AUS vs SL: All-round Australia clinch third T20I, seal series

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AUS vs SL: All-round Australia clinch third T20I, seal series

AUS vs SL: A three-for from Kane Richardson, followed by a 50-run stand between Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch helped Australia win the third T20I by six wickets and secure an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

It was an important toss to win as Sri Lanka were put in to bat by Australia and restricted to a modest 121/6 – a display of smart bowling on Australia’s part, but also one with soft dismissals and poor shot selection from Sri Lanka.

The visitors began well, reaching 17/0 in two overs, but lost the plot soon after. Richardson came into the attack and immediately snapped up Danushka Gunathilaka and Charith Asalanka in an over to reduce Sri Lanka to 23/2. Gunathilka was undone by his paddle scoop, lobbing it straight to fine leg, while Asalanka poked one outside off to give Matthew Wade a regulation catch.

SCORECARD

SRI LANKA INNINGS (20 OVERS MAXIMUM)
BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka c Sams b Maxwell 16 21 40 2 0 76.19
Danushka Gunathilaka c Hazlewood b Richardson 9 5 13 1 0 180.00
Charith Asalanka c †Wade b Richardson 6 4 4 0 1 150.00
Kusal Mendis c & b Agar 4 11 18 0 0 36.36
Dinesh Chandimal †  b Richardson 25 29 39 1 0 86.20
Dasun Shanaka (c) not out 39 38 54 5 0 102.63
Chamika Karunaratne c Inglis b Hazlewood 8 11 18 1 0 72.72
Dushmantha Chameera not out 5 2 3 1 0 250.00
Extras (b 4, nb 1, w 4) 9
TOTAL (20 Ov, RR: 6.05) 121/6
Did not bat: Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 2.1 ov), 2-23 (Charith Asalanka, 2.5 ov), 3-38 (Kusal Mendis, 6.3 ov), 4-40 (Pathum Nissanka, 7.2 ov), 5-87 (Dinesh Chandimal, 16.1 ov), 6-115 (Chamika Karunaratne, 19.3 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Mitchell Starc 4 0 30 0 7.50 12 4 0 2 1
Josh Hazlewood 4 0 31 1 7.75 10 4 0 1 0
Kane Richardson 4 0 21 3 5.25 13 1 1 0 0
Daniel Sams 3 0 18 0 6.00 7 2 0 0 0
Ashton Agar 4 0 14 1 3.50 11 0 0 1 0
Glenn Maxwell 1 0 3 1 3.00 3 0 0 0 0
AUSTRALIA INNINGS (TARGET: 122 RUNS FROM 20 OVERS)
BATTING R B M 4s 6s SR
Ben McDermott c Asalanka b Theekshana 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
Ashton Agar lbw b Theekshana 13 13 24 1 1 100.00
Aaron Finch (c) c Asalanka b Vandersay 35 36 65 3 0 97.22
Glenn Maxwell c Mendis b Theekshana 39 26 28 3 2 150.00
Josh Inglis not out 21 18 29 2 0 116.66
Marcus Stoinis not out 12 8 12 2 0 150.00
Extras (lb 3, nb 1) 4
TOTAL (16.5 Ov, RR: 7.36) 124/4
Did not bat: Matthew Wade †, Daniel Sams, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ben McDermott, 0.1 ov), 2-26 (Ashton Agar, 4.4 ov), 3-76 (Glenn Maxwell, 10.4 ov), 4-102 (Aaron Finch, 14.1 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Maheesh Theekshana 4 0 24 3 6.00 13 2 1 0 0
Nuwan Thushara 1.1 0 10 0 8.57 4 2 0 0 1
Chamika Karunaratne 2.5 0 22 0 7.76 3 0 1 0 0
Dushmantha Chameera 4 0 22 0 5.50 12 3 0 0 0
Jeffrey Vandersay 4 0 32 1 8.00 5 2 1 0 0
Dasun Shanaka 0.5 0 11 0 13.20 1 2 0 0 0

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