Australia have registered a clean-sweep in their three-match Twenty20 International series on Friday where they beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets on the back of another half-century from in-form opener David Warner. The home team showed a dominant performance throughout the series, winning by 134 runs in Adelaide and by nine wickets in Brisbane respectively before the clash in Melbourne.
Sri Lanka had a pretty bad show with both bat and ball so far, but they finally posted a competitive total of 142 for six where Kusal Perera scored a 57 off 45. Earlier in the innings, Aaron Finch won the toss and put the visitors into bat. Sri Lanka openers failed to provide a steady start as Niroshan Dickwella went for a golden duck.
However, Kusal Mendis and Perera added 30 runs before Kane Richardson got dismissed. Later, Perera and Avishka Fernando added a 43-run partnership, before Fernando was caught near the boundary line off Pat Cummins for mere 20. However, Kusal Perera showed some aggression and kept scoring, bringing up his sixth T20 half-century off just 38 balls. However, his knock ended at 57 and Sri Lanak managed to put up 142.
While chasing, Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch got off to a flying start and both added 69 runs before Finch got out for 37 runs. Steve Smith too failed to do well but Ashton Turner gave well support to David Warner who scored another fifty in the game.
However, the thing which made headline was none other than Lahiru Kumara’s delivery to David Warner on the 15th over. Warner tried to pull the ball but mistimed it and the ball bounced and hit the stumps. The light up but don’t fall off and left a smile on Warner’s face who was playing at 42 off 40 then.
Australia eventually won the game on the back of another quickfire knock of Warner who smashed 57* off 50 with the help of 4 fours and a six.