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World Cup: Finch's 153 sets up Australia's 87-run win over Sri Lanka

LONDON: Skipper Aaron Finch stroked his way to an imposing century as protecting champions Australia inched nearer to the semifinal berth with a crushing 87-run win over Sri Lanka in their World Cup fixture on Saturday.


Finch forged two a very powerful partnerships -- 80 with his opening partner David Warner (26) and 173 with Steve Smith (73 off 59) for the 3rd wicket -- in his 132-ball 153 knock. It was his 14th ODI hundred which was laced with 15 fours and five sixes, two of them gigantic.

Glenn Maxwell then supplied the past due price with an unbeaten 25-ball 46 as Australia posted a difficult 334 for 7.

Chasing the entire, Sri Lanka have been 115 for no loss at one level but they squandered the superb begin to be ultimately dismissed for 247 in 45.five overs.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (97) was the top-scorer for Sri Lanka, whilst his opening partner Kusal Perera (52) additionally scored a fifty.

Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets, whilst Kane Richardson claimed three and Pat Cummins scalped two.

This is Australia's fourth win in five suits, having crushed Afghanistan, the West Indies and Pakistan whilst dropping to India within the 10-team event.

Sri Lanka, who got here into the fit with one win from 4 video games after their previous two suits have been washed out, are on the other hand operating out of time after suffering their 2d defeat.

Sri Lanka have been off to a flying begin to their run chase with Karunaratne and Perera helping the staff submit 87 for 0 in 10 overs, the highest total within the powerplay within the event up to now.

The Island country scored 100 in 12.four overs prior to Mitchell Starc produced a breakthrough, cleaning up Perera within the 16th over.

Lahiru Thirimanne (16), who survived a few run-out possibilities, introduced up the staff’s 150 with a square pressure but he was stuck at the back of within the next ball by Jason Behrendorff as Sri Lanka slipped to 153 for 2.

Runs dried up after that as Australia tightened the screws. With force mounting, Karunaratne ended up giving a immediately catch to Maxwell at gully, simply three runs in need of his hundred.

Two fast wickets next saw Sri Lanka additional slump to 209 for five they usually by no means recovered after that.

Earlier, Finch performed some beautiful photographs to keep the runs flowing at the same time as his opening partner Warner found the going tricky.

Nuwan Pradeep was first within the firing line as he was hit for two fours by Finch.

The Australia skipper then blasted Lasith Malinga for a few fours within the 7th over prior to welcoming Thisara Perera with successive boundaries as Australia scored 53 within the first powerplay.

In the 17th over, Dhananjaya de Silva wiped clean up Warner when he tried to make room for himself to play a lower shot.

Finch and Usman Khawaja (10) took Australia to hundred in 23rd over but the left-handed batsman perished soon after his sweep shot was stuck by Isuru Udana at deep midwicket.

Smith then joined fingers with Finch, who exploded within the 29th over, smashing de Silva out of the park twice but even so a boundary to amass 20 runs off the over.

Smith too dealt in boundaries as the duo introduced up the 200 in 35.three overs.

The former skipper finished his fifty in 46 balls, whilst Finch smashed Perera over deep square for his fifth six of the innings.

Finch and Smith carted Perera for 18 runs within the 41st over with every smashing a few fours. Smith then deposited Malinga over deep mid-wicket within the next over.

Udana in any case broke the partnership when he had Finch stuck at duvet by Karunaratne off a slower supply as Australia slipped to 273 for three in 42.four overs.

Malinga then dismissed Smith with a cracking yorker within the next over, whilst Udana showed nice athleticism to run out Alex Carey and Pat Cummins to stem the run go with the flow.

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