The crowd bursts in celebration after Dushmantha Chameera dismisses Matthew Kuhnemann to seal Sri Lanka’s victory over Australia in the second ODI.
Sri Lanka stunned Australia by a margin of 26 runs in the second one-day international, which was postponed due to rain, to draw the five-match series.
As a result, the second game on Thursday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium ended in a thrilling 26-run triumph (DLS method). Sri Lanka and Australia had a 1-1 tie in their five-match One-Day International (ODI) series. As a result, Sri Lankan bowlers participated in the rain-shortened game and contributed to the team’s impressive victory. As Sri Lanka rebounded from their loss in the first ODI, Australia’s batting fell apart in the face of a rain-revised objective of 216 in 43 overs. Ultimately, they were bowled out for 189 in 37.1 overs.
Fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne bolstered Sri Lanka’s attack with his three wickets. To the immense delight of the Pallekele crowd, Matthew Kuhnemann was castrated by Dushmantha Chameera, a swift bowling partner.
The raucous home crowd explodes in celebration after Dushmantha Chameera dismisses Matthew Kuhnemann to seal SL’s victory:
— Bilaal (@BilaalMarikar) June 16, 2022
Thus, Karunaratne’s 3-47 return featured Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, who each gave 28 and 30 respectively. Dunseith Wellalage, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Chameera all took two wickets.
Australia lost their final five wickets for just 19 runs in a stunning collapse.
Before the rain stopped the game and the innings were finished late. Additionally, De Silva scored 34 runs with the bat and, along with Kusal Mendis, who scored 36, combined 61 runs for the third wicket. Sri Lanka’s 220 for nine was made possible by these runs.
Pat Cummins tried his hardest, but he could only return 4-35.
Aaron Finch, who was 14 years old, and David Warner, who was 37 years old, were lost to De Silva as Australia labored in their challenging pursuit on what appeared to be a difficult track to bat on.
Before Karunaratne achieved success. By scoring 31 runs, Smith and Travis Head attempted to rebuild the inning.
As a result, Wellalage took two wickets in his two overs. Including those of Head (23) and Marnus Labuchagne (18), leaving the Australians at 132-5 and in a precarious situation. So, Smith had been bowled by Karunaratne for 28 runs.
Maxwell blasted back to trouble the bowlers during his brief spell at the wicket. Eventually, though, he flubbed a drive and was nabbed by Karunaratne at the cover. He made 30 balls out of 25.
Alex Carey, a wicketkeeper-batsman, was run out for 15, impeding the Australian pursuit.