After crushing Afghanistan by a big margin of 275 runs, Australia will take on Sri Lanka in an important clash on the 8th March 2015 in Sydney. The match will start at 9.00 AM IST. Sri Lanka had defeated England by 9 wickets in their previous match.
Australia has a formidable unit. They have a solid batting unit. The openers Finch and Warner gave an aggressive start to the team. Smith who has been in tremendous form in Test cricket. Now that Clarke is back as captain, Bailey has to sit out, while same is the case with Watson as in-form all-rounder James Faulkner has recovered from side-strain. David Warner came back into form scoring 178 runs, Smith hit 95.
Maxwell was in great hitting form scoring 88 off 39 balls to propel the score to 417 for 6, Mitchell Marsh also is a good hitter and followed by Haddin who also can come down the order and hit some big hits. The bowling looks also good with the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazelwood and Glenn Maxwell is the lone spinner. Mitchell Starc produced an inspiring spell but could not prevent Australia from losing. Against Afghanistan they delivered the goods in professional manner.
Sri Lanka looked a very good side with decent batting line up. Dilshan and Thirimanne can provide good start to the team so that the likes of Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Chandimal, Mathews can cash in on at the later stages. Against England the top 3 batsmen did the job and won the match by 9 wickets. The bowling lacks venom. Malinga, Kulasekara looked out of sort and against England as they conceded 309 runs.
Previous World Cup encounters:
ICC World Cup, 1975, Group Stage, Lords (Australia won by 52 runs)
ICC World Cup, 1992, Group Stage, Adelaide (Australia won by 7 wickets)
ICC World Cup 1996, Group Stage, Bombay (Sri Lanka won by a walkover)
ICC World Cup 1996, Finals, Lahore ( Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets)
ICC World Cup 2003, Super Six, Centurion (Australia won by 96 runs)
ICC World Cup 2003, Semi-Final, Port Elizabath (Australia won 48 runs D/L method)
ICC World Cup 2007, Super Eight, Granada (Australia won by 7 wickets)
ICC World Cup 2007, Finals, Barbados (Australia won by 53 runs D/L method)
ICC World Cup 2011, Group Stage, Colombo (Match Abandoned)
With both teams playing well in the tournament so far it promises to be an exciting match between these two sides. Australia will be confident going into this match while Sri Lanka has the ability to beat Australia. The toss will play an important role.
Key Players to watch out for
Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakra has been in exceptional form in this tournament so far. His batting performance against England shows the class of the batsmen who has been playing since a long time for Sri Lanka. He scored 117 runs and just tore the bowling into pieces. He played some excellent shots and made sure Sri Lanka won the match with ease. Against Australia he will play an important role in getting Sri Lanka to a win.
Australia: David Warner
David Warner played a great knock against Afghanistan. He gave an Australia a great start and played some brilliant shots. He made 178 runs. Against Sri Lanka the role of Warner becomes more important as his start would give Australia a good start for huge total.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty
Sri Lanka: Dilshan, Thirimanne, Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Parera, Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Prasana, Suranga Lakmal