Australia has fallen brief on the closing ball of the fourth one-day worldwide as Sri Lanka gained by 4 runs and took an insurmountable 3-1 lead within the sequence.
No.10 batter Matthew Kuhnemann (15) wanted to attain 5 runs for Australia to beat Sri Lanka outright and keep alive within the five-match sequence however was caught off a supply from skipper Dasun Shanaka (1-27) at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium.
Australia completed on 254 all out after 50 overs, with David Warner scoring 99, after Sri Lanka was dismissed for 258 in 49 overs. Charith Asalanka hit a 106-ball 110 for the hosts and Dhananjaya de Silva scored 60 in 61.
READ MORE: Magpies hand down punishment to De Goey
READ MORE: Supercars star axed in ruthless mid-season name
READ MORE: Legend rips Fittler’s ‘machine gun’ picks
Sri Lanka had not overwhelmed Australia in an ODI sequence since 2010, and that was in Australia. This was Sri Lanka’s first bilateral sequence win at dwelling in opposition to Australia since 1992.
It was additionally the primary time the hosts had overwhelmed Australia in a five-match sequence.
Australia gained the toss and made a daring name to bowl first. The gamble nearly paid off.
Australia wanted 19 off the final over. Kuhnemann hit three boundaries to make it 5 off the final ball, or 4 runs to tie. However the left-hand batter was deceived by Shanaka’s slower supply, hitting the ball straight up within the air and Asalanka accomplished the catch at cowl.
“Each time we appeared like getting a partnership we saved dropping wickets,” Australia skipper Aaron Finch mentioned, who was out for a four-ball duck.
“They made use of the alternatives. It was a gettable complete. The run price was in management however we misplaced wickets and let it slip out of our palms. If somebody had hanged round David Warner for about one other 5 overs that would have been a match-winning partnership.”
With the sequence at stake, the five-time world champions introduced within the skilled Pat Cummins rather than Jhye Richardson. There was no Mitchell Starc although for Australia. The left-arm fast hasn’t performed any recreation since hurting his finger earlier within the sequence.
Sri Lanka additionally made one change, bringing in Wanindu Hasaranga (1-52) for quick bowler Dushmantha Chameera.
Australia was on the right track for the goal and had the required run price beneath management as Warner and Travis Head (27) added 58 runs for the fifth wicket. Half-timer de Silva then eliminated each batters in his successive overs.
Within the subsequent over Maheesh Theekshana (1-40) trapped the damaging Glenn Maxwell (1) as de Silva got here again for his closing over and had Warner neatly stumped by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Australia misplaced three wickets for the addition of three runs within the house of eight deliveries.
Warner was unfortunate to be dismissed one run in need of his nineteenth ODI hundred. The opener has not scored a world hundred for greater than two years throughout all codecs.
There was some resistance from the decrease order with Pat Cummins (35) after which Kuhnemann holding Australia’s probabilities alive till the final supply.
De Silva completed with 2-39 in his 10 overs to again up his half-century throughout the Sri Lankan innings. The center-order batter hit seven fours earlier than he was spectacularly caught by Glenn Maxwell. De Silva had added 101 runs for the fourth wicket with Asalanka when Maxwell pulled off a one-handed catch at mid-wicket to interrupt the partnership.
Asalanka was the hero for Sri Lanka along with his first hundred. He had joined de Silva with the facet in a spot of hassle at 34-3. The pair rescued the innings and, after de Silva’s dismissal, Asalanka added an extra 57 for the sixth wicket with Dunith Wellalage (19).
“In opposition to such a top quality assault it was a tricky ask and we’re glad we got here via,” Asalanka mentioned.
“I walked in with us three down for not many inside 10 overs. Particular credit score to Dhananjaya de Silva, who took the strain off from me with the best way he batted.”
Sri Lanka gave the impression to be 20 runs brief however it proved to be simply sufficient.
The ultimate match is on Friday.
For a each day dose of the most effective of the breaking information and unique content material from Huge World of Sports activities, subscribe to our e-newsletter by clicking right here!