Watch out England, Warner’s found his form! Australia warm up for Saturday’s pre-Ashes clash by crushing Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup as Aaron Finch’s side cruise to a seven-wicket victory which sends them top of Group 1
- Australia cruised to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at the T20 World Cup
- It’s two wins from two for the Aussies in Dubai and they are now top of Group 1
- David Warner hit 65 off 42 balls to put a woeful run of form behind him
- Aaron Finch’s team can now turn their attentions to facing England on Saturday
Australia warmed up for Saturday’s pre-Ashes clash with England by crushing Sri Lanka in Dubai.
The seven-wicket success – completed with three overs unused – made it two wins out of two for Aaron Finch’s team at the Twenty20 World Cup and put them level on points with their weekend opponents at the top of Group 1.
Of their impending challenge, Finch said: ‘It’s always a great battle, no matter what the format of the game. We’ve had some great tussles with them over the last little while.
Australia cruised to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at the T20 World Cup on Thursday
Australia’s David Warner (left) hit 65 off 42 balls to put a woeful run of form behind him
‘They have been the form side in the white-ball format for a long time. We know how they play – they are aggressive and take the game on, so it will be entertaining.’
On Thursday, David Warner hit 65 off 42 balls to put a woeful run of form – which saw him scrimp just 17 runs in five innings either side of being dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad – behind him.
Finch also struggled for fluency in recent weeks but Australia’s established opening duo took advantage of Sri Lankan profligacy with the new ball to collect 63 unbroken runs during the powerplay – the highest such tally in the tournament so far.
Warner was gifted a life on 18 when wicketkeeper Kusal Perera made a hash of a straightforward gloved chance down the leg-side off Dushmantha Chameera.
Australia’s established opening duo took advantage of Sri Lankan profligacy with the new ball
But Dasun Shanaka’s bowling attack caused few other moments of concern, other than when leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga had ball in hand: Finch chopped on for 37 and Glenn Maxwell fell cheaply soon afterwards.
Warner succumbed going aerial as Australia looked to improve their net run rate via a dash for the finish line.
Earlier, it was another leggie in Adam Zampa who altered the momentum of the contest with man-of-the-match figures of 4-0-12-2.
Sri Lanka appeared on course to post a more challenging target than 155 but Zampa’s spell plunged them from 78 for one in the 10th over to 94 for five 17 deliveries later.
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