July 21, 2024
Australia vs Sri Lanka

Australia vs Sri Lanka: Cricket World Cup 2023 – live updates

Australia vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka bat first after winning the toss

Sri Lanka got off to a solid start with openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera putting on a century stand. Nissanka was the more aggressive of the two, scoring 61 runs off 67 balls with eight fours. Perera was more cautious but still managed to score 78 runs off 82 balls with 12 fours. The pair added 132 runs for the first wicket before Adam Zampa broke the partnership by dismissing Nissanka in the 23rd over.

Zampa stars as Australia restrict Sri Lanka to 209

Zampa was the star of the show for Australia, as he picked up four wickets in his eight overs and conceded only 47 runs. He also removed Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka in quick succession, as Sri Lanka lost four wickets for 31 runs in the middle overs. Dhananjaya de Silva and Dilshan Wellalage tried to rebuild the innings with a 25-run stand, but Pat Cummins came back to dismiss both of them in the same over. Sri Lanka’s lower order could not offer much resistance, as they were bowled out for 209 in 43.3 overs.

Marsh and Labuschagne steady Australia’s chase

Australia’s chase got off to a flying start, as Mitchell Marsh and David Warner attacked the Sri Lankan bowlers from the word go. Marsh was particularly impressive, scoring his maiden World Cup fifty off just 41 balls with nine fours. Warner was more subdued but still hit a six before falling to Dushmantha Madushanka for 11 in the sixth over. Madushanka struck again in his next over, as he trapped Steve Smith lbw for a duck.

However, Marsh found a reliable partner in Marnus Labuschagne, who played sensibly and rotated the strike. The duo added 50 runs for the third wicket and took Australia closer to the target. At the end of 15 overs, Australia were 84 for 2, needing another 126 runs from 35 overs with eight wickets in hand.

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Australia did not face any major trouble in their chase, as Marsh and Labuschagne continued to bat with ease. Marsh reached his second ODI hundred off just 94 balls with a four off Wellalage in the 24th over. Labuschagne also completed his half-century off 72 balls with a single off Theekshana in the same over.

The pair added 131 runs for the third wicket before Marsh was caught by Karunaratne off Theekshana for 104 in the 28th over. Labuschagne followed him soon after, as he was run out by Nissanka for 58 in the 30th over.

Australia still needed 45 runs from 20 overs with six wickets in hand. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis joined forces and finished the job with a flurry of boundaries. Maxwell smashed three fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 31 off 21 balls, while Stoinis hit two fours and a six in his unbeaten 20 off 10 balls.

Australia reached their target of 210 in just 35.2 overs, winning by five wickets with 88 balls to spareZampa was named the player of the match for his brilliant bowling performance. This was Australia’s first win of the tournament, while Sri Lanka suffered their third consecutive defeat.

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