Australia record comfortable warm-up win over SL

Australia record comfortable warm-up win over SL
Australia's Shane Watson reacts after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews during their Cricket World Cup match in Sydney, March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

SOUTHAMPTON: Australia finished up their World Cup arrangement on an unequivocal note, beating a battling Sri Lanka by five wickets in their last warm-up game here on Monday.

Usman Khawaja, who opened close by captain Aaron Finch instead of a refreshed David Warner, moored the pursuit with 89 off 105 balls as Australia in the long run breezed to triumph in 44.5 overs.

Sri Lanka, who have lost eight of their last nine ODIs, scored 239 for eight subsequent to selecting to bat with opener Lahiru Thirimanne making 56 off 69 balls. Australia went into the game with 12 players as they did in their first warm-up game against England.

The Finch-drove squad rested Warner, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff to give game time to the individuals who did not venture out to challenge top picks England on Saturday when Australia beat the World Cup has by 12 runs. Pace lead Mitchell Starc bowled nine overs, getting a wicket for 39 runs while Pat Cummins bowled eight overs in which he expelled Thisara Perera and surrendered 23 runs.

It was another clinical exertion from Australia who have the turned into the group to beat in the up and coming World Cup nearby England.

While Steve Smith featured against England with a century, it was the turn of Khawaja to make the most of it in the center. He took as much time as is needed in a strong thump, hitting just three fours. By turning out to bat in the wake of harming his left knee while handling, the southpaw dissipated worries over his wellness. Key center request batsman Glenn Maxwell, who did not play against England, scored a run-a-ball 36 in front of his group’s World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.


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