Cricket is considered a big summer sport in Australia with the game drawing a huge number of fans. From actors, politicians and other celebrities, Australia's summer of cricket is a big carnival. Australia's Prime Ministers in the past have been big fans of the sport, with John Howard once being in a net session with the Australian cricket team at the start of the 21st century. However, during the warm-up game recently at the Manuka Oval between Australia Prime Minister's XI and Sri Lanka, the fandom of the Prime Minister went one step further.
The current Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, was seen assuming the duties of carrying drinks to the team during the clash against Sri Lanka. Morrison was seen serving water to the Australian side during the interval. This move made social media active, with amny praising the Prime Minister's humbleness. In the past, he has often been seen in stadiums supporting the Aussie Rules Football sides.
The clash between the Prime Minister's XI and Sri Lanka at Canberra became an epic. Sri Lanka chose to bat but they lost Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis cheaply. Oshada Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa tried to steady the innings but they fell in quick succession. Wanindu Hasaranga, who was the Man of the series in the recent series against Pakistan in which Sri Lanka whitewashed the No.1 T20I side 3-0, tried to revive the innings but he struggled for his 26 off 29 balls.
Sri Lanka ended on 131/8 in 20 overs with Daniel Christian and Djali Bloomfield taking two wickets apiece. However, the Prime Minister's XI were blown away by the swing and pace of Kasun Rajitha as he took three wickets but wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen kept the hosts in the contest by smashing 79 off 50 balls. His knock got Prime Minister's XI close but Lakshan Sandakan took three quick wickets and Prime Minister's XI were 123/9, heading into the final over.
Fawad Ahmed struck a couple of braces and a crucial boundary as the scores were tied. However, Rajitha bowled a wide and Prime Minister's XI won by one wicket. Sri Lanka will open their three-match series against Australia on October 27 in Adelaide and this will be followed by games in Brisbane and Melbourne.