Sri Lanka started Australia tour with victory in 1st T20I at Melbourne

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 | 0

After finishing South Africa tour, the Lankan team is currently visiting Australia where they were scheduled to play three T20I match against the Aussie. Their first match has completed and Sri Lanka won the first match easily by five wickets. So, they just need to one match to win the series. However, they have suffered a whitewash against South Africa in ODI series where they lost by 5 – 0 and they also faced a Test series defeat there. They just manage a T20I series against Proteas while visiting South Africa. So, it was proved that the Lions are quite better in T20 format than Test and ODI. But, in Australia, it quite difficult to beat them in their own ground but the Lions did it very well in the first match of the tournament. In last 17th February, 2017 the inaugural competition between Sri Lanka and Australia was staged at Melbourne Cricket Ground where the Lions got victory by five wickets. It was seems an easy to the Lions because team Australia did not use their main team against the Lions. Their main team is currently visiting India where they are scheduled to play a four matches Test series. So, now Australia current T20 team is led by Finch who is not seems so expert skipper. In that case, the match became quite easier to the Lions which team is led by an expert player Tharanga.

Earlier in 17th February, 2017 evening, the Lions won the toss and decided to bat at Melbourne. Though, team Australia did not stage their main eleven but it did not mean that they getting very weaker than Sri Lanka. All participating players of Australia used to play Big Bash and different renowned domestic league and so, they also experienced players. But lack of international experience, they suffered. Finch who was the skipper came to open with Klinger and both of them made a very good start. Finch scored highest 43 runs for the team. At the end, Cricket Australia end up with 168 runs by losing six wickets.

Sri Lanka lost first wicket in 5 runs but Dickwella, Munaweera and Gunaratne all three players played very well and Gunaratne made a fifty highest for the Lions. They had to play complete twenty overs to achieve victory. The match went so close and contesting. So, the Lions lost five wickets and won the first match of the T20 series against Australia.

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