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CWC'19: Key players to watch out in Sri Lanka-Australia clash

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Defending champions will look to regain their winning streak by trouncing in the ongoing ICC Men's match on June 15 at The Oval.

Earlier this week, defeated their opponent by 41 runs, prior to which they were defeated by by 36 runs. Currently, is at number two in the points table.

On the other hand, got off to a bad start in as their last two matches were abandoned due to rain. In the four matches has played so far, they only managed to win against Afghanistan, forcing them to settle for the fifth position in the team standings.

Ahead of the crucial clash, here are some key players to look out for:

Aaron Finch

In the four matches Australia has played so far, Finch contributed 190 runs with the bat and took one wicket against in the last match. Australia's one-day stint saw massive improvement thanks to skipper Finch, who amassed 451 runs in five matches to guide his side trump in the recently concluded bilateral series.

Mitchell Starc

The 29-year old left-arm pacer impressed enthusiasts and critics alike with his last performance. Starc returned with figures of 5-46 against as he played a major role in turning the tables in favour of Australia. In four matches, Starc has nine wickets under his belt and will look to add more against Sri Lanka.

Dimuth Karunaratne

Sri played an unbeaten knock of 52 against in the first match and contributed 30 runs in the second game against Under a lot of pressure and the ragtag attached to Sri Lanka, Karunaratne has to take his team back to its winning days.

Lasith Malinga

One of the best pacers in the world, the 35-year-old Malinga is the master of the slow ball, which makes him a go-to wicket-taker. During the 2019 IPL final, the Sri Lankan's feat helped Mumbai Indians secure a close victory over Chennai Super Kings. After being unsuccessful against in first World Cup match, Malinga picked three wickets against in the second game.

Probably playing in his last World Cup, Malinga will be the for Sri Lanka.

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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 21:30 IST