Twitter Reactions: Australia kicks off ODIs on winning note on back of Glenn Maxwell’s heroics
Australia won the first ODI against Sri Lanka, chasing a target of 282 in 42.3 overs.
Updated - Jun 15, 2022 11:14 am
Australia began the ODI series against Sri Lanka with a statement win as the visitors chased down a revised target of 282 at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium on June 14 (Tuesday). The distress grows for Sri Lanka as they lost the T20I series and now failed to defend the target in 44 overs.
All was well in the first innings for Sri Lanka as they started brightly, with their top three batters scoring a fifty each and were at 115 for one in the 2oth over. Danushka Gunathilaka scored 55 runs off 53 balls and Pathum Nissanka scored 56 runs off 68 balls, and then came Kusal Mendis’ crucial 86* off 87 balls. Charith Asalanka, after a decent T20I series with the bat, scored a handy 37 off 42 balls at number five, before their mystery bowler Wanindu Hasaranga did the finishing job scoring 37 off 19 balls. It was all set up for Sri Lanka in the second innings after amassing a total of 300 in 50 overs.
Glenn Maxwell’s heroics take Australia to the finishing line
After what seemed like redemption for the hosts after a series loss in the shortest format, especially after sending Aussie’s number one batter David Warner back to the pavilion in the second over for a three-ball duck by the off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana. things soon looked dim for Dasun Shanaka’s men. Australia were on to the chase straight away after the loss of the first wicket, as captain Aaron Finch contributed with a useful 44 off 41 balls at the top, followed by a handy 53 off 60 balls by Steve Smith.
But things looked more challenging for the visitors after the game was halted due to the rains for over an hour on the 13th over, and the target was revised. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis stabilized the innings with a quick knock of 44 off 31 balls, but with Finch’s men losing wickets at regular intervals, the match was back in the balance.
Australia, at 228 for 7 in the 36th over, were in a spot of bother, and it was all on Glenn Maxwell to carry them to the finish line. Sri Lanka grew hopeful when they dismissed Ashton Agar, as they were two wickets away from a thrilling victory. Australia needed 28 off 27 balls, and it was Maxwell with a heroic knock of 80* off 51 balls, wrapping up the match with nine balls to spare. Unsurprisingly, he was named the Man of the Match for taking Australia home from the mouth of defeat.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Australia’s win
— Australian Cricketers' Association (@ACA_Players) June 15, 2022
— Dewni Samarathunga (@dewniis) June 15, 2022
— sreekar (@nyalkalkars27) June 15, 2022
With the bat : 37(19)
With the ball : 9-0-58-4
He is only second Sri Lankan 🇱🇰 player to have scored 30+ runs and pick 4 wickets in ODI match against Australia 🇦🇺.
Sanath Jayasuriya in 2003
Wanindu Hasaranga in 2022
— Thurunu Jayasiri (@ThurunuJ) June 15, 2022
#SriLanka Cricket has found a good and stable leader after a long time in white ball cricket in the form of @dasunshanaka1 Have huge hopes from him to revive the Sri Lankan Cricket. #CricketTwitter #SLvAUS pic.twitter.com/Ti1X7sAfSc
— Abhigya Singh (@AbhigyaSingh11) June 15, 2022
Maxwell and spin not the best match up for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka have to find belief, they have had there opportunities. #SLvAUS
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) June 15, 2022
Starting the day with Mad Maxi's blitz. SL had thought they won as soon as Stoinis was gone but Big Show's Mad Innings took them by a shock yet again as Australia clinches the 1st ODI by 2 wkts at Pallekele. #SLvAUS pic.twitter.com/PaHAzsNiK8
— Mani Viratfied 👑❤️ (@MViratfied) June 15, 2022
— Omar Faruque (@OmarFar46196492) June 15, 2022
Teams to Lose against Zimbabwe🇿🇼 in ODI's since 2021 :
Pakistan🇵🇰 in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka🇱🇰 in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan🇵🇰 also lost a T20 in Zimbabwe🇿🇼 (99 all out).
— Ind_Alexander (@ghante56) June 15, 2022
Glenn Maxwell is a bloody legend. #SLVAus
— Rory Burnside (@RoryBurnside) June 15, 2022
Has anyone seen the newly appointed head coach and specialized fast bowling coach of Srilanka ? #SLvAUS
Waste of money for salaries.
Let the players play the game.@OfficialSLC @fernandoharin @Dailymirror_SL @ESPNcricinfo @RusselArnold69 @shoaib100mph @AkilaSilva8 @MahelaJay
— ranitha fernando (@wdrd1972) June 15, 2022