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Can Australia maintain their superior record against SL in T20Is?
All-round Australia make it two in two in Super 12
A comfortable win for Australia with 3 overs to spare. That will certainly help with the NRR in this difficult Group 1. Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc were fantastic with the ball, bringing Australia back in the game after Asalanka had led Sri Lanka to a strong start on a good pitch. 155 was never going to be a challenging target and Warner-Finch ensured that it didn't even get near that. Warner scored a 31-ball fifty, finding his touch again after a difficult couple of weeks.
Shanaka gets Warner caught in the deep as the batter looks to go for another lofted shot. Perhaps wanted to finish it quick and get that NRR a boost but no dice. Still, Australia are well on track for a comfy win.
Warner gets a fifty
Oh he's back. Gets to his fifty off only 31 balls and Australia look on course. They have Steve Smith steady from the other end while Warner is going hammer and tongs at this one. Looks like a straight forward chase for Australia from here…
Hasaranga with the wicket again. Maxwell had played a crisp reverse-sweep earlier in the over but doesn't get it right this time and is caught on the ropes.
Finally a wicket after 70 odd quick runs. Tried to cut a googly from Hasaranga and chops it onto his stumps. What can SL make of this opening? Out walks Glenn Maxwell.
Warner, Finch quick… Warner dropped
Warner (and his top-edge) dropped on 18 by Kusal Perera behind the stumps and Chameera can only look and stare. Until now, Warner alongside Finch had dominated both Chameera and Kumara's 148ks, chanrging at them and hitting the ball through the line on a good pitch. And the runs are flowed in Dubai, with Australia's 50 up in only 4.2 overs!
Australia keep Sri Lanka to 154
From 78/1 in the 10th over, a total of 154 looks a bit short but we'll see. Zampa struck at a crucial time and Australia dominated thereafter, with Starc returning with his hard lengths and yorkers… Rajapaksa played a good cameo and ensured that SL finished with a respectable total. Can they defend it?
Mitchell Starc: (When asked about the niggle) It's all good. No stress, nice to have a couple come out. Took a few overs to get there. Couple of partnerships there but I thought we dragged them back nicely after the powerplay. It's a pretty average score for this wicket. Hopefully we can chase it down. Our first game here, few guys have played in the IPL. Definitely have got firepower in the shed, few partnerships and hopefully we're on the better side of it by the end of the night.
Sri Lanka keep losing wickets
Zampa and Starc combine again to get rid of Avishka Fernando and Hasaranga, and it's all gone downhill for Sri Lanka. From 78/1 to 94/5. Zampa was the one who created the breathrough and Australia have romped home the advantage. Aggressive bowling, short and yorker lengths thrown in there, and backed by superb fielding.
Hits Starc for a smoking six but the bowler comes back next ball with a yorker from hell. Bowled. Starc bowled a few more after that but the batters have been able to keep them out, just about.
Zampa ends quick stand, Asalanka falls
A googly this time and Asalanka goes against the spin and falls to these long boundaries in Dubai. Sri Lanka have been scoring pretty quickly but it'll be interesting to see if they keep going. They still have Kusal Perera in the middle who seems to have found his touch finally.
SL finish with 53/1 in powerplay
Asalanka is batting like a dream. Sweeps, straight hits and a little bit of luck… it's all going Sri Lanka's way after that early wicket. Hazlewood has been tight but Cummins has proved to be a little expensive, giving away 21 runs in his 2 overs so far.
Cummins gets Nissanka early
Oh that's chipped off to Warner at mid-off. Just hit a boundary but gets the timing awfully wrong on this occasion, does Pathum Nissanka. Meanwhile, Charith Asalanka is going very well at the other end, don't go away anywhere…
Toss and teams
Unchannged Australia opt to bowl. “Looks like a really nice wicket, it's not going to change a huge amount. Not quite hot as it usually is in Dubai,” says Aaron Finch. Dasun Shanaka says that the team is prepared for a “very good contest.” Maheesh Theekshana is fit and comes in for Fernando in the only team change.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kusal Perera(w), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Hello and welcome to the Super 12 game between Australia and Sri Lanka from the T20 WC 2021. While Australia might have their eyes on the England game, they first have to get past Sri Lanka over whom they have enjoyed a superior record since 2016, losing only 2 of the 8 matches.
“The last time David Warner came up against Sri Lanka in a T20I series, they couldn't get him out. They couldn't stop him either. To the extent that he ended up smashing 217 runs across three innings, which included a blistering ton at the Adelaide Oval,” writes Bharat Sundaresan in our match preview.