Hazelwood, Kerry Gave Australia a Satisfying Victory

Hazlewood, Carey secure consolation win for Australia
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A weak spin attack led by 19-year-old Dunith Wellalage made a fist to defend a small chase. But in the end, Sri Lanka’s devastating early devastation, in which they were bowled out for 85 for 8, proved to be the decisive period of the match.

Australia struggled at 19 for 3, then 101 for 5, but Alex Carey’s 45, which included just one boundary, saw them save a target of 161 for four with 10 overs to spare. ۔

The win is a consolation for the visitors, who have already lost the series. But it may have given his bowlers some confidence, especially before the Test. Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins started Sri Lanka’s demise – Hazelwood won both Sri Lankan openers. Matthew Cohenman, who will remain in the country to train with the Test squad and can still be formally included, took two wickets, with Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green taking one each.

To save Aaron Finch’s catch to save the game’s highest scorer Chamika Krunartne at 61, Australia again fielded well, with two runs out as the wrong combination of wickets cost Sri Lanka dearly. The hosts batted for just 43.1 overs, with Kronartney’s 75 off 74 balls pushing them to the semi-finals as they scored 58 for the ninth wicket with debutant fast bowler Pramod Madhushan.

Sri Lanka’s impact began in the third over when Hazelwood dismissed Patham Nisanka, then Danushka Gunathilaka was caught in his next over in an attempt to clear the mid-on. Dinesh Chandimal, playing in place of a sick Dhananjaya de Silva, was dismissed on a long on against Cummins, leaving Sri Lanka at 34 for three.

And then, although Kusal Mendis and Charith Asalanka threatened to start a recovery for a while, they went out of business one after the other, both in unusual ways. Before being sent back prematurely, Asalanka called Mendes for a second run and was run out. On the next ball, Mendes went too far into his crease to hit Glenn Maxwell on the leg side and hit his stumps.

Before a positive cornification, three more wickets fell sharply, and cautious midwives pushed Sri Lanka to a crucial position. As Cronartney reached the boundary by leg using a slog sweep and a pull, Madhushan got 52 balls for his 15 runs. The duo batted together for about 17 overs, with Cronartney completing his first ODI half-century off the 62nd ball. He faced.

When Madushan left – caught and bowled by Green – Cronartne hit two sixes off Marin Leibushgin’s over but soon picked up a short ball from Pat Cummins and was out himself.

The Sri Lankan spinners, however, were not coming down without fighting on another turning deck. He took a little extra bounce off the surface to take Finch’s glove, lobbying the ball to slip again to give Sri Lanka their first wicket in the second over. Village took the first of his three wickets in the next over; David Warner was caught at mid-on by diving Danushka Gunathilaka. Josh Ingles’ first ODI innings was shorted by Thekshna off the 10th ball, which caught him on a leg slip.

It was as close to disaster as Australia. Kerry came on the field with a score of 50 for 4, first with Marin Leibschen, with whom he scored 51, then later with Green, who hit the match-winning six. Kerry’s only boundary made a clean sweep against Wanderers. And even with only less than 30 needed.

Sri Lanka’s best bowler Villaj took 3 for 42 while Thekshana took 2 for 26. Village took the most wickets in the series, with nine wickets at a 22.33 average.

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