AUS vs SL 1st T20I: David Warner stars on birthday as Australia win by 134 runs in Adelaide
Australia on Sunday thrashed Sri Lanka by 134 runs as the Aaron Finch-led outfit won the first of three-match T20I series at the Adelaide Oval. This was Australia’s biggest win in T20Is (in terms of runs). Birthday boy David Warner starred with the bat for the Aussies while Adam Zampa was the wrecker-in-chief with the ball for the hosts. Australia with the thumping win took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Batting first, Australia started on a positive note with openers Finch and Warner stitched a sensational 122-run opening stand with the skipper scoring 64 off 36 before getting dismissed by Lakshan Sandakan. Glenn Maxwell took over the charge from skipper as he hammered 62 off 28 while Warner completed his maiden T20I century in the last ball of the innings. The Sri Lankan bowling unit failed miserably with seamer Kasun Rajitha conceding a whopping 75 from his four-over spell – the most by a bowler in T20Is ever.
After posting a mammoth 233-2 in 20 overs, the Aussie bowlers took over the responsibility and kept picking wickets on a consistent note. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins got into action early in the chase with the duo sending the likes of Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Kusal Perera back to the hut quickly.
After the pacers hunted down the top order, it was Adam Zampa who rattled the middle and lower-middle order with his leg-spin while picking three wickets in his four-over spell. Both Starc and Cummins bagged a brace each while Ashton Agar picked up a single wicket of Oshada Fernando.
Sri Lanka were coming into the series with phenomal 3-0 win over world’s No. 1 T20I side – Pakistan – but looked down and out against the Aussie as the Baggy Greens steamrolled past the islanders. Sri Lanka ended their innings on 99/9 in 20 overs as they even failed to breach the 100-run mark in what was a disappointing outing for the visitors.
With a 1-0 lead, Australia will head to The Gabba, Brisbane for the 2nd T20I with a hope to seal the series whereas the visitors will be looking to make a comeback in the series on October 30. The last match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November .