SL beat AUS by 4 wickets
Man of the Match - Dasun Shanaka
20.0/20 Ovrs
19.5/20 Ovrs
Australia in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2022 |3rd T20I |6/11/2022
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
  • Aaron Finch has been handed the trophy, he collects it and hands it to his team. They all celebrate the series' victory. Right then! that is all we have from this exciting game and the T20I series as well. We now move to the ODI series. The first ODI is all set to begin on Tuesday 14th June 2022 at 2 pm IST (8:30 am GMT). But as you all know our build-up will begin in advance. So do join us then. For now, goodbye and take care! 
  • Aaron Finch the captain of Australia is named Player of the Series! He says they have a lot of bases covered. It was an unbelievable knock by Dasun Shanaka. Shares that the pitch slowed up after their innings, but he feels the toss doesn't make much difference. Mentions that in the past year they didn't have had a full quota of the squad to pick up but they are really comfortable with the depth of their team.
  • Dasun Shanaka the skipper of Sri Lanka is the Man of the Match. He says at the initial moments he wanted to take some balls and read the wicket and just make sure he doesn't throw it away. Adds that toss is always important and Australia took a brave decision to bat first and he feels it is not best to bat first in the Asian conditions. Shares that he told the boys that momentum is important and they are on the right path. Tells that it was crucial to get some runs, the previous tour was not good enough but he feels better after this series.
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  • Earlier in the match, Australia put up a fighting total of 176 on this slow wicket. They were clinical with the bat and it was a combined effort from their batters. David Warner and Aaron Finch dominated the Powerplay. Marcus Stoinis controlled the middle phase and Steven Smith and Matthew Wade finished things off nicely for them. They were probably the happier side after the first innings. Australia started the second innings on the right foot, dominated the middle phase but lost their way in the end. For Sri Lanka the bowlers failed to step up, but the batters got the job done. Mainly, it was Dasun Shanaka for Sri Lanka. Australia are the deserving winners of the T20I series, but Sri Lanka have done well to avoid a whitewash at home.
  • Coming into bat for the chase, Sri Lanka did get off to a pretty good start. They lost Danushka Gunathilaka early, but Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka put up a score of 49 at the end of the Powerplay. Post that, Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals. Australian bowlers controlled the middle phase and capitalized well. They had the momentum till the 16th over but they lost their way after that. They had absolutely no answers to the brutal hitting displayed by Dasun Shanaka. Sri Lanka scored over 65 runs in the last three overs. Dasun Shanaka was definitely the main architect of this chase. He scored an unbeaten 54 off 25 balls and guided his side to victory. Australia's best bowler, Josh Hazlewood was also taken to the cleaners towards the end. Ashton Agar though was exceptional he grabbed a wicket and gave away only 23 runs in his spell. They would be disappointed with leaking runs in the slog overs. 
  • SRI LANKA WIN! Yes, you read that right! Who would have thought? Dasun Shanaka has played an absolute blinder here and has given the people of his country a lot to smile about! Take a bow, Dasun Shanaka. A true captain's knock. Australia might have won the series, but Sri Lanka have won the final game and have gained much-needed confidence before the ODI series. 
  • 19.6
    Kane Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, Wide! DASUN SHANAKA, remember the name! The skipper has turned up when it mattered the most. Kane serves it full but way outside off. Shanaka throws his bat at it but misses. The umpire calls it wide. Shanaka is out of his crease and Wade throws it on the keeper's end but till then Shanaka was in. He runs in delight and punches the air. He has done what no one would have believed a few overs back. Sri Lanka win by 4 wickets.
  • 19.5
    Kane Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, SIX! SCORES LEVEL! Dasun Shanaka, what a player, and the skipper is doing the unbelievable! A low full toss on middle. Shanaka hammers it straight down the ground for a biggie. Fifty up as well. But most important is the next run for Shanaka. One needed.
  • 19.4
    Kane Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, FOUR! 7 runs needed now! Slower ball, on a length and outside off. Shanaka muscles it straight down to long off for a boundary. Again powers it well. 
  • 19.3
    Kane Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, FOUR! Shanaka hits it well! This is full and outside off. Shanaka stays back and slaps it hard to point for a boundary. No one there standing. 
  • 19.2
    Kane Richardson to Chamika Karunaratne, Bye! Shorter and outside off. Chamika Karunaratne swings and misses and calls for a quick single. The keeper, Wade throws it to the bowler who turns and hits it on the bowler's side. The replay shows he was in. A single. 
  • Sri Lanka need 15 runs off 4 balls now. Can Dasun Shanaka get his team over the line? Fasten your seatbelts we will find out soon!
  • 19.1
    Kane Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, Just a single! Length ball, outside off. Shanaka smashes it to deep cover for a run. 16 needed now.
  • 19.1
    Kane Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, WIDE AGAIN! Kane Richardson tries to stay away from the arc but serves it way outside off. Dasun Shanaka slashes and misses.
  • 19.1
    Kane Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, Wide! Slower and outside off. Shanaka leaves it alone. 
  • END OF OVER 19 | 18 Runs & 0 Wkt | SL 158/6
  • 18.6
    Jhye Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, Too full and on off, driven to long off for a single. Shanaka will keep the strike and also keeps the hopes alive for Sri Lanka as they need 19 runs off the last over.
  • 18.6
    Jhye Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, Wide! Full and way outside off. Shanaka swings and misses. A bit harsh on the bowler, it was inside the tramline. 
  • 18.5
    Jhye Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, FOUR! Angles a full ball and around off, was slower. Dasun waits and swings across and hits it in the gap to deep mid-wicket for a boundary. 
  • 18.4
    Jhye Richardson to Chamika Karunaratne, Full and on middle. Chamika Karunaratne eases it to long on for a single. 12 runs till now. 
  • 18.3
    Jhye Richardson to Chamika Karunaratne, FOUR! Chamika Karunaratne joins the party and he too does what is needed, hit boundaries! Overpitched, outside off. Chamika Karunaratne drives it on the up and over covers and the ball races into the fence. 
  • 18.2
    Jhye Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, Too full and on middle. Shanaka jams it out to long on for a single. 
  • 18.1
    Jhye Richardson to Dasun Shanaka, SIX! Shanaka, you beauty! Jhye Richardson tries the slower ball but instead serves a full toss and outside off. Dasun Shanaka swings across and hits it flat over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
  • END OF OVER 18 | 22 Runs & 0 Wkt | SL 140/6