Sri Lanka vs Australia, Match 20 Prediction2019-06-16
Kennington Oval, London
?Australia has won the last four out of five games they have played against Sri Lanka
?Sri Lanka has managed to win just two out of their last ten ODI games and has had their trouble with the form
?Aaron Finch and David Warner look in good form and the latter is among the highest run-getters in the tournament.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Australia to win this game
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An upbeat Australia would take on Sri Lanka in the 20th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Kennington Oval, London. The defending champions come into this game after having won the last match against Pakistan which would surely have erased the pain of loss against India. Sri Lankan team, on the other hand, has seen their last two games being washed away by rain. It isn’t looking good for a side that has been struggling with its form in recent months.
In recent years the two sides haven’t met often and in the last five games played between the two sides, Sri Lankan team has lost on four occasions. Given the kind of form the Sri Lankan side has been in for the last couple of years they would need to play exceptionally well to win the upcoming game.
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Two back to back rain washouts is the last thing that Dimuth Karunaratne would have wanted. Not before playing against the defending champions. The side has been in poor form although they had won the last completed game against Afghanistan after a disastrous performance with the bat. As the take on Australians in the next game the skipper would want his men to bring out their best game and fight it hard in the middle.
The batting form for the side has been a big worry so far in the tournament. In the two games where they batted, the story has been the performance of skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera. Everybody else around them has thrown their wickets away. Going into this big game the skipper would want the seniors Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne and Kusal Mendis to do well with the bat and not be casual in their approach.
The bowlers have so far looked good in the tournament. Against Afghanistan, they bowled well to win the game where Nuwan Pradeep was the star of the show. Lasith Malinga and Suranga Lakmal will need to provide a good start to the side with the ball and the team management would expect Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana to do well during the middle overs.
Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
After going down against India in their previous game the Australians registered a convincing win against the Pakistanis in the last game. Aaron Finch would have been proud of the efforts of his sides. They are having some issue with their batting and also bowling in the middle overs but the skipper would be confident about the prospects of his side in the next game against Sri Lanka.
David Warner made a confident hundred in the last game and along with Aaron Finch makes a formidable opening pair. David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja have looked in good form so far. Shaun Marsh playing for the first time in the last game also did well. Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile add strength to the side lower down the order making it look very dominating.
Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc bowled well in the last game and apart from the game against India they have looked in a good rhythm. Nathan Coulter-Nile also did well in the last game. The side would expect to see better performances from Kane Richardson and Maxwell with the ball in the game against Sri Lanka.
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson
It is expected to be sunny out there in London on June 15 with slight cloud cover. The pitch has played well so far in the three games that have been played here. The ball has come to the bat nicely and allowed batsmen to score easily. This one is a 350 run wicket if the side batting first is able to see through the opening spell of the bowlers.
Kennington Oval, London is a batting friendly ground and has been so in the last few games. The ball comes onto the bat nicely allowing batsmen to free their arms. It is the spinners who have done well in the latter overs of the game where the ball is known to grip and turn to make it a challenge for the batsmen.
The captain winning the toss would have no hesitation in batting first on this surface. Given the weather perdition for clear skies, we might have a high scoring game on our hands. The captain would decide to bat first and want to put up a big score on the board and defend it successfully.
The two sides are separated by a huge distance if form and team strength are taken into account. The victory in the last game against Pakistan would have lifted the spirits of the Australian team after their loss against India. They would now look to play like World Champions in the next game. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, hasn’t impressed so far in the tournament. They went down poorly against New Zealand and nearly threw away the game against Afghanistan. Australia is definitely a better side and looks favorites to win the next game.
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