Sri Lanka beat Australia by eight runs in 2nd Twenty20

Sri Lanka beat Australia by eight runs in the second Twenty20 International at the Pallekele Stadium on Monday.

Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 157 for nine in their 20 overs with Mahela Jayawardene scoring 86. In reply Australia managed only 149 for nine.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis became the first bowler to take six wickets in a Twenty20 international.

Mendis took 6-16 off four overs as Australia lost their way after an explosive start provided by Shane Watson, who smashed a 24-ball 57 with five sixes and six fours.

“It was pretty obvious that once there was a couple of new batters, it was quite hard work,” Australia’s Twenty20 captain Cameron White said after Monday’s dramatic loss.

“It’s going to be no different during the one-day series. It’ll be hard and tough work for the batsmen against the spinners.

“Everyone knows that, it’s no secret and it’s just going to be about who can come out on top at the end of the series.”

White believes that experienced players such as Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey will be able to handle spinners.

“A couple of senior players coming back into the side, Michael and Ricky, have seen a lot of Mendis so they’ll have straight from the start a bit more experience there and I think just the more you get to face guys like that, who you haven’t seen as much, it becomes easier,” he said.

“He’s a different bowler but, as I said, the more you get to see of guys like that, the easier they become to face.

“Definitely, as Mendis showed tonight, he’s a very good bowler. Clearly, six wickets in a Twenty20 game for under 20 runs is an unbelievable effort.”

Tillakaratne Dilshan expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance.

“Definitely it’s good to win the two Twenty20s because it brings morale up now,” Dilshan said.

“We are full of confidence and will try to start well Wednesday and continue that throughout the one-day series.”

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