• 17 October 2023
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Australia notched their inaugural victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 by triumphing over Sri Lanka. Following two consecutive losses, the Australian team finally found their rhythm, despite a shaky beginning against the Sri Lankan side. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s woes continued as they suffered their third consecutive defeat in the tournament. Sri Lanka commenced their innings on a high note after opting to bat first. Openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera forged a robust partnership, amassing 125 runs. Nevertheless, their momentum was halted when Pat Cummins removed both openers. Adam Zampa’s exceptional performance saw him secure four vital wickets for the Australian side. On the Sri Lankan front, Charith Asalanka was the solitary batsman to reach double figures, and the team was ultimately dismissed for a modest 209.

In response, Australia faced a challenging start, losing the wickets of David Warner and Steve Smith in quick succession. Mitchell Marsh played a pivotal role, notching a half-century, while Josh Inglis contributed with a maiden World Cup half-century. Marnus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell also made substantial contributions as Australia secured a comfortable victory with 14.4 overs to spare. Dilshan Madhushanaka was the standout bowler for Sri Lanka, claiming three crucial wickets.

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Here are the notable records established during the match:

  1. 1500 ODI Runs for Nissanka: Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka’s opener, played a vital role by scoring 61 runs from 67 balls, pushing his total ODI runs to 1,508 in 43 matches, with an impressive average of 37.70. He has three centuries and 11 fifties in this format and this was his second fifty against Australia.
  2. Kusal Perera’s Boundary Blitz: Kusal Perera displayed an aggressive inning, amassing 78 runs from 82 balls with an impressive tally of 12 fours. This took his count of boundaries to 350 in ODIs, along with 50 sixes. He also achieved his 16th ODI fifty, reaching 3,173 runs at an average of 31.10.
  3. Third-Highest Run Scorer in 2023: Nissanka has now secured the position of the third-highest run-scorer in ODIs in 2023, accumulating 931 runs at an average of 44.33, following the likes of Shubman Gill (1,246) and Asif Khan (934).
  4. Perera’s World Cup Milestone: Kusal Perera achieved his highest score in an ODI World Cup and registered the fifth-highest individual score by a Sri Lankan against Australia in the ODI World Cup.
  5. Record-Breaking Opening Stand: The 125-run partnership between Nissanka and Perera is the highest first-wicket stand for Sri Lanka against Australia in ICC World Cup history and the fourth-highest stand for Sri Lanka in ODI World Cups against Australia.
  6. Zampa’s Four-Wicket Haul: Adam Zampa’s stellar four-wicket performance elevated him to the status of the second Australian spinner to claim 10 or more four-wicket hauls in ODIs, following in the footsteps of the legendary Shane Warne (14). He also became the third Australian spinner to secure a four-wicket haul in the World Cup.
  7. 300 List A Wickets for Starc: Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc further bolstered his credentials by accumulating 300 List A wickets, with 225 of them coming in ODIs.
  8. Sri Lanka’s Unwanted World Cup Record: Sri Lanka’s defeat marked their 42nd loss in ICC World Cup history, equalling Zimbabwe for the most losses in the tournament.
  9. Maxwell’s Dominance Against Sri Lanka: Glenn Maxwell continued his strong performance against Sri Lanka in World Cup matches, accumulating 393 ODI runs at an average of 43.66 in 21 games. He also surpassed 50 sixes in India, becoming the first visiting batter to achieve this milestone.
  10. Maiden World Cup Duck for Smith: Steve Smith recorded his maiden World Cup duck in his 148th ODI match, bringing his total ducks to eight.
  11. Madushanka’s Remarkable Bowling: Dilshan Madushanka’s performance of 3/38 against Australia made him the second-best bowler for Sri Lanka against Australia in the ODI World Cup. Chaminda Vaas leads the chart with 3/34, and he also joins the ranks of Lankan bowlers with a World Cup 3-wicket haul against Australia.
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