Warner, Maxwell star as Australia trounce Sri Lanka in T20 series opener

Pacers Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake produced a brilliant spell of fast-bowling as Australia thrash New Zealand in the opening T20I of the tri-nation series in Sydney on Saturday.

The day started with Sri Lankan Skipper Lasith Malinga winning the toss and opting to bowl first.His decision paid backfired completely as Australia’s opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch added 122 runs in the first 10 overs.

David Warner found form with the bat and looked fluent in his innings. Left-hander finished the innings with the top-score of 100 runs off 56 balls with the help of ten fours and four sixes. He was well supported by Captain Aaron Finch, who chipped in with 64 off 36 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes.

A breathtaking 62 runs off just 28 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes from all-rounder Glenn Maxwell helped Australia post a mammoth total of  233 runs for the loss of two wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

For Sri Lanka, Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep claimed one wicket each.

Hosts Australia register a mammoth 134-run win over the Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval

Chasing a big total, Sri Lanka made the worse possible start to their innings as Danushka Gunathilaka and his opening partner Kusal Mendis went back to the pavilion at the score of just 13.The visitors lost wickets at regular intervals and could only score 99 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

All-rounder Dasun Shanaka finished the innings with the top score of 17 off 16 with the help of one four and one six, whereas s Wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera scored 16 off 16 with the help of one four

For Australia, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc claimed two wickets, whereas leg-spinner Adam Zampa picked up three wickets in his four overs.

For his blistering unbeaten century, David Warner was named player of the match.

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