Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka took an unassailable 3-1 lead after beating Australia by four runs in the fourth ODI of the five-match series. It was Sri Lanka’s first ODI series win over Australia in 30 years and came on the back of spinners taking seven out of 10 Australian wickets that day at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Mahanama, a flamboyant batsman who played 213 ODIs with over 5,000 runs, took to social media to congratulate Sri Lanka on their historic series win, saying, “@DasunShanaka and @officialSLC team for their historic home series. Congrats on the win against CricketOs after 30 years! Good to show what the Lions are capable of, when played together as a team and also to bring joy to the masses during these tough times . “
Legendary Sri Lankan batsman and former captain Sanath Jayasuriya tweeted, “Congratulations to the victorious Sri Lankan team on a wonderful series win against Aussies after 30 years! A true effort from the team. Well done boys! Feeling very emotional.”
Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene, who is also the head coach of IPL team Mumbai Indians, tweeted, “Great response to all the critics @dasunshanaka. Well done boys. Brilliant win. Believe in process and skill.”
An impressive bowling effort followed by Charith Aslanka’s maiden ODI century led Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-run victory over Australia in the fourth ODI. Sri Lanka scored a total of 258 runs in 49 overs on the basis of Aslanka’s century (110 runs in 106). On a deck that was assisting the spinners, the hosts then bowled 43 overs of spin in Australia and emerged victorious despite some brief hiccups in the last ball thriller.
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