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Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch smashed half-centuries in a formidable 10-wicket win in opposition to Sri Lanka within the first T20 worldwide in Colombo on Tuesday. The guests eased to 134-0 in 14 overs, chasing simply 129 for victory, after a penetrative Josh Hazlewood spell restricted the hosts to 128 all out in 19.3 overs.

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Australia, the reigning champions, are warming up for the 2022 T20 World Cup to be held on residence soil later this yr.

Earlier, Australia skipper Finch gained the toss and requested Sri Lanka to bat first in rain-hit Colombo.

Warner hit 9 fours in his unbeaten 44-ball 70 whereas Finch completed with a 40-ball 61 not out with 4 fours and 4 sixes.

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Warner and Finch hammered 59 runs within the first six overs and attacked key Sri Lankan bowlers Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana, who bowled six wicketless overs for 52 runs between them.

Dushmantha Chameera leaked 48 runs in his 4 overs for the hosts.

Earlier, Josh Hazlewood took three wickets within the 14th over and triggered a middle-order batting collapse within the first of three T20Is.

The in-form pacer completed with a formidable 4-16 in his 4 overs and took the wickets of Danushka Gunathilaka (26), Kusal Mendis (1), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (0) and captain Dasun Shanaka (0).

Hazlewood was properly supported by his new-ball accomplice Mitchell Starc who eliminated opener Pathum Nissanka for 36 off 31 balls earlier than cleansing up the hosts’ decrease order to complete with 3-26 in his 4 tight overs.

Sri Lanka’s prime three batters gave the hosts a gradual begin and took the staff to 100 for 2 within the first 12 overs.

Not one of the prime three — Nissanka, Gunathilaka and Charith Asalanka — had been in a position to stick round within the closing overs.

Starc dismissed Hasaranga, who tried to guide a lower-order fightback with a 15-ball 17, in addition to Chameera (1).

The hosts additionally misplaced Asalanka and Chamika Karunaratne to run outs and had been bowled out three balls in need of their allotted 20 overs.

Australia are additionally taking part in 5 one-day internationals and two Check matches throughout the Sri Lanka tour, which ends July 12.

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