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Sri Lanka v Australia 2011 Cricket World Cup: Live Streaming and Match Preview

A real clash of the titans as Austaralia put their World Cup winning streak on the line against a tournament favourite Sri Lanka.

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Start time: 09.00

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Australia and Sri Lanka have the chance to draw level with Pakistan on six points at the top of Group A.

Co-hosts Sri Lanka are among the favourites for the tournament, but failed a significant examination with an 11-run defeat to Pakistan in their second match.

Australia have eased into their World Cup defence with comprehensive victories over Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Team News

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.

Mendis was wicketless but returned figures of 23 runs from nine overs to keep his place, while Malinga is certain to remain ahead of the unfortunate Perera.

Australia: Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Cameron White, David Hussey, Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait.

Australia are expected to remain unchanged from the seven-wicket win against New Zealand.

Prediction

Sri Lanka – who won their first one-day international series victory on Australian soil in November last year – represent the stiffest test yet of Australia’s credentials.

If Australia’s pace-heavy attack can subdue the daunting Sri Lankan batting line-up, it can go some way to validating the selectors’ faith in Tait and Lee.

Australia should win to almost guarantee progresssion but a defeat for the Sri Lankans will put their quarter-final place in jeopardy.

Key Men

Mahela Jayawardene – the veteran made just two in the defeat against Pakistan and did not bat in the following match against Kenya.

Brad Haddin – Has a point to prove after the Indian press reported that Haddin and was under ICC investigation for a slow run-rate in Australia’s victory over Zimbabwe.