Glenn Maxwell‘s unbeaten 80 helped Australia chase down a rain-revised target of 282 runs and beat hosts Sri Lanka by two wickets on Tuesday. The visitors started out chasing a total of 301 in 50 overs but a 90-minute rain break reduced the innings to 44 overs with the visitors requiring 282 under DLS at Pallekele. Maxwell smashed six fours and six sixes to score 80 not out off 51 balls after the visitors stuttered against the bowling of spinner Wanindu Hasaranga who bagged four wickets.
When rain halted play, the visitors were 73 for two with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne at the crease.
But Maxwell saw his team home, ending the match with two consecutive sixes.
“I tried to be there as long as I could. I thought it was a good opportunity to get the run rate down against the young spinner,” Maxwell said.
Sri Lankan skipper Dusan Shanaka bemoaned too many short balls and full tosses.
“300 is a winning total on this ground, but our bowling cost us the game,” Shanaka said.
Both men hammered an Australian fast-bowling attack plagued by injuries before the visitors caught Gunathilaka short of his crease with a direct hit by Stoinis.
Nissanka top-edged a reverse sweep to Ashton Agar to hand Finch a simple catch two overs later.
Mendis anchored the innings with an unbeaten 86 off 87 balls to take the hosts to 300.
Shanaka, who stunned the visitors in the final Twenty20 international on Saturday, could only score six.
A quick-fire 37 off 19 balls by Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka post a challenging total.
Spinners Labuschagne and Agar took two wickets each.
Fast bowler Cummins was wicketless and conceded 48 runs in eight overs.
Australia have suffered setbacks with lead bowlers rested from the tour including Kane Richardson, who returned home on Sunday after injuring a hamstring in the last T20 international.
The second ODI on Thursday is at the same venue.
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