Dasun Shanaka’s dazzling attack gave Sri Lanka an outright exhilarating success in the last T20I against Australia in Pallekele on Saturday (June 11). Shanaka brought Sri Lanka back from the verge of one more misfortune in the pursuit of 176 to seal a triumph in the last over that assisted the hosts with pulling one back regardless of surrendering the series as of now.
The wind toward the end
The issue at hand was obvious to everyone for Sri Lanka when they were reeling at 112/6 after 16 overs. At that stage, they required 65 runs from 24 conveyances with Shanaka attempting to get moving (4 off 10). The condition turned out to be practically unrealistic with Ashton Agar just yielding six runs in the seventeenth over. Sri Lanka were left to get 59 off 18, however the accompanying over assisted Sri Lanka with reversing the situation.
Josh Hazlewood, who had yielded just three runs off his initial three overs, got hammered from the Sri Lankan captain. Shanaka previously crushed a six over midwicket prior to sending off the following conveyance over lengthy on. He added two or three additional limits to take the count to 22 off the over and that brought the condition down to 37 from 12, driving Shanaka to basically rehash his heroics for Sri Lanka to have a potential for success.
The right-hander then got a six and a four off Jhye Richardson and Chamika Karunaratne, as far as concerns him, likewise helped by chipping one over cover for a limit. Shielding 18 in the last finished, Kane Richardson exacerbated the situation by bowling two or three wides however the game was still in Australia’s grip when the condition boiled down to 15 off 4. Shanaka then tied the scores by bringing 14 off the following three, getting to his 50 years simultaneously. Despite the fact that Sri Lanka appeared to be the top choices to finish things off the last ball, Richardson made it simpler by terminating one more wide that ignited wide festivals from the Sri Lankan camp.
The cheerful beginning and the plunge
At one phase, the match seemed to have gotten away for Sri Lanka regardless of the their excellent beginning to the pursuit in the PowerPlay. Charith Asalanka searched in sublime touch as the hosts dashed to 66/1 after eight overs. Notwithstanding, Marcus Stoinis set off a breakdown with a twofold strike that saw him eliminate Asalanka and Pathum Nissanka off progressive overs. Agar then, at that point, sent back the hazardous Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Hazlewood shook the lumber to send Kusal Mendis back to the structure as Sri Lanka slipped from 66/1 to 98/5.
The Hasaranga-Theekshana stifle
Sri Lanka likewise got an opportunity to confine Australia to a standard score prior at night. The guests got off to a fine beginning and were very much positioned at 85/1 at the midway imprint with David Warner and Glenn Maxwell hoping to change gears. In any case, Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana applied the hold to pull things back. Both Maxwell and Warner were excused off consecutive conveyances by the two spinners and Josh Inglis’ run out made it a group full go-around.
Losing three wickets for the expansion of no runs shocked Australia, who were currently frantically needing a stand to restore their innings. That organization showed up as Steven Smith kept the innings intact close by Stoinis to rescue difficult situation. When the couple settled down, Stoinis pushed on the gas pedal and Smith gave the last little details to assist Australia with breaking 175 – an all out that was certainly not on the cards after the small breakdown.
Brief score : Australia 176/5 in 20 overs (David Warner 39, Marcus Stoinis 38; Maheesh Theekshana 2/25) lost to Sri Lanka 177/6 in 19.5 overs (Dasun Shanaka 54*; Marcus Stoinis 2/8, Josh Hazlewood 2/25) by 4 wickets.