Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Sydney

Sri Lanka take 1-0 lead despite Warner

Daniel Brettig at Sydney Olympic Stadium

January 26, 2013

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Sri Lanka 5 for 138 (Mathews 35*) beat Australia 3 for 137 (Warner 90*, Voges 25*) by 5 wickets
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David Warner led Australia's charge, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Sydney, January 26, 2013
David Warner was almost solely responsible for a defensible Australian total © Associated Press
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Sri Lanka's collective effort was enough to overcome an Australian team that left far too much up to David Warner on their National Day with the visitors claiming a five-wicket victory on a pudding of a drop-in pitch at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

After their bowlers had been brilliantly supported in the field to restrict Australia to 3 for 137 - of which Warner made no fewer than 90 - the Sri Lankans made a rapid start to the chase and then steadied against the loss of mid-innings wickets to take a 1-0 lead with seven balls to spare.

Angelo Mathews showed the cool head that has him marked as his nation's long-term leader to finish off the innings. There were cameos, too, from Kushal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne and Thisara Perera, all of whom will be happy that Sri Lanka cannot now lose this series after also tying the ODI matches.

Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera were both exemplary with the ball, though Kulasekara undid much of his good work by turfing the simplest of chances at deep midwicket when Warner had made only 69.

While there was no switch-hit of the kind he managed in this fixture against India last year, Warner's controlled aggression to bat through the innings was all the more admirable for the difficult surface on which he demonstrated it, and the relative lack of prowess shown by the rest.

Aaron Finch was again out cheaply at international level, while Shaun Marsh made an unhappy return to the national team in his first match since last summer, run out for only six. George Bailey also failed to make a score, leaving Adam Voges to offer inconspicuous but valuable support to Warner, who found it far easier than his team-mates to split the field and find the boundary.

Sri Lanka's pursuit began with speed and audacity, Tillakaratne Dilshan executed one of his trademark scoops from the bowling of Mitchell Starc so effectively that it sailed for six a few metres to the offside of the wicketkeeper. Kushal Perera was more orthodox, but struck the ball cleanly as Australia cast around for a momentum changer.

They found it in Ben Laughlin, recalled for his first T20 international since 2009. Known primarily for his slower ball variations, Laughlin squeezed a bouncer past Dilshan and into the gap between helmet and grille, forcing a delay while a cut above the eye was treated. The break disrupted Sri Lanka's flow, and it was Laughlin who took advantage in the field sprawling to grasp a Dilshan half-chance from Xavier Doherty.

The surface's sluggishness lent itself to bowlers not offering much pace, and Glenn Maxwell's introduction brought further wickets. Kushal Perera snicked an attempted cut behind, and Dinesh Chandimal was held at long off. Mahela Jayawardene played all around a flighted ball from Doherty, and when Thirimanne sliced Mitchell Starc to backward point the chase was drifting.

But Mathews played with calm and precision, while his opposite number Bailey seemed to miss a couple of tricks by not using Maxwell's full quota and also not calling on the quite respectable left-arm spin of Voges.

Laughlin's earlier heroics were to be overshadowed as Mathews took to him for critical boundaries to cut the target down, and Thisara Perera ended the contest with a pair of sixes from the same bowler, delighting the Sri Lankan minority in a crowd of 40,242.

Australia's earlier progress was laborious, the batsmen struggling for timing on a drop-in pitch that offered them little in the way of consistent pace. Finch's stay was ended when he tried to turn Kulasekara to the legside and proffered a front edge that was nicely held by Kushal Perera.

Marsh was soon back at the boundary's edge himself, run out by Dilshan's underarm after turning back on the most optimistic of singles, but Warner endured. Recognising the slowness of the surface, he stayed on the back foot for much of the time, punching shorter balls through the offside and only swinging straight at the fullest of deliveries.

It proved an effective method and, after Bailey perished to another mistimed stroke, Voges hung in to allow Warner to push Australia to a better total than they might have imagined at 3 for 53 after nine overs. Nonetheless, a total of 137 looked slim, and so it was to prove.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Australia 39 5 4 31/1 31/0 0/1
Sri Lanka 44 8 5 45/0 33/0 (18.5) 0/1

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Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

@Udendra on (January 28 2013, 04:26 AM GMT) (& others), the Ch 9 commentry team may not be the greatest commentators ever, but they are commentating firstly for their OWN demographic. It is okay for them (majority being former OZZY TEST players), to take an Ozzy slant on issues & events. If I watched an Oz tour of SL where SL TV was beaming the commentry to Oz, I would ASSUME, that SL commentators would be pro-SL. Get over it. Ramp/dilscoop who cares, a wrong'un has several different names. @Okakaboka on (January 26 2013, 13:35 PM GMT) - would be so much better if you named your T20 said. BTW - you bag Bailey after he played a top knock!

Posted by lionspaw on (January 28, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

Mind you all, T20 is the only cricket that is going to survive in another 20 years time.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 28, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

@Chris_P, yes mate you are correct if you are looking at the last year's CB tri series as well. I was just referring only to bilateral ODI series bwtween Sri Lanka and Australia.

Posted by young_sonnie on (January 28, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Yeah has to be said that Sri Lanka has the upper hand over Australia with the national passion for the game. 4 out of 5 at least kids i talk to in canberra find cricket boring and some dont even like any sports at all.Australia is just coming down to reality after having so many legends in the one team, now they have to work hard to earn their wins, especially in ODI and T20.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 28, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Udendra, its been a ramp ror about 10 years long before Dilshan came up with it.

Posted by Udendra on (January 28, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

when Dilshan played that SCOOP for a six, the commentators were shouting about a 'ramp' or 'rump' or something. What is that? Dear Aus commentators, keep your words to yourself, and respect the accepted nomenclature elsewhere in the world.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 28, 2013, 1:17 GMT)

@siri12345, Looking at KP's domestic average he may still not be good on slow pitches and might love it when the ball comes fast just like Chandimal. Yes the way he got out in the 5th ODI is not fair considering the extremely slow pitch. The way he batted on when chasing 74 was great as he was our top scorer.

If Kushal scores well today he will get an IPL deal for sure.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 28, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

@Sinhaya. 3-2 in Sri Lanka, the CUB finals, & this 2-2 recent series. That are the last 3 matchups for the last 3 is it not?

Posted by siri12345 on (January 27, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Yup sinhaya but leaving aside sanath bowling even if kp can only bat like 70 percent of sanath i feel we have found a genuine matchwinner for ourself.and i believe kp has it in him to deliver.and not only in fast pitches kp will surely succeed in asia too because he not only has the ability to attack the bowler but he has also shown that if the situation demands he is ready to stay at the wicket and only work on singles.actually he has successfully adapted to the situation in the last odi game and doing a fine job till he unfortunately got out

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

@siri12345, yes I agree. But not sure if Kushal Perera (KP) can make it to the test side sooner. For ODIs and T20s KP must open for sure. Even if he fails we must learn from Atapattu's early failures. But cant equate KP with Sanath cos Sanath was an all rounder where as he is a wicket keepeter batsman. I guess KP will do well on fast pitches like Chandimal.

Posted by siri12345 on (January 27, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Though i know 2 -3 games are not enough to judge someone from whatever i saw yesterday i feel that this guy kaushal perera has it in him to be a sanath jayasurya.he is a free flowing batsman and a natural stroke maker and he can be really successful for us in the long term.i just hope that he is given an extended run even if he fails for some matches.cricinfo plz publish

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 27, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Dharak - Of all the winging that takes the cake. It has always been refered as the ramp shot in Australia so get over it. Think the first time we saw it was actually from Mubarak. Its certainly not a courtesy thing - I've never heard the finger breaker referred to as the Mitch, the reverse slog sweep as the Warner, The slow bouncer as the Mcgrath - really do you just look for any sign of potential bias and immediately take offense.

Posted by Dharaka on (January 27, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

What's with Aussie commentators calling the "Dil Scoop" by another name? Ramp shot? This is not the ramp shot because this is Dilshan's version which is the only scoop to be played when the ball is pitched on good length. Aussie commentators didn't even have the courtesy to at least mention the word Dil Scoop.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

C'mon people ..... yesterday I asked "Why do the selectors keep picking Doherty??"

The last 9 times Shaun Marsh has picked up the bat for Australia he has scored 23 runs. He is almost 30!!! What is the mentality of the selectors?? Must we keep trying from the same bag??

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 27, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

For the most part Sri Lankan fans are great but we seem to have a few on here who continually make comments think that Sri Lanka is always the victim. In the test series we heard that Johnson had no class because he attacked the Sri lankan batsman (mind you one had scored 10000 test runs and you would think could handle himself), in the one-day series it wsa the washout that cost Sri Lanka victory (in reality Sri Lanka never scored 220 in any games - so it most likely cost Australia victory) and now they go one-up in a T20 series which you can clearly see by who the Aussies selevtors have picked is quite meaningless. Please the Sri Lankan players are the most courteous, gracious,salt of the earth peole. The majority of Sri Lankan fans are pure gentleman. The 2-3 that completely play the victim, continuously accuse Australia of bully boy tactics and racism learn from the players you support.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

@lukecannon, interesting how there is only ever bullying and cheating when AUS beat SL, never when SL win. Why is that?

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 27, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

@lukecannon, I agree. Every time SL loses in Australia, they are robbed. Every time Australia wins they cheat. It's obvious, that even though SL lost the test series, they were morally superior. Upstanding even, in the face of the evil other. Meanwhile, you might consider working for GW Bush's public relations team. They are looking for some upstanding, morally superior victim-centred individuals to spread the good word about the Bush Doctrine.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 27, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

@maf17- It was victory for Goliath over David. SL was Goliath. Rank 1 vs Rank 7 remember? I m still frustrated because SL is always bullied in AUS either by umpires or match refrees.The ODI is sydney should never have been called off and after the rain it would hve been a target of 140 to 155 from 40 - 45 odd overs. SL would have gotten there but the game was called off for "UNFAIR playing condtions" ???? WHat was that?? Dont tell me the Sydney Cricket ground doesn't have the facilities to get a game started after 45 minutes of drizzling. Please don't. I m not a child to buy that. Also the seam picking incident that cost us the Hobart test. I would have been happy if Siddle was later fined and banned but it was not to be. Im a cricketer myself and I saw the clip on Youtube and i agree with SL management that it was seam picking. Not to mention the biased commentary. A T20 whitewash suits these Aussies. We'v been fighting like lions against all this bullying.Good luck Sri Lanka.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (January 27, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

@Flipper99 Sure T20 is a more convenient format to the fan. But i still much prefer test cricket.

First of all T20 is a coin flip game where luck plays a bigger part than skill. Second of all you rarely get out of a T20 game feeling like one side proved a better team, sure Sri Lanka outscored Australia but they lost more wickets.

Test cricket is a great contest in which 99 times out of 100 the better side comes out on top. T20 is probably 50/50. Look at the big bash league. Brisbane heat were woeful at the start of the season, then Luke Pomersbach had 3 good games and next thing you know they're in the GF and winning it. A game like that is simple entertainment for simple minds.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (January 27, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

@lukecannon that tiny island the size of a bean has exactly the same size population and cricket is by far the most popular sport in that country. Australia (which is a continent by the way) might be large but it's for the most part empty. Geographic size has nothing to do with our talent pools.

Here Cricket has to compete with AFL, rugby league and rugby union. As well as soocer and basketball. Whereas in Sri Lanka it's really only cricket they care about.

But hey i'm sure you're still seething over the 2 decades when we completely dominated international cricket.

Posted by hyclass on (January 27, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

@FLIPPER-99...Sixes and yorkers are more of a thrill in Test cricket because they are unexpected, part of a cat and mouse game between bowler, captain and batsman and losing a wicket to them is of far more consequence over 5 days than a couple of hours.20/20 has no other objective than sixes or yorkers.It has 22 men and 240 balls-11 each. It lacks any alternatives,finesse or intelligence. It lacks the need for endurance or the time to execute a game plan. It rarely even requires a technique.What happens when people become bored with sixes and wickets?What happens when as occured before Xmas in the BBL,numerous teams score very low totals at modest run rates? Its success is due to newness, insertion in the prime viewing times,low ticket price& the poor scheduling of ODI's,Tests & Shield. SL lack a certain cache with respect to their bowling & dont tend to capture the crowds.My lack of regard is holistic and has nothing to do with opponents.It lacks substance,character & cricket virtues.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 27, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

They are talking like AUS is the No.01 test side.We are at least No.01 in t20s.

Posted by maf17 on (January 27, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

Lukecannon, since when did Sri Lanka become a "tiny island"? Last time I checked Sri Lanka's population was only a couple of million less than Australia. And siince Sri Lanka doesnt have 4 football codes competing for players, there would be proportionately a lot more people playing cricket in Sri Lanka than here. So if you're trying to turn this into a victory of David over Goliath, then forget it, this was a contest of equals.

Posted by maf17 on (January 27, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

Nothing wrong with the ability of Australian players in 20/20, but their tactics are shite. I suspect they still dont take it seriously enough. Unbelievable that a team could be restrictted to 137 with 7 wickets in hands and a batsman in the 90s. That's not lack of ability, that's lousy tactics.

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (January 27, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Its funny to see how some aussies keep emphasizing on a meaningless fact that limited overs cricket, T20 means nothing to them & test cricket is the best while they spend hefty amounts on the BBL showing that their heart clearly enjoys that format. i know test cricket is the true essence of cricket but what would you rather enjoy? hours of defending and occasional mind games or the bang bang of sixers and scintillating yorkers witnessed in the shorter format?? the time simply isn't there for viewers to watch 5 days of cricket except for old men, housewives and young children whereas the shorter format would be viewed no matter what. & aussie fans should accept the fact that they aren't as good at the format like they were a decade ago. The aussie talent pool seems bare as well except for the fast bowling department. SL on the other hand seems to be blooming with talent & with their young side they've got a bright future ahead.

Posted by greatlankan on (January 27, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

How pathetic some Auz commentators be, never thought they'd be this low. When Warner was on mike with a Former Auz Captain , when asked of his targeted score Warner mentioned that 130-140 would be a good score and 150 would be "Perfect". Warner was then reminded repeatedly by (MT) that there is only another 26 runs more that he should go for the 150 mark (broadcast live, we watched on Star Cricket). 1. The Auz commentator tried to persuade Warner, (MT mentioned 26 runs left when Auz score was at 124, luckily for lankan's they did not reach 150) this while Warner was at the crease. This is highly unethical and way beyond being bias, what rules does the ICC set for commentators? 2. SLC please take this matter with ICC, if same happens with a Lankan, by now we can see a situation blown out of proportions, its Auz, just like theirs stars got away with pitch reports (how dumb) and squash balls this too will get lost under the carpet.. Angelo and Team Congrats lets bring T20 trophy home..

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 27, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Give Kapugedara to open lets see what happens.Indians give Rohit Sharma to open and are reaping the rewards

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

@Truelankan, I disagree because Sanga and Mahela should allow as many youngsters make inroads in ODIs. Mahela may be ok for now in ODIs but by 2015 he will be older and will struggle against good pace bowling. I recall how Ntini exposed Mahela's weakness against pace bowling in our SA tour of 2002. Sanga better just stick to tests. By the time he settles in ODIs and T20s the pressure is unbearable. Recall last year in the 2nd ODI against SA after the 43 all out debacle where Sanga faced 20 plus dot balls costing us the match. If he added 15 more, we would have won. If Sanga just focuses on tests he can manage his workload well with him ageing too. Just imagine what on earth would our team had been if not for the MCG test match casualty ward??? Just imagine what would have been the place of Kushal Perera if not for Chandimal's side strain at the MCG ODI??? Lesson here is that injuries have been the best lesson for Sri Lanka.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 27, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

We are a developing test side. Didn't we win against Pak,Eng,SA? I don't think we a desperate test side like india or bangladesh. Our bowling is under transition and Our batting is slowly evolving towards a younger side.Don't forget we had a lot of injuries and how unprofessional your aussies were when chasing a 134 in 3rd test.It was all selection blunders because we have better fast bowlers in our domestic unit like HUK Madushanka,etc.

T20 is a game for youngsters not for Seniors,I beleive i liked the looks of kusal. Looks like GilChrist v.2.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 27, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

It's ok Aussie fans. I would get angry and frustrated too if a tiny island nation the size of a bean which was bullied by us two decades earlier beat our country which is the size of a continent in our own territory .. Awesome stuff SL. WHere were these Aussie fans when biased commentary was happening? When the ODI in Sydney was called off for a wet outfield which cost a series win for SL?(and when the same rules didnt count in 07 WC final) lol. You all would so well in the channel 9 commentary box.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

@Chris_P, hang on. Actually we beat Australia 2-1 in Nov 2010 in the ODI series and lost 3-2 in the ODI series in 2011 in SL and squared it 2-2 just now. So I am afraid we have won 1 out of the last 3 ODI series we played against Aussies.

Posted by sando31 on (January 27, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

To be fair Sri Lanka played well and out played us at critical moments. But all in all its just T20, it's just a bit of fun and no one should really care what happens. It has no significance to other formats!!!

Posted by lukecannon on (January 27, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist- Interesting fact - your opposition was not a BBL franchise . It was the no 1 ranked team in the format of the international stage. They are up there for a reason mate.

Posted by Phat-Boy on (January 27, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

@Jayzus - good point, Sri Lanka certainly struggled with the ball on the fast and bouncy Gabba track last time they were there,

Posted by MadhushaDmendis on (January 27, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

MCG is like paradise to SL hope they will knock down aussies.

Posted by cricket1st on (January 27, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

To Master-Mihil,,, Jeewan mendis has been there for a long time but has not done a reasonably good contribution to the team apart from last odi. All those players have done well in the school level not only jeewan mendis.They dont matter in this level as if you cant perform you got to go. Jeewan mendis place in the team is on line If Sanga come back to the team.Hopefully he will grab his next chances and I like him coz he is a good person.

Posted by johntycodes on (January 27, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Can someone tell me if that was the 4th test last night. Other than warner guys trying to block and work balls for singles were the only shots played as players like finch, marsh and voges completley played for themselves trying to knock around 20 or 30 to justify a spot for the second match.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

@TrueLankan, I am honestly angry with Sanga and Mahela for insisting that our cricket board allows them to play full IPL duration by culling off 1 test against England last year and also scrapping the test tour of England in May 2009. On the other side Sanga is crying about us not getting enough tests. When our useless cricket board postponed the tests against SA from Aug this year to June 2015, Sanga and Mahela did not protest at all. They are selfish with no direction at all.

Posted by Mervo on (January 27, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

Interesting how the real bench mark cricket, Test cricket, has a different outcome. SA are the top nation in Test cricket and they lost to NZ in the ODs, who they humiliated in the full game. SL lost 2-0 to Australia in Test cricket and Aust struggle in the hit and run stuff. England humiliate India at home in the Tests and struggle in the ODIs. Still I know which end of the equation all the players and the vast majority of fans would rather be! Test are the 'majors' of cricket and the rest are just backdrop to keep the fans active.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 27, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

Poor support from the other Aussies for Warner, but T20 and ODI cricket are good times to experiment with teams with the exception of World Cups.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 27, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

@Aussasinator, Far ahead in ODI? Enlighten me, who won the series over there last season? I thought we did 3-2 but obviously you know something we don't? In fact, by my reckoning, Sri Lanka haven't beaten us the last 3 one day series so not sure how you come up with that classic line. You do great injustice to your fellow responsible countrymen who post logical points & comments. I guess you must be the only person on the planet that didn't know Shane Watson was out inured, hence his non participation recently, but, carry on in your own little world.

Posted by SSJG on (January 27, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan should keep on playing as far as they can with proper rotation and give the team experience and guidance aiming to win the next world cup.

Posted by N.Gooneratne on (January 27, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka, a great effort! Mahela seems totally out of touch. Jayasuriya the Chairman selection committee elect, in Sri Lanka, must be sharpening his knife!!

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 1:27 GMT)

Oz selection leaves much tobe desired. Inverarity & Bailey were the weak links yesterday, when they put someone like Laughlin in the playing XI. Choice of Bailey as a player & Captain itself questionable. When Australia have so many batsmen (and leaders) better than Bailey & innumerable bowlers better than Laughlin , why the selectors are doing such weak experiments. Experiment, but with better players, who are in abundance!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 27, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

Australian selectors have got to stop viewing representing Australia as trial games. The public aren't going to take it seriously anymore. The crowd of 42000 for a city of 4.5mil is nothing to write home about. Per capita it would be the same as 3000 people rocking up to a game in Hobart. Marsh and Voges need to realise that this is a team game and not to use it selfishly as an ODI team audition. Is the chop and change selection policy breeding the me-before-the-team mentality?

Posted by pat_one_back on (January 27, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

Agree on the impact of Marsh, went under the radar a bit with the focus on tight death bowling.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

SriLanka has three excellent players who can both bowl & bat well: Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews, and Dilshan. Whenever a tail-ender needs to hit out, one can add Kula too. Jeevan Mendis showed a lot of promise as an all-rounder aginst India; but his form seems to have dipped. In the shorter formats, it is great to have so many good players who can contribute with both bat & ball. Congrats, Sri Lanka.

Posted by mateyman on (January 27, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

@Aussassinator Watson's injured. It's pretty elementary to at least confirm why a player is out before you start saying that he shouldn't be. Also, the 3-0 scoreline indicates where the teams are at in respect to test matches. Meaningless bilateral limited over series with completely different players doesn't change this. Sri Lanka also didn't beat Australia in the Odi's, which you would expect a team which is "far ahead" in skills to do

Posted by hyclass on (January 27, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

It seems that if your name is Marsh,the high standards & rules that pertain to all other aspects of Australian cricket don't apply.I was appalled at his recall & consider that while he may ocassionally make runs,no intelligent lessons have been learned.I see that Finch has cause to rue his public statements and predictions. For the entire last five years, virtually every public statement by anyone associated with Australian Cricket has backfired. It is usually the case that as standards fall, rhetoric rises. I enjoy the grace of allowing performance to make the statement. I will observe with interest, the team touted for India. Even the strongest of Australian sides have been severely tested by India at home. The idea that a weak or modest side could endure is unthinkable. The suggestion that Doherty should be considered is mindless and defies all available evidence. Only finger spinners should go and only Lyon and O'keefe could be considered, despite Lyon's ordinary showing this year

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 27, 2013, 0:30 GMT)

@Josheph I am a big fan of Khawaja and was impressed by his big bash form this year where he averaged close to 50, but i think its better for Khawaja at present to focus on the India tour as that's where we will need him. Give Marsh one more game i am sure he will come good. Bailey better do something quickly with the bat to show he belongs there. Agree with the calls to bring Faulkner in for the next game as he will do a much better job as bowler then Maxwell and its the 5th bowler which was our big weakness in this game.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 26, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

Randy0z where are you old bean, you never miss a trick with your Mel Gibsonesque Anglophobic diatribe yet never seem to have another opinion on your own team- strange indeed. Well done SL after the poor showing in the tests you have turned it round in the shorter formats a bit like India.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 26, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

You gotta love the enthusiasm of the Sri Lankan supporters. 1-0 in a 2 match sluggish T20 and suddenly they have resurrected their world champion status.

Could there have been more of a contrast with Warner and Marsh. I think it's fair to say that Marsh's comatose approach to his not brief enough stay was the difference between winning and losing.

Hughes is proving himself to be a versatile and much improved player able to, like Warner, play to the occasion, so why is he not in the T20 side?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 26, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Auaainator - Also tell me what about your record puts you clearly in front of Australia in both T20 and one-day formats. There has only been two T20 important tournaments ie the World Cup and we have lost a final and a semi final exactly the same as Sri Lanka. You just scrape home against an experimental side here and you claim superiority. As for one-day cricket, we won the tri-series last year beat you in Sri Lanka and drew the series this year cant see how that is superior. I like Sri lanka as a side and generally Sri Lankans but your comments are pathetic. WIn something off note before trying to take the superior ground.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 26, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Aussinator - Just wondering if you watched the test series you were flogged in all 3 tests. And Why Australia are saving Watson for India is because we consider test cricket to clearly be the number one form of the game, Watson himself would prefer to succeed at test cricket than T20 cricket. Cant you tell from our team picked for the T20 that we only consider this to be a bit of hit and giggle chance to have a bit of fun. The Australian selectors priorities are fine, as unlike Sri Lanka we know we can win test matches so no need to change priorities to a game that the big nations dont care about for a few meaningless wins.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 26, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

Marsh when he scores well will usually be 6 of 17. Just didnt get going this game - so I wouldnt blame him. Our bowlers really need to learn to bowl the yorkers 2 foot outside off-stump which only opens up one part of the ground for scoring. Can be a simple game but the Aussies like to bowl two many bouncers which are often nicked for 4.

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (January 26, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

What is wrong with Australian cricket now? No new inspiring talent is on the horizon. This situation is only second India's lack of spinning talent in terms of hard to explain facts.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 26, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

This game meant almost nothing as far as indicating any bigger T20 picture. In the preview I predicted a 1-1 result with SL winning the first game because of the slow drop in wicket, and Australia winning the second where there will be bounce and pace in the wicket. SL bowlers won't be able to sustain pressure like that in the next game with the ball coming onto the bat and there will be some big scores from the Austrlian batters. I was at the game last night, and I am still wondering what Laughlin was doing in the team. On that track some clever bowling in the last two overs would have made those runs tricky to get. Laughlin bowled three full tosses and three half vollies in his last 9 deliveries, all at the same pace. @aussassinator, that chip on your shoulder isn't getting any smaller. We won't hear from u after the next game, I predict.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 26, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Now I see why Marsh wasn't considered for the shield match at the SCG. @Meety, we were watching this at our clubhouse after our matches & the general feeling was not complimentary of the ODI run tactics, & the less said about Marsh's efforts, the better.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK "What were the Aus. batsmen thinking?" you could of asked "What were the selectors thinking??" Who knows?? But we have been asking these questions since Mr Cricket wasn't selected in the ODI Team!!!

So Marsh gets a run ..... WHY NOT KHAWAJA?!?!? Marsh scores 6 off 17.

Voges is in ..... scores 25 off 29. He was in for the last 10 overs and couldn't get his SR over 100%.

They give Finch another go ..... he scores 1. So Bailey gives him a bowl???

Posted by bemUSed2 on (January 26, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka, deserved to win the match last night. Australia only stayed as close as they did for so long through their usual tenacity and fighting attitude... However the match was lost in the final six overs of Australia's innings when Voges appeared to think batting was a contest of who could hit the most singles in a row... When Warner slowed down, Voges needed to start swinging at everything... Wickets would have meant nothing... 9/150 would have been a hell of a lot better than 3/134

Posted by Aussasinator on (January 26, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Sri lankans are far ahead of the Aussies in the T20 and ODI format even when played in Australia. In a year or two they will beat Aussies in tests too like the SAFs and the English did. I wonder why the Oz are not playing their T20 expert Shan Watson in this series? Their preserving him for any test series is ridiculous since Watson is a quintessintial T20 and IPL player who is only claiming to be a longer format player for fear of being branded a mercenary. Almost all Oz players are mercenaries now and one pities Watson for his cerebral lacking and the oz selection panel for their misplaced priorities.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 26, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Jeewan mendis is an excellent fielder and tough nut to crack. Remember how we collapsed at hobart after he got out? he sometimes trys too hard in the field and messes them up. Almost every time his bowling has been overlooked by every captain, mahela and angie.. haven't you beenreading any of the comments? This guy drew a test match playing of St thomas, royal surely would have won scoring 200 in a 3 day match.

Posted by Kays789 on (January 26, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Kulasekera has been known to drop some dollies. this might be hypercritical but i think it's also fair to say that the guy has potentially cost sri lanka two world cups now. dropped ghambir when he was on 9 or something in the 2011 world cup final and then samuels in last year's T20 final. that's some serious damage to his country he could never make up for.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 26, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Didn't follow the game, but if ever there was a game to prove that cricket is a TEAM effort and individual performances will seldom be enough, this could be it! What were the Aus. batsmen thinking?

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (January 26, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

The difference was the death bowling obviously where SL excel. Warner was a one man band for Australia with little or no support. That has to be rectified. In the meantime Australia seem to be at least finding out some names they can draw a line through as not good enough. Can now mark the Laughlin's as the worst father & son combination to play international cricket for Australia.

Posted by Meety on (January 26, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Pretty bad when bloke gets 90 off 92, the rest get 43 off 58. If ever an innings of 6 stuffs a team up, Marshs 6 off 17 was it. I like Voges, but his innings was not much chop for a T20 (good ODI innings).

Posted by mark2011 on (January 26, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Its nice to see this Kushal Perera has come up in the batting order. he shud open in ODIs too. Kushal P's six today, is very much resemble to the Jayasuriya's shot. Also he got the cut shot also similar to SJ, even today his 2nd boundry was like that. moreover he got the sweep shot capable of hitting a six which he actually did in his debut ODI (2nd ODI in this series which SL won), it was ubelievable to commentators at that time even to see that suddenly one much unknown player came and played like that. If given the chance in the future and allow him to learn and polish himself , this Kushal P going to be a good prospect to fit into Jayasuriya's batting role. Hipefully he should be a great assets for SL cricket.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 26, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Haven't watched the game but 137 runs with ONLY 3 wickets down is a bit unusual in T20s. If it is due to SL fielding then credit to them but it looks like shaun marsh put unnecessary pressure on him.

Will Laughlin tour india?

Posted by IanJF on (January 26, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

The common Lankan should give a serious break to this - I think its time for Sanga, & Mahela & Dilshan and bla bla... have you 'keyboard jockeys' even held a bat ? Yes, Mahela is patchy towards the tail end of he's career, but just sit back and think back on what he has given hes country and how he still is. The # of slip catches alone will add up to another 1000 runs in all formats. And Sanga, you guys are talking about the best batsmen in World Cricket friend, when the euphoria dies off, just realise that he has another "SOLID" 2-3 years of Intl cricket ! And Dilshan, can the pundits tell me a single guy in the SL team who has more direct hits than this man ?? Even now, he is Sri Lanka's best fielder + catcher.. He's catches and boundary saves, add on to he's score people. Broaden the thin heads and think.. still such an effective partnership-breaker ! Yes we are proud of our youngsters, Chandi, Thirimanne, Kushal Janith, Dimuth Karunaratne (more to come) but let time take its course

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

I need a good answer from anybody in this page, that K J Perera's "SMALL MOVE BEFORE HE STRIKE THE BALL " is the secret of his early length picking????? boy this man pick the length early like.............. The pull shot he played over longone was a hell of a shot. Only Kholy pick the lenght early like this man in modern cricket as i feel

Posted by cricket12namal on (January 26, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

upul tharanga is still 27 years..12 odi hundreds..failed this series.but srilanka team want him FOr odi and test,he is not a bad 20.20 player.strike rate over 123...we need to protect him bcs he is very young...has a lot of exprnce..

Posted by Pickpocket on (January 26, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Congrats SL. They done good job at the end. They should win the series 2-0. I can not wait too long for landing SL players in Bd & join Bpl. I think I'm one match away.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

This is not the K.J.Perera who i saw one year before . If anyone knows who polish this row talent to this level pleaseeeee .... tell me the name , one day ill send my kid practice under that guru

Posted by SSJG on (January 26, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

@truelankan; at this level you can't miss catches like that. That's why they are called professionals. Especially at worldcup finals you have to grab those to change the game. Im not blaming Kula but I think he and few others need some serious work on fielding to be more aggressive as a team.

Posted by kc69 on (January 26, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Today Aussie's showed(Except Warner) how to play ODI cricket in T20 match.I predict a comeback and 1-1 series draw from the Aussies.

Posted by kc69 on (January 26, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

And they said Shaun Marsh is in exceptional form and Adam Voges will replace vid Hussey and Laughlin left Sri Lankan fans Laughing and why the hell Pattinson is not playing.Atleast play some T20 specialists like Ryan Harris,Doug Bollinger,Dirk Nannes.

Posted by Dashgar on (January 26, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Well Ben Laughlan should never have been selected and I called it too. (I'm the "Tim" who said he should have been replaced by Faulkner if you read the commentary). Australia need to pick players who are actually international quality, not just guys who can bowl a yorker and a slower ball. News flash, there are guys in grade cricket with yorkers and slower balls, that doesn't mean they should be in the Aus team. Hopefully next game we have an international quality bowling attack and also that we bat to get a big score, not protect our average. If you end 3 down you better be on 200, otherwise you haven't attacked enough.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 26, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Well Played Srilanka. Keep it up.

Posted by Mahaanama on (January 26, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

I do believe at least two batsmen out of Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga should play for world cup 2015. You won't be winning as a result of just playing a young team and no one has even won a world cup with only young players. When SL won the world cup in 1996 SL had young players & some seniors who had been around the team for 10+ years. Anyway those seniors were in their early 30's by that time. SL won't be having any matured senior batsmen who'll be in their early 30's by 2015 WC. Since WC 2015 will be held in Australia and NZ we need some players who have experience playing in those countries. Of course we need to consider those senior players' form and fitness by the time before including them in WC team but we SHOULD NOT expect them to retire from ODIs any soon. If you play just young players (Kushal, Dimuth,Tharanga, Chandimal, Thirimanna, Mathews, Jeevan, Thisara..) you might win couple of ODIs but in the next match you might get bowled out for just 15 runs even against Bangladesh.

Posted by budditha on (January 26, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

Well done Angelo Mathews, Well done Sri Lanka!! Its just a new beginning!!

Posted by mark2011 on (January 26, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

gsingh7; what use of talking Malinga's bowlling in Last VB series here, you have only this to keep volmiting... SL have destroyed Indian bowlers/batsmen their whole cricketing career.. ManoJ Prabakar,Vinod Kambli,Sanjey Manjrekar (after WC semi final 96 they were not seen in the Intl cricket..ha haaa). Malinga is still playing and performing well in the Intl level. Still he is considered as one of the best bowlers in the game. Is there a knwon fast bowlers from India during last whole decade???...nothing.. over billion ppl, cant find world class fast bowlers... before insulting other go and find a bowler who can challenge malinga!!

Posted by RoJayao on (January 26, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

SL bowled better, fielded much better, batted with purpose and daring, and were captained with precision. I still think Australia are better than no.7 but like in the other formats, we've proven ourselves to be very competitive but still short of the very best when crunch time comes. We're far too light on for clever, resourceful batsmen and badly need accurate, unflappable bowlers at the death. What the hell was Bailey thinking bowling the debutante in the second last over? And why was Finch bowled when Maxwell had bowled so effectively and still had another over?? A bad night for Bailey. And will someone please tell the Australian batsmen to stop running when they hit it straight to a fielder!! I mean, COME ON!!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 26, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Thats the Lion Hearted Performance Keep it Up.2-0 Clean sweep On the cards.They should bring Akila instead of Ajantha Mendis....All the Best Lions.What a electric fielding that was awesome.....

Posted by CSI_R2C on (January 26, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

This is why Sri Lanka ranked No.1 in T20 rankings.Everybody thought AUS would win the contest as they have finished BBL recently.Eventhough their players have played plenty of T20 matches during the BBL,they are not up to international level.SL outplayed well.Now SL looks pretty stringer as they are comprised with senior players experiences & youngster's energy.SL need to develop their Test team.New players should be given the opportunity to play.SL were disappointed as they couldn't win the ODI tournament due to favorable decision by the umpires in 4th game.Otherwise they would have sealed the series despite whitewash in test series.Hopefully they will win the next game to win the series.They will finish the tour in high.Cheers Lions..

Posted by PrasadGunawardane on (January 26, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

I think If Baily managed it firmly, it would have been tighter than that..Maxwell had another over after bagging 2 for whereas gamble of bringing Flinch cost a tighter game. No excuse for Laughlin as no bowler can pitch it in leg stump or middle to Thisara in limited overs format. Starc bowled a superb 18th over to Thisara where Thisara had no clue whatsoever against the delivery pitching out side the off stamp.Those never take anything away from SL who played the match as a real team. While only one guy from Aus was highlighted, SL performed as a team during the fielding as well. Unless Warner's 90, it would not have a game for SL, since every other got struggled to move on against Lankan attack. Nice lesson for all poor minded media where SL attacked Aussie whole ODI series and now T20s only having two players over 30 years. Plenty to come in near future like Roshen Silva, Rumesh Budhdhika, Angelo Perera, Chathuranga Kumara and Dulanjana Mendis.

Posted by OzWally on (January 26, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Ever seen the Olympics where after the medals are presented both gymnastics and skating have an exhibition night for the fans where they go out, have fun and goof around. To me, that is T20. The serious stuff is over, so go out and goof around at the end of a long, tough series.

I'd also like to SL SET a target just once. They always chase, which to me is the easier way to go. You've seen what the pitch is doing and you know what you need per over. All you have to do is go for it. Setting a target is more complex as you don't know exactly what the required tempo should be.

Posted by binojusjp on (January 26, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

I'm a sri Lankan & actually loving Aussie commentators. But I can't understand their loyalty. Of Course everyone love their nation. But when you are doing a job you should behave as a real profession. Today it was very funny to here their talks. I don't no why channel 9 is not giving even a single opportunity to visiting county's commentary. Apart of that it was a very entertainment game & wish u all best Sri Lanka..

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 26, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Forgot to cricket:top cricketer :top commentator :true gent..

Posted by landl47 on (January 26, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

I see Aus has found its answer to Jade Dernbach. Can anyone tell me why Laughlin, a 30-year old who doesn't bat, has almost no top-class experience and nothing special in the way of performances behind him, was thought to be an international bowler?

Selection committees seem obsessed by the idea that a guy who bowls a slower ball is automatically a great short-format bowler. England were wrong about Dernbach and Aus didn't learn from England's mistake.

Other than that, great innings from Warner but not enough support. Doherty and Starc bowled well enough, but again the drop-off was pretty sharp. SL are a good T20 team, as far as that goes.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 26, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

@Sinhaya : I understand what you are saying. But look at the previous WC winning sides every team had experienced players. It is important to have at least two of them in the side. Sanga is still one of the best in the world in ODI and Tests. Surely you agree with that? Also, the players you have mentioned there will be around mid 20s during the WC. Thats a big risk if all of them play without Sanga and Mahela.

By the way, Mahela is a world class player and every top class player will occasionally drop form and most come back strong. I think its best Mahela stops playing Tests and Sanga stops 20-20. Chandimal comes in for P.Jayawardene and Thrimanne in for Samaraweera for Tests. For ODI : Sanga in at no.3 and Mahela no.5. You or I may change opinions when the WC comes closer but the Champions Trophy will give us a good idea.

Posted by Rick777 on (January 26, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

@ roshdbest - True

@ Mahanama - All good but no Tharanga plz...

@ Sinhaya - True. Let Ange build the young team he needs. Sanga & Mahela should retire from ODIs after the 2013 Champions Trophy which gives them a farewell & also gives 2 years for the next world cup. They should be dropped from T-20s immediately.

An Oz commentator - SL needs 15 to win. Ozs still have a chance if they can pick a wicket now. You still do not know. Ha Ha...

Posted by KEVINSL on (January 26, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

I agree with mahanama. can anyone explain wht is the role that jeewan mendis playing in the team?

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

first win for anji, congrats boys

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 26, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Through out the match i suppoeted Aussie team and enjoyed batting of warner but that guy Ben Laughlin spoil the match it would have been better if Cutting would have bolwed that over and bailey is bad for captaincy post he wasted one over of Maxwell when sri lankan were in trouble to play spin, bailey doesnt have man management quality and he also dont seem to made fot t-20. and by the way where are Hazelwood or Mcdermott?

Posted by Mahaanama on (January 26, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

I seriously think that SL should drop Jeevan Mendis from all form of cricket. See he's not an excellent fielder. I don't think he bowled at least 10 overs for this whole series. Then he should be a good batsman if he's still in the team. Is he a good batsman? Of course he has a good shot on the leg side that he can hit sixes. Other than that he's not a good stroke player. He doesn't have enough shots on the off side and usually struggles to rotate the strike. Do we need to play him at No 8 as a batsman? SL should play a specialist batsman or a bowler in his expense . SL can easily play Akila Dhananjaya for his place or at least we can find a decent allrounder after this series who can bowl 2-3 overs and score 15-20 quick runs in T20s. Kushal Janith should be our regular opener for ODIs here after. Sanga can still play at No 3 since Thirimanna takes a long time to settle down in the middle. Thirimanna or Tharanga can play at No 6 in ODIs. Thisara must bat at No 07 or earlier in T20s.

Posted by arawet on (January 26, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Everything else was entertaining, but the commentary..Actually Huss was really descent though. Cricket Australia need to find a set of commentators, but not a bunch of AUS cricket fans..commentary has been like this all summer.. for an instance how come Ben Laughlin was flying to take the catch but Kusal Perera wasn't..well that wasn't the only one. Guys..have some was a good game of cricket anyway..cheers!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 26, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

@TrueLankan, man Mahela is out of form. Did nt you see the way he got out to a mediocre spinner like Doherty?? Both Sanga and Mahela should not play in the 2015 world cup. By 2015 world cup, Angelo, Chandimal, Kushal, Thisara, Thirimanne and Karunaratne will be well settled. Sooner Sanga and Mahela quit ODIs and T20s the better!

Imagine if Sanga did not get injured at the MCG along with Prasanna?? Chandimal and Thirimanne would not have got the chance to impress at the SCG test. Sanga and Mahela may play tests for another 2 years but I doubt if that too will be possible cos they are getting old and their reflexes are weak. Saw what happened to Thilan Samaraweera and the same applies to Sanga and Mahela too.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 26, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

At the end of the day... Ben Laughlin is not international quality... I hope a lesson was learnt here.

Posted by roshdbest on (January 26, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

If anyone want to learn about optimism and positive thinking listen to Aussie commentators.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 26, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Great to see my wish was granted and Kushal was selected and opened the batting. Maybe the selectors read my comments here. Hopefully they keep on reading and drop Thirimanna from 20-20 (and let him open in ODI or drop him from that as well) and in comes Akila. When Matthews and Thisara both bowl one of them will always go for plenty so Akila can put a stop to that and share the ball with those two. Why wasn't Mckay playing. He is an outstanding bowler and smart as well. Not that I care much since I love watching the Aussies lose and the commentators (especially Ian Healy) make up some excuse and go quiet. Lets make it 2-0. Unless the umpires or curators deicide to water the grass in the MCG and call it an unfair advantage.

Posted by Yoker111 on (January 26, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

I guess if Kusual is going to play like this then having Thisara opening the batting is really not necessary. SL need a fearless opener with emmense strength. in other words another sanath and for both ODI and T20.. Also was quiet surprised to see Dilshan raping Starc's 144kmph deleivery over his hed with a scoop. hot stuff indeed.

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (January 26, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

welldone SriLanka......only chandimal played bad shot....anyway win is win.... Good batting by warner....SL could have give 2 overs to dilshan and may be to jeewan mendis.......keep it up on Monday too.....

Posted by spiritwithin on (January 26, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

well played SL,played like a true no.1 team,the bowling looks so better for SL in shorter format,if they somehow replicate that in tests they will be force to reckon with

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 26, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Good start from mathews. leading the team from the front with the bat. It was never easy to set the field when warner bats through the innings. Kusal perera played some quality strokes. He should be given a long run as an opener. We badly need an opener like sanath. Some of kusals shots are similar to what jayasuriya has played.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 26, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Last five overs of the Aus innings wont he game for SL with some sensational bowling. Aus should have got 150 minimum with only 3 wickets down. Warner was good but the rest were average. SL's batting was much more adventerous and impressed with this guy Kusla. He was the stand in wicket keeper who has batted himself in to the opening slot and showed plenty of talent to continue, may be even in one dayers. His six over mid-on was a throwback from Sanath Jayasuriya. Anjelo once again showed calming finishing qualities he is known for. Good show SL and presure on Aussies to draw the series in the next game.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

I think Man of the Match definitely has to go to Shaun Marsh. Wasting 1/7 of our entire innings to make 6 runs. A strike rate of 35 in a T20I. Outstanding. I was expecting better considering his fantastic BBL form. Horrible performance. We would've made at least 20 more runs had he gotten a golden duck. Honestly has to be the most irritating T20 performance I've seen. I'm a fan of Marsh, but 6 off 17 cost us the match. Warner played brilliantly for his 90* and no one else could even return a strike rate above 100. Please play better when you come to Melbourne. I don't want to waste my money.

Posted by spirit_cric on (January 26, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

wonder whether the aus commentators call this is an A team or B it's funny the effort of aus commentators to mention 137 is a good score. autully sl bowled really well 2 keep aus to 137 despite warner carries the bat. But commentators tried hard 2 tell that its a match winning score.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 26, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Another rather dull T20 game that could have gone either way except for some unbelievably awful bowling from Laughlin at the end - an endless procession of full tosses and half vollies, all delivered at the same pace. Voges too was totally inept with the bat, and cost Australia 20 runs. You can't come in 2/3rds of the way through the innings with 3 wickets down and use up 25 deliveries pushing singles around at a s/r of 80. He hardly hit a ball in the middle of the bat. I was at the ground. Anyway, a perfect sub continent pitch for SL. I predict AUS will win the 2nd game.

Posted by Okakaboka on (January 26, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

I knew it! The selectors have stuffed us again! Geez...... When is Bailey a T20 player? Never! Marsh? .....batted for himself and cost us the match. Laughlin? Huhhhh? Oh right...he's better than Mackay...Oh good one! Voges doesn't know how to launch an attack on bowlers. Until this country gets serious and selects the BEST T20 line up, we will lose match after match after match after match!

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 26, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

@SSJG : Kulasekera is one of the best outfielders we have. He made one mistake that is it today. The WC final catch was very hard. He always tries his best in the outfield. Good fielders will occasionally drop catches.

@Lord.emsworth :Sanga didn't play in the ODI series buddy. Wake up. He is our most consistent player in all conditions. Both Mahela and Sanga need to play ODIs and the next World Cup. Sanga at no.3 and Mahela at no.5. Do you really think a team of about 25-27 year olds would be a WC winning side? A team needs some experience in the ranks or else we will collapse like we did in Hobart.

@VivGilchrist :Those "tattooed baffoons" didn't get a warm reception during their performance. They were surprised by it. Nobody seemed to care who they were.

Posted by DanTas on (January 26, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

I don't often watch T20 but saw today's game between Sri Lanka and Dave Warner. Warner is causing a problem within the team as the other batsmen seem content to just scramble singles so that he can have the strike. Always thought a side had eleven players. The others need to commit themselves and not just leave it all to him. He will fail from time to time so what happens then? Disagree about calls for Maxwell to be dropped. He has attitude, a cocky so and so who looks like he belongs in the side and thinks he belongs. Unlike players like Voges who appear almost apologetic for being there.

Posted by mateyman on (January 26, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

@amilao, losing a close T20 isn't humiliation. Losing a 3-test series 3-nil is though. Warner was more than deserving of his award. I wasn't aware that they changed the name of the trophy to "man of the winning team"

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 26, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

I think Marsh and voges forgot that they were playing a t20. It was a good day for lanka

Posted by tickcric on (January 26, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Clinical bowling by SL at the death overs. Just when Warner started hitting monstrous shots Malinga tamed him in a manner only Malinga can! Otherwise Australia could have scored some 20 more runs. That phase turned the match towards SL & then their batters managed to finish the task. Australia managed to salvage a draw in the 5 match ODI series. I think they are loosing this one.

Posted by KEVINSL on (January 26, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Sri lankan batting and fielding coaches must be sacked after the arrival to Sri Lanka.its bit funny, I heard Marvan Atapattu told to media after the batting failure in England in last year,"I can only tell how to bat and batsmen should be done the rest".I mean should we need these kind of coaches? even I can tell how to bat and probably all the cricket lovers.still Upul Tharanga's out side edge continue.mahela jayawardena continually fails in front of xavier doherty. Roy Dias should be replaced for him.

Posted by kohomban on (January 26, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Australia's should have good death bowlers ,joe mennie is best,and batsmen like chris lyn,joe burns should include

Posted by Chris_Howard on (January 26, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

So, Warner scored 90 off 62 balls, and the rest could only manage 47 off 58! That's pretty lame in a T20.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Well done boys, but one small thing give the gloves to Kusal and play Akila in the next game. Why are you still hiding him? You cannot do it for ever, let him take on the Kangaroos on Monday.l

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 26, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Kushal Perera yet again justified his call up. I am sure an IPL franchise owner saw him bat today and will be keen to give him a deal. See how Sanga's injury is a blessing in disguise! If Sanga was playing, Kushal Perera (KP) would have been still confined to club cricket. It would have been good if KP got a fifty on T20 debut.

Our fielding has to improve indeed. Thisara does not seem to have a good eye. He needs extra time before connecting. So he must be sent up the order may be at number 4.

Glad that we won our 4th consecutive T20 against the Aussies.

Posted by Nizraanj on (January 26, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

The No.1 ranked T20 side in the world shows Ausies how its done!!! Well played Lions!!!

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 26, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

@Daniel usually Bailey is a good captain but i am more concerned about his lack of runs, the captain is usually your best batsman in which case it might be worth considering making Warner captain for the T20 side as he has a good cricketing mind as well. And Faulkner must come in next game as he is a better bolwner then Maxwell.

Posted by DubaiGura on (January 26, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Finally Our Guys could give thousands of Sydney based & rest of S'lankan fans some pride after disappointing test, ODI matches there. Hats off ! to our new Cool Captain, Angelo who showed the true guts & leadership qualities - that he's fit for taking S'lanka fwd from great Mahela... Upgrading Kusal to open the innings was a fantastic choice, &, I believe One drop should be Chandimal or Lahiru according to the situation ? Mahela or Sanga could now follow next - depending on the exit of the two youngsters in the batting order if we are to groom the young brigade to take over from the two greats in next few years it'll also strengthen our middle order as well.. SL needs to tighten up their lose shots in to Melbourne to win convincingly without raising our HBP !! Sincerely hope to see Akila gets the nod over Ajantha in MEL !

Posted by ex-Srilankan on (January 26, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

"we are reaping rewards at the right time " what ? The test series was a whitewash, the ODIs were tied and the T20s are the joke end of the tour and you say "at the right time" ?? The right time was before the test series started and given Sri Lanka's poor approach to the test series, it is time the ICC started looking at a two-tiered test cricket.

Posted by ABTHARAN on (January 26, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

V good win guys , but gotta say we got class bowling arrack and very ordinary batting depart , well Kusal gave me the feeling looking at Jayasuriya again.. Chandi and Thirimanna looks irresponsible. played silly shorts to get out. these guys need to pop up for next generation ... definitely thirimanna should work on his batting add some more shots on leg side.. he seems to me pretty off side player with few shots in his pocket... good win infront of 40,000 ausi crowd

Posted by inzi1995 on (January 26, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

most worst bowler from aus i ever seen is ben laughin. how selector leave out t20 best bowler nannes, tait, and even johnshon and alister mcg and nathan coulternile is bettr than ben lauhgin cutting as well looking bad georage bailey dont desrve to be in team and they make it cat and adam voges, shaun marsh claerly playing for them self not for country 6 frm 17 balls marsh in t2o these dots ball cost aus match. where is joe burns where is chris lyn, hogde bettr than these. and poor decin by bailey to bat first marsh 6 (17) n voges 24 (29) ! was that t20 ?Profile OMG what the hell with marsh he performs in leaguage not for his country if these two made run a ball then aus definitely win today these 2 and ben is responsible for today lose

Posted by ramesh_rocks on (January 26, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

congrates SriLanka, You were too good against this so called AUS-A team.:P..Best of luck for next match - Your your neighbour

Posted by amilao on (January 26, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

I think SL proved they are the no. 1 T20 team in the world.Aussies lost the game in their home ground in national day.thats shame for AUS.the aussies commentators were said that 140 is a gud score.but what happend ? this is a humiliating lost for AUS & their commentators. i think man of the match shuould had been give to mathews because of his great captaincy & cool headed inning. bt sloppy Aussies gave it for David warner.the loosing team player.warner's inning is brilliant but he is not suit for player of the match.

Posted by Zerotollerance101 on (January 26, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Well played Sl. Congrats Mathews on your win as Captain. Young players played well. Time for sanga and mahela to retire gracefully. Kushal should open in both ODI and T20. Great game..

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 26, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

I won't pick on Marsh, its his first game back so lets give him the Melbourne match before we make judgements. I would have had Faulkner as the allrounder instead of Maxwell, sure Maxwell got 2 wickets but Faulkner is a very handy bowler in the shorter format much more so that Maxwell who in his first 8 games has hardly made an impression.

Posted by Mervo on (January 26, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Who is Laughlin? Our selectors seem to have no idea of a consistent side.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (January 26, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Daniel, be careful with the word cameo. MJDK Perera's33, the second highest score wasnt a cameo in the strict sense, Thissera Perera's 19 was. Mahela, a word of advice: You have done sterling service for SL but go now and take Sanga with you in the short forms. Leave the WC to the new guys. If anything this ODI and 20/20 series has shown that you and Sanga are passe and not needed anymore. As your sports minister says, dont hug all the places, ODI, T20 & Tests. Continue to play tests along with your friend Sanga but leave the short format for the emerging players who have done superbly well.

Posted by Ash_Striker on (January 26, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Chandimal's wicket keeping was really poor.He should give gloves to Kusal Janith Perera and play as a batsmman. Anyway SL played really well. Good Luck Mathews! Good Luck SL!

Posted by Mahaanama on (January 26, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka! This is Sri Lanka's 4th consecutive T20 win against Australia. Hope Australia will come stronger in the next match and hopefully we can have another competitive game. Finally SL sent Thisara ahead of Jeevan Mendis so they got a positive outcome. If they sent Jeevan Mendis ahead of Thisara to bat match could have been continued until the last ball and SL could have still lost. Kushal Perera is a natural stroke maker. SL should get rid of Upul Tharanga and should open with Kushal in ODIs as well.

Posted by Simoc on (January 26, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Of the better Oz batters today there was Warner and . SL look a much more polished outfit so it's lucky we have Warner. Hopefully someone else can step up for Oz, but don't hold your breath.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

faulkner would have been handy tonight, but in place of Voges and would have had maxwell at 3 or 4, he can be devestating and like warner can win games on his own bat. batting at 7 in 20/20 he might as well not even play. At the end of the day, Sri Lanka bowled pretty well and we didnt. Ben Laughlan was a bit costly and so was Ben Cutting although its just one game.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

It hurts to say but the WA connection cost the game today - no doubting that the bowling was good, but the waste of balls that was Marsh's innings and the total inability of Voges to score towards the end of the game cost the Aussie's a competitive score.

For somebody that has called Perth home for coming up on 10 years, it was painful to watch what was almost a repear of the BBL final where you had a batting line up that was just incapable of scoring at a pace to make a game of it.

Thank goodness that we had Warner to take up the other 10 overs from the other end to add just a touch of respectability to the score, otherwise a sub 100 score was very much on the cards

Posted by Solace1 on (January 26, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

@Nizraanj: You are right man that's why we are the no.1 side in the world in t20, and also we should thank brother sinhaya for his sincere efforts to help us win this match!! lets make it 2-0

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 26, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

i told u we would win, our preparations started right from the test series and we are reaping rewards at the right time

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Just Amazing how Bailey managed to loose this game, No Idea who to Bowl maybe was bit two paced but with the extra pace of Starc made scoring lot easier, SL Struggled against spin so why not bowl them out??? And what is it with Australian Fast Bowlers? none of them can bowl Yorkers !!! Guess bowling short of a length is best this Generation knows.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 26, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka.. Carry this form in to the next game and deliver. Good luck also well played with the BAT Mr. Skipper.

Posted by rickeap on (January 26, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Marsh's ongoing poor record at international level is hard to ignore

Posted by Nizraanj on (January 26, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

No.1 ranked team in T20 shows the Ausies how its done!!!!

Posted by suve on (January 26, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Outstanding by the Sri lankan youngsters in the end. Kushul Perera is definatley a technically solid batsmens who will take Tharanga's place in the team. Mathews showed all the critics how calm and cool he is under pressure again and Thisara Perera is definatley getting better each game, played a very matured knock at the end.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 26, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

I can't help but feel Australia went into the game with only one international class fast bowler. Australia losing a game and only losing 3 wickets is baffling. Voges and Marshs innings proved costly.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 26, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Wow, Warner scoring 90 on a pitch where it seems runs are diff to score is lovely performance indeed. The percentage of team total that he scored shows the sheer diff in class between him and others.

@VivGilshrist: I guess that is not your real name and you took it by adding the two Greats together but how come you have not been able to like T20 format with that sort of moniker? Irony sometimes comes in unique ways....

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 26, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

for batting from aus , these batsmen need more practise , on rank turners of india they wud be ruthlessly exposed , even high rpo sl bowlers bowled cheaply against them , malinga went for 94 runs in 7 overs vs india in vb series ,now he is causing mayhem to aussie batsmen, also sl lost 2 in 5 balls so it cud go to wire , come on aus defeat sl and gain some ranking points or u cud go to 8th tonight

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 26, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Comment at change of innings, I reckon Australia should have picked Faulkner instead of Maxwell or one of the batsman. Cant have a fifth bowler who is going to go for plenty.

Posted by SSJG on (January 26, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

KULA keeps dropping key catches like in WC final and T20 finals. Jeewan and Thirimane needs serious work on their fielding especially on throwing the ball.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 26, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Interesting fact - 3 off the BBLs best batsmen Finch, Marsh, and Vogues scored a combined 32 off 49 balls. Yes the bowling was good but it just shows that Warner is a genuine International player and a class above the BBL bullies. I'm trying to like T20, but I'm really struggling to see how this is the most "exciting" form of the game.give me a Test or a good ODI day-nighter anytime.... at least you don't need a couple of tattooed baffoons attempting to entertain the crowd to try and sweeten the deal.

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