Perera, OUT! Timberrrrrrr... Slogging Starc is not always easy. The Aussie speedster keeps his line very straight and darts it in on the fuller length at 145 kph. Perera winds up for a big heave across the line but is beaten for pace. It goes right through him to light the stumps. Finally, Australia have a breakthrough and they are looking relieved. The century stand is broken. The replays show that the ball tailed in a hint also. 220 needed off 207 balls.
15.2
1
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Spears in a fuller length ball on middle, Karunaratne flicks it in front of square leg and sends it to the fielder in the deep. A single this time.
15.1
2
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Short in length and outside off, Dimuth slaps it down and it bounces over the point fielder for a couple of runs.
14.6
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Karunaratne once again whips this through mid-wicket for one.
14.5
1
G Maxwell to K Perera, This is worked through mid-wicket for one.
14.4
3
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Good fielding! Saves a run for his side. This is whipped through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his right, dives and throws it back towards mid on who has also given the chase.
14.3
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Karunaratne comes down the track and works it to short fine leg.
14.2
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, On off, it is pushed back to the bowler.
14.1
1
G Maxwell to K Perera, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed down to long off for one.
13.6
1
M Starc to K Perera, Well bowled and well played! A yorker on middle, Perera jams it out on the leg side and takes one. Brings up his fifty. His 13th in ODIs and it has been a wonderful knock so far. He has taken the attack to the bowlers right from the word go. Still needs to continue though.
13.5
1
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Shorter and outside off, DK guides it down to third man and takes one.
13.4
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Good length and on the stumps again, Karunaratne defends it onto the ground.
13.3
1
M Starc to K Perera, Shorter in length on middle, Perera works it through square leg for one.
13.2
0
M Starc to K Perera, On the stumps, Perera pushes it to mid off.
13.1
1
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Full and on off, this is hit through covers for one.

MItchell Starc is back on!

12.6
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, A single to end another good over from Maxwell. Karunaratne walks down the track and works it through square leg for one.
12.5
1
G Maxwell to K Perera, Perera looks to sweep but it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg for one.
12.4
1
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one. 100 up for Lanka,
12.3
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, On the stumps, it is kept out.
12.2
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Howzzat? The answer to that question is not out! Australia don't have a review left. Karunaratne comes down the track and looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Looks close and replays show three reds.
12.1
1
G Maxwell to K Perera, Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
11.6
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Back of a length on off again, this is guided to point. 7 from the over.
11.5
4
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, FOUR! Crunched! Short and outside off, Karunaratne drags it past the mid-wicket fielder and the ball races away to the fence. Gets to his fifty in style and what a start the skipper has provided. Leading from the front here. Needs to continue though. His 4th half century in ODIs.
11.4
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Back of a length on off, Karunaratne guides it to point.
11.3
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Short and outside off, DK first looks to pull but then bails out.
11.2
1
K Richardson to K Perera, Shorter and on the body, Perera looks to help it on its way but mistimes it towards square leg for one.
11.1
2
K Richardson to K Perera, Full and outside off, Perera carves it over point. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and keeps it down to two.
10.6
2
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, A couple to end but still a very good over by Maxwell. This is on middle, Dimuth works it through square leg for two. Just the 4 from this one. Australia need to bowl a few more tight overs.
10.5
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, A straighter line, DK looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
10.4
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, On the stumps again and Dimuth defends it.
10.4
0
G Maxwell to D Karunaratne, Down the leg side and it has been wided.
10.3
1
G Maxwell to K Perera, Fired on the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
10.2
0
G Maxwell to K Perera, On the stumps, Perera pushes it back from where it came.
10.1
0
G Maxwell to K Perera, Slower through the air on off, Perera strokes it to covers.

Powerplay 2 begins. Maximum of 4 fielders allowed outside the inner circle till the 40th over. Glenn Maxwell comes on to bowl.

9.6
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, A dot to end Powerplay 1 and Sri Lanka are well on top after this. They are 87 for no loss. Length and on off, it is kept out.
9.5
1
K Richardson to K Perera, Perera again slaps this through covers for one.
9.4
0
K Richardson to K Perera, NOT OUT! Australia have lost their review in Powerplay 1 itself. Desperate to be honest. It was more in hope. Richardson bowls this outside off, Perera looks to guide it down to third man but misses. Carey takes it and appeals. Richardson puts in a very confident one. The umpire turns it down though. Kane convinces his captain to go for the review and Finch does so. Replays roll in and they show absolutely nothing.

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.

9.3
4
K Richardson to K Perera, FOUR! Stand and deliver! Perera stands tall and smashes this short ball over the mid-wicket fielder. Boundary.
9.2
2
K Richardson to K Perera, On the shorter side, Perera looks to pull but does not get it off the middle. It goes through square leg for a couple.
9.1
1
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
8.6
4
J Behrendorff to K Perera, FOUR MORE! This is a tremendous start for Sri Lanka. This is on the pads, Perera works it fine on the leg side and it races to the fence. Huge over, 18 from it. Only 256 more needed.
8.5
0
J Behrendorff to K Perera, Good length and it is kept out.
8.4
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
8.3
5
J Behrendorff to K Perera, FOUR OVERTHROWS! Five in total! Runs are flowing here! First, it is a very risky single as Perera pushes it to mid on. The fielder there has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. There is no one backing up and the ball races to the fence.
8.2
2
J Behrendorff to K Perera, Excellent running! Perera works this with soft hands. The weight on the shot is perfect and the batters take two.
8.1
6
J Behrendorff to K Perera, SIX! Outrageous! That shot had so much of Sanath Jayasuriya in it. Jason bowls this full and outside off, Perera lifts it over covers and the connection is such that it goes all the way.
7.6
1
K Richardson to K Perera, Tickles it behind square leg and retains strike. 8 from the over.
7.5
2
K Richardson to K Perera, Picks up a short ball and hammers his pull shot down to deep mid-wicket. A good stop in the deep and the batsmen take a couple of runs.
7.4
0
K Richardson to K Perera, The batsman works it down the leg side. No run.
7.3
1
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Turns it off his pads to deep backward square leg for one.
7.2
4
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, FOUR! Serves it on the pads and Karunaratne clips it fine past short fine leg for a boundary.
7.1
0
K Richardson to D Karunaratne, Scratch the last update. We are hearing that it's given as a legal ball. A back foot defense by Karunaratne.

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.

6.6
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
6.5
4
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, FOUR! Streaky! Behrendorff cannot believe his luck. He does well here to force an inside edge but it has missed the stumps and gone to the fine leg fence. Fullish and outside off, Karunaratne tries to drive but fails to middle his shot. This time the ball speeds away past the left side of the short fine leg fielder.
6.4
4
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, FOUR! These two openers have picked the length beautifully. Short in length and on middle, Karunaratne picks it early, gets into the position and pulls it past the right side of the diving short fine leg fielder for a boundary.
6.3
1
J Behrendorff to K Perera, Shortish and on off, Kusal works it through backward square leg for a single.
6.2
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Walks across the stumps to negate the movement and pushes the ball in the gap at covers for a run.
6.1
2
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Back of a length ball on middle, angling down, Karunaratne glances it off his hips behind square leg and returns for the second run.
5.6
1
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Width on offer outside off, Karunaratne stays back and runs it down to third man for a run.
5.5
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Change in approach here from Pat Cummins. He switches to 'round the wicket and serves a fuller length ball outside off, Karunaratne strides forward and pushes it out from the toe end of his bat.
5.4
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Another inside edge. This time onto the pads as Karunaratne tries to defend it from the crease.
5.3
4
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, EDGY FOUR! A boundary is a boundary. The scorecard never tells how the batsman got it. Cummins delivers it on a length close to off stump, Karunaratne sticks back to block but it takes the inside edge and runs past the stumps to the fine leg fence.
5.2
4
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, FOUR! Sri Lanka have found boundaries with relative ease! Cummins goes short and around off, Dimuth stands back to fetch it from there and pulls it in front of the square leg fielder. He runs across to his right but fails to stop the ball as it races to the fence.
5.1
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne defends it off his back foot.
4.6
1
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, A single on the last ball which means it is not a maiden. On the pads, this is worked to the right of mid-wicket. The fielder makes a half-stop which enables a run.
4.5
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Another play and a miss! Lovely start from Jason! On a length again and this one holds its line. Karunaratne looks to defend but is beaten. He ended up playing inside the line there.
4.4
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Well bowled again! On off and on a length. Defended.
4.3
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, A loud shout but not given! This one is angled into the batsman and comes in a little more. Karunaratne fails to adjust to the movement and gets hit high on the thigh pad. An appeal but it is turned down. Too high.
4.2
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, Back of a length again on middle, Karunaratne pushes it to mid on.
4.1
0
J Behrendorff to D Karunaratne, A little bit of swing for Jason. On a length and around off, it shapes away. Dimuth hangs his bat out but gets beaten.

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...

3.6
3
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Three to end the over! Full and around off, Karunaratne manages to drive it square on the off side. Maxwell from point hares after it. The ball slows down as it gets to the ropes and three is taken.
3.5
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, BEATEN! Flashes at a delivery outside off but is beaten by the extra bounce.
3.4
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Goes fuller again on middle, this is hit back to the bowler.
3.3
1
Pat Cummins to K Perera, A single now as Perera works it wide of mid on.
3.2
0
Pat Cummins to K Perera, On the fuller side and on off, Perera strokes it to mid off.
3.1
0
Pat Cummins to K Perera, Good length and on off, Perera guides it to point.
2.6
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Another shorter one but this does not bounce as much as Starc wanted it to. Karunaratne looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. A better second over from Starc, only 2 runs coming from it.
2.5
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, A bumper and Karunaratne ducks under it.
2.4
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Karunaratne is down on the ground! Starc bowls a yorker but it is on the pads. DK looks to jam it out but slips in the process. The ball hits his pad as he falls down onto the ground. That was quick from Starc, it was at 150 KPH. Needs to correct his line though.
2.3
2
M Starc to D Karunaratne, A couple now! Not off the middle but Sri Lanka won't mind as long as they keep coming. Length and around off, Karunaratne plays inside the line, the ball goes off the outer half through backward point for two.
2.2
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Back of a length and on off, it is defended onto the ground.
2.1
0
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Goes very full and on off, tails back in a little. Karunaratne strokes it back to the bowler.
1.6
4
Pat Cummins to K Perera, FOUR! Short again and Cummins pays the price again! Shortish and on middle, Perera is quickly onto the back foot and pulls it over the square leg fielder for another boundary. Cummins too starts off expensively. 24 in the first two overs!
1.5
0
Pat Cummins to K Perera, Good length on off, Perera defends it onto the ground.
1.4
4
Pat Cummins to K Perera, FOUR! Hammered! The Lankans dealing in boundaries at the moment. Shortish and around off, KP picks the length early and pulls it hard through mid-wicket.
1.3
3
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Three now! This is on the pads, Karunaratne flicks it through square leg. The fielder dives to his right and gets a hand to it. Then gets up and saves a run for his side.
1.2
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, Good length and outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone.
1.1
1
Pat Cummins to K Perera, On the pads, this is worked through backward square leg for one.

Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
4
M Starc to D Karunaratne, FOUR! 12 from the first over. Excellent start for Lanka. Poor delivery to end the first. Short and wide outside off, Dimuth cuts it to the left of point this time and bags a boundary.
0.5
2
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Nicely played again! Karunaratne this time uses the pace of the bowler and guides it past point. Third man does well to run to his left and keep it down to two.
0.4
0
M Starc to K Perera, Goes for the yorker but it is on the pads, Perera looks to jam it out awkwardly but it hits the pads and goes to the right of the keeper. Carey runs there but fails to collect it. It goes down to fine leg and the batters take a leg bye. There was an appeal from Starc but it did not last for long.
0.3
4
M Starc to K Perera, FOUR! Off the mark in style is Kusal Perera. Slightly fuller this time and there is width on offer. Perera just uses the pace of the bowler and guides it past cover-point. No stopping it once it beats the fielders in the ring.
0.2
0
M Starc to K Perera, This time the line is a little too straight, Perera looks to keep it out but misses to get hit high on the pads.
0.1
1
M Starc to D Karunaratne, Sri Lanka are underway! A length ball by Starc to begin with and it is outside off. Karunaratne hangs his bat out. The ball flies off the outside edge down to third man for one.

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...