Saturday 20 July 2019 ,
Saturday 20 July 2019 ,
Latest News
  • No way to treat corruption differently: Quader
  • US to stand strong resolving Rohingya crisis
  • Leave of DNCC staff cancelled
  • Sheikh Hasina was arrested to halt democracy: Hasan
  • Moderate tremor jolts Dhaka
16 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 June, 2019 02:01:02 AM
Print

Finch shines as Australia beat SL

South Africa outplay Afghanistan by 9wkts
AFP, London and Cardiff, UK
Finch shines as Australia beat SL
Australia captain Aaron Finch hits a shot on way to a dominant century as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper K Perera reacts during the World Cup group stage match at The Oval in London yesterday. AFP photo

Australia captain Aaron Finch and pace bowler Mitchell Starc stole the show as the World Cup holders eased to an 87-run win over Sri Lanka at the Oval yesterday. Meanwhile, South Africa managed to clinch their first win in the 2019 World Cup, beating Afghanistan by 9 wickets.

Finch equalled his career-best one-day international score with a masterful 153 and Steve Smith chipped in with 73 as Australia scored an imposing 334-7.

Needing a World Cup record run-chase to claim a shock win, Sri Lanka got off to a flying start thanks to a first-wicket partnership of 115 between captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera.

But Perera departed for 52 and when Karunaratne fell on 97 the game swung back in Australia's direction.

Starc was the catalyst, with a fiery spell of three wickets in six balls, Australia eventually dismissing Sri Lanka for 247 thanks in large part to his 4-55 from 10 overs.

Kane Richardson added three wickets of his own as Australia made it four wins from their five group matches after previously beating Afghanistan, the West Indies and Pakistan.

Their lone defeat in the 10-team tournament came against India and their latest victory puts them well on course for a semi-final berth.

"I thought we were a tad short with the new ball and it's so hard to pull it back after that," said man-of-the-match Finch.

"We were a bit slow to change our plans and lost a bit of

momentum." "With each game we're improving," he added. "Through the middle overs today we were excellent with the way we pulled it back with our pace bowlers and Maxy (Glenn Maxell). Mitch was all over them, he is a world-class bowler."

Sri Lanka, who lost their last seven wickets for 42 runs, have only one win from their five matches, a disappointing run that includes two washouts.

They face a struggle to reach the semi-finals with only four matches left, a spell that features encounters with title contenders England and India.

Sri Lanka had briefly looked capable of surpassing the World Cup chase set by Ireland, who made 329-7 to beat England in 2011.

Karunaratne and his opening partner Perera blasted 24 from the first two overs and reached their fifty partnership in just the seventh over.

But Starc bowled Perera and Jason Behrendorff dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne for 16 as Australia hit back.

Karunaratne stumbled short of his maiden World Cup century when he carelessly flicked Richardson to Maxwell at backward point.

That left Sri Lanka on 186-3 and Pat Cummins then had Angelo Mathews caught behind by Alex Carey.

That set the stage for Starc to turn the screw by dismissing Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera and Kusal Mendis in quick succession. Mendis's mistimed drive off Starc reduced Sri Lanka to 222-7 and shattered their resistance.

Earlier, Finch took the Sri Lanka attack apart with a dazzling display that included 15 fours and five sixes.

He was well-supported by Smith's 73 from 59 balls and the pair put on 173 runs for the third wicket.

Sri Lanka had no answer to Finch's brutal assault and by the time he departed, caught by Karunaratne off Isuru Udana, Australia were in a commanding position.

Maxwell's quick-fire 46 from 25 balls rubbed salt into Sri Lanka's wounds.

"We got a good start with the bat but our middle order couldn't capitalise on that," said Karunaratne.

"We need to win a couple of games against the top sides to make the top four," he added.

Meanwhile, South Africa kept alive their slim hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals, crushing Afghanistan by nine wickets yesterday to record their first victory at the tournament.

Faf du Plessis's side endured a torrid start to their campaign, losing their first three matches before a no result against the West Indies.

But the outcome never looked in doubt in Cardiff, with man-of-the-match Imran Tahir taking four wickets as South Africa bundled out their opponents for a meagre 125 after two rain delays cut the match to 48 overs per side.

South Africa took their time in chasing their target but Afghanistan, who look out of their depth at the World Cup with four defeats in four matches, did not have the weapons to trouble their opponents.

Hashim Amla (41 not out) and Quinton de Kock (68), put on 104 for the first wicket before Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib had De Kock caught by Mohammad Nabi.

Amla and Andile Phehlukwayo saw South Africa over the line as they reached their revised target of 127 with 116 balls remaining.

"I really enjoyed that, really pleased," said Tahir. "It was important for me to take that role for the team. I have been working very hard and it's nice to have that first victory.

"We were up for it, we can't control the weather but the bowling group did well. My plan was to bowl my variations and get batsmen to make their mistakes. It came out well. "As long as I take wickets I'll keep on celebrating."

South Africa, missing injured paceman Dale Steyn, lost to England, Bangladesh and India before picking up a point in their rain-ruined match against the West Indies.

Their win lifts them to seventh in the 10-team table after five matches but their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals by reaching the top four look remote.

There was little sign of the carnage to come when Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran put on 39 runs for Afghanistan's first wicket.

Zazai was the first to go and when leg-spinner Tahir bowled Zadran for 32 with his first ball and then caught Asghar Afghan off his own bowling for nought in the same over, Afghanistan were in deep trouble.

Nabi became the third Afghan batsman to lose his wicket in the space of seven balls when he was bowled by Phehlukwayo.

When Naib was caught by Aiden Markram of the bowling of Tahir, Afghanistan were teetering on the brink of disaster at 77-7.

Rashid Khan struck 35 from 25 balls, with six fours, but even his late flourish could only lift the score to 125.

"We didn't expect that spell from Tahir," said Nabi. "We did well against the seamers but the batsmen didn't take responsibility in the middle. We need a good total on the board so we needed a partnership. We made a lot of mistakes.

"We have a lot of batsmen in the team. We need in the middle of the innings them to push the scoreboard up."

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
State minister for power Nasrul Hamid yesterday said everyone to have access to electricity by June. Do you think the feat achievable by the timeframe?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 48.7%
No 47.3%
No Comment 4.0%
Most Viewed
Digital Edition
Archive
SunMonTueWedThuFri Sat
010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031
More Front Page stories
SC to frame social media 
rules for judicial officers The Supreme Court (SC) authority has decided to formulate rules governing the use of social media by judicial officers. In the meantime, a special committee for judicial reforms has finalised the draft…

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting