We let the match slip out of our hands even though run rate was under control: Finch
Colombo, 22 June (H.S.). Frustrated by the four-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI, Australian captain Aaron Finch said he let the match slip out of his hands by losing wickets even though the run rate was under control.
Charith Aslanka (110) scored a brilliant century as Sri Lanka secured a thrilling four-run victory over Australia in the fourth ODI in Colombo. This is Sri Lanka’s first home series win in ODIs in 30 years against Australia.
After the match, Finch said, “Every time we were seen sharing a partnership, we kept losing wickets. He used the opportunities. I don’t think bowling first made a difference. A score of 258 was attainable. The run rate was under control. But we lost wickets and let the match slip out of our hands. Had someone played 5-6 more overs for David Warner, it could have been a match-winning partnership.”
Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 258 runs in the stipulated 49 overs in the fourth match of the five-match ODI series against Australia. Charith Asalanka scored 110 runs for Sri Lanka, scoring a brilliant century. At the same time, Dhananjay de Silva scored 60 runs.
Matthew Kuhneman, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Morsch took 2-2 and Glenn Maxwell took 1 wicket for Australia.
In reply, the Australian team could only score 254 runs in 50 overs. David Warner scored 99, Pat Cummins 35, Mitchell Morsch 26 and Travis Head scored 27 runs for Australia.
For Sri Lanka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjay de Silva and Jeffrey Vandersay took 2-2 wickets while Mahesh Teeksha, Vahindu Hasaranga, Dunith Vilalge and Dasun Shanaka took 1-1 wickets.
With this win, the Lankan team took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series. This is the first time in 30 years that Sri Lanka has defeated Australia in a one-day series at their home ground. The last time they had won a three-match ODI series was in August 1992, 2–1.