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Shanaka lead Sri Lanka to four-wicket win over Australia

Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka. Picture: AFP 

PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka surprised Australia of their third and remaining Twenty20 worldwide after skipper Dasun Shanaka hit an undefeated half-century to guide his staff dwelling in a nail-biting end on Saturday.

The hosts have been chasing a goal of 177 to complete the sequence on a excessive after taking place miserably towards the guests within the first two matches.

Shanaka scored an unbeaten 54 off 25 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes to seal a four-wicket victory.

Shanaka and tailender Chamika Karunaratne shared a 69-run stand for the seventh wicket after that they had been struggling at 108 for six within the fifteenth over.

Sri Lanka wanted 59 off the ultimate three overs, with the pair going through lead bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson.

Needing 19 off the ultimate over bowled by Hazlewood, the skipper hit two fours and a mighty six to degree the scores with one ball remaining.

Hazlewood then bowled a large at hand the win to the house facet.

Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka made a promising begin in reply to Australia´s 176-5.

Gunathilaka scored a 12-ball 15 earlier than Charith Asalanka joined Nissanka.

The pair placed on 42 for the second wicket. Asalanka scored 26 off 19 earlier than he was caught by Aaron Finch off Marcus Stoinis.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (17), Kusal Mendis (six) and Wanindu Hasaranga (eight) couldn’t speed up the scoring earlier than Shanaka and Karunaratne picked up the problem.

“I took a number of balls to get in. I learn the wicket nicely, so I didn´t throw my wicket away. Course of is at all times vital,” Shanaka mentioned after his player-of-the-match efficiency.

“They took a courageous resolution to bat first, it wasn´t the perfect thought to bat first in these circumstances. We should always take this momentum within the ODI sequence transferring ahead,” he added.

Finch referred to as Shanaka´s innings “an unbelievable knock” however exuded confidence in his staff for the upcoming 5 one-day internationals.

“We’re actually snug with the depth of our staff,” Finch, who was declared the participant of the sequence, mentioned.

Earlier, Australia received the toss and elected to bat with opening pair David Warner and Finch enjoying formidable knocks earlier than Steven Smith and Stoinis led their staff to 176 for 5.

Warner and Finch loved a 43-run opening stand.

Finch scored 29 off 20 balls earlier than spinner Maheesh Theekshana eliminated his off stump because the Australian skipper tried a slog-sweep.

All-rounder Glen Maxwell opened his innings on the following ball with a large six.

Maxwell smashed Hasaranga for an additional six within the seventh over however fell for 16 off 9 balls after trying to hit the spinner within the ninth over the long-on boundary the place Gunathilaka took the catch.

Theekshana had Warner leg earlier than wicket for 39 off 33 balls within the subsequent over after the hosts reviewed a not out resolution.

The guests battling line up stuttered after Josh Inglis, who changed an injured Mitchell Marsh for the match, was run out subsequent ball for a duck.

Stoinis then struck three fours and a six in his 23 ball innings of 38 earlier than he was stumped by Mendis off Praveen Jayawickrama.

Smith remained not out for 37 off 27 balls with two fours and two sixes, with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade contributing 13.

Sri Lankan speedster Dushmantha Chameera was the most costly bowler, gifting away 46 runs in his 4 overs.

Theekshana picked two for 25 whereas Hasaranga and Jayawickrama claimed one every.

The hosts will tackle the guests within the first ODI in Pallekele on Tuesday.

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