Aussie quicks se­cure sweep

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - JA­SON PHE­LAN

AUS­TRALIA has com­pleted a crush­ing 3-0 Twenty20 se­ries clean sweep against Sri Lanka, the home side cruis­ing to a com­fort­able seven-wicket win in game three at the MCG.

In warm con­di­tions last night, Aus­tralia made 3-145 after send­ing the vis­i­tors in and re­strict­ing them to 6-142 from their 20 overs.

An­other half-cen­tury to player-of-the-match and se­ries David Warner al­lowed Aus­tralia to clinch the win with 14 balls to spare in front of 28,568 fans. Warner, who was not dis­missed in three in­nings this se­ries, was un­beaten on 57 off 50 balls, with four fours and a six.

On the back of his 100 in Ade­laide and a 60 in Bris­bane, Warner was the high­est run­scorer in the se­ries with 217, although he did ben­e­fit from some luck last night when he was dropped on 12.

Sri Lanka en­joyed a bright patch with three wick­ets through the mid­dle overs, but never looked like caus­ing an up­set. Skip­per Aaron Finch, who was dropped on 15, de­parted in the ninth over for 37 from 25 de­liv­er­ies.

Fans hop­ing for some Steve Smith magic were left dis­ap­pointed when he was well caught at mid-wicket by Lak­shan San­dakan off the bowl­ing of Nuwan Pradeep for 13.

Ben McDer­mott, who came in when Glenn Maxwell stepped away to con­cen­trate on his men­tal health, failed to grasp his op­por­tu­nity at No.4, trapped in front by La­sith Malinga for five.

Sri Lankan No.3 Kusal Per­era hit his team’s high­est score of the se­ries with a well-made 57 from 45 de­liv­er­ies, in­clud­ing four fours and one six, be­fore he holed out try­ing to push the run rate off Pat Cum­mins’ bowl­ing.

Cum­mins was the pick of the Aussie bowlers with 2-23 from four overs, with Kane Richard­son (2-25) and Mitchell Starc (2-32) also shin­ing.

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