Sri Lankan fans make STUNNING gesture to Aussie cricketers at one-dayer to thank them for playing on when they had every reason to cancel tour of strife-torn country
- Australia secured a consolation victory against Sri Lanka in Colombo overnight
- Tourists stormed through Sri Lanka’s top order to leave them reeling at 7-67
- Alex Carey later scored 45 not out to help Australia chase down the target of 160
- Many Sri Lankan fans wore yellow to thank Australia for not cancelling the tour
Grateful Sri Lankan fans produced a stunning gesture to thank Australia’s one-day team for playing in the strife-torn nation.
A tweet from the International Cricket Council (ICC) showed the remarkable scenes in Colombo overnight, where Aaron Finch’s team won by four wickets.
To pay homage to Australia’s cricketers, many home supporters were decked out in yellow, and also showcased a number of handwritten banners bearing the words ‘Thank You Australia, We Love You’.
Grateful Sri Lankan fans (pictured) produced a stunning gesture to thank Australia’s one-day team for playing despite the chaos gripping their nation
The move was lauded on social media, with many global cricket fans loving the tribute
The move was widely lauded on social media, with countless fans loving the gesture.
‘Really proud of my fellow countrymen and women. Never expected so many, old and young, to turn up in yellow to show our gratitude to Australian team,’ one tweeted.
Another stated it was the ‘perfect way to show gratitude towards your guests’.
Post game, Finch paid tribute to the masses in the stands.
‘We are very grateful that we’ve been able to tour here. We know the difficulties that Sri Lanka has faced in recent times,’ he said.
Alex Carey’s unbeaten 45 runs later helped the visitors chase down the low total in Colombo
‘Hopefully over these eight white-ball games (including three T20 matches) we’ve been able to provide some joy to people in the country.’
This week the country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told parliament the economy had ‘completely collapsed’ and warned of a ‘possible fall to rock bottom’.
Sri Lanka is struggling badly under mountains of debt with the effects made worse by savage hits to all-important tourism revenue as a result of the pandemic.
The collapse has left the nation with a huge shortfall of money to buy necessities like petrol, gas for cooking, and food staples like milk.
The home team won the ODI series 3-2, with the tourists snaring the T20 honours 2-1.
Earlier, Australia managed to chase down a low score of 160 set by the hosts to secure a consolation victory.
Entering Friday’s clash, captain Aaron Finch wrung the changes, handing Josh Inglis his ODI debut.
Sri Lanka held an unassailable 3-1 lead and opted to bat at the coin toss, only to see Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell and Matt Kuhnemann tear through the top order and leave the hosts reeling at 7-67.
Australia comfortably defeated Sri Lanka to end their ODI series on a high in Colombo on Friday (pictured, Cameron Green celebrates a wicket)
Chamika Karunaratne smashed a brave 75 runs for the hosts to post a score of 160
Sri Lanka had been 7-67 before the bowling all-rounder wreaked havoc on the Aussies
The visitors looked destined to keep Sri Lanka under a triple figure total, but Chamika Karunaratne had other ideas.
The all-rounder belted 75 runs to take his side to a total of 160, giving the Sri Lankan bowlers a small total to defend.
David Warner and Finch were unable to make significant headway into the total, with both being dismissed early, and it was Alex Carey’s unbeaten 45 that got the tourists over the line.
Friday’s victory gives the Aussies a much-needed confidence boost heading into the first of their two-Test series, beginning in four days.