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2nd ODI (D/N), Pallekele, June 16, 2022, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
(47.4/47.4 ov) 220/9
(37.1/43 ov, T:216) 189

Sri Lanka won by 26 runs (D/L method)

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What a finish! Sri Lanka win by 26 runs (on DLS) to bring some more joy to the supporters in great scenes. Australia will wonder what went wrong there. The final collapse was 5 for 19, but it was a fairly sloppy chase right through. After the spinners kept Sri Lanka in the game it was the two fiery quicks who produced the goods at the end. After all that, the series is 1-1 heading back to Colombo. Fantastic stuff from the home side. They know they can challenge Australia.

Here's a stat from Sampath: 5 for 19 is Australia's worst 5-wicket collapse in an ODI chase since 5 for 14 in the 1998 Tri-series final vs South Africa. (221 for 5 to 235 all-out in a 242-run chase)

Bilal: "Let's not forget Dushmantha Chameeras efforts. Everyone called for a better performance from him to better support the spinners after the first game....and look how he turned out... AMAZING!" He was superb. He's an excellent bowler. Has real pace.

Chamika Karunaratne is player of the match: "After a long time I was waiting for this moment. I know I can do well and it's come today and I'm so happy about it. Everything is planning...I'm always thinking out of the box. I'm always challenging batsmen. I always like to take a risk."

Aaron Finch "The fielding, we were very poor. Guys getting starts and not going on, similar to the last game. It was very poor [in the field]...we could have attacked the ball more. Chasing in these conditions is something we need to keep improving on. Tonight showed we were off the pace a bit."

Dasun Shanaka "The Australians bowled really well so were short a few runs...but had a good feeling my bowlers would defend the target. We need to come up with the right options [with the bat]. Chamika is a born warrior and whenever I throw the ball he delivers. I had a lot of trust in [Dunith Wellalage] as well. When I threw the ball he's ready to take the chance."

On that note, I'll wrap things up there for tonight. Fantastic effort from Sri Lanka to level the series and it has set up what should be a terrific three games in Colombo. We'll be back on Sunday for the first of those but for now, from Gnasher, Alex and Chandan it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

37.1
W
Chameera to Kuhnemann, OUT

cleaned up! What a way to finish it. Good length, quick, and far too good for the No. 10 as it zips past the bat and into the top of middle stump

Matthew Kuhnemann b Chameera 1 (10m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

Hayes: "Hard to believe that half of this side are World Cup winners in this format. This has been a woefully constructed chase. I credit Sri Lanka as much as I am frustrated with Australia."

end of over 378 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 189/9CRR: 5.10 RRR: 2.46 • Need 32 runs from 13 overs
Josh Hazlewood4 (3b 1x4)
Matthew Kuhnemann1 (1b)
Chamika Karunaratne 7-0-47-3
Dushmantha Chameera 6-0-19-1

Hashan: "Wellalage is showing signs of a most wanted genuine all-rounder for SL."

36.6
C Karunaratne to Hazlewood, no run

comes round the wicket, full outside off stump, doesn't connect with his drive

36.5
4
C Karunaratne to Hazlewood, FOUR runs

quick and short, glanced over the keeper! Well-directed, but Hazlewood played this nicely with a glide to fine third

36.4
C Karunaratne to Hazlewood, no run

short at off stump, backs away a touch and plays to point

Josh Hazlewood is the last batter. Cries of "Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka" ring around the ground

36.3
W
C Karunaratne to Swepson, OUT

dragged on! Good length outside off, he goes for a big drive and it clatters into the stumps. Sri Lanka nearly there

Mitchell Swepson b Karunaratne 2 (11m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
36.2
2
C Karunaratne to Swepson, 2 runs

short of a length, straight, worked off the body to deep square and they make the second...looked tight for a moment. A more friendly bounce on the return and it might have been

36.1
1
C Karunaratne to Kuhnemann, 1 run

round the wicket, full outside off, driven to deep cover

36.1
1w
C Karunaratne to Kuhnemann, 1 wide

huge appeal for a glove down the leg side! Short of a length and he has as spar at it. No reviews left, and it's called wide

Well, it's been a hectic 24 hours for Matt Kuhnemann...

end of over 364 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 181/8CRR: 5.02 RRR: 2.85 • Need 40 runs from 14 overs
Mitchell Swepson0 (0b)
Dushmantha Chameera 6-0-19-1
Chamika Karunaratne 6-0-39-2
35.6
W
Chameera to Cummins, OUT

another top edge, brilliantly taken at deep square leg! The crowd goes wild. And it's the youngster in the field. Cummins was done for pace by this short delivery, he was cramped for room, couldn't keep it down but Wellalage still had to make a lot of ground and did superbly diving forward

Pat Cummins c Wellalage b Chameera 4 (10m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
35.5
Chameera to Cummins, no run

short of a length, straight, pushed into the covers

35.4
Chameera to Cummins, no run

lets a short ball go through

35.3
4
Chameera to Cummins, FOUR runs

crunched! He's nailed that one. Full at off stump, a stand-and-deliver drive straight of mid-on

Yugeesha Bimsar: "I can understand it was poor judgement by Carey and Cummins. However, you got to appreciate the fitness and commitment of Chamika. The last ball of the over, and the chase given with full speed and getting rife of the ball instantly." - Quite right. I'd missed initially that it was Chamika who chased it

35.2
Chameera to Cummins, no run

huge swing and a miss! Good length, slower ball, and Cummins almost throws himself off his feet aiming to the leg side

35.1
Chameera to Cummins, no run

back of a length outside off, played to backward point

Mitchell Swepson at No. 9 - 39 runs is now a lot of runs. Neither batter has yet to face a ball. Slip in place

end of over 3512 runs • 2 wickets
AUS: 177/7CRR: 5.05 RRR: 2.93 • Need 44 runs from 15 overs
Pat Cummins0 (0b)
Chamika Karunaratne 6-0-39-2
Dushmantha Chameera 5-0-15-0
34.6
W
C Karunaratne to Carey, 1 run, OUT

he's been run out! Trying to get back for a second. What a crazy over this has been. Karunaratne came round the wicket, Carey tucked the ball from outside off into midwicket and he pushed for a second that was always going to be tight. A brilliant chase from his follow through by the bowler

Alex Carey run out (Karunaratne/†Mendis) 15 (44m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75
34.5
4
C Karunaratne to Carey, FOUR runs

great shot! That's the best of Carey so far. Full outside off, he drives through the line with power and placement

Lakwin: "The match position now and a ball previously is a juxtaposition. Maxwell in - AUS totally on top. Now - anyone's game. "

34.4
C Karunaratne to Carey, no run

full at middle and leg, defended

34.3
2
C Karunaratne to Carey, 2 runs

full outside off, steered through backward point and a fumble at third allows the second. Might have been tight with a clean pick up

So, what does Australia's tail have? It's Pat Cummins at No. 8. Thiru: "So Maxwell the big Wall standing between the Sri Lankans and the victory." A slightly less big wall now...

34.2
W
C Karunaratne to Maxwell, OUT

high into the off side, taken at cover! Oh boy, that's a moment. Went for another short one, pace on this time, Maxwell pulled and spliced it high into the air. There was nearly confusion between two fielders but it's safe in the end

Glenn Maxwell c Shanaka b Karunaratne 30 (30m 25b 5x4 0x6) SR: 120
34.2
1w
C Karunaratne to Maxwell, 1 wide

a slower short ball, loops through outside off

34.1
4
C Karunaratne to Maxwell, FOUR runs

dispatched! Spotted the slower one, full outside off, and he launches it over mid-off who is inside the ring

 
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