Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne November 3, 2010

Mathews and Malinga script stunning victory

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Sri Lanka 9 for 243 (Mathews 77*, Malinga 56, Doherty 4-46) beat Australia 8 for 239 (Hussey 71*, Perera 5-46) by 1 wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga produced one of the great one-day international fightbacks to clinch an improbable victory for Sri Lanka, extending Australia's losing streak to six international games since July. The visitors seemed destined for a humiliating loss when they crashed to 8 for 107 chasing 240, but Mathews and Malinga kept fighting, spurred on by noisy support from a crowd dominated by Sri Lankan fans.

They compiled the highest ninth-wicket partnership in ODI history, beating a 27-year-old record set by Kapil Dev and Syed Kirmani at the 1983 World Cup, and the 132-run stand left Australia's confidence in tatters. Malinga belted his way to his first one-day half-century and Mathews played the guiding hand with a wonderful unbeaten 77 as the pair raced towards their target with plenty of time to spare.

They had a scare when Malinga was run out with the scores level, trying for the winning single to cover, but Muttiah Muralitharan finished the job with a flick off his pads for four to fine leg off Shane Watson. It will be Muralitharan's final international act at the MCG, where he was called for throwing 15 years ago, but this time there was nothing but roaring applause.

Apart from the debutant left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty, who had a dream start to his international career with 4 for 46, none of Australia's bowlers looked seriously threatening against Malinga and Mathews. The stand-in captain Michael Clarke had a furrowed brow for most of the final hour, searching for a way to break the stand, but curiously did not employ the aggressive Steven Smith after the 25th over.

Malinga was the aggressor and finished with 56 from 48 balls, but Mathews was the architect of the comeback. His 84-ball innings included eight fours and one six, and was defined by a regular pinpointing of gaps in the field. Mathews struck the ball cleanly and almost never looked in danger of losing his wicket.

It was a brilliant response after several of Sri Lanka's recognised batsmen threw their wickets away pursuing what should always have been a gettable chase. Doherty outsmarted the top order and had three wickets from his first two overs, having already effected a brilliant run-out when he hurled himself to his left at mid-on to stop a stinging Kumar Sangakkara drive then throwing from on his knees to remove Upul Tharanga, who had overcommitted to the run.

The most important victim in his 4 for 46 was Sangakkara, who was guiding the chase with a stylish innings that ended on 49. Having seen Mahela Jayawardene trapped lbw by a skiddy arm-ball from Doherty's second delivery in Australian colours, Sangakkara played for a straight one when he tried to deftly paddle over his shoulder, only to see the ball turn past his bat to take his leg stump.

The previous ball, Doherty had picked up Chamara Silva, who injudiciously tried to slog over the leg side; his skied top edge was taken by a backpedalling Watson at mid-on. It was a superb spell from Doherty, who in one match has significantly enhanced his chances of making Australia's squad for the World Cup, which will be played on spin-friendly subcontinental surfaces.

By the end of the contest he'd added Nuwan Kulasekara lbw, but his efforts were not enough. Things started well for Australia, when the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan top-edged an unwise pull off Peter Siddle and was caught at square leg, but Mathews and Malinga saved the day.

They built on the solid work of Thisara Perera, whose 5 for 46 included three quick wickets that gave the visitors an early look at Australia's lower middle order, until Michael Hussey set up camp to guide Australia to the 50th over. Hussey entered the match fresh from 0 and 3 in a Sheffield Shield game and he was facing questions over his place in the Test side.

His limited-overs value has not been in doubt, and he ticked the score along well in a 67-run stand with Shaun Marsh, who batted in the unfamiliar No. 6 position and was caught behind off Suraj Randiv for 31. Hussey's only boundary came from his 71st delivery and it was the ball that brought up his half-century, a strong pull over square leg off Kulasekara.

His unbeaten 71 was unattractive but effective; he struck only one boundary along with 50 singles, constructing more picket fences than you'd find in Melbourne's outer suburbs. In other words, it was a typical Hussey one-day innings. He'd have liked a few more boundaries at the death; Australia needed more throughout their innings.

Smith had broken a 23.3-over boundary-less streak before he became Perera's fourth victim, edging behind for 12. Perera secured his second five-wicket haul in a 13-match ODI career in the final over, when he bowled John Hastings for 16. By then, Australia had eked out a respectable total.

Sri Lanka could have chased far fewer, after Perera burst through Clarke, Brad Haddin and Cameron White in the space of two overs to leave Australia at 4 for 88. He halted the momentum Australia were building through Haddin, and by the time he bowled White with a terrific legcutter, Perera was on a hat-trick.

He'd already had Clarke caught behind by a diving Sangakkara and Haddin wonderfully taken at point, where Dilshan intercepted a searing cut. In his first ODI since March, Haddin played some excellent shots, including a perfectly-placed crunch through a small gap at cover when he backed away during Perera's second over.

Haddin finished with 49 and it was a strong return to the opening role, where the Australians are likely to use him alongside Watson in the World Cup. But this day belonged to Mathews and Malinga, and, fittingly, to Muralitharan.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • akalan on November 6, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Mathews Played like a Matured Player,but he lost emerging player award.Mathews is the Best .

  • on November 5, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    well on way to win the 2nd match. :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    we are more confedence pepople not only in cricket insha allah we will become in future but also in develope field we are proud to we a sri lankans we are lions

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    It was awesome cricket by Sri Lankans and great fight back.In my opinion there is no point of blaming Clark along.Australian bowlers were never threatning and that is why Mathews batted so comfortably.Jhonson and siddle bowled all around the pitch and but not a single yorker.GOOD LUCK SL & GOOD LUCK AUS

  • Meety on November 5, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    This match & Razzaqs humdinger proves that 50 over ODIs are far superior to T20 tripe. Hats off to the Sri Lankans - they never gave up - the timing of the batting powerplay was the game breaker. I thought the pace bowlers (Oz), were woeful. I like Mitch & Sid Vicious, but the half-trackers bowled to Mathews got what they deserved. Pup's only negative as captaincy in mind is that he should of sent Siddle & Johnson to the pavilliion & bowled himself & Hussey even (anybody could of put the ball in better coridors then what was done the other night). Anyway I am backing the Aussies to bounce back.... the Poms must be pizzing themselves laughing!!!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 4, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Priceless. I thought that was as highly an entertaining finale to a game as I have seen for many a moon.Sri Lanka at their best.

  • _Australian_ on November 4, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    I really wish some people would read their own comments before posting them. I can't work out what half this dribble is supposed to say. As for the game an amazing effort by Sri Lanka and some of the worst one dimensional bowling I have witnessed. No point blaming the captain. You can't set fields to poor bowling nor can you win when the best choice bowlers are not in the side. Brett Lee would have wrapped up that tail and probably added some much needed runs too.

  • on November 4, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The Sri Lankan lions proved their worth !!! a stunning victory which made the Aussie critics silent...the commentators were even speaking biased towards SRL but they showed in the end tht victory is all tht matters !!! one of the world's most brilliant one-day successes !!!

  • on November 4, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Fantastic alliteration in that headline! Well done Brydon.

  • on November 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    well done Mathews & Malinga. best ODI I've ever seen. And what a support for sri lanka.perform-ens feeling like match was played in sri lanka.we are lions.we never ever give up. ( At the moment 107/8 sl crowd didn't burn the place .just like indians did in kolkata 1996)

  • akalan on November 6, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Mathews Played like a Matured Player,but he lost emerging player award.Mathews is the Best .

  • on November 5, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    well on way to win the 2nd match. :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    we are more confedence pepople not only in cricket insha allah we will become in future but also in develope field we are proud to we a sri lankans we are lions

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    It was awesome cricket by Sri Lankans and great fight back.In my opinion there is no point of blaming Clark along.Australian bowlers were never threatning and that is why Mathews batted so comfortably.Jhonson and siddle bowled all around the pitch and but not a single yorker.GOOD LUCK SL & GOOD LUCK AUS

  • Meety on November 5, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    This match & Razzaqs humdinger proves that 50 over ODIs are far superior to T20 tripe. Hats off to the Sri Lankans - they never gave up - the timing of the batting powerplay was the game breaker. I thought the pace bowlers (Oz), were woeful. I like Mitch & Sid Vicious, but the half-trackers bowled to Mathews got what they deserved. Pup's only negative as captaincy in mind is that he should of sent Siddle & Johnson to the pavilliion & bowled himself & Hussey even (anybody could of put the ball in better coridors then what was done the other night). Anyway I am backing the Aussies to bounce back.... the Poms must be pizzing themselves laughing!!!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 4, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Priceless. I thought that was as highly an entertaining finale to a game as I have seen for many a moon.Sri Lanka at their best.

  • _Australian_ on November 4, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    I really wish some people would read their own comments before posting them. I can't work out what half this dribble is supposed to say. As for the game an amazing effort by Sri Lanka and some of the worst one dimensional bowling I have witnessed. No point blaming the captain. You can't set fields to poor bowling nor can you win when the best choice bowlers are not in the side. Brett Lee would have wrapped up that tail and probably added some much needed runs too.

  • on November 4, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The Sri Lankan lions proved their worth !!! a stunning victory which made the Aussie critics silent...the commentators were even speaking biased towards SRL but they showed in the end tht victory is all tht matters !!! one of the world's most brilliant one-day successes !!!

  • on November 4, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Fantastic alliteration in that headline! Well done Brydon.

  • on November 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    well done Mathews & Malinga. best ODI I've ever seen. And what a support for sri lanka.perform-ens feeling like match was played in sri lanka.we are lions.we never ever give up. ( At the moment 107/8 sl crowd didn't burn the place .just like indians did in kolkata 1996)

  • cricket_fan. on November 4, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    IT IS GREAT TO SRI LANKAN PEOPLE IN THE MCG.THEY DID NOT LEAVE THERE TEAM WHEN THEY 8 DOWN FOR 107,AT THE END THEY ARE REWARDED

  • Hindh on November 4, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    The curse of SCG test of 2008 vs India has struck Aussies pretty badly. Look at the amount of matches they have lost since that fateful match.

  • on November 4, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Dear Australians Never Underestimate Sri Lankans...

    by Sharon Tambimuttu : The roar of the Lankan Lions...

    by Anuja Melaka: Lions will fight forever.....

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 4, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    I do not like to blame some indian or aussie fans who made some comments against Lions. Whether the match is lost or won, it is important to maintain the spirit of the game. It is called now MCG miracle. The way that that 2 M batted, is unbelievable without giving any chance. All the shots are very clean and powerful. But watch Aussies can bounce back.

    I am very woried about the middle order. I think we need Rock Soild Thilan Samaraweera for Chamara Silva in the middle order Thilan can play one end and Mathiews, Perera, Malinga, Kula, Murali can play around him.

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Mathews and Malinga script stunning victory ... this match is also history of the cricket!!!

  • benson141 on November 4, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Australia Struggle started from England tour they lost series to eng.. they lost a test match to pakistan & series drawn... they came to India lost test series & down to ratings 5 place its wrost ratings ever seen.. Now they lose t20 to Srilanka & 1 ODI .. they have face Ashes & World Cup.. my fav off world cup now , India , England & Srilanka.......

  • malibu77 on November 4, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Angelo Mathews looks a really good player - his pull shots off Johnson and co and drives down the ground were quite superb! Well done SL but poor effort from the Aussies. The bowling was all over the place and Clarke failed to take into account that the run rate was never going to be an issue. He should have had a ring field and made the batsman hit over the top instead of being able to run singles and twos. Malingas hitting was quite outrageous and now the oldest partnership record in the books is gone.

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    B - E - A - U - T - I - F - U - L

  • SLfan on November 4, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    @ Chathuranga Dissanayake - Don't even think about it friend. This is the balance & team composition we were looking for a long time. Finally we were able to find that due to the great decisions taken by our current selection committee, headed by Aravinda...True, that Tharanga & Chamara did n't do well yesterday. But don't forget that we have enough players in the squad to replace them such as Chandimal, Jeewan Mendis etc. So, we should give them chances instead of living with past glories...Then only we can find new talented players like Mathews, Thissara to take our cricket forward !

  • Okakaboka on November 4, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka.....But Clarke's captaincy....if that's what it was....was a disgrace. Durrr!....Not once did I see him speak to his bowlers...If he had said, "What the hell are you doing....pitch the bloody thing up at or around off stump"....Well Australia would have won. Sack him...get White....or someone!

  • malaviarachchi on November 4, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    It's a great win ,no doubt thanking to Malinga and Mathews for unbeleivable performence.Question is what other recognized batsmens did? like Chamara Silva,Upul Taranga. I am not talking about all rounders.I think selection of the team for this particular match is not correct.As a bowler Kulasekara now out of form,Vass is still better than him,I am not telling Vass to come in.The man like Kapugedara who can change a game ,should paly in this team ,Youngeter like Chandimal should giva a chance,there is vast gap between Upul & Chandimal when talent is concerned.Why we still depend on Upul taranga who is being always failed.If continuous this scenario ,only miracles can bring us wins.

  • Seasole on November 4, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Well Done!! I have always admired Srilanka, Good cricketers and this Win will certainly please many srilankans.. Congrats and Enjoy the moments

  • markthespark on November 4, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    I have a reliable source who tells me that a man fitting Mazhar Majeed's description was seen in the Australian dressing room before the game. Australia under-performing, losing from an un-losable situation, strange field settings and bowling choices. This sounds familiar. Someone should tell Mr Lorgat to check it out, smells fishy...

  • evenflow_1990 on November 4, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    this was probably our greatest victory since the 96 world cup. in terms of the sheer unexpected nature of the victory. keep on ignoring the haters brothers, because they can't accept that sometimes SRI LANKA IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MIRACLES! it wasn't that australia messed up, its that sri lanka, out of no where, produced a gem of a batting display. thats it. no more excuses. sri lanka won that fair and square, and made australia look pathetic. that in mind, sanga threw his wicket away. when a man plays the most beautiful drives in the world, why the hell did he improvise a sweep shot RIGHT AFTER CHAMARA SILVA threw his wicket away? and why is silva in the team anyway? malinga bats better than him hahaha. but yes, one of our greatest victories, but we need to make sure that malinga and mathews aren't required to save the ship everyday.

  • aly88 on November 4, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    This is the 3 ed 1 wkt win registered in the past 1 month .....ind vs aus (laxman,ishant),pak vs aus(razzaq and razzaq!!!),sl vs aus(mathews,malinga) .......everybody who said one day cricket was getting boring and were going to 'change' the format, this is wat one day cricket has to say about it!!.

  • on November 4, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Yes it is a game............for world cup 2011 for Sri Lanka

  • on November 4, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    should take sanath instead of tharanga or chamara,,,

  • mezrg on November 4, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I am still wondering why SL chose Nuwan Kulasekara over Dilhara who bowled brilliantly in the 20/20 and Chamara Silva over Chamara Kapugedara. I still can't find the logic behind those selections.... I thought they wanted to build a team for the WC next year and I don't see C. Silva being a member of that squad... Also, I think it's time Mahela Opens the innings... Such a Brilliance bogged down in middle order..

  • lassi_SL.lions on November 4, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    that was a great mch, bt u knw we can,t really be hapy with performance. it wasn.t any of the reacognised batsmen except sanga & mathws who scored da rns ..and i dnt think its fair enough put the whole blame on silva , he,s a fine player we knw that l,,dnt u guys remember how he batted during the last wld cup and .. i rally think thisara pere doesnt suit the 50 format though he took 5 wkts,, then he shld be brought in as a bowler not wihin the 7 batsmen...and i really dnt understand y these peple hve ignored kandamby & samaraweera good lck lions

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    A miracle at MCG.............. OUR GREAT HEROES REAL MIRACLE

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Wot remarkable Innings Of Mali And Mathew....Well done Boys...well done.

  • frosty001 on November 4, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Australia really does look like a thrown together team, and are playing like it. There are no settled opening combination, nor is there a settled bowling attack. Andrew Hilditch, chairman of selectors really need to take a good hard look at the selection process because obviously the selectors have lost their way. Lets hope for the sake of the Aussie team and for crowd interest they keep the Smith/Doherty combination going and not keep swapping and changing them like they do with the rest of the team. Perhaps its time to change ALL of the selection panel not just remove Merv Hughes.

  • Braddon_Bill on November 4, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    A dreadful effort at captaincy by Clarke. After having the game well in hand at 8/107 he tried to use pace to bowl the opposition out. Both Siddle and Johnson bowled far too short and Clarke did nothing to stop them. He should have used Smith and Watson to slow the scoring and the wickets would have followed. Bring back Ponting!!!

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! u guys made our country proud.It was a one of the gratest fight backs in one day international cricket history.Young fighted COOL Angelo Mathews and ever gutsy Malinga showed entire world how to turn a probable defeat to a certain victory.ie never say die attitude. aprt from young energetic Tissara Perera & mastermind Sanga, Randiv.Muri u too done their job.this shows that u can beat any counrty and can win the world cup too. common guys u can do it " ''IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING" all da best guys!!!!1

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Best case scenario is a whitewash now and the defeat in the ashes....the authority will be gone forever!!!

  • on November 4, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    You are true champions.. It was a really miracle...well done boys.. keep it up... show Aussies who we are...!

  • on November 4, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    What a match! We must thaks to Malinga & Mathews for their well matured innings. Thanks boys.

  • on November 4, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    mathews' maturity is well beyond his years, he will make a fine captain one day. well done lanka!... great win

  • on November 4, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Is it just in my eyes or this aussie team has the looks of bits & pieces English team of 90's. Only three genuine batsmen, Hussey, marsh & Clarke, rest all bowlers who may bat, one such player may be acceptable but so many of them in same team is baffling.

  • indianxpres on November 4, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    What a show by Mathews & Malinga. Mathews commitment towards the game is to be highly appreciated. he held the innings together and took SL from the jaws of defet to win the match. well done SL. i don't think Clarke can match ponting in Captaincy. AU selectors must rethink.

  • on November 4, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Congratulation SL! What a win... But, lack of confidence of the SLs middle order is still remaining as a problem. Need to overcome this soon. Congrat again... Surely, one of the best victories ever...

  • on November 4, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Where were those who commented in this column that Sri Lanka would lose all their matches in Australia? Hiding somewhere I hope! ODIs are not dead yet. Bring it on! That MCG crowd was a home crowd for the Sri Lankans - glad they stuck with them through the end. As they say it ain't over till the fat lady sings!!

  • on November 4, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    As far as the match is concerned, it was a game with finest finishings in 100 to 200 matches. Was uncanny, surprised and still to sink in. Individual brilliance is seen throughout the australian and sri lankan innings respectively.Nevertheless, the top orders of SL should stand up to their reputation and deliver what they capable of. all in all, sheer brilliance, Uncertainty and last but not least superb piece of fine cricket played at the highest level.

  • on November 4, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    This was way too goood! GO SL !

  • Krish_Von_Colombo on November 4, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Lions showed the Aussies what they were made of. What a brilliant performance from Malinga. I guess Aussies showed the world how to fight till the last batsman drops, and Sri Lankans showed them that they perfected and re-engineered the spell. GO LIONS.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on November 4, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Angelo mathews world's best allrounder at the moment.another thing lasith malinga can bat better than chamara silva.

  • Lion_DownUnder on November 4, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    THE GREATEST COME FROM BEHIND VICTORY EVER........................................................ LIONS ROARS.............. Sydney get ready.... coz Lions are ready & are coming with vengeance......ROAR......

  • on November 4, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    please open with dinesh chandimal/mahela/kapugedara & dilshan ... i'm watching upul tharanga for years and he is not the right opener for sri lanka .... he building pressure to other end .... silva can't bat under pressure ...only thing he know is score runs when others clear all the difficulties .... please don't find this as a offensive but some one please tell this to sangakkara ... best team for sri lanka ... chandimal,dilshan,mahela,sangakkara,jivan mendis/kapugedara,mathews,thisara,randiv,dilhara/kulasekara,malinga,murali/dammika prasad

  • on November 4, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    As an English born man with Sri Lankan blood, everything feels just right!! SL dealing out the slaps to Aus, with England waiting just round the corner!! You've got to fancy Eng's chances this year, defintely in with a chance of retaining the urn, maybe more... and SL gearing up nicely for the World Cup...

  • StefanAbeysekera on November 3, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Move over boring old England! Time to give Sri Lanka a full Test series that the whole cricketing world will watch.

  • on November 3, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    AD Mathews, SL Malinga 132 Sri Lanka v Australia Melbourne 3 Nov 2010 ( Highest 9th wicket partnership ). They played their best cricket. :)

  • bowzer on November 3, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    The SL supporters are the best in the world at 8 down with 140 runs or so to go, others would have left but they stayed to support their team, an was rewarded with a great chase. Clarke should have bowled earlier, batsmen were finding pace bowlers too easy to play. Even Hussey could have bowled some medium pacers. Poor captaincy...

  • AmmaGahai on November 3, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Match fixing? Nope? Why not? If it was Pakistan, there will be a Police investigation. Anyway, Well done boys! So, proud of u lot, except Chamara Silva and Tharanga. Chamara Silva should be dropped immediately until he gets his brain fixed.

  • Bredfan on November 3, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka played well and within the spirit of the game. Great to see them enjoying their cricket. Australia's bowling after they had Sri Lanka at 8/107 was a disgrace. Their bowlers and lack of captaincy cost them that match. 12 wides? numerous rubbish half volleys that were dispatched far too easily. On the odd ball that they put on the stumps or at the base of them were not able to be scored from easily. When will they go back to basics and bowl at the stumps? Clarke should have laid the law down to his bowlers when they took their foot off of Sri lanka's throat. They need to learn this lesson fast.

  • on November 3, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    This game really huirts as an Aussie supporter, but as a cricket fan it is great to see enthusiasm for the 50 over game has started to return. You would not see a game like last night at the MCG in a twenty/20 game.

  • on November 3, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    What a wonderful partnership By the Duo.... specially against Aussies... superb...We know about the talent of Mathews... but what an inning from Malinga..

    Well done Lions.... Hats off to you

  • Hamshank on November 3, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Great win from Sri lanka !!

    Bowlers win matches, and Australia ain't got any.

    England will be licking their lips watching that match, it will give them a huge lift of confidence.

    I know the guy might have been injured but the laddie Smith ain't the next Shane Warne like the Aussie press is saying. He is more like a Cameron White. A batsman that can bowl ok.

  • Nujee on November 3, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    awesome........aweSOME............AWESOME.........i watched it all the way........matthews u beauty!!!!!!!!

  • Saddam_Rasool on November 3, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    The balance has certainly shifted away from Austrailia. They may still win this series but they are not ruthless anymore the way they used to when Warne, Mcgrath, Hayden, Gilchrist, Lee used to play. We are going through a phase of upsets. India winning all there matches against Austrailia, Bangladesh whitewashing NZ, Srilanka against Austrailia and no hopers Pakistan winning a game and getting very close in the third against SA. Good for the game indeed!

  • on November 3, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Fantastic bowling by Perera, Gutsy batting by Malinga, matured innings by Mr. Cool Mathews, all together fantastic performance by our boys what a match to watch. Well done Sri Lanka. All the best for the next match.

  • yorkslanka on November 3, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    well done to the mighty Lankan's for a great win..have a look at our flag and you will see why we never give up...fantastic effort from the M&M show...fantastic to see another record also, this being the highest 9th wicket partnership in ODI history...let's see if we can utilise the spin in Sydney and take this series...come on Lanka...also big up to all the Sri Lankan's who were at the MCG and (hopefully) made the players feel like they had some home support...

  • on November 3, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    WHAT A GAME!This is why cricket is the best sport in the world.In football terms Sri Lanka were 6 v 0 down.But seldom in the overpaid football world does anyone win 7v6!!!.The more I see of Aussies the more I think England can win the ashes.You would never had seen so many mistakes made by Aussie sides of the last 20 years.Well done Sri Lanka.COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    What a victory...Lankan lions are roaring , Australian kangaroos are taking a hiding...i wish aussies can focus more on playing rather than engage in sledging....this is just wonderful news for world cricket...i think this world cup is going to be fantastic....this really shows that australian cricket dominated only because of few good cricketers and not because of steve waugh's captaincy or ricky's....a captain is as good as his team....clarke , u better pull ur socks up or its bye bye world cup for you...but this arrogant team deserves this whacking...they deserve even more......

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    You notice how 4 years ago test cricket was 'dead'(According to some)? Now it's alive and kicking, the ODI is going to make a comeback, now that Australia can't win at will.

  • Foxswoop on November 3, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka, it was a stunning comeback. Unfortunately there has to be big question mark over Clarkes captaincy though. Why did he persist with Johnson and Siddle and not give Smith a bowl? He really seemed to lose the plot after having them 8 down.

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    well done and congrats to Sri lanka

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    I am a pakistani but i am loving the way Srilanka played ...Well done...But i am happy that Australians have forgotten their winning ways ....as they were just like a machine that will never loose any game and that made cricket boring :)

  • Sidath346 on November 3, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    What a brilliant win SL....Mathews and Malinga were brilliant along with Murali's flick to win the game...definitely the best I've ever seen.

    I guess TimmyF_23 is bursting with jealousy and cannot accept that the Sri Lankan players are loads better than their pathetic Aussie side. We've got team spirit unlike you guys, that's for sure...If a team defeats us, we accept that the opponent played well and deserved it instead of crying the way you do. Pathetic!

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 3, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    As Clarke said during the press conference, "Steve Smith had a sore back so couldn't bowl". Funny that the bulletin writer didn't pay attention to the press conference immediately after the match.

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    wow !!!! wonderful game played by Matthews and Malinga. I think it's their best partnership in the wicket of 9 as well as in the world. Congratulations for winning over Aussie. I like Sri Lankan cricket. (Liton - from Dhaka, Bangladesh)

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Make them Lankawash! (Whitewash)!!!

  • JawusungBatta on November 3, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Continuing…. There are couple of tactical decisions we need to make. (1) Need to decide quickly whether to take a chance and give Chandimal a go at the top with Dilshan. (2) Should not send in and expose all three of our experienced batters (Dili, Sanga and Mahela) at a stretch. After the openers there should be some one like Kapu, followed by Mahela , Sanga and Mathews which will give good stability to the line up, and which will also let Chandimal and Kapu to play freely without pressure. So the possible game plan would be Dili and Chandimal will go hard at the top, Kapu and Mahela will set the game up, Sanga and Mathews will play finishers role. This way we have enough hitting power at the top with Dili Chandimal and if required Kapu (depending on the situation he could either attack or control), and at the bottom with Sanga , Mathews and Thisara….. while Mahela controlling the proceedings in between.

  • rhavs on November 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    This game is both a testimony to the courage of Sri Lanka (at the death... not so much in the collapse) and to the lack of form Australia have. Again, Michael Clarke has failed and seems to be under pressure from fans and team mates to pull the side together. The most disappointing aspect of the match barring the Australian Performance, was the lack of support Australia had. The stadium was more than three-quarters empty...

  • JawusungBatta on November 3, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Couldn't believe my eyes when I got the news flash SMS. Watched the highlights. What a match? Mathews has proven beyond any doubt that he is an absolute champion. Awesome talent coupled with a very shrewd mind. But we should be wise not to forget some gaps in our game today. This we should have won fairly easily. The situation we were in before M&M fight back was self inflicted. Some question marks over team selection. Tharanga needs to find his feet soon or should make way to Chandimal, whom should be given enough time and exposure to get in to the groove before the WC. We have invested heavily in Kapu to date and when he's showing signs that he's actually found some form he shouldn't have been dropped, specially seeing the way Chamara played. Bowling look pretty settled with good bench strength. If we get our batting combination and the order right we will have what it takes to go all the way next year.

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    nice game,, but dnt be over confidence,, SL have to do a serious adjustment in their batting line up,,, i really appreciate the way tha lasith and mathives played ,good luck!

  • on November 3, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    @Satya Jyothi Nice thinking... I am actually scared of that too.. although im not the biggest aussie fan, if that happens (aussies taking path of WI) that ll be a very sad thing for competitive international cricket. Only SL and India will be left ...

    Btw it was only one T20... there wasnt 2

  • on November 3, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Wonderfully superb Sri Lankan cricket. We feel proud to see your HEAD HIGH in the world of cricket. What a spirited performance from Mathews and Malinga! Well, their 132-run ninth-wicket partnership created a history in ODI, breaking a 27-year-old record! Including Malinga does anyone know that with a highest of 16 runs, Malinga averages only 4.47 runs an innings from all his previous 34 innings he batted out of his 72 ODI matches prior to this one at MCG. See what he has done on his 35th innings of 73rd ODI - a 42 ball fifty (48 ball 56). A cricket lover from Bangladesh.

  • 9ST9 on November 3, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    And to think people think this format is dieing and want to tamper with it. The last 2 odi's in uae as well as this one prove that ODI's still rock. Split innings? you must be kidding........

  • dsndhanushka on November 3, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    well done Lions,,,u r da best now.. don`t give up till World Cup

  • Adhiqarie on November 3, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Wonderful win by Srilankans..I wanna see Australia below 3 in ranking in ODIs too!!!

  • VikasMadle on November 3, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Aussies jus seem 2 have forgotten the winning ways...cant imagine an Aussie cricket team losing from such a great position..C'mon Australia..

  • CricketConnect on November 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Australia can not be unlucky every time. They seriously lag young talent, weak captaincy and consistency.

  • cricket_for_all on November 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    What a game this is!!!. Hats off to Mathew and Malinga. AUS should realize that cricket is not only Ashes with weak ENG team (most of the time).

  • wanderer1 on November 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Anyone who says ODI cricket is dying has clearly not been watching cricket over the past few weeks. Exactly the sort of hype to build to the world cup around the corner.

  • on November 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    the 4 semifinalists of the WC 2011 : India , Srilanka , Bangladesh and Pakistan........

  • AhmadSaleem on November 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    We have three great odis in a row now. Who says one day cricket has no room any more?

  • mrjacobpaul on November 3, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Today i felt they were badly missing the expertise of ponting.And things were not going in der fauvour. sooner or later we'll hear "australia is no more to be feared .Just respect 'em".Loosing 6 matches in a trot is no joke and that too in all forms of the game.

  • on November 3, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Congrats and a thousand BRAVO's for Srilanka from Dhaka, Bangladesh.......

  • AJ_Tiger86 on November 3, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Ha ha, England will win the Ashes 5-0. England are the best team in the world in all three formats of the game.

  • on November 3, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    The other thing I would like to mention is that Michael Clarke also should not be in our team let alone be CAPTAIN. If the SELECTORS do not WAKE up SOON, then AUSTRALIA will be No. 4 - 5 Cricket Side for 3 - 5 YEARS.................

  • Makers on November 3, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    What a match .. Murali was soo tensed before the wicket of malinga..after his fall he just felt like sitting on fire.. Hope Lankans will clean sweap the series :)

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Unfortunately Australian selectors have a LOT to ANSWER for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are we picking Cameron White and Mike Smith in same team to bowl only 3 Overs between them if neither are going to BOWL????? Why is Mike Hussey still preferred instead of YOUNG TALENT like Callum Ferguson????? I don't care that Hussey made runs, he is not our future and STUFFING up our progress Why do we select Mitchell Johnson who is very expensive bowler and only good at shock value in test's???? Is Peter Siddle a 50 over tight bowler???? And FINALLY how the HELL did Brad Haddin get back in our side???????

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    aussies have totally forgotten how 2 win.well done srilanka .do it the way india had done to the aussies--WHITEWASH .

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Srilankan crowd are the best in the world. They enjoy the game very sincerely. They support their team with equal spirit whether they are winning or losing. Their support caused this miracle....

  • PHANTOM-X on November 3, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    One of the best I have ever seen...!!! There are two more matches to be played....They will come at us hard...be prepared, Think strategically. Proud to be a Lion...!!!

  • kimian on November 3, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    What A week fans of cricket had!!!! A grt comeback by Pakistan in the nd odi and now Srilanka came through...A Miraculous Week of cricket !!

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    What days for Aus..Even Srilanka...lol........

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    I think so ODIs format will not die if we see the matches like 2nd odi between pak n rsa and sl vs aus match........i love odi than twenty20 bcoz we can see the 3T (talent, technique n temperment) of any cricketer n its very good that asian teams r performing well n pakistan performance is much improved but there is need of improvement .India ,pak, sri lanka n bangladesh cmon .........its the time for asia ;))))

  • sgh142 on November 3, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Brilliant well done SL!!!!

  • JonB007 on November 3, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Great job by Mathews & Lasith, they made Aus. pay for the lack of leadership shown by Clarke, the whole Aus. team started to clown around and did not take the game seriously when SL was 107/8, fielders were laughing after misfielding, this gave SL the confidence they needed and they took advantage of the situation.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    enjoying australia decline

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    its awesome.......really guys.........whosoever says ODI's are on verge of extinction....they should read or watch the ODI's of past 10 days

  • SMadampege on November 3, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    I can't believe my eyes. As I am a Sri Lankan, I am really proud of our cricket team by winning with a magnificent comeback against no 1 team Australia in Australia. But we still should worry about our batting. It's still not consistent. We don't want to win a match with the help of bowlers batting since we have pure class players like Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan. But thanks to Thisara for his excellent bowling and Angelo and Malinga for their batting. But we have to worry that Class players like Mahela and Sanga poorly played against the debutant Xavior Doherty. That's must be correct if we want to win other matches. Anyway Stunning victory!

  • asathraja on November 3, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    poor austraila may change their bowling tricks and taken the important wickets. but it was their unfortunate proven today. after huge heartbroken from indian tour their anonther poor performance is going on... but it was a last loss with srilanka by australia.. note ur diary. after there would have been no chance for loss their game in future..

  • aruwan on November 3, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Do not have a word to tell............ Awesome to watch.............rocking performance. well done boy's and Congratulations.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    awesome match!! just hope the lankans treat the aussies in the same way as we indians did!! :D

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Hmm! "The great thing about Australia is that they Never Say Die!" Not even at 107 for 8 did they ever doubt that they could manage to find a way to lose. And that WITHOUT Ponting, too! So glad I didn't bet on this one.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    what should i say, i m speech less, what a great performance by these two, Pakistani players must learn something from this kind of spirit, attitude and mental approach. great work guys. keep playing like this.

  • jjrodz on November 3, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Week of miracles in cricket; Razzaq, Chahar and now Mathews-Malinga.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Well done Sri lanka... Aus deserve this... they r not upto the mark.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Great work Mathews (and Malinga)!! You have done it again!! Earlier with Kapugedara!! What a gift (a match winner) you are for Sri Lankan cricket after long long time!

  • amitava1976 on November 3, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    9th wicket stand killing the Aussies, Laxman & Ishant and now Mallinga & Mathews...

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    one of the great match ever for srilanka in ODI

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Awesome Victory. Does it Show the Fighting Character of Srilanka or Does it show the Overconfidence of Aussies

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    nail biting finish for SRILANKA what a match,so thanks to the srilanka team

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    wow! a repeat of what laxman-ishant did at Mohali

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Stunning victory from a difficult position.

  • Royalmarine on November 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Hey what a match guys we really deserve this and are aussies loosing there grip over So called "Aussie cricket dominance" And i wish my best wishes to SL to have a white wash @ Aussie land against stupid aussies

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    OMG! Srilanka Rocking!! one of the bst ODI game i watch so far.....

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Really biggest test for Aussies.... I am happy as a cricket fan, but still we cant write off Aussies, they will sure comeback strongly!

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    What a wonderful match..... Simply perfect. Well playd Boys. But i still belive Dinesh Chandimal must play instead of Chamara Silva or Kapugedara. He is far more talented younge lad. Unfortunatly he got poor decision on 31st. Any way im waiting to see match highlights tonight. Thanks Boys... u make us proud.

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Congratulations Srilanka. Unbelievable performance by Malinga and Mathews. Mathews you are the man. I think this is a very good answer to all those guys who don't want to see him play for srilanka

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    One of the GREATEST ODI'S I ever watched. What a turn around - all credit should go to Malinga and Mattews they kept fighting until the end. Aussies were dreaming.

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Awesome!! Congratulations Sri Lanka.

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    wat a performance by lasith n angelo.great to see young angelo.lankans r right upto the task.i'm sure they gonna won their first ever series in australian soil.

  • TheUglyTruth on November 3, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    WHAT A GAME!!! ALL THE HATERS OF SL CRICKET, its ok u go ahead doing what u do best. The rest of us will stop and stand in awe at one of the greatest comebacks in the history of cricket. Beating australia in australia against the number one ranked side mind u...unbelievable. I was there at the MCG and it was a night to remember. Id like to thank all the sl fans for sticking by the team even at 107-8. I was proud of being a srilankan for two reasons - the blokes on the pitch and the ppl around me. The mexican waves, the papara band, the dancing, the cheering...perfect. I lost my voice but it was worth it...so damn worth it :) U guys rock! SL CRICKET ROCKS! Come on lions! One more game for the series. But win or lose, uve still got ur fans! Respect!

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    what a performance boys............. u guys rocks well done..keep it up.

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    it's amazing match.... kudos to srilankans .... they have unbeatable on this tour...

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    great great !way to go sri lanka!

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    joss work sri lanka is great.....superb performance...awesome

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Unbelivable performance.

  • Marcio on November 3, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    It pays to keep in mind that Australia is losing most of these games by tiny margins after all but winning, so the actual mental shift required is small.

  • Marcio on November 3, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I normally back Australia win, lose or draw, but this really was just sad to watch. Pathetic really. Losing is one thing, but losing while letting a #10 batsman who averages 9 runs an innings smash you all over the park and score 140 runs with his partner is mindboggling ineptitude. I'm afraid this isn't good enough for an Australia team. Heads need to roll. There are plenty of really talented & professional players around. I have to agree that it all comes down to leadership. There was none. The selectors have to bite the bullet & relieve Clarke from the Captaincy and vice captaincy, as well as from the T20 side, where he is simply not in the top dozen T20 batsmen in the country. Of course the whole problem is with the administrators and selectors too. It's top-down rot. Actually, all that is required is a mental adjustment. That can literally come overnight. But there has to be an admission of the problem before it can be resolved. It will be interesting to see how they guts it out.

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    WHAT AN ABSOLUTE JOKE!!!! AUSTRALIAN CRICKET IS GOING RIGHT DOWN THE DUNNY, ONE OF THE WORST NIGHTS I HAVE EVER SEEN, EVEN THOUGH I HAVNT SEEN TOO MANY MATCHES. SEEING THE LACK OF AUSTRALIAN SPECTATORS THERE WAS EMBARASSING! PONTING NEEDS TO STAY UNTIL HE'S 50, CLARKE CANNOT CAPTAIN! I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED WE ARE GOING TO LOSE THE ASHES THIS YEAR, HOW CAN ANYONE RECOVER FROM A PSYCHOLOGICAL HAMMERING LIKE THAT?!?!?!?

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    All Praise the Golden Blue Boys of Sri Lanka Cricket, it's magic....Mathews,Malinga,Perera ,Sanga all gave thier best..............

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    PAK and SRI proving even 1 odi can be interesting, competing with t20?

  • Da-Silva1996 on November 3, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Great performance by Sri Lanka, although this shoulg easily highlight the weaknesses.there will be times when mahel, Sanga, Dilshan fail and we need others to chip in like Malinga did today.Chamara and Tharanga need to be dropped because they are extremely inconsistent and never come through when you need them.Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis should be added to the already great team in to an absolute SUPER TEAM which will undoubtly be the best in the world.Hope Sanga makes these changes for the next match to see SL bear the fruits and the World Cup is just around the corner and Sri Lanka definitely are the team to lift with the right application and selection of players.This game should be a good boost that the team can win from any position especially with huge weaknesses in the batting in the form of Chamara and Tharanga.

  • lastmanout99 on November 3, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Great win by the Lions.One of the best ODI's this year.But they need to drop Tharanga who has no confidence in what he's doing, maybe push mahela to open and get chandimal into the middle order.Also bring Kapugedara into replace silva kapugedara in recent times have shown he's ready to step up his game if not anything else he'll be replacing a similar player.There's shades of 96 in this team, looking forward to the big one next year.

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    AWESOME....!!!! on our way to the world cup 2011

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Unbelievable performance by Mathews & Malinga! Full credit to them for their excellent batting and winning for Sri Lanka!

  • TimmyF_23 on November 3, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    How on earth is Murali still bowling.. i mean throwing. Seriously its a joke on the game. Shane Warne will always in most peoples minds be the leading wicket taker with a legal action. Murali, what a joke. Instead of treat him like a god, Sri Lanka should be ashamed!

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Purely awesome! for a long time i havent seen such great cricket. well the 2nd ODI SA vs PAK was also amazing. I guess these are the glimpses of what is yet to come in th 2011 world Cup ?? :)

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    this was the awesome ODI i ever seen... comooooooon sri lanka...

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    hahahahaha jaws falling off! JAWS FALLING OFF EVERYWHERE!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    No one can play the way which SL played 2day 8-)

  • Desi_In_US on November 3, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    What an awesome showcase of sensible cricket. Congratulations to Sri Lanka and the fans. And yet another sign of Australians losing the plot. Past few days has been great treat for ODI fans. First couple of absoloute crackers between Pak and SA; and now this one. Who says T20 is the only show in town.

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    wat a win ...thumbs up to sirlanka and congratz to srilankan fans :)

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Lions beat Kangaroos again....Magnificent..... It z a remarkable match at MCG...

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    We are the real LIONS !!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    What a victory from lions go SL lions goooooooooo

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Excellent work Sri Lanka!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bravo.If you play this way the World cup can be yours.

    Mehdi Singapore

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Who says ODI cricket is dead? Razzaq's stunning one man show followed by SA's at-the-death victory last night and then this incredible comeback, tells me that the 50-over format of the game is doing just fine.

    Keep the ODI series' shorter, with 3 games in a series, and get rid of the 7 game series format which produces too many dead rubbers, and I think we'll be on to a winner.

    Loving these wonderful games in the year leading to a World Cup. Let's hope it continues into the Subcontinent next year.

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    It was a clinical thrashing of Aussies at the hands of trio - Mathew, Parera and Malinga. They carried through this match as match-winners, keep it UP!

  • s1o9n9i0c on November 3, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Well done Lions. Proud to be a Srilankan.

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    We are having some excitement these days on cricket grounds and more importantly in the longer versions of the game. It's important for the sustenance of these formats. First the Laxman and Ishant partnership against Aussies some days back which saw Aussies losing from nowhere and here again a similar story.And few days back the brutal Razzaq was on the destructive best against SA .I had never witnessed anybody win a match in that fashion single handedly chasing a target for a long time.Long live Test cric and ODIs....

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Lion r rock....all da best........hpe anthr tight match in 2 ODI

  • 3rd_man on November 3, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Congratulations Srilanka. Unbelievable performance by Malinga and Mathews. Mathews you are the man. I think this is a very good answer to all those guys who don't want to see him play for srilanka. Going forward, I still think SL need to find solid middle order. Sangakkara played wonderfully well. but Mahela I think played very poorly today. He find so difficult when ball just out side the off stump. I am surprised this weakness keep on appearing in his game. I think coaches need to do something. because of him run rate came down, and also momentum of sanga. funny thing is finally he got out after so many play and misses against a spinner which all expect him to do well. Chamara silva , dont have any consistency . Tharaga should be more aggrasive. he eats up lot of balls up front, put lot of pressure on other guys. he should believe him self. Chamara, Thanranga, Kapu have no confidence. see what Malinga done. I am sure they ll think about it.

  • mcsdl on November 3, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Angelo Mathews u are a beauty....! This is how the Sri Lankans make the Kangaroo Curry....!

    You do realize he is just a 23 year old all-rounder, but his ability and temperament with the bat is heeps and bounds above most of the current day young batsmen...

    I still dont know how Mathews along with Malinga pulled that off so easily, because its just not all about the win from a definite loosing position, its about how easily they managed to beat Aussies at the end.

    With the roar from Sri Lankan supporters throughout the match intensified the atmosphere in the ground superbly... It was an amazingly entertaining and thriling match to watch...

    Final thought...- Michael Clarke as next captain... NO WAY....!

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Wow what a win, It was a previldge to be at the MCG and watch such a historic game, when Sri Lanka was 8 wickets down I couldn't stand it any more I just went for a walk, all my lankan mates started to leave they told me why do you want to stay and watch your team loose go home, but I am glad I stayed on with the true believers. When we had 3 runs to get and Malinga and mathews were batting I told my mate Murali should come and score the winning run, he frowned at me and said please don't even say that. A few balls later Malinga was run out out and out came Murali and scored the winning runs, I was there in 1995 when he was called for chuckking and I was there 15 years later as he bopwed out a world champion, truly amazing how destiny unfolded and a champion had the last laugh in front of his tormentors

  • on November 3, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    The greatest match i watched live.I will definately tell my grand children that i was there to watch possibly the greatest comeback in a one day international ever! Sri Lankan bowlers were excellent and so was the fielding (admittedly the Aussie batsmen did look like their weren't running with urgency) very few fours in the aussie innings and no sixes. The Sri Lankans got off to a steady start but were always losing wickets Sangakkara looked to be winning the game for us,and the game was in the balance at 84-3 , then the slide instigated by Sangakkara's and Silva's dismissals (in 20 years time I'll still b wondering why they layed the shots they did considering the situation). Then the M&M show < matthews and Malinga played amazing chanceless cricket (although near the end malinga was starting to lose his touch.) What I loved most were the performance of the SL youngsters, Matthews played with calmness beyond his age and is our future captain while Perera was great with the ball.

  • mulleegrubber on November 3, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    In more than 50 years of watching international cricket, I don't think I've ever seen a more inept display of captaincy than shown by Michael Clarke at the MCG tonight. Without detracting from Sri Lanka's magnificent performance, Clarke fed the batsmen's strengths by his use of bowlers - particularly the notoriously inconsistent Mitchell Johnson - who persisted in sending down juicy, half-pitched, wide and pacy deliveries. What does this man have to do, short of being found lacing his colleagues drinks with alcohol, to get dropped from the Australian side?

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    what a performence by the srilankans.it seems that the aussies are just shadows of the past.poor bowling,batting,fielding u name it.right time to oust the aussies from the number one spot(by indians?) in odi.

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    great win, all credit to Amazing double - Angelo and Lasith, Guys u were great, I was at the match, first time I left early heart broken. Thanks Lasith and Angelo, u were great, u didn't let down your most supportive Melbourne Srilankans.

    To our Cricket Board - do you guys have brains/ I don't think so , I wanted to know, Chamara Silva and Upul Tharanga why are they in the team? Do u want to win matches then please remove these guys, there are plenty of new talent, why don't u give chances to them?

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Cricket is a Wonderful game, this game is a perfect Example for that..

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    well done boys........ :******

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    the wheels are falling off, it like a disease soon the ashes revi

  • 3rd_man on November 3, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Congratulations Srilanka. Unbelievable performance by Malinga and Mathews. Mathews you are the man. I think this is a very good answer to all those guys who don't want to see him play for srilanka. Going forward, I still think SL need to find solid middle order. Sangakkara played wonderfully well. but Mahela I think played very poorly today. He find so difficult when ball just out side the off stump. I am surprised this weakness keep on appearing in his game. I think coaches need to do something. because of him run rate came down, and also momentum of sanga. funny thing is finally he got out after so many play and misses against a spinner which all expect him to do well. Chamara silva , dont have any consistency . Tharaga should be more aggrasive. he eats up lot of balls up front, put lot of pressure on other guys. he should believe him self. Chamara, Thanranga, Kapu have no confidence. see what Malinga done. I am sure they ll think about it.

  • aus-j on November 3, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    i was there only for the last innings for the game, and that was GREATTTTTTT, lots of people give up the hope, but 80% sri lankans naver give up the game, and the end, malinga and matthews deliver that special day for sri lankan cricket, but its shame not many aussis in the MCG, when its the first International game for Melbourne for this summer. hope sydney get better support that 19306.

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    congratulations to our boys but, what is that shot from sanga? i mean i remember at least 3 times he got out playing that exact same shot! infact i dont remember one instance where he didnt get out while playing that.its almost a signature get out shot for him!

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Well deserved win!!!...Congratulations to Sri Lankan team and their avid supporters. Let the Sub-continent flag fly in all corners of the world! The writing is on the wall for the Aussies who undermine others and use Ashes as an excuse in defense for their poor performance. Let this be a lesson in eating humble pie.

  • boris6491 on November 3, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Absolutely awesome. I watched every minute of the second innings and it wasn't short of entertainment. I won't say anything about Sri Lanka except that they deserved to win it as the more focused, committed and determined side. Mathews has shown what a cool temperament he has, he will be vital to SL's chances at the WC. For those who denounce 50 over cricket, I need not say more.

  • prikand on November 3, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Well done.What a great win.Full credit to Thisara ,Mathews and Malinga.We will not see one day matches like that easily.What a performance in front of a 90% Sri lankan crowd.

  • TimmyF_23 on November 3, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I thought the Australian bowling was plain dumb. Full and straight and the would of had those two Sri Lankan sloggers out below scores of 10. Stupidity lost Australia that game, rather than the so called 'brilliance' of Malinga and Matthews. There is no brilliance in slogging. The fact that they had to leave it too the bowlers to get the runs says alot about both teams. Sri Lanka batting was really poor. Australias bowling besides Doherty was even worse. Poor game to watch.

  • kickittome70 on November 3, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Cant really explain why I actually like seeing my Aussie team being beaten now? It's a bit of a weird feeling after backing them to the hilt for the last 30 years. I just cant stand Clarke. Look at our leadership -

    Sutherland CEO - missed the boat on 20/20 by a long way (still hasn't woken up - take a look at the paltry ODI crowd at the MCG tonite) -

    Hilditch chairman of selectors - totally into holding onto a pack of geriatrics who cannot win us games anymore

    Nielsen - head coach - total dud - worst coach we've ever had, perpetuates a redneck culture - getting out-thinked by intellectual superiors like Flower and Kirsten - a backward, provincial oulook assures poor performance

    Ponting - this bloke's actually done very little wrong - let down by his bowlers, the middle order and his dim witted superiors. Poor bloke cannot get any real support. Clarke is so far away from being the right man to replace him. Ponting should stay right where he is for the time being.

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    yeah fun game.. enjoyed a lot , one of da gr8 game plyed by sl against Aussie ,,awesome game !!!!

  • manojd on November 3, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    What a match!!! uNbelievable!!! I just died and went heaven! Maxxaa job my Lankan Lions! This is just what ODI needs to survive in this so called "Era of 20/20". Matthews u little beauty! Waddaplayaaa! I really thought it was curtains for lankans after the 8th wicket at 107, but that is the beauty of cricket! Thats why cricket to me the most beautiful game in da world!! Bad luck for aussies! I was wondering why Smith is not bowling at that time but later came to know that he has got a back problem during the match. This win really put the cat among the pigeons (or shuld I say lion among the kangaroos!). Im really waiting for the lovely heartwrming comments frm the aussies and a few of my indian neighbors who aftr our 20/20 win at Perth was really eager for an aussie pounding on the lankan lions, well guess who is having the last laugh! But, I know that the aussie team will definitely try their utmost best to bounce back and thats what the cricket world needs. Lets see on the 7th!

  • fadms on November 3, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    So beautiful to watch. My heart was in my mouth the whole time. Am so proud of Sri Lanka. You have got it in you to win the WC. All the best

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    GOOD WORK BY SRI LANKN CRICKETERS

  • kusanagi119 on November 3, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Surely this must be enough evidence that Michael Clarke cannot captain Australia in any form of the game?! 8/107 and SL still won?? When SL took the powerplay, that was the time to re-introduce Hastings to keep stem the run flow and keep boundaries to a minimum - instead he turns to Johnson(who surely must be dropped by now) leaking 10 runs first over... and then another over... and another over, leaking 27 runs in 3 overs.The bowling changes he made were absolutely deplorable with no plan and no insight, just changing bowlers for the sake of changing bowlers and HOPING that one of them could take a wicket rather than trying to make one happen. Take nothing away from SL, Mathews, Sanga and Malinga played well, but that loss was at least 50% self-inflicted mainly due to VERY poor captaincy both wrt to bowling changes and field placings (how are u meant to save a single to keep someone on strike next over, with fielders on the edge of the circle???).

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Hot damn it boys!!! Was up till 4:30 a.m. (Eastern Canadian time) watching till Mahela got out, and figured I'd get some shut eye! WHAT A MISTAKE on my part.. Seems like I missed one crazy, brilliant finish! This is it everyone... this is what we were looking for. A fight back from the tail to build confidence in everyone! Mathews is THE FUTRE!!! Malinga has lately shown his ability to hit the ball, on top of his superb bowling! This is what we lacked without Vassi, and other bowlers should follow up and get their batting act together. We would have depth all the way down, as Aussies did in their prime years (feels wierd even saying it now, but looks like they are on the way down)Way to go Sri Lankan Lions! Keep this up till end of Arpil and you will be sipping champagne from the WC! Please don't let this go to your head. Play the next one as if you haven't won one yet! SL fans, please keep this clean! Let's enjoy the win, but please be worthy and classy winners! Go SRI LANKA LIONS!!!!

  • first_slip on November 3, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    I wounder what have what Indian fans to say now about inability of sri lanken to play in Bouncy Wickets?

  • Jimmy_Jim on November 3, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    As an Australian fan I was surprised I wanted Sri Lanka to win that once the partnership started. It's disappointing to see Australia lose again, but what a game that was! It had a bit of everything, if the game at the SCG is anything like this, I'll be a happy fan!

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Wow superb batting by the lions Mathews was electrifying Malinga was explosive

  • vattic on November 3, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    hey where are those INDIAN sledging people???????????where are they hiding????come up now guys.....tell something...tell like SL can't win after ponting comes, SL can't win any matches again...we loved to hear...listen my Indian friends, don't be like some pathetic people, try to learn how to respect people.We are not enemies...We are your neighborer, that TINY country under your country in the map, if you can't remember...! Really worried sri lankan after reading pre match comments specially from Indians

  • Sutty101 on November 3, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    "but curiously did not employ the aggressive Steven Smith after the 25th over." It was pretty clear that Smith was carrying an injury in the field... I assumed it was a side strain, but Clarke mentioned after the game that Smith had actually hurt his back, hence couldn't bowl him... The horrible thing about the loss is that Clarke will cop the criticism for the fact that the seam bowlers selected in this match were so poor that they cannot even bowl a yorker - It is embarrassing to see our nation select such mediocre bowlers ahead of some of the gun players that the NSW state side have available.

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    one of the greatest one day victories EVERRRRRRRR !!!! how fitting it was to see murali score those winning runs on the very ground which threatened to ruin his brilliant career :) a great day for all Sri Lankans, and only Sri Lankans, and the cricketing world :) to all u aussie and indian doubters, WATCH OUT !!! the lions r coming in for the kill :)

  • cricfave on November 3, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    One of the best one day games ever..Eng should watch the plight of Aus with glee because the latter are psychologically down and going down further just before the Ashes

  • tallgrass on November 3, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    hang on a sec...this is a beatable aussie team whipped by Sri Lanka which according to Indian pundits can NEVER WIN AWAY FROM HOME...so does this mean India beat a lame aussie team (at HOME) to become No.1 in Tests?

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Its all about MATHEWS... :-))))))

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Before this game, Mathews was a star, now he's a superstar!

  • VipulPatki on November 3, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Boy! What an incredible match! I called my friend who had dejectedly turned off TV set after 107/8 to inform that a miracle is underway. Malinga can now truly be called an allrounder. Suddenly SL team is brimming with allrounders. PS: Please don't turn this into another slugfest. Let's enjoy this superlative victory.

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Extraordinary performance ..............

  • Charindra on November 3, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Oh, it's still sinking in!!! Unbelievable!! Sri Lankan Lions Roar!!! :D

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Go Lankans GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...........

  • tallgrass on November 3, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    hahaha and all those indians kept saying we can never win abroad...just like kapil dev did back in the 80s...and for all those indians at star sports who produced the trailer which said 'it's time to see if action is louder than talk' aimed at Kumar's remarks on India's Test ranking...is this loud enough?

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    okay its great win. But today i realize most of srilankan cant play in aussie. Taranga and mahela, well they hardy touch the ball. lot to think about. Chandimal may handdle aussies, so let him open with mahela.. Taranga nt a international player... can play in flat wickets.

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Amazing........a game to remember all time!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    will australia too go the west indies way? after a disasterous tour to india they are failing at home too. congratulations to SL for their third win a row against the once mighty Oz. Two T-20s plus this one dayer.

  • samuditha on November 3, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    sl rules.....awesome game,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    2011 World cup Champs.... Start their encounter....... come on Lions

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  • on November 3, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    2011 World cup Champs.... Start their encounter....... come on Lions

  • samuditha on November 3, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    sl rules.....awesome game,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    will australia too go the west indies way? after a disasterous tour to india they are failing at home too. congratulations to SL for their third win a row against the once mighty Oz. Two T-20s plus this one dayer.

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Amazing........a game to remember all time!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    okay its great win. But today i realize most of srilankan cant play in aussie. Taranga and mahela, well they hardy touch the ball. lot to think about. Chandimal may handdle aussies, so let him open with mahela.. Taranga nt a international player... can play in flat wickets.

  • tallgrass on November 3, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    hahaha and all those indians kept saying we can never win abroad...just like kapil dev did back in the 80s...and for all those indians at star sports who produced the trailer which said 'it's time to see if action is louder than talk' aimed at Kumar's remarks on India's Test ranking...is this loud enough?

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Go Lankans GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...........

  • Charindra on November 3, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Oh, it's still sinking in!!! Unbelievable!! Sri Lankan Lions Roar!!! :D

  • on November 3, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Extraordinary performance ..............

  • VipulPatki on November 3, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Boy! What an incredible match! I called my friend who had dejectedly turned off TV set after 107/8 to inform that a miracle is underway. Malinga can now truly be called an allrounder. Suddenly SL team is brimming with allrounders. PS: Please don't turn this into another slugfest. Let's enjoy this superlative victory.