Five times World Cup champions Australia have faced one time ICC World Cup champions Sri Lanka 11 times so far in 12 editions of the World Cup. An AUS v SL encounter has taken place in every World Cup except 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1999 editions.
AUS vs SL Head To Head All Time Records
|6/15/2019||Australia||87 runs||The Oval|
|4/16/2007||Australia||7 wickets||St George's|
|3/18/2003||Australia||48 runs||Port Elizabeth|
|3/17/1996||Sri Lanka||7 wickets||Lahore|
|2/17/1996||Sri Lanka||Walk over without a ball bowled||Colombo (RPS)|
|6/11/1975||Australia||52 runs||The Oval|
The first very AUS v SL head to head was in the inaugural edition of the Cricket World Cup in 1975. Australia scored 328 in their 60 overs with a century from Alan Turner (101). The Sri Lankans couldn’t keep up with the required run rate and fell short by 52 runs.
They next faced each other in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka batted first and scored only 189/9 in 50 overs. The Aussies completed an easy run-chase with 7 wickets in hand and 6 overs to spare.
Their next faceoff was in the 1996 World Cup. The first match was awarded to Sri Lanka as the Australian team refused to travel to Colombo for security reasons. They met once again in the Finals of the tournament at Lahore. The Aussies posted 241/7 on the board with the help of Mark Taylor’s 74. The Sri Lankan batsmen were up for the task as they chased down the target in the 47th over with 7 wickets in hand to become World Champions.
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Unfortunately for the smaller island nation of the two, it was their last victory over the Australian team in Cricket World Cup matches. In the Super Sixes stage of the 2003 edition, Sri Lanka was down and out by 96 runs as they faltered in the second innings chasing 342 to win. They met again in the semi-finals at Port Elizabeth. It was a rain-affected game on a slow pitch. Australia scored 212/7 in their 50 overs. Their bowlers bowled tight lines and Sri Lanka were short by 48 runs before the rain arrived and they had to bow out of the tournament.
These island nations faced twice again in 2007. In a Super 8 match, Sri Lanka posted 226. Australian captain Ricky Ponting completed the run-chase with a maximum with 7 wickets in hand and 44 balls to spare. They appeared in the Final of the World Cup again. This time, Australia exacted revenge as they beat the Sri Lankans by 53 runs according to the D/L method and became World Champions.
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Their only encounter in the 2011 World Cup was washed off due to persistent rain in Colombo as only 32.5 overs were possible in the first innings. In 2015, Australian batsmen battered the bowlers at the Sydney Cricket Ground and scored 376. This proved to be too much for Sri Lanka as they were bundled out for 312 losing the match by 64 runs. In the ICC World Cup 2019 competition, Aussie captain Aaron Finch scored a magnificent 153 and helped them get to 334. Sri Lanka lost the game by 87 runs.
Looking at the AUS v SL head to head stats, Australia have won 8 out of 11 matches they have played against Sri Lanka in World Cups. The biggest victory by wickets is shared by both the teams as Australia won twice and Sri Lanka won once by 7 wickets. In terms of runs, Australia has a bigger victory (by 96 runs). The highest score belongs to Australia (376) while the lowest score belongs to Sri Lanka (123).
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