Australia vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20: Zampa spins Australia to consolation win

Zampa finished with figures of 3-25 off his four overs

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Spinner Adam Zampa took three wickets to lead Australia to a comfortable 41-run win over Sri Lanka in the third Twenty2o International in Adelaide.

Zampa was well supported by stand-in captain Aaron Finch and his opening partner Michael Klinger as they smashed 53 and 62 respectively.

Being put in to bat first, Finch and Klinger got Australia off to a fantastic start as they amassed a 79-run partnership, during which Finch brought up his half-century.

He was unable to build on it though as he ended up being dismissed by Seekkuge Prasanna for 53 off 32 balls, which included five boundaries and three sixes.

Finch scored his seventh fifty in Twenty20 Internationals

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Ben Dunk chipped in with a useful 28, while Klinger and Travis Head put together a 51-run stand, during which Klinger sailed past his fifty, before Head was sent packing by Lasith Malinga for 30.

Klinger was on his way back to the pavilion the very next ball as he was run out by Dasun Shanaka for a career-best 62 off 43 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.

Klinger celebrates after scoring his maiden fifty

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With Australia continuing to lose wickets, they ultimately finished on 187/6 off their 20 overs.

Malinga and Shanaka picked up two wickets apiece, while Prasanna chipped in with one.

Chasing 188 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a blistering start before stand-in captain Upul Tharanga was removed by James Faulkner for 14.

Kusal Mendis also fell for 14, while Dilshan Munaweera was dismissed by Head for a 25-ball 37.

Sri Lanka continued to lose wickets at regular intervals courtesy of Zampa and even though Milinda Siriwardana tried his best to keep his side in contention with a quickfire 35, it was not enough as they were bowled out for 146.

Zampa and Faulkner took three wickets apiece, while Head and Jhye Richardson claimed one wicket each.

Tharanga was gutted to have lost, and said: “Beating Australia in home conditions is a tough thing to do. The guys did a good job. Asela played very well, even in the South Africa series. The innings he played in the second game was amazing.”

Finch was glad to have secured a consolation win, and said: “I thought we played some fantastic cricket tonight. A complete performance like this makes the last match even more heart-breaking. When you have Klinger at the other end, he lets you play your shots. We have been guilty of not converting starts. Today we had two fifties and Dunk and Head chipping in.”

Zampa was named Man of the Match, and said: “It is always nice to bowl the middle overs and it is very easy when you have a start like that. There are a lot of good leggies coming through – Swepson and some others in the Big Bash. Sri Lanka have very fearless players, sometimes it can be tough to bowl at them.”

Sri Lanka all-rounder Asela Gunaratne was named Man of the Series, and said: “I am very happy. This is my first time in Australia and I enjoyed it. I was looking to bat till the last ball in the previous game. I am happy I did that.”

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