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Chamara Kapugedera's last-ball boundary has given Sri Lanka a five-wicket win over Australia in their opening Twenty20 clash at the MCG

 

Chamara Kapugedera's last-ball boundary has given Sri Lanka a five-wicket win over Australia in their opening Twenty20 clash at the MCG.

The tourists were cruising at 3-151 in the 18th over, before first-gamer Ashton Turner snared the wickets of Asela Gunaratne and Milinda Siriwardana.

Scores were then tied on the last delivery, with Kapugedera pumping his fist in glee after driving Ashton Tye through cover for the match-winning runs.

Sri Lanka scored 5-172 in reply to Australia's 6-168 from their 20 overs.

Top Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga made a successful return to international T20s — he was on a hat-trick late in the Australian innings, finishing with 2-29 from four overs, and also took two catches.

Gunaratne top-scored with 52 from 37 balls, giving him the last laugh in the match.

When Gunaratne came on to bowl, Australian captain Aaron Finch blasted his first ball 20 rows back into the Southern Stand.

Australia made a dream start in the field when Pat Cummins had captain Upul Tharanga caught behind for a duck in the opening over.

It was a bad night for Tharanga — after winning the toss, he dropped a straightforward chance off Travis Head.

After Tharanga's dismissal, fellow opener Niroshan Dickwella and Dilshan Minaweera took control with a blistering stand of 74 from 47 balls.

Legspinner Adam Zampa temporarily blunted the Sri Lankan charge when he dismissed Dickwella (30 from 25 balls) and Munaweera (44 off 29) in successive overs.

Then Turner dismissed Gunaratne and Milinda Siriwardena (15).

Kapugedera made 10 not out and Seekugge Prasanna was unbeaten on eight.

Zampa was the pick of the Australian attack with 2-26 from his four overs.

Finch top-scored with 43, also passing 1000 T20 international runs.

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Scorecard

Australia v Sri Lanka

Date:
17 February 2017
Match:
1st Twenty20
Venue:
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Start time:
19:40
Umpires:
Michael Martell / Paul Wilson
Toss:
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl.

Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets

Sri Lanka First Innings
172 for 5 (20.0 overs)
Australia First Innings
168 for 6 (20.0 overs)
Sri Lanka First InningsRunsMinsBalls4s6sSR
Extras (0nb 9w 4lb 0b) Total 172 for 5 (20.0 overs)
Niroshan Dickwella † c Michael Klinger b Adam Zampa 30 38 25 4 1 120
Upul Tharanga * c Tim Paine b Pat Cummins 0 5 2 0 0 0
Dilshan Munaweera c Aaron Finch b Adam Zampa 44 42 29 6 0 151.72
Asela Gunaratne st Tim Paine b Ashton Turner 52 41 37 7 0 140.54
Milinda Siriwardana lbw Ashton Turner 15 35 11 1 0 136.36
Chamara Kapugedera not out 10 16 7 1 0 142.86
Seekkuge Prasanna not out 8 15 9 1 0 88.89
Nuwan Kulasekara              
Vikum Sanjaya              
Lasith Malinga              
Lakshan Sandakan              
BowlingOMRWEconnbw
Pat Cummins 4 0 29 1 7.25 0 0
Billy Stanlake 3 0 42 0 14.00 0 4
James Faulkner 4 0 27 0 6.75 0 1
Andrew Tye 3 0 32 0 10.67 0 0
Adam Zampa 4 0 26 2 6.50 0 0
Ashton Turner 2 0 12 2 6.00 0 0
Fall of wicketsOvers
5 Upul Tharanga 0.6
79 Niroshan Dickwella 8.5
91 Dilshan Munaweera 10.4
151 Asela Gunaratne 17.1
152 Milinda Siriwardana 17.3
Australia First InningsRunsMinsBalls4s6sSR
Extras (1nb 4w 1lb 1b) Total 168 for 6 (20.0 overs)
Aaron Finch * c Lasith Malinga b Asela Gunaratne 43 49 34 2 2 126.47
Michael Klinger c Lasith Malinga b Lakshan Sandakan 38 43 32 4 0 118.75
Travis Head c Seekkuge Prasanna b Lasith Malinga 31 46 25 0 1 124
Moises Henriques c Chamara Kapugedera b Vikum Sanjaya 17 20 10 0 1 170
Ashton Turner c Seekkuge Prasanna b Lasith Malinga 18 22 13 1 0 138.46
James Faulkner not out 14 9 7 2 0 200
Tim Paine † run out (Chamara Kapugedera) 0 7 0 0 0  
Pat Cummins not out 0 2 0 0 0  
Adam Zampa              
Billy Stanlake              
Andrew Tye              
BowlingOMRWEconnbw
Lasith Malinga 4 0 29 2 7.25 0 1
Nuwan Kulasekara 4 0 38 0 9.50 1 1
Vikum Sanjaya 3 0 35 1 11.67 0 1
Seekkuge Prasanna 4 0 23 0 5.75 0 1
Lakshan Sandakan 4 0 30 1 7.50 0 0
Asela Gunaratne 1 0 11 1 11.00 0 0
Fall of wicketsOvers
76 Michael Klinger 10.3
86 Aaron Finch 11.3
116 Moises Henriques 15.1
153 Travis Head 18.4
153 Ashton Turner 18.5
162 Tim Paine 19.4

The opening match of the three-game T20 series was Malinga's first full international in nearly a year, because of injury and illness.

It was also a milestone night for Australians Michael Klinger, Turner and Billy Stanlake, plus Sri Lankan Vikum Sanjaya, who made their T20 international debuts.

Australia has several top players unavailable because of the Indian Test tour.

The game attracted a solid crowd of around 42,511, with Sri Lankan fans in the majority.

Klinger, at 36 the oldest Australian T20 international debutant, combined with Finch for a solid opening partnership of 76.

Malinga took catches to dismiss the pair - Klinger making 38 from 32 balls.

Two balls after Finch's big six, he skied an edge to Malinga and the following over, Tharanga dropped Head.

"It was a good time to drop a catch," Australian coach Justin Langer noted during the match telecast.

AAP

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