Australia starring Josh Hazelwood got off to a great start on his tour of Sri Lanka, winning the first T20 by 10 wickets.
T20 World Champion Australia, Colombo R. Premadasa chased a medium target of 128 at the stadium and returned home with six overs to go to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. This is the third 10-wicket win in Australia’s T20 history.
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Sri Lanka had a great start. After scoring 50 for one in six overs of the power play, Charith Asalanka (36) and Pathum Nisanka (36) stood at 71 for their second wicket and the hosts were ready to post something in the 160-run range.
Mitchell Stark, who was previously expensive, broke the stand while cleaning Nisanka with a yorker.
Hazelwood then took three wickets in an over to take Sri Lanka to 103 for five as the hosts lost four wickets for two runs in 13 deliveries.
Australia were great on the field and with two runs out it has multiplied the plight of Sri Lanka. The hosts lost their last nine wickets by 26 runs.
Hazelwood did not miss a single leg during his Man of the Match performance, finishing with four for 16 in his four overs. Starc took three wickets for 26 runs.
“It was pretty hot there and the wicket was slow,” Hazlewood said. “We bowled well as a group and the results showed. The plan was to bowl a length back. After those first few overs, we were able to pull things off. Off.”
Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner put on 134 for the first wicket as Australia reached the big win in front of a crowd of 28,000. Finch was dismissed for a leg before wicket off Mahesh Theksana in the third ball of the innings. But the captain successfully reversed the decision.
Australia have scored 59 in the power play, bowling comfortably not being intrusive.
Warner completed his half-century off 32 balls and was unbeaten on 70 off seven boundaries, and Finch completed his half-century off 36 balls with 71 off four fours and four sixes.
“When Josh bowls in that consistent line, we know how tough it is,” Finch said. With Davy. It was a really good performance for us overall. “
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka has blamed his team’s batting.
“Our batting has failed miserably. This is the first game of the series and hopefully we will be able to bounce back, “he said.” We lost wickets even after a good start. It puts us under tremendous pressure in the next game. I think a win will give us confidence and help us to compete better. “
The second match of the series will be played on Wednesday at the same venue where the teams are heading to Kandy for the final. After T20, there will be five ODIs and two Tests.
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