Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis takes record six-wicket haul

Second Twenty20 international, Pallekele:
Sri Lanka 157-9 (20 overs) beat Australia 149-9 (20 overs) by eight runs
Match scorecard
Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis finished with bowling figures of 6-16

Ajantha Mendis became the first bowler to take six wickets in a Twenty20 international as Sri Lanka completed a 2-0 series win over Australia.

The spinner bowled Mitchell Johnson for the crucial wicket to finish with figures of 6-16 in Pallekele.

Earlier, the hosts were indebted to opener Mahela Jayawardene who hit 86 as they made 157-9 after winning the toss.

Shane Watson hit 57 in an opening stand of 71, but Mendis tore through the Aussies who finished eight runs short.

Mendis, whose figures were the joint fourth best in Twenty20 history, also becomes the first Sri Lankan to take five wickets in a Twenty20 international, and the third player to take six in a T20 game in the last month.

He removed Watson, his partner David Warner and had Shaun Marsh stumped for a duck as the tourists lost four wickets for four runs.

Captain Cameron White (39) led a partial recovery before Mendis returned to bowl Steve Smith, Brad Haddin and Johnson as Australia collapsed.

John Hastings (3-14) was Australia's best bowler as apart from Jayawardene, only Kumar Sangakkara (24) and Dinesh Chandimal (13) made double figures for Sri Lanka.

The series continues with five one-day internationals, beginning on Wednesday, and three Tests.

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