Australia vs Sri Lanka Highlights: First T20 scores, blog

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    Australia v Sri Lanka


    1st Twenty20 - AUS v SLA

    Australia 1st Inn 6/168
    Sri Lanka 1st Inn 5/172
    Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl
    Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
    Sri Lanka Over:20.0  RR:8.60
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    CK Kapugedera* 10 7 1 0 142.86
    S Prasanna 8 9 1 0 88.89
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    AJ Tye* 3.0 0 32 0 10.67
    JP Faulkner 4.0 0 27 0 6.75
    Recent Overs:
    .  1  .  .  4  1  | 1  1  1wd  1  .  1  1lb  | .  1b  1  1  2  4  |
    Last Wicket: Siriwardana, TAM, 15 (LBW:Turner)
    Current Partnership: 20 runs, 15 balls, RR:133.33

    Australia face Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the first of a three-match series. Follow the live scores and blog of this Twenty20 from 7:20pm (AEDT).

    The Australians are still seeking to make an impression at international level in the shortest format of the game, with the ICC only ranking them at No.5, while the tourists are even lower, coming in at No.8.

    For a side that has been at the top of the world in both Test and ODI formats for 30 years, the home team’s lack of success in T20 cricket is a matter of much frustration. In six T20 World Cups, they have made it through to just one final.

    Perhaps the blame lies solely with Cricket Australia. This series is a prime example, being scheduled while Australia’s leading players are in India preparing for a four-match Test series, which begins a day after the conclusion of the third T20 match.

    However, with so many stars missing, some of the best players from the recent Big Bash League have a chance to demonstrate what they can do on the international stage.

    All three of the leading run scorers in the BBL get a chance: Ben Dunk, Michael Klinger and Aaron Finch – the latter being the skipper for the series.

    The BBL’s leading wicket taker, Sean Abbott, who claimed 20 victims, has been omitted, although the champion Perth Scorchers pair of Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye received a call-up.

    Australia defeated Sri Lanka in their most recent series, which took place in Sri Lanka in early September 2016. The tourists won the two fixtures by 85 runs and four wickets respectively. Prior to that, Sri Lanka had won the previous five T20Is between the two countries.

    Sri Lanka have travelled to Australia directly from South Africa, where they were thrashed in the ODI series, but they managed to record a 2-1 success against the Proteas in the T20Is. Although it should be noted that the South Africans rested most of their leading players for those fixtures.

    Be sure to join The Roar for our live coverage and scores of the first T20 between Australia and Sri Lanka from 7:40pm (AEDT).

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    • 11:21pm
      jamesb said | 11:21pm | ! Report

      Congrats Sri Lanka. As for Australia, why did they only pick one specialist spinner? And Finch’s captaincy was average.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:20pm | ! Report

      Sri Lanka are 1-0 ahead and will take on Australia in the second of three T20Is on Sunday, February 19.

      Till that time, have a good time…later.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:19pm | ! Report

      That’s been an excellent game of T20I cricket. Goes right down to the last ball…

      …and in the end Sri Lanka win it by a whisker. Should have sealed it off earlier but for a bit of a wobble. Well batted by Gunaratne who got to his fifty after Dickwella and Munaweera had provided them with the kind of start they needed.

      Earlier, Finch, Klinger and Head had pulled Australia to 168 which looked par on this surface but the inexperience of the Aussie bowling made it rather difficult for the hosts.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:17pm | ! Report

      Paine is up to the stumps and there’s a fielder close in as well to try and collect the throw.

      Think all fielders are inside the circle…could have one behind for the pull I feel.

      Anyway, here we go, Tye in to bowl to Kapu, who gets a very full ball and drills it through the covers for a four!

      Sri Lanka win by five wickets off the last ball!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:15pm | ! Report

      Another short ball, another pull and this is connected, gets him for a couple. The throw isn’t the best and that allows the batsmen to come back for the second.

      One needed from one. Will we still see a Super Over?

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:14pm | ! Report

      And another attempted pull and another mistimed shot. No pace on it and Prasanna struggles to time it. They still manage to pick up a single.

      3 off 2 needed.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:13pm | ! Report

      Short ball and Kapu pulls it away to fine-leg for a single.

      Four needed off three.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:12pm | ! Report

      Appeal for a run-out. Prasanna wanted to pull it but missed and is called through for a single. Paine misses the striker’s end but Tye does well to collect it at the non-striker’s end and flicks the bails off…

      …but the batsman is in.

      5 off 4 needed

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:11pm | ! Report

      Beaten! First ball, slower ball, shorter too but an attempted pull connects just the air.

      Six needed from five.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:10pm | ! Report

      The last two overs have cost Australia 12 runs. Six apiece.

      Andrew Tye with the ball for the 20th.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:10pm | ! Report

      An attempted swipe is missed by Prasanna and while there’s an appeal for lbw, given not-out. Run through for a single.

      Six needed from six.

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