Bailey praises Warner as a 'natural leader'

But Bailey shared 62 for the fourth wicket with Travis Head (36) and 81 for the fifth wicket with Matthew Wade (42) to steer the tourists to win.

Australia chased down 227 in 46 overs to deny Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan a winning farewell in his final ODI. Bailey's next pairing finished when Wade was stumped by Kusal Perera off Dilruwan Perera.

Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the pitch after playing his final innings of his one day worldwide (ODI) cricket career.

Dilshan and Chandimal then put together a 73-run partnership for the third wicket to steady the Sri Lankan innings.

"Sri Lanka Cricket sincerely wishes to announce that it regrets the inconvenience caused to the ticket holders and cricket fans who could not get to their allocated seats at yesterday's 3rd ODI match played in Dambulla", SLC said in a statement.

Earlier, Chandimal held Sri Lanka's innings together, helping his team to a modest 226. "It's always good to start on a winning note and go 2-1 up". Soon leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna got Bailey bowled in the 42nd over with Australia needing another 23 runs for victory.

"He's always been a leader in terms of the way he plays the game and a lot of the things we talk about as a team". Mathews, Aponso and Dilruwan Perera took two wickets each.

Warner was aggressive with his bowling changes and field settings as Australia had a much better time of things with the ball in comparison to last Wednesday when Sri Lanka posted a record home tally of 288 against their rivals.

The flamboyant opening batsman's 330th and final ODI ended in defeat against Australia on Sunday, but the 39-year-old was able to sign off with an entertaining 42 and take a tricky catch.

"Bit disappointing, because we have so many bowlers who can bat".

"I think he's a natural leader", Bailey said.

Dilshan, who will face Australia in two Twenty20 internationals next month, said the time was right to call time on a long ODI career in which he scored 10,290 runs at an average of 39.27 and made 22 centuries.

"The conversations I was privy to when he was talking to the bowlers, he was very clear and direct". He keeps things simple and they're all pretty good things to have as a skipper.

Known for his famous "Dilscoop" ramp shot, Dilshan has accumulated a staggering 10,248 runs in the 50-overs format and taken 106 wickets in 329 matches. "We were about 20-30 runs short".

Chandimal's 102 accounted for almost half of his side's 226 all out, Adam Zampa taking three for 38 and John Hastings two for 41. In that week, Mathews started bowling.

Not only did fans seek unusual spots around the ground to take in the third match of the ODI series, but those with reserved seating at the Press Box End found themselves in disarray as venue ushers struggled to manage the demands of the ever-growing crowd.

  • Angelo Rivera