While Steve Smityh and David Warner blew away the small target set by Sri Lanka, Lakshan Sandakan blew away an opportunity to dismiss Smith, although it might have been a little too late.
Warner hit the ball straight back to Sandakan. The ball hit the stumps and Sandakan got hold of the ball. As the bails were off the groove, Sandakan had to uproot the stump with the ball in hand. But in an attempt to do so, he did uproot the stump, but not with the hand in which he had the ball. And by the time Smith made it in. Had Sandakan held his nerve, Smith would have been run out albeit not much effect on the outcome of the game.
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Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka managed to reach to a score of 117, thanks to some useful contributions from the lower order.
Although nobody in the Sri Lankan lineup really made a major contribution, there were one or two extra ordinary moments. Most notable, Danushka Gunathilaka played an audacious ramp shot off Billy Stanlake which went over the wicket keeper into the stands. Stanlake came back in the next over to clean up Gunatilaka. Later, Niroshan Dickwella started his innings with a dil-scoop, but even he was dismissed almost immediately.
Sri Lanka were reduced to 95 for 6, but a few useful contributions from the lower order took them to 117 for 9 after 20 overs. For Australia, Billy Stanlake, Pat Cummins , Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa took two wickets each.
Australia’s innings started with a first ball duck from Aaron Finch, but it did not prove to be a problem as the duo of Warner and Smith took Australia home.
With the win, Australia clinched the series with a game to go on November 1 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).