Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka hit an undefeated half-century to lead his team to a four-wicket victory over Australia in the third T20I on Saturday.
The hosts were chasing a target of 177 to finish the series on a high after going down miserably against the visitors in the first two matches.
Shanaka scored an unbeaten 54 off 25 balls with five fours and four sixes.
He and tailender Chamika Karunaratne shared a 69-run stand for the seventh wicket after they had been struggling at 108-6 in the 15th over.
Sri Lanka needed 59 off the final three overs, with the pair facing lead bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Jhye Richardson.
Needing 19 off the final over bowled by Hazlewood, the skipper hit two fours and a mighty six to level the scores with one ball remaining.
Hazlewood then bowled a wide to hand the win to the home side.
Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka made a promising start in reply to Australia’s 176-5.
Gunathilaka scored a 12-ball 15 before Charith Asalanka joined Nissanka.
The pair put on 42 for the second wicket. Asalanka scored 26 off 19 before he was caught by Aaron Finch off Marcus Stoinis.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (17), Kusal Mendis (six) and Wanindu Hasaranga (eight) could not accelerate the score before Shanaka and Karunaratne picked up the challenge.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bat with opening pair David Warner and Finch playing formidable knocks before Steven Smith and Stoinis led their team to a challenging total.
Warner and Finch enjoyed a 43-run opening stand. Finch scored 29 off 20 balls before spinner Maheesh Theekshana removed his off- stump as the Australia skipper attempted a slog-sweep.
All-rounder Glen Maxwell opened his innings on the next ball with a massive six. He smashed Hasaranga for another six in the seventh over, but fell for 16 off nine balls after attempting to hit the spinner in the ninth over the long-on boundary where Gunathilaka took the catch.
Theekshana had Warner lbw for 39 off 33 balls in the next over after the hosts reviewed a not-out decision.
The visitors’ battling lineup stuttered after Josh Inglis, who replaced an injured Mitchell Marsh for the match, was run out next ball for a duck.
Stoinis then struck three fours and a six in his 23-ball innings of 38 before he was stumped by Mendis off Praveen Jayawickrama.
Smith remained not out for 37 off 27 balls with two fours and two sixes, with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade contributing 13.
Sri Lanka speedster Dushmantha Chameera was the most expensive bowler, giving away 46 runs in his four overs.
Theekshana picked 2-25 while Hasaranga and Jayawickrama claimed one each.
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