All-round Mathews stars in 82-run Sri Lankan victory
Angelo Mathews led from the front with an all-round display to help Sri Lanka register an 82-run win over Australia in the second One-Day International between the two sides on Wednesday (August 24) at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The result helped Sri Lanka level the series at 1-1 after Australia had won the first game by three wickets.
Australia, which was chasing a record 289 for victory, was bowled out for 206 in 47.2 overs with Matthew Wade top-scoring with 76 in 88 balls.
Amila Aponso, the left-arm spinner playing only his second match at this level, claimed four wickets while Thisara Perera took three wickets to choke the Australian run chase.
But it was Mathews’s two wickets and a half-century in the first half of the match that played the key role in Sri Lanka emerging triumphant.
James Faulkner, meanwhile, recorded a hat-trick but Sri Lanka, which chose to bat after winning the toss, still managed to post 288 in 48.5 overs. In reply, Australia was dealt early blows after losing its openers to Thisara.
David Warner was caught behind while Aaron Finch, who scored a half-century in the first ODI, was bowled with Australia left struggling at 16 for 2.
Steven Smith tried to fight back with a 33-ball 30, his innings laced with five boundaries, but his wicket off Aponso thwarted Australia.
George Bailey and Wade put together a 61-run fourth-wicket stand to keep Australia in the hunt but it was slow going as Bailey, who scored 27 off 46 balls, was struggling. He finally fell when Aponso, who returned 4 for 18, bowled him.
Seekkuge Prasanna then had Moises Henriques stumped as Sri Lanka gained control of the match.
Wade then staged a fightback with support from Travis Head as the two scored 64 runs to keep Australia’s hopes alive. Wade’s knock was studded with three boundaries, and he looked good while he was out there, but then he became Thisara’s third victim and the Australian resistance wilted.
Head, who scored 31, soon got out to Mathews as the visitor lost its last five wickets for 24 runs.