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Sri Lanka vs Australia, 4th ODI at Colombo, Jun 21 2022, Australia tour of Sri Lanka

RESULT
4th ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), June 21, 2022, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
(50 ov, T:259) 254

Sri Lanka won by 4 runs

Player Of The Match
110 (106)
charith-asalanka
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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 258/10(49 overs)
Australia 254/10(50 overs)
end of over 5014 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 254/10CRR: 5.08 
Josh Hazlewood0 (1b)
Dasun Shanaka 2-0-27-1
Chamika Karunaratne 5-1-19-2

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.

49.6
W
Shanaka to Kuhnemann, OUT

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

Matthew Kuhnemann c Asalanka b Shanaka 15 (12b 3x4 0x6 31m) SR: 125

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

49.5
4
Shanaka to Kuhnemann, FOUR runs

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

49.4
4
Shanaka to Kuhnemann, FOUR runs

short again, scooped again and this time over short fine leg to the boundary. Goodness!

13 off 3

49.3
2
Shanaka to Kuhnemann, 2 runs

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

49.2
4
Shanaka to Kuhnemann, FOUR runs

full toss, wide outside off, square driven and wide of the point sweeper. Struck that very nicely

49.1
Shanaka to Kuhnemann, no run

full outside off, he backs away then can't connect with his swing

It will be the captain to bowl the final over

end of over 496 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 240/9CRR: 4.89 RRR: 19.00 • Need 19 from 6b
Josh Hazlewood0 (1b)
Matthew Kuhnemann1 (6b)
Chamika Karunaratne 5-1-19-2
Jeffrey Vandersay 7-0-40-2

Karunaratne punches the air again at the end of that over

48.6
C Karunaratne to Hazlewood, no run

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

48.5
W
C Karunaratne to Cummins, OUT

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

Pat Cummins lbw b Karunaratne 35 (43b 2x4 0x6 51m) SR: 81.39
48.4
4
C Karunaratne to Cummins, FOUR runs

short again, and it's top-edged over the keeper as Cummins pulls. Another twist?

Cummins or bust for Australia

48.3
C Karunaratne to Cummins, no run

short outside off, crunched down the ground to long-on and he declines the single

48.2
C Karunaratne to Cummins, no run

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..."

48.1
2
C Karunaratne to Cummins, 2 runs

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

end of over 488 runs
AUS: 234/8CRR: 4.87 RRR: 12.50 • Need 25 from 12b
Matthew Kuhnemann1 (6b)
Pat Cummins29 (38b 1x4)
Jeffrey Vandersay 7-0-40-2
Wanindu Hasaranga 10-0-52-1
47.6
Vandersay to Kuhnemann, no run

carefully defended on the back foot. He does his job

47.5
1
Vandersay to Cummins, 1 run

crunched through the leg side with a slog-sweep, skims one bounce to deep midwicket

47.4
4
Vandersay to Cummins, FOUR runs

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

47.4
1w
Vandersay to Cummins, 1 wide

oops, that goes a bit wrong, very, very wide outside off

47.3
Vandersay to Cummins, no run

another swing and a miss against a big-spinning legbreak

47.2
Vandersay to Cummins, no run

that's a big swing...and he doesn't connect. Going for the slog sweep

47.1
2
Vandersay to Cummins, 2 runs

picks this up from outside off and swings in front of square, is able to get back for the second

end of over 473 runs
AUS: 226/8CRR: 4.80 RRR: 11.00 • Need 33 from 18b
Matthew Kuhnemann1 (5b)
Pat Cummins22 (33b)
Wanindu Hasaranga 10-0-52-1
Jeffrey Vandersay 6-0-32-2
46.6
Hasaranga to Kuhnemann, no run

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

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
KIC Asalanka
110 runs (106)
10 fours1 six
Productive shot
pull
30 runs
5 fours1 six
Control
82%
DA Warner
99 runs (112)
12 fours0 six
Productive shot
cover drive
29 runs
4 fours0 six
Control
86%
Best performances - bowlers
C Karunaratne
O
5
M
1
R
19
W
2
ECO
3.8
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
DM de Silva
O
10
M
0
R
39
W
2
ECO
3.9
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossAustralia, elected to field first
Series
Season2022
Player Of The Match
Series resultSri Lanka led the 5-match series 3-1
Match numberODI no. 4416
Match days21 June 2022 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Language
English
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