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Dasun Shanaka single-handedly won the match for Sri Lanka, such was the excitement of the last three overs

Dasun Shanaka single-handedly won the match for Sri Lanka, such was the excitement of the last three overs

The final match of the three match T20 series between Australia and Sri Lanka (AUS vs SL) in Pallekal ended in a very exciting fashion. Throughout this match, the Australia team dominated from start to finish, but in the last three overs, Sri Lanka capsized. Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka batted vigorously in the last over and gave his team victory in the match.

Chasing the target of 177 runs against Australia, the Sri Lankan team were able to score just 118 runs from 17 overs. 6 lanky batsmen had also returned to the pavilion. Now, in the last three overs, Sri Lanka needed 59 runs to win. On the first ball of the 18, Karunaratne took a single and the strike came to captain Dasun Shanaka, Shanaka was hitting very slow. He was able to score only 6 runs on 12 balls. But in this Hazlewood over, he hit two sixes and then two fours. On the last ball, he took just one run and again kept the strike with him. In this way, a total of 22 runs were added in this over.

Jay Richardson came bowling for Australia. On the first ball of this over, Shanaka hit a strong six and singled on the second ball. The strike came to Karunaratne and he hit a four on the third ball and then took a single. The last ball of the over was first deflected and then Shanaka took a run and again kept the strike with him.

Shanaka was on the hitting end and the ball was in the hands of Kane Richardson. The first two balls of this over were wide. Shanaka could only get one run off the next ball. Then on the second ball, Karunaratne got the same run as well. Now Sri Lanka needed 15 runs from 4 balls to win. Here, Shanaka hit fours on the first two balls and then hit six in a row and leveled the scorecard. A one ball run was needed for the win and Richardson threw the ball wide. Thus, the Sri Lankan team won this match with one ball left to play.

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