Sri Lanka beat Australia by 3 runs to win T20 series

The chase came down to four runs from the last ball but Perera produced a dot ball, after conceding consecutive boundaries from his two previous deliveries, to take the match and the series.

updated: January 28, 2013 23:20 IST
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Melbourne: Thisara Perera produced an outstanding all-round performance to guide Sri Lanka to a three-run win over Australia in a rain-affected Twenty20 international in Melbourne, securing a 2-0 victory in the series that sparked animosity between the two sides.

After making a hard-hitting unbeaten 35 in Sri Lanka's innings of 161-4 bolstered by Mahela Jayawardene's 61 not out Perera bowled a pressure-laden final over to give his team victory under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Australia needed 18 runs from Perera's final over to win the match, after being set a revised target of 122 from 15 overs following a lengthy rain delay.

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