Sri Lanka clinch T20 series against Australia

18:32, Jan 28 2013

Thisara Perera produced an outstanding all-round performance to help Sri Lanka to a three-run win over Australia in a rain-affected Twenty20 international, 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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Reuters