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30-year-old record will be renewed if Sri Lanka wins today

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Sri Lanka on the verge of an ODI series victory. They won the second and third ODIs of the five-match series against Australia in a row. It is more than three decades since Sri Lanka achieved such a feat in their homeland. In 1992, the Sri Lankan team led by Arjuna Ranathuranga played against the Australian team led by Alan Border. Over 30 years after winning two matches in a row at the Premadasa Stadium, Australia
However, Sri Lanka, led by Dasun Shanaka, won both the second and third matches to take a 2-1 lead and come close to winning the series. Australia won the first match at Pallekele and Sri Lanka won by 26 runs in the second match and 6 wickets in the third match. The fourth ODI starting tomorrow (21st) at the Premadasa Stadium will be played with great confidence.


One of the things Sri Lanka needs to keep in mind in tomorrow’s match is to defend the victory they have won so far. Although they have won some tournaments in the last few years, the main reason for most tournaments losing is the inability to defend the victories they have achieved.


If Sri Lanka wins tomorrow’s match, they will have a chance to win the series with one match left and will also be able to beat the Kangaroos for the first time in 31 years at home. Sri Lanka last won an overseas tournament in 2011 and won against Australians last at home in 1992. Therefore, if the Sri Lankan team is able to change the 31-year-old history today, it will surely be a historical ODI
“Our team is in a very good mental condition for the next match as well. Everyone is confident that they can win that match too. I am confident that as a team we will win the next match as well,” Pathum Nissanka said of the challenge facing the Sri Lankan team.


In the third ODI, Pathum faced 147 balls and scored 137 runs, claiming his maiden ODI century. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
With 9 balls to spare, the target was set in the record books. It was the highest chase ever for a Sri Lankan team to win at the Premadasa Stadium. Earlier, the biggest target chased by a Sri Lankan team against the Australians was 283 for 7 in Hobart in 2012.


Pathum Nissanka, who played the best innings of his career, also recorded the highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman in an ODI against an Australian team. Nissanka’s innings, which was colorful with 11 fours and 2 sixes, also won the man-of-the-match award.


“Before going to the match I thought I will come back only after finishing the match today. It was easy for me to do that because I made the right decisions in the middle,”he said.
“First my brother Dikka (Niroshan Dickwella) and I tried to get the maximum chance we could in the power play. Then when Kusal Aiya (Kusal Mendis) came we both planned to drag the match till 35 overs. So I think we did it and we were able to win the game. “I am humbled and proud to be able to chase a score like this with a world-class team like this and come out on top and win a match,”he added.

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