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 T20 World Cup: Warner inspires Australia to 7-wicket victory over Sri Lanka | Sports

T20 World Cup: Warner inspires Australia to 7-wicket victory over Sri Lanka | Sports


Sri Lanka’s Chamika Karunaratne (L) successfully makes to the crease as Australia’s wicketkeeper Matthew Wade waits to collect the ball during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match. Photo: AFP
  • David Warner scores an impressive 65 runs to ensure Australia register second victory in T20 World Cup. 
  • Sri Lanka handed Australia a target of 155 runs.  
  • Australia register second victory in T20 World Cup. 

Australia cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka Thursday courtesy of an impressive 65-run inning by opener David Warner, as Australia remain undefeated in the T20 World Cup. 

Chasing 155 for victory in the Super 12 contest, Australia depended on a quickfire 70-run opening stand between Warner and skipper Aaron Finch, who made 37, to achieve their target in 17 overs in Dubai.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa returned impressive figures of 2-12 to help restrict Sri Lanka to 154-6 despite Bhanuka Rajapaksa´s unbeaten 33 off 26 balls. 

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa returned figures of 2-12 to check Sri Lanka’s brisk start after Charith Asalanka and Kusal Perera – both scoring 35 – put on 63 for the second wicket in the Super 12 clash in Dubai.

Pat Cummins struck first with the wicket of Pathum Nissanka in the third over of the innings, but new man Asalanka soon hit bat back with three straight boundaries off the fast bowler.

The left-handed Asalanka kept up the charge and took on Glenn Maxwell’s spin as Sri Lanka managed 64 runs off the first six overs of powerplay.

The left-handed pair took on the bowlers before Zampa broke through with his leg spin googly to get Asalanka caught at backward square leg.

Mitchell Starc bowled Perera, a left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman, with a scorching yorker in the next over with Australia making inroads into the opposition middle order.

Zampa took down Avishka Fernando and Starc sent back Wanindu Hasaranga for four as Sri Lanka slipped to 94-5 in the 13th over.

Rajapaksa stood firm to see off Zampa’s fourth over before launching an attack as he smashed Marcus Stoinis for two fours and a six in a 17-run over.

The left-handed Rajapaksa and skipper Dasun Shanaka put together 40 runs off 32 balls before the captain walked back for 12 off Cummins.

Rajapaksa hit four fours and one six in his 26-ball knock.

Both the teams are looking for their second successive victory after winning their opening matches in the second stage.



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