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Match Day

661dTharindu Vishwanath

Recreating Premadasa at the SCG

Sri Lankan supporters had assembled in large numbers at the SCG, and there was music, dancing and plenty of cheering, as their team renewed their World Cup rivalry with Australia

661dDaniel Brettig at the SCG

Clarke shrugs off latest selection issue

Australia's captain Michael Clarke hinted at some confusion within the team over Shane Watson's omission and rapid recall from the World Cup team across games against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka

661dESPNcricinfo staff

Glenn Maxwell spearheads big Australia win

Glenn Maxwell thumped the second-fastest hundred in the history of World Cup cricket off just 51 balls to help Australia beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs in their Group a match played in Sydney on Sunday.

661dDaniel Brettig in Sydney

World sees Australia's blind spot

With the pointy end of the World Cup around the corner, Australia's attack will have to find a way to cope with the absence of a high-quality attacking spinner, on pitches where their pacers may not find much help

659dDaniel Brettig

Australia wrong-footed by dry pitch

Australia's selectors appear to have been wrong-footed by a bone dry SCG surface forcing them to consider the recall of Shane Watson and the inclusion of the left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty for his first game of the World Cup

661dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Sydney

Bowling strategy leaves Sri Lanka cramped for room

One of the major shortcomings of Sri Lanka's three-bowler plan is that it has left them with no scope to out-think attacking batting line-ups, particularly in the death overs

chase derailed

34/3

Sri Lanka's score in overs No. 41 to 45. Australia had scored 68/0 in the same period.

well on track, still

272/4

Sri Lanka's score at the end of the 40th over; Australia were 253/4

The first one!

3

Number of consecutive centuries in this World Cup by Sangakkara; he is the first one do so in the World Cup.

on a hat-trick

2

Centuries by Kumar Sangakkara in his last-two innings - against Bangladesh and England. He remained unbeaten in both the innings.

on a hat-trick

2

No. of century partnerships by Sri Lanka's openers in their last-two games.

Australia's fastest ton

57

Balls taken by James Faulkner who held the previous record for the fastest century by an Australia batsman. Maxwell took 51 in this match.

A Rarity

3

No. of times before Australia's innings all the four batsmen from No. 3 to No. 6 had got fifty-plus scores in an innings in ODIs. Pakistan have had two such instances.