Sri Lanka vs Australia, Match 44, Saturday 6 July

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Australia vs. Sri Lanka might not sound like a thrilling match when these twwo cricketing giants go tow to toe at the WC-2019, you can bet that they’ll fight tooth and nail to emerge victorious. Both teams have had a rough past few series but it’s no time to think about the past. It’s time to focus on the future and future is the WC 2019. Australia came back strongly at the start of this year and Sri Lanka, with a bit of luck might surprise the world and be crowned the new champions. Standing in their way are the record 5 times WC winner none other than the Aussies.

ODI History:

Both teams have won the world title so we know that they have potential to do it again. Due to SL’s tendency to play more cricket against Asian teams, they’ve competed against Australia in relatively small number of matches. Their full ODI history is given below:

  • Total number of ODI matches: 96
  • SL won: 32
  • Australia won: 60
  • No Results: 4

They’re both pretty even when you analyze the stats as well as their recent ODI rankings. SL should be worried right now because of their consistent bad performances in ODI series. Australia just had a sigh of relief when they won the series against India on their home soil but this could also be due to the fact that India might’ve taken it easy on them just so none of their key players get injured before the WC. Sri Lankan team can lose focus quite quickly and WC will definitely prove whether they are really back or it was just another fluke.

Meeting at the WC:

It’ll be interesting to see how the events unfold when Australia take on SL on Australia with the date and venue being :

  • Date: 15 June, 2019
  • Venue: The Oval, London
  • Time: 2:30 pm Pakistan Time (D).

Stats favor Australia as the better side and with the recent performances in mind, it’s hard to deny it. SL haven’t been firing the same since T20I WC 2016 and that has led to their demise in CT 2017. Although many would argue that Australia have experienced the same thing for the past year. Even though they’ve not been at their best, Australia still have that tenacity to fight on, something which has been missing from SL playing XI for a while now. Both teams have bounced back in their recent respective ODI series which has led some to wonder whether they both might actually shock the world and headline this year’s WC final.

Match Prediction:

Although a huge success against India, Australia still need to stick to their guns. Unnecessary risks are to be avoided. SL seem like a more set ODI side at the moment but their performances exhibit that they need someone who can keep his nerves calm at crunch moments. Odds are 75-25% in favor of Australia but a little more effort from SL can turn the tables. Fans just hope that they’ll get to see a good cricketing contest and no side match where the lankan lions get hunted easily.

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