Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Dasun Shanaka Stars As Sri Lanka Win Thriller vs Australia
SL vs AUS: Sri Lanka stunned Australia in their third and final Twenty20 international after skipper Dasun Shanaka hit an undefeated half-century to lead his team home in a nail-biting finish on Saturday.
Sri Lanka stunned Australia in their third and final Twenty20 international after skipper Dasun Shanaka hit an undefeated half-century to lead his team home in a nail-biting finish on Saturday. The hosts were chasing a target of 177 to finish the series on a high after going down miserably against the visitors in the first two matches. Shanaka scored an unbeaten 54 off 25 balls with five fours and four sixes to seal a four-wicket victory. Shanaka and tailender Chamika Karunaratne shared a 69-run stand for the seventh wicket after they had been struggling at 108 for six in the 15th over.
Needing 19 off the final over bowled by Hazlewood, the skipper hit two fours and a mighty six to level the scores with one ball remaining.
Hazlewood then bowled a wide to hand the win to the home side.
Gunathilaka scored a 12-ball 15 before Charith Asalanka joined Nissanka.
Warner and Finch enjoyed a 43-run opening stand.
Finch scored 29 off 20 balls before spinner Maheesh Theekshana removed his off stump as the Australian skipper attempted a slog-sweep.
All-rounder Glen Maxwell opened his innings on the next ball with a massive six.
Maxwell smashed Hasaranga for another six in the seventh over but fell for 16 off nine balls after attempting to hit the spinner in the ninth over the long-on boundary where Gunathilaka took the catch.
Theekshana had Warner leg before wicket for 39 off 33 balls in the next over after the hosts reviewed a not out decision.
Stoinis then struck three fours and a six in his 23 ball innings of 38 before 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 expensive bowler, giving away 46 runs in his four overs.
Theekshana picked two for 25 while Hasaranga and Jayawickrama claimed one each.