Having already wrapped up the series in the 3rd T20I, Australia decided to rest key players such as Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc for the final two matches but still managed to win the fourth T20I with ease.
Just as in the third match, the Aussies restricted the Lankans to a lowly score – 139 for 8 this time – before getting to that total without breaking a sweat.
The home side’s pair of Richardsons – Kane and Jhye – took two wickets apiece while Ashton Agar choked the life out of Sri Lankan innings with a stingy 1 for 14 bowling display as the guests once again struggled for runs as well as to keep their wickets.
To chase 140 runs should not have been a problem for the Aussies but they still had a bit of a bother when they were 49 for 3 in the 9th over. But then a Josh Inglis blitzkrieg of 40 off 20 and Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 48 made sure there were no more dramas.
Batting was once again Sri Lanka’s Achilles heel and is the reason why they are four down in the series. Apart from Pathum Nissanka, no one else managed to stick at the crease for a long time.
Even then, the top four got some runs. The batters that followed them were totally hopeless and the less said about them the better.
Nissanka has been the one positive point for the islanders this series. He has yet to fail so far on this tour and continues to turn heads in a side that needs much more batting talent of different variety.
Wanindu Hasaranga has been missing for the last two games due to a Covid diagnosis. He did return a negative PCR test recently. If he does so again tomorrow, he’d be available for selection and significantly bolster the Lankan playing eleven.