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)

6.30pm Back. Before we get into the chase, more on the Ashes, which seem inescapable right now. Do involve yourself in the selection of the Ashes All-Time XI. Back to what is more important right now. Sri Lanka's chase. They have given them a good chance to win here. Australia will need to bowl really well here. Out come TM Dilshan and Upul Tharanga, and so does the Aussie side. Johnson to bowl. Tharanga to face. Two slips in place. Play

0.1

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, short, outside off, left alone, good carry, Haddin collects it about chest high

0.2

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, this time he goes to cut the short and wide delivery, but there is good bounce there, beating him for the height - bowled at 140.4ks

0.3

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, closer to the stumps. Tharanga plays the shortish ball with a vertical bat, towards point

0.4

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, slightly fuller, around off, Tharanga defends off the back foot

0.5

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, that's a beauty - and it did swing! At 146ks. Starting around off, leaving him, beating the outside edge

0.6

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, slightly shorter than the previous ball, Tharanga stays back and defends

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0 (240 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 4.89)

    • WU Tharanga 0 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • MG Johnson 1-1-0-0

Here's Siddle

1.1

Siddle to Dilshan, 1 run, gets shape away right away, Dilshan gets a thick edge past the slips

1.2

Siddle to Tharanga, no run, well bowled, 140ks, angling across him, Tharanga must have seen the first ball shape away from the right-hander, and plays for some in movement, which is not there. Beaten again

1.3

Siddle to Tharanga, 1 run, drops this into the covers and runs

1.4

Siddle to Dilshan, 1 run, nearly played on. Even Dilshan is expecting that swing he encountered first ball. Looking to crash this through the off side, and inside-edging a straight ball. The pad is behind the line, and saves him

1.5

Siddle to Tharanga, no run, back of a length angled across him, defended with an open face

1.6

Siddle to Tharanga, 1 run, tucked away off the pads for a single

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (236 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 4.91)

    • WU Tharanga 2 (10b)
    • TM Dilshan 2 (2b)
    • PM Siddle 1-0-4-0
    • MG Johnson 1-1-0-0
2.1

Johnson to Tharanga, 1 run, nearly caught at third man! Throws his bat at this short and wide delivery, the thick edge nearly flies all the way to Siddle

2.2

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, well run, just drops it into the covers and rushes through. Good, positive calling

2.3

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, goes for the pull this time, but the ball is fuller than he expects and he just swings over the height of the ball

2.4

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, good pace, 147.8ks, Tharanga sways out of the line of this short one

2.5

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, angling into the pads, gets an inside edge onto the thigh pad

2.6

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, full and fast, 148.4ks, pushed to mid-off

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (234 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 4.97)

    • WU Tharanga 3 (15b)
    • TM Dilshan 3 (3b)
    • MG Johnson 2-1-2-0
    • PM Siddle 1-0-4-0
3.1

Siddle to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan is into his act! This is gentle, short and wide, and he upper-cuts it over backward point. That's Dilshan's area, Siddle should know

3.2

Siddle to Dilshan, no run, full ball, hit powerfully down the ground, mid-off makes a diving save

3.3

Siddle to Dilshan, OUT, Siddle comes back fast! Cramps him up on the short ball. Dilshan looks to pull it, but replays will tell him it is too full for the pull - pitched short of a length - and the tight line sort of cuffs him up. All he gets is a tame top edge that settles with Hussey, next to the square-leg umpire

TM Dilshan c Hussey b Siddle 7 (14m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

Kumar Sangakkara is the new batsman, but Tharanga is on strike

3.4

Siddle to Tharanga, no run, length ball, slight shape into the left-hander, defended

3.5

Siddle to Tharanga, no run, wide half-volley, there to be hit, but Tharanga doesn't move his feet, and ends up swinging inside the line

3.6

Siddle to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 10/1 (230 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 5.00)

    • WU Tharanga 3 (18b)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (0b)
    • PM Siddle 2-0-8-1
    • MG Johnson 2-1-2-0
4.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, FOUR, what a start for Sangakkara! Beautiful shot. He likes the pace, that the ball comes on, and just punches it square, off the back foot, and runs all four

4.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, stays on the crease, not much room this time, defends it back

4.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, clipped away square f fine leg for a couple, another good-looking shot

4.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, nearly played on, looking to defend, misjudges the line perhaps, gets an inside edge that misses the leg stump

4.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, another beautiful shot from Sangakkara, the G is enjoying these. This is somewhere between the punch and the cut, between point and cover-point. Lovely timing

4.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, tries the bouncer, pulled along the ground, to fine leg

End of over 5 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 19/1 (221 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 4.91)

    • KC Sangakkara 9 (6b 1x4)
    • WU Tharanga 3 (18b)
    • MG Johnson 3-1-11-0
    • PM Siddle 2-0-8-1

Nitin: "I am supporting Aussies against Sri Lanka. Maybe its the underdog syndrome or maybe I am just tired of watching SL play." Whoa! No. 1 side according to ICC. At home. Underdogs!

5.1

Siddle to Sangakkara, OUT, Doherty you beauty! X-man with X-factor! This was another beautiful punch shot from Sangakkara. Doherty dives full length to his left at mid-off. Tharanga had backed up too far. Who would blame him? This seemed headed for the mid-off boundary. And Doherty, during the act of getting back up, flicks the throw direct too. He loves his work, absolutely thrilled

WU Tharanga run out 3 (23m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

So it has taken them 5.1 overs to get it down to Sanga and Mahela once again

5.2

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

5.3

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, square-driven, on the up, Sanga finds the cover fielder this time

5.4

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, shaping into the leg stump, pushed to mid-on

5.5

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, driven on the up again, finds mid-off

Aussiefan: "Is it just me or does Xavier Doherty have a scary resemblence to David Warner?" Come to think of it, they do look a bit alike. A bit, mind you

5.6

Siddle to Sangakkara, FOUR, hat a beautiful shot! Lovely extra-cover drive. This is not the punch, but the extragvagant drive. Gets the length that allows him to do that, leans into it, the bat followthroughs till his back. On a knee too

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 23/2 (217 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 4.93)

    • KC Sangakkara 13 (12b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (0b)
    • PM Siddle 3-0-12-1
    • MG Johnson 3-1-11-0
6.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, angled across him, wide enough to leave alone

6.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for a single

6.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, leg side this time, clipped away for a couple, slightly straight this is

6.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, cut away, wide of point, comes back for two by the time third man comes around

6.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, check-drive, but timed superbly, and placed smack between mid-off and mid-on, another couple

6.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, clipped off the pads, in front of square, another couple for Sanga - he is batting like a dream, everything has come smack off the middle of the bat

End of over 7 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 32/2 (208 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 4.83)

    • KC Sangakkara 21 (16b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (2b)
    • MG Johnson 4-1-20-0
    • PM Siddle 3-0-12-1
7.1

Siddle to Jayawardene, 1 run, full ball, into the pads, worked away for a single

7.2

Siddle to Sangakkara, FOUR, Classy again! Lovely extra-cover drive, helped by Doherty who lets it through his legs at extra cover. An over after pulling off a crazy run-out

7.3

Siddle to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga, wearing Murali's jumper, is putting up an exhibition at the G. Spread the word around in Melbourne, fill the ground up. This is the off drive. Just meets the ball. And how well has he timed it? Between the bowler and mid-off. Four all the way

Siddle comes round the wicket

7.4

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, not the best of his hits, bounces over Siddle, through to mid-on

7.5

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, looks for the cover drive again, but gets an inside edge towards square leg - this angle might be working for Australia

7.6

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, leaves it alone outside off, a bit cautious after the last two balls

End of over 8 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 41/2 (199 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.12, RRR: 4.73)

    • KC Sangakkara 29 (21b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (3b)
    • PM Siddle 4-0-21-1
    • MG Johnson 4-1-20-0

Watson into the attack now

8.1

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 wide, outswinger, starts wide of off, and keeps going wide

8.1

Watson to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a lot of class in the middle right now. Short and wide all right, but Jayawardene had to reach for it, and he rolled his wrists on the cut shot to keep it down. And he placed it between point and third man

8.2

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, guides a length ball to third man for a single

8.3

Watson to Sangakkara, 3 runs, Sanga can do no wrong, gets one short, widish, leans back, cuts - short-arm cut, no follow through - beats point, and then they run well too, taking three

8.4

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, against the run of play, Watson produces a superb outswinger, starting around off, making him play, and then leaving him, beating the outside edge

8.5

Watson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, produces the edge there, but it is too thick and is wide of the first slip

8.6

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, beats him outside off, back of a length, moving away, Haddin shouts for it, but there is no edge

End of over 9 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 52/2 (188 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 4.58)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 9 (8b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 32 (22b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-11-0
    • PM Siddle 4-0-21-1
9.1

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga reaches for this widish delivery and drives, but can't beat extra cover

9.2

Siddle to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, around off, pushed to cover

9.3

Siddle to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, too short, guided past point for a single

9.4

Siddle to Jayawardene, no run, bouncer, Mahela ducks under it

9.5

Siddle to Jayawardene, FOUR, superb pull shot! Mahela picks the right one to pull. This bouncer is much gentler, and hardly rises waist high, and he connects sweetly. This bouncer certainly wasn't bowled as if he meant it

9.6

Siddle to Jayawardene, no run, fuller now, around off, pushed to cover

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 57/2 (183 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 4.57)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (11b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 33 (25b 4x4)
    • PM Siddle 5-0-26-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-11-0

Bowling PP taken

10.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven straight of mid-off and they come through for one

10.2

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, the teasing delivery, thrown up wide of off, asking Mahela to drive. he resists - he knows he edged one last over and was beaten by another

10.3

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, slightly shorter, Mahela goes for the cut and is beaten by the bounce

10.4

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, shorter, wider, Mahela shapes for the upper-cut, but decides against it

10.5

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, too full, guided wide of mid-on for a single

10.6

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, angling across him, defended back to the bowler

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 59/2 (181 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 4.64)

    • KC Sangakkara 34 (27b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 14 (15b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-13-0
    • PM Siddle 5-0-26-1

John Hastings to bowl now. Has a very good slower ball, like his Victoria team-mate, Clint McKay

11.1

Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to third man for one

11.2

Hastings to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, not much action on it, Sanga plays it back to him

11.3

Hastings to Sangakkara, no run, shout for lbw, but clearly pitched outside leg. Surprising Hastings persisted with this shout for long

11.4

Hastings to Sangakkara, no run, another similar shout, this time, though, he stifles the appeal

11.5

Hastings to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and wide, and they have a deep point stationed for Sanga now

11.6

Hastings to Jayawardene, no run, full, around off, Jayawardene is solid in defending

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 61/2 (179 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 4.71)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 15 (17b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 35 (31b 4x4)
    • JW Hastings 1-0-2-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-13-0
12.1

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, Watson has saved four! It was a sweet half-volley that Sanga had driven down the ground, but a desperate Watto dived to his left to get a hand to it

12.2

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, wide of off now, takes a single to sweeper-cover

12.3

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, length ball, around off, Mahela comes forward and drives it back to Watto

12.4

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, similar delivery, opens the face on the drive, but finds extra cover

12.5

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, 122.9ks, Maehla shuffles across a bit in defending it back to Watson

12.6

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, flicked away from in front of the stumps for a single

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 63/2 (177 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.84, RRR: 4.78)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (21b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 36 (33b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-15-0
    • JW Hastings 1-0-2-0
13.1

Hastings to Jayawardene, no run, just back of a length, around off, pushed to mid-off

13.2

Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked into the leg side, from outside off, gets a single

13.3

Hastings to Sangakkara, no run, check-drive, but mid-off is straight and attacking the ball

13.4

Hastings to Sangakkara, FOUR, smack! That's a slap. Short ad wide, but Sanga goes back and pulls it between mid-on and midwicket. That's his response to the deep point

13.5

Hastings to Sangakkara, no run, angled across him again, left alone this time

13.6

Hastings to Sangakkara, no run, and leaves another wide delivery be

End of over 14 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 68/2 (172 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 4.77)

    • KC Sangakkara 40 (37b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (23b 2x4)
    • JW Hastings 2-0-7-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-15-0
14.1

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, thick outside edge on this attempted straight drive - gets a single past extra cover

14.2

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, driven on the up, high elbow, but finds extra cover

14.3

Watson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, square-driven, that finds the gap goes wide of deep point. Sanga comes back for two, helped by a fumble from Smith

14.4

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, off drive this time, but finds mid-off

14.5

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, dug in short, outside off, he dabs it down and takes a single

14.6

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, short, slanting down the leg side, pulled away without trouble, gets a single to fine leg

End of over 15 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 73/2 (167 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.86, RRR: 4.77)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 19 (25b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 43 (41b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-20-0
    • JW Hastings 2-0-7-0

Xavier Doherty being introduced now. SLA from round the stumps. They have a slip for him. That's positive

15.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, full, pushed to mid-on

15.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, OUT, Doherty strikes again after that crazy run-out! Mahela plays for the spin. This one doesn't. Caught dead in front. He is not pleased, he shouldn't be. The first ball hadn't turned either. He plays a forward defensive to this full delivery, and the ball goes with the arm, hitting him in front of middle

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Doherty 19 (47m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.37

For the third time out of three today, a wicket has brought in the drinks break

Chamara Silva is the new batsman

15.3

Doherty to Silva, 1 run, cuts the first ball away for a single

15.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball, pushed down to long-on for a single

15.5

Doherty to Silva, no run, turn there, Silva defends it off the front foot

15.6

Doherty to Silva, 1 run, nearly another leg-before, the arm ball gets an inside edge towards fine leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 76/3 (164 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 4.82)

    • LPC Silva 2 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 44 (42b 5x4)
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-3-1
    • SR Watson 4-0-20-0

Johnson comes back. They are going to attack Silva. Slip in place

16.1

Johnson to Silva, 1 run, outside edge, along the ground, though, gets a single to third man

16.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, short, into the ribs, but he clips it towards square leg for a single

16.3

Johnson to Silva, no run, wide outside off, angling further, left alone

16.4

Johnson to Silva, 1 wide, bouncer, wide down the leg side, easily ducks under it

16.4

Johnson to Silva, 1 run, on the pads, deflected towards fine leg

16.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, FOUR, lovely leg glance, Sanga is on top of his game, waits for this to arrive on his pads, and then closes the bat face late, getting it delicately fine

16.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, driven to extra cover this time

End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 84/3 (156 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.94, RRR: 4.72)

    • KC Sangakkara 49 (45b 6x4)
    • LPC Silva 4 (6b)
    • MG Johnson 5-1-28-0
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-3-1
17.1

Doherty to Silva, no run, flicked to midwicket, wants the single, Sanga rightly sends him back

17.2

Doherty to Silva, OUT, Doherty is on fire here. Run-out, and then two wickets in two overs. And what a poor shot from Silva! Zero brains! Just dances down aimlessly and swings at a ball that is nowhere close to him. Watson back-pedals from mid-on and takes a safe catch. Will Sanga we left standing alone?

LPC Silva c Watson b Doherty 4 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

James writes in with similar sentiment: "Crazy shot selection from Silva....just plain weird with Kumar in vintage form at the other end."

17.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, OUT, where were you hiding Xaveir Doherty? On a hat-trick in his second over. And this wicket could be the game. Sanga, who was batting so beautifully, looks for the paddle sweep, but this turns sharply from outside off, and kisses the leg stump. Done in by the break. Doherty is ecstatic, Sanga distraght

KC Sangakkara b Doherty 49 (69m 46b 6x4 0x6) SR: 106.52

Two new batsmen at the crease. X-man on hat-trick. Thisara Perera to face. Two slips in. Over the stumps to the left-hander

17.4

Doherty to Perera, no run, solid forward defensive from Perera

Perera took five earlier in the day, and now has enough and more to do with the bat

17.5

Doherty to Perera, no run, flat delivery, Perera stays back and defends

17.6

Doherty to Perera, no run, flights this a bit, Perera comes forward and defends

End of over 18 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 84/5 (156 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 4.87)

    • NLTC Perera 0 (3b)
    • AD Mathews 0 (0b)
    • XJ Doherty 2-1-3-3
    • MG Johnson 5-1-28-0

Chris: "I think i just saw Huaritz on the way down to centre link!" Jumping the gun, are we? Meanwhile, Mathews to face now

18.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, angled across him, hangs the bat there, but fails to edge it

18.2

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, full and straight, looking for the lbw, Mathews gets the bat down in time. Takes a single to midwicket

18.3

Johnson to Perera, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

Sandy: "Thats incredible from Doherty. Whats more incredible is I dont even understand what he is doing in the team !! His batting and bowling ratios are below par. This is amazing."

18.3

Johnson to Perera, OUT, slight swing for Johnson. Bowled'im. More so pace than swing. Perera is backing away. Not wanting to get too close to its line. Misses the full and straight delivery, which holds its line a touch, and takes the off stump

NLTC Perera b Johnson 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Jonnie: "We were hiding him [Doherty] outside the states of Victoria and New South Wales. Get on the Tassie boy!" Meanwhile Randiv is the new man in. Three slips in

18.4

Johnson to Randiv, no run, pitched up outside off, Randiv pokes at it, is beaten

Aneese Ellary: "Wow! the X-man is having a glorious debut. How long before he becomes only the 3rd x-rated (named) player to make a test debut... Awesome stuff, and to be able to say Jayawardene and Sanga were 2 of my 1st 3 wickets in International cricket!"

18.5

Johnson to Randiv, no run, another play and miss, beaten by the angle

18.6

Johnson to Randiv, 1 run, covers the line this time and guides this to third man for one

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 87/6 (153 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 4.93)

    • S Randiv 1 (3b)
    • AD Mathews 1 (2b)
    • MG Johnson 6-1-31-1
    • XJ Doherty 2-1-3-3

This from Mike Hussey: "Just a quick note from the middle, my knock looks pretty solid now ... accepting apologies." You know the disclaimer, right?

19.1

Doherty to Randiv, no run, slower through the air, thick edge, along the ground

19.2

Doherty to Randiv, no run, even slower, hanging in the air, turning away, beating the edge, 87.2ks

19.3

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, arm ball, 97ks, does well to keep it out

19.4

Doherty to Mathews, no run, flat delivery, defended towards cover

19.5

Doherty to Mathews, no run, tossed up around middle, forward defensive

19.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, turning away at 90ks, drawing him into a defensive poke, beating the outside edge

End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 88/6 (152 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 5.06)

    • AD Mathews 1 (5b)
    • S Randiv 2 (6b)
    • XJ Doherty 3-1-4-3
    • MG Johnson 6-1-31-1

Jamie Morgan: "At 27 years of age, 33 First class matches, 86 domestic one dayers and 21 twenty20 games i wouldn't have thought he has been hiding...just finally selected for his coutry". Steven Smith to bowl now

20.1

Smith to Randiv, no run, full ball, driven to extra cover

20.2

Smith to Randiv, no run, another full ball, driven to extra cover

20.3

Smith to Randiv, 1 run, hit uppishly towards long-off

Hosford: "Poor over from Doherty. A whole run and no wickets!

Just think of the damage that's done to his strike rate." yeah. The gall

20.4

Smith to Mathews, 1 run, flat and short, hit down the ground, and along it

20.5

Smith to Randiv, no run, nearly another wicket as Randiv is beaten on the cut shot

20.6

Smith to Randiv, no run, turn for Smith, played with it, to point

End of over 21 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 90/6 (150 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 5.17)

    • S Randiv 3 (11b)
    • AD Mathews 2 (6b)
    • SPD Smith 1-0-2-0
    • XJ Doherty 3-1-4-3
21.1

Doherty to Mathews, no run, presses forward to defend a full delivery

21.2

Doherty to Mathews, 3 runs, nicely driven, stretching out to get close to it, and then driving it past extra cover

21.3

Doherty to Randiv, no run, beats the outside edge, Randiv drives at a shortish delivery

21.4

Doherty to Randiv, 1 wide, straying down the leg side, called a wide

21.4

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, angled into the pads again, works it for a single

Jarrod: "If Doherty played for NSW or Vic, would have been in ahead of Smith. Ponting, Hilfy, Paine, Doherty, Geeves, Birt. Maybe Cox as a selector finally giving Tasmanians the chance he never got!!!"

21.5

Doherty to Mathews, no run, full ball, hit back to the bowler

21.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, another full and fast delivery, another forward defensive

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 95/6 (145 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 5.17)

    • AD Mathews 5 (10b)
    • S Randiv 4 (13b)
    • XJ Doherty 4-1-9-3
    • SPD Smith 1-0-2-0
22.1

Smith to Randiv, no run, another forward defensive, back to the bowler

22.2

Smith to Randiv, no run, pushed to extra cover

22.3

Smith to Randiv, 1 run, full toss, driven to long-off for one

22.4

Smith to Mathews, no run, nicely fielded off his own bowling, it was crisply hit to his left, but he dived and collected it cleanly, one-handed

22.5

Smith to Mathews, no run, angling into the pads, guided towards midwicket

22.6

Smith to Mathews, no run, lands this one well, just short of driving length, just outside off, Mathews stretches right forward to defend

End of over 23 (1 run) Sri Lanka 96/6 (144 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.17, RRR: 5.33)

    • AD Mathews 5 (13b)
    • S Randiv 5 (16b)
    • SPD Smith 2-0-3-0
    • XJ Doherty 4-1-9-3
23.1

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, that's a risky shot from in front of stumps, to a very full delivery, just gets the bat down in time

23.2

Doherty to Mathews, 2 runs, goes back in the crease, hits it wide of midwicket, and then Randiv puts in the dive to complete the second

23.3

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, short and wide, cut away in front of square

23.4

Doherty to Randiv, no run, presses forward to defend this

23.5

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, stops at him, Randiv plays with hard hands, hits uppishly but wide of extra cover

23.6

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, full ball, defended, Smith fumbles in the covers to allow the single

End of over 24 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 102/6 (138 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 5.30)

    • AD Mathews 9 (16b)
    • S Randiv 7 (19b)
    • XJ Doherty 5-1-15-3
    • SPD Smith 2-0-3-0
24.1

Smith to Mathews, no run, full and flat, driven to mid-on

24.2

Smith to Mathews, no run, driven back to the bowler

24.3

Smith to Mathews, 1 run, slower through the air, played with the turn, past cover

24.4

Smith to Randiv, 1 run, cut away for a single

24.5

Smith to Mathews, 1 run, clipped away off the pads

24.6

Smith to Randiv, 2 runs, OUT, nice shot, half-volley all right, but he has chipped it over extra cover. Hang on, though. There is drama. Run-out! Good work from Smith. Randiv is coming back for the third, the relay throw from Mitchell Starc (substitute) is a bit wide, Smith collects it one-handed and removes the bails in a flash, to beat Randiv's dive by a frame. I am sure that one-handed collection made this run-out possible

S Randiv run out 10 (19m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.61

End of over 25 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 107/7 (133 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 5.32)

    • AD Mathews 11 (20b)
    • SPD Smith 3-0-8-0
    • XJ Doherty 5-1-15-3

Kulasekara is the new man in

25.1

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, stretches forward and defends around his front pad

25.2

Doherty to Kulasekara, OUT, X-man has four! To go with that special run-out. Replay of Mahela dismissal. Stretching forward, defending for the turn, the ball goes straight on, would have missed both off and leg

KMDN Kulasekara lbw b Doherty 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Adrain Meredith: "For the X-Man knockers: Doherty was a prodigy at under 19 level, was Tasmania's top spinner at age 18 and, until Krezja came along, he played all the FC matches. Since Krezja made his test debut, Doherty has stepped it up and has been the top spinner in Australia for the past 2 1/2 years. His FC record might look bad but that is because he has been playing since he was 18, on surfaces that don't suit spinners. He is undoubtedly the top spinner in the country and should be in the Ashes. I just hope that the selectors haven't missed the boat on putting him in. At least in Brisbane we won't need a spinner so we can wait for the 2nd test, but seriously guys, you need to play him, and not just because of this performance."

Out comes Malinga. Will X-man get Michelle?

25.3

Doherty to Malinga, no run, flat, turning away, cut away to point

25.4

Doherty to Malinga, no run, stump to stump, defended

25.5

Doherty to Malinga, no run, forward defensive again

25.6

Doherty to Malinga, FOUR, Shot! that's how tailenders should bat. No point hanging around now. Clears the front leg, and smashes this between the bowler and mid-on

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 111/8 (129 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.26, RRR: 5.37)

    • SL Malinga 4 (4b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 11 (20b)
    • XJ Doherty 6-1-19-4
    • SPD Smith 3-0-8-0

S Rajesh, out stats editor, is quick to inform me this: "Doherty's four wickets is so far the second-best debut figures by an Australian, next only to Tony Dodemaide, with took 5 for 21, also against SL, almost 23 years ago." Time for Batting PP. Time for some fun. Johnson comes back...

26.1

Johnson to Mathews, 1 wide, ... and starts off with a wide down the leg side

26.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, back of a length, punched to mid-off

26.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, back of a length, stays back to defend

26.3

Johnson to Mathews, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side

Going back to Silva's dismissal, Nadeem makes a strong point: "Is it a crazy shot selection by C Silva or simply a crazy selection by SL selectors to select him (or Kapu) time and again. Where is very talented Chandimal hiding?"

26.3

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, whipped away off the pads

Hosford: "Still big worries over Sri Lanka's depth beyond Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan. Only Mathews looks the real deal. It's a pity coz they are my 2nd tip for the WC if the aussies can't win." Well, I am also predicting an Aus-SL final. And they will do just fine with this batting in subcontinent. Tharanga, for example, is a different beast on low-bouncing tracks

26.4

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, nice shot, high elbow, driven on the up, helped by the fact that there is no mid-on, the area is vacant!

26.5

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, played wide of deep midwicket for a couple

26.6

Johnson to Mathews, no run, short, tucks him up, defended

End of over 27 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 121/8 (119 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.48, RRR: 5.17)

    • AD Mathews 19 (26b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 4 (4b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 7-1-41-1
    • XJ Doherty 6-1-19-4

Rich is all nostalgic now: "Yes, I remember Dodemaide's 5/21, included the wicket or Karnain, as I recall. He had a good summer for Australia - also got a half century and 5 wickets against NZ in the Boxing Day test which was drawn, allowing Australia to beat Hadlee's NZ 1-0 in the series. Something of a revival for Australian Test cricket, after their 1987 World Cup triumph. Dodemaide is now boss of the MCG."

27.1

Doherty to Malinga, no run, straight ball, Malinga doesn't play for spin, though, and keeps his pads away

27.2

Doherty to Malinga, FOUR, flat-batted straight down the ground. Tennis forehand. Between bowler and mid-on

27.3

Doherty to Malinga, no run, another forceful shot, straight to extra cover

27.4

Doherty to Malinga, no run, dropped? Could that have been Michelle? Malinga slogged at it, and seemed to have got a bottom edge. Difficult chance but Haddin doesn't catch it. Not sure if there was an edge, but Haddin looked very disappointed

27.5

Doherty to Malinga, no run

27.6

Doherty to Malinga, FOUR, shot! Clear the leg, give arms space to move, and smack it over the bowler's head. Batting is easy at No. 10

End of over 28 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 129/8 (111 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 5.04)

    • SL Malinga 12 (10b 3x4)
    • AD Mathews 19 (26b 1x4)
    • XJ Doherty 7-1-27-4
    • MG Johnson 7-1-41-1
28.1

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, that's nicely pulled, over square leg in the circle. They are having some fun here. Will it become serious? I doubt

28.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, dances down the track, swings, and misses

Gerald Fernandez: "I think I'm speaking for everyone, but who the hell is Michelle???" Why, Pfeiffer? Or a five-for in cricket

28.3

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, cool shot. Moves across a bit, lets the ball come, and closes the bat face on it, lofting it over short fine. Standing upright!

28.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, cramps him up with this one, defended back

28.5

Johnson to Mathews, no run, left alone outside off

28.6

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, full and wide, squeezed out, flies across to third man, Hastings has to put in a dive to save four

End of over 29 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 139/8 (101 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.79, RRR: 4.80)

    • AD Mathews 29 (32b 3x4)
    • SL Malinga 12 (10b 3x4)
    • MG Johnson 8-1-51-1
    • XJ Doherty 7-1-27-4

Hosford: "I remember being 7 years old and watching Dodemaide in the Mercantile Mutual cup in his last season 97/98.

My dad told me he once played for Australia and I didnt believe him. :P". Meanwhile Siddle replaces Doherty. I would keep him on. Let him go for fove. And with Malinga having a bit of a swing, a wicket couldn't have been too far away

29.1

Siddle to Malinga, FOUR, well maybe not! Malinga is striking them clean! Opens up his stance, swings his arms at a shortish delivery, and clears mid-off by a long way

29.2

Siddle to Malinga, no run, bouncer, and Malinga is beaten on the pull

29.3

Siddle to Malinga, 1 run, backs away and guides a shortish delivery to third man - less than 100 required, by the way

Tony: "Is that the same Michelle that Gibbs talks about in his new book?" ESPNcricinfo: "No comments"

29.4

Siddle to Mathews, no run, bouncer, beats him on the pull

29.5

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, yorker, and Mathews keeps it out and takes a single to midwicket

29.6

Siddle to Malinga, FOUR, cuts away a full toss! Poor delivery, and Malinga puts it away through covers. Malinga has moved onto his personal best. Australia rattled here?

End of over 30 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 149/8 (91 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.96, RRR: 4.55)

    • SL Malinga 21 (14b 5x4)
    • AD Mathews 30 (34b 3x4)
    • PM Siddle 6-0-36-1
    • MG Johnson 8-1-51-1
30.1

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, thwack! Johnson bowls at a bouncer at 140ks, Mathews backs away and the pull shot sends it screaming to the deep midwicket boundary. And there is a man to deep there too. Clean connection

30.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, fuller, but not full enough to drive, Mathews defends it back

30.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, chips down the track, hits a shortish delivery wide of mid-on, and turns down a single

30.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, pulled to fine leg, and another single denied. Mathews is serious now. He thinks he is onto something

30.5

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, and dances down the track now and lofts Johnson over mid-on, comes back for two

30.6

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, and he retains strike now, just tips it into the covers and runs

End of over 31 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 156/8 (84 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 4.42)

    • AD Mathews 37 (40b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 21 (14b 5x4)
    • MG Johnson 9-1-58-1
    • PM Siddle 6-0-36-1

Jeremy Sparrow: "At what stage do we start saying that this run chase could be possible..." Going by the way Mathews has started farming the strike, in his mind, it is now possible. And why not? 45 runs in the last five overs bowled under PP restrictions. Momentum can be a funny thing. Doherty comes back

31.1

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, take a single now, working it around the corner - 50 runs added between these two

31.2

Doherty to Malinga, 1 run, overpitched delivery, Malinga drives it down to long-on

31.3

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, bunts a length ball into the covers, runs another single

31.4

Doherty to Malinga, 2 runs, tossed up, hanging in the air, inviting the big shot, Malinga obliges, gets the toe edge, but it goes wide of slip

31.5

Doherty to Malinga, 2 runs, the arm ball, Malinga keeps him pads out of the way, gets an inside edge, and runs two to just wide of fine leg

31.6

Doherty to Malinga, no run, slower one now, Malinga takes the front pad out of the way and defends

End of over 32 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 163/8 (77 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.09, RRR: 4.27)

    • SL Malinga 26 (18b 5x4)
    • AD Mathews 39 (42b 4x4)
    • XJ Doherty 8-1-34-4
    • MG Johnson 9-1-58-1

John Hastings comes back now. No slip

32.1

Hastings to Mathews, no run, back of a length, within the stumps, Mathews defends it back

32.2

Hastings to Mathews, 1 wide, slower bouncer, but way too high

32.2

Hastings to Mathews, no run, slower ball again, hit back to the bowler

32.3

Hastings to Mathews, no run, stays back of a length, around off, Mathews defends to cover

Owen is trying reverse psychology against the cricketing gods: "As soon as you start saying the run chase is on...it'll be over, the cricket Gods will conspire against thee!"

32.4

Hastings to Mathews, 1 wide, slower one, slips out of the hand, big wide outside off

32.4

Hastings to Mathews, no run, regular pace, holds its line outside off, Mathews plays at it, and is beaten

32.5

Hastings to Mathews, 1 run, comes down the track and hits to sweeper-cover for one

Anand: "A new jinx developing for Aussie - ninth wicket partnership, remember laxman & Ishant at Mohali."

32.6

Hastings to Malinga, no run, slower bouncer again, this one is not too high

End of over 33 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 166/8 (74 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 4.35)

    • SL Malinga 26 (19b 5x4)
    • AD Mathews 40 (47b 4x4)
    • JW Hastings 3-0-10-0
    • XJ Doherty 8-1-34-4
33.1

Doherty to Mathews, 2 runs, angled down the leg side, and played with soft hands to make sure he can come back for two

33.2

Doherty to Mathews, no run, full, driven down the ground, Clarke makes a diving save at straghtish midwicket

33.3

Doherty to Mathews, no run, driven back to the bowler

33.4

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, takes a single to long-on

33.5

Doherty to Malinga, SIX, if you can hit the ball into the crowd at the MCG, that is going to be a six in any ground in the world. And what a sweet blow from Malinga. This is getting fun. He sees a full ball, clears a full ball, and clears his arms, lofting it about 15 rows behind long-on. The crowd has gone crazy

33.6

Doherty to Malinga, 1 run, and forward defensive now, into the covers, and they steal a single too

End of over 34 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 176/8 (64 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.17, RRR: 4.00)

    • SL Malinga 33 (21b 5x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 43 (51b 4x4)
    • XJ Doherty 9-1-44-4
    • JW Hastings 3-0-10-0
34.1

Hastings to Malinga, no run, beaten on the cut shot, more bounce than he expected

34.2

Hastings to Malinga, no run, backs away looking to guide this to third man, beaten by the pace, rapid delivery

34.3

Hastings to Malinga, 1 run, slower ball, and succeeds in running this down to third man

34.4

Hastings to Mathews, no run, played with an open face, towards point

34.5

Hastings to Mathews, 1 wide, bouncer, too high, Australia need to get their act together

34.5

Hastings to Mathews, no run, Malinga needs to calm down a bit. Mathews hits it straight to mid-off, says no right away, but Malinga keeps running, then turns like a truck, and then plonks his bat back. A direct ht from Starc would have got him here

34.6

Hastings to Mathews, 2 runs, pulled wide of long-on, two more, this is getting more and more interesting

End of over 35 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 180/8 (60 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 4.00)

    • AD Mathews 45 (54b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 34 (24b 5x4 1x6)
    • JW Hastings 4-0-14-0
    • XJ Doherty 9-1-44-4

Doherty goes over the stumps

35.1

Doherty to Malinga, 1 run, low full toss, and he paddles it for one

Last over for Doherty by the way

35.2

Doherty to Mathews, no run, immaculate forward-defensive from Mathews

35.3

Doherty to Mathews, 2 byes, craziness all around. Mathews shapes up to reverse-sweep, Doherty fires it down the leg side. It is way way down the leg side. Haddin has no chance of collecting it. Umpire calls it byes. Because of the reverse-sweep?

35.4

Doherty to Mathews, 1 wide, this is surely wide down the leg side, and given, because he has not tried the reverse?

goes back round the stumps

35.4

Doherty to Mathews, no run, turn and bounce, and beats Mathews on the cut

35.5

Doherty to Mathews, no run, flat delivery, pushed to mid-on

35.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, gets well forward and dead-bats this

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 184/8 (56 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 4.00)

    • AD Mathews 45 (59b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 35 (25b 5x4 1x6)
    • XJ Doherty 10-1-46-4
    • JW Hastings 4-0-14-0
36.1

Hastings to Malinga, SIX, Ma-linga! Ma-linga! Ma-linga! Backs away, gives him all three stumps to aim at, and lofts this length ball for a straight six. Over his head. What a blow

36.2

Hastings to Malinga, no run, beaten on the cut shot here, backing away as he plays the shot

36.3

Hastings to Malinga, no run, slower bouncer, sways out of its way

36.4

Hastings to Malinga, no run, routine bouncer, doesn't even get high up, Malinga is happy to take a blow on the shoulder

36.5

Hastings to Malinga, 1 run, pushes this full ball to mid-off and takes the single

36.6

Hastings to Mathews, 1 run, pulls this away, keeps it down, gets a single

End of over 37 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 192/8 (48 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 3.69)

    • AD Mathews 46 (60b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 42 (30b 5x4 2x6)
    • JW Hastings 5-0-22-0
    • XJ Doherty 10-1-46-4

Ray has a question: "Has Malinga got a plane to catch?" I presume he knows no other way. Partnership at 85. Siddle at his mark

37.1

Siddle to Mathews, FOUR, Angelooooooo! What a shot! Beautiful. Dances down the track as if to a spinner, and drives it over mid-off. Classical. High elbow. Lovely follow through - 44 required. It's fifty too for Mathews. The crowd is going wild

37.2

Siddle to Mathews, no run, defends this back-of-a-length delivery

37.3

Siddle to Mathews, FOUR, four more! Pull from head high! Keeps it down perfectly. Through midwicket. Game. is. On

37.4

Siddle to Mathews, no run, chips down the track and defends this length ball to cover

Will: "@Ray - Maybe he left something on the stove" Well, Malinga is red hot right now

37.5

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, slower short one, swivel-pulls it, gets a single to fine leg

A slip in for Malinga

37.6

Siddle to Malinga, no run, backs away and cuts, misses

End of over 38 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 201/8 (39 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 3.25)

    • SL Malinga 42 (31b 5x4 2x6)
    • AD Mathews 55 (65b 6x4)
    • PM Siddle 7-0-45-1
    • JW Hastings 5-0-22-0

Mark Kidger: "So, if you are an Australian, when does panic and thoughts of Mohali set in? Surely not twice in a few weeks???" It can't be too far, if it hasn't already struck already

38.1

Hastings to Mathews, 1 run, pulls, mistimes, ends up hitting it over the bowler's head, gets a single

38.2

Hastings to Malinga, no run, full, middle and leg, Malinga is not showing him his pads, dead-bats it

38.3

Hastings to Malinga, no run, Yorker. Kept out. Backing away, he gets the bat down in time

38.4

Hastings to Malinga, 2 runs, slower ball, Malinga swings, and mis-hits, and it still lands safe, wide of long-off. Starc can't make it. Strike off two more. 36 required now

38.5

Hastings to Malinga, no run, full ball, makes room, defends it back to the bowler

38.6

Hastings to Malinga, 2 runs, slower ball, agricultured from way outside off, past midwicket, everything is going into vacant spaces

End of over 39 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 206/8 (34 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 3.09)

    • SL Malinga 46 (36b 5x4 2x6)
    • AD Mathews 56 (66b 6x4)
    • JW Hastings 6-0-27-0
    • PM Siddle 7-0-45-1

SRT: "I thot it's Aussie' match wen SL were 6 down. But what we see is a testimony to that, no opposition fears them anymore" Again, you know the disclaimer

39.1

Siddle to Mathews, no run, back of a length, around off, defended

I am curious as to will Clarke bowl today?

39.2

Siddle to Mathews, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, aiming for ribs, getting it wrong

39.2

Siddle to Mathews, no run, defended, solidly smack off the middle of the bat. The ball has done nothing for the last 15 overs. Not one ball has moved off the straight - except for Doherty's offbreaks

39.3

Siddle to Mathews, no run, punched to cover, finds the fielder

39.4

Siddle to Mathews, FOUR, whoa! what a stunning pull shot! Not a very impressive short ball, but he rocks back and sends it screaming over midwicket. Predictable?

39.5

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, comes down the track and slashes this into the off side, gets a single

39.6

Siddle to Malinga, no run, backs away and misses a straight delivery. Nothing going Australia's way

End of over 40 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 212/8 (28 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.30, RRR: 2.80)

    • SL Malinga 46 (37b 5x4 2x6)
    • AD Mathews 61 (71b 7x4)
    • PM Siddle 8-0-51-1
    • JW Hastings 6-0-27-0

Partnership worth 105. What a cracker. Watson comes on. Most skilful bowler in the Australian side today? In terms of being able to move the ball? Can he do something here? Angelo to face

40.1

Watson to Mathews, no run, immediately he gets one to hold its line, around off, but Angelo's bat is broad as usual

40.2

Watson to Mathews, 1 run, short and wide, runs it down to third man for one

Malinga takes his time. Takes off his gloves. Puts them back on. One shot from fifty

40.3

Watson to Malinga, no run, nips away, Malinga backs away and pokes at a shortish delivery. Flood light between bat and ball, though

40.4

Watson to Malinga, no run, fuller, length ball, straightening outside off, Malinga plays for the angle and is beaten

40.5

Watson to Malinga, 2 runs, smashed away. Malinga throws the wind to the caution, and throws his bat at a full one, past extra cover it goes. Hussey - from long-off - makes a diving save. Will these two saved be crucial?

40.6

Watson to Malinga, no run, it's flying to the fine-leg boundary, but thankfully the umpire is alert and calls it a dead ball. Malinga didn't do anything to this short ball, just let it hit him, and it deflected off towards the boundary. Clearly he didn't play a shot

End of over 41 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 215/8 (25 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.24, RRR: 2.77)

    • SL Malinga 48 (41b 5x4 2x6)
    • AD Mathews 62 (73b 7x4)
    • SR Watson 5-0-23-0
    • PM Siddle 8-0-51-1

Johnson comes back. Long conference with Clarke. Marcio writes in, "This Australian side clearly has a psychological problem with winning. Is there lead large enough that they cannot throw it away. It's like watching the same movie over and over again." Clarke brings White into first slip

41.1

Johnson to Mathews, 1 wide, wide, full and way too wide...nerves? The ch-word?

41.1

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, inches from getting out. Doherty nearly pulls off another screamer. Hit loopily wide of extra cover. Doherty takes two steps, then dives full length, but it evades him

41.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, refuses the single off Johnson. Shades of Laxman there?

fine leg comes up

41.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, slower ball, around off, Mathews defends off the front foot

41.4

Johnson to Mathews, SIX, Angelooooo! whaddaplayaaaaa! Beautiful shot. Classical inside-out shot upon having charged down the wicket. Except it is against Johnson bowling at 140kmph. What a clean strike, over long-off. Only 16 required

Are England watching?

41.5

Johnson to Mathews, no run, and suddenly he slogs, but it goes along the ground to short midwicket

Last ball... where is the single coming?

41.6

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, to square leg, easily done, not sure if Malinga on strike gives them that much greater a chance for a wicket

End of over 42 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 225/8 (15 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.35, RRR: 1.87)

    • AD Mathews 71 (79b 7x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 48 (41b 5x4 2x6)
    • MG Johnson 10-1-68-1
    • SR Watson 5-0-23-0
42.1

Watson to Mathews, 1 run, length ball, pushed down to long-off for one. Mathews doesn't mind exposing Malinga to Watson

42.2

Watson to Malinga, 2 runs, angled into the pads, worked around the corner comfortably, scrambles back for two. Fifty for Malinga! I dare anybody to wipe that smile off his face in this moment. Sri Lanka flags all around

42.3

Watson to Malinga, no run, left alone also now

42.4

Watson to Malinga, FOUR, What. A. Strike. Nerves? What nerves? He is striking it as if playing in a neighbourhood game in Rathgama. Makes room, lofts this length ball over Watson's head. One bounce for four. Less than 10 required now

42.5

Watson to Malinga, 1 run, full, stays back, places it wide of mid-on

42.6

Watson to Mathews, FOUR, shot! Angelo is finishing this off. Hit over wide mid-on. Length ball, gets to front foot and clears the ring easily. Highest ninth-wicket partnership. Ever. Beating Kapil and Kirmani's 126 from WC 1983, when Kapil scored 175

End of over 43 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 237/8 (3 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.51, RRR: 0.42)

    • AD Mathews 76 (81b 8x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 55 (45b 6x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 6-0-35-0
    • MG Johnson 10-1-68-1

captain comes. Clarke. One slip waits

43.1

Clarke to Malinga, 1 run, tosses this up, teases, Malinga slogs, gets an inside edge, and a single

43.2

Clarke to Mathews, 1 run, scores are level, coolly he has forced this shortish delivery past point. Melbourne is like Colombo today. There is blue all ever at the G

43.3

Clarke to Malinga, no run, flat-batted to mid-on, they think of one, don't take it

43.4

Clarke to Malinga, OUT, twist n the tail? Smith legendarily missed one run-out a few weeks ago, in Mohali, giving away four overthrows. This time, though, he hits the stumps direct, and catches Malinga short of a suicidal run. It was hit straight to him at cover. And they stopped and started too

SL Malinga run out 56 (90m 48b 6x4 2x6) SR: 116.66

Out comes Murali. Will there be a tie?

43.5

Clarke to Mathews, no run, forward defensive. Doubts in SL minds now

they are going to take one now, surely?

43.6

Clarke to Mathews, no run, Goes for the big shot, gets an inside edge towards short fine. They decide against the single. Murali will have to face

End of over 44 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 239/9 (1 run required from 36 balls, RR: 5.43, RRR: 0.16)

    • AD Mathews 77 (84b 8x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 0 (0b)
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-2-0
    • SR Watson 6-0-35-0

Watson to bowl. Everybody saving single

44.1

Watson to Muralitharan, no run, defended to point. Mathews has the stakes on. Murali keeps his head and sends him back. There was no way there was a run here

44.2

Watson to Muralitharan, FOUR, Murali has done it! Malinga is ecstatic. Runs onto the field. Not a great delivery. Sliding down the leg side, and Murali flicks it fine of short fine. Murali exults too. Mathews is cool. He was cool throughout

What a finish. I never thought I would be saying these words, but Australia could have choked here. They last won a game in July. They had the Sri Lankan batsmen playing without using their brains, and had 132 to defend with those last two wickets remaining. Then Sri Lanka took the Powerplay and set the cat among the pigeons. They batted incredibly since then, a mix of slogs, and classical hitting. Mathews's aerial drives, after charging down to fast bowlers, were ones for the albums. Don't forget the contribution from the other half of the Josephian Mafia: Thisara Perera bowled splendidly to take five wickets. He did what the Aussie bowlers didn't do: move the old ball off the straight. And finally, what a week it has been for the good-old 50-over cricket. There is life in the old dog yet. Do read Brydon Coverdale's Bulletin. Until Sydney, then, cheers

Angelo Mathews is MoM He says, "I am still catching my breath All credit must go to Lasith. Batting was so easy then."

Sanga: "Angelo and Lasith were unbelievable. He is the greatest asset we have had over the last year. He can bowl, he can bat, total champion. He is still 21, 22."

Michael Clarke "Tough day in the office. 8 for 107. I honestly don't know how we lost this game. I thought we could have done better with the bat, but from 8 for 107... Having said that, full credit must go to Sri Lanka. Mathews played a fantastic innings, and we just couldnt' stop Malinga. Mohali didn't come to my mind, certainly not. I tried to bowl almost everyone. Steven Smith hurt his back, so couldn't bring him back. In tried everything. Have you any tips?"

Mark Nicholas says, "Bowl yourself more often."

What an image. Murali leaping six feet high in the air, and Watson in the same frame looking to the heavens. Sums up the emotions.

Australia have been blown away here by this partnership. They are stunned. Not sure they quite know what hit them. Malinga can't stop grinning. Out come Sanga, Mahela, the rest of the team. Champaka Ramanayake, too, Malinga's mentor, but with the ball, mind you.

"The way Lasith batted was excellent," says Angelo.

"We were eight down, we knew there was no point hanging around," says Lasith.

"Mitchell was bowling really well, so I kept strike against him," says Angelo.

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