In the first two matches in Adelaide and Brisbane, it was a no-contest as Australia rolled over Sri Lanka without dropping any sweat. In the dead rubber of the T20Is at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Islanders put some fight, but couldn’t save themselves from a whitewash. David Warner remained un-dismissed in the series with 217 runs and helped his side script a triumph by 7 wickets.
Kusal Perera stands tall
After winning the toss and electing to field first, the Aussies restricted Lanka to 142, which has been the par-score at the iconic venue in T20Is. Niroshan Dickwella got out to Mitchell Starc for a golden duck after which Kusal Perera took over. The southpaw looked fluent in Brisbane, but couldn’t carry on. However, at the MCG, he turned up with a 45-ball 57 with the help of four boundaries and a six.
Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando got starts and then gave their wickets away. A few lusty blows from Bhanuka Rajapaksha at the death propelled the visitors’ score. Skipper Lasith Malinga also smacked one into the stands. For the Aussies, the pace trio of Starc, Kane Richardson and Pat Cummins picked up two wickets each. The spinners- Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa went wicketless.
David Warner comes to the party
Lahiru Kumara ruffled Warner’s feathers to start the run-chase. But the southpaw batter didn’t throw in the towel and churned out another half-century. To start with, Warner stitched together a stand of 69 runs for the opening wicket with Aaron Finch off 53 balls. Kumara struck first blood, getting rid of Finch, who got 37 off 25. Nuwan Pradeep opened his account, getting rid of Steve Smith for 13.
With the score at 99, Malinga pinned Ben McDermott, who replaced Glenn Maxwell in the squad. The Lankans didn’t get much to cheer for after the dismissal. Ashton Turner came out firing on all cylinders and scored 22 off 15 with two sixes. At the other end, Warner put his head down a wee bit, got an unbeaten 57 and ensured that Australia chased down the target with 14 balls to spare.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Australia’s victory
217 undefeated runs off 147 balls: David Warner becomes the first opening batsman to remain unbeaten in every match of a T20I series comprising of three or more games.
What a return to international cricket in the homeland! #AUSvSL
— Yash Jha (@jhayash) November 1, 2019
David Warner ends the #AUSvSL T20I series with 217 runs to his name. Only Colin Munro (223) has scored more runs than him in a three-match T20I series.
— Cricket.com (@weRcricket) November 1, 2019
David Warner a run machine #AUSvSL
— muza (@MuzaqirRahman) November 1, 2019
Warner in the T20 series vs Sri Lanka:
First T20 – 100*(56 BF, 10*4 & 4*6)
Second T20 – 60*(46 BF, 9*4)
Third T20 – 57*(50 BF, 4*4 & 1*6)#AUSvSL
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) November 1, 2019
David Warner today:
1st Australian to complete 9000 Twenty20 runs (When on 37)
1st Australian to complete 2000 T20I runs (When on 49)
2nd player to hit 100 INTL sixes in Australia [Adam Gilchrist 105]#AUSvSL
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) November 1, 2019
Bhanuka Rajapakse, specialist batsman in the team, come in to bat at no.7. 1. I'm failing to understand the strategy?. 2. How come having such a deep batting line up fails to post a competitive score?@OfficialSLC#AUSvSL
— Bhashitha Jayasuriya (@byj510) November 1, 2019
Australia WIN the final T20 by 7 wickets and take the series 3-0. SL will be disappointed by their performance but well played Australia, clearly the better team. Aus next play Pakistan on Sunday in the 1st T20 #AUSvSL #AUSvPAK
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) November 1, 2019
Just a lazy 3-nil win to that T20 series. Nice work Aussies. Warner not out through all 3 games. Noice #cricket #AUSvSL
— Lady Scary McD (@McZameth) November 1, 2019
A contrasting scoreline for Sri Lanka after defeating NO.1 T20I team Pakistan at their home. #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/CdhWarGeGR
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) November 1, 2019
Warner's now past Maxwell's 211 for most runs in a bilateral series by an Aussie#AUSvSL
— maaz hassan (@maaz_ha55an) November 1, 2019
Rather comfortable 7 wicket win and a Warner 50. SL didn’t really come to play much at all. #AUSvSL
— Davis Harrigan 🦁 (@DeadlineDavis) November 1, 2019
🇦🇺 David Warner in the T20 series vs Sri Lanka:
Game 1⃣: 100*
Game 2⃣: 60*
Game 3⃣: 57*
💪 Specialist.#AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/RlwSukSNtL
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) November 1, 2019
50+ scores in all three matches of a bilateral T20I series
Virat Kohli 90*, 59* & 50 vs Aus 2015/16
Colin Munro 53, 66 & 104 vs WI 2017/18
David Warner 100*, 60* & 57* vs SL 2019/20#AUSvSL
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) November 1, 2019
@sirswampthing D Warner occupying the crease for 100% of Australia’s batting time this entire series. Has that ever occurred in the illustrious history of T20 internationals held over a 3 match series? #AUSvSL
— Jim (@jim_bob85) November 1, 2019
Should sack Malinga #AUSvSL https://t.co/xVWb3ZqpDT
— ʜᴀsɪᴛʜᴀ ᴊᴀʏᴀᴡᴀʀᴅᴇɴᴇ (@Hasitha71) November 1, 2019
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