20th match, The Oval, June 15, 2019, ICC Cricket World Cup
(45.5/50 ov, T:335) 247

Australia won by 87 runs

Player Of The Match
153 (132)
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Thanks for joining us. Great fun today. The first 15 overs of Sri Lanka's innings was as entertaining as any passage so far this World Cup. Pretty sure there's plenty more coming on Sunday. It's India v Pakistan. Hope you've planned out your day in front of the TV and of course with us here on ESPNcricinfo. Trust me, your second-screen experience will be as good, if not better. For now, head over to our homepage to catch up with all the build-up. Some terrific pieces from Osman Samiuddin is already in. And there's promise for much more. I'll be back again early in the day to bring you up to speed with everything India v Pakistan. For the moment, I'm going to head off quickly to catch some sleep. Goodnight folks, pleasure having your company. Cheers!

Aaron Finch is the Player of the Match for his 153. "I was hitting some nice drives early, which is a good sign for my batting. It was a nice wicket. I'm working on trying to ensure my head doesn't fall over. We thought we could get 350 plus, but Sri Lanka executed superbly under pressure at the end. We thought we were a touch short with the new ball, Kusal and Dimuth were superb. You want to bowl top-of-off and when they kept hitting there, we had to change plans. It was nice for Maxwell to have a long boundary to bowl with, hard to get 10 overs out of him on flat wickets, but with a bit of real estate out here and the breeze against him, it helped to get overs out of him."

Dimuth Karunaratne: "Finch and Smith batted well, but we came back strongly. Lost key moments in the chase. Started well, but the middle order couldn't capitalise. They had to handle pressure and keep the momentum going. Starc, Cummins are world class, we knew what they could do, had to keep a plan but we didn't. We lost couple of games to the rain, now need to win a couple of games. We came here to play well, we want to play it one game at a time."

Malcolm: "Sri Lanka had the right approach, but as soon as Maxwell was brought on the game was over as a contest. People always praise his batting but I think he has been even more instrumental with his bowling, tightening the screws and reinstating psychological advantage for the Aussies." -- This was just the sort of pitch where he could do his thing. As Monga said earlier, this was no pitch to play four pacers, really.

6.00pm Sri Lanka were cruising. 87 without loss in 10 overs. Australia slipped into their Plan B and brought Maxwell on to try and preserve their trumpcards for later. Sri Lanka fell into the trap of the asking rate once Australia got the first breakthrough. Sri Lanka really needed Mathews and Thisara to bail them out, but once they fell, the chase was as good as over.

Karunaratne's 97 was in the end Sri Lanka's only consolation. If you're a Sri Lankan fan, you probably feel crushed right now. You have every right to feel that way. There was a ray of hope that turned into spurts of excitement. And then it all came crashing down.

Cummins to Pradeep, OUT

edged and taken! Pradeep backs away to slog, swings blindly and ends up nicking behind. Fourth win in five matches for Australia as they move to the top of the points table.

Nuwan Pradeep c †Carey b Cummins 0 (21m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Cummins to Dhananjaya, 1 run

hangs his bat up in the air even as he tries to evade this bouncer, lobs into the square leg region

Cummins to Dhananjaya, no run

punches to cover

Cummins to Dhananjaya, no run

defends with an angled bat to the off side

Cummins to Dhananjaya, no run

walks across and looks to pull, beaten.

Sajidh: "Really disappointed as a Sri Lankan fan. Was excited like never before having a belief we will chase this target down and we could have done that quite comfortable with the start we had, but all that excitement for no avail. Now all hopes lost on qualifying for the semis." -- Well, you expected them to get to the semi-finals. You're an optimist

end of over 456 runs
SL: 246/9CRR: 5.46 RRR: 17.80
Nuwan Pradeep0 (6b)
Dhananjaya de Silva15 (26b 2x4)
Kane Richardson 9-1-47-3
Pat Cummins 7-0-37-1
Kane Richardson to Pradeep, no run

swing and a miss. Backed away and swing it towards Lord's.

Kane Richardson to Dhananjaya, 1 run

top-edges a pull, falls in no man's land at midwicket.

Kane Richardson to Dhananjaya, FOUR runs

reverse-scoop that flies over short fine off the back part of the bat. Just eluded Behrendorff as he was back-pedaling.

Kane Richardson to Dhananjaya, no run

walks across and scoops this on the bounce to Behrendorff at short fine. Hint of confusion there, but the fielder gave a clear indication that he isn't sure. Soft signal is not out. Not out it will stay. Clear bump ball.

Kane Richardson to Dhananjaya, no run

yorker-length outside off, squeezed to mid-off

Kane Richardson to Dhananjaya, 1 wide

slower and fuller, backs and leaves. Bizarre?

Kane Richardson to Dhananjaya, no run

toe-ends a wild slog to mid-on

end of over 442 runs
SL: 240/9CRR: 5.45 RRR: 15.83
Nuwan Pradeep0 (5b)
Dhananjaya de Silva10 (21b 1x4)
Pat Cummins 7-0-37-1
Mitchell Starc 10-0-55-4
Cummins to Pradeep, no run

has a big swipe at this length ball outside off, beaten again.

Cummins to Pradeep, no run

looks to back away and slap over point but is beaten for pace

Cummins to Dhananjaya, 1 run

pulled all along the ground to deep square leg

Cummins to Dhananjaya, no run

hops back and defends this incoming length ball

Cummins to Dhananjaya, no run

backs away, bowler follows him, cramped for room but keeps it out

Cummins to Dhananjaya, 1 wide

sways out of the way of this slower bouncer

Cummins to Dhananjaya, no run

short of length on middle, he hops back and defends

end of over 431 run
SL: 238/9CRR: 5.53 RRR: 13.85
Nuwan Pradeep0 (3b)
Dhananjaya de Silva9 (17b 1x4)
Mitchell Starc 10-0-55-4
Kane Richardson 8-1-41-3
Starc to Pradeep, no run

makes room and steers this down to third man

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