Dasun Shanaka’s unbeaten 25-ball 54 helped Sri Lanka to beat Australia by four wickets and avoid a whitewash in Pallekele on Saturday.
Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka batting during 3rd T20I. (Courtesy: AP)
- Dasun Shanaka’s 54* helped SL avoid whitewash
- Aaron Finch was named the Player of the Series
- SL and AUS will begin ODI series on June 14
Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch heaped praise on Dasun Shanaka, saying the Sri Lankan played an “unbelievable knock” in the third and final T20I match.
Shanaka’s unbeaten 25-ball 54 helped Sri Lanka to beat Australia, who had already taken an unassailable lead, by four wickets and avoid a whitewash in Pallekele on Saturday (June 11).
Shanaka walked in when his side was reeling at 98/5 while chasing the 177-run target. The right-hander exploded to put the pressure back on Australia with Sri Lanka needing 19 runs off the last over from Kane Richardson.
“I’m happy with our performance throughout the series, it was just an unbelievable knock by Dasun tonight,” Finch said after the match.
“We felt that the pitch slowed down a bit towards the end of our innings, so we didn’t think it made too much of a difference whether we batted first or second. In general, we’re quite comfortable with our side and our options.”
The two sides will next begin the five-match ODI series from June 14 in Pallekele.