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)

Perera to Haddin, FOUR, not the best of starts, half tracker, down the leg side, with fine leg up. Haddin gets an underside edge past short fine leg


Perera to Haddin, no run, fuller, outside off, Haddin pushes it square, but not in a gap


Perera to Haddin, 1 run, runs a shortish delivery down to third man for a single


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


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


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

Australia 38/1   NLTC Perera 1-0-7-0

Perera to Haddin, 1 run, steers a shortish delivery down to third man


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


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


Perera to Haddin, FOUR, beautiful shot! Haddin makes room, takes half a step down the track, doesn't care this is nowhere near driving length, and times it beautifully with an open face - between mid-off and extra cover


Perera to Haddin, no run, slower ball, Haddin is awake to it, defends off the back foot


Perera to Haddin, FOUR, another lovely shot, this time to the left of cover, delays the shot a bit and forces it between cover and cover-point. He is timing them really well today

Australia 58/1   NLTC Perera 2-0-17-0

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


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


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


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


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


Perera to Hussey, no run, angling across the left-hander who leaves it be

Australia 85/2   NLTC Perera 3-0-23-1

Perera to Haddin, 1 run, punched off the back foot, through the covers, for one


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, seaming into his pads, Hussey works it away for one


Perera to Haddin, no run, stays back to defend this to cover


Perera to Haddin, no run, legcutter, turned to midwicket from outside off


Perera to Haddin, OUT, The pressure works! Murali's introduction has tied Australia down, and Perera has produced wicket-taking deliveries in back-to-back overs. This was short and wide all right, but got a bit big on Haddin, who had committed to the cut shot, and he failed to keep it down. Dilshan dives to his left at backward point to complete a regulation catch by his standards

BJ Haddin c Dilshan b Perera 49 (80m 55b 8x4 0x6) SR: 89.09


Perera to White, OUT, what a beaut! Ripper. Perera and Sri Lanka are on fire at the MCG. Another legcutter. He is on a hat-trick! Perfect delivery first up. Back of a length, pitching middle and off, cutting away, beating the poke, hitting the top of off

CL White b Perera 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 88/4   NLTC Perera 4-0-25-3

Perera to Hussey, 1 run, on target, cutting in towards Hussey, who tucks it away off the hips


Perera to Marsh, no run, full, overpitched actually, hit straight to mid-on


Perera to Marsh, 1 run, runs this down to third man for one


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, looks to open the face on this one, gets it past point for one


Perera to Marsh, no run, length ball, drives it on the up, hit straight to mid-on


Perera to Marsh, 2 runs, worked away off the pads, towards fine leg, and they take on Tharanga's arm, and come back for two

Australia 94/4   NLTC Perera 5-0-30-3

Perera to Hussey, 1 run, punched away to sweeper-cover for one


Perera to Smith, OUT, and Perera strikes almost immediately! He gas this knack of cutting the ball just enough. Lovely legcutter again. Short of a length, around off, making him play, then moving away enough to take the edge

SPD Smith c †Sangakkara b Perera 12 (19m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00


Perera to Johnson, no run, full, slight swing, hit to mid-off


Perera to Johnson, 1 run, another legcutter, nearly played on. Johnson clearly didn't pick it early, the inside edge hits him on the pad. Hussey is alert, though, and he calls him through for the quick single


Perera to Hussey, no run, back of a length, pushed to point


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, goes down the ground this time, and retains the strike

Australia 180/6   NLTC Perera 6-0-33-4

Perera to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length, hit to long-off for a single


Perera to Johnson, 1 wide, legcutter starts too straight, goes down the leg side, wily Sanga appeals but the umpire knows it is a wide


Perera to Johnson, 1 run, extra bounce, Johnson has to get the bottom hand off, and Hussey again is alert to calling him through for the single


Perera to Hussey, no run, short, into the pads, but pushed straight to midwicket


Perera to Hussey, no run, angled across him, and he is beaten on the cut shot


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, nips into the left-hander again, Hussey nurdles it for a single into the on side


Perera to Johnson, 1 run, clipped away off the pads, another single taken

Australia 194/6   NLTC Perera 7-0-38-4

Perera to Hastings, 1 run, nice yorker, pitching around the crease, they take the single


Perera to Hussey, 3 runs, low full toss, again bowled wide of Hussey, and Tharanga lets it through his legs at extra cover


Perera to Hastings, OUT, Michelle for Thisara! Hastings looks for the ramp shot, clearly not suited for that shot, doesn't get low, and Perera is full and straight and takes the prone middle stump. He is thrilled, raises his arms

JW Hastings b Perera 16 (23m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 106.66


Perera to Doherty, 1 run, another yorker, just outside off, Doherty digs and runs, but the throw from covers gets him in the forearm


Perera to Hussey, 1 run, nearly a yorker, Hussey hits it to long-off for a single


Perera to Doherty, 2 runs, full toss, hit wide of long-on, they rush back for the second, Randiv's throw is loopy but direct, and there is a chance they could have taken the overthrow but Hussey ran too far after completing the second

Australia 239/8   NLTC Perera 8-0-46-5





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