In a captivating match during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, Australia marked their first victory, outclassing Sri Lanka by five wickets in Lucknow.
The chase of 210 seemed daunting, but Australia showed their prowess as they reached 215/5 in just 35.2 overs, all thanks to stellar performances from Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis.
Player of the Match: Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa’s exceptional performance earned him the Player of the Match award. Despite battling a back spasm, Zampa delivered a brilliant bowling display. His efforts, along with those of his teammates, led Australia to a resounding victory.
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Sri Lanka Innings
|Pathum Nissanka||c Warner b Cummins||61||67||8||0||91.04|
|Kusal Perera||b Cummins||78||82||12||0||95.12|
|Kusal Mendis (c)†||c Warner b Zampa||9||13||0||0||69.23|
|Sadeera Samarawickrama||lbw b Zampa||8||8||1||0||100.00|
|Charith Asalanka||c Labuschagne b Maxwell||25||39||0||1||64.10|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||b Starc||7||13||1||0||53.84|
|Dunith Wellalage||run out (Cummins)||2||9||0||0||22.22|
|Chamika Karunaratne||lbw b Zampa||2||11||0||0||18.18|
|Maheesh Theekshana||lbw b Zampa||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Lahiru Kumara||b Starc||4||8||1||0||50.00|
|Dilshan Madushanka||not out||0||6||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(b 2, lb 2, w 9)||13|
|TOTAL||(All out, 43.3 ov)||209|
Fall of wickets: 1-125 (Pathum Nissanka, 21.4 ov), 2-157 (Kusal Perera, 26.2 ov), 3-165 (Kusal Mendis, 27.6 ov), 4-166 (Sadeera Samarawickrama, 29.1 ov), 5-178 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 32.3 ov), 6-184 (Dunith Wellalage, 34.5 ov), 7-196 (Chamika Karunaratne, 37.6 ov), 8-199 (Maheesh Theekshana, 39.2 ov), 9-204 (Lahiru Kumara, 40.5 ov), 10-209 (Charith Asalanka, 43.3 ov)
|Mitchell Marsh||run out (Karunaratne/†Mendis)||52||51||9||0||101.96|
|David Warner||lbw b Madushanka||11||6||0||1||183.33|
|Steven Smith||lbw b Madushanka||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Marnus Labuschagne||c Karunaratne b Madushanka||40||60||2||0||66.66|
|Josh Inglis †||c Theekshana b Wellalage||58||59||5||1||98.30|
|Glenn Maxwell||not out||31||21||4||2||147.61|
|Marcus Stoinis||not out||20||10||2||1||200.00|
|TOTAL||(5 wickets, 35.2 ov)||215|
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (David Warner, 3.1 ov), 2-24 (Steven Smith, 3.6 ov), 3-81 (Mitchell Marsh, 14.3 ov), 4-158 (Marnus Labuschagne, 28.5 ov), 5-192 (Josh Inglis, 33.1 ov)
Result: Australia won by 5 wickets (with 52 balls remaining)
The Marsh-Inglis Show
The Australian top order faced some early dismissals, causing concerns. However, Mitchell Marsh’s composed knock of 52 runs off 51 balls injected hope into the innings.
When Josh Inglis joined the action, he accelerated the chase, teaming up with Labuschagne (40) and smashing a brisk 58 off 59 deliveries. This partnership significantly steered Australia toward victory.
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Maxwell and Stoinis: Closing the Deal
With the target in sight, Glenn Maxwell (31) and Marcus Stoinis (20) ensured Australia’s triumph with a display of well-timed boundaries and finesse. Their contributions sealed the deal, capping off a remarkable run chase.
Zampa’s Bowling Masterclass
In the first innings, it was Adam Zampa who stole the limelight. He led the Australian bowling attack, scalping four crucial wickets. Zampa’s efforts were instrumental in restricting Sri Lanka to a total of 209 in 43.3 overs.
Sri Lanka’s Strong Start and Australia’s Fightback
Sri Lanka, winning the toss and choosing to bat, began strongly with Kusal Perera and Pathum Nissanka forging a formidable partnership, amassing 125 runs in 21.4 overs. Pat Cummins initiated the breakthrough by dismissing Nissanka for 61(67), and Perera soon followed, losing his wicket after a remarkable 78(82).
Sri Lanka’s momentum suffered further blows as Adam Zampa claimed Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama for single-digit scores. A brief rain delay interrupted the game, but Australian bowlers seized control upon resumption. Besides Zampa, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell contributed with crucial wickets.
This victory marks a promising start for Australia in the 2023 World Cup. Their skill and tenacity were on full display, and the road ahead promises more exciting cricketing moments. Stay tuned for their upcoming matches in this enthralling tournament.