Reigning World Champions Australia registered yet another win under their belt against Sri Lanka during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at Kennington Oval on Saturday. Their World Cup rivalry dates back to the 1996 edition when a spirited Sri Lankan outfit led by Arjuna Ranatunga stunned the Aussies to win their maiden World Cup. However, the Aussies returned the favour in 2007 as they went on to win their record fourth World Cup crown and it was also their third straight World Cup triumph. After the five-time World Champions suffered a setback against India, they bounced back with a 41-run win over Pakistan.
Coming back to the present, Australia put up an impressive performance with the bat after Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bowl first. Both Aaron Finch and David Warner added 80 runs for the opening wicket. But, once Warner was dismissed, Usman Khawaja followed him soon as the Aussies were reduced to 100/2. Finch then added a 173-run partnership with Steve Smith for the third wicket.
The Aussie skipper anchored his team's innings and brought up his 14th ODI century. He ended up scoring a 132-ball 153 at a strike rate of 1115.91 which included 15 boundaries and five maximums. His superb knock helped Australia get to a big total of 334/7 in their 50 overs. Meanwhile, Finch also registered the highest individual score of this World Cup along with Jason Roy who had also scored 153 against Bangladesh last week. At the same time, he went past Ricky Ponting's score of 140 to register the highest score by an Australian captain in World Cups. Ponting had scored 140 against India in the 2003 World Cup final.
Australia registered their fourth win with a comprehensive 87-run margin as Sri Lanka couldn't capitalise after the blistering start provided by Dimuth Karunaratne and Kushal Parera.