Startling Australia wins a low scoring match against Scratchy Sri Lanka!

The Richardsons- Max-Waded Show

Well, that’s what the second T20 between Australia and Srilanka should be named. Why? Hear me further.

Aaron Finch, the Australian captain, won the toss and elected to bowl first once again. The conditions were ideal for Sri Lanka to avenge their last match failure and establish a respectable total to defend. That was, after all, everyone’s expectation. But the two quick wickets of both openers dashed the hopes of redemption or even crossing the par score of 175-180 for that pitch. The third-wicket partnership of 66 runs between Asalanka- Mendis was the only time they looked like they were competing while batting. On both sides of the partnership, wickets crumbled. What was the end result? They finished with a meagre score of 124 for 9 wickets, identical to the previous encounter.

In the Australian bowling lineup, the Richardsons – Kane and Jhye shared seven wickets between them while Maxwell took the two wickets. Hazelwood bowled 4 overs for just 16 runs with 1 maiden as well.

Second Innings

Part-1

With a short target to chase, Australia’s star-studded batting squad attacked the chase in the batting powerplay once more. Chameera was welcomed to the attack, with boundaries flowing everywhere. With 18 runs scored in his over, both the batsman set the sight for a fast finish. As a result, Wanindu was made bowl the third over of the powerplay much earlier than one had expected. Finch greeted Hasaranga with two 2’s and one 4 in his first three balls of the over.

Part-2

The story was looking identical to the first match until Hasaranga’s class rose, and he stuck Finch on the fourth ball to stop the flood of runs. Finch’s hopes were dashed when Gunathilaka made a great catch in the covers. Warner and Marsh each smashed two boundaries before Hasaranga struck again, this time delivering a googly to Marsh. In the final over of the powerplay, Nuwan Thushara dispatched steven smith and thus the third scalp for Srilanka.

Despite losing three wickets in the powerplay, followed by Warner and Marcus’ wickets shortly after, Australia was still on track to win. Until the return of Sri Lanka’s best bowler. In the 12th over, Hasaranga took two wickets in two balls in the form of maxwell and Ashton agar, giving Sri lanker hope. However, with wade at the crease, Australia believed they could comfortably win in singles, which they did. Wade’s 26-run-per-ball performance was the game-winner.

Image Credits: cricbuzz.com

What went wrong for Sri Lanka?

The batting, like in the first t20, lacked firepower and partnerships in the middle. In the last six overs, they only achieved four boundaries, two of which were off the edge. They were always coveted because of their poor score. What do you believe Sri Lanka should do to improve their batting performance? Will they be able to halt the juggernauts, or will they crumble once more? Stat Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates.

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