Australia vs Sri Lanka

Match info: Australia v Sri Lanka Twenty20 Series 2017 at Melbourne Cricket Ground - 1st Twenty20

Date: 17th Feb 2017 Umpires: M D Martell and P Wilson

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Australia

168/6 (20.0 Overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

172/5 (20.0 Overs)

Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets

  • Last Updated: February 17 2017, 15:38 GMT

Sri Lanka scrambled a five-wicket win over Australia from the final ball in Melbourne to go 1-0 up in the three-match series, following a maiden Twenty20 International half-century from Asela Gunaratne.

Seekkuge Prasanna celebrates  after Chamara Kapugedera hits the winning runs
Seekkuge Prasanna celebrates after Chamara Kapugedera hits the winning runs

Against a home team containing three debutants, in the absence of several first-choice players in action on Australia's Test tour of India, Gunaratne (52) hit seven fours from 37 balls.

But after he and fourth-wicket partner Milinda Siriwardana had fallen to previously-uncapped off-spinner Ashton Turner in the space of three deliveries in the 18th over, at 11.18pm local time it fell to Chamara Kapugedera to hit the last ball of the match for four past cover off Andrew Tye - with the scores already level on 168.

Sri Lanka's veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga had earlier marked his first international appearance in almost a year by taking two wickets in two balls and also holding two catches.

Aaron Finch passed 1,000 T20 International runs before mistiming a skier to Malinga running in from fine-leg in Gunaratne's only over for the hosts' top score of 43 - after an opening stand of 76 with Michael Klinger, the Gloucestershire batsman making his international debut at the age of 36.

As Australia lost a little momentum after being put in, Malinga put himself on a hat-trick in the 19th over thanks to two catches from Seekkuge Prasanna - and the hosts finished with six wickets down.

Sri Lanka then lost captain Upul Tharanga for a duck to the pace of Pat Cummins. But 24 runs came from Billy Stanlake's second over - and although Adam Zampa got rid of second-wicket pair Niroshan Dickwella and Dilshan Munaweera following their partnership of 74, and despite Turner's late intervention, Sri Lanka were still just ahead of the game.