SL vs AUS World Cup 2023: Theekshana walks back in ‘duck’ as Zampa dominates the final overs

In a nail-biting encounter at the World Cup 2023, Sri Lanka found themselves facing a formidable challenge against Australia. The match took an intense turn when Sri Lankan batsman Theekshana was declared out LBW, leaving the team in a precarious position.

It was a moment of high tension as Australian spinner Zampa delivered a quickish googly that caught Theekshana off-guard. The ball hit the front pad, leading to a fervent appeal from the Australian players. The Sri Lankan batter seemed unconvinced by the decision, visibly expressing his disagreement with the umpire’s call. Umpire Joel Wilson, however, took his time, assessed the situation, and eventually raised his finger, sending Theekshana back to the pavilion.

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The dismissal highlighted the deceptive nature of Zampa’s delivery. The batter misread the googly, playing the wrong line, and subsequently missed the ball. Adding to the challenge, the delivery skidded on unexpectedly, making it even trickier for the batsman to read.

Despite the disappointment, Sri Lanka opted for a review, hoping for a favorable decision. However, luck was not on their side as the review went against them. With Theekshana’s departure, Sri Lanka found themselves in a perilous position, having lost their eighth wicket. The team was now in real danger of being bowled out, facing a strong Australian bowling attack.

SL vs AUS Match Details –

Match: AUS vs SL, 14th Match, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Date: Monday, October 16, 2023
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and opt to bat
Time: 2:00 PM
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, Joel Wilson
Third Umpire: Chris Brown
Match Referee: Richie Richardson

Teams:

Australia (Playing XI): Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis(w), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis(w/c), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka