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Incredible Warner steers Australia to sweep series against Sri Lanka


On home soil, David Warner made an all brilliant come back and paved Australia’s way to sweep the T20I series against Sri Lanka cleanly.

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With a seven wicket victory in the third and final match in Melbourne, Australia inflicted a 3-0 whitewash against the visitors on Friday.

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Warner registered the third successive half-century to fire Australia’s win with 14 ball to spare. The hard-hitting left-hander was unbeaten scoring 57 as Australia cruised past Sri Lanka’s modest total of 142 for six in 17.4 overs.

In the previous two matches of the series, Warner knocked 100 in the Adelaide opener and then 60 at the Gabba on Wednesday.

After batting first, Sri Lanka posted 142/6 in their 20 overs. For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera top-scored with a 57 as Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson and Pat Cummins all grabbed two wickets each.

Australia while chasing, put up 69 runs in the opening pair as skipper Aaron Finch scored 37. In the one down, Steve Smith barely added anything before returning to the pavilion. Ashton Turner hit back with a 15-ball 22 at the end.

Warner finished the series with 217 runs at an astounding average of 147.00.

After the match, Aussie skipper Aaron Finch said, “It was pretty clinical once we got into a routine.

“The way the bowlers set it up for us over the last two games, it was outstanding.

“Every game is a different challenge and a different surface, so it’s important to bring in your best, in terms of preparation and mental side of the game too,” he added.

In absence of regular captain Lasith Malinga, opener Niroshan Dickwella attended the press briefing. He said, “We haven’t been up to our standards. We haven’t performed at our best and if we don’t, we will end up like this.

“We learnt a lot in this series, but we couldn’t even compete properly,” he lamented.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 142/6 (Kusal Perera 57, Mitchell Starc 2/32, Kane Richardson 2/25, Pat Cummins 2/23) Australia 145/3 in 17.4 overs (David Warner 57*).

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