After two washed out video games, Sri Lanka will likely be determined to come back out all weapons blazing however defending champion Australia’s depth will likely be onerous to beat when the 2 sides conflict in a World Cup fixture in London on Saturday.
Sri Lanka haven’t performed a match on the World Cup since June four, pressured to separate factors with Bangladesh and Pakistan following two washed out video games.
The island nation, who gained the event again in 1996, stands fifth with only one win — in opposition to minnows Afghanistan in a rain-hit match — from 4 video games.
Defending champions Australia, alternatively, have been merely unstoppable with their loss in opposition to India being the one blemish in an in any other case skilled efficiency up to now within the event.
The five-time winners are positioned second with three wins from 4 video games.
With two fifties and 100, David Warner has been merely excellent, serving to Australia put up 300-plus scores within the final two matches.
The opener hasn’t but regarded his harmful finest however the 107 off 111 balls in opposition to Pakistan will ease his thoughts. The knock was his first century since making a comeback after the ball-tampering scandal and he would look to play with extra freedom now.
Skipper Aaron Finch too has two fifties to point out within the final 4 innings. He and Warner gave Australia a rampaging begin in opposition to Pakistan of their final match and the duo will again themselves for an encore in opposition to Sri Lanka.
Nonetheless, Australia have regarded susceptible in opposition to high quality tempo bowling — they have been lowered to 79 for 5 by West Indies.
Their center order is brittle and squandered excellent begins in opposition to Pakistan and India. Sri Lanka will look to use these weaknesses on Saturday.
Sri Lanka will hope that quick bowler Nuwan Pradeep, who had injured himself forward of the Bristol sport, returns Saturday to strengthen the bowling assault.
Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga, who needed to fly dwelling following the demise of mother-in-law, can be prone to play Saturday and the onus could be on the tempo duo to get wickets.
Within the batting division, the Dimuth Karunaratne-led aspect has didn’t final the total 50 overs in opposition to New Zealand and Afghanistan.
They misplaced 5 wickets for 14 runs in opposition to New Zealand after which seven wickets for 36 runs in opposition to Afghanistan.
The previous champions should handle their batting woes earlier than they tackle the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, each of whom have taken 9 wickets every up to now.
Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wkt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Match begins at 3pm (IST).