Pathum Nissanka’s maiden one-day international century helps Sri Lanka to win over Australia


Pathum Nissanka’s maiden one-day international century helps Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win over Australia in third third one-day international

  • Pathum Nissanka helped Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win over Australia in Colombo
  • Nissanka struck 137 off 147 deliveries to give Sri Lanka a 2-1 lead in the series
  • He recorded Sri Lanka’s highest score before falling victim to Jhye Richardson 

A maiden one-day international century from opener Pathum Nissanka helped Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win over Australia in Colombo and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Nissanka struck 137 off 147 deliveries, with two sixes and 11 fours, and Kusal Mendis added 170 for the second wicket before Mendis was forced to retire hurt having earlier received treatment for cramp.

Nissanka recorded Sri Lanka’s highest individual score against Australia before he fell victim to Jhye Richardson with victory in sight.

Pathum Nissanka’s maiden international century helps Sri Lanka to win over Australia

Charith Asalanka lifted Josh Hazelwood for six to bring the scores level and hit the next ball for a single as Sri Lanka reached their target of 292 with nine balls to spare.

Earlier, Jeffrey Vandersay had impressed with three wickets as Australia battled their way to a total of 291 for six.

Australia captain Aaron Finch made a hard-working 62 and Travis Head struck an unbeaten 70 as the tourists scored 98 runs in the final 10 overs to post what appeared to be a competitive score.

Nissanka recorded Sri Lanka’s highest individual score before he fell victim to Jhye Richardson

Nissanka recorded Sri Lanka’s highest individual score before he fell victim to Jhye Richardson

Australia took the lead in the series after Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith struck half-centuries in a thrilling finish to a rain-affected first one-day international on Tuesday.

Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern adjusted target of 282 from 44 overs after a brilliant unbeaten 86 by Kusal Mendis took the hosts to 300-7 before the rain, Australia got home with nine balls to spare and Maxwell unbeaten on a 51-ball 80.

They started poorly after David Warner fell for an early duck, but skipper Aaron Finch steadied the ship with 44 and Smith returned following the showers to make 53 before being castled by Dunith Wellalage as Australia reached 141-4. 

Nissanka struck 137 off 147 deliveries to give Sri Lanka a 2-1 lead in the five-match series

Nissanka struck 137 off 147 deliveries to give Sri Lanka a 2-1 lead in the five-match series

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