Australia A fight back to seal thrilling tie
Sri Lanka A 8 for 257 (Chandimal 59, Karunaratne 53, Feldman 3-43) tied with Australia A 7 for 207 (Wade 45) on D/L method
Australia A's lower order snatched a tie against Sri Lanka A to keep the three-match one-day series alive. The hosts scrambled 16 runs and lost Moises Henriques in the final over in Townsville before Xavier Doherty's four through cover-point prevented the visitors from leading 2-0.
Rain reduced Australia's chase to 208 in 34 overs after Sri Lanka had posted 8 for 257. The locals suffered a severe setback when they lost three wickets in 14 balls to be 4 for 107, but they refused to give in. After Adam Voges (33), Matthew Wade (45) and George Bailey (3) went, the chase was revived by Andrew McDonald and Henriques.
When they combined Australia needed 72 at nine an over, with McDonald rushing to 36 off 29 and Henriques collecting 32 off 25, including a six to long-on from the fourth-last ball. Henriques was then run-out chasing a risky second, leaving Doherty to seal an unlikely win under lights.
"Sri Lanka played extremely well," Australia's coach Greg Chappell said. "They were attacking with the bat, bowled quite well and fielded brilliantly. After getting off to a solid start we fell in a bit of a hole when we lost those few quick wickets, but I was extremely pleased that we were able to work our way back into the match again."
The opener Dimuth Karunaratne set the platform with 53 after Sri Lanka were sent in and Dinesh Chandimal eased to 59 off 69. Jeevan Mendis chipped in with 42 and Chamara Kapugedera helped out with 38 before Luke Feldman caused some late damage.
Feldman, the Queensland fast bowler, used to play in Townsville and he picked up 3 for 43 off eight overs in his first List A one-day match. Feldman took the new ball with James Pattinson (2 for 37) but his breakthroughs didn't come until the end of the innings when Sri Lanka were chasing quick runs. The final game of the series is in Brisbane on Saturday.