Australia win a tense affair in Colombo

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Australia survived a hiccup to chase down a target of 129 in the final T20I of the series in Colombo with Maxwell again the star scoring 66 off just 29 balls.

The visitors lost four wickets for six runs when they looked to have all but won the match, but would ultimately win a nervy affair in Colombo.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, but their eagerness to get in was not matched by execution as they lost wickets on a regular basis and limped to 128/9.

In his final match Tillakaratne Dilshan went early for just one, and Sri Lanka would struggle to build any partnerships, although Dhananjaya de Silva played a measured innings of 62 off 82 balls.

Adam Zampa continued his run of form in T20I cricket taking 3/16 from his four overs while James Faulkner took 3/19.

Australia’s chase started smoothly enough with Glenn Maxwell smashing the fastest fifty in T20I cricket by an Australian as he and skipper David Warner put on 93 in 8.3 overs.

Things began to fall apart for Australia after Maxwell departed as they slipped to 99 for 4.

There were thoughts that Dilshan might get a memorable send off as he whipped out Usman Khawaja (6) and Matthew Wade (14) and would finish with figures of 2 for 8 taking a wicket with his final ball in international cricket.

Travis Head hit the winning runs smashing Sachith Pathirana to midwicket where Sachithra Senanayake lept up but could only palm the ball over the rope for six to see Australia complete a tense chase to win by four wickets.

 

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