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Australia win Super Over to take 2-0 lead against SL

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Jos Hazelwood who took 3 wickets once again Man of the Match
Jos Hazelwood who took 3 wickets once again Man of the Match

There’s no way Sri Lanka have a shot in this, right? With four overs left, they were five down needing 50. With three overs left, they were six down needing 46. Pathum Nissanka was playing the best innings of his T20 international career, but that career is only 14 matches old.

Australia win Super Over to take 2-0 lead against SL
Opener Pathum Nissanka who scored a  superb knock of 73 making a shot

But with the help of Wanindu Hasaranga, Nissanka lurches Sri Lanka forward in the 18th over, bowled by Pat Cummins. Hasaranga hits two fours – one an intentional uppercut behind square, the other a thick outside edge. Nissanka then wallops Cummins over deep midwicket for six, and by the end of the over, Sri Lanka bring the requirement to 29 off 12 balls.

But it’s Josh Hazlewood, who keeps the runs in check in the 19th over, giving away only 10, and would thwart Sri Lanka later.

The final over, which has to be bowled by Marcus Stoinis, seems to be going Australia’s way, when Nissanka is caught at deep backward square, and Sri Lanka still need 12 off the last three balls, with only tailenders on strike.

Perhaps buoyed by the news of their big IPL contracts, though, Maheesh Theekshana and Dushmantha Chameera hit the boundaries that leveled the scores and forced a Super Over. Theekshana bashed his first ball over deep mid-wicket, where Steven Smith almost pulled off a stunning save, but didn’t quite manage to prevent a six. Last ball of conventional play, Dushmantha Chameera smoked one down the ground for four to tie the scores. If the ball in between, a fullish ball way outside off stump, had been called a wide as it should have been, Sri Lanka might have won the game there.

The visitors did well to force the match into overtime, but that is where their fight ran out. Australia won it easy, in the end.

Although Nissanka had played perhaps the innings of the game, captain Dasun Shanaka – who had also struck it cleanly in his 34 off 23, chose to open in the company of Dinesh Chandimal. It didn’t go well. Shanaka tried to scoop Hazlewood over his shoulder first up but didn’t make contact. Then he played and missed a wide yorker outside off stump. Third ball, he missed again, and when they tried to run on the overthrow, had Chandimal run out at the non-striker’s end. Nissanka hit a two and a single in the two balls he got to face, but a Super Over score of five was never going to be enough.

With Hasaranga bowling, Stoinis hit two fours off balls two and three to finish the match. Cricinfo

Australia win Super Over to take 2-0 lead against SL

Monday, February 14, 2022 – 01:00

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