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Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia Victory Over Sri Lanka in Sydney



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Maxwell first one-day international ton, reached off 51 balls, inspired Australia’s total of 376-9 in Sydney. Sri Lanka fell short in a spirited run chase despite a third consecutive World Cup century from Kumar Sangakkara and a quickfire 52 from Dinesh Chandimal. Australia are likely to meet either Ireland or Pakistan in the last eight. Michael Clarke’s side, who face Scotland in their final Pool A match in Hobart on 14 March, should finish second behind New Zealand in their group, and would therefore meet the team that finishes third in Pool B. Sri Lanka, who lie in third place in the group with six points from their five matches, also face Scotland in their final Pool A match in Hobart on 11 March. Maxwell hit 10 fours and four sixes in an innings of 102 that combined deft placement with power hitting, as the 26-year-old finally reached three figures in his 45th ODI.

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