Although Australia won the T20I series 2-1, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka made an unforgettable impression on the third and final T20I at Pallekele, scoring an unbeaten 54 off just 25 balls to help the hosts win a four-wicket haul with one ball. Got it give up.
Shanaka’s innings, which featured five fours and four sixes at a strike rate of 216, ensured that Sri Lanka scored 59 runs in the last three overs to win the match, the most by any team to win a men’s T20 match. is run. In the last three overs, he broke the previous record of 56 held by the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League (BBL).
What made the innings all the more incredible was that it literally came out of nowhere. Shanaka came to the crease in the 13th over and she was looking very bad. Sri Lanka’s asking rate after the 17th over was 19.66, in which Shanaka hit a six off 12 balls.
But something clicked in the 18th over as Shanaka and Sri Lanka scored 22 runs off Josh Hazlewood, then 18 off Jhye Richardson’s 19th over and signed with Kane Richardson’s final over of 19 as Shanaka scored 48 scored runs. His next 13 balls.
“In the opening moment when I went to the crease, I took a few deliveries to go in. I think my strike rate was around 50. I read the wicket very well, and kept my wicket without throwing it the other way. far. After the match, Shanaka said, ‘Player of the match’ was chosen.
Shanaka’s avoidance of a series whitewash at home also drew praise from Australia captain Aaron Finch, who won the ‘Player of the Series’ award and was pleased with the audience’s performance in the series. “I am happy with my performance throughout the series, it was Dasun’s incredible knock tonight.”
“We felt the pitch slowed down a bit towards the end of our innings, so we didn’t think it would matter much whether we bat first or second. In general, we are quite comfortable with our side and our choices. ,
Sri Lanka and Australia will now face each other in a five-match ODI series beginning on June 14 and ending on June 24.