Jon Pierik at the Oval assesses Australia’s individual performances in their World Cup victory against Sri Lanka.
David Warner 5 – (26 off 48 balls)
Hard to work out what role the former vice-captain is playing. Was not the aggressive figure we saw in Somerset against Pakistan, but rather the circumspect figure of earlier in the tournament. A strike rate of 77 has some questioning if he is hurting the side when going at this rate. Was dismissed here when, having rocked on to the back foot, was fooled by a skidding delivery from off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva.
Aaron Finch 9.5 – (153 off 132 balls)
Equalled his ODI career high, edged Ricky Ponting (140 not out) for the highest total by an Australian captain at a World Cup, and delivered the first century by an Australian captain in an ODI at the Oval since Greg Chappell in 1977. Began in a rush, then went 47 balls without a boundary before turning it on to reach his century – including a boundary and two sixes off consecutive deliveries. Has been in excellent touch since the Pakistan series in April and made up for missing out on a ton when he fell for 82 against Pakistan in Somerset last week.
Usman Khawaja 4 – (10 off 20 balls)
Returned to No.3 in the order, having been at No.4 and No.6 in the past two games. Hard not to feel for the left-hander, who is struggling for momentum. Was shocked to be dismissed when he swept de Silva only to pick out Udana at deep mid-wicket. Now faces a nervous wait, for either he or Shaun Marsh are likely to be axed when an all-rounder returns.