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Australia chasing formidable total in second ODI against Sri Lanka


By Staff Writers | August 24, 2016

Kusal Mendis scored his second half-century of the series. © AFP

After winning the toss and batting first, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 288 in 48.5 overs against Australia in the second ODI in Colombo.

Kusal Mendis raised his second consecutive half-century and top-scored for the hosts with 69 off 69 balls and combined with Dinesh Chandimal (48) to see Sri Lanka out of early trouble.

The pair came together with Sri Lanka at 12/2, after losing both openers in the fourth over, to add a century-stand for the third wicket.

Chandimal fell two runs short of 50, which would have made him the first Sri Lankan to score six consecutive half-centuries.

Kusal Perera (54) and skipper Angelo Mathews (57) made the Australian bowlers toil, adding 103 runs for the sixth wicket at a run-rate of 6.57 and gave the innings impetus after the fall of wickets.

Adam Zampa dropped Kusal Perera in the 42nd over, which turned out to be a costly mistake for the visitors. It was a simple catch and at a time when Australia were in dire need of a wicket.

Thisara Perera smashed a four and a six off the first two balls he faced, after walking in at the fall of Kusal Perera's wicket in the 47th over, with Sri Lanka at 261/6, but fell shortly after to a poor stroke to give James Faulkner a hat-trick and allow Australia to blow away the tail.

Sri Lanka lost their way after the fall of Mathews and Kusal Perera, and after heading for a total of over 300, they were bowled out in the 49th over. They collapsed from 261/6 to 288, losing their last five wickets for 27 runs.

The highest successful run-chase in Sri Lanka in this format is 289/4 by the hosts against Pakistan in Dambulla in 2009.

Australia require 289 to take a 2-0 lead in the five match series.

© Island Cricket

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