Australia captain Aaron Finch hailed Asela Gunaratne for delivering “a damnation of an innings” after the Sri Lanka all-rounder secured an amazing Twenty20 triumph for Sri Lanka in Geelong.
The voyagers wrapped up the three-coordinate arrangement with a diversion to save on Sunday, because of Gunaratne – a half-centurion in the primary T20I – impacting 37 from the last 10 conveyances he confronted to complete unbeaten on 84 in an incredible complete at Kardinia Stop.
“It’s an intense misfortune to take,” said Finch in his post-coordinate news meeting. “I thought we had enough runs  on the wicket and the way that we knocked down some pins all through the powerplay and center overs was exceptional. “Be that as it may, credit to Gunaratne, he played a damnation of an innings.”
Moises Henriques was taken for three sixes and a four by Sri Lanka’s match-victor in the penultimate over, before Gunaratne hit another most extreme and two fours off Andrew Tye to round off a surprising execution.
“The arrangement was [to take] pace off and [bowl] wide,” uncovered Finch. “On the off chance that he needed to go to the short limit over the leg side, make him truly get it with no pace on the ball.
“Also, jeez, he hit some perfect, isn’t that right? That was striking tantamount to you’ll see. For a person to be hit over fine-leg and over mid-off, they’re really uncommon aptitudes to have the capacity to do both. Also, he hasn’t mishit a ball in two diversions now.
“I felt up and down that we needed to get him out to win, or get him off strike a tiny bit progressively and we likely attempted to do that for the last three overs. We couldn’t appear to bowl enough balls at [Nuwan] Kulasekara and afterward [Lasith] Malinga. In any case, when you have a person who’s in like that, it’s so difficult to safeguard.”
Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Munaweera likewise praised Gunaratne, including: “The way Asela played, it was quite recently astounding to see. For the last couple of years, I haven’t seen such a decent thump and it went ahead Australian soil in an arrangement choosing match. It was extraordinary.”
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