Following their humbling defeat against New Zealand, Team Australia roared back with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the 19th match of the T20 World Cup 2022. The encounter was played in Perth on Tuesday, October 25.
After putting Sri Lanka to bat first, the Australian bowlers restricted the opposition batters to 157/6 in the first innings.
While opener Pathum Nissanka struck at a rate of 88.9 during his 45-ball 40, Charith Asalanka (38* off 25 balls) did well to take his side to a modest total.
Chasing a tricky target of 158, the Kangaroos began slowly but Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis came all guns blazing to power their side to victory with 21 balls to spare. Stoinis was particularly brutal on the Lankan bowlers, clobbering four boundaries and six maximums during his quickfire knock of 59* from 18 balls.
The lopsided game saw a slew of records tumble and created. Let’s take a look at three particular records that were broken over the course of the contest.
While the scorecard may reflect that Australia siezed the game by the scruff of the neck, it should be mentioned that the defending champions didn’t have an auspicious start.
In fact, owing to some thrifty new-ball bowling by Sri Lanka, the Australian batters failed to hit even a single boundary in their powerplay. This was the first time the Aussies didn’t manage to hit a four or a six in the first six overs of a T20I.
The first Australian boundary against Sri Lanka was scored by the bat of Mitchell Marsh, who pulled Wanindu Hasaranga for a four in the eighth over.