It’s common to be frustrated; Bad decision on the first ball, criticism the next moment

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It’s common to be frustrated; Bad decision on the first ball, criticism the next moment

Former champions Sri Lanka and Australia have entered the field looking for their first win in the World Cup. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat in the match held at Ekana Sports City, Lucknow.

Sri Lanka got off to a good start. Openers Path, Nisanga and Kushal Perera put together a partnership of 125 runs for the first wicket. Captain Pat Cummins broke the partnership by dismissing Pathum Nisanga who scored 61 runs off 67 balls.

Pat Cummins’ decision to take the lead off the first ball of the match backfired. Cummins was taking a review after the field umpire’s decision was against the LBW appeal against the Lankan opener.

But the result was disappointing for Cummins in the review. Ultra Edge stated that the ball hit the bat before it hit the pad. With this, the Aussies lost the review on the very first ball of the match.

After losing the review, former Aussie skipper Aaron Finch, who was giving commentary in the commentary box, spoke about Cummins’ decision. Finch said it was natural to make such decisions when frustrated.

The team was all out for 209 runs as Sri Lanka failed to capitalize on the advantage of the first wicket partnership. At one time, Lanka stumbled from where the team score would cross 300.

From 1 for 157, Lanka fell to 209 for 10. Lanka pulled nine wickets while adding 52 runs.

Sri Lanka’s top scorer is Kushal Perera who took the first wicket along with Nisanga. The player scored 78 runs off 82 balls.

Seven players, including Kushal Mendis and Sadhira Samarawickrama, who scored the best score for Lanka in the last match, were out for one run.

Charit Asalanka, who scored 25 runs off 39 balls, became the third player to complete the double for Lanka.

Finally, Sri Lanka were all out for 209 runs in 43.3 overs.

Usman Khawaja took four wickets for Aussies. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins shone with two wickets each while Glenn Maxwell took the remaining wicket.

In response, the Aussies lost David Warner and Steve Smith within the first four overs. While Warner scored 11 runs in six balls, Smith’s return was without scoring five straight balls. Both were dismissed by Dishon Madhushanka.

Currently, the Aussies are two wickets for 42 runs after six overs. Mitchell Marsh with 29 runs off 22 balls and Marnes Labuschon with two runs off three balls are at the crease.

Content highlight: Aaron Finch on Pat Cummins’ decision to take review in 1st ball

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