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AUS vs SL World Cup 2023: David Warner gives groundmen helping hand with big smile on face

As the rain brought the game to a temporary halt, Australian opener David Warner displayed a wonderful act of sportsmanship by lending a helping hand to the groundmen.

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David Warner

The Australia vs Sri Lanka match at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow witnessed an unexpected interruption due to rain. As the rain brought the game to a temporary halt, Australian opener David Warner displayed a wonderful act of sportsmanship by lending a helping hand to the groundmen.

David Warner’s sweet gesture

With the rain disrupting play, David Warner joined the groundsmen in covering the pitch and ensuring the playing area remained protected from the inclement weather. Warner’s gesture was met with appreciation from the cricketing community, showcasing the spirit of camaraderie and respect for the game.

Report after match resume

As match regained momentum after a rain-induced delay, with the Australian pacer Mitchell Starc taking charge of the Aussie attack. Starc made an instant impact, needing only three balls to clinch his first wicket as Dhananjaya de Silva was sent back to the pavilion for 7 runs off 13 balls.

Starc delivered a well-aimed length ball, enticing Dhananjaya to attempt a shot through the covers. However, a slight inside edge proved to be costly for the Sri Lankan batsman, as the ball found its way to the stumps, shattering them and signaling the end of his innings.

With this pivotal breakthrough, Australia successfully tightened its grip on the game, further denting Sri Lanka’s batting lineup. The scoreboard read 180/5 for Sri Lanka after 33 overs, and both teams were eager to capitalize on the post-rain delay momentum to shape the course of the match.

Sri Lanka’s batting

Earlier in the match, Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Kusal Mendis won the toss and decided to bat first. Sri Lanka opening duo Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera cooked up the 100-run partnership.

AUS vs SL: Playing XI

Australia: 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: 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

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