Dasun Shanaka stunned world Champions Australia with his heroic 54(25) at the fag end of Lankan innings in the final T20I game on Saturday, 11th June. Australia batted first as SL have been finding it difficult to even put up 130 runs on board. In the third and final game, Australia batted first and posted 176 runs on the board.
Warner and Finch again started the innings briskly but Finch got out after scoring 29 off 20. Maxwell Glenn scored 16 off 9 balls. It came down to David Warner to hold the innings together.But he fell on the same score 85 as Maxwell and Josh Inglis got out for first ball duck.
Veteran Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis came together to put up 48 runs partnership for 5th wicket. Stoinis did not let scoring rate go down with 38(23) innings.
Steve Smith anchored the innings with unbeaten 37(27) and Matthew Wade scored blistering 13(8) to end the innings on a high. Australia scored 176/5 in their 20 overs.
Sri Lanka started their chase cautiously as Josh Hazlewood bowled miserly and given away just 3 runs in his 2 overs in Powerplay. He even bowled a maiden. Batsmen went after Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson. Charith Asalanka 26(19) and Pathum Nissanka 27(25) kept Sri Lanka in the hunt. But they fell at the crucial moments. Till 15.4 overs Sri Lanka scored only 108 and lost Wanindu Hasaranga wicket too. They were 108/6.
Dasun Shanaka decided to go after the Australian bowlers at that time. He hit best bowler Hazlewood for 22 runs in 18th over. Hazlewood have away just 3 runs till then. When the equation was 37 from 12, he went after Jhye Richardson and brought down the equation to 19 runs from 6 balls.
In the final over, Kane Richardson couldn’t stop in flow Shanaka. He kept bowling wides and when Shanaka could connect he hit him for two fours, one six in consecutive 3rd, 4th, 5th balls. Kane gave away the last run with a wide ball. Shanaka completed his half century with the final six and scripted a magnificent victory for Sri Lanka. Australia won the series as they won the first two games comfortably. Thanks to Shanaka, SL could at least register 2-1 score line when whitewash 3-0 looked inevitable.