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Usman Khawaja steers Australia to second warm-up win

Australia are on route in their world cup preparation, seizing win in their second warm-up match against Sri Lanka in Southampton.

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Usman Khawaja steers Australia to second warm-up win
Usman Khawaja's century stter Australia to easy win over Sri Lanka. Photo: The Sun

Australia are comfortably at home in the pre-World Cup stage seizing win in their second warm-up fixture this time against Sri Lanka on Monday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

The five wicket victory was precisely composed by Usman Khawaja whose brisk 89 off 105 deliveries easen Aussie’s task to chase down a near about two-fifty target.

Australia ruled the victory with more than six overs to spare after restricting the island nation to 239 for 8 in their stipulated 5o overs.

The proceeding of the match began with Sri Lanka winning the task and opted to bat first. Lahiru Thirimanne reached into the sole fifty of the match; his 56 came off 69 deliveries comprising 7 shots to the boundary.

The middle and late middle order of the Sri Lankan innings made little effort and they could not cross the two hundred run marks had Dhananjaya de Silva not scored a quickfire 43 (41 ball) at the ending phase of the innings.

Australia’s innings, thereafter, started rather shakily losing Aaron Finch early but the innings was smoothly mended by Khawaja and Shaun Marsh at the one down. Together they put 80 in the second wicket.

Marsh’s departure in the twentieth over did not affect Australia’s innings much as Khawaja hold one end till the second ball of the fortieth over by the time Aussies were in the vicinity of victory.

Australia will open their World Cup account against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol. Meanwhile Sri Lanka will start their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on the same date in Cardiff.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 239/8 in 50 overs (Lahiru Thirmianne 56, Dhananjaya de Silva 43; Adam Zampa 2-39, Pat Cummins 1-23)

Australia 241/5 in 44.5 overs (Usman Khawaja 89, Jeffrey Vandersay 2-51)

Result: Australia won by 5 wickets

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