Sri Lanka vs Australia: 2nd T20I — As it happened...
Watch and follow live score of the second Twenty20 International match of Australia's tour of Sri Lanka, being played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Australian bowlers set up a four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka to spoil veteran batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan`s farewell and sweep the two-match Twenty20 series in Colombo.
The visitors, who won the first match after scoring a world record 263, rode on opener Glenn Maxwell`s 29-ball 66 to chase down their 129-run target with 13 balls to spare.
Earlier, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa claimed three wickets each to restrict the hosts to 128 for nine despite Dhananjaya de Silva`s fighting half-century.
AUSTRALIA INNINGS; TARGET 129
Over 17.5 || Score 130/6 (Head 9; Nevill 3)
Sachith Pathirana on for his third over, and a single off the first ball to Travis Head. It was followed by a three, then two dot balls.
Head hit the fifth ball, over deep mid-wicket, to win the match by four wickets. Australia won the series 2-0.
And not to forget, Tillakaratne Dilshan's 17-year long career stopped at 497th match.
Over 17 || Score 120/6 (Head 2; Nevill 0)
Tillakaratne Dilshan on for his second over, and another wicket.
A dot to Matthew Wade to start the over, then three runs. A dot ball, then a single. A dot ball, then Wade attempted a non-existent reverse sweep, only to end up losing his wicket, Caught at extra cover.
WICKET: Matthew Wade c Dinesh Chandimal b Tillakaratne Dilshan 14 (23b)
Four runs and a wicket from the over. Australia need another nine runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 116/5 (Wade 11; Head 1)
Another tidy over for Sri Lanka as Sachithra Senanayake completed his spell. Three runs from the over, all singles. His figures 4-0-36-0.
In the last five overs, Australia scored 17 runs, losing a wicket. They need another 13 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 109/5 (Wade 9; Head 0)
In his final match, Tillakaratne Dilshan got a chance to bowl.
A dot ball to Usman Khawaja to start the spell, then three singles.
Then the wicket of Khawaja, LBW. And Dilshan celebrated.
WICKET: Usman Khawaja lbw b Tillakaratne Dilshan 6 (15b)
Four singles and and wicket from the over. Travis Head is the new man.
Over 14 || Score 109/4 (Wade 7; Khawaja 4)
Part-timer Dhananjaya de Silva continued with his second over. A dot ball to start the over to Matthew Wade. Then two singles.
A dot ball, then a half chance at mid-off at cover, where Dinesh Chandimal was positioned.
Four singles from the over, and Australia now need another 20 runs from 36 overs.
Over 13 || Score 105/4 (Wade 5; Khawaja 2)
Spin continued to rule in Colombo. Seekkuge Prasanna on for his final over. Three dot balls to Usman Khawaja, then a huge shout for catch. Referred.
Easy call for the third umpire. No contact between bat and ball. A dot ball, nonetheless.
Two singles off the last two balls. Prasanna's brilliant spell thus ended, for figures of 4-1-16-1.
Over 12 || Score 103/4 (Wade 4; Khawaja 1)
Sachithra Senanayake on for his third over. Two singles off the first two balls, then two dot balls as Aussie batsmen suddenly found themselves in an tight situation.
A double, then a dot ball to end the over. Four runs from the over. Australia need another 26 runs from 48 balls.
In the last five overs, Australia scored 19 runs and lost four wickets.
Over 11 || Score 99/4 (Wade 1; Khawaja 0)
Seekkuge Prasanna on for his third over and what a drama. Three dot balls to Mathew Wade, and a tight single... that never existed. A run out.
WICKET: James Faulkner run out 1 (2b)
Australia, it seemed, have stuck at 99 for an eternity. Usman Khawaja arrived in the centre.
A wicket maiden.
Over 10 || Score 99/3 (Faulkner 1; Wade 1)
Sachith Pathirana returned for his second over, and soon got a wicket. Stumped Moises Henriques by Kusal Perera. It initially looked a missed chance by the Lankan wicket-keeper just did enough to dislodge the bails first.
WICKET: Moises Henriques st Kusal Perera b Sachith Pathirana 1 (3b)
New man James Faulkner got off the mark off the first ball, then another wicket. Caught at backward square leg, by Thisara Perera.
WICKET: David Warner c Thisara Perera b Sachith Pathirana 25 (24b)
Mathew Wade joined James Faulkner. A single more, and two runs and two wickets from the over.
Over 9 || Score 97/1 (Warner 25; Henriques 1)
Finally Glenn Maxwell got out. Bowled by Seekkuge Prasanna.
WICKET: Glenn Maxwell b Seekkuge Prasanna 66 (29b)
That happened off the third ball of the over. Moises Henriques joined skipper David Warner in the centre.
Five runs and a wicket from the over. Australia now need another 32 runs from 11 overs.
Over 8 || Score 92/0 (Warner 22; Maxwell 66)
Sri Lanka's batting hero Dhananjaya de Silva on.
Good start from the off spinner. A single, then a double before Maxwell tried a good looking ramp shot, but ending with a single only.
Two more singles to end the eight-run over. Australia need another 37 runs from 12 overs.
Over 7 || Score 84/0 (Warner 20; Maxwell 60)
Another bowling change for Sri Lanka. Seekkuge Prasanna on, and hint of turn right away from the leg spinner. A dot ball to David Warner, then a wide down the leg, sharp turn. And a single off the wide.
Glenn Maxwell took a single off the next ball. And another single, giving strike back to Maxwell.
Maxwell then played one of his reverse shots, and miss field from the fielder at deep allowed the ball to crossed the boundary.
A dot ball then, followed by a quick single. Nine runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 75/0 (Warner 19; Maxwell 54)
Bowling change for Sri Lanka. Thisara Perera on for his first over. A dot ball to David Warner to start the spell, then a single.
Glenn Maxwell pulled the next ball for a six, then back-to-back fours to bring up his fifty. Off 18 balls, fastest for Australia.
Another four, this time with some luck, beating the fielder at short third man.
19 runs from the over. Australia need another 54 runs from 14 overs.
Over 5 || Score 56/0 (Warner 18; Maxwell 36)
Sachithra Senanayake continued with his second over, and was taken to the cleaners by Glenn Maxwell. A four off the first ball then a six, both straight.
First one, failed to make optimum contact, but still managed to beat the fielder at mid-on. And the six, it went over the long-on.
Two singles followed.
Then Maxwell produced another reverse shot, but only a couple. It was followed by a regular sweep shot, and traveled. Six over deep square leg.
20 runs from the over. Australia need another 73 runs from 15 overs.
Over 4 || Score 36/0 (Warner 17; Maxwell 17)
Bowling change for Sri Lanka. Sachith Pathirana on, and the leg spinner found Glenn Maxwell toying with his line.
A dot, then Maxwell played a reverse shot for a six. A dot ball, the a four as Maxwell played a traditional drive through cover.
A single, and dot ball to end the 11-run over.
Over 3 || Score 25/0 (Warner 17; Maxwell 6)
Suranga Lakmal continued, and a four and three off the first two balls.
Dawvid Warner played a lofted drive over extra cover fielder, then a top edged evading the keeper and third man.
A wide, then a single. It was followed by a single, with Dinesh Chandimal playing football while trying to collect the ball from an errant throw. A dot ball, then a four.
David Warner knelt, and played through the cover even as a Lankan fielder jumped in desperation to stop the ball. A dot ball to end the over.
13 runs from the over. Australia need another 104 runs from 17 overs.
Over 2 || Score 12/0 (Warner 6; Maxwell 5)
The drama, as expected with Glenn Maxwell on strike, started in the second over.
Sachithra Senanayake on for Sri Lanka, and the off spinner got into action right away. A stumping call. Review called, but Maxwell's left foot never seemed to have left the ground.
Then the Aussie opener picked the next ball, a flighted delivery, and hit over the bowler's head, for a four.
A dot ball, then a single followed. Then the reverse hit for a for. It was followed by a huge shout for LBW. The ball, however, would have missed the off stump.
10 runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 2/0 (Warner 2; Maxwell 0)
Good start to their defence of 128 with Suranga Lakmal conceding only
He, in fact, managed to trouble David Warner with a out-of-play hit. Warner, after playing straight back to the bowler looked to steal single but at alert Lakmal threw back and the ball hit Warner in the calf.
That happened off the third ball of the over.
Only two runs from the over.
SRI LANKA INNINGS
Over 20 || Score 128/9 (S Senanayake 7; S Lakmal 0)
Mitchell Starc, still wicket-less, for the final over of the innings. A wide to start with Sachithra Senanayake on strike. A dot, then a single, giving strike back to Dhananjaya de Silva.
A dot ball, wide but not wide enough, and with enough disguise to make Dhananjaya de Silva missed the shot.
Then, Sri Lanka lost their top-scorer. A full toss, and de Silva could only find a fielder at extra-cover.
WICKET: Dhananjaya de Silva c James Faulkner b Mitchell Starc 62 (50b)
And with that Starc got himself among the wickets.
With two balls left in the innings, came Suranga Lakmal. And a double off the next ball as Sachithra Senanayake found space to bid his running. But a single to end the over, and innings.
Five runs and a wicket from the over. Starc's figures: 4-0-32-1.
Over 19 || Score 123/8 (DM de Silva 62; S Senanayake 3)
John Hastings on for his last over, and the penultimate one of the innings.
A single to Sachithra Senanayake to start the over, then a double to Dhananjaya de Silva. A single, then a wide, for height.
Run continued to come in singles, to be precise two. Then, a much contested no ball for height. David Warner was not happy.
A single, nonetheless, from the free hit. Nine runs from the over. Hastings figures: 4-0-23-2
Over 18 || Score 114/8 (DM de Silva 58; S Senanayake 0)
James Faulkner on for his final over. A single to Seekkuge Prasanna, then a four as Dhananjaya de Silva found a thick edge to beat the third man.
Three singles, then the wicket of Prasanna.
WICKET: Seekuge Prasanna c Usman Khawaja b James Faulkner 7 (11b)
Eight runs and a wicket from the over. Faulkner's figures: 4-0-19-3
Over 17 || Score 106/7 (DM de Silva 52; S Prasanna 5)
Brilliant knock from Dhananjaya de Silva. Completed maiden T20I fifty, off 41 balls.
Sri Lanka also crossed the 100-run mark with three overs left in the innings.
Seven runs off the over. Mitchell Starc's figures so far: 3-0-27-0.
Over 16 || Score 99/7 (DM de Silva 48; S Prasanna 3)
James Faulkner back for his third over. Two dot balls to Seekkuge Prasanna — second of those was a good shout for caught behind. Looked to have got a nick. Then a single.
It was followed by two doubles, then, a single to end the 6-run over.
In the last five overs, Lanka have scored 31 runs, losing three wickets.
Over 15 || Score 93/7 (DM de Silva 43; S Prasanna 2)
And the wicket continued to tumble in Colombo. John Hastings returned for his third over, and first ball wicket for him. Caught and bowl.
WICKET: Sachith Pathirana c & b John Hastings 6 (5b)
But some runs from the over as Dhananjaya de Silva continued to keep calm and play his usual shots. A four to end the over.
Seven runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 14 || Score 86/6 (DM de Silva 38; SS Pathirana 6)
A good over for Sri Lanka, in the given context, with nine runs coming from Moises Henriques' third over.
Fours singles off the first four deliveries, then a four. Sachith Pathirana was lucky to get the thick edge missed Peter Nevill's gloves.
Over 13 || Score 77/6 (DM de Silva 36; SS Pathirana 0)
Adam Zampa on for his last over, and double wicket for the spinner. He first removed Chamara Kapugedera, thanks to a brilliant forward diving catch from skipper David Warner.
WICKET: Chamara Kapugedera c David Warner b Adam Zampa 7 (12b)
That happened off the third over of the over.
Then, a ball after, new man Thisara Perera gifted away his wicket with a careless, ill-timed shot. Caught at deep square leg by Travis Head.
WICKET: Thisara Perera c Travis Head b Adam Zampa 0 (2b)
Two runs and two wickets from the over. Zampa's figures: 4-0-16-3.
Over 12 || Score 75/4 (DM de Silva 34; C Kapugedera 7)
Moises Henriques on for his second over. A four to start the over.
He strayed down the leg and Dhananjaya de Silva punished him for it. But Henriques did well to restrict the run flow, with three singles.
Over 11 || Score 68/4 (DM de Silva 28; C Kapugedera 6)
Adam Zampa continued with his third over. Two dot balls to Chamara Kapugedera, then four singles to make it a four-run over.
Zampa's figures so far: 3-0-14-1.
Over 10 || Score 64/4 (DM de Silva 26; C Kapugedera 4)
Bowling change, and Moises Henriques got his first over. Six runs from the over.
A leg bye, then a double to Chamara Kapugedera. A dot ball, then three singles off the last three balls.
Over 9 || Score 58/4 (DM de Silva 25; C Kapugedera 0)
Adam Zampa continued with his second over. A single to Dhananjaya de Silva to start the over, then a four. Kusal Mendis picked the gap between mid-wicket and square leg. Two dot balls, then Mendis out.
WICKET: Kusal Mendis lbw b Adam Zampa 5 (7b)
Great shout from the Aussies, and the umpire was fooled. Ball pitched just outside the leg.
Chamara Kapugedera, the new man, blocked the last ball of the over. Five runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 8 || Score 53/3 (DM de Silva 24; Kusal Mendis 1)
Horror show from Sri Lanka skipper. An easy return catch to James Faulkner, and the Aussie bowler got his second wicket.
WICKET: Dinesh Chandimal c & b James Faulkner 4 (5b)
Kusal Mendis joined in, and a single to off the first ball he faced. Then, Dhananjaya de Silva survived a close run-out chance.
Glenn Maxwell, fielding at backward point, got into the act and disturbed the timbers with a direct hit. de Silva just made it.
Two runs from the over, and a wicket.
Over 7 || Score 51/2 (DM de Silva 23; D Chandimal 4)
Yet another bowling change for David Warner. This time Adam Zampa on.
The spinner conceded five singles, and off to a great start.
Over 6 || Score 46/2 (DM de Silva 21; D Chandimal 1)
Another bowling change, but this time, Australia got their act together.
A dot ball to Dhananjaya de Silva as James Faulkner joined the attack. A single, then a dot.
Then, Kusal Perera's wicket. A diving catch from David Warner at mid-off ended a seemingly promising knock.
WICKET: Kusal Perera c David Warner b James Faulkner 22 (18b)
Skipper Dinesh Chandimal in the centre, and a single to end the three-run over. And also the power-play.
Over 5 || Score 43/1 (K Perera 22; DM de Silva 19)
Glenn Maxwell on for Australia. Maxwell, the spinner, got a welcome four with a reverse sweep. A tossed up delivery, and Kusal Perera picked it well and beat the fielder at short fine leg.
A single, then a double. A four followed off the fourth ball, as Dhananjaya de Silva came down the pitch and played a lofted cover drive.
A single, then another reverse sweep to end the over with a four. Big one for Sri Lanka. 16 runs from it.
Over 4 || Score 27/1 (K Perera 13; DM de Silva 12)
John Hastings on for his second over. Brilliant over from the 30-year-old pacer. Only six runs from it. His efforts were backed by brilliant fielding efforts from his team-mates.
Over 3 || Score 21/1 (K Perera 11; DM de Silva 8)
After 17 years of international cricket, that's all from Tillakaratne Dilshan. Not a dream farewell party, but nonetheless a brilliant career.
Mitchell Starc continued with his second over.
The over started with a four, to Dhananjaya de Silva. The Lankan batsman drove through covers. Good sight.
A dot ball, then three runs. A dot followed, then a Kusal Perera found his second four of the day. A copy cat Sanath Jayasuriya pick-up.
A dot ball to end the 11-run over.
Over 2 || Score 10/1 (K Perera 7; DM de Silva 1)
Heartbreak for Sri Lanka, and Tillakaratne Dilshan. He lasted only three balls in his final innings. He could have left the ball, or even found the gap. But ended up offering a catch at first slip, completed by David Warner.
WICKET: Tillakaratne Dilshan c David Warner b John Hastings 1 (3b)
That happened off the second ball of the over.
Dhananjaya de Silva is the new man. A single and a wicket from the over.
Over 1 || Score 9/0 (K Perera 7; T Dilshan 1)
After a touching guard of honour to retiring Tillakaratne Dilshan, the proceedings started in Colombo with Mitchell Starc to Kusal Perera. Man of the moment, Dilshan on the non-strikers' end.
A dot ball, then a wide – down the leg side, then a four. A classic cover drive. It was followed by a single. Dilshan got off the mark with a single off the first ball he faced.
It was followed by a double. Good running, applying pressure on the outfield fielder. Then a dot ball to end the over.
Nine runs from it.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (capt. & wk), Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Sachith Prasanna, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal
Australia: David Warner (capt.), Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Mathew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Peter Nevill (wk), James Faulkner, John Hastings, Mithcell Starc, Adam Zampa
Sri Lanka have won the toss, will bat first.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), Dhananjaya de Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, , Sachithra Senanayake, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana
Australia: George Bailey, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner (capt.), Adam Zampa
Despite a humiliating defeat in the first T20I match, hosts Sri Lanka will try to put up a valiant fight, at least for Tillakaratne Dilshan, and level the series.
Dilshan, who will turn 40 next month, will play his final international match today, and only a win will do for him – the winner that he was.
But it will be a huge ask for the home side to contained a confident and of course boisterous Australian side, especially after that rock star show from Glenn Maxwell. If the Aussie think-tank sticks to opening with Maxwell, then it's safe to assume that fireworks will continue.
The trouble for Lanka doesn't end there. This Aussie side is probably one of the hottest outfits out there, on par with the world champions West Indies.
First T20I recap:
It was all Glenn Maxwell in the first Twenty20 International between Sri Lanka and Australia at Pellekelle. The Aussie all-rounder destroyed the Lankan attack with his inventive innings which went onto become the second highest individual score in a T20I match.
The 65-ball knock produced 145 runs, which included 14 fours and nine fours, and the batsman returned undefeated. Promoted to open, Maxwell once again showed why he is considered as one of the most destructive batsmen around.
His stay in the centre revolved around clean hitting, inventive shot making – prominent of which was his reverse shots of all veritable quality.
The Aussie innings got further impetus from the talented Travis Head, whose strike was a staggering 250 percent. He scored 45 off 18 balls, and was unlucky not have equaled the fastest fifty in T20Is.
Australia, which have never beaten Sri Lanka in this format, managed to lord over the home side and scored a record highest total of 263 runs. Ironically, the previous record belonged to the Lankans.
Yes, the match was also supposed to be retiring Tillakaratne Dilshan's final outing at Kandy. But, the Lankan legend could last only three balls, yet he managed to play a sumptuous cover drive, reminiscent of his younger days.
Chasing that record total, Lankans were shot out for 178, with Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland taking three wickets each.
New Delhi: Watch and follow the second Twenty20 International match of Australia's tour of Sri Lanka, being played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.