Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Dambulla, Aug 28 2016, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
226
(46/50 ov, target 227)
227/8
Australia won by 2 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Australia
0:48
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia seal nervy chase after Chandimal ton

Australia sealed a nervy chase to beat Sri Lanka by two wickets in the third ODI in Dambulla, where they took a 2-1 series lead with two to play

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Vishal Dikshit
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka226(49.2 overs)
Australia227/8(46 overs)
end of over 465 runs
AUS: 227/8CRR: 4.93 
Adam Zampa5 (6)
John Hastings5 (7)
Amila Aponso10-0-44-2
Dhananjaya de Silva4-0-21-1

Dilshan: I think it's the right decision, the way I finished my career. I'm really happy I contributed in all three departments. I'm really happy with my decision. Just like my Test retirement, one morning I woke up, on the 25th, and realised this was the time to go. I discussed it with my wife and other people. There is also no cricket for almost six months after this and it's a good time for giving youngsters a chance. If a youngster can take Sri Lankan cricket forward and score some runs, I'll watch it at home and be happy. When I started in 1999 I was a youngster. Every moment I wanted to do something for the side. If I failed in batting, I wanted to bowl or contribute in some other way. Even today I didn't feel I'm old but I've taken this decision and I'm happy. It's not easy after a 17-year career. I want to thank my wife, she has supported me throughout and I want to especially thank my family members too. Around 2008 the selectors dropped me, not taking me to Australia tour. Then I thought I could do more in the side. I called Mahela, the captain at that time, and said don't pick me as middle-order batsman and pick me as an opener. He said, "ok, so go and open in domestic competition." In the first game I scored 190 and finished 30 or 40 overs in mot matches. Then I went to Pakistan and scored well. Since then I have continued to bat at the top. I'm happy with every decision I took. The Dilscoop I first tried in 2008 in South Africa against Australia because I knew nobody could stand behind the wicketkeeper, it's frustrating for them. I practiced it and then played it in the 2009 World Cup against Watson and I'm happy there's one shot named under me.

Mathews: We were about 20-30 runs short. We have so many bowlers who can bat but we didn't have anyone partnering Chandimal. We could have dragged the game a bit towards 45 overs and build from there but our shot selection was poor. Hats off to our bowlers for bowling like that, they bowled their hearts out. Unfortunately we couldn't win this for Dilshan. He has done great service to Sri Lankan cricket and I'd like to congratulate him for that career.

Bailey is the Man of the Match: We lost a couple of early wickets but fortunately our bowlers had done a good job to restrict them. It was a lightening fast outfield. I'm certainly not stepping into Smith's role and we all need to pull our weight a little bit more. We have to try something different here (sweeps and reverse sweeps), touch wood its going ok.

Warner: It's always good to start on a winning note and go 2-1 up. I think our bowlers bowled really well in the middle overs - Zampa and Hastings. To be brutally honest, we should have won that five wickets down. Our top order hasn't done as well as we would've liked and I also put my hand up for that.

Some felicitation and gifts for Dilshan for his ODI farewell. Fireworks go off at the ground and I shall head off too. That's all from me, Vishal Dikshit, and Nikhil Kalro from this ODI in Dambulla, thanks fo joining us.

10.09pm A really close match in the end with some nervy moments for Australia before they take the 2-1 lead. Dilshan takes a stump and walks off the ground with a disappointed look. He gets handshakes from opponents, from team-mates, a few words and a big smile from Lehmann, and in the end he takes his cap off and waves to the crowd. He goes for a lap around the ground with a stump in his hand, waving to the crowd and bowing to them in parts. He didn't have a bad game after all, 42 runs and a superb diving catch at point.

227, not a stiff target and Australia's middle order was batting sensibly to cruise them past Sri Lanka's total before the wobble conjured up some nervous and scary moments in the end. The chase was mainly lead by the composed head of Bailey, supported by Head and Wade. Had Wade, Bailey and Faulkner not fallen within four overs, they would have won by four or five wickets. Credit to Sri Lanka for fighting right till the end. Aponso, Dilruwana and Prasanna kept going one after another, creating some opportunities but 226 is always tough to defend.

45.6
1
Aponso to Zampa, 1 run
in the air, Dilruwan gets his right hand to it with a jump, but can't hold on, Australia win by two wickets! Zampa slashed at the ball when he saw room and the ball was sailing over extra cover where Dilruwan jumped, got his right hand to it, then tried again while fallin down but the ball avoided him completely
45.5
Aponso to Zampa, no run
a bit of 'no, yes, no' as the ball goes fine on the leg side off the pad. But Hastings doesn't want a run
45.4
Aponso to Zampa, no run
fullish again, pushed into the covers again and a dive means no time for a run
45.3
Aponso to Zampa, no run
much fuller now and Zampa pushes it to cover more convincingly
45.2
Aponso to Zampa, no run
doesn't go back that much now and helps the ball to point

Scores level

45.1
4
Aponso to Zampa, FOUR runs
he was almost bowled there, the way Smith was bowled by Herath in the Tests while trying to cut off the back foot. But Zampa connects just in time, and, on top of that, gets four behind square

Right, two wickets left and five runs to go. Zampa on strike against Aponso, his last over

end of over 457 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 222/8CRR: 4.93 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 5 from 30b
John Hastings5 (7)
Dhananjaya de Silva4-0-21-1
Seekkuge Prasanna9-0-39-1
44.6
w
de Silva to Starc, OUT
gone this time, straight to long-on, yes you read that right! One shot after another Starc has been hitting to long-on, and this time he connects well to hand it to Prasanna who had to go a bit to his right. Good catch in the end
MA Starc c Prasanna b de Silva 12 (11m 8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 150.00
44.5
4
de Silva to Starc, FOUR runs
Starc goes after it again, targets the long-on boundary and the ball lands well short of long-on and then bounces over his head for four!
44.4
1
de Silva to Hastings, 1 run
chipped in the air, just wide of midwicket! Pitched up a little, Hastings clipped it with the turn to leg and in the air, but safely
44.3
1
de Silva to Starc, 1 run
length delivery just outside off, easily pushed down to long-off for one
44.2
1
de Silva to Hastings, 1 run
outside off now, Hastings punches the ball down to long-off for one
44.1
de Silva to Hastings, no run
on leg stump on length and he drives the ball back

Just 12 more to go now, here comes Dhananjaya de Silva around the wicket

end of over 449 runs
AUS: 215/7CRR: 4.88 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 12 from 36b
John Hastings3 (4)
Mitchell Starc7 (5)
Seekkuge Prasanna9-0-39-1
Amila Aponso9-0-39-2
43.6
1
Prasanna to Hastings, 1 run
drifts the ball towards leg, dipping it almost into the block hole, Hastings digs it out to long-on
43.5
Prasanna to Hastings, no run
covers the stumps and defends the ball on middle and leg
43.4
1
Prasanna to Starc, 1 run
not a bit short outside off, Starc goes back to punch it through cover
43.3
6
Prasanna to Starc, SIX runs
there's long-on, but Starc doesn't care! He goes down on a knee and slogs the fullish delivery from well outside off, straight over long-on's head for a clean six!
43.2
Prasanna to Starc, no run
Starc covers the stumps to defend but the ball turns sharply into him, hitting the pads

Making some field changes, Prasanna

43.1
1
Prasanna to Hastings, 1 run
pretty full just outside off, he digs it out to long-on for one

Prasanna has two overs left. He is really turning some of those. Three fielders in the deep on the leg side

Best performances - batsmen
LD Chandimal
102 runs (130)
7 fours
0 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
flick
23 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
24620101611510
GJ Bailey
70 runs (99)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
reverse_sweep
19 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
641313141064
Best performances - bowlers
A Zampa
O
10
M
0
R
38
W
3
Eco
3.80
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
AD Mathews
O
7
M
0
R
30
W
2
Eco
4.28
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
George Bailey
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3772
Season2016
Hours of play (local time)14:30 start, First Session 14:30-18:00, Interval 18:00-18:45, Second Session 18:45-22:15
Match days28 August 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Ranmore Martinesz
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath