Thisara Perera produced an outstanding al-round performance to help Sri Lanka to a three-run win over Australia in a rain-affected Twenty20 international on Monday, securing a 2-0 victory in the two-match series.

After making a hard-hitting unbeaten 35 in Sri Lanka’s innings of 161 for four 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.

The chase came down to four runs from the last ball but Perera produced a dot ball to save the match and the series.

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