Australia has truly and finally showed up in the T20 World Cup. After losing to New Zealand in the campaign starter, the hosts earned a much-needed win against Sri Lanka. And the one who did it for Australia was Marcus Stoinis. The all-rounder walked on three down in the chase. And chased down the score of 158 within a matter of minutes. Stoinis only dealt in boundaries smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all over the field.
Marcus Stoinis scored his half-century within only 17 balls. With this latest knock, Stoinis has become the fastest Australian to get to a half-century in terms of deliveries. And has scored the second-fastest ever in the T20 World Cup. Australia had lost the domination in the low-scoring match before Stoinis came to sort matters straight. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh walked back into the dressing room fairly early. Captain Aaron Finch settled quite too firm as he scored just 31 off 42 deliveries in the T20 battle.
Sri Lanka earned an edge over Australia with their consistent attack on Maxwell before he finally fell prey to Chamika Karunaratne. In came Stonis who bombarded the venue with an absolute carnage of a performance. Stoinis didn’t hesitate to attack Sri Lankan lethal Hasaranga and Theekshana. Finally, with four fours and six sixes, Stoinis chased down the target with 21 balls still left in the innings.
With this loss, the Asia Cup champions will have it extremely difficult to further their campaign. The big win by Australia has also affected Sri Lanka’s net run rate. And moving on in Group 1 with the likes of England and Afghanistan, Lanka will now have to maintain a winning streak along with a net run rate par others. Australia is now set to sort it out with England in their next clash while Sri Lanka will face New Zealand.