Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 15:00 IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England
One sided affair?
First of the double header on a super Saturday will witness the high flying Australia taking on the cricket deprived Sri Lanka whose last couple of matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled. Australia is in a comfortable position right now. 3 more wins from their remaining 5 games will most likely qualify them for knockouts. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, need to put in a string of good performances but they will face the likes of India and England in their upcoming games.
With Marcus Stoinis not fit enough to play and his replacement Mitchell Marsh also not joining the team yet, Australia is likely to retain the same 11. Sri Lanka is not certain on Nuwan Pradeep’s fitness and they will be hoping that Lasith Malinga returns from Sri Lanka in time to play the match after attending his mother-in-law’s funeral.
The wicket has been generally slow in the Oval, London so far in this edition of the World Cup but we can be in for a surprise as a new wicket will be used for this match. With Sri Lanka’s manager recently criticizing the ICC for the kind of wickets given to them so far, we will know ICC’s reply today.
Aaron Finch has worked very hard on his weakness against the inswinging deliveries and the result is there for everyone to see. He has amassed 190 runs so far in this World Cup and has been giving solid partnerships with David Warner at the top for the Aussies. He has scored a couple of 100s in county cricket (Natwest T20) at this venue in 2017 and 2018 and can once again make it a memorable game.
Mitchell Starc is one of the top 5 wicket takers in this World Cup. He has cleaned up the opposition tail pretty quickly so far and with Sri Lanka having a long tail, expect Mitchell Starc to pick up wickets in bulk today. His ability to swing the ball upfront will also be crucial for the Aussies. So that makes him a worthy player to have in Dream11 fantasy cricket team for today’s match.
Isuru Udana has tremendous potential to be a genuine all-rounder in International cricket. He has picked up 5 wickets in his last four 50-over contests and with the pitch at the Oval expected to be slow, his variations might come in handy especially if Australia is batting first. His useful contribution with the bat in the lower middle order will also be crucial for Sri Lanka.