David Warner Hits Another Fifty, as Australia Whitewash Sri Lanka 3-0
Australia win the series 3-0

David Warner’s match-winning knock helped Australia beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their 3rd T20I to complete a series whitewash.

Both sides made changes for the third match of the series in Melbourne. Australia replaced Billy Stanlake with Mitchell Starc, whilst Ben McDermott came in for Glenn Maxwell who has announced he is going to take a break from cricket to deal with a mental health issue. For their part Sri Lanka preferred Shehan Jayasuriya, Oshada Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Lahiru Kumara to Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Isuru Udana.

Winning the toss and opting to field first, Australia enjoyed early success with the ball when Niroshan Dickwella was caught by McDermott off Starc at the end of the first over. Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera then added 30, but Mendis was the next man to fall for 13, caught by McDermott again, with Kane Richardson the bowler this time. He had struck one six.

Perera and Avishka Fernando then came together, and the two added 43 for the third wicket until Fernando fell for 20, McDermott yet again with the catch, Pat Cummins the bowler this time. His namesake Oshada was the next man to fall caught behind by Alex Carey off Richardson. Perera meanwhile had reached his half-century, but his became the fifth wicket to fall, when he was caught by Ashton Turner for 57, with Cummins the bowler again. He had hit a six and four fours.

Jayasuriya and Rajapaska then shared a stand of 22 for the sixth wicket, before Jayasuriya was bowled by Starc for 12. That left Rajapaska, accompanied by his captain Lasith Malinga, to add another ten runs off the last over, as Sri Lanka closed their innings on 142 – 6. Rajapaska finished unbeaten on 17, and Malinga 8, each with a six to their name.

Australia’s wickets were shared amongst their pace bowlers with Starc, Cummings and Richardson all finishing with two wickets apiece.

In reply, Australia got off to a strong start with captain Aaron Finch and David Warner putting on 69 in less than nine overs, with Finch the more aggressive of the pair. He scored 37 off 25 balls, including 3 sixes, before he was the first man to fall, caught by Jayasuriya, bowled by Lahiru Kumara. Steve Smith came to the crease but, for once, he had a relatively bad day at the office, and was out for 13, caught by Lakshan Sandakan off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep.

McDermott was lbw to Malinga for 5, but Warner and Turner steered their side to another comfortable victory, shared an unbeaten stand for the 4th wicket of 46, as Australia reached their target with more than two overs left to be bowled. Ashton, who hit 2 sixes was 22 not out, whilst Warner was unbeaten on 57, with a six and 4 fours to his name.

It meant that over the three matches, Warner had scored an aggregate of 213 runs, and Sri Lanka had not managed to dismiss him once.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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