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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 February, 2004, 11:53 GMT
Zoysa grabs Sri Lanka win
Fifth one-day international, Colombo
Sri Lanka 202-7 beat Australia 198-7 by three wickets

Nuwan Zoysa
Zoysa's figures were excellent

Nuwan Zoysa starred with bat and ball as Sri Lanka snatched victory in the final one-day match of the series against Australia in Colombo.

The fast bowler took 3-34 to reduce Australia to a moderate score of 198-7.

He then smashed an unbeaten 47 in quick time as the home side racked up 202-7 to win the game by three wickets.

An understrength Australia still won the series 3-2 while Muttiah Muralitharan became only the fourth player to take 350 ODI wickets.

Australia chose to rest captain Ricky Ponting and opener Matthew Hayden.

Adam Gilchrist stood in as skipper and won the toss but Australia got off to an awkward start with Zoysa removing Gilchrist and Brad Haddin cheaply.

I bowled one of the best spells so far in my career and that helped me bat well later
Nuwan Zoysa

Michael Clarke, pushed up the order to three, fell to Muralitharan for a ponderous 16 while Simon Katich was run out for 13.

Australia were really on the ropes when further wickets tumbled to leave them 120-6, but a 76-run partnership between Andrew Symonds (40) and Brad Hogg (35 not out) took them to a defendable total.

Sri Lanka's reply also got off to a bad start as Michael Kasprowicz bowled skipper Marvan Atapattu for a duck before Sanath Jayasuriya was removed by Brett Lee for 13.

Kumar Sangakkara again looked in sublime touch, hitting seven boundaries in his 37 and sharing in a 60-run third wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene.

To come and win another series on the subcontinent is so pleasing
Adam Gilchrist

Several Sri Lankan batsmen got off to starts, but Australia kept making vital breakthroughs.

Symonds took the wickets of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Chandana to reduce the home side to 136-7 and put Australia in the driving-seat.

But Zoysa cracked two sixes and five fours, putting on an unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 66 with Russel Arnold to snatch victory.


Sri Lanka: Marvan Atapattu (captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Saman Jayantha, Upul Chandana, Nuwan Kulasekera, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nuwan Zoysa

Australia: Adam Gilchrist (captain), Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Michael Bevan, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Brad Haddin, Michael Kasprowicz, Brad Williams




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