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Sri Lanka seal consolation with 4-wicket win, Australia bag series 2-1


SL vs AUS Live Score: Sri Lanka vs Australia Live: 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. Follow Australia tour of Sri Lanka LIVE Updates and Scores on InsideSport.IN.

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.

SL vs AUS Live: Dasun Shanaka leads from the front with stunning 50 as hosts Sri Lanka seal consolation with 4-wicket win, Australia bag series 2-1; Check Highlights

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.

Sri Lanka needed 59 off the final three overs, with the pair facing lead bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson. 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.

SL vs AUS Live: Dasun Shanaka leads from the front with stunning 50 as hosts Sri Lanka seal consolation with 4-wicket win, Australia bag series 2-1; Check Highlights
SL vs AUS Live: Dasun Shanaka leads from the front with stunning 50 as hosts Sri Lanka seal consolation with 4-wicket win, Australia bag series 2-1; Check Highlights

Hazlewood then bowled a wide to hand the win to the home side. Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka made a promising start in reply to Australia’s 176-5.

Gunathilaka scored a 12-ball 15 before Charith Asalanka joined Nissanka. The pair put on 42 for the second wicket. Asalanka scored 26 off 19 before he was caught by Aaron Finch off Marcus Stoinis.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (17), Kusal Mendis (six) and Wanindu Hasaranga (eight) could not accelerate the score before Shanaka and Karunaratne picked up the challenge. Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bat with opening pair David Warner and Finch playing formidable knocks before Steven Smith and Stoinis led their team to 176 for five.

SL vs AUS Live: Dasun Shanaka leads from the front with stunning 50 as hosts Sri Lanka seal consolation with 4-wicket win, Australia bag series 2-1; Check Highlights

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. The visitors battling line up stuttered after Josh Inglis, who replaced an injured Mitchell Marsh for the match, was run out next ball for a duck.

SL vs AUS Live: Dasun Shanaka leads from the front with stunning 50 as hosts Sri Lanka seal consolation with 4-wicket win, Australia bag series 2-1; Check Highlights

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.

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Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Josh Inglis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood

SL vs AUS Live: Dasun Shanaka leads from the front with stunning 50 as hosts Sri Lanka seal consolation with 4-wicket win, Australia bag series 2-1; Check Highlights

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