Cricket World Cup 2019 Results: Top Run-Scorers and Stats After Saturday

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2019

Australia's captain Aaron Finch ackowledges the crowd as he walks off after losing his wicket for 153 during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Oval in London on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Australia captain Aaron Finch propelled himself to the top of the run-scorer table at the ICC Cricket World Cup on Saturday after his 153 helped his team beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs.

Finch opened the batting and amassed his total from just 132 balls before falling in the 32nd over with Australia on 273. Helped by Steve Smith (73), the skipper was key in Australia posting 334 for seven.

Despite a promising start and a score of 97 from captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka were only able to post 247 all out after 45.5 overs in response.

In the second game of the day, South Africa earned their first win of the tournament by nine wickets with a dominant display against Afghanistan. The Proteas bowled out their opponents for just 125.


Top Run-Scorers

1. Aaron Finch, Australia: 343

2. David Warner, Australia: 281 

3. Joe Root, England: 279

4. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh: 260

5. Steve Smith, Australia: 243


Top Wicket-Takers

1. Mitchell Starc, Australia: 13

2. Pat Cummins, Australia: 11

3. Mohammad Amir, Pakistan: 10

4. Jofra Archer, England: 9

5. Lockie Ferguson, New Zealand: 8


All statistics per the tournament's official website



Australia (334-7, 50 overs) beat Sri Lanka (247 all out, 45.5 overs) by 87 runs

South Africa (131-1, 28.4 overs) beat Afghanistan (125 all out, 34.1 overs) by nine wickets


Saturday Recap

Finch offered another reminder of how dangerous he can be at the top of the order.

The big-hitting batsman paced his knock perfectly, averaging roughly a run for every ball he faced before teeing off late on to give Australia a foundation to post a massive score:


What a day for #AaronFinch! The Aussie skipper blasted 153 from 132 balls to help guide his country to victory. Watch all of Australia's top shots here 👀⤵ #CWC19 https://t.co/TxQVW4wHFj

The Test Match Special account noted Finch scored his runs all around the wicket:

Test Match Special @bbctms

15 4️⃣s 5 6️⃣s A wagon wheel of Aaron Finch's superb 153 👇 #SLvAUS #bbccricket 👉 https://t.co/JOqMbdJJJL #CWC19 https://t.co/0C8FoVnA0h

The CricViz Analyst also illustrated how the Australia skipper upped the ante late on in his innings:

The CricViz Analyst @cricvizanalyst

Aaron Finch is moving through the gears now and things are looking very ominous for Sri Lanka now. Finch could well be eyeing up a double century here. #CWC19 https://t.co/rS0pq74Egv

Smith's 73 allowed Finch to be aggressive, while Glenn Maxwell also bludgeoned an unbeaten 46 from just 25 balls after Smith and Finch had departed.

Sri Lanka's response was exceptional to begin with; after 10 overs, openers Karunaratne and Kusal Perera were 87 without loss. Eventually, the duo put on 115 for the first wicket before Mitchell Starc struck to remove Perera.

With Karunaratne at the crease, Sri Lanka were always in with a chance of a successful chase. However, he departed an agonising three runs short of his century in the 33rd over. Starc then blitzed through the Sri Lankan batting lineup, finishing with an impressive four wickets.

Cricket journalist Freddie Wilde praised the Australian left-armer's efforts:

Freddie Wilde @fwildecricket

Starc has the best strike rate in the history of ODI cricket for a reason. He’s more than just a fast bowler who swings it - he’s a brave bowler who dares to attack. No pace bowler in the @CricViz database pitches a higher proportion of balls fuller than 6m than his 49%. #CWC19

The second match of the day was rain-interrupted, although there was a clear gulf in quality from the off.

After a relatively bright start from Afghanistan, their middle order capitulated against the South African bowling. They slumped from 69-2 to 70-6; Imran Tahir did most of the damage for the Proteas with the ball, taking four wickets from just seven overs.

Even with their struggles at the World Cup considered, South Africa were never going to falter in response, with Quinton de Kock top-scoring with 68 as they breezed to their target.