Just like England, Australia is continuing its winning run in the Group A of the Super 12 stage in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The Aussies have won their second match as well and secured the second position on the points table. They have beaten Sri Lanka by 7 wickets and placed themselves in a comfortable position for the semifinal qualifications.
David Warner, who was running out of form since this summer, has finally found his groove and helped his team chase the target of 155 runs in just 17 overs. On the bowling front, Adam Zampa’s (4-0-12-2) clinical spell restricted Sri Lanka for a moderate score of 154.
The Australians had won the toss and invited Sri Lankans to bat first. Pat Cummins gave them an early breakthrough by dismissing Nissanka in the third over. However, Kusal Perera (35) and Asalanka’s (35) partnership of 63 runs has put Sri Lanka in a dominant position. The Aussies came back strong in the 10th over and got the wickets of Asalanka, Perera, Avishka Fernando, and Hasaranga in four consecutive overs. With the help of Rajapaksa’s (33*) quick-fire knock, Sri Lanka posted a score of 154/6 in 20 overs. Starc, Cummins, and Zampa took two wickets each.
The Aussies had a great start while chasing this total. Openers David Warner (65) and Aaron Finch (37) made a partnership of 70 runs in just 6.5 overs and gave the chase a strong foundation. After Finch’s dismissal, Warner took care of the rest with the support of Steve Smith (28*). Finally, Australia managed to score 155/3 in 17 overs.
Sri Lanka will next take on South Africa and Australia will face England in its next game. Both matches will be held on October 30.