high in the air over cover, and taken on the edge of the ring! Was a slower ball and it seals the series. Not sure about the call from Shanaka at the end, but all's well that ends well
A sensational series win by Sri Lanka. They have been the better team throughout and have thoroughly deserved their victory. Game 5 will take place in Colombo on Friday but it will be a dead rubber. Both teams will then head to Galle for the two-Test series. Thanks for your company tonight. We'll see you on Friday.
Presentation Dasun Shanaka: "After Chamika bowled that over we had a discussion about bowling a spinner but it was the right idea to challenge myself. I was very confident about the score. We were 34 for 3 at one stage and Charith and DDS put on a really good partnership and unfortunately we were not able to capitalise at the end. But I was very happy with the score we were able to put on. Not only for me, my teammates, Sri Lanka cricket, the whole country, this is much needed at the moment. I think this should be celebrated by the whole of Sri Lanka."Aaron Finch: "The series has gone the same way the previous few games have. Any time we look like getting a big partnership and then kicking on we just lose a wicket. We know how hard it is to start in these conditions against good spin and they made the most of the small opportunities we gave them. That total was very gettable. We got so close. I think a couple of times we've had the game under control in terms of the run-rate, it's never got out of hand, and we've just let that slip by just losing wickets at the wrong point."Player of the match is Charith Asalanka for his maiden international century. Asalanka: "It was a really strong challenge with the mighty Australians. I wanted to mention Dhananjaya de Silva's innings. It gave me a lot of release. He scored freely and that's why I played a long innings."
Karunaratne runs to grab a stump. Sri Lanka players run onto the field to celebrate. The crowd goes wild. Sri Lanka win by four runs and lead the series 3-1. Phew. What a moment for the home side. Amid everything that is going on, this series has brought some great joy and excitement. Has been a fantastic performance from then. Australia, though, have some thinking to do. They have again collapsed from a strong position against spin. Nice scenes in the middle as David Warner shakes Percy's hand.
5 off 1. Four for a tie. What a match. A lot of advice flying around. A group of Sri Lanka players have gathered together. And we still aren't ready. More discussions. Deep square comes up. Fine leg has gone back. Short third inside the ring
full outside off, driven in the air and it clears mid-off! What late drama here
9 off 2. How are Shanaka's nerves. It's not been a great over
short again, scooped again and this time over short fine leg to the boundary. Goodness!
13 off 3
banged in short, walks right across the crease and scoops this over the keeper...short fine leg manages to haul it in to much relief
full toss, wide outside off, square driven and wide of the point sweeper. Struck that very nicely
full outside off, he backs away then can't connect with his swing
It will be the captain to bowl the final over
Karunaratne punches the air again at the end of that over
a slower ball, full outside off, drips late and goes under Hazlewood's drive
That is surely the game, and series, for Sri Lanka. Josh Hazlewood the last batter
fantastic yorker! And it's eventually given lbw when Sri Lanka remember to appeal. Then Cummins reviews. Speared in at the toes, Cummins misses across the line. Takes the back foot and looks out. No bat involved. Smashing leg stump
short again, and it's top-edged over the keeper as Cummins pulls. Another twist?
Cummins or bust for Australia
short outside off, crunched down the ground to long-on and he declines the single
very short, allows it go through...Cummins wants the wide call but it's not forthcoming! The bowler is very lucky there
Hari: "Cummins loves Pace..what is SL doing??!! the spinners have been so effective till now..."
swings across the line at a length delivery, top edge into midwicket and a bit of a fumble makes the second comfortable
Who will bowl now? And it will be pace from Karunaratne. Plenty of attention being given to the field. Lasith Malinga running around the boundary
carefully defended on the back foot. He does his job
crunched through the leg side with a slog-sweep, skims one bounce to deep midwicket
low full toss, heaved into deep midwicket and just finds the gap! Kusal Mendis couldn't quite get across from long-on with a one-handed attempt
oops, that goes a bit wrong, very, very wide outside off
another swing and a miss against a big-spinning legbreak
that's a big swing...and he doesn't connect. Going for the slog sweep
picks this up from outside off and swings in front of square, is able to get back for the second
beaten on the back foot, huge appeal for lbw, but has it pitched outside leg? They have gone for the review because they have two left. Yep, pitches just outside
|R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|Toss||Australia, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Sri Lanka led the 5-match series 3-1|
|Match number||ODI no. 4416|
|Match days||21 June 2022 - daynight (50-over match)|
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|JR Hazlewood||not out||0||1|
|Extras||(lb 1, nb 1, w 3)|
|Total||254(10 wkts; 50 ovs)|