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Warner leads Australia to clean-sweep Sri Lanka in T20I series

In-form David Warner grounded the opposition with the third successive half-century in the series.

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Warner leads Australia to clean-sweep Sri Lanka in T20I series
David Warner scores not out 57. Photo: Getty

Hosts Australia swept Sri Lanka away cleanly in the three-match Twenty20 series registering a seven wicket win in the third and final encounter on Friday in Melbourne.

An in-form David Warner grounded the opposition with the third successive half-century in the series.

Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a competitive score of 142 for six, with Kusal Perera hitting 57.

But their bowlers were in no match against Aussie batting threat, openers Finch and Warner who were both dropped early in the run chase, eventually put 69 runs for the first wicket.

Finch fall for 37 hitting three big sixes; he was caught by Shehan Jayasuriya off Lahiru Kumara.

Steven Smith, coming to bat at number three, lasted only nine balls, caught in the deep for 13.

But Warner was there for the team like the previous two matches, bringing up his 50 off 44 deliveries therefore ending the match with an unbeaten 57. Ashton Agar rested beside Warner with 22 as Australia reached 145 losing three wickets with 14 balls to spare.

He was not out scoring 100 and 60 in the opening two games.

The home team won the first match in Adelaide by 134 runs followed by a nine wicket win in the second match in Brisbane.

“It was pretty clinical once we got into a routine,” said Australia captain Aaron Finch.

“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.

Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella lamented for not being up to the standard. 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.”

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