Focused Sri Lankan leveled series against Australia


Clinical performance from host helped them square series 1-1 with three match still to go. After losing first one-day they looked much focused and determined which yielded result in their favor. Australia were outplayed, first they failed to restrict host later chase was never easy with 289 runs as target.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first, Dilshan (10 runs) and Danushka Gunathilaka (2 runs) were send back on back to back balls withing 4 overs of innings to put Sri Lanka under tremendous pressure. They needed some one to raise hands and bail team out of trouble then Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal together added 125 runs partnership not only to pull Sri Lanka out of trouble but give them a comfortable position.

Host were dented again when Adam Zampa sent back both set batsman Kusal Mendis (69 runs) and Dinesh Chandimal (48 runs) to leave host struggling once again but again Angelo Mathews (57 runs) and Kusal Perera (54 runs) added 103 runs to cure injury caused by Zampa and put a winning total on the board. Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa took three wickets each.

Visitors while chasing the target of 289 runs, they started similarly as Sri Lanka losing two wickets under four overs. Thisara Perera helped Sri Lanka get rid of both opening batsman Aron Finch (4 runs) and David Warner (1 run) who together added 5 runs.

Steven Smith and George Bailey started repairing work but Amila Aponso ended their campaign 30 and 27 runs respectively. Though Matthew Wade (88-balls 76) continued at one end but he could see only wickets falling at other end because he got no support.

Amila Aponso (4 wickets) continue his fabulous work and Australia were folded to 206 runs in 48th over of game. Angelo Mathews was awarded man of the match for his amazing knock of 57 runs and he also took two wickets.