T20: Sri Lanka retain No.1 status after win over Oz

2013-01-28 00:00

SYDNEY — Sri Lanka downed Australia by five wickets to win the opening T20 international at the Sydney Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Two sixes on consecutive balls from Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera sealed a comfortable win for the visitors.

The win was set up by some superb bowling from Sri Lankan pair Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara, who earlier restricted the Australians to 137/3 from their 20 overs.

The Sri Lankans reached the target with seven balls to spare and are now guaranteed of retaining their number one ranking regardless of what happens in the second and final match in Melbourne today.

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