2nd T20I (N), Geelong, Feb 19 2017, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
(20 ov, target 174)176/8
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets
Player Of The Match
84* (46) & 1/26
end of over 2016 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 176/8CRR: 8.80 
Asela Gunaratne84 (46)
Lasith Malinga1 (1)
Andrew Tye 4-0-37-3
Moises Henriques 4-0-38-0

11pm Phew, look the celebrations in the Sri Lanka camp. Asela sets off on a celebratory sprint. His team-mates finally track him down and mob him. SL slid to 40 for 5. They needed 79 off the last seven overs, and 48 off the last three. Asela said no problem and caught fire, lacing three successive sixes off Henriques and then muscling three boundaries in the last over off Tye to seal a stunning last-ball win for the visitors.

Asela Gunaratne, Man of the Match [he is really shy to talk]: It is a very happy moment.

Finch: When you got an in-batter in it is tough. That was one hell of an innings. I thought the way we bowled in the middle was outstanding. When you have a good player in good form, they hurt you. Sri Lanka played very well there. Take nothing away from them. We have been on the receiving end again. The series is gone, hopefully we can salvage something in Adelaide.

Tharanga: Asela's was an amazing innings. Even in South Africa he has done well. We lost too many wickets early but Asela finished the game for us. Winning in Australia is a huge achievement. This is Asela's first tour to Australia and we are happy.

Uwaisul Karnain: "Very well Played Asela, now sit back and watch the IPL Auction tomorrow!"

HSR: "Right before IPL auction, AG Presenting his strong case."

Karthik: "Two nail bitters in one day #NZvsSA #AUSvsSL. Can't take anymore. "

Must Hamid: "Highest Scorer with the Bat and Most Expensive with the Bowl for His Team... What a day it was for Henriques !!"

Silva: "one should not forget Kapu's contribution at a-run-a-ball which helped stabilise the innings!"

SamSL: "Asela's inning can be one of the best T20I innings from a Sri Lankan ever...."

That is all we have for you from this thriller. Hope you enjoyed this game as much as we did bringing it to you. Thanks for tuning in. Do comeback for the final T20 in Adelaide. Until next time, ciao.

Tye to Gunaratne, FOUR runs

Asela Gunaratne wins it for Sri Lanka. He does it in style! For the second time in three days Sri Lanka secure a last-ball win. They secure their third successive T20 series win in Australia. Seam-up length ball outside off, Asela backs away outside leg and hammers it over cover to spark wild celebrations in the Sri Lankan camp

SL need 2 off the last ball

Tye to Malinga, 1 run

short of a length on middle, seam-up ball, Malinga hangs back and shovel-pulls over midwicket. There is protection in the deep. There was probably two on offer, SL settle with one. Over to Asela

Tye to Gunaratne, 1 run

very full and on off, whipped away to deep square leg. Sri Lanka settle with one

Qaaid: "Gunaratne you beauty! "

Tye to Gunaratne, SIX runs

Asela clears mid-off, again. Goes all the way. Good length and outside off, hoisted flat over the fielder. What a key strike

Tye to Gunaratne, FOUR runs

full-toss on off stump, Asela lifts it over mid-off who is inside the circle. Tye erred in length and was punished

Kula has crossed over. Asela on strike

Tye to Kulasekara, OUT

Kulasekara holes out. Has he crossed over to the other end? Knuckle ball, slow and outside off, Kula aims to go over cover. He only toe-ends it into the air. Klinger completes a fine overhead catch at extra-cover

Nuwan Kulasekara c Klinger b Tye 12 (19m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150

SL need 14 off the last over. Tye to bowl it. Kula on strike

end of over 1922 runs
SL: 160/7CRR: 8.42 RRR: 14.00
Asela Gunaratne69 (42)
Nuwan Kulasekara12 (7)
Moises Henriques 4-0-38-0
James Faulkner 4-0-32-2

SL FAN: "One man Army, Guneratne!!"

Henriques to Gunaratne, FOUR runs

back of a length and outside off, Asela makes sweet connection again. Lofts it flat over cover now. 22 runs off the over

Henriques to Gunaratne, no run

slower offcutter outside off, Asela swipes early and misses. Beaten by the change of pace

Henriques to Gunaratne, SIX runs

three sixes in a row for Asela. Length ball on off stump, Asela short-arm swats it over square leg now. The exploded from the middle of the bat. He is keeping SL alive in the chase

Henriques to Gunaratne, SIX runs

back of a length and outside off, wrong length again. Asela clears his front leg again, slamming it high over midwicket

Henriques to Gunaratne, SIX runs

pretty full and outside off, Asela lines this up, clears his front leg, and lofts it over cover for a six. Clean swing, back-to-back fifties for Asela

Henriques to Gunaratne, no run

very full on off, Asela wants to smite this over midwicket. He only manages an inside edge onto the pad. The shot was on, the execution was bad with Asela losing his shape

Varun Reja: "Can Gunaratne do a KP here?"

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