Sri Lanka edged out Australia by four runs in a close encounter to win the fourth ODI of the ongoing series. With this, the team sealed the series win, which they did after 30 years at home. The Australian Team has had a tough time and the openers, in their individual performances, will also be disappointed. In the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka, David Warner and Aaron Finch fell victim to a record, that they would have liked to avoid. We talk more about this record in this article.
“Dreaded figures” for the Aussie openers in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka
David Warner and Aaron Finch are one of the best opening combinations in white-ball cricket. Although they have been inconsistent in producing the big partnerships now, individually, they are still vital to the team. However, they had a day to forget on Tuesday.
Of course, David Warner did have an excellent outing but he, unfortunately, got out on 99. It would have been a superb century and the Aussie might have even helped his team cross the line. However, that was not to be. He fell just a run short and had to go through a batter’s “nervous nineties” nightmare.
Aaron Finch secured a duck and for any batter, especially an opener who is also the team’s skipper, the score was embarrassing. Interestingly, this was the first time that two openers got out for 99 and 0. Here is what a popular cricket statistician had to say about this:
99 David Warner
0 Aaron Finch
First time in the history of ODIs that the opening batters have fallen on the dreaded figures of 0 and 99 in the same innings. #SLvAusAdvertisement
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 21, 2022
Sri Lankan cricket on the rise
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan cricket is slowly emerging from the rut. It has sealed the ODI series against an Australian Team that had a core of experienced players. Youngsters like Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Mahesh Theekshana are stepping up while Dasun Shanaka is leading them well. The team will be expected to improve in the coming months.