The opening batsman, David Warner, did well with an attacking 65 to help Australia second consecutive victory in the 20-and-20 World Cup with a knockout of seven wickets from Sri Lanka on Thursday. Warner, who was dropped by his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad after two bad games last month, smashed 10 fours in his 42-ball as Australia reached its target of 155 with 18 balls left in Dubai. Warner and captain Aaron Finch, who made 37, took Sri Lankan bowlers apart with an opening stance of 70. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa produced impressive 2-12 figures to help Sri Lanka narrow to 154-6 despite Bhanuka Rajapaksa s unbeaten 33 off. 26 balle.
In response, the left-right batting pair of Warner and Finch punished the opposition bowlers with regular boundaries, while the secret spinner Maheesh Theekshana successfully thwarted.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga got Finch in the course of the game when the batsman slammed a googly on his stumps. He hit 37 of 23 deliveries.
Glenn Maxwell’s promotion to number three did not yield results as he fell for five in Hasaranga’s next over, but there was no stopping Warner.
The left-handed batsman, who survived an extension at 18 when wicketkeeper Kusal Perera dropped an easy catch from Dushmantha Chameera, reached his fifty in 31 balls.
Warner eventually fell to Dasun Shanaka before Steve Smith, who made 28, and Marcus Stoinis, who made 16, carried the team home.
Zampa earlier started looking at Sri Lanka’s fast after Charith Asalanka and Kusal Perera – both scored 35 – put up 63 for the second wicket.
Pat Cummins struck first with the wicket of Pathum Nissanka in the third over of the innings, but the new man Asalanka soon struck back with three straight boundaries from the fast bowler.
The left-handed Asalanka persisted and tackled Maxwell’s turn when Sri Lanka scored 64 runs from the first six overs of power play.
Zampa broke through with his leg spinning googly to get Asalanka trapped at back square leg.
Mitchell Starc bowled Perera, a left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman, with a scorching yorker in the next over with Australia entering the middle order of the opposition.
Zampa took down Avishka Fernando and Starc sent Wanindu Hasaranga back for four as Sri Lanka dropped to 94-5 in the 13th over.
Rajapaksa stood firm to miss Zampa’s fourth over before launching an attack when he smashed Marcus Stoinis for two fours and a six in a 17 – over.
Left-handers Rajapaksa and Shanaka collected 40 runs from 32 balls before the captain stepped back for 12 from Cummins.
Rajapaksa struck four fours and one six in his 26-ball beat, but the innings were not enough for Sri Lanka, who went on to their first defeat in the second phase.
They beat Bangladesh in their opening match.
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