Sri Lanka pulled off a stunning 26th victory over Australia in the second ODI of the rainy season.© AFP
The fast-paced Chamika Karunatne led a supportive Sri Lankan strike to pull off a stunning 26th victory over Australia on the eve of their second world-wide match on Thursday. Pursuing a revised venue of 216 in 43 overs, Australia suffered from a regular wicket fall to get the ball out for 189 in 37.1 overs as Sri Lanka bounced back from their opening loss in a five-match series in Pallekele. Karunaratne returned figures 3-47 with Steve Smith, for 28, and Glenn Maxwell, for 30, and was ably inspired by fellow path Dushmantha Chameera who had the final batsman to bring the raucous home crowd to its feet.
Spinners Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage and Chameera picked up two wickets each.
De Silva also won 34 with the bat and put up 61 games for the third wicket with Kusal Mendis, who made 36, to lead Sri Lanka to 220 for nine when rain forced the game to stop and end the innings.
Pat Cummins converted 4-35 points but his effort went in vain.
Australia lost their buyers Aaron Finch, on the 14th, and David Warner, on the 37th, to De Silva as the travelers crashed in their subtle pursuit 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.
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