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Finch, Starc lead Australia to easy win over SL

  • Published at 03:16 pm June 15th, 2019
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Australia's Aaron Finch plays a shot during their World Cup match against Sri Lanka in London Saturday AFP

Australia's fourth win of the tournament lifted them top of the 10-team standing while Sri Lanka stayed fifth with only one win from five games

Australia captain Aaron Finch struck a superb 153 and Mitchell Starc took four wickets to lead the defending champion to an emphatic 87-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup Saturday.

Finch and Steve Smith (73) shared a fine partnership of 173 as the Australians accelerated smoothly in the second half of their innings to post an imposing total of 334 for seven at The Oval.

Dimuth Kurunaratne and Kusal Perera got Sri Lanka's reply off to a flying start with an opening stand of 115, but Perera was bowled by Starc for 52 and Kurunaratne's dismissal by Kane Richardson for 97 ended their hopes of a record World Cup run chase.

Starc completed figures of 4/55 and Richardson picked up three wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 247 in the 46th over.

Australia's fourth win of the tournament lifted them top of the 10-team standing while Sri Lanka stayed fifth with only one win from five games.

MATCH 20

AUSTRALIA INNINGS        R    B

Warner b De Silva        26    48

Finch c Karunaratne b Udana    153    132

Khawaja c Udana b De Silva    10    20

Smith b Malinga        73    59

Maxwell not out        46    25

Shaun c Siriwardana b Udana    3    9

Carey run out (Udana)    4    3

Cummins run out (Udana)    0    1

Starc not out            5    4

Extras (lb 4, nb 1, w 9)        14 

Total (50 Overs)        334/7 

Fall Of Wickets

1-80 (Warner), 2-100 (Khawaja), 3-273 (Finch), 4-278 (Smith), 5-310 (Shaun), 6-317 (Carey), 7-320 (Cummins)

Bowling

Malinga 10-1-61-1, Pradeep 10-0-88-0, Udana 10-0-57-2, Perera 10-0-67-0, De Silva 8-0-40-2, Siriwardana 2-0-17-0

SRI LANKA INNINGS            R    B

Karunaratne c Maxwell b Richardson    97    108

Perera b Starc                52    36

Thirimanne c Carey b Behrendorff    16    26

Mendis c Carey b Starc        30    37

Mathews c Carey b Cummins        9    11

Siriwardana b Starc            3    4

Thisara c Warner b Starc        7    3

De Silva not out            16    30

Udana c Finch b Richardson        8    8

Malinga c Khawaja b Richardson    1    5

Pradeep c Carey b Cummins        0    7

Extras (lb 2, w 6)            8 

Total (45.5 Overs)            247 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-115 (Perera), 2-153 (Thirimanne), 3-186 (Karunaratne), 4-205 (Mathews), 5-209 (Siriwardana), 6-217 (Thisara), 7-222 (Mendis), 8-236 (Udana), 9-237 (Malinga), 10-247 (Pradeep)

Bowling

Starc 10-0-55-4, Cummins 7.5-0-38-2, Behrendorff 9-0-59-1, Richardson 9-1-47-3, Maxwell 10-0-46-0

Australia won by 87 runs

MoM: Aaron Finch