Pivotal Cup Clash For Aussies

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David Warner is one of the top ten batsmen in the tournament. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au

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Australia v Sri Lanka

SCG, Sydney

Sunday March 08 – 1:30 PM (AEST)




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Sunday's pivotal clash between Australia  and Sri Lanka  at the SCG will have a major bearing on the quarter-final match-ups at the ICC World Cup.

Following a washout and a narrow loss, the Aussies bounced back, as expected, against associate member Afghanistan. They broke all sorts of records in that WACA walloping, but now face the very dangerous Sri Lanka. They themselves opened the tournament with a loss to New Zealand, but since then have beaten Afghanistan, Bangladesh and England.

Sunday's winner will almost certainly finish second in Pool A and avoid a likely quarter-final showdown with South Africa.

Australia's Cup campaign hasn't really gained any momentum. The co-hosts started on fire, thrashing a disappointing England by 111 runs, but a wash-out against Bangladesh meant a two-week gap between matches. They resumed with a one wicket loss to the Kiwis, where Mitchell Starc , with 6/28, almost snatched it.

And the 2015 CWC stats indicate Sri Lanka may have an edge with the bat heading into this clash.

Dave Warner has the second highest score of the tournament thus far, but that was achieved against Afghanistan, while our next best batting performance came from Aaron Finch who made 135 against England almost a month ago. On the other hand, Sir Lanka have three players on the top 10 run scorers list. Kumar Sangakkara is second with 268 at an average of 134, Lahiru Thirimanne is fifth with 256 at 85 and Tillakaratne Dilshan is 10th with 229 at 76. Warner is our only batter in the top 10 (234 at 78 places him ninth).  

Even though Sri Lanka have Lasith Malinga in their side, perhaps it's in the bowling department where Australia have a slight advantage. Despite the Gabba washout, Mitchell Starc has taken 10 wickets in three matches to be third behind Tim Southee and Josh Davey. Malinga and Suranga Lakmal are Sri Lanka's best having taken seven wickets each from four games. The Lions have also lost key leg-spinner Rangana Herath due to a finger/hand injury.


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