Australia started their campaign with a battling win over South Africa last Saturday.
Despite having been set a target of just 119 runs, the Aussies, who’ve never won this tournament, found themselves five down at the score of 81.
This is when a clutch 40-run partnership between Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade saved the day for them.
It wasn’t an impressive batting performance but it got the job done and keeps them in a good position for progression. Their bowlers, though, were superb and put on a great show, each chipping in with a few wickets each to restrict the Proteas to a paltry target.
Like the Aussies, the Lankans, too, were victorious in their opening match, beating Bangladesh by five wickets.
Their task though was a lot bigger as they had to track down a 172-run target, which they did due to an incredible and unbeaten 80-run knock by Charith Asalanka. He was well supported by Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 53.
While that was a good enough result, to do the same against the Aussies, they’d have to be even better as the Aussie bowling unit is still among the world’s best, even if their batting may have deteriorated.