Australia is gearing up for an exciting showdown with Sri Lanka in the 14th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The action will take place at the iconic Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
Australia didn't have the easiest start in the World Cup, facing defeats in their first two matches against India and South Africa. However, in their last game, Marnus Labuschagne's outstanding 49-run performance showcased his remarkable batting skills, and Mitchell Starc's superb bowling consistently outperformed key opponents.
On the flip side, Sri Lanka also had a challenging start, with losses to Pakistan and South Africa. The trio of Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, and Samarawickrama has displayed some impressive batting performances. To secure a victory in this crucial match, they'll need unwavering determination, a strong desire to win, and peak performance. The top bookmakers in India have fantastic ICC Cricket World Cup odds with them.
Starc's bowling skills are genuinely exceptional and we expect him to be a game-changer in this match.
The betting tip is...
Mitchell Starc to take 2.5+ wickets
David Warner and Steven Smith have emerged as an outstanding pair in the strong batting lineup, showcasing their dominance right from the start of each inning. Although the bowlers faced some difficulties in taking wickets, the dynamic combination of Starc and spinner Maxwell has excelled by systematically breaking down the opponent's solid batting order.
Meanwhile, Hazlewood, the team's pace leader, may have had some challenges in getting wickets, but his untapped potential has the ability to completely change the game's direction.
Cameroon Green is not expected to play against Sri Lanka.
Predicted Lineup: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis
Positioned at the heart of the batting order, the impressive partnership between Samarawickrama and Kusal Perera has expertly crafted a symphony of runs for Sri Lanka. Taking the lead, the opening duo of Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis consistently kick-starts the innings with exciting starts, establishing a formidable pace.
On the other hand, the bowling unit, spearheaded by Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana, and Matheesha Pathirana, has shown remarkable skill in taking crucial wickets, displaying unwavering and top-notch abilities in every game.
Kasun Rajitha won't be part of Sri Lanka playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka
As the big match approaches, Australia seems all set to show its strength. Their team has a great mix of talent, skills, and flexibility, making them a strong and well-balanced unit.
Their bowlers have been in fantastic form, taking important wickets and putting pressure on the other team. It's worth mentioning that Australia has lost their last two games against India and South Africa, so there's some pressure on them.
Sri Lanka, too, has lost their last two matches, but they've had some good moments. However, their bowling hasn't been as experienced as they'd like.
On the flip side, Sri Lanka has a lineup full of powerful hitters who can take on any bowling attack, but they've struggled with inconsistency lately. All these factors make it look like Australia has a higher chance of winning this exciting game.