Heroics by Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara were reversed up to a certain extent by some poor batting by the late middle order and a hat trick by Dan Christian in a crucial CB Series game against Australia in Melbourne.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
After Openers Captain Mahela Jayawardana and Thilakarathna Dilshan departed early, in form Chandimal and Sangakkara put on 123 for the 3rd wicket.
Sangakkara’s dismissal for 64 slowed the run rate.
Dinesh Chandimal who reached 1000 runs in ODI cricket was out for another brilliant 75, while trying to accelerate during the batting powerplay.
Dan Christian claimed a hat trick as well.
Lahiru Thirimanna batted with great maturity with the tail to reach a well fought half century.
Sri Lanka made 238 all out at the end of their 50 overs.