World Cup 2023 Points table: Massive boost for Australia after 1st win

Cricket World Cup: Australia defeat Sri Lanka by five wickets.© AFP

Australia are back in the reckoning at the ODI Cricket World Cup 2023. Going into the match against Sri Lanka at the Cricket World Cup in Lucknow on Monday, the former champions found themselves at the bottom end of the points table. However, the Australian cricket team came out with all guns blazing against Sri Lanka and registered an easy win, also their first in three matches at this edition. With this win, Australia has climbed to eighth place in the World Cup points table. They are on two points after three games with a run-rate of -0.734.

India continue to lead the World Cup points table, while New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan are the other top-four teams.

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Adam Zampa, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Marsh delivered when their team needed them most as Australia breathed life into their shaky World Cup campaign with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Monday.

Leg-spinner Zampa took four wickets as Australia bowled out Sri Lanka for 209 despite half-centuries from Kusal Perera (78) and Pathum Nissanka (61).

Looking for a 300-plus score, Sri Lanka faced a bizarre batting collapse, losing 10 wickets for 84 runs.

Inglis (58), who scored his first fifty in the World Cup, Marsh (52) and Marnus Labuschagne (40) then did the heavy lifting with the bat as Australia overtook the target in 35.2 overs, giving a solid boost to their net run rate.

While Australia rose to eighth position in the table with their first win of the tournament, the loss severely dented Sri Lanka’s chances of progressing to the semi-finals as they sit ninth with three defeats from as many games.

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