Pallekal. Dasun Shanaka played the best innings of his T20 career on Saturday night. In the third T20 against Australia (SL vs AUS), Shanaka gave the team a thrilling victory by playing an unbeaten half-century. The team scored 59 runs in the last 17 balls. This is a new record in T20 Internationals. No team could do this before. Playing first in the match, Australia scored 176 for 5 wickets. In reply, Sri Lanka lost 6 wickets for 108 runs. In such a situation, everyone was going after the defeat of the team, but the player of the match, Shanaka played an explosive innings and gave victory to Sri Lanka. However, the Kangaroo team captured the series 2-1. Australia captain Aaron Finch, who scored 114 runs in the series, received the Player of the Series award.
Sri Lanka’s score was 118 runs for 6 wickets after 17 overs. He had to score 59 runs in 18 balls. Economy was of 19.66. The 18th over was bowled by fast bowler Jose Hazlewood. Chamika Karunaratne took a run off the first ball. Dasun Shanaka hits a six off the second ball at long on. On the third ball, he again hit a six at the same place. On the 4th ball, he hit a four on the covers and on the 5th ball at long on. Took a run off the last ball. In this way a total of 22 runs were scored in the over. Now 37 runs were needed from 12 balls.
Richardson also looted runs
Dasun Shanaka hit fast bowler Jhye Richardson for a six over deep midwicket on the first ball of the 19th over. Took a run off the second ball. On the third ball, Karunaratne hit a four on the covers. Took a run off the fourth ball. Shanaka hit a four on deep midwicket on the 5th ball. Next ball wide. Took a run off the last ball. In this way 18 runs were scored in the over. Now 19 runs were needed off 6 balls. Fast bowler Kane Richardson came to bowl this over.
3 boundaries in the over
Kane Richardson bowls the first 2 balls wide. Shanaka took one run off the first ball. On the second ball, Karunaratne got a run in the form of a leg bye. On the third ball, Shanaka hit a four at backward point. Then on the fourth ball again hit a four at long off. Shanaka hit a six on the 5th ball to level the score. Now one run was needed off one ball. Richardson bowls a wide. In this way Sri Lanka won the match. He achieved the target in 19.5 overs. Shanaka remained unbeaten on 54 off 25 balls. Hit 5 fours and 4 sixes. Strike rate was 216. At the same time, Karunaratne scored 14 not out off 10 balls. Both also shared an unbeaten partnership of 69 runs in 4.1 overs.
Fourth half century of T20 career
This is the fourth half-century of 30-year-old Dasun Shanaka’s T20 career. With this, his 1000 runs have also been completed. He has scored 1015 runs in 64 innings of 68 matches at an average of 21. The strike rate is 117. This fast bowler has also taken 18 wickets. In overall T20 career, Shanaka has scored 3151 runs in 149 matches. Has scored 3 centuries and 14 half-centuries. Strike rate is 143. He has also taken 45 wickets in his name.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 12, 2022, 06:00 IST