In the match played in Group-1 of T20 World Cup 2021, Australia beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in a one-sided fashion. The target of 155 runs from Sri Lanka was achieved by the Kangaroo team in just 17 overs. David Warner and captain Aaron Finch were the heroes of the team’s victory. While Warner returned to form after playing a brilliant innings of 65 runs, the captain played an important role in giving the team a blazing start by playing a blistering innings of 37 runs. Finch has also achieved a special achievement during his innings. Finch has become the fifth batsman in the world and the first in Australia to complete 2500 runs in T20 Internationals.
In this format of fast-paced cricket, before Finch, only four batsmen have reached this point. The Australian captain now has 2,510 runs in International T20. Above him in this list includes experienced Ireland batsmen Paul Stirling, Rohit Sharma, Martin Guptill and Virat Kohli. Sterling has so far scored 2570 runs in this format, while Team India’s opener Rohit has scored 2864 runs. Guptill is second in this list with 2956 runs. At the same time, Indian captain Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of cricket and he is at the top of the list with 3216 runs. Virat is the only batsman to score 3000 runs in T20 Internationals.
Warner and Finch gave a stormy start to the Australian team chasing the target of 155 runs and both added 70 runs for the first wicket in just 6.5 overs. Finch showed aggressive attitude from the beginning and hit 5 fours and two high-rise sixes in his 37-run innings. Finch was sent to the pavilion by Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka, but Warner’s attack continued from the other end. The Kangaroo opener got good support from Steve Smith and both made a half-century partnership for the third wicket. This is Australia’s second consecutive win in the T20 World Cup.