Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka’s late assault defied Australia’s hopes to complete the three-match sequence with a whitewash. Shanka pulled off a spectacular win for the hosts in an exhilarating run-chase on the Pallekele Worldwide Cricket Stadium on Saturday (June 11).
Australia had already sealed the sequence with successive wins within the first two matches in Colombo. Sri Lanka was all combating for his or her delight and their captain ensured they registered a thumping victory within the ultimate T20I match.
Whereas chasing 177 within the second innings, the hosts have been reeling at 118/6 after 17 overs and Shanaka was too struggling to attain runs, simply six runs after dealing with 12 deliveries at that time. Sri Lanka wanted 59 runs from 18 balls. It was only a matter of time for the Sri Lankan skipper to show the desk on his head.
SL vs AUS: Dasun Shanaka finishes the most effective sport of his worldwide profession
Shanaka switched his gears and focused Australia’s finest bowler of the day – Josh Hazlewood along with his figures studying 3-1-3-2. Shanaka smashed Hazlewood 21 runs in 5 balls, he dispatched a six over mid-wicket adopted by one other one over long-on earlier than hitting successive boundaries to convey the equation to 37 runs from 12 deliveries.
Shanaka tonked Jhye Richardson for a six over large long-on to welcome the pacer within the penultimate over. Chamika Karunaratne, who was silently watching his captain take the Australian pacers to the cleaners, hit one boundary in his meagre contribution to the undefeated 69-run stand between them.
SL vs AUS: Dasun Shanaka’s 54* helps Sri Lanka to report a uncommon feat
Shanaka had carried out an amazing job when it comes to creating stress on the Australian bowlers as Kane Richardson, whereas defending 18 runs within the ultimate over, began with a few large balls. The equation got here down to fifteen off 4 deliveries, the Sri Lankan skipper clobbered a few fours earlier than smoking Richardson’s full toss straight down the stands to stage the scores.
Shanaka wasn’t required to hit the successful runs as Richardson helped him with one other large supply. Sri Lanka turned the staff to attain probably the most variety of runs efficiently chased within the final three overs and Shanaka (54* off 25 balls turned the primary participant to attain greater than 50 runs within the slog overs of a T20I chase.
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