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‘Win for the entire nation’; Sri Lanka clinch ODI sequence

COLOMBO: Skipper Dasun Shanaka devoted Sri Lanka’s sensational sequence victory over Australia to the rustic’s other folks because the island country suffers its worst-ever financial disaster. Australia wanted 19 off the general over in Colombo however Sri Lanka held their nerve in spite of David Warner’s 99 and a few last-minute heroics from Matthew Kuhnemann to win at the final ball of the event by means of 4 runs. The victory in entrance of an ecstatic crowd on the R Premadasa Stadium gave Sri Lanka an unassailable 3-1 lead within the five-match contest, and their first bilateral sequence win towards Australia since 2010.

It used to be a unprecedented second of pleasure for Sri Lanka’s 22 million people who find themselves in the middle of a painful financial disaster with critical shortages of meals, gas and drugs. “Now not just for me, my teammates, Sri Lanka cricket, the entire nation, that is a lot wanted at the present time,” Shanaka mentioned afterwards. “I feel this will have to be celebrated by means of the entire of Sri Lanka.” “Thanks Sri Lanka, Thanks my PEOPLE!,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

Put into bat, Charith Asalanka made 110 to lead Sri Lanka to 258 all out. Asalanka rescued Sri Lanka from a precarious 34-3 as he placed on 101 runs with Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 60. Australian bowlers saved coming again with an important wickets however Asalanka reached his century to the cheers of a raucous house crowd. Wanindu Hasaranga performed an invaluable cameo of 21 now not out as he put in combination 34 runs for the 8th wicket with Asalanka. Asalanka after all fell to Pat Cummins and Australia wrapped up the innings in 49 overs with two run-outs.

Warner’s grit

In answer, Australia misplaced skipper Aaron Finch for nought with Chamika Karunaratne trapping the opener lbw. Warner saved his cool and placed on 63 runs with Mitchell Marsh who appeared just right for his 26 sooner than he fell to Dunith Wellalage’s left-arm spin. Australia misplaced Marnus Labuschagne and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey when they were given begins however fell to the Sri Lankan spinners. The normally attacking Warner attempted to grind down the opposition assault as he and Travis Head stitched in combination 58 runs for the 5th wicket.

Dhananjaya de Silva bowled the left-handed Head for 27 and Maheesh Theekshana were given risk guy Glenn Maxwell trapped lbw for one with a a hit overview after the on-field umpire denied the enchantment. However the large second got here when the left-handed Warner overlooked out on his ton, stumped off de Silva. “If any individual had performed for David Warner for 5 or 6 extra overs that may have been a match-winning partnership,” mentioned Finch. Cameron Inexperienced and Cummins tried to show the chase on in a 31-run stand however Jeffrey Vandersay bowled Inexperienced. Cummins departed within the forty ninth over however Kuhnemann fought until the tip sooner than getting out at the ultimate ball. The general event is on Friday on the similar venue.- AFP

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