The 1992 Australia tour of Sri Lanka was the last time that Sri Lanka defeated the Down Under side 2-1 in the three-match bilateral ODI series. Reminding it, Dasun Shanaka said Sri Lanka have got a good combination to repeat history.
Pathum Nissanka celebrating his maiden ODI century. (Courtesy: AP)
- Sri Lanka lead the ODI series against Australia 2-1
- Pathum Nissanka registered his maiden ODI century
- 1992 was the last time Sri Lanka beat Australia at home
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka wants his team to repeat the 1992 home victory against Australia and urged his teammates to take the next step.
The 1992 Australia tour of Sri Lanka was the last time that Sri Lanka defeated the Down Under side 2-1 in the three-match bilateral ODI series. Reminding it, Shanaka said Sri Lanka have got a good combination to repeat history.
“It was 1992, the last time we beat Australia in a bilateral ODI series (at home). They are one of the best sides in the world and we hope we can take the next step. I think the combination we have is a good one,” Shanaka said after the third ODI match of the ongoing series.
Sri Lanka pulled off a 6-wicket win against Australia in the third ODI. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis stitched a match-winning 170-run partnership for the second wicket before Mendis retired out for 87. Meanwhile, Nissanka went onto score 137 while chasing Australia’s 292-run target.
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Shanaka heaped praise on the two batters, saying: “It was a very good performance by the two youngsters with the bat, Pathum and Kusal Mendis. I hope they will take the momentum into the next match as well. In the dressing room, we were talking about the tempo and awareness, and they delivered.
“I think there was a little bit of dew, and it made a difference when we were batting. The ball was coming nicely on to the bat. We didn’t expect that at the toss, so batting second made a huge difference to the game.”
A 2-1 up Sri Lanka will play Australia in the fourth ODI on June 21 in Colombo.