T20 World Cup Australia 2022 : Sri Lanka flew in Marcus Stoinis' 17-ball fifty

                                                                               

T20 World Cup 2022 : Sri Lanka flew in Marcus Stoinis' 17-ball fifty
T20 World Cup 2022 : Sri Lanka flew in Marcus Stoinis' 17-ball fifty



Australia suffered a shock before taking the field against Sri Lanka. Leg spinner Adam Žampa ruled out of this match due to corona positive. And Sri Lanka struck early in Australia's innings. Team pacer Binura Fernando had to leave the field injured after he bowled five balls. Australia managed a knock by left-arm spinner Aston Agar. But Sri Lanka could not handle the shock of losing Binura again. Marcus Stoinis' blistering batting has bowled Sri Lanka into Australia.

Sri Lanka scored 157 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs after losing the toss and bat. In reply, Australia reached the target for the loss of 3 wickets with 21 balls in hand. Stoinis scored an unbeaten 59 off 18 balls with four fours and six sixes to take the team by 7 wickets.

Chasing a target of 158 to win, Australia did not have an easy start to the T20Is. Australia, who lost opener David Warner on the first ball of the fifth over, managed to score only 33 runs in 6 overs in the power play. When they bowled out Mitchell Marsh in 8.3 overs, the scoreboard read 60 for 2. But, Australian captain and opener Aaron Finch was batting at a snail's pace. All in all, many might have thought that the defending World T20 champions might lose their second game in a row!

But Glenn Maxwell, batting at number four, looked to score . He was doing it. But he bounced back with a brilliant catch by substitute fielder Ashen Bandara to the boundary off Chamika Karunaratne. Maxwell could have been out earlier. Bandarai caught. Maxwell made 29 runs off 23 balls for the third wicket with Finch before dismiss . He scored 23 runs out of it. Maxwell hit two sixes and a four in an innings of 23 runs from 12 balls.

                                                                          

T20 World Cup 2022 : Sri Lanka flew in Marcus Stoinis' 17-ball fifty
T20 World Cup 2022 : Sri Lanka flew in Marcus Stoinis' 17-ball fifty



When Australia scored 89 runs for 3 wickets in 12.2 overs, Stoinis came to the wicket. The Australian all-rounder attacked as soon as he arrived. The first boundary hit by the third ball of the toss, Karunaratne. In the last two balls of the next over, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka hit two consecutive fours. In the 15th over of the innings, Stoinis got more to Waninda Hasaranga. Australia scored 19 runs from that. Stoinis himself scored 18 runs with two sixes and a four.

Mahesh Tiksana hit three sixes in the next over. Then Stoinis hit Lahira Kumar for another six in the second ball of the 17th over. He scored a 17-ball fifty en route to this devastating innings. Finch was unbeaten on 31 off 42 balls as Australia departed with six.

Earlier, Sri Lanka's start was slow. They scored 36 runs and lost 1 wicket in 6 overs. At the end of 10 overs, Sri Lanka were 63 for the loss of one wicket. Yet, Sri Lanka managed to amass 157 runs at the end of 20 overs thanks to Dhananjaya De Silva's unbeaten 26 off 23 balls and Charit Asalanka's unbeaten 38 off 25 balls.

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