Australia beats Sri Lanka by 87 runs

Australia has claimed a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka at the Cricket World Cup, winning by 87 runs at The Oval.

Aaron Finch’s magnificent 153 and a quick-fire 73 from Steve Smith helped guide Australia to a mountainous total of 7-334, although some disciplined death bowling from Sri Lanka deprived the Aussies of total that had threatened to exceed 350.

Not achieving that goal could prove problematic against the leading contenders at this World Cup, but Sri Lanka was unable to capitalise on any possible sign of weakness, despite a rapid start to its chase.

Sri Lanka exploded out of the blocks as Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne each made 50 inside 14 overs.

However, wickets at vital times throughout the innings stymied the Sri Lankan chase to hand the Australians a fourth victory from five games at this World Cup.

Sri Lanka meanwhile suffered its second defeat after two consecutive washouts to severely dent its chances of progressing to the semi-finals.

Australia goes top of the World Cup table with the win, however the likes of India and England have played fewer games. (ABC)

 

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