Sri Lanka edged out another close win over Australia just days before the two countries will meet in the best-of-three Tri-series finals.
Australia will go into Sunday’s match having lost three of the last four matches to Sri Lanka, the latest one coming Friday night at the MCG.
Sri Lanka posted a total of 238, thanks mostly to the batting of Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne. Chandimal notched 75 off 84 balls while Sangakkara and Thirimanne contributed 64 and 51 respectively.
Australia would fall nine runs short of their target. They needed ten from the last over but David Hussey was caught on the first delivery causing fanatic celebrations from the Sri Lanka fans.
Hussey was brilliant and collected 74 runs from 74 balls, including four boundaries and six. Unfortunately, a better start would have meant Hussey’s performance would have resulted in a victory as David Warner, Matthew Wade and Peter Forrest were all dismissed before the sixth over for just a combined 26 runs.
The win booted India from the tournament; however the other touring side surely had their bags already packed after a dismal summer and no real chance to make the finals.
The highlight of the game was Dan Christian becoming just the fourth Australian to nab a hat-trick, dismissing Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake and Nuwan Kulasekara in successive balls. The performance was also just the 31st hat-trick in one-day international history.
21-year-old James Pattison was inserted into the team at the expense of Brett Lee but and played just like a youthful version of the latter, collecting four wickets at the cost of 51 runs in 10 overs.