half-volley on eighth stump, Finch reaches out to slap this high over wide mid-off and it plops in the grass behind the ring fielder for them to run two to secure victory with 21 balls to spare.
|Marcus Stoinis||AUS||96.72||59(18)||74.87||97.02||0/17||-||- 0.3|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||SL||51.78||26(23)||24.59||20.15||1/18||1.78||31.63|
10.23 pm So a seven-wicket win for Australia and a solid net run rate boost for them thanks largely to Stoinis, who is all smiles after an Australia record-setting T20I fifty.
Player of the Match goes to Marcus Stoinis presented by Daren Sammy. Here's Stoinis: "Ronny said to have a look at the quicks because it was doing a bit and if I felt comfortable then to have a go at the spinners. Once I got in, the plan was just to keep going. To be honest I was really nervous today being at home in Perth with lots of family and friends here but really happy we put on a bit of a clinic today. Mentally I was nice and fresh having some time off with this side strain, but so far so good. I felt good. We played here the other day against England and it was a beautiful wicket. This did look like it was doing a little bit more, especially against the new ball. It's a beautiful ground, probably the best ground in Australia if not the world. We've wrapped this game up and look forward to playing England at the MCG. They're obviously a very good team so we'll do our homework again, rest up, get on our flight tomorrow and then go from there."
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka: "We started really well and we finished well. In the middle phase we didn't get going and we could have missed 15-20 runs in the game. [On team fitness] I think the fast bowlers especially are not prepared well. They are coming after injury so I think that's the reason behind them getting injured most of the time. It was really tough with the new ball. It's too hard to get going. Even Finch struggled with the new ball. It was the latter part that they played really well. [Asked to give his team marks out of 10] Maybe 5 or 4."
Australia captain Aaron Finch: "Very happy [with the win]. Obviously my innings was unusual. It was poor. I just couldn't hit the ball. But I thought the way that we approached it with the bat was fine. We knew the first four or five overs with the ball, especially with Kumara nipping it around - it was seaming a long way there - so if we could get through that none or one down then it was going to be really important to set up the back end of the innings. It would've been nice if I could've kicked on earlier and made the chase a bit easier but all in all, pretty clinical, I think with the ball as well. [After the Powerplay] They bowled a hard length. It was tough. It's such a big ground that you feel as though it's hard to just stand and deliver. Especially with a bit of extra bounce and when the ball is seaming slightly, you feel it's just not quite as easy to hit the middle of the bat. That's no excuse for the way I played but it's nice to get two points. [On Stoinis] It was a pretty special innings. To come out with that intent is the main thing. When you walk out to bat and you have that presence at the crease, that's half the battle in T20 cricket. When you have the skill and the strength that he's got, that's a pretty good combo. [Playing England at the MCG] It's always a great event. Any format of the game, anywhere in the world, it's pretty special so we're looking forward to it."
That's it for tonight's live coverage. On behalf of Ekanth and the scoring team, I'm Peter Della Penna. Come back for tomorrow's doubleheader when England takes on Ireland followed by Afghanistan vs New Zealand. Until then, take care!
Malik Murad: "Unbelievable shots by Stoinis. Super Natural! "
short ball down the leg side, diving stop by the keeper. Wide called on the line and Finch alertly runs another to make it two wides.
That fan is feeling like he's just created a Cricto moment.
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length ball on leg stump, another clear of the front leg and swats this with disdain 15 rows back where a fan takes a superb crowd catch.
bouncer over middle, too high for Stoinis to have a crack at. Wide called on height.
full on middle, charges and inside edges this heave to deep fine leg for one. More groans from the fans and head shakes from Finch.
meatball of a full toss, Stoinis gets out the ladel to slather some marinara sauce on this before munching it with a flat bat over the bowler's head into the sixth row adjacent to the sightscreen. Fastest T20I fifty for Australia off just 17 balls.
full on leg, driven to long-on for one. Howls of 'Oh my God!" from Finch come through the stump mic in frustration.
backs away from leg again, this time Theekshana follows him full outside leg and a drive goes to long-on for one.
Now that's what I call a Cricto moment of the day.
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short on fifth stump, backs away from leg stump and goes inside out smashing this high and deep over extra cover and lands off the facade of the front row.
full on middle, winds up and clocks a pendulum drive flat over long-on just clearing the fielder leaping on the rope.
good length ball on leg stump, premeditated reverse goes nowhere.
Jamie: "What's been worse, this Hasaranga spell or the Nawaz over?" Hasaranga spell. Nawaz was bad for one over when India was going to come after him as hard as possible with no alternative option. Hasaranga has been bad for his entire spell.
short and wide, sliced behind point for one.
overcorrects too full now with a googly on leg stump, Stoinis gets on one knee for a marriage proposal, he says yes to heaving this for six over wide long-on 10 rows back.
another half-tracker sits up on middle, Stoinis clears the front leg and whacks this back over the non-striker's head to the sightscreen.
googly lands too short on middle, sits up for Stoinis to rock back and slaughter this over wide long-on 15 rows back in the stands.
googly lands short on fifth stump, bottom edged cut to extra cover in the ring for one.
short on sixth stump, slapped to the cover sweeper for one.
full on fourth stump, punched into the covers for one.
Afeef: "It's funny to think that it's already past midnight in some parts of Australia yet this match featuring Australia on their home ground is still going on." Agree. Very strange scheduling by the ICC to have a match for the host country start after 10 pm in the eastern states.
length ball on fifth stump, flat-footed punch goes off a thick edge wide of the keeper to the third man rope.
short on the body, pulls this off a bottom edge past the keeper and teases the fielder to the fine leg rope.
|Toss||Australia, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 1845|
|Match days||25 October 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Australia 2, Sri Lanka 0|
Over 17 • AUS 158/3Australia won by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
Silverwood keeps the faith despite Sri Lanka's latest injury
Marcus Stoinis provides the spark to light fire under Australia's title defence
Stoinis' 18-ball 59* gives Australia NRR-lifting win over Sri Lanka
|AJ Finch||not out||31||42|
|MP Stoinis||not out||59||18|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 3, w 10)|
|Total||158(3 wkts; 16.3 ovs)|