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Warm-up: Khawaja guides Australia to easy win over SL


Opener Usman Khawaja shrugged off damage issues to lead Australia to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka of their ultimate World Cup warm-up fit on Monday.
Australia's disciplined bowling performance limited Sri Lanka to 239-8, however they regarded to have suffered a blow when Khawaja limped off after being hit on the knee whilst fielding.

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He later emerged to open the batting alongside captain Aaron Finch and persisted his push for a spot within the Australian most sensible order with a 105-ball 89.

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Shaun Marsh (34), Glenn Maxwell (36) and Marcus Stoinis (32) didn't build on forged begins however wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey and Pat Cummins ensured Australia chased down the overall with 31 balls to spare.

Finch, who deployed 8 bowlers on a cold day in Southampton, was proud of arrangements forward of their World Cup opener against Afghanistan on Saturday.

"Feels like we are ready to go," Finch said. "Practice games are nice to keep ticking the boxes and ensure we're doing our basics neatly.

"Guys are hanging their palms up, and it's going to be a brutal selection name come our first game.

"We have specific plans against Afghanistan, they have some world class players."


Sri Lanka were off to a gentle get started after opting to bat first however wickets at common durations from Australian spinners within the center overs intended they didn't put up a large ranking.


Opener Lahiru Thirimanne carved out a composed half-century however his dismissal by means of off-spinner Nathan Lyon sparked a middle-order collapse as Sri Lanka slipped from 110-2 to 161-6.


All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva (43) shared a 64-run seventh-wicket stand with Thisara Perera (27) to make sure Sri Lanka breached the 200-run mark, sooner than Mitchell Starc rattled his stumps within the 47th over.


Fast bowler Pat Cummins was Australia's most economical bowler, gathering 1-23 from 8 overs, whilst leg-spinner Adam Zampa amassed 2-39 from nine overs.


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