Massive Win For Sri Lanka vs Australia in 2nd ODI- In a historic win for Sri Lanka against Australia, the hosts beat the current world champions by a massive 82-run margin in the 2nd ODI of the ongoing Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka. This is the biggest margin by which Sri Lanka has won while batting first against Australia.
The five-match ODI series is now leveled at 1-1 with three more matches to be played. Last Sunday, Australia won the inaugural ODI by three wickets. This is after Sri Lanka whitewashed the preceding test series with 3-0.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat. Coming in at number 3, Kusal Mendis scored the highest with 69 runs and captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera scored aggressive half-centuries each. James Faulkner became the sixth Australian bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs and only the second to do so against Sri Lanka. Left arm swinger Mitchell Stark and right-arm leg-spinner Adam Zampa also each took 3 wickets. A few misfields on Australia’s part like Zampa dropping a sitter at a short third man when Mendis got a top edge while trying to clear the boundary proved costly and allowed Sri Lanka to reach 288 runs with all wickets down.
Australia in response could score only 206 before being bowled out in 48 overs. Matthew Wade proved his claim of being a specialist batsman in Asian conditions by scoring an innings high 76 runs. Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Amila Aponso and right arm medium pacer Thisara Perera shared seven wickets and proved instrumental in bringing down the Australian lineup.The spinner returned with 4-18 figures in 9.2 overs and Perera with 3-33 in 5 overs. 2 wickets were taken by captain Angelo Matthews and 1 by Seekkuge Prasanna.
This was also only the third time when five or more bowlers took three or more wickets in an ODI.
Angelo Mathews was named as Man of the Match for scoring the half century and taking two wickets as well.
The next match is scheduled on 28th August and is going to be played at Dambulla and begins at 2:30pm IST.