ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Australia vs Sri Lanka Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Saturday 15th June – 10:30 (UK)

Where is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? The Oval, London

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Sri Lanka? 18-19c with sunshine and cloudy spells but no rain expected

What television channel is Australia vs Sri Lanka on in the UK? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Australia vs Sri Lanka? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Australia vs Sri Lanka? There are tickets still available for purchase from Stubhub

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

Coach: Justin Langer

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • Australia bounced back from their loss with India last Sunday by beating Pakistan on Wednesday to get back on track and remain firmly in the hunt for a top four place which they will look to consolidate further here.

  • They tried a different approach in that match as they did change their batting order – unlike against India – to bring Glenn Maxwell up the order while Usman Khawaja dropped down to number six and the middle order remains unsettled after they struggled to capitalise on the great start by Finch and Warner.

  • Marcus Stoinis remains an injury doubt with the side strain that kept him out of the game against Pakistan so Shaun Marsh may continue in his place and although the fifth bowler duties were something of a weakness against Pakistan, Maxwell and Finch will likely continue against Sri Lanka’s weak batting line-up.

SRI LANKA

Coach: Chandika Hathurusinghe

Captain: Dimuth Karunaratne

  • Sri Lanka have seen their last two matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh abandoned without a ball being bowled so they have four points coming into this game from four games but it will be 11 days since they last saw action in the win against Afghanistan.

  • 26-year-old pace bowler Kasun Rajitha is expected to be handed a start here in place of Nuwan Pradeep who has been ruled out of the tournament with a hand injury which further weakens their average bowling attack.

  • The gap between matches will not have helped their batting unit try to find some form although time in the nets will have been welcomed as they have been bowled out in both of their completed matches so far for a combined total of 337 against New Zealand and Afghanistan.

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THE PREDICTION

Sri Lanka somehow sit on four points from four games as they have benefited from two abandoned matches despite being one of the poorest teams in the tournament. They have not played a game in 11 days and now they face an Australian side who are fresh off a good win over Pakistan and have plenty of confidence. Sri Lanka’s main weakness is in the batting department as they have been bowled out and suffered collapses in both completed matches played so far. One of those came against Afghanistan, so the likelihood is that they will struggle badly against an elite bowling unit like Australia’s who should bowl their way to a comfortable victory here with rain not expected to save Sri Lanka once again.