Australia and Sri Lanka recently locked horns in a gripping 14th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Monday (October 16). The showdown not only brought out outstanding performances from the Australian players but also witnessed a heartwarming moment that brought fans together across borders.
As Australia clinched their first win of the tournament by defeating Sri Lanka, a beautiful sight unfolded in the stands with Australian fans singing ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ alongside their Indian counterparts. The moment quickly went viral on the internet.
Australian fans sing ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’
The heartwarming video that has now gone viral on the internet captures the essence of this unity. In the clip, two Australian fans can be seen wholeheartedly joining in with Indian spectators to chant ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya,’ a popular Hindu mantra that pays homage to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the lord of beginnings. The fans’ enthusiasm and their willingness to embrace and celebrate the culture of the host country endeared them to people worldwide.
Here’s the video:
Australian fan chanting ‘Ganpati Bappa, Moriya’ at the Ekana Stadium.pic.twitter.com/vsRrfT92FF
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Sri Lanka innings
Sri Lanka had a challenging time at the crease, posting a total of 209/10 in 43.3 overs after opting to bat first in the contest. The standout performances came from Kusal Perera, who scored 78 runs off 82 deliveries, and Pathum Nissanka, who contributed 61 runs off 67 balls.
Adam Zampa was the pick of the Australian bowlers, claiming four crucial wickets during his spell, while Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc also made significant contributions with the ball.
Australia’s chase was anchored by a well-constructed innings, ultimately reaching the target with five wickets in hand. Mitchell Marsh top-scored with 52 runs, while Josh Inglis played a crucial knock of 58 runs.
Dilshan Madushanka was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka, claiming three wickets, but Australia’s batting depth saw them through to victory.
In the end, Australia emerged victorious, securing the win by five wickets. Their clinical performance with both bat and ball was instrumental in their triumph.
The ‘Player of the Match’ award went to Zampa for his outstanding bowling performance, where he picked up crucial wickets and played a pivotal role in restricting Sri Lanka to a modest total.
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Australia and Sri Lanka recently locked horns in a gripping 14th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Monday (October 16). The showdown not only brought out outstanding performances from the Australian players but also witnessed a heartwarming moment that…