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Top 5 performers from Sri Lanka vs Australia ODI series

Srihari
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1.45K   //    05 Sep 2016, 17:19 IST

After the first two matches of the ODI series with it being tied at 1-1, it looked as though this was going to an epic series that will live long into the memory all ODI fans with its close finishes and a throwback to almost a bygone era of ODIs where bowlers dominated.

Instead it became a series where Sri Lankan batsmen, barring Dinesh Chandimal, faltered with alarming regularity and the bowlers found it incredibly difficult to bail them out every time given the task they had at hand. So it was no surprise that Australia eventually won the series comfortably by a 4-1 margin.

So how many players from both sides make the list? Here are the top five performer from the Sri Lanka-Australia ODI series:

James Faulkner

Faulkner
Faulkner was back to his best in the series

After failing to capture the imagination in the tri-series against West Indies and South Africa following the IPL, all eyes were on James Faulkner to see if he could recapture the form that saw him establish himself as not just one of the best all-rounders in the limited-overs circuit but also one of the best death bowlers as well.

And the all-rounder didn’t disappoint as he not only took wickets when his side needed him to but also came out and closed the match when it looked like a wobble was possible right at the end of a tricky chase.

He finished the series with 10 wickets to his name and only Mitchell Starc with 12, had more wickets than him and his economy rate of 4.32 was simply sublime considering the regularity with which he was bowling at the death when batsmen were looking to clear the ground.

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