Sri Lanka vs Australia: 4th ODI — As it happened...
Australia now lead the series 3-1.
New Delhi: Cricket blog for the 4th ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia at Dambulla. Follow all the latest action and live score updates right here.
Over 31 | Score 217/4 | (Bailey* 90, Wade 34*)
Finch first blitzed an 18-ball half-century, equalling the fastest by an Australian. The visitors have another win under their belt.
TM Head lbw b MDK Perera 40 (60b)
Over 25 | Score 181/3 | (Bailey* 69, Head 34*)
Bailey-Head solidify Australian chase, which looks more like a formality now! Just 32 runs required with 7 wickets in hand.
Over 10 | Score 109/3 | (Bailey 27, Head 6*)
Australia clearly playing T-20 cricket against Sri Lanka, scoring at more than 10-runs an over. Bailey takes over the Finch role, hard for Sri Lanka to come back from here.
DA Warner b Pathirana 19 (16b)
UT Khawaja lbw b Pathirana 0 (2b)
AJ Finch lbw b Pathirana 55 (19b)
Sri Lanka innings
Over 50 | Score 212/10 | (Mathews 13, Aponso 1*)
Angelo Mathews falls on the last ball of the Sri Lankan innings, as the visitors post just 212 runs on the board. Lankan bowlers will have to produce a magical evening yet again if they are to stop the Australians from winning the 4th ODI.
AD Mathews c Bailey b Hastings 40 (71b)
SS Pathirana c Faulkner b Hastings 24 (39b)
MDK Perera c †Wade b Hastings 18 (21b)
Over 43 | Score 166/7 | (Pathirana 13*, Dilruwan 1*)
Trouble times for Sri Lanka as they face danger of being bowled out under 200. Lots of work to do for the Lankan bowling attack.
NLTC Perera c Finch b Hastings 13 (26b)
MDKJ Perera c Warner b Head 6 (14b)
AK Perera c †Wade b Zampa 7 (16b)
Over 30 | Score 124/4 | (Kusal 1*, Angelo 4*)
One more down for the Sri Lankans, as the batting attack struggles to keep pace with the Australian bowlers.
DM de Silva c Finch b Hastings 76 (87b)
Over 14 | Score 52/3 | (Angelo 1*, de Silva 38*)
The hosts got off to a poor start. After the loss of three wickets, Mathews has the onus of rescuing his side.
A depleted Australian side will look to claim the ODI series with a win today. The Aussie management was severely criticized by former players for allowing Steve Smith to leave the tour midway.
For Sri Lanka, spin-bowling all-rounder Sachith Pathirana has come in place of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Angelo Mathews needs to rally his troops with the series at stake.
ODI specialists like Matthew Wade and George Bailey have upped their game in this series and the visitors will look to them for one final push.