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Australia crushes Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup as David Warner finds his form in seven wickets victory

Watch out for England, Warner has found his way! Australia prepares for Saturday’s pre-Ashes clash by crushing Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup as Aaron Finch’s team advances to a seven-wicket victory that puts them at the top of Group 1

  • Australia achieved a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup
  • It’s two wins out of two for the Australians in Dubai and they are now the top of Group 1
  • David Warner hit 65 of 42 balls to put an unfortunate streak of form behind him.
  • Aaron Finch’s team can now turn their attention to facing England on Saturday


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Australia prepared for Saturday’s pre-Ashes clash with England by crushing Sri Lanka in Dubai.

The success of seven wickets, completed with three unused overs, saw Aaron Finch’s team win two of two at the Twenty20 World Cup and put them right up there with their weekend opponents at the top of Group 1.

On his impending challenge, Finch said: ‘It’s always a great battle, regardless of the format of the game. We have had some great fights with them lately.

Australia achieved a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup on Thursday

Australia achieved a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup on Thursday

Australia's David Warner (left) hit 65 of 42 balls to put an unfortunate streak of form behind him.

Australia's David Warner (left) hit 65 of 42 balls to put an unfortunate streak of form behind him.

Australia’s David Warner (left) hit 65 of 42 balls to put an unfortunate streak of form behind him.

“They have been the side of the form in the cue ball format for a long time. We know how they play, they are aggressive and they take the game, so it will be entertaining. ‘

On Thursday, David Warner hit 65 of 42 balls to put on a woeful streak – which saw him skimp just 17 runs in five innings on either side of being brought down by Sunrisers Hyderabad – behind him.

Finch also struggled for fluidity in recent weeks, but Australia’s established opening duo took advantage of Sri Lanka’s extravagance with the new ball to rack up 63 uninterrupted runs during the power play, the highest tally in the tournament so far.

Warner was given a life at 18 when goalkeeper Kusal Perera seized a single opportunity with a glove down the side of Dushmantha Chameera’s leg.

Australia's established inaugural duo capitalized on Sri Lanka's extravagance with the new ball

Australia's established inaugural duo capitalized on Sri Lanka's extravagance with the new ball

Australia’s established inaugural duo capitalized on Sri Lanka’s extravagance with the new ball

But Dasun Shanaka’s bowling attack caused a few other moments of concern, aside from when player Wanindu Hasaranga had the ball in hand: Finch made 37 and Glenn Maxwell fell cheap soon after.

Warner succumbed in midair as Australia sought to improve its net running rate through a race to the finish line.

Earlier, it was another leggie in Adam Zampa who altered the momentum of the contest with man-of-the-match figures of 4-0-12-2.

Sri Lanka appeared to be on track to post a more challenging target than 155, but Zampa’s spell plunged them from 78-for-1 in the 10th to 94-for-5 17 deliveries later.

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