Richardson (3-21) and Agar (1-14) helped restrict Sri Lanka to a modest 121-6 from their 20 overs. Australia chased the goal with ease, reaching 124-4 with 19 balls to spare.
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Australia’s Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar combined for a miserly bowling efficiency as the hosts outclassed Sri Lanka by six wickets in Tuesday’s low-scoring third Twenty20 world in Canberra. The dwelling side now bear an unassailable 3-0 lead within the 5-match series.
Richardson (3-21) and Agar (1-14) helped restrict Sri Lanka to a modest 121-6 from their 20 overs. Australia chased the goal with ease, reaching 124-4 with 19 balls to spare. Glenn Maxwell rode his fair right fortune for a transient 39, assisting skipper Aaron Finch (35), who anchored the acknowledge, in overpowering a Sri Lankan bowling attack missing leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who tested particular for COVID-19 earlier than the match.
Off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana ploughed a lonely furrow for the touring side, accounting for Ben McDermott within the first ball of the innings and finishing with 3-24. Batting first after losing the toss, Sri Lanka started sluggishly and were lowered to 51-4 at the halfway designate of their innings after Richardson claimed two early wickets.
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“I wasn’t at my simplest the a quantity of evening, so it became as soon as good to jump support and I deem that pitch, bowling first, suited my strengths,” Richardson acknowledged. All-rounder Daniel Sams completed a spectacular diving take within the deep to provide Maxwell the prized wicket of Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka’s main jog-scorer in this series, who departed for 16.
Sams changed Steve Smith within the side after the vulnerable captain became as soon as concussed within the previous match in a flying try to connect a six. Captain Dasun Shanaka (39 no longer out) and Dinesh Chandimal (25) were left to purchase up the objects after Sri Lanka’s prime reveal failed, but were unable to mount an offensive and went six overs with out finding the rope as their side limped to a meagre complete.
“No positives this day, as soon as again a unhappy originate from our boys because it has been at some level of the series,” Shanaka acknowledged. The series continues in Melbourne with recreation four on Friday.