By Anmol Pundir

Australia showed where they were good with the ball and even better with the bat.

David Warner who was out of form in the tournament scored 65 off 42 to help his team chase a target of 155 in 17 overs. Adam Zampa for his bowling performance of 12/3 was given the man of the match award.

Australia after winning the toss enjoyed their time with the ball. The only stage where Australia might have reconsidered their decision to bowl first would have been the partnership between Kusal Perera and Charith Asalanka.

After losing Pathum Nissanka early in the 3rd over both the batters fetched up a partnership of 63 runs in 43 balls, and just when the partnership began hurting Australian bowlers, Zampa bowled a googly and Asalanka got out while attempting a slog sweep. The partnership between Asalanka and Nissanka was the only time when Lankans were in the game with the bat.

Post that Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc took successive wickets to keep Sri Lankans on the backfoot. Rajapaksa and Shanaka added some valuable runs in the end where Rajapaksa’s 33 runs knock helped Sri Lanka to post a total of 154 runs.

It was Australian on the crease and had a furious start with the bat as well. Finch and Warner quickly added 63 runs in the powerplay to have an edge while chasing. David Warner’s form was a concern for everyone but his 65 runs knock in the match might have defied all the questions against him.

Aaron Finch also contributed valuable 37 runs in 23 balls. In form, Maxwell was promoted to bat at number 3 didn’t have a great day with the bat but Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis took care of the platform given by both the openers and took their team to a 7 wicket win over Sri Lanka.

This is Australia’s second victory in the world cup in 2 matches.

Australia will next play with England on 30th October. Australia is in the second position on the points table in Group 1.

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