Sri Lanka's clinical performance outshines Australia's sloppy play.

Australia, five-time World Cup champions, clinched a comfortable 5-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in Lucknow on Monday (October 16). Chasing a below-par 210, Australia reached the target with 88 balls to spare, boosting their net run rate. Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis impressed with their fifties, while Marnus Labuschagne played a crucial role before Glenn Maxwell’s finish.

However, Australia stumbled early, losing David Warner and Steve Smith in the same over. Dilshan Madushanka struck for Sri Lanka. Despite this setback, Marsh led the charge, taking advantage of Sri Lanka’s wayward deliveries. His aggressive batting set the stage for Labuschagne. A run-out eventually ended Marsh’s innings, courtesy of a brilliant throw from Chamika Karunaratne.

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Inglis took over the aggressor’s role, and Labuschagne anchored the innings. As Australia neared the target, they accelerated, mindful of net run rate importance. Sri Lanka’s bowlers, except Madushanka, struggled to contain the batters.

Sri Lanka would rue their batting collapse after a solid start, led by Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera. Pat Cummins turned the tide with crucial wickets. Adam Zampa, despite a shaky start, found his rhythm and dismantled the Lankan middle order. Mitchell Starc supported him as Sri Lanka’s innings crumbled.

The collapse left Sri Lanka with a well-below-par total, making the result clear early. Australia comfortably achieved the target with minimal trouble.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 209 (Kusal Perera 78, Pathum Nissanka 61; Adam Zampa 4-47, Pat Cummins 2-32, Mitchell Starc 2-43) lost to Australia 215/5 (Josh Inglis 58, Mitchell Marsh 52; Dilshan Madushanka 3-38).


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