ICC Cricket World Cup: Australia vs Sri Lanka - Statistical Preview


ICC Cricket World Cup: Australia vs Sri Lanka – Statistical Preview

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Australia and Sri Lanka are set to clash in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, both seeking their first win of the tournament. The match, scheduled for October 16, will be hosted at Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. Despite their lackluster performance, Australia holds the upper hand on paper.

Head-to-Head Record

These two teams have crossed paths 102 times in ODIs, with Australia emerging victorious in 63 encounters, while Sri Lanka has clinched 35 wins (with 4 no-results). In the last nine 50-over format matches, Australia has secured victory in six of them. In ODI World Cups, Australia boasts eight wins with just one loss against Sri Lanka (alongside one no-result).

David Warner’s Potential Impact

David Warner, with 6,451 runs at an average of 44.79, is on the verge of reaching 6,500 ODI runs, needing only 49 more. If he scores 1,046 runs in this World Cup, he can surpass Adam Gilchrist (1,085) as Australia’s second-highest run-scorer in World Cup history. Warner’s track record on Indian soil includes an average of 48.38 from 14 matches, accumulating 629 runs. On Asian soil, he has scored 1,130 runs at an average of 37.66 from 31 matches.

Struggles in the Middle Order

Australia has faced challenges in recent games, failing to reach the 200-run mark in their last two outings. While Mitchell Marsh, Warner, and Marnus Labuschagne maintain averages over 38 this year, other available batters struggle to reach even 30. Players like Steve Smith (28.85), Alex Carey (20.55), Marcus Stoinis (15.57), and Glenn Maxwell (7.75) need to step up.

Bowling Stats

Mitchell Starc boasts 52 wickets at an average of 15.57 in 20 World Cup matches and has a total of 223 ODI wickets at an average of 22.31 from 113 matches. Adam Zampa’s performance has been less impressive this year, averaging 38 with an economy rate of 6.4 in 11 matches. Josh Hazlewood has taken 12 wickets in seven ODIs this year, while skipper Pat Cummins has managed only three wickets in four ODIs with an economy rate of 6.21.

Mendis Takes Charge

Due to Dasun Shanaka’s injury, Kusal Mendis will lead the Sri Lankan team for the first time. Shanaka’s absence further depletes the injury-hit Sri Lankan squad. Notably, Mendis has no prior experience leading an international cricket team. Chamika Karunaratne has been drafted in as Shanaka’s replacement and may feature in the playing XI.

Mendis’s Recent Form

In his previous outing against Pakistan, Kusal Mendis scored the fastest century by a Sri Lankan batter in the World Cup, taking just 65 balls. He has accumulated 797 runs from 24 ODIs in 2023, averaging 39.85. Against Australia, he has scored 453 runs at an average of 50.33 in 11 ODIs.

Performance of Other Sri Lankan Batsmen

Pathum Nissanka is the fifth-highest run-scorer in ODIs this year with 870 runs at an average of 43.50. Wicket-keeper Sadeera Samarawickrama has also been in good form, amassing 608 runs at 43.42 this year. Charith Asalanka has contributed 600 runs at 35.29 in 2023, while Dhananjaya de Silva has struggled a bit, with 415 runs at an average of 25.93 this year.

Key Sri Lankan Bowlers

Dhananjaya de Silva is approaching 50 ODI wickets, currently having 44. Kasun Rajitha has taken 36 wickets in 29 ODIs, while Maheesh Theekshana is Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker in ODIs this year, with 32 dismissals at an average of 18.75. Overall, he has scalped 46 wickets in 28 ODIs at an average of 24.24. Dunith Wellalage has contributed 20 wickets.




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