In a thrilling ICC World Cup match, Australia emerged victorious, beating Sri Lanka by 5 wickets. The Player of the Match was awarded to Adam Zampa for his outstanding performance.
- Sri Lanka: 209 all out (43.3 overs)
- Australia: 215/5 (35.2 overs)
- Australia secured a vital victory in the World Cup, displaying resilience after suffering two consecutive losses.
- The match began with a strong performance by Sri Lanka, who posted a total of 209 runs.
- The Australian bowlers showcased their skills, hitting the deck hard and containing the Sri Lankan batsmen.
- Adam Zampa was instrumental in Australia’s success, taking key wickets in the middle order.
- Sri Lanka’s innings was marked by a strong start but struggled to rotate the strike effectively.
- Australia’s chase was led by Marsh, Labuschagne, Inglis, and a late surge from Maxwell and Stoinis.
- The match ended with Australia emerging as the victors in the 36th over, securing their first win of the tournament.
- Pat Cummins, the Australian captain, praised the team’s energy on the field and the collective effort in all aspects of the game.
- Kusal Mendis, from the Sri Lankan team, acknowledged the strong performance by Nissanka and Perera but expressed disappointment in the team’s inability to set a higher target.
- Player of the Match, Adam Zampa, discussed his satisfaction with his performance, highlighting his role in taking wickets in the middle order.
Here are some key statistics from the match:
|Australia’s consecutive wins against Sri Lanka in World Cups since 1996||9|
|Best bowling figures for SL vs AUS in World Cups||3/38 – Dilshan Madushanka, Lucknow 2023*|
|Most sixes by a visiting batter in India (across formats)||51 – Glenn Maxwell|
|Glenn Maxwell’s performance vs Sri Lanka in World Cups||102(53), Sydney 2015, 46(25), The Oval 2019, 31(21), Lucknow 2023*|
|Most matches lost by a team in World Cups||42 – Sri Lanka*|
Australia’s win marks their first in this year’s World Cup, and they will move on to face Pakistan in Bengaluru on October 20th. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will play against Netherlands on the 21st of this month in their quest for their first victory in the tournament. The ICC World Cup promises more exciting cricket action in the coming days.