Twitter Reactions: Captain David Warner pilots Australia to an easy win

Twitter Reactions: Captain David Warner pilots Australia to an easy win

Australia's John Hastings
Australia’s John Hastings (2L) celebrates with his teammates. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Skipper David Warner finally put an end to his dry run and struck and fine century to help Australia make a short work of the 195 runs target given by Sri Lanka. The visitors with the help of his efforts registered a simple 5 wicket win and pocketed the series with a 4-1 score line.

The Aussies had a very easy day in the middle today. Firstly, the fast bowling attack led by the lethal Mitchell Starc (3/40) restricted Sri Lanka for 195 in 40.2 overs. David Warner then led the way and single-handedly scripted the chase with his fabulous 126 balls 106 runs knock.

The Sri Lankans might be very disappointed. They had a very good start with openers Dhanajaya de Silva and Danusha Gunathilaka putting up a solid 73 runs stand. However, once the partnership was brought to an end by James Faulkner, the hosts crumbled like a pack of cards.

Spinners Travis Head and Adam Zampa did not give any breathing space for the middle order. Mitchell Starc came in and cleaned up the tail. John Hastings also claimed one top order wicket. All these combined efforts saw Australia fold up the Lankans for a below-par total.

The chase was a simple affair, not initially but later on. Mathew Wade and Usman Khawaja had a bad day. But, Warner did let the momentum shift totally into the opposition’s favour and flourished slowly, doing most of the run scoring while kept the Lankan spin attack at bay.

George Bailey also gave a good hand with his calm 44 runs knock. Australia lost a couple of quick wickets towards the end but James Faulkner and John Hastings eventually finished off chasing the target.