Sri Lanka vs Australia 4th ODI: Glenn Maxwell took a brilliant catch but the hosts won the series with a thrilling win
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell failed with the bat, scoring just 1 off 3 balls as Sri Lanka beat Australia by just 4 runs in the 4th ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to claim an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. However, Maxwell took a lucrative catch in Sri Lanka which created a flutter across social media.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star took a sensational one-handed catch to help Dhananjay de Silva get the big wicket. Maxwell’s sensational effort that went viral on social media came in the 25th over of Sri Lanka’s innings. De Silva, who was batting on 60 and looked strong to get a big score on the board, pulled a delivery from Mitchell Marsh but it went to Maxwell at short mid-wicket, who tried to eliminate Sri. Took a stunner with just one hand. Remaining of Sri Lankan batsman at the crease.
Sri Lanka took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series after thrashing Australia by four runs in a tense last-ball ODI in Colombo on Tuesday. Coming to bat, Sri Lanka’s top order failed to trail 34-3, but Charit Aslanka (110) and Dhananjaya de Silva (60) put on a 101 run partnership to give the hosts a respectable total of 258 runs.
Aslanka came on and hit 10 fours and a six for his maiden ODI century before Pat Cummins finally dismissed him on death when the batsman was caught by captain Aaron Finch as he tried to clear the deep midwicket boundary. .
In reply, Sri Lanka started off right when Finch was dismissed for naught, but his opening partner David Warner prepared well to score his 19th ODI century before it fell too short. Warner hit 12 fours before he was stumped for 99 off Dhananjay de Silva, thanks to lightning-fast work behind the stumps from Niroshan Dickwella.
Australia’s middle-order was unable to capitalize on the start, but paceman Cummins threatened to help Australia in the series with an innings of 35 runs before he was caught for a leg before wicket by Chamika Karunaratne in the final over.
Needing 19 runs in the final over, No. 10 batsman Matthew Kuhneman hit three boundaries before Dasun Shanaka kept his nerves on the final ball and got him caught at cover and saw Sri Lanka over the line. The final ODI will also be played in Colombo on Friday, before Australia will play two Tests in Galle from June 29.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 258 in 49 overs (Charith Asalanka 110, Dhananjaya de Silva 60; Pat Cummins 2/37, Mitchell Marsh 2/29) bt Australia 254 in 50 ovs (David Warner 99, Pat Cummins 35; Chamika Karunaratne 2/19, Dhananjaya de Silva 2/39)