Match 14 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played between two struggling teams – Australia and Sri Lanka, at Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium on Monday, October 16. Both Australia and Sri Lanka have lost their first two games and are looking to get off the mark.
Sri Lanka lost their first game to South Africa after being at the receiving end of the highest total in World Cup history (428). But commendably, they gave a good fight in the chase, with three of their batsmen scoring a half century. Eventually, however, they fall short by 103 runs. In their next game against Pakistan, centuries by Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis took Sri Lanka to a first innings total of 344, but the bowlers were not able to defend it.
Australia, on the other hand, have lost both their games largely due to poor performances by their batsmen. In their first game against India, Australia were bowled out for just 199, which the Rohit Sharma-led side chased down in 41.2 overs. In their next game against South Africa, Australia were bowled out for 177 in their chase of 312. They will now be looking to break the losing streak when they take on Sri Lanka, a team they’ve beat eight out of 12 times at the World Cup.
Ahead of match 14 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know.
Australia vs Sri Lanka injury update
For Sri Lanka, their captain Dasun Shanaka has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury and has been replaced by Chamika Karunaratne, who is likely to make his way into the XI from this game itself. Reports also suggest that Matheesha Pathirana is also not fit for this game. Australia, meanwhile, are at full strength.
Australia vs Sri Lanka predicted XI
Australia predicted XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Steven 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 predicted XI: 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
Australia vs Sri Lanka Match Details
Match: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Date & Time: October 16, 2.00 PM IST
Venue: Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Australia vs Sri Lanka Fantasy Team
Wicketkeepers: Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama
Batsmen: David Warner, Steve Smith, Charith Asalanka
All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Dimuth Wellalage
Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, D Madushanka
Captain: David Warner
Vice captain: Kusal Mendis
Australia vs Sri Lanka: Lucknow Weather and Pitch Report
This is one of the few venues this World Cup where the pitch is bowling friendly. The spinners, in particular, have fared well here. Anything above 250 will be a competitive total at this venue. The weather, meanwhile, will be warm and sunny with no chance of rain.
Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2023 World Cup Broadcast details
The match between Australia and Sri Africa will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
Australia vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming
Disney + Hotstar has picked up streaming rights of the Australia vs Sri Lanka match. The toss will take place at 2.00 PM IST.
Australia vs Sri Lanka ODI matches Head-to-Head
|Matches won by Australia||63|
|Matches won by Sri Lanka||35|
Australia vs Sri Lanka match prediction
Both Australia and Sri Lanka will be looking to rebound in this game. But Australia, at least on paper, look better equipped to make a comeback.