So that wraps the T20I series as Sri Lanka win it 2-1! Australia will start their campaign of the 4-match Test series against India from tomorrow. On the other hand, the Islanders head back home to host Bangladesh for a long tour. Until then, it's goodbye from us. Take care and cheers!
Sri Lanka skipper, Upul Tharanga says that he is happy with the performance of his team after a tough tour in South Africa. Praises Asela Gunaratne for his performances in this as well as the South Africa tour. Says that the youngsters like Gunaratne and Dickwella are stepping up and it is a positive sign for the future of Sri Lankan cricket.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch feels that they played some fantastic cricket in this match. Also feels good with his batting performance today. Applauds Klinger for batting well from the other end. Adds that he is happy by ending the series on a high. Ends by applauding his players for their performance today.
Man of the Series, Asela Gunaratne says that it's his first time in Australia and enjoyed every bit of it. On the win in Geelong, he says that he wanted to stay till the last ball and he is happy that he achieved the victory.
Man of the Match, Adam Zampa feels it is nice to pick up wickets but would like to be a regular starter for his country. Reckons that it is good being a leg spinner as they do manage to pick up wickets. Feels disappointed after the series loss and that they need to perform better. Ends by saying that his team needs to keep climbing up the spots in this format.
No one apart from Munaweera at the start and Siriwardana at the end, stood up for the Islanders. Adam Zampa after dropping Munaweera in the beginning redeemed himself by picking a 3-fer and starting the Lankan collapse. Faulkner with another solid performance with the ball scalped 3 wickets. Overall, it was an all-round performance from the Aussies which led them to victory.
Australia finally win a match in the series and do it in style. First they put up a great total on the board with some superb batting from their top order. They set a target of 188 in front of the Lankans which in the end proved to be too much for them. The visitors' openers started in a great fashion. They crossed the 40-run mark under 4 overs and were looking set to chase the total down. But, just then the skipper holed out to Faulkner!
Pat Cummins to Vikum Sanjaya
OUT! Sanjaya is run out! Length delivery outside off, cut over backward point. Ben Dunk in the deep cuts it off by moving to his right and hurls a throw at the striker's end. Sanjaya is coming for the second but the throw is a good one. Paine collects the ball calmly and removes the bails. It is referred upstairs and the replays show that Sanjaya failed to make it back in time. That's it for Sri Lanka as AUSTRALIA WIN BY 41 RUNS!
The umpires have gone upstairs for a run out appeal against Vikum Sanjaya. It seems pretty close to the naked eye.
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
Umpire has a look at the ball as Finch has a problem with the shape of it. After having a look at it, he cuts some extra thread off it.
FOUR! Tennis-ball shot! Length delivery outside off, Vikum taps it into the turf over the extra-cover fielder for a boundary.
Pat Cummins to Nuwan Kulasekara
On the pads, clipped through square leg for a single.
Vikum Sanjaya is the last man in.
Pat Cummins to Lasith Malinga
OUT! Direct hit from the skipper! Full outside off, driven to mid off. Malinga takes off for a single. Finch at mid off takes an aim at the bowler's end and hits the target. Malinga is running as if he is having a jog in the park. The umpire refers it upstairs and the replays show that Malinga is well short of his ground. Just a wicket shy of the victory!
The umpire has gone upstairs for a run out appeal against Lasith Malinga.
Malinga makes room and pushes the delivery to covers.
Pat Cummins is back into the attack.
James Faulkner to Nuwan Kulasekara
Back of a length delivery, punched off the back foot back to the bowler.
James Faulkner to Lasith Malinga
Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.