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Sri Lanka beats Australia despite Faulkner hat-trick

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Published Aug 25, 2016, 2:18 am IST
Updated Aug 25, 2016, 12:37 pm IST
Australia needed a strong start to chase down such a big total but Thisara Perera (3-33) dismissed openers David Warner and Aaron Finch.
Australia's Nathan Lyon congratulates Sri Lankan team members as James Faulkner, left watches after their second one day international cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Sri Lanka won by 82 runs. (Photo: AP)
 Australia's Nathan Lyon congratulates Sri Lankan team members as James Faulkner, left watches after their second one day international cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Sri Lanka won by 82 runs. (Photo: AP)

Colombo: Australia’s James Faulkner claimed his maiden hat-trick but could not deny Sri Lanka a series-levelling 82-run victory in the second one-day international on Wednesday.

Faulkner dismissed Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera to achieve the feat but ended up on the losing side as Australia, chasing 289 for win, were all out for 206 in 47.2 overs.

 

Matthew Wade top-scored for the touring side with a fighting 76 but Sri Lanka’s biggest win over Australia in terms of runs means the teams move to Dambulla for Sunday’s third one-dayer with the five-match series level at 1-1.

Australia needed a strong start to chase down such a big total but Thisara Perera (3-33) dismissed openers David Warner and Aaron Finch to reduce the tourists to 16 for two.

Skipper Steve Smith (30) rekindled Australia’s hopes of a fightback and Wade showed tremendous grit down the order but it was not enough to complete what would have been a record chase at the ground. Left-arm spinner Amila Aponso was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowler, claiming 4-18 in his second one-day international.

 

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