Mendis 6-16 creates new T20 world record, sinks Australia
By Staff Writers
Ajantha Mendis registers the best bowling figures in Twenty20 cricket. AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI.
August 8, 2011 (Island Cricket): Ajantha Mendis became the first bowler to take six wickets in Twenty20 internationals, after he took 6-16 in four overs against Australia at Pallekele today.
Mendis accounted for the wickets of David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson and Steve O'Keefe, overshadowing his previous best of 4-15 against Zimbabwe in the 20-over format.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka chose to bat first and set the Australians a competitive total (157/9) in their 20 overs on a spin-friendly track. Mahela Jayawardene top scored for Sri Lanka with 86 off 63 balls.
In reply, Australia reached 149/9 thanks to an amazing 24-ball 57 from Shane Watson, but eventually fell short of their target by just eight runs in the last over.
Man of the Match Mendis is now the fourth highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals (39 wickets). Pakistan's Shahid Afridi tops the list with 53 wickets.
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