Team Australia are on the good run with three wins in four games, now they would come head to head against the underdogs Sri Lanka in the 20th fixture of ICC World Cup 2019. The match is all set to be played at Kennington Oval, London on Saturday.
Talking about Sri Lanka, they have been followed by the rain in their last three games. Their last two games were washed away due to rain. Sri Lanka has won just one game in this tournament so far and that too against Afghanistan, before this they wouldn’t have forgotten the humiliating loss against New Zealand by 10 wickets. Lankans would come much prepared than the previous and give a tough fight.
From Guide (last five ODIs):
Australia: W, L, W, W, W
Sri Lanka: NR, NR. W, L, L
When and Where:
Match: SL vs AUS, Match 20, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 3:00 PM IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
The pitch at Kennington Oval is good for batting, you can witness a high scoring encounter. The pitch even surprises spinners in the second innings as it gets slow. The weather is expected to be cloudy and there are chances it rains.
Toss Update: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Last ODI at this venue: Australia 316/10 lost to India 352/5
Sri Lanka Team News:
Nuwan Pradeep might miss the upcoming encounter as he dislocated his finger in a training session.
Pradeep Laxmal will lead the Lankans bowling attack, while Jeevan Mendis will hold the spinning department.
Lasith Malinga who left for his home due to a death in his family, but the Sri Lankans main man is expected to rejoin the team ahead against Australia.
Australia Team News:
Australia made plenty of changes in their previous game against Pakistan.
Aussies got Shaun Marsh in place of Marcus Stonis who suffered a side strain in the match against India. There are doubts on Marcus Stonis, so Shaun might get another opportunity.
Spinner Adam Zampa did not feature in the previous game for Australia and was replaced by Kane Richardson. Adam might play this match as spinners have an opportunity on the pitch.
Lasith Malinga: Malinga would definitely be willing to get the trophy to his home. Malinga at the age of 35 is even lethal. Amply of fuel is left in his tank. He can be an X-factory as he could get multiple variations with the ball and would be a leader to the young and inexperienced squad.
G Maxwell: The Whitehall master, Glenn Maxwell has a strike rate of 120 and is capable of destroying all the pace and length of the bowler. Maxwell could even trick the batsmen with his off-breaks. Maxwell is the vital key to the victory.
Sri Lanka and Australia 2019 Cricket World Cup Predicted XIs & squads
Sri Lanka Probable playing 11:
Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
Sri Lanka Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.
Australia Probable playing 11:
Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
Australia 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
Fantasy picks from Australia:
D Warner: You cannot afford to miss him. David Warner has scored 255 runs in 4 innings with highest being 107 and holds an average of 85. You can choose him as your captain.
A Finch: Finch was impressive in the last match, he smashed 82 runs against Pakistan. In total, he has scored 190 runs in 4 innings and has an average of 47.5
P Cummins: Patt is the second leading wicket-taker of the tournament so far. He has bagged 9 wickets and has an economy of 4.40. he can be your vice-captain.
M Starc: M Starc is walking parallel to Cummins. Even he has got 9 wickets in his pocket with best being 5/46. Don’t miss him out. ‘
Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka:
Malinga: Malinga is expected to play against Australia. He has always delivered in the big stages. He bagged three wickets against Afghanistan. He could be really dangerous.
K Perera: Perera could be a game changer. He has scored 107 runs at an average of 53.5 with highest being 78 runs in the previous game.
D Karunaratne: Karunaratne is in good form and he has scored 52* & 30 runs in two matches. Skipper would definitely take some responsibility and would deliver with the bat.
You can choose Milinda Siriwardana over Lakmal as he misses out from Sri Lanka playing 11 lists.
Risky players for Australia: Kane Richardson
Risky Player for Sri Lanka: Nuwan Pradeep