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Defending Champion Australia is now looking to secure the top position in World Cup 2019 in their next match against hapless Sri Lanka on June 15th at ‘The Oval’ stadium. Both the teams will play their fifth match in the 12th edition of grand cricket cup. Aussies have won all the matches so far in the game except their disappointing 36-run defeat against India at Kennington stadium whereas Sri Lanka has won only one match in the season and lost one to New Zealand while two matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh were washed out without even a ball being bowled.

Reigning at the second position of the points table with six points, Australia opened its campaign with two back-to-back victories against Afghanistan and West Indies respectively. The only time they faced the jolt in winning-momentum was in the third battle against Indian tigers after which the Aaron Finch-led squad bounced back aggressively against Pakistan where they scored total 307 runs. Aussies won their fourth game of the season against Pakistan squad by 41 runs at County Ground Stadium, Taunton. Now, the squad is looking forward to maintaining the same sort of dominance against Sri Lanka also in their next match.

On the other hand, after having a disastrous start against New Zealand, Lankans are just hoping to turn their fortunes in the match against five-time World Champions. Sri Lanka lost terribly in their first match against the Kiwis as the Dimuth Karunaratne and team defeated by 10-wickets at Sophia Gardens. Though, in their next game, Lankans improved their playing strategy and clinched the first victory against Afghanistan by 34 runs. The last two matches of the team against Pakistan and Bangladesh have been washed out. Now, in their fifth encounter, Lankans will try their best to grab the second victory of the world cup against Australia.

Head-on-head records:

Both Australia and Sri Lanka have played total 10 matches against each other in World Cup fixtures so far. Out of these 10 matches, Australia had won seven games while Sri Lanka came out with two victories only whereas one match had ended with no results. The highest score posted by Aussies against Lankan in cricket cup so far is 376 runs while Sri Lanka’s highest score against the champions is 312 runs. Both the squads faced each other in total 49 One Day Internationals (ODIs) out of which Aussies had clinched 32 and Lankans registered only 15 matches with a successfull win while two matches got no results.

Weather Forecast :

England’s miserable weather which created havoc in recent World Cup matches could give a sigh of relief to cricketers as in the 20th match of CWC 2019 between Australia and Sri Lanka blazing sunshine could be expected with the maximum temperature of 19 degree Celsius. There are just 10 percent chances of rain showers on Saturday at the pitch of ‘The Oval’ stadium.

Squads:

Sri Lanka’s probable playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Kusal Perera (Wicket-Keeper), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjay de Silva, Angelo Matthews, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis/Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Malinga

Australia’s probable playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (Wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc and Kane Richardson