AUS vs SL ODI Series: Sri Lanka won the second match of the five-match ODI series against Australia. After the flop batting, the charismatic performance of the Lankan bowlers put this match in the bag of Sri Lanka. Batting first in the rain-affected match, Sri Lanka scored 220 runs in 47.4 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. After this, according to the Duckworth-Lewis method, Australia was given a target of 216 runs in 43 overs, which the Kangaroo team remained some distance to achieve. Sri Lanka won the match by 26 runs.
Australia bowling first
Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nisanka (14) soon returned to the pavilion. The second opener Dhanushka Gunathilaka also went on after scoring 18 runs. Kushal Mendis (36) and Dhananjay de Silva (34) handled the innings for some time but both of them could not play big innings. Scoring runs at a slow pace, the Sri Lankan team kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. In the lower order, captain Dasun Shanaka played an innings of 34 runs to help the team reach 200. In the rain-interrupted match, the entire 50 overs of Sri Lanka’s innings could not be completed and the team’s score was 220 runs in 47.4 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. Pat Cummins took 4 wickets for Australia. Apart from them, Kuhneman and Maxwell also got 2 wickets each.
Charismatic performance of Sri Lankan bowlers
Duckworth-Lewis method gave Australia a target of 216 runs in 43 overs to win. In response, Australia first lost the wicket of captain Aaron Finch (14). David Warner was looking in good rhythm but could not play a big innings and went on scoring 37 runs. Similarly, the middle-order batsmen of Australia also started the innings well but no one could play a big innings. Steve Smith (28), Travis Head (23), Marnus Labuschagne (18), Alex Carey (15) and Maxwell (30) kept going after playing small innings. Australia’s wickets kept falling and the entire team was all out for 189 runs in 37.1 overs. Chamika Karunaratne took 3 wickets for Sri Lanka. He was also the player of the match. Chamira, Dhananjay and Dunith got 2 wickets each.
Both teams are at 1-1 in the series
Australia won the first match of the five-match ODI series. In this match, Sri Lanka had scored 300 runs in 50 overs but due to rain, Australia got the target of 282 in 44 overs. This target was won by Australia with 9 balls and 2 wickets remaining. Now the series is tied at 1-1 after the second ODI went in favor of Sri Lanka.