ICC World Cup: Australia’s morale, NRR get the much-needed boost | Cricket News

LUCKNOW: The floundering Kangaroos gave themselves a semblance of stability on the Ekana Stadium on Monday, posting a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
The win, made doable first by an impressed spell from Adam Zampa (4-47) after which strong batting performances by Josh Inglis and Mitchell Marsh, will take the Aussies two notches as much as eighth place with one victory from three outings. The Lankans are on the ninth place with three defeats. They subsequent play Pakistan on Friday.


The Lankans began nicely after opting to bat, with a 125-run stand between Pathum Nissanka (61) and Kusal Perera (78) for the primary wicket. However Australian leg-spinner Zampa lastly discovered his rhythm as he utilized the brakes on the Sri Lankan batting with a four-wicket haul, limiting them to 209.
Australia chased the goal in 35.2 overs, giving a strong enhance to their internet run charge.
After a century-stand, simply when it appeared that Sri Lankan batters had the measure of the Aussie bowling, skipper Pat Cummins struck two very important blows, getting the wickets of Perera after which of Nissanka to open up the flood gates.


Thereafter, Zampa and Mitchell Starc received wickets in fast succession. Stand-in captain and main batsman, Kusal Mendis fell cheaply for 9. From 157/2, wickets saved tumbling and Sri Lanka barely managed to cross the 200-run mark.
Other than the openers and Charith Asalanka (25), no different Sri Lankan batter reached double digits. Zampa took 4 wickets in 8 overs.
In opposition to India, he had bowled eight overs with none success, making a gift of 53 runs. He may declare only one wicket in opposition to South Africa, making a gift of 70 runs in 10 overs.


The Australians, then again , began on a disastrous word.
Dilshann Madushanka dismissed opener David Warner and Steven Smith within the fourth over of the innings to depart the Kangaroos languishing at 24 for two. However Marsh posted a half-century off 36 balls earlier than being run out by Chamika.


An important knock by Marnus Labuschagne, who received 40 off 60 balls, stabilized the innings earlier than Inglis (58 off 59) and Glenn Maxwell (31 off 21) ensured that the staff would attain the goal with none hiccups.


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