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Cricket World Cup 2019 | Lasith Malinga Shares His Secret Weapon With Australian All-rounder Marcus Stoinis

Cricketnext Staff |May 28, 2019, 5:55 PM IST
Cricket World Cup 2019 | Lasith Malinga Shares His Secret Weapon With Australian All-rounder Marcus Stoinis

Sri Lanka may have lost the game against Australia. However, it didn't dampen Lasith Malinga's spirits who decided to teach Marcus Stoinis - the art of bowling slower ones.

The veteran who didn't feature in the game was seen giving tips to the Australian all rounder. Malinga has been renowned for his death bowling variations and the slower balls is one his lethal weapons.

Speaking to the journalists after the warm-up game, Malinga told, "I wanted to give him tips – that's how cricket moves forward. Whoever wants to know, I will help them. I'll share tricks on how to bowl slow balls, which situation you will use it, why you want to use the slow one."

"Variations is very important in the short-format game. During IPL also he (Stoinis) had wanted to know how I bowl [it],"

The official handle of the Cricket World Cup even shared a video of Stoinis taking notes from the legendary Sri Lankan bowler.

Australia registered an outstanding victory despite the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith. Usman Khawaja missed out on a hundred as he scored 89 runs.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka lost both their warm-ups though it came against strong oppositions. However, the Islanders have been going through a horrible patch and the losses certainly didn't help.

Sri Lanka will begin their World Cup campaign at Cardiff against New Zealand while defending champions Australia will face Afghanistan at Bristol, both on 1st June.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
2
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
3
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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