Dasun Shanaka’s 54 not out off 25 balls helped Sri Lanka avoid a whitewash as they beat Australia by four wickets at Pallekele on Saturday.
Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka batting during 3rd T20I. (Courtesy: AP)
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- Aaron Finch named player of the series
- Sri Lanka and Australia ODI series will start from June 14
Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch heaped praise on Dasun Shanaka, saying Sri Lanka played an “incredible innings” in the third and final T20I.
Shanaka’s unbeaten 25-ball 54 helped Sri Lanka beat Australia, who had already taken an unassailable lead, by four wickets and avoid a whitewash at Pallekele on Saturday (June 11).
Chasing a target of 177, Shanaka was running on 98/5. The right-handed batsman exploded to put pressure on Australia with Sri Lanka needing 19 runs in Kane Richardson’s last over.
“I am pleased with my performance throughout the series, it was Dasun’s incredible innings tonight,” Finch said after the match.
“We felt the pitch slowed down a bit towards the end of our innings, so we didn’t think it made much difference whether we bat first or second. In general, we are quite comfortable with our side and our options “
Both the teams will start the five-match ODI series at Pallekele from June 14.