SL vs Australia 3rd ODI: Host series 2-1 as Nissanka smashes into victory
Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissenka scored a brilliant 137 while Kusal Mendis scored a half-century before injury as Sri Lanka beat Australia by six wickets in the third ODI on Sunday (June 19) to take a 2-1 lead in five matches . Chain. Chasing 292 for victory, Sri Lanka bowled out Niroshan Dickwella for 25 as Nisanka and Mendis put their side under complete control, putting on a scintillating 170-run stand for the second wicket.
But when Mendis retired hurt on 87 with a hamstring injury, Nissanka hung on to take his team closer to the finish line, which he had crossed with nine balls to spare, followed by Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Aslanka’s steady 13. Knock hit 11 fours and two sixes in 147 balls.
Take a bow, Pathum Nisanka
What a great match winning knock!#SLvAUS pic.twitter.com/Sn4iEDF99P
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) June 19, 2022
Australia won the toss and elected to bat and Travis Head’s unbeaten 70 and captain Aaron Finch’s 62 helped them to a competitive 291-6 on the difficult wicket of Colombo, which was slow and gave some twists to the spin bowlers. offered. Head and Alex Carey (49) combined brilliantly during their 72-run partnership to find Australia in a difficult position at 121-4 before Glenn Maxwell consolidated the innings with 33 off 18 balls.
Jeffrey Vandersay was one of the bowlers to claim 3/49 for Sri Lanka, dropping four catches, while Head was lucky to survive a huge appeal to leg-before when he was on four as the hosts made the umpire’s decision was not reviewed.
Brief scores: Australia 291/6 (Travis Head No. 70, Aaron Finch 62, Alex Carey 49; Jeffrey Vandersay 3/49) lose to Sri Lanka 292/4 in 48.3 overs (Patham Nissenka 137, Kusal Mendis 87)
(with Reuters inputs)