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Australia vs Sri Lanka, ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Highlights: Warner (65), Zampa (2/12) star as AUS register dominant win

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Follow the highlights from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 stage clash between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai on October 28.

Australia vs Sri Lanka, ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Highlights: Warner (65), Zampa (2/12) star as AUS register dominant win
  • Well that brings us to the end of our live coverage from today's game. We have a double header in the tournament again tomorrow with West Indies vs Bangladesh slated for 3:30 PM IST followed by Pakistan vs Afghanistan at 7:30 PM IST. Join us again tomorrow as we bring you all the updates from those games. Till then it's goodbye and goodnight. 

  • Aaron Finch, Australia Captain: That was a really good perfomance. SL got off to a flier. But Zampa dragged it back, and then Starc. We felt it was a really good wicket and to chase that down was nice. When the ball was flying around it felt like they were going at 15 an over, but you look up and it was 8 an over. Nice when you get a couple in the middle of the bat early. Knew that we had to take a chance against the quicks early on, with the spinners coming in later. When you're looking at the impact on the game, Zamps was terrific tonight. He was fantastic, got big wickets. That was a world class performance from him. Always a great battle (England) no matter the format.

  • Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka Captain: Have to admit that wicket was too good. Got the start we needed but in the middle phase we couldn't capitalise. Losing good batsmen in the middle cost us. The other day Asalanka took us home. Likewise the batsmen who get set need to continue till 15-16 overs. That's an area we have to be concerned about. Felt we were 25-30 runs short. We know how good those two batsmen are in world cricket (Finch and Warner). Needed to bowl well and contain them in powerplay. Couldn't do that. We know the Sharjah wicket, have played two games there. Should come well in that game.

  • Adam Zampa - Player of the Match: Sri Lanka got off to bit of a flier, so we needed to peg it back. To be honest it (the pitch) was quite slow in the first innings, it spun a little bit more than it did in the second innings. I think the moisture and dew took effect in the second innings. I find them really challenging. They very good players of spin, I bowled well tonight and glad I did. I have tended to bowl a little bit in the powerplay, little bit towards the back end in recent times but we the team that we have got, the big three will bowl in the powerplay and Maxwell bowling a couple of overs, my job is to get wickets in the middle and make it easy for the guys at the back end. David played really well. It is good that those guys got to spend some time in the middle.

  • Australia win by 7 wickets. 

  • If there were question marks about Australia's batting then they've surely answered all critics with that performance. Finch got the team off to a flying start and Warner took up the baton, chipping in with a brisk half century. Smith anchored the innings really well and Stoinis showed he hasn't lost his touch to be able to come in late and play the big shots. 

  • Kumara starts with a full delivery outside off and Smith uses the gap extra cover well for 3 runs. Stonis uses his strong bottom hand to send the 3rd ball flat over cow corner for SIX. They grab singles off the next two balls. Stoinis then finishes it with style as he drills the last ball through cover for FOUR to seal victory with 3 overs to spare. 

    Australia 155/3 after 17 overs. 

  • FOUR! Good power from Stoinis again as he drills the full delivery through extra cover to score the winning runs. 

  • SIX! Full from Kumara and Stoinis just flicks it with a strong bottom hand to send it flat over cow corner. 

  • Lahiru Kumara [2.0-0-33-0] returns to the attack.

  • Karunaratne fails to build on the breakthrough provided by his skipper in the previous over. He gives away a boundary and cannot stop them from grabbing singles and twos in the over. Smith is well settled and Stoinis isn’t looking out of place either. 10 runs come off the over. Australia need just 15 from 24 balls now. 

    Australia 140/3 after 16 overs. 

  • FOUR! Short and wide from Karunaratne and Stoinis slaps it powerfully through extra cover. 

  • Chamika Karunaratne [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack as Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, walks to the crease.

  • The Sri Lankan skipper decides to bring himself into the attack to force a breakthrough and he does just that with the final delivery of the over. Shanaka gives away just 5 runs off the first 5 deliveries. The last ball is wide and he has to reload. Warner just decides to force the issue on the last delivery but doesn’t get the power he needed and has to make the walk back to the duggout. 6 runs and a wicket from the over. 

    Australia 130/3 after 15 overs. 

  • Slower delivery outside off from Shanaka and Warner goes for the inside-out loft to lift it over long-off but he doesn't get enough power on the shot as the man comes in to take the catch. 

    Warner c Rajapaksa b Shanaka 65 (42)

  • Dasun Shanaka, right-arm medium, comes into the attack.

  • Both batters grab singles off the first 2 balls from Chameera. The 3rd delivery is poor and Warner pulls for FOUR. He follows that up with a FOUR through the off-side. They then grab singles off the last two balls to close out the over. Just 31 needed off 36 balls for Australia. 

    Australia 124/2 after 14 overs. 

  • FOUR! Now Warner pierces the gap in the off-side as he carves it with superb timing through extra cover. 

  • FOUR! Poor half-tracker from Chameera and Warner doesn't miss out on the opportunity to pull it to the deep mid-wicket fence. 

  • Dushmantha Chameera [2.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack.

  • Good end to his spell as Hasaranga only gives away 4 singles in the over. He’s been the only bowler to pose any threat to the batters and they don’t take any risks against him as he bowls out. Hasaranga finishes with figures of 4-0-22-2. 

    Australia 112/2 after 13 overs. 

  • Poor start by Theekshana as he drops it short and gets punished as Warner pulls it for FOUR. Warner cuts the 3rd ball through point to bring up his FIFTY. He’s making full use of the second life provided to him courtesy that drop by Perera. Smith punches the 4th ball to long-on for a run. Warner helps the 5th ball along to fine leg for 2 more. 8 runs off the over. 

    Australia 108/2 after 12 overs. 

  • FIFTY up for Warner! 50 (31)

  • FOUR! Poor start by Theekshana as he drops it short and Warner swats it powerfully to deep mid-wicket. 

  • Maheesh Theekshana [3.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack.

  • Good start to the over from Hasaranga as he only gives away singles off the first two balls. Smith fails to take any runs off the next 3 balls. However, Hasaranga oversteps on the 4th delivery resulting in a no-ball and free hit. Smith carves the free hit to sweeper cover for a single. Warner nudges the last ball behind square for a run. 5 runs off the over. 

    Australia 100/2 after 11 overs. 

  • Lahiru Kumara returns to the attack. He went for 20 runs in his first over and doesn’t do those figures any justice leaking 13 runs in this over. Both Smith and Warner grabbing boundaries while also keeping the scoreboard ticking with some good running between wickets. Australia well placed at the halfway mark with just 60 needed off 60 balls. 

    Australia 95/2 after 10 overs. 

  • FOUR! Short from Kumara this time and Warner just slaps it over extra cover. 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from another exciting match at the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Both Australia and Sri Lanka made winning starts to their Super 12 stage campaigns and with England looking in red-hot form a win today seems essential to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
It's a difficult group boasting of England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and West Indies. With only the top two qualifying for the semi-finals there's little room for slip-ups.