Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 1st ODI: Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne, Nov 3, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket (with 34 balls remaining)
3 November 2010 - day/night match (50-over match)
7.4

Perera to Clarke, no run, Clarke leaves this outside off

7.5

Perera to Clarke, 2 runs, angling into the pads, Clarke plays it with soft hands, towards fine leg, and comes back for an easy two

7.6

Perera to Clarke, no run, shoulders arms to one outside off

Australia 38/1   MJ Clarke 2* (3b)
8.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, short outside off, left alone

8.5

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, short again, Clarke plays the pull, keeps it down, gets a single to fine leg

Australia 40/1   MJ Clarke 3* (5b)
9.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, another sharp single, tip and run really, towards point

9.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 2 runs, pushes at it away from the body, gets a fine outside edge, but unfine enough to go wide of the keeper

Australia 48/1   MJ Clarke 6* (7b)
10.2

Perera to Clarke, no run, driven to mid-off, and they decide against the single

10.3

Perera to Clarke, 1 run, slight extra bounce around off, Clarke keeps it down and gets a single to midwicket

Australia 50/1   MJ Clarke 7* (9b)
11.1

Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, hit back to the bowler, Murali dives to his right to field

11.2

Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, dip there, Clarke defends in front of his body

11.3

Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, bowling from wide of the crease, is Murali, and Clarke leaves the crease and dabs the offbreak into the leg side for one

Australia 59/1   MJ Clarke 8* (12b)
12.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, driven on the up, but Randiv makes a nice diving save at extra cover

12.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, comes forward and pushes this length ball to mid-on

12.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 2 runs, away swinger, and wide, Clarke squeezes it past point

12.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, clipped off the pads, but can't beat midwicket

12.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, nicely flicked away past midwicket, from around off-stump line

Australia 64/1   MJ Clarke 11* (17b)
13.1

Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track again, gets close to it, and then pushes it down the ground for one

13.6

Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, comes down the track, still not quite to the pitch of the ball, pushes it to the straightish midwicket

Australia 66/1   MJ Clarke 12* (19b)
14.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, holds its line outside off, Clarke stays on the crease and defends

14.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 leg bye, walks right across the stumps and comes down the pitch too, misses it, and strangely Kula hardly goes up in appeal. They take a leg-bye

14.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, Clarke sends Haddin back: he had hit this full ball straight to midwicket

Australia 69/1   MJ Clarke 12* (22b)
15.2

Muralitharan to Clarke, FOUR, nicely played, presses forward, sees a shortish ball, rocks back, and then cuts it in front of square - punch really. Clarke's first boundary, and Australia's first in 26 balls

15.3

Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, comes down the track again, but ends up pushing it back to Murali

15.4

Muralitharan to Clarke, FOUR, cat and mouse - Murali goes for the good old stumping down the leg side, but Clarke - despite having charged him - is balanced and glances it fine - that's two boundaries in quick time

15.5

Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, pushed to deep cover for one

Australia 79/1   MJ Clarke 21* (26b 2x4)
16.1

Perera to Clarke, 2 runs, starts off with a gentle short ball, Clarke pulls towards deep midwicket, and a fumble from Silva lets them complete the couple easily

16.2

Perera to Clarke, FOUR, dismisses this away, and turns his back to it! Lovely straight hit, uppish, but between the bowler and mid-on

16.3

Perera to Clarke, no run, goes outside off, Clarke pushes it towards cover

16.4

Perera to Clarke, no run, slower ball outside off, Clarke looks to run it down but can't get it past point

16.5

Perera to Clarke, OUT, top catch! Nice delivery too, moving away from back of a length, Clarke goes for an ill-advised cut, and gets a thick edge that is dying on Sangakkara, who dives in front and to his right, holds it one-handed, then gets the left hand over to control the ball even as he is tumbling over

MJ Clarke c †Sangakkara b Perera 27 (41m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 87.09

Australia 85/2   MJ Clarke 27 (31b 3x4)
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