Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd ODI: The pitchers help Sri Lanka stun Australia and the level series with a score of 1-1
Sri Lanka grabbed a thrilling 26 win over Australia in a rainy second ODI.© AFP
Fast pitcher Chamika Karunaratne led an inspired Sri Lankan attack to a thrilling 26-round win over Australia in a second day-long international in the rain on Thursday. Pursuing a revised target in the rain of 216 in 43 rounds, Australia suffered frequent defeats to be bowled over by 189 in 37.1 rounds as Sri Lanka recovered from its opening loss in the series. five-game battle at Pallekele. Karunaratne returns the numbers 3-47 including Steve Smith, 28, and Glenn Maxwellfor 30 and actively supported by colleagues quickly Dushmantha Chameera who got the last hitter to get the home crowd to their feet.
Spindle Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage and Chameera each took two wicks.
De Silva also scored 34 goals with the stick and had 61 runs for the third with Kusal Mendiswho made 36, to lead Sri Lanka to 220 cooked when the rain forced the game to stop and end the inning late.
Pat Cummins returned the number 4-35 but his efforts were in vain.
Australia lost the opening goal Aaron Finchon the 14th, and David Warneron the 37th, for De Silva as the visitors faltered in their tough chase on a pitch that looked hard to beat.
Smith and Travis Head tried rebuilding the rounds and made 31 runs before Karunaratne passed.
Karunaratne got the Smith for 28 and the Wellalage of Head (23) and Marnus Labuchagne (18) doubles in his two passes that put the Aussies in trouble with a 132-5 scoreline.
Maxwell fought back to pacify the bowlers during his short stay at the wicket but ended up shooting by mistake to get caught in Karunaratne’s hiding place. He made 30 out of 25 balls.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey 15 was over when the wheel left the Australian chase.
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