T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As Australia Make Two In Two With A 7-Wicket Win Over Sri Lanka
T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As Australia Make Two In Two With A 7-Wicket Win Over Sri Lanka

Australia registered their second victory of the Super 12 stage in as many games by defeating Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in Dubai on Thursday.

Chasing 155, Aaron Finch got going with a couple of hits to the fence in the first over, bowled by Chamika Karunaratne, before David Warner reverse swept Maheesh Theekshana for his first boundary.

The duo then tore into Lahiru Kumara, taking 20 runs off the pacer before the Aussie captain whacked Chameera for a six and a four. Warner finished the powerplay at 63/0 with another four off Theekshana.

Hasaranga provided Sri Lanka with their first breakthrough dismissing Finch and then accounted for Glenn Maxwell’s wicket as well. Warner and Steve Smith, in their 50-run stand, though, didn’t let their command on the chase get loose by rotating the strike and striking the occasional.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

Warner also raised his fifty and announced his return to form before finding long-off having made 65 runs and put Australia on the brink of a victory. Marcus Stoinis and Smith took Australia over the line with 3 overs to spare.

After being put in to bat first, Sri Lanka lost Pathum Nissanka early on to Pat Cummins. But then Charith Asalanka, continuing his brilliant form from the last game, went after Cummins with a couple of boundaries, before hammering a six and a four to Glenn Maxwell. A boundary each for Asalanka and Kusal Perera capped off Sri Lanka’s powerplay at 53/1.

After a couple of quiet overs, Perera stoked two fours to Marcus Stoinis before Adam Zampa gave Australia a breakthrough in the form of Asalanka. Perera smoked Mitchell Starc for a big one but the fast bowler castled the batter on the next ball with a pinpoint yorker.

Zampa struck again with Avishka Fernando before Starc had Hasaranga edging to the wicket-keeper as Sri Lanka slipped to 94/5.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the run rate slipping down, Bhanuka Rajapaksa took upon the mantle to take his side to a challenging total. After taking a boundary off Hazlewood, he went after Stoinis, thumping the medium-pacer for a pair of fours and a big one over the rope.

Captain Dasun Shanaka fell to Cummins’ change of pace. 19 runs were scored off the last two overs as Rajapaksa (33* off 26) managed to take his side over 150.

witter Reacts As Australia Make Two In Two With A 7-Wicket Win Over Sri Lanka

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