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Finch and Warner added 122 for the opening wicket.

Australia take 1-0 lead

They have won by 134 runs and will probably come out on top if they try and defend this as well right away. That's how poor Sri Lanka have been. The visitors made only 99 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 20 overs. They need to put this behind them and come up with a massive performance in the second game.

Aaaannddd he is gone!!

Scratch that. The review made absolutely no difference as Rajitha comes down the track and misses the ball completely to get stumped. Sri Lanka lose number nine now.

A wicket and a successful referral

Zampa first gets rid of Sandakan with a well tossed up delivery and then thinks he has had one more man in the same over but Rajitha successfully overturns the decision for lbw. Can Sri Lanka touch hundred here?

The procession continues

What's going on out there? This is absolute shambles. Some of these shots do not make sense. Shanaka takes on Zampa and miscues it miserably to Richardson at backward point.

Great work from Maxi

He was on the mic interacting with the commentators but Maxwell is sharp as always on the field. A rocket throw catches Hasaranga well short of his crease and Sri Lanka lose number six.

Another one

This is painful to watch now. Surely this is one of the most lopsided T20Is we've ever seen. This was a well executed yorker from Starc and Kusal Perera couldn't bring his bat down in time. Australia are going for the kill.

Timber

Agar bowls one quickly and Fernando inside edges it on to the stumps. Sri Lanka are 49/4 after 10 overs.

Powerplay - SL 29/3

Not only did Australia score almost double that of what Sri Lanka made now in the powerplay, the hosts also didn't lose a wicket and built on that momentum to post a huge score. Sri Lanka are in absolute tatters.

2 in 2

Cummins strikes again!! And this time it's Rajapaksa who loses his stumps. This was just a length ball at middle and leg and the batsman completely fails to connect. You miss and I hit. Cummins misses the hat-trick but he has effectively ended the chase here. I just don't see how Sri Lanka can recover from 14/3 after four overs.

Gunathilaka falls

The batsman steps down the track and only manages to miscue this to Warner at mid off. This is poor from Sri Lanka. Cummins opens his column now.

Starc strikes early

Kusal Mendis is already back in the pavilion. Starc bowls a short ball and Kusal doesn't connect properly with the pull shot. The top edge is taken easily by Turner.

The chase begins..

What a daunting task this is to kickoff your tour. Sri Lanka need 234 runs to win this T20I and they definitely need a miracle against this bowling attack.

Century for Davy

What an innings this is!! He has sent a massive statement to the rest of the teams as well for the next year's T20 WC. He needed 8 runs at the start of the final over to get to a century and lost Maxwell with three balls left in the innings. But Warner got to face the final two deliveries from which he managed to fetch three runs to get to the century off just 56 balls on his 33rd birthday.

What a shot!!

50 off just 22 balls

He is absolutely bossing it out in the middle. Australia go past 200 and Maxwell gets to his fifty. He is already on 56 off 23 and Warner is nine short of a century at the other end.

Maxwell tees off

15 balls, 36 runs already from his bat. Maxwell's promotion is working out for Australia. He is teeing off and Australia are already 185 for 1 after 16 overs. They can easily add another 50 runs in the final four overs.

A breakthrough at last

Sandakan removes Finch. Gets this one to bounce a touch more and Finch looking to mow another ball out of the ground, gets a top-edge. Kusal Mendis runs in from long-on and holds on to the miscue.

36-ball 64 for the Australian captain. Top knock!

Now a 50 for Warner

It's a double-barrelled assault on Sri Lanka. Warner may have started looking a little iffy on the crease but he has grown in confidence since. The reverse sweeps against the spinners are now being played with authority. It's his 33rd birthday today! He's gifted himself a nice little gift. Can he make it a big one?

50 for Finch

He has been under a little bit of pressure to get a substantial T20 score for Australia and he has led from the front here. His third six bring up a half-century off just 31 balls. And Australia are really punishing Sri Lanka from both ends here as the 100 is brought up in the tenth over. This could really bad for the visitors tonight.

Powerplay to Australia

Both Warner and Finch are looking in very good touch as Australia raced to 57 for no loss in the powerplay. Sri Lanka quickly need a wicket here else one of these will wreak havoc with all ten wickets left in the innings.

Toss - Sri Lanka opt to bowl

No surprises there. It's the way to go in T20 cricket. Win the toss and opt to chase. Cummins, Agar, Starc, Richardson and Zampa form the bowling attack for Australia with Turner also fit to play.

Teams:

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Perera(w), Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga(c)

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

Build up

Australia are all set to kickstart a home summer that looks to be extremely vital considering they will be hosting the T20 WC in another 12 months. The Aussies had a pretty decent World Cup making it to the semifinals and then went onto regain the Ashes to ooze in confidence at the moment. But T20 is a format where they would love to reign supreme. And the preparations begin today with Sri Lanka visiting the shores for a short three-match series.

The focus once again shifts to David Warner and Steve Smith who enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the Ashes. The dynamic duo are all set to play at home for the first time since their comeback. With Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in the ranks as well, Australia are at full strength. Speaking of full strength, Sri Lanka look ready as well after some of their big names skipped the Pakistan tour. The fact that they managed to beat the World number one side with a depleted side shows that they are not going to be pushovers tonight.

Can Lasith Malinga still weave his old magic? Can Steve Smith find success in the shortest format as well to find a permanent spot in a batting line up that seems to have loads of options especially in the top order? There's so much to look forward to in Australia's first home game of the 2019-20 summer. Welcome to the live blog for this opening T20I. Tweet in your opinions @Narbavi and have them featured on the blog.

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