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Aussies hold Sri Lanka to 212 in 4th ODI

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016 By Pete Smith

A tight and disciplined Australian bowling performance has limited Sri Lanka to just 212 off their 50 overs in the fourth one-day international.

A win in Dambulla on Wednesday will give Australia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Australia's bowlers dominated bat from the outset as Mitchell Starc (1-51) claimed a wicket in the opening over for the fourth successive match.

Starc had highly rated teenager Avishka Fernando lbw on debut for a duck, and the home side soon slipped to 3-31.

Sri Lanka's only bright spot came as opener Dhananjaya de Silva and captain Angelo Matthews put on 84 for the fourth wicket.

However, there was to be bad news for the home side as a strained calf forced Mathews to retire hurt on 28, with an injury which could well keep him out of Sunday's final match and then the Twenty20 series.

A severely hindered Mathews returned to the crease in the 48th over at the fall of the eighth wicket, before being out off the last ball of the innings for 40.

Earlier, de Silva departed for a stylish 76 off 87 deliveries and Sri Lanka's hopes of a big score went with him as their final seven wickets fell for 91.

John Hastings was the unlikely chief destroyer, the Victorian taking ODI career-best figures of 6-45, while wicketkeeper Mathew Wade claimed four catches.

There were five Australian wicket-takers including batsman Travis Head (1-5), who snared his first ODI wicket by having Kusal Perera caught at short cover by acting captain David Warner.

Scott Boland (1-36) came into the side in place of Josh Hazlewood to play his ninth ODI, while Usman Khawaja replaced the injured Shaun Marsh.

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