Australia skipper Aaron Finch and pace bowler Mitchell Starc stole the show as the holders facilitated to a 87-run prevail upon Sri Lanka at the Oval on Saturday. Finch equalled his vocation best one-day worldwide score with a stunning 153 and Steve Smith contributed with 73 as Australia scored 334/7. Requiring a World Cup record run-pursue to guarantee a stun win, Sri Lanka got off to a flying begin on account of a first-wicket association of 115 between commander Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera. Be that as it may, Perera withdrew for 52 and when Karunaratne fell on 97 the game swung back toward Australia.
Starc was the impetus with a blazing spell of three wickets in six balls, Australia in the long run rejecting Sri Lanka for 247 thanks in enormous part to his 4/55 from 10 overs.
Kane Williamson included three wickets of his own as Australia made it four successes from their five gathering matches after already beating Afghanistan, the West Indies and Pakistan.
Their solitary annihilation in the 10-group competition came against India and their most recent triumph puts them well on course for a semi-last billet.
Sri Lanka, who lost their last seven wickets for 42 runs, have just one win from their five matches, a baffling run that incorporates two washouts.
They face a battle to achieve the semi-finals with just four matches left, a spell that highlights experiences with title contenders England and India.
Sri Lanka had quickly looked fit for outperforming the World Cup pursue set by Ireland, who made 329-7 to beat England in 2011.
Karunaratne and his opening accomplice Perera shot 24 from the initial two overs and achieved their fifty association in simply the seventh over.
Be that as it may, Starc bowled Perera and Jason Behrendorff rejected Lahiru Thirimanne for 16 as Australia hit back.
Starc turns the screw
A six from Kusal Mendis in the 31st over flagged Sri Lanka’s expectation to get breaking.
Be that as it may, significantly Karunaratne faltered shy of his lady World Cup century when he heedlessly flicked Richardson to Glenn Maxwell at in reverse point.
That left Sri Lanka 186-3 and set the phase for Starc to turn the screw by expelling Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera and Mendis with hardly a pause in between.
Mendis’ confused drive off Starc decreased Sri Lanka to 222-7 and broke their opposition.
Prior, Finch dismantled the Sri Lanka assault with an amazing presentation that included 15 fours and five sixes.
He was well-bolstered by Smith’s 73 from 59 balls and the pair put on 173 keeps running for the third wicket.
Together with opening accomplice David Warner, Finch took the assault to the Sri Lankans subsequent to being placed in to bat under overcast skies in south London.
The pair passed fifty for the opening wicket for the fourth time in five recreations at the World Cup.
Sri Lanka had no solution to Finch’s ruthless strike and when he left, gotten by Karunaratne off Isuru Udana, he had placed Australia in a directing position.
Maxwell’s snappy flame 46 from 25 balls scoured salt into Sri Lanka’s injuries.