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T20 World Cup 2021, Australia vs Sri Lanka Highlights: AUS win by seven wickets

T20 World Cup 2021, Australia vs Sri Lanka Highlights: David Warner's 42-ball 65 helps Australia chase down a target of 155 with 18 balls to spare against Sri Lanka.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 28, 2021 11:07:39 pm
T20 World Cup 2021, Australia vs Sri Lanka Highlights: The match was held in Dubai.

T20 World Cup 2021, Australia vs Sri Lanka Highlights: Australia defeated former T20 World Cup champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets in a Group 1 Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai on Thursday.

Kusal Perera and Charith Asalanka scored 35 each while Bhanuka Rajapaksa provided the big hits towards the end of the innings, remaining unbeaten on 33 off 26 balls as Sri Lanka made 154 for six. Australia chased down the target in 17 overs with opener David Warner smashing 65 off 42 balls.

Match EndedICC World Twenty20, 2021 - Super 12 - Match 22


155/3 (17.0)

Sri Lanka

154/6 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Super 12 - Match 22 )
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

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T20 World Cup 2021, Australia vs Sri Lanka Highlights:

22:42 (IST)28 Oct 2021
AUS win by seven wickets!

What Warner and Finch started, Stoinis finishes it off in style again! He takes on Kumara and punishes him with a six over wide long-on and then seals the win with a classy four. Two in two for Australia now! AUS: 155/3 (17 overs)

22:31 (IST)28 Oct 2021

There's the breakthrough, albeit a bit late! Shanaka introduces himself into the attack and he instantly makes an impact. Warner tries to go big but his lofted shot is caught by Rajapaksa. He departs after a 42-ball 65. AUS: 130/3 (15 overs)

22:26 (IST)28 Oct 2021
AUS need 31 runs in 35 balls

Australia are in total control now! Warner (64*) clobbers Chameera for two straight boundaries. AUS: 124/2 (14 overs)

22:19 (IST)28 Oct 2021
Warner brings up his fifty!

Warner hits his eighth four of the innings against Theekshana and then takes a single to reach his fifty... in just 31 balls. On the other end, Smith has settled in well. Sri Lanka need multiple wickets before it's too late. AUS: 108/2 (12 overs)

22:02 (IST)28 Oct 2021

Maxwell's (5) promotion to number three does not work out! Hasaranga gets his second of the night. The batter tries to heave a slower ball over mid-wicket but Fernando catches it near the boundary rope. AUS: 80/2 (8.3 overs)

21:56 (IST)28 Oct 2021

Hasaranga comes into the attack and the Sri Lanka fans find their voice! After getting hit for a four on his first ball, the spinner cleans Finch up. He goes back after a 23-ball 37. A wrong 'un does the trick in the end. AUS: 70/1 (7 overs)

21:51 (IST)28 Oct 2021
Warner, Finch make it to end of powerplay

Dubai is on fire right now! Be it Kumara or Chameera or Theekshana, every single one of Sri Lanka's bowlers are getting punished by the pair of Finch (37*) and Warner (25*). Australia need 92 runs in 84 balls now. AUS: 63/0 (6 overs)

21:38 (IST)28 Oct 2021
AUS on fire!

After Warner gets in on the act with a four against Theekshana, Finch clobbers his third boundary of the innings against Chameera. He plays it on top of the bounce and it's a crunching on-drive. Australia on a roll now. AUS: 23/0 (3 overs)

21:28 (IST)28 Oct 2021
Warner, Finch open for AUS

Warner and Finch open the chase for Australia and they are off to a bright start! Karunaratne restarts the proceedings with the ball and he gets punished by the skipper with two boundaries on the off-side. Quality. AUS: 9/0 (1 over)

21:13 (IST)28 Oct 2021
SL end on 154/6, AUS need 155 to win!

Rajapaksa (33*) and Karunaratne (9*) make it to the end of the innings after scoring 19 runs in the last two overs. Two boundaries and lots of running takes Sri Lanka to a fighting total. Earlier, Asalanka (35) and Perera (35) joint top-scored for their team. Now, everything rests on the spinners against the mighty Australian batting attack. SL: 154/6 (20 overs)

21:02 (IST)28 Oct 2021

Gone! Shanaka (12) slices one up in the air and it's taken by Wade. Cummins with the wicket. SL: 135/6 (18 overs)

20:55 (IST)28 Oct 2021

Rajapaksa (26*) finally finds his groove and it has come at the right time! He takes on Stoinis and smacks him for two fours with two very similar sweeps. Next, he gets one in the slot and it's a huge maximum. SL: 128/5 (17 overs)

20:44 (IST)28 Oct 2021
Rajapaksa, Shanaka hold fort

After Hasaranga's dismissal by Starc, Rajapaksa (10*) and skipper Shanaka (3*) have been cautious. Losing four wickets in the space of 27 balls is some collapse from the Lankans. Australia are aiming to scalp a few more. SL: 104/5 (15 overs)

20:31 (IST)28 Oct 2021

Gone! Fernando (4) takes the bait and swipes it across line but the ball is caught by Smith! Zampa gets his second of the evening and suddenly, Sri Lanka are in decline. Hasaranga comes on to partner Rajapaksa (2*). SL: 90/4 (12 overs)

20:25 (IST)28 Oct 2021

Just when Perera was starting to open up a bit, Starc strikes! Top, top bowling from the pacer as he cleans the batter up on 35. A perfect yorker and Perera is too slow to react with his bat. On comes Rajapaksa. SL: 86/3 (10.3 overs)

20:16 (IST)28 Oct 2021

There's the breakthrough! Asalanka (35), who was enjoying in the middle, falls to the googly of Zampa! He gets down on one knee to slog-sweep, mistimes it and sends it straight to Smith in the deep. Perera's on 29*. SL: 78/2 (9.4 overs)

20:04 (IST)28 Oct 2021

Sri Lanka's Powerplay score of 53-1 is the fourth-highest Powerplay total of the tournament so far. Sri Lanka's WinViz is now up to 43 percent. ( Via Cricviz )

20:03 (IST)28 Oct 2021
PowerPlay comes to an end!

Kusal Perera gets a top-edge and its over the keeper for a four, the last over of the Powerplay goes for 7. Sri Lanka on top despite losing Nissanka early! And that is mainly due to the counter-attacking game by Asalanka who is on 27 off 18 balls. A few of his shots do remind of the legendary Sanath Jayasuriya!  SL - 53/1 after 6 ovs

19:53 (IST)28 Oct 2021
Charith Asalanka on the charge

He greets Glenn Maxwell with a massive six over the cow corner. This is followed by a boundary and five wides. He races on to 19 from 7 balls. 16 runs from the over and a positive start for SL, even though they are a wicket down. They'll need 170 to challenge the AUS batting line-up. SL - 41/1 after 4 ovs 

19:48 (IST)28 Oct 2021
Back to back boundaries

Charith Asalanka starts with couple of crunching shots – two consecutive fours off Mitchell Starc. An eventful over from Pat Cummins comes to an end. 14 runs and a wicket in it. SL - 25/1 after 3 ovs

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