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World Cup 2019, Match20- AUS Vs SL, Preview: Ecstatic Australia Gets Set For Another Asian Challenge

“Australia are placed at the third position on the points table, while Sri Lanka hold on to the fifth spot.”

After the rain delays got a rest, the ICC World Cup 2019 finally witnessed an uninterrupted action, however, it is now time to shift the focus on the double-header Saturday (June 14), wherein Australia will be taking on Sri Lanka at The Kennington Oval in London. Both the teams are coming into this match after witnessing contrasting results being unfold in their respective previous outings. The defending champions Australia defeated Pakistan in a sensational fashion, while Sri Lanka’s last match against Bangladesh got washed out. Thus, both these teams will be looking for a win in this encounter.

Sri Lanka took on Australia in the 1996 edition’s final and we all know how cricket changed after that. A new powerhouse was born, which went on to take slow but steady strides towards the top. Sun was shining bright on Lankan cricket for long, but all they find right now is gloom, desperate to find some hope.

Australia kept adding more power to their line-up with every passing year before they faced a little adversity last year with David Warner and Steve Smith getting suspended. Nevertheless, they ended up overcoming it unlike the Lankan side, who are yet to recover from the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Both these sides played a cracking game of cricket last time, which saw Glenn Maxwell score his one and only hundred in ODIs. There’s never any dearth in intensity with these two teams, but Sri Lanka’s recent form indicates this could end up being a one-sided banter. All the neutral fans can hope right now is for cricket to happen in the first place, and also both sides going all guns blazing.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

Australia

Sri Lanka

No Result

Overall (96)

60

32

4

In World Cup (10)

7

2

1

Australia’s likely Playing XI

The Aussies may not make any changes to their playing eleven. Marcus Stoinis has a side strain and there’s a doubt on his return. It means Shaun Marsh is likely to be persisted with. Kane Richardson may have to make way for Adam Zampa bearing in mind the nature of the pitch. Aaron Finch and David Warner firing together is definitely an ominous sign for the opposition.

Steve Smith will want to make amends after a rare failure versus Pakistan. It’ll also be interesting to see where Khawaja and Marsh bat. Glenn Maxwell has looked threatening but is yet to get a big score. Nathan Coulter-Nile also seemed to find his touch. The Aussies will again depend on Mitchell Starc and the ever-so-reliable Pat Cummins to get the early breakthroughs.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson/Adam Zampa.

Sri Lanka’s likely Playing XI

The Lankans may bring fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep in the eleven. Prior to the game versus Bangladesh, he developed a cut and dislocation on his finger from the bowling arm and was ruled out of the game. But before the next match, he has returned to the nets and also bowled for around 25 minutes. A call on his availability for the game will be taken on Friday.

Lasith Malinga is also back after attending his mother-in-law’s funeral. In the bowling department, Suranga Lakmal will wish to make amends after going wicketless in the first two games. The likes of Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Angelo Mathews need to find their rhythm as well. Kusal Perera and Karunaratne’s role will be critical if the Lankans are to put up a good score.

Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis/Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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