Glenn Maxwell has lucky night, Ashton Agar returns, Ben McDermott

There was another scratchy performance with the bat but Australia has cruised to a series-winning victory in the third T20 against Sri Lanka in Canberra.

Australia’s bowlers were once again on-song but a number of missed chances in the field by Sri Lanka ultimately left the hosts’ batters off the hook.

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0 off 1

Not much to say here — or points to give out. He nicked off first ball of the Australian innings. He’ll want to forget about this one quickly.


1-14, economy 3.50

13 off 13

A brilliant return to Australia’s XI with the ball. It should really be no surprise given Agar only lost his spot due to a chance in Australia’s selection policy, rather than poor performances. His 1-14 is the third cheapest spell by an Australian spinner in a home T20I. He hardly put a foot wrong with the ball and really turned the screws on the struggling Sri Lankans. With the bat, Australia made the bold selection call to open Agar. It didn’t exactly go to plan with Finch coming to the crease after one ball anyway, while Agar never really got going in his run-a-ball innings.


35 off 36

He’ll be disappointed to not end his half-century drought, but it was a return of sorts to form for Finch. His 35 off 36, having come to the crease second ball of the innings after the dismissal of McDermott, was a calming influence in what had the potential to be a tricky chase. Andrew Symonds said after Finch’s knock that it was a “real innings of hunger”. There was nothing particularly flashy, but it was just what he — and Australia — needed after a lean run.


1-3, economy 3.00

39 off 25 balls

It’s hard to know how to feel about this performance. Maxwell Survived THREE dropped catches in the space of 17 balls. None were simple catches, but they were takeable. But in true Maxwell style, he put his foot on the gas and took the game away from Sri Lanka in a flash. He didn’t finish the job though, holing out for 39 off 25 balls. Bowled the one over for the Aussies and made his mark with 1-3. It was an eventful night for the all-rounder who also hit a reverse sweep six 82 meters.


21 off 18

Most of the work was done by the time Inglis came to the crease. Nevertheless, he didn’t let things slip for the Aussies with the loss of Maxwell and Finch and finished unbeaten.


12 off 8

While Stoinis did bat in the third T20, it was merely to finish the job off with Australia in total control. He didn’t get to bowl, so with little to do, we’ve excused him from a mark.




0-30, economy 7.50

A night on the bench in Sydney wasn’t enough to change Starc’s fortune in this series. His figures of 0-30 are by no means poor, especially when you consider he bowled 12 dot balls. But two wides and a wild no ball that went to the boundary hurt his figures on the night as he lost some control, particularly early.


0-18, economy 6.00

Fresh from landing a near $500k deal in the IPL auction, Sams put in a performance to give his new employer Mumbai some confidence it has made a good deal. Sams was more economical than both Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc on the night, going for just a run-a-ball. His finest moment, however, was a stunning catch on the boundary to dismiss in-form opener Pathum Nissanka. He gains an extra point for that.


3-21, economy 5.25

The South Australian responded in style at Manuka having struggled at the SCG on Sunday. Having been hit for more than 10 runs an over in Sydney, Richardson took two wickets in his first over in Canberra. And his night just got better from there as he ended with 3-21 from his four overs, with his three wickets all being top-six batters. He didn’t get a run at the World Cup, but this was a timely reminder of his T20 ability.


1-31, economy 7.75.

Can we say 1-31 is an off-night for Hazlewood? He has been in ridiculous form in the T20 arena but Sri Lanka finally found a way to take some boundaries off the fast-bowler. He was hit for four boundaries, but still dotted up regularly to finish the night with 1-31. Definitely nothing to scoff at, just not Hazlewood-like, as it were.

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