runs to grab a stump. Sri Lanka players run onto the field to celebrate. The crowd goes wild. Sri Lanka wins by four runs and leads 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, has some thinking to do. They have again collapsed from a strong position against spin.
The Player of the match is Charith Asalanka:
“It was a really strong challenge with mighty Australians. I wanted to mention Dhananjaya de Silva’s innings. It gave me a lot of releases. He scored freely and that’s why I played a long inning.”
“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.”
“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 unfortunately we were not able to capitalize 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, and the whole country, but this is also much needed at the moment. I think this should be celebrated by the whole of Sri Lanka.”
Sri Lanka vs Australia Highlights today, Tuesday 21-6-2022. 4th ODI (D/N), Australia tour of Sri Lanka from R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
(Last five completed matches; most recent first)
Sri Lanka WWLWL
Aus won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Sri Lanka team: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana
Australia team: David Warner, Aaron Finch (capt), Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Matt Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood
Head to Head In T20I’s: 59
Sri Lanka Won: 17
Australia Won: 41
Match Timings: 09:00 GMT | 14:30 Local
Umpires – Prageeth Rambukwella, Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match number – ODI no. 4416