Sri Lanka 227/8 (50 ov)
Australia 228/7 (46.5 ov)
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
On Sunday Australia and Sri Lanka faced each other in the first match of the five-match ODI series at Colombo. Winning the toss Australia elected to field first. The decision was well expected as bowlers will have a little bit of problem during the later part of the innings.
Batting first, Sri Lanka had a terrible start losing their first wicket in the first over; Starc who was two wickets behind picked up his 99th wicket in the very first over of the match. Later Dilshan and Kushal Mendis were guiding Sri Lanka with a steady run rate.
Dilshan couldn’t stay longer as he became the first victim of Henriques; he made 22 runs from 27 balls. But Mendis and Chandimal started to build a partnership. Mendis picked up his half century within 78 balls. On the other hand it took 79 balls for Chandimal to get to his fifty.
These two batsmen built a partnership worth of 79 runs; but after the departure of Mendis who made 67 runs Sri Lankan skipper couldn’t even score any runs. He was soon followed by Dhananjaya de Silva who was dismissed by Mitchell Starc.
Mitchell Starc picked up Dhananjaya de Silva in 33rd over of the innings, and became the fastest bowler to pick up 100 wickets in ODI. He picked up three wickets in total in the match.
In the later part of the innings Chandimal built two small partnerships with Thisara Perera and Siriwardana. But that didn’t help much as Sri Lanka had to stop on 227 runs at the cost of 8 wickets. Chandimal stayed not out on 80 runs.
Chasing down 228 runs Australia had a decent start. David Warner was the first man to got out who made only 8 runs. But from the other end Aaron Finch was having a great flow as he picked up his half-century within 37 balls; he got out on 56 runs.
Later on, skipper Steven Smith guided Australia and also picked up his half-century; he got dismissed on 58 runs which he made from 92 balls. He built 49-runs partnership with Wade and 62-runs partnership with Bailey. Wade scored 26 runs, Bailey made 39 runs.
But sudden lose of wickets made it look like little difficult journey for the Aussies but at the end they left the field with 3 wickets victory.
For Sri Lanka Dilruwan Perera picked up three wickets; apart from him Sandakan bagged two and Thisara Perera & Aponso got one wicket each.