Saturday, 5 March 2011

Aus vs SL ODI called off due to rain

Persistent rain forced umpires to abandon the Sri Lanka vs Australia ODI of Group B on Saturday.
SL vs AUS: Live
Earlier, Heavy downpour stopped the game between Sri Lanka and Australia here at R Premadasa in Colombo.
Sri Lanka was 146/3. Sangakkara was playing at 73 while Samaraweera was abtly supporting him on 34.
It is not good sign at this moment as the skay has gone absolutely dark at this moment.
Earlier, After loosing two quick wickets, skipper Sangakkara led from the front and scored fifty. Earlier, Australian pacer dismissed Sri Lankan openers Tilakratne Dilshan (4) and Tharanga (6.
Sri Lanka skipper Kumara Sangakkara won the crucial toss and decided to bat against Australia.
Sri Lanka has been playing with three spinners and one regular pacer Laisth Malinga. There are seven batsmen in the Sri Lankan side.
SL vs Aus: Live commentary
Australia has made no changes in the side.
SL: Upul Tharanga, Tilakratne Dilshan, Kumara Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, T Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis
Aus: Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, David Hussey, Cameron  White, S Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait
One of the much awaited encounters of the World Cup is being played between Sri Lanka and Australia at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.
The intensity of the Group ‘A’ match between Sri Lanka and Australia will be equivalent to the 2007 World Cup final. However, Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the 2007 final to lift the third consecutive coveted trophy.

Sri Lanka, who lost its last match against Pakistan by 11 runs, will try to settle the score with Australia. On the other hand, Ricky Ponting-led Australia is remained unbeaten in the world. The co-host will also try to stop Australia’s 31-match unbeaten run in World Cups.
It is expected that Sri Lanka will play with the three spinners to check Aussies run flow whereas Kangaroos will once again rely on their pace battery.
However, it will be the first acid test for Australia in this World Cup
Stats and Trivia:
Australia has lost one world cup encounter against Sri Lanka out of seven. In 1996 World Cup final, Sri Lanka had defeated Australia to lift the title for first time.
Ricky Ponting is remained unbeaten in the World Cup as a captain. Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has magnificent record in the World Cup. He has taken 24 wickets in nine World Cup matches.
Pitch report:
The pitch is expected to be slow and low. Spinners will get turn and bounce in the second innings. Team should bat first after winning the toss.
Clash of the titans:
Sri Lanka skipper Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will be the key players against Australian pace trio of Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait.

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