ICC T20 World Cup is facing horrendous untimely rain this time around in Australia. Like England, even Australia seems to be facing haphazard weather conditions, this time around. This is the third match among Super12 matches to be affected by rain. England lost to Ireland due to D/L method and now, New Zealand and Afghanistan match has been abandoned without ball bowled. Officials couldn’t change the venue, as both of the matches on 26th October are scheduled to happen at MCG, Melbourne.
Previously, South Africa and Zimbabwe match has been affected by rain costing South Africa a point when they could have pushed for two points against a depleted bowling attack of Zimbabwe. New Zealand have won against Australia in a grand fashion with huge margin, hence they have huge Net Run Rate as advantage over other teams. In upcoming matches, New Zealand will face Sri Lanka and England who have to win all of their matches further, to stand a chance to qualify for Semi-Finals. Group 1 has already been given a distinction of group of death and rain is playing spoilsport for all the main teams for sure.
Australia and Sri Lanka gave tough fight to each other until Stoinis storm:
On 25th October, Australia tried to recover from the heavy pounding they received from New Zealand and against Sri Lanka, they elected to field first. Sri Lanka managed to score 157/6 with Pathum Nissanka (40), Dhananjaya de Silva (26), Charith Asalanka (38) and Chamika Karunaratne (14) finding some runs against the moving ball. Australian bowlers gave away 23 runs in extras as seaming ball was hard to contain. Sri Lankan bowlers also found good swing and seam against struggling Aaron Finch and in-form David Warner.
David Warner (11) and Mitchell Marsh (18) got out quickly trying to accelerate and reduce the NRR gap after the first match against New Zealand. But Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana made it tough for them to get going. Aaron Finch (31 off 42 balls) played an uncharacteristically bad knock to even talk about. Top bowler for Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva gave away 53 runs in his 3 overs and Binura Fernando retired due to injury mid-spell. These two factors affected the team when Glenn Maxwell (23) and Marcus Stoinis (59) took on them.
Marcus Stoinis scored 59 runs off 18 balls finishing the match for Australia in 16.3 overs. The hard-hitting all-rounder found 4 boundaries and 6 sixes, in his knock fast-tracking the win which looked impossible and improbable while Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, David Warner were batting. Well, New Zealand ending up with 3 points and Australia losing to them might turn out to be crucial by the end of the round-robin matches in Super12 in this edition of ICC T20 World Cup.
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