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It was the proper concept: Dasun Shanaka defends himself after scraping previous Australia in remaining over thriller

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It was the right idea: Dasun Shanaka defends himself after scraping past Australia in final over thriller

Dasun Shanaka gave away 15 runs within the remaining over whereas defending 19, and gave Sri Lanka a correct scare regardless of dominating the match for the bigger interval.

File photograph of Dasun Shanaka. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTSMatthew Kuhnemann hit Shanaka for 15 runs within the first 5 ballsSri Lanka scored 258 runsSL spin quartet ran circles round Australia batters

Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka has defended himself on his determination to bowl the ultimate over towards Australia, which noticed him give away 15 off the ultimate 19 runs. The fourth ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia turned out to be a low-scoring thriller, with batters from both aspect failing to chop lose in spin-assisting circumstances.

Sri Lanka’s neat bowling efficiency meant that Shanaka had 19 to defend within the remaining over, an ample quantity of runs for any bowler at that time within the sport. With the pitch gripping and spinning, everybody thought that Shanaka was going to get away with bowling cutters, however the captain selected to go full and exhausting.

Australian spinner, Matthew Kuhnemann got here out swinging towards the SL captain and hit him for 14 off the primary 5 balls. As Sri Lanka’s bowling strategist, Lasith Malinga fumed exterior the boundary, a prolonged chat between the gamers calmed Shanaka’s nerves down, ensuing the ultimate ball in an off cutter. With Kuhnemann going exhausting on the ball, it lobbed up within the air, and received grabbed by Charith Asalanka at level, profitable SL the sport by 4 runs.

“After Chamika bowled that over we had a discussion about bowling a spinner but it was the right idea to challenge myself. I was very confident about the score. We were 34 for 3 at one stage and Charith and DDS put on a really good partnership and unfortunately we were not able to capitalise at the end. But I was very happy with the score we were able to put on,” Shanaka stated on the post-match presentation.

Speaking about Sri Lanka’s first dwelling sequence win in ODIs in 30 years, Shanaka stated that it gave confidence to him and his staff.

“Not only for me, my teammates, Sri Lanka cricket, the whole country, this is much needed at the moment. I think this should be celebrated by the whole of Sri Lanka.”

Sri Lanka will now be dealing with Australia in a useless rubber, however will hope to select up essential 10 factors for the ODI Super League.