Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd T20I:
Sri Lanka: 142/6
Australia: 145/3 (17.4/20 overs, target 143)
Australia won the match by 7 wickets with 14 balls remaining.
Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the 3rd T20I of the three-match T20I series. Sri Lanka scored 142 runs at the cost of 6 wickets after 20 overs. Australia chased the target of 143 runs in just 17.4 overs at the cost of 3 wickets, winning the match by 7 wickets with 14 balls still in hand. Australia now has won all 3 T20Is against Sri Lanka to whitewash them by 3-0.
Kusal Perera’s half-century in vain for Sri Lanka:
Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Sri Lanka sent Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella to open their innings. Niroshan Dickwella lost his wicket to Mitchell Starc in the first over of the match for a golden duck. Kusal Mendis contributed 13 runs off 18 balls before being dismissed by Kane Richardson in the fifth over of the innings.
Kusal Parera played an outstanding innings as he scored his 11th T20I half-century. Kusal Parera scored 57 runs from 45 deliveries for 4 fours and a six. Avishka Fernando added 20 runs from 22 deliveries, while Oshada Fernando could only score 6 runs. Shehan Jayasuriya got bowled after adding 12 runs from 15 balls. Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Captain Lasith Malinga remained not out after scoring 17 and 8 runs respectively.
Sri Lanka finish their 20 overs on 142/6.
Kusal Perera top-scored with a 45-ball 57, while Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with 2/23 from his four overs.
— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2019
Sri Lanka finished their innings on 142 at the loss of 6 wickets from 20 overs. Pat Cummins turned out to be the most successful bowler for Australia after he claimed 2 wickets for 23 runs from his 4 overs. Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson also took 2 wickets each for their team.
David Warner leads Australia to sweep Sri Lanka 3-0:
The hosts required 143 runs from 20 overs to win the match and whitewash Sri Lanka by 3-0. Australia’s captain Aaron Finch and David Warner opened the innings for their team. Aaron Finch and David Warner shared a partnership of 69 runs for the first wicket. Aaron Finch got caught by Shehan Jayasuriya on Lahiru Kumara’s delivery after adding 37 runs from 25 balls for 3 sixes and a four.
Steven Smith contributed 13 runs from 9 balls before getting caught by Sandakan at deep square on Nuwan Pradeep’s ball in the 11th over of the innings. Ben McDermott got lbw by Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga for 5 runs. David Warner stood his ground through all that to deliver a master-class innings yet again. David Warner scored his 15th T20I fifty from 44 balls. He scored a total of 57 runs from 50 balls after hitting 4 fours and a six.
David Warner’s heroics led Australia in their third consecutive T20I win against Sri Lanka. Warner and Ashton Turner shared an unbeaten partnership of 46 runs to secure the win for their team. Australia finished their chase in 17.4 overs at the cost of 3 wickets. Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Kumara, and Nuwan Pradeep all claimed 1 wicket each against the hosts.
David Warner was awarded the “Player of the Match” for his fifty and was also named the “Player of the Series” for his three consecutive half-centuries in three matches. He also remained unbeaten throughout the series with any Sri Lankan bowler unable to take his wicket. He scored a total of 217 runs in 3 matches with an average of 72.
Australia now has won 3 out of 3 T20Is to conclude Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia. Australia will now face Pakistan in a series of 3 T20Is and 2 Tests starting from November 3.