Hastings, Bailey set up series win for Australia
Australia 217-4 (Bailey 90no) beat
Sri Lanka 212 (de Silva 76) by six wickets
Fourth One-Day International in Dambulla
After a six-wicket haul from John Hastings bowled Sri Lanka out for 212 runs, George Bailey scored an unbeaten 90 to guide Australia to a six wicket win in 31 overs in the fourth One-Day International in Dambulla to secure an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. Avishka Fernando (0) fell for a two-ball duck in the first over on his debut.
Kusal Mendis (1) also failed to get going and fell in the sixth over, caught behind off Hastings (6-45).
In the ninth over, Scott Boland (1-36) got Dinesh Chandimal (5) to nick a delivery to the wicket keeper, as Sri Lanka were reduced to 32 for three in the first powerplay.
Teaming up with Angelo Mathews (40), Dhananjaya de Silva (76) led the rescue job for Sri Lanka and scored a maiden fifty from 62 balls.
An over later, Mathews survived a review for an LBW after the impact of the ball was more than three meters down the track. At the half-way mark, Sri Lanka were at 99 for three.
An over alter, Mathews sustained a calf injury and was forced to walk off the field a few minutes later.
Australia used this opportunity make inroads into the middle order by removing de Silva, Angelo Perera (7) and Kusal Perera (6) in quick succession leaving Sri Lanka at 134 for six.
Thisara Perera (13) and Sachith Pathirana (24) shared a brief stand but Hastings accounted for the last four wickets and completed a six-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 212 runs in 50 overs.
Aaron Finch (55) started the chase with four boundaries in the second over and topped it off with two fours and a six in the next.
Along with David Warner (19), Finch brought up Australia’s 50 in the fourth over and completed an 18-ball fifty, equalling the Australian record.
However, Finch fell in the very next delivery, trapped LBW by Pathirana (3-37). A review did not save Finch as the ball was clipping the stumps.
Pathirana also accounted for Usman Khawaja (0) a ball later and went on to castle Warner in the eighth over.
Bailey (90 not out), who began his knock with three fours and a six in the seventh over, joined hands with Travis Head (40) to prevent a batting collapse.
By the end of the first powerplay, Australia had knocked off 109 runs off the target while losing three wickets.
Head survived a review for a catch at short leg in the 12th over and was also handed a reprieve when Dilruwan Perera (1-69) bowled him off a no ball in the 15th.
Bailey completed his 40-ball fifty and went on to add 100 runs for the fourth wicket with Head.
When Head fell in the 29th over, Australia just needed 16 more runs. Matthew Wade (8 not out) and Bailey needed just 13 more balls to chase down the target, securing a six-wicket win in 31 overs.
This win also gave Australia an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. For his six-wicket haul, Hastings was adjudged the man of the match.
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