Sri Lanka pulled off a miraculous chase in the third and final T20I against Australia to deny the visitors a 3-0 sweep in the three-game series. Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka proved to be his team’s hero as he played an absolute eye-opener to drive his side home in a thrilling chase at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on Saturday June 11. Shanaka went crazy with the bat in the death overs and took Australian bowlers to the cleaners.
He came off at number six when Sri Lanka were shocked at 96/4 in the 13th. The Sri Lankan skipper then played a sensational unbeaten 54 from just 25 deliveries to drive his side home in pursuit of 177 points with one ball to spare. His stroke was intertwined with four sixes and five fours as the Sri Lankan skipper mocked the Australian bowling attack.
Sri Lanka needed 19 to win the final, with Kane Richardson playing the last for the Australians. Shanka slammed back-to-back fours on the third and fourth over deliveries before hitting a six on the penultimate ball to put the hosts on the verge of victory and also raise his fifty from just 25 balls.
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Sri Lanka creates a world record:
Sri Lanka scored 59 runs in the last three overs to pull off an epic chase against Australia. They have now created a new world record for scoring the most runs in the last three overs of a T20I match in a successful chase. Thanks to Shanaka’s heroism, Sri Lanka scored 59 out of 17 against the Australians on Saturday.
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West Indies had also scored 59 runs in the last three overs in a chase against England earlier this year. However, they only missed 1 point to miss the record. However, despite winning the third and final T20I, Sri Lanka lost the three-game series 2-1 and will be hoping to bounce back in the next five-game ODI series against the visitors.
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