Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Warner century leads Aussies to record T20 win
Adelaide, October 27: David Warner marked his return to the international Twenty20 arena with a stunning maiden century as Australia eased past Sri Lanka by 134 runs in their opening game.
Warner was back in the T20 fold for the first time since the infamous ball-tampering saga, in which the star Australia batsman served a year-long suspension.
Having already made his Test and ODI comeback, birthday boy Warner capped his T20 return with an unbeaten hundred in his 71st appearance against touring Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Sunday (October 27).
Warner led Australia to a record-breaking victory, surpassing last year's 100-run win over Zimbabwe, and their highest T20 total on home soil – 233-2 – before hapless Sri Lanka only managed 99-9 in response at Adelaide Oval.
His first T20I 100, and off only 56 balls!— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Well played to the birthday boy, David Warner! 🔥#AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/scf4ATaDP4
After a forgettable Ashes series in England which only yielded 95 runs across five matches, Warner was desperate to return to form as the Australian summer got underway.
Warner was back to his brilliant best on his 33rd birthday as the big-hitting star scored 100 runs from just 56 balls in game one of the three-match series against Sri Lanka – bringing up his ton from the last delivery of the innings.
The tone was set by Warner and captain Aaron Finch (64) after Sri Lanka opted to bowl first, with the opening pair combining for 122 runs from just 10.5 overs and reaching their half-centuries in the same over.
100 - David Warner's (@cricketcomau) first century for Australia in T20Is comes off 56 balls (10 4s, 4 6s); his previous best score in the format was 90* off 62 balls (5 4s, 3 6s) against Sri Lanka at ANZ Stadium in 2013 (26th January). Broken.#AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/yaKG8gy0hY— OptaJason (@OptaJason) October 27, 2019
Finch and Warner smacked consecutive sixes from Kasun Rajitha – who finished with figures of 0-75 from four overs for the most expensive spell in T20 history – before the former was caught at deep midwicket off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan (1-41).
Glenn Maxwell (62) then joined Warner at the crease as the duo put on 107 runs from just 52 balls, though Maxwell was dismissed by Dasun Shanaka (1-10) in the last over.
Sri Lanka made a nightmare start to their run chase after Kusal Mendis fell victim to Mitchell Starc (2-18) for a duck in the first over, before the visitors were left reeling at 13-3 in the four over as Pat Cummins (2-27) wreaked havoc.
Shanaka was Sri Lanka's highest score with 17 on putrid day for Sri Lanka, with spinner Adam Zampa (3-14) cleaning up the final three wickets, while Maxwell produced a stunning piece of fielding to run out Wanindu Hasaranga (5).
The mic'd up Maxwell called it!— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Simply outstanding fielding from Glenn Maxwell! #AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/SNV8WD2XBo