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  • 10:39 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 227/8 in 46 overs; John Hastings 5, Adam Zampa 5: And finally afters struggling for long, Australia have won the match. A nail biter this one. Sri Lanka must be credited as they fought hard and stuck til the end but could not give a fitting farewell to Tillakaratne Dilshan. Dilshan still has a chance to redeem some pride from his last T20 which will follow after the ODIs. George Bailey must be credited here for playing a composed innings which led to their revival in a tricky chase. Australia lead the series 2-1 with two games remaining.
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  • 10:00 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 207/7 in 43 overs; Mitchell Starc 7, John Hastings 2: Oh no Australia! What have you done? what are you guys doing? Is this seriously Australia playing or these are South Africans playing wearing their jersey? They are collapsing here. With just 20 runs required, they have only 3 wickets in hand. An interesting climax this has turned out to be. Will Dilshan have the last laugh in his last ODI?

  • 9:35 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 183/4 in 37 overs; George Bailey 58, Matthew Wade 40: The duo have added 77 runs for the fifth wicket. Australia have fought hard tonight and stuck around even when they had lost the first three wickets quickly. George Bailey has led their revival in a crunch match of the series. With the visitors struggling against spin, Bailey has led from the front. Still a wicket or two cant turn the tides for the hosts.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 133/4 in 28 overs; George Bailey 40, Matthew Wade 14: Australia have done well tonight. They have not allowed the Sri Lankan bowlers to settle down or get on top. George Bailey fighting it out for the his side. match still very well poised as few wickets can turn the tides for Sri Lanka or else another partnership can sail the Aussies through.

  • 8:20 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 94/3 in 20 overs; George Bailey 23, Travis Head 28: A good partnership building here between Travis Head and George Bailey. Both of them have added 50 runs for the fourth wicket. If they see their team through after a precarious start and that too against Sri Lanka’s spin, under lights, it will be a huge morale booster for the visitors. Let’s see how far can they stretch their team’s score together. Target still very far.

  • 7:49 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 57/3 in 12 overs; George Bailey 11, Travis Head 4: Australia in deep trouble now. Their top-order have struggled in the entire tour and will they step up? High time they start. Bailey leading the charge along with Travis Head at the other end. Tough ask for them with the ball turning and gripping.

  • 7:34 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 42/2 in 7 overs; Shaun Marsh 0, George Bailey 0: Australia have gone to the backfoot. Both the openers have perished soon as Sri Lanka looking to add more pressure on a crucial match of the series. The visitors’ middle-order will be tested to the fullest here. The total is not big but tricky against the Lankans spin and that too under lights. Will Australia’s middle-order finally step up?

  • 7:22 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, AUS 37/1 in 6 overs; Aaron Finch 12, Shaun Marsh 0: There is something different in Warner’s approach as he slows down and becomes more responsibility while captaining. Sadly today is not his day, at least with the bat. Warner departs for 10 as Angelo Mathews sends him back to the hut. Big task and responsibility on Aaron Finch.

  • 6:32 PM IST

    Sri Lanka will be extremely happy the effort from their vice-captain. Chandumal has shown real character of resilience as he batted almost 30-35 overs. He has got his side out from real trouble as he also went on to score his 4th ODI ton. He walks off to the dressing room as the real hero and 100% he is. He missed out on partners on one end but made sure that runs kept coming their way. Overall a decent effort from the team and an exceptional from Chandimal. Australia know the target looks decent but can be a tough one as hosts have a strong bowling attack. Spinners have a big task ahead of them as they will be happy with the amount of turn Zapma got from the wicket. With all this we will be back for the second innings of the match. Till then have some coffee or tea!

  • 6:25 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 222/10 in 49.2 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 102, Amila Aponso 1: Faulkner came into ball the last over. First ball Chandimal flicks off his pads and gets two. Second ball he tries to go for a biggie but Faulkner does a slower one. Pace does the trick as he loops the ball high into the sky and ends up giving an easy catch to Zampa.

  • 6:22 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 224/9 in 48 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 100, Amila Aponso 1: Chandimal will want to get to his first hundred in Sri Lanka. Needs two runs but soon as I type this he has taken a single. Which means Aponso will face Starc will 3 balls left. Heart pounding by Aponso plays it well as he just guides the ball towards long on. Chandimal is on 99. Should have heard the crowd as they cheered for Aponos’s single as if he scored the winning runs. Meanhwile Dinesh Chandimal takes a single against the last over of Starc’s ball and gets to his 4th ODI hundred and 1st in Sri Lanka and versus Australia. Awesome batting under pressure

  • 6:18 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 217/9 in 48 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 94 Dilruwan Perera is walking back as the ninth wicket of Sri Lanka. He hist a majestic six over mid-off. Next thing you know, Hastings balls a bouncer for the six, Perera does not apply any power gives a easy catch to Warner at mid-wicket

  • 6:00 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 191/8 in 40 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 85, Dilruwan Perera 3 – The main question that is up is will Sri Lanka bat throughout the fifty overs? Sri Lanka have lost 8 wickets at regular intervals which has been a mater of concern for them. the other question that is coming up to my mind is what total will the hosts post? They would want to get to at least 220. But as off now they are struggling at 190. Dinesh Chandimal is the only ray of hope for the hosts to see them through 220 and also will he get to his century? Lot of questions arsing in my mind. We will just have to wait for little more I reckon!

  • 5:40 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 175/7 in 40 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 76, Seekkuge Prasanna 2- Sri Lanka have lost seven wickets and they are entering into the last ten overs with at least 50-60 runs in mind. They should get something near 230 otherwise if David Warner and Aaron Finch gets going, Australia will comfortbaly take a 2-1 lead int he series. Dinesh Chandimal needs to stay as long as possible. If he stays till 47th over, he can ensure some score of his side.

  • 5:10 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 146/5 in 34 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 64, Kusal Perera 6- The last recognized pair of Sri Lanka’s batting is out there battling it out against the mighty Aussies. Perera knows that and is playing a rather patient innings whereas Chandimal looks in no hurry. He knows he needs to carry on and make a big one for putting Australia on the mat. Will he get a 100 this time?

  • 4:48 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 130/5 in 30 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 59,Kusal Perera 0- Dhananjaya de Silvais gone bacvk. Frustrated shot from him as he could not get any runs. Tried to break shackles for himself as he stepped out and tried hitting Faulkner over mid-on. Did not time the ball at all an twisted his bat at the point of impact. Half of the side is gone for the hosts while Chandimal is holding the other end tight!

  • 4:42 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 130/4 in 29 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 54, Dhananjaya de Silva 12 —Dinesh Chandimal has got to his half-century. He is continuing with his good formwhich hi displayed in the Test series. He has come up to the occasion and it is important that he keeps going from here. He is the 3rd leading run-scorers in this years list. Such consistency!

  • 4:21 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 106/4 in 22 Ovs: Dinesh Chandimal 42, Dhananjaya de Silva 2 — Tillakaratne Dilshan’s wicket has put the brakes on the Sri Lankan innings when they were recovering at one stage. From 23 for 2, they were sailing at a good rate and had reached 96 for 2 when they lost Dilshan off Zampa’s ball. While the veteran was out in his last ODI match, he was followed by Angelo Mathews who departed early. Onus is now on Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva.

  • 3:41 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI, SL 77/2 in 15 Ovs: Tillakaratne Dilshan 31, Dinesh Chandimal 28 — The duo are going really strong here and the most pleasing thing is how confident Dilshan is looking out there. They were in all sorts of trouble at 23 for 2 but have recovered and going at a good rate.

  • 3:18 PM IST

    Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI LIVE Score Updates: SL 53/2 in 10 Ovs. BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 17 (30), Dinesh Chandimal 22 (23) — No harm done following the fall of the opening couple of wickets, as at the end of the mandatory powerplay, Sri Lankans have recovered well enough to stay in control, while Dilshan and Chandimal continue to play steady.

  • 2:56 PM IST

    Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI LIVE Score Updates: SL 37/2 in 5 Ovs. BATTING: Tillakaratne Dilshan 14 (15), Dinesh Chandimal 10 (8) — Shaky start by the Lankans, as they lose a couple of wickets in the opening five overs of the game, with Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis being in the receiving end, while Dilshan and Chandimal take control.

    OUT! Danushka Gunathilaka b Mitchell Starc 5 (5), Kusal Mendis c David Warner b Josh Hazlewood 4 (2)

  • 2:29 PM IST


    Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Mendis,
    Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal
    Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso.

    Australia: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey,
    Travis Head, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, John
    Hastings, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

  • 2:27 PM IST

    Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd ODI LIVE Score Updates: SL win toss and elect to bat.

Greetings everyone! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live match coverage of the third One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and Sri Lanka. The series is level at 1-1 as of now, but after today we will most probably have a team leading the series. While it will be the last ODI match for Sri Lanka’s veteran opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, his team would want to bring out their A game and give him a fantastic send off. On the other hand, Australia would be wanting to bounce back after their loss in Colombo. The last few days have been about them having to justify their captain Steven Smith’s early departure from the tour as David Warner takes charge. LIVE CRICKET SCOECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia 2016, 3rd ODI at Dambulla

Having won the first match by 7 wickets and taken a 1-0 lead, Australia finally had a win in their bag after a disastrous Test series whitewash at the hand of the Lankans. An 82-run loss in the second ODI levelled it it up for Sri Lanka, courtesy Amila Aponso who took four wickets for the team. Angelo Mathews and his men are pumping with confidence.

A struggling-with-form-Warner, now has another task to deal with, captaincy. Whether he will relish it or succumb to it, will be interesting to see. He will certainly have to lift the mood in the dressing room after Australia’s nightmare against spin has left it dull and low on confidence. At Dambulla, a spinning track might again be seen going by the trend. The wickets have been tough to bat on and score runs so far. The conditions will be challenging for the batsmen, that looks like it is a given.

Sri Lanka might not make any changes in the team, and go in with the same playing eleven. meanwhile, Australia might bring in Shaun Marsh as a replacement to Smith. The left-hander scored a hundred in the third Test at Colombo and will want to make most of his chance.

Going by the performance of the previous tie, changes are likely for the visiting Australian side, as all-rounder Moises Henrqiues could face the axe, and could well be replaced by Josh Hazlewood as the extra pacer, while Aaron Finch could also face the axe, and could bring in Usman Khawaja as the opener. Also, with Smith not playing, Warner would be leading the side and would be interesting to see whom he replaces him with, as Marsh seems to be the top contender to do so. As for the bowling, the changes are unlikely, as they did perform as a unit.

Ahead of the game at Damubulla, both the captains said that the wickets have indeed been challenging in this series, and batting second has been a tough task, as both the teams look to perform, especially with the bat, regardless of the side they come up with and field for the match. As for Australian coach Darren Lehmann, he said that he wants his prayers to find solutions, despite of the challenges coming ahead in the series.

Earlier, Mathews had all praise for Kusal Mendis, following the 2nd ODI win over the Aussies. “He’s going to be a big player for us. He’s going to be the future of our batting. If he keeps going like this he will do wonders for the Sri Lanka team and I wish him all the very best. It was a fantastic knock today,” Mathews told Lehmann backs Cricket Australia’s decision to rest Smith for rest of Sri Lanka series

“He’s just very positive. Especially after losing a couple of wickets in quick succession, the way he went out there and the way he batted was brilliant. Not too many people do that – you take a bit of time and settle in and take a look at the wicket. But he’s just going out there and playing with a lot of freedom. He’s just a different kind of player,” Mathews added.

Mathews also praised Aponso for his terrific spin bowling. “Not all the spinners bowled very well out there, apart from Amila Aponso – in the first game as well as this game. He’s bowled in these two matches like he’s played internationals for a long time. He’s just landing it on the spot and keeping it pretty simple – just bowling it there and letting the ball do the rest. He’s been turning a few and sliding a few. It’s been extremely difficult for the batters,” said Mathews.

Mathews also added a few word of praise for Chandimal, who has been in good form since the Test series. “Chandimal’s been tremendous for us in the Test series and also in England. He’s matured. He’s also playing with a lot of responsibility – as a senior. He’s anchoring the innings and that’s what we want from him. Him batting at No. 4, we want him to bat until the 46th over, so that guys like Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka can go out there and play with a lot of freedom. In our batting line up myself and Chandimal have to take the responsibility to let the youngsters play with freedom,” said Mathews.

Speaking on Dilshan’s failure to perform and if he would be dropped, he quickly said, “No matter how experienced you are, it doesn’t mean you will play well all the time. You can get unlucky and get out. I got out cheaply in the last game as well. Though Dilshan failed in this match, others played well and won it. We trust that he will play well in the future.”


Australia: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey, Matthew Wade (wk), Moises Henriques, Travis Head, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja.

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Perera, Avishka Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Milinda Siriwardana.

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