SL vs AUS 4th ODI: Sri Lanka registered their first-ever ODI bilateral series win against Australia in three decades on Tuesday. Having already registered a 2-1 lead in the series, Sri Lanka beat Australia by 4 runs in the 4th ODI to seal the series 3-1 with one game left to be played. Till the time David Warner was batting, it didn’t look like Sri Lanka would go on to win the game but they managed to get over the line on the final ball of the match.
Batting first, Sri Lanka managed to score a 258-run target in the first innings. Asalanka starred with the bat, scoring a well-compiled knock of 110 runs in 106 balls. He was well supported by Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored 60 runs in 61 deliveries.
David Warner misses his century by 1 run
For Australia, the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh, and Kuhnemann all picked two wickets each. In pursuit of the score, David Warner played an outstanding knock of 99 runs in 112 balls. He fell short of 1 run from his century.
He stayed at the crease till the 37th over but wickets kept falling at the other end. Although, his presence gave Australians confidence in winning the match.
The likes of Mitchell Marsh (26 off 27), Labuschagne (14 off 21), Alex Carey (19 off 20), and Travis Head (27 off 33) all were guilty of not converting the start into big scores.
However, Pat Cummins kept the hopes alive with a handy 35-run knock and took the game to the very end. He however got out on the penultimate over and when Australia needed more 19 runs to win. However, Matthew Kuhnemann then hit Shanaka for 3 fours and brought tension in the Sri Lankan dugout.
The equation was reduced to 5 runs needed on the last ball. Shanaka produced a handy slower ball and denied the Australian to hit a boundary on the last ball. The Island nation, as a result, won the game by 4 runs in the end.