AUS vs SL: Australia eases to five wicket win over Sri Lanka

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Usman Khawaja's 50 has steered Australia closer to its target of 240.   -  getty images

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◙ Things look great for Australia as the side heads into the World Cup on the back of two successive wins. Sri Lanka, though, has lost its second game on the trot, but can take confidence from Thirimanne's fine form up front and their pacers' decent show.

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◙ Carey finishes things off in style with a boundary and Australia secures a comfortable five-wicket win over Sri Lanka. It turned out to be a relatively easy outing for the Aussies as they rode on Khawaja's 89 to reach the target with 31 balls to spare.

◙ Right then, Carey plays a late cut to reduce the deficit to all of six runs with six overs to spare.

◙ Cummins is the new man in and Australia needs 19 runs from nine overs to win this warm-up game.

Khawaja gone! He's beaten by a peach of a delivery from Vandersay. He misses the ball completely and the wicketkeeper whips off the bails in a flash. The umpires check if he had anything behind the line, but see that his back leg was firmly ON the line and that means he's got to go. A well-played 89 for Khawaja. Australia 218/5 after 40.2 overs.

WICKET! Oops, looks like we've jinxed Stoinis too! He attempts the big shot and is caught out. Meanwhile, the 200 is up for Australia and the side is now 37 runs short of victory. Australia 203/4 in 37 overs, Khawaja 80*, Carey 0*

◙ Stoinis joins the party! He whacks Siriwardana for maximum - the first six of the match - and has raced to 27 runs off as many deliveries. Khawaja is happy to play second fiddle and has 77 runs to his name. Australia 195/3 after 36 overs.

◙ Lakmal returns to bowl and concedes just three runs. Australia now trails by 67 runs. The scorecard now read Australia 171/3 after 33 overs; Khawaja 74*, Stoinis 7*

OUT! Uh oh, looks like we jinxed Maxwell! Siriwardana gets a wicket in his first over as he has Maxwell caught by Thirimanne at deep square leg. Maxwell departs for 36 and Australia is 161/3 after 30 overs.

◙ Maxwell and Khawaja have done really well to keep the scoreboard ticking. Australia's 150 is up and these two appear to be cruising along. Australia is now 151/2 after 28 overs and needs another 89 runs to win.

◙ Fifty for Khawaja. He's played a rock-solid innings here and has given Australia some much-needed stability up front. Maxwell has kept him company and the two have added 27 runs for the third wicket. Australia 123/2 after 25 overs.

Breakthrough for Sri Lanka! Marsh squanders after making a start. He skips down the track and hits it straight into the hands of the long on fielder! Khawaja stands firm, however, as he brings up his fifty in 55 balls. Australia 96/2 in 20 overs

◙ Khawaja and Marsh motoring along at a steady rate. Khawaja spooned a chance in the air off Mendis but the ball just fell short of Nuwan Pradeep. Australia 75/1 in 15 overs

◙ Thisara Perera is given a rude welcoming as he's smashed for 15 tuns in his first over. Australia brings up its 50 in 10 overs.

How close was that?! Mendis nearly strikes in his first over as Khawaja tries to play the reverse sweep but can't connect and appears to be clearly out LBW. The umpire doesn't give it and the Sri Lankans review the call, but are unlucky this time. Australia 39-1 after 9 overs, Khawaja 24*, Marsh 3*

◙ Lakmal and Pradeep continue to impress as they've restricted Australia to 29 for 1 in seven overs. Khawaja has settled in well and got 16 from 18 deliveries, while Marsh has one run to his name.

WICKET! Pradeep gets the all-important breakthrough as he dismisses Finch with a classic inswinger. Pradeep appealed for LBW but umpire Nigel Llong thought otherwise and the Lankans were forced to review it. Replays showed that there was no inside edge and the third umpire ruled in Sri Lanka's favour. Australia 16-1 after 4 overs.

◙ The Sri Lankan pacers have been phenomenal in the opening three overs. Lakmal has troubled Finch with the extra bit of bounce, while Pradeep is yet to concede a run. Australia 7/0 after 3 overs, Finch 6*, Khawaja 1*

◙ Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch will begin Australia's run chase. Lakmal will open the bowling attack for Sri Lanka.

◙ That brings us to the end of the Sri Lankan innings. A half-century from Thirimanne and key contributions from de Silva and Perera have guided Sri Lanka to 239/8. Zampa was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up two wickets, while the six other bowlers shared the other wickets. Australia will need to score 240 to win this game.

GONE! Starc is bang on the money as he wrecks de Silva's leg stump and Sri Lanka is now eight down. Sri Lanka 230-8 after 48.4 overs.

◙ Great over from Pat Cummins, he bags a wicket and gives away all of three runs. Sri Lanka 228/7 after 48 overs.

OUT! Cummins breaks the partnership as he gets rid of Perera. The Sri Lankan pulled at a short-pitched delivery but couldn't get the distance and was caught by Maxwell at deep midwicket. Sri Lanka 225/7 after 47.1 overs

◙ Another great over for the Lankans as Lyon is hammered for 13 runs. The 200 is up on the board and the batsmen are looking to up the ante in the five overs to go. Dhananjaya de Silva has struck four boundaries in the last two overs and looks hungry for more. Sri Lanka is 209/6 after 45 overs; Perera 19*, de Silva 32*

◙ Excellent over for Sri Lanka, 14 runs come off it and the side is now four runs short of the 200-mark. At the end of 44 overs, Sri Lanka is 196/6; Perera 16*, de Silva 23*

◙ Seven runs in three overs and Sri Lanka is now 166-6 at the end of 40 overs. Perera and de Silva are on 4 runs each and Lyon will head into his seventh over.

Zampa gets his second wicket! Mendis attempts the sweep shot, but the ball doesn't spin, and he's caught plumb LBW. Sri Lanka 161/6 after 37.5 overs.

◙ Looks like that's the only over for Smith. Zampa is back into the attack, while Cummins bowls from the other end.

OUT! Look who's just picked up a wicket, it's Steve Smith ladies and gents! The part-time leg-spinner is handed the ball and he dismisses Angelo Mathews off his fourth delivery! Mathews tries to drive straight and Smith dives to his left to pull off a great catch. Sri Lanka 147/5 after 34 overs.

The Aussie spinners have picked up the last three wickets, but haven't been able to generate a great amount of turn. Will the Lankans be able to do that 

◙ So Sri Lanka is at 145-4 at the end of 33 overs. If the Lankans can maintain the same scoring rate, they will get to a projected total of 248. Do you reckon that will be enough?

◙ Afghanistan is now one wicket away from being bowled out by England! Follow the AGF vs ENG game live here

◙ Ouch, that's got to hurt! Starc bowls a shorter one and Mendis tries to duck, but the ball strikes him on the helmet. Mendis manages to sneak a single and doesn't look like he's in any trouble. Props to the Aussie players, they've all run up to check on him. Sri Lanka 125/4 after 29 overs.

GOTCHA! Mendis looks to clear the leg side boundary but can't get the desired elevation and Lyon takes a terrific catch at deep midwicket. Sri Lanka now at 117/4 after 27.1 overs. It wasn't the greatest of deliveries from Zampa, it's a low full toss and Mendis looks to hit it out of the park but can't get enough power. With Thirimanne and Mendis gone, Sri Lanka now has two new batsmen at the crease in J. Mendis and Angelo Mathews.

CASTLED! Thirimanne looked in great touch but could not fend off this fine delivery from Nathan Lyon. The ball pitches just outside off and Thirimanne expects it to spin but it simply sneaks through his defence and rattles the stumps. Sri Lanka 110/3, Mendis 19*, Mathews 0* 

◙ Thirimanne comes down the wicket and slams it to the long-off boundary to bring up his half century. The opener has played a very patient and composed innings, scoring 50 off 63 deliveries, littered with seven boundaries. Thirimanne will look to forge a fine partnership with Mendis and lead Sri Lanka to a competitive 250-plus total. Sri Lanka 96-2 after 23 overs, Thirimanne 50*, Mendis 11*

◙ The runs are drying for Sri Lanka. Australia have conceded only 11 runs in the last four overs and it seems like Perera's dismissal has Thirimanne playing a lot more cautiously. Oh and word is that Nathan Lyon is going to come on soon.

◙ It's getting all cloudy here in Southampton. Some rain in the offing? We certainly hope not! Sri Lanka is at 78-2 after 19 overs and Adam Zampa has been introduced.

OUT! Perera gets on the front foot to defend the ball, but is beaten by a hint of spin and Maxwell picks up his first wicket. The ball appeared to be going down leg and the umpire took a long look at it before finally raising his finger. Sri Lanka 65/2 after 16.2 overs, Thirimanne 37*, Mendis 0*

Fifty up for Sri Lanka! Thirimanne smacks consecutive boundaries off Ricahrdson to bring up the 50 for Sri Lanka. Thirimanne has moved to 31, while Perera is on 4. Australia making a change in bowling here, Glenn Maxwell has been introduced. Sri Lanka 57/1 after 12 overs

OUT! Richardson gets the breakthrough as he has the Sri Lankan skipper Karunaratne caught behind for 16. The on field umpire Nigel Llong's decision was not out, but a DRS review has given Australia its first wicket of the afternoon. Sri Lanka 44/1 after 10 overs. Thirimanne 22*, Perera 0*

◙ Karunaratne survives another run-out chance! He knocks it into the off side and races to the non-striker's end, but is left stranded by Thirimanne. Cummins gathers the ball on his follow through and has a go at he stumps but can't find the target and the Sri Lankans scamper to complete the run. Their running between the wickets has been a little off colour so far. Sri Lanka 23/0 after 7 overs, Thirimanne 11*, Karunaratne 10*

◙ What a beauty! Kane Richardson, the new bowler in the mix, bowls a ripper and Karunaratne is beaten by the extra bouce.

CLOSE! There's a huge appeal for run-out and Karunaratne appears to be in trouble. The decision is referred to the third umpire but replays show that Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey's gloves had dislodged the bails before the ball arrived. Karunaratne picks up the two around and at the end of the fifth over, Sri Lanka is 16/0; Thirimanne 9*, Karunaratne 7*

◙ Afghanistan has just lost its first wicket. Jofra Archer has dismissed Hazrat Zazai and Afghanistan is 20/1 after 4 overs. Follow the AGF vs ENG game live here

◙ Two decent overs for Australia. Thirimanne hit two boundaries in the first over but has been kept quiet since and Cummins and Starc have only conceded two overs in the last two overs. Cummins has looked particularly good against Karunaratne, beating him on a couple of occasions by angling the ball away from the left-hander. Sri Lanka 10-0 after 3 overs, Thirimanne 8*, Karunaratne 2*

◙ So Udana will be playing no role in today's game after he was struck in the wrist off a Dwaine Pretorius shot in th warm-up clash against South Africa on Friday. Udana had bowled the slower one and Pretorius whacked it right back at him, and while Sri Lankan managed to protect his face the ball struck his wrist and he subsequently left the field in visible pain. 

◙ Mitchell Starc will get things underway and Lahiru Thirimanne is on strike. GAME ON!

Captains talk:

Karunaratne: "It looks a pretty good wicket and might turn in the latter part. We have a good team with experienced guys and youngsters. We are playing with only thirteen today - Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana are not playing."

Finch: "The ODIs are different than T20s. But there's pressure here to score big and we need to make match-winning hundreds. David Warner and Steve Smith are crucial to our team."

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Squads:

AUSTRALIA

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins

SRI LANKA

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis (wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal

 

The LIVE commentary starts at 03:00 PM IST