Leher Reddy Challuri DP1
Although Sri Lanka put up a much better display this time around, David Warner and the bowlers took Australia to yet another comprehensive win by 7 wickets, winning the series 3-0.
Opting to bowl, Australia dismissed Niroshan Dickwella in the very first over. After some boundaries and a failed review, Kusal Mendis was dismissed in the fifth over. Kusal Perera kept going, but the runs began to dry up, which led to Avishka Fernando’s dismissal in the 12th over. Perera had some luck along the way, being dropped once, and got to his fifty soon after.
Support at the other end was thin, however, with Oshada Fernando being dismissed in the 15th over. That was followed by Perera’s dismissal in the 18th over. The finish was set to be half-baked with two new batsmen at the crease, but Rajapaksa was explosive in Mitchell Starc’s final over, who conceded 14 runs. The innings ended with a six from Lasith Malinga.
Starc, Kane Richardson, and Cummins picked up 2 wickets each, with the latter two being more economical.
Sri Lanka bowled well and held Australia back in the powerplay, although a failed review and two drop catches went against them. Finch began opening his arms soon after, but was dismissed off a slower ball in the 9th over. Steve Smith was looking to smack the ball from the get-go, but had a short stay at the crease, dismissed in the 11th over.
Ben McDermott fell in the 13th over trapped in front, although a review could have saved him. An explosive Ashton Turner and David Warner, who scored another half-century, took Australia home.
Lahiru Kumara was expensive, despite bowling some jaffers during the powerplay. He, Lasith Malinga, and Nuwan Pradeep picked up a wicket each.
Kusal Perera: 57 (45)
Mitchell Starc: 2-32 (4)
Kane Richardson: 2-25 (4)
Pat Cummins: 2-23 (4)
Aaron Finch: 37 (25)
David Warner: 57* (50)
Nuwan Pradeep : 1-20 (3.4)
Lasith Malinga: 1-22 (4)
Lahiru Kumara: 1-49 (4)