Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane November 7, 2010

McKay ends Australia's losing streak

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Australia 2 for 119 (Clarke 50*) beat Sri Lanka 115 (Silva 33, McKay 5-33, Starc 4-27) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's series-winning hangover allowed Australia to end their seven-match losing streak as Clint McKay and Mitchell Starc set up the eight-wicket victory. The result meant Australia avoided their worst sequence of defeats and gave them a much-needed boost with the Ashes starting on November 25.

Despite the strength of their performance, Australia's opponents were not fully focused after achieving their first series win Down Under on Friday. McKay gained his maiden five-wicket haul and Starc picked up his first four international wickets as Sri Lanka fell to 115 on a bouncy surface with only a hint of green.

Kumar Sangakkara won the toss, batted and was soon regretting the decision. Only two batsmen reached double figures and 25 extras, including 14 wides, boosted the total in front of only 9,037 spectators. The total was the worst crowd for an ODI involving Australia at the Gabba.

The local batsmen had no real problems in their reply and Shane Watson (15) and Brad Haddin (31) were the only casualties, both going to Dilhara Fernando (2 for 47). Michael Clarke, who was in charge during Sri Lanka's stunning win in Melbourne, made sure of the win in the 22nd over, with his glide for four taking him to 50 off 51 balls.

Clarke peaked with back-to-back boundaries off Thisara Perara and lofted a straight six off Suraj Randiv shortly before the finish. The innings ended a difficult week for Clarke and gave him something to smile about.

McKay's three early strikes floored the tourists and Starc, the 20-year-old left-armer in his second ODI, did not let them get up as the batsmen lasted only 32 overs. McKay's damaging burst left the visitors at 3 for 14 in the fifth over and he returned to mop up Randiv and Perera to grab 5 for 33 off nine. Starc stepped in during his second spell to prevent a recovery on the way to a highly encouraging 4 for 27 off nine.

McKay produced a double-wicket maiden in the third over of the match and followed up with another breakthrough in his next effort. Aided by the extra lift, McKay forced Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) to pop a simple catch to Michael Hussey at square leg and then watched Sangakkara (0) aim a big drive and edge behind.

Mahela Jayawardene was also keen to attack but his thicker nick was taken by Cameron White at second slip. Upul Tharanga (28) resisted for a while before being lbw to Watson and then it was Starc's turn to collect his first victim, with Angelo Mathews playing on for 9.

Starc didn't have to wait long for his second breakthrough, which came when Jeevan Mendis (5) nicked a shorter ball to Haddin. Chamara Silva had been in charge of Sri Lanka's fightback but he inside-edged Starc and was bowled for 33, ending Sri Lanka's hopes of a decent total.

The tail didn't last long and the innings was over when Lasith Malinga swung Starc to deep midwicket. Sri Lanka, who were without Nuwan Kulasekara and Muttiah Muralitharan, came to Australia aiming for a first series win here and deserved their overall success, but they will be disappointed with the way the drought-breaking trip ended.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • spiritwithin on November 11, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    @nav84smom...now how on earth SL became the first team to beat OZ in OZ in an ODI series??is'nt india,pakistan,SA,england,nz and WI had done it before and that too against their full strength team..as for india performance in WI,SA and Aus,in WI india won their last test series,in australia the indian team lost a closely fought series 1-2 in their last tour but won the CB series where SL was the third team,not to forget india drew the previous series before that in australia by 1-1,in SA india again lost a closely fought series by 1-2,will u tell me has SL ever won a test in aus or SA or have won a series in WI???and india struggling to beat nz at home just shows that nz is playing very well bcoz just before that aus lost by 2-0,so that does'nt make india a bad side or nz better than australia...after murali SL will struggle to win any test matches home or away and can beat only a depleted side

  • playitfair on November 10, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    While all the comments here are respected.....some comments stink of bias against India. It looks like all Lankan's are unwilling to accept India's No. 1 position. The Aussies thrashed SL in this match, so the claims of SL being the best gets busted. The excuse of 'taking the game lightly as the series was won' indicates the lack of professionalism and is not the trait of true champions., which again proves that they are NOT the best. If SL beat Australia in WC of 1996, lets not forget India beat WI in 1983. The Australian team of 1996 was not as mighty as the WI team of 1983. The 2011 WC will be interesting to watch with SL, Ind, Pak, Aus, SA.......all having fair bit of chance of winning. Let the best team on the given day win. To all the Lankans - your considering India being No. 1 a joke, does not change the fact that India is currently No.1.....a fact which you must learn to accept gracefully.

  • swaroopjammula on November 10, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    @nav84smom:plz check the stats in the last two yrs India didnot loose a single test series whether it is in India or away.when sl came 2 India we defeated them 2-0. when we went to sl the series end result is 1-1.

  • dummy4fb on November 10, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    @nav84smom somebody is hurt hmmm ...which was the team who stopped Aussies when they were in there top form...yes it was India and i am not talking about one days... i am talking about tests.. what are you in tests as what i said,just compare yourself to Australia and tell me frankly do you deserve your spot???(no Australia deserves your spot) and about New Zealand !! ups and downs were with Aussies too. btw Indian team were on the top except one day when martin stuck(dead pitch denied any other bowler to claim wickets). and just see who defied them "harbhajan" ,bring them on for next match... hahaha one-day flukes are easier then test wins. eagerly waiting for your new joke. chill.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 9, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Sourabh Sharma: Tell me about India's performance in SA, WI, AUS in tests. Dude, recently we became the first team to beat OZ in OZ and won the ODI series in OZ while your overrated jokers are struggling to beat an INEXPERIENCED NZ team @ HOME .India is the most overrated team in sporting history - it's more overrated than the English football team. Everyone considers India being number 1 a joke. Not only SL, but AUS, SA, ENG, PAK, NZ, BAN etc.

  • dummy4fb on November 8, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    @nav84smom- ok you have one player (sanga yes at top)so....???? we have 4 players doing very good against Aus. lets see your lankan team in tests... btw see your team's record at out of subcontinental pitches, they are joke for 3rd or where ever you are... your team played only 23 that too your most wins came at home grounds... Aussies deserve your place and you at england's.

  • SnowSnake on November 8, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Fernando bowled really well. He has improved his speed. If he can improve his line and length a little bit, he can be a great asset for SL team. Guys, this India bashing should stop. One game does not make or break India. Also, challanging ranking is starting to look silly especially when India has held this rank for around 11 months now. Except for Australia no team has been able to do that. Also, even if India is dethroned from #1 rank, it will take it back in short term. For India may to be a lot better than other teams, no other team can beat India consistently either. SA series will be good. While predicting an outcome is a fools errand, I doubt that India will be an easy team to beat.

  • dummy4fb on November 8, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    @TaniaM Where are we comprehencively beaten? winnig a series againts AUS 2-1 is a comprehencively beaten ? Winning a series mean a comprehencively beaten as per your knowledge? Are you studied? I remember how your IND umpire Prakash & Co scratch his head instead of giving out.That is the way IND umpires are working. Why IND does not like UDRS?......But SL came to WC final in 2007,T20 WC finals not with Darmasena's help. That too out of SL (Out of subcontinent as well).In those tournaments Our Mahela,Dilshan& Sanga becomes the Highers Runs getter respectively.But so called IND team out of the tournament first round iself.Why they can not sustain the bouncers.They lost all the matches against Test side in those.

  • 3rd_man on November 8, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Disappointing last game for srilanka.when we do the analysis all 3 top order experience batsman didn't score.for sanga and dishan can given an excuse,but not for mahela.he didn't contribute at all.some people talking him to open with Dilshan,I think we should stop this play around with opening spot now.otherwise we cant find proper opening pair.Mahela don't have proper attacking shots in front of the wicket for pace bowlers.it appear time and time again.he can only score behind the wicket using pace of the ball for fast bowlers.this is not IPL. Subcontinent wickets he may do well for average bowlers.Problem with Tharanga don't have shots on leg side. he can loft the ball ,sometimes don't play with soft hands to drop and run. that create lot of pressure to the team. some expect kapugedra to strengthen the middle order.that s joke.Kapu,Silva cant take responsibility like Mathews , to win matches for SL.so mahela should drop to middle order.then younger guys will play around him.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @TaniaM and rest of the Indians: Shows you didn't watch OZ-SL Matches and is just hear to argue. Though MJ had a bad series, Saga played well in the t20 and the first 2 ODIs. Do me a favour - Check Sanga's stats IN AUS and then compare that with VVS, SRT, Dravid - Sanga avg IN AUS - 65, VVS - 54, Sehwag - 59, Dravid - 48, SRT - 58 Clearly shows Sanga performs better than your fab 4 IN OZ. As for India - NZ, India failed to beat a young and inexperienced NZ side @ HOME that lost 4-0 to up and coming Bangladesh. If the pitches In India were not dead (Indian pitches are dead - no bounce because Indians can't play bouncers) 15/5 would've being 30 all out. India being number 1 is a joke and I can rest assure that India is going to lose badly IN SA.

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