As Dushmantha Chameera dismisses Matthew Kuhnemann to complete Sri Lanka’s victory over Australia in the second ODI, the crowd erupts in jubilation.
In the second one-day international, which was hampered by rain, Sri Lanka stunned Australia by a margin of 26 runs to tie the five-match series.
So, After a dramatic 26-run victory (DLS method) in the second game on Thursday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka tied the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia at 1-1. So, In the rain-shortened match, Sri Lankan bowlers showed up to the party and helped the side win with distinction. Australia’s batting collapsed in the face of a rain-revised goal of 216 in 43 overs, and they were eventually bowled out for 189 in 37.1 overs as Sri Lanka recovered from their defeat in the first ODI.
With three wickets, fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne boosted Sri Lanka’s attack. However, Matthew Kuhnemann was castrated by Dushmantha Chameera, a quick bowling partner, to send the Pallekele crowd absolutely wild with joy.
As Dushmantha Chameera dismisses Matthew Kuhnemann to secure SL’s victory, the boisterous home crowd erupts in celebration:
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So, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, who each contributed 28 and 30, were included in Karunaratne’s 3-47 return. Each of Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dunith Wellalage took two wickets.
So, A spectacular collapse saw Australia lose their final five wickets for just 19 runs.
Prior to play being stopped by rain and the innings being late-ended. De Silva also hit 34 runs with the bat and added 61 runs for the third wicket with Kusal Mendis, who made 36. These runs helped Sri Lanka reach 220 for nine.
Despite his best efforts, Pat Cummins only managed to return 4-35.
Australia struggled in their difficult pursuit on what appeared to be a difficult pitch to bat, losing their openers Aaron Finch, who was 14, and David Warner, who was 37, to De Silva.
Before Karunaratne made his breakthrough. Smith and Travis Head tried to reconstruct the inning by scoring 31 runs.
So, Smith was dismissed for 28 runs by Karunaratne, and Wellalage’s two wickets of Head (23) and Marnus Labuchagne (18) in his two overs left the Australians at 132-5 and in serious difficulty.
During his brief time at the wicket, Maxwell hit back to trouble the bowlers. But eventually mistimed a drive and was caught by Karunaratne at the cover. Using 25 balls, he made 30.
The Australian pursuit faltered, as wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey was run out for 15.
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