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Sri Lanka withstands Gilchrist blast to beat Australia in tri-series

Sri Lanka withstands Gilchrist blast to beat Australia in tri-series

Sri Lanka withstood a belligerent innings by retiring Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist to win its last tri-series match by 13 runs on Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Gilchrist, who will retire next week at the end of the tri-series finals against India, scored 83 runs from 50 balls, including 11 fours and 2 sixes, to give Australia the early advantage while chasing Sri Lanka's total of 221 after the visitors won the toss and batted first.
After being caught by Lasith Malinga on a brilliant catch in the deep, Gilchrist appeared to wipe a tear from his eye as he approached the stairway that would take him from the MCG pitch.
Australia folded after Gilchrist's departure, losing four wickets for two runs and five for ten. Australia was bowled out for 208 on the first ball of the 49th over.
Earlier, Tillekeratne Dilshan scored 61 and captain Mahela Jayawardene added 51 to save Sri Lanka from a poor start. Left-armer Nathan Bracken led the Australia bowlers with 4-29 from his 10 overs, including three maidens.
The Australian players formed a guard of honor as Sanath Jayasuriya, who ended the match by bowling Brett Lee, and star spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in their last international appearances in Australia.
Sri Lanka's decision to bat brought no early dividend, as it was reduced to 4-61 in the 20th over.
Jayawardene then combined with Dilshan for a partnership of 64 off 74 balls. They took the score to 125 in the 32nd over when Hogg trapped Jayawardene lbw.
Dilshan and Chamara Silva steadied the innings with their stand of 60, taking the Sri Lankans to 185 in the 45th. Their partnership was broken when Silva was brilliantly run out by James Hopes off his own bowling. His underhand throw caught Dilshan short at the striker's end.
Silva was caught in the deep for 35 and Sri Lanka was all out on the last ball of the innings.
Australian opener Matthew Hayden was rested, two days after being reprimanded by Cricket Australia for calling India spinner Harbhajan Singh an "obnoxious little weed."
Australia officials said Hayden was merely being freshened for the finals.
Australia plays India on Sunday in Sydney to open the best-of-three finals series.


Updated : 2020-12-03 16:17 GMT+08:00