Result
4th ODI (D/N), Dambulla, Aug 31 2016, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
212
(31/50 ov, target 213)
217/4
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 114 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Australia
0:58
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Bailey, Finch star as Australia win series

Aaron Finch blasted an 18-ball half-century, the equal fastest in Australia's ODI history, as Australia beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth ODI

Match centre 
Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka212(50 overs)
Australia217/4(31 overs)
end of over 3112 runs
AUS: 217/4CRR: 7 
Matthew Wade8 (5)
George Bailey90 (85)
Dilruwan Perera7-0-69-1
Amila Aponso8-0-59-0

9.00pm What a chase this has been. 213 was never going to be easy, it wasn't but Australia made it look like a canter. Finch first blitzed an 18-ball half-century, equalling the fastest by an Australian. Sachith Pathirana picked up three wickets in five balls but the damage was done. The surface was spinning viciously but George Bailey controlled the chase thereafter, reverse sweeping and sweeping Australia to the target. A sublime chase from Bailey and Australia means the visitors take an unassailable lead in the series.

Presentation time.

John Hastings, Man of the Match: "Not an easy place to bowl, it's hot and sticky, and uncomfortable. For me, it's very simple, hit a really good area, use the long boundaries and the wind. Had an absence in the one-day side, but happy now with what I provide. Was not the best I've ever bowled, the rhythm was a lot better as the game went on. Means a lot to the boys after losing the Test series."

David Warner: "Very very pleasing. Thrilled to win the series, hard-fought effort. Conditions here are quite challenging. We want to put on a spectacle for the crowd, that's the way we play. It's our way of playing, whether we play on these wickets. We try to put on a clinic if we can. The hard ball was going to be the key. Tough to muscle your way out of a form slump. Couldn't be happier for George, has had to play out of his skin. He's been innovative, he's been our backbone and rock in the middle.

Dinesh Chandimal: "Really disappointed with the way we played, didn't click as a batting unit through the series. We didn't do well. Before the game started, we wanted 260-270 plus, if we don't get that the bowlers can't do anything. He's (Mathews) a big loss, he got a calf strain. We miss him. Looking forward to seeing him in South Africa. No, he's not fit for the last game. Has a scan tomorrow. It was a turning point, if we got that wicket we would have had a great chance. Credit to their batters, especially Bailey.

30.6
6
MDK Perera to Wade, SIX runs
there it is. Australia complete the series win Flight from Dilruwan, Wade gets underneath the length and lofts the ball way over long-on. Wade is pumped, hugs Bailey, who has played an absolute blinder. Bailey picks up a couple of stumps. Wade does so too.
30.5
MDK Perera to Wade, no run
blocked off the front foot
30.4
1lb
MDK Perera to Bailey, 1 leg bye
false shot, but he gets away with it. The right idea, but Dilruwan pulled his length back, Bailey dances down but doesn't get there. Clips the pad, and then past the keeper
30.3
MDK Perera to Bailey, no run
reverse swept to third man
30.2
4
MDK Perera to Bailey, FOUR runs
shot! Four more. Sublime batting, gets low and Bailey hammers it through backward square leg. Placed that beautifully. Knew what he was doing all along

Karthik: "Finally the Aussies have devised a successful plan to combat Aponso's spin. This approach against the wily old fox Herath did not work though!"

30.1
1
MDK Perera to Wade, 1 run
short and wide outside off, scythed to deep point for one
end of over 308 runs
AUS: 205/4CRR: 6.83 • RRR: 0.40 • Need 8 from 19ov
George Bailey86 (82)
Matthew Wade1 (2)
Amila Aponso8-0-59-0
Dilruwan Perera6-0-58-1
29.6
2
Aponso to Bailey, 2 runs
nice again, dances down and gets to the pitch and drives to long-off, wide long-off for a couple more
29.5
1
Aponso to Wade, 1 run
flat on off, Wade gets low and sweeps to fine leg
29.4
1
Aponso to Bailey, 1 run
flat on middle, thick inside edge towards midwicket
29.3
Aponso to Bailey, no run
oh, ripping turn. Pitches on off, draws Bailey forward and then spins viciously away. Even Bailey claps him
29.2
Aponso to Bailey, no run
flat on middle, skids on. Blocked
29.1
4
Aponso to Bailey, FOUR runs
another reverse lap for four. Premeditates the reverse, gets a wide delivery and bailey just helps it along to the third man boundary. Easy.
end of over 294 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 197/4CRR: 6.79 • RRR: 0.76 • Need 16 from 19ov
Matthew Wade0 (1)
George Bailey79 (77)
Dilruwan Perera6-0-58-1
Amila Aponso7-0-51-0
28.6
MDK Perera to Wade, no run
tossed up outside off, no turn. Wade strides forward to block

Kaushal: "The main reason Australia are going to win this series is because Bailey hasn't lost his Head in the middle overs.. "

28.5
w
MDK Perera to Head, OUT
gone this time! Head is lbw, trapped plumb in front. This one doesn't spin, Head plays for some. Flat through the air on off, the ball skids on and beats Head on the inside edge. No hesitation at all, gone.
TM Head lbw b MDK Perera 40 (77m 60b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
28.4
2
MDK Perera to Head, 2 runs
shortish and wide outside off, slapped past cover for more runs
28.3
1
MDK Perera to Bailey, 1 run
gets down for the conventional sweep and hammers his pull to deep backward square leg

hugh: "Since Henriques, Khawaja and Voges have probably batted themselves out of selection for any tour to Asia Bailey would seem to have a pretty good shot of going to India." Disagree regarding Voges, at least.

28.2
MDK Perera to Bailey, no run
shapes for the reverse, this one pitches on leg and goes on further down. Bailey reverse slaps to cover
28.1
1
MDK Perera to Head, 1 run
short and wide, plenty of spin but easily cut to deep point. Got on top of the bounce there

Dilruwan P comes back

Best performances - batsmen
GJ Bailey
90 runs (85)
11 fours
1 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
reverse_sweep
17 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
8414102121615
DM de Silva
76 runs (87)
9 fours
0 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
flick
26 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
81495149710
Best performances - bowlers
JW Hastings
O
10
M
0
R
45
W
6
Eco
4.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
SS Pathirana
O
8
M
0
R
37
W
3
Eco
4.62
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
John Hastings
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-1
Match numberODI no. 3774
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 days31 August 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Avishka Fernando
Umpires
Michael Gough
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath