Australia vs Sri Lanka 15th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 Article

Read the article of Australia vs Sri Lanka 15th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 15th ODI match played between Sri Lanka and Australia at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth in 03rd February 1985.

Bowlers attack before An unbeaten seventies from Steve Smith and Wayne Phillips steers to Australia easy nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a one-sided game of the 15th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Sri Lanka scored modest total of 171 for all-out in 44.3 overs with top scorer by Aravinda de Silva struck 52 off 97-balls including 3-fours.

Amal Silva scored 51 off 86-balls including 2-fours and Rumesh Ratnayeke 16.

Australia best bowler by Geoff Lawson, Rodney Hogg, Simon O'Donnell each took 2-wickets, Kepler Wessels, Rod McCurdy and Terry Alderman.

Australia chased 171-1 in 23.5 overs with top scorer by Wayne Phillips hit a unbeaten 75 off 68-balls including 8-fours.

Steve Smith cracked a run-a-ball unbeaten 73-runs and Kepler Wessels 8.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Vinothen John took one-wicket for 43-runs in 6.3-overs.

Steve Smith named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored a run-a-ball unbeaten 73-runs including 9-fours.

This match reported by The Daily Telegraph Staff (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

A ROUSING partnership of 157 in 93 minutes by Steve Smith and Wayne Phillips gave Australia a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the World Series Cup in Perth.

The match completed the one-day tournament qualifying games. But the result was academic after Australia's place in the final was assured on Saturday by Sri Lanka's defeat against West Indies, who won all their 10 preliminary matches.

After dismissing Sri Lanka for 171 in 44 3 of their 50 overs, Australia raced to victory with 26-1 overs to spare at 172 for one thanks to the unfinished second-wicket stand by Smith, 75 not out, and Phillips, unbeaten on 75.

Sri Lanka, who won only one qualifying game, again produced poor quality out-cricket and their attack was punished unmercilessly. They broke through early when Vinodhan John had Kepler Wessels caught behind for eight, but their hopes of a surprise win disappeared under the powerful hitting of Smith and Phillips.



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