The 14th match of ICC World Cup 2023 will see Australia locking horns with Sri Lanka on Monday, October 16 at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium, Lucknow.
Australia, a five-time World Champion, seems to have lost their spark in this World Cup, resembling a mere shadow of their former selves. Their tournament began with a disappointing six-wicket loss to India, followed by a crushing defeat to South Africa by 134 runs. They currently find themselves in the lower half of the points table, a position they surely want to change by securing their first win in the tournament.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, can’t seem to catch a break. They kicked off the tournament by losing both of their opening matches to Pakistan and South Africa. To make matters worse, their captain, Dasun Shanaka, got sidelined with an injury. Kusal Mendis will step in as Sri Lanka’s captain in Shanaka’s absence. They are also languishing at the bottom half of the points table and are in search of their first win in the quadrennial tournament.
Before heading into this game, let’s take a look at the pitch report, stats, ODI and ground records of Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium, Lucknow:
AUS vs SL: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium, Lucknow Pitch Report
The Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow features a newly resurfaced pitch for the World Cup games, offering favourable conditions for both batting and bowling. As we have seen in the first match held here, batters can make good use of the conditions with well-executed shots.
The pitch provides consistent bounce and assists spinners as the match progresses. Given that this is a day-night match, it’s important to keep in mind that dew is likely to become a factor later on. Therefore, the team winning the toss is expected to prefer batting first, aiming to set a big total on the board and then chase it under the floodlights.
AUS vs SL: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium, Lucknow Pitch Stats
|Matches won batting first||3|
|Matches won bowling first||7|
|Average 1st Inns scores||228|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||208|
|Highest total recorded||311/7 (50 Ov) by RSA vs AUS|
|Lowest total recorded||157/10 (41 Ov) by RSAW vs INDW|
|Highest score chased||269/3 (48.4 Ov) by RSAW vs INDW|
|Lowest score defended||248/5 (50 Ov) by INDW vs RSAW|
AUS vs SL: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium, Lucknow Weather Report
The weather in Lucknow is going to be on the warm side for the upcoming match. The temperature will be around 32 degrees Celsius, and it’s not looking like there will be any rain so there are no chances of interruptions at all. Humidity will be around 45 per cent while wind will be blowing at 10kmph.