About the Match
Australia is placed 3rd on the table in group A with 5 points from 4 matches and will go up against Sri Lanka, who have 6 points from 4 matches placed at the 2nd position, on 8th March at Sydney. Beig behind Sri Lanka by just one point, Australia are eager to seal a victory over the opponents which will help them inch closer towards a second place finish in the group. On the other hand, the Lankans are enthusiastic with three straight wins and will try to continue with their winning momentum. Fans are anticipating an exciting match on the cards when they get to see their favourite players take on the might of the other team and triumph on Sunday.
Beating Afghanistan by a big margin of 275 runs, Australia once again proved their batting might posting a mammoth 417; player of the match, David Warner’s electric 178 off 133 set up the match for Australia while Steve Smith’s 95 off 98 and Glenn Maxwell’s 88 off just 39 piled on the runs as Australia compiled the biggest total in World Cup history. The bowlers on the other hand were marvellous as Mitchell Johnson finished 4-22 while Mitch Starc took 2 for 18 as the pair stood out from the rest; they bowled out Afghanistan for just 142 to hand out the biggest World Cup defeat ever. However, Australia had lost their last match against New Zealand by 1 wicket in which Starc’s performance with the ball was the standout for Australia; he finished with his career best figures of 6-28. Although Brad Haddin scored 43 and David Warner scored 34, they couldn’t build more partnerships against the Kiwi pace attack. Australia will be hopeful of another explosive start from the top order against the Lankans; having always performed well under pressure, we are most likely to see a fierce contest from the Aussies to make it to the top.
Sri Lanka won their last match against England by 9 wickets as they chased down the target of 310 with ease. Lahiru Thirimmane was unbeaten at 139 off 143 while Kumar Sangakkara’s 117 off 86 saw a record unbeaten 212-run partnership in just 163 balls; the duo helped Sri Lanka clinch the win. However, their most convincing win came against Bangladesh in the 3rd match wherein Dilshan and Sangakkara notched up centuries to set a big target and the bowlers went on to restrict the opposition quite comfortably. Overall, Sri Lanka’s experienced batting line-up is their biggest asset; in Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Tirummane, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews they have a strong top and middle order, which is capable of doing well under pressure. They will need to use the talent and fire-power to overcome any situation and make it to the quarter-finals on a strong note with a win here.
The clash between Australia and Sri Lanka will be very crucial as the winner will get to a firm pole position to finish second on the group table. As both teams have performed well in their last match, the contest could either way. However, team Australia has been better in all departments when compared to Sri Lanka and if they continue with their form from the last match, then they will surely emerge victorious here on Sunday.
Australia, 1.25 @ Bet365