Australia beats Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in the 1st ODI

BY foxsports • August 21, 2016

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Australia swept to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening match of their one-day international series on Sunday, after captain Steve Smith anchored the tourists' innings following an explosive start by Aaron Finch.

Smith won the toss and sent Sri Lanka to bat first, with the hosts being restricted to a modest 227 in 50 overs thanks to fast bowlers James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc, who shared seven wickets.

Opener Finch hit two sixes and seven boundaries in a 46-ball 56, while Smith added a 92-ball 58 in the visitors' reply.

Australia reached 228-7 with 19 balls to spare, despite a flurry of late wickets.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took three wickets for Sri Lanka.