Australia vs Sri Lanka, ICC World Cup 2015: prediction, preview & Kick Off Time

By   March 7, 2015

Australia will take on Sri Lanka in a Group A clash of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, on Sunday

The match starts at 3.30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Victory on Sunday will also raise chances of finishing higher up in the group, which appears likely to be an advantage, the way the other group is unfolding

On a very dry pitch, spin will undoubtedly be a factor. Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka’s captain, was appreciative of the work that Senanayake has put in to correct his bowling action, but though he has an extremely modest record, Prasanna’s ability to take the ball away from the right-hand batsmen could also see him in the fray.

Team News

Australia

Possible XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Michael Clarke (C), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (WK), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

Sri Lanka

Possible XI: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (WK), Dimuth Karunaratne, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (C), Thisara Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal

With both teams coming off emphatic wins, this could be a contest to savour. There have been too few of them in the group stages, especially between full-member nations, and the quarter-semifinal permutations should ensure that both teams treat it as they would a knockout game.

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