Australia clinched a 2-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI of 5-match ODI series at Dambulla on Sunday night. After winning the toss, hosts Sri Lanka decided to bat first. Before getting bundled out in 49.2 overs, Sri Lanka put 226 runs on the board at first batting.
In reply, Australia found it very hard to chase that total but finally was successful in chasing that total inside 46 overs after losing 8 wickets. Visitors Australia won by 2 wickets and now also led the series by 2-1.
Earlier in this 5-match ODI series, Australia won the 1st ODI by 3 wickets while Sri Lanka won the 2nd ODI by 82 runs and both the matches were played at Colombo (RPS).
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 226 in 49.2 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 102, Tillakaratne Dilshan 42, Adam Zampa 3/38)
Australia – 227/8 in 46 overs (George Bailey 70, Matthew Wade 42, Angelo Mathews 2/30)
Result – Australia won by 2 wickets
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan signed off his ODI career after this match. Including today’s 42 runs, Dilshan scored total 10,290 in his 330 ODI matches (303 ODI innings). Dilshan became 4th highest ODI runs scorer for Sri Lanka and 11th highest ODI runs scorer, overall.
- Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal completed his 3,000 ODI runs in this match. It was Chandimal’s 106th ODI innings (117 ODI matches) which mean Chandimal became 4th fastest Sri Lankan batsman to complete 3,000 ODI runs. The other top three fastest Sri Lankan batsmen to complete 3,000 ODI runs were: Upul Tharanga (93 ODI innings), Marvan Atapattu (94 ODI innings) and Mahela Jayawardene (102 ODI innings).
- Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa bowled very well in this match as he finished his bowling figure with 10-0-38-3. It was the 3rd best bowling figure by an Australian right-arm spinner in the Sri Lankan soil. The other two top ODI bowling figures by Australian spinners in Sri Lankan soil were: 3/28 by Bruce Yardley (against Sri Lanka at Colombo, PSS on 16th April 1983) and 3/29 by Shane Warne (against Pakistan at Colombo, SSC on 7th September 1994).
- Australian no.4 batsman George Bailey scored 70 runs in this match before getting out. It was the highest runs scored in an ODI innings by an Australian no.4 batsman against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. The previous best was 69* by David Boon at Colombo (RPS) on 5th September 1992.
Also, George Bailey’s 70 runs were the 3rd highest runs scored in an ODI innings by an Australian no.4 batsman on the Sri Lankan soil. The other two top scores in this category were: 82 by Steve Waugh (against Zimbabwe at Colombo, RPS on 26th August 1996) and 73 by Damien Martyn (against New Zealand at Colombo, SSC on 15th September 2002)
- Australia won the match by 2 wickets. It was Australia’s narrowest margin (by wickets) ODI win over Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.