Aponso, Mathews star in convincing win for Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews scored a fifty and picked two wickets as well.
Angelo Mathews scored a fifty and picked two wickets as well.
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Sri Lanka 288 (Mendis 69) beat
Australia 206 (Wade 76) by 82 runs
Second One-Day International, Colombo

A collective batting performance followed by a clinical bowling display from Amila Aponso and Thisara Perera allowed Sri Lanka to secure a 82-run victory over Australia in the second One-Day International in Colombo which helped them level the series 1-1.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. With Australia striking twice in two balls to remove Danushka Gunathilaka (2) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (10), Sri Lanka were rocked early but recovered to post 59 for two in the first powerplay.

Kusal Mendis (69) and Dinesh Chandimal (48) continued upon their good start and took Sri Lanka to the 100-run mark in the 19th over.

In the next over, Mendis completed his fifty. A little while later, Chandimal was trapped on the pads by Adam Zampa (3-42) in the 25th over. Australia successfully reviewed the on field decision of not out.

At the half-way mark, Sri Lanka were placed at 141 for three. Zampa soon trapped Mendis LBW and also dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva (7) in an excellent spell, leaving Sri Lanka at 158 for five after 31 overs.

However, Angelo Mathews (57) and Kusal Perera (54) rebuilt the innings and played steady cricket taking Australia past the 200-run mark in the 40th over. The pair added 103 runs for the sixth wicket.

Mathews and Kusal brought up their fifties in the 45th over. Australia came back in the game as James Faulkner (3-45) took a hat-trick to dismiss Kusal, Mathews and Thisara (12).

Starc then cleaned up the tail as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 288 runs in 48.5 overs.

Australia lost David Warner (1) in the very second over as Thisara (3-33) had him caught behind. Thisara returned to dismiss Aaron Finch (4) in the fourth over.

Steven Smith (30) got off to a nice start but chipped a catch to mid-on in the 10th over, leaving Australia at 42 for three after the first powerplay.

Matthew Wade (76) survived an unsuccessful LBW review in the 11th over and anchored one end for Australia. George Bailey (27) and Wade gave some respite for Sri Lanka with their 61-run stand for the fourth wicket.

However, the Sri Lankan spinners stifled the scoring rate and the pressure soon told as Bailey was castled by Aponso (4-18) in the 23rd over.

Moises Henriques (4) failed to get off and was stumped off Seekkuge Prasanna (1-48), leaving Australia five down for 118.
Wade soon reached his fifty and along with Travis Head (31), he once again rebuilt the innings with a 64-run partnership.

Just as Australia looked like they were back in with a chance to fight for a win, Thisara returned to remove Wade in the 40th over.

In the next over, Mathews (2-17) got rid of Head and Mitchell Starc (0). Australia were eventually bowled out for 206 runs in 47.2 overs.

This 82-run win helped Sri Lanka level the series 1-1. Mathews was the man of the match for his all-round effort.

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