Sri Lanka took an incredible win over Australia in the fourth ODI of the series in Colombo. In a thrilling game that went to the very last ball of the game at R Premadasa Stadium, the home side had the nerve to beat Australia by four runs and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the run of five games. As first batter, Sri Lanka scored 258 with Charitha Asalanka (110) crushing a brilliant century; in response, Australia could only reach 254, thanks to a disciplined bowling effort by the hosts.
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A country that has been going through the worst economic crisis and high inflation for months finally had something to celebrate, thanks to the cricket team’s incredible victory over the Australian side. This was Sri Lanka’s first home bilateral ODI series win over Australia in three decades.
As Sri Lanka packed a final thriller, the crowd at R Premadasa Stadium went wild with its celebrations:
Australia needed 19 of the last bowled over by skipper Shanaka, and number 10 batter Matthew Kuhnemann (15) hit three boundaries to narrow the visitors’ comparison down to the five runs it took for the last ball to keep the series alive . But he was tricked by a slower delivery, which knocked him straight into the air so Charith Asalanka could get between the covers.
In the end, David Warner’s 99 wasn’t enough to get the Australians over the line after Asalanka hit a 106-ball 110 and Dhananjaya de Silva scored 60 from 61 deliveries for Sri Lanka.
“Against such a quality attack, it was a tough question and we’re glad we got through,” Asalanka said. “I walked in the three of us for not much within 10 overs. Special credit to Dhananjaya de Silva, who took the pressure off me with the way he hit.”
Sri Lanka had not beaten Australia in an ODI series since 2010, and had not won a bilateral series against the Australians since 1992.
(with wire inputs)
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