First T20: Easy ten wickets win for Aussies


Sri Lanka lost their last nine wickets for just 28 runs and were bowled out for 128, and Australia made light work of the chase as they completed an easy ten wickets win in the 1st T20 played at R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo yesterday.

Sri Lanka never was in the game during the chase as skipper Aaron Finch (61*) and David Warner (70*) gave no breathing space for SL bowlers, chasing the tally in just 14 overs leaving the packed stadium disappointed. Warner’s 50 came in 33 deliveries and was then given life on 56 by Pathum Nissanka dropping him at cover, while Finch’s 50 came in 37 deliveries.

Visitors were 101 for no loss when rain interrupted play for the second time which lasted half an hour before they came back to finish things off in no time while most of the disappointed fans had already left the stadium during the interruption.

Earlier Sri Lanka were well set to launch a challenging score, getting to 100 in 11.4 overs for the loss of only one wicket, but soon followed a somewhat familiar script losing nine wickets for 28 runs and being bowled out for 128.

Pathum Nissanka (36) and Charith Asalanka (38) were well set adding 61 for the second wicket before Nissanka was bowled by Starc. Josh Hazlewood then came into action, running through the middle order, including two in two, and finished with 4 for 16. Kusal Mendis could only add one run to the tally before he top-edged against Hazlewood. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, fresh from playing in the IPL, received a huge cheer when he walked into the middle, but was soon sent back for a golden duck by Hazlewood, and skipper Dasun Shanaka followed soon after, trapped LBW.

Only Wanindu Hasaranga got into double figures (17) from among the batters who came after Asalanka, with Sri Lanka losing nine wickets for just 28 runs in 46 deliveries.

Gunathilaka took a bit of time, but got into gear with two amazing scoops for a six and four adding 26 off 15, but smashed one straight to Mitchell Marsh at deep point off Josh Hazelwood, drawing first blood for Aussies.

Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka b Starc                               36

DGunathilaka c March b Hazlewood             26

Charith Asalanka run out                                38

Kusal Mendis c Agar b Hazlewood                01

B Rajapaksa c Wade b Hazlewood                 00

Dasun Shanaka lbw Hazlewood 00

W Hasaranga de Silva c Finch b Starc           17

Chamika Karunarathne run out                      01

D Chameera c Warner b Starc                        01

MTheekshana c Warner b Richardson          01

Nuwan Thushara not out                                00

Extras (w7)                                                        07

Total (All out in 19.3 overs)                           128

Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 4.2 ov), 2-100 (Pathum Nissanka, 11.6 ov), 3-102 (Kusal Mendis, 13.1 ov), 4-103 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 13.4 ov), 5-103 (Dasun Shanaka, 13.6 ov), 6-116 (Charith Asalanka, 15.4 ov), 7-118 (Chamika Karunaratne, 16.1 ov), 8-127 (Dushmantha Chameera, 18.1 ov), 9-128 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, 18.3 ov), 10-128 (Maheesh Theekshana, 19.3 ov)

Bowling:  Mitchell Starc 4-0-26-3, Josh Hazlewood 4-0-16-4 , Mitchell Marsh 2-0-21-0, Glenn Maxwell 2-0-18-0 , Kane Richardson 3.3-0-22-1 , Ashton Agar 4-0-25-0


Aaron Finch  not out                                 61

David Warner not out                                70

Extras  (w3)                                                03

Total (0 wickets in 14 overs)                   134

Bowling : Maheesh Theekshana 4-0-25-0 , Nuwan Thushara 2-0-21-0, Dushmantha Chameera 4-0-28-0, Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 2-0-27-0, Chamika Karunarathne 2-0-13-0

By Anjana Kaluarachchi