On a Wednesday night, Australia secured the ODI series after winning the 4th ODI of the 5-match ODI series against hosts Sri Lanka at Dambulla. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat first and made 212 runs in 50 overs before bundled out.
In reply, Australia successfully chased that target in a breezy style. Australia reached the target of 213-runs in just 31 overs after losing 4 wickets. Australia won this ODI match by 6 wickets with 114 balls to spare.
With this 4th ODI win, Australia secured the 5-match ODI series by 3-1.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 212 in 50 overs (Dhananjaya de Silva 76, Angelo Mathews 40, John Hastings 6/45)
Australia – 217/4 in 31 overs (George Bailey 90*, Aaron Finch 55, Sachith Pathirana 3/37)
Result – Australia won by 6 wickets
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- Sri Lankan debutant opening batsman Avishka Fernando scored a duck in this match. Avishka became only 3rd Sri Lankan opening batsman and 18th Sri Lankan batsman (overall) to score a duck in a debut ODI match.
- Australian pacer John Hastings bowled beautifully in this match as he finished his bowling figure with 10-0-45-6. It was the second best ODI bowling figure by an Australian bowler against Sri Lanka. The best ODI bowling figure by an Australian bowler against Sri Lanka was 6/31 by Mitchell Johnson at Pallekele on 10th August 2011.
- Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch completed his half-century in just 18 balls which was the joint fastest ODI half-century by an Australian batsman. Before this, Simon O’Donnell (against Sri Lanka at Sharjah on 2nd May 1990) and Glenn Maxwell (against India at Bangaluru on 2nd November 2013) also hit half-centuries in 18 balls.
- Australia won the match by 6 wickets with 114 balls to spare. Chasing over 200-runs in ODI, it was the joint 7th biggest victory (by balls remaining in the second innings) in ODI history and 2nd biggest victory (by balls remaining in the second innings) for Australia in ODI history.
Chasing over 200-runs in ODI, Australia’s largest ODI victory (by balls remaining in the second innings) was by 144 balls against Bangladesh at Dhaka on 11th April 2011.
- Also, Australia’s this 114-balls-spare victory was 4th largest ODI victory (by balls remaining in the second innings)against Sri Lanka.