Despite barely losing to Sri Lanka in Hobart, Australia must be extremely happy with the play of fourth-gamer Peter Forrest.
Replacing the legendary, former captain Ricky Ponting, Forrest slid into the role of third batsman and proceeded to smash 104 runs while helping Australia post a very solid total of 280 runs.
He faced 138 balls and hit 10 fours and two sixes in that span and as a result became the first Australian to score 50s in three of his first four one-day international innings.
Australia was off to a shaky start after Matthew Wade was caught in the second over for five and David Warner followed a similar fate not long after for just sevem runs, but the presence of the 26-year-old Forrest steadied the ship.
Forrest received some much appreciated support from captain Michael Clarke, returning from a hamstring injury after missing the previous two games, who knocked 72 off 79 (together the duo combined for 154 runs) while David Hussey contributed another 40, not out.
Sri Lanka was led by captain Mahela Jayawardene (85 off 81) and Dinesh Chandimal (80 off 100) as they combined for an important 63 runs in twelve and a half overs.
Sri Lanka surpassed Australia’s total two balls into the final over of play.
The win places Sri Lanka on top of the Tri-Series table with Australia slotted in second place ahead of India, who will be eliminated in they suffer another loss. Each team has two remaining matches.