MELBOURNE, , (Pakistan Point News - 17th Feb, 2017 ) - Chamara Kapugedera smashed a four off the last ball to give Sri Lanka a thrilling five-wicket victory over Australia in their first Twenty20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. The win kept Sri Lanka unbeaten in four T20 internationals in Australia and followed their 2-1 series win over South Africa last month. The pulsating win was made possible by a dashing 52 off 37 balls by Asela Gunaratne, who was named man-of-the-match for his match-turning innings.
Gunaratne slammed seven fours to share in a decisive 60-run stand with Milinda Siriwardana to put the Sri Lankans just 18 runs short of victory with 17 balls remaining. "We have beaten South Africa and Australia - one of the best teams in the world - and it is a good feeling," skipper Upul Tharanga said. "All the batters enjoyed the game. Fielding is the area where we have to improve. The bowlers, though, did well to keep them to 168." It was a tense finish with skipper Aaron Finch making fielding changes before every ball to prevent Sri Lanka from getting home.
But it was Kapugedera who stood up to the pressure and slammed fast bowler Andrew Tye's final delivery through the covers to the boundary rope for the winning hit. The win put Sri Lanka one up in the series with two matches to play in Geelong on Sunday and Adelaide on Wednesday. "Credit to the Sri Lankans. They came out swinging and attacked the run chase," Finch said.