AUS vs SL: Few positives but not enough runs on board, says Dasun Shanaka

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AUS vs SL: Few positives but not enough runs on board, says Dasun Shanaka
AUS vs SL: Few positives but not enough runs on board, says Dasun Shanaka

AUS vs SL: Few positives but not enough runs on board, says Dasun Shanaka

AUS vs SL: Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka was disappointed after his team was defeated by Australia in the fourth T20I of the five-match series on Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In the fourth T20I, Australia defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets, with Jhye Richardson’s two-wicket haul and Josh Inglis’ 40-run innings.

“A few positives but not enough runs on the board. The spinners bowled well. We are lacking a little in the batting department. It is always nice feeling at Melbourne. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a win for our supporters here,” said Dasun Shanaka after the game.

Australia’s chase for 140 runs got off to a shaky start. As opening batter Ben McDermott (9) was dismissed in the fifth over by Maheesh Theekshana. In the ninth over, Lahiru Kumara dismissed Australia captain Aaron Finch (2) and Ashton Agar (26), reducing the hosts to 49/3.

The partnership of Josh Inglis and Glenn Maxwell at the crease then resurrected Australia’s innings. Australia’s score was 86/3 after 12 overs, with the hosts still needing 54 runs to win. After Inglis’ 40-run knock, Maxwell (48*) and Marcus Stoinis (8*) ensured the hosts crossed the finish line with 11 balls to spare.

With this victory, Australia has taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the five-match series. On Sunday, both teams will face off in the series finale.