Australia winning the toss and opting to bat first posted a competitive total of 176/5 in 3rd match (dead rubber game) of T20I series against Sri Lanka. Among Sri Lanka bowlers other than Maheesh Theekshana no one were able to put pressure on Aussie batters, thus once again batters like Warner, Finch and Steven Smith showed their class while Marcus Stoinis looked pretty good against Praveen Jayawickrama in the 16th over.
Sri Lanka chasing the target of 177, started off on a good note but unfortunately from 81/2 they ended up collapsing to 108/6. It looked like they would get whitewashed to Australia in this T20I series, but unexpected turn of events happened as soon as Dasun Shanaka started smashing Josh Hazlewood in 18th over of chase. However, the Lankan skipper made the impossible happen by chasing 59 runs off the last 3 overs.
Numbers and stats from SL vs Aus 3rd T20I:
4 – Josh Hazlewood has bowled 4 maiden overs in T20Is overall.
Most maiden overs bowled by a Australia bowler in T20Is:
Josh Hazlweood – 4
Pat Cummins – 3
10 – Sri Lanka defeated Australia for 10th time in T20Is.
Most wins vs Australia in T20Is:
India / Pakistan – 13
West Indies / Sri Lanka – 10
England – 9
50 – Dasun Shanaka became the first batsman to smash fifty runs in death overs (17-20) of a T20I match.
Most runs by a batsman in death overs of a T20I match:
Mohammad Nabi – 59 vs Ireland in Greater Noida, 2017
David Miller – 59 vs Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, 2017
JP Kotze – 59 vs Botswana in Windhoek, 2019
Yuvraj Singh – 58 vs England in Durban, 2007
Corey Anderson – 53 vs Bangladesh in Mt. Maunganui, 2017
Sam Billings – 53 vs West Indies in St. Kitts (Basseterre), 2019
Najibullah Zadran – 53 vs Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi, 2021
AB de Villiers – 51 vs Scotland in The Oval, 2009
Brendon McCullum – 51 vs Bangladesh in Pallekele, 2012
Shoaib Malik – 50 vs Scotland in Sharjah, 2021
Dasun Shanaka – 50 vs Australia in Pallekele, 2022
59 – Sri Lanka became first team to chase down 59 runs successfully in last 3 overs of a T20 game.
Most runs chased in last 3 overs of a T20 game:
Sri Lanka – 59 vs Australia in Pallekele, 2022
Sydney Sixers – 56 vs Sydney Thunders in SCG, 2015
Kolkata Knight Riders – 53 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata, 2019
Kolkata Knight Riders – 53 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore, 2019
69 – Dasun Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne had an unbeaten partnership of 69 runs between them for 7th wicket.
Highest 7th (or) lower wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in T20Is:
Dasun Shanaka-Chamika Karunaratne : 69* vs Aus in Pallekele, 2022
Angelo Mathews-Kumar Sangakkara : 68* vs Pak in Lord’s, 2009
Thisara Perera-Kumar Sanagakkara : 46 vs Ban in Chattogram, 2014
Akila Dananjaya-Isuru Udana : 46 vs SA in Centurion, 2019
Thisara Perera-Dasun Shanaka : 46* vs WI in Pallekele, 2020
216 – Dasun Shanaka smashed 54 runs at a strike rate of 216.
Highest S.R by a SL batsman while smashing fifty-plus in T20Is:
Mahela Jayawardene – 240.74 vs Kenya in Johannesburg, 2007
Sanath Jayasuriya – 221.73 vs New Zealand in Wellington, 2006
Dasun Shanaka – 216 vs Australia in Pallekele, 2022