Australia beat Sri Lanka to secure ODI series victory

Matthew Wade & George Bailey
George Bailey's (right) unbeaten 90 helped Australia secure a series victory against Sri Lanka
Fourth one-day international, Dambulla
Sri Lanka 212 all out: de Silva 76, Mathews 40
Australia 217-4 (31 overs): Bailey 90 not out, Finch 55
Australia won by six wickets

Aaron Finch equalled the Australian record for the fastest one-day international half-century to help his side complete a 3-1 series victory over Sri Lanka in Dambulla.

Opener Finch took just 18 balls to reach his fifty - equalling Glenn Maxwell's record -external-link as he gave Australia the perfect start to their chase of Sri Lanka's 212 all out.

The tourists reached their target in just 31 overs, and with six wickets in hand, as George Bailey took over from Finch (55) to smash 90 from 85 balls.

Fast bowler John Hastings took 6-45 as Sri Lanka struggled despite Dhananjaya de Silva's 76 from 87 balls.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was struck on the helmet by John Boland and later retired hurt with a calf injury.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board has apologisedexternal-link for the "inconvenience" caused when more than 45,000 fans attended a ground that could only accommodate 18,000 on Sunday.

The fifth and final match of the series will take place on 4 September in Pallekele.

Angelo Mathews
Captain Angelo Mathews was struck on the head as Australia registered an ODI series victory
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka fans climbed trees next to the ground in Dambulla during the third ODI
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan retired after the third one-day international

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