The second one day match of the bilateral series between Australia and Srilanka was held in R Premadasa in Colombo. The hosts did make a strong comeback in this game as young spinner Amila Aponso again yet another match winning performance with the ball to claim four wickets in the game. Srilanka won the game by a fair margin of 82 runs.
Earlier in the day, Angelo Mathews won an important toss for Srilanka and opted to bat first. Srilanka started badly as openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Tilakaratne Dilshan fell early for low scores to leave the side placed at 12 for 2 after 3 overs. Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal came to crease and formed a 125 run stand to stabilize the innings. Mendis scored run a ball 69 runs while Chandimal scored 48 runs off 67 balls. Both the batsmen fell to the leg spinner Adam Zampa who trapped them leg before wicket to leave the side placed at 146 for 4.Kusal Perera and captain Angelo Matthew added 103 runs more to drive home the initiative to take the total to 288 runs as the side got rolled over in 48th over. James Faulkner also took a hat-trick in the innings to dismiss Perera, Matthews and Thisara Perera.
Australia got off to worst start in pursuit of competitive total as openers Aaron Finch and David Warner were dismissed early by medium pacer Thisara Perera to leave the side two wickets down in the space of first four overs of the innings. Steven Smith started well and could not go on as they he was dismissed by slow left-arm orthodox spinner Amila Aponso for a score of 30 runs. George Bailey and Matthew Wade did build a partnership and seemed to have found a way to get the chase back on track.Srilankans struck immediately with the partnership growing as Bailey was bowled by Amila Aponso to give him his second wicket of the innings. Travis Head also scored 31 runs to add 64 runs with Wade but could on go till the end to take the side to close to the target.
Matthew Wade played for his 76 runs off 88 balls and struck three fours in his innings but the rest of the lower order perished quickly to see Australia get dismissed for 206 runs in the 47th over. Amila Aponso picked up 4 wickets for 18 runs in 9 overs. Angelo Matthews also chipped with performance with bat as he scored 57 runs and took two wickets with the ball to be named man of the match in the game.
The series is now all level at 1-1 with three matches remaining in the bilateral series as next game will be played at Dambulla on 28th August.