Australia beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Tuesday to earn their first victory of the T20 World Cup, led by Stoinis’ blistering fifty. Stoinis pushes Australia to a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka Australia. Coming off a loss to New Zealand in the initial Super 12 match, they opted to field and held Sri Lanka to 157 runs for six runs. Adam Zampa, a leg-spinner, was ruled out at the last minute due to a positive test for COVID-19. Thus they had to do without him.
Stoinis pushes Australia to a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka
The home team responded with 158 runs for three in 16.3 overs, with Stoinis hitting six sixes in his unbeaten 59 off of 18 balls.
“It was excellent slogging,” Stoinis, the match’s MVP, said to reporters.
“So, Truthfully, I was quite anxious. Going to have an effect on the game and giving the players a little extra enthusiasm was the plan.”
Australia’s seamers combined three wickets with a bombardment of pace and bounce, setting Sri Lanka back. The Perth Stadium deck could have been mistaken for a WACA pitch. Pathum Nissanka (40) and Dhananjaya de Silva (26).
Both batters in the top order struggled to hit boundaries. But showed great intensity dashing between the wickets. The batsman was out for a duck. It was after David Warner’s brilliant flick-back on edge prevented a six from being hit by de Silva in the eleventh over.
So, he was out five balls later when de Silva lofted a catch to the same fielder at long-off. Plus, Charith Asalanka’s late attack (38 not out off 25 balls) in the last overs prevented a complete collapse after Mitchell Marsh had run out Nissanka.
On Sri Lanka’s turn in the field, fast bowler Lahiru Kumara made excellent use of the surface. Also, consistently outpaces Aaron Finch (31, not out). When Warner attempted a hit, off-spinner Mahesh Theekshana (1-23) got him to miscue (11).
Australia’s response was given a boost by the innovative strokeplay of Glenn Maxwell (23). Still, it was out of the park by Stoinis as third-ranked T20 bowler Wanindu Hasaranga let up 53 runs in three wicketless overs.