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RESULT
5th T20I (D/N), Melbourne, February 20, 2022, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
(19.5/20 ov, T:155) 155/5

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

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Scorecard summary
Australia 154/6(20 overs)
Sri Lanka 155/5(19.5 overs)
Kane Richardson2/28 (3.4)
Ashton Agar1/19 (4)

Sri Lanka win by five wickets and avoid the whitewash. They've played very well today and managed to put both sides of their game together. A super innings from Kusal Mendis. Australia not at their best today. They struggled with the bat in the first half of their innings and while they defended hard it wasn't quite enough runs. Sri Lanka have shown enough in this series to give them hope going into the World Cup in October. Australia tried a few things during the series, not sure how many they will stick with through the year. The presentations are coming up shortly.

Randunu: "That quick 20 from Asalanka set the momentum for SL. And what a knock from Mendis."

Gaja: "It is time for Sri Lanka to look beyond Chandimal. Not to offend, but whenever Chandimal is out of the side, the team looks like a completely different side. Good Luck for Indian Series."

Udam: "Really really good time to have a confidence booster for mendis. This is a good end to this tour and specially before indian tour. Now we can see some more competition."

Jameel Hassan : "You win when you attack in Powerplay and SL did it today could have been 2/3 if they applied this formula in other matches too."

Kusal Mendis is player of the match: "Today was a very good game. Dasun Shanaka batted really well. Think we have played well every game."

Glenn Maxwell is player of the series. "It was a really good performance, everyone chipped in. We saw the emergence of Josh Inglis and how spinners did the job they have for a long period of time. We were able to use a bunch of players in different situations."

Dasun Shanaka "The boys played really well throughout the series, made a statement that when we come for the World Cup we'll be prepared. [Kusal] has been an outstanding player throughout. We should keep on giving opportunities to the right players. I'd like to thank all the Sri Lankans who supported us. See you soon in the World Cup.

Aaron Finch "We were probably outplayed in the powerplay with bat and ball. That was the difference. Probably not quite enough in the end. Think we've got a lot of answers. Been a fantastic series for players individually. Sri Lanka are a very dangerous side and to win five games is tough in fickle format. The flexibility of Josh Inglis was fantastic, showed his game is well and truly suited to international, and the depth in our bowling continues to grow. The way Ash Agar came into the side, he's bowled the house down."

Well, with that, we'll bring the curtain down on Australia's home international summer. There's been some terrific cricket throughout and it's been great to bring it to you. We'll be back with much more very soon, including Australia's tour to Pakistan, Sri Lanka's series against India and the Women's ODI World Cup to name just a few. Until then, from Gnasher and Madushka, it's goodbye and thanks for joining us.

19.5
1
Sams to C Karunaratne, 1 run

round the wicket, swings away high into the leg side that does it for Sri Lanka!

Still, two balls to get one run. They should be okay...Richardson can't finish the over. He's leaving the field. Sams to bowl. All the fielders inside the circle

19.4
W
Kane Richardson to Shanaka, OUT

dragged on! Well, it's not quite over yet. Full outside off, he goes for the scoop and plays it straight into the stumps. Was he getting a bit too cute with that one?

Dasun Shanaka b KW Richardson 35 (51m 31b 0x4 2x6) SR: 112.9

Plenty for the Sri Lanka supporters to cheer about

19.3
6
Kane Richardson to Shanaka, SIX runs

short and hammered! That's way back into the stands over deep square leg. A crunching pull shot from the captain seals the game

Now Kane Richardson grabbing his left leg

19.2
2
Kane Richardson to Shanaka, 2 runs

in the gap at deep midwicket! A very strong flick off the stumps, went high in the air, dropped safely and Stoinis keeps it inside the rope

19.1
Kane Richardson to Shanaka, no run

back of a length at off stump, 132kph, it's a wild swing and a miss

So it's 9 needed off the last over. Kane Richardson to bowl

end of over 1911 runs
SL: 146/4CRR: 7.68 RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Kusal Mendis69 (58)
Dasun Shanaka27 (27)
Jhye Richardson 4-0-38-0
Kane Richardson 3-0-20-1

Mendis is limping a bit

18.6
2
Jhye Richardson to Mendis, 2 runs

full outside off, plays a skimming drive through the off side and the sweeper can't stop the second

18.5
4
Jhye Richardson to Mendis, FOUR runs

great shot! Nearly all the way. Comes across outside off stump, it's a low full toss and he scoops it down to fine leg

18.4
1
Jhye Richardson to Shanaka, 1 run

full outside off, driven firmly down the ground to long-off

18.4
2w
Jhye Richardson to Mendis, 2 wide

a full wide yorker, they sprint a bye through to Wade and this one is called wide as the batter didn't move across

18.3
1
Jhye Richardson to Shanaka, 1 run

walks so far across the crease that he's almost off the pitch, Richardson follows him and it's swept to short fine leg

18.2
1b
Jhye Richardson to Mendis, 1 bye

another dot! Actually they scamper the bye. Swings across the line of a full delivery outside off, another slower one, and he's through his shot too early

18.1
Jhye Richardson to Mendis, no run

full and wide outside off, a slower ball, Mendis loses his footing as he tries to reach it

20 needed off 12 balls. We've had one Super Over in this series...

end of over 188 runs
SL: 135/4CRR: 7.50 RRR: 10.00 • Need 20 from 12b
Kusal Mendis63 (54)
Dasun Shanaka25 (25)
Kane Richardson 3-0-20-1
Adam Zampa 4-0-33-0
17.6
1
Kane Richardson to Mendis, 1 run

back of a length outside off, opens the face and angles it straight to short third but they are able to steal the single

17.5
1
Kane Richardson to Shanaka, 1 run

full and straight, a bottom-handed club to long-on

17.4
Kane Richardson to Shanaka, no run

moves outside leg very early, Richardson sends down a bouncer and Shanaka misses his swat

17.3
1
Kane Richardson to Mendis, 1 run

keeps it short of a length, pulls and it almost carries to long-on but lands safely

17.2
4
Kane Richardson to Mendis, FOUR runs

this time the scoop works! Back of a length outside off, shuffling across the stumps and gets it cleanly over short fine leg

17.2
1w
Kane Richardson to Mendis, 1 wide

full and down the leg side, that's useful for Sri Lanka

17.1
Kane Richardson to Mendis, no run

back of a length outside off, he goes right across the crease to scoop and misses so it's a dot

Kane Richardson. He has two to bowl

end of over 177 runs
SL: 127/4CRR: 7.47 RRR: 9.33 • Need 28 from 18b
Kusal Mendis57 (50)
Dasun Shanaka24 (23)
Adam Zampa 4-0-33-0
Jhye Richardson 3-0-28-0
16.6
1
Zampa to Mendis, 1 run

full and straight, pushed to long-on as Sri Lanka avoid damage against Zampa. That's a good outcome

Best performances - batters
BKG Mendis
BKG Mendis SL
69 runs (58)
5 fours1 six
Control
72%
Productive shot
pull
14 runs
0 four1 six
61559144412
MS Wade
MS Wade AUS
43 runs (27)
2 fours2 sixes
Control
67%
Productive shot
on drive
12 runs
0 four2 sixes
4100711344
Best performances - bowlers
PVD Chameera
PVD Chameera SL
O
4
M
0
R
30
W
2
ECO
7.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
KW Richardson
KW Richardson AUS
O
3.4
M
0
R
28
W
2
ECO
7.63
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
Kusal Mendis
Player Of The Series
Australia
Glenn Maxwell
Series resultAustralia won the 5-match series 4-1
Match numberT20I no. 1478
Match days20 February 2022 - daynight (20-over match)
T20I debut
Janith Liyanage
Janith Liyanage
Kamil Mishara
Kamil Mishara
Umpires
Australia
Donovan Koch
Australia
Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
Australia
Shawn Craig
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Rod Tucker
Match Referee
Australia
David Boon