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Summary

  1. Australia beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs
  2. Australia qualify for quarter-finals
  3. Australia 376-9: Maxwell 102 (53)
  4. Sri Lanka 213 (46.2): Sangakkara 104
  5. Sangakkara's third straight World Cup ton
  6. NZ beat Afghanistan by six wickets

Live Reporting

By Justin Goulding and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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So, another day in the World Cup and one more quarter-final spot filled. The knockout stages are starting to take shape.

New Zealand, who were already through,

beat Afghanistan by six wickets in Napier to claim a fifth straight win and finish top of Pool A, while Australia made significantly harder work of
beating Sri Lanka.

Can England join them in the last eight? Join us at 03:00 GMT on Monday to find out if they can beat Bangladesh in Adelaide. Anything but a win will send them out...

Final scorecard

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs

Australia 379-9 (50): Maxwell 102 (53), Smith 72, Clarke 68, Watson 67

Sri Lanka 312 all out (46.2): Sangakkara 104, Chandimal 52 retired hurt; Faulkner 3-48

Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Thirimanne 1), 135-2 (Dilshan 62), 188-3 (Jayawardene 19), 201-4 (Sanagkkara 104), 281-4* (Chandimal retired hurt 52), 283-5 (Mathews 35), 193-6 (Perera 8), 305-7 (Prasanna 9), 307-8 (Tharanga 4), 312-9 (Senanayake 7)

Bowling figures: Starc 8.2-0-29-2, Johnson 9-0-62-2, Watson 7-0-71-1, Doherty 7-0-60-0, Maxwell 6-0-35-0, Faulkner 9-0-48-3

Australia won toss

Full scorecard

Glenn Maxwell
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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Sri Lanka will be desperate to get Chandimal fit again. They play Scotland next, although they made a meal of beating Afghanistan. He maybe won't play in that one but they will want him available for the quarter-final because he almost won it for them here. You want those types of players."

Captain's view

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Kumar Sangakkara, who scored a record third successive World Cup century: "He's brilliant. He's ageing and he's getting better and better.

"We've got to improve in our bowling and fielding. If we can keep the opposition to 300, we can chase it down."

Captain's view

Australia captain Michael Clarke: "Credit to the boys for the way they battled - Maxwell scoring his first ODI hundred, we needed his runs today.

"If we can hold our nerve like that we give ourselves a chance. Watching players around the world scoring so quickly and freely, teams can chase any score now.

"Starc's execution has been excellent with both the new ball and the old."

Michael Clarke
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Where does that leave Sri Lanka? They are not assured of a place in the quarter-finals yet, although, with only Scotland to play, you can't see them not claiming the one win they need.

Indeed, if Bangladesh beat England in Adelaide on Monday, Sri Lanka will join New Zealand, Australia and Bangladesh in the last eight from Pool A.

'We had to go for it'

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "We conceded 200 runs in the last 16 overs ands it was way too much.

"340 would have been a real good chase. We had to go for it; we had to take those chances.

"It was a real good effort by the batters but we couldn't hold on."

Man of the match

Australia's Glenn Maxwell, who scored a 51-ball century: "It was a massive game for us. I didn't know about the record World Cup century (50 balls), but I knew about the Australian record (57 balls) because James Faulkner doesn't shut up about it. We've got a few days off now, we'll refresh physically and mentally."

Glenn Maxwell
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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"For the Aussies, mission accomplished. If Maxwell is not man of the match then something is wrong. It was his innings that turned the match. Maxwell produced one of his specials and really put them out of sight from the Sri Lankans."

But the match was effectively settled by Glenn Maxwell, who smashed 102 off 53 balls - his first ODI century, the fastest by an Australian and the second quickest in World Cup history.

Give it a couple of weeks and I doubt many will remember Steve Smith's 72 and Michael Clarke's 68, however well they batted.

Mitchell Starc finished with 2-29 off 8.2 overs - mightily impressive figures in a game which saw 688 runs - while James Faulkner took 3-48 and Mitchell Johnson 2-62.

Mitchell Starc
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Sangakkara's 104 off 107 balls for Sri Lanka was typically brilliant, while Tillakaratne Dilshan weighed in with 62, and Dinesh Chandimal's excellent 52 off 24 balls deserves more than a passing mention.

However, after Chandimal retired hurt in the 42nd over, with 96 needed, Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets for 29 runs.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Well, 64 runs is quite a big margin. For a while it looked like it would be closer than that. There was a glimmer of hope for Sri Lanka and it's the hope that kills you.

"The Aussies are in the quarter-finals. I think Sri Lanka are also there but we can't say it with mathematical certainty.

As it is, Australia survive a superb Sri Lanka rally to go through to the quarter-finals with a third win in five games. New Zealand will finish top of Pool A too.

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs

A valiant chase. And a belter of a game that was in doubt until the final few overs.

Australia
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WICKET

Senanayake c Doherty b Starc 7 (SL 312 all out)

That's it. Game over. Starc is simply too good for Senanayake, who chips one to mid-off. With Chandimal not batting again, Sri Lanka's innings is over.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Well it is always liable to happen as the run rate gets higher and higher and you have to go for the big shot when you are not ready to do so. Tharanga swung and hoped.

"It's all over bar the shouting. Sri Lanka are not yet qualified technically, but I think they are almost there."

SL 308-8 (Faulkner 3-48)

Australia's main priority now is upping the over rate. They're scampering round like scolded schoolboys between balls and overs. It wasn't so long ago they were worrying about being on the wrong end of the highest successful chase in World Cup history.

WICKET

Tharanga c Warner b Faulkner 4 (SL 307-8)

They're dropping like flies now. Tharanga this time, pulling Faulkner straight to deep mid-wicket, where Warner gets a spot of catching practice. Australia one wicket from victory - if Chandimal doesn't return to bat.

Australia
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SL 306-7 (need 71 off 30 balls)

Sachithra Senanayake joins Upul Tharange at the crease. It doesn't look like we'll be seeing Dinesh Chandimal again.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"That wasn't the prettiest nine runs I have ever seen, swishing and swashing at the ball. Starc bounced Prasanna every time he could and I think he deserved the wicket.

"I'm wondering, with a red ball, if Starc will start to lead the attack. Certainly with a white ball in this tournament he is the leader and the most dangerous."

WICKET

Prasanna b Starc 9 (SL 305-7)

And there she is. Starc strikes. Round the wicket, he peppers the base of the stumps and Prasanna is cleaned up as he makes room. The understated celebration - a punch of the air - says all you need to know about Australia's dominant position now.

Sri Lanka need 73 off the last six overs, three of which will be bowled by the laser-guided Mitchell Starc.

SL 304-6 (need 73 off 36 balls)

Watson, who was dropped for Australia's victory over Afghanistan, is entrusted with the ball in the death overs. Prasanna edges wide of Haddin for four - he was aiming a more towards mid-wicket - but only eight off the over. Sri Lanka need 12s.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't think Sri Lanka are going to do it. And it means Australia - I think we can assume now - will qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. They can lose against Scotland and still go through. Seven points will do it."

SL 296-6 (Johnson 2-62)

Seekuge Prasanna, what can you do? The new batsman can only gather a single off the last three legitimate balls. A penny for Dinesh Chandimal's thoughts right now...

Dinesh Chandimal
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Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It was brief and exciting from Perera. He hit a couple of fours, went up against Johnson - I'm not even sure it was one of his quicker balls - but it went straight up into the air.

"It's been a fantastic game. Great theatre."

WICKET

Perera c Doherty b Johnson 8 (SL 293-6)

Well, it was nice while it lasted. Johnson drops short and Perera, backing away, is beaten by a slower ball. You can hear his groan on the stump mic as the ball spirals to mid-off, where Xavier Doherty pouches a sitter.

SL 292-5 (need 85 off 48 balls)

What's all the fuss about, thinks Perera. He swats his first ball over extra cover off the back foot then lifts Watson back over his head. Easy game, this cricket.

Russel Arnold

Ex-Sri Lanka all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

"Well directed from around the wicket. A double blow, Chandimal hobbling off and now the skipper out.

"It's not going to be the same for Chandimal coming back later. The adrenaline is pumping and you are in the zone. It's always better going from there than coming back and trying to find that rhythm."

Dinesh Chandimal
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WICKET

Mathews c Haddin b Watson 33 (SL 283-5)

Not what Sri Lanka wanted. Two batsmen have gone in three balls. Shane Watson round the wicket to Mathews. Surprises him with a bumper. Mathews, on the hook, top-edges behind. We now have two batsmen, Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera, who have not faced a ball.

SL 281-4 (target 377)

Drama at the SCG. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews tells Chandimal, who is barely able to run, to leave the field. He limps off, with 52 from 24 balls, and Thisara Perera replaces him.

50 for Chandimal

SL 280-4 (need 97 off 55 balls)

Chandimal is the main man, so Sri Lanka need him out there. Badly. Barely able to walk, he miscues a pull over square-leg (how many chances have landed safely in this innings?) and has to dive to make it back for a second run. That's his fifty, off 22 balls. A super knock, whatever happens.

Russel Arnold

Ex-Sri Lanka all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

"Just imagine, finally Chandimal has gone out there looking positive, playing a special innings and he pulls a hamstring! He has had a tough time, he is playing a gem and he starts limping.

"That will restrict Sri Lanka's running between the wickets and it's a big ground here. Who knows, maybe it's just the breather they needed."

Dinesh Chandimal
AP

Ouch!

SL 275-4 (target 377)

What do we have here? Chandimal is on the deck and the Sri Lanka physio is needed again. It looked like he tweaked something as he stretched to make that second run. I'm not sure I've ever seen a player getting a rub-down on the field before. I thought Wimbledon wasn't until June...

Scorecard update

Sri Lanka 272-4 (40 overs) - target 377

Batsmen: Mathews 30*, Chandimal 46*

Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Thirimanne 1), 135-2 (Dilshan 62), 188-3 (Jayawardene 19), 201-4 (Sangakkara 104)

Bowling figures: Starc 7-0-23-0, Johnson 7-0-50-1, Watson 5-0-51-0, Doherty 7-0-60-0, Maxwell 6-0-35-0, Faulkner 8-0-46-2

Australia 376-9: Maxwell 102 (53), Smith 72, Clarke 68, Watson 67

Australia won toss

Full scorecard

Russel Arnold

Ex-Sri Lanka all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

"Australia made 124 in the last 10 overs. Sri Lanka basically have to match Australia.

"Even if Sri Lanka fall short, they will still be happy with this effort. The belief in the team will be greater. The batsmen above Chandimal will have faith in him and they can relax a little bit."

SL 272-4 (target 377)

Just when you think Australia are putting this game beyond reach, Sri Lanka just about manage to stay in touch. Chandimal is doing his best impersonation of Glenn Maxwell, charging at Shane Watson and edging past short third man for four before drilling a full toss through cover. Fetch that.

Sri Lanka need 105 off the last 10 overs. Simples.

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