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Twitter Reactions: Australia hand Sri Lanka another thrashing to seal series

David Warner is yet to get out in the series, having scored 160 runs.

David Warner and Steve Smith
David Warner and Steve Smith. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka haven’t been able to give Australia any sort of fight in the ongoing three-match tri-series. Following the hammering in Adelaide, Lasith Malinga and Co slumped to a defeat by nine wickets in the second T20I. The Aussies put on a dominating show at the Gabba in Brisbane to seal the series 2-0 with one match remaining at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday, November 1.

Lankan batting stutters yet again

Lanka elected to bat first, shifting from their decision to field first in Adelaide. But the change of move didn’t bring in change of fortunes as they were bowled out for 117 in 19 overs. Kusal Mendis ran himself out and visitors were pushed on the backfoot from the outset. Danushka Gunathilaka (21) and Avishka Fernando (17) started to get going, but were unable to convert their starts.

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Kusal Perera (27) threatened to take the match away, scoring at a rate of 142.10. But Ashton Agar cut short his knock. Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana and Lakshan Sandakan scored 10 each, but they were never going to be enough to guide Lanka to a good score. For Australia, Billy Stanlake, Pat Cummins, Agar and Adam Zampa finished with two wickets each. Kane Richardson went wicketless.

A doddle for Warner and Smith in Brisbane

The run-chase didn’t start on a happy note for the hosts. Lasith Malinga got opposition skipper Aaron Finch, caught down the leg side. The opener perished for a golden duck. At the other end, David Warner carried on from where he left at the Adelaide Oval. The southpaw got to a half-century off 30 balls and stayed unbeaten in a chase, which Australia completed in 13 overs.

After Finch’s wicket, there was not joy for Lanka. Steve Smith (53) joined Warner in the middle and the duo stitched an unbroken stand of 117 runs off 75 balls. The right-hander notched a fifty on his T20I return off 32 deliveries. The duo hit a combined tally of 15 boundaries. They laid into Hasaranga, the leg-spinner, who gave away 18 runs in the only over he bowled in the innings.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Australia’s resounding victory at the Gabba

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