Wanindu Hasaranga’s hat-trick went in vain as South Africa’s David Miller and Kagiso Rabada pulled off a thrilling four-wicket win against Sri Lanka in their T20 World Cup match in Sharjah on Saturday.
Sri Lanka's World Cup match against Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain in Bristol on Tuesday.
Archer finished 3-52, his fifth three-wicket haul in six games, and pulled even with Australian paceman Mitchell Starc at the top of the tournament's bowling list with 15.
Paceman Tim Southee missed out due to a calf injury as the Kiwis -- runners-up in the 2015 edition -- went in with two all-rounders in their starting line-up.
Steve Smith and David Warner return to the short format on Sunday in the first of Australia’s three games against a buoyant Sri Lanka, with both tipped for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup at home.
Australia cricket captain Aaron Finch has passed a fitness test and will play against Sri Lanka in Sunday’s first of three Twenty20 matches.
Fakhar Zaman led the way with 76 while fellow opener Abid Ali scored 74 and Haris Sohail 56. It was Amir who gave Pakistan an early breakthrough when he had Avishka Fernando caught behind for four by Sarfaraz Ahmed,
Birthday boy Warner clubbed an unbeaten 100 as he powered Australia to a massive 233 for two, aided by century stands with skipper Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.
Brisbane: David Warner and Steve Smith both smashed fifties to guide Australia to the T20 series win over Sri Lanka with victory in the second match on Wednesday.
Newcomer Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit a whirlwind half-century while Nuwan Pradeep and Wanindu Hasaranga recorded career-best bowling figures as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 35 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Lahore on Monday.