Australia score nervy win

Australia score nervy win

Gutsy Bailey denies Dilshan a winning farewell

Australia score nervy win

Half-centurion George Bailey starred in Australia's tense run chase as the visitors edged past Sri Lanka by two wickets in the third one-day international and took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series in Dambulla on Sunday.

Australia chased down 227 in 46 overs to deny Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan a winning farewell in his final ODI.

Bowlers set up the win for the visitors after restricting Sri Lanka to 226 all out in 49.2 overs. Dinesh Chandimal was the top-scorer for the hosts with 102.

The Sri Lankan bowlers also made their presence felt with skipper Angelo Mathews providing the hosts with two early wickets including that of David Warner (10).

Travis Head and Bailey, who scored a gritty 70, hen put on 62 runs for the fourth wicket to put the tourists' chase back on track.

Bailey, whose 142-ball stay was laced with five boundaries, held fort after the dismissal of Head as he got Matthew Wade for company and the batsmen put on 81 for the fourth wicket.

Dilruwan Perera finally got Wade stumped for 42 to break the dangerous stand and bring alive the packed home crowd.

Soon leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna got Bailey bowled in the 42nd over.
A wobbling Australia lost another two wickets before Adam Zampa got the winning runs.