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Finch fires Australia to World Cup win over Sri Lanka

Finch fires Australia to World Cup win over Sri Lanka Photo: TT
Aaron Finch of Australia in batting action. Sri Lanka v Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Cricket, The Oval

Australia moved into top spot on the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup standings as Aaron Finch became the top scorer in an 87-run victory over Sri Lanka at the Oval on Saturday.

The reigning World Cup winners posted 7-334 from 50 overs, before bowling out Sri Lanka for 247.

Finch was the star in Australia’s batting display, posting 153 from 132 balls, including 15 boundaries and five sixes.

He received great support from Steven Smith with 73 from 59 balls and Glenn Maxwell with an unbeaten 46*.

Sri Lanka threatened in reply early, with Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and Kusal Perera (52) putting together a 115-run opening stand inside 16 overs.

Mitchell Starc went through the Sri Lankan line-up with 4-55, while Kane Richardson took three wickets.

But Finch was the star of the show, with his knock making him the top ODI scorer in 2019, having been dropped from Australia’s Test team in the summer.

“I probably just changed my mindset a little bit, more than anything,” Finch said.

“I started to doubt my game a lot before that in the Australian summer and there were a lot of times when I was just questioning every single decision that I was making, whether it was technical, mental, physical.

“Everything that I could, that I was doing, I was just questioning because you’re looking for an answer that you don’t know what the answer is.

“It can be really tough at times, when you don’t know what the end result is but you’re searching so hard for something you don’t know.”

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer

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