Sri Lanka beat Australia by four runs in the fourth ODI to win the series 3-1 one game earlier. Sri Lanka also won the bilateral ODI series title against Australia at home for the first time since 1992. In the first match, Australia won by two wickets using the Duckworth-Lewis method. Was Sri Lanka won the second match by 26 runs based on Duckworth-Lewis method and the third match by 6 wickets. The fifth and final game will be played on Friday.
Australia were all out for 254 in 50 overs after chasing a winning target of 259. Australia opener David Warner was dismissed for 99 off 112 balls with 12 fours. Australia needed 19 off the last six balls to win. Silva hit seven off 61 balls. He was dismissed for 60 runs with fours. Dasun Shanka scored 4, Dinuth Villalage 19, Chamika Karunaratne 7 and Vanindu Hasarangka 19 runs. Australia’s Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins and Matthew Kuhneman took 2-2 wickets.
Aaron Finch Duck, Mitchell Marsh (26), Marnus Labussen (14), Alex Carey (19), Travis Head (27) and Glenn Maxwell (1) were all out for 1 run. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 258 in 49 overs after losing the toss at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s Charith Asalanka hit 110 off 106 balls with 10 fours and a six. This is Aslanka’s first international century.
In the second ball of the 37th over, Glenn Maxwell was lbw out by spinner Mahesh Thexana. In the next over, Australia got into trouble after Warner stumped out Dhananjay de Silva. Sri Lanka’s Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjay de Silva and Jeffrey Wandersey took 2-2 wickets.
Sri Lanka did not have a good start. Openers Niroshan Dickwella (1), Pathum Nissanka (13) and Kushal Mendis (14) were all out for 34-3 in 9.5 overs. Aslanka and Dhananjay de Silva shared a 101-run stand for the fourth wicket. Matthew Kuhneman hit a four off the second, fourth and fifth balls to captain Dasun Shanka. With five runs needed to win the final ball, Kuhneman Charith was caught by Aslanka and Sri Lanka won the series one game at home after three decades.