Australia managed to clinch a comfortable win over Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 game of the series played in Melbourne. David Warner once again produced a crucial half-century to help Australia beat India by seven wickets. With this result, Australia completed a 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka in the T20I series.
In pursuit of 145 runs, David Warner and Captain Aaron Finch got Australia off to a flying start and added 69 runs for the opening wicket. Captain Aaron Finch played well and scored 37 off 25 balls with help of one four and three sixes. He was well supported by David Warner, who once again produced a notable score in this game.
Steven Smith failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 13 runs off 9 balls with the help of two boundaries. Ben McDermott failed to make an impression as Lasith Malinga claimed first wicket of the game.
Ashton Turner came to the crease and put on 46-run partnership with David Warner to help Australia complete the chase with 14 balls to spare. Davis Warner was the standout performer for Australia in this game and finished the innings with the top-score of 57 off 50 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
Pace bowler Lahiru Kumara erred in his lengths and conceded 49 runs from his four overs. Captain Lasith Malinga was standout bowler for the side with figures of 1 for 22 in his four overs. The spinners were unable to produce tidy overs against the likes of Warner and Finch.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first. Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc dismissed Niroshan Dickwella in the opening over of the innings. Kusal Perera played well in this series finale for Sri Lanka. He added 30 runs with Kusal Mendis in attempt to rebuild the innings after the loss of early wicket.
Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka and notched up a crucial half-century with the help of four fours and one six. Pace bowler Pat Cummins produced a crucial breakthrough and dismissed Perera to keep Sri Lanka’s batsmen in check for the remainder of the innings. With the dismissal of Perera, Sri Lanka could only score 30-odd runs in the last four overs of the innings.
Shehan Jayasuriya and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored crucial cameos to see Sri Lanka post 142 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs.
For Australia, Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets. Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson also produced probing spells for Australia in the initial Powerplay overs.