Colombo, Sri Lanka: Skipper Angelo Mathews Wednesday led from a front with his all-round display to assistance Sri Lanka register a extensive 82-run win opposite Australia in a second one-day general to turn a array during 1-1 in Colombo.
Australia, who were chasing a record 289 for feat during R Premadasa Stadium, were bowled out for 206 in 47.2 overs with Matthew Wade top-scoring with 76 runs. Left-arm spinner Amila Aponso claimed 4 wickets while medium-pacer Thisara Perera took 3 wickets to throttle a Australian run chase.
But it was Mathews’ dual wickets and a half-century while batting that done Sri Lanka register their biggest win opposite Australia in terms of runs. Their prior best was a 79-run delight in Sydney in 2003.
Australia’s James Faulkner available his initial ODI hat-trick though Sri Lanka, who chose to bat first, still managed to post 288 in 48.5 overs.
In respond Australia, who won a initial of a 5 ODIs by 3 wickets, were dealt early blows after losing their openers to Perera. David Warner was held behind for 1 while Aaron Finch, who scored a half-century in a initial ODI, was bowled for 4 with Australia left struggling during 16 for two.
Skipper Steve Smith attempted to quarrel behind with his 33-ball 30, his innings laced with 5 boundaries, though his wicket off Aponso spelt some-more difficulty for a visitors.
George Bailey and Wade put together a 61-run fourth wicket partnership to keep Australia in a hunt though a compulsory run-rate only kept mounting. Bailey, who scored 27 off 46 balls, finally succumbed to a vigour of scoring discerning runs after being bowled by Aponso, who purebred considerable total of 4-18 in only his second ODI.
Leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna shortly assimilated army with Aponso to get Moises Henriques, who scored 4 runs, stumped as Sri Lanka gained control of a match. Matthew Wade afterwards staged a dirty fightback with support from Travis Head as a twin managed 64 runs between them to keep Australia’s hopes alive.
Wade’s 88-ball hit was studded with 3 bounds as a wicketkeeper-batsman finally became Perera’s third plant and a Australian resistence wilted. Head, who scored 31, shortly got out to Mathews as a visitors mislaid their approach into a chase, losing their final 5 wickets for 24 runs.
The movement now shifts to Dambulla for a third ODI on 28 August.