ICC T20 WC: Australia register their second straight win
Australia registered their second win of the Super 12 Group 1 stage as they beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday night.
After being asked to bat, Sri Lanka posted 154 for six in their 20 overs and Australia chased down the target in 17 overs to finish on 155 for three.
Earlier, Sri Lanka made one change in their line-up bringing in Maheesh Theekshana in place of Binura Fernando.
Sri Lanka's innings was revived by a 63 run second wicket stand between Kusal Perera and Charith Asalanka. Then there was a collapse as Sri Lanka slipped from 78 for one to 94 for five. That set Sri Lanka back by a long way as the lower middle-order had to get their eye in. Thereafter, Bhanuka Rajapaksa took charge as he remained unbeaten 33 off 26 balls with four boundaries and a six. Towards the end Sri Lanka finished on 154 for six in their 20 overs.
For Australia the best bowlers were Mitchell Starc (2-27), Pat Cummins (2-34) and Adam Zampa (2-12).
In their reply, captain Aaron Finch and David Warner started off well as they put on 70 for the first wicket. Warner finished on 65 off 42 balls with 10 boundaries. Warner added 50 for the third wicket with Steven Smith (28 n.o.) as Australia inched towards the victory target. Towards the end Australia finished on 155 for three as they registered their second straight win in the ICC T20 World Cup.
Sri Lanka: 154-6 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Pathum Nissanka-2.3 ov), 2-78 (Charith Asalanka-9.4 ov), 3-86 (Kusal Perera-10.3 ov), 4-90 (Avishka Fernando-11.5 ov), 5-94 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva-12.2 ov), 6-134 (Dasun Shanaka-17.4 ov)
Australia: 155-3 (17)
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Aaron Finch-6.5 ov), 2-80 (Glenn Maxwell-8.3 ov), 3-130 (David Warner-14.6 ov)
Result: Australia won by seven wickets
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captin), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wicket-keeper), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana
Toss: Australia, elected to field
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Aleem Dar, Richard Illingworth (On-field umpires); Marais Erasmus (TV Umpire); Joel Wilson (Reserve Umpire); Jeff Crowe (Match-referee)