Player of the Match
Player of the Match
1095dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Sri Lanka sneak through after Gunaratne fifty

Australia and their three debutants fought to the finish against the visitors in front of a raucous crowd at the MCG, but a win offered Sri Lanka the chance to wrap up the series at Kardinia Park

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DAS Gunaratne
DAS Gunaratne
52(37) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
6 11 8 13 5 5 1 3
EMDY Munaweera
44(29) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %62%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 7 2 14 4 10 2 1

Best performances - Bowlers

AJ Turner
O2
M0
R12
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
A Zampa
A Zampa
O4
M0
R26
W2
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.40 start, First Session 19.40-21.05, Interval 21.05-21.25, Second Session 21.25-22.50

Match days

17 February 2017 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
20 | 9 Runs | SL: 172/5 | RR: 8.60

  • Chamara Kapugedera10 (7b)
  • Seekkuge Prasanna8 (9b)
  • Andrew Tye3-0-32-0
  • James Faulkner4-0-27-0

11.18pm Kapugedara, the comeback man, pumps his fist and celebrates with Prasanna. Sri Lanka go 1-0 up. Tharanga nicked behind for a duck, but Dickwella and Munaweera power-hit their way to a 74-run stand to set a strong platform, Asela launched from there and eventually Kapugedara sealed it. In hindsight, Finch could have opted for Head's offspin rather than bringing Stanlake back after he had conceded a 24-run over or used Turner more on this sluggish track.

Finch: Credit to the Sri Lankans. They came out swinging and attacked the chase. When you have the power to hit down the ground and also scoop over the keeper, it is tough to bowl to. I thought Turner gave us a chance there, but unfortunately it did not go our way. I thought we were a bit short. We lacked maybe a 15-plus over. There were a lot of positives too and I am looking forward to Geelong.

Tharanga: Thanks to the Sri Lankan supporters. We have beaten South Africa and Australia - one of the best teams in the world - and it is a good feeling. All the batters enjoyed the game. Fielding is the area where we have to improve. The bowlers, though, did well to keep them to 168.

Asela Gunaratne is the Player of the Match

That is all we have for you from this match. Dan Brettig's report will tell you the full story. Until next time, goodbye and good night.

19.6
4
Tye to Kapugedera, FOUR runs, Kapugedara does it for Sri Lanka! Too full and outside off, he creams a drive through the covers and seals victory for the visitors

SL need 1 off the last ball. Silly mid-on silly mid-off in place. Finch directing the traffic at the MCG

19.5
2
Tye to Kapugedera, 2 runs, slower short ball outside off, Kapu drags it over midwicket and hares across for the second. Wayward throw from the deep. Udana jumps off his seat in the SL dressing room. Kapu punches gloves with his partner
19.4
1
Tye to Prasanna, 1 run, 116.8ks, slower short ball on the off stump, attempts a pull and squirts a bottom-edge to cover
19.3
1
Tye to Kapugedera, 1 run, hip-high short ball on middle and leg, pulled away to long leg
19.2
1b
Tye to Prasanna, 1 bye, 118.2ks, shortish slower ball again. Prasanna pulls early again and can't touch it. Paine quickly hunts the ball down. The pair eye a bye. Paine ferries the ball to Tye, the bowler, who swipes the bails, but Prasanna is in
19.1
0
Tye to Prasanna, no run, 115.8ks slower short ball outside off, Prasanna swings early and can't touch it

It has boiled down to 6 off 6 balls. Tye to bowl the last over. Third man back. Mid-off is in the circle

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st5WU TharangaN Dickwella
2nd74EMDY MunaweeraN Dickwella
3rd12EMDY MunaweeraDAS Gunaratne
4th60TAM SiriwardanaDAS Gunaratne
5th1CK KapugederaTAM Siriwardana
6th20CK KapugederaS Prasanna