Sri Lanka the captain crossed the limit Dasun Shanaka thanked Australian cricket team for visiting the island nation during the crisis. In response to a post by the away team’s white ball captain Aaron FinchShanaka said that “every Sri Lankan will remember” the limited series.
The Australia-Sri Lanka competition has given the island nation something to cheer about amid a massive economic crisis that has plunged the Asian country into turmoil.
Australia overcame a three-match T20I streak 2-1, but Sri Lanka beat to regain 3-2 in a five-game-a-day streak 3-2. The ODI win was Sri Lanka’s first win against the Aussies at home in 30 years.
Sharing his thoughts on the tour, Finch took to Instagram and posted a series of photos capturing the essence of the tour with the white ball. He uploaded the photos and wrote:
“It has been a tour that means a lot to so many people, and it is truly an honor to visit this wonderful country again! Thank you to everyone in Sri Lanka for the wonderful memories! “
In response to Finch’s post, Shanaka on behalf of the Sri Lankan cricket team and fans expressed gratitude to the Australian. He replied to the post:
“Thank you very much, captain. Traveling to Sri Lanka at the moment. It was a remarkable streak and I’m sure every Sri Lankan will remember it and be (very) grateful to Team Australia! “
Australia won its first ODI with double brackets (DLS method). However, Sri Lanka registered three wins in a row to secure a historic winning streak. There was some consolation for Australia, as they won the last game of the series by four goals.
“It was extraordinary” – Glenn Maxwell praised the Sri Lankan crowd for the special gesture
There were some great scenes at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo during Thursday’s ODI, when some Sri Lankan fans wore Australian yellow jerseys and waved Australian flags.
The crowd also cheered for the visitors on a final day. The special gesture was Sri Lanka’s way of thanking Australians for visiting the country at a time of one of its worst crises.
Speaking to cricket.com.au after the game, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell praised the crowd and said:
“It’s quite extraordinary. I just told the boys that it’s one of the most special feelings, to go around the world and have foreign countries cheering for you. So many times when traveling. On the Australian calendar, we’re generally enemies, and there aren’t many Australian fans in the stands, but to have the support and the fans to be here at this time is phenomenal.”
Australia overcame Sri Lanka with 160 points in the final ODI before chasing the target in 39.3 rounds to score a consolation victory.
Sri Lanka will now face Australia in a two-match Test series, which begins at Galle on Wednesday, June 29.
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