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A spectacular exhibition of fielding by the resurgent Australians made them sign off a most demanding tour of Sri Lanka with a four-wicket win in the second T20 game to wrap up the two-match series 2-0 under lights at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday night.
The Australians caught everything that came their way, eight catches in all, as they also made sure retiring batsman Tillekaratne Dilshan had a pathetic send off with David Warner taking a catch at slip to get rid of the veteran batsman for just one run.
Overall the Sri Lankans had a most appalling day on the field in front of a packed home crowd although opener Dhananjaya de Silva (62) offered some limited resistance until the fourth ball of the last over when he was dismissed to a delivery from Mitchell Starc.
James Faulkner (3 for 19) and Adam Zampa (3 for 16) kept the proceedings well under control as Sri Lanka managed to dispatch just 11 balls to the boundary and none able to hoist a six.
But Australian opener Glen Maxwell continued from where he left in the first game when he made an unbeaten 145 as he clouted four sixes and seven fours for a score of 66 as his team chased down a 129 target in 17.5 overs.
Scores:
Sri Lanka 128 for 9 in 20 overs (Dhananjaya de Silva 62 , James Faulkner 3 for 19, Adam Zampa 3 for 16, John Hastings 2 for 23)
Australia 130 for 6 in 17.5 overs (Glen Maxwell 66, David Warner 25, TM Dilshan 2 for 8, S Pathirana 2 for 23)