Pathum Nissenka played a fine knock of 137 while Kusal Mendis scored a half-century before injury as Sri Lanka beat Australia by six wickets in the third one-day international on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series .
Chasing 292 for victory, Sri Lanka bowled out Niroshan Dickwella for 25 as Nisanka and Mendis put their side under complete control, putting on a scintillating 170-run stand for the second wicket. But when Mendis retired hurt for 87 with a hamstring injury, Nissanka hung on to take his team closer to the finish line, which he crossed with nine balls to spare, followed by Dhananjaya de Silva and Charit Aslanka’s steady 13 played a quick 25-run knock.
Nissenka’s innings included 11 fours and two sixes in 147 balls. Australia won the toss and elected to bat and scored an unbeaten 70 from Travis Head and 62 from the captain’s side. Aaron Finch Helped them reach a competitive 291-6 on a tricky Colombo wicket which was slow and offered some twist to the spin bowlers.
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head and Alex Carey (49) put together a brilliant joint during their 72-run partnership to find Australia in a difficult position at 121-4, before Glen Maxwell Ended the innings strong by scoring 33 runs in 18 balls. Jeffrey Vandersay was one of the bowlers to claim 3-49 for Sri Lanka, dropping four catches, while Head was lucky to survive a huge appeal to leg-before when he was on four as the hosts made the umpire’s decision was not reviewed.