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LIVE: Australia will defend a towering tally of 291 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, after Travis Head stormed home to finish with 70* on 65 balls.

Aaron Finch scored a brave 62 on tricky Colombo ground that put up a thrilling first-inning battle between batsmen and spinners. Alex Carey added 49 and Glenn Maxwell an explosive 33 of 18, but it was Head’s hard, compound shot that tipped the contest.

Australia charged Sri Lanka four lost holds, with Finch adding 24 points after his first retirement, Maxwell 31 and Carey 22, while Head could have been fired on four points had Sri Lanka reviewed an LBW decision.

After winning the toss and going at bat, David Warner (9) and Mitchell Marsh (10) both fell on the cheap, before Finch battled to reach his 30th ODI half-century.

After surviving a very difficult drop hold in the slides on 38 points, Finch’s luck ran out on 62 points when spinner Jeffrey Vandersay conjured up another outside edge for the first slide, with Silva’s Dhananjaya taking a sensational catch.

It came just two overs after Vandersay stunned 29-year-old Marnus Labuschagne with a brilliant piece of bowling, leaving Australia desperate at 4/121 with two new batsmen in Head and Carey. But they leveled the innings with a 72-run partnership before Carey was knocked out LBW on 49.

Maxwell entered the fray and played with typical aggression and inventiveness to run 33 from 18 before being caught in cover.

After scoring just 17 points on his first 30 balls, Head then took matters into his own hands at the death to race his way to 70* from 65, including three sixes in a 21-point penultimate.

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Australia made three substitutions for the match, with an injured Steve Smith replaced by Mitch Marsh, who returned from injury. Cameron Green enters the team, as does Jhye Richardson, with Pat Cummins rested and Mitchell Swepson dropped. That means just three specialist bowlers for Australia in a heavy roster of hitters and all-around players.

After winning the toss and opting to play first in the first two games of the five-game series, Aaron Finch again won the toss, before opting for a different strategy on a slow, dry pitch of Colombo on a hot day.

But that quickly backfired when co-opener David Warner was sent to third for just 9 out of 12, edging out an excellent bouncer from Dushmantha Chameera. Warner had tried to pull him square-legged but only found Maheesh Theekshana thin-legged, leaving Australia 1/14.

Australia appeared to be settling into the innings as Finch and returning bat Mitchell Marsh built steadily, before Marsh managed to read a slower ball which was thrown beautifully by 19-year-old talent Dunith Wellalage . Marsh tried to mount and sent it straight to Kusal Mendis from cover, going for 10 of 23 to leave Australia 2/47.

Australia’s batsmen all struggled to read the rhythm of the pitch, with Sri Lanka’s spinners steadily batting and forcing false hits. Captain Aaron Finch was by far the most comfortable of the higher order, although he was not immune to the misfires and untimely shots that burned his colleagues.

He was dropped in the slides into a strong chance from spinner Jeffrey Vandersay when he was on 38 points, and he quickly responded by breaking a deep six – the first limit in 40 balls – before bringing up his half-century shortly after. It was his third against Sri Lanka and 30th in ODI cricket.

Vandersay had nearly grabbed the wicket from Marnus Labuschagne early in his innings with a fine piece of bowling, and finally got his man with a delicious diving leg spinner that beat Labuschagne and sent him nearly sprawled to the ground as Dickwella whipped the bails and puzzled the batsman on 29 of 36.

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne (R) is dismissed by Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella (L) during the Third Round International Cricket (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on June 19, 2022. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)
Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne (R) is dismissed by Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella (L) during the Third Round International Cricket (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on June 19, 2022. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)Source: AFP

And in his next over Vandersay scored a brace, as Finch tried to throw a slower ball from his hips – but only outside for a Dhananjaya dive from Silva into the slides.

Travis Head received a lifeline on four runs when Maheesh Theekshana hit him on the pads and Sri Lanka made a strong call for LBW. But it was not circulated due to the appearance of an inside edge, and Sri Lanka chose not to review it. But a replay showed the ball hit the pads before the bat and should have been distributed.

Head and Carey turned the strike well without scoring limits (for 50 straight balls at a time), patiently rebuilding innings with a 72-run partnership – and setting the stage for Australian strike finisher in Glenn Maxwell to explode.

On 27 carries, Carey smashed a mid-air chop to cover, where Shanaka climbed brilliantly but couldn’t hold on to what would have been a remarkable one-handed hold.

He started shooting, hitting 49 of 52 points, before being sorely denied half a century while out LBW trying to sweep Dhananjaya de Silva. Carey reviewed the decision unsuccessfully, with ball tracking concluding that the ball would have hit the stump of his leg halfway up.

His start left Australia 5-193 after 40 overs, and it could have gotten worse soon after as Maxwell was dropped on his second ball wide of Wellalage.

Maxwell mistimed the ball and sent it over Dhananjaya de Silva, who sprinted back from cover and dove well, putting both hands on the ball before losing it as it touched the deck .

He ran 33 from 18 before falling into the Sri Lankan infield trap, trying to hit a ball well outside the stump out of his side and being caught thinly from deep by Bowling Alley’s Wellalage Vandersay. That left Australia 6/233 with five and a half overs remaining.

Head raised his 50 in the penultimate by throwing the ball longer for a six. It was his 12th ODI half-century and his first against Sri Lanka, and he added two more sixes in that 49th 21-point run as Australia finished on a high.

He finished on 70* from 65, with Australia taking 98 runs in their last 10 overs thanks to a 58-run partnership between Head and Cameron Green.

Green finished unbeaten on 15 of 12, having been let go by Asalanka long after mistimed a slower ball.

Vandersay was the bowlers’ pick, finishing with 3/49 of his 10 overs; Maheesh Theekshana had an effective 0/37 from his 10 overs – and was unlucky not to take a wicket.

Youngster Dunith Wellalage finished with 1/56, although 21 of those runs came in the penultimate innings – Sri Lanka being punished for a disastrous decision to throw the left gun at their left-handed rival at Head.

TEAM NEWS

Australia made three substitutions for the match, with an injured Steve Smith replaced by Mitch Marsh, who returned from injury. Cameron Green enters the team, as does Jhye Richardson, with Pat Cummins rested and Mitchell Swepson dropped. That means just three specialist bowlers for Australia in a heavy roster of hitters and all-around players.

The Australian XI who have already inflicted injuries on Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Mitch Marsh and Sean Abbott this series.

Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann will retain his place in Australia’s XI after picking up two wickets on his ODI debut.

For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella replaces superstar Danushka Gunathilaka (groin injury) at the top of the standings.

Australia won the first ODI by two wickets with nine balls remaining, before Sri Lanka bounced back in the second ODI, winning by 26 runs under the Duckwork-Lewis method.

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TEAMS

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood

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