The Aussies were looking to clean sweep Sri Lanka in the T20I series, but home captain Dasun Shanaka had other plans. east on saturday World The Champions beat Aaron Finch & Co by 4 wickets in what turned out to be a thrilling chase.
Chasing a tight target of 177 runs, Sri Lanka were reduced to 188 for 6 in 17 overs, requiring 59 runs from the last 18 balls. Australia’s premier fast bowler Josh Hazlewood came into the attack and the show began. Chamika Karunaratne took a single off the first ball and gave the strike to her captain.
Shanaka immediately hit top gear, scoring 20 runs off the next four balls (6, 6, 4, 4) sending the Aussies into a state of shock, while Sri Lankan fans at the Pallekele International Cricket The stadium was giddy with what they saw.
The Sri Lankan captain started the final over with a six and hit two fours, bringing the equation to 19 off the last 6 balls.
Kane Richardson, who came to defend those 19 runs, succumbed to the pressure and bowled two consecutive wides in the beginning. After a few singles, Sanka hit one boundary after another to level the score. The Australian pacer then bowled another wide and Sri Lanka ended the series with a win to remember.
Soon after the pair of Shanaka and Karunaratne led the team to a four-wicket win with a ball to spare, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) tweeted, “Chasing 59 runs in the last three overs for any team to win a game.” Most runs. Last three overs.”
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) 11 June 2022
Speaking on his scintillating knock of 54 not out off 25 balls, Shanaka said that he read the wicket well, took his time and didn’t bowl his wicket.
“I took a few balls to go in. I read the wicket well, so I didn’t bowl my wicket. Process is always important. He took the bold decision to bat first, it’s not the best idea to bat first in these conditions.” We should take this momentum going forward in the ODI series.