Sri Lanka in Australia ODI Series - 1st ODI

Australia v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket (with 34 balls remaining)

2.19pm Out come Brad Haddin and Shane Watson in their new green kit - with less of gold, it seems. Good news: it looks bright and sunny now. Lasith Malinga is to bowl the first over. Time enough to get an email from Aussiefan in: "Interesting to see Shaun Marsh batting at 6. He's a one-day opener, and in superb form. I would have opened with him and put Haddin at 4." It's Watson on strike

2.10pm It's a cold, overcast afternoon in Melbourne - around 15 degrees celsius. The two countries' national anthems will soon be played at the MCG. Like Melbourne, Radipr doesn't feel particularly bright and sunny today. He writes, in the first email of the day, "The Toss is the only thing that Australia seems to be capable of winning now. What a fall!" And John asks a question that is asked of Australia everyday: "Do we know why Brad Hodge isn't playing??" I know Hodge doesn't know the answer

2.05pm Team news coming in. Xavier Doherty gets his ODI debut tonight. Mithcell Johnsons and Peter Siddle make comebacks to the ODI side. Ricky Ponting is missing the game after the death of his grandmother.

Sri Lanka have fielded an expected XI, except perhaps for Chamara Silva in the middle order. The XIs have been updated above. Fifteen minutes to go to the start of the game

1.50pm When people start to randomly throw around words like war, and phrases like wounded animal, it can mean only one thing: the Ashes must be around. Before that, though, there is a small matter of this three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. And after the defeat in the only T20 against the visitors, Australia are already facing the heat. In Melbourne, on the opening day of the series, they have won the toss and will be batting first.

0.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, good start from Malinga, slightly back of a length, around off, slight shape away. Watson defends it to cover

0.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, away movement from back of a length, Watson tries the late-cut, and is beaten

two slips in place

0.3

Malinga to Watson, 2 runs, Malinga tries the magic outswinger, getting it to start from leg, and looking to beat the outside edge. Even though Watson plays across its line, he gets enough bat on it to get a couple in the midwicket region

0.4

Malinga to Watson, no run, starts closer to off this time, and Watson defends with a straight bat

0.5

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, clipped away off the pads, not much swing this time

Brad - not Haddin - writes in, "Sick of everyone asking why Brad Hodge isn't playing. He bagged out the selectors when he didn't get picked a couple of years ago and still holds a grudge. Plus, he's a grandpa now, we need youth!"

0.6

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin gets off the mark with a single pushed to wide of mid-on

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
BJ Haddin    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    3* (5b)     

I debated with myself if I should start this whole NSW debate, but then again why not? Rich writes in, "I'd love to see Hodge play, but it's not going to ever happen I'm afraid. Hard to see how Shaun Marsh is a better player. Michael Clarke is a protected species in all forms of the game - gets picked however badly he bats. But then he's from NSW, so doesn't need to score to get picked." Here's Kulasekara

1.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, short ball, not too wide, Haddin goes for a full-blooded cut, and is beaten - not enough room there

1.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, slight swing inwards - he bowls big inswingers in Sri Lanka - Haddin lets it go through to the keeper

1.3

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, this one holds its line outside off, Haddin shoulders arms

1.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, nicely driven, crisp shot. He chases this one, is playing away from the body, but meets it perfectly with an open face, and times it perfectly, and places it between cover and extra cover

1.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, this one comes in a bit, Haddin plays it towards midwicket

1.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, 2 runs, merely pushed with an open face, finds the gap between cover-point and cover, gets an easy couple

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
BJ Haddin    7* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    3* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0

2.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, this one gets a bit big at Watson - 144.1ks, kicks from just short of a length, and Watson, shaping up to dab it down to third man, is surprised and is hit in the top glove

2.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, stifled shout for lbw, but it starts too straight and doesn't swing much

2.3

Malinga to Watson, no run, comes onto the front foot to push this length ball to cover

2.4

Malinga to Watson, no run, plays on the up, straight to cover

2.5

Malinga to Watson, no run, more bounce - 142.7ks - and it's hardly dug in short, beats Watson on the cut, Sanga collects it chest high

2.6

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, gets a thick inside edge for a single to fine leg

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
SR Watson    4* (11b)      SL Malinga    2-0-5-0
BJ Haddin    7* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, there's Kula's big inswinger, swinging late and big, Watson is surprised but it is swinging down the leg side

3.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, beautiful off-drive, Haddin makes them look really nice, high elbow, not much follow through, all along the ground, beating mid-off. And it was hardly driving length

3.3

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, stays back and pushes this wide of mid-off for a single

3.4

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, this one holds its line and takes a thick outer edge towards third man

3.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, inswinger, hit back to Kula on the bounce

3.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, shorter, wider, Haddin mistimes an attempt to force in through the off side

End of over 4 (7 runs) Australia 18/0 (RR: 4.50)
BJ Haddin    12* (11b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-13-0
SR Watson    6* (13b)      SL Malinga    2-0-5-0

Mick: "Michael Clarke is also a very boring Tweeter', 'going to train now' or 'having lunch now'. Who can I follow that gives insights worth reading?" Oh Dareen Sammy, Chris Gayle and Sulieman Benn are a real treat on Twitter

4.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, well bowled, short, good bounce, aimed around the chest area, no room at all

4.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, slightly slower, legcutter I suppose, Watson covers the movement and keeps it down

4.3

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, flashes at this shortish delivery away from his body, gets a thick edge that bounces twice before reaching third man

4.4

Malinga to Haddin, no run, back of a length, just outside off, Haddin defends it to cover

4.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, another nice short one - he is cuffing them up - with the bouncers aimed at the chest/throat area, and with zero room

4.6

Malinga to Haddin, no run, there is some room available on this bouncer, but Haddin doesn't want a piece of it. Sways out of the line

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
BJ Haddin    12* (14b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-6-0
SR Watson    7* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-13-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, stays back to defend an inswinger pitched in the good-length area

5.2

Kulasekara to Watson, 3 runs, another big inswinger, Watson clips it off the pads - there is no deep fine leg and they come back for three

5.3

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, that was agricultural, no feet, slogging across the line, getting an inside edge that evades the stumps and the keeper

Andrew: "Forget about Hodge people and move on. Liam Davis also made back-to-back one day hundreds this summer but no mention of him.

Of more concern is Pup moving a proven opener in Marsh well down the order!" Sangakkara comes up to the stumps, getting Haddin back in the crease

5.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, another big inswinger, hits him on the pad, but it is clearly headed down the leg side

5.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, that's a good comeback from Haddin. He lofts this one over mid-on - hits down the line as opposed to across, and times it well

5.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, Kula shortens the length now, and Haddin stays back to block it

End of over 6 (11 runs) Australia 30/0 (RR: 5.00)
BJ Haddin    20* (18b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-24-0
SR Watson    10* (18b)      SL Malinga    3-0-6-0

Matt: " It's sad that I am so used to Facebook that I was looking for somewhere to "Like" Rich's comments. A lot of supporters north of the Tweed refer to Australia as the NSV - New South Victoria..."

6.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, Watson presses forward to push a lenght ball to cover

6.2

Malinga to Watson, OUT, Malinga you beauty! Lovely slower ball. He has been troubling them with pace and bounce, and this is the first slower ball he has bowled. This pitches on a length, around leg stump, and Watson is way too early into the shot. The ball holds its line, and takes the leading edge that settles with midwicket. Sri Lankans are thrilled

SR Watson c Silva b Malinga 10 (28m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Michael Clarke walks out, but Haddin is on strike

6.3

Malinga to Haddin, no run, short ball, outside off, Haddin shoulders arms

6.4

Malinga to Haddin, no run, pitches short of a length and leaves Haddin, who defends it to cover

6.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, the fuller one, nearly a yorker, Haddin keeps it out

Nathan: "With all this Clarke bashing can we remember that he has 675 runs @ 56 this year in ODI's. The best by far of any Australia batsmen. One bad test series (in India as well!) does not make him a bad player or have his position questioned."

6.6

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, another slower ball, but it is too full, and it is easier for Haddin to check the shot and keep the ball down into the leg side

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 31/1 (RR: 4.42)
BJ Haddin    21* (22b 4x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-7-1
MJ Clarke    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-24-0

Andrew: "Bit of a strange state of play in Australian cricket at the moment; since when have Aussie selectors been afraid to take a punt on an emerging tyro when a player is clearly in decline and ready to be put out to pasture? Khawaja should be absolutely bloody strolling into our test side. We've got our heads screwed on straight with the ODI side though, fairly aggressive and forward-thinking there, hence they've retained the top ranking.. Meanwhile here's Thisara Perera

7.1

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

7.2

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

7.3

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

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

End of over 8 (7 runs) Australia 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
MJ Clarke    2* (3b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-7-0
BJ Haddin    26* (25b 5x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-7-1

Tom: "Forget all of those blokes. Get young Callum Ferguson into the side now....drop north or hussey. Fergo can play all forms of the game too."

8.1

Malinga to Haddin, no run, back of a length, around off, Haddin defends solidly

8.2

Malinga to Haddin, no run, opens the face on a similar delivery, but can't beat point

8.3

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball, inches short of being a yorker, Haddin keeps it out and steals a single - this has gone straight to mid-on, albeit very slowly, and that is what allowed them time to complete the single

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

8.6

Malinga to Haddin, no run, gets behind a shortish delivery and defends it into the off side

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 40/1 (RR: 4.44)
BJ Haddin    27* (29b 5x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-9-1
MJ Clarke    3* (5b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-7-0

Kula comes back after an ordinary over from Perera

9.1

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

Booris: "In response to Nathan's comments, Clarke may have scored runs this year but what is more important is when, at what rate and whether that innings has truly impacted the game. Truth be told, he hasn't scored at he times Australia needed it and he has been too slow which in ODIs can cost you a game." Meanwhile Sanga stands up to the stumps again

9.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, nicely played late-cut, not too short, but there is width, and Haddin stays back and tries to use Kula's pace, placing it between point and short third man

9.3

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, slightly fuller, slightly closer to off, defended to cover

9.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, similar delivery, played similarly towards cover-point

9.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, played slightly in front of his body, gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket

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

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 4.80)
MJ Clarke    6* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-32-0
BJ Haddin    32* (33b 6x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-9-1

Christopher sounds a warning, and sadly the selectors only tend to react "should Australia lose the Ashes". He writes in, "Poor moderator will have the same messages the entire afternoon. I think the selectors are oblivious to the fact that the general public are pretty upset with the current sides being put out by Australia. Very few see Clarke as genuine captaincy material, and most wish to see Ferguson, Khawaja and Smith in the side instead of old and out of form Hussey, North and the non-test standard Haurtiz. Should Australia lose the Ashes because of poor selections, the public outcry will be deafening." Perera gets a change of ends, Malinga break. Bowling PP taken. Which reminds me, thankfully, this is not one of those two-innings games

10.1

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

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

10.4

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

10.5

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

10.6

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

End of over 11 (10 runs) Australia 58/1 (RR: 5.27)
BJ Haddin    41* (37b 8x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-17-0
MJ Clarke    7* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-32-0

Time for big eyes, big smile and big spin. Murali to bowl

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

11.4

Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, the first time Haddin has looked in trouble today. Murali pushes in the toppie, Haddin stays back and plays for spin, has his outside edge missed

11.5

Muralitharan to Haddin, 2 runs, regulation offbreak, and he punches it through the covers

11.6

Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, Haddin happy to be playing him off the back foot, defends this offbreak

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 61/1 (RR: 5.08)
BJ Haddin    43* (40b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-3-0
MJ Clarke    8* (12b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-17-0

Kula gets a change of ends now

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

12.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, back of a length, outside off, defended with an open face

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 4.92)
BJ Haddin    43* (41b 8x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-35-0
MJ Clarke    11* (17b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-3-0

Jason: "Seriously, it wouldn't take Australia to lose the Ashes to make a change. I think if Brisbane was lost (a test we've traditionally dominated in) they'd drop Hussey, North, and Hauritz in a flash. Only a century or a 5-for could save them in that game. I love them dearly, but it wouldn't be a moment too soon."

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

13.2

Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, Haddin is not picking Murali here. Another straighter one has him poking and missing

13.3

Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, offbreak, and he is happy to defend

13.4

Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, comes forward to Murali for the first time, defends the doosra well

13.5

Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 run, forward again, pushes this down to long-on

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

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 66/1 (RR: 4.71)
MJ Clarke    12* (19b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-5-0
BJ Haddin    44* (45b 8x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-35-0

Steven is bang on about his namesake: "In response to Christopher, if Hauritz is non-test standard, I'd hate to see what level Smith is. Maybe in 3 to 5 years he might be OK, but he barely above Grade cricket at the moment."

14.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, the rare ugly shot from Haddin, swiping away into the leg side, getting an inside edge for one

14.2

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

Peter: "Have a look at David Hussey's. Forget age, why not just pick the best batsman (and team) in Australia. Also, Stuart Clark should be heavily considered." I am all for Stuart Clark

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

14.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, goes for the cut, but it is too full for the shot, and he is duly beaten

14.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball, worked wide of midwicket for one

14.6

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

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 69/1 (RR: 4.60)
MJ Clarke    12* (22b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-37-0
BJ Haddin    46* (48b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-5-0

Paul: "Come on everyone, Smith is A BATSMAN. BATSMAN. BATSMAN! Just because he's blonde and chubby DOESN'T MEAN HE IS A SPINNER." Ha. And how is he with mobile phones?

15.1

Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

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

15.6

Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, turning into the pads, defended towards midwicket

End of over 16 (10 runs) Australia 79/1 (RR: 4.93)
BJ Haddin    47* (50b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-15-0
MJ Clarke    21* (26b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-37-0

Parera comes on for his third spell... and his third over

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

And to say that Vinie sent this just before Clarke got out: "Good lord! Michael Clarke going at almost a run a ball? Have I gone to sleep and woken up in bizzarro world where sheep shear humans and birds chase cats?" In Trinidad, they call it putting the "goat mouth on"

Hussey walks out. A slip waits

16.6

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

End of over 17 (6 runs) Australia 85/2 (RR: 5.00)
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-23-1
BJ Haddin    47* (50b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-15-0

Murali goes round the wicket for Haddin

17.1

Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 run, turns in sharply, Haddin gets a thickish edge towards short fine leg

short cover and a slip in. Murali on full-on attack

17.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, Dropped? Missed stumping? Surely one of the two. Like Pied Piper he draws Hussey out of the crease. He drives at it with hard hands. There seems to be an edge but Sanga can't hold onto it, and Jayawardene misses the ricochet too. Anyhow he was outside the crease too

17.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, defended into the off side

17.4

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, leaves this alone outside off

17.5

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, comes forward, pushes it to cover

17.6

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, sharp offbreak outside off, leaves it alone

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 86/2 (RR: 4.77)
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-16-0
BJ Haddin    48* (51b 8x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-23-1

18.1

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

18.2

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

18.3

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

18.4

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

18.5

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

Cameron White is the new batsman. Slip in for him too

18.6

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

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 88/4 (RR: 4.63)
     NLTC Perera    4-0-25-3
MEK Hussey    1* (7b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-16-0

By the way, just saw the replay of Dilshan catch. It was tougher than regulation, as opposed to what I first called

19.1

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, offbreak outside off, left alone

19.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, pushed straight to cover

19.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, fuller, closer to him, so he pushes it through covers

19.4

Muralitharan to Marsh, no run, Marsh presses forward to defend it

19.5

Muralitharan to Marsh, no run, well bowled, the offbreak angling in, then leaving him, and beating his outside edge

19.6

Muralitharan to Marsh, no run, Murali can't believe it! He thinks this is plumb, and it is pretty close to being a straightforward leg-before. And he has bowled it cleverly. The doosra. Marsh plays for the offbreak, is nowhere near it, is hit right in front of the stumps. The big stride seems to have saved him

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 89/4 (RR: 4.45)
SE Marsh    0* (3b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-17-0
MEK Hussey    2* (10b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-25-3

hat-trick ball

20.1

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

20.2

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

20.3

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

20.4

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

20.5

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

20.6

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

End of over 21 (5 runs) Australia 94/4 (RR: 4.47)
SE Marsh    3* (7b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-30-3
MEK Hussey    4* (12b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-17-0

21.1

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, nicely pushed against the turn, into the vacant on side

21.2

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, Murali wants them to against the turn, and Marsh does it, pushing it to mid-on, and charges for one

21.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, shorter, goes deep into the crease, and dabs it against the turn, into the open spaces on the on side

21.4

Muralitharan to Marsh, no run, Marsh looks to do the same, but can't get it past Murali

21.5

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, the doosra now, and he works it towards short fine

21.6

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, short and wide, and Hussey misses out, cutting it straight to short cover

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 98/4 (RR: 4.45)
MEK Hussey    6* (15b)      M Muralitharan    6-0-21-0
SE Marsh    5* (10b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-30-3

Suraj Randiv to bowl now. Tall offspinner. Round the wicket

22.1

Randiv to Marsh, no run, angling into the pads, no turn, kisses the pad

22.2

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, again no turn, and he works it around the corner for one

Wanderer: "Half the MCG is empty. Granted it's a large stadium, but this is Aus at home? The Aus supporters are being drowned out by what looks to be 5000 dedicated Sri Lanka fans.

You lose a few games and the support deserts you. Glory supporters, who needs em." That said, I am not sure three ODIs is that great an idea to get the crowds in just before the Ashes series

22.3

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, goes deep into the crease, forces this into the on side

22.4

Randiv to Marsh, no run, flights this one nicely, pitches middle and off, ad holds its line. Marsh defends

22.5

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, nudges this into the on side for a single

22.6

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, nicely worked away towards fine leg for a single

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 102/4 (RR: 4.43)
MEK Hussey    8* (17b)      S Randiv    1-0-4-0
SE Marsh    7* (14b)      M Muralitharan    6-0-21-0

23.1

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, flighted delivery, overpitched, but driven straight to extra cover

23.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, stretches forward, plays with an open face, gets a single wide of point

23.3

Muralitharan to Marsh, 2 runs, good running, swept away to deep backward square, and they take the second on the throw - and it's a wide throw too. Sanga is not pleased

23.4

Muralitharan to Marsh, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

23.5

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, flat offbreak outside off, opens the face towards point

23.6

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, flighted ball outside off, pushed to short cover

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 106/4 (RR: 4.41)
MEK Hussey    9* (21b)      M Muralitharan    7-0-25-0
SE Marsh    10* (16b)      S Randiv    1-0-4-0

Nat: "Hi Wanderer - unfortunately today's match is the day after a public holiday, and the middle of the week - I'll be heading down in an hours time, along with many thousands of other supporters who work.

If half the MCG is empty that's 50,000 supporters. Decent crowd in that case.

See you at the game in an hour!"

24.1

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, guides an offbreak past point for a single

24.2

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, tips and runs, towards point

Paddy: "Wanderer - "Half the MCG is empty" ... nobody likes a pessimist!"

24.3

Randiv to Marsh, no run, defended back to the bowler

still a slip in

24.4

Randiv to Marsh, no run, offreak, pitching leg and middle, and turning away slightly, defended

24.5

Randiv to Marsh, no run, another big shout for lbw, Marsh beaten on the sweep, and they all go up right away. They seem convinced, Paul Reiffel doesn't. Did he get himself outside the line of off? Yes he did. Good call from Paul

24.6

Randiv to Marsh, no run, defended to cover

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 108/4 (RR: 4.32)
SE Marsh    11* (21b)      S Randiv    2-0-6-0
MEK Hussey    10* (22b)      M Muralitharan    7-0-25-0

Dilshan into the attack

25.1

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, short and wide for a loosener, cut away to sweeper-cover

25.2

Dilshan to Marsh, 1 run, gentle flighted delivery, pushed to long-off for one

25.3

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, looks to paddle, takes his eyes off it, and is beaten

25.4

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, pushed to sweeper-cover for one

25.5

Dilshan to Marsh, 1 run, opens the face, takes a single to short third man

25.6

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, full delivery, driven to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 113/4 (RR: 4.34)
MEK Hussey    13* (26b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0
SE Marsh    13* (23b)      S Randiv    2-0-6-0

26.1

Randiv to Hussey, no run, blocks out an offbreak

26.2

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, full and flat, driven square for a single

26.3

Randiv to Marsh, no run, shimmies down the track, is cramped up for room, and gets it as far as midwicket

26.4

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, angled into the pads, and worked away to fine leg

26.5

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, shortish, and they run a single after having hit straight to mid-on

Andrew: "This game is just a shambles when it comes to scheduling. No cricket game should have been played the day after the melbourne cup let alone actually playing it in Melbourne."

26.6

Randiv to Marsh, no run, slower through the air, Marsh checks his shot, defends it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 116/4 (RR: 4.29)
SE Marsh    14* (26b)      S Randiv    3-0-9-0
MEK Hussey    15* (29b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0

27.1

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, overpitched, pushed to long-on for one

27.2

Dilshan to Marsh, 2 runs, edged, thick edge. It is just the in-between length that has him confused. Marsh looks to cut but it is not that short, and the edge is too thick for the keeper to take

27.3

Dilshan to Marsh, 1 run, comes down the track and hits this to long-on for one

27.4

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, goes deep into the crease, works it towards midwicket for one

27.5

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, plays for the turn, the ball goes with the arm, thuds into the pad, headed to miss the leg stump

27.6

Dilshan to Marsh, 1 run, slightly short, he is quick to rock back and cut

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 122/4 (RR: 4.35)
SE Marsh    18* (30b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-11-0
MEK Hussey    17* (31b)      S Randiv    3-0-9-0

Tharaka has advice for Sanga: "Sanga be Aggresive !!! Try malinga for a couple of overs now... Try to break into the tail..." Kulasekara comes back. A wide slip in place

28.1

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, full ball, hit straight to mid-on

28.2

Kulasekara to Marsh, 1 run, clipped off the pads for another single

28.3

Kulasekara to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length, pushed to wide of mid-on for a single

Alex W: "Why are we playing Sri Lanka in one dayers 3 weeks before the ashes? and why did Hussey & bollinger play champions league instead of getting ready for the test series in India. Can't take CA seriously when they say test cricket still the most important part of the game."

28.4

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, angling across Hussey, who presses forward and defends

28.5

Kulasekara to Marsh, 1 run, pushes a length ball down to long-off for yet another single

28.6

Kulasekara to Hussey, 1 run, tries the bouncer, Hussey pulls it in front of square, along the ground

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 126/4 (RR: 4.34)
MEK Hussey    19* (33b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-41-0
SE Marsh    20* (34b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-11-0

Now Randiv gets a change of ends

29.1

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, full and flat, driven past extra cover

29.2

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, full and wide, driven through covers again

Trevor: "After a kind of successful 1995 Aussie Tour Sri Lanka won the world cup in the sub continent . Can they repeat the same story in 2011 World Cup as Well ?" They are one of the favourites for sure

29.3

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, pushed down to long-off for another single

29.4

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, shortish, cut away behind square

29.5

Randiv to Hussey, no run, cut away, Mathews fumbles at cover-point, but they don't risk the run off the misfield

29.6

Randiv to Hussey, no run, faster one, played straight to mid-on

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 130/4 (RR: 4.33)
MEK Hussey    21* (37b)      S Randiv    4-0-13-0
SE Marsh    22* (36b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-41-0

Here is Malinga. Sanga is not letting it drift away too much

30.1

Malinga to Marsh, no run, starts off with a slower ball outside off, left alone

30.2

Malinga to Marsh, 1 wide, angling too far across him - only the second extra of the innings

30.2

Malinga to Marsh, no run, gets it right this time, back of a length, starting around off, and then cutting away, Marsh pokes at it and is beaten

30.3

Malinga to Marsh, 1 run, slower ball, nicely guided between cover-point and point

30.4

Malinga to Hussey, no run, looks to dab it in the point region, but Jayawardene's dive there keeps him in the crease

30.5

Malinga to Hussey, 2 runs, short, and nicely pulled away, keeping it down, square of fine leg, gets a couple

30.6

Malinga to Hussey, 1 wide, goes chasing a wide delivery, beaten by inches - called a wide

30.6

Malinga to Hussey, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

It's been 14.4 overs without a boundary

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 135/4 (RR: 4.35)
MEK Hussey    23* (40b)      SL Malinga    6-0-14-1
SE Marsh    23* (39b)      S Randiv    4-0-13-0

Meety: "Poms arrived early + 3 first class games + large squad = Serious about Ashes. Oz played in India + Play ODIs against SL = Poms keep Ashes"

31.1

Randiv to Marsh, 2 runs, swept from well outside off, powerfully, in the gap between fine leg and deep square. Malinga's dive denies them the boundary

31.2

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, swept in front of square, gets a single

31.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, driven with an open face, can't beat the diving Silva at straightish extra cover

31.4

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked away for a single

31.5

Randiv to Marsh, no run, tossed-up delivery, defended to cover

31.6

Randiv to Marsh, no run, looks to force this through the off side, but it is too close to him. Ends up dabbing it into the ground, and then on towards slip

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 139/4 (RR: 4.34)
SE Marsh    26* (43b)      S Randiv    5-0-17-0
MEK Hussey    24* (42b)      SL Malinga    6-0-14-1

32.1

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, around off, pushed to long-off for a single

32.2

Malinga to Marsh, no run, goes for the yorker, ends up bowling a low full toss, which is hit straight to the straight extra cover

32.3

Malinga to Marsh, no run, left alone outside off

32.4

Malinga to Marsh, 1 run, another low full toss, clipped away to deep midwicket

32.5

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, back of a length, pushed wide of cover for another single

Ben: "There's a lot of whinging going on around here about selections and scheduling etc. Are we trying to beat the Poms at their own game before the Ashes even starts? Let's just play cricket!" Ha

32.6

Malinga to Marsh, 2 runs, nearly caught-and-bowled. well not quite. It was hit back at him hard, and he had no time to recover. Good timing too, beats mid-on, but not quite long-off, who comes across and takes Australia's boundary drought to 16.4 overs

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 144/4 (RR: 4.36)
SE Marsh    29* (47b)      SL Malinga    7-0-19-1
MEK Hussey    26* (44b)      S Randiv    5-0-17-0

33.1

Randiv to Hussey, 2 runs, full, too full, placed wide of long-on for two

33.2

Randiv to Hussey, no run, looks to cut, can't get it past point

33.3

Randiv to Hussey, 2 runs, pulled away, there is nobody inside the circle on the on side, and hence he can take the risk of pulling one that is not too short. Placed well too. Vast open spaces on the on side

33.4

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads again, worked away for another single

33.5

Randiv to Marsh, no run, looks for the late-cut, is beaten, and then lifts his head to see there is a slip too. Not the cleverest of shots

33.6

Randiv to Marsh, 1 run, pays the regulation cut and gets a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 150/4 (RR: 4.41)
SE Marsh    30* (49b)      S Randiv    6-0-23-0
MEK Hussey    31* (48b)      SL Malinga    7-0-19-1

Dislhan comes back

34.1

Dilshan to Marsh, 1 leg bye, there is an appeal for a leg-before as he misses out on the sweep, but it is angling down the leg side

34.2

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, short, stays low, hit straight to midwicket

34.3

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, arm ball, nearly squeezes through his defence, the bat comes down just in time to get a thick inside edge. Arms go up in the air only to realise there is wood involved

34.4

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, pushed to cover

34.5

Dilshan to Marsh, 1 run, cut away to sweeper-cover for a single

34.6

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, worked around the corner for another single

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 154/4 (RR: 4.40)
MEK Hussey    33* (51b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-14-0
SE Marsh    31* (52b)      S Randiv    6-0-23-0

John: "No, not whinging, just setting up the excuses for the flogging we are about to receive at the hands of the Queen's men"

35.1

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, overpitched, driven to long-off for one

35.2

Randiv to Marsh, OUT, again Sri Lanka break through just when Australia look to get on to a threatening partnership. Extra bounce for Randiv there. The ball is there to be cut, at least it seems so until it kicks and bounces, and takes a thick edge that Sanga hangs on to really well

SE Marsh c †Sangakkara b Randiv 31 (57m 53b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.49

Smith is the new bat. Slip in for him

35.3

Randiv to Smith, no run, defends a flat offbreak back to Randiv. Slightly opened up, expecting an offbreak

35.4

Randiv to Smith, no run, another forward defensive

35.5

Randiv to Smith, 1 run, too straight, worked away around the corner

35.6

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, nudged past short fine

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 157/5 (RR: 4.36)
MEK Hussey    35* (53b)      S Randiv    7-0-26-1
SPD Smith    1* (3b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-14-0

36.1

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, flat offbreak, defended to extra cover

36.2

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, short ball, cut away to sweeper-cover

Nick Dangerous: "It's funny with all these people bagging Hussey, he's exactly what we need in this game, keeping the ship from sinking and staying in the crease. He'll hopefully steer us to a decent score to defend at least!"

36.3

Dilshan to Smith, no run, stays on the crease to defend an offbreak

36.4

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, worked past midwicket for another single

36.5

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, hit back down the ground, Dilshan makes a diving collection to his left

36.6

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, worked past square leg for yet another single

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 160/5 (RR: 4.32)
MEK Hussey    37* (57b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-17-0
SPD Smith    2* (5b)      S Randiv    7-0-26-1

Rich: "There seems a lot of doom and gloom about Australia's chances in the Ashes. We should have some perspective -we very nearly beat India in our first Test there and England are not that impressive - Cook, Bell, Collingwood, Anderson, Bresnan, etc are not world-class players by any means. Australia are a 50% chance of winning if the selectors can react quickly and not retain players who won't do the job, eg, North, Hauritz, probably Hussey and Katich"

37.1

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, pushed past point for a single

leg slip in

37.2

Randiv to Smith, 1 run, swept away from outside off

37.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, arm ball again, cramps Hussey on the cut shot, Hussey keeps it out

37.4

Randiv to Hussey, no run, not much room again, hit straight to point

37.5

Randiv to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, Hussey defends off the front foot

37.6

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, placed wide of cover-point, another single

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 163/5 (RR: 4.28)
MEK Hussey    39* (62b)      S Randiv    8-0-29-1
SPD Smith    3* (6b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-17-0

Murali comes back

38.1

Muralitharan to Hussey, 2 runs, nicely flighted, hit just to right of long-off, and they get a fumble out of Malinga by running hard

38.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, worked away against the turn, gets a single

38.3

Muralitharan to Smith, 1 run, flighted delivery, from wide of the crease, hit down to long-on for a single

38.4

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, offbreak, pushed between between point and cover-point

goes round the wicket to Smith too

38.5

Muralitharan to Smith, 2 runs, nicely worked away, wide of long-on, for an easy couple

38.6

Muralitharan to Smith, 1 run, pushes this wide of cover for a single

good over for Australia - eight off

End of over 39 (8 runs) Australia 171/5 (RR: 4.38)
SPD Smith    7* (9b)      M Muralitharan    8-0-33-0
MEK Hussey    43* (65b)      S Randiv    8-0-29-1

39.1

Randiv to Smith, no run, straighter one, Smith recovers and doesn't go too hard at the cut shot

39.2

Randiv to Smith, no run, full and fast, on the pads, deflected to short fine

39.3

Randiv to Smith, 1 run, much slower through the air, 86ks, drops and runs, cover swoops in but they are quick enough

39.4

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, cut away to the left of point, they take a single

39.5

Randiv to Smith, FOUR, nicely played! First boundary in 23.3 overs! Is looking for the big hit, but then changes his mind and goes for the late cut, places it fine of short third. Malinga gives the change, gets around it, then misfields. Lets it slip through his right hand

39.6

Randiv to Smith, no run, nudged to short fine

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 177/5 (RR: 4.42)
SPD Smith    12* (14b 1x4)      S Randiv    9-0-35-1
MEK Hussey    44* (66b)      M Muralitharan    8-0-33-0

Perera comes back

40.1

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

40.2

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

Out comes Johnson. A wide slip in there

40.3

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

40.4

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

40.5

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

40.6

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

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 180/6 (RR: 4.39)
MEK Hussey    46* (69b)      NLTC Perera    6-0-33-4
MG Johnson    1* (2b)      S Randiv    9-0-35-1

Grant: "Australia is basically playing like a mid-tier international side which is what we are based on rankings. Perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised?" Here's Kulasekara

41.1

Kulasekara to Hussey, 2 runs, not his best pull shot, hurries him up a bit, but he places it superbly between the two deep fielders on the leg side

41.2

Kulasekara to Hussey, FOUR, that's his first boundary and also his fifty! A lovely short-arm pull too. Timed perfectly, placed even better, between deep square and deep midwicket. He deserves the big cheer he gets for the fifty

41.3

Kulasekara to Hussey, 1 run, Kula learns his lesson, bowls fuller, gets a thick edge as Hussey drives, but it's all safe

41.4

Kulasekara to Johnson, 1 run, another thick edge, from Johnson this time, but it is safe

41.5

Kulasekara to Hussey, 1 run, another pull, along the ground this time, gets a single

41.6

Kulasekara to Johnson, no run, full and straight, no room, defended by Johnson

End of over 42 (9 runs) Australia 189/6 (RR: 4.50)
MG Johnson    2* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-50-0
MEK Hussey    54* (73b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-33-4

Matty: "Wheres all the Hussy knockers now, a well timed innings for his country, I wish people would get off his back, in the tests in India he was very unlucky with some poor decisions, he is hitting the ball nicely........we knock people to quickly in this country"

42.1

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

42.2

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

42.2

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

42.3

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

42.4

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

42.5

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

42.6

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

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 194/6 (RR: 4.51)
MG Johnson    4* (6b)      NLTC Perera    7-0-38-4
MEK Hussey    56* (77b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-50-0

Here's Murali. Has two overs left. A slip in

43.1

Muralitharan to Johnson, no run, quick, sharp offbreak, beats Johnson's poke

43.2

Muralitharan to Johnson, no run, flighted, slightly slower, 86.8ks, and beats the outside edge with the offbreak again

43.3

Muralitharan to Johnson, 1 run, dropped at first slip by Mahela. Johnson plays the reverse sweep that hardly goes anywhere, and Mahela dives to his left, gets there, but can't hold on to it. Good anticipation, but not executed perfectly

43.4

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for one

43.5

Muralitharan to Johnson, no run, quick delivery, no turn, played back to the bowler

43.6

Muralitharan to Johnson, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked around the corner

End of over 44 (3 runs) Australia 197/6 (RR: 4.47)
MG Johnson    6* (11b)      M Muralitharan    9-0-36-0
MEK Hussey    57* (78b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-38-4

Batting PP taken. Malinga comes back. Crucial five overs coming up. Malinga should bowl Nos 45, 47 and 49. Long-off, third man and sweeper-cover are the three men back. Full, angling across?

44.1

Malinga to Johnson, 2 runs, yes, he bowls full and wide, but it's not quite the yorker, and he slices this half volley over point. Murali runs from third man to cut it off

44.2

Malinga to Johnson, 1 run, yorker on off, they risk a single to mid-on, Silva's throw hits Johnson on the forearm

square leg goes back now

44.3

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, and Hussey flicks a length ball to the same man

long-on goes back now

44.4

Malinga to Johnson, 1 run, slower ball, hit to the same man again

long-on stays back for Hussey too

44.5

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, slower bouncer, Hussey keeps it down, takes a single to short fine

44.6

Malinga to Johnson, 1 leg bye, another slower bouncer, gets Johnson in the ribs area. They take a leg-bye. This is the second blow Johnson has taken in this over

Seal: " Smith is all hype 'n' hope but no substance. We need Hopes or D. Hussey. They can BOWL and BAT... there's a hint for you Smith. Marsh needs to bat in top 3. He's not a come-in-hitter. I'm the MCG is "half-full" kinda guy."

End of over 45 (7 runs) Australia 204/6 (RR: 4.53)
MG Johnson    10* (15b)      SL Malinga    8-0-25-1
MEK Hussey    59* (80b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-36-0

Kulasekara comes back again. His fifth spell today?

45.1

Kulasekara to Johnson, no run, nicely bowled, yorker outside off, Johnson doesn't get touch on it

45.2

Kulasekara to Johnson, OUT, bowled'im! Low full toss, nearly a yorker, Johnson plays across it, gets an inside edge onto the middle stump

MG Johnson b Kulasekara 10 (26m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.82

John Hastings, "the Duke", is the new man in. Kula seems to have found the right length

45.3

Kulasekara to Hastings, no run, spot on! Yorker, about three inches short of the crease. Can't do much with it

45.4

Kulasekara to Hastings, no run, another yorker, this is even better, pitching on the crease. Digs it out, and that's the best he can do with it

45.5

Kulasekara to Hastings, 2 runs, misses the yorker, the low full toss is flicked away wide of deep midwicket

45.6

Kulasekara to Hastings, 1 run, another yorker, gets it into the on side for a single. Superb over - three runs and a wicket

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 207/7 (RR: 4.50)
JW Hastings    3* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-53-1
MEK Hussey    59* (80b 1x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-25-1

Davo: "Where has Johnson gone? (Other than to the pavillion). The bloke has forgotten how to bat in the last 18 months!!" IIRC, he added crucial runs in Mohali only last month. He struck them pretty clean

46.1

Malinga to Hastings, 2 runs, length ball wide of off, sliced over point for a couple

Light drizzle at the G now

46.2

Malinga to Hastings, 1 run, slower short ball again. Hastings nearly plays two shots to it. The second one is a guide towards third man. Lucky it doesn't carry

46.3

Malinga to Hussey, no run, that's the quicker bouncer, 137ks, Hussey is clearly late on the hook

46.4

Malinga to Hussey, 1 wide, goes for the yorker, bowls a big wide down the leg side. Sanga does well

46.4

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, slower yorker, 122ks, gets just a single into the on side

46.5

Malinga to Hastings, no run, lovely slower bouncer, 122.1ks, Hastings sways out of the line

46.6

Malinga to Hastings, FOUR, Malinga is unlucky here. Another slower bouncer, gets the top edge but it sails over short fine. Three boundaries in the last 30.4 overs

End of over 47 (9 runs) Australia 216/7 (RR: 4.59)
JW Hastings    10* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-34-1
MEK Hussey    60* (82b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-53-1

Paul" :Davo - the real question should be why we're even relying on Johnson for runs in the first place."

47.1

Kulasekara to Hussey, 1 run, yorker - full and wide - Hussey gets a single to cover

47.2

Kulasekara to Hastings, 1 run, just mises the yorker length, Hastings gets a lot of power behind what is esentially a dig-out, but Kula sticks out his right hand and saves three runs

47.3

Kulasekara to Hussey, 1 run, full and wide, with three men on the off-side boundary, concedes just a single

47.4

Kulasekara to Hastings, 1 run, Hastings continues his charmed life. Late into the pull. The top-edge lands short of mid-off

47.5

Kulasekara to Hussey, 2 runs, full toss wide of off, Perera at sweeper-cover seems to have over-run it, but changes direction and dives to keep them to two

47.6

Kulasekara to Hussey, 1 run, the first straight delivery to Hussey from Kula, but he can't beat midwicket

End of over 48 (7 runs) Australia 223/7 (RR: 4.64)
MEK Hussey    65* (86b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-60-1
JW Hastings    12* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-34-1

48.1

Malinga to Hussey, 1 leg bye, slower ball on the pads, Huss can get just a single

48.2

Malinga to Hastings, 3 runs, shot! Through extra cover. Makes room early, gets a length ball, gets room too, and he gets it past extra cover. The boundary, though, is very long there

48.3

Malinga to Hussey, 1 leg bye, slower bouncer, gets Hussey in the shoulder - he is too early into the pull, concedes just the leg-bye

48.4

Malinga to Hastings, no run, that's the quicker bouncer, 134.1ks, Hastings gets the toe end on the pull, it bounces just in front of the bowler

48.5

Malinga to Hastings, 1 bye, slower yorker, 124.2ks, Hastings has no clue about it, it dips big time too. Even Sanga doesn't collect cleanly, and Hussey steals the bye

48.6

Malinga to Hussey, 2 runs, comes down the track, hits to deep midwicket, chances Perera's arm, and a combination of a dive and a wide throw gets them the couple

End of over 49 (8 runs) Australia 231/7 (RR: 4.71)
MEK Hussey    67* (89b 1x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-39-1
JW Hastings    15* (13b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-60-1

Perera will bowl the last over

49.1

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

49.2

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

49.3

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

49.4

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

49.5

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

49.6

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

5.55pm So Hussey has - not for the first time - taken Australia to a fighting total. A measure of how hard Sri Lanka made it for Australia is that Australia managed only three boundaries since the 17th over. Hussey says he would have liked a few more. The first half today, though, belonged to Thisara Perera, who took his second ODI five-for. he bowled with great skill today, as did Malinga and Murali. Their bowlers have done their job, over to the batsmen, they will say. We will be back in 40 minutes or so. There have been many discussion points in the innings. Why not head over to our Facebook page and share your thoughts on the game? Also Brydon Coverdale's Bulletin will be in any moment. Do come back here soon. We'll leave you with Robbie's thoughts: "Assuming the ball was changed at 35 overs I guess Thisara will be asking to keep both balls!"

End of over 50 (8 runs) Australia 239/8
XJ Doherty    3* (2b)      NLTC Perera    8-0-46-5
MEK Hussey    71* (91b 1x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-39-1
Series Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane - Nov 7, 2010
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 170 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Nov 5, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 29 runs (D/L method)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Nov 3, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket (with 34 balls remaining)
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Nov 3, 2010

Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews strike a winning pose, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, November 3, 2010

Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews strike a winning pose

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Nov 3, 2010

Angelo Mathews his hoisted on his team-mates' shoulders, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, November 3, 2010

Angelo Mathews his hoisted on his team-mates' shoulders

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