New Delhi. The 14th match of World Cup 2023 is being played between Australia and Sri Lanka in Lucknow. Sri Lankan captain Kusal Mendis won the toss and decided to bat first. After winning the toss, Sri Lankan captain Mendis said that the wicket is good for batting during the day. That’s why we are batting first. There are two changes in the team. Chamika Karunaratne and Lahiru Kumara have come into the team. Dasun Shanaka and Mathisha Pathirana are not playing. We will try to score 280 to 300 runs. There is no change in Australia’s playing-11. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera have started the innings for Sri Lanka.
The World Cup has had a bad start for both Australia and Sri Lanka. Both Australia and Sri Lanka have lost their first two matches. While Australia was defeated by India and South Africa, Sri Lanka had to face defeat by Pakistan and South Africa. In such a situation, on Monday both Australia and Sri Lanka will be eyeing to score 2 points.
The problem with Sri Lanka is that it scored 300 plus in both the matches against Pakistan and South Africa but its bowlers proved to be expensive. Sri Lanka conceded runs in both the matches at the rate of 7.86 runs per over. At the same time, team captain Dasun Shanaka is out of the World Cup due to injury. Now Mendis is captaining the team.
His batting is proving to be the weak link for Australia. Australia currently have the lowest batting average of any team in the tournament at 18.80, and have failed to reach 200.
Sri Lanka’s playing-11: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (captain), Sadira Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjay de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Vellage, Mahish Tikshina, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madhushanka.
Australia’s playing-11: Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.