Australia won the match by 87 runs
So far in this ICC World Cup Australia are in a great position, with 3 victories and 1 failure on the board. Sri Lanka, while, have had washouts in their last 2 games.
Given how terribly they have fought in one-day games of late that have arguably benefited them, providing them 4 points after 4 matches. Winning in this game would leave Australia requiring to win only 2 of their final 4 matches to be each however guaranteed of reaching the semi-finals.
The key strategy in Australia vs Sri Lanka match
Australia’s favorite opening bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc have been excellent so far in this competition, consolidating for 18 wickets at an average of 20. However ahead that Australia’s bowling has been terribly opened. 6 other Australians have bowled in this ICC World Cup – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch – and they collectively have the poor numbers of 13 wickets at an average of 55.
What’s more, is that they have been powerless to help Cummins and Starc by mounting pressure by tight bowling. Collectively that group of support bowlers has allowed a huge 6.5 economy rate. The only side to beat Australia so far, India recognized the vulnerability of these help bowlers and targeted them. This constrained Australian captain Aaron Finch to turn to Cummins and Starc earlier than he would have wished.
This is the key to success for Sri Lanka today. If they can pay in on the looser gifts of Australia’s aid bowlers it will mess with Finch’s ideas and build the pressure on Starc and Cummins to do the complex lifting yet again.
Sri Lanka’s batting line-up is in chaos and has been for a quite remarkable time in ODIs. There is skill there in the frame of Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne.
Collectively, though, that group have executed some runs of late in this format. Comfortably their greatest batsman this year has been gloveman, Kusal Perera. Despite having to keep wickets, Perera has additionally been a rock in their top order, producing 297 runs an average of 42 so far this cycle. His knock of 78 from 81 balls showed the variation between the sides as Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan in a very low scoring game last week at Cardiff. An aggressive stroke maker he will seem to clatter Australia’s assistance bowlers. However, first, he might have to make it past Starc and Cummins.