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Match 14: Australia vs Sri Lanka Match Date, Time, Squad, Key Players, Venue, Records, Pitch Report, Head to Head, Prediction

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 continues to captivate the spotlight globally. Cricket fans will witness an exhilarating clash between two great cricket powerhouses, Australia and Sri Lanka, in Match No. 14 of CWC23. The battle promises to be breathtaking and will test both teams’ skills, strategies, and strengths on the grand stage.

Australia is known for its dominant presence in international cricket. On the other hand, Sri Lanka also possesses a tremendous cricketing heritage.

Australia vs Sri Lanka Squad:

AUS Squad: David Warner, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis(wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(wk), Travis Head, Tanveer Sangha, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis.

SL Squad: Dasun Shanaka(c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Sahan Arachchige, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sadeera Samarawickrama(wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushan Hemantha, Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Matheesha Pathirana, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha. 

Sri Lanka vs Australia Date and Time:

The highly anticipated match between Sri Lanka and Australia will be scheduled on October 16, 2023. The game will kick off at 2:00 pm(IST). The Cricket Stadium in Lucknow will host the match between these two sides.

Sri Lanka vs Australia Venue:

Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee(BRSABV) Ekana Cricket Stadium will host the match between Sri Lanka and Australia. It is an international cricket stadium in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It is the fifth-largest international cricket stadium in India. This arena has a seating capacity of 50,000. This stadium was named after the former prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This stadium has the longest straight boundary compared to all other stadiums in India. It is also the home ground of the IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants.

Ekana Cricket Stadium Records:

Total Matches: 4

Batting First Won: 2

Batting Second Won: 2

Average 1st Innings Score: 188

Highest Total: 253/5 by West Indies.

Lowest Total: 194 by Afghanistan 

Ekana Cricket Stadium Pitch Report:

The pitch favors bowlers as the wicket becomes slow as the match progresses. It assists both spin bowlers and fast bowlers. Fast bowlers will get some assistance from the pitch at the start of the innings, but later on, spinners will dominate the game. It is a low-scoring pitch due to its dry nature. Weather conditions also affect the behavior of the pitch. It is difficult to bat on this ground as the pitch is slow and dry. The dew will also play a crucial role in the matches, as the tournament is scheduled in October-November. If there is no dew, then the team who won the toss will choose to bat first because, in the second inning, the pitch will get slower and more challenging to play.

Sri Lanka vs Australia head-to-head:

Aussies and Asian Lions have faced each other in 103 matches in ODI. In these games, Australia won 63, whereas Sri Lanka emerged victorious on 36 occasions. Four matches between these two sides ended without a result.

Australia vs Sri Lanka head to head in World Cup:

Sri Lanka and Australia have come against each other in 11 matches in the ODI World Cups.

Five-time world champion Australia beat Sri Lanka eight times, and Sri Lanka won twice. One match ended without a result. In the World Cup, the first time the two sides faced each other was in the 1975 World Cup, where Australia won by 52 runs. In the 1996 World Cup group match, Australia forfeited the game due to security concerns, and Sri Lanka won with a walkover without a ball bowled. In the 2011 World Cup, the match between the two sides ended without a result due to persistent rain in Colombo. The two sides also met in two Cricket World Cup Finals in 1996 and 2007.

World Cup 1996, Final:

March 17, 1996, Lahore.

AUS: 241/7(50 Ov) vs SL: 245/3(46.2 Ov)

Sri Lanka won by seven wickets.

World Cup 2007, Final:

April 28, 2007, Bridgetown.

AUS: 281/4(38 Ov) vs SL: 215/8(36 Ov, Target: 269)Australia won by 53 runs(D/L Method).

Aus vs Sl WC 2023 Key Players:

Australian team boasts a formidable lineup of key players who possess the skills, experience, and temperament to significantly impact the team’s performance. Pat Cummins, the country’s top fast bowler, will take charge of the Australian cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2023. Cummins’ devastating pace, pinpoint accuracy, and ability to extract movement off the pitch make him a potent force against the Lankan batting lineup. The Sri Lankan team is known for producing exceptional talent, and their recent performance in the World Cup qualifiers is something to be feared for the other teams. Their two spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana could be the x-factor for the Lankan side. Hasaranga, one of their top gun, and the cunning magician Theekshana, will be crucial for the team in the bowling department.

Australia vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2023 Prediction:

Australia, known for its dominance in world cricket, has a rich history of success in the World Cup, making them strong contenders for the title once again. Australia’s experience, skill, and leadership will be vital in their pursuit of lifting the prestigious trophy once again. Loaded with talented players, the Sri Lankan team aims to showcase its cricketing heritage on the international stage. According to cricket pundits, the Aussies hold an advantage over Sri Lanka due to their impressive record against them. If Sri Lanka manages to utilize their experienced players and perform as a unit, it can undoubtedly challenge Australia’s dominance. The game promised to be exciting and keep spectators on the edge of their seats. The match is crucial for both sides as they strive to secure a spot in the knockout stage.

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