Australia vs Sri Lanka 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 Article

Watch the highlights of Australia vs Sri Lanka 8th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 8th ODI match played between Sri Lanka and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne in 19th January 1985.

A disciplined line and length bowling by Rumesh Ratnayeke's career-best four-wicket haul before A Top-edge six by Aravinda de Silva gives Sri Lanka to a magnificent four-wicket victory over Australia in the eighth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

* This is the Sri Lanka's first ODI win in Australian soil in their fifth attempts.

Australia scored 226-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Wayne Phillips struck 67 off 75-balls including 5-fours.

Graeme Wood hit 42 off 52-balls including 6-fours, David Boon scored 34 off 66-balls included a boundary and Kepler Wessels 28

Sri Lanka best bowler by Rumesh Ratnayeke claimed a career-best 4-wickets for 37-runs in 10-overs including three maidens, Roy Dias picked up 3-wickets for 25-runs in 4-overs, Somachandra De Silva and Uvaisul Karnain both took one-wickets.

Sri Lanka chased 230-6 in 49.2 overs with top scorer by Roy Dias scored 48 off 64-balls - who fell two-run short of his half-century - including a boundary.

Aravinda de Silva hammered a 46 off 37-balls including 2-sixes & 2-fours with strike rate of 124.32, Duleep Mendis cracked a 35 off 34-balls included 3-fours, Ranjan Madugale 24, Amal Silva 23, Sidath Wettimuny 17 and Uvaisul Karnain 16.

Australia best bowler by Rodney Hogg, Simon O'Donnell both took 2-wickets and one for Geoff Lawson.

This match reported by The Daily Telegraph Staff (Third Party Reference from The Sunday Telegraph / The Daily Telegraph)

A TOP-EDGED SIX by Aravinda de Silva over the wicketkeeper's head with four deliveries left gave Sri Lanka a magnificent four-wicket vic- tory over Australia in the World Series Cup in Melbourne.

The result left the two sides with one win apiece from five matches and upset all the expectations of a best-of-three final between the Aussies and West Indies whose six successive wins have already assured them of a place in the finals. Now Sri Lanka and Australia have one win each and anything could happen.

It was a tremendous performance by Sri Lanka, who looked to have lost their chance of overtaking Australia's 50-over total of 226 for nine when talented vice-captain Roy Dias was sixth out with the total 196 in the 39th over. He was run out for 48.

But de Silva and Ramesh Ratnayake, named man of the match, hit off the runs, Sri Lanka finishing on 230 for six.

Sri Lanka displaved all the skills so lacking in their previous four games. Ratnayake bowled with disciplined line and length, and took the important wickets of Australian openers, Graeme Wood and Kepler Wessels, who hit 42 and 28 respectively. He finished with four for 37.

But Mendis considered the most important wicket was that of captain Allan Border, stumped by Amal Silva off Somachandra de Silva for one.

The only bright spot in the Australian batting was the performance of wicketkeeper Wayne Phillips, back after a finger injury. He and David Boon came together in the 25th over with the score at 88 for four and put on 72 off 98 balls. Boon fell for a bold 34 and Phillips continued to 67.



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