Australia tour of Sri Lanka 3rd T20 - Shanaka's 25-ball 54* scripts stunning victory for Sri Lanka
An amazing innings from Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka has denied Australia a sweep of their three-match T20 international series, with the home team scoring a dramatic four-wicket win in Pallekele.
A fine all-round performance from Marcus Stoinis (38 off 23 balls and 2-8 off two overs) had Australia well placed for victory on Saturday as Sri Lanka, chasing 177, lost five wickets for 41 runs, slumping to 6-108 in the 16th over.
An unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 69 between Shanaka (54 off 25 balls) and Chamika Karunaratne (14 off 10) then swept the home team to an improbable win as they thrashed 59 off a remarkable final three overs. The Australian quicks lost their discipline as Shanaka blasted five fours and four sixes, with Josh Hazlewood conceding 22 runs in the 18th over after giving away three off his first three.