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Charith Asalanka’s first century one-day international and an inspired spinning attack led Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-set victory over Australia on Tuesday. Southpaw Asalanka scored 110 to guide Sri Lanka to 258, a tally that proved just enough to give the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series in Colombo.

COLUMBUS: Charith AsalankaThe first One Day International Century and an inspired spinning attack led Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-set victory over Australia on Tuesday.
Southpaw Asalanka scored 110 to guide Sri Lanka to 258, a tally that proved just enough to give the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series in Colombo.
Fly-half David Warner’s 99 was in vain as Australia were knocked out for 254 and the island nation won their first bilateral series against the Australians in over a decade. Their last victory dates back to 2010.
Spinners Dhananjaya de SilvaJeffrey Vandersay and fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne, who was the team’s only regular, took two wickets each.
Pat Cummins’ late cameo of 35 and a 12-ball 15 by number 10 Matthew Kuhnemann, who hit three fours as Australia needed 19 on the 50th, sent fear in Sri Lanka.
Earlier, Asalanka saved Sri Lanka from a shaky 34-3 by scoring 101 with Dhananjaya de Silva scoring 60.
Australian bowlers continued to return with crucial wickets but Asalanka reached their century to the cheers of a boisterous local crowd who rose to applaud the shot.
Wanindu Hasaranga played a useful cameo of 21 not out as he made 34 runs for the eighth wicket with Asalanka.
Asalanka eventually fell to Cummins and Australia quickly wrapped up the innings in 49 overs with two run outs.
In response, Australia lost skipper Aaron Finch for nothing, with Karunaratne trapping the Lbw flyhalf.
Warner kept his composure and made 63 points with Mitchell Marsh looking good for his 26 before falling to Dunith Wellalage’s left arm rotation.
Australia lost Marnus Labuschagne and wicketkeeper-beater Alex Carey after they left but fell to the Sri Lankan spinners.
Warner, who usually attack, held on to try and reduce the opposition attack as he got Travis head for company and the two stitched together 58 runs for the fifth wicket.
De Silva pitched the left-handed header for 27 and Maheesh Theekshana got lbw trapped Glenn Maxwell for one with a successful overhaul after the onfield referee dismissed the call.
But the big moment came when the Warner southpaw missed his ton after being stunned by de Silva as the home side celebrated the key wicket.
Cameron Green and Cummins tried to activate the chase in a 31-point stand, but Vandersay knocked Green down.
Cummins started in the 49th but Kuhnemann fought to the end before going out on the last ball.
The final match will take place on Friday at the same venue.

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