The 14th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between Australia and Sri Lanka started off with a brilliant batting performance from the Islanders. However, Australia were quick to make a rebound and push them on the back foot. The bowler who laid the foundation for the Aussie side’s sensational comeback was none other than their skipper Pat Cummins, who bagged the first two wickets for his team.
Sri Lanka’s dominating start
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Sri Lankan opening duo of Kusal Perera and Pathum Nissanka got off to a blazing start. They weaved a stunning partnership of 125 runs for the first wicket, with Perera contributing a brilliant 78 off 82 deliveries, while Nissanka chipped in with 61 runs off 67 balls. At this point, it seemed like Sri Lanka was heading for a commanding total, and Australia was struggling to find answers.
Pat Cummins strikes back
In the midst of Sri Lanka’s dominant performance, it was Aussie skipper Cummins who came to the rescue. His spell of fast and accurate bowling laid the foundation for a remarkable comeback as he dismissed both the openers with two brilliant deliveries. However, it was the dismissal of Perera that stood out as one which left the fans in awe.
A peach of a delivery from Cummins to dismiss Perera
The magic happened on the second ball of the 27th over when Cummins bowled a fuller-length delivery to Perera, and he tried to punch it from within the crease. But the left-handed batter was completely beaten on the inside edge, and the ball went through the fates to rattle the stumps. Cummins was all pumped up after the dismissal and celebrated the breakthrough with an animated reaction.
As the bails went flying, Cummins was pumped with adrenaline. The Australian pacer celebrated this pivotal breakthrough with an animated and passionate reaction. His joy was evident, and it reflected the significance of this wicket.
Here’s the video:
Soon after the departure of the top-order, Sri Lanka’s middle-order batters also fell like a house of cards as they were pushed on the backfoot by the Australian side and reeled at 186/6 in until 36 overs.
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The 14th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between Australia and Sri Lanka started off with a brilliant batting performance from the Islanders. However, Australia were quick to make a rebound and push them on the back foot. The bowler who laid the foundation for the Aussie side’s sensational comeback was none other than…