Sri Lanka tour of Australia, Only T20I: Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth, Oct 31, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
31 October 2010 - day/night match (20-over match)

5.35pm Glenn emails in: "Where do you think Clarke should bat? If he must play, I'd like to see him no higher than 5, and please, please not at 3." Well, Glenn, it seems Clarke is going to open the batting today, he's walking out now with David Warner.

5.30pm The Australians have a team full of Victoria and New South Wales players, which is pretty remarkable in this day and age. Although Shane Watson hasn't actually played a game for NSW yet. We're only minutes away from the first ball! Brydon Coverdale with you on commentary.

5.05pm Australia have won the toss and will bat.

And here are the teams: Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Cameron White, 5 David Hussey, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Steven Smith, 8 John Hastings, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Dirk Nannes.

So, Australia have two debutants - Clint McKay and John Hastings, although it's hard to believe McKay hasn't played a T20 yet.

Sri Lanka 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Dinesh Chandimal, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (capt), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Suraj Randiv, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Dilhara Fernando.

Don't hold us to that batting order - that's just what we've been given!

4.55pm Hello and welcome to the first international match of Australia's home summer. It's not the Ashes, it's Australia v Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 at the WACA. We'll bring you the toss and teams shortly.


Fernando to Warner, no run, Fernando starts with a good ball, quick and short of a length, Warner jumps back to defend


Fernando to Warner, 1 run, short ball and Warner hooks it through square leg, but doesn't time it, he was surprised by the extra pace


Fernando to Clarke, no run, another very fast bouncer! Great start from Fernando, and Clarke's attempted hook misses


Fernando to Clarke, 1 run, almost played on! Clarke gets a thick inside edge past the stumps and down to fine leg to get off the mark


Fernando to Warner, no run, swing and a miss! Fernando gives Clarke a bit of width outside off, and it's a slower ball, Warner's airy drive doesn't connect


Fernando to Warner, no run, beaten, this one sails over the stumps and Warner's cross-bat shot doesn't connect

What a fine first over from Fernando, it had pace, bounce and a good slower ball

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • DA Warner 1 (4b)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (2b)
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-2-0

Malinga opens up from the other end


Malinga to Clarke, no run, Clarke drives but mistimes and can't beat mid on


Malinga to Clarke, 1 no ball, oops! That's a chest-high full toss from Malinga, which is a scary prospect, but it was well down leg and the slower ball, which came out of the hand all wrong


Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, nudge and run stuff from Clarke, he prods to cover and takes off for a quick single


Malinga to Warner, 1 wide, well wide of off stump, David Warner couldn't reach that and it's called a wide


Malinga to Warner, no run, that's a crunching drive from Warner, a 142kph half-volley from Malinga, but the batsman couldn't beat Murali at mid off

There was a slip in place, but he's just come out to short cover


Malinga to Warner, no run, driven to mid off again, and this is good tight stuff from Sri Lanka


Malinga to Warner, 1 run, that's the slower one from Malinga, Warner waits on it and drives to long off


Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, run-out missed! Clarke pushes to cover and takes off, Warner shouts a very loud "Nooooo!" and Clarke turns back, the throw from Dilshan missed the stumps and lucky for Clarke - he was out by a good metre or more, and then there was an overthrow

End of over 2 (5 runs) Australia 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • MJ Clarke 3 (6b)
    • DA Warner 2 (7b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-2-0

Fernando to Clarke, no run, crunched off the bat and Mathews at point makes a great save


Fernando to Clarke, no run, width, and a lot of it, but Clarke's cut does not beat point, and the Sri Lankans have been sharp in the field so far


Fernando to Clarke, FOUR, and there's the first boundary of the innings, Clarke gets one just short of a length and pulls confidently through midwicket, where there is quite a gap


Fernando to Clarke, no run, good ball, very good inswinging yorker at 143kph and Clarke keeps it out


Fernando to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke waits on this one and cuts late, third man does the fielding and there's just the single


Fernando to Warner, OUT, gone! Fernando breaks through; Warner has thrown everything at this one, trying to slog over mid-on but he's skied it off the toe of the bat and Perera at mid-off takes the catch

DA Warner c Perera b Fernando 2 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

That is how Warner plays, but you'd also have to think that Sri Lanka created that wicket by building the pressure. Now here's Shane Watson and Murali comes on for his first bowl.

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 12/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • MJ Clarke 8 (11b 1x4)
    • CRD Fernando 2-0-7-1
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

Murali is around the wicket to Watson


Muralitharan to Watson, 1 run, Watson clips confidently through midwicket to get off the mark


Muralitharan to Clarke, SIX, lovely shot from Clarke! He's made use of the field restrictions, advancing to Murali and lofts a drive over long-off for six, that was a really terrific shot


Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, advances again, drives to cover


Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, clipped to midwicket, Clarke can't beat the field, he's using his feet against Murali


Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, driven in the air through the vacant mid-on


Muralitharan to Watson, no run, quick stuff from Murali, 92kph on the stumps, and Watson pushes to midwicket

End of over 4 (8 runs) Australia 20/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • SR Watson 1 (2b)
    • MJ Clarke 15 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-8-0
    • CRD Fernando 2-0-7-1

Perera comes on from the River End


Perera to Clarke, no run, shortish ball, Clarke pulls and can't beat midwicket


Perera to Clarke, no run, crunched to cover and again can't find the gap


Perera to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke walks across outside off this time and pushes a single through cover


Perera to Watson, no run, good bounce from Perera, Watson tries to upper cut that one over gully but it sails past the edge through to Sangakkara


Perera to Watson, 1 run, nudged towards mid on and Watson gets a single


Perera to Clarke, OUT, what a catch! Dilhara Fernando has just plucked an incredible take over his head! Clarke backed away and tried to slam it over the bowler's head, Fernando running back from mid-on had totally misjudged it and it seemed to be sailing over his head, but at the last minute he's thrown his right hand up and taken it!

MJ Clarke c Fernando b Perera 16 (19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 84.21

That was remarkable - Fernando should have turned and run to make more ground instead of backing back, but somehow he's pulled off a stunner. Here's David Hussey

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 22/2 (RR: 4.40)

    • SR Watson 2 (4b)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-2-1
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-8-0

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, clipped to midwicket, can't beat the field


Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, nudged to point


Muralitharan to Hussey, 3 runs, on the back foot, Hussey punches a drive through extra cover and gets three runs


Muralitharan to Watson, 1 run, Watson uses his crease, goes right back onto his stumps and drives through mid-on


Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, pushed away through point


Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, driven wide of mid-on, Hussey gets a single

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 27/2 (RR: 4.50)

    • DJ Hussey 4 (5b)
    • SR Watson 3 (5b)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-13-0
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-2-1

Perera to Hussey, no run, driven to cover, Hussey can't beat the field


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball and short of a length, Hussey waits on it and cuts fine


Perera to Watson, 1 run, good ball, attacking the stumps and Watson defends with a thick inside edge that runs away to square leg


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey pushes through the gap between point and cover, nice placement


Perera to Watson, OUT, skied and taken by Murali at long-off! Watson tries to go over the top but it's another one off the toe of the bat, and Murali makes no mistake - what a start by Sri Lanka!

SR Watson c Muralitharan b Perera 4 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Cameron White is the new batsman and has a lot of work to do.


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey waits on this and opens the face to guide it behind point

This has been excellent from Sri Lanka, they've not only bowled well but backed their bowlers up with terrific fielding.

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 31/3 (RR: 4.42)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (9b)
    • CL White 0 (0b)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-6-2
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-13-0

Suraj Randiv from the Prindiville Stand End


Randiv to Hussey, OUT, Randiv strikes first ball! Hussey looks to cut but is surprised by the bounce from Randiv's topspinner, an edge is well taken by Sangakkara. This is really unravelling for Australia.

DJ Hussey c †Sangakkara b Randiv 7 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Here's Brad Haddin for his first international since May


Randiv to Haddin, 1 run, nudged to midwicket and he's off the mark


Randiv to White, 1 run, this one drifts down leg side, White glances and gets off the mark


Randiv to Haddin, no run, beautiful ball! Really sharp offspin from Randiv and Haddin was surprised by that, it's turned in and struck him on the body


Randiv to Haddin, 1 run, dropped by Sangakkara, but it was a very tough one down leg side, Haddin got plenty of bat on that


Randiv to White, 1 run, on the back foot, worked to long on

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 35/4 (RR: 4.37)

    • CL White 2 (2b)
    • BJ Haddin 2 (3b)
    • S Randiv 1-0-4-1
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-6-2

Perera to White, no run, guided to backward point, can't beat the field


Perera to White, 1 run, soft hands from White, he waits on a straight one and nudges through midwicket for a single


Perera to Haddin, no run, straight bat from Haddin, he defends, this is good bowling from Perera


Perera to Haddin, 1 run, down leg side, Haddin glances away to fine leg


Perera to White, 1 run, clipped off the hips for a single


Perera to Haddin, no run, pushed back down the pitch, can't get a run

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 38/4 (RR: 4.22)

    • BJ Haddin 3 (6b)
    • CL White 4 (5b)
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-9-2
    • S Randiv 1-0-4-1

Randiv to White, 1 run, that was an ugly whack from White, but effective, he's backed away and thumped it in the air through cover


Randiv to Haddin, no run, good sharp turn again from Randiv, Haddin doesn't have much idea and takes it on the pad


Randiv to Haddin, 1 run, too short, Haddin cuts square


Randiv to White, 2 runs, tossed up this time and White drives to cover, Jayawardene misfields and allows two runs to the man in the deep


Randiv to White, no run, White uses the feet, clips to midwicket and can't find a gap


Randiv to White, 1 run, powerful sweep from White, but straight to the man at deep square leg

As a few of you have pointed out, Australia have never lost a Twenty20 international at home. Could this be the first?

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 43/4 (RR: 4.30)

    • CL White 8 (9b)
    • BJ Haddin 4 (8b)
    • S Randiv 2-0-9-1
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-9-2

Malinga returns, can he continue the trend?


Malinga to White, OUT, Malinga strikes first ball! Short and wide, White's eyes light up but the extra bounce surprises him, his cut turns into a thin edge through to Sangakkara

CL White c †Sangakkara b Malinga 8 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Oh dear, Australia are 43 for 5. This is not exactly what how they wanted to start their summer! Here's Steven Smith


Malinga to Smith, no run, edged and just short of slip, who has come in for the new batsman. Gosh, that could so easily have gone to hand!


Malinga to Smith, no run, good yorker, swinging it back in a touch, and Malinga wants an lbw but that was sliding down leg


Malinga to Smith, no run, bouncer, Smith tries to hook but can't get anything on that. Half a shout from Sangakkara, who thought there may have been a tickle on that


Malinga to Smith, 1 run, down leg side, Smith clips it to deep square leg and gets off the mark


Malinga to Haddin, no run, driven to cover, can't beat the field

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 44/5 (RR: 4.00)

    • BJ Haddin 4 (9b)
    • SPD Smith 1 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-6-1
    • S Randiv 2-0-9-1

Randiv to Smith, 1 run, tossed up outside off, it's driven through cover for a single


Randiv to Haddin, no run, good ball, turning back in to Haddin, who defends


Randiv to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin waits on this one and guides it fine to third man


Randiv to Smith, 1 run, Smith sweeps, safely in the air but there's a sweeper in the deep


Randiv to Haddin, FOUR, great shot! Haddin has struck what is, incredibly, the third boundary of the innings, a proper straight drive that comes off the middle of the bat and beats long on and long off, who converge in their attempts to cut it off


Randiv to Haddin, 2 runs, late cut this time, well played Haddin, but Australia need a lot more from him to turn this into a competitive total

End of over 12 (9 runs) Australia 53/5 (RR: 4.41)

    • BJ Haddin 11 (13b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 3 (6b)
    • S Randiv 3-0-18-1
    • SL Malinga 2-0-6-1

Perera to Smith, 2 runs, good running from Smith and Haddin, they pick up two from what was just a well-placed nudge through midwicket


Perera to Smith, 1 run, square cut from Smith, but the man at deep point cuts it off


Perera to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin waits on this and opens the face for a late cut


Perera to Smith, SIX, finally, a six! Smith opens up his stance and muscles the ball over midwicket, for a minute it looked like Randiv in the deep might have a chance but it's lobbed just over the boundary


Perera to Smith, 1 run, driven down the ground this time


Perera to Haddin, 2 runs, this time it's Haddin who throws the bat, his heave becomes a top edge that slices over gully and lands safely

End of over 13 (13 runs) Australia 66/5 (RR: 5.07)

    • BJ Haddin 14 (15b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 13 (10b 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-22-2
    • S Randiv 3-0-18-1

Murali comes back, can he break this stand? Haddin and Smith have just stemmed the tide of wickets a little


Muralitharan to Smith, 1 run, clipped off the pads behind square leg


Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 wide, wrong line, down leg side and called a wide


Muralitharan to Haddin, FOUR, ah, a bit of good fortune for Haddin, who looks to sweep through square leg and just gets a little under-edge that races away to fine leg


Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, run-out chance goes begging - Haddin cuts late and is turned back going for the quick single, the under-arm throw to Sangakkara is too wide and a diving Haddin makes his ground


Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, Haddin goes back into his crease and clips to midwicket


Muralitharan to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin gets this one off the middle of the bat! He's thrust the front leg forward and slammed a straight drive back over Murali's head for a boundary


Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, defended away safely

End of over 14 (10 runs) Australia 76/5 (RR: 5.42)

    • BJ Haddin 22 (20b 3x4)
    • SPD Smith 14 (11b 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-23-0
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-22-2

Fernando comes back on


Fernando to Smith, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, Smith picks it though and drives wide of mid off


Fernando to Haddin, SIX, that's a big one! Fernando gives Haddin a half-volley and Haddin says thanks very much, lifts it high and hard over long-on and that ball crashes into the fence


Fernando to Haddin, no run, Haddin goes for it again, but doesn't connect this time and it sails through to the keeper


Fernando to Haddin, no run, half a shout as Haddin drives outside off and there's a noise as it flies through to Sangakkara, but that might just have been bat on ground


Fernando to Haddin, 1 run, shorter ball now and Haddin turns it through midwicket with a sort of swivel pull


Fernando to Smith, 1 run, Smith backs away and Fernando follows him, Smith flicks it through square leg and picks up a single

End of over 15 (9 runs) Australia 85/5 (RR: 5.66)

    • SPD Smith 16 (13b 1x6)
    • BJ Haddin 29 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • CRD Fernando 3-0-16-1
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-23-0

Muralitharan to Smith, 1 run, Smith advances to Murali and works it behind square leg


Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 run, short and down leg, not a good ball, but Haddin manages to pick out the man at deep square leg on the bounce


Muralitharan to Smith, no run, action aplenty here, Smith advances and drives hard, his edge flies short of gully, the throw doesn't find him short, and after all that it was just a dot ball


Muralitharan to Smith, FOUR, lucky boundary - Smith gets a thick inside edge to fine leg, Murali beat him with genuine offspin there


Muralitharan to Smith, 1 run, punched to gully for a quick single


Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 run, worked away through square leg and that's the 50 partnership between Smith and Haddin, which was much needed by Australia after their top order struggled

End of over 16 (8 runs) Australia 93/5 (RR: 5.81)

    • BJ Haddin 31 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 22 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-31-0
    • CRD Fernando 3-0-16-1

Malinga to Haddin, 2 runs, tries for the yorker and it turns into a low full toss on the pads, Haddin glances it away and Fernando at short fine leg knocks it down without stopping it properly


Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, pushed to mid-on, Murali picks up and shies at the non-striker's end but there wasn't a run-out on there


Malinga to Smith, FOUR, super shot! Smith gets down to lift that over his shoulder with a ramp shot, fine leg was up in the circle so that one sailed safely down towards the boundary, really clever batting


Malinga to Smith, 1 run, Smith looks to back away, Malinga fires it wide of off and Smith stretches to cut through point


Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, slower delivery this time, Haddin guides a single behind point


Malinga to Smith, 1 run, another slower one, Smith punches through cover

End of over 17 (10 runs) Australia 103/5 (RR: 6.05)

    • SPD Smith 28 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • BJ Haddin 35 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-1
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-31-0

Randiv to Smith, 2 runs, aggression from Smith, he's advanced and thumped that over the bowler's head but doesn't quite time it, long on gets around to cut it off


Randiv to Smith, FOUR, what a shot! Smith's gone down for the reverse sweep and lifted it high over the infield and safely down to the boundary


Randiv to Smith, OUT, oh, good bowling from Randiv! Smith dances down the pitch and Randiv holds that ball back a little, doesn't impart much spin and it beats the bat, Smith is comprehensively stumped

SPD Smith st †Sangakkara b Randiv 34 (23b 3x4 1x6) SR: 147.82

Here's John Hastings on debut. He can be handy batsman in the lower order.


Randiv to Hastings, 1 run, waits on this ball and cuts behind point to get off the mark


Randiv to Haddin, OUT, two wickets in the over! Haddin's gone for the slog sweep and hasn't quite got enough on that, Mathews at deep midwicket takes a comfortable catch, Randiv gets another one

BJ Haddin c Mathews b Randiv 35 (30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

Another debutant now, Clint McKay to face


Randiv to McKay, no run, McKay defends back down the pitch

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia 110/7 (RR: 6.11)

    • CJ McKay 0 (1b)
    • JW Hastings 1 (1b)
    • S Randiv 4-0-25-3
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-1

So, two overs remaining and Sri Lanka are in to the tail, they must be thrilled with this effort. Australia will be hoping to get their score up to 130.


Malinga to Hastings, 1 wide, short and fast, Hastings hasn't much idea about that and lets it go through to Sangakkara. Oh, that's been called a wide, that's simply not the right decision, it was only head height


Malinga to Hastings, 1 run, good yorker, Hastings keeps it out and jabs a single to mid on


Malinga to McKay, no run, punched to mid off, McKay can't beat the field, good full bowling from Malinga


Malinga to McKay, 1 wide, oops, down leg side and that's justifiably called a wide


Malinga to McKay, 1 run, shortish and at the body, McKay tries to pull and it's much quicker onto him than he expected, does get bat on ball though and lobs a single to square leg


Malinga to Hastings, 1 run, slower ball, Hastings picks it and pushes a single to cover, Kapugedera shies at the bowler's end and misses, that would have been a run out


Malinga to McKay, no run, slower ball, and it's a swing and a miss as McKay tries to slam it back over the bowler's head


Malinga to McKay, 1 wide, down leg side again, even further this time and that's the third wide of the over


Malinga to McKay, FOUR, pretty well played there by McKay, he's manufactured a boundary by walking across his stumps and lifting a half-volley off middle over midwicket

End of over 19 (10 runs) Australia 120/7 (RR: 6.31)

    • CJ McKay 5 (5b 1x4)
    • JW Hastings 3 (3b)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-26-1
    • S Randiv 4-0-25-3

Fernando to Hastings, 2 runs, Hastings backs away and gets that one off the toe of the bat over point, picks up a couple of handy runs


Fernando to Hastings, 1 run, shorter and at the body, Hastings guides it off the face of the bat to third man


Fernando to McKay, 1 run, McKay backs off and drives hard down the ground, but long off cuts it off easily


Fernando to Hastings, FOUR, very useful runs! Hastings backs away and slashes hard, a thick outside edge flies away to third man for a boundary


Fernando to Hastings, FOUR, oh, good batting from Hastings, again he's backed away and this time Fernando follows the batsman, but fine leg is up and Hastings flicked that one through the gap and safely away to the boundary


Fernando to Hastings, 1 run, OUT, crunched through cover and the batsmen come back for an ambitious two, the throw finds Hastings short diving back into his ground, he's unselfishly run out trying for that final run

JW Hastings run out 15 (8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 187.50

So, Australia have finished with 133, which is below par on what should be a good batting pitch. Sri Lanka bowled and fielded really well, Randiv and Perera were the standouts. Haddin and Smith got Australia back in the contest, but they'll need a super bowling effort to defend this total. Join us in a few minutes for the chase.

End of over 20 (13 runs) Australia 133/8

    • CJ McKay 6 (6b 1x4)
    • CRD Fernando 4-0-29-1
    • SL Malinga 4-0-26-1





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