COLOMBO: Sri Lanka went 2-1 up on Sunday as they cruised to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the third one-day worldwide because of a superb Pathum Nissanka century.
Set a difficult 292 to win after a Travis Head 70, the hosts received comfortably with 9 balls to spare in Colombo, in their second straight victory in the 5-match sequence.
Maxwell bowled Niroshan Dickwella for 25 however Nissanka and Kusal Mendis floor down the harm-depleted Australian assault of Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson and Matthew Kuhnemann.
Mendis retired harm unbeaten on 87 and was changed by Dhananjaya de Silva who made 25, however Nissanka clung on till nearly the top, caught off Richardson for 137 off 147 balls.
Richardson then bowled captain Dasun Shanaka for a duck, however Charith Asalanka — with an ice-chilly six in the penultimate over off Hazlewood — and Chamika Karunaratne noticed Sri Lanka dwelling.
Earlier Australia braved a spin onslaught by Sri Lanka to succeed in 291-6 in their 50 overs after being invited to bat first.
Opener David Warner went for 9 in the third over, high-edging a Dushmantha Chameera bouncer to Maheesh Theekshana at high-quality leg.
Back from harm, Mitchell Marsh struggled to get going and departed for 10 off 23 deliveries, caught at cowl by Mendis after a slower supply by Dunith Wellalage.
Marnus Labuschagne got here in at quantity 4 forward of Head and he and Aaron Finch added 69 earlier than Labuschagne was stumped by Niroshan Dickwella off Jeffrey Vandersay for 29.
Two overs later, Vandersay bagged Finch too, with the Australian captain edging the spinner to a diving de Silva at slip having made 62 off 85.
Head and Alex Carey added 72 runs earlier than de Silva trapped Carey leg-earlier than on the entrance pad making an attempt to comb, having made a fast-fireplace 49 off 52 deliveries.
Maxwell did some harm, smashing 33 off 18 earlier than giving Vandersay his third wicket, miscuing the spinner into the fingers of Wellalage scurrying again from midwicket.
But Head stayed agency, reaching his half-century and smashing Wellalage for 3 sixes in the penultimate over and ending 70 not out off 65 deliveries, with Cameron Green unbeaten on 15.
Vandersay ended with figures of 3 for 49.
Already lacking Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson and Mitchell Starc, Australia omitted Steve Smith after the batsman injured his left quad batting in Thursday’s 26-run defeat in Pallekele.
Marsh, nevertheless, returned to the aspect, as did Green and Richardson, whereas Pat Cummins and Mitchell Swepson had been omitted. Spinner Kuhnemann was once more in for Ashton Agar.
The hosts had been as soon as once more with out key all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga, who injured his groin in the primary match whereas Dickwella changed Danushka Gunathilaka.