Better late than never! At present, which side apart from Australia can understand the true value of this quote? The Australians managed their first ever win on the tour of Sri Lanka, as they got home in a tense low scoring game to lead the series 1-0. With a dubious test series at their heels, the Kangaroos were well under pressure and a win was the need of the hour.
After a fine bowling performance, mainly from Mitchell Starc and all rounder James Faulkner, the hosts were restricted to a below par 227. Starc made history as he became the quickest bowler in the game’s history to get to 100 ODI wickets. Faulkner’s 4 wickets made a massive difference as the all rounder made a rousing comeback. Post the win, skipper Steve Smith lauded his unit, and said that he was proud of the effort.
“Nice to be on this side of the result for a change,” said Smith. Tough couple of weeks, so proud of how the boys played. Perhaps should have batted. The wicket broke up and it was tough to bat on. The boys did well to restrict them to 227. We thought if we batted well, we could chase it down. The guys had some good plans – sweeping – and so many other things we talked about,” the Australian skipper added.
Smith’s counterpart, Angelo Mathews, mentioned that as the wicket got slower, his side was 20-30 runs short. “The wicket played right throughout. It only got worse. We were 20-30 runs short. Kusal Mendis and Chandimal batted well but still. The wicket was spinning a lot but Dilruwan and Milind and Sandakan didn’t bowl well. Other spinners bowled well. We don’t need to panic but instead try to improve day in and day out. Chandimal got hit on his ribs but hopefully he’s okay,” said Mathews.