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ICC Cricket World Cup, 20th match: Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 15, 2019

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Australia 334/7

Sri Lanka 247 (45.5/50 ov)

Australia won by 87 runs

Batsman R B S.R
Dimuth Karunaratne (lhb) 97 108 89.81
Kusal Perera (lhb) 52 36 144.44
Bowller O M R W Econ
Mitchell Starc (lf) 10.0 0 55 4 5.50
Kane Richardson (lf) 9.0 1 47 3 5.22
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Thanks for joining us. Great fun today. The first 15 overs of Sri Lanka’s innings was as entertaining as any passage so far this World Cup. Pretty sure there’s plenty more coming on Sunday. It’s India v Pakistan. Hope you’ve planned out your day in front of the TV and of course with us here on ESPNcricinfo. Trust me, your second-screen experience will be as good, if not better. For now, head over to our homepage to catch up with all the build-up. Some terrific pieces from Osman Samiuddin is already in. And there’s promise for much more. I’ll be back again early in the day to bring you up to speed with everything India v Pakistan. For the moment, I’m going to head off quickly to catch some sleep. Goodnight folks, pleasure having your company. Cheers!

Aaron Finch is the Player of the Match for his 153. “I was hitting some nice drives early, which is a good sign for my batting. It was a nice wicket. I’m working on trying to ensure my head doesn’t fall over. We thought we could get 350 plus, but Sri Lanka executed superbly under pressure at the end. We thought we were a touch short with the new ball, Kusal and Dimuth were superb. You want to bowl top-of-off and when they kept hitting there, we had to change plans. It was nice for Maxwell to have a long boundary to bowl with, hard to get 10 overs out of him on flat wickets, but with a bit of real estate out here and the breeze against him, it helped to get overs out of him.”

Dimuth Karunaratne: “Finch and Smith batted well, but we came back strongly. Lost key moments in the chase. Started well, but the middle order couldn’t capitalise. They had to handle pressure and keep the momentum going. Starc, Cummins are world class, we knew what they could do, had to keep a plan but we didn’t. We lost couple of games to the rain, now need to win a couple of games. We came here to play well, we want to play it one game at a time.”

Malcolm: “Sri Lanka had the right approach, but as soon as Maxwell was brought on the game was over as a contest. People always praise his batting but I think he has been even more instrumental with his bowling, tightening the screws and reinstating psychological advantage for the Aussies.” — This was just the sort of pitch where he could do his thing. As Monga said earlier, this was no pitch to play four pacers, really.

6.00pm Sri Lanka were cruising. 87 without loss in 10 overs. Australia slipped into their Plan B and brought Maxwell on to try and preserve their trumpcards for later. Sri Lanka fell into the trap of the asking rate once Australia got the first breakthrough. Sri Lanka really needed Mathews and Thisara to bail them out, but once they fell, the chase was as good as over.

Karunaratne’s 97 was in the end Sri Lanka’s only consolation. If you’re a Sri Lankan fan, you probably feel crushed right now. You have every right to feel that way. There was a ray of hope that turned into spurts of excitement. And then it all came crashing down.

45.5 W Cummins to Pradeep edged and taken! Pradeep backs away to slog, swings blindly and ends up nicking behind. Fourth win in five matches for Australia as they move to the top of the points table. OUT
N Pradeep c †Carey b Cummins 0 (21m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
45.4 1 Cummins to de Silva hangs his bat up in the air even as he tries to evade this bouncer, lobs into the square leg region 1 run
45.3 . Cummins to de Silva punches to cover no run
45.2 . Cummins to de Silva defends with an angled bat to the off side no run
45.1 . Cummins to de Silva walks across and looks to pull, beaten. no run

Sajidh: “Really disappointed as a Sri Lankan fan. Was excited like never before having a belief we will chase this target down and we could have done that quite comfortable with the start we had, but all that excitement for no avail. Now all hopes lost on qualifying for the semis.” — Well, you expected them to get to the semi-finals. You’re an optimist

End of Over No.45 Sri Lanka 246/9 Last Over (6 runs)

44.6 . Richardson to Pradeep swing and a miss. Backed away and swing it towards Lord’s. no run
44.5 1 Richardson to de Silva top-edges a pull, falls in no man’s land at midwicket. 1 run
44.4 4 Richardson to de Silva reverse-scoop that flies over short fine off the back part of the bat. Just eluded Behrendorff as he was back-pedaling. FOUR
44.3 . Richardson to de Silva walks across and scoops this on the bounce to Behrendorff at short fine. Hint of confusion there, but the fielder gave a clear indication that he isn’t sure. Soft signal is not out. Not out it will stay. Clear bump ball. no run

44.2 . Richardson to de Silva yorker-length outside off, squeezed to mid-off no run
44.2 1 Richardson to de Silva slower and fuller, backs and leaves. Bizarre? 1 wide
44.1 . Richardson to de Silva toe-ends a wild slog to mid-on no run

End of Over No.44 Sri Lanka 240/9 Last Over (2 runs)

43.6 . Cummins to Pradeep has a big swipe at this length ball outside off, beaten again. no run
43.5 . Cummins to Pradeep looks to back away and slap over point but is beaten for pace no run
43.4 1 Cummins to de Silva pulled all along the ground to deep square leg 1 run
43.3 . Cummins to de Silva hops back and defends this incoming length ball no run
43.2 . Cummins to de Silva backs away, bowler follows him, cramped for room but keeps it out no run
43.2 1 Cummins to de Silva sways out of the way of this slower bouncer 1 wide
43.1 . Cummins to de Silva short of length on middle, he hops back and defends no run

End of Over No.43 Sri Lanka 238/9 Last Over (1 run)

42.6 . Starc to Pradeep makes room and steers this down to third man no run
42.5 1 Starc to de Silva thick edge, down to third man 1 run
42.4 . Starc to de Silva brings out the short-arm jab, timed superbly but straight to deep midwicket. Refuses the run again no run
42.3 . Starc to de Silva solid forward defence to a full delivery angling in towards the stumps no run
42.2 . Starc to de Silva scorching drive but straight to mid-off no run
42.1 . Starc to de Silva helps this down to fine leg, turns down the single no run

End of Over No.42 Sri Lanka 237/9 Last Over (wicket maiden)

M Yusuf: “It is so difficult to be a Sri Lankan fan. It is so painful and depressing to be a fan. We still live with the hope that from somewhere we will get a Sanga and a Mahela to lead Sri Lanka cricket again.”

41.6 . Richardson to Pradeep squeezes this yorker back to the bowler no run
41.5 . Richardson to Pradeep jams his bat down to keep this yorker from cannoning into the base of off-stump. no run
41.4 W Richardson to Malinga chips it straight to cover, Khawaja can’t ask for an easier catch. The end is near. Excellent change of pace, this is the split-finger slower ball, length on the fuller side, Malinga backed away possibly to hit it over the infield but ended up spooning it to the fielder. OUT
SL Malinga c Khawaja b Richardson 1 (9m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00
41.3 . Richardson to Malinga squeezes this full delivery to cover no run
41.2 . Richardson to Malinga backs away to carve behind point, Richardson shortened his length and got it to bounce a touch more than Malinga anticipates, beaten no run

What is it?

ICC Cricket World Cup, 20th match: Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 15, 2019.

When is it?

Jun 15, 2019.

What time does it start?

2019-06-15 09:30:00 GMT, 2019-06-15 10:30:00 local

Which Ground is it Playing?

The match will be played at Kennington Oval, London

Score Cards

  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 115 MDKJ Perera 52 FDM Karunaratne 61
    2nd 38 HDRL Thirimanne 16 FDM Karunaratne 21
    3rd 33 FDM Karunaratne 15 BKG Mendis 17
    4th 19 AD Mathews 9 BKG Mendis 10
    5th 4 TAM Siriwardana 3 BKG Mendis 0
    6th 8 NLTC Perera 7 BKG Mendis 1
    7th 5 BKG Mendis 2 DM de Silva 3
    8th 14 I Udana 8 DM de Silva 5
    9th 1 SL Malinga 1 DM de Silva 0
    10th 10 N Pradeep 0 DM de Silva 8
  • Batting R B 4 6
    FDM Karunaratne caught 97 108 9 0
    MDKJ Perera bowled 52 36 5 1
    HDRL Thirimanne caught wk 16 26 1 0
    BKG Mendis caught wk 30 37 0 2
    AD Mathews caught wk 9 11 2 0
    TAM Siriwardana bowled 3 4 0 0
    NLTC Perera caught 7 3 0 1
    DM de Silva not out 16 30 2 0
    I Udana caught 8 8 1 0
    SL Malinga caught 1 5 0 0
    N Pradeep caught wk 0 7 0 0
    Extras (lb 2, w 6) 8
    Total (all out; 45.5 ovs) 247
  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    MA Starc 10 0 55 4 5.50 (1w)
    PJ Cummins 7.5 0 38 2 4.85 (2w)
    JP Behrendorff 9 0 59 1 6.55
    KW Richardson 9 1 47 3 5.22 (2w)
    GJ Maxwell 10 0 46 0 4.60 (1w)
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    Summary

    Sports Event
    20th match Australia vs Sri Lanka

    Location

    Kennington Oval, London,
    London,The Oval,ENG
    Starting on
    Jun 15, 2019
    Ending on
    Jun 15, 2019
    Description
    ICC Cricket World Cup, 20th match: Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 15, 2019.

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