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  • 5:54 PM IST

    Man of the match: Asela Gunaratne for his 52.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    LIVE: What a match! SL supporters are elated. 6 needed off the last over. Swing and a miss off the first. Quick double off the second, but the third is a dot. Another quick single and 3 needed off the last two. Brilliant running between the wickets, 2 runs off the fifth delivery. One needed off the final to win the match. And Kapugedara puts all his power to the shot, hits it through the cover for a four! Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets !

  • 5:37 PM IST

    LIVE: Hopes still alive as Asela Gunaratne has started hitting freely. Completes his 50 and a brilliant knock under pressure. After losing a set and good-looking Munaweera, Gunaratne took up the charge and hit well. Sri Lanka on top with the batsman firing up. Oh dear, Turner removes him. He didn’t look comfortable playing on side shots and this time, fails to connect completely, and gets stumped. Another blow for SL as they lose Siriwardana.

  • 5:14 PM IST

    LIVE: Siriwardana makes massive, massive room to play a delivery bowled down the leg. Is he not comfortable playing shots in the on side? Another good shot, dances down the track, hits over mid-off and gets four runs. Another boundary follows, short ball, hit over the ‘keeper. Third of the over, 13 runs came off it.

  • 5:07 PM IST

    LIVE: Big, big wicket for Sri Lanka, as set Munaweera departs. Here are two new set of batsmen who will have to take a minimum time to hit out, spot the gaps. This is a tough task at this stage with 8 overs to go.

  • 4:59 PM IST

    LIVE: Munaweera has got soem good footwork, best in the innings so far. He adds a lot of power to his shots as well. Sri Lanka lose their second, Dickwella was living dangerously and now departs for 30. Munaweera, meanwhile, looks set.

  • 4:40 PM IST

    LIVE: Finally a good shot. Dilshan Munaweera adds power to his shot as he dances down the crease and hits the Faukner delivery through mid-off for four. Tye is here with his first over. Trying to york the ball, gets hit for a couple of boundaries.

  • 4:37 PM IST

    LIVE: The Sri Lanka batsmen are playing very clumsily. Some premeditated shots that did not connect properly. The spectators still awaiting a good, picturesque shot. “MCG is not a T20I ground”, opines my colleague Suvajit Mustafi. “Earlier in Eden Park, they were hitting boundaries with ease,” adds Devarchit Varma as the fielder wins the chase to stop the ball.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    LIVE: Cummins opens bowling for Australia. Both batsmen look very tensed. And Cummins gets the first breakthrough, removes the skipper Tharanga for a solitary run. Edged it to Paine behind the stumps. Dickwella hits a couple of boundaries the following over, however, the shots don’t look very confident.

  • 3:56 PM IST

    Update: Highlight has to be Malinga’s efforts on his comeback. Shows his intent to represent his country regularly. The veteran bagged 2 good catches and two wickets. And that trademark smile is back in the Sri Lanka side.

Aaron Finch will be Australia's captain in this series © Getty Images
Aaron Finch will be Australia’s captain in this series © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the first T20I between Australia and Sri Lanka, to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. This is Paulami Chakraborty, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the game. The Aaron Finch-led Australia will aim to make a winning start against Sri Lanka and maintain their winning momentum, despite the hosts fielding a depleted side. All the experienced and big guns of Australian cricket are in India preparing for the Test series, and a T20-specialist side with many of the Big Bash League (BBL). LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Melbourne

For that matter, both Australia and Sri Lanka are depleted. While several of top-notch Australian stars are in India, Sri Lanka are without the services of their regular captains in Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal. However, this series marks the return of Lasith Malinga, the T20I specialist and a World Cup winner for the island nation that lifted the ICC World T20 2014.  Australia, on the other hand, have been inconsistent in this format and they will want to improve their fortunes. Australia will draw a lot of confidence from their previous series victory against Sri Lanka in their backyard.

Sri Lanka will be captained by Upul Tharanga, and the visitors will feel the momentum is on their end. Even if it was against a second-string South African side, Sri Lanka were able to register victory in an away series and they will draw confidence from their achievements as well.

The first T20I will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday, while the second match will be played at the Simonds Stadium in South Geelong, Victoria on February 19. The third and final match will be at February 22 at the iconic Adelaide Oval.

Squads:

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Tim Paine (wk), Ben Dunk (wk), Travis Head, Michael Klinger, Ashton Turner, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Pat Cummins, Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jhye Richardson.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Chamara Kapugedara, Dilshan Munaweera, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Sachith Pathirana, Milinda Siriwardana, Vikum Sanjaya, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga.