Dasun Shanaka‘s sensational batting display helped Sri Lanka pull off a memorable victory against Australia in the third and final T20I in Pallekele on Saturday (June 11).

With the series already bagged, Australia went into the third T20I looking to register a whitewash over the Islanders. However, the Sri Lankan captain had some other plans as he went absolute berserk in the final stages of the chase and steered his side to one of the most incredible victories in the shortest format.

It was certainly a next-to-impossible situation as the hosts were reeling at 112/6 after 16 overs, needing 65 runs from 24 deliveries with Shanaka struggling to get going (4 off 10). The equation then became more improbable as Ashton Agar only conceded six runs in the 17th over, leaving Sri Lanka to get 59 off just 18 deliveries.

Shanaka then changed the script and brought back Sri Lanka from the dead to register a thrilling win. He slammed Josh Hazlewood for 21 runs in the 18th over, followed by 18 runs in the penultimate over bowled by Jhye Richardson.

Still, the home team needed 19 runs off the final over bowled by Kane Richardson. But Shanaka was already in the mood to script history as he smashed the bowler for three boundaries, including a six, to win the game with one ball to spare and four wickets in hand. Shanaka scored unbeaten 54 off just 25 deliveries, with the help of five fours and four sixes.

Earlier, notable contributions from David Warner (39), Steve Smith 38 (not out), and Marcus Stoinis (38) helped the visitors post a competitive total of 176/5 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Maheesh Theekshana was again impressive with his bowling. He conceded only 25 runs in his quota of f4 overs and also picked up a couple of wickets.

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