Sri Lanka lost two early wickets but Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal steadied the innings to ensure they were well and truly in the match at the halfway point in their chase of 306. After 25 overs, Sri Lanka were 2 for 111 with Dilshan on 51 and Chandimal on 49, and while the required run-rate had crept up to 7.80, the presence of two set batsmen and eight wickets in hand were a slight concern for the Australians.
Chandimal had struck the only six of the innings when he chipped Glenn Maxwell down the ground and over the long-on boundary, and he had also managed five fours, including one handsome shot over cover off Mitchell Johnson. The Australians thought they had Chandimal on 21 when they reviewed a not-out lbw decision off the bowling of Xavier Doherty and while it was very close, replays suggested it would have hit in the “umpire’s call” zone at the top of the stumps and Chandimal survived.
Dilshan had struck four boundaries including a couple of cuts when Doherty dropped short, and by the halfway point of the innings the Dilshan-Chandimal partnership had reached 94 runs. It was a strong fightback from Sri Lanka after they wobbled to 2 for 17 in the sixth over after the departures of Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene. Read more