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42dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia seal nervy chase after Chandimal ton

Australia sealed a nervy chase to beat Sri Lanka by two wickets in the third ODI in Dambulla, where they took a 2-1 series lead with two to play

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
102(130) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 23 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
24 6 20 10 16 11 5 10
GJ Bailey
70(99) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • reverse_sweep
  • 19 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
6 4 13 13 14 10 6 4

Best performances - Bowlers

A Zampa
O10
M0
R38
W3
Eco3.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Mathews
O7
M0
R30
W2
Eco4.28
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 5-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14:30 start, First Session 14:30-18:00, Interval 18:00-18:45, Second Session 18:45-22:15

Match days

28 August 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Vishal Dikshit

END OF OVER:
46 | 5 Runs | AUS: 227/8 | RR: 4.93

  • A Zampa5 (6b)
  • JW Hastings5 (7b)
  • MA Aponso10-0-44-2
  • DM de Silva4-0-21-1

Dilshan: I think it's the right decision, the way I finished my career. I'm really happy I contributed in all three departments. I'm really happy with my decision. Just like my Test retirement, one morning I woke up, on the 25th, and realised this was the time to go. I discussed it with my wife and other people. There is also no cricket for almost six months after this and it's a good time for giving youngsters a chance. If a youngster can take Sri Lankan cricket forward and score some runs, I'll watch it at home and be happy. When I started in 1999 I was a youngster. Every moment I wanted to do something for the side. If I failed in batting, I wanted to bowl or contribute in some other way. Even today I didn't feel I'm old but I've taken this decision and I'm happy. It's not easy after a 17-year career. I want to thank my wife, she has supported me throughout and I want to especially thank my family members too. Around 2008 the selectors dropped me, not taking me to Australia tour. Then I thought I could do more in the side. I called Mahela, the captain at that time, and said don't pick me as middle-order batsman and pick me as an opener. He said, "ok, so go and open in domestic competition." In the first game I scored 190 and finished 30 or 40 overs in mot matches. Then I went to Pakistan and scored well. Since then I have continued to bat at the top. I'm happy with every decision I took. The Dilscoop I first tried in 2008 in South Africa against Australia because I knew nobody could stand behind the wicketkeeper, it's frustrating for them. I practiced it and then played it in the 2009 World Cup against Watson and I'm happy there's one shot named under me.

Mathews: We were about 20-30 runs short. We have so many bowlers who can bat but we didn't have anyone partnering Chandimal. We could have dragged the game a bit towards 45 overs and build from there but our shot selection was poor. Hats off to our bowlers for bowling like that, they bowled their hearts out. Unfortunately we couldn't win this for Dilshan. He has done great service to Sri Lankan cricket and I'd like to congratulate him for that career.

Bailey is the Man of the Match: We lost a couple of early wickets but fortunately our bowlers had done a good job to restrict them. It was a lightening fast outfield. I'm certainly not stepping into Smith's role and we all need to pull our weight a little bit more. We have to try something different here (sweeps and reverse sweeps), touch wood its going ok.

Warner: It's always good to start on a winning note and go 2-1 up. I think our bowlers bowled really well in the middle overs - Zampa and Hastings. To be brutally honest, we should have won that five wickets down. Our top order hasn't done as well as we would've liked and I also put my hand up for that.

Some felicitation and gifts for Dilshan for his ODI farewell. Fireworks go off at the ground and I shall head off too. That's all from me, Vishal Dikshit, and Nikhil Kalro from this ODI in Dambulla, thanks fo joining us.

10.09pm A really close match in the end with some nervy moments for Australia before they take the 2-1 lead. Dilshan takes a stump and walks off the ground with a disappointed look. He gets handshakes from opponents, from team-mates, a few words and a big smile from Lehmann, and in the end he takes his cap off and waves to the crowd. He goes for a lap around the ground with a stump in his hand, waving to the crowd and bowing to them in parts. He didn't have a bad game after all, 42 runs and a superb diving catch at point.

227, not a stiff target and Australia's middle order was batting sensibly to cruise them past Sri Lanka's total before the wobble conjured up some nervous and scary moments in the end. The chase was mainly lead by the composed head of Bailey, supported by Head and Wade. Had Wade, Bailey and Faulkner not fallen within four overs, they would have won by four or five wickets. Credit to Sri Lanka for fighting right till the end. Aponso, Dilruwana and Prasanna kept going one after another, creating some opportunities but 226 is always tough to defend.

45.6
1
Aponso to Zampa, 1 run, in the air, Dilruwan gets his right hand to it with a jump, but can't hold on, Australia win by two wickets! Zampa slashed at the ball when he saw room and the ball was sailing over extra cover where Dilruwan jumped, got his right hand to it, then tried again while fallin down but the ball avoided him completely
45.5
0
Aponso to Zampa, no run, a bit of 'no, yes, no' as the ball goes fine on the leg side off the pad. But Hastings doesn't want a run
45.4
0
Aponso to Zampa, no run, fullish again, pushed into the covers again and a dive means no time for a run
45.3
0
Aponso to Zampa, no run, much fuller now and Zampa pushes it to cover more convincingly
45.2
0
Aponso to Zampa, no run, doesn't go back that much now and helps the ball to point

Scores level

45.1
4
Aponso to Zampa, FOUR runs, he was almost bowled there, the way Smith was bowled by Herath in the Tests while trying to cut off the back foot. But Zampa connects just in time, and, on top of that, gets four behind square

Right, two wickets left and five runs to go. Zampa on strike against Aponso, his last over

Stable Stand

61.66

Average 4th wkt partnership for Australia in this series. They have added 50+ in all the 3 ODIs so far - 62, 61 and 62. Bailey involved in all the 3 with different partners.

Chandimal's milestone

3

No. of Sri Lanka batsmen who completed 3000 ODI runs in fewer inns than Chandimal's 106. Tharanga did it in 93 inns, Atapattu 94 and Jayawardene 102.

Mr. Consistent

8

No. of scores of 50 or more for Chandimal in ODIs this year, in just 11 innings. This is his sixth fifty in seven innings. He has made more than 35 in 10 of the 11 inns this year.

Adieu Dilshan

10290

Runs in ODIs for Dilshan - 11th most by any batsman and 4th highest by a Sri Lanka player. He made 42 in his last ODI today.

Dilshan-Chandimal

46.30

Average partnership between Dilshan and Chandimal in ODIs, before this in 17 innings. They have shared their 6th 50+ stand today.

New captain

23

Players who have captained Australia in ODIs, including David Warner who is making his captaincy debut in this match.