Sri Lanka defeated Australia by four wickets in the third T20I match to conclude the series. Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan captain, turned out to be a hero when he led his side through the chase. While the team was unable to win the series, they were able to redeem themselves in the final match. Yet, Australia won the series by 2-1.
In the third T20I, Australia batted first and had a decent run. The majority of the batters had nice cameos to putting the team into a comfortable position in the first innings. The men in yellow managed 176/5 on the board.
In the chase, Sri Lanka were struggling to keep up with the rate. They kept losing wickets regularly and were unable to get a lot of runs. They lost their fourth wicket for a team score of 96 runs in the 13th over. The team skipper Dasun Shanaka walked in with 81 runs required in 46 balls.
He was a little slow, to begin with, as he scored just six runs in the first 12 balls that he faced. After a while, the equation came down to 57 runs required in the last three overs. It seemed as if the game had slipped out of the grasp of Sri Lanka. However, Shanaka was at his very best as played a brilliant knock.
He shifted gears and started striking the ball with all his power. In the next 13 balls that he faced, Shanaka scored 48 runs. He hit four sixes and five fours in these 13 balls to win his team the match. This was the highest score ever in the last three overs by any player. His brilliance led the side to victory with one ball and four wickets remaining.
In the meantime, Twitter was stunned by the brilliance of Shanaka. “Imagine scoring the highest score ever scored in the last 3 overs by any team and we did it against Australia. SL team got the potential maaaan,” a fan pointed out.
Here’s how Twitter reacted
Dasun shanaka…that was a special inngs 🔥🔥😍 #SLVSAUS
— sushegad_goan (@Kritin3006) June 12, 2022
I was looking for my pressure meds yesterday night….maaan what was that…What a finish, well done dasun shanaka 🤩🤩🇱🇰🇱🇰
Imagine scoring the highest score ever scored in the last 3 overs by any team and we did it against Australia 🤯
SL team got the potential maaaan#SLVSAUS
— Rezy_Ree💥☠ (@RihaSalim) June 12, 2022
Dasun Shanaka. Expecting him to fetch a good contract in IPL this year. Extremely good power hitter.
— RD (@Rowdytweeter) June 12, 2022
Dasun Shanaka scoring
6 off first 12 balls VS 48 off next 13 balls pic.twitter.com/AVwFkFJomR
— Akhila Seneviratne (@AkhilaSene97) June 11, 2022
Dasun Shanaka becomes the first ever player to score 50+ runs in the death overs of a T20I chase.#SLvAUS
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) June 11, 2022
We have seen it before that Dasun Shanaka doesn’t just have enough firepower but he seems to have some ticker too.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) June 11, 2022
Dasun Shanaka has just pulled off one of the all-time great T20 heists.
Sri Lanka needed 59 off the last three overs against Australia and he was six off 12 and struggling.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) June 11, 2022
Hero of the match! 💪
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) June 11, 2022
◾ After the 17th over, Sri Lanka’s RRR was 19.66 (!)
◾ Dasun Shanaka was on 6 (12)
And then he did this 🔥 🔥
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 11, 2022
— Ayush Ranjan (@AyushRa15743279) June 11, 2022