Australia survived a mid-innings wobble to secure victory in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo, winning by four wickets today.
After his stunning 145 not out as part of Australia’s record T20I total in the first game, Glenn Maxwell was at it again – hitting seven fours and four sixes in an innings of 66 from 29 balls – as the tourists chased down 129.
Dhananjaya de Silva had top-scored for the hosts with 62 and was one of only two Sri Lankans to reach double figures as they limped to 128-9 from their 20 overs.
Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed for just one in his final T20I before retiring from international cricket and after opener Kusal Perera fell to James Faulkner (3-19) with 44 on the board, Sri Lanka crumbled.
De Silva’s defiant knock, which included five fours, was eventually ended as Mitchell Starc had him caught at mid-off in the final over.
By that time, Adam Zampa (3-16) had already torn through the Sri Lankan middle order while Faulkner had helped himself to another couple of wickets.
Australia’s reply was emphatic as Maxwell picked up where he left off in the first T20I and the Sri Lankan bowlers looked to have no answer.
The all-rounder was eventually bowled by Seekkuge Prasanna (1-16) in the ninth over with only 36 more needed for victory.
However, that sparked a mini-collapse as four wickets fell for just six runs in the space of three overs – Sachith Pathirana (2-23) removing Moises Henriques (one) and David Warner (25) in the same over.
After a disappointing end with the bat, there was some joy for Dilshan (2-8) with the ball in his farewell match as he had Usman Khawaja (six) lbw in his first over to leave Australia 113-5 before having Matthew Wade (14) caught in his next.
It was not enough though as Travis Head (9 not out) got Australia over the line in the next over, the 18th, with a maximum to seal a 2-0 series win.