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Australia cricket staff. (Picture by Daniel Pockett – CA/Cricket Australia through Getty Photographs)

Australia beat Sri Lanka with a dominant all-round efficiency within the first Take a look at match of the two-match sequence in Galle on July 1, Friday. The guests wrapped up the match in simply three days and consolidated their place because the table-toppers within the ICC World Take a look at Championship (WTC) factors desk. Sri Lanka fall to sixth on the desk, going beneath Pakistan and West Indies.

All was not misplaced within the second innings for Sri Lanka, though they trailed by a substantial margin of 109. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne started the innings sharply, with fellow opener Pathum Nissanka, scoring 17 of the primary over. However as soon as ace spinner Nathan Lyon arrived, it was the start of Sri Lanka’s collapse.

The Aussie spinners utterly took the sport away from the hosts, making many of the wicket that was providing a whole lot of flip. Lyon picked up 4 wickets in 11 overs for 31 runs, leg spinner Mitchell Swepson picked up two wickets for 34 runs in seven overs, and off-spinner Travis Head cleaned up the tail, selecting up 4 wickets in 2.5 overs for 10 runs.

Australia and South Africa stay within the high two of the WTC desk

The match ended within the first session of the third day as Australia, after taking the lead, bowled out Sri Lanka for under 113 runs. It was solely educational for Aussie openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja to stroll out and chase the goal of 5 runs. And Warner alone completed it in 4 balls.

In the meantime, South Africa remained within the second place on the WTC desk for the cycle 2021-23, with 5 wins in seven matches, adopted by India, Pakistan and West Indies. Sri Lanka have been on fourth earlier than the beginning of the Take a look at match and now fall by two positions with three wins, as many losses, and one draw.

England, New Zealand and Bangladesh take the seventh, eighth and ninth positions respectively. The English facet have solely managed 4 wins in 15 video games, and the Kiwis have received solely two matches in 9. Bangladesh have managed one win in 10 video games. The upcoming Take a look at match between England and India is a vital fixture for each the groups within the context of the WTC.

Right here’s the most recent World Take a look at Championship factors desk:



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