Finch, Head guide Australia to tense last over finish against Sri Lanka

Aaron Finch scored 137 runs off 109 balls for Australia
Aaron Finch scored 137 runs off 109 balls for Australia
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Australia 319-8 (Finch 137) beat
Sri Lanka 318-7 (Mathews 95) by two wickets
Warm-up game, ICC Champions Trophy, Kennington Oval

A blistering century from Aaron Finch followed by an unbeaten 85 from Travis Head proved enough as Australia managed to chase down 319 against Sri Lanka in the final over with two wickets in hand in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game at Kennington Oval.

Chasing a massive total, Australia lost David Warner (19) in the 12th over after an uncharacteristic 32-ball knock but Finch (137) at the other end ensured they were on par with the run-rate, completing a 40-ball fifty that included seven fours and two sixes.

With Steven Smith rested, Chris Lynn (19) came to bat at number three and was looking dangerous after hitting Seekkuge Prasanna (0-35) for a couple of sixes in the 19th over but was dismissed by Lakshan Sandakan (2-69) in the next over.

With Moises Henriques (10) too run out, Australia were precariously placed at 143 for three in the 25th over and that's when Finch and Head (85 not out) joined together for a decisive 75 run stand during which the Aussie opener completed his century with a six, needing just 76 deliveries for the milestone.

Lasith Malinga (1-32) had a good eight over work out for Sri Lanka and by the end of 30 overs, Australia were placed 184 for three. Finch decided to up the ante further and was looking threatening after he plundered a six and a four off Sandakan in the 31st over.

Nuwan Pradeep (3-57) brought Sri Lanka back into the game with wickets of successive deliveries to remove Finch and Glenn Maxwell (0) as Australia needed 97 runs from the final 84 deliveries. Matthew Wade (13) became Malinga's first dismissal after the slinger castled him with a beauty and Australia were left with 76 runs needed off the final 10 overs.

Head completed a brilliant 52 ball fifty but Australia lost Marcus Stoinis (15) at the other end. Head struck three boundaries in the next three overs to ease out the pressure and despite losing James Pattinson (9), he along with Pat Cummins (4 not out) ensured Australia crossed the line with two wickets and as many balls to spare.

Australia will face Pakistan next in their warm-up fixture on 29th May while Sri Lanka will face New Zealand a day later with both the matches scheduled in Birmingham.

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