Sri Lanka are currently in Australia for a short three-match T20 series. Before the main matches, the Sri Lankans got some practice by facing the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on Thursday. Batting first, the visitors posted 131-8 with Oshada Fernando scoring 38. For the Aussies, veteran Dan Christian took 2-16.
In reply, the Prime Minister’s XI were blown away by seamer Kasun Rajitha (3-21) and wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-21). They were staring down the barrel at 108-7 after seven batsmen were dismissed for single digit scores. Opener Harry Nielsen saved the day with 79 of 50 balls as the hosts eked out a one-run win with one ball to spare.
While the action on the field was riveting, there was at least one light-hearted moment during play. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as expected, was present during the game and not only did he enjoy a tense match, he also got to play a small part in it.
During a drinks break, Morrison served water to the players, much to their delight. The first match of the series is scheduled to be held in Adelaide on Sunday and the final one in Melbourne on November 1.
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