Australia defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets in the fifth and final ODI played in Colombo . With this the series ended 3-2 in favor of Sri Lanka.
Playing first, the host Sri Lankan team was reduced to just 160 in 43.1 overs. In reply, Kangaroo team achieved the target in the 40th over for the loss of six wickets.
Such an interesting match
Playing first, the Sri Lankan top order disappointed and after 16 overs the score was 56 for the loss of five wickets. Even after this, the sequence of falling wickets of the hosts continued. In the lower order, Chamika Karunaratne took the team’s score to 160 with a half-century.
In reply, both the Australian openers were dismissed till the score of 14. Marnus Labuschagne (31) and Alex Carey made useful contributions in the middle order to win.
Sri Lanka beat Australia at home in a bilateral ODI series after almost 30 years. The last time the Sri Lankan team won an ODI series at home against the Kangaroo team was in 1992.
Chamika Karunaratne hit a brilliant half-century
Chamika Karunaratne, who came out to bat in difficult conditions, completed the first half-century of his ODI career in 62 balls.
Batting brilliantly, Chamika scored 75 runs in 75 balls and took his team’s score past 150. He hit eight fours and two sixes in his fifty.
He was caught by Alex Carey in the bowling of Pat Cummins as the last 10th wicket.
Carey played a match winning innings
Once again the Australian batsmen were seen getting trapped in front of the Sri Lankan spin bowling. Chasing the target, the visiting team at one point lost their four wickets till the score of 50.
In difficult situations, Carey batted well and led the team to victory. He scored 45 not out off 65 balls with the help of a four.
Cameron Green contributed 25 not out off 26 balls.
Other records made in the match
The score of 75 made by Chamika has become the fourth major score for Sri Lanka while batting in the eighth or lower order.
Australian captain Aaron Finch was dismissed without opening an account in the second consecutive ODI. This is the seventh time that he has been dismissed for a duck. Kangaroo captains Ricky Ponting (9) and Steve Waugh (8) have been dismissed for more than him in ODIs.