Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the ongoing five-match series at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Chasing a revised total of 142 from 19 overs, the visitors had a terrible start as they lost two wickets – Danushka Gunathilaka (1) and Avishka Fernando (6) – for just 21 in 3.3 overs. Then, Charith Asalanka and Pathum Nissanka partnered to bring the team out of trouble.

The duo added a crucial stand of 43 runs for the third wicket before Adam Zampa dismissed Nissanka (36). Two balls later in the same over, Zampa sent back Asalanka (16) as well to reduce the tourists at 64/4.

The wicket of Asalanka opened flood gates as Sri Lanka could only manage to reach 122/9 in 19 overs, losing the contest by 20 runs (DLS method).

Zampa and Josh Hazlewood were the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. While Zampa bagged three scalps for 18 in his quota of 4 overs, Hazlewood took four wickets for 12 runs in 4 overs.

Earlier, Australia posted 149/9 in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Ben McDermott and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis were the only major run-scorers for the home team.

McDermott justified his place in the playing XI by top-scoring for his team with 53 off 41 balls, including three sixes. Similarly, Stoinis chipped in with 30 from 17 deliveries. For Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga bagged three wickets while conceded 38 runs in his quota of 4 overs.

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