1st T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), June 07, 2022, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
(14/20 ov, T:129) 134/0

Australia won by 10 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)

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end of over 1419 runs
AUS: 134/0CRR: 9.57 
Aaron Finch61 (40b 4x4 4x6)
David Warner70 (44b 9x4)
Dushmantha Chameera 4-0-48-0
Nuwan Thushara 2-0-21-0

Clinical performance from Australia to go 1-0 up. But there's a quick turnaround. Sri Lanka can exact revenge tomorrow night in Colombo. Join us then for game two. Until then, goodnight from R Premadasa Stadium. Thanks for your company.

11.20pm Presentation

Aaron Finch: "I think with the ball, when Josh Hazlewood is bowling such consistent lengths we know as batters how hard it is to face that. We wanted guys to take a risk playing the hardest shots against that length through the middle overs. We managed to get that. We managed to control the middle overs by getting wickets. It was nice to get a few runs and have a really good partnership with Davey."

Dasun Shanaka: "I hope the batters will be better in the next game. We had a serious talk on this in the days leading in. We've got a strong side. It's a matter of getting one win."

Player of the match is Josh Hazlewood for his 4 for 16.

Josh Hazlewood: "The wicket was a little bit slow but I guess you can use that to your advantage. I thought we bowled well as a unit. The back of a length was crucial. I've been working hard on my T20 cricket, playing a lot, feeling confident and we saw that tonight."

11.09pm Australia win by 10 wickets with 36 balls to spare. That is Sri Lanka's heaviest T20I defeat at home. Australia go 1-0 up. Warner and Finch were clinical. It was just the start to the series Finch was hoping for personally as well as from a team perspective. Finch makes a pressure free 61 not out from 40. Warner was sensational with 70 not out from 44 balls to continue on his IPL form. Sri Lanka's bowlers stood no chance on that surface. Their batting failed them. Josh Hazlewood's 4 for 16 was the difference in the game. Sri Lanka were 1 for 100 in the 12th over before losing 9 for 28.

Christof: "Looks like there were six full overs lost after all. Just don't blame the rain."

Chameera to Finch, SIX runs

uppercut for six! What a way to win it! Short and high outside off. Finch lays the face open and uses the pace again to uppercut high over fine third man and it clears the rope!

One run to go 1-0 up

Chameera to Finch, FOUR runs

glided fine of third man! Lovely touch. Back of a length and climbing on a fourth stump line but Finch used the pace and opened the face to run it fine and Nuwan is beaten again!

Chameera to Warner, 1 run

back of a length on leg, he works this forward of square with ease

Chameera to Warner, FOUR runs

pulled wide of fine leg and Nuwan can't stop it! Another short ball on the hip and Warner opts to wide of the man at fine leg this time. Nuwan got there but had to try and knock it back as he ran over the rope and just knocked it onto the rope

Chameera to Warner, FOUR runs

flicked fine of fine leg! 136kph, short on the hip and Warner just helped it on it's way. Fine leg was very wide. Well placed by Warner

Chameera to Warner, no run

good length, top of middle, 140kph, he defends on the front foot to cover

Chameera returns

end of over 1312 runs
AUS: 115/0CRR: 8.84 RRR: 2.00 • Need 14 runs from 42b
David Warner61 (40b 7x4)
Aaron Finch51 (38b 3x4 3x6)
Nuwan Thushara 2-0-21-0
Maheesh Theekshana 4-0-25-0

Earl John : "Waking up at 3am in Adelaide, I see that Smith isn't going to have a chance to get into form."

Thushara to Warner, 1 run

good length, 111kph, he stands tall and punches to long on

Thushara to Finch, 1 run

slower ball, 109kph, low full toss, he drives to long on

Thushara to Finch, FOUR runs

carved over backward point! Back to back T20I 50s for Finch. Lovely shot to bring it up. Full and wide, he open the face and sliced it deliberately up and over backward point

Tinura: "People were in kilometers of queues to buy a ticket for this series, and this is what they get back always. Losing with dignity is one thing, but it is harder to tolerate these kinds of self buldozering.." There's another game tomorrow, Tinura.

Thushara to Finch, 1 wide

short ball sprayed way down leg

Thushara to Finch, 2 runs

angled into leg, he weights this shot nicely through square midwicket, between the man in the circle and the man running from the deep to pinch two

Thushara to Finch, 1 wide

128kph, full and speared well down leg

Thushara to Warner, 1 run

129kph, good length wide of off, Warner stands still and thumps a square drive to deep cover-point

Thushara to Finch, 1 run

131kph angled into leg stump, he whips this behind square

end of over 127 runs
AUS: 103/0CRR: 8.58 RRR: 3.25 • Need 26 runs from 48b
Aaron Finch43 (34b 2x4 3x6)
David Warner59 (38b 7x4)
Maheesh Theekshana 4-0-25-0
Chamika Karunaratne 2-0-13-0

A lot of fans have left but the ones that have stayed are still making noise.

Theekshana to Finch, 1 run

tossed up high outside off, he crunches a drive along the deck to long off

Theekshana to Warner, 1 run

good length on middle, 106kph, he works this behind square

10.55pm We're back. Covers are off and the ground is clear. Warner on strike to Theekshana

10.40pm Good news. Play will restart at 10.55pm. No overs lost.

Pushpe: "R Premadasa cricket ground is a nightmare for SL in T20I games.. they lost 20 out of 26 previous T20I games at here "

10.27pm Drizzle has stopped and covers are coming off now.

Sree: "I don't think there needs to be any over reduction. The officials can just announce no over reduction and the match will still finish on time"

Manu: "SL were 100/1 in the 12th over, almost the same as Aus. If it had rained during SL's innings at that point and it had been reduced to a 15-over game, they might have fared a lot better than what they eventually got"

10.20pm The latest from Fidel: "For now, drizzle has set in, and the corners of the ground are being covered." We're running out of time. While we wait for an update, it's a timely moment to look back on this analysis by Ian Bishop on Josh Hazlewood from during the IPL.

Ark: "What is the DLS par score for this moment?" 65. Australia are 36 runs infront.

10.10pm The covers are protecting most of the ground now. "Much heavier than last time," says Fidel from the ground.

10.05pm Raining hard now. Covers are called on. Players run off. The last delay was about 9 minutes. So hopefully this is similar.

Lukman Ahsan Tu: "Also David Warner scored 50 in his last 5 innings against Sri Lanka including a century!" Sampath notes: Most consecutive 50+ scores against an opponent in men's T20Is:

5* - David Warner vs SL

4 - Virat Kohli vs SL

4 - Virat Kohli vs AUS

4 - Paul Stirling vs SCO

Theekshana to Warner, 1 wide

fired down the leg side and called wide

Australia are 0 for 100 after 11.4. Sri Lanka were 1 for 100 at the same stage. Fourth century stand in T20Is for these two.

Theekshana to Finch, 1 run

floated up on middle, he leans down to paddle sweep behind square

Theekshana to Warner, 1 run

94kph, shorter on middle, he pulls with control forward of square to the sweeper

Rain is starting to fall

Theekshana to Finch, 1 run

91kph length ball on off, he pushes this to cover-point for one