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1st T20I (N), Melbourne, Feb 17 2017, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
(20 ov, target 169)172/5
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
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• The 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 on Sunday

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Scorer: Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Australia168/6(20 overs)
Sri Lanka172/5(20 overs)
end of over 209 runs
SL: 172/5CRR: 8.60 
Chamara Kapugedera10 (7)
Seekkuge Prasanna8 (9)
Andrew Tye 3-0-32-0
James Faulkner 4-0-27-0

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
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

end of over 196 runs
SL: 163/5CRR: 8.57 RRR: 6.00
Seekkuge Prasanna7 (6)
Chamara Kapugedera3 (4)
James Faulkner 4-0-27-0
Ashton Turner 2-0-12-2
18.6
1lb
Faulkner to Prasanna, 1 leg bye

110.8ks slower ball on middle and leg, he eyes up the leg side and misses. The ball grazes the thigh and rolls to the off side

Aashish Calla: "Kapugedera again! This is what, his 25th comeback to the SL team, or is it the 26th??"

18.5
1
Faulkner to Kapugedera, 1 run

full-toss outside off, flashed to deep backward point

18.4
Faulkner to Kapugedera, no run

more back of the hand stuff outside off, beats the cut

18.3
1
Faulkner to Prasanna, 1 run

full on middle and leg, tickled to short fine leg

18.3
1w
Faulkner to Prasanna, 1 wide

back of the hand slower one again, this is too wide outside off. Past the tramline. Prasanna swishes and does not connect

18.2
1
Faulkner to Kapugedera, 1 run

hip-high slower ball on the leg stump, pulled in the air over midwicket

18.1
1
Faulkner to Prasanna, 1 run

back of the hand slower ball outside off, 107ks, the batsman drives early and outside-edges it in front of the keeper

SL need 12 off 12 balls.

end of over 186 runs • 2 wickets
SL: 157/5CRR: 8.72 RRR: 6.00
Seekkuge Prasanna5 (3)
Chamara Kapugedera1 (1)
Ashton Turner 2-0-12-2
Pat Cummins 4-0-29-1
17.6
1
Turner to Prasanna, 1 run

dragged down outside off, slapped away to sweeper cover on the back foot

17.5
4
Turner to Prasanna, FOUR runs

short and angled across off, square-cut away. Sweeper runs (Henriques) across to his left, slides, and ends up escorting the ball to the boundary

17.4
Turner to Prasanna, no run

fizzing across off, beats the outside edge

Prasanna joins Kapu

Minesh: "Turner is turning the match suddenly..."

17.3
W
Turner to Siriwardana, OUT

Two wickets in three balls for the debutant. Pushed through flatter and quicker, Siriwardana plays back and is pinned in front of leg stump. Was it heading down leg? I am sure this is missing the stumps. The umpire doesn't think so, and raises his finger. The tracker suggests it was heading down

Milinda Siriwardana lbw b Turner 15 (35m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 136.36
17.2
1
Turner to Kapugedera, 1 run

full and attacking the front pad, worked away through square leg

Kapugedara...

17.1
W
Turner to Gunaratne, OUT

Stumping chance. This looks tight. Sliding across off from around the stumps. Asela, stretching forward, attempts a reverse-sweep and misses. He loses his balance, and can't ground his bat in time. Good awareness from Paine. Maiden international wicket for Turner

Asela Gunaratne st †Paine b Turner 52 (41m 37b 7x4 0x6) SR: 140.54

Turner. Around the wicket

end of over 1711 runs
SL: 151/3CRR: 8.88 RRR: 6.00
Asela Gunaratne52 (36)
Milinda Siriwardana15 (10)
Pat Cummins 4-0-29-1
James Faulkner 3-0-22-0

Duriyodhana: "How crucial were those Lasith Malinga wickets? This just shows that Sri Lanka might look deadly again in T20s with his comeback!!!"

16.6
1
Cummins to Gunaratne, 1 run

short and cramps Asela for room. Pulled down to long leg

Best performances - batters
Asela Gunaratne portrait
DAS Gunaratne SL
52 runs (37)
7 fours
0 six
Control66%
Productive shot
pull
11 runs
1 four
0 six
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Dilshan Munaweera portrait
EMDY Munaweera SL
44 runs (29)
6 fours
0 six
Control62%
Productive shot
cut shot
14 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Ashton Turner
AJ Turner AUS
O
2
M
0
R
12
W
2
ECO
6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Adam Zampa
A Zampa AUS
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
2
ECO
6.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Australia
Season2016/17
Player Of The Match
Asela Gunaratne
Asela Gunaratne
Series resultSri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 596
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 days17 February 2017 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Ashton Turner
Ashton Turner
Billy Stanlake
Billy Stanlake
Michael Klinger
Michael Klinger
Vikum Sanjaya
Vikum Sanjaya
Umpires
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Mick Martell
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Paul Wilson
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Sam Nogajski
Reserve Umpire
Australia Image
Michael Graham-Smith
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe