Sri Lanka, after taking down Pakistan at their home, stepped into Australia with a plethora of expectations. However, they weren’t able to pick themselves up after a humiliation in the first game of the three-game T20I series. Losing the first two games, Islanders were eager to end the series on a positive note, but it never happened.
In the last game of the 20-over series, Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first – a decision which saw hosts restricting the tourists to a modest total of 142 runs. Once again Sri Lanka’s batting department recorded an ordinary show. However, the wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera was found impressing many with his effective range of strokes.
The 29-year old came to the middle in the first over after Niroshan Dickwella was dismissed by Mitchell Starc and then troubles got augmented with loss of Kusal Mendis. Nevertheless, the aggressive batsman played sensibly and formed the needed partnerships with others to score his 11th T20I half-century. In his innings of 57 runs, Kusal Perera struck 4 fours and a solitary six.
As per the expectations, the total was not even close to challenging Australia on a good batting deck. David Warner and Aaron Finch’s belligerence meant that Kangaroos aced the chase inside 18 overs, recording a 3-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka.