Match Over - Australia won by 87 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Kennington Oval, London
  • Referee: JJ Crowe
  • When: 15 Jun 2019, 11:30 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: AJ Finch


  • Umpire1: RK Illingworth
  • Umpire2: Aleem Dar
  • Third Umpire: MA Gough



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0




Overs: 45.5 / 50.0

Sri Lanka

Thanks for joining us. Great fun today. The first 15 overs of Sri Lanka's innings was as entertaining as any passage so far this World Cup. Pretty sure there's plenty more coming on Sunday. It's India v Pakistan. Hope you've planned out your day in front of the TV and of course with us here on ESPNcricinfo. Trust me, your second-screen experience will be as good, if not better. For now, head over to our homepage to catch up with all the build-up. Some terrific pieces from Osman Samiuddin is already in. And there's promise for much more. I'll be back again early in the day to bring you up to speed with everything India v Pakistan. For the moment, I'm going to head off quickly to catch some sleep. Goodnight folks, pleasure having your company. Cheers!

Aaron Finch is the Player of the Match for his 153. "I was hitting some nice drives early, which is a good sign for my batting. It was a nice wicket. I'm working on trying to ensure my head doesn't fall over. We thought we could get 350 plus, but Sri Lanka executed superbly under pressure at the end. We thought we were a touch short with the new ball, Kusal and Dimuth were superb. You want to bowl top-of-off and when they kept hitting there, we had to change plans. It was nice for Maxwell to have a long boundary to bowl with, hard to get 10 overs out of him on flat wickets, but with a bit of real estate out here and the breeze against him, it helped to get overs out of him."

Dimuth Karunaratne: "Finch and Smith batted well, but we came back strongly. Lost key moments in the chase. Started well, but the middle order couldn't capitalise. They had to handle pressure and keep the momentum going. Starc, Cummins are world class, we knew what they could do, had to keep a plan but we didn't. We lost couple of games to the rain, now need to win a couple of games. We came here to play well, we want to play it one game at a time."

Malcolm: "Sri Lanka had the right approach, but as soon as Maxwell was brought on the game was over as a contest. People always praise his batting but I think he has been even more instrumental with his bowling, tightening the screws and reinstating psychological advantage for the Aussies." -- This was just the sort of pitch where he could do his thing. As Monga said earlier, this was no pitch to play four pacers, really.

6.00pm Sri Lanka were cruising. 87 without loss in 10 overs. Australia slipped into their Plan B and brought Maxwell on to try and preserve their trumpcards for later. Sri Lanka fell into the trap of the asking rate once Australia got the first breakthrough. Sri Lanka really needed Mathews and Thisara to bail them out, but once they fell, the chase was as good as over.

Karunaratne's 97 was in the end Sri Lanka's only consolation. If you're a Sri Lankan fan, you probably feel crushed right now. You have every right to feel that way. There was a ray of hope that turned into spurts of excitement. And then it all came crashing down.

45.5PJ Cummins to N Pradeep, OUT, No run, edged and taken! Pradeep backs away to slog, swings blindly and ends up nicking behind. Fourth win in five matches for Australia as they move to the top of the points table..
45.4PJ Cummins to DM de Silva, 1 run, hangs his bat up in the air even as he tries to evade this bouncer, lobs into the square leg region.
45.3PJ Cummins to DM de Silva, No run, punches to cover.
45.2PJ Cummins to DM de Silva, No run, defends with an angled bat to the off side.
45.1PJ Cummins to DM de Silva, No run, walks across and looks to pull, beaten..
End of over 45. 6 runs this over. 246/9 after 269 balls.
DM de Silva 15 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 9-1-47-3
N Pradeep 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 44. 2 runs this over. 240/9 after 263 balls.
N Pradeep 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 7-0-37-1
DM de Silva 10 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 43. 1 runs this over. 238/9 after 258 balls.
N Pradeep 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 10-0-55-4
DM de Silva 9 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 42.  A maiden over! 237/9 after 252 balls.
N Pradeep 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 8-1-41-3
DM de Silva 8 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more

M Yusuf: "It is so difficult to be a Sri Lankan fan. It is so painful and depressing to be a fan. We still live with the hope that from somewhere we will get a Sanga and a Mahela to lead Sri Lanka cricket again."

End of over 41. 1 runs this over. 237/8 after 246 balls.
DM de Silva 8 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 9-0-54-4
SL Malinga 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 7 runs this over. 236/7 after 239 balls.
I Udana 8 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 7-0-41-1
DM de Silva 8 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 7 runs this over. 229/7 after 234 balls.
DM de Silva 8 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 8-0-53-4
I Udana 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

The game may be gone, but Sri Lanka need to be mindful of their margin of defeat here.

End of over 38. 5 runs this over. 222/6 after 228 balls.
BKG Mendis 30 (36b 0x4 2x6 ) JP Behrendorff 9-0-59-1
DM de Silva 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 9 runs this over. 217/5 after 221 balls.
BKG Mendis 28 (34b 0x4 2x6 ) MA Starc 7-0-46-2
NLTC Perera 7 (2b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 36. 4 runs this over. 208/4 after 216 balls.
TAM Siriwardana 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 6-0-35-1
BKG Mendis 27 (33b 0x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 35. 11 runs this over. 204/3 after 210 balls.
AD Mathews 9 (9b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 6-0-37-1
BKG Mendis 26 (31b 0x4 2x6 ) more

Shashank will take you through the last 15 overs of the game

200 up to huge applause from the Sri Lanka fans

End of over 34. 3 runs this over. 193/3 after 204 balls.
BKG Mendis 19 (28b 0x4 1x6 ) GJ Maxwell 10-0-46-0
AD Mathews 5 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Maxwell has bowled 10 overs for just 46. Brilliant performance. But Sri Lanka probably needed to attack him more.

End of over 33. 4 runs this over. 190/3 after 198 balls.
AD Mathews 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 6-0-34-1
BKG Mendis 17 (23b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Drinks That could not have come at a worse time for Sri Lanka. They were ready to launch. Dimuth played so well. He deserved better.

End of over 32. 8 runs this over. 186/2 after 192 balls.
BKG Mendis 17 (23b 0x4 1x6 ) GJ Maxwell 9-0-43-0
FDM Karunaratne 97 (107b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 2 runs this over. 178/2 after 186 balls.
BKG Mendis 10 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 5-0-30-0
FDM Karunaratne 96 (104b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 3 runs this over. 176/2 after 180 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 95 (102b 9x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 8-0-35-0
BKG Mendis 9 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) more

SupunL: "Sri Lanka needs someone to do a Aravinda or a Jayawardane here. They were two batsman capable of completely putting the pressure back on the opposition with graceful yet firm counterattacks" Plenty of time yet.

End of over 29. 5 runs this over. 173/2 after 174 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 93 (98b 9x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 4-0-28-0
BKG Mendis 8 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Dilip: "Dont understand why matthews did'nt came @ no 4,after a very gud start from the top order(which is rare from them)you want your most experienced player to be out in the middle and take the team home.A very negative approach by matthews here." Kusal Mendis has rotated OK so far.

End of over 28. 5 runs this over. 168/2 after 168 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 89 (93b 9x4 0x6 ) JP Behrendorff 8-0-54-1
BKG Mendis 7 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 27. 4 runs this over. 163/2 after 162 balls.
BKG Mendis 6 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 5-0-31-0
FDM Karunaratne 85 (88b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Vipul kotkar : "Jhye Richardson would have been better choice for 3rs Seamer ? " He is recovering from a shoulder injury.

End of over 26. 3 runs this over. 159/2 after 156 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 83 (85b 9x4 0x6 ) JP Behrendorff 7-0-49-1
BKG Mendis 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 2 runs this over. 156/2 after 149 balls.
BKG Mendis 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 4-0-27-0
FDM Karunaratne 82 (81b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Rifdhy: "Kuala Mendis played a vital role in the chase of 322 against India in CT2017...Sri Lanka will be safe home if he can repeat the same, where Angelo to be followed next in the order...fingers crossed"

End of over 24. 9 runs this over. 154/2 after 144 balls.
BKG Mendis 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) JP Behrendorff 6-0-46-1
FDM Karunaratne 82 (81b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Viral kotech: "That ball which hit perera on the arm was a no ball by behrendorff and ump entirely missed it.. free hit gone begging.. "

Thirimanne is getting some treatment on the forearm. Some numbing spray is going the spot he was struck. This delay is taking some time. But Thirimanne is OK to continue.

End of over 23. 4 runs this over. 145/1 after 138 balls.
HDRL Thirimanne 10 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 7-0-32-0
FDM Karunaratne 81 (80b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Supradeep: "Important now for Sri Lanka that Thiramanne stays proactive and scores at a bteer rates. Not pile up dot balls. Just make sure it doesnt slip out of their fingers."

End of over 22. 2 runs this over. 141/1 after 132 balls.
HDRL Thirimanne 8 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) JP Behrendorff 5-0-38-0
FDM Karunaratne 79 (76b 9x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 4 runs this over. 139/1 after 126 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 78 (73b 9x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 6-0-28-0
HDRL Thirimanne 7 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Rana Tahir: "Dimuth achieves his career best"

End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 135/1 after 120 balls.
HDRL Thirimanne 5 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) JP Behrendorff 4-0-36-0
FDM Karunaratne 76 (69b 9x4 0x6 ) more

Vijit : "I am unable to understand this strategy of Finch of allowing the new batsman to settle by bowling Maxwell upfront. It's more like underestimating your opponent, could well be a game-changing decision too." He's a good match up to the two left handers and he has to get 10 overs out of him. He should have had Dimuth. If you leave it later then the right handers like Mendis and Mathews could climb into Maxwell.

End of over 19. 8 runs this over. 131/1 after 114 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 73 (67b 9x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 5-0-24-0
HDRL Thirimanne 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Gorsi: "Alex, why when a batsman becomes captain, always becomes more careful. They should be taking the same responsibility even when they are not captaining the side. Look at Dimuth, who knew him before the WC, and now he is leading the charge against one of the dangerous bowling attack." Some men rise with the responsibility. It sharpens their focus. Also gives them a greater purpose than their individual score.

End of over 18. 1 runs this over. 123/1 after 108 balls.
HDRL Thirimanne 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 5-0-26-1
FDM Karunaratne 67 (63b 8x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 2 runs this over. 122/1 after 102 balls.
HDRL Thirimanne 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 4-0-16-0
FDM Karunaratne 66 (60b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Excellent first hour and a bit for Sri Lanka. Make no mistake, they're well and truly in this chase. I'm off to dinner. Join Alex on the ride as this game is set to enter a decisive phase. See you'll for the back end

End of over 16. 8 runs this over. 120/1 after 96 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 65 (59b 8x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 4-0-25-1
HDRL Thirimanne 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 6 runs this over. 112/0 after 90 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 58 (55b 7x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 3-0-14-0
MDKJ Perera 52 (35b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 14. 4 runs this over. 106/0 after 84 balls.
MDKJ Perera 50 (33b 5x4 1x6 ) MA Starc 3-0-17-0
FDM Karunaratne 54 (51b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Bijit: "Surely, Australia is missing Hazelwood. He has such an accurate line and length..."

End of over 13. 4 runs this over. 102/0 after 78 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 52 (48b 7x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 2-0-8-0
MDKJ Perera 48 (30b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Had Australia reviewed that lbw appeal, the decision would've been overturned. Huge miss, will Australia rue that wasted review off Kane Richardson?

End of over 12. 7 runs this over. 98/0 after 72 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 50 (44b 7x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 3-0-23-0
MDKJ Perera 46 (28b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 11. 2 runs this over. 89/0 after 65 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 44 (39b 6x4 0x6 ) GJ Maxwell 1-0-2-0
MDKJ Perera 43 (26b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 10. 8 runs this over. 87/0 after 60 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 44 (37b 6x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 2-0-16-0
MDKJ Perera 42 (23b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 9. 18 runs this over. 79/0 after 54 balls.
MDKJ Perera 35 (19b 4x4 1x6 ) JP Behrendorff 3-0-32-0
FDM Karunaratne 43 (35b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 8 runs this over. 61/0 after 48 balls.
MDKJ Perera 18 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 1-0-8-0
FDM Karunaratne 42 (34b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 13 runs this over. 53/0 after 42 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 37 (31b 5x4 0x6 ) JP Behrendorff 2-0-14-0
MDKJ Perera 15 (11b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 40/0 after 36 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 25 (26b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 3-0-25-0
MDKJ Perera 14 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 1 runs this over. 31/0 after 30 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 16 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) JP Behrendorff 1-0-1-0
MDKJ Perera 14 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Cheeky Davo says: "The root cause of SL's miserable batting is so simple I can't believe they haven't addressed it yet. All their greats had long, grand names - Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Jayasuriya, Kaluwitharana, etc. Even their half-decent players - Mahanama, Samaraweera, etc. I can't see them going far with Perera, Mendis and Matthews. They need change their names for the scorecard and jerseys - pronto!" -- Don't agree with the 'half-decent' tag for Samaraweera. He was an excellent Test batsman

End of over 4. 4 runs this over. 30/0 after 24 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 15 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 2-0-16-0
MDKJ Perera 14 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) more

It has started to drizzle at The Oval, Monga tells me. There's stiff breeze, looks quite dark and grey from one side

End of over 3. 2 runs this over. 26/0 after 18 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 12 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 2-0-13-0
MDKJ Perera 13 (7b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 12 runs this over. 24/0 after 12 balls.
MDKJ Perera 13 (7b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 1-0-12-0
FDM Karunaratne 10 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 12 runs this over. 12/0 after 6 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 7 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 1-0-11-0
MDKJ Perera 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more
FDM KarunaratneC GJ Maxwell B KW Richardson971321089089.81
MDKJ PereraB MA Starc52643651144.44
HDRL ThirimanneC AT Carey B JP Behrendorff1634261061.54
BKG MendisC AT Carey B MA Starc3068370281.08
AD MathewsC AT Carey B PJ Cummins914112081.82
TAM SiriwardanaB MA Starc3540075
NLTC PereraC DA Warner B MA Starc74301233.33
DM de Silvanot out 1643302053.33
I UdanaC AJ Finch B KW Richardson88810100
SL MalingaC UT Khawaja B KW Richardson1950020
N PradeepC AT Carey B PJ Cummins021700-
Total 247/10
MA Starc10.005545.5
PJ Cummins7.503824.85
JP Behrendorff9.005916.56
KW Richardson9.014735.22
GJ Maxwell10.004604.6