On 19th February, Australian team faced against the visitor Sri Lankan team on the second T20I. Of 2016/17 season that match was T20I no. 597 which played at Simonds Stadium, South Geelong, Victoria.
On the Toss Sri Lankan Captain, WU Tharanga won the toss and invited the home team to bat. At the beginning of the match both the team knows that match will be a high scoring match. JA Richardson debuted in T20I for the Australian side.
Captain Finch and Klinger came to open for Australia. But Finch couldn’t manage to perform big as Australian team expects from him. MC Henriques showed his real T20 skill on that match. He scored 56 runs from the 37 balls with the stick rate of 151.35.
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At the end of the first innings, Australian team only manage 173 runs from 20 over.
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But on the second innings, Sri Lanka replied well, especially Das Gunaratne who was unbeaten with 84 runs off 46 balls and won that match with the eight-wicket loss.
And that win helps Visitor Sri Lankan team to seal the T20I series Against Australian.
On the presentation party Australian Captain, Aron Finch said, “When you got an in batter in it is tough. That was one hell of an innings. I thought the way we bowled in the middle was outstanding. When you have a good player in good form, they hurt you. Sri Lanka played very well there. Take nothing away from them. We have been on the receiving end again. The series is gone. Hopefully, we can salvage something in Adelaide.”
With a big smile on the face, Sri Lankan captain, Tharanga said, “Angela’s was an amazing inning. Even in South Africa, he has done well. We lost too many wickets early, but Angela finished the game for us. Winning in Australia is a huge achievement. This is Asela’s first tour to Australia, and we are happy.”
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