Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide January 13, 2013

Thirimanne guides Sri Lanka to resounding win

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Sri Lanka 2 for 172 (Thirimanne 102*, Dilshan 51) beat Australia 170 (Haddin 50, Malinga 3-32) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's coach Graham Ford expected far better from his men after an abject display in the first ODI, and in Adelaide they duly delivered. A highly disciplined bowling ensemble laid bare Australian frailty against the seaming ball before Lahiru Thirimanne anchored a comfortable chase on a tacky pitch in the second match of the series at Adelaide Oval.

The visitors lost Upul Tharanga in the first over of their chase but were largely untroubled thereafter, as the surface eased after earlier offering helpful seam movement for Sri Lanka's bowlers. Thirimanne reached a deserved century by cutting Xavier Doherty backward of point for the winning runs with eight wickets and 59 balls to spare, having been accompanied for much of the pursuit by an uncharacteristically reserved Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Particular praise was also due to Nuwan Kulasekara and Angelo Mathews, who took the new balls and set Australia on the defensive by moving the ball just enough through the air and off the seam, while keeping the runs down. Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera then followed up with wickets of their own. Named in place of the injured Dinesh Chandimal, the debut gloveman Kushal Perera kept wicket neatly and held four catches.

Besides their problems with seam friendly conditions reminiscent of England, Australia were discomforted further by Brad Haddin's struggles with an apparent hamstring strain, which began to affect him during the latter stages of a rearguard innings of 50 and then forced a regular dialogue with the team physio Alex Kountouris in the early overs of the evening session.

Eventually Haddin surrendered to the injury, leaving Phillip Hughes to take up duties as Australia's makeshift gloveman for the second time this summer. The hosts can expect their team to be significantly reinforced when the national selector John Inverarity names the squad for the next two matches of the series, having started well in Melbourne but fallen away badly in Adelaide.

After Tharanga's early departure to a Clint McKay delivery angled across him, Dilshan and Thirimanne played with good sense and shot selection. Dilshan had one LBW appeal by Doherty referred to the third umpire, but the television evidence proved too marginal for an overturned verdict.

They were not to be separated until only a further 34 runs were required. By that point Australia had lost Haddin and also the bowling of the debutant Kane Richardson, who followed up a first ball duck with the bat by suffering the ignominy of being drummed out of the bowling attack for repeatedly running on the pitch in his follow through. It is a problem that will require some technical work to correct.

The first indication that Australia were not at their sharpest came in the opening over when Aaron Finch clipped the ball straight to square leg and set off for a single - Phillip Hughes would have been out by yards had the ball found stumps or wicketkeeper. Fortunate there, Finch was to be out for his second low score in as many matches and again fell to a tentative stroke, pushing Mathews to short cover after he had nudged Ajantha Mendis into the wicketkeeper's gloves at the MCG.

Hughes struggled to find the fluency he had managed while making a century on debut, and was pinned in front of the stumps by Kulasekara, wasting Australia's only review on a ball that pitched in line and would have taken middle and off. David Hussey and George Bailey briefly steadied the innings in a stand of 39, but the stand-in captain's fortunate stay, punctuated by numerous edges, was ended when he pulled Malinga to midwicket where Thirimanne held a decent catch.

Steve Smith, brought in for Usman Khawaja, hinted at fluency during his brief stay but drove loosely at a Perera delivery that seamed back into him and was taken behind. To this point Hussey had looked the most composed of the batsmen, but his run out in another mix-up and a neat Mathews leg cutter to remove Glenn Maxwell, put Australia in deep trouble.

Cutting and Haddin resisted for 15 overs and 57 runs, the former showing glimpses of the batting skill he had demonstrated for Queensland over the past two summers. Eventually Malinga's pace and unique angle drew an edge from Cutting, and next ball his fellow debutant Richardson was flummoxed by a dipping slower ball and pinned LBW.

Clint McKay averted the hat-trick but then fell victim to a decision overturned for reasons known only to the third umpire Richard Kettleborough, for replays showed no solid evidence of an edge behind from Perera's bowling, and HotSpot was no more revealing.

The last man Doherty's arrival moved Haddin to swing a mighty six into the Members Stand. He picked out midwicket when trying to repeat the shot from Mendis, leaving the hosts with a sorry total that would quickly prove to be inadequate.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • nilb on January 14, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    The tour is a huge success for Sri Lanka due to matches like this. The new faces of Sri Lanka should take responsibility and win the matches. The best thing that happened to the team is Sangakkara's Injury. I really liked the decision to give Kusal Perera batting chance, there were days when SL management never had the courage to make such move. The outcome of the series or metches doesn't matter as long there's games like this that give young guns of SL aussie experience. I hope they'll bring Dhananjaya in the next game.

  • Mahaanama on January 13, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Congrats SL! Don't forget Australian side will be much stronger next time since Warner and Clarke return. If Chandimal is fit enough to play for the next match please drop Tharanga. Tharanga used to be a very promising player in the beginning of his career but now he's one of the most inconsistent batsmen in world cricket. Every time he gives away his wicket by edging to the keeper or slips. That's how he got out in 2007 WC final, 2011 WC final, in the previous match and also this match( in the next match as well). Seems he can't correct that technical error so no point playing an inconsistent batsman who can hardly score a 50 in every 10 matches. Kushal Janith should definitely play for all the matches since he's in good form. Akila or Herath should bring back for the place of Ajantha Mendis. Congrats both SL and Australia for the rest of the series..!!!

  • miles100 on January 13, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka's two greatest batsmen are Sanga and Dinesh.These two are the bravest and the most consistent in the team. So winning this match without their two greats is a great achievement. Thiramnne is a player similar to Marvan who needs time to establish him self a place in the side. Tharanga has problems in bouncy wickets, if they want to play Tharanga in bouncy wickets, they should not play him as an opener but maybe as a middle order batsmen. Because one has to have a certain technique to bat on bouncy wickets as an opener which Tharanga hasn't worked on it enough I guess. Tharanga's technique works well on slower pitches like the sub continent.But he should be able to get away in AU pitches as a middle order player.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 16, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Beating Aussie C team is not a big deal. But SL young guns got good experience which is the plus point I see. But Gabba is faastmen paradise. Remember what happened in 2010. If SL would not get trashed, it would be surprised.

  • MelbourneMiracle on January 16, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    It is clearly evident that 3 veterans' days are numbered when we see the brave performance of the youngsters. Sanga's injury is a blessing in disguise. Mahela should take a call on his ODI career since he's not effective on seaming wickets anymore. Sanga & Dilshan may have a couple of years left in ODIs but I don't know how helpful it would be for the 2015 WC in AUZ and NZ since their reflexes not getting any faster. We never imagined that we would see players like Aravinda or Captains like Arjuna anymore but Sanga and Mahela proved that it was a myth. Similarly young guns will prove that they could replace Sanga and Mahela in time to come. Sanga and Mahela didn't become legends over night. Therefore it's high time to pass the baton to players like Anji, Lahiru, Chandimal, Akhila, Kushal and Dimuth before it is too late.

    @gularan: the so-called Team India is not even pedestrian if they don't have dhoni. It is not a team. It is a single man's game for India

  • shamantha.guruge on January 15, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Good come back in sri lankan team. But still they want to consider about their open combination. I think best option is they want to give chance for dimuth or kusal, also sri lankan fast bowling in not good lvel rather than Australian but still sri lanka have good chance to win this series .

  • colombo_SL on January 15, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @gularan; & @ lukecannon; Australia was thrashed by Sri Lanka. Gularan was thrashed by lukecannon. Can understand the Gularan's desperation.

  • lukecannon on January 15, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    gularan- That's what anybody would say after being thrashed. I understand how you are feeling bro. lol

  • gularan on January 15, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    At last Sri lanka has found out where they stand against the Aussies viz ;they are on par with the Australian third string team. Ha! Ha! Ha ! Their euphoria will be very short lived when they get soundly thrashed by the Aussies in good old Brissie. It will be another excruciating and demoralising defeat for this very pedestrian team.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on January 15, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    the young team is looking stronger than the old team with bhanuka,angelo perera,dickwella to come

  • nilb on January 14, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    The tour is a huge success for Sri Lanka due to matches like this. The new faces of Sri Lanka should take responsibility and win the matches. The best thing that happened to the team is Sangakkara's Injury. I really liked the decision to give Kusal Perera batting chance, there were days when SL management never had the courage to make such move. The outcome of the series or metches doesn't matter as long there's games like this that give young guns of SL aussie experience. I hope they'll bring Dhananjaya in the next game.

  • Mahaanama on January 13, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Congrats SL! Don't forget Australian side will be much stronger next time since Warner and Clarke return. If Chandimal is fit enough to play for the next match please drop Tharanga. Tharanga used to be a very promising player in the beginning of his career but now he's one of the most inconsistent batsmen in world cricket. Every time he gives away his wicket by edging to the keeper or slips. That's how he got out in 2007 WC final, 2011 WC final, in the previous match and also this match( in the next match as well). Seems he can't correct that technical error so no point playing an inconsistent batsman who can hardly score a 50 in every 10 matches. Kushal Janith should definitely play for all the matches since he's in good form. Akila or Herath should bring back for the place of Ajantha Mendis. Congrats both SL and Australia for the rest of the series..!!!

  • miles100 on January 13, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka's two greatest batsmen are Sanga and Dinesh.These two are the bravest and the most consistent in the team. So winning this match without their two greats is a great achievement. Thiramnne is a player similar to Marvan who needs time to establish him self a place in the side. Tharanga has problems in bouncy wickets, if they want to play Tharanga in bouncy wickets, they should not play him as an opener but maybe as a middle order batsmen. Because one has to have a certain technique to bat on bouncy wickets as an opener which Tharanga hasn't worked on it enough I guess. Tharanga's technique works well on slower pitches like the sub continent.But he should be able to get away in AU pitches as a middle order player.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 16, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Beating Aussie C team is not a big deal. But SL young guns got good experience which is the plus point I see. But Gabba is faastmen paradise. Remember what happened in 2010. If SL would not get trashed, it would be surprised.

  • MelbourneMiracle on January 16, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    It is clearly evident that 3 veterans' days are numbered when we see the brave performance of the youngsters. Sanga's injury is a blessing in disguise. Mahela should take a call on his ODI career since he's not effective on seaming wickets anymore. Sanga & Dilshan may have a couple of years left in ODIs but I don't know how helpful it would be for the 2015 WC in AUZ and NZ since their reflexes not getting any faster. We never imagined that we would see players like Aravinda or Captains like Arjuna anymore but Sanga and Mahela proved that it was a myth. Similarly young guns will prove that they could replace Sanga and Mahela in time to come. Sanga and Mahela didn't become legends over night. Therefore it's high time to pass the baton to players like Anji, Lahiru, Chandimal, Akhila, Kushal and Dimuth before it is too late.

    @gularan: the so-called Team India is not even pedestrian if they don't have dhoni. It is not a team. It is a single man's game for India

  • shamantha.guruge on January 15, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Good come back in sri lankan team. But still they want to consider about their open combination. I think best option is they want to give chance for dimuth or kusal, also sri lankan fast bowling in not good lvel rather than Australian but still sri lanka have good chance to win this series .

  • colombo_SL on January 15, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @gularan; & @ lukecannon; Australia was thrashed by Sri Lanka. Gularan was thrashed by lukecannon. Can understand the Gularan's desperation.

  • lukecannon on January 15, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    gularan- That's what anybody would say after being thrashed. I understand how you are feeling bro. lol

  • gularan on January 15, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    At last Sri lanka has found out where they stand against the Aussies viz ;they are on par with the Australian third string team. Ha! Ha! Ha ! Their euphoria will be very short lived when they get soundly thrashed by the Aussies in good old Brissie. It will be another excruciating and demoralising defeat for this very pedestrian team.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on January 15, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    the young team is looking stronger than the old team with bhanuka,angelo perera,dickwella to come

  • Sinhaya on January 14, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    @counterstrike1.6, thanks a lot and good luck to India tomorrow in the 2nd ODI and for the rest of the series. Hopefully Rahane excels tomorrow. Also, we cant be too far from seeing Kohli rock after a bit of a lull. Hope India plays Amit Mishra instead of R Jadeja IMO.

  • on January 14, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    It's good to see Sri Lanka show fight, and display some of their touted efficiency with ball and bat. I can't help but feel the next match in the series will be very different however facing a full strength Australian team.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on January 14, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Well done SL.

    - From INDIAN Fan.

  • Sinhaya on January 14, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, the greatest blessing in disguise for us in this tour was the injury to Sanga. If he was playing, Thirimanne would never have got the chance to impress. I disagree on the fact that Chandimal is not an opener. In the 3rd test against Pakistan last year in Pallekelle, he got a fifty as an opener. Chandimal should open especially in Australia, SA and England as he I guess is our best weapon on fast tracks to see off the new ball. Just calculate his average outside Asia and in Asia to see how he has proven his fast track credentials. I am wondering when we tour England next in 2014 for a full tour, Chandimal may be better off opening due to these factors.

  • Dasarathy on January 14, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Its good to see the SL team to make their strategies right. They know that their batting is low and took risk by asking Aussies to bat first without thinking about their pre match in which Aussies scored 305. Inviting Aussies bat first, they depend on their bowling which is strong than their batting and made them to score less than 200 and chased carefully so that they won the match. Congts.

  • lionsroar88 on January 14, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I think this tour of Sri Lanka is a great eye opener for the cricket team, selectors as well as the fans worldwide. I think it's about time the youngsters get really good go in international cricket ahead of the next 2015 world cup.

    following would be my ODI team

    DILSHAN,THIRIMANNE,CHANDIMAL,SANGAKKARA,MATTHEWS,KUSAL,JEEVAN,THISARA,AKILA,HERATH,ERANGA,KULASEKARA

    I think Kusal perera is a really bright prospect for sri lanka. Chandimal should be the ideal no.3 whilst kusal should keep wickets.

  • Shaggy076 on January 14, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    drnaveed - I think your a bit of the mark, it always seemed the plan for those players to come back for game three. When they announced the initial squad they said for the first two games only. Clarke and Warer went home to Sydney to wait for the one-dayers to come to them. Jose - RandyOz and Front-Foot-Lunge could be the same person.

  • on January 14, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Thirimanna and Chandimal get opertunaties to play to the team very rarely if Sanga or Mahela absent or injured only. But everytime they get the opertunaty to play, they perform very well.

    So Thirimanna and Chandimal should be provided permanant place in the team..Non performing Mahela and Sanga should be included only on rotating basis.For the future of Sri lanken cricket old players now should concentrate on retirering.

  • drnaveed on January 14, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    AUS side over confidence cost them this match. playing with most of their inexperience players, against a SL side which has played in last couple of 50 overs ODI ,and one 20 overs world cup final, this is not a joke , and mind you they were without sangakara and chandimal due to injuries, whereas AUS side rested some of their main players for that match ,hoping that their side will win easily. NOW, they are calling their senior players again for the next match, showing that their selectors did made a mistake in the previous match,regarding team selection. IF NOT, than let the same players play the next match also ?????????????????????????????.

  • Greatest_Game on January 14, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Kyle Moss on (January 14 2013, 00:02 AM GMT) Interesting the observation you make about Bailey's ODI average. I have become increasingly impressed by him, and am puzzled by people who write him off and can't stop talking up Warner. I took a good look at ODI & List A batting stats of current top Aus players, & was surprised to see Warner had a low average, & how many Aus batters have better numbers. I did a side by side of Warner & Bailey since 16 March 2012 - Bailey's debut - & Warner averages 25.69 to Bailey's 42.76! Bailey has completely outplayed Warner against Eng, Pak & they are on par vs The Windies. Warner has been going downhill like he's on ice, his ave getting lower by the series: WI 32, Eng 25, Pak 16.66. Bailey went up: WI 34.4, Eng 49.66, Pak 48.5 & now SL 57.5!

    Stats certainly are not the final word, & a lot of factors are at play with selections, but I think Inverarity & Co might want to take a good look at some relevant stats, especially after this spanking.

  • priceless1 on January 14, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Hopefully Chanidimal will be fit before the next game so then they can drop Tharanga , Mahela can open the innings with Dilshan

  • lukecannon on January 14, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @Ms.Cricket- Well you may not know. This is Sri lanka A team. No Sangakkara and No chandimal. But we still beat them in their own country in their conditions. Got the message?????

  • on January 14, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Would like to see a boxing match between 'RandyOz' representing Australia and 'Front-Foot-Lunge' representing England, during all the breaks in the next Ashes series. Each round will be played only during the breaks. I am sure, a few more regular visitors to cricinfo would also enjoy their sparing. Why should T-20 matches alone have entertainment during breaks. Sorry cheer girls, when it comes to Ashes, you can't beat the entertainment provided by this pair slugging it out.

  • on January 14, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Who knows, guys like Smith of Australia and Jadeja of India may 'explode' with the energy of an equal weight of TNT one day. Hope so. However, I can't find the ignition cord hanging out from either of these potential bombs, which I can light and run for my life. Perhaps the respective selectors have better vision, than 'you and me'. ( I just checked, before posting; my tongue is firmly within my cheek. Thank God)

  • on January 14, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    I am curious about Kane Richardson's inclusion in the playing XI. Since his name is not that familiar outside Australia, I took at a look at his personal data. Nothing impressive. Doesn't look like even in the 2nd tier of pace bowlers, from which Oz can pick and choose for the future. Except that he is young (21). I'm sure that there will be so many other decent sub-22 players, in Australia, to choose from. Does anyone know, any other credential/s for him to be in the national team?

  • on January 14, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Well Done Boys!! A great performance. Even SL team seemed to be a second line team on 13th who won the game. Tharanga is out of form now and should be kept out for further training at nets. If Chandimal is fit for the next match, Dil & Chandi can open while Kusal wears the gloves. All the best Mahela...

  • on January 14, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Congrats, Sri Lanka! As a fan of SL cricketers, I was happy to see the guys romping home after a cautious start. Low-scoring matches can tilt either way and it was good to see the batsmen playing sensibly and without throwing away wickets. This should be a morale-booster for the rest of the tour.

  • partyanimal on January 14, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Well done Srilanka , but it's look like first and last win this ODI series.but Srilanka should keep fighting and put up good game.I feel thirumanne will become like Kohzi even better than him but it's all about depends how he take to the next level but another one is chandimal.both looks good. looking foward to see Friday game,good luck both teams.

  • SLMaster on January 14, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Young team delivered the victory. Tthis is the team to go forward with Chandimal in for Tharanga and Sanga in. This is the team get some experience for 2015.

  • on January 14, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Sad to see that Upul Tharanga, once a good user of the feet, playing like he did today.

  • Meety on January 14, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Good work Sri Lanka. Congrats to Thirmanne, I thought he was very scratchy at the beginning of his innings, but it proved to be his day. Glad the McKay UDRS shocker had zero effect on the match. @Shaggy076 on (January 13 2013, 11:24 AM GMT) - well said.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 14, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    When is Australia playing Sri Lanka? All we are seeing recently is Australia A or Australia B v Sri Lanka? This is a rip-off.

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 14, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    I have just given up on Australian selectors. I mean c'mon!We win by 100 runs, yet you make drastic changes to the side resulting in an 8 wicket thrashing.You keep Maxwell in the team who havnt made any real contributions to the team, with no domestic experience let alone international experience.Maxwell, who averages 27 with the bat (number 4 batsmen) and is yet to take a ODI wicket and has so far conceeded 165 runs at an economy rate of 5.97.These numbers simply arnt good enough for international level, i recommend the selectors send him back to shield, and pick them in a few years time.They want to build up for the future and then drop Khawaja after one match, how is that helping his confidence. You don't drop a specialist batsman unless he is injured. Selectors get a Grip on your head. Hope he is selected for the upcoming games if not selectors will come out as folks more interested in finding talents but not interested in giving them enough time to establish themselves.

  • on January 14, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    @milhouse are you suggesting that an average of 42.76 from george bailey in 15 innings is not good enough to play for australia?? here are some averages of other aussie players that play a majority of odi's d warner 30.88, m wade 22.75, d hussey 33.78, r pointing 42.03, s watson 41.48. and so on, Are you going to gaurantee that usman will average more than 40 after 15 innings???

  • SarathW on January 13, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    I just wonder whether if the Australian selectors purposely selected a weak team to give a much needed victory for Sri Lanka to attract more Sri Lankan fans for the next game.Sri Lanka should use the positives from this game to perform better in the next few games.

  • Jay.Raj on January 13, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I think the current srilankan team is the best team that srilanka could produce with the squad they have with the exception of Tharanga. When Chandimal comes back we can replace him for Tharanga.

  • hycIass on January 13, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    @DarkBatter i take your point mate and agree that Khawaja should have played but the main point here is that he should have got 2 games otherwise the perception which was there before continues that he doesn't get a fair opportunity from the selectors. And Shaggy076 i am not sure you are even reading my points, of course Khawaja should have got 2 games, how can you bring in Smith for him last night when its not replacing like for like, how can we treat such a talent so badly and yes i agree with you that he should be in the test team. Disgraceful sums up Khawjaa's treatment.

  • on January 13, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, Mate dont be so harsh on Mahela. Beacuse of him we fouund lots of young players. Do you think he has full control over selection ? Then how come Jayasuriya played untill age 41? Who made the 4 changes 2011 WC final ? Chandimal and Thirimanne should grow under Mahela and Sanga. Lots of people talk abount retirment of Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan. We can see whats gonna happen after them...We have very tallented young players but SLC should used them in an effective manner.

  • disco_bob on January 13, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    @lewis_Taylor, yeah, it's weird about Khawaja, he also got dropped after being run out by Punter.

  • dunger.bob on January 13, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Congratulations to SL on a comprehensive and thoroughly deserved victory. You got your foot on our neck early in the Au innings and just never let the pressure off. The bowling was tight and dangerous and found out quite a few of our batsmen. The fielding was sharp (Husseys runout a case in point) and there was a lot of energy on show. .. anyone just arriving from Mars could be excused from thinking that Australia were the one's who have been struggling all summer. ... the other day I made some predictions along the lines of SL were no hope of winning this game. ..Wrong !! .. got to say this is exactly what this series needs. It's come alive suddenly. Good on you SL, excellent work.

  • bumsonseats on January 13, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    i have just watched the highlights can anyone explain why smith gets selected in 33 odis he has not scored a 50 and at least today he bowled, but maybe maxwell been removed from bowling the reason. the guy just swings from the hip his only saving grace is hes a good fielder. guys there must be better then him or has he a relation on the selection panel.

  • Ajayvs on January 13, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @ca2ca i hope next time you will limit your tirade to an individual and dont generalize it. I hope you know that India is a land of 1 billion people with diverse opinions. Much appreciated,thanks..

  • kandykolla on January 13, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Tharanga should be replaced by Namal Rajapakse !! This fellow is an all rounder, good in everything !!!

  • on January 13, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    The umpires have to take some criticism for making such poor efforts with their decisions and helping Sri Lanka keep Australia's score down!.

  • on January 13, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    AT Sinhalya - No way man Chandimal is not an opener..Sri Lanka want him to be our next no 3 or 4.He was never an opener and that would disturm the massive progress he made.His recovery is very crucia.If he recover (hopefully) MAhela should open and bat agressively.That`ll be our best line up.When Sanga returns CHandimal still should bat at no 3 or4..Thirimanne not below than no 5.these two should be regulars no matter how others bat.If we want an extra batsman we can play Dimuth as an opener and Mahela at no 6 followed by Mathews at 7..In bowling mendis should be dropped he is way too inconsistant.Akila or Hrath could be a better choicel

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on January 13, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Ca2ca dont worry abou aus beating india this indian team defeated u in wc asia cup in many series and ohh dint aus whiteshed ur test team u r yet to win a test in india and aus

  • on January 13, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @ landl47

    I have to agree with your observations. How many ODI's are played on green seaming wickets?? People come to watch lots of runs and lots of entertainment, but the wicket played like a Test Match Green Top. And then with the selection of the Aust Team ....... WOW!!! Pulling apart a team that won by 100-runs. How obvious is that??? Wouldn't have happened if Clarke was captain.

    Now that it is one all does cricket Australia expect there to be increased interest in the games, increased attendance, increased ratings??? Now the stage is set for the "glorious" return of Clarke and the Clarke-men to "rescue" Australia from an "embarrassing series defeat"!!!! On that night we will be a nice flat wicket and a team filled with wicket taking bowlers.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 13, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. @DillumSL it is good to see a fair assesment of your team's win. Anyone who has seen an Adelaide wicket that starts tacky and wet but dries out by the end of the first innings, as happened in this match, would know that there is a significant advantage to the side batting second. Regardless of anyone's view on Australia's rotation policy, this was a poorly balanced team. Only three seamers? Do that in Brisbane at your peril. They got away with it in Melbourne due to poor SL decision making. Finally, more needs to be said about the third umpire's oveturning of the McKay wicket. There is a nation waiting to use decisions like the one Kettleborough produced as cannon fodder against the DRS. Any reasonable judge after viewing the evidence (no hotspot, noise after ball passed bat when front foot hit ground) could not have overturned the original decision. Not really a problem with DRS, but, more a problem with an umpire's ability to weigh technical evidence.

  • pat_one_back on January 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Australian team and it's selectors have been caught here, underestimating the game, the opposition.... a slightly tacky track and Aust collapse, inexperience and uncertainty at the crease leave embarrassingly exposed. Sri Lanka bowled well in the new ball conditions but with all due respect, seriously, only the older overlooked heads of Hadds & Huss showed themselves to be adaptable.

  • Greatest_Game on January 13, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Australia seems to have only one real cricketi problem right now - the selectors. They do a damn fine job of confusing the players! After CA's big shake up, they seem nervous to make decisions, & move players around like a checkers game. The "bowler anxiety" is hard to believe. (I was grateful when they "rested" Siddle, who was dead keen to play, & picked Hastings for the Perth test vs SA. Smith should have sent them a thank-you note!)

    Aus has a lot of good players, but they need continuity as a team to settle & play constantly. SL bowled very well, make no mistake, but Aus looked at sea without leadership - just what Mike Hussey would have provided. Instead they gave him the boot! SL will take confidence from this match, & should keep their lineup steady & focussed. Aus look at their weakest for some time.

    Why is Warner a "must" for ODIs? His ODI ave is 30.88. (32.75 List A) That's weak. In this "Aus squad," Bailey, Cowan, Finch, Khawaja, Quiney & Hughes all average better!

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 13, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Hope that Alistair McDermott gets a go this summer. Far more deserving than the two who debuted in this match.

  • mcsdl on January 13, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Watched the match... and have to Sri Lankans completely out classed the poor Aussies... They just destroyed them..!

  • subbass on January 13, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Who knows, we could see two surprise ODI series wins. Yep Eng AND SL could easily take each respective away series. I think they willl fo it and prove a big surprise with England pressing home the fact they are ranked number 1 in ODI's and sl ADAPTING TO oz PITCHES the key !!

  • Htc-Android on January 13, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Well played sri lanka.I hope we will face the full strength Aus team for the next 3 games. tharanga should be dropped when chandimal comes back. Give some more chance kushal janith. he can be a very good finisher.

  • hhillbumper on January 13, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    good show by Sri lanka. Aus are still a bit up and down and not sure quite how good their talent is or how bad the opposition is that they have faced.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 13, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    why did they drop Usman Khawaja again??

  • on January 13, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Why are they keep sending Upul Tharanga to open. He is not an opening batsman anymore.

  • Greatest_Game on January 13, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge. I'm no Aussie, & your incessant Aus bashing doesn't mean much to me. Besides, after we Saffers so easily rolled you over, & were then given a real battle by Aus, we know who we respect!

    However, I do take issue with you representing Swann as "the biggest turner of the ball in international cricket." That is simply bollocks. Swann (0 for 151) was outplayed by Imran Tahir (1-61 & 3-63) at the Oval, and then DROPPED for Headingly. For good reason Ajmal & Herath at 3 & 4 are ranked higher in tests than Swann at 7, and in ODIs Ajmal, Hafeez & Narine are 1, 2 & 3, with Swann at 7, tied with Ashwin. Monty Panesar clearly outplayed Swann in India, & should be Eng's 1st choice for spin, but the old boys club just loves good old Swanny…

    Knock the Aussies all you want, but don't disrespect other country's players with outrageous claims about mediocre Poms. Swann is no.1 in only one respect - he has the biggest mouth in international cricket. Beyond that, he's average.

  • GeoffreysMother on January 13, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Interesting Australian selection. Did Fox commentators decide that the 21st and 22nd 'next Glenn Mc Graths' were just unlucky? Were the spinners in a bowl off to see who gets in Moonee Ponds second XI next season?

  • DilumSL on January 13, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    well done SL. Now that's relief for both team and fans. But still we are way behind. there are lot of things that has to be improve. coz Aussies do not get all out for 170 every day. and of cause the pitch was in our favor as well. but still a well deserve victory. heads up for the nxt game coz aussies big guns are returning. for nxt game Tharanga should be dropped for sure if Chandimal is playing. It's not fair for young Kusal if he didn't get another chance. Guy plays with a lot of confidence. Hope SL will do the same they did today.

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Chandimal's recovery is very important for Sri Lankans for the next match. I also propose to include Herath over the Ajantha for the next match. Ajantha's line was not accurate in the last match. It is better to include a experienced campaigner down the order. So, i give Tharanga a last chance down the order.

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @Sinhaya; 2012 CB series first final was played with Aus in Brisbane. Aus 321/6(50) & SL306(49.2). We can take some positives out of it. (http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series2012/engine/ match/ 518968.html) Dilshan & Herath bowled 16 overs for 71 runs. Tharanga made valuable 60 runs down the order. I also suggest including Herath over Ajantha for the 3rd match.

  • seantells on January 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    this is good positive results but too early to vow on it, time for many new players to step in vey glad to see kushal coming to bat early , SL capitalize on it and do your best for next game

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    @SamRoy, yes running between the wickets must improve. We would have come closer at the MCG if not for the 3 run outs. But we were likely to lose still. Chandimal has to improve running between wickets which is clearly his weakness. Very important that we do well in Brisbane next week. I am not too sure how accurate are your comments about Maxwell. He is a superb fielder just like Warner.

    @colombo_SL, Chandimal must open in the next ODI. He is our best player on bouncy pitches. Gabba will be bouncier than MCG and Adelaide.

  • Master_Mihil on January 13, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    "We don't care if it's Aus A-team or B team, we just want to win the series"- that's the spirit thiri.

  • Mitch1066 on January 13, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    My god randy troll oz not made England bashing comment is this perhaps because you lost lol? And Singh dude you are seriously lacking in match predictions so please reframe from showing how rubbish you are with such rubbish. India in test series were out played . In odi series so far you under preformed so we shall see what happens next but least no white wash thank god :) well done Shri lanka. If India lose another test series in India I do believe boards heads will roll and captain too.

  • on January 13, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Its 50-50 my dear............nd Australia needs clarke,wtson nd m hussey

  • The_bowlers_Holding on January 13, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    RandyOZ on (January 12 2013, 03:52 AM GMT) The depth of Australia's bowling stocks sees no end. The charge is that empty vessels make the most noise, I rest my case you honor! This surely the emptiest vessel of the lot. I watched most of the Aus innings and SL bowled very well.

  • IanJF on January 13, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    AUS will pay (on the long run) for this excessive "Rotation Policy".. The high % of Run-Outs will be the best example of it. Cause one guy doesn't trust the other - how can they ? they haven't played together before.. ha ha Come end January, the Lion will come back with its head held high !!

  • SamRoy on January 13, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    In the first match Australia had the better conditions to bat and won handsomely and here Sri Lanka had the better conditions to bat and won handsomely. On a side note, both teams need to have serious meetings about their running between wickets. After two matches it borders on the abysmal (especially Australia's).

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    @gnanzcupi; I would like to see a comment from you. You were very alert on our youngsters strenghths. You did a hard work to elevate them & showing their weaknesses. You said Thrimanne was no under pressure at Sydney since we had lost the series. I think you can be happy now due to his performance in Adilade & collective effort of our youngsters.

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @Prabhash1985, yes we should use Tharanga for tests after Dilshan quits. Karunaratne can partner him. He is not the best in tackling the new ball. By the way, selectors better keep an eye on Bhanuka Rajapakse and Dilshan Munaweera as they are better for T20s than Sanga or Mahela. Bhanuka has been in top form in the recent club games indeed.

    @Shaggy076, sorry mate. I was replying when you were bringing in the element of luck. Cant say that we were lucky really. But yes I hope Kettleborough can give a good reason for giving McKay out. Brisbane will be tough for us cos we have never beaten Australia in an ODI there at all.

  • SamRoy on January 13, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Maxwell should not play in England in test matches. Otherwise he would be the laughing stock of the series and might get binary scores of single digits.

  • ravikul on January 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Mahela and co..... It was fantastic to see you guys doing what you are made of.... great to see a lot of talking by Kaushal and many, to keep the momentem and pressure.... all credit to you guys... be aggresive and fight fire with cotrolled aggresion..... wish you further success and enjoy the game... Thanks for making us proud...! Ravi k

  • samlord on January 13, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Man channel 9 commentory is so one sided..i watched the match with mute on..seriously 137/2 30 runs to get in 100 balls that james guy still thought Australia gonna win the match..Plus they never praised young thirimanne .who made a brilliant 100 on a tough pitch ..remember how much they were excited abt phill hughes 100 on that FLAT deck in Melbourne..BTW who is James Brayshaw( A guy who played 1st class cricket for australia)..We r never heard of him..LOL

  • Sageleaf on January 13, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    It's only the second ODI and not over yet. The top players will be back from the next ODI. I think colombo_SL your comments are bit premature. Well I'm supporting Sri Lankan team even if they lose 4-1 but the matter of fact is our players do not have the commitment and they are very complacent. I'm very happy the young players are doing well, because it will force the seniors to perform even better. Playing the game at the highest level is not just playing according to a book and what you have learned. It requires intelligence, hard work and right attitude. I hope Mahela will take a leaf from Sanga's book how he won the game at the Gabba against the Aussies last time. I'm very surprised that Dimuth Karunarathne is not in the team. He could have opened with Dilshan. Just listen to what Ian Chappell's commentary.

  • stormy16 on January 13, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    At long last SL have arrived in Aus and put up a decent show to win a game. It was a difficult wicket to bat on and the SL mixture of bowlers extracted the conditions perfectly and the Aus batting was found wanting. It was almost like a SL batting display the Aus playing poor shots and unable to handle the moving ball. SL bowled briiliantly and batted equally brilliantly. SL for a moment looked like they wanted to panic in the chase but to Dilshans and Thiri's credit, they hung on and in teh end batted really well,. Great to see Thiri take up the challenge and I must say this guy has impressed on both formats in Aus.

  • on January 13, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Congrats to Srilanka, for their very well deserved win.

    The Australian ODI team, which was fielded today, reminds me of the current Indian ODI team without, Ganguly, Dravid, VVS, Sachin, Sehwag, Zak & Bhajji

    When guys like Gilly, Hayden, Ponting, McGrath, Warne etc (& rested Clarke) are missing in one bunch, that is what happens. But Australia with its full strength even with the current lot of players -- deserving players, let me clarify --, many of whom are rested today) is a formidable one.

    All teams in transition can derive some relief, from today's results

  • on January 13, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    thats the true lion performance.come on lions thrash kangarooo by 4-1

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @ShehanJ, You said, SL was lucky in winning the toss and the overcast conditions. Phew, what an argument it is. One dancer had given excuses that he can't dance since the earth is uneven. You are like that. Be professional mate.

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @ShehanJ; Yes mate , we know that one swallow does not make a summer. But it is always better to keep in mind that, a small hole can sink even a big ship. So be alert mate. You said, we took 40 overs to chase down the 170. Yes. It is true. We should not be hurry when we are in no hurry. See the other hand of it dear friend. You bowled 40 overs & got only two wickets. You said Clarke was rested. I think it was a coward decision. Even he bat at no.5 in test matches. Good captains take risk, fight & win the series. After that give the opportunity for youngsters. This was coward decision at all.

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Due to this win; 1. SL team has given a good lesson for Australians. 2. SL team has given a good lesson for Non Australians who was trying to put us down. 3. SL team has muted the some SL fans who were trying to make excessive comments against the team, at least for four days.

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Before the Aus tour Mahela said that every individual has to identify their own role & execute it on the field. Reason for our success is, we were able to execute that plan today & we were able to execute it in style.

  • on January 13, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! Still a long way to go with 3 more matches. Selectors need to think when selecting the team. Tharanga need to be replaced by someone who could give a good start along with Dilly. For the whole match his contribution has been nothing at all. Luckily Malinga was among the wickets today. If not he was also useless in the previous game although there was alot of hype about his form in the Big Bash.Good luck to the boys.

  • on January 13, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    All the sl fans will miss sanga in gabba and this will be the highest exam for the new sl batsmen to pass we will see who is going to get credit (the batsmen who pass will get a chance to be in 2015 world cup squad ) good luck guys

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Well played SL. You completely outplayed Aus. This is the first time in the tour; we had the dominance over a full day. We were always top on Aus from the first ball itself. You deserved this win. But it is an overdue. Hope you do well in coming matches.

  • Azi_Lion on January 13, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    thats why they called Lions.........lets kick kangaroos out!

  • colombo_SL on January 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    SL team made desperation into Jubilation. SL team made Sunday into a Fun day. What a nice way to win. What a nice way for a turnaround. As I said earlier SL badly needed a win for a turnaround. We've achieved that win in style. Wonderful performance by Mahela & company. Congratulation!

  • on January 13, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I clearly predict that 4 and 5 matches sl will win and i dont want a ugly thrash in one of the best bouncy track GABBA. Mahela should think a lot about the team for GABBA

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on January 13, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka "C" team beat AUS "B" - Well done Lions....more than the win, we are happy to see young talent making progress...

    "Rise and rise again until CUBS become LIONS"

    Aussies are upset and Arthur attacks critics of rotation!!!! "Australia's coach Mickey Arthur has rounded on critics of the national team's management of fast bowlers, taking particularly sharp aim at the contention that the selection panel is letting sports science make its decisions regarding who to choose."

  • Cvic on January 13, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    i can't understand why Sri Lanka open batting with Upul Tharanga? Need to try someone else.

  • ShehanJ on January 13, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans, before you start the celebrations remember that one swallow does not make a summer. SL was lucky in winning the toss and the overcast conditions, the pitch and the good bowling by Kulasekara and Angelo reduced the B team Aussies to 170. SL may have lost only 2 wickets in the chase, but they also took 40 overs to chase down the 170. SL need to win 2 matches to win the series and so does Aus. Once Clarke and the other rested players come back for the 3rd 4th and 5th ODIs SL will have a fight on their hands. I still favour the Aussies winning the series either 3-2 or 4-1.

  • Herath-UK on January 13, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I wonder whether Jeewan is good enough against fast bowlers on Gabba pitch and should be replaced by a proper batsman eg Kusal . Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Jaffa79 on January 13, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @ Jayzuz. I have bagged Australia because I don't think they are very good. I have bigged up South Africa on these pages as I think they are very good (deservedly number 1). I also never bagged Australia during their decade of domination. They were a great team, plain and simple. During that time I, like many Poms, took our pastings on the chin. What goes around, comes around fellas. Australia, their selctors and particularly their fans are a mess at the moment. Why lie?

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on January 13, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    I know that after playing 6 Tests in the last 2 months and with an Indian tour arriving fast that Australia have to rest players but they have over extended themselves and paid the price. Very odd to not give Khawaja a second match especially when in overcast conditions he is replaced by 'wonder spinner' Steve Smith. Can anyone explain the appeal of Smith beyond his NSW-ishness? Someone obviously sees something but it eludes me. Finch also appears to be on the verge of a Quineyesque international career.

  • Sugath on January 13, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    At last saner council and wisdom has prevailed. Lanka for once relegated straying Malinga and opened with Mathews who has been under bowled in this tour and showed how accuracy and swing can help. But Lanka still has not learned, why are they not playing Akila, just as they did for Suraj? Do they still not know that spinners hunt in pairs? Using Ajantha late in the day was a mistake as he should have bowled earlier. Anyway, at least one win an otherwise barren tour. Do remember to think of Akila for next episode in Brisbane

  • Herath-UK on January 13, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Great win by Sri Lanka and Aussies in their wisdom underestimated a team that has come to one day WC finals regularly;they forgot perhaps last year too Sri Lanka started with losses but knocked out india and gave a scare to aussies with a 2-1 loss at the finals. Why do Aussies moan about a B team when they won over a B or C Sri Lankan team in the Tests missing bowlers batsmen ,wicket keepers & what not. See the impact on a team when the ICC Player & the ICC Test Batsman ruled out.I see Sri Lankan side with more guts taking it on the chin whereas the aussies a bunch of whingers when losing. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Sinhabahu on January 13, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @KURUWITA, you first worry about avoiding an English whitewash at home.

  • Torontoboy on January 13, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Well done lions. keep rockzzz upcoming games too

  • on January 13, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Well Played SL keep up the good work!

  • Balumekka on January 13, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Its really nice to hear channel 9 commentary now. As a Sri Lankan, I haven't enjoyed anything like this before. Specially, comments by Healy and Taylor. Boundaries flying off the edges of Aussie bats are always "well placed intentional" shots. So the "middle" of the Aussie bats extend throughout the front blade plus the edges in both side plus the bottom edge. If it is a Sri Lankan bat, the "middle" is about 3cm X 3cm size tiny area and the rest is defined as "edges". Even Xavier Dohrathy displays great spin bowling exhibition from which Ajantha Medndis and Rangana Herath can learn a lot. Since there's no chance for Sri Lanka to win a game, only thing that is possible is Australia intentionally loose a game.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 13, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK, That's because RandyOz thinks Wade is the best keeper in Australia, as he's said many times, which tells you all you need to know about his knowledge of the international game. And the Australian domestic one too.

  • landl47 on January 13, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I only saw the Aus innings, but the team selection for Aus looked odd unless there were even more injuries than they reported. The batting was very lighweightt for a game to be played on a damp pitch and to have only 3 seam bowlers and one specialist plus 3 part-time spinners looked the wrong balance. SL bowled well and it's significant that the only two batsmen who really looked comfortable were Hussey and Haddin, the two with most experience of these conditions. SL obviously batted pretty well, but with Richardson excluded after 6 inexpensive overs Aus didn't have the bowling to make it a hard chase.

    I'm with James_Murphy in that this is nowhere near Aus's best side (and the bowling not even a B side). SL, although they are also struggling with injuries, are still a good enough ODI side to beat Aus on anything but fast, bouncy wickets unless Aus's best players are in the line-up.

    And something to think about- as the report says, these were very English-tyoe conditions.

  • Hammond on January 13, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge- mate even though I am an England fan for life, I have to respond to your taunts (I am after all an Australian). We aren't defunct as a cricket nation. Although England have the professional set up and probably the best first class cricket competition in the world, Aussie cricket historically always produces champion players. I am worried that the current batch of young blokes just don't have the patience for test cricket, but that just isn't an Aussie problem. I sincerely hope the next two ashes series are actually a contest, I would hate to see England just march over Australia without so much as a backward glance. Now that Ponting is gone, you have to give these new blokes (and new captain) to try and repair the extensive damage that Ponting did to our overseas reputation. I'm sure deep inside you want to see a strong Aussie team. 2005 was so much better to watch than 2006 if you get my point.

  • DarkBatter on January 13, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    This was an interesting game. A lot of people here are complaining about Aus fielding a C-grade team and that being why SL smashed them, but the pitch didn't play out to Aus' favour and SL played really well today, making the most out of the conditions. You've gotta remember SL are a top ODI side, and Aus aren't gonna win every game. The Aus batting line-up (minus Smith/Maxwell) are all in decent touch. Having said that, they do need to work on their running between wickets.

    In regards to Khawaja, no he probably didn't get a fair go, but ODI's are probably not his format anyway. He should have gone once Clarke/Warner came back, but to replace him with Smith was wrong. I would have understood someone like Ferguson or Marsh being called up to replace him, but Smith is not the same quality of bat as Khawaja, he's more like a Maxwell. If the excuse was that the selectors wanted more bowling options, they could have called on Hussey or Finch to do the part-time job just as well as Smith.

  • Karnain on January 13, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    More than Thirimanne's 100, I enjoyed Upul Tharanga's 0. :) Yes it took so long & continuous failures for our selectors to drop Tharanga Paranawithana from Tests. Like wise I'm wondering how much will it take for them to drop Upul Tharanga who is nothing but a walking wicket. Have we found that hard hitting batsmen our lineup desperately needed in the middle overs in Kushal Perera? Certainly he is comfortable against spinners & needs to brush up his technique more against faster bowlers. Ajantha Mendis is still proving to be inconsistent & produce boundary balls almost every over. Hearath is more economical & reliable but I would like to see how Akila performs at this level.

  • on January 13, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    The rotation policy of Australia is working well for the Lankans.I cant understand how a young tyro like Haddin could do a hammie? And Richardson was another inspired selection along with Smith.

  • Jayzuz on January 13, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @Millhouse79, yes, you have bagged the Australian batting lineup, and everything else about Australia for that matter, along with the other English trolls here. When you post your first positive comment about anything Australian I will run down the street naked. You only ever turn up here for one reason.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 13, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    With people like Maxwell being the best you've got to offer, not taking a single wicket (that's right 0 wickets) and not even a fifty, doesn't matter to Australia as they continue on their famous Slide, which everyone remembers was started by England all those years ago. What I love is when you compare Australia's bunch of amateurs to what England have, it makes for one heck of a comparison. And how it must etch ever bitterly into the the psyches of some of the most die-hard, loyal but exceptionally blind Aussie fans.

  • bumsonseats on January 13, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    ramesh d p. could not agree more, and since tonys death the bias will only get worse. i would never have thought the day would come when old bill spoke the more sense apart from IC that is. the only time that has not been the case was the last ashes were even the most bias could not gain anything other than depression

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on January 13, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ (post on January 13 2013, 11:46 AM GMT): Haddin got a 50 (albeit at a slow rate) and took a catch - neither of which Wade could have done. "Richo's" bowling figures look amazing to me... what more do you want? Smith and Doherty are passengers on a rickety ship, but due to the lack of depth there's nobody else to take their places. One game is all it takes to expose Hughes (out to an ugly swipe across the line once again) - I wonder where all the Hughes-worshipers are hiding now? Welcome back SL bowlers - we've missed you throughut the whole tour; now keep this form!

  • ca2ca on January 13, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @gpsingh, this Aussie attack today is much better what your side has to offer. Hope CA team beat the shit out these solemn headed Indians.

    Oh congrats Mahela , today I praise you & team. Much written about rotation in this ODI series. I think those injuries to senior players was a blessing in disguise. If not SL won't be having Chandimal, Tirimanne, Kausal Perera on the mat. Weak links Tharanga opening, Ajantha Mendis. Would have like to D. Karu.. opening. Saw his batting against NZ in a test and his timing was so good, it reminds me of Marvan Atapattu.

  • TrueLankan on January 13, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @Prabhash1985 : I am nowhere near as biased as the annoying CHannel 9 commentators except Ian Chappel, Bill Lawry and Richie Benaud ( the matured guys). I at least praise good plays from the opposition even though I will be disappointed. I'm only saying that a 4-1 win and 2-0 win is a must to even out the Test losses. Surely you agree? There is difference between confidence and full support from the bias comments like from channel 9.

  • Paul_Rampley on January 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Milhouse79 i don't think anyone can explain why one of the best young batman in the country gets dropped after 1 game. Selectors can try to justify in any manner possible but he deserved one more game. @Ashley Stewart i don't think anyone is asking for him to play the whole series, just give him a couple of games so he can show what he can do but he wasn't given that, what's the use of just brining him in for 1 game.

  • Anushika on January 13, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Way to go SL. I think Tharanga should be dropped next match and we should give a chance to Dimuth. Even Ajantha Mendis still not living up to expectations. Why not try Akila Dananjaya. Give him a fell of OZ conditions. After all he will be playing 2015 WC. Any how do the best and make the series 4 - 1 and T20 2 - 0 Lions. Cheers.

  • chrisriemers on January 13, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Good comeback Sri Lanka.keeps the series alive and interesting.But we need solid starts and Upul Tharanga continues to be a walking wicket who always somehow seems to edge to the slips or keeper.enough chances.get Dimuth in ASAP.there is a wolrd cup in 2015 and the lad needs the experience.

  • on January 13, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Great Game play by Sri Lankans boys, but they need to be more consistence and all of them need to take on more responsibility in what they do in the Game.

  • James_Murphy on January 13, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I wouldn't get too disappointed. Australia's best ODI side by my reckoning would look something like this. 1. Warner 2. Watson 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. D.Hussey 6. Wade 7. Christian 8. Johnson 9. O'Keefe 10. Pattinson 11. Starc 12. Cummins Only 2 of these played today (Hughes and D.Hussey).

  • TrueLankan on January 13, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Finally my wishes have come true. Tharanga failed again even when he could of taken all the time he needed. Drop him now, play him in the upcoming Test series' to see how he goes. He is a walking wicket in Australian pitches. We need someone young to open with Dilshan. My pick is Thirimanne as he is useless ( a little harsh ) in the middle order in my opinion. Sri Lanka are the best ODI side in the world since they can play in any condition.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    HycIass - Can you back that statement up? Players that come in for injury cover generally lose there spot when the player returns. It is clear that he is the next batsman in line as he has been cover for Clarke and about to get his opportunity in the next test match due to Hussey's retirement. There is no bias against Khawaja he just has never made the spot his own when covering for injured players (as HycIass pointed out).

  • jmcilhinney on January 13, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Not exactly the most fluent run chase of all time so Australia may not have needed a huge total to come out on top. They got nowhere near a huge total though and SL deserved their win after a fine bowling performance. Randy, how's your cupboard? Steve Smith? Really?

  • bumsonseats on January 13, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    you cannot read to much into one game. both teams in odis seem evenly matched. will it efect the ashes of course not just as england if they loose in india similar. loosing in india in the test later this year would be, so wait till then.

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 13, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @Milhouse79 agree with you that Khawaja should have played, very good player of the moving ball which would have been handy today. @disco_bob i could understand if Khawaja failed 2-3 games but after getting run out unluckily this made no sense. @Chad_reid one can only hope they give him a go in Brisbane and bring in Warner and Wade as well and drop Maxwell and Smith. Selectors are turning people off cricket. Pick the best team please! I like Smith and think he is a future talent but how the hec is Smith a better choice than Khawaja for this game.

  • Lord.emsworth on January 13, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Great SL! Playing to potential at last. Keeping out Herath still costs. He is the current best spinner in the world but Ajantha Mendis continues. Mendis is an awful batsmen too whilst Herath can swipe a quickfire cameo. Without sounding cruel…Kumar Sangakkara, Prasanna Jayewardene, Chanaka Welegedera and Shamindra Eranga; perhaps your injuries are a blessing in disguise for SL. You were just filling places others should have got.(Test,ODI's T20) MJ must also go..too many failures & receding captaincy prowess.

  • Mary_786 on January 13, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    @Shaggy076 i take your point mate, but the bottom line is that as 3rd highest run getter in Ryobi Khawaja deserved more then 6 balls at the crease. Surely it made no sense getting Smith in for him for today's game. Its appalling how players like Maxwell go on playing 6 games without any contribution with bowling or batting. He has played six games 0 wickets... Not even in a 50. Still he is an X factor... Lets get this straight. He always plays well but never performs in pressure or when needed. As for Khawaja how poorly is this lad treated. I almost feel sorry for him. The emotions he must go thru one day and the next game out... Maybe should change his name to Maxwell, Marsh, Quiney or even Cowan...Very Sad to see..Poor..Very Poor

  • Prabhash1985 on January 13, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    @TrueLankan : It's good that you are positive towards our team, but mate, I personally feel that it's not good to say like that. Who knows! It's good if we win 4-1. We shall support our team, and thank you for saying this, but I think it could have been better if you said "We have a chance". We should be better than Aussie biased commentators. Let's enjoy the game.

  • Blakey on January 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I thought the selectors ahd made a big blue when team was announced by having only 3 seam bowlers on a wet pitch. Then I heard Johnson had an injury. this also explains why Kuhwaja was left out (to get another bowler in). I also have cocerns that Richardson was bought in with clear issues about running on the wicket as evidenced in all of his televised T20 games. His selection and removal from the crease was only ever going to test his confidence at best. The TV commentators gave no insight into the background of todays selection as this wouldn't have spported their "issues" about who is and isn't selected. By staying quiet they let the batting lineup show itself as being inadequate.

  • lukecannon on January 13, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    gsingh7- Australia are going to win the Test series 2-1 or draw it. There's no way India is going to win. All your predicitions as much as i can remember have gone so wrong. I predicted SL will lose all 3 tests but they'll fight before they do lose. It has happened exactly like that. I predicted 4-1 or 3-2 for SL in the ODIs and it seems we are on course for that as well. THIS aussie side will deflate your test rankings further.No doubts on that... So much for the Revenge you had promised for England. Ended up losing that as well didn't they? lol

  • on January 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Sri lankans played well and were rewarded with a fine win. Hope they will continue to be like this. Lahiru played a fine knock. Ably assisted by Dilshan. I do not mind him playing slowly. I think it is better to put Mahela to open and ask Tharang to come after Chandimal. This way we have experience in the middle.

  • Sunil_Batra on January 13, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @HycIass and and @Chris_Mcintosh well said. Khawaja has been treated terribly and like Finch is worth persisting with given his form, however just as with his last call up his confidence is likely to be taking hits from the selectors messing him around and Taylor talking him down continually. So my question is this, is the 20 runs over two innings from a player who has zero chance of featuring in the test team worth depriving Khawaja of more international exposure?Of course, if as I suspect the NSP has no intention of ever giving Khawaja a real shot and has earmarked Bailey and the horrendously not good enough Maxwell for the test team, then perhaps they could do us all the courtesy of telling us so I don't waste time talking about this.

  • on January 13, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Sure that Thirimanne and Chandimal are amazing and Dimuth as well but Kusal , well i am not too sure he`ll have a chance when Sana and CHandimal declare themselves fit..He can smash spinners but highly doubt his tecnique to tackle pace bowling and surely he can`t open !..Dimuth should open for SL..Then CHandimal , Sanga ,Thirmanne , Mahela and MAthews at no 7 ..if we want an extra bowler Mahela can open with Dilshan and play Jeewan at no 7..thats the best team we can have !

  • TrueLankan on January 13, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    As I asked the 4-1 win for the Mighty Lankans is on track and a clean sweep in the 20-20 series. Go Lanka Go.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Chris_Mcintosh - I have nothing against Khawaja and reckon he should be in the test team. All 5 batsman picked are averaging higher at a higher strike rate than Khawaja this season in the Ford Ranger cup so they should all be in before him. I'm juist trying to bring a balanced view to the argument because all his supporters neglect that sort of information.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 13, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    @Sinhaya : Well replied. And regarding Mahela, I agree. My opinion is that Tharanga needs to play Test matches. Why the hell does the SL Cricket board use him for ODI's, and no Tests? Ridiculous! A player who has got enormous talent and can build up a great innings, but cannot start hitting the ball from ball 1, where should he be playing? Test or ODI? Even the grade 1 (these days) would have answered it's Test!

  • on January 13, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    suve - I agree 100%..CHannel 9 has the most biased commentators i ve ever seen..Ian CHappel and Richard Mark are ok but others are so biased..even when a lankan batter bats well they rarely praise it..just keep blowing their own trumpet !

  • hycIass on January 13, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    @Chris Mcintosh is spot on, Khawaja should have been picked for this match. SL demolished in match one, we are trounced in match two.I wonder what drivel Invers will serve up when Khawaja is left out of the next squad (announcement tomorrow morning apparently). @Rohit i don't think Khawaja's treatmen has anything to do with his background. Inverarity and Arthur haven't given him a fair go and have never intended to give him any sort of extended run in the national set up. One test in the squad as unused injury cover, then one test as injury cover followed by two tests in his own right then dropped, then three tests as injury cover then dropped, then two matches in the squad as injury cover and not used (despite the unavailability of Watson at the SCG), and now one ODI and dropped. They don't want him to succeed - otherwise he'd get the sort of chances Cowan is getting or Marsh got. Being messed about like this will be destroying his confidence, as will Taylor's comments.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Sinhaya - Your attributing words to me that I never said. I never said Australia would have won if Mckay was given not out. I do believe who ever batted first today after 7 hours of straight rain was going to struggle to win the game. Having said that Sri Lanka clearly outplayed Australia. Raad-Q; I'm not sure the selectors see it as a rotating policy, they have left M Hussey out due to retirement; Clarke, Watson, Starc through injury; Warner and Wade because the Indian/English test tours means more to Australia than a one-day tournament. Johnson was rested from this game but clearly we lost it with the bat and not the ball. I would imagine now Warner and Wade are rested they will be back in the team. Watson and Clarke will be back as soon as they have recovered from injury. I still believe we will win this series and we have helped our chances for victory in India and England.

  • Mayan. on January 13, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    forget aus A,B,C talks, sl isnt in full strength as well, aus playing without top 3 sl playing without top 2

  • on January 13, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    @Darkmanx12155 and Kuruwita - have you started eating your hats now??

  • Prabhash1985 on January 13, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    It seems that both Chandi and Kusal shout quite a lot supporting the bowler, just like the way little Kalu did. I think, it has huge impact.

  • KingOwl on January 13, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Well, that's more like it. I think surely we have to count the first match as the practice game. It is amazing how SL never seems to ask for enough practice matches even against major teams. I think this result reflects the true positions of the teams. I think the Aus team should be crushed by SL 9 times out of 10. The problem I still see with the SL side is the opening slot. Last time, Upul Tharanga played in the middle order in Aus, and scored many runs. He cannot open on certain types of wickets. Why not try the young test opener - Dimuth, I think his name was.

  • Jaffa79 on January 13, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    I (along with many others) have bagged this Aussie batting line up. Can someone answer me why you guys don't back Khawaja? He is one of the few Aussie batsman that have impressed me in the last 3-4 years. He has had some issues and didn't really deliver with Derbyshire but surely he is a better punt than some of the people that have picked in the recent past. Steve Smith? George Bailey? Peter Forrest? Do me a favour. At least Khawaja looks like he has decent technique that might come off at international level.

  • gsingh7 on January 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    this aussie side wud be bashed by indian flat track bullies to various parts of india, eagerly waiting for tests to start in india , with non turners like doherty and lyon even delhi team wud make centuries , indian spinners wud weave a net around poor players of spin like khwaja and hughes on rank turners and dhoni wud hit sixes for fun 3-0 india test win

  • Viraj_Hewage on January 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    I was worried at some point that Kushal Perera would finish off the game before Thirimanne could score the 100. Other than that it was a perfect game.

  • yorkslanka on January 13, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    well done to Sri Lanka for a good win today. what is pleasing is that we showed true character by coming back frm teh drubbing we got in the last match ( and the tour so far)..Very pleased for thirimanne who deserved his maiden ton despite his innings bein a bit streaky at first but again he showed his ability once he relaxed a bit during the innings... Lots of comments about the aussie commentators, whilst they were fine players, i personally think they are better with the mute button on... good luck for the next match SL and hopefully we will see more improvements...

  • Mary_786 on January 13, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Shaggy76 not sure what you have against Khawaja, but the guy should have been picked today. You don't drop a great talent such as him after 1 game where he was unlucky to be run out. Surely his batting would have made a big difference on a pitch where batting was tough. Warner will come in for Finch i believe, clarke for Steven Smith and wade for Haddin, but surely Khwaaja deserves another chance. Johnson should come in for richardson. like to see Hussey bat at 6 and finish innings. Really would like to see a different spinner then Doherty. Didnt think Cutting bowled too badly and he batted quite intelligently too.

  • RandyOZ on January 13, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Not good enough by Australia. Players like Finch, Smith and Haddin have been trialled and tested, and proved useless. Richo was too young. Khawaja should have been picked, along with someone like Faulkner or Bird.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Junikamra- Have a sook that someone doesnt agree with your opinion. I know there is heaps out that dont agree with mine but I couldnt care less. However, I do believe this is a forum where you can state your opinion.

  • RaadQ on January 13, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    The Australian side deserved to get a trashing by being overly arrogant. They should go with the best XI, then rotate players due to lack of performance or injury, and rest players once the series is secured, to trial the younger players. Anyone who takes their chance during rotation, should be moved up the pecking order and get more chances. There is no point in trialling too many players at a time that aren't part of the WC XI, because that becomes counter productive. It is best to have a stable team while finding a few backup players as a contingency. By having a team 80-90% similar to the WC outfit, the selectors will have a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses. No point assessing a team that will not partake in the WC!

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @TYJAY, well you cant say this is an Australian B side. Surely are n't Maxwell, Bailey, D Hussey, McKay, Doherty, Stephen Smith well established ODI players?

    @Shaggy076, yes McKay was unlucky but dont say Australia would have won if he was given not out. In that case, Herath got a shocking LBW in the Hobart test off an inside edge when we too had lost our reviews. If you think McKay would have scored heavily, ok then Herath too would have scored a few extra runs and we may have been able to draw that test match.

  • mark2011 on January 13, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    congratz to SL for their 1st win in the wholle tour so far. hp[efully they shuld continue it and win the series. Thirimanna played well, but he needs to rotate strike more and pick the gaps to score.. his strike rate is too low, thats not gonna help in 250+ chases...Tharanga became walking wicket,this Kushal guy seems to be good aggresive,hitting player.. which current SL team lack very much.. may be if he can open the innings, it will help to score fast in PP overs..he hit 6 and 4 in consecutive balls... very impressive.. looks aggressive and seems to have range of strokes.. SL need to keep their consistency in performance. Aus will cone hard on next match..so SL shud not lose badly again in the next match.. bcos they tend to take things ligjtly after one win and often get defeated thereafter.. so keep the good things up guys...all the best for the rest of the series.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Front-Foot_lunge; Have you realised this is a one-day game and Swann isnt in the English oned-day team.

  • matchfixerpkn on January 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    y australia gave ther C grade team? if they want to built or pick up new players in australias ashes series they should have experimented with some A class players who can be competor to other 15 in squad for ashes....its only wasitng time for cricket fans by giving oppurutnity to their clublevel players ..

  • PFEL on January 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Good win for Sri Lanka. Regardless of it being an Aussie B side, and the toss practically deciding the outcome, they still had to do the work and could easily have messed it up, but they didn't.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Lewis_Taylor - First of all there were many reasons for his dropping from the test side and 98% of the population can see that. 2) This is barely a dropping, he is not in the best one-day side and got an opportunity with some players out, he was always going to only have a small window to impress his claims and due to the inability of Australias fifth bowler they decided to go with Smith who coincidentally is averaging higher at a higher strike rate than Khawaja in the Ford cup 3) His game is test cricket not the one-day version and from what I can tell he will be playing in India and needs to be ready to take this opportunity. That's where his future lies not in the one-day side.

  • on January 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    The more sri lankan seniors get injured more youngsters are becoming stars and really impressed with kusal janit perera looks like sanga in early 2000's so i think mahela dilly and sanga can retire from the ODI format now and give the youngsters the time to build...My future tam for sri lanka>>>

    1.Dimuth Karunarathne 2Lahiru thirimanne 3. Kusal Janit perera 4. Dinesh Chandimal 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Angelo Perera 7 Jeewan Mendis 8.Thisara Perera 9. Ajantha mendis/Akila Dhananjaya 10.Lasith malinga 11 Nuwan Kulasekara Stand By: shaminda eranga, Bhanuka Rajapakse ,

  • Jayzuz on January 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Agree the McKay DRS reversal was an abomination. Clearly not out, and no evidence, yet the 3rd umpire REVERSED the correct decision with no evidence. I'm afraid when this type of thing happens I can only come up with two logical conclusions. Both involve dishonesty, the first by one individual, the second by a group. As for the outcome, well, when you have mostly inexperienced players you are going to get inconsistencies like this. Not particularly surprised by it, to tell you the truth, although it has to be said conditions really did favour the team batting second to a huge degree. I can't imagine SL would have gotten many runs at all batting first, with the ball seaming everywhere. Some of the Aust. youngsters need to re-learn to build an innings, esp. in those conditions. Coming from the BBL hit and giggle stuff, they have forgotten how to do that.

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Attention Mahela Jayawardene, how many times should this useless passenger Upul Tharanga fail before he gets the axing?? Please play Kushal Perera for the next game instead of Upul Tharanga. Hope Chandimal is fit for next Friday.

  • homerr on January 13, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Kick tharanga out. Give kushal janith the opening slot. He's a massive talent..

  • on January 13, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Mahela should stop talking about guiding youngsters..What he and other seniors , selectors are doing is they are playing with the future of SL cricket..CHandimal and Lahiru can easily become the best 2 lankan batters ever..even when Sanga returns these two should bat at no 3 and 4..Dimuth should open..these 3 ,specially CHandi and Thiri are world class please realise that Sri Lanka !!Sanga and Mahela should play for SL but they should keep in mind now that this is the era of CHandi and Thiri..

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    First of all well played and glad Sri Lanka won. We must target a series win indeed. Thirimanne was a bit too slow, but hope he scores faster in the coming games. I disagree that this team is Australia's B team. Bailey is experienced, Hughes is established in the test team, Haddin has enough experience, Doherty is an ODI specialist, McKay has played quite a lot of ODIs, D Hussey too is a pure ODI specialist, Maxwell is now a permanent member in the ODI team. Let target to do well when Clarke, Warner and Watson return for the next game. Great to see Sri Lanka's KP (Kushal Perera) bat confidently too.

  • Junikamra on January 13, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    No no @chris_mcintosh we all are wrong we don't know what's happening in aus selection only PFEL and Shaggy076 know everything and they are rite all of us are wrong...

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    I believe Australia has picked an unbalanced team, our fifth bowler is poor and they are so desperate to get Maxwell into the team. Unfortunately his bowling is not up to scratch. We need another pace option as the all-rounder, one of Faulkner, Christian or Hopes would do the trick. Having said that we clearly did not get to bat in the best conditions today. Having played a lot of cricket in Adelaide pitches that have moisture in early tend to flatten out to a road later in the day.

  • SLsupport on January 13, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Yeah we won today.But the main issue of our team is inconsistency.we need to find out why they cannot perform well consistently. At least bowling and fielding.

  • TYJAY on January 13, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @suve yes You are right. I normally watch Channel 9 cricket with mute on. I cannot bear the one sided commentary. Unlike England where they bring various personalities with different accents, Channel 9 commentaries are shocking. Tony Craig commented fairly.

    I woul drop Tharanga for third match as he cannot pay out side the off ball. He is out of the form. I would bring back Chandimal if he is fit for Tharanga.

    Good luck ion Brisbane. I hope Brisbane wicket will be fair. Not Green wicket.

    CA will have to learn a lesson on their rotation policy. We have seen Australian B side today and beaten convincingly.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 13, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I think the Cricket ranking in each format of countries, relates to the way of taking holiday leaves in countries. Australian, English, South African etc. take their leaves as continuous slots whereas Sri Lankans, Indians, Pakistan people take it in a daily basis. So, in my country, that is Sri Lanka, we don't have an attitude of watching Test games often as we cannot get those long holiday leaves. Rather, we watch ODI's, and now it's T20's. So, the weight given to a patient batting, is less compared to an aggressive, quick finisher. Even the school cricket matches last only two days. In Sri Lanka, school cricket is famous. So, if big matches are played at least four days, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, then, it will help to promote Test cricket, and probably a good Test team in large scale.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Chris Mcintosh - I have watched the Ford Ranger Cup games this year and all 5 batsman playing this game are averaging higher than Khawaja (so who should be dropped). Maxwell the only one averaging under and they need his overs (although I think they definetley need another paceman/medium pacer either Christian or Faulkner). Yes Khawaja is going well but there are other batsman in this country doing better. Fergusson and Shaun Marsh have been dominant in Ford Ranger Cup over a couple of years bot just this year. Can you see Khbawaja in our best one-day team when Watson, Warner and Clarke available. Rohit+Pande are you suggesting we dont pick our best team so Asian migrants play cricket, surely we could then also find an African Migrant to play as well to encourage the African migrants to play cricket. Lets have a multicultural team include an aboriginal, asian migrant, african migrant, eastern european as well.

  • whofriggincares on January 13, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Credit where credit is due. The lankans were superb today. Sure they won an important toss on an affected surface that was always going to get easier to bat on as the game wore on, but more importantly their bowlers used the conditions perfectly . Matthews and Kula bowled a beautiful length and made it tough for the Oz batsmen. It's easy in hindsight but I am sure the selectors would agree they got the lineup wrong for this game. And maybe there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for the Sri Lankan fans ,they seem to have some genuine talent coming through with the bat Thiramanne and Chandimal are very impressive and the young keeper who came in for this match showed some really good signs.

  • lukecannon on January 13, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Well played SL. Lions have got going finally downunder. Watch out Clarke and Co. There's a storm coming.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 13, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    What a bunch of club-rate Minnows Australia is. Let's start with the fact they don't have a spinner in the team. The first object of a spin bowler is to turn the ball. Australia still haven't figured this out, giving the Test job to a Seam Bowler (Lyon), and in ODI's are only able to find Doherty, who the English batsmen ended the career of very recently. Compare this Mess with the fact that England have the long-established biggest turner of the ball in International Cricket in Swann. How embarrassing it must be for the Aussies to have such a poor side and have England showing them how to play cricket.

  • KGY27 on January 13, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Mind you, this inconsistency in the Australian ODI team has been around for a long time. It has also happened to the better Aussie sides than the one we are seeing tonight. When Australia play bad, they really play bad and just hand games to the opposition. Finch, Bailey, Maxwell and Smith all played ordinary shots and threw their wickets away.

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 13, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Khawaja's unfairly being dropped today continues a trend for him where he was unfairly dropped last year too. Having being part of a record 300 chase against South Africa and then being run out by Punter at 40 the game before he should have never been dropped after the loss to NZ. Again today he goes through the same thing, i am surprised the young man is still getting runs after being treated the way he has been.

  • on January 13, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    No-one wants to admit that the result of this match was based on how the pitch played.

    It was virtually unplayable to start with and improved throughout the match.

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 13, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    @HycIass i agree with you mate, I am also tired of these unfair selections, why on earth have they dropped khawaja?They say its for another bowling option? why not replace maxwell? i have nothing against maxwell, i just think they were obviously not happy with the way he bowled the other night, hence why they want another bowler.the mixed messages khawaja must be getting, how is he supposed to perform at his best when he keeps getting brought in and thrown out.they say they are looking to build for the future. how is denting this talented kids confidence in getting a game, helping us for the future?

  • hyclass on January 13, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    @Rohit_Pande...I find it highly unlikely that members of the Indian, Pakistan, SL or Bangladesh community will suddenly lose their passion for cricket based on the non-selection of one player.I encourage Australian selectors to choose the best performing players at all times for any eleven that represents the country, regardless of development considerations, state lines, age,nationality or religion. Success at cricket in 1877 vs England was characterised as implicit in bring Federation to Australia as an independent nation in 1901.Hence its status. Selections should always underscore the national ethos and promote the highest virtues.Having chosen Smith in the squad, they were then bound to remove the least well performed of the debut players, which on this occasion happened to be Khawaja. i believe they selected one too many trial players in this squad if the trial period was only to be two matches and it sends an inconsistent message.Khawaja needs regular 100's to demand selection.

  • suve on January 13, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    The Channel 9 commentators are a disgrace. Except for Ian Chappel, all the rest are very biased especially being broadcasted all over the world, they must be less biased. 40 runs to win of 120 balls with 9 wickets in hand, James Brayshaw thinks the Aussies can still win. If a Sri lankan bowler ran on the pitch three times, then they will be banned from playing cricket in australia surely. (Not saying richardson ran on the pitch deliberatly though)

  • KGY27 on January 13, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Yes. Sri Lanka are a solid one day side. There are some really odd selection decisions from CA. When was the last time a bowler from any country was taken out of the game for running on the pitch? The rotation system is not working. If players are fit hey need to play. Thankfully our skipper will be back along with Dave Warner at the top. I'm hoping Haddin, if fit, will open with Warner. Now that could be very entertaining. In any case, we need to find a consistent combination. One big win at the MCG does not mean they suddenly become a winning side.

  • hyclass on January 13, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    I was surprised to see Khawaja dropped for this match despite his nerves and run out in Melbourne.Steve Smith,who like Khawaja has talent without yet delivering, seems to be one too many trial players in the squad.I think the selections are symptomatic of the split Shield season with BBL in the middle clouding the issue.I cant imagine what good can come from selecting a player for just one match.If he was nervous in Melbourne,I expect that he will be far more nervous next time.The consensus is that the big name players will return next game.When Khawaja was originally dropped after 6 Tests for an ave of 29 and S/R of 39,few could reasonably argue with the decision. It had statistical merit. I doubt the wisdom of his dropping this time and believe it will do more harm than good.Khawaja hasnt set the world on fire over the last 2 years, averaging 29 last year and 39 this year. Yet its important to send the right messages.Select him properly or dont select him Invers,but create certainty.

  • disco_bob on January 13, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Excellent set up, better than a close match. It's actually a much more interesting series now, both teams have a decisive victory. Now it's a best of 3 after a bit of sparring. The next 3 matches will be a better indication of character of our team because they'll go into them without any illusions. Hughes for example, of course he knows he's good enough for a ton, but he also knows that won't stop a duck.

  • Flemo_Gilly on January 13, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @Rohit I agree that Khawaja should have played today, we got that one very wrong. Why would you have 4 all rounders on a pitch where batting was so difficult. I am confident Khawaja will play in Brisbane, you can't drop a bloke ater 6 balls on his debut.

  • Mitch1066 on January 13, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Randy troll oz clearly quiet when Australia are losing proves lack of depth they have in side. Plus u will miss mr cricket unless u ave natural successor which as non knowledge person on Aussie cricket carnt answer . Anyway. Come on Shri Lanka

  • Sunil_Batra on January 13, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Junikamra and @Ross_Hambling Khawaja's treatment by the selectors continues to worry me. As an Asian immigrant how can CA expect to grow the sport among asian migrans in Australia if your main asian representative is treated so unfairly. If he played today and failed then we would all move on but not to play him today on a pitch where specialist batsman would have been handy is beyond me.

  • Mary_786 on January 13, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @PFEL and Shaggy076 you guys have obviously not watched Khawaja in the Ryobi cup, one of the most in form batsman in both Ryobi and shield this year. His non selection was wrong, give the guy at least 2 games to show what he can do.@Junikamra we need a batsman coming in for Hussey who can score in swing conditions and tough pitches and none better then Khawaja in the domestic circuit. Take a couple of his big knocks against Tasmania and NSW both high scores on decks where he outscored the opposition on his own. I am very surprised Smith was bought in for Khawaja, Smith is a similar player to Maxwell and Khawaja would have been very handy in today's conditions. I am sure Khawaja will play the next match in Brisbane otherwise its not the way to treat one of our best batting talents.

  • hycIass on January 13, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    I can't believe Khawaja wasn't selected today, Mark Taylor was spot on in his commentary as we had a tough batting pitch and needed Khawaja to be playing as he is one of the better players of swing bowling in the country. I am sure he will play in Brisbane, he has too otherwise its terrible treatment for one of the best young batsman in the coutnry.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 13, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Beating Baby Kangaroos 2nd eleven is not a great achievement.

  • MH19 on January 13, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Tharanga another flop is there any point you play him in the SL side. He plays as batsman no scores from him, then a total passenger on the field looking at him his confidence is really down. Please for heaven sake atleast play a youngster you will atleast get 20 runs.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    JMchinney - If it was given not out it could easily be construed as the correct decision. How could the umpire be certain that ball was going to hit hte stumps. Im not bemoaning it, its a decision that happens in cricket but could quite easily have gone the other way.

  • jmcilhinney on January 13, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (January 13 2013, 08:01 AM GMT), it could have been given not out but that would have been an incorrect decision. Are you really bemoaning Australia's bad luck at the umpire making the correct decision?

  • Big-Dog on January 13, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Richardson seems to be just another 130kph trundler. Has'nt looked like taking a wicket. Another fail by the selectors.

  • HatsforBats on January 13, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    The Aus selectors should in no way feel vindicated if Aus somehow go on to manage a win. I understand the thinking behind establishing squad depth and building player experience, but to play 4 semi all-rounders at the expense of specialists (particularly Khawaja, who has been treated disgustingly by the NSP) is too far in the realm of experimentation, and too far removed from playing your best XI. Even missing players with injury SL are a team with a very good ODI history and should not be taken so lightly as to play what is essentially a C-Team at best. The more I see of Maxwell the more I fear he'll make the test team; cow-corner and non-spinning off-spin are for T20 hacks.

  • Thuthon on January 13, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Ian Healy is putting me off cricket

  • Meety on January 13, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    IF Sri Lanka win, I hope it is by a big margin. As I don't want the dumb reversal of the McKay decision to have any impact on the match. Can't wait to hear the rationale behind that decision. On what I've seen - that was NOT what UDRS was meant to do. Reminded me of Tries scored in the NRL on benefit of the doubt. No one knew how a decision would go!

  • Thuthon on January 13, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Get Ian Healy off the commentary team. He's an embarrassment to Australian cricket. Respected him till he made those comments about Gilchrist

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Peel - Yes very ordinary decision by third umpire, no evidence to overturn the umpire decision I suspect they pressed the wrong button. Everything in favour of Sri Lanka this game winning the toss in a game favoured by the toss, the third umpire decision. Also the RIchardson LBW could have easily been given not out.

  • JB77 on January 13, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Once again Adelaide gets a dud line-up. I can remember CA resting Gilly for Adelaide ODI's a few times and now we get this second (third?) string side to spend our money on. In South Aus we've had to put up with our beautiful oval being trashed, the historic gardens being ripped up to make car parks, the SACA deciding to bring in a South African captain (and we still can't make finals!), our best state players (such as Ferguson) getting overlooked for players like Steve Simth (how many times to we need to confirm he can't bat or bowl?!) and to top it all off we get a dud team and dud performance like that in our only ODI for the summer. Thanks Cricket Australia. Perhaps Warner et al might not have done any better, but we'll never know! Rubbish!

  • Big-Dog on January 13, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @Shaggy076. You pick your bowlers for their wicket taking abilities, not on how fast they bowl, plus Faulkners ability with the bat may have been the difference between a win & a loss.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why there are only three seamers in the Aus line up. Perhaps both Richardson and Faulkner could have been chosen on this wicket? Poor balance in any Australian conditions.

  • disco_bob on January 13, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Looks like we need to introduce DDRS to prevent DRS howlers. I think the public deserves some clarification on the meaning of 'conclusive evidence' with regards to the DRS rules. With no deflection and no hotspot I am left to wonder how it would be defined.

  • Greatest_Game on January 13, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Well after looking the part of a very aggressive and composed national team in the first ODI, at the interval this version of Aus ODI (version 6.2.9869) looks a lot more like a B team pinning it's hopes on the bowling. Dropping Khawaja seems a little harsh - replacing him with Smith is like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick! Apart from Haddin, who made a fair statement of intent, there were too many soft dismissals and not much knuckling down and grafting.

    Sri Laka's to lose at this point What can the Aus bowlers do. Are they going to play for the A or B team? I have a feeling that SL may finally register a wine here. Well see soon enough!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 13, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    SL will loose by 59 runs because either they throw away wickets or play slowly as the target is small and at the end loose.

  • Darkmanx12155 on January 13, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    anybody wanna bet??? This game is done for SL... Aussies will bowl out SL for less than 150...

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 13, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @ PFEL, yes I have seen the review and it was clearly an incompetent reversal which may have cost Australia another 20 runs. There was no hotspot. The muffled noise sounded like the front foot hitting the ground. Replays with snicko have clearly shown the noise to have occurred after the ball passed the bat at the same time the front foot hit the ground. This is not a problem with DRS and clear questions have to be asked of the third umpire. I am flummoxed as to what his reasoning would be as there is supposed to be clear evidence to overturn the on field umpires decision (clearly not the case).

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    BigDog - You pick your bowlers for bowling especially at number 9 so cant see your point. This pitch is why we picked Richo 145k/hr lot harder to face than 135. Junikamra, Players make there own opportunities through making a truck load of runs, Khawaja lack of opportunites have come from the lack of pressure he has put on selectors not to pick him. In my opinion his first class one-day record except for this year is quite average and he was very lucky to be in the squad. He should be looking at the next test because thats where his opportunities lie and that is where his game is more suited. He is fast becoming the most over-hyped player to average 39 in shield cricket and Im sick of the posts from his supporters.

  • lukecannon on January 13, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Well played SL. This is the sort of venom we'v been missing. Make it count. Need a big win. Atleast by 8 wickets.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 13, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    What I admired most, is Kusal's voice, which reminded me of (Tony's) "Little Kalu". When you bowl, having somebody to encourage you is a big boosting. I think it's one of the key factors that helped Sri Lanka to have a success. But, it's really disappointing to see Upul Tharanga included again.

  • on January 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Appalling decision by the third umpire. McKay did not hit that. Replay looked like he missed it. Hot spot showed nothing. The faint noise shown with snicko was after the ball passed the bat. Appalling. Where was the evidence to overturn the decision without doubt?? Appalling.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 13, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @PFEL, Baby Kangaros will still win this game.

  • PFEL on January 13, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Wow did anyone else see McKay's review? Given not out, sri lanka reviewed, it was obviously not out on replays and the decision to stick with that choice should have been made in 15 seconds. But 4 minutes later . . . 3rd umpire changed the decision to out! Very strange. It's like he pressed the wrong button.

  • Junikamra on January 13, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    usman khawaja is treated in such a way that he is an ordinary player nd don't know how to bat while most of aus ex cricketer said that he is 1 of the best technically solid player in aus domestic at the moment nd he has shown such a class on many occassion.. firstly in test he is stand by stand by nd now given a chance unfortunately he is run out facing just 8 to 9 balls nd now side line once again i don't know why the aus selectors doing such a injustice with usman.. Now i am sure u can't see usman in aus odi team atleast 1 to 2 years how disgusting i can't believe.. Such a class player treated like this..

  • Big-Dog on January 13, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Richardson goes for a golden duck. Exactly why Faulkner should have been chosen ahead of him. Not only has Faulkner more wickets this season but he can bat however such facts seem to be irrelevant to the selectors.

  • Htc-Baseball on January 13, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    What a great performance by the lions, yes this historic victory is going to sound sweet in a few hours!!

  • VivGilchrist on January 13, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Australia needed the application of Khawaja on this pitch. These are the pitches where he is of probably of more value to the team moreso than a 300+ belter. To see him get replaced by Smith absolutely baffles me. The rotation system has gone mad. I also don't understand the role of Maxwell and Smith... are they allrounders? Batsmen? Specialist Fielders? One in the XI maybe but not both. I'm extremelly disappointed in Finch, not so much for his scores but the tentative natures in which he's getting out. Warner, Clarke, and a genuine allrounder should come in.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Hammond - Long bow to draw, we have one test player in this team so cant see how it will relate with the winter tours. Chad_Reid I would have thought Khawaja was lucky that Warner was rested and Clarke, Watson injured to get the chance he got. He is not in the best team for one-day internationals so needs to take the chance when he gets it. For mine he was lucky to be in the one-day squad as there are other players around Fergusson,Shaun Marsh much more suited to the one -day game. He will be in the next test and needs to take those chances.

  • Big-Dog on January 13, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Yet another failure from Smith. I cannot comprehend why he continues to be selected.

  • chad_reid on January 13, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Khawaja getting treated unfairly again wasn't given a chance in the test squad and looks like they wont give him a chance in odi's and his the only player that deserves to get the most chances to establish himself in any team coz his a long term prospect player but others get more chances like smith, hughes etc

  • Hammond on January 13, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Australia- life after Mike Hussey. There is a hammering looming this winter.

  • PFEL on January 13, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Huge toss to win for Sri Lanka, they should be able to win from here. @Ross_Hambling, Khawaja won't be playing next game. He was the last guy selected in this squad, and when Clarke, Warner, Wade come back, Khawaja, Finch and probably Haddin will be leaving the squad.

  • on January 13, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Agreed, its weird to see Khawaja only get one game given he is next in line for a test place. I admit i don't rate him compared to D Huss but one game is not enough.

  • on January 13, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Onece again @ SL Gnna bowll.. waiting for a successful day Lions

  • Flemo_Gilly on January 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Dissapointing not to see Khawaja get a second chance given he was unlucky to be run out and only batted for about 6 balls but i am assuming he gets to play in the next game at his adopted homeground in Gabba.

  • Flemo_Gilly on January 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Dissapointing not to see Khawaja get a second chance given he was unlucky to be run out and only batted for about 6 balls but i am assuming he gets to play in the next game at his adopted homeground in Gabba.

  • on January 13, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Onece again @ SL Gnna bowll.. waiting for a successful day Lions

  • on January 13, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Agreed, its weird to see Khawaja only get one game given he is next in line for a test place. I admit i don't rate him compared to D Huss but one game is not enough.

  • PFEL on January 13, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Huge toss to win for Sri Lanka, they should be able to win from here. @Ross_Hambling, Khawaja won't be playing next game. He was the last guy selected in this squad, and when Clarke, Warner, Wade come back, Khawaja, Finch and probably Haddin will be leaving the squad.

  • Hammond on January 13, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Australia- life after Mike Hussey. There is a hammering looming this winter.

  • chad_reid on January 13, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Khawaja getting treated unfairly again wasn't given a chance in the test squad and looks like they wont give him a chance in odi's and his the only player that deserves to get the most chances to establish himself in any team coz his a long term prospect player but others get more chances like smith, hughes etc

  • Big-Dog on January 13, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Yet another failure from Smith. I cannot comprehend why he continues to be selected.

  • Shaggy076 on January 13, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Hammond - Long bow to draw, we have one test player in this team so cant see how it will relate with the winter tours. Chad_Reid I would have thought Khawaja was lucky that Warner was rested and Clarke, Watson injured to get the chance he got. He is not in the best team for one-day internationals so needs to take the chance when he gets it. For mine he was lucky to be in the one-day squad as there are other players around Fergusson,Shaun Marsh much more suited to the one -day game. He will be in the next test and needs to take those chances.

  • VivGilchrist on January 13, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Australia needed the application of Khawaja on this pitch. These are the pitches where he is of probably of more value to the team moreso than a 300+ belter. To see him get replaced by Smith absolutely baffles me. The rotation system has gone mad. I also don't understand the role of Maxwell and Smith... are they allrounders? Batsmen? Specialist Fielders? One in the XI maybe but not both. I'm extremelly disappointed in Finch, not so much for his scores but the tentative natures in which he's getting out. Warner, Clarke, and a genuine allrounder should come in.

  • Htc-Baseball on January 13, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    What a great performance by the lions, yes this historic victory is going to sound sweet in a few hours!!