Aussies crush Sri Lanka to seal T20 series

Steve Smith and David Warner have wound back the clock in green and gold as Australia cruised to a lop-sided series victory against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

Needing just 118, Smith (53 from 36) and Warner (60 from 41) combined in their first partnership for Australia on home soil since the 2017 Boxing Day Test to get the hosts home with 41 balls and nine wickets to spare.

Aaron Finch’s side had crushed Sri Lanka by 134 runs in Adelaide’s Twenty20 International series opener on Sunday, with the Gabba victory in front of just 11,986 fans rendering Friday’s final clash in Melbourne a dead rubber.

Billy Stanlake (2-23 from four overs) set the tone with a rapid spell on his home ground, while Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa all picked up two wickets.

Their joint effort meant Sri Lanka, who won the toss and chose to bat in the hope of avoiding a repeat of Sunday’s horror show, were never in the game.

Not even the unplanned emergence of the Gabba outfield’s pop-up sprinklers could halt Australia’s charge though, Kusal Mendis tamely run-out in the second over before Stanlake’s pace caused more headaches.

The second run-out of the night ended their innings after 19 overs, Cummins cleverly removing the stump with ball in hand after the bails had already been dislodged.

Smith and Warner then eased the hosts to victory after Finch’s first-ball duck, Australia securing the win thanks to a wide.

Warner’s knock followed his unbeaten game one century, while Smith just appreciated the chance to have a hit after not being required in Sunday’s drubbing.

Stanlake made the most of his call-up with Mitchell Starc granted leave to celebrate his brother’s wedding.

The towering quick was regularly clocked above 145kmh as he beat the bat with sheer pace, although opener Dhanushka Gunathilaka did manage an audacious scoop for six. (Courtesy AAP)

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