In the match happened on 24th of August, 2016; the Srilankan Skipper Mr. Angelo Mathews gave an amusing captain innings and helped Sri Lanka register a huge 82-run win. Facing the mighty Australia in the one-day international. Sri Lanka has finally the series with 1-1 with the match that happened in Colombo. Australia, despite James Faulkner’s Hat-Trick, were chasing Sri Lanka for a score of 289 at the R Premadasa Stadium only to be bowled out in just 47.2 overs for 206.
Angelo Mathews’s prodigious performance:
Amila Aponso, the left arm spinner took four wickets while Thisara Perera, medium pacer had three wickets in his bag to make Australians choke. However, it was Angelo Mathews who took the main two wickets and scored 57 with the bat, being majorly responsible for the win and who was given the MOM after the match. Sri Lanka had their best at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) when they had a 72 run win back in 2003. This is now their best. On the other hand, James Faulkner had his 1st Hat-trick in ODI format only to be overshadowed by the Srilankans who still made 288 runs in 48.5.
Australians who have won the first match just by the three wickets dealt bows at the early stage when Thisara Perera took the openers. David Warner got out for 1, while Finch who was expected to score big got bowled leading to 16-2. Steve Smith, the skipper, tried to give his best placing five immaculate boundaries but only had 33(30) in the critical conditions. Later Bailey and Wade accelerated the pace by 61 run partnership. However, towards the end, the wickets were again collapsed, and the credit goes to the fantastic Srilankan bowling and the Captain SRILANKA! With still three matches to go, Sri Lanka sure is giving a tight fight against the Australia for the series win by the way they’re going.