Twitter Reactions: Aaron Finch’s ferocity and Starc’s accuracy engulf Sri Lanka in London

Twitter Reactions: Aaron Finch’s ferocity and Starc’s accuracy engulf Sri Lanka in London

The Lankans were bowled out for 247 in 45.5 overs.

Australian team
Australian team. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

At the Kennington Oval in London, Australia managed to win their fourth match of the 2019 World Cup. The Men in Yellow thumped Sri Lanka by 87 runs and also moved to the top of the points table. During the run-chase, the Lankans tried their hearts out, but couldn’t be consistent enough. Dimuth Karunaratne’s men remain at the fifth position after the hefty defeat.

Finch plays a masterful knock

Sri Lanka’s decision to field first backfired on them as the Aussies racked up a massive score of 334 runs in their 50 overs. David Warner and Aaron Finch put on 80 for the first wicket in 16.4 overs. Warner scored a patient 48-ball 26 after which Dhananjaya de Silva castled him. Usman Khawaja could only manage 10 and he became De Silva’s second victim. Then, Steve Smith and Finch added 173 for the third wicket.

Finch accomplished his 14th ODI century off 97 balls and he went on to notch 153 off 132 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and five sixes. Smith also looked comfortable and managed 73 off 59. Glenn Maxwell didn’t die wondering and he churned out 46 quickfire runs off 25 balls with five fours and a six. Shaun Marsh and Alex Carey couldn’t contribute much and the Lankans did pull things back at the death.

Starc jolts the Lankans

The Lankans made an incredible start as Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne cobbled together a stand of 115 runs off 93 deliveries. Perera racked up his second fifty of this World Cup, after which Mitchell Starc rattled his woodwork. Lahiru Thirimanne couldn’t get going and he got out for 16. Kusal Mendis smacked two sixes following which Starc dismissed him. At the other end, Karunaratne looked solid.

After getting to his fifty in 43 balls, he was looking good for his maiden ODI century. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as Kane Richardson got his number on 97. The likes of Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera perished one after the other. Starc and Richardson picked up a flurry of wickets to ensure that the Lankans don’t even get close to the target and ended on 247 in 45.5 overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted another one-sided affair