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ICC World Cup 2019: Aus vs SL, Asian giants ready to face the defending champions challenge

So far four out of the 19 matches contested at the World Cup have been called off or abandoned in the rain-hit tournament and the Sri Lankans are the only team to have suffered this misfortune twice. Their last two matches against Asian rivals Pakistan and Bangladesh were both complete washouts in Bristol, meaning Sri Lanka have not faced any competitive

Match 20 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kennington Oval, London today.

After two washed out games, Sri Lanka will be desperate to come out all guns blazing but defending champions Australia?s depth will be hard to beat. Sri Lanka have not played a match at the World Cup since June 4, forced to split points with Bangladesh and Pakistan following two washed out games.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka won the tournament back in 1996, stands fifth with just one win - against Afghanistan in a rain-hit match.

Defending champions Australia, on the other hand, have been simply unstoppable with their loss against India being the only blemish in an otherwise professional performance so far in the tournament.

Weather forecast: The weather forecast in London, where Sri Lanka clash with the defending champions, is predicted to be partly cloudy.

Pitch report: The pitch being prepared for the match against Australia here at The Oval is green, spongy and have an extra bounce and pace. Both teams are looking forward to it.

Facts:

  1. In the last ten matches played against each other, Australia have won six games, Sri Lanka have won three games and one no result. At The Oval, its a 1-1 scoreline in two games so far.
  2. Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis has a dubious record to his name. He has bagged nine ducks in ODI cricket since 2017.
  3. Australia have had a poor record at The Oval. They have lost their last five outings here. They last won a game in this ground way back in 2010 and one of the defeats came against the Lankans in the Champions Trophy, 2013.

Key Players for Australia: David Warner and Mitchell Starc

Key Players for Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga

Head-to-head: Australia lead Sri Lanka 7-1 in World Cups.

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep