SL vs AUS 3rd ODI: The Island nation proved its mettle by registering a gleaming six wickets win over Australia in the third ODI on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Pathum Nissanka’s ton helped the hosts to chase a massive 292 runs target with nine balls to spare in Colombo to get an upper hand in the five-match ODI series.
Chasing a huge 292 runs target, Glenn Maxwell helped Australia to get an early breakthrough by dismissing Niroshan Dickwella for 25 runs. However, dew played a role & helped Nissanka & Kusal Media to get the better of the depleted Australian pace attack comprising of Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson, and Matthew Kuhnemann.
Kusal Mendis who was firing all cylinders got retired hurt after scoring 87 off 85 balls & was replaced by Dhahanjaya De Silva. However, there was no stopping for Nissanka on the other end who smashed Sri Lankan bowlers across the park. He stayed almost till the end & got caught off Richardson’s delivery after scoring 137 runs off 147 balls. Richardson then dismissed Shanaka for a duck, but by the time damage was already done as Charith Asalanka & Chamika Karunaratne ensured that the hosts reach home with nine balls to spare.
Earlier, batting first Australia managed to tackle Sri Lanka’s spin attack & reach 291-6 in the allotted 50 overs. Australia didn’t get off to a good start as David Warner got dismissed cheaply for nine runs in the third over while Mitchell Marsh who made a comeback from an injury, departed after scoring 10 runs off 23 balls.
Then came Marnus Labuschagne & Finch on the crease who steadied their submerging innings by scoring 69 runs before getting stumped off Jeffrey Vandersay’s delivery for 29 runs followed by Aaron Finch who was sent packing just two overs later after scoring 62 off 85 balls.
Travis Head then joined hands with Alex Carey & the duo stitched a valuable 72-run stand to keep theri scoreboard ticking. However, Silva struck to remove Carey LBW to break their flourishing stand. Maxwell walked on the crease to bat & finished with a quick cameo of 33 off 18 balls. He couldn’t get going for long & got dismissed off Vandersay’s delivery which marked his third wicket of the match.
However, Travis Head stayed firm on the crease & smashed Wellalage for three sixes in the penultimate over and ending 70 not out off 65 deliveries. The heroics of Travis Head helped the visitors to put a decent 291 runs total on board. For Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Vandersay starred with the ball by returning with figures of 3 for 49.
Sri Lanka & Australia will next lock horns in the fourth ODI of the series on Tuesday at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.