Bowlers help Sri Lanka stun Australia in 2nd ODI in rain | Cricket News



PALLEKELE (Sri Lanka): Fast thrower Chamika Karunaratne led an inspired Sri Lankan attack to claim a thrilling 26-point victory over Australia in the second rainy One-Day International on Thursday.
Chasing a rain-revised target of 216 in 43 overs, Australia suffered regular wicket drops to be knocked out for 189 in 37.1 overs as Sri Lanka bounced back from their opening loss in the series of five matches at Pallekele.
Karunaratne fired 3-47 numbers including Steve Smith for 28 and Glenn Maxwell for 30 and was ably backed up by fellow speedy Dushmantha Chameera who got the final batsman to bring the raucous crowd to their feet.
Spinners Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage and Chameera took two wickets each.
De Silva also scored 34 with the bat and made 61 runs for the third wicket with Kusal Mendis, who made it 36, to guide Sri Lanka to 220 for nine when rain forced play to a halt and finish the innings late.
Pat Cummins returned numbers of 4-35 but his efforts were in vain.
Australia lost fly-half Aaron Finch, 14, and David Warner, 37, to De Silva as the tourists faltered in their tricky pursuit on seemingly hard-to-beat ground.
Smith and Travis head attempted to rebuild the innings and muster 31 runs before Karunaratne broke through.
Karunaratne got Smith for 28 and Wellalage’s two wickets from Head (23) and Marnus Labuchagne (18) in his two overs put the Australians in trouble at 132-5.
Maxwell fought back to unsettle the bowlers during his brief stay at the wicket, but eventually missed a shot to get caught in cover by Karunaratne. He made 30 out of 25 balls.
Wicketkeeper-beater Alex Carey was worn out for 15 as the wheels broke away from the Australian chase.


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