COLOMBO: Charith Asalanka‘s maiden one-day worldwide century and an impressed spin assault led Sri Lanka to an exciting 4-run series-clinching win over Australia on Tuesday.
The left-handed Asalanka made 110 to information Sri Lanka to 258 all out, a complete that proved simply sufficient at hand the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead within the 5-match series in Colombo.
Opener David Warner’s 99 went in useless as Australia had been bowled out for 254 and the island nation gained its first bi-lateral series against the Aussies in over a decade. They final gained in 2010.
Spinners Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay and quick bowler Chamika Karunaratne, who was the one common seamer within the group, took two wickets every.
Pat Cummins’ late cameo of 35 and a 12-ball 15 by quantity 10 Matthew Kuhnemann, who hit three fours as Australia wanted 19 from the fiftieth over, gave Sri Lanka a scare.
Earlier Asalanka rescued Sri Lanka from a precarious 34-3 as he placed on 101 runs with Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 60.
Australian bowlers saved coming again with essential wickets however Asalanka reached his century to the cheers of a raucous house crowd that jumped to their toes to applaud the knock.
Wanindu Hasaranga performed a helpful cameo of 21 not out as he put collectively 34 runs for the eighth wicket with Asalanka.
Asalanka lastly fell to Cummins and Australia quickly wrapped up the innings in 49 overs with two run outs.
In reply, Australia misplaced skipper Aaron Finch for nought with Karunaratne trapping the opener lbw.
Warner saved his cool and placed on 63 runs with Mitchell Marsh who appeared good for his 26 earlier than he fell to Dunith Wellalage’s left-arm spin.
Australia misplaced Marnus Labuschagne and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey after they bought begins however fell to the Sri Lankan spinners.
The often attacking Warner held fort to try to grind down the opposition assault as he bought Travis Head for firm and the 2 stitched collectively 58 runs for the fifth wicket.
De Silva bowled the left-handed Head for 27 and Maheesh Theekshana bought Glenn Maxwell trapped lbw for one with a profitable overview after the on-discipline umpire denied the attraction.
But the massive second got here when the left-handed Warner missed out on his ton after getting stumped off de Silva as the house group celebrated the important thing wicket.
Cameron Green and Cummins tried to show the chase on in a 31-run stand however Vandersay bowled Green.
Cummins departed within the forty ninth over however Kuhnemann fought until the top earlier than getting out on the ultimate ball.
The remaining match is on Friday on the identical venue.