Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Sydney November 5, 2010

Sri Lanka break series drought on rainy night

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Sri Lanka 3 for 213 (Tharanga 86*) beat Australia 210 (Watson 40) by 29 runs on D/L method
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka came on this tour with one goal and achieved it with a match to spare. By handing Australia a seventh straight defeat, Kumar Sangakkara's men delivered their maiden series win in Australia in 26 years of trying. When the hosts slipped over for 210 in the greasy conditions it gave Sri Lanka victory by 29 runs - and it had come more easily than expected.

There was much to like about Sri Lanka's play in a match regularly threatened by rain, but there was little to inspire the hosts as they head to Brisbane for Sunday's dead rubber. The only time the visitors struggled was in the first two overs of the match - when they didn't score - but once the openers Upul Tharanga, who held the innings together with 86 not out, and Tillakaratne Dilshan got going there was nothing that could stop them. Not even the weather.

The rain disrupted Sri Lanka's innings twice as it finished early at 3 for 213 in 41.1 overs, but Australia's target was quickly inflated to 244 in 39 overs under the Duckworth Lewis method. The calculations added more difficulty to what was already a tricky pursuit in a seamer-friendly environment, and they began needing more than a run a ball. A short rain break towards the end trimmed another over from the match and reduced the target to 240. It didn't help.

Mistakes came quickly, starting with Brad Haddin's flash at a Nuwan Kulasekara inswinger and the knocking back of his middle stump. Ricky Ponting (10) fell hooking, just as he did so often last summer, and when Michael Clarke's (25) attempted pull ended up with a lunging Muttiah Muralitharan at third man, Australia were 4 for 80 and the game was heading one way.

Murali then watched Michael Hussey tap a catch to deep mid-off, a wicket which came after Shane Watson had missed a sweep on 40 to be lbw. He finished with 2 for 30 off seven while Thisara Perera, Suraj Randiv and Kulasekara also claimed two victims. Cameron White (35) and Steven Smith (33) could not achieve the miracle, especially when Lasith Malinga was varying his pace superbly.

Sri Lanka were 2 for 161 off 34 overs when the weather intervened for the first time, chopping five overs from their original allocation, and they finished in a rush before the clouds reopened. Tharanga ensured Sri Lanka built on the high gained from their stunning victory in Melbourne on Wednesday as he put on 98 for the first wicket with Dilshan.

The 70-run stand between the captain Kumar Sangakkara and Tharanga was starting to warm up when the rain arrived for the first time. Instead of acceleration, the ground received 90 minutes of saturation. Sangakkara (45) sliced Watson (2 for 45) to Clint McKay at third man before Angelo Mathews, the hero from the first game, provided a timely surge by swinging to 17 off 11.

Tharanga, who was comfortable chipping over the infield, was the slower partner alongside Dilshan, but he ended up in the lead role during his 112-ball stay. His half-century came up with two lofted boundaries to the legside off Nathan Hauritz and there were six fours in his display.

While his innings was highly worthy, Tharanga was dropped on 61 by Haddin and also survived a comical run-out attempt when stranded at the wrong end on 76. Haddin's throw flew over the bowler Watson's head before Clarke backed up and shied at the bowler's end. His on-target effort hit the leg of Watson, who was trying to get out of the way of the stumps, and Tharanga eventually regained his ground. It is a moment that will be replayed often until Australia can show they are a committed, unified and successful unit.

After Australia's bowling troubles in their awful loss in Melbourne, they demoted the spinner Xavier Doherty to 12th man despite his four-wicket debut, and also dropped John Hastings. The replacements didn't create a sudden shift in the team's fortunes.

McKay (0 for 42) came in to take the new ball and was steady, while Hauritz showed some useful signs in picking up 1 for 49 from nine overs. Mitchell Johnson gave away 11 runs in his first over while Peter Siddle was handy without being dangerous.

While there only 11,495 watching at the ground, Australia's seventh consecutive loss in all forms of the game will be noticed by everyone. England are in Perth, having started well in their tour opener, and can see a host of Ashes weaknesses. Over in Colombo there will be celebrations for the Sri Lankan team after their biggest obstacle ended up being the weather.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • swaroopjammula on November 11, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker :plz check out my frnd its sa who won in 2002 not pak.

  • on November 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    @swaroopjammula. 2002 is not before 1999 where PAK win.That is the time they are peaking but where as in 2008 they are declining (1994 onwards they played good cricket along with Mcgrath,Warnie& others).See there record at that time even NZ beat them 3-0 while chasing.Later SA also beat them in AUS.That was shown how they decilned.

  • swaroopjammula on November 10, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker :That was before 1999 when australia was just like the other teams in the world.we beat aus when they were in their peak and the rest of the world believed it impossible to beat them.I did not say the other teams didnot beat nz in nz i just said india is able to beat anyone ion their own backyard...

  • on November 9, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    @swaroopjammula. Who said First time who beat AUS in AUS is IND.PAK did before IND.That is in 1996/97 at Carlton United Cup (PAK not only beat them also put them out of the ournament as well) because PAK thrase them out.Later 2002 as well.How IND will say they beat AUS in AUS before others?....Please check your records.Further SL too win against NZ in their back yard long time back.

  • swaroopjammula on November 9, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    @nav84smom: even after the thrashing recieved from chris martin India recoverd from 15/5 to 266 runs.This is a sign of number one team in the world. @ Ahamed Afker:India were finalists in 2003 wc in sa.India won t20 wc in sa in 2007.We were the side that showed the rest of the teams in the world that the migty aussies can be thrashed at their own backyard beating them comprehensively in the first two finals itself lifting the cb series in 2008.later we bet nz in nz.we drew with sa in sa.won in west indies.Can you tell me one series where india lost in test matches from 2008?We even drew the series with sl in sl.

  • Meety on November 8, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @nav84smom - LOL re: UDRS, poor form on India's behalf!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    @athwinner: Heard Chris Martin is having a ball in India - 15/5 shows that India being number 1 is a big joke. India deserves to be ranked 5th not 1st. As for dead pitches in SL - Matches played in SL produced results more frequently than those played in India. That is a fact. As for bad umpiring - Not our fault India lacks the intellect to use UDRS

  • on November 8, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @athwinner. We never forget Ganguy & Dravid inning in 2003WC. But you forget Sanath Jayasuriya & Aravinda innings in 1996WC where SL played both the matches in IND.SL had better record than IND when SL played out side subcontinent.Example WC finalist in 2007 in ODI (in West Indies).WC finalist in T20 in ENG2008 and Semifinalist in T20 WC in 2009 at SA.These all matches played at out side subcontinent and see where IND is stand those tournaments.Then you know the results.Furthe we won against ENG as well 5-0 margin in ODI.

  • Meety on November 7, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    @playitfair - good point re: DWL & wet outfields. I think Oz still would of lost, but the ball was not travelling as well to the boundary as in the SL innings. This is relevant I suppose because SL got to change the ball several times during the innings - again probably would not of changed the result. My only gripe about DWL is that you have to wait for the commentary team to tell you the Target figures - I get the concept, but sometimes the Target seems unrealistic. Didn't matter in this game because SL would probably have got around 330 in 50 overs, which Oz probably wouldn't of got.

  • srcric on November 7, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    its funny.if india won 100 matches,85 of them won inside india.their cricket outside india(outside southasia) is very poor also in tests..we saw in t20 w.cup west indies,how they lost to srilanka..finally they bacame no1 as srilanka beat australia.im sure if they meet a side like south africa or srilanka or england on fast tracks outside india,sl or bangladesh,they will understand as happened in the past. and australia srilanka matches always have rain as a side player.sometimes australia win as last worldcup which srilankans had to bat like bats in dark..but the result came out.they lost.but this time australia had to play but not in dark...they lost bcz of srilankan talents. these teams will meet again in few months.will see the result.

  • swaroopjammula on November 11, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker :plz check out my frnd its sa who won in 2002 not pak.

  • on November 10, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    @swaroopjammula. 2002 is not before 1999 where PAK win.That is the time they are peaking but where as in 2008 they are declining (1994 onwards they played good cricket along with Mcgrath,Warnie& others).See there record at that time even NZ beat them 3-0 while chasing.Later SA also beat them in AUS.That was shown how they decilned.

  • swaroopjammula on November 10, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker :That was before 1999 when australia was just like the other teams in the world.we beat aus when they were in their peak and the rest of the world believed it impossible to beat them.I did not say the other teams didnot beat nz in nz i just said india is able to beat anyone ion their own backyard...

  • on November 9, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    @swaroopjammula. Who said First time who beat AUS in AUS is IND.PAK did before IND.That is in 1996/97 at Carlton United Cup (PAK not only beat them also put them out of the ournament as well) because PAK thrase them out.Later 2002 as well.How IND will say they beat AUS in AUS before others?....Please check your records.Further SL too win against NZ in their back yard long time back.

  • swaroopjammula on November 9, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    @nav84smom: even after the thrashing recieved from chris martin India recoverd from 15/5 to 266 runs.This is a sign of number one team in the world. @ Ahamed Afker:India were finalists in 2003 wc in sa.India won t20 wc in sa in 2007.We were the side that showed the rest of the teams in the world that the migty aussies can be thrashed at their own backyard beating them comprehensively in the first two finals itself lifting the cb series in 2008.later we bet nz in nz.we drew with sa in sa.won in west indies.Can you tell me one series where india lost in test matches from 2008?We even drew the series with sl in sl.

  • Meety on November 8, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @nav84smom - LOL re: UDRS, poor form on India's behalf!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    @athwinner: Heard Chris Martin is having a ball in India - 15/5 shows that India being number 1 is a big joke. India deserves to be ranked 5th not 1st. As for dead pitches in SL - Matches played in SL produced results more frequently than those played in India. That is a fact. As for bad umpiring - Not our fault India lacks the intellect to use UDRS

  • on November 8, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @athwinner. We never forget Ganguy & Dravid inning in 2003WC. But you forget Sanath Jayasuriya & Aravinda innings in 1996WC where SL played both the matches in IND.SL had better record than IND when SL played out side subcontinent.Example WC finalist in 2007 in ODI (in West Indies).WC finalist in T20 in ENG2008 and Semifinalist in T20 WC in 2009 at SA.These all matches played at out side subcontinent and see where IND is stand those tournaments.Then you know the results.Furthe we won against ENG as well 5-0 margin in ODI.

  • Meety on November 7, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    @playitfair - good point re: DWL & wet outfields. I think Oz still would of lost, but the ball was not travelling as well to the boundary as in the SL innings. This is relevant I suppose because SL got to change the ball several times during the innings - again probably would not of changed the result. My only gripe about DWL is that you have to wait for the commentary team to tell you the Target figures - I get the concept, but sometimes the Target seems unrealistic. Didn't matter in this game because SL would probably have got around 330 in 50 overs, which Oz probably wouldn't of got.

  • srcric on November 7, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    its funny.if india won 100 matches,85 of them won inside india.their cricket outside india(outside southasia) is very poor also in tests..we saw in t20 w.cup west indies,how they lost to srilanka..finally they bacame no1 as srilanka beat australia.im sure if they meet a side like south africa or srilanka or england on fast tracks outside india,sl or bangladesh,they will understand as happened in the past. and australia srilanka matches always have rain as a side player.sometimes australia win as last worldcup which srilankans had to bat like bats in dark..but the result came out.they lost.but this time australia had to play but not in dark...they lost bcz of srilankan talents. these teams will meet again in few months.will see the result.

  • athwinner on November 7, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    @jpeter, seems u forgot the drubbing ganguly and dravid gave sri lanka in the 1991 world cup in england.point is this australian side is weak otherwise this sri lanka team can win only at home, india lost in sri lanka because of pathetic pitches, poor umpiring and stupid weather and not good cricket from lanka. in fact in most games in sri lanka, toss plays a major role in results. you have a brave set of players, but there are teams better than yours in the world.also both your wins against australia were not convincing! dont foorget 107/8!!!!

  • Meety on November 6, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Wow - I can't believe some of the comments here. I am a proud Ozzy - but SL did spank our butts. Perspective please, this was always going to b e a great opportunity for SL, I believe this Oz side will be a fair bit different come the 2011 W/Cup. That being said, Sl can only play the team presented to them, & they did it very professionally. I think in the sub-continent, SL are probably favourites for the 2011 W/Cup. Anybody writing Oz off though have a very short memory. Prior to the 2007 W/Cup Oz form was crap. NZ hammerred us - we couldn't even defend scores of around 350. There was plenty of injuries & rotation. As the W/Cup gets closer Oz will continue rotating with a view to the Cup, at the momemnt Oz are rotating players with a view to the Ashes. I have no idea why the boys had to play in India this time around, I think it stuffed the boys up a bit. BTW, I often barrack for SL(Vs other teams),I like the underdogs-now that SL are travelling well I might need to go for the Bangas!

  • Agus2010 on November 6, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Where is Chappel brothers? why don't they recommend ICC to ban this under performing Australian team? I think ICC should investigate briefly there are so many Australian players involved in match fixing with bookies to under perform against SL team, you see the Cameron White batting in last 2 matches, he is a guilty so ICC should investigate and ban him (otherwise they have to inform NOTW or SUN news from England to find some evidence) so we can see some good cricket, it seems Aus. players almost forget the cricket now

  • on November 6, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Its a joke to see comments from some Indian fans.... First they said we can't beat Aussie, now we have done with a young side (few oldies too).... @TaniaM: you have mentioned about 6-0 whitewash few years back. All the teams have a up and down... Now SL in peak and same time don't forget that India was beaten convincingly in main tournaments... We have sent them home, probably thats why they barking on us (If you are hurt, we are sorry - its all in the game).... And this tournament is against Aussie and not India, we'll meet up in the World Cup and see what you can do.... Hope it wont be the same fate as WC 96... And Aussie and WI not touring SL for WC 96 was answered that tournament it self and don't know whether you can remember we beat WI 2 major tournaments just before the 96 world cup (B&H Aus 95 & Sharjah 96).... All your criticism will be answered soon as we did this Aussie tour.... Find a place to hide your face then.... Good luck!!!!!!!!

  • ErangaMahesh on November 6, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    @ Zapper22: you are wrong with Backups , we do have a very good back up players. you may don't hve a good knwledge abt SL team. Coz Thissara is came as a back up for the Mathews & Suraj for Murali when both Mathew & Murali was injured during the Indian tour. nw they are permanent players in the Team. our Backups got that much talent. there are more in Colombo. so pls don't talk without having good knwledge abt our country

  • Agus2010 on November 6, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Hey Asian guys! stop fighting between us! We should proud that we can able to beat the so called champion Australia not only in Asian pitches also in their own pitch haha, they will not hold the No.1 spot anymore, this time one of the Asian team will win the World Cup 2011 all the best

  • on November 6, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    I'm disappointed but we lost no good whinging about it; The best team won

  • onebump on November 6, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Wow.. 248 comments! All that happened was that a Sri Lankan side beat an Australian team in a one day series in Australia... Cannot fathom why so many non-Sri Lankan fans have to complain about it.... some seem to be suffering from a superiority complex. Some 'cricket fans' show a total lack of knowledge of the Duckworth Lewis system and the concept of adjusting a score in a rain affected game. I remember well once Steve Waugh stated that in the Aussie mentality there are no dead rubbers! Haa haa today Ponting is rushing to 'prepare to play a match' Probably needs to iron his flannels. The Aussies attitude is there with the players charging in and all pumped up, but the talent is missing to deliver the goods. It is sad to hear the Aussie commentators pleading for Mitchell johnson to deliver! He is doing his best! To all other SL fans: just ignore the negative comments and enjoy the cricket and the moment as we always do. Remember all who said we would get white washed this tour?

  • playitfair on November 6, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    To all those who are comparing the 2007 WC final with this game......please understand two wrongs dont make a right. Discuss about the game itself....not who is best team (Aus, Eng, SL, Pak, Ind, SA), as we all know that on any given day any of these team is unbeatable. I strongly feel that DWL should be reviewed and a better and more reliable alternative found. Does DWL take into account the wet outfield, making it difficult to get boundries and also making it difficult for bowlers to grip the ball. ICC should review and come out with a better and more acceptable system sooner than later, to avoid further damage being done to the game.

  • jpeter on November 6, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    TaniaM, Mind that Srilanka thrashed India in Semi final at Eden Gardens in 96' Worldcup. Indian great Suchin also played that game. Dont understate the 96 ' Worldcup winners.They were not stoppable that time. Dont think Indian Team is great all the time. Every team has there peak and weak. 96' cup they smashed India in Indian soil, thats history, please learn that first.

  • on November 6, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    @TaniaM. We won WC against AUS not against Bermuda.But your team only can win against Bermuda even not against Bangaladesh.

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @TaniaM We never win a series or tournament by Fluke.Last time we came to IND loss by 6-1 not 6-0.That also few matches are close one.May be your team winning by Fluke like T20 WC and WC in 1983.

  • rhavs on November 6, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    @popcorn and any other Aussie Cricket Fan who wants to talk about Duckworth Lewis and Malinga's plasters. Remember WC 2007? Adam Gilchrist had a squash ball in his gloves while batting and unded up making a century which essentially ended the SL teams chances of winning the match. Was that any different to Malinga's plasters? And you want to complain about DWL? Join the club becuase at least you know what it feels like when you lose a match thanks to DWL. 2007 WC; DWL comes into play making a tough mission impossible. So stop thinking that the Aussie team is perfect, realise that Mitchell Johnson's bowling is as bad as Murali's batting and that Hauritz is a sub-standard spinner even on his own home turf and get a grip.

  • rhavs on November 6, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    @zapper 22. To your point of Malinga and his absence. We have played consecutive test series and ODI series without Malinga. We have proved that we can play without him. We may not be as strong as we normally are but we are still tough to beat.

  • rhavs on November 6, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    In response to your claims that Sri Lanka don't put oin their new players. HAVE YOU NOT BEEN WATCHING SRI LANKAN CRICKET FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS?! Every time we play a series against India, a new batch of players comes in and we field new players. Where did you think that Ajantha Mendis debuted. You have piscked on one series where they haven't. And to the Australian selectors point. Smith isn't a new boy. He has played more than a eight ODIs. Sure that isn't a lot but when you compare that to somebody like Thisara Perera who is around 100 days older than him but has played 14 ODIs and you compare the success both have had. The Australian selectors have gone and picked players who, admittedly deserve to play for the national team, but put them in the warm up for the Ashes. So congratulations on a null point. To be continued.

  • Cricketlover645 on November 6, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Helo TaniaM, we may have lost a series 6-0, but we do not set the houses of players on fire like those stupid Indian fans. Pls grow up man. U must understand that India is not the only cricket playing country in this world. So let the great game cricket alone.

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    This World Cup belongs to one of the country in Asia. Most probably either India or Srilanka

  • on November 6, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Great SL team... they have played excellent against Aussies..keep up this momentum.

  • on November 6, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @TaniaM Your Ind team is won the WC iin 1983 is fluke as everyone knows that.Further your last AUS win also fluke as AUS players are gave them the match for IPL.How I can say all its fluke you beat only Bermuda in 2007WC.T20 you lost all the matches and make our Kapugedara like Javed Miandad.

  • cricinfan on November 6, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Just wanted to confirm one thing to all detractors - and you can say all you like ... but Sri Lanka won! The T20 and the ODI series! Yeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!!! Check the cricinfo stats in the year 2020 ... I'm pretty sure it'll say Sri Lanka won the series! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • sabirshah on November 6, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    I really can't understand this STUPID METHOD of D/L...It doesn't mean i'm stupid, the method itself is stupid,,,SriLanka scored 213 in 41.1 overs,,,how can the target be 241 in 38 overs???please shed some light on this so that it should come in my smaller mind...i really can't get in to my mind,,,not fitting in thanks,,,Congratulations to SriLanka for wrapping the series up...

  • on November 6, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Great Show Sri Lanka. All the best for the test series.

    Greetings from Pakistan

  • on November 6, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    well i would say India never, yeah u read it rite, NEVER does well outside home, they get out in the opening stages of all icc events, and lose in the outside home series too. so if this time india does well in the icc wc 2011, i wont be surprised because its gona be played in south asia

  • on November 6, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    it was one amazing game seriously, hats off to Sri Lanka to bring up such a game. wish to see close encounters in WC 2011 as well. Congratulations from Pakistan

  • I.Beecken on November 6, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka played very well the team looks quite good & balanced that being said the aussies played abysmally, I cant remember the last time I saw an australian team play that bad. I think its time that 1. some selectors were dumped on their asses 2. certain players need to be sent back to their state teams. I know we are still going through a rebuilding stage but its time for some tough love. Mitch couldnt hit the side of a barn from half a foot but he isnt the only one. We need someone to work with smith and doherty in the spin department. Then there are our batsmen & captain/s. North shouldnt even be thought of for the national team and the rest need to be put on notice, perform or go! and that comment should be made by the captain enough of this soft friendly captaincy its time to toughen up or ship out batsmen & captains alike. Well done Sri Lanka a damn good chance to take out the World Cup

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Don't stop !! we need 3-0 win...

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    to all sri lankan fans who just want to blame INDIA... 1)india have been more consitent team in home and away matches in last 5 years....2)icc ratings is based on the performance of team in last 3 years with more weightage to current year, little less to previous year and least weightage to the year before..3)ICC ratings have nothing to do with number of matches as total points is divided by the number of matches played to give rating points...4)it was srilankans who started blaming india while most of the indians were congratulating srilanka for their good performance...5)india have played 6 test matches in srilanka and have won 2 and lost 3...while srilanka too had played 6 tests in india in last 5 years and have lost 4 and yet to register a win.. 6)i am not an anti sri lankan...all can check my other 2 posts in this thread....

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka........!!!!!! Go 4 da whitewash

  • Jaggadaaku on November 6, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    @ sanjeeme, You are absolutely wrong about Indians and their comments. May be you read someone commented bad about SriLnaka, and you think that is done by Indians, but that is not true. If India is lower than the Srilanka in ICC table, Indians can be jealous. Just remember "ONLY LOSERS JEALOUS". So, if you think Indians commented bad about Srilanka, but they are someone else, maybe they pretending to be Srilanka;s supporters, but not. Who are they?? - "PAKSTN I am also an Indian. Please find my comments and spend some time to read them. But if you still don't believe me despite my comments supported Srilanka, I must have to change myself and start ramming Srilanka. Don't forget we have "Brahmashtra" which could destroy Lanka's Raavan in few seconds.

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    WELL DONE GUYS ITS KANGAROO STEAK FOR DINNER!

  • on November 6, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    this was one of the best Sl series of odis i've ever seen and it was awesome to see the aussies take a beating like this one.. wat an epic series it was

  • Praszzgsk on November 6, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Hey England 121-7........ Seems Oz have a team to match....... Not like India Or Sri Lanak.... Where they got hammered....... All the best Oz.....

  • Praszzgsk on November 6, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    OK GUYS.......... We beat Aussies @ home 2-0, Time focus on a 3-0..... If I was a Oz I would rather worry on getting beaten on home soil.This is the best team Oz have at the moment since they are not picking the good youngsters....... :( Forget about Ashes, cause England will be winning it with the current trend, As Sri lankans we need to improve in almost every department..... Fielding specially, Win the WC and answer all the critics.... Alll the best and try to improve day by day........

  • sanjeeme on November 6, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Great Work Sri Lankans, I red many comments most of Indian fans make joke form their comments in here, This is Sri Lanka vs Aus series why you comparing with Indians ?. Yeahaa they hurts when Sri Lankans wins. Most of guys like Fan84, dementor_sachin, dementor_sachin are crying for this victory I think they don't know for what team they want to cheer(as they comments they are big AUS fans not Indians), I want to say don't be sad World Cup is coming you can see more Strong Sri Lankan team in there, many young guns waited to show their performance. Great comments by grvdubey. Sri Lanka is the neighbors of Indians, but those some poor Indians are screaming to kangaroos. Anna Roser,popcorn and some other questioning DL system now, like they fallen from Sky, where they live 2007 world cup final ?.

  • Great_Chucker on November 6, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    @Dinidu Sanjeer,@nav84smom and all Sl Fans .. remember how SL was thrashed 6-0 in ODI few years back,murali was there. Short pitch stuff even Dilshan is suspect of that... think why SL is not called to tour Aus,SA or Eng reguraly.Indian board generosity is keeping SL board running. WC'96 Aus and eng did not play matches in SL,if the matches were played points table would have changed. Come to india for World cup,you will Know why "WIN" in 96 was FLUKE

  • Cricketlover645 on November 6, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka!! Very good luck for the next game... ICC must grant Sri Lanka to have 3 or 5 match Test series... Aus. dominance in Test and ODI is over now

  • on November 6, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    It is hilarious that some are complaining about D&L when Aussies are loosing. Aus won 2003 WC semi finals and 2007 WC finals against SL on D&L. So according to some who have commented here Aus can thank D&L for 2003 WC and 2007 WC wins

  • on November 6, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    @swaroopjamula-what are you saying indian ODI team better than lankans. well India don't have a allrounder .we have 2 of them. raina can't play the short ball.They say jadeja is a allrounder but he can't bat or bowl.All the batmen were struggling on swinging & bouncing pitches.so what I say sri lanka has a well balanced side than India & they are going to win the world cup.

  • zapper22 on November 6, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Its so funny looking at the comments of Indian and SL fans, and trumpeting how their team(s) have arrived to dominate cricket. Atleast the Aus fans are cribbing about D/L which robbed them of a win, unlike SL and Indian fans who crib about about anything and everything when their teams are dumped out in ICC tournaments...Lets see 2007 WC winner - Aus, 2009 CT winner - Aus (wonder where the world beaters were --o ya the SL and Indian cricketers had been bundled out in round 1), 2010 T20 - Runners - Up.. Not bad for an Aussie team which is being "dominated" by the "world-beaters" India and SL --- And before some dimwit Indian and SL fans comes shouting test matches, we are comparing apples to apples..Btw Aus still remain the No.1 side in ODIs and in their past ODI series, the Aus selectors, have tried out various players, unlike SL --who have no back-ups if any of their key players are unavailable during the WC. If Malinga or Sanga cant make it to the WC, SL will have no clue what hit

  • R_Mr_Dependable on November 6, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Wow !! Well done Sri Lanka...Greetings from India

  • on November 6, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    well i for 1 totally agree with cricfan100, it was just luck that went tharangas way, hw many unmiddled chip shots landed near the ausies? haddin miss catch! clarke missed runout! looking at the scorecard he may look like the hero, but it was just bad ausie balling and feilding that gave tharanga this score

  • neckhunt on November 6, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    @playitfair..so if you are saying that the sri lankan team should thank the D/L method..then you would agree if i said the Aussies should praise this method for winning them the World cup...

  • on November 6, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Congratulations Sri lanka.

    No one told that Sri lanka would loose this time. But No one expected ausies to give it away like this.

    I do say still sri lanka is not in the best. well Mahela is not his best at all..But fortune came our way with Ausises on their worst of.What to be proved when the acting captain is targeting the leg of his best player rather than running & make the bails off.

    What else we can have now . Look into our composition. well "Chamara Silva " has to be out & make Chandimal in. Hopefully Vass will back into squad too.

    we have to do the best . Weldone sri lanka. You made us proud of.What else we can give to Murali @ his farewell of Australia than this.!!

  • sujanm on November 6, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    many ppl are asking how come sri lanka be a great team without winning a test match in either aussi, india or south africa.

    if u guys can recall Mahela made a comment about this 3 months ago. a guy like mahela who is playin cricket for 13 years has only played 4 tests in aussi, n gues what even ishanth sharma n 18 year old mohammad amir have played the same number of tests is aussi. so without getting a chance how kn lankans defeat them.

    n for south africa, sri lanka went there for the last time in 2002/03 n tell me without gettin matches how on earth r lankans suppose to win there. maybe its bcoz lankan population is so small unlike india,pakistan or even bangladesh so there is no commercial value in those matches.

    n for the record sri lanka have never ever played a test series which have more than 3 matches. forget 5 not even 4 matches in a series. so my friends how can u justify this ?????????

  • catalyst213 on November 6, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Bite your words John Howard, Darrell Hair and Gideon Haigh, what goes around comes around. Sri Lanka has won comprehensively in all 3 matches so far 1 t20 and 2 odi's and its all due to hard work and good leadership, its not a fluke it was great display of professionalism. Sl and Ind have a good chance to face eachother in the WC. Well done boys keep up the good work. Greetings from India, and hope healthy competition between the 2 countries continues.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 6, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    A fool of an Aussie once said that the Aussies will be laughing when Murali comes back to OZ for his fairwell tour. Guess who is laughing now?

  • Balumekka on November 6, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Jokers like playitfair who comments "DWL has robbed Aussies of the match" had no problem with Aussies wining 2007 WC against Sri Lanka based on the same DWL system!!!!!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 6, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    @Vilander: We call ourselves 'Lions' because Lions symbolize bravery and Sri Lankans in the course of history had manifested that virtue. That is why our national flag is a lion. Gosh how pathetic can a person get?

  • swaroopjammula on November 6, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    First of all congrats to all srilankan fans for their side's gret victory over the aussies.But India is a much stronger side than the present srilankan side.Every one here are telling India is winning because of the trio bvut if you consider the one day side of india sachin dravid and laxman are not playing for along tym and are still winning games...

  • lilrockstar on November 6, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    @ popcorn-nice name..suits ur brain..same size n crunchy...why does all the bats have a rubber grip on it???to get a good grip when they batting..and same with the bowling..i cant belive the way how these people r making xcuses for their lose..damn

  • kusanagi119 on November 6, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    I'm an Australian supporter but even I want the Aussies to get whitewashed in this series now. ANYTHING that will get the selectors to stop picking the same "favourite" players that they always pick regardless of form and performances i.e. Johnson, Clarke, Hauritz. Although at this point, given the selectors' trend over the past 18 months, I doubt even a series whitewash would change their selections. SL has played well in this series, particularly their batsmen who have easily handled the Oz attack, but it must be said that they weren't really tested. Brainless bowling and field placings were picked apart as it should have been (particularly in the first match). My only question at this point is, isn't it a selectors job to pick the BEST side/ a side that wins matches? Isn't that the essence of the job? So why is it that despite continued losses with NO signs of improvement or learning from past mistakes, are the same players picked time and time again seemingly shielded from the axe?

  • on November 6, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    SL deserve this series win thoroughly. The main two factors that contributed was SL are playing better cricket as one unit and the OZ side is not playing up to the mark. I think SL should take the latter into consideration for WC preparations as they should not get carried away.

    Full credit to SL, however they still have one slot to be finalized in batting the line up.The slot Chamara Silva is playing I think is still open for some one to grab. Kapugedara, Chandimal may also be tried here. I also think on a slow pitch Jeewan Mendis could come in handy as an all rounder.

    All the best guys, keep up your good work and make clean sweep in Aus for them to remember for some time.

  • harsha_udayanga on November 6, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    to all who feels D/L is not fair nobody complaint in the 2007 world cup final when sri lanka was robbed of a championship chance. Where were those people at the time..the true story is that Sri Lanka has won the game and thats that.

  • on November 6, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Now after all this the Ashes will be interesting. Now with Flintof out of contention, it will be well balanced. Good luck MCC! For me it is always MCC v/s Ausis.

  • on November 6, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    cricket rankings should start from zero every 2-3 years or so...otherwise we'll be calling a useless team no:1 like in the case of austrailia....the good players have racked up ranking points and have left, leaving the undeserving basking in the glory...they need to be left to bring up their own cricket to number 1 place!

  • Rocketman1 on November 6, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    Obviously it's not the same Ausssie attack that were champions with Gilly, McGrath, Warne and co. But the current team has no excuse for their performance. This team has proved in the past that they are a very capable team. Australia won the 2007 World Cup on the Duckworth & Lewis system, and plenty of other rain effected games so if its unfair, its unfair for all...therefore its fair for everyone in the long run. We can always wait for the next sunny day. Well played by the Sri Lankans. They were comprehensive and clinical with their game play. Bit disappointing with the lack of Aussie support. The Sri Lankans have always been there over the years supporting their team even in defeat, and this is when the Australian team needs the support the most. Hopefully the Brisbane people might come and make some noise.

  • Sands55 on November 5, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    I cannot believe that Lee and Stuart Clark have been completely overlooked for the one day side. They would have done a much better job than Jonson and Siddel and McKay.

  • LakmalPhysics on November 5, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    @lankarmiinows, Vilander, Kamal Kannan, kr_kinshuk, Samir_Gupta, SnowSnake, Fan84, ATrueLegend, Usman Ghani: You guys need to understand that Sri Lankans have played better than Indians in most of the major tournaments since 1996. Sri Lanka won 1996 WC, then came to semi final in 2003, came to final in 2007. Mighty Indians managed to come to final in 1999 only. I know why all of you guys can not see Sri Lanka wining matches. You guys know that this time also you can not lift the trophy.Please tell us that any great Fortuneteller told you guys that this time also no hope. All the rest of the cricket fans need to understand that these several Indians are shouting & crying, because they can not conquer the CRICKET WORLD because of great SRI LANKANS. GO SRI LANKA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • playitfair on November 5, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    DWL has robbed Aussies of the match. The matchclearly belonged to Aussies. High time a better alternative to DWL is found or else the results for rain affected matches will never be truly reflective of the team that deserved to win. In this case, SL should thank DWL for the series win.

  • othello22 on November 5, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Australia has become, to be honest, quite pathetic. I wonder if Johnson, Siddle, McKay were watching the SL bowlers, who varied their pace, bowled full and straight and gave nothing away at all, thinking "maybe we should do that too? Instead of bowling wides, half-volleys and bouncers? What a concept!" To be fair though, SL had 2 extra players on the field last nite, if you include Duckworth and Lewis.

  • bustermove on November 5, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka. A well-derserved first series win in Australia. If someone at Cricket Australia thought that scheduling a short one day series in Melbourne and Sydney against one of the brightest young teams in cricket as a warmup to an Ashes test series was a smart move then I'd suggest that CA needs to ask them to consider their position.It was just plain dumb. There are 2 reasons why. Firstly, few in Australia care about 50 over cricket any more, as last night's crowd demonstrated. I don't blame them. I have never seen a smaller crowd at a match in Australia for years. There have been far more Sri Lankan fans at both matches. Secondly, and this in no way is meant to demean the Sri Lankan team, the Aussies (like England) should all be playing 4 day cricket for their respective states. How is Mitch Johnson going to get his radar sorted bowling 10 overs with a white ball on a cold wet night in Sydney. Great prep for 5 days with a red ball in November's Brisbane heat, I think not

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Now the Ashes is definently going to be a 5-0 whitewash!! this is a chance to get some cheap tickets woohoo! thank you struggling Australian side!!

  • johnnybox on November 5, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    There is no doubt that SriLanka is a good team playing well. Australia at present is an average team not playing well. Their confidence is very low and there does not appear to be any bowler who can bowl yorkers or consistent good quality slower paced deliveries. Again this is probably confidence related but confidence won't come back until they start to win and that is not looking a stong possibility at the moment. In such a situation one has to look to the most experienced players to lead from the front and hopefully if they succeed the other players will follow suit.

  • ygkd on November 5, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    The decline in Australian cricket could seem to be inversely measured in the increase in work for Cricinfo comments editors. Oh, well, they say that pride cometh before a fall and judging by the number of comments, this is regarded, both in Oz and Asia, as a rather substantial fall. Almost, but not quite. It would be unfair to not see this as the second rise of island cricket and wish good luck to them. Sangy's mob might be peaking for the World Cup nicely.

  • klgcnd on November 5, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    BEWARE LANKANS ARE COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! & COMING HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fan84 on November 5, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    @ svshiradhonkar ,,THanks buddy,,iam an india,,i also love AUSSIE cricket and Lovely ponting

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    If Doherty want Hauritz place in the team he must bowl worse than he did last game, seems the selectors like a spinner to be meek, not take too many wickets and have no imagination. Work on decreasing your game Doherty and you could get the chances Hauritz gets

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    The duck worth lewis syetem is a joke. Three years ago an Indian put forwarded an idea of triangle as a calculation tool instead of DWL. ICC should use such kind of rules so that a layman could understand it.

  • ATrueLegend on November 5, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    @Lakpj, you might be right when you wrote that India won series in SL before 1996 but I was talking in overall and not after 1996. In any case, my point was that India were more consistent in last 10 years or so. You can have a look at stats in away matches. In last 10 years, India played 60 away matches, won 22, lost 19 and drew 19, with Win/loss ration of 1.15. On the other hand, in Last 10 years, SL played 40 matches with 11 win, 19 loss, 10 draw with W/L ration of 0.57 (almost half of India). In last 2 years, India played 8 matches, 4 won, 1 lost and drew 3 with Win/Loss ratio of 4. In Last 2 years diff. are more contrast with SL played 7 matches with 2 win, 2 lost and 3 draw with W/L ratio of 1 (1/4th of India). Here , I just meant that India were more consistent in away matches and off course they would be being no 1 team. Though I still don't see them as consistent force as mighty WI and AUS team of 90s, but they are on the way, I hope.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    I was wondering why the aussie commentators were not cribbing about the d/l method and the score they had to chase. The aussie fans here have made sure they cribbed about it. Never expect an aussie fan to appreciate other teams. Its the culture over there i guess.

    Also, can't fathom why India is being dragged into this, we beat a much better Aussie team last time we were there, while we were ourselves developing into the world beating team we are today.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    I guess for Australia to catch some form they will like to play the West Indies....but guess what I believe even the West Indies will win them with the sort of display I'm seeing......

  • NIPPY_89 on November 5, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    at dementor_sachin (1st comment). The score that the ausies were chasing was increase to 244 is because sri lanka batted their 41 overs expecting to bat 50 overs. so they did not bat aggressively in their 41 overs. if they knew they were batting 41 overs they would have batted more aggressively and gotten way more than 213. so i think the duckworth and lewis system is perfect and the ausies definitely didn't get a raw deal with it. So the underlying fact is its easier to go at a higher run rate in a shortened game.

  • Fan84 on November 5, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    THe world KNOWS that the LEGENDRY PONTING's "FAMOUS TRADEMARK SHOT ..the pull shot " never fails.. in today's match,, the outfield was very wet,,so he failed ,, otherwise ,,ur LANKANS would have had to wait for another decade to make a series win the OZ,,, they (THE MIGHTY AUSSIES) are thinking only about the ASHES,, ur matches are onlt WARM UP games for them, My mighty OZ will bounce back and make yet another 21 consecutive test wins in the history,, this will happen only in teh captaincy of PONTING.. don't underestimate OZ,, and PUNTER,, this is an INDIAN OZZIE FAN....

  • mcsdl on November 5, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka is the smartest cricket team around... They always been the only smart team in Asia... Indians the other hand are flat pitch bullies... The world will see their real inability when India tour South Africa... India gonna get hammerred by Saffas big time... All in all everyone must admit Sri Lanka is the most overall team in the world...!

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    @navs84mom: I hate to respond to your comment because I don't want to underrate well deserved victory by SL. However, statistically one series does not automatically make SL "winner" outside SL. People could call this performance a "flash in the pan." I won't chracterize it that way though. One home series loss does not make Australia a loser either. The only reasonble conclusion is that either Australia is in decline or SL is improving or both. ICC has SL as #2, which is a good reflection of SL's position. Come to think of it, I don't understand why no SL fan is complaining why Aus. is #1 in ODI as they did against #1 India in tests?

  • ranga_s on November 5, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    all this talk of sangakkara questioning India's #1 position just drive us nuts...When did he do that...Can any of you guys who say he did post a link which appears he actually saying this.. coz that'll help me atleast...I know he questioned the ranking system. But when did he ever questioned India's place.Ofcourse at that time there was this issue that if SL beat India they could have gone to that #1 spot. But eventually it turned out they couldn't coz suddenly their rating got dropped due to a series lost that happened in 2008. If SL won that 3rd match against IND still they'd have be 2nd. But as they lost and series tied 1-1 SL remained 3rd. They were punished for something happened 2 yrs ago. India play super cricket now mainly due to Faboulous 4.But what if some one say suddenly India are 2nd again due to a series they lost in 2008.Something no body remember. I bet even you'd question would be #1 team then. SA...please explain coz this is getting in to rubbish.

  • OutCast on November 5, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    Cricket once again lived upto its standard. A team made 213 in 41 overs, how dare the other team make MORE runs than the first team in less overs?? it is like Brazil has to score 5 goals in 45 min for the 2 goals Koreans scored ! IT IS A DRAWN SERIES 1-1 PERIOD.

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    I did not know that people follow me over threads :). As for Navs84mom, I never said SL cannot win outside SL (please check my posts and prove me wrong). Besides no one can make any prediction about any team with certainty. I am neither a hater of SL nor supporter of Aus. In fact, I don't care for any team--for the record. I am interested in statistics and performance, so most of my posts are against stupid claims that challange ICC rankings; D/L etc. Now that may give indication that I am supporting Ind. or Aus.-- although they are my favorite teams-- I would not support them unconditionally. Having seen the result of SA and PAK and performance of SL vs. Aus, here is my conclusion-- SL and India are top teams in the world today. Although I hate to see another SL and Ind. series, but any match between these two is real clash of titans. SA-India series will be interesting but I doubt SA have it in them to beat India.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    great win by lunken team they totally out classed the Aussies n they are very strong contenders for the world cup.................

  • dementor_sachin on November 5, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    really bad luck for the aussies....i mus say...but wot is this Duckworth lewis system....if u c d scoreline it says SL-213 in 41.3 overs and AUS -210 in 37 odd overs and de still lost by 29 runs...m sure a lot of calculation goes thru it...but to award 26 runs extra n reduce 3 overs in compariion to the Srilankans is baffling to say the list...SouthAfricans have nvr undrstud this nor will the Aussies now...Duckworth and Lewis both must be high qualified to come up with such a system...Feel sorry for the Aussies...

  • on November 5, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    @Lakpj - SL have not won a test match in India, forget a test series. India have traditionally not done well overseas. SL have done far worse. Why are you so insecure? SL have an exciting cricket team that is among the top five in all forms of the game. On their day they can beat anyone. Lets leave it at that.

  • CandidIndian on November 5, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Congrats to Srilanka , i think its time for subcontinent teams to rule cricket now , i would like to see India SL and SA battling for no 1 spot in ODIs too and keeping Aussies out of top 3 , its difficult for now but not impossible .SL played very well and they certainly proved to be too good for Aussies hence outplayed them completely.Along with this its rather funny that some of the people are dragging India into this by writing that where Indians are hiding , why would we hide ? its a SL Aus series .I am sure SL fans are intelligent enough to understand that out of millions of fans in India , if 4-5 people comment baseless things about SL team that doesnt make all Indian fans arrogant and Indian team incapable, you guys check topics related to India many SL fans come there and write baseless things ,such people are from both sides.Anyways i would like to see India and SL playing in world cup final next year.For now congrats to SL once again, i wish they win the series 3-0 .Peace.

  • on November 5, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Proud to be a sri lankan :) awesum win v hav improved in many categories most of all v hav improved in confidence thats the main reason that we won.

  • svshiradhonkar on November 5, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Bad Luck AUS. Keep your Spirit up....... Its just a another series lose. but be focus on ASHES.........and WC Yes........i'm big supporter of AUS. because they are big match team.. who will give all other teams their run for money in ASHES and WC. You will see change of team spirit in these two series..... BEST LUCK FOR ASHES FOR NOW............

  • Somerset-Richard on November 5, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri lanka from The Poms. However, it's no big surprise to see their triumph over one of the weaker sides in world cricket, Australia!! Loud guffaws from this side of the world!!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    What a series win........, ending a long waited drought on a rainy night..... Well-done Lankans.... We could have had it in 1995, if the umpires were not one sided.... Proud to be a SRI LANKAN.

  • Chapelau on November 5, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    My comments never get posted - I suppose it's because I can spell! Anyhow, just in case - wow do you guys have chips on your shoulders - get over the race stuff and enjoy a great performance from SL - they thoroughly deserve the victory - exciting, attacking team - hope they get the whitewash. Saw a comment saying English bowlers will struggle in Aus - hahahaha - Aus bowlers are even worse!

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    first from india now frm srilanka,,, im sure englland will be win the ashes,,, hw sad australia,

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on November 5, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Srilankans are just riding on a luck, supported by poor aussie performance. Kick out non-performing Michael Clarke & Ricky Ponting. Ricky Ponting heartbeat rate showed at 145, time to retire Ricky. Your days are gone. Need some urgent remedial work, otherwise Ashes is gone.

  • cricwaka on November 5, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Now Sri Lankans have won 3 out of 4 bilateral tournament they played. So they have won 75% of the time. All the other times tournament involved more than 2 teems

  • Lakpj on November 5, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    @ATrueLegend well India have not won a test series in SL, they have only drawn, they must had won when SL were minnows. but not after 1996.personally I am not too confident about the Indian young players, they have lot of weaknesses to work on,even Raina when it comes to playing away from home.they have done/doing well so far because of Sachin/Dravid and Laxman. And they are not young anymore.Will be interesting to see things when they retire.This is the exact case with Aus.their great players are gone and now they are exposed.Ponting who once looked a great leader is now seems average.

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    People approach ICC ranking and D/L system as if it is supposed to be equitable in some way. You guys are taking a socialist approach. A capitalistic approach is that the rules are known, now hire a mathematician to combine the known rules with field dynamics so that your team wins. If you start viewing from capitalistic approach, you start winning regardless of what the rules are. Winning is not always team performance, but knowing and using the rules in your team's favor.

  • cricinfan on November 5, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    I could try to justify the DL system as others have (rightly) done. But I won't - 'cos I'm still laughing so much!!! Ana Rostie and pipcorned ... ha ha ha ha ha hee hee hee hee ha ha ha ho ho ho ho... I'm laughing because wWho cares about DL ... the records now and forever will show that SL won. Did you hear that - yes, SL WON!!! Haa haa haa hee hee hee haa haa

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    co ngrats SL but really winning a ODI series and then going on to complain of the ranking system(@tallgrass & samuditha) really doesnt make you champs overnight. It will take a lot more. I really see no difference in between an average chest thumping subcontinental fans be it indian,pakistani or lankan on odi wins over australia to trumpet their arrival. fact is its really not the same aussie team anymore. In ODI lankans are good but lets not start blaming the rankings again .. indians also defeated australians last time they were here in 2007-8, tht didn't turn them into champion odi side overnight. it's great tht lankans whacked aussies but let us all get grip here. Aussies have been most consistent team and are rightly on top of ODI table as is india in tests (please get over yr fixation for home advantage, everybody has an home advantage, so does srilankans).

  • Kunal-Talgeri on November 5, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    This Australian team needs Steve Waugh to guide them in a non-playing capacity. He is the only player from the Simpson-Border era who can restore self-belief in a team replete of star performers.

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    For those who are talking about how the Duckworth Lewis being unfair today to the Aussies..where were you guys, when Sri Lanka played Aussies in the 2007 World Cup Final..

  • ea_shark on November 5, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Great victory for Srilanka.Congratulations.

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Congratulations from UK(Indian)... Well Done SriLanka...

  • getgopi on November 5, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    @Cricketlover167 Maybe that is the problem. They definitely need to get their mojo back. A down and dusted Aussie team is no fun to watch. Where's the aggression and the attitude?! Come on, Australia!

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Typical Aussi attitude. Now Aussis are not the same as they were. The luck always followed by attitude and performence. Be amoung the best is more important than be the best. Well done boys

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    For all the Australians whingeing about Duckworth-Lewis - come off it. Australia should have too proud a history to whine. Just to illustrate, Sri Lanka scored 211/3 in 41 overs; with 2 batsmen going well (and they only used 1 over of their 3rd batting powerplay!). A conservative estimate says they would have scored 275-285, if all 50 overs and powerplays were available to them. With fewer overs to maintain a high runrate, about 240 in 40 is reasonable. We can quibble if the target was 5-10 runs off, but those claiming robbery....seriously, this is Australia the world cup champs. No excuses, mate, just do better.

  • Sri_Lanka_Forever on November 5, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Perth - done...., Melbourne - done...., Sydney - done...., Brisbane - 1 day remaining to be done & dusted.... way to go lions.. Arrogant Aussies get roasted in KFC way.. lol

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    dont make the D/L system an excuse australia played poorly, get over it i still reckon yous will beat england though haha

  • ATrueLegend on November 5, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Congratulations SriLanka, @ samuditha, I am Indian here. What the heck? You win, Aus lost where the hell Indian came in picture, If one or two comments from billion population forced you to have ur opinion about Indians. You guys are obsessed by India. Anyway, it was a very good win by Srilanka and I had my money on Srilanka. They won ODI in Australia b4 as well (not series though) and a good one day side. They have to though prove a lot in test outside SrilLanka. Infact Indians also have to prove away home. Indians though are much more consistent away. They have won Test series alomst everywhere other than SA and Aus. They had though tied series in those places.

  • Srikolith on November 5, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Congrats SL team for achieving 1st ever series win in australia. As a SL fan this is a great moment to us. Aussies always neglect srilankan & asia. they thought that they could win odi series against SL easily & disregard SL. They always talked about ashaes and rest some of their players. AUs really neglect SL payed the price. This is a good lesson to them. Anyway full strength Aus can'n beat this Sri Lankan team. That's for sure. Aus won't be able to select for the 2nd round in 2011 world cup.

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Sweet revenge by Lanka. We will never forget the attacks on former captain Ranatunga and champion bowler Murali by the Aussies in the mid 9os. Proud to be a Lankan.

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Today i proud to be a Sri Lankan , somebody talking about dukwoth lewis i jus say " Wat about 2007 world cup final " is that okie for you ?? and wat about Ghilly who kept ball inside the gloves and blast centuary? is that fair ??? stop talking bullshit. be practical Australian team dont have any more match winner in thier side apart from Hussy. some indian were hoping SL to lose.. i feel sorry for those PPL. Best of Luck Sanga and Team today your jump to ICC ODI RANK 2.. I REALLY PROUD TO BE A SRI LANKAN..

  • cricbuff11 on November 5, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Just to defend D/L system in this game: SL had plenty of wickets in hand and they would have gotten at least another 60-70 runs. So, if the target was kept at actual number, SL would been at the receiving end bcos they saved their wickets so they could cut loose in last 10. Australia should have tried to keep wickets too rather than loosing them.

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    @lankarminnows... appreciate good cricket... lankans out played austrailians in all departments... and they won.... lankans have won 3 consecutive matches against austraila now... hope its not going to be second straight white wash for austraila..... and i cant understand dropping of xavier doherty that too for hauritz....

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Pathetc from Australia. From all you bringers-down of the DL method , consider this. 213/3 in 41 overs translates roughly to about 300 in today's scenario in 50 (wickets in hand equals good acceleration at the end). Scale it down on exact run rate to 25 overs . What is it? 150? MUCH BLOODY easier to get 150 in 25 with 10 wickets in hand than 300 in 50 with those same 10 wickets for obvious reasons. Scale it down to 12 in 2 overs! Ridiculously easy. Scale it down to 40 overs and you have the Aussies needing 240 for victory. So as proved by the earlier two statements , as you reduce the overs you cannot proportionately reduce the runs. instead of 240 , it needs to be 250+ from 40 overs. Therefore 244 from 39 ( or thereabouts) . Stop complaining and acknowledge that this is the best system out there and the one that gives a fair result. If the Lankans knew that it was a 40 over match FROM THE START , they would have not guarded their wickets so , taken more risks landed with 240+ anyway.

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    HISTORICAL SERIES WIN LEADS LANKA ALMOST TO WIN D WORLD CUP. ..

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Dear Lankan cricket fans , Good to see & hear that Srilanka defeated Aus by 2-0 now & want to do it 3-0 . Don't ever say that Indians don't support srilanka. I believe 90 out of 100 will want Srilanka to win if the match is against Aussies. I think if the Pak match is against Aus , then i think 60 out of 100 will support pak to win against aussies. I think both India & Srilanka ( but not Pakistan ) are moving in right direction when the World Cup is nearing... India, SL or SA ...any one of these team will win the WC2011 :-)

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    bring back warne and make him captain

  • Apolloniac on November 5, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Poor Peter ... he has to write this piece but finds it really hard to say "brillo bit o' work Lankans" so he goes neither here nor there and gives us a rather disjointed bulletin instead. No matter. Regardless of how this rankles it is important that Australia and Australians understand that they are not number 1 in cricket anymore and that when they loose, it is because other teams are better, not because they are luckier. Face up to it Aussies - you were outplayed in both the ODIs. Pulling out impossible wins and creaming the opposition in every department of the game is not an Australian exclusive or an Australian brand - despite your earnest belief in your invincibility. Truth told - Australian cricket is pretty ordinary these days and England probably can't help but notice. Good luck anyway to you guys in the Ashes.

  • Angad11 on November 5, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    @samuditha - many indians here cause we love cricket mate. but watever happened to the aussie crowd, i guess they are all saving money to buy tickets for the ashes.

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Congratulation to lankans for winning their maiden seres win after 26 yrs..Full marks to sanga and his boys..really Mathews Nd tharanga hve shown SL cricket will be menacing in coming wc in sub continent...!!! =>MY SOLUTION TO AUSTRALIA.. 1.) Watson shld bat in middle order inspite of his good form..haddin also shld also come at no7...THEY NEED GOOD FINISHER INSPITE OF WHITE AT 5..!!Genuine openers shld open like Marsh or Clarke and may be ponting why nt...??? 2.) Clarke shld bowl some 4-5 ovrs..he is good enuf part timer... Nd Nannes or Brett lee shld come back...!! HILFENHAUS Nd KRAEJA SHLD BE BACK FOR ODIS...dumb smith and hauritzzzzzz...!!!!

    Austr 17 for wc : Marsh,Clarke,Ponting,Watson,Hussey,White,Haddin,Doherty,Johnson,Tait,Nannes SUB: Kraeja,Lee,Ferguson,Katich,Mckay,Paine...!!

    2011 wc champions will be ozzzzzzzzzzz....!!!

  • PremasiriS on November 5, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    SL don't want to field their promising young players because it could have been a threat to some over rated senior players' positions in the playing XI. Several very ordinary players have been allowed to represent the Country at regular basis during the last 25 year period, although their success rate at times were1 out of 5 or more per innings played but still they have been allowed to play well over 100 International matches.

  • cricinfan on November 5, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Ana Roser or popcorn .. who cares!!! SL won!!! Heee heee heee hee ha haa hooo hooo haaaa haa haa

  • yorkslanka on November 5, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    well done to Sri Lank a superba on a fantstic series win. What a superb effort from teh whole team and we are shaping up well for the upocoming world cup by beating the number one ranked(by a clear margin) team comfortably in their own backyard...where are all the sledgers with the"you can only win at home"comments suddenly gone to eh?? Go Sri Lanka, you make us proud and again well done to the Lankan supporters in Aus for such a great level of support...

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    @anna roser,ana roser,popcorn and all austrialian fans who want to blame d/l method for their teams failure .... srilanka started batting beliiving they have 50 overs... so they paced their innings that way...they were 142 for 2 in 30 overs... by general standard every team doubles this score in 50 overs and sri lanka would have reached 280-300 comfortably with batting powerplay still in hand... so its fair to have a target of 240 in 39 overs... and austraila had 18 overs of powerplay while sri lanka had only 16.1 because of rain....please don't say SL run rate will be only 5.5 under these conditions and austraila had to score at a rate more than 6....

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka....truly well-deserved!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Oz is fans always said they are not intrested in this match(when its loosing case).players are in the mood of Ashes? Then why u want to play lankans ?This is totally unfair. go Oz .........play with Zim Or Kenya get form back.

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    We expected a better fight, Lions Roar...

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Srilanka has performed really well. They have beaten the world's number one team due to their sheer strength. This is no fluke. Keep it up. We can get to the world cup finals without much trouble. Sanga is the present best captain of any available cricket team just like what Arjuna Ranatunge was when we won the world cup.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on November 5, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    To those people who are complaining about the Duckworth/Lewis target are clueless. Sri Lanka were pacing their innings for a full 50-over game. They were 161/2 after 34 overs and 213/3 after 41.1 overs when rain stopped play. They kept wickets in hand for the latter overs, so that they could unleash during the batting powerplay. But because of rain they never got the opportunity to take advantage of the last few overs, even though they had plenty fo wickets in hand. If there was no interruptions, Sri Lanka would have easily scored 280 from 50 overs. Therefore, a target of 244 from 39 overs was completely fair, as Australia knew from the very start what they needed to do.

  • on November 5, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    to popcorn, or cocporn even,

    wake up to the reality, u Aussies are well and truly beaten by SL on these 3 games. Be a sportman and get it to ur thick head. Iin the coming years u will be used to this feeling. If Darrell Hair and Ross was on the field things would have been different though. In 1995 SL tour they won the man of the match didnt they??

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I couldn't believe that we dropped Xavier Doherty after his 4-wicket debut and it really is yet another sign of what is screamingly wrong with Australia's clueless approach to selection. Mitchell Johnson really needs to be put on notice too - he has consistently been having wayward, ineffectual spells and his batting performances have well and truly slipped... remember when he was being touted as an all-rounder?

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    That was done nicely boys...........

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    keep the lions flag always wavin its good to see the captain in form & keepin on winnin is a good habit!!!!!!

  • Rocky_Team on November 5, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Ponting always plays when Aus needs him!!! He made 10 runs...otherwise Aus would have lost by bigger margin!!!! Guys...now you know what Ponting can do without..Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath, warne...and we used to think it was great captaincy!!! (This is what happended to SRT as well....however great SRT is, he can not win matches for India all alone while carrying at least 3 to 4 passengers in the team all the time...its a team geame) It was easy for Ponting all these years to play with / around with other greats but he can not do much on his own all the time!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    What a weird result from the DL calculation! Sri Lanka 213 in 41 overs. And Australia had to score 240 in as fewer overs? Is Duckworth related to the England opener in the 1970s whose batting record was exactly that? No, that was Luckhurst, we just called him Duckworth. And Lewis may have been the original Match-Fixer if he came up with such a calculation. Score fewer runs, win the match!! Awesome.

  • Victorian-Roo on November 5, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Story of Aussie cricket as of now: ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST. IF LANKANS DON'T GET U, THE ENGLISH MUST.

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    aussie prime time is overrr.....well done lions :D

  • Jaggadaaku on November 5, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    @ lankarminnows, Lankans are not just lucky, but they worked really hard to achieve thins success. After the defeating the first one day, Australian fans said they lost because Ponting is not there. Well, what Ponting have pulled in this match? Now it is time to believe the truth that Australia is no longer the threat, any country can beat them, home/away, moreover; they are going in their way to the bottom like West Indians had gone. Mr. Ponting, after got defeated by India, you said that "I am still the best choice as a captain". How my friend? Getting 7th straight defeat? If you don't give a chance to someone, how people would know, who is still the best choice as a captain? Few months ago your over proud captain said "5-0 win in next Ashes series is possible". May be in his lovely sleep, 5-0 win is possible. "MUNGERI LAL KE HASEEN SAPNE".

  • Victorian-Roo on November 5, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING???? WHERE WAS DOHERTY??? IS RICKY OUT OF HIS MIND FOR MAKING HIM WARM THE BENCH AND TAKING HAURITZ. This is too much! The Lankans at best are a mediocre team outside their cocoons. We made an ordinary team look extra ordinary. RIP: Australian cricket, adminstrators, SELECTORS. Anyone for John Howard here???

  • Kushh on November 5, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Congratulations..... Celebrations.........Well done boys...... Give it up for those Indian Haters !!

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    We want 3-0 WIN..................................

  • Jaggadaaku on November 5, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    @ lankarminnows, Lankans are not just lucky, but they worked really hard to achieve thins success. After the defeating the first one day, Australian fans said they lost because Ponting is not there. Well, what Ponting have pulled in this match? Now it is time to believe the truth that Australia is no longer the threat, moreover; they are going in their way to the bottom like West Indians had gone. Mr. Ponting, after got defeated by India, you said that "I am still the best choice as a captain". How my friend? Getting 7th straight defeat? If you don't give a chance to someone, how people would know, who is the best choice as a captain? Few months ago your over proud captain said "5-0 win in next Ashes series is possible". May be in his lovely sleep, 5-0 win is possible. "MUNGERI LAL KE HASEEN SAPNE".

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Well done Lions!!! No chance for Kangaroos. Each & every pin prick is so strong in the Sri Lankan army. So we all can keep a great hope on the upcoming World Cup!! Cheers & Good luck Sri Lanka....

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    First and foremost, heartiest congratulations to my champs ! then again, aussies was under the impression to bring in Sri lanka to down under and to nail them before the ashes starts but as they say " Man proposes and god disposes" obviously didn't go the way as they wanted it to be. All they can do now is to re-group and work out on their team composition and believe in themselves to know that they can bounce back and win the ashes. My condolence to aussies......

  • cricket_for_all on November 5, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Congrats SL!! Mission is already accomplished in Australia!! pls continue this to the WC. Come on AUS cricket is not just Ashes. You may win the Ashes with weaker ENG team (most of the time) but you will not get any improvement with Ashes(Just a name lol!!). Please play with better teams such as India, SL, SA and PAK(without politics). It is stupid to drop better players for the sake of Ashes (Still Aus can't win SL with this form).

  • vcvidath34 on November 5, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    It's great to see SL winning the series against Aussie.... on Aussie soil... Fantastic.

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on November 5, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    @Anna Roser - Mate I think Australia were asked to make 944 runs, you have by mistake written it 344. Don't reduce the target mate. I know its unfair to Australians. They should be asked to make 44 runs because others team cheat and that should negate other teams runs. Australia must be free to decide what score they want to chase. Other teams by cheating should not have such rights.

  • harcosh on November 5, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    if you really try with your full effort and with mental power you will got it.

    Sri Lanka proved it.

  • sadSajith on November 5, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Now Aussies talking about injustice duckworth-louis system.That can explain how lower they can become.

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    "The world is sad enough without your woe." How funny is it that some individuals are ever so ready to credit hard work to luck! Sri Lanka was playing as a real team today and it is indeed a proud day for SL Cricket. Can it be that luck was what gave 3 of our team members to take 2 wickets each! Oh please! Stop whining and admit that the Aussie team has been reduced in the recent past to zeros from heros . And take the luck else where, where it really matters like poker or black jack!

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Lions go for a Kangaroo hunt at SCG....

  • salmankhan687 on November 5, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Hats off for the Sanga and Co...... Aussies have a tough task ahead.... come on! lankans make it 3-0 and i believe this will be the first whitewash for aussies since the 1999 worldcup (may be i am wrong)

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    well done lions. you reduced the Australia to ash

  • Balumekka on November 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    @ lankarminnows & popcorn: The bitter truth is Aussies were smashed in to little pieces by the Sri Lankans. Those who highlight the D&L system, if the system is unfair, ask for a better one. A replacement for D&L is not possible up to now, although many people have tried that. Had not rain started, Aussies would have been chasing a target close to 300 (remember SL was 213/3 with 9 overs to spare)!

  • SettingSun on November 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    @popcorn - oh dear. Plasters? Unfair D/L method? These are the types of excuses that, when others trot them out, you Aussies usually mock. And rightly so. Yet here you are producing them yourself. Face it - Sri Lanka have a better balanced and better drilled side than you have, and you played poorly. Australia have been overtaken. All the whining about Elastoplast and revised run rates won't change that.

  • monkeyaussi on November 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    No Darrel hair playing for aussi & they fail. They said SL cannot handle bouncy wickets but in reality its da aussis that failed. SL hv won all matches in aussi so far including da warm ups! Murali who was wronged in Aussi has da final say! Well done Lions its Kangaroo steak for dinner tonight!

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on November 5, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    @popcorn-I also appeal ICC to look into Duckworth-Lewis calculations. Make it such that it always favours Australia. Otherwise others teams might not win on merit and as others teams cheat make some adjustments in all the rules to favour Australia so that the cheating aspect of others gets balanced. This will make cricket more competitive. I have some suggestions-1.Australia should be by default put into the finals of all tournaments. Other cheating teams should play to enter finals.2.All ICC rankings should put Australia and their playes on top and and a minimum difference must be maintained to negate cheating factor.3.There should be no toss and Australia must be allowed to choose whether they want to bat or bowl.4.Only Australians should be made umpires. They are such a gentlemen that they will always give fair decisions or better ask Australian captains to make decisions for umpires by showing their dreaded finger.5.ICC heads should be by default ex Prime Ministers of Australia.

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    yes the D/L system seems unfair, but every team has dealt with it for so many years you know how it works. it favours teams batting first who don't lose wickets. SL batted well. If they had known it was going to be 39 overs you would think they would have scored quicker. It makes sense to inflate the score to adjust for this. If you want to make comments on the umpires decisions dont. umpires make mistakes (and they did, on both sides) In the end, SL was more hungrier for the win. It will be interesting to see how they come back from this in the Ashes.

  • Aravin_N on November 5, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    CONGRATS SRILANKA.. GO FOR A WHITE WASH.....

  • brando45 on November 5, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    To all those who say the Duckworth was unfair, Sl got 213 for the loss of only 3 wickets in 39 overs when they thought they were batting for 50 overs.I magine with wickets in hand with one batsmen already not out on 86 and the hero Mathews just starting to hammer how much they would have ended up in 50 overs.300+ of course.They wre waiting for the final onslaught on the last 10 overs with wickets in hand when the rain curtailed their overs therefore depriving them of a bigger runrate.The aussies on the other hand knew how much they had to acheive in 39 overs and failed again. So stop whining and stop being sour losers.You guys are being simply outplayed time and time again( 7 consecutive losses).On current form most teams will out play the aussies.They just look jaded, and miss the fighting spirit and brilliance the waughs, Warne,Mcgrath, and Gilly

  • sanjeewakaru on November 5, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Those who are saying D/L method revised target is not fair,They should understand, for first 34 overs SL lost only 2 wickets and they played for 50 over match,then they held 214/3 in 41st over still in the batting power play when they played for 45 over match.So the Aus came in to bat the target should be revised higher than 213 although they played for lover 39 over match as they scheduled to play that amount of overs from the out set.Lover amount of lost wickets cause for much higher target.

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    @ popcorn & the other people who hav quez mark infront of this victory. The target has been set to 244 off 39 overs due to the rain interruption & The idea is, of course, that Sri Lanka were denied the chance to pace their innings properly, because they started out thinking they would have 50 overs. Thats the key thing in Duckworth & Lewis calculations & it will be same for any team, who play cricket in this planet. so dont talk like an uneducated fool. DL method is full of reasons & solutions for them. Ausies had their chances to achieve the target. bt their batting is average. poor ausies

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    well done liones.....u did dat....

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a well balanced team that is second to none in the World today. It doesn't matter who the opponent is..Australia, South Africa or India, we can beat them in their own backyard. A real contended for the World Cup....

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Congratssssssssss Boysssssssssssssss......

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Peter English u have to change diz headline.when i read diz head line i think ur one of auses sad fans. i knew u never like dat.coz ur a good sport journalist in cricinfo site.so i wish 2 see u like diz.

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Sydney and melbourne are mini srilanka.... 20,000 srilankan spectators..

  • ksm1996 on November 5, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    @ popcorn: dont cry.. if u r thinking malinga cheated, what the hell was happend in last world cup final..? whole Aussies were cheated in the final against sri lanka.. can u remeber Ghilcrist used a pin pon ball inside his gloves?? is that leagal.. where were the umpires at that time even he showed the ball to the pavilion after the century..

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Aussies will definitely struggle in ashes...They look a poor outfit...How long will they take to rebuild their team? Its time for them to receive what they have given to other teams ... I still remember the world cup 2007 final marred by rain... Srilanka now struck back with vengence..

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Awesome game and well done Sri Lanka. Sanga and team must be enjoying the Kangaroo curry tonight. I'm still in doubt over Chamara Silva's selection. Kapugedara is must better bats man, but Sri Lanka should think of another all rounder to fill in that spot. Then the team is complete and ready for the world cup, and can be optimistic of winning the world cup as well...

  • Bytheway on November 5, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Hey, Hilditch. Bowlers win cricket matches. Put your form bowlers on the park. Stop building, and make your selections to win matches now. Tomorrow will take care of itself if you let it.

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on November 5, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    @popcorn - Ya mate you are spot on. There is only one team in the world which wins with merit. All other teams are cheats. If others teams play on merit they will not be able to beat a kindergarten cricket team of Australia. Thank you mate you have opened my eyes. Next time any team wins against Australia I will definitely try to look how the other teams are cheating and not count their win. Thank you Australian team for playing such a gentleman's game. You turn a blind eye even when others are cheating. Hats off to you guys. Australian team the best team in the world. Once again thank you for showing others how to play.

  • kr_kinshuk on November 5, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    every sri lankan win in australia has prompted a lot of comments from lankan fans regarding indian remarks about lanka's inability to win anywhere other than in sri lanka. what these people are conveniently ignoring is that those remarks were made in light of the uncharitable quotes by sangakkara nd company regarding india's achievements over the past few years.

    and by the way, sri lanka's record overseas has been quite poor. so is india's, but there has been considerable improvement shown by the indians in that area, which is why india is right now the no.1 team in the world.

    sri lanka winning in australia is a watershed moment in it's cricketing history, and they should savour it rather than pointing fingers at indian fans for simply stating the very obvious.

    P.S: and all said and done, sri lanka is yet to win it's first test wins in australia, india and south africa.... :P

  • PHANTOM-X on November 5, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    English fast bowler Douglas Jardin destroyed Aussies by bowling short all the time (Bodyline bowling). The Aussies cried and changed the law. Now They think Duckworth Lewis method is unfair after all these years and they want it changed and are crying. typical Aussie style...

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    For all those sri lankan fans, enjoy your time... Because you never know when will you get a chance to win outside home.. Dont drag India ever again.... How many series you have won outside your country... ? May be five.. How many tests you have won in South africa or Australia... What are you guys trying to prove.. ? Is Sri lanka the best team right now in the world..? Mahela has played 4 tests in australia in his entire carrier... Sachin has scored more number of centuries in australia then you guys have ever played.... Nobody is taking credits from the wonderful performance of Sri lankan team.. They played excellent cricket and they deserved to be appreciated... All these things started when Sanga questioned India's ranking...A team, who has not even won a single test in Australia or south africa and not even a series in away conditions has no rights to question our ranking...Period.. We will prove our worth after the end of South African series... Invite all you guys for the same.

  • Nuur on November 5, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Why didn't Australia play Xavier Doherty? M. Hussey got out as if he wanted to...I smell spot or match fixing here ;)

    What is fun to see is Australia run of form since World T20. Thrashed by England in ODI series, humilated by Pakistan in the two t20s, held again by Pakistan in Test series, completely outclassed by India in Tests and also in ODIs and now getting wipped by Sri Lanka in t20 and ODIs. Wow, life just got better :D

  • prikand on November 5, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Where were the Aussie fans.Where are the ones who slandered Murali ''No'' those days.C'mon guys,don't let your team down like this.Shame on you.Where is Darrel Hair,Ros Emerson..... and Steve Randal who gave LBW for anywhere in the body otherthan the bat.Where is Howard..Comon please .Join the party.We waited for this moment for long period of time.Our guys have done it in style.It was splendid and spectacular.

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    its is proven that sri lanka is well on the track in all the aspects..all the victories in the recent past is a real boost to growth of sri lanka..its seems like everything is interrelated..happy for SL.

  • Roar911 on November 5, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    @ Anna Roser- u saying duckworth system is unfair?? about time u notice it.... where were you when SL faced same situation in 2007 WC finale?? they fought back hard, yet failed. it was a goddamn WC finals n yet pointing n umpires made SL play in that match regardless rain n darkness. where's d justice in that??

    @ Popcorn- malinga cheated??? gotta ask u the same question. where were you in WC07? when gilly wore a squash ball under the glove??? guess that was completely legal :/

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Gimme "S", gimme "R", gimme "I", gimme "L", gimme "A", gimme "N", Gimme "K", gimme "A",who's da best "SRILANKA", once again "SRILANKA", once more "SRILANKA".. S, R, I, L, A, N, K, A...SRILANKA !!!!! The world Cup has no other sacred hand rather than Srilankans to touch it !!! Come on Sri Lanka .... We are gonna do it !!!

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Congratulations, SL. Well deserved victory. Go ahead and win the series 3-0.

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    i saw some who don't know dukworth lewis system and blaming it 4 aussie loss...hey dudes...sri lanka were 2/161 when rain intervened aftr 34 overs...so easily we would have scored 300 with wickets in hand...den bcz of rain we lose 5 overs initially..so dukworth lewis compensates 4 dt..den aftr the resuming it rains agn when we are 213/3 in 41 overs...with 7 wikets in hand we would have surpassed 250...so dukworth lewis compensates 4 dt loss..bcz our team kept wickets in hand to score runs later and up the run rate which we cudnt do bcz we lost overs suddenly..what aussies got was an easier target dan chasing 300 in 50 overs...so dont complain

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    i saw some fools who don't know dukworth lewis system and blaming it 4 aussie loss...hey dudes...sri lanka were 2/161 when rain intervened aftr 34 overs...so easily we would have scored 300 with wickets in hand...den bcz of rain we lose 5 overs initially..so dukworth lewis compensates 4 dt..den aftr the resuming it rains agn when we are 213/3 in 41 overs...with 7 wikets in hand we would have surpassed 250...so dukworth lewis compensates 4 dt loss..bcz our team kept wickets in hand to score runs later and up the run rate which we cudnt do bcz we lost overs suddenly..what aussies got was an easier target dan chasing 300 in 50 overs...so dont complain scapegoats

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    oh dear clark.... you should step a side

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    wow!!! lankarminnows u still exist!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    pop corn and Anna Roser please gentlemen u should watch much more cricket (not only ur team playing matches also watch every team playing matches) and u must learn cricket history.after dat u can make good comment.when u do dez thingz u can be a one of best & clever cricket fans in world.i like 2 see u like dat

  • dsenevir on November 5, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Congrats ..good performance by SL team! Keep it up ! Looking forward to the WC 2011!

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Where is our INDIAN Friends who said,,'''SL cant win with Ponting'' I would like to see comments from them

  • strangenauman on November 5, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    I think australia should go for Glen Mcgrath and Shane Warne for ashes they are still the better bowlers than Michel jhonson and Hauritz

  • cricfan100 on November 5, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I still think tharanga should be dropped from the team. tell me one shot that he middled? or timed? he was very lucky in the initial overs to survive. there were lot of play and misses. he could have easily gone at that time. but for some reason he was lucky enough to survive. and in the end he was the set batsman in the middle so it was his responsibility to score runs faster but he failed he only managed to score one four during that session. it was matthews who took over the responsibility.as it seems tharanga only plays 2 shots cut and drive . we have lot players in our team who have the ability to rotate the strike rather than going hard at bowlers and tharanga is a nother name that will add to that list. but we want a player who can score runs quickly to open the innings. guess what , tharanga had all power play overs to bat and his strike rate was around 72,totally unacceptable. amount of runs that a batsman scores dosen,t gurantee his quality if he scores them poorly.

  • catalyst213 on November 5, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Well done Sl a great win, Congrats from India. Dear friends if few ppl from my country talks rubbish abt Sl or any other team doesnt mean the whole country is bad. Me and my friends enjoyed this series win like any Sl fan. Well done and good luck !!

  • sanathlover on November 5, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    beautiful win for sri lanka, they managed to keep up their cool even when it was raining. SL won it more convincingly unlike INDIA who depended mainly on luck and umpires to win the series few weeks ago. hope there wont be any slumdog replies for this lol

  • gmathew on November 5, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    From an Indian fan-SL you rock! Hats off to all of you! Anyone who whacks the Aussies are my friends for life. I missed the India-NZ test to watch your epic duel, praying every second for this win! Thanks!

  • Ameega on November 5, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    @Anna Roser, You would not say this if your guys reached 109 for 2 in 20 overs. (it was possible at some stage, but they lost two quick wickets) That's how D/L is calculated. SL had more resources when rain interrupted. They just lost 3 wickets by 41.1 overs. If they started the innings knowing that they have just 39 overs, it is estimated that they would reach 239 in 39 overs at cost of 10 wickets. If aussies did not loose wickets and scored 30+ in the powerplay (they scored just 18), 240 was still gettable. Anyway, ask your own captain, not to talk about Peterson, but to concentrate on his own team before the ashes.

    SRI Lanka won oh yeah explain this S/L 213 after 41.3 overs Australia 344 in 39 overs I don't understand the calculations and bad umpiring not giving S/L wides letting them get away with their bad bowling. Where did S/L win

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Aussies can't give d excuse of ashes...just admit they were outplayed....well done lions....whatever 11 aussies put out there we can beat them it seems

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @popcorn: Ah Mate, I have read your other comments. And it seems you are blind supporter of Australia and Ricky Ponting and will always support whatever they do (even if its plain wrong). People like you and Mr.Gupta ( who is a blind supporter of India) always tend to rake up controversies in such forums. As regarding this win, AUs never ever looked like they were in a position to win this match and they were outplayed thoroughly in _all_ departments. If Malinga using those small tapes (they are band aids anyways) was unfair , how about Jimmy Anderson using plasters on their wrists to get a better wrist position (to help him swing the ball) or Broad standing on the ball or Gilchrist using squash balls ( to enable him to hit straighter). None of those things were against the rules so why are 2 small tapes against the rulebook ( just because it was picked up by Tony G and Slats?). Regarding today , well done to SL on an excellent and well-deserved Series win. I am an indian btw

  • ranga_s on November 5, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Anna Roser: if u are an aussie no wonder u are losing.becoz u knows nothing about cricket...and you know nothing about D/L system and cricket for that matter. SL paced their innings to play a 50 over match. not a 45 over or a 41 over game. So there's a method to justify that. And aussies had 10 sticks to claim the victory. Use ur little brain and think how people score about 170-180 frequently in T20s and still they take around 35 overs or so to reach that same amout in a 50 over game...common sense..DL system is not 100%..but australia are not the first team that suffered..This had been there for over 17 years now..what are u 16 now.. @popcorn:Tapes doesnt allow to grip the ball as u say...it makes it hard...specially when u are a round arm bowler like malinga..and if thats cheating...talk to adam gilchrist about that squash ball..WC 2007..

  • Appuhamy on November 5, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    **************The Royal Kangaroo Bashing*****************

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka National Cricket Team and their supporters who made this happen. This is Monumental in History and moral boosting to all Sri Lankans and the up and coming young cricketers.

    Duckworth Lewis method: Sri Lanka won by 29 runs Batakolaworth Siribiris method: Sri Lanka won by 3 runs and 7 wkts (Aussies were ALL OUT for crying out loud)

    Rain or Shine; Clarke or Ponting; Perth, Melbourne or Sydney...Bring'em on! We'll man handle them. Oh...sorry.were there any more Aussies to bat after 210 runs???

    Sri Lanka brought the cake and Aussies helped ice it! Oh how sweet it is.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Whats the record for max no of defeats in a row by a world cup holder?

  • landl47 on November 5, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Another loss for the Aussies and now we're starting to hear the excuses. D/L isn't fair: no, it isn't. It favors the side batting second, because even though they have to score more runs, they keep all their 10 wickets and in a shorter game that's a huge advantage. Sri Lanka won in spite of D/L, not because of it- and Australia didn't even match the Sri Lankan total before being bowled out. Malinga cheated- give me a break. He took one tailend wicket, when the game was as good as over. Australia need to worry about how Johnson is bowling; one wicket in two games and going for more than 6 runs per over in both. Siddle one wicket in two games. No batsamn with two decent innings Seven international losses in a row, and now three at home where (according to Something_Witty) Australia are invincible. Well done, Sri Lanka, great effort.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Ana Roser on (November 05 2010, 12:44 PM GMT) I am disgusted in the duckworth system SL scored 214 after 41.3 overs and Australia had to score 244 at 39 overs there is no justice in this ICC should be ashamed of themselves looking at the crowds in australia yes I agree ODI is dead DAT TIME SRI LANKA WERE 214/3 bt aus 210/10..ANA ROSER please improve ur cricket knowledge and after give good comments.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    well done Boys..keep it up till 2012 WC...Cheers

  • cricket_fan. on November 5, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    @popcorn and some say that Duckworth Lewis System is unfair.Just imagine if this is 40 game, how many runs Sri Lankans will score. 240 is unfair for Sri Lankan point of view. which is easily gettable

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    well well well i still back australia.......they are disappointing now, but you will see they will come back strongly and then there will be no one to compare with them......it is the silence before thunderstorm

  • samuditha on November 5, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    if there was no rain then SL definitely seeking for 280+.so stop talking about D/L..try to think what happen.and malinga use the plaster to grip the ball.if Gilchrist can put squash ball inside his glove and play what is the big deal..?

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    it is a great work..we are really proud about our heroes.by the way i thick that this is a good time for a few cricket professors who were telling that we will loss the series 3-0 to get their stupid words back & congratulate to their neighbors.the real character of a team is shown by how they handle the pressure, keep their head cool in big moments.SL are always capable of doing it.the recent past major tournaments had proven it. coz they are real lions.

  • nshhamit on November 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    @tallgrass - well said. the rest of us probably agree with you. Over the years I never heard Aussies raise a fuss about the D/L system when they were winning matches and benefited from the D/L system. Diminishing the SL series win in Aussie on the basis of 1. the D/L system or 2. the perception that we had a full strength side and other teams didn't, or even 3. the possibility that the Aussies used the Indians and SL'ns as match practice for the Ashes - is just nonsense. When teams sign up for matches, they agree on the systems in place, including hot spot, eagle-eye, wearing mics while playing, using UDRS, etc. This would be a different conversation if the Aussies had benefited from D/L. SL have a lot of work to do before the WC, are far from full-strength and are STILL pulling together strong performances. I think Sanga's comments have been measured and on-point here. Lastly, this isn't match practice. The Aussie players care that they're losing. Their expressions say it all.

  • shriram2008 on November 5, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    how idiotic cricket is the chasing team needs to score a higher team than the setting team

  • Musfer on November 5, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    South Africa (in 2008/09) along with Sri Lanka (2010/11) are the only teams to beat Australia in Australia in a Bilatteral series.Sri Lanka becomes the first sub continent team to achieve this feat.Well done Lions.......All the Best.

  • cricket_fan. on November 5, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    @ Ana Roser yes, duckworth system is just like 2007 WC final. Rememberthe day that Sri Lankan players bat day game at night in WI

  • mrgupta on November 5, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    @lankarminnows: When you loose a match such as the last one then call it a luck, when u loose a much such as India (first test) call it luck, but when you loose 7 straight matches then its not luck. Aussies have lost matches from winning positions and they are loosing consistently, that's not luck, its poor performance.

  • rajatgupta_indianfan on November 5, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Way to go Sri Lanka...I was hoping for this result as it would be interesting to see how a rather demotivated Australian team shakes off its past loses to stand up and fight against a very different and transformed English side...Sri Lanka has some real quality match winners now in Dilshan, Sangakara, Matthews, Jayawardhane...not to mention the best ever spinner in cricket (yah I am not talking about a certain guy called Shane Warne :P )

  • ea_shark on November 5, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    First of all,for all of those critisizing D/L system,there is no denying the fact that SL would have ended up coring close to 300 had it not rained,considering the position of strength they were in (7 wics in hand). Keeping that in mind ,i feel the target given to Aus ( Req.RR of 6) is more or less Fair,if not accurate. Secondly, Aus team management have to be blamed for the loss.Chasing 6 an over under lights is always difficult.So majority of the blame has to be given to bowling.You have to admit,the bowling was ordinary.How can you drop Doherty after such an incredible Debut??Their bowling is in shambles.Johnson and Siddle are woefully incostistent.They could have given Starc a chance, particularly after his good show in the one off ODI in India.This is not a proper way of grooming youngsters. The younger crop are talented but i dont see Aus winning the World cup, courtesy their team mngmnt.No wonder Aus are in 5th spot in Tests and i predit a fall in ODI rankings in near future.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 5, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    @lankarminnows : Change your name to Australiarminnows or Indiarminnows. That is much better :)

  • K.D.Eranda on November 5, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    kangaroos lets play more cricket with great LIONS and try to learn .. how to bowl like Murali & Malinga, field like Dilshan & Mahela and bat like Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Mathiws ,Tharanga and MALINGA.. learn from Lions!!!

  • Vilander on November 5, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    SL Fan Factoid 1:

    Fancy: For some reason SL fans like to akin themselves to Lions at time call themselves lions or say lions roared today.

    Fact: SL does not have lions in real world, never had :). They have leopards the size of dingos or indian stray dogs.

  • cricket_fan. on November 5, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    @ Mayank Panwar ,,,R u fan of Bangaladesh. Sri Lankan Lions not tigers.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    For those who say D/L method is unfair should read about cricket a bit more.(or try inventing their own method) Some of the Aussie team fans need to accept their players failure rather than blaming methods or other team players. Australia is a really good team. But this time they were outplayed by the Sri Lankan team.... Way to go Lions! Also wish good luck for Aussies towards Ashes.

  • CricketPissek on November 5, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    1. Tharanga's technique still isn't watertight, the Aussie bowlers bowled quite poorly and he fought hard with his limited technique and came good today. credit to him. 2. to the moaners of the D/L system --> The SL team started their innings thinking it's a 50 over game. they had many wickets in hand. they were beginning to accelerate. these are ALL criteria in the D/L system. thankfully the powers be and mathematicians are much more intelligent than you simple-minded biased crybabies who just want to whinge and take away from a great victory for the eternal underdogs

  • Vilander on November 5, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Rajiv Perera you seem to be a pathetic SL cricket fan actually, you beat Aus not India, you guys have still not won a test in Aus,SA or India :)...let have an all out war, indian fans this is an appeal to get to work on all forums....hehe..

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on November 5, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    @all who are blaming D\L method for the loss: What did you expect then? A target of 214 in 41 overs? How ridiculous is that! Remember, SL weren't aware of a shortened match when they started batting, and paced their game for a whole 50 over match. They retained their wickets for a final 10 over bash which they couldn't do because of the rain. AUS didn't have that disadvantage; they knew exactly what to get in how many overs. So the D\L method assumed a target for AUS that SL would have set up if they (SL) knew the 41 over restriction before the start of the match. Think about it again. It is fair. The D\L method may be imperfect, and it might need some tweaking for the T20 format, but for ODIs it is THE fairest calculation method.

  • WilliamFranklin on November 5, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    What a side this Australian team is.

  • Shantk10 on November 5, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Lions hunted the Cangaroos !!! (Mohamed) Nice comment SL Team deserved this victory. They played good cricket. Aus era is over. Sorry cangaroos

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    sri lankan can't ply bouncing wicket like diz....bt Indian team can.i think ponting didn't wear right underwear.when he worn his right underwear auses definitely win.didn't it?i ask dis question for some foolish Indian fans.NOT ALL ONLY SOME. please respect every team.every one can win.every one has got talent.i think now SRI LANKA hv got good chance 2 win world coup 2011.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 5, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Now where is TimmyF_23, SnowSnake, Nav84, hindh and all other jobless critics who said that SL can only win in SL? We did something SA, India and were unable to do - beat Aussies in a t20 IN Australia. Now we have won the the series 2-0. When we won the t20, you armchair critics said that Australia doesn't take t20 seriously and that Hussey, Johnsson would whack SL in the ODIs. When we won the 1st match you said that Ponting didn't play and Clarke is a bad captain. What's the excuse now?

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Congratz Sri Lankan!!!! Come on.................!!!!!!

  • its.rachit on November 5, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    @tallgrass - "won 2 matches at home after so many years" ? where were you dude when india thrashed Sri Lanka 2-0 last year .. In prison ????

  • darkmon.SL on November 5, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    What a match sanga and co. Congratz big time for winning the series lions.Now we badly need 3-0 white wash sanga,very badly need it and good luck Sanga ;)

    Guess people commented that Ricky will bring back winning formula to team was let down.Damn what a way to start their summer aussie's.Good luck with so muched -hyped- Ashes anyway.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    well done lions....................... keep it up...........

  • reality_check on November 5, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    @popcorn: No excuses please. When Pak fans give any excuses everyone jumps up so what's good for the goose..... Sri Lanka played better then the Aussies and deserve the win so chill out and accept the fact.

  • darkmon.SL on November 5, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    What a match sanga and co. Congratz big time for winning the series lions.Now we badly need 3-0 white wash sanga,very badly need it and good luck Sanga ;)

    Guess people commented that Ricky will bring back winning formula to team was let down.Damn what a way to start their summer aussie's.Good luck with so muched -hyped- Ashes anyway.

  • lananad on November 5, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Congrats SL for playing excellent Cricket.Please don't take anything away from Srilanka because they are the better Team and played as one unit. Ausies are not bad but lacking leadership and quality bowlers.Now for all Ausie fans please don't give excuses.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Come on Sri Lankan boys....u all are HEROES to us.....Congratulation !!!!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    @duminda74

    Yeah you are right mate.....Sri Lankans are repeating their perfomance in 1996...But one team stands between WORLD CUP and Sri Lanka.......dats INDIA....we are not the same team..we were back then.......BTW Congrats Lankans on thrashing the Aussies.....!!

  • Angad11 on November 5, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    the aussies are only focussed on the ashes rite now. they dont give a rip about any series they are playing. they are just warming up for the "big thing"

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on November 5, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Duckworth Lewis is always difficult but to be honest if there had been a full 50 i expect SL would have turned 160-odd for 2 at 30 overs into 300 and Aust still would have lost.The increased target obviously takes account of the fact that the team batting first is pacing itself and its a major disadvantage to suddenly have your final 5 overs or so taken away. That said ....congratulations to SL they were obviously much better tonight and it was a straight forward victory. Australia need a victory , any sort of victory, in this last match or the pressure will be unbearable as the run continues. A victory (looks unlikely at the moment!) would clear some heads and give some (small) momentum going to the Ashes. Grasping at straws here! By the way if anyone saw the incident where Clarke threw the ball into Watson attempting a run out ...... if that doesnt make you gather up all your worldly possession and bet them on England to retain the Ashes you are missing an opportunity

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka, Hopefully Sanath will be joined soon with the team. Then it will be more consistant.There is a good chance 4 Sri Lanka to win WC 2011 again >>>>

  • StarveTheLizard on November 5, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. You won fair and square. Anybody who says otherwise has blinkers on! I haven't seen the Australian team play this badly since the 'eighties!

    The team is SO bad.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Oh Boy what a moment... What a moment in Srilankan cricket... All those who criticized Srilanka for not being able to win a series in Australia can keep quite now...Itz proven now... Australians were absolutely thrashed... Ashes victory seems a distant dream for Ponting n hz men now...

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on November 5, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    POOR & REALLY BAD PERFORMANCE. ORDINARY CAPTAINCY & REALLY BAD CRICKET BY AUSSIES.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    I'm sure the English are loving this situation and would love Lions to dilliver the kangaroos a knock out punch on Sunday. Having said that they are already knocked out

  • Daran9 on November 5, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Warning! Don't be jealous of Lankans. Rather applaud the performances in this series. Cricket is gentlemans game. If you can't appreciate any team beats the favourites before the series started ( which was Aus here) you are not a true cricket fan. Srilankans are best in the world when it comes to behaviour on and off the field. Some major teams are guilty of their onfield behaviours every time they play. Well done boys. You taught a lesson in a humble way. Lankans do not criticise anyone at any point. They expect the same from others! Thanks for publish this polite request.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    @ lankarminnows

    Probably...guyz like u cant digest the fact that....Aussies hav been thrashed in 2 odi's and t20 ...by the Lankans...Well done Sri Lanka....I m an Indian fan...but the way Lankans are shaping up 4 next years World Cup...they are real contenders for the titles...BTW Aussies hav forgot how to win....!!

  • profrm on November 5, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    It is the Greg Chappell factor ! The BCCI got rid of him before he did too much damage!The ACB hasn't learnt yet !

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    What a match it was! Upul Tharanga was in full tarang with bowlers backing him up, though Randhiv was ineffective at the beginning but bounced back while bowling to tail-enders. Aussies must re-invent themselves and sit together to work out strategies and work on their weaknesses. SL is a real champion team.

  • Marcio on November 5, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    The Oz selection team must be fired. For this game they dropped the 2 best bowlers from the last game (Doherty, Hastings), & brought in Hauritz, at best a middling int'l player. They then retained Johnson & Siddle, who were failures in the 1st game. The results were predictable, but the selctors seem content to lose any or all games to get Ashes players some game practice, determined to promote mediocrity. Since when was it policy to lose games to "build" for later possible wins? I must say that as a long time Aussie supporter I now actually hope Australia lose the ashes: Then maybe, just MAYBE CA or whomever hires Hilditch and co will be forved to fire them for their absolute ineptitude. There are many very good players in Australia. They are being crucified by a clueless selection committee hellbent on self-destruction. Current policy is insane: throw away games to build for the Ashes. Did it ever occur to them that self-belief might also be sacrificed along with the losses? Clueless

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Well done boys... That's the way to go. Congratulations for having maiden series win in Australia......

  • Seasole on November 5, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Come on Aussies!!!!!!!!!!! damn now i m sad

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    well done sri lanka. what a proud moment for us.Beating Aussies in Australia. awesome! Great team effort!.sl will rule the word cup guys.well done Tharanga you showed the world what you are capable of.[ what is Mr. clarke doing.thinking of broking watson's leg and open with warner in T20 matches.] aussies!If you want your winning form back play with kenya or zimbabwe.

  • Rajeev334 on November 5, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Yes! That's the way to do it.... Sanga & comp, u made us proud.. Keep the Lion flag flying high!!!!

    Feel sorry about all those people who said that we will lose 3-0 this time....

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Congratz Sri Lankan Lions.........!!!! Keep it up to 3-0 victory.....!!!!

  • pinn on November 5, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Might be Australians are thinking more about ashes. They are already 'ashes' in this series - 3 losses so far , and a dead-rubber waiting. Com'on Srilanka, Take the series 3-0.

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    That was too easy...Didn't even get a fight from the Aussies. What's going on...Bring back Warnie and Mcgrath from retirement

  • lankarminnows on November 5, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    wow !!! lankans have got luckier than they've ever been !!!

    they won only because we were slack, sheer good luck, congrats anyway.

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Well played SL congradz>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    MAXXA!!!! On track for a whitewash! RAWRR!!!! :D

  • Yasi_Gee on November 5, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Well done SL boys. Australia has lot to improve before the Ashes.

  • Trekkingthelions on November 5, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka, you made Aussie team looks so ordinary. Congratulations and keep going.

  • duminda74 on November 5, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka......U a making history........! Go and get 3-0. Is this repeat of 96??? They took momentum from Aus tour and won the WC.

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    lions hunted the series kangaroos crying

  • kvirdi on November 5, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Well ... It all started with Pakistan beating Australia in last test match followed by Indian and now SL. On the other hand Bangladesh humiliated NZ 4-0. Now NZ on "Mission Impossible" in India ... Well last 2 months trend shows that Asia has beaten Oceania badly and world cup is in Asia. It will be a miracle if an Asian country didn't lift world cup 2011 ...

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Don't worry Australia, there is no way but up from here on.

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    so now where are those pathetic indian cricket fans who said "Australia is going to clean sweep Sri Lanka in the ODI series" ? Well action speaks louder than words ... !!! GO LIONS GO...

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    SRI Lanka won oh yeah explain this S/L 213 after 41.3 overs Australia 344 in 39 overs I don't understand the calculations and bad umpiring not giving S/L wides letting them get away with their bad bowling. Where did S/L win

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    congrats Srilanka from Pakistan.

  • popcorn on November 5, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka did not win on merit. Firstly, the Duckworth Lewis System is not fair. Consider this - Sri Lanka makes 3 for 213 in 41.1 overs. However Australia are asked to make 244 in 39 overs?!? Secondly, Malinga cheated. He was wearing plaster on each of his fingers - allowing the plaster to GRIP the ball. This is illegal. The umpires should have asked him to remove the plasters.

  • tallgrass on November 5, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Didn't some subcontinental smartmouths squeak over this site last week that Sri Lanka can NEVER win outside their country (just because India won two test matches at home after god knows how many years)...give us equal amount of games with cricket superpowers and then talk about a world ranking system

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    well done sri lanka....damn proud to be a lion....

  • crickstats on November 5, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    This is the first bilateral series between these two sides in 26 yrs, Sri Lanka did win the maiden bilateral series between the two in Australia, Pls note and change the headline.

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    I am disgusted in the duckworth system SL scored 214 after 41.3 overs and Australia had to score 244 at 39 overs there is no justice in this ICC should be ashamed of themselves looking at the crowds in australia yes I agree ODI is dead

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Great Work Guys ..! Well Done SriLanka...! Proud to be a Lion....!

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    just want to say for the people who said tharanga shd be dropped after last match,b4 u guys say something think twice,,,he is playing 4 sl team 4 a while and i have seen him as a perfect partner 4 dilshan,,just bcoz he cdnt bat on tht day it does not mean he is not good enogh,,i get so annoyed people like this ...dnt talk like some crazy indian fans who cnt see what is right...we r much more better than tht...

  • BowlingForever on November 5, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Wohoooo...I remember seeing lots of indian fans saying SL didnt have a chance?A whipe off from the aussies to the SL...too bad i aint seeing many indian fans now?Ponting made no difference to the outcome either!Geez i hope from now on ppl start giving credit where its due...cmon SL we need a white wash!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    What a win.. what a day.... !!! Weldone guys... Keep it up..

  • David47 on November 5, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    The specialist quicks, Johnson Siddle Hastings and McKay, have taken just TWO wickets between them in the two games - look no further for the problem. And we've got a perfectly good Stuart Clark twiddling his thumbs. If we go into the first ashes test with any two of Johnson, Siddle and Hauritz - we're toast.

  • Biggus on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! I guess they'll be partying on into the night back there. Too good once again for us today, but then records are made to be broken, and it was only a matter of time before you guys beat us down here. Enjoy the moment! We'll try to push you a bit harder next time.

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Good job Lankans...Aussie selectors are playing blind they need to make a whole lot of changes....

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    great news aussies lost .. SL tigers ... rocks..

  • gmathew on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Whither TimmyF_23, SnowSnake and other Aussie supporters who said the T10 was a no series and come ODI Australia would whack the Lankans. England dont bother unpacking the urn, it will save you the time to pack it for the return journey anyway-Aussies are finally tettering off the edge. The higher you go, the greater thou shall fall, and harder if you are prouder. Why do so many teams around the world hate you? Introspect. Pride possibly? Arrogance? Poor losers?

  • fadms on November 5, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Yippeeeeeeeeeee!!! I knew it. Well done Lions....All you haters go to hell and if hell is full go to Hong Kong

  • samuditha on November 5, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Any Indians here????? as i remembered you guys were telling SL never work out away from home no?

  • CricketPissek on November 5, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    woohooo!!! <does victory dance>

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  • CricketPissek on November 5, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    woohooo!!! <does victory dance>

  • samuditha on November 5, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Any Indians here????? as i remembered you guys were telling SL never work out away from home no?

  • fadms on November 5, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Yippeeeeeeeeeee!!! I knew it. Well done Lions....All you haters go to hell and if hell is full go to Hong Kong

  • gmathew on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Whither TimmyF_23, SnowSnake and other Aussie supporters who said the T10 was a no series and come ODI Australia would whack the Lankans. England dont bother unpacking the urn, it will save you the time to pack it for the return journey anyway-Aussies are finally tettering off the edge. The higher you go, the greater thou shall fall, and harder if you are prouder. Why do so many teams around the world hate you? Introspect. Pride possibly? Arrogance? Poor losers?

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    great news aussies lost .. SL tigers ... rocks..

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Good job Lankans...Aussie selectors are playing blind they need to make a whole lot of changes....

  • Biggus on November 5, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! I guess they'll be partying on into the night back there. Too good once again for us today, but then records are made to be broken, and it was only a matter of time before you guys beat us down here. Enjoy the moment! We'll try to push you a bit harder next time.

  • David47 on November 5, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    The specialist quicks, Johnson Siddle Hastings and McKay, have taken just TWO wickets between them in the two games - look no further for the problem. And we've got a perfectly good Stuart Clark twiddling his thumbs. If we go into the first ashes test with any two of Johnson, Siddle and Hauritz - we're toast.

  • on November 5, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    What a win.. what a day.... !!! Weldone guys... Keep it up..

  • BowlingForever on November 5, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Wohoooo...I remember seeing lots of indian fans saying SL didnt have a chance?A whipe off from the aussies to the SL...too bad i aint seeing many indian fans now?Ponting made no difference to the outcome either!Geez i hope from now on ppl start giving credit where its due...cmon SL we need a white wash!!!