Player of the Match
Player of the Match
43dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Bailey, Finch star as Australia win series

Aaron Finch blasted an 18-ball half-century, the equal fastest in Australia's ODI history, as Australia beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth ODI

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GJ Bailey
90(85) 11x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • reverse_sweep
  • 17 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
8 4 14 10 21 2 16 15
DM de Silva
76(87) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 26 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
8 14 9 5 14 9 7 10

Best performances - Bowlers

JW Hastings
O10
M0
R45
W6
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
3W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
SS Pathirana
O8
M0
R37
W3
Eco4.62
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 5-match series 3-1

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

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

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

END OF OVER:
31 | 12 Runs | AUS: 217/4 | RR: 7.00

  • MS Wade8 (5b)
  • GJ Bailey90 (85b)
  • MDK Perera7-0-69-1
  • MA Aponso8-0-59-0

9.00pm What a chase this has been. 213 was never going to be easy, it wasn't but Australia made it look like a canter. Finch first blitzed an 18-ball half-century, equalling the fastest by an Australian. Sachith Pathirana picked up three wickets in five balls but the damage was done. The surface was spinning viciously but George Bailey controlled the chase thereafter, reverse sweeping and sweeping Australia to the target. A sublime chase from Bailey and Australia means the visitors take an unassailable lead in the series.

Presentation time.

John Hastings, Man of the Match: "Not an easy place to bowl, it's hot and sticky, and uncomfortable. For me, it's very simple, hit a really good area, use the long boundaries and the wind. Had an absence in the one-day side, but happy now with what I provide. Was not the best I've ever bowled, the rhythm was a lot better as the game went on. Means a lot to the boys after losing the Test series."

David Warner: "Very very pleasing. Thrilled to win the series, hard-fought effort. Conditions here are quite challenging. We want to put on a spectacle for the crowd, that's the way we play. It's our way of playing, whether we play on these wickets. We try to put on a clinic if we can. The hard ball was going to be the key. Tough to muscle your way out of a form slump. Couldn't be happier for George, has had to play out of his skin. He's been innovative, he's been our backbone and rock in the middle.

Dinesh Chandimal: "Really disappointed with the way we played, didn't click as a batting unit through the series. We didn't do well. Before the game started, we wanted 260-270 plus, if we don't get that the bowlers can't do anything. He's (Mathews) a big loss, he got a calf strain. We miss him. Looking forward to seeing him in South Africa. No, he's not fit for the last game. Has a scan tomorrow. It was a turning point, if we got that wicket we would have had a great chance. Credit to their batters, especially Bailey.

30.6
6
MDK Perera to Wade, SIX runs, there it is. Australia complete the series win Flight from Dilruwan, Wade gets underneath the length and lofts the ball way over long-on. Wade is pumped, hugs Bailey, who has played an absolute blinder. Bailey picks up a couple of stumps. Wade does so too.
30.5
0
MDK Perera to Wade, no run, blocked off the front foot
30.4
1lb
MDK Perera to Bailey, 1 leg bye, false shot, but he gets away with it. The right idea, but Dilruwan pulled his length back, Bailey dances down but doesn't get there. Clips the pad, and then past the keeper
30.3
0
MDK Perera to Bailey, no run, reverse swept to third man
30.2
4
MDK Perera to Bailey, FOUR runs, shot! Four more. Sublime batting, gets low and Bailey hammers it through backward square leg. Placed that beautifully. Knew what he was doing all along

Karthik: "Finally the Aussies have devised a successful plan to combat Aponso's spin. This approach against the wily old fox Herath did not work though!"

30.1
1
MDK Perera to Wade, 1 run, short and wide outside off, scythed to deep point for one

Series in hand

3

No. of consecutive bilateral ODI series wins for Australia in Sri Lanka, including this. They won the 2003-04 and 2011 series by margin of 3-2.

Fantastic Finch

18

No. of balls in which Finch reached his half-century - joint-quickest by an Australia batsman. S O'Donnell and Maxwell also scored fifties in 18 balls.

Hastings' high

1

No. of better bowling figures by an Australia bowler in ODIs in Sri Lanka, than Hasting's 6 for 45 in this match. Johnson took 6 for 31 in Pallekele in 2011.

Grabbing the opportunity

74

Previous highest score by a Sri Lanka batsman in his maiden innings as opener in ODIs, by Saman Jayantha in 2004. Dhananjaya has gone past that mark.

The change works

24

Runs scored by Dhananjaya de Silva in his first 4 ODI innings, before today. He had batted at No. 9 once and at No. 6 thrice. He is opening for the first time today.

Debut and gone

3

No. of SL players who got out for a duck on their ODI debut when opening, including Avishka Fernando today. Susil Fernando and Mahela Udawatte are the others.