AUS vs SL Highlights, World Cup 2023: Australia beats Sri Lanka by five wickets to get first win of WC

AUS vs SL: Catch all the highlights from the Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup 2023 match which happened at the Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

Updated : Oct 16, 2023 21:41 IST

Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays a shot during ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Lucknow, India, Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays a shot during ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Lucknow, India, Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) | Photo Credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh

Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays a shot during ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Lucknow, India, Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) | Photo Credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh

Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup 2023 match which happened at the Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

  • October 16, 2023 21:41
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  • October 16, 2023 21:40
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  • October 16, 2023 21:40
    Points Table

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  • October 16, 2023 21:35
    Australia wins by five wickets

    Stoinis seals the win with a massive six off Wellalage and with that, Australia is finally of the mark in this World Cup.

  • October 16, 2023 21:28
    AUS 202/5 in 34 overs

    Stoinis walks in and sweeps Wellalage for a four first ball. Adds a couple more runs with a push to deep extra cover. Short from Wellalage and Stoinis puts it past point for another four.

  • October 16, 2023 21:24
    Inglis departs

    Wellalage with a slower one and Inglis is too early into the shot. Edged and gobbled up by Theekshana at point on the second attempt.

    Josh Inglis c Theekshana b Wellalage 58 (59b 5x4 1x6)

  • October 16, 2023 21:22
    AUS 192/4 in 33 overs

    Madushanka with his eighth over. Maxwell looks to keep going at it. Attempts a wild slog, but doesn’t middle it. Just a single from that shot.

  • October 16, 2023 21:15
    AUS 189/4 in 32 overs

    Maxwell up against Theekshana. On the slot and Maxwell smokes it over mid wicket for a six. He changes his radar. This time he targets the square leg fence with a sweep shot. SIX MORE!!! Australia racing to the target.

  • October 16, 2023 21:12
    AUS 176/4 in 31 overs

    Madushanka gets another crack. Maxwell with another edged boundary, this time off an attempted pull shot. Not the greatest effort from Kumara at the deep third fence. Full from Madushanka and Maxwell thrashes it straight back for a four.

  • October 16, 2023 21:06
    AUS 163/4 in 30 overs

    Theekshana is brought back in as Sri Lanka looks to dislodge another Aussie wicket. Maxwell is the new batter and he gets a lucky four from an edge down the off side.

  • October 16, 2023 21:01
    Labuschagne falls

    Mendis brings back Madushanka in hopes of breaking this partnership. He goes around the wicket to Inglis, who defends resolutely. But Madushanka does get Sri Lanka the breakthrough. A soft dismissal that one. Labuschagne chips it straight to mid wicket.

    Glimmer of hope for Sri Lanka?

    Marnus Labuschagne c Karunaratne b Madushanka 40 (60b 2x4 0x6)

    AUS 158/4 in 29 overs

  • October 16, 2023 20:57
    AUS 157/3 in 28 overs

    Wellalage goes a tad full and Labuschagne sweeps him with crushing timing to the mdi wicket fence. The game is fast slipping out of Sri Lanka’s grasp. Australia needs just 53 runs in 22 overs.

  • October 16, 2023 20:53
    AUS 153/3 in 27 overs

    De Silva with his third over. He has been hard to get away with, operating from around the wicket.

    Kumara given another over despite the shellacking from the last over. He starts well. Just two runs from the first three balls. An overthrow gifts Inglis a couple of runs. Inglis gets another four with a crisp straight drive and that is his 50. Classy knock from the keeper-batter.

  • October 16, 2023 20:46
    AUS 141/3 in 25 overs

    Kumara reinroduced. Short from him and Inglis carves it to the third man fence with a late flick. FOUR!! Another short ball and Inglis goes with a pull shot. He can’t get it to the fence this time. But it is two more runs. Again a short ball. This time Inglish middles the ball perfectly. SIX!!!

  • October 16, 2023 20:41
    AUS 127/3 in 24 overs

    Another close call. De Silva with one well outside the leg stump. Inglis opts for the paddle sweep, which Mendis anticipates. He manages to get his gloves onto it, but can’t hold on. Sri Lanka needs these chances to go their way if they want to win the game.

  • October 16, 2023 20:38
    AUS 122/3 in 23 overs

    Karunaratne is targetting the back of the good length area, forcing the Aussie batters to play on the rise. He induced a top edge out of Inglis, but it lands safely. Australia gathers seven runs from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 20:32
    AUS 115/3 in 22 overs

    Another throw of dice from Sri Lanka. Dhananjaya de Silva with the ball now. Around the wicket. Rifles a couple in and gets two dot balls. He forces a mishit from Labuschagne and it lands in the vacant mid on area. Three singles taken from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 20:29
    AUS 112/3 in 21 overs

    Karunaratne gets a second over. Inglis takes a sharp single by tapping one to mid on and setting off. Karunaratne goes for a bouncer next up. But it goes well wide onto the leg side. Just three runs from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 20:25
    AUS 109/3 in 20 overs

    Wellalage squeezes one past Inglis’ back foot defence. But it squirms past the stumps. Sri Lanka needs more wickets to make a game out of this.

  • October 16, 2023 20:19
    AUS 106/3 in 19 overs

    Chamika Karunaratne for his first over. Inglis on strike. FOUR! Short and wide and Inglis lofts his cut over point. A soft-handed push on the off side on the final delivery to squeeze in a single.

  • October 16, 2023 20:15
    AUS 101/3 in 18 overs

    Wellalage to Labuschagne. One run with a drive to long off. Inglis defends the second and drives the third down the ground for a single. Labuschagne guides the fifth delivery to deep cover. 100 up for Australia with it. Inglis gets a single on the final delivery.

  • October 16, 2023 20:13
    AUS 97/3 in 17 overs

    Theekshana into his fifth. Five runs from the over - all in singles.

  • October 16, 2023 20:10
    AUS 92/3 in 16 overs

    Wellalage to continue. Another outside edge by Inglis, gets two runs. A single for Labuschagne on the first delivery means only three from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 20:03
    AUS 89/3 in 15 overs

    Theekshana continues on. Marsh slices one to deep cover and sets off for a double. It is a risky call and the throw in from the deep is a good one. Mendis makes a clean collect and Marsh is well out of the crease.

    Mitchell Marsh run out (Karunaratne/Mendis) 52 (51b 9x4 0x6)

    This was the partnership Sri Lanka wanted to end and it has happened. Josh Inglis at the crease. FOUR! Gets an outside edge which flies past the slip fielder. Another FOUR! Full toss and Inglis drives. The mid on fielder has it right in front of him but he sloppily lets it slip from between his hands.

  • October 16, 2023 20:01
    AUS 79/2 in 14 overs

    Labuschagne takes an easy single against Wellalage to get off the strike. Marsh follows the template, tapping it to long off for another single. Marsh has mellowed down after starting like a house on fire.

  • October 16, 2023 19:57
    AUS 76/2 in 13 overs

    Theekshana continues. He forces Marsh deep into the crease with some fired in full deliveries. Marsh opts to defend through it with a straight bat. But the ploy nearly backfires as he almost chops one into his stumps. Brilliant over from Theekshana. Just a single from it.

  • October 16, 2023 19:54
    AUS 75/2 in 12 overs

    Wellalage with his third. He drops it a tinge short and Marsh is quick to pounce on it. A double is followed by a single and that brings up his fifty. He has kept Australia afloat in this chase.

  • October 16, 2023 19:50
    AUS 70/2 in 11 overs

    Second over for Theekshana. Marsh takes a single first ball of the over. Labuschagne adds a double to keep things ticking. Three more singles come in the over.

  • October 16, 2023 19:44
    AUS 64/2 in 10 overs

    Madushanka to Labuschagne. CHANCE! Labuschagne taps on the on side and wants a single. There is slight hesitation to get going which means he needs to put in a dive to get home safe. Marsh with a quick single to mid off.

  • October 16, 2023 19:40
    AUS 62/2 in 9 overs

    Wellalage to Marsh. FOUR! Pitched short and Marsh pulls it away over mid on. FOUR! This time through point. It was short too but with width. Third FOUR of the over. Pulled between deep mid wicket and long on region.

  • October 16, 2023 19:35
    AUS 50/2 in 8 overs

    Madushanka to Marsh. Inside edge! Misses the stumps by a whisker. A bouncer next from Madushanka. A single for Marsh on the fourth delivery. FOUR! On the pads and Labuschagne clips it to fine leg.

  • October 16, 2023 19:31
    AUS 45/2 in 7 overs

    Dunith Wellalage to Marsh, picks one run off the first delivery. Labuschagne drives the second ball but Wellalage makes a diving save to stop a single. The fourth delivery is flicked to deep square for one. A single for Marsh to finish.

  • October 16, 2023 19:25
    AUS 42/2 in 6 overs

    FOUR! Madushanka errs in line just a fraction and Marsh clobbers it through point. The second delivery hits the pads but it is going down leg. The third swings in and lands in the block hole. Marsh gets his bat down in time and prevents another wicket. A misfield at cover allows a single to Marsh. Labuschagne shoulders arms on the fifth delivery. Another inswinger from Madushanka. Labuschagne barely gets a flick in time. The ball runs down to fine leg and the batters run two.

  • October 16, 2023 19:20
    AUS 35/2 in 5 overs

    Kumara to Marsh. FOUR! Back of a length and wide, and Marsh cuts it to the fence. Almost plays on! Marsh wants to cut again but there is no width. An inside edge lands just wide off the stumps. Two off the next. FOUR! Kumara wants swing too. He pitches up but that heads straight to the bat and Marsh drives it away. Marsh plays it on to the off side with soft hands for a single.

    Marnus Labuschagne is given caught behind for a delivery that struck his thigh pad. A timely review saves him.

  • October 16, 2023 19:11
    AUS 24/2 in 4 overs

    Madushanka traps Warner leg before on the first delivery. A review taken. Warner misses his clip, he is on his toes and the ball appears to be clipping the leg stump. The ball tracker concurs and Warner is not pleased with this decision.

    David Warner lbw b Madushanka 11(6)

    Steve Smith gets a nip backer on his first delivery. It thuds on to the pads and Madushanka is convinced he has another one. The umpire denies as it was clearly going too high. Smith is squared up on the next. The ball moves away and he misreads the line. Thankfully, an edge prevents the ball from hitting onto the pads. Smith is gone! Another one that moves back in sharply. Smith fails to connect and the ball hits the back pad.

    Steve Smith lbw b Madushanka 0(5)

    A double wicket maiden for Madushanka.

  • October 16, 2023 19:07
    AUS 24/0 in 3 overs

    Maheesh Theekshana into the attack. Warner drives the first to deep cover for one. FOUR! Marsh times this one to perfection. The ball teases the mid off fielder only to beat him. FOUR! Short and wide and Marsh laps it up with a slap through point. Nine runs in the over.

  • October 16, 2023 19:02
    AUS 15/0 in 2 overs

    Dilshan Madushanka from the other end. Marsh defends the first delivery. Taps the second back to the bowler. There is width on the fourth delivery, Marsh cuts but only to the extra cover fielder. The final delivery pitches and leaves Marsh. He goes for a push and is beaten. A maiden over from Madushanka.

  • October 16, 2023 18:56
    AUS 15/0 in 1 over

    Kumara to Marsh. FOUR! What a start. Stands still and lofts the full length ball over mid off. Misses a punch through the off side, gets an inside edge but Warner pushes him to take a single and they make it. Warner clips the first ball to square leg, no run. Two runs, a bouncer to Warner and he pulls it. Not quite middles it but enough to get a couple. Warner again pushes through for two runs after his front foot push takes an inside and goes down the on side. SIX to finish. At a length and Warner gets down on one knee to slog it over square leg.

  • October 16, 2023 18:55
    The players are out on the park

    Well then, we finally are ready for the start. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh walk out to the square. Lahiru Kumara, at the top of the circle, is rolling his arm.

  • October 16, 2023 18:48
    A rearrangement in seating at the Ekana Cricket Stadium

    “All the lower tiers have been emptied completely and all the fans seated there have moved higher up,” says Dhruva Prasad from the ground.

    This is a precautionary measure. Earlier in the match, a few hoardings fell off into the stands due to heavy wind.

  • October 16, 2023 18:44
    Good news from Lucknow

    The covers are coming off from the square and the ground staff is preparing for a restart.

  • October 16, 2023 18:35
    Start of Australia’s innings delayed

    The run chase has been delayed due to the strong winds. “More hoardings are coming off,” pings Dhruva Prasad from the ground. The umpires are also a bit worried about any possible harm that may come from hoardings falling off.

    “The pitch has been covered because of a very light drizzle,” adds Dhruva.

  • October 16, 2023 18:16
    You’ve seen a rain delay. But have you ever seen a wind delay in a match?

    The game was stopped for a few minutes in the 43rd over after a few of the brandings fell off.

    Australia vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2023 match delayed due to heavy winds

    The ICC World Cup 2023 match between Australia and Sri Lanka happening at the Ekana Stadium on Monday was delayed after heavy winds caused hoardings to fly onto the ground.

  • October 16, 2023 18:12
    Australia needs 210 runs to win

    It was a tale of two halves for Sri Lanka. After an opening partnership of 125 runs, the innings imploded. Australia needed the smallest of opportunity to get control of the match. Pat Cummins removed the openers before Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc ran through the middle order. The innings was still evenly poised at 178/4 at the rain break but Australia picked quick wickets after the resumption and gained momentum.

  • October 16, 2023 18:03
    SL 209 all out

    Maxwell to Asalanka. He chips the second delivery over the infield on the off side and completes two runs. WICKET! Asalanka wants to clear the boundary but his heave comes off the toe end. Labuschagne comes in from long on to take the catch. SRI LANKA FOLDS OUT FOR 209.

    Charith Asalanka c Labuschagne b Maxwell 25 (39)

  • October 16, 2023 18:01
    SL 207/9 in 43 overs

    Starc to continue. Asalanka picks a single with a drive through extra cover. A wide from Starc. There’s a bit of a delay in the over after a section of hoardings comes off due to heavy winds. Madushanka defends a delivery fired at the stumps.

  • October 16, 2023 17:55
    SL 205/9 in 42 overs

    Turn and bounce for Glenn Maxwell. Charith Asalanka gets a faint nudge to the point region to get off strike on the fifth delivery. Madushanka defends the final ball.

  • October 16, 2023 17:49
    SL 204/9 in 41 overs

    Starc to Asalanka. The ball pitches on good length and surprises Asalanka with bounce. Takes an edge and runs to third man. The single brings up 200 for Sri Lanka. FOUR! Kumara gets an inside edge which races away to the fine leg boundary.

    BOWLED HIM! Starc gets the yorker spot on. The ball thuds into the pads and goes onto the stumps.

    Lahiru Kumara b Starc 4 (8)

    Dilshan Madushanka gets a kind full toss but he guides it to deep cover. No run taken to ensure Asalanka is on strike.

  • October 16, 2023 17:43
    SL 199/8 in 40 overs

    Zampa to Asalanka. Gets into his crease and punches to long on for one run. Theekshana is given leg before wicket! Another googly from Zampa which completely decieves the batter. Theekshana is stuck in his crease. He takes a review but that only delays the inevitable.

    Maheesh Theekshana lbw b Zampa 0 (5)

    Lahiru Kumara at No. 10 for Sri Lanka. Fails to get a run in the over.

  • October 16, 2023 17:37
    SL 198/7 in 39 overs

    Hazlewood to Asalanka, defends the first delivery. He late cuts the next to third man for a single. Hazlewood bangs in a bouncer for Maheesh Theekshana. A wide in the over gets an extra for Sri Lanka. Another bouncer to end the over.

  • October 16, 2023 17:33
    SL 196/7 in 38 overs

    Zampa back. Asalanka welcomes him with an inside out SIX! Gets a single off the next delivery to deep mid wicket. The fourth delivery is clipped to deep mid wicket. Asalanka drives the fifth to long off to add one run. WICKET! Karunaratne is leg before. Fails to read the googly and it thuds into his front leg. A simple decision.

  • October 16, 2023 17:31
    SL 187/6 in 37 overs

    Just a single from Josh Hazlewood’s over. Runs coming at a trickle for the Lankans.

  • October 16, 2023 17:25
    SL 186/6 in 36 overs

    Maxwell to continue. Chamika Karunaratne gets off strike on the first delivery. Asalanka drives through extra cover. Just two runs in the over.

  • October 16, 2023 17:19
    SL 184/6 in 35 overs

    Starc to Asalanka. One run off a thick outside edge to third man. Wellalage shoulders arms on the second delivery. A bouncer to follow. Wellalage ducks down in time to avoid getting hit. A chance of a run out. Wellalage might be in trouble. He is short. Australia has its sixth wicket. Wellalage gets a full toss which he can only clear it till the mid off fielder. Pat Cummins collects and sends a rocket throw at the non-striker’s end. Wellalage’s dive is not enough to save him.

    Dunith Wellalage run out (Cummins) 2 (9)

  • October 16, 2023 17:16
    SL 183/5 in 34 overs

    Maxwell to Asalanka, one run to long off. Wellalage chases a delivery outside off and drives it to deep cover. Asalanka works the final delivery down the ground for the third run of the over.

  • October 16, 2023 17:10
    SL 180/5 in 33 overs

    The game continues from 32.1 overs. Sri Lanka 178/4 with Dhananjaya de Silva on strike.

    Starc fires in the first at the stumps and de Silva defends. WICKET! Chopped on! Australia tightens the noose further. De Silva pushes at a good length ball away from his body. Ends up getting a thick inside edge onto the stumps.

    Dhananjaya de Silva b Starc 7 (13)

    Dunith Wellalage off the mark on the first delivery. Asalanka clips to deep square for one.

  • October 16, 2023 17:08
    Rain stops, covers come off

    Good news, folks! The rain has relented. No overs lost in the short delay we had.

  • October 16, 2023 17:03
    Covers still on

    It still looks like a steady drizzle meaning the covers remain in place. It is just the square that has been covered for now which probably signals that it is nothing too heavy.

  • October 16, 2023 16:41
    SL in 33 overs

    Starc to bowl his seventh over. Asalanka drives between cover and mid off but Cummins dive keeps the shot to just one run.

    The players are going off the field due to rain. It’s not too heavy but it is a drizzle steady enough to cause a delay. SL 178/4 in 32.1 overs

  • October 16, 2023 16:37
    SL 177/4 in 32 overs

    De Silva faces Zampa, FOUR! A welcome boundary with a perfect late cut. Taps the next to long on for a single. Asalanka gets a full toss and he works it down the ground for one run. The fourth delivery is punched down the ground for another single. The next turns sharply into Asalanka who defends it on his backfoot. Clips the final delivery to deep mid wicket. Eight runs from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 16:32
    SL 169/4 in 31 overs

    Mitchell Starc back into the attack. Asalanka defends the outside off delivery. Next one is wide from Starc. Asalanka gets a single to fine leg next. The fourth delivery stays low, de Silva gets his bat down in time. De Silva pulls the fifth to fine leg for a single.

  • October 16, 2023 16:25
    SL 166/4 in 30 overs

    Zampa to Sadeera, he’s been given LBW! The ball pitches on middle and leg and straightens a touch. Joel Wilson raises his finger and Sadeera asks for a review. The ball tracker shows the ball to be just clipping the leg stump and Sadeera will have to make the long walk back.

    Sadeera Samarawickrama lbw b Zampa 8(8)

    Dhananjaya de Silva to face the hat-trick ball. Defends this from outside off to mid on. De Silva defends the remaining three deliveries to make it a wicket-maiden.

  • October 16, 2023 16:21
    SL 166/3 in 29 overs

    Pat Cummins to Sadeera. The batter pushes a full delivery wide of mid off and goes for a single. Charith Asalanka needs to hurry to make it home as Glenn Maxwell rattles the stumps at the striker’s end. But he gets in comfortably. Asalanka is nearly strangled down leg. Cummins is sure it’s come off the glove but Inglis suggests otherwise and they avoid their review.

  • October 16, 2023 16:13
    SL 165/3 in 28 overs

    Zampa back for his fourth over. Sadeera drives to deep cover to add one run to his tally. Short and Mendis’ eyes light up. He goes back only to miscue his pull along the ground. Just one run. FOUR! Overpitched and Sadeera drives it through cover for his first boundary. The fourth delivery is gently worked to long on for one. Mendis defends the next one a length and off stump line. WICKET! MENDIS, THE BIG FISH IS CAUGHT! Mendis goes for a slog and ends up holing out to David Warner at deep mid wicket.

    Kusal Mendis c Warner b Zampa 9(13)

  • October 16, 2023 16:08
    SL 158/2 in 27 overs

    Cummins to continue. Mendis cuts the first delivery to deep point for one run. WICKET! BOWLED HIM! Between the gate! Perera misreads the line and the ball, a knuckle ball by the looks of it, crashes into the off stump.

    Kusal Perera b Cummins 78(82)

    Sadeera Samarawickrama joins the action. Welcomed with a bouncer but Sadeera does not have much trouble in leaving it. Taps the next one to point, no run. A miscued drive to mid on next but it still gets him a single and off the mark. Mendis leaves the bouncer on the final delivery of the over.

  • October 16, 2023 16:05
    SL 156/1 in 26 overs

    Maxwell to Perera. The batter plays a sweep to short fine leg and takes a single. Mendis punches to long on for one run. Perera works the fifth delivery on the on side with soft hands for a single. Mendis ends the over with a single to deep square leg.

  • October 16, 2023 16:03
    SL 152/1 in 25 overs

    Cummins with his fifth over of the day. Full from the Australian skipper and Perera hits it straight back. Four more!! He is cruising at this moment. The longer he bats, the better for Sri Lanka.

  • October 16, 2023 15:59
    SL 145/1 in 24 overs

    Another over for Maxwell. A tad short from Maxwell and Perera splits the infield with an exquisite cut shot. FOUR!! Australia in dire need of wickets.

  • October 16, 2023 15:55
    SL 137/1 in 23 overs

    Hazlewood attempts to replicate Cummins’ short ball ploy. But Perera is ready for it. Pulls Hazlewood twice for fours. Once in front of square and once behind it. Kusal Mendis is the new batter for Sri Lanka. He starts with a couple of singles.

  • October 16, 2023 15:48
    End of Nissanka

    Cummins brings himself back on. He attacks Nissanka with a couple of bouncers. The first one is put away for a four. The second though is edged and Warner takes a brilliant catch in the deep.

    Pathum Nissanka c Warner b Cummins 61 (67b 8x4 0x6)

    SL 127/1 in 22 overs

  • October 16, 2023 15:44
    SL 121/0 in 21 overs

    Hazlewood is brought back in and he begins with a loosener on the off side. Nissanka rolls his hands over the cut shot and it is another four for Sri Lanka, seventh boundary for the right hander.

  • October 16, 2023 15:40
    SL 114/0 in 20 overs

    Maxwell reintroduced. Nissanka and Perera begin the over by trading singles.

    Nissanka taps one to the leg side to get to his fifty. This has been a composed knock from the Sri Lankan opener.

  • October 16, 2023 15:36
    SL 110/0 in 19 overs

    Overpitched from Stoinis. Kusal Perera doesn’t miss out on it. Smokes it straight back over the bowler for a four and that is his fifty. He didn’t have a the greatest of starts in this World Cup. But he has regained his rhythm just at the right time.

  • October 16, 2023 15:32
    SL 102/0 in 18 overs

    Perera is alright and he continues on. Zampa shifts his line wide outside off for Perera. He tries to loft him over the fence. But doesn’t get the connection right. Just a couple of runs from there. Zampa gifts a wide and that is the hundred run partnership for Perera and Nissanka.

  • October 16, 2023 15:25
    SL 96/0 in 17 overs

    Stoinis is the latest Aussie bowler to have a go. Not much action from the over as Sri Lankan batters deal in singles and doubles, until Stoinis attacks Perera with a bouncer. It strikes him on the helmet and seems like he would require some medical attention.

  • October 16, 2023 15:20
    SL 91/0 in 16 overs

    Sri Lanka will be definitely targetting a 300+ total, particularly after this sturdy platform laid by it openers.

    Zampa with his second. On the slot and Perera picks the length quite early. Smacks it over mid wicket for a four.

  • October 16, 2023 15:13
    SL 84/0 in 15 overs

    Starc gets another go at the Lankan opening duo. But the pitch has slowed down even further, helping Nissanka and Perera’s cause even further.

    Last ball of the over. Full toss from Starc and Perera thought he put it away with a straight drive. Maxwell makes a full length dive to save a boundary.

  • October 16, 2023 15:07
    SL 79/0 in 14 overs

    Adam Zampa into the attack. Nissanka welcomes his with a couple of crunching boundaries. The first one is pumped to the mid wicket fence, while the next one is smashed straight back. Sri Lanka’s innings gaining momentum.

  • October 16, 2023 15:02
    SL 70/0 in 13 overs

    Starc returns. on the pads against Perera and it is clipped away for a four. Australian bowling looking clueless at this point. Seven runs from the over for Sri Lanka.

  • October 16, 2023 14:56
    SL 63/0 in 12 overs

    Another over for Maxwell. Perera dabs one to the off side for a couple of runs to start the over. Both the Sri Lankan openers have been unbothered by the Australian bowlers so far. They have accumulated runs without taking too many risks.

  • October 16, 2023 14:53
    Starc warns Perera

    Mitchell Starc warns Kusal Perera for backing up during AUS vs SL, threatens to run out non-striker

    Into the fifth ball of the first over, Starc stopped before releasing the delivery and caught Perera out of his crease.

  • October 16, 2023 14:53
    SL 57/0 in 11 overs

    Wide and short from Cummins and Nissanka slashes it through covers for a four. Well controlled shot. Nissanka and Perera follow it up with singles, making it a good over for Sri Lanka.

  • October 16, 2023 14:48
    SL 51/0 in 10 overs

    Lucky boundary for Perera. He tries to sweep Maxwell, but can manage only a top edge. It flies over the keeper and runs away for a four.

    Huge appeal from Maxwell after he strikes Perera on the pad with one that stayed straight. The umpire is unmoved though.

  • October 16, 2023 14:45
    SL 47/0 in 9 overs

    Cummins continues. There seems to be not much urgency from the Sri Lankan openers as the run rate hovers just over the five-run mark. Three singles and a double from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 14:40
    SL 42/0 in 8 overs

    Australia turns to spin early in the innings. Maxwell with his off-spin against the Lankan opening duo. He draws and edge, thanks to some vicious bounce. But it is too high for Inglis to gather.

  • October 16, 2023 14:36
    SL 39/0 in 7 overs

    Loose start from Pat Cummins. Way too much time for Perera to turn it around the corner from his pads for an easy four. Cummins brings the line back in and Perera is forced to turn to his defence. Just a wide from the rest of the over.

  • October 16, 2023 14:32
    SL 34/0 in 6 overs

    On the pads from Hazlewood to start his third over. Nissanka nudges it away to the square leg region for a three. Hazlewood goes short next up. Kusal Perera rises to the bounce before crashing it away for a four.

    This has been a controlled start from Sri Lanka.

  • October 16, 2023 14:27
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  • October 16, 2023 14:26
    SL 26/0 in 5 overs

    Starc continues his opening spell. A tad full against Nissanka, who attempts a drive on the off side. Uppish, but it lands in front of mid off. But he doesn’t err the second time. Drives it straighter and fiercer. FOUR!! Just another single from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 14:21
    SL 21/0 in 4 overs

    Hazlewood over the wicket against Kusal Perera. He offers some width to the left-hander and he free his arms with a square cut. RACES AWAY TO THE FENCE!

    Hazlewood pitches it up next and Perera straight dirves it with absolute control. Another four.

  • October 16, 2023 14:17
    SL 13/0 in 3 overs

    Starc continues. This time he starts over the wicket against Kusal Perera. Good length on the stumps and Perera taps it down with a straight bat. Just three runs from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 14:12
    SL 10/0 in 2 overs

    Hazlewood from the other end. Two slips in place. Fifth stump line from him and Perera is happy to leave the ball to the keeper. Not much movement for Hazlewood, in comparison to Starc. But Nissanka and Perera are not too eager to take on the right-arm pacer. Just a leg bye from the over.

  • October 16, 2023 14:08
    SL 9/0 in 1 over

    Starc with a screamer to start with. Booming in-swing and it strikes Nissanka on the pads. Cummins is hesitant, but he reviews it. Oh wow. Seems like Nissanka got his bat to it. Australia wastes a review first ball of the innings.

    Starc is extracting good swing from the pitch.

    Fourth ball of the over. Starc stops just before he releases the ball and asks the non-striker Kusal Perera to stay in the crease. On the pads from Starc and Nissanka clips it away for the first four of the day. Another one on the pads and Nissanka places it in front of the square for the second four. Eventful first over.

  • October 16, 2023 14:00
    Sri Lanka openers are out in the middle

    Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera walk out to the middle. Sri Lanka will be hoping for a quick-fire start from the left-right combo.

  • October 16, 2023 13:39
    Australia vs Sri Lanka - Playing XIs

    SRI LANKA: Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Sadeeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhanajaaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka.

    AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

  • October 16, 2023 13:33

    Sri Lanka wins the toss and opts to bat.

    Kusal Mendis: The wicket is better in the day and we will look to put runs first. We have two changes - Shanaka and Matheesha are not playing and Chamika Karunaratne and Lahiru Kumara come in. I think 280-300 will be the par score.

    Pat Cummins: That’s fine, we would have batted first as well but do not mind. We have had a good couple of sessions over the last two days. Everyone is clear on the areas to work on. We have the same 11 as the last game.

  • October 16, 2023 13:29
    Pitch Report

    Nasser Hussain: It looks similar to the last game. A little bit of moisture. It is a mix of red and black soil There is a bit of grass. It did a bit for both spinners and pacers during South Africa vs Australia. Under lights, this pitch did more.

  • October 16, 2023 13:21
    Australia vs Sri Lanka in World Cups


    Aaron Finch - 153 off 132 balls (2019; The Oval)

    Adam Gilchrist - 149 off 104 balls (2007; Bridgetown)

    Ricky Ponting - 114 off 109 balls (2003; Centurion)


    Nathan Bracken - 4/19 in 9.4 overs (2007; St. George’s)

    Mitchell Starc - 4/55 in 10 overs (2019; The Oval)

    Chaminda Vaas - 3/34 in 10 overs (2003; Gqeberha)

  • October 16, 2023 13:18
    A drop in standard?

    Australia has held onto just 57% of the catches on offer in the World Cup so far. The side has dropped six catches in its two matches, the highest among the 10 teams.

  • October 16, 2023 13:12
    ODI World Cup 2023 - Most Wickets

    World Cup 2023 most wickets after PAK vs SA: Zampa continues at top; Jansen, Shaheen tied at second spot

    ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Here is the list of the top five wicket-takers in the World Cup in the fourth week.

  • October 16, 2023 13:07
    ODI World Cup 2023 - Most Runs

    ICC World Cup 2023 highest run-scorers after PAK vs SA: Quinton De Kock at top; Markram up to second

    ODI World Cup 2023 Most Runs: Here is the list of the leading run-scorers of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.

  • October 16, 2023 13:01
    Australia vs Sri Lanka - Best individual performances

    Highest individual score (AUS) - David Warner - 163 off 157 balls (2012; Brisbane)

    Highest individual score (SL) - Pathum Nissanka - 137 off 147 balls (2022; Colombo)

    Best bowling figures (AUS) - Mitchell Johnson - 6/31 (2011; Pallekele)

    Best bowling figures (SL) - Nuwan Kulasekara - 5/22 (2013; Brisbane)

  • October 16, 2023 12:55
    Australia vs Sri Lanka - World Cup results

    1975 - Australia win by 52 runs (The Oval)

    1992 - Australia won by seven wickets (Adelaide)

    1996 - Sri Lanka won by forfeit (Colombo)

    1996 - Sri Lanka won by seven wickets (Lahore)

    2003 - Australia won by 96 runs (Centurion)

    2003 - Australia won by 48 runs (Gqeberha)

    2007 - Australia won by seven wickets (St. George’s)

    2007 - Australia won by 53 runs (Bridgetown)

    2011 - No Result

    2015 - Australia won by 64 runs (Sydney)

    2019 - Australia won by 87 runs (London)

  • October 16, 2023 12:49
    Biggest upset of the tournament?

    ENG vs AFG: ICC World Cup 2023 comes alive as ‘underdog’ Afghanistan stuns defending champion England

    Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan combined well to alter England’s best-laid plans. Afghanistan has the ability within its ranks and this is an outfit here on merit.

  • October 16, 2023 12:40

    Highest score (AUS) - 376/9 in 50 overs (2015; Sydney)

    Lowest score (AUS) - 74 all-out in 26.4 overs (2013; Brisbane)

    Highest score (SL) - 343/5 in 50 overs (2003; Syndey)

    Lowest score (SL) - 91 all-out in 35.5 overs (1985; Adelaide)

  • October 16, 2023 12:31
    ODI World Cup 2023 Points Table

    After three wins out of three, India and New Zealand occupy the top two spots on the points table. Australia, to everyone’s shock, is languising at the bottom place ahead of today’s match.

    ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table after ENG vs SA: South Africa remains third, England slips to ninth; Standings, Net Run Rate

    ODI World Cup 2023 Points Table: Here is the latest points table update and team standings of the ongoing 50-over cricket World Cup in India.

  • October 16, 2023 12:29
    Australia vs Sri Lanka - Head to Head Record in World Cups

    Matches played - 11

    Australia - 8

    Sri Lanka - 2

    Last result - Australia won by 87 runs (2019; Oval)

  • October 16, 2023 12:23
    Pat Cummins ready for a turnaround

    After facing its heaviest World Cup defeat on Thursday against South Africa, Australia captain Pat Cummins admitted the mood in the camp was ‘flat’ but that his team is ready to turn it around when it takes on Sri Lanka.

    AUS vs SL, World Cup 2023: Cummins says Australia ‘desperate to turn it around’ after losses against India, South Africa

    After facing its heaviest World Cup defeat earlier this week against South Africa, Australia captain Pat Cummins admitted the mood in the camp was ‘flat’ but that his team is ready to turn it around when it takes on Sri Lanka on Monday in Lucknow.

  • October 16, 2023 12:20
    The new Lucknow pitch

    After coming into much criticism following the last international match played here, the relaid pitch at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium gave a good account of itself during its first World Cup match between Australia and South Africa.

    ICC World Cup 2023: Australia vs South Africa showed Lucknow has learnt from its mistakes

    AUS vs SA: Pat Cummins had reckoned the wicket had good pace and bounce on match eve while Kagiso Rabada said that the wicket looked different from what it had during the IPL.

  • October 16, 2023 12:14
    Australia vs Sri Lanka - Head to Head Record

    Matches played: 102

    Australia won: 63

    Sri Lanka won: 35

    No result: 4

    Last result: Australia won by four wickets (Colombo; 2022)

  • October 16, 2023 12:01
    Australia vs Sri Lanka - Dream11 Prediction

    Wicketkeepers: Kusal Mendis (c)

    Batters: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka

    All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Dhananjaya de Silva, Marcus Stoinis

    Bowlers: Mitchell Starc (vc), Maheesh Theekshana, Adam Zampa

    Team composition: AUS 6-5 SL | Credits Left: 9

  • October 16, 2023 11:57
    The Afghan Atalan shine

    Afghanistan pulled off a monumental victory against England in the World Cup on Sunday. Here is how it happened.

    ENG vs AFG, World Cup 2023: Afghanistan catches England in spin-web, posts 69-run victory

    Afghanistan won its second-ever ODI World Cup match as it beat defending champion England by 69 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.

  • October 16, 2023 11:53
    A first since 1992 for Australia

    Australia lost its two fixtures so far against India and South Africa. This is the first time since the 1992 edition that Australia has lost its two opening games at a World Cup.

  • October 16, 2023 11:48
    Australia vs Sri Lanka - Predicted Lineups

    AUSTRALIA: Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis(wk), Pat Cummins (c), Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood.

    SRI LANKA: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c/wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka.

  • October 16, 2023 11:42
    Australia vs Sri Lanka Preview

    A basement battle of sorts, between Sri Lanka and Australia, eighth and 10th on the World Cup 2023 points table, respectively, is something few would have conceived ahead of the tournament.

    And yet here they are; a pre-tournament favourite and a side that tends to punch above its weight, desperate to open their account at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium here on Monday.

    ODI World Cup 2023: Australia, Sri Lanka look to revive campaigns after successive losses

    AUS vs SL: Having suffered back-to-back defeats, Australia and Sri Lanka will look to open their account in the ICC World Cup 2023 on Monday.

  • October 16, 2023 11:30

    When will AUS vs SL ODI World Cup 2023 match be played?

    The Australia vs Sri Lanka ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match will be played on Monday, October 16.

    What time will AUS vs SL ODI World Cup 2023 match begin?

    The Australia vs Sri Lanka ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match will begin at 2:00 PM IST.

    Where will AUS vs SL ODI World Cup 2023 match take place?

    The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match between Australia and Sri Lanka will take place at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

    Which TV channel will broadcast AUS vs SL ODI World Cup 2023 match live?

    The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match between Australia and Sri Lanka will be telecast LIVE on the Star Sports networkfrom 2:00 PM IST onwards.

    Where to watch live streaming of AUS vs SL ODI World Cup 2023 match?

    The ICC World Cup 2023 match between Australia and Sri Lanka will be streamed LIVE on the Disney+Hotstar app and website.

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