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London Pitch Report: Flat Pitch Awaits Sri Lanka & Australia

Cricketnext Staff |June 15, 2019, 8:00 AM IST
London Pitch Report: Flat Pitch Awaits Sri Lanka & Australia

The Oval is ready to host its fifth game of the 2019 ICC World Cup on Saturday, 15 June as Australia and Sri Lanka get ready to lock horns. Sri Lanka arguably need the points more than Australia, as two of their games have already been washed out.

If the last match between Australia and India is anything to go by, the pitch at the Oval is expected to be a flat one, with conditions ideal for the side batting first. Whichever side wins the toss here would be inclined to bat first, just like India in the last match when they went on to amass a total of 300+ riding on Shikhar Dhawan's century.

However, if the previous games are any evidence, the pitch does tend to be a little slower in the second half of the match, gripping and turning for the spinners. Hence, whichever side is bowling second would hope to tap into their spin bowling options and make the most of the conditions.

Australia are currently second in the table, while Sri Lanka sit at fifth place. Each team will play each other once in the group stage, with two points for a win and none for a loss. In case of a wash-out, points are shared between both the sides.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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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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