Australian cricket group star David Warner gained hearts as he helped the groundstaff in masking the pitch when rain interrupted play on the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Monday. Sri Lanka had been 178 for 4 towards Australia when rain stopped play and whereas many of the cricketers had been shortly leaving the sphere, Warner stayed again and he was seen dragging the covers together with the stadium workers. The video of him serving to them was posted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on their social media profiles and customers had been all reward for the veteran cricketer’s gesture.
Adam Zampa took 4 wickets as Australia bowled out Sri Lanka for 209 regardless of a gap century stand by the island nation in a Cricket World Cup 2023 match that can give one of many groups a primary win.
Pathum Nissanka (61) and Kusal Perera (78) placed on 125 runs for the primary wicket earlier than Australia hit again to finish the innings in 43.3 overs on the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
Skipper Pat Cummins took down the openers to set off a collapse and Zampa joined forces to return figures of 4-47.
Sri Lanka elected to bat first and the right-left batting pair of Nissanka and Perera took on the opposition bowlers with common boundaries — 20 between them.
Perera reached his fifty with a boundary off Marcus Stoinis amid applause from the dressing room and some Sri Lankan followers at a largely empty 50,000-seater stadium.
Nissanka quickly received his second successive half-century as Sri Lanka charged forward.
Cummins received Nissanka by outfield catch by David Warner after which bowled Perera.
Zampa despatched again skipper Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama on consecutive balls between overs to be on hat-trick prevented by Dhananjaya de Silva.
Rain interrupted play for about 25 minutes and the break solely gave Australia extra energy to return with wickets as left-arm fast Mitchell Starc bowled De Silva.
Sri Lanka saved dropping wickets and a direct throw by Cummins ran out Dunith Wellalage for 2.
Zampa saved up his assault and received two extra wickets together with Chamika Karunaratne, who was solely known as as much as substitute injured captain Dasun Shanaka on the weekend.
Charith Aslanka made 25 earlier than being bowled by Glenn Maxwell because the Sri Lankan innings ended.
Sri Lanka named two modifications to their group, which has scored over 325 runs in every of their two losses.
Five-time winners Australia have additionally misplaced their first two matches after they went all the way down to India by six wickets after which suffered a 134-run thrashing towards South Africa.
(With AFP inputs)
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