Match Report: 3rd ODI: Sri Lanka vs Australia at
Colombo (RPS), August 28, 2016
Brief Scores :- Australia 227 for 8 (Bailey 70, Wade 42) beat Sri Lanka 226 (Chandimal 102, Zampa 3-38) by 2 wickets
Half-centurion George Bailey starred in Australia’s tense run chase as the visitors edged past Sri Lanka by two wickets in the third ODI and took a 2-1 lead in Dambulla on Sunday .
Australia chased down 227 in 46 overs to deny Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan a winning farewell in his final ODI.
Bowlers set up the win for the visitors after restricting Sri Lanka to 226 all out in 49.2 overs with Dinesh Chandimal top-scoring with 102.
The Sri Lankan bowlers also made their presence felt with skipper Angelo Mathews providing the hosts with two early wickets including that of his opposite number David Warner. Mathews got Warner caught at point for 10 as Dilshan took a splendid catch.
Aaron Finch, who scored a 29-ball 30 with three fours and a six, was next to go after leftarm spinner Amila Aponso trapped the opening batsman lbw.
Mathews struck again with his mediumpace to get Shaun Marsh, who was included in the XI in place of resting Steve Smith, out for one and put the visitors in trouble at 44 for three. Travis Head and Bailey , who scored a gritty 70, put on 62 runs for the fourth wicket to put the tourists’ chase back on track as the duo scored runs at a decent pace.
Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera bowled Head for 36 as batting suddenly seemed difficult under lights at the Rajgiri Dambulla International Stadium. Bailey , whose 142-ball stay was laced with five boundaries, held fort as he got Matthew Wade for company and the batsmen put on 81 for the fourth wicket to keep the visitors in sight of their target. AFP