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World Cup Prediction: Sri Lanka vs. Australia

Defending Champions Australia has already registered three victories in the four matches the team has played till now. In their first match of the tournament, the Aussies defeated Afghanistan followed by a close win against Windies in the second game. However, against India in their third league stage match, the Australian giants had to face a 36 runs defeat. But, they are five times champions for a reason. They bounced back in their next game and registered a comprehensive win over Pakistan.

While Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be praying to get on the field as their previous two matches have been washed out. With only one victory in account out of four games, the Lankan lions are at the fifth place in the points table.

Pitch Conditions

Venue: The Kennington Oval, London

Although the oval ground has witnessed 300 plus scores multiple times, it cannot be considered as a pure batsman pitch. The pitch has something for the bowlers too. 


In the previous matches played at this venue, the teams successfully defended the total. So, this time also, the team winning the toss is expected to put runs on the board and defend it. 

Total Matches played: 68

Matches won batting first: 28

Matches won batting second: 40

Average scores in both innings 

Average 1st innings score: 252

Average 2nd innings score: 245

Weather Conditions

The weather has been a major concern in this World Cup. Already three matches have been washed out. On Saturday also, there is a possibility of rain during the game with the clouds covering 52% of the sky. The temperature will linger around 20 °C and the humidity will be in the mid-60s. 

Team news: Sri Lanka

The last two matches of Sri Lanka have been washed out. The hero of the second match, Nuwan Pradeep, who was ruled out for the match against Bangladesh due to injury concerns, is expected to join the team in this game. Other than him, veteran pacer, Lasith Malinga, who went back home for his mother-in-law’s funeral, is also likely to join this match. 

Full squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay

Team news: Australia

Although Australia bagged victory in the last match, Marcus Stoinis, who was ruled out of the team due to injury, is expected to get a place in the playing XI. His inclusion in the team will close the gates for Shaun Marsh in the team. Other than this, the Australian team may feel no need to do any changes in the squad. 

Full squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Both team’s probable playing XI

                  Sri Lanka


Dimuth Karunaratne(C)

Aaron Finch(C)

Kusal Perera(wk)

Alex Carey(wk)

Lahiru Thiramanne

David Warner

Kusal Mendis

Steve Smith

Angelo Mathews

Glenn Maxwell

Dhananjaya de Silva

Usman Khawaja

Thisara Perera

Shaun Marsh

Isuru Udana

Nathan Coulter-Nile

Suranga Lakmal

Pat Cummins

Lasith Malinga

Mitchell Starc

Nuwan Pradeep

Kane Richardson

Key Players 

Sri LankaDimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga

Australia: Steve Smith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc

Standings in the ICC ODI points table

Sri Lanka – 9th place with 76 ratings 

Australia – 5th place with 109 ratings 

Head to Head in World Cup

Total matches played– 10

Sri Lanka win-2

Australia win– 7

No Result– 1

Both the teams have faced each other ten times, out of which the kangaroos have emerged victorious on seven occasions while Sri Lanka has beaten Australia twice. 

Both teams’ score against each other in the World Cup

                                  Highest Score                      Lowest Score 

Sri Lanka                        376                                        190

Australia                        312                                        123

Let’s see what happens this time when these two teams face each other at the Oval, London.

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