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Chandimal ton fails to save Sri Lanka from defeat

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal celebrates as he scores a hundred against Australia while Mitchell Starc watches during their third one-day international cricket match in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, yesterday.

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP):

George Bailey hit 70 and shared two crucial partnerships to help Australia beat Sri Lanka by two wickets in their third one-day international yesterday and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Sri Lanka batted after winning the toss and were bowled out for 226 in the final over. Dinesh Chandimal hit his fourth one-day century and held the Sri Lanka innings together amid a flurry of wickets.

Australia faced some early setbacks in the run chase, losing three wickets for 44 runs.

But Bailey shared 62 for the fourth wicket with Travis Head (36) and 81 for the fifth wicket with Matthew Wade (42) to steer the tourists to victory.

Australia slumped from 187-4 to 222-8 before the tailenders took their team over the line.

Bailey was named Man of the Match.

"To be brutally honest, we should have probably won that five wickets down," Australia captain Warner said. "For us, our top order probably hasn't been going as well as I would have liked. I put my hand up as well. I haven't been in the form I would have liked.

"We should have got big partnerships earlier in the innings. We have not done that so far. But good to cross the line 2-1."

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews said his team was 20-30 runs short.

"Bit disappointing because we have so many bowlers who can bat. But, unfortunately, we didn't end up having a partner for Chandimal," Mathews said.

And he added: "Unfortunately, we couldn't give Dilshan (Tillakaratne) a good farewell."

Earlier, Chandimal held Sri Lanka's innings together, helping his team to a modest 226.

Coming in to bat when Sri Lanka was 23 for two, Chandimal hit seven boundaries in his 130-ball innings of 102 before being out as the last batsman with four deliveries left in the innings.

Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets, while fast bowlers John Hastings, Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner took two each.

A packed crowd in Dambulla gave Dilshan a standing ovation as he walked off with his hands aloft in appreciation.

He finishes his career with 10,290 runs in 330 matches.

The fourth match will also be played in Dambulla on Wednesday.