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Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup Tips - Winless teams looking to get off the mark

Siddhu
14 Oct 2023
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Siddhu Bharadwaj 14 Oct 2023
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  • Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup predictions to be played at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Monday afternoon, Indian time
  • Australia have won their last 6 World Cup completed ODIs against Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka have lost 9 of their last 11 ODIs against Australia at neutral venues
Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup
Can Australis get their first win? (Getty Images)

Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup


With their chips down and their top-four chances on the line, Australia and Sri Lanka are set to play a crucial match with both sides desperate for a win. This 2023 ODI World Cup match #14 will be played at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Monday, October 16.
  • Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup
  • Head to Head
  • Australia Form
  • Australia Team News
  • Sri Lanka Form
  • Sri Lanka Team News

Australia were all over the place in the first two ODIs and their performance was unexpectedly sluggish. Another loss would almost make it a win-everything tournament for them from here on. Sri Lanka too have started with two big losses and now need to improve or risk being one of the also-rans. I am backing the Aussies to win this match.

  • Australia have won their last 6 completed World Cup matches against Sri Lanka (ODIs)
  • Australia have won 6 of their last 9 matches against Sri Lanka (ODIs)
  • Sri Lanka have lost 9 of their 11 matches against Australia at neutral venues (ODIs)
  • Sri Lanka have lost 7 of their last 10 matches in the World Cups (ODIs)
  • Mitchell Starc has been Australia’s best bowler in his last 2 matches against Sri Lanka (ODIs)

Head to Head


Australia have played Sri Lanka in 102 ODIs so far winning 63. Sri Lanka won 35 while four matches ended without a result.

The last time these sides played was in a five-match series in Sri Lanka in June 2022. The Lankans won that series 3-2.

Australia Form


Australia are 9th in the points table with no points from two matches. Their negative run rate of 1.846 is a cause of concern too, as they lost by six wickets to India and by 134 runs to South Africa.

Batting is a worry for the five-time champions who are yet to see an individual fifty in the tournament. That Mitchell Starc with 55 runs is their third-best batter tells the story.

With the ball too, just Josh Hazlewood with four wickets has been their best bet. The economy of spinner Adam Zampa is a concern with him conceding at 6.83 runs per over.

Australia Team News


Australia benched Alex Carey for their second match and could continue with Josh Inglis here. If Travis Head has recovered, he could replace Mitchell Marsh.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka are also winless in the tournament, 7th in the table with a negative run rate of 1.161. They were beaten by 102 runs by South Africa before losing by six wickets to Pakistan.

The Lankans now play their next two matches at this venue but will have to do without captain Dasun Shanaka, who is ruled out. Kusal Mendis, their best batter with 198 runs, will lead the side.

Bowling is a huge worry with Dilshan Madushanka’s four wickets being the most while Pathirana conceding at 9.73 runs per over is a worry.

Sri Lanka Team News


Sri Lanka will have to replace Shanaka. Chamika Karunaratne has been drafted in as a replacement, but it remains to be seen if he gets drafted straight into the XI. Pathirana’s poor economy puts him under focus and Kasun Rajitha or Lahiru Kumara could get a chance.

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This Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup will be played at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on October 16, Monday starting at 2:00 pm IST.

Verdict

Australia have struggled to impress in the tournament so far, but this is a match they can’t afford to lose. It is the Aussies who are likely to end up winners and I am putting my money on them. Among the individual picks, I am looking at Mitchell Starc to end up as Australia’s best bowler.

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