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160/10 (43.1)
164/6 (39.3)
AUS won by 4 wickets
Player of the match: Chamika Karunaratne
 
And that will be all from this series. Who says no to five-match ODI series, eh? Give us more of them, if anything! Of course, there are two big Test matches coming up and we will see a few familiar faces return for that (read Angelo Mathews and Usman Khawaja, among others). June 29 - that's when the first Test begins in Galle, so mark your calendars and join us for our coverage of the same. If the limited-overs leg was anything to go by, we expect the thrill to intensify even further once the Test matches arrive alright! Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage today, but do keep yourselves updated with all the other news and action from around the globe. Oh, you can hop over here to follow our coverage of the Leeds Test between England and New Zealand as well. For now though, this is the duo of Pratyush Rohra and Sooryanarayanan Sesha signing off, while reminding you to mask up and get vaccinated in case you haven't already. Good night, take care and here's to a great weekend ahead!
Dasun Shanaka receives the series trophy and he heads off to share it with his team. Good to see young Dunith Wellalage in the centre of the frame with the trophy as chants of 'Sri Lanka! Sri Lanka!' reverberate around the venue. What a series this has been - historic, and of course, extremely emotional and special for the people of Sri Lanka. Not a soul has left the ground - the beauty of sport, ladies and gentlemen!
Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lankan Captain): It was disappointing today but we keep pushing our boundaries as a team. Very proud of the boys for the way we've played this series. It was the momentum we took from the last T20 game so winning that set the tone for the one-day series. We could have won that first game as well but after that our batters kept performing well. Our bowlers kept delivering and defending whatever totals we set. Lot of positives - each and everyone took up responsibility in every game. Especially Kusal Mendis - great to see him take up responsibility and come out as Man of the Series. Young Dunith, Chamika Karunaratne, Theekshana...I've got so many names to say. It's a full house - I must thank the crowd for coming in big numbers. They've always been behind us. As a team, we'll surely deliver more in the future. I must specially thank the Australian team, the Australian cricket board as well for coming over. Special thanks to the groundsmen as well - they've done a wonderful job.
Aaron Finch (Australian Captain): I thought the series was very hard fought. Very close in a few games and credit to Sri Lanka - they played better cricket than what we did over the course of the five games and they deserve the win. There were some challenging conditions - most players got starts but we couldn't kick on and get those big partnerships. We saw a 170-run stand in the second (third) game from Sri Lanka. We got some 40-run stands but it just wasn't enough. It was fun being out here. I want to thank you all (the crowd) for your support. I know there's been a lot of yellow in the crowd. You've been amazing.
Kusal Mendis is the Player of the Series. Roshan Abeysinghe is kind enough to translate: Pleased with the team's performance and also his own personal performances. The role I'm playing is important. I have a role to play in the team and will look to execute that every chance I get. With the build-up to the World Cup, we have to keep ticking off some boxes.
Chamika Karunaratne is the Player of the Match. Here's what he has to say: It was a pleasing perfomance. I'm so happy. I wasn't batting well in the entire series but I was backing myself. I said today is my day and I'm going to do it and I think I did that well. When I was batting with Pramod, I told him to let's just keep batting. Even if there are a few maidens, it's okay. Even with Maheesh, I told him I had to take my chances in the last few overs. I really want to thank the fans for coming out and to the Australian team as well. 
Australia 164/6 (39.3) beat Sri Lanka 160 all out (43.1) by 4 wickets. Sri Lanka win the series 3-2.
Alex Carey 45* (65) | Dunith Wellalage 3/42 (10) | Maheesh Theekshana 2/26 (10)
Chamika Karunaratne 75 (75) | Pat Cummins 2/22 (6.1) | Josh Hazlewood 2/22 (7)

Chants of 'Australia! Australia!' from the Sri Lankan faithful, a massive contingent of whom turned up in yellow to extend their gratitude to the visitors for having toured their nation despite all the turmoil in the country in recent times. What a lovely gesture and what a lovely series this has been - fascinating, entertaining and thrilling, but most importantly, played in the perfect spirit. The Aussies go on a lap to thank the crowd themselves - this is a beautiful sight for the ages!

A consolation victory for the Aussies having conceded the series. This wasn't straightforward by any stretch though. Despite having Sri Lanka reeling at 85-8 and thereafter having to chase just 161, tottering at 19-3 meant that another long scrap lay ahead of them. And it came down to Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey to steady the ship.

Aaron Finch endured another duck, David Warner perished to a scorcher of a take by Danushka Gunathilaka and Josh Inglis' debut was short-lived. Mitchell Marsh huffed and puffed and scrapped around, but he too departed in a bid to break the shackles.

The pitch was quite an extreme one alright. It exploded, ripped square and bounced like a spitting cobra. It was a test of the sternest kind and Labuschagne hung in there to stitch a 50-run stand with Carey. Once the former was trapped in front by Dunith Wellalage though, the game sprung to life again. The hosts started to believe yet again, like they have all series, post the departure of Glenn Maxwell, but Carey held one end rather stubbornly.

It was a fine defiance from the wicket-keeper batter who brought out his sweeps and reverse-sweeps to great effect as he kept the scoreboard ticking. Wellalage and Maheesh Theekshana were Sri Lanka's best bets on the day and it was only fair that Dasun Shanaka rolled the dice with them. Once they were played out though, the end result was just a formality. Oh, a shout out to Pramod Madushan though - skiddy and accurate, he made a good first impression, adding to the list of massive takeaways for the Lankans this series.

So Australia achieve a consolation victory ahead of the Test series but a historic series win remains etched in all of minds at the culmination of it. Sri Lanka take the honors 3-2. Stick around for the presentations...
Sealed in grand fashion! Cameron Green has wrapped up proceedings and after a huff and a puff, Australia get across the line. A consolation victory having conceded the series already. Australia beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets with 63 deliveries to spare.
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39.3 Jeffrey Vandersay to Cameron Green, SIX! GREEN WRAPS IT UP IN STYLE! The first maximum of the innings comes off the game's final delivery. Flighted on the off-stump line in Green's slot. Stand and deliver stuff for him, walloping it back over the bowler's head to clear the ropes. Australia win by 4 wickets. Crowds chanting "Australia! Australia! Australia!", showing their appreciation for the visiting side. Delightful scenes. Sums up what sport is all about!
39.2 Jeffrey Vandersay to Cameron Green, loopy low full toss on middle stump, flicked along the turf to mid-wicket, no run
Two slips in place for Green. Back over the wicket comes Vandersay.
39.1 Jeffrey Vandersay to Alex Carey, on the good length outside off, Carey lunges across to sweep this down to deep backward square for a single
Jeffrey Vandersay [9.0-0-39-0] is back into the attack. He will bowl around the wicket.
Fabulous spell from Maheesh Theekshana! He's bowled well without much success all series but if anything, today's spell has enhanced an already burgeoning reputation. Australia are just 4 runs away though...
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cricket bat icon Alex Carey
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cricket bat icon Cameron Green *
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cricket ball icon Maheesh Theekshana
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38.6 Maheesh Theekshana to Cameron Green, flighted on the good length around off. Green decides he's not going to let this one turn off the surface, stepping down to smother, no run
38.5 Maheesh Theekshana to Cameron Green, OH! Nearly bowled him! Carrom ball that wasn't picked at all by Green. Rocked back to try and punch this one but it stayed low to breeze past his bat. Somehow misses the off-stump again
38.4 Maheesh Theekshana to Cameron Green, flighted full and straight this time, Green shovels it out back to the bowler. Nicely stopped as he dived to his right, no run
38.3 Maheesh Theekshana to Alex Carey, fuller outside off-stump as Carey brings out the reverse again. A fumble by the fielder at short third man allows a single to ba taken