Australia Move To World Cup Summit

Australia Move To World Cup Summit

Australia have moved to the top of the World Cup table following their 87-run victory over Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday. Captain Aaron Finch was the star of the show with the bat for the Aussies, equalling his highest ever score in a one-day international with 153 off just 132 balls before he was dismissed by Isuru Udana.

Steve Smith also contributed, with a knock of 73, while an unbeaten 46 from Glenn Maxwell helped steer the Baggy Greens to 334-7 off their 50 overs. Sri Lanka’s response started impressively, with openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera putting on an opening stand of 115 before the latter was bowled by Mitchell Starc (4-55) for 52.

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That dismissal led to something of a collapse for Sri Lanka, who were eventually bowled out for 247 despite the best efforts of captain Karunaratne, who top-scored with 97.

The victory has lifted Australia above England and New Zealand to the top of the standings, a position they could still hold going into their next match against Bangladesh on Thursday. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have work to do if they are to make it through to the semi-finals and they will face hosts England in their next match at Headingley on Friday.

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