Twitter Reactions: David Warner’s maiden T20I ton demolishes Sri Lanka in Adelaide

Twitter Reactions: David Warner’s maiden T20I ton demolishes Sri Lanka in Adelaide

Adam Zampa picked up three wickets for the Aussies.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The opening T20I at the Adelaide Oval turned out to be equivalent to a nightmare for Sri Lanka. Australia turned out to be a tough nut to crack and emerged victorious by 134 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. David Warner’s maiden century in T20Is pushed the visitors on the backfoot right away. Lanka’s batting didn’t have much clue about planning the run-chase.

Warner dominates the Lankans

On a strip where the average T20I score was 165, Lanka won the toss and opted to field first. It backfired big time as openers Warner (100) and Aaron Finch (64) took their bowling by the scruff of its neck. The duo put on 122 for the first wicket in 65 balls. Finch notched his fifty in 31 balls and his knock was laced with eight boundaries and three glorious sixes. Lakshan Sandakan nipped him out.

There was no respite for Sri Lanka’s bowlers as Glenn Maxwell (62) raced away to a fifty off 22 balls. The Victorian smacked seven fours and three sixes in his knock. Warner, at the other end, stayed unbeaten, hitting 10 fours and four sixes. He got to his milestone in the last ball of the innings. For the visiting team, Nuwan Pradeep was the toughest to get away as he gave away only 27 runs.

Lanka’s batting crumbles alarmingly

Lasith Malinga and Co were never in the run-chase, losing wickets upfront. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins removed Lanka’s top three- Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Bhanuka Rajapaksha- in quick succession to give Australia the ascendancy. Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando and Dasun Shanaka got into the double digits in the middle, but it was never going to be enough.

Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he dismissed Shanaka, Sandakan and Kasun Rajitha. Ashton Agar chipped in with Fernando’s wicket. Kane Richardson didn’t get a wicket, but was economical, having conceded only 21 runs in four overs. Sri Lanka ended with 99 for nine in 20 overs and have to get back to the drawing board before the next game.

Here is how Twitterati reacted on Australia’s thumping victory