World Cup 2023: AUS vs SL | Australia vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction

The 14th match of the Cricket World Cup will witness the face-off between Australia and Sri Lanka (AUS vs SL), both eager to secure their first win in the tournament. With Australia’s impressive track record of five World Cup titles and Sri Lanka’s notable victory in one championship, the match is expected to be an exciting showdown between two determined teams from the lower half of the standings.

In this article, we will discuss the match prediction for AUS vs SL. Don’t forget to check out our earlier articles on the Eng vs Afg match prediction.

Match Details of AUS vs SL

Date 16 October
Venue Ekana Stadium, Lucknow
Time 2:00 pm

8:30 am

Australia and Sri Lanka Team Rosters

Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka.

AUS vs SL: Predictions and Possibilities

Predicted Playing XI of AUS vs SL

Australia Sri Lanka
David Warner Pathum Nissanka
Mitchell Marsh Kusal Prera
Steven Smith Kusal Mendis(W/K)(C)
M Labuschange Sadeera Samarawickrama
Josh Inglis Charith Asalanka
Glenn Maxwell Dhananjaya de Silva
Marcus Stoinis Chamika Karunaratne
Mitchell Starc Dunith Wellalage
Pat Cummins(C) Maheesh Theekshana
Adam Zampa Matheesha Pathirana
Josh Hazlewood Dilshan Madushanka

Note: Dashun Shanaka is out of the World Cup due to injury. Chamika Karunaratne will replace him.

Pitch Report

The Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow is a haven for bowlers, especially spinners. Batsmen should focus on building a solid foundation with patience and determination. Opting to bowl first can give the team an edge if they win the toss.

Toss Prediction

World Cup 2023 AUS vs SL Australia vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction
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Teams generally prefer to take the field first at this venue. In the last match, South Africa tallied 311, while Australia managed 177. However, both teams are likely to aim for early wickets and a comfortable chase. With an average score of 232, the stadium doesn’t witness as many high-scoring matches as others. Playing with two spinners could prove to be a winning strategy. Surprisingly, winning the toss may not be a game-changer. The team winning the toss is expected to choose to bowl first.

Match Outcome Prediction

World Cup 2023 AUS vs SL Australia vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction
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Australia’s quest for a sixth World Cup title has faced setbacks with recent losses to India and South Africa, where they were bowled out for less than 200 runs in each match. Consequently, their batting weaknesses have come under scrutiny.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka has demonstrated strong batting performances, scoring over 300 runs in two matches. However, their bowling struggles were evident in the match against South Africa, where they conceded over 400 runs. Despite setting a target of 345 runs in another match, Sri Lanka faced disappointment as Pakistan successfully chased it down. The upcoming match is crucial for both teams, given their respective challenges and aspirations. Despite all this, we predict that Australia will gonna win the match as they are the champion team and try to bounce back.

Best Combined XI of AUS vs SL

  • Wicket-keeper: Kusal Mendis
  • Batters: Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Steve Smith, David Warner
  • All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Dunith Wellalage
  • Bowler: Hazlewood, Maheesh Theekshana, Pathirana, Adam Zampa


As Australia grapples with batting concerns following recent defeats, Sri Lanka faces its challenges with bowling weaknesses. With Sri Lanka’s strong batting performances but vulnerability in defending high targets, and Australia’s struggle to perform consistently with the bat, the upcoming match holds significant importance for both teams in their efforts to overcome these obstacles and make their mark in the World Cup.

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