Sri Lanka vs Australia, 5th ODI Report: Alex Carey, Bowlers Give Australia Consolation Win Over Sri Lanka
Australia bowled out Sri Lanka for 160 on a bowling-friendly Colombo pitch before reaching the target with 10.3 overs to spare.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey's unbeaten 45 and inspired bowling helped Australia to a four-wicket consolation win over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international on Friday.
Australia bowled out the hosts for 160, a tricky total on a bowling-friendly Colombo pitch the tourists overhauled with 10.3 overs to spare.
Chamika Karunaratne hit a valiant 75 for Sri Lanka, who won the five-match series 3-2 after they had taken an unbeatable lead in the fourth match.
Australia were in trouble at 4-50 when the left-handed Carey and Marnus Labuschagne, who made 31, put on a key stand of 51 to set up the chase.
Earlier Sri Lanka slipped to 85-8 before Karunaratne, who improved on his previous ODI best of 44 not out, and debutant Pramod Madushan put on a stubborn stand of 58 for the ninth wicket.
The tourists had quickly rattled the Sri Lankans after Hazlewood removed the openers inside five overs and finished with figures of 2-22.
Kuhnemann, a left-arm spinner, then struck twice in one over including skipper Dasun Shanaka for one as Sri Lanka slipped further to 85-8.
But Karunaratne fought back as he reached his maiden ODI fifty with a boundary off Cummins to celebrate with a fist pump.
Cummins finally got out Karunaratne, who hit eight fours and two sixes in his stay, to wrap up the innings.
Medium-pace bowler Madushan got his first international wicket after he sent back Mitchell Marsh for 24.
Wellalage, 19, got Labuschagne out lbw to break the fifth-wicket stand and then bowled Maxwell to raise hopes of another Sri Lankan fightback.
But Carey stood firm alongside Cameron Green, who made an unbeaten 25, as the pair put together 43 runs to steer the team home.
Many Sri Lankan supporters wore Australia's gold and held banners thanking the tourists for visiting the island nation, which is battling an unprecedented economic crisis.
The hosts bounced back from their opening loss to win three in a row to clinch their first ODI series victory against Australia in more than a decade.
The two teams now head to Galle for two Tests starting June 29.