Sri Lanka vs Australia Group 1 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup October 28 Dubai Match Report 2021

David Warner returned to form by scoring a sparkling 65 as Australia secured an emphatic seven wicket win over Sri Lanka in Dubai on Thursday.

After being asked to bat by Australia skipper, Pat Cummins struck early by dismissing Pathum Nissanka (7) caught off top edge by David Warner.

The pair of Kusal Perera and Charith Asalanka added 63 runs for the second wicket before the latter was dismissed by Adam Zampa.

Mitchell Starc then got into the act by dismissing the dangerous Perera (35) bowled by a superb yorker.

Avishka Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva failed to contribute with the bat as Lankans lost half their side with the score on 94.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored a quickfire 26 ball-33 in the end to take Sri Lanka to a competitive total of 154/6 in their allotted 20 overs.

For Aussies, Starc, Cummins and Zampa claimed 2 wickets each.

Chasing 155, Australian openers Aaron Finch and David Warner got their side off to a blistering start. The duo added 70 runs for the opening wicket before the former chopped a Wanindu Hasaranga delivery on to his stumps for 37.

Glenn Maxwell who was promoted at No 3 fell cheaply, as he dragged a delivery from Hasaranga to Fernando at deep mid-wicket for 5.

Warner who was earlier dropped by Kusal Perera down the leg side off Dushmantha Chameera on 18, was finally dismissed caught at wide long off by Bhanuka Rajapaksha off Dasun Shanaka for a well made 65. His knock came off 42 balls with 10 fours.

Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten on 28 & 16 as Australia reached the target comfortably with three overs to spare.

Adam Zampa was declared the Player of the Match.

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