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Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lanka accomplished their sequence win over Australia within the fourth ODI of the five-match sequence, clinching the match by a margin of 4 runs. This was Sri Lanka’s first ODI sequence win in opposition to Australia at residence in 30 years. The final time, SL had defeated Australia in a bilateral at residence was in 1992. This was additionally their first bilateral win since 2010.
SL vs AUS | Highlights
Shanaka’s workforce rode on a century from Charith Asalanka in troublesome batting circumstances and returned to defend 259 runs, courtesy of their spin quartet. The hosts discovered a hero in teen Dunith Wallelage, who continued to impress for his facet, bowling fearless left arm spin, selecting the essential wicket of Mitchell Marsh. Other than the 19-year-old, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dhananjaya de Silva and Chamika Karunaratne turned up on the proper moments to take Sri Lanka to victory.
For Australia, it was one other day to neglect, as Aaron Finch’s workforce bought one other reminder that they may not be very effectively suited to play low and gradual circumstances within the sub-continent.
The match was not with out a scare for Sri Lanka as effectively, as captain Dasun Shanaka had his coronary heart within the mouth, spraying runs all through the over. With 19 required from the ultimate over, Shanaka by some means discovered that he wanted to bowl full and fast to Matthew Kuhnemann and ended up giving 14 runs from the primary 5 balls.
As bowling technique coach Lasith Malinga fumed on the touchline, an extended huddle forward of the ultimate ball ensured that Shanaka bowled an off cutter. The ultimate ball ended up getting lobbed up by the left handed batter, which was caught by none apart from Charith Asalanka at level.
OPENERS’ BAD LUCK
For the primary time within the historical past of ODI cricket, the opening batters of a workforce bought dismissed for a dreadful rating of 0 and 99.
Whereas Aaron Finch didn’t get going, David Warner’s gorgeous innings, holding the line-up from one finish, completed with an attractive stumping from the Sri Lankan keeper, as he grabbed onto a half likelihood, with the ball spinning away from the batter.
TRIAL BY SPIN
Australia discovered it very troublesome to deal with the spin quartet of Sri Lanka. To be truthful to the guests, the pitch turned out to be extremely troublesome to bat on, with the ball staying low and turning a mile.
Take Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal as an example. The off spinner from Maheesh Theekshana turned in from seventh stump, hit Glenn Maxwell on the fringe of the off stump and the hawk-eye confirmed that it could have gone on to hit the leg stump.
Maxwell is the very best spin batter on this workforce, and if he discovered it troublesome to barter, it solely meant that the remainder of the batters stood no likelihood.
Earlier within the day, Sri Lanka had been rescued by Charith Asalanka’s affected person century. After shedding fast wickets contained in the powerplay, Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva placed on a 101-run partnership to stabilise the innings. Asalanka scored 110 runs off 106 balls, the best runs any Sri Lakan has scored in opposition to Australia within the fifth place.
The hosts would have managed to attain rather more if that they had any type of coordination going between them within the 22-yards. Three runouts dented their momentum within the last overs of the innings, proscribing them to a rating of 258 runs.
For Australia, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh began off exceptionally effectively, however the center overs of spin allow them to down. All of the spinners, Matthew Kuhnemann, Glenn Maxwell and Marnus Labuschange turned out to be costly for Australia, failing to verify the circulate of runs. The guests would have hoped for the pacers to do the trick as soon as once more late within the day, however they bought hit for runs within the last few overs, nearly pushing the goal above 250 runs.
The rating though, didn’t grow to be sufficient, as some shoddy bowling within the last over ensured that Australia had been in touching distance of reaching the goal.