Australia beat Sri Lanka in 3rd T20I: Records broken
Australia beat Sri Lanka in the third T20I to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match T20I series on Tuesday. The visitors managed a paltry 121/6 in 20 overs. Dasun Shanaka was the top scorer for SL with a knock of 39*. Kane Richardson (3/21) was the top bowler. In response, Australia got the job done to pocket the series.
SL were never in the game with the bat as they kept losing wickets. The only highlight was a crucial 47-run stand for the fifth wicket between Dinesh Chandimal and Shanaka. Australia bowled well to restrict SL to 121. In response, Australia lost two quick wickets before Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell shared a 50-run stand. Thereafter, Australia got the job done.
- This was another strong show by the Aussies, who have now sealed the series.
- After winning via a Super Over in the previous match, Australia were prolific across departments to tame the Lankans.
- Australia will hope to seal the series 5-0 now and keep their heads high.
- The ICC T20 World Cup champions could be the favorites to defend the crown later this year.
Australian star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had a superb outing. He scored a valuable 39 runs from just 26 deliveries, hitting three fours and two sixes. Maxwell has become the third Australian player to get past 1,900 runs in T20Is. He has amassed 1,905 runs at 30.23. He surpassed the likes of Chris Gayle (1,899) and Shakib Al Hasan (1,894) in terms of T20I runs.
This was the 20th T20I between the two sides. Australia have extended their lead to 19-10. The previous match was tied before Australia sealed a Super Over win. The Aussies have now won eight successive T20I matches against Sri Lanka (including the second T20I). The visitors have now lost seven successive T20I matches Down Under.