Sri Lanka hosted a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia 1-1 after a 26-run (DLS) win in their second match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Sri Lankan footballers came to the venue in a rainy season to register a victory that was memorable for the team. Pursuing a revised pitch of 216 in 43 overs, Australia suffered a batting fall to be flat for 189 at 37.1 on how Sri Lanka bounced back from their loss in the first ODI.
Bowler Chamika Karunatne led a supportive Sri Lankan attack, taking three wickets. But fast bowling partner Dushmantha Chameera put the final nail in the coffin by casting Matthew Kuhnemann to put the fans in Pallekele absolutely mad at jubilation.
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Karunaratne returned 3-47 with Steve Smith, for 28, and Glenn Maxwell, for 30. Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage and Chameera took two wickets each.
Australia lost their last five wickets for just 19 runs in a stunning fall.
Previously, De Silva also scored 34 with the bat and put up 61 games for the third wicket with Kusal Mendis, who scored 36, to lead Sri Lanka to 220 for nine when rain forced the game to stop and end the final. the innings.
Pat Cummins converted 4-35 points but his effort went in vain.
In the pursuit, Australia lost their starters Aaron Finch, at the age of 14, and David Warner, at the age of 37, to De Silva as the travelers crashed in their chase on a pitch that seemed hard to bathe.
Smith and Travis Head attempted to repeat the innings and together 31 runs before Karunratne broke through.
Karunaratne had Smith for 28 and Wellalage’s two wickets of Head (23) and Marnus Labuchagne (18) in his two overs put the Aussies in trouble at 132-5.
Maxwell hit back to unsettle the bowlers in his brief stay in the wicket but finally mistimed a shot to get caught in the cover off Karunatne. He made 30 off 25 balls.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey was running out for 15 as the wheels came out of the Australian chase.
(With AFP inputs)
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