Never underestimate the Aussies. For all of the critics who had forged a shadow skepticism on their possibilities in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, the Australian workforce’s efficiency in the Tuesday tie in opposition to Sri Lanka proved they’ve sufficient gas in the tank to drag again and punch up.
After limiting the Lankan lions to 157 on the lack of six wickets, and shackling their run fee all the way down to a paltry 7.5, the Kangaroos chased down the goal in sixteen overs and three balls, and on the lack of solely three wickets. While Warner left early, and with none fireworks, the remainder of the batting line-up had determined to attain shortly. Both Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell appeared to let free, scoring 3 fours and three sixes between themselves, however in the end perished to 2 straightforward catches. Marcus Stoinis nevertheless, wouldn’t let off the steam. Scoring with large fury, he made 59 runs in 18 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes. He was additionally awarded the Man of the Match award.
The solely Australian who didn’t be part of the fury street, was captain Aaron Finch. Finch as an alternative slipped into the position of the innings anchor, scoring a gradual 31 off 42 balls, and hitting a lone six.
The Lankan bowlers to didn’t counter the Stoinis’s blitz, whilst captain Dasun Shanaka introduced in at least seven bowlers into the assault. Of these, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, and Maheesh Theekshana scored a wicket every.
Earlier, the Lankan batting had scampered through to 157 with Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka scoring the best — 40 off 45 balls with two fours and 38 off 25 balls with 3 fours and a couple of sixes, respectively.
Despite the win, the Aussies are nonetheless behind Sri Lanka in the Group 1 standings, having misplaced their match in opposition to New Zealand. While Lanka too has misplaced one and gained considered one of its two matches to date, they’re presently forward of Australia in web run fee — +0.450 in opposition to -1.555. The Australians’ low run fee comes from the massive margin of their loss in opposition to New Zealand final Saturday. The Black Kaps had bowled out their neighbours at a complete of 111 in 17 overs, whereas chasing a goal of 200 runs.
They will take on Afghanistan in the second Group 1 match on Wednesday. The different conflict in the identical group will occur between England and Ireland, earlier in the day.