Asela Gunaratne struck a boundary off the last ball of the match to hand Sri Lanka a two-wicket victory against Australia in the second T20I at Simonds Stadium, South Geelong, Victoria on Sunday.Chasing 174 to clinch the series, visitors were off to a horrid start as they lost their first four wickets for just 40 runs inside the first five overs.
However, Gunaratne kept his cool and played a stunning innings of 84 not out off just 46 balls with the help six fours and five sixes to take Sri Lanka over the line, who now holds an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series.
He was well supported by Chamara Kapugedra, who scored run-a-ball 32 which included four boundaries. For Australia, pacer Andrew Tye claimed three, whereas pacer James Faulkner picked two wickets.
Earlier, after being sent in to bat first, Australia were bowled out for 173 on the last ball of their innings. All-rounder Moises Henriques finished the innings with the top score of 56 off just 37 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes, and he was well supported by Ben Dunk, who scored 32 off just 14 balls. For Sri Lanka, pacer Nuwan Kulasekara was the pick of the bowlers, as he claimed four wickets, whereas veteran Lasith Malinga and young Vikum Sanjaya picked two wickets each.
For his outstanding batting performance, Gunaratne was awarded man of the match.