Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in the first ODI at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Batting first, Sri Lanka set a huge target of 300 runs in front of Australia. In the rain-affected match, Australia had set a target of 282 runs in 44 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis rule, which Australia won 9 balls ago to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Of course, the Sri Lankan team had to face defeat, but spinner Wanindu Hasaranga continues to perform brilliantly in international cricket after the IPL.
He took 26 wickets while playing for RCB in IPL. At the same time, in the first ODI against Australia, he hit 5 fours in 5 consecutive balls. He scored 37 runs at a strike rate of 195 and has also managed to take 4 wickets in international cricket for the first time.
When Wanindu Hasaranga came out to bat, Sri Lanka’s score was 258 for 6 in 45.5 overs. Now only 25 balls were left of Sri Lanka’s innings. In such a situation, Hasaranga played a fast inning and brought Sri Lanka’s score to 300.
Hasaranga hit 5 fours in the first 5 balls of Jhye Richardson in the 49th over and scored a total of 22 runs in the over. In the last over too, he hit a boundary off Hazlewood. He got out on the last ball of the innings. He scored 37 runs in 19 balls, which included 6 fours.
Due to rain, Australia got a target of 282 runs in 44 overs to win. Wanindu Hasaranga took 4 wickets for 58 runs in 9 overs. This is also the best performance of his career. He first dismissed Australian captain Aaron Finch. He scored 44 runs in 41 balls. Then he also took the wickets of Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey.
Stoinis scored 44 off 31 balls and Carey made 21 runs off 22 balls. Hasaranga made the fourth victim Pat Cummins. Cummins returned to the pavilion without scoring any runs off 2 balls. Before this match, Hasranga had taken 29 wickets in 27 ODIs. His best was 3 wickets for 15 runs.
Playing first in the match, Sri Lanka scored 300 runs for 7 wickets. Kusal Mendis scored an unbeaten 86. Apart from this, Pathum Nisanka contributed 56 and Danushka Gunathilaka contributed 55 runs. At the same time, Esther Agar and Marnus Labuschagne took 2-2 wickets for Australia.
In reply, Australia achieved the target of 282 runs in 44 overs for 8 wickets in 42.3 overs. Glenn Maxwell remained unbeaten on 80 off 51 balls. He hit 6 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. He was the player in the match.
With each match that I watch, my love for the game just increases. All I dream of is to join my passion for writing with that of the game and pen down the live-action.
As a person, I am a quick learner and work well in a team for that is what wins the series.