David Warner lived out each cricketer’s worst nightmare in a single day.
The left-hander performed a cultured knock in Australia’s ODI run chase against Sri Lanka in Colombo however stumbled agonisingly short of a century.
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The one Aussie batter within the prime eight to make it previous 27, Warner was the important thing to Australia’s pursuit of the 259-run goal, and appeared to have the products, till Dhananjaya de Silva spun one previous him on the dreaded 99.
Warner tried to punch an off-break supply outdoors off stump down the bottom for a single, however had his outdoors edge overwhelmed by de Silva and Warner over-strode within the course of, dragging his again foot outdoors the crease.
Sri Lanka ‘keeper Niroshan Dickwella took the bails off in a flash and suddenly Australia were in trouble and Warner missed out on his 19th ODI century.
Warner’s departure got here simply moments after he’d watched Travis Head (27) and Glenn Maxwell (one) get spun out, as Australia misplaced 3-3 with the opener’s rating locked on 99.
Warner defined he was underneath duress within the dying phases of his innings.
“I was cramping in both calves,” he advised reporters after the sport.
“When I went to take that stride, I was grimacing as soon as I let that front foot go and it just went on me, so I had no time to get back.
“It doesn’t really bother me (getting) out on 99; it bothers me the fact that I got out when I did. We were one partnership away (from chasing the total down).
“I worked my backside off to get into that position to be there at the end, and obviously one spun past the bat. I probably looked to hit too straight on that ball.
“But as I just said before, the sniper got me in the back of the calf.”
The loss accomplished Sri Lanka’s collection win, giving them an unassailable 3-1 lead. Australia’s looming problem of conquering “extreme” turning Sri Lankan Take a look at wickets has been laid naked as they had been spun out of the one-day collection with a four-run defeat.
The guests capitulated from 4-189 within the thirty sixth over to be all out for 254.
The margin might have been far worse, if not for Pat Cummins’s 35 and Matthew Kuhnemann scoring 14 from the ultimate over off Dasun Shanaka earlier than being caught within the ring on the ultimate ball.
However it couldn’t paper over Australia’s uphill battle against spin.
Seven wickets fell to the slower bowlers, as Sri Lanka performed 5 turners and despatched down 43 overs from them on a used wicket that spun nicely into the night time.
Simply over per week out from the primary Take a look at in Galle, the hosts’ win will probably affirm the blueprint on how they plan to beat Australia within the red-ball format.
Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay took 2-40, offspinner de Silva 2-39 and thriller spinner Maheesh Theekshana 1-40.
Warner, in the meantime, had appeared in management after Aaron Finch (zero) Mitch Marsh (26), Marnus Labuschagne (14) and Alex Carey (19) all got here and went.
The opener was cagey within the early overs, earlier than throwing his fingers at thriller spinner Theekshana and taking him on.
He hit 12 boundaries, going arduous by means of the covers and driving fantastically.
And when he reached 99, Warner appeared nearly sure to finish the longest century drought of his worldwide profession, which now sits at 48 innings throughout all codecs.
However the match then swung violently in Sri Lanka’s favour, handing them their first bilateral one-day collection win over Australia at residence since 1992.
Cameron Inexperienced adopted shortly after, earlier than Cummins and Kuhnemann’s late efforts.
The collapse will little question have evoked reminiscences of the 2016 Take a look at tour for the locals, when Australia struggled to fight the spin within the 3-0 collection loss.
“This is extreme spin; you don’t usually see these types of wickets,” Warner stated.
“You only see them here. India is completely different. They don’t turn like that. They’re actually good wickets. And they turn later on day three or four (of Tests).
“So, everyone has to prepare as well as they can. It’s about being busy.
“It’s about committing.
“It’s about batting long periods of time. And unfortunately, in the subcontinent, one little mistake will cost you.”
The excellent news for Australia on Tuesday was that their two finest gamers from 2016 are returning to health, with Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith each sighted within the nets with a crimson ball after finger and quad accidents respectively.
Cummins additionally bowled properly on subject, taking 2-37 and unfortunate to not have one other wicket early when he hit Charith Asalanka’s leg stump with the left-hander on one.
Someway, the bail didn’t fall off, permitting Asalanka to steer Sri Lanka from 3-34 to 258 together with his maiden worldwide century of 110 from 106 balls.
– with AAP