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Watch: Scoop Six and last ball finish - How Sri Lanka edged Australia in a nail-biter!

The pulsating win was made possible by a dashing 52 off 37 balls by Asela Gunaratne, who was named man-of-the-match for his match-turning innings.

Watch: Scoop Six and last ball finish - How Sri Lanka edged Australia in a nail-biter!
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New Delhi: Sri Lanka pulled-off a scintillating victory over Australiaat the Melbourne Cricket Ground as match went to the wire. Chamara Kapugedera smashed a four off the last ball to give the Lankans a thrilling five-wicket victory over the hosts in their first Twenty20 international.

The win kept Sri Lanka unbeaten in four T20 internationals in Australia and followed their 2-1 series win over South Africa last month.

The pulsating win was made possible by a dashing 52 off 37 balls by Asela Gunaratne, who was named man-of-the-match for his match-turning innings.

It was a tense finish with skipper Aaron Finch making fielding changes before every ball to prevent Sri Lanka from getting home.

Here are the highlights of the match:-

Sri Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella also made people remind of Tilakratne Dilshan's famous 'Dil Scoop' with a similar hit in the match:-

Here's how the last six balls went:-

Lasith Malinga, who has played virtually no cricket for nearly a year due to injuries, was an influential figure taking two wickets in two balls and taking two catches.

Malinga claimed the wickets of Travis Head for 31 off 24 balls and debutant Ashton Turner for 18 off 13 balls, both caught by Seekkuge Prasanna at deep mid-wicket.

Malinga finished with two wickets for 29 off his four overs.

Paceman Pat Cummins struck with the last ball of his opening over to have Tharanga edging to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for a duck in the first over of the Sri Lanka innings.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa claimed the big wicket of free-scoring opener Niroshan Dickwella for 30 off 25 balls.

Dickwella, who slammed four fours and a six, looked to flick Zampa over mid-wicket only to lob a leading edge to Klinger at short third man in the ninth over.

Dilshan Munaweera smashed a breezy 44 off 29 balls with six fours before he hit a short ball from Zampa to mid-wicket where Finch took a head-high catch.

But Gunaratne took charge and his half-century turned the tide to set up the thrilling victory for the Sri Lankans.

(With AFP inputs)

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