AUS vs SL: Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis star as visitors win 5th T20I by five wickets

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AUS vs SL: Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis star as visitors win 5th T20I by five wickets
AUS vs SL: Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis star as visitors win 5th T20I by five wickets

AUS vs SL: Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis star as visitors win 5th T20I by five wickets

AUS vs SL: Sri Lanka defeated Australia by five wickets in the fifth and final T20I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, with Kusal Mendis (69*) and Dasun Shanaka (35) starring with the bat.

Sri Lanka won their first game of the series, but Australia went on to win the series 4-1. With only 54 runs on the board in the seventh over while chasing 155, Sri Lanka lost its first three wickets, bringing Kushal Mendis and Janith Liyanage together in the middle. Both hitters put on just 17 runs for the fourth wicket, which was broken by a run-out in the ninth over, reducing Sri Lanka to 71/4 and leaving the visitors 84 runs short of their target.

Mendis and Dasun Shanaka scored 69 and 35 runs respectively, guiding Sri Lanka to a comfortable five-wicket victory.

Earlier, Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell scored 43 and 29 runs in the allotted twenty overs, respectively, as Australia made 154/6. Josh Inglis and Daniel Sams both appeared in cameo roles of 23 and 18, respectively.

Australia scored 17 additional runs in the final two overs, giving the hosts a total of more than 150 runs. Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera each took two wickets for Sri Lanka.

Brief Scores:

Australia 154/6 (Matthew Wade 43*, Glenn Maxwell 29; Lahiru Kumara 2-34).

Sri Lanka 155/5 (Kusal Mendis 69*, Dasun Shanaka 35; Kane Richardson 2-28).