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Cricket

Australian hopes hang by a thread as they take on Sri Lanka
PTI
London, June 17, 2013
First Published: 01:48 IST(17/6/2013)
Last Updated: 09:43 IST(17/6/2013)

Defending champions Australia will have to put David Warner's bar brawl controversy and questions surrounding their team culture behind them when they take on Sri Lanka in their final league fixture today to decide the last of the remaining ICC Champions Trophy semifinal places.

It will be a virtual quarterfinal clash between the two sides at Kennington Oval but a lot will depend on the outcome of the Group A match between England and New Zealand in Cardiff to decide the equations.

Must-win situation
If New Zealand win, Australia will have to beat Sri Lanka but if England triumph, they must beat the Islanders by a huge margin to surpass Black Caps' net run-rate, currently the best in the Group. A win will seal Sri Lanka's place in the last four while a defeat will see them go home.

Sri Lanka's recent success against Australia will provide a psychological edge to them.


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