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Sri Lanka defeats Australia in 4th ODI
With a four-run win in the last match, Sri Lanka took a strong 3-1 lead in the series. With only 19 balls left, the home team kept taking wickets until Australia needed 259 runs to win. Matthew Kuhnemann hit three fours in an over to make things more interesting and get rid of the need for five balls. Dasun Shanaka helped his team win four straight games by getting an out for the Australian batter.
Thus, in the fourth one-day international, Sri Lanka was 258 for 4 when Charith Asalanka hit his first one-day century. This kept the top order from falling apart. As the hosts batted first, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh, and Matthew Kuhnemann all took two wickets. In the second over of the innings, Glenn Maxwell got wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella stumped for one with an off-spin delivery. Cummins beat Kusal Mendis for 14, and Marsh beat Pathum Nissanka for 13. Asalanka (110) and Dhananjaya de Silva (60), both left-handed batsmen, scored an impressive 101 runs together to help their team get back to a good score.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne. Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana.