ICC World Cup 2019: Match 20, Sri Lanka vs Australia: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Marcus Stoinis is yet to recover from his injury.
Updated - Sep 19, 2019 9:03 am
When did Sri Lanka last play in the ongoing World Cup? It has been 10 days since they took the field to play a proper match thanks to the persistent rain. Their matches against Bangladesh and Pakistan were washed out and the momentum they gained with a victory over Afghanistan defending a modest total. They now face a stiff opposition in Australia who are coming off a win over Pakistan and are actually lucky to play all their matches without rain interruption so far.
While Sri Lanka have four points to their name after as many games, Australia are at the second position with three wins from four outings. The Aaron Finch-led side continues to miss Marcus Stoinis’ services for this match as he is yet to recover from a side strain. They might bench Kane Richardson for this game and include Adam Zampa in the line-up. Nuwan Pradeep seems to be getting fit for Sri Lanka which is good news and he might come in for Jeevan Mendis.
The 20th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Kennington Oval in London.
The match starts at 10:30 am local time (09:30 am GMT) (3:00 pm IST).
The game will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
The forecast is a bit better for this match. While it will be sunny to start with, the showers are expected to interrupt the proceedings frequently according to AccuWeather. The temperature will hover around 16-18 degrees Celsius during the match.
There hasn’t been a rain interruption at the Kennington Oval so far in four matches in the World Cup. Batting first has been the preferred option for the teams but on Saturday, with rain in the forecast, Australia and Sri Lanka both would look to bowl first.
Average first innings score: 309 (Last four ODIs in this World Cup)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 3; Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis/Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
Bench – Jeevan Mendis/Nuwan Pradeep, Avishka Fernando, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson/Adam Zampa.
Bench – Kane Richardson/Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Lyon.
Nuwan Pradeep was spotted bowling in the nets and might be fit for this game.
Lasith Malinga is back and has rejoined the team.
Marcus Stoinis is still injured and will miss this match as well.
Usman Khawaja in 2019 ODIs:
Runs: 857 (Most by anyone in 2019)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: David Warner, Kusal Mendis, Aaron Finch
Vice-Captain Options: Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Kusal Perera
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Wicket-Keeper – Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis
Batsmen – David Warner (C), Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Dimuth Karunaratne
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers – Pat Cummins (VC), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Isuru Udana.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:
Wicket-Keeper – Alex Carey, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (C)
Batsmen – David Warner, Steve Smith (VC), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Suranga Lakmal.
One of the Australian bowlers should be made captain or vice-captain as Sri Lanka will lose more wickets.
Kusal Mendis or Mathews for the multiplier option could prove to be a surprise pick in the grand league.
Australia are expected to win the match.