Previewing the ICC World Cup 2023: Australia vs Sri Lanka - Pitch Report and Probable Playing XI .


Previewing the ICC World Cup 2023: Australia vs Sri Lanka – Pitch Report and Probable Playing XI.

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ICC World Cup 2023: Australia vs Sri Lanka – Match Preview, Pitch Analysis, and Probable Lineups

In the 14th encounter of the ICC World Cup 2023, two teams from the lower ranks, Australia and Sri Lanka, are set to clash at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on October 16.

Despite faltering starts with two consecutive losses, Australia sits in the ninth position, while Sri Lanka holds the seventh spot due to a superior net run rate.

Australia’s primary concern lies in shoring up their batting after facing setbacks against India and South Africa. On the other hand, Sri Lanka’s batsmen have shown promise in the tournament, but their bowlers have struggled, resulting in two losses owing to leaky runs.

Sri Lanka faces a significant setback as their captain, Dasun Shanaka, sustained a thigh injury and is ruled out of the tournament. The replacement skipper remains undisclosed.

Having recently played at the same venue in Lucknow, Australia holds a better grasp of the conditions compared to Sri Lanka. This piece will delve into the match preview, pitch conditions, and anticipated starting XIs.

Match Details

  • Match: Australia vs Sri Lanka
  • Date: October 16, 2:00 pm
  • Venue: Ekana Stadium, Lucknow


In World Cup encounters, Australia and Sri Lanka have faced each other 11 times. Australia has clinched victory in eight matches, while Sri Lanka emerged victorious twice. One game was abandoned due to rain.

Pitch Analysis

The Ekana Stadium pitch is expected to be favorable for batsmen, with spinners gaining prominence as the innings progress. The team winning the toss is likely to opt for batting first.

Weather Outlook

The temperature is projected to hover around 33°C. There is a 20% chance of rain, accompanied by relatively high humidity at approximately 52%.

Where to Watch

Fans can catch the game digitally on Disney+Hotstar. For television viewers, the match will be broadcasted on Star Sports 1 & 2.

Probable Starting XIs


  1. David Warner
  2. Mitchell Marsh
  3. Steve Smith
  4. Marnus Labuschagne
  5. Josh Inglis (wk)
  6. Glenn Maxwell
  7. Marcus Stoinis
  8. Mitchell Starc
  9. Pat Cummins (capt)
  10. Adam Zampa
  11. Josh Hazlewood

Sri Lanka:

  1. Pathum Nissanka
  2. Kusal Perera
  3. Kusal Mendis (capt, wk)
  4. Sadeera Samarawickrama
  5. Charith Asalanka
  6. Dhananjaya de Silva
  7. Dunith Wellalage
  8. Chamika Karunaratne
  9. Maheesh Theekshana
  10. Kasun Rajitha
  11. Dilshan Madushanka


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