Australia 158 for 3 (Stoinis 59*, Finch 31) beat Sri Lanka 157 for 6 (Nissanka 40, Asalanka 38*) by 7 wickets
Perth: Marcus Stoinis played an outstanding knock of an unbeaten 59 from 18 deliveries to help Australia chase down 158 in their Super12 encounter of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup against Sri Lanka in Perth on Tuesday.
With this win, Australia is in fourth position in the points table with 2 points, one place below Asian champions Sri Lanka, who are in third with two points.
Disciplined bowling by the Aussies kept Sri Lanka quiet for the major part of their innings but Asalanka and Karunaratne added 37 runs from the last 15 deliveries to help Sri Lanka to a respectable total of 157/6.
Asalanka remained unbeaten on 38 from 25 deliveries while Karunaratne scored an useful 14 from seven deliveries after walking in to bat at number eight.
Pathum Nissanka (40) and Dhananjaya de Silve also got off to good starts but they couldn't accelerate, ending their innings at underwhelming strike-rates of 88.89 and 113.04 respectively.
Chasing 158, Australia did not get a chance to hit boundaries easily as Lankan bowlers troubled them with their line and lengths.
More than four overs went by when opener David Warner was caught by skipper Dasun Shanaka while attempting to drive.
Spinner Maheesh Theekshana had given Lanka their first wicket at 26 runs and the southpaw was back in the pavilion for 11 off 10 balls.
Mitchell Marsh joined skipper Aaron Finch at the crease.
Australia finished the powerplay without scoring even a single four or six, for the first time in their T20I history.
In six overs, Australia was at 33/1, with Marsh (1*) and Finch (9*) at the crease.
In the second ball of the 8th over, Marsh broke the boundary drought by smashing Wanindu Hasaranga for a four and six. With that six, Australia crossed the 50-run mark in the 8th over.
Finch also let his arms loose at the first ball of the next over, launching a huge slog over wide-long on.
Just when it seemed Aussies were accelerating, Marsh gave a catch to Bhanuka Rajapaksa at long-off. Dhananjaya de Silva sent Marsh back for 17 off 17 balls.
Glenn Maxwell joined Finch. He swung things in Australia's favour by smashing Hasaranga for two sixes and a four in the 10th over, which gave away 19 runs in total.
At the end of 10 overs, Australia was at 85/2, with Maxwell (22*) and Finch (23*).