Who Will Win Sri Lanka vs Australia, ICC CWC 2019?
Australia will look to collect a couple more points when they face a frustrated Sri Lankan side on June 15. The 20th fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at the Kennington Oval in London. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM local time.
SL vs AUS, ICC CWC 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Star Cricket, Fox Sports, Sky Sports, Ten Sports, SuperSport, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Gazi TV
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Foxtel Go, Sky Go, Now TV, OSN Play
SL vs AUS Toss Prediction
Five of the last seven completed one-day internationals (including three out of the four in this World Cup) played at the Kennington Oval have been won by the side batting first. Since the pitch here is expected to get a tad slower later on in the day, the team that wins the toss would want to make first use of the ideal batting conditions.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Sri Lanka vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019...
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
Nuwan Pradeep, who dislocated his finger in a training session, has returned to bowling in the nets. However, it remains to be seen whether the team will take the risk of playing him. In case Pradeep misses out again, Suranga Lakmal will lead the Sri Lankan pace attack while leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis will get an extended run. Lasith Malinga had returned home after the last match against Bangladesh due to a death in his family. The veteran pacer, however, is expected to rejoin the team ahead of this upcoming clash against Australia.
SL Key Players
Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera smashed half-centuries against New Zealand and Afghanistan respectively and the onus will be on this opening pair to ensure that Sri Lanka gets off to a good start. Karunaratne batted well against the quality pace attack of the Kiwis and the skipper will be expected to make a sizeable contribution against Australia as well. Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis are the team's most reliable batsmen in the middle order.
Nuwan Pradeep’s participation in this game is under a cloud and his absence would mean that Sri Lanka will have to rely on the likes of Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal and Thisara Perera when it comes to bowling. Malinga picked up three wickets against Afghanistan and that should give him some confidence going into this game. Lakmal's spell with the new ball is going to be crucial while Perera's ability to break prospering partnerships makes him the one to watch out for.
SL Recent Form
Sri Lanka have only two wins and nine losses from the eleven completed one-day internationals that they have played so far this year. They are currently occupying the fifth position on the CWC 2019 points table with four points in as many matches. After an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their opening game at Cardiff, Sri Lanka bounced back in their next game with a 34-run victory over Afghanistan at the same venue. Their last two games - against Pakistan and Bangladesh - were both washed out due to rain.
Australia made a couple of changes to their line-up in the previous game against Pakistan, one of which was a forced change with Shaun Marsh coming in to replace Marcus Stoinis who suffered a side strain in the game against India. Stoinis' availability for this match has not been confirmed yet which means Marsh is likely to get another opportunity. Adam Zampa was dropped last time and replaced with Kane Richardson, and it will be interesting to see whether the Aussies bring back the former or continue with the latter.
AUS Key Players
David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steven Smith all seem to be in good nick and it will be up to these top three batsmen to set the tone of the Australian innings. Warner is second on the runs charts this World Cup with 255 runs which includes a century and two half-centuries. Finch and Smith also have a couple of fifties to their names. Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell are the others in the side who can score big on their day.
Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are both among the tournament's best bowlers with nine wickets apiece and the pace duo will be expected to run through the Sri Lankan batting line-up. Cummins is coming off a three-wicket haul against Pakistan and he will look to spit venom with the new ball again. Nathan Coulter-Nile has not looked at his best and he will be eyeing this game as an opportunity to return to form.
AUS Recent Form
Australia have been impressive in the 50-over format this year, winning 12 and losing just 5 out of their 17 one-day internationals. They have now won 11 of their last 12 matches in this format. The Aussies are currently second on the CWC 2019 leaderboard with six points having won three and lost one out of the four matches. After winning their opening two matches - by seven wickets against Afghanistan at Bristol and by 15 runs against the West Indies at Nottingham - they suffered a 36-run loss to India at London. Australia played their last game against Pakistan at Taunton which they ended up winning by 41 runs.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson/ Adam Zampa
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SL : W L W L L
AUS : W L W W W
SL vs AUS Head to Head
Australia have played Sri Lanka in 96 one-day internationals and have won 60 of those. While 32 have been won by the latter, 4 have not yielded any results.
Australia have won five of their last six ODI encounters against Sri Lanka which includes the 4-1 series win in Sri Lanka in 2016.
The two teams have faced each other twice at the Kennington Oval in the 50-over format of the game with both winning once each. Sri Lanka emerged victorious by 20 runs in the most recent encounter at this ground - at the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Sri Lanka vs Australia Betting Odds
Australia step into this game as red-hot favorites at 1.11 with Betway, 1.14 with Bet365 and 1.12 with Betrally. Sri Lanka are huge underdogs amongst the bookmakers and they have been priced much higher at 6 on Betway and 5.50 on Betrally and Bet365.
Sri Lanka vs Australia Prediction
Barring that one failure against India, Australia have looked very impressive so far in this World Cup while Sri Lanka still seem to be struggling to adapt to the conditions. The Lankans will be under a lot of pressure as they have only four points from four matches and they know that a defeat here could prove detrimental to their semi-final chances. Sri Lanka don't have the batting strength that the Aussies have and their bowling attack also looks pretty flat. Australia are clearly the superior side in every department of the game and we don't think they will have much problem in winning this one.
Back Australia to beat Sri Lanka at 1.11 with Betway, 1.14 with Bet365 and 1.12 with Betrally.