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Australia captain Aaron Finch led by example as he hammered a superb 153 to lead his side to a comfortable 87-run win over Sri Lanka at The Oval.
Being put in to bat first, Australia got off to a great start as Finch and David Warner amassed an 80-run partnership before Warner was clean bowled by Dhananjaya de Silva for 26.
Usman Khawaja only scored 10 runs before he became De Silva’s second victim.
Finch and Steve Smith stabilised the innings with a 173-run stand, during which Finch raced past his hundred and Smith his fifty, before Finch was dismissed by Isuru Udana for for a 132-ball 153, which included 15 boundaries and five sixes.
Smith went on to score a 59-ball 73, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Lasith Malinga.
Once Smith was gone, Australia began losing wickets at regular intervals, but with Glenn Maxwell walloping an unbeaten 46 off 25 balls, they finished on 334/7.
De Silva and Udana picked up two wickets apiece, while Malinga chipped in with one.
Chasing 335 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a fantastic start as captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera forged a 115-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries.
Kusal ended up making 52, which came off 36 balls and included five boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Mitchell Starc.
Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne added 38 runs to the score before Thirimanne was caught behind off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for 16.
Karunaratne went on to score a 108-ball 97, which included nine boundaries, before he was caught by Maxwell at backward point off the bowling of Kane Richardson.
Once Karunaratne had been dismissed, Sri Lanka collapsed as they lost wickets in a hurry.
Sri Lanka went from 186/3 at the time of Karunaratne’s dismissal to being bowled out for 247.
Starc was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Richardson took three, Pat Cummins got two and Behrendorff claimed one.
Finch was named Man of the Match.