Sri Lanka suffered their biggest defeat in T20Is as Australia hammered them with a 85-run loss in hte first T20I in Pallekele on Tuesday. Australia also scored the highest team total in T20Is.
Opener Glenn Maxwell fired a blistering 145 not out as Australia posted a world record 263 after some poor bowling an fielding by Sri Lanka.
Maxwell struck 14 fours and nine sixes during his 65-ball stay to help Australia break a nine-year record held by Sri Lanka, who scored 260/6 against Kenya in 2007.
Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to bowl bu Australia skipper David Warner gave the visitors a fiery start with his 28 runs off 12 balls as he put on a 57-run opening partnership with Maxwell to lay a solid foundation.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st T20I Scorecard (Click here)
This is Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat in T20Is and first against Australia at home
ALL OVER! Boland finishes off the formalities and Australia beat Sri Lanka by 85 runs in the first T20I
WICKET! Starc finishes 19th over and his spell with a wicket. Lakmal top edges it and Starc runs down the pitch to finish an impressive catch
WICKET! Chamara Kapugedera tries to go inside out on a wide ball but gets an outside edge. Caught at backward point. Starc gets his second
4 4 2 6 4 1 – 18th over costs Australia 21 runs but they placed comfortably in the match
17 overs gone and Sri Lanka are 153/7 and need 111 more runs to win this
And another one! Boland has two wickets in an over! Pathirana is caught at covers
OUT! Good catch from Henriques to dismiss Chandimal. Boland strikes
Chandimal has a fifty but to take Sri Lanka over the line will be a huge task
Three runs off the 11th over and Sri Lanka are 96 for 5
WICKET! Zampa strikes in his second over! Perera tries to go over mid-wicket but outside edge and caught at point. Sri Lanka 5 down
Only 13 runs off the last two overs from spinners Zampa and Maxwell. Sri Lanka slipping now
Adam Zampa will bowl the ninth over and Perera is on strike
Sri Lanka are 80/4 after 8 overs against AUstralia. Chandimal and Perera at the crease
WICKET! Kusal Mendis tries to pull one from outside off and straight to square-leg. MAxwell holds on to the catch
Seven over gone and Sri Lanka are 67/3 in chase of 264. Henriques to bowl 8th over
SIX! Mendis connects and sends it over square-leg and way back into the stands. First six of the innings
CHANCE! Mendis runs after Chandimal plays it with soft hands. Faulkner picks and throws but missed. Mendis would have been miles out
End of powerlay and Sri Lanka are 56/3 in the chase of 264. Chandimal and Mendis at the crease
Mendis lofts it over covers and he will get a four. Gets off the mark and fifty for Australia
Henriques to bowl the sixth over and Chandimal takes a single off the first ball
Great over from Faulkner as he gives only a single and also picks up the wicket. Sri Lanka are 45/3 after 5 overs
BOWLED! Back of the hand ball from Faulkner! De Silva wanted to scoop it over short fine-leg but exposed his leg-stump and is bowled
Chandimal takes a single on the first ball from Faulkner and De Silva is on strike now
Faulkner into the attack for the fifth over. Chandimal on strike
Slower ball from Boland to which Chandimal puts bat and guides it to fine-leg! Sri Lanka 44/2 after 4 overs
Slower, short ball from Boland and Chandimal picks it early! Pulls it over mid-wicket for four
Chandimal gets a quicker one from Boland and manages to put bat on ball. Past the bowlers and mid-on fielder for four
A slower one from Boland to Chandimal who fails to connect and it a dot ball
A short-ball on the leg-side but De Silve misses out to put that away. Only a single to short fine-leg
Wide down the leg-side from Boland and he has to bowl the second ball again
De Silva begins the fourth over with a four over covers. A good looking shot from the right-hander
16 runs off that third over from Starc and Sri Lanka are 29/2. Required run rate creeping up
WICKET! Kusal, after getting a four, slashes on a wide ball. It takes the outside edge and travels to third man. Starc takes the catch as Boland strikes
Dhananjaya de Silva takes two runs off the last ball and Sri Lanka are 11/1 after 1 over
BOWLED! Mitchell Starc gets thing going for Australia as he castles Dilshan! The ball moved into Dilshan who missed it
Sri Lanka openers Tillakratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera are out in the middle. Mitchell Starc to bowl
England broke Sri Lanka’s record of highest total in ODIs and now Australia broke the record in T20Is. All this in just one week
WICKET! Head is caught on the last ball of the innings and Australia will finish with 263/3, a record total
SIX! Travis Head has sent one over long-on and that is the record for Australia for highest team total – 263
Head hits one past short fine-leg and gets a four! Australia 253/2 now. Need 8 more runs to break the record
Maxwell smashes it through covers but can only manage a single. Australia 249/2
Head gets one away to square-leg and gets single. Maxwell on strike now
Australia are 247/2 after 19 overs. Can they break Sri Lanka’s record of highest team total in T20Is – 259/6 against Kenya in 2007?
Head is scoring at a strike-rate of more than 200. He is 29* off 12 and Australia now clearly can break the highest total in T20Is
Aaron Finch has scored 156, which is the highest score in T20Is. Maxwell is on 142* with two overs remaining
DROPPED! Travis Head hits one straight to square-leg but the fielder puts down a catch down his throat
Maxwell goes again, and again! He has hit three sixes over long-on! Poor bowling from Senanayake! Australia 218/2 after 17 overs
200 up for Australia in the 17th over! Maxwell with a big six over long-on off Senanayake
HUNDRED! Glenn Maxwell has a maiden T20I hundred off just 49 balls. He skies a waist high no-ball which is dropped by Dilshan but Maxwell completes two runs. Standing ovation for him from his teammates
Trvais Head pushes a wide ball to covers and takes a single. Maxwell on strike and on 98*
Maxwell takes 10 runs off the last three balls of 15th over. That reverse-weep is going good for him. He move onto 98*. Australia 178/2
After 14 overs, Australia are 166/2. Maxwell on 87*. Perera to bowl the 15th over
WICKET! USman Khawaja hits Pathirana straight to long-off and Australia lose second wicket. Out for 36
Maxwell smashes one and it goes high. Fielder catches it but fails to balance and steps on the ropes. SIX more for Maxwell
12 overs gone and Australia are 134/1. Maxwell has taken over the scoring!
Maxwell and Khawaja complete a couple and with that Australia bring up their 100 in the 10th over
Rajitha manages to finish the over with two dot balls. They are 98/1 after 9 overs
And Maxwell flicks a full-toss and it travels over the fine-leg fielder for another six
FIFTY! Glenn Maxwell connects and it travels all the way into the stands. The six brings up his fifty of 27 balls
Only 12 runs from the last two overs for Australia and they are 85/1 after 8 overs. Maxwell on 44*
End of the powerplay! Australia are 73/1 as Perera goes for 15 runs in his over
Usman Khawaja is the new man in for Australia. Perera to bowl the last over of the powerplay
BOWLED! Warner tries to sweep but misses it completely. Senanayake gives him a send-off. Australia 57/1
SIX and FOUR! Maxwell reverse sweeps Senanayake for ten runs off his first two balls
Rajitha has given away 19 runs off his first over. Warner hitting four fours and Australia are 33/0 after 3 overs
Australia open with Glenn Maxwell and David Warner. Senanayke goes for three runs in the first over
Australia: Warner, Khawaja, Head, Bailey, Maxwell, Henriques, Nevill, Faulkner, Starc, Zampa, Boland
Sri Lanka: Perera, Dilshan, Mendis, Chandimal, Dhananjaya, Kapugedara, Pathirana, Thisara, Senanayake, Lakmal, Rajitha
Sri Lanka have won the toss and they’re bowling first. David Warner has not won a toss since he became captain on this series
Skipper David Warner’s fluent century and a disciplined bowling effort powered Australia to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele as the visitors took the series 4-1 on Sunday.
Australia, who took an unassailable 3-1 lead in Dambulla on Wednesday, rode on a record 132-run partnership between Warner and George Bailey (44) to chase down 196 in 43 overs on a sluggish pitch.
Earlier pace spearhead Mitchell Starc led the visiting attack with three wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka, who elected to bat first, for a modest 195 in 40.2 overs.
But it was Warner’s 106, which came off 126 balls with the help of nine boundaries, that thwarted the Sri Lankan attack from posing any threats to the visiting batting.
Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera, who shared the new ball with pacer Suranga Lakmal, struck twice in his first spell to get the wickets of opener Matthew Wade and Usman Khawaja.
Wade was caught behind for three while Khawaja was out for six as Australia were in early trouble at 25 for two in 5.5 overs.
Warner and Bailey then got down to the grind as Sri Lanka unleashed their spin force on a slow pitch.
The left-handed Warner, who completed his seventh ODI ton in his 79th match, became the first Australian batsman to record a century in Sri Lanka.
Bailey, who remained the highest run-getter in the series with 270 runs in five matches, played the sheet anchor’s role to perfection.
But he was denied his third half-century of the series after Dilruwan Perera, who returned with figures of 3-51, trapped the batsman lbw.
Off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva claimed two wickets including that of Warner to delay Australia’s win as James Faulkner and John Hastings saw the team through.
The ODI win comes as a welcome relief for the visitors who suffered their first series whitewash against Sri Lanka in the three Tests last month
The two teams now head into the two-match Twenty20 series starting September 6 at the same venue.