The dashing opener David Warner hurt himself with a groin injury while thrashing163 in the initial final and might not play the second encounter.
The first final of best of three took place a Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, March 4, 2012.
Warner opened the innings with the promising Matthew Wade which put the Kangaroos in command from their convincing start. They started off cautiously but changed the gears later on and the Lankan bowling looked ordinary and the flow of runs was unable to stop.
The duo contributed 46 in five overs and 68 by the end of the 10th over as the tourists had to be on their defensive. The first hundred of the innings was achieved in the 18th over and they kept on consolidating until a score of 136 was displayed on board in 23.6 overs. Wade lost his wicket when Rangana Herath held a difficult catch of Wade off Nuwan Kulasekara for 64 runs.
Earlier, Warner had scored his half century on the first ball of the 22nd over with a boundary which took 60 balls with five fours. The left hand batsman took his time to get his fifty and aimed at his maiden century which he could not earn in his last 18 outings. His previous best was 74 off 97 balls with 6 fours in the second One Day International against South Africa played on October 23, 2011 at St George Park, Port Elizabeth.
David Warner commenced his journey towards his first ton and dispatched the ball out of the rope frequently which included flying shots as well. He was the happiest person once he hit the fourth ball of the 35th over out of the fence and smashed his maiden century. The 25-year-old punched his gloves with excitement and had a high leap after achieving the distinctive milestone.
The attacking opener went on to thrash 163 runs from 157 deliveries which included two towering sixes accompanied by 13 fours. He became the sixth victim not before Australia has amassed 321 runs which he has predicted subject to his hundred.
Warner was thrilled with his herculean knock and described that as,
“I was a bit scratchy in the first 50 runs but was conscious after that. I needed to keep one end going and if I was to get a big hundred, the team was surely to get a total in excess of 300 runs.”
Warner felt his groin injured while he took single which was taken twice in the 44th over or the third ball of the 45th over and he had to take cold treatment after he came back to the pavilion. He described his injury as,
“I turned back for one in the 44th or 45th over and when I came off I did my ice bath and went to walk back out and moving sideways it was very, very sore.”
Warner might have to sit out in the second Final on March 6, 2012, at Adelaide because of the damaged groin which will be a setback for Australia.