TEAM OF SRI LANKA HAS WON THE MATCH BY FOUR RUNS TO TAKE UNASSAILABLE 3-1 LED IN THE SERIES
Spinners Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay and fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne, who was the only regular seamer in the team, took two wickets each. Pat Cummins late score of 35 and a 12-ball 15 by number 10 Matthew Kuhnemann, who hit three fours as Australia needed 19 from the 50th over, make Sri Lanka nervous.
Earlier Asalanka has saved Sri Lanka from a precarious 34-3 as he made 101 runs with Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 60. Australian bowlers kept coming back but Asalanka reached his score to the cheers of a home crowd to applaud the hit. Wanindu Hasaranga played of 21 not out as he put together 34 runs for the eighth wicket with Asalanka. Asalanka fell to Cummins and Australia’s team wrapped up the innings in 49 overs with two run outs.
In reply, Australia lost skipper Aaron Finch for nought with Karunaratne trapping the opener lbw. Warner staid focused and put on 63 runs with Mitchell Marsh who looked good for his 26 before he fell to Dunith Wellalage’s left-arm spin. Australia lost Marnus Labuschagne and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey after they got starts but fell to the Sri Lankan spinners.
The usually attacking Warner held fort to try and stop the opposition attack as he got Travis Head for assistance and the two stitched together 58 runs for the fifth wicket. De Silva bowled the left-handed Head for 27 and Maheesh Theekshana got Glenn Maxwell trapped lbw for one with a successful review after the on-field umpire denied the appeal.
Big surprise came when the left-handed Warner missed out on his ton after getting stumped off de Silva as the home team celebrated the key wicket. Cameron Green and Cummins tried save situation in a 31-run stand but Vandersay bowled Green.
HERO OF THE DAY
Charith Asalanka’s maiden one-day international century and an inspired spin attack led Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-run series-clinching win over Australia on Tuesday. The left-handed Asalanka made 110 to guide Sri Lanka to 258 all out, a total that proved just enough to hand the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series in Colombo. Opener David Warner’s 99 went in vain as Australia were bowled out for 254.
Charith Asalanka helped Sri Lanka’s team to first ODI series win over Australia in 30 years. The left-handed Asalanka made 110 to guide Sri Lanka to 258 all out, a total that proved just enough to hand the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series in Colombo.