Sri Lanka Bounce Back in Second ODI with 82-Run Win over Australia

August 26 14:20 2016

slNew Delhi, Friday, August 26 – With Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso and Seekkuge Prasanna on the Sri Lankan side, the host beat Australia by 82 runs at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday, August 24.

Steven Smith-led side had Aaron Finch, George Bailey, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon and Travis Head in the team that performed against Sri Lanka but fell short of several runs to pocket another win after winning the second ODI. Those in extras from Sri Lanka were Milinda Siriwardana, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Perera and Avishka Fernando. While on the other hand, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh sat on bench from Australian side.

Sri Lankan skipper Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first. The home-side looked for a lead as they missed the chance of winning in the opening ODI when Australia defeated them by three wickets. And this time, they did not fail and made best use of the earned opportunity despite the fact that Aussie bowlers presented impressive show in first few overs, dismissing openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Tillakaratne Dilshan at the scores of 2 and 10, respectively. Next pair on the crease was Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal. These batsmen arrived on the pitch confidently to pull off and shrug off the pressure. The wicket-keeper batsman Chandimal was lbw by Zampa at 48 runs, which were attained post facing 67 balls. His innings comprised a couple of fours and a six.

Kusal Mendis was quick in scoring runs as he lost his wicket at 69 runs in 69 balls, including nine boundaries. Zampa was again the man to get another wicket for Australia. Angelo Mathews was the next-man in to keep the momentum up. He did his bit but couldn’t get desired support from Dhananjaya de Silva, who lost his wicket to Zampa post scoring 7 runs in 10 balls, along with a four. What Sri Lankan captain was eying came from Kusal Perera who beautifully scored 54 runs off 53 balls, together with five boundaries and a six. His innings made the hosts to be in the game. Mathews departed next since Faulkner trapped him in a wonderful delivery. 57 runs were scored by him, including a four and two sixes. Thisara Perera succumbed to Faulkner post getting 12 runs in pocket with the help of a six and four.

M Starc dismissed Dilruwan Perera at a score of 5 (4 x 1) and Amila Aponso at 2 runs. Seekkuge Prasanna was not out at 2 runs. Sri Lanka were all out at a score of 288 in 48.5 overs. But this much total proved enough for them. Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa got three wickets each. Nathan Lyon also got a wicket. Travis Head, Moises Henriques and Aaron Finch did not get any wicket. When it came to chasing the target, the Australian players fumbled in the beginning. The opener David Warner was out at 1 run in the second over of the game, while Aaron Finch  was dismissed at 4 runs in 7 balls. Steven Smith was in form and ensured to make his innings be useful. But he couldn’t go much ahead in view of the fact that the Australian captain lost his wicket to Aponso at a score of 30, including 5 boundaries.

George Bailey tried to give his team some support but couldn’t exhibit his natural play for what he is famous. Sri Lankan bowlers did not give him any room to go for biggie or hit shots. 27 runs were scored by him in 46 balls. This was certainly not Bailey, who usually finds the gap to place the ball and attains runs even when not possible. Matthew Wade made sure to do his bit and keep the energy up. His innings of 76 runs in 88 balls, with three boundaries, is sufficient to define he did not let the chance of getting close to the target go without trying for it but others failed to be on the crease that was required to gain ground in the game. Moises Henriques was stumped by Chandimal in S Prasanna’s over at a score of 4. Wade’s wicket was earned by Perera in 41st over.

Pressure started to build as tail-ender batsmen were facing trouble in playing the ball to even run for ones and twos. Travis Head showed some strength by playing a knock of 31 runs in 48 balls, with three fours. Before leaving the 22 yards pitch, he attempted to get as many as runs possible but Mathews did not let that happen. After his dismissal, Australian lower-order cricketers lost their wickets in a short span of time. James Faulkner was lbw by A Aponso at a score of 13 in 19 balls, along with a four. Mitchell Starc was out for a naught after throwing his catch to Mathews, who was quick post delivering a ball. Adam Zampa lost his wicket to A Aponso after playing an innings of 5 runs in 16 balls. Nathan Lyon was not out at 4 runs. With 11 extras, Australians total score on the board was 206 runs in 47.2 overs.

Aponso shone with his four-wicket haul. Perera got three wickets, Mathews got two wickets while Prasanna got one wicket. Mathews was given Man of the Match award for his good show with both bat and ball. Thanks to recent win of Sri Lanka over Australia, the third ODI that is to be played at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla on August 28 had turned interesting. The winning side will have lead in the series that’s imperative to be ahead of the rivals. Any mistake at this stage may turn big and increase
chances of losing the series. Viewers are curious to see whether Australia bounce back or surrender to Sri Lanka, who got success in the levelling the series of 1-1 in 5-match ODI series.

The way Sri Lanka mounted pressure on Australia cricketers by producing opportunities after a certain span of time is commendable. The winning moment was celebrated by the hosts, especially when they thought of winning ODI series post remarkable performance in 3-match Test series on Smith-led side. In the nutshell, it was team performance that allowed Mathews men to log a wonderful victory on Aussies as wickets kept plunging from the one end at different time intervals. The major problem for Australia has been batting collapse in the foreign conditions this time. They even seemed lacking the spirit to performing at their best. Good guidance will be sought further to be on the winning track again.

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