Australia, Aaron Finch particularly, breathed a huge sigh of relief.
After being smashed by New Zealand in the opening match, Tuesday represented a do-or-die match against Sri Lanka – a side capable of beating anyone on their day.
Set 158 for victory, Australia chased the target down with 3.3 overs remaining to secure a seven-wicket victory at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
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Marcus Stoinis (59* off 18) was the star of the show for Australia, belting the second fastest T20 World Cup half-century to ensure the host nation did not bow out in the group stage.
Finch was visibly frustrated (31* off 42) as he struggled to time the ball and was in a “wrestle” all night against the ball.
The Australian captain will take confidence out of the fact he managed to get some…