AUS vs SL 5th ODI: Australia registered a terrific performance against Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI of the season. Sri Lanka wrapped up the ODI series and created history by winning the series with a 3-2 score.
Winning the toss and electing to field first. Sri Lanka posted a modest total of 160 runs for the loss of ten wickets. Chamika Karunaratne (75) and Kusal Mendis (26) were the only star performers for Sri Lanka who stayed on the crease for a long time.
For Australia, Josh Hazelwood scalped two wickets for 22 runs in his seven overs whereas Pat Cummins and Matthew Kunhemann too registered a couple of wickets apiece. Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell were successful in claiming a wicket apiece.
Chasing a modest total of 164 runs, Australia achieved the target in just 39.3 overs. Alex Carey (45) was the star performer whereas other key contributors included Marnus Labuschagne (31), Mitchell Marsh (24), and Cameron Green (25*).
For Sri Lanka, debutant spinner Dunith Wellalage was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 3 wickets for 42 runs. Spinner Maheesh Theekshana was also successful in picking up wickets and Pramod Madushan took a wicket apiece.
With this, Australia’s limited-overs leg in Sri Lanka comes to an end. Australia is set to feature in a Test series against Sri Lanka that is about to kickstart next week. Sri Lanka and Australia will play three Test matches in the month of July.
Most of the Australian players are eagerly waiting to get a call-up to the Test squad and join the Test team whereas others will fly to England for the T-20 Blast. It is good for Australia that key players including Hazelwood, Carey, Cummins, and Labuschagne have returned back in form.
After a hectic limited-overs tourney, things will finally slow down in Tests. The T20I series was won by Australia whereas Sri Lanka won the ODI series. It will be interesting to find out which team wins the Test series and ultimately take away the trophy.