This one went down to the last ball, wherein Sri Lanka needed three runs to win in two balls. The Sri Lankans took 2 runs in the second last ball, which meant they needed one run off the last ball. The pressure must have been huge, but Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedera did not lose his cool and smashed a four off the last ball. This fantastic drive off the last ball ensured an exhilarating five-wicket victory over Australia in the first T20 match between Australia and Sri Lanka, played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.
The Australians had put up a good score of 168. The top scorer from Australia was skipper Finch who made 43 off 34 balls. His innings included two sixes and two fours. When the Sri Lankans came to bat, the seeds for a victory were sown by Asela Gunaratn who scored an impressive 52 runs off just 37 balls. His innings included seven fours and his 60-run partnership with Milinda Siriwardana helped the Sri Lankan side to reach a stage where they needed just 18 runs to win from 17 balls. Finally, it was Kapugedera’s grit that helped him score a boundary off the last ball and ensure a thrilling win for the Sri Lankan side.