A remarkable innings of 84 not out from Asela Gunaratne empowered Sri Lanka to assert a moment progressive last-ball triumph over Australia and triumph in their three-coordinate Twenty20 arrangement.
Australia seemed sure to level the elastic at 1-1 on Sunday and set up a decider in Adelaide when they lessened Sri Lanka to 40-5 in answer to 173 full scales at Geelong’s Kardinia Stop – a setting facilitating universal cricket interestingly. The visitors still required 36 with two overs staying, just for Gunaratne – a half-centurion in the primary T20I – to dispatch a fierce attack that turned the match on its head.
Gunaratne raised his fifty with the first of three progressive sixes off Moises Henriques in the penultimate over, and finished his individual protect mission by taking Andrew Tye for one most extreme and two fours after Nuwan Kulasekara had been expelled.
Therefore, Sri Lanka could praise the most impossible of two-wicket wins, with Gunaratne’s 46-ball thump prone to wait long in the memory of the individuals who saw it. Australia, who are being trained by Justin Langer in this arrangement with Darren Lehmann regulating the Test squad in India, were in complete control for a great part of the run-pursue.
Ashton Turner, James Faulkner and debutant Jhye Richardson each struck in their first overs, before Tye went one better by expelling Dilshan Munaweera and Milinda Siriwardana with progressive conveyances in the fifth over. Nonetheless, Gunaratne steadied the ship close by Chamara Kapugedera (32), preceding quickening in pulverizing style exactly when the match had all the earmarks of being over as a challenge.
All bar one of the 38 runs collected by Sri Lanka in the last 12 balls originated from Gunaratne, who wrapped up triumph by crushing Tye over cover with two required off the last ball and may now pull in huge enthusiasm for Monday’s Indian Head Alliance sell off. Prior, Henriques had best scored for Australia with an unbeaten 56, having been dropped on 19 by Kapugedera.
There were likewise helpful innings of differentiating pace from Michael Klinger (43 off 37) and the reviewed Ben Dunk (32 off 14), preceding Lasith Malinga (2-31) and Kulasekara (4-31) guaranteed a whirlwind generally wickets, the last striking thrice in the last over.