The defending champions Australia will play against Sri Lanka on this Saturday (15th July) in the match 20 of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at The Oval (London).
Australia and Sri Lanka both have played four matches in the ongoing Cricket World Cup. The defending champions Australia has won three matches and suffered one defeat in this tournament. In the meantime, Sri Lanka has won once and lost once before their last two matches were abandoned due to the heavy rain.
Ahead of this match 20 of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, let’s look at some vital statistical preview of this match. It will be the fifth game for both these teams in the ongoing CWC.
Teams’ recent ODI form
Australia (in last ten matches; oldest to latest): Won, Won, Won, Won, Won, Won, Won, Won, Lost and Won.
Sri Lanka (in last ten matches; oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Won, Lost and Won (excluding abandoned matches).
ODI records at The Oval (London)
Head-to-Head ODI records
Overall (96 matches): Australia won 60 ODIs; Sri Lanka won 32 ODIs (4 no results)
At neutral venues (10 matches): Australia won 8 ODIs; Sri Lanka won 2 ODIs
In England (2 matches): Australia won 1 ODI; Sri Lanka won 1 ODI
At The Oval, London (2 matches): Australia won 1 ODI; Sri Lanka won 1 ODI
In the World Cup (9 matches): Australia won 7 ODIs; Sri Lanka won 1 ODI (1 no result)
In the last ten matches: Australia won 6 ODIs; Sri Lanka won 3 ODIs (1 no result)
- Sri Lanka’s only victory against Australia in Cricket World Cup history was in 1996 CWC final at Lahore on 17th March 1996.
i) The Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has taken 396 wickets in the international career. By taking four more wickets, Starc will become the eighth Australian bowler to take 400 international wickets.
i) The Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has taken 47 ODI wickets against Australia. Among the Sri Lankan bowlers, only Muttiah Muralitharan took more ODI wickets against Australia than Malinga. Former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muralitharan picked up 48 ODI wickets against Australia.
ii) Lasith Malinga has already taken 523 international wickets. Among the Sri Lankan bowlers in most international wickets, Malinga is behind of only three former bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan (1,331 wickets), Chaminda Vaas (760 wickets) and Rangana Herath (525 wickets). With three more wickets, Malinga will surpass the left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.
iii) Lasith Malinga has picked up 46 wickets in Cricket World Cup career. At present, he is the third most wicket-taker as a Sri Lankan bowler in CWC history. In this list, only Muttiah Muralitharan (68 wickets) and Chaminda Vaas (49 wickets) are ahead of Malinga.
i) Sri Lankan cricketer Angelo Mathews has scored 11,990 runs in his international career. The right-handed batsman is ten runs away to complete his 12,000 international runs. He will be the eighth Sri Lankan cricketer to score 12,000 international runs.