The fifth one day game of the series between Australia and Srilanka was played at Pallekele in Kandy. The visitors put up yet another commendable performance to win the game and series by a score line by 4-1.Australian Captain David Warner scored a splendid century and was well supported by George Bailey who made 44 runs to see the side win the game in 43th over of the innings.
Srilanka was bundled out for 195 as Mitchell Starc was once again best of the bowlers with three wickets. Australia got off to decent start but lost Mathew Wade and Usman Khuwaja as Dilruwan Perera picked up two wickets to see them placed at 25 for 2 after 6 overs. Srilanka spinner posed a lot of questions from the Australian batsmen as Warner was joined by George Bailey at the crease.
The duo attacked the spinners and went on to rotate the strike in a precise manner. Warner played well as he paced his innings well to notch up another sixteen half century of his one day career. He added 132 runs with George Bailey to take Australia to a comfortable position. George Bailey played well for his 44 before being trapped right in front of stumps by off spinner Dilruwan Perera.David Warner and Travis Head added 32 runs together before Head was gone as he was dismissed by Dhananjaya de Silva. David Warner went onto score his well-deserved hundred and was finally dismissed for 106 off 126 balls by off spinner Dhananjaya de Silva to see him take second wicket of the game.
The pair of John Hastings and James Faulkner took the side over the line by five wickets to win the game against Srilanka.
Earlier in the day, hosts started off well after winning the toss as they placed in a good position at 70 for no loss after 12 overs. The game turned when the two openers perished in quick succession to see Australia take control of the game. Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis and Gunathilaka all played well but could not convert starts into big scores as the side regularly lost wickets to end up with 195 runs all out after 40 overs.
Srilanka has plenty of work to do in the one day format as they would look to make changes in the upcoming T20 games against Australia to get back on winning ways.