Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Melbourne January 28, 2013

Sri Lanka cling on for last-ball win

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Sri Lanka 4 for 161 (Jayawardene 61*, T Perera 35*) beat Australia 3 for 119 (Marsh 47*) by 2 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Thisara Perera was the difference with the bat and then held his nerve, although only barely, with the ball to seal a two-run victory off the final delivery of a rain-reduced chase. In a heated finale, Glenn Maxwell needed four runs from the last ball for victory and was frustrated by a long conference held by several Sri Lanka players before the delivery was bowled, and when Perera sent down the ball wide of off Maxwell missed and all the batsmen could manage was a bye.

The Sri Lanka players were jubilant but there were tense scenes as the players walked off, Maxwell clearly annoyed at the Sri Lankans, and even the handshakes involving players who weren't on the field at the end became testy. It became that kind of night when rain interrupted Australia's chase of 162 and despite the shower being short, the umpires did not allow play to restart for 45 minutes due to difficulties drying the outfield.

When the rain arrived after 10 overs, Australia were 15 runs behind on the Duckworth-Lewis score at 2 for 60. By the time play resumed at 10.49pm Australia needed a further 62 runs from five overs. With Shaun Marsh and George Bailey well set and eight wickets in hand, the new target of 122 from 15 overs gave Australia hope of pulling off victory.

However, Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara proved especially difficult to score off and while Bailey and Marsh managed to find 16 runs from Lasith Malinga's only remaining over, and 12 off an over from Ajantha Mendis, they were left needing 18 from the final over to be bowled by Perera. The loss of Bailey, caught at deep midwicket for 45 from 36 balls, left 16 required from four balls with the new batsman Maxwell at the crease.

Perera briefly appeared to lose his nerve and sent down a no-ball above waist height that helped the Australians and Maxwell then struck a pair of fours through the off side to leave four needed from one. Fortunately for Sri Lanka, Perera managed to deny him that boundary.

Australia's chase had started poorly with the loss of David Warner for 7 in the second over when he tried to thump Kulasekara through the leg side but succeeded only in sending a leading edge to mid-off. That was followed by the departure of his opening partner Aaron Finch for 7 in the fifth over, lbw to the first ball Mendis bowled when he tried to sweep a straight delivery.

After five overs the Australians were really struggling at 2 for 24, not helped by Marsh being unable to find the gaps. He was nearly run out and caught in the same over and appeared severely lacking in confidence until he managed to clear long-on during Akila Dananjaya's first over and followed it with a boundary through the gap at wide midwicket. But Marsh and Bailey couldn't get Australia far enough advanced in their chase when the rain came.

But really it was the final five overs of Sri Lanka's innings that made the difference as Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera put together an unbeaten 59-run partnership from 28 balls. That pushed the total from what looked like being 140ish to a much more competitive 4 for 161, and left Australia needing the highest successful chase in a T20 international in Australia.

Jayawardene finished unbeaten on 61 from 45 deliveries and Perera on 35 from 15, justifying the captain Angelo Mathews' decision to send Perera in ahead of himself. Ben Laughlin, who struggled to restrict the Sri Lankans in the final few overs of the first match in Sydney, again had a hard time bowling at the death and conceded 20 runs from the last over of the innings.

That over started with a reverse sweep for four that brought Jayawardene his fifty from 42 balls. It also included two more fours to the vacant third-man area from Jayawardene and a top-edged six from Perera, leaving Laughlin with 1 for 40 from his four overs.

James Faulkner, who had bowled a terrific initial spell of 1 for 3 from his first two overs, also suffered at the hands of Perera and Jayawardene in the later stages. He was struck over midwicket for six by Perera, as well as dabbed delicately over short fine leg for four, and Faulkner finished his four overs with 1 for 24.

The Sri Lanka top order had struggled in the first half of the innings as Australia's bowlers used clever variations and took wickets to help keep the runs down. Faulkner picked up his first international wicket in the third over of the match when Tillakaratne Dilshan tried to pull his slower ball and played on for 6 off 10 balls.

None of the Sri Lanka top three managed a strike rate of better than a run a ball as they failed to pick the pace of the bowling, or the gaps in the field. Dinesh Chandimal fell victim to a change in pace from Laughlin, whose first ball of the game was a slower delivery that Chandimal smoked through cover for four. But in the same over Laughlin's quicker bouncer hurried Chandimal, who lobbed a catch to mid-off.

Kushal Perera, who had struck three crisp boundaries including two in a Mitchell Starc over - Starc struggled with his line and sent down four leg-side wides - fell for 15 when he tried to slog Glenn Maxwell over the infield. The ball flew very high off the top edge and nearly struck the hovering Spidercam, and provided a very tricky swirling catch for the cover fielder Bailey, who ran almost a complete circle as he tried to track the ball and successfully completed the take.

After ten overs the Sri Lankans were 3 for 56 and it wasn't until the 12th over of the innings that the first six was struck, when Jayawardene slammed Maxwell straight down the ground. Jayawardene began to find his touch but was lucky to survive a run-out chance on 36, when Jeevan Mendis dropped the ball at his feet and took off for a run and the bowler Laughlin had Jayawardene well covered - except he failed to pick up the ball.

Mendis fell for 25 from 24 balls when he drove Xavier Doherty hard and flat and was caught at long-off by Faulkner, ending a productive 63-run partnership with Jayawardene that had been important in rebuilding the Sri Lanka innings. To keep the left- and right-hand combination going, Thisara Perera was promoted ahead of Mathews and the results were good for Sri Lanka.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • OneEyedAussie on January 29, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Two areas for the Australians to improve: 1) The Aussies played with the tactic of "preserving wickets". This back-fired badly in the first and second games. IMHO, it is better to be 3/80 after the first ten than 1/55. You could argue that the Aussies didn't anticipate the rain in Melb. but they were still well behind the requied rate at 2/60 after ten. 2) The execution of the death bowling was poor in both games and allowed SL to get out of jail. Laughlin was particularly guility of this. Sri Lanka executed better in the above two regards, which is why they won both games.

  • x-sl-boy on January 28, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    Get over it guys, haven't you enjoyed some great cricket last two months? Certainly i have enjoyed every single ball. It is not just the win and loss in the end, I have been at the MCG for two days for the test match, ODI and for the T20 not just to enjoy win by any team, but to witness great cricket and continue to support great game of cricket. I have played about 20 years both in Sri Lanka and Australia, I know how much I enjoy myself when I see a great cover drive or a cut shot, great bouncer ect... You may put down the verbal exchange happened between players last night as a cricketing incident, but the problem is that these continue to happen consistently these days. These sorts of incidents has happened in the past, one of the classic was that the exchange between Ambrose and Steve Waugh in a test match. I almost thought they are part of the game as long as there are no physical contact between players.

  • Pelham_Barton on January 28, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @Gilly4ever on (January 28 2013, 14:33 PM GMT): D/L calculations say that the following tasks are of equivalent difficulty: (A) scoring 161 off 20 overs with all 10 wickets available (B) scoring 86 off 10 overs with 8 wickets available (C) scoring 46 off 5 overs with 8 wickets available. These seem reasonable to me. (B) gives us the par score at the time of the interruption, while the difference between (B) and (C) is the amount by which the target was reduced. To justify your claim that 135 (to win) would be reasonable, what numbers would you put in place of 86 and 46 in cases (B) and (C)?

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, Thisara Perera lacks experience? Haha how did he then get an IPL deal for $650,000? He has over half a dozen man of the match awards.

    I laugh to the maximum non stop reading your nonsense comments. Ranjith Fernando was a very knowledgeble commentator and no one can deny the fact that we have produced plenty of world class players and even producing them right now too. You dont know your facts. Commentor mark_srilanka is 100% correct.

    We have had many moments to cheer indeed throughout 2011 and 2012 which you dont know. Are you new to cricket? Keep living in a deluded world. Check match by match we have played since the 2011 world cup as we have won many matches. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, Sri Lanka always lose to team India? Do you know that we have beaten India 55 times in ODIs? Check the facts before talking nonsense please. Your implying that Sri Lanka has lost all games it has played against India. Get your English language more specific please.

    Keep dreaming buddy we have a very good future indeed. No matter what happens I love my cricket always as long as I am alive. Cricket is a global minority sport and your attitude of hacking another team will do no good for the sport. You pretend to be an NZ fan but I never see you comment on any NZ article. I see you only comment when SL lose or trying to put an excuse when SL win, SIMPLE AS THAT! Cricinfo please publish.

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, of course not. Thisara would have scored even more if not for Mahela indeed as he would have had more time to settle and get his eye.

    Is this our only win? We have won far more matches than this during the year but of course troll like you will only talk up our losses and ignore all our wins so keep it up.

    Kushal Perera was a little over aggressive. He has already shown signs that he can be far better than Mahela.

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, you will say that if Mahela opted not to play cricket as a profession, we would have been like Kenya haha! Man we have truckloads of batsmen in our country and Kushal Perera is already set to be our next Sanath Jayasuriya. Something is radically wrong with you if you dont admit that Thirimanne, Karunaratne and Chandimal are good players.

  • colombo_SL on January 30, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @gnanzcupid; We lost India because they played really well than us. They were the world champions in 2011. They played better cricket than us even on our home soil. They deserved that win. Really appreciate. It is not a shame to say we lost to them. But we won against you 2-0 in T20, because you were below Ireland at one time & still at the 7th place in the rankings. We deserved 5-0 win against you in t20s.

  • colombo_SL on January 30, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @gnazcupid "' had mahela not laid a platform,perera would have been under immense pressure and would have flopped failing to handle the pressure considering his lack of experience". The series is over. You are still worried about matters like "had mahela not laid, perera would have". I feel sorry about you looking at the way you suffered on the past. Don't try to make amendments to the past. It has gone mate. Take care about the WI series.

  • colombo_SL on January 30, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @gnanzcupid;Not only this victory would bring something to cheer about for the lankans. What about the 70+ score in an ODI. How innocent you were against Kula. We are not cheer but worry about the future of so called best batsmen against fast bowlers.

  • OneEyedAussie on January 29, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Two areas for the Australians to improve: 1) The Aussies played with the tactic of "preserving wickets". This back-fired badly in the first and second games. IMHO, it is better to be 3/80 after the first ten than 1/55. You could argue that the Aussies didn't anticipate the rain in Melb. but they were still well behind the requied rate at 2/60 after ten. 2) The execution of the death bowling was poor in both games and allowed SL to get out of jail. Laughlin was particularly guility of this. Sri Lanka executed better in the above two regards, which is why they won both games.

  • x-sl-boy on January 28, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    Get over it guys, haven't you enjoyed some great cricket last two months? Certainly i have enjoyed every single ball. It is not just the win and loss in the end, I have been at the MCG for two days for the test match, ODI and for the T20 not just to enjoy win by any team, but to witness great cricket and continue to support great game of cricket. I have played about 20 years both in Sri Lanka and Australia, I know how much I enjoy myself when I see a great cover drive or a cut shot, great bouncer ect... You may put down the verbal exchange happened between players last night as a cricketing incident, but the problem is that these continue to happen consistently these days. These sorts of incidents has happened in the past, one of the classic was that the exchange between Ambrose and Steve Waugh in a test match. I almost thought they are part of the game as long as there are no physical contact between players.

  • Pelham_Barton on January 28, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @Gilly4ever on (January 28 2013, 14:33 PM GMT): D/L calculations say that the following tasks are of equivalent difficulty: (A) scoring 161 off 20 overs with all 10 wickets available (B) scoring 86 off 10 overs with 8 wickets available (C) scoring 46 off 5 overs with 8 wickets available. These seem reasonable to me. (B) gives us the par score at the time of the interruption, while the difference between (B) and (C) is the amount by which the target was reduced. To justify your claim that 135 (to win) would be reasonable, what numbers would you put in place of 86 and 46 in cases (B) and (C)?

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, Thisara Perera lacks experience? Haha how did he then get an IPL deal for $650,000? He has over half a dozen man of the match awards.

    I laugh to the maximum non stop reading your nonsense comments. Ranjith Fernando was a very knowledgeble commentator and no one can deny the fact that we have produced plenty of world class players and even producing them right now too. You dont know your facts. Commentor mark_srilanka is 100% correct.

    We have had many moments to cheer indeed throughout 2011 and 2012 which you dont know. Are you new to cricket? Keep living in a deluded world. Check match by match we have played since the 2011 world cup as we have won many matches. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, Sri Lanka always lose to team India? Do you know that we have beaten India 55 times in ODIs? Check the facts before talking nonsense please. Your implying that Sri Lanka has lost all games it has played against India. Get your English language more specific please.

    Keep dreaming buddy we have a very good future indeed. No matter what happens I love my cricket always as long as I am alive. Cricket is a global minority sport and your attitude of hacking another team will do no good for the sport. You pretend to be an NZ fan but I never see you comment on any NZ article. I see you only comment when SL lose or trying to put an excuse when SL win, SIMPLE AS THAT! Cricinfo please publish.

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, of course not. Thisara would have scored even more if not for Mahela indeed as he would have had more time to settle and get his eye.

    Is this our only win? We have won far more matches than this during the year but of course troll like you will only talk up our losses and ignore all our wins so keep it up.

    Kushal Perera was a little over aggressive. He has already shown signs that he can be far better than Mahela.

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, you will say that if Mahela opted not to play cricket as a profession, we would have been like Kenya haha! Man we have truckloads of batsmen in our country and Kushal Perera is already set to be our next Sanath Jayasuriya. Something is radically wrong with you if you dont admit that Thirimanne, Karunaratne and Chandimal are good players.

  • colombo_SL on January 30, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @gnanzcupid; We lost India because they played really well than us. They were the world champions in 2011. They played better cricket than us even on our home soil. They deserved that win. Really appreciate. It is not a shame to say we lost to them. But we won against you 2-0 in T20, because you were below Ireland at one time & still at the 7th place in the rankings. We deserved 5-0 win against you in t20s.

  • colombo_SL on January 30, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @gnazcupid "' had mahela not laid a platform,perera would have been under immense pressure and would have flopped failing to handle the pressure considering his lack of experience". The series is over. You are still worried about matters like "had mahela not laid, perera would have". I feel sorry about you looking at the way you suffered on the past. Don't try to make amendments to the past. It has gone mate. Take care about the WI series.

  • colombo_SL on January 30, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @gnanzcupid;Not only this victory would bring something to cheer about for the lankans. What about the 70+ score in an ODI. How innocent you were against Kula. We are not cheer but worry about the future of so called best batsmen against fast bowlers.

  • colombo_SL on January 30, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @gnanzcupid; Maxwel was gentleman enough to apologized from Sri Lankans. Hat off. I think they are happy with their minds. Worries are part & parcel of sport. But i feel, you are still worried about your failure to beat us in the ODI & T20 series on your home soil. Come on mate. Just enjoy the game. Try to appreciate good things of the opponents. Don't worry be happy. You may beat us in Champions Trophy.

  • gnanzcupid on January 30, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @sinhaya had mahela not laid a platform,perera would have been under immense pressure and would have flopped failing to handle the pressure considering his lack of experience.after repeated series losses to india and australia,shameful losses to nz(at home in tests),bangla and pak(in asia cup) and lot of humiliations,this victory would bring something to cheer about for the lankans

  • gnanzcupid on January 30, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    @mark_srilanka i understand that you are deeply frustrated by your teams repeated test failures and loses to australia and india frequently. But firstly i wanna convey you a simple fact. Whether to play a match or to defer it is decided by the match referee. The broadcasing channel just broadcasts the match without much active role in the game(other than giving footage to the 3rd umpire). New to cricket mate? You must see the old footages of lankan team with ranjith fernando commentating. I have laughed my heart out when he claimed that players like malinga,dilhara are world class batsmen while they bat. He describes every single lankan as the world's best batsman and bowler. But the funny part of it is whenever he claims someone as world class, that batsman would get out in an over or two. Don complain of trivial things mate.

  • gnanzcupid on January 30, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Some rapid transition should happen in the lankan team and management if they have to stand the heat of international standards. Else lanka would become a kenya. Can any of the lankan fans answer me why the lankans always lose to team india,whatever the format may be? Does that mean that the lankan team is too bad or indian team is too hot to handle?

  • Sinhaya on January 30, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, wrong. Without Mahela Perera would have definitely scored indeed as his attempted slog shots perfectly connected. Trying to reiterate your usual point that we wont have any cricket without Mahela. Kushal Perera (KP) too gave us a good start. In the 1st T20I we managed perfectly sans Mahela as KP excelled that day. KP bats like Sanath Jayasuriya.

    I dont need telescopic eyes to measure. The Channel 9 commentary team said that Kula's boots were millimeters ahead of the ropes and any person with normal eye sight can see it. Even if he touched the ropes, it is ok cos Marsh was meant to be out before but was not given out.

  • Shaggy076 on January 29, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    AbiPrasad - Your right Australia picks the wrong t20 team, it seems to be a format that are really willing to experiment at. However, when it comes to the World Cups of T20 they pick the right team. True_Lankan; Surely you would have to agree that T20 ratings are a joke, there are teams above Australia that we never lose too. We just dont play enough of it. I think the guide should be the T20 World Cups because that is the only tournament Australia have ever picked there best team, and we have lost a final and a semi final just like Sri Lanka. That certainly puts us in the top 4. You also say we are pathetic in ODI, think you went a bit too far trying to make a point because out of the last three series with Sri lanka - Australia have lost none of them. If we are pathetic, well why cant Sri Lanka beat us?

  • wayno1971 on January 29, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    True Lankan maybe it's you that needs to check your facts, I'll agree that our T20 is rubbish(but then again it's only T20) but a quick check of this web site reveals we're a long way ahead of the so called lions in the other formats and to the rest who claim bias and cheating hmmm, I believe they changed the rules to allow a chucker to bowl a few years back now and nearly all off spinners seem to bowl with a bent arm and you call us cheats, pot calling a kettle black in there somewhere

  • gsingh7 on January 29, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    lankans congrats but please pipe down as indians always arrange a series with sl when they need to come in form , just like prior to wc , also malinga with 94 runs in 7 overs and next match 89 runs in 8 overs is favourite bowler to kohli and dhoni so he is special for us indians, /. the sportsmanship ( or lack of) if hardly surprising for mahela as he is a sore loser as seen in recent losses to india. maxwell or any aussies being sore puss is not at all surprising , just watch wc quarters loss to india to see where i am ponting.good to see that aus are in deeper hole than india at moment as it is a game of fine margins,but afterindia win 4-0 i will support aussies in ashes to decimate the lowly poms as i like aus and have green card for this country

  • TrueLankan on January 29, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    @Potatis : If you have any knowledge you will see that Australia are not that far from Zimbabwe in the rankings. Australia haven't won a series since Feb 2010. That tells you everything you want. The only way Australia can beat Zimbabwe is by telling the umpires the field has an unfair advantage to the Zimbabweans. Not trolling mate. Just stating the facts. I can't imagine how it must feel to be pathetic at the short forms of the game in both ODI and t20. England will win the Ashes 10-0 (including the return leg).

  • SL_rockz on January 29, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    " Despite the best efforts of Channel 9 to win the last T20 for Australia 9 for ratings) it did not work. Their efforts worked in the 50 over match to square the series despite heavier rain & water logging of the grounds.Well there is an old saying that cheaters never prosper. This still holds even in our modern times. " well said MaxG9. The commentary was joke... When any player in Australia comes to bat he becomes the world's best player for them .Even though he went without scoring they say he is a class act :P just luck was not with him ... and when kulasekara was not touching the rope all of them was i do not know damn confident that he touched it ignoring high definition camera pictures showing otherwise... How poor aussies are ?? :P and when marsh edged one to Chandima , they stood SHUT UP and called marsh again WORLD CLASS PLAYER :P :P .....I think according to them that bowl was not bowled :P :P

  • Harmony111 on January 29, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I did not see this match so don't have first hand info but it looks as tough one Aussie by the name of Maxwell had some issues with the way SL players wastes/took a lot of time in deciding about the last ball and some ppl here are talking about it.

    My question is, just what exactly was Maxwell complaining about? The SL captain & bowler and other senior players have a full right to decide about the best way to bowl the ball. If they exceed the allotted time quota then the referee will look into it and fine them - I don't see anything other than this in this whole issue. Maxwell too was getting time to decide about his tactics so its not that he was being forced not to think about it. When MS did something similar for Morgan he kept his cool and hit the last ball for a 6 while Maxwell lost his and missed the final ball.

    The fundamental point here is "Do the Aussies play by the rules or by the spirit"? If by rules then they shouldn't complain, if by spirit then its pot vs kettle here.

  • aby_prasad on January 29, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Like I've always maintained, Srilanka is the best side both in odi and t20. Whether it be india winning wc, aus winning cb series last time, pak winning asia cup or wi winning t20 cup, srilanka is always around. They were unlucky in the last hurdle or else they would have been 3 times odi champs, cb ,t20 champs etc. I dont have the dirty habit of criticising other teams except the team i support , india. And even if i do criticise, it would be done only respectfully(similar to how we suggest something to a neighbour's house or some other house other than ours!).I would respectfully suggest other fans take a serious note of this point!.So in that respectful vein,Aus selection is a bit strange in t20(just an opinion, hope u dont mind) and as for sl, all id wish them is luck.They need a bit more luck in finals, as they have everything else set for them!,I've always loved mahela :). He and sl shud be proud, no other team has reached this many finals!(atleast for 5-7 yrs!)

  • SL_rockz on January 29, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    @ CattleFarmerRoy :- ooopz .you are telling about sri lanka.why then so called gentlement from AUS SHAUN MARSH did not went off the ground after a huge nick to keeper ??????? did you ever see sanga do such ??? haaaa....It is gentlements game dude.Aussies are not playing it in that way.Did you hear commentary !!!!! it was hilarious :O :O.... all 3 are aussies.Channel nine used to do such when they broadcast....Not any other single country do such..And they were clearly visibe bias..THey say it is not Sri lankan's victory and our talent that 's aussies bit out of shape that day..they never give credit to SL at any victory and they hugely criticise SL players when batting and praised veru remote talents exaggerately.

  • gnanzcupid on January 29, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @sinhaya mahela was the backbone of the lankan innings. Without his foundation,perara would have been ineffective. Mahela is the lone warrior assisted by the warhorse. Glad you have the telescopic eyes to measure millimeters. It looked a six without much doubt according to me.

  • Sinhaya on January 29, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    At all Aussie fans complaining about Kula's boot touching the ropes, please remember

    1. Shaun Marsh was lucky to be given not out when he was out caught behind by Chandimal.

    2. Close looks also proved Kula's boot was milli meters away from the rope.

    3. I agree we as fans should not criticize Maxwell cos we took too much extra time. It was the umpires responsibility to warn our players and not that of Maxwell.

    I respect Aussies a lot and looking forward to meeting again in the Champions trophy later this year.

  • Sinhaya on January 29, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, oh please check the replays carefully. Kula's foot was above the ropes by a centi meter and the decision was correct as the commentators said. Also, dont forget the caught behind appeal against Marsh by Chandimal where he was lucky to get away. Please stop giving excuses.

    Mahela the lone savior? Rubbish! It was Thisara Perera's power hitting which helped. Thisara played a fantastic innings and he helped us win and deserved man of the match award.

  • Jayzuz on January 29, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    @Robed, was that the same SCG match where Warner and Henriques were robbed of their wickets and AUS of about 50 runs in the process? Where SL were chasing 225 in the same entire series where their top score was 218 runs TOTAL? :-) Yep, somebody was robbed at the SCG all right. Amazing how this victim story has spread. This was the same story that preceded India's humiliating decline. I'd look for a more dignified narrative if I were you.

  • Cedrik on January 29, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    @RobEd, you miss the point completely. The deterioration of the game for spectators is my point not who was robbed. We were robbed of seeing Malinga bowl his blindingly accurate overs at the end as he did in the previous game.Did you read what I wrote mate. The umpires are a big part of the problem as well.

  • RobEd on January 29, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    @Cedrik Oh please, after the way SL were robbed of victory at the SCG in the ODI, I think Mahela had every right to question another poor Australian umpire's decision.

  • Cedrik on January 29, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    I don't believe that Sri Lanka or the match officials had any care for the millions of people wanting to see a game of cricket or for the people that paid to be there. I have sat at the SCG through a hale storm that left the field white. Play resumed quicker, it seemed, then in either of the recent rain effected games. Jayawardene told the channel nine commentators when it was just starting he believed they were ahead on the d/l and then went to the umpire to complain about the slippery ball further saying over the mike he was wearing that he did that to pressure the umpires. he continued to complain when they came back on after he fielded the ball,rather surefootedly, as he new if play was called of his team wins, not caring about the spectators. He was the first to complain in the Sydney game and then complains bitterly when it went against them. He is a great cricketer of rare ability but hes not playing cricket and is an example of one of the things that is wrong with the game.

  • cccrider on January 29, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Thil de, are you serious? You don't understand the concept that 8 new players in a team can make a huge difference in performance. Really? My selected team would wipe SL - something that you don't (and can't) dispute in your post.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 29, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Just another example of why everyone rates the aussies as the worst sports on earth.

  • colombo_SL on January 29, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Australia is a very talented team, according to my view. There are lots of areas to be improved. This is the growing stage of their team. At the maturity state, they have the potential to dominate the cricket world again as they did. Like to see improved performance of them. It ultimately effect to the improvement of this lovely game of cricket. No matter where it is come from, we just want to see exciting cricket & sportsmanship. Eagerly waiting to see the league stage match between Aus & Sri lanka in the Champions League 2013. Wish all success for both teams!

  • colombo_SL on January 29, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Very disappointed with the ugly finish to the tournament. Appreciate the way that Mr. Bailey behaved. Maxwel was wrong there. As the representatives of the entire country, players should be able to behave as gentlemen. Because, they represent their country. I would be glad, if Mahela could treat the Maxwel with a sarcastic smile as Arjuna used to do. A sarcastic smile at the arrogant opponent can do more damage than thousand words & gesture. Never say Mahela was wrong there. Would like to forget the incident as an isolated one. Most of the Australian fans are very good here through out the series. They actually made constructive criticisms here, through out this series.

  • --.-- on January 29, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Congratulations to SL team.

  • colombo_SL on January 29, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    This series victory should not overshadowed our weaknesses in tests. We should be able understand the areas where we have to got improved. That is the only way to be consistent in the tests, ODIs & T20s.

  • colombo_SL on January 29, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Good performance by the Sri Lankans at the end. Sri Lankans proved that they are deserved the no.1 spot of the T20 rankings. Good series win specially for Mathews. I think his confidence has build up now to guide the Sri lankan team. Long way to go...

  • PadMarley on January 29, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    That was a crazy end to the tour. I'm not sure whats there for the Aussies from this tour. [Perhaps identifying very vulnerable points in playing ODIs and T20s]. The Sri Lankans would have given a much better show in tests, if they played the 3 tests after ODIs and T20s [only a thought though]. As for SL, their weakness in playing tests in Australia was re-discovered. But the greatest what SL found out was that, they have players for the future with guts and able to perform in non sub-continent conditions [Thrimanne, Chandimal, Kushal, Thisara, Jeewan, Methews, and Dimuth]. They all have a minimum of ten years of cricket left in them. A hope!!

  • JG2704 on January 29, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @RandyOz - You ought to patent some of your usual well constructed verses - see gsingh7 on (January 28 2013, 12:27 PM GMT)

    @electric_loco_WAP4 on (January 29 2013, 05:17 AM GMT) I'm surprised you have time to post on here if you've been in contact with a few million fans who have told you their opinions on MJ

  • on January 29, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    I agree with Cricket316. We need more unbiased commentators. Not only was this so noticeable during the Aussie/S.Lankan series but other series as well. It is quite annoying when there is so much bias. Hard to listen to!

  • yorkslanka on January 29, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Guys, it has been widely reported that maxwell has apologised to Mahela ( and I hope he does the same)yes passion ran high but if the players have got over it then why are fans still arguing over things?to my Sri Lankan brothers,lets show some humility and respect in our win..yes we played well but the odi's were tied and we got trounced in the tests so let's remain calm...

  • KEVINSL on January 29, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    seriously , can't aussie find a good medium pacer other than Ben Loughlin from their domestic tournament ? moises Henriques, hazelwood,sandhu, come oon lots of names I can tell you..

  • Cricket316 on January 29, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    I really love 2 hear the Commentary(when Experts are talking abt Cricket). Wasnt the case this time. It was hilarious n irritating at times. Did you notice that Ch 9 hasnt incl any SL (or Foreign) Commentator in the Panel during the Series. Every Bilateral Series till date, has had comms from both Sides (except most of Ch 9 coverage of the all the Series) They were clearly cheering for Oz Team to win it. When Maxwell was hittin 4 , they go so excited and started cheering him, even when SL won, they started saying Bailey played gr8, Maxwell was an Amazing talent. Blah blah.. What about the other team that held the nerve ? Even before the last ball was being bowled,you can hear the commentary and decide 4urself. Nothing wrong with supportin ur home team, but thr should be a limit to it. Commentators are given a responsible job of calling the Match. Whole world is listening you. I miss Greig. Was n xctin match,wld hve lvd if commntry was unbiased. Comments are welcomd. No, Im nt from SL

  • Shaggy076 on January 29, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Thil_De; You completely misinterpreted my point about Sri Lanka being able to consistently bowl yourkers, how has this got anything to do with the pitch? My point was that the bowlers could control the balll as such the ball was not excessively wet and the ground fit to play on. Sri Lanka were not disadvantaged by going back on the ground.

  • Shaggy076 on January 29, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Many people want cricket to be a gentlemans game but with the amount of money now on offer, peoples careers and livelihoods are at risk, as such that is the pasison that came out in Maxwell, Perera, Jayawardena, Mathews, Wade and Warner. It can get ugly to watch but its going to happen. But it happens all around the world and not consigned to just Australia as many Sri Lankan fans would have you believe. The behavoiur of the Sri Lankans was also on show.

  • Shaggy076 on January 29, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Thil_de : I'm just pointing out the difference in situations between the games, Duckworth Lewis was already in effect, I'm sure you as a Sri lankan fan has got much more saisfaction out of goint back out there and winning than staying off the pitch. I personally believe both games should have been played, the umpires have become a little precious about the outfield but I think in the case of Sydney that the umpires may have decided that the Duckworth Lewis system was going to be a massive advantage for Sri Lanka and didnt want to go out there. Anyway as ssoon as the umpires say we are playing, I dont believe Mathews, Jayawardena and the Sri Lankan coach should have behaved as they have done. Australia players are being berated from Sri Lankan fans for similar behaviour, anyway at the end of the game both teams were to blame for that.

  • Meety on January 29, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @featurewriter on (January 28 2013, 13:22 PM GMT) - you do make a good point. A bit more intent in body language in Tests, may lead to some better results. The difference in intent between Tests & short forms with SL is quite amazing. That said, I think having a bowler like Malinga can make the difference in that respect.

  • SherjilIslam on January 29, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    One thing i agree with most of the SL fans here is the absolute biased commentary of #9 team.They were actually rooting for an Aussie win.What a Shame.... I think whatever Mahela and Dilshan did after the match....i agree with them.Aussies are always like that...when they start loosing matches, they simply lose their cool.So, for them it was the taste of their own bitter pill.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 29, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Incidents like these put cricket in poor light .... and coming from a player of the stature of Mahela.... quite shameful ...I'm sure a lot of genuine cricket fans ... SL fans incl feeling let down by the disgrace brought on gentlemans game by Mahe and couple of SL players . MJ has lost a few million fans for ever .... he is himself responsible for it... a shame cos he is a truly great cricketer. Hope ICC takes firm stand and demand unconditional apology of SLCB to Cricket Aus for abusing the young Aus cricketers and being poor eg. for Aus kids watching on TV... Pls Pub Cricinfo... genuine cricket fan.... Cheers!!

  • on January 29, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    I still haven't seen any cogent explanation as to why a not so young (30+)Laughlin needed to be blooded in, to boost the "strength" of the OZ team. Either for the Indian tour. Or, for the Ashes. Especially when one sees so many young pace bowlers raring to go for Australia.

  • thil_de on January 29, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    cccrider You seem to be forgetting that out of the players that you named and claim would have wiped SL, Warner, Faulkner and Starc were actually playing in this match. Did you even watch the game?

  • NicoBougas on January 29, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    I think the Aussies were just sore leaders. The Aussies have been great winners for many years. Let see if they can also show themselves to be great losers and gracious in defeat.

  • thil_de on January 29, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Shaggy076 To answer your laughable comments: The pitch was dry so of course the yokers were going to pitch fine. It was the outfield SL were concerned about. Afterall, that was the exact reason given for 4 ODI, the difference being that match got abandoned cause 'unfair ground' for fielders (which doesn't include in cricket laws other than the 'dangerous') when in this match with the same wet outfield was declared 'fit to play'. Mahela, Matthews and the coach was not 'sulking' as you call it, they were concerned about the slippery ground. Mahela was pointing out to his captain that it was still wet coz he got soaked trying to save a boundary. There was nothing that Maxwell got that was unwarranted. It wasn't his call to give orders to the bowler to start bowling and if you look properly you can see he is using the F word. And every team takes time to set the field & confer in such a crucial point in the match. Warner started it off and Mahela responded in kind when Wade followed suit

  • birdz_eye on January 29, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Well I have been great fan of Aussie sporting talent but for their sporting spirits can't say the same. Backing in Steve Waugh era the sledding & gazing was backed by brilliant individual performances but with this current Aussie side exchanging words without some thing to back it up, is mere cry of a looser which off course they are at the moment. They need to accept the fact that they are not a great side any more & to become a big force they better need to start respecting other playing nations.

  • yoogi on January 29, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Theres some problem with D/L. Even the sri lankans were 56/3 at the time of 10 overs (all set to make 130 score). There were supposed to be short of 25 runs if they were to chase their own total. Actually Australians were better placed at that time (60/2, and positioned to make 145). It means, when the ball looses its shine, batting becomes a lot easier on this occasion and Australia would have won hands down, had there been five more overs, contrary to what DL method says. (I am from India, I dont care if Aussies loose, Just that I see a problem).

  • Jon.Draggon on January 29, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    being living in Australia for more than 10 years now, the attitude you saw on field by MaxWell, Wade and others after the match ended, when they lose, is typical what you see if you challenge them for something. Nothing new.. SL guys well done for fighting and standing up to all the challenges. Cheers - Hats off to Mahela ...Mathews Good luck.

  • thil_de on January 29, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    For those who are harping on the fact of a certain 6, it wasn't a 6 as was shown in replay since the fielder missed the rope by an inch. And as for the alleged 'taking hours before bowling', let's just say that every single team in the world would discuss and set the field in such a crucial moment of the game and leave it at that. The batsman wanted to play because he was in form and he wanted to play. But clearly his showed poor judgement in sledging the fielding team to start bowling, and incidentally got a well-deserved reply. He further went on to show his poor sportsmanship by taking it up again when Mahela went to shake his hands and Warner and co followed suit (after the match I might add). Batsman's behavior to fielding team, the reaction from the team and the bowler's response to the batsman all happened during the match which happens all the time. But the Aussies poor behavior after the match confirms that when it comes to sportsmanship, Aussies are sorely lacking

  • ajithabey on January 29, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Good to see SL coming back with 2 wins in the T20 and 2 wins in the ODI having got thrashed in the test series. I presume the younger players have had a learning experience playing in tough conditions and situations down under against bad losers.well as I said earlier,the match is not won or lost until the last ball is bowled came true last night. It was a really good game of cricket although at the end tempers flared which turned sour at the conclusion of this match.Umpires were at fault for allowing it to drag on and on. The players concerned should not ruin the spirit in which the game is played whether they win or lose and be mindful of the code of conduct at all times.Millions including children are watching you from all over the world and it's a pity to see all of the players cutting a sorry sight and setting a bad example of your behaviour and character. Grow up guys and try your best to play the game of cricket in a gentlemanly manner at all times even if playing down under.

  • Gurudumu on January 29, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    The pitch conditions were exactly the same as for the match at the SCG when the game was hugely in favour of SL. What changed between the SCG and MCG matches? Secondly, S Marsh was out but not given! As for the behaviour of BOTH teams, they were equally deplorable

  • Matth on January 29, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    cont... No umpire is going to be bias towards their own country. they all want to get on the elite panel and Oz definitely do not control that. And finally, it has been great having Sri Lanka out this year. Especially in the shorter formats they are a great personality team and fun to watch

  • Matth on January 29, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Boy some people blow things out of proportion. From a Oz fan's perspective: 1. Good win by Sri Lanka. They were always slightly ahead in this game. 2. SL are definitely the better and more settled T20 team. 2-2 in ODI's and 3-0 in tests also looked about right. 3. Both teams had a fair caught behind denied 4. SL took too long on the last ball, obviously trying to change the momentum after consecutive fours. Maxwell should be complaining to the umpires, not the opposition. Maxwell and Jawardene should both be fined. 5. The umpires were at fault for letting it go that far. Showed they were an inexperienced pair. 6. Jawardene has been around a long time. He was obviously pulloing the strings and fair enough. It's up to the umpires to stop it if they think it is unfair. 7. Warner and Wade are idiots and should be fined as well. 8. There is no OZ bias in umpiring decisions or rain stoppages. The ICC controls this not OZ. cont... 6. But it was not that big a deal at the tim

  • Goph on January 29, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    So when Marsh edges it and Stands his ground....thats not against the spirit of the game?? but when the bowler and senior players have a chat before the last ball is delivered that is?? I must agree with the Kiwi fan who posted "When the aussies do it its called playing hard but when anyone else does it, it is against the spirit of the game"

  • challagalla on January 29, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    congrats to Sri Lanka for this splendid victory. T20 matches have always been close and their is very little difference between the the top 5 or 6 teams. The umpires make the call to call off a match after rain and that's final. To accuse the umpires of bias is stretching it and my fellow Indian are particularly vociferous and quick to impute motives to them.Yes it was a bad tempered match and yet you have to admit the result was fair and watching it I never thought the Aussies were in it at all. They lost the match bowling badly and that's it.

  • ImpartialExpert on January 29, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    I think Maxwell lost a bit of concentration after the incident. He sent similar deliveries to the boundary just before the incident. Interestingly enough Perera got the ball closer to where he wanted after the incident. But overall this was a great match.

  • Htc-Android on January 29, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    congrats sri lanka. Good start for mathews as a captian. I hope he can win many matches during the tight situations on the field too. This is something we lacked in the past 4 or 5 years.

  • sando31 on January 29, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    All credit to SL for winning the 2 t20's, they held their nerve better than us and deserved to win in the end. But does that mean that SL have conquered Australia, by winning 2 meaningless t20's against inexperienced state players. No!!!!!!!!! SL cricket needs to set its priorities straight, and that should be test cricket, rather that t20 cricket, which is just for fun and entertainment, regardless of the end result. Have SL supporters already forgotten the embarressment of the test matches against the real Australian team!!!

  • whofriggincares on January 29, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    @front foot lunge, maybe Wade might mention his test hundreds as career achievements. Already has a couple and will probably have 10-12 by the end of his career. Have you ever made a ton, even in park cricket? Doubt it. Although I guess you make 100 useless and repetitive posts a week ,what a record. Great achievement being the dumbest blogger on cricinfo.

  • cccrider on January 29, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Bottom line, selection panel stuffed up. No players from Brisbane Heat in this match? The ones that won the domestic 20 20 comp? A team: Pomersbach, Warner, Hodge, Rohrer, Hussey D, Paine, Faulkner, Hauritz, Starc, McKay, McDermott would have wiped SL.

  • Booniedoon on January 29, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Just watching the highlights, looked like some ugly incidents on field which is really unfortunate. Surely if the bowling side are taking too long to set a field, it is the umpire's responsibility to move them along? I don't agree with these tactics, but Maxwell's response, even given a high pressure situation, shouldn't have a place in the game (even the 20-20 "game"). Same for both sides carry on after the match.

  • ThariCricFan on January 29, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    Whatever said and done, both teams played exceptional cricket and we have to appreciate good things about a well played tournament. SL could have won the Sydney one-dayer had the play resumed and I still cannot understand how the Melbourne game could resume after 45 mins of rain but Sydney game could not resume after just 30 mins rain! Anyhow, let's keep aside all the ''ifs'' and ''buts'' and should've beens and could've beens, it was a great series..

  • mar2000 on January 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    The Aussies are not a main force in world cricket at present . They all must understand this then put plans in place and keep rebuilding . After the West Indies lay them flat on their faces in the up coming 50 over series , then i wonder what the saying will be. Sir Lanka will be a strong team in the short version for years to come .

  • on January 28, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Let's assume that AUS won this game. Do you think The AUS player Maxwell going to complain? Absolutely not. What it means is that the ugliness came because the result of the game was in the favor f the opposition, Guys, learn to accept the defeat. This competitive sports, this is not Aussie cricket that the world expect. Please have some mentoring from the senior players, how to behave.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on January 28, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Useful for Australia to learn that Finch, Maxwell & Laughlin aren't up to international standard & can be discarded. Presumably we don't have to read disgruntled Victorians telling us how their 'champions' should be selected & are being discriminated against. Surprised to see Cutting left out & would like to see him play all the Windies games. I'd exclude all of the Test squad for India from these upcoming games & let them rest or play Shield as appropriate. Would like to see Nathan Coulter Nile get some ODI's along with the likes of Joe Burns & Alex Doolan.

  • Gamaraala on January 28, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I'm pretty sure Maxwell wasn't expecting the sort of response he got from Mahela and the Co. when he asked them to bring it on. True, the Lankans took more time to get their field together but Maxwell, you provoked them. You reap what you sow. That sort of behaviour is not new to Aussies and they shouldn't be complaining (if they ever were). At least the Lankans didn't "pull his t-shirt and throw the ball at him".

    Having said that, cheers to CA for a wonderful series. I reserve my comments about rain-marred SCG, but rest of the entertainment there was just fantabulous.

  • Shaggy076 on January 28, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Now the next point - When they returned to the field the Sri Lankans didnt excessively have to dry the ball, the conditions worked in there favour in that a couple of balls stopped in front of the fence. All bowlers pretty much got there yorkers right except for one Perera ball and he has been all over the shop all Summer. It was clearly fit to play and certainly much better for all supporters that they had a finish. And congratulations to Sri Lanka on that final result.

    Everyone blaming Maxwell for the tension after the game, this appeared to be escalated by the sulking of Mathews and Jayawardena at the umpires when directed to play (much worse behaviour than Maxwell saying cmon and bowl), the abuse that the Sri lankan players gave Maxwell was unwarranted and started the ugliness at the end of the game. Warner and Wade exchanged handshakes but there was clear there were words from both Wade and Jayawardena both parties contributed to the ugliness and it was certainly not just aus.

  • Potatis on January 28, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    @TrueLankan, so Australia should play Zimbabwe in T20, because they lost to SL by 3 runs, and you'd put your money on Zimbabwe. Presumably Zimbabwe would have therefore lost to SL by 1 or 2 runs since they are supposedly better than Aus. Why not choose to write sensible comments, instead of choosing to be a troll?

    I used to not mind the SL team at all, I thought the fans were ok too, but after all of the gloating and whinging going on here, especially the absurd and deranged accusations of the Sydney ODI being called off to save Aus, I hope SL lose every match they play. I will always support the opposition of SL whenever they play. Btw, the UMPIRES called off the 4th ODI, not CA or the Australian cricket team.

  • LegB4wkt on January 28, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Whatever happened, It's been one hell of tour. Very competitive cricket played by both teams. It's always been wonderful to watch SL-AUS matches. Great place, Great crowd. Thank you y'all n see you in a few years.

  • Shaggy076 on January 28, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Im convinced Sri Lankan fans dont know anything about cricket and particular the Duckworth Lewis, they want every advantage possible just as long as the opposition doesnt get any advantage. 1) Sydney - Duckworth Lewis was going to change the whole context of the game and turn a game from Australias favour, completely to a one-sided result. It would have been victory only by D-L and not victory in victory sense. 2) This game as 10 overs had already bowled when the reain came down the game under Duckworth Lewis would have been awarded to Sri lanka and yes I would consider that a hollow victory. As the game was under Duckworth Lewis the umpires had to give Australia a chane to try angd grab victory much in the same way they gave Sri LOanka a chance in the World Cup when they were behind on Duckworth Lewis. I found the attitudes of Mathews, jayawardena and the coash appaliling did Australia try these tactics at the world cup - No cos Australia always back there ability to win a fair game.

  • TheBigBoodha on January 28, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Either game could have gone either way. That's T20 cricket. Bailey was spot on. The difference between #1 and #7 is tiny in this format, and AUS is just one or two tweaks away from being the best team. One of the problems is that this format just isn't played much, so there isn't time to develop a team, and there has been too much chopping and changing of players. On paper AUS has an excellent team with just a couple of changes. Laughlin, for example, cost Australia this game, and cost all chance in the previous game. The fact that Australia only lost 3 wickets in both games and lost both shows that there is a tactical issue there as well. The rain also hurt Australia. They were ahead of SL in terms of both runs and wickets at the 10th over when rain stopped play. On that surface, fast runs at the end were always going to come, and with 8 wickets in hand, AUS had a good chance.

  • brenno23 on January 28, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    A lot of SL fans seem to be calling out Maxwell here, although they seem to forget that Sri Lanka took a LONG time to set their field for that final ball, certainly longer than usually occurs in that situation, and they were also involved in the verbal exchanges after the game/before the final ball. I'm not going to defend the behaivour of Maxwell, but it's a two-way street guys. Having said that, well played Sri Lanka, it's always nice to have your team out here and they are a pleasure to watch, and certainly a very good limited overs team, and great fans! Thanks!

  • micklem on January 28, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    SL wouldl win Against Aus.But in future they are going to play very pathetically against India.When ever India doing miserably they will play against SL and they will get easy oppurtunity to cherish.Their performance against India will remain like club standards.Even Bangladesh will do much better against India.Anybody from SL fans knows what is reason for their 3rd rate performance against Inda ?

  • MrKricket on January 28, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    You've got to wonder why Laughlin was given the last over again after he was blown away in the previous game which lost it. Why not give it to Starc? Isn't he the most consistent bowler? Well done to SL whatever happens.

    Two games is hardly enough to proclaim a winner in a game of such capricious luck. Twenty overs is so little that one of two mistakes can cost the game. A couple of games is not enough to decide who is best. Although I'll agree Aus has a long way to go in this game yet.

  • on January 28, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    I have seen some great premonitions in my time but nothing beats the first comment!!!

    Congratulations SL. Unfortunately I refused to watch all the game because of the terribly biased commentating by CH9. Watched Marsh play early .... should have been run out on 2 and was dropped the next ball .... commentators then said that "All he needs is a little luck!!" HA,HA,HA ... they must have been watching a different game. Now I find out that he was caught and not given out on 33. And some posted comments believe he is "all class"???

    Maxwell has proven again that he doesn't have the character to wear the Australian Colours. This disgusting, belligerent behaviour is obviously condoned by CA, Management and the Coaching Staff, which is why so many other Australian Players behave in a similar manner. He should be banned.

    I do not know whether to praise the SL Selectors for the inclusion of Akila Dananjaya, or ask why wasn't he included in the dead 3rd Test. A real talent at the age of 19.

  • Mr.Arrack on January 28, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    I must say that I do live for the summer of cricket in Australia. They are an amazing squad the seems to have quality to replace their national squad. Win or Loose, The Aussie tour is one that i always highlight in my calendar and they didn't disappoint with their performance. My hats off to the Aussie and thanks for being great competitors. Cant wait for the next Aussie Tour and sad that it maybe the end of 2014/2015.

    @Zianswati... I love the persistence of "Sri Lankan Tigers", I don't think we will be renaming team but will file it in the recycle bin so that we can take it into consideration.

  • TrueLankan on January 28, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    @Sinhaya :Since I may not have another chance to reply because we won't be playing for a while. I would like to say that Mahela and Sanga didn't protest about the cancelling of Tests due to the bankruptcy of the SLC. Sanga and Mahela understand it is the best thing for the SLC for generating revenue. Also, SLC gets a small percentage of the earnings of Sri Lankan players in the IPL and therefore you can see why they cancelled the Tests in West Indies. Hope this changes your opinions of these Legends and also hope the innings by Mahela in this game shows if you are a legend you will always be a legend. Please publish.

  • fataquie on January 28, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    So what punishment is ICC giving to Maxwell for his conduct? Same goes for Warner and Bailey. ICC should be just as fair in this incident if it was an Asian player instigating such behavior. Why is that Aussies create a controversy every time an Asian team visits them?

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Wow .. wow ,,, forget about what happed in the last ball of the match.. just watch the Kushal P's batting.. ohh dear all his shots are all over written Sanath Jayasuriya....the 3 off side 4s and then one leg side behind sqaure 4 (against Starc over 3rd or 4th of the SL innings), typical SJ reminiscent shots.. even so biased Aus commemorators couldn't get away without giving him a credit for that shots while they were all the way talking only how to get SL out..

    ohh its a real good sign for SL criket this youngster...pls take care of him SL criket.

  • Mr.Arrack on January 28, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @SaminColumbia... To be honest, with a population of 1.2 billion and enough money in bcci bank accounts to buy all of Sri Lanaka twice over, would you not expect India to be number 1 in every format. There are more people playing cricket in Mumbai than we have people in Sri Lanka. So i'm always amazed at all the love we receive from Indian fans. Okay, we choke... but as long as it happens in the finals damn i'm on happy Lankan.....

  • rocksl on January 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    its a great result achieved by sl loins . we need more big hitters like thisara for this format of game . Always good to see pakistani brothers truely support our team . Wish you all the best loins ....

  • Aizikhan on January 28, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Part of Game guys :) No hard Feelings... Glad to see the Positive Response from Bother Captains. Specially from Young Mathews.

  • rajvan6 on January 28, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Calm down folks. If you play cricket yourself, you would understand it is quite easy & understandable to loose your cool in the heat of the moments. No one is exceptional to this rule, including the players normally known for their calm personality (i.e Dhoni, Tendulkar, Murali, Gayle, Amla etc). Watch the post match report from Bailey; he was very true & honest with his reflection of the even & the match all together.

    Here is the link http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/602566.html?genre=2

  • hhillbumper on January 28, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    well done Australia.You really are a world class team

  • champions_of_PAKISTAN on January 28, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    well played Sri Lanka they are always my second best team after Pak.. because with the resources they had they produce amazing results..I think they are the most desciplined team atleast in Asia.. they know there weakness and strengths.. well done Sri Lanka

  • Zianswati on January 28, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Congrate........Hats Up Well Done Sri Lankan Tigers you are truly deserve what you achieved in Australia.Let them cry coz this there old habit after losing they always showing there frustration.From Pakistan A true Fan of Sri Lankan Team

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    @samincolumbia on (January 28 2013, 18:10 PM GMT); Ind also has the same inability to win matches in Aus. so Ind is no great.. SL has been the most consistent team from 2007 at all ICC big events. even it was SL who chased out India from 2009 T20 cup.. hitting a last ball 6... loosing 1 final match doesnt mean u cant play good criket. SL also #1 T20 in side in the world and they proved it even today. so what... I saw one Indian mentioned below in this thread that ICC ranking is useles and wrong... then how could u claim the #1 position for ODIs from same ICC what u refuse... funny that guy didnt even know that own team is #1, or he himself know that India is not at all #1 ODI...

  • ps-lanka on January 28, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    congratulation to my team.. as a sri lankan and also as a Asian we had proud that won against to Australia.. that was grate game to watch..Australian team payed also very competitive.we should have 2 thanks all Indian fans with us...

  • samincolumbia on January 28, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    @Mark2011- Go easy with the chewing or you might choke on seomthing..Like SL did in the final of the T20 WC against West Indies. Or like SL did in the final of the ODI WC against India. SL has yet to win a TEST match in India. India are also #1 in ODI rankings. Even Bangladesh puts up a better fight than SL when playing India.

  • satti722 on January 28, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    whao...... gr8 nation gr8 team i m a pakistani and a big fan of SL well done and keep it upand forget about every othe rcrap

  • SSJG on January 28, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    This is why I like watching SL vs AUS especially in Aus. Every tour to Down under was challenging and built the SL team and this tour have definitely help the youngsters. I think how SL reacted is correct as Aus crossed the line and heard the lions roar. Credit to Arjuna, Mahela and Sanga for setting this through the years. SL should plan now to win the first test in Aus. Future seems good for SL cricket in the shorter formats with good mix of young and senior players. For test need to find good wicket taking quicks and expose young batsman.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    @ pitch_curator; there is no need to talk about Ind-Sl matces here.. this is about T20 match won by SL today... we saw how India were beaten by Pak in ur own backyard and merely escape 3-0 whiewas...and just saved from Eng making flat tracks...

  • Cricket316 on January 28, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Thrilling win for SL.. Well deserved. Oz's made the most of an Outside chance they had of winning this one. But in the end, Maxwell's sheer Arrogance and immaturity cost Ozs the match. A new low for Oz in Sledging. What were they complaining for ? There's nothing wrong with spending few mins before the Crucial Ball being bowled ( Every Team does this, isnt it ?) Oz's just proved what their Attitude is towards Cricket. Cant digest a T20 Series loss like Men, just wonder what would've happened,if they lost ODI Series. What was warner complaining about, without knowing anything... Mahela's reaction was shocking, he's a Gentleman, but today he showed Tit for Tat. That was needed. But Cricket was the real loser today.

    Did I tell you, Im not from SL. Congo to SL brothers from India. You deserved the Victory.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    @gsingh7 on (January 28 2013, 14:38 PM GMT); no body cares t20? ha ha haaa.. when u cant win ahh... then why u started carnival IPL? is it baseball match then...? in CB series Ind beat SL & AUs, so what , SL also beat Ind & Aus., and we chased out Ind from the series also.. so that's another achievement... even in Asia cup, we chased Indi out of the series..what a hammering SL has given to Ind.. we know u got 1 match to always chew, 320 & Malinga 97. Can u tell me the name of any Indian fast bowler came up in the last whole decade?.. none.. over one billion ppl only playing just one sport...cant even find a w/class fast bowler, insted keep chewing one match in history...

  • pitch_curator on January 28, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    ok. Now I see a lot of lankans talking about India. SL has never won a SINGLE test match in India a and look at the ODI series in the last 3-4 years. Case closed.

  • TrueLankan on January 28, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    I have changed my stance and now will be supporting a draw in the upcoming Aus vs India series. I was going to support the Australians but after this match and 4th ODI I have lost all respect for the team. Shame. They seem to be playing according to a different rules and conducts book. I am saying this again the winging Australians who can't accept defeat HAVEN'T WON A T20 SERIES SINCE 2010 FEBRUARY and probably never will for a lifetime.

  • Nmiduna on January 28, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Good to see Maxwell have apologized afterwards. And i'm sure Mahela will look back and talk about the incident in a similar way, but i doubt he will apologize because, clearly, he still had regrets about that controversial abandonment and with good reason. and we all know how Sri Lankan team and its certain individuals have been treated in the past in the Australian soil. Maxwell's attempt was clearly to upset the bowler and take an psychological advantage.What Mahela and Co clearly did was made it clear that his side cannot be toyed with like that. both parties didn't interact in a polite manner but anyone who have been somewhere remotely close to such a tense and heated situation would know that situation is very unlikely to be dealt in polite language, that is just how it is. True these people are responsible, but they are after all, human beings.Just let them get out of control once in a while, and if they are fine with it afterwards, why not we are?? Great game anyway!

  • batman_gothamcity on January 28, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Congrats to Lankans for 2-0 sweep in T20 in Aussies backyard .

  • Crickeee on January 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Congrats from Pakistan to our Sri Lankan brothers... Well played : )

  • Sinhaya on January 28, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @ShehanJ, whenever Sri Lanka beats Australia it is all the B team crap you post. Admit the fact that we have beaten Australia in 5 consecutive T20 games. No such thing that one format of cricket is superior to another. It all depends on how each player applies themselves in the relevant format. Australia, England and SA are strong in test cricket but not in the shorter formats. We are good at ODIs to be able to get Aussies all out for 74. Stop saying that Aussies were to win at the SCG if not for rain. We failed the tests thanks to our rash batting and negligence more than Aussies being really great.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @arawet on (January 28 2013, 16:03 PM GMT); well said mate... I copy some line from u.... How come Mr. Mark Taylor say "In 1996 there was plenty of dew on the ground. Shane Warne went for 60/1 because he couldn't grip the ball. Sri Lankans should definitely play here" Mark Nicholas gave him the answer"You are still rattled by that 96 loss, aren't you...? what a shame.... in fact its shamless Aus commentators...............

    Ohh see how much we missed TONY GREIG!!!!!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 28, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Really bad sportsmanship from the Ozzies (again) we dont need to see this in cricket. Dont give me the heat of the moment excuse. Maxwell missed his scoring shot to score a 4 and win the game. Instead of walking off he decided to have a tantrum - what a sore loser and bad sportsmanship.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Not only SL beat Aus 2-0, Aus got good verbal barrage from SL also...and that what they really desrve .. very good responses from MJ, Mathew and Dili....its better to treat Aus like this, otherwise they will try to do it again....

  • Johanan on January 28, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    who is Bob & Gsingh?they are commenting as if their Ind team are winning Matches in Aus.remind them that ,they were out of the finals in Aus triangular and were hammered by Aus in Tests? Even they cudnt win a series vs PAk at home on flat tracks.ha.SL Is a very small country & v have great talent in producing superb cricketers.poor Ind are unable to find quality fast bowler@Test level.do not comment without having Crk knowledge.SL shud hv won it easily if the rain had not come or if Malinga had bowled his3rd over well.he was chasing the batsman without bowling to the stumps when Baily was moving.The winning margin shud have been 12 or 15 runs bt Malinga + Perera under pressure bowled bad 1s.That hit was not a 6.Even the Aus biased commentary team said it missed by 2,3 milemeters.Then SL also cud complain that a 6 of Jeevan which hit the add on the boundary rope was given as 4.its a6.then there was that Clear caugh t bhind of Aus batter.Nt given.Mahela did the rite thing.Aus need it

  • on January 28, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    I do appreciate the honest and fair comments of the Oz fans, they are great and sorry for some negative comments passed by SL fans. Anyway losing to Oz is not a shame since they are the all time best cricket team in fact winning against Oz in any format is always an achievement since they are always hard to beat. All the best for Oz for the future tours and looking forward to seeing Watson in action soon.cheers

  • TrueLankan on January 28, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Who does Maxwell think he is. If the Mighty Lankans were wasting time the umpires would of said something. But they didn't. Warner, Wade and Maxwell again showing the true colors of the Australian team. I have lost all respect for the Aussie cricket team. Only Bailey seems like a good guy. Australian cricket team and their delusional fans just can't accept the fact that they are pathetic at both short forms and they can only win by bending the rules. They should play Zimbabwe or Afghanistan in T20 since that's the level they are at.

  • liontheway on January 28, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Well-done Sri Lanka. I like the team_work and competitiveness. It is a close finish with some disadvantage of wet out field due to rain. You have showed the real sportsmanship while fielding in wet conditions without turning_down like Australian team as they did not field after stopping the rain during the ODI due to the fear of defeat. Good Luck Sri Lanka!

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Wow .. wow ,,, forget about what happed in the last ball of this match.. just watch the Kushal P's batting.. ohh dear his all the shots are all over written Sanath Jayasuriya....the 2 off side 4s and then on side behind sqaure 4, typical SJ reminiscent shots.. even so biased commenetators couldnt get away without giving him any credit....ohh its a real good sign for SL criket this youngester...pls take care of him SL criket.

  • Artificialintelligent1 on January 28, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    mahela you did the right thing unless they'll do it again & again.

    they should get some advice from M clarke and hussey.

    last year there was a match(T20 world cup SL), played between AUS and India, after india lose, Dhoni said "rain made the difference" - I thought it's just an excuse but now I feel he was right.

    at least WE MISS YOU TONY GREIG

  • arawet on January 28, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    The double standards of Aussie cricket came into play once again. How come Mr. Mark Taylor say "In 1996 there was plenty of dew on the ground. Shane Warne went for 60/1 because he couldn't grip the ball. Sri Lankans should definitely play here" Mark Nicholas gave him the answer"You are still rattled by that 96 loss, aren't you...? then what about that abandoned 4th ODI Mr Taylor? and Micheal (Slator) played Micheal (Clarke) tonight.. " EPIC TROLL !! Let's leave what happened in the field for players..but dudee..commentary? can't even imagine why Channel 9 can't find a set of descent ones..say like Huss in the last game...I think Mr. Ian Healy got 'RAMPED' tonight...oh sorry man..It's not RAMP..its called Dil Scoop...every kid know to

  • dmqi on January 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Queation to Match Referee: Why was not the 4th ODI played although situation was not that bad after the rain and now this T20 was played? Is match referee biased towards Australia to give them a chance to win the T20 and deprive SL to win the 4th ODI?

  • TrueLankan on January 28, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Why wasn't the game called off? I know why. It was because the Mighty Lankans were fielding and not batting. We are not afraid to field in the rain only the Aussies are. Great to see that Mahela said what all Sri Lankans wanted to say to these winging Aussies. Great job. Also good to see Matthews not back down and not afraid to say what he needed to. We need these kinds of captains. Series whitewash. Australia haven't won a t20 series since 2010 February. Pathetic. Australia should play Zimbabwe in T20s since they are just minnows in this format. I put my money on Zimbabwe.

  • Amila on January 28, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    I guess Maxwell shoudn't have done what he did. I don't think he expected that kind of reply from Mahela and co. Once the Lankans gave it back to him, (with some nasty words i think) he got unsettled, and in the end couldn't hit the ball. Maybe he asked SL players to get on with it so that the bowler might get even more nervous, in the end, He was the victim.

  • ShehanJ on January 28, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Sri Lankan logic: Get whitewashed in the test series 3-0. Draw the ODI series 2-2. Win two T20 matches against Australia. All is forgiven.

  • TrueLankan on January 28, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Why wasn't the game called off? I know why. It was because the Mighty Lankans were fielding and the Kangaroos were batting. We are not afraid to field in the rain only the Aussies are. Great to see that Mahela said what all Sri Lankans wanted to say to these winging Aussies. Great job. Also good to see Matthews not back down and not afraid to say what he needed to. We need these kinds of captains. Series whitewash. Australia haven't won a t20 series since 2010 February. Pathetic.

  • avizzzy on January 28, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I am glad to see honest comments from some Australian fans. I had so much things to say when i got here, but i have none after reading them. Respect you guys. Cheers. Vinod

  • GGK07 on January 28, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Its better to accept that SL is the best team for this T20 format.We all witnessed it today also.SL is the only team who can handle the pressure of any situation.Even though that poor Australians can't wait just a moment until the fielding to be set.Maxwell had to wait until the bowler & captain pretty happy with the field.if there was any unnecessary time consumption,umpires would take actions.as we all know Australia is of of the teams that who can't accept a lose.it hurts for Wade n Warner tooooo much..isn't it...???

  • chamal12345 on January 28, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    come on boys we are so proude about you by Defeating Australia and also ICC (which all ways favors Australia) and teach them, Australians can't win even having full support of ICC. And you shows you are real heroes by defeating poor ICC

  • Mahaanama on January 28, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @arifzakaria811gmail.com: SL also won ODI series played in Australia in 2010. Last year we saw the strength of that so called strong team when they got whitewashed 0-8 in test.

  • TheCricketElephant on January 28, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    It was refreshing to see Mahela, minus the burden of captaincy giving it back to the Aussies. Sri Lanka no longer are the timid underdogs that used to be bullied by the Aussies of the 80s and 90s and as long as its a partof the game - give some back. Fun viewing LOL!

  • steve19191 on January 28, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    I´m wondering if there are any wheels left to fall off the Aussie cricket wagon ??

  • Rugsy on January 28, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I really don't understand all these extreme emotions and abuses in the Comments section. Hey guys, it's a game after all, let's not get so hyper.The fact is that Maxwell certainly had no business shouting his displeasure, he should have left it to the umpires, if he thought time was being wasted. On the other hand, the Lankans also need not have reacted so strongly.

    However, one cannot forgive Warner and company for reacting so churlishly after the match and when the hand shaking was going on. That was a shame. The game was over. The underlying problem with the Aussies is that today they are just one more team and do not dominate the game any longer. They are good as far as Tests in Australia go (though well behind SA and beatable by a few others), but in ODI's and T-20's they are a very ordinary side. The sooner they reconcile to this hard fact, the better. They need to temper their tempers.

  • pitch_curator on January 28, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @ arifzakaria811gmail.com -- Apparently you have just woken up or you have been based out of Africa for the last decade. Can you tell me what is the series result in the last bilateral ODI series between Aus and SL in Australia?? Dont know why people make a fool of themselves in public forums.

  • SamRoy on January 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I wish some of the SL fans will forgive some of the bad blood some of my countrymen (e.g. gsingh7) are trying to create. Anyway, it was hilarious how the 4th ODI was abandoned due to "unfair" playing conditions and today it wasn't. Never heard that before. The umpires probably lost their heads after all the wrong decisions given against Aussie batsman in that match (4th ODI) and wanted to somehow make up to them may be :) Then most day/night ODIs should be cancelled as a result of dew on outfield as it is "unfair" playing condition.

  • bigbang07 on January 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    @gsingh7 you dont consider t20 as proper cricket now because your team are not champions and cant accept the fact that Sri Lanka have been largely consistent in winning the shortest form of the game.

    Also, SL were the form team in that CB Series and contested 3 finals against Australia while sending the Indians packing. You blokes seem to suffer from Short term memory loss.

  • V.GOMES on January 28, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    If a bowling sides wants to take long and risk getting fined that is their issue and has nothing to do with the batsman. Australia had a long conference in the last over of the SL innings too. SL got robbed of the ODI series, I am glad they won the T20 series as they were clearly the better team.

  • arifzakaria811gmail.com on January 28, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    So finally some kind of series win for SL after 2 decades of trying....so what if its just a T20 series win....When India won the CB series in 2008 that year SL did win 1 T20 series i think.....However since SL lost tests 3-0 thats a whitewash too....SL fans should not 4 test series are awarded only to stronger teams and not weak teams by Australia

  • owlseye on January 28, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    There is no point of jeering at each other. This is how it goes when it comes to cricket between subcontinent teams Vs down under or England. This is their game and we showed them how to play it in their own foregarden. I am pretty sure the game will be called off if the second batting team was Sri Lanka. Dw method is allowed here but what about the rain washed game of ODI? All in all, well played Sri Lanka.It is a shame how the last moments faded into Cricket history. We being Sri lankans, are humble enough to accept the defeat of the test series and to accept a small win here with a handicapped team.

  • FAB_ALI on January 28, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    If you score only 10 runs of dilshan's two overs in a T20 game, you deserve to lose...its as simple as that !!

  • pitch_curator on January 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever -- By repeating the same falsehood hundred times, it does not become truth. The umpires checked that fielder did not touch the ropes. Check the replay of the match. Also Mahela only reacted to what Maxwell had started. Maxwell should have simply kept his mouth shut and stayed in his batting position instead of asking the bowler to bowl when clearly the bowler was in consultation with his captain. The umpires are there to intervene if they find it as deliberate time wasting. And regarding your comments about Mahela, as an Indian supporter who is not a big fan of some of the SL players, I can tell you that Mahela's moral standards and sportsmanship can NOT be questioned. Mahela is no Ponting.

  • Junikamra on January 28, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Aaron Finch is 1 of the top batsman of Ryobi cup and Big Bash league but his performance in this season 4 matches are 16,4,1 and 7.. Aus selector give him another chance for 1st 2 odi's against westndies.. Some batsman are very devestating in domestic level but they can't perform at international level i believe he is also a that type of batsman may be i will be proven wrong but thats what i think so..

  • Jason_Key88 on January 28, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @gsingh7. Mate, pipe down. India has yet to win a single test series in Australia. The best you have done is a tame draw some years back. Winning a single CB series means nothing. Australia has at least won series in India, so come back when you start winning matches on away tours or learn how to play on non-flat wickets. 1.2 billion people playing a single sport and Indians are still ordinary in Cricket. what a joke.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Its good to see SL players giving Maxwell and later on Warner & wade enough on verbal.. who the hell they to decide how SL gonna bowl and what tactic they use...this is really tooo much from beast Ausis. after making two bias decision by match official to give Aus a chance to win , they couldnt do that still in their backyard...

  • bigbang07 on January 28, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @cattlefarmerroy Get your facts straight mate.

    Bowling with a wet ball is tough for any bowler since its near impossible to grip the ball. Plus, take into account that boundaries were hit and the game was close and its understandable that the game dragged on a little.

    The batsman can comment, but the batsman has to wait until the fielding time is happy to play.

    The send off was provoked by the batsman, as he riled the opposition (refer point above).

    The Mankading incident was unfortunate, and I do agree that that should have been out.

    The Sehwag incident- Captain Sangakkara did NOT ask Randiv to bowl a No ball, Dilshan did.

    Its well known that every team around the world (Ind, Pak, SL, Aus, Eng) have guys who are not the type to back down. I dont condone the actions but you should expect it. Tours to Australia toughen the team, if you know of any team who has undergone a tour of Australia without some animosity, please enlighten me.

  • gsingh7 on January 28, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @ jp nana --- we lost 4-0 u lost 3-0 in tests so both whitewashed , also india defeated both aus and sl in cb series , also india scored 330 in 37 overs with malinga 94 in 7 overs , india is current no 1 in odi rankings and currrent wc winners , test cricket is equal to odi but nobody cares of t20 ask any english fan, they dont consider t20 cricket proper cricket and they strive for icc trophy like wc or champions trophy as they have none , their only claim to fame being 2010 t20 winners which they got no interest in.aus won 4 wc but as shown recently they are low on confidence and talent , so troubling times ahead for them in india , also sl have 0 teat win in india so no comparison there.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on January 28, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka winning this tough game & clean sweap australia in T20s.When Australian team loses, their players do like Indian supporters.Nobody heard Maxwel and Wade everbody was complaining about Sri Lankan.

  • Mr.niceguy on January 28, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    All who crying about not playing the full of aussie side, its not SL to blame for that blame it on u r paranoid cricket board. they think u r top players are prone to injuries and they cant risk them !! end of story. on the other hand cast u r memory back even when u were playing u r full side make no mistake "CoreDump" this is the 5th successive win in T20 by SL over Aussie. they weren't injured they were rested on the other hand we played without sanga. during the test series lots of our key players got injuried players like kulasekara sanga, prasanna jayawardena welagedara, shaminda eranga. but no excuses we lost but we won the T20 and if wasnt for paul rifle we would have won the ODIs as well + plus we played in unfair conditions (according to u r umpires) and still won this game. 4th ODI was called off even after the half of the rain that we experienced today due to unfair conditions wet outfield bla b la. But today from 60 balls to 102 runs it became 62 off 30 balls. Any side wou

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 28, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    A few comments: 1) D/L cannot be used in T20 matches (if anything) as the target of 122 was far too low - 135 was more like it. 2) They should not have even gone off for rain, let alone for as long as they did. 3) Mahela Jayawardene acted in incredibly unsportsmanlike fashion, trying to convince the umpires to not let them go back out - so that Sri Lanka would win - both while they were off and once they came back on. 4) Mahela Jayawardene was incredibly unsportsmanlike with his delaying tactics and his behaviour towards Glenn Maxwell in particular. 5) Thisara Perera was also a little unsportsmanlike but I think in the context it was minor, and not even comparable to what Jayawardene was doing. 6) Glenn Maxwell, while it was retalitory, was also marginally out of line, but nowhere near to the level that Mahela was. 7) The umpires missed an obvious edge behind. 8) The umpires failed to notice that on top of being a no ball, it was also a 6 - they didn't even check! Appalling match.

  • tickcric on January 28, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Surprised to see Mahela react so strongly!...At the end of a tough tour, when SL finally were coming good, having to endure what appears to be double standards. And all these with all the burdens that he has to bear in SL cricket. I think he is being under stress for quite sometime and it just crossed the threshold limit today...These things happens sometimes though. By the way, heated exchanges are nothing new in Australian summer of cricket!

  • pitch_curator on January 28, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever -- Which match were you watching?? Firstly the umpires checked to see the fielder stayed in play. Even the channel 9 commentator (nay australian flag waver) Healy agreed that the fielder was in play. Secondly the final ball was a full half a meter inside the tramlines. Check the replay again. The only way Australia could have won was if the TV commentators bowled to them.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 28, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Why is Xavier Doherty still playing? This is the guy who took about 0-1000 against Cook and the English recently, is there no one else? The answer is nope.

  • ishq_bai on January 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Mahela Jaywardene one of the finest and most successful batsman in world cricket. Glen who?

  • Sunil_Batra on January 28, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Marsh showed his critics that he is all class, Maxwell was an embarassment, i am also of Indian background but was born in Australia and behaviour from a guy who has yet to achieve anything in the game was embarassing for our team which until that point played the game in the correct spirit. Maxwell should have taken his concerns to the umpire.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 28, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Another match that's stained by un-sportsmanlike behaviour on the field. Maxell isn't good enough to play at this level yet alone start ,outhing off to the Sri Lankan's after they'd won, and Wade joining in was just hilarious. Years down the line, Wade will be asked 'What did you do in international cricket?' The answer - 'Dropped a fair few catches and got in a fight' - What a record.

  • ishq_bai on January 28, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    what are they complaining about... they bring out aluminium bats- thats fine, they bowl underarm-thats fine... if any opponent team takes few extra minutes to make their strategy-thats not fine! tell you what australians... Learn to be losers... cos thats what you are!

  • zalmaypk on January 28, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Nice match ,and good win for Srilanka..as they have a balance team

  • SriLa72 on January 28, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @Jayzuz... did you even watch the game? Mahela is a professional cricketer and he showed it on the field. Maxwell got what he asked for. Mahela and the rest of the SL team reacted to what Maxwell instigated. And after losing, the Aussie players could not accept defeat, they showed it while shaking hands at the end. About umpiring, Marsh was clearly out caught behind but was not given out. And also the match gets called off because it is unfair to the Aussie team during the ODI when it was clearly advantageous for SL but play resumes for Aussie when they were even behind DL in this game with same conditions. SR fought hard for this win and they won it fair and squire.

  • Mary_786 on January 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Very arrogant behaviour from Maxwell, who is he to tell the bowler to hurry up on the last ball of the day, everyone likes players to be confident but he was just plain arrogance, he should have focused his energy on hitting the four off the last ball rather then worrying about the Sri Lankan team.Mahela is a legend of the game and deserves more respect.

  • RIPTonyGreig on January 28, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    ohh Boy they deserve that, well played lankans. And here they are telling us how to behave who are well know for their cheating and agressive nature. they use their time and its not batsman duty ask for a move he diserve that maxwell...after all now Aussies are just a ordinary team and, boy looking forward to see them in subcontinent turning pitches.

  • DiamondSoul on January 28, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Congratzz Boyss!! great job :) mathews is getting better as well as the team bt shame on aussie reactions at the end of the match Maxwell has always been a character with lack of patience.any team in the world has got the right to take their own time. and the other thing is with wade...shame on u guyss it's just the shakes time But hats off to george bailey...a true captain

  • B_Rad on January 28, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Dont know what game you guys were watching but it was thrilling right down to the wire. Bit of gamesmanship by the lankans at the end, so long as the captain is willing to wear a fine for holding the game up who cares? Well played both teams for putting on a good show. Pitty we lost, need Johnson out there breaking fingers :) Bring this sort of fight and emotion to the tests next time will ya! gg

  • srb111 on January 28, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    gsingh7 on (January 28 2013, 12:27 PM GMT): u mean like the T20 win India had down under? or do u mean the test series victory India had last Aussie winter? or maybe u mean the CB series India won down under last summer. nah that is for jokes. u must surely mean the 2-1 test victory over England at home after promising revenge. or may be 2-1 ODI victory over Pakistan at home. Go and sort out ur own mess first before u try to say other teams are crap. ur team is the joke of the cricketing world!!!!!

  • gnanzcupid on January 28, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Atlast i predicted it wrong, lanka dint lose their numero uno ranking at the end of the series.Overall good show by lanka.but Mahela should have reacted in a better way for maxwell's comments. It was understandable to see mathews use foul language considering his lack of maturity of mahela's like cricketer. Things like this happen it the heat of the moment. But it was looking ugly.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on January 28, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    wade took a catch from a nick that that was given not out so the marsh not out cancels itself out

  • cricket_slcsupport on January 28, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Well done SriLanka ! ! ! ! The Aussies got away by levelling the one day series by abandoning the fourth one day match. If things don't go the way the Australians want, then it's all a problem. I want all cricketing nations thrashing the Oz team.

    Wonderful match, v.v.v.v.v poor sportsmanship, yet again as usual by the Australians.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    why malinga didnt bowled a single bouncer...when he is hit he forgets that often...this wud have been much easier had he cut of one boundary from his penultimate over.

  • siri12345 on January 28, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @gsingh yup i also believe that india will easily beat the aussies 3-0 just like the way india easily beat england 3-0 last nov lol.have u ever heard the proverb a person living in glass houses shouldnot throw stones at others

  • vertical on January 28, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    I actually loved the confrontation between the players and aggression to win.There is too much molly-coddling by the referees now a days.A very absorbing t20 match

  • ham1990 on January 28, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Not great scenes at the end there. Tempers flare in that situation, but Maxwell had no business in asking Perera to get on with it. He should have only communicated with the umpires. The bowler took his time with a 5-man conference, but who doesn't do that in this day and age of cricket when the batsman has just carted you for 2 consecutive boundaries and you're panicking in the death overs. As for Mahela, yeah it was ugly, but he went to wish good game to Maxwell and the latter decided to stir the pot after not connecting that last shot. Big mistake. Mahela doesn't care what people think, he will give it back to anyone that makes him irate. That means no SL fans can complain about the 'Aussies' always verbally abusing them, because SL give it as good as they get it.

    Great handling by George Bailey though, rapidly gaining respect for that man as a player and captain. Little dissapointed with Perera's send off, and Wade and co. getting involved.

  • gnanzcupid on January 28, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    It was a good win for lanka. Thanks to mahela,the lone saviour again. But aus was robbed off a six in the last over when kula stepped on that boundary rope. Ill say lanka won this series 1-0 considering that it would have been a different story if that six was awarded

  • Thesuffering on January 28, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    "Absolutely shattered... I went into the Sri Lankan rooms after and they apologised for going over the top. All good. Time for Perth ODIs."

    Looks like its all sorted.

  • Polkadey-mudalali on January 28, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Aussies never play gentlemen cricket..They call it "Hard sportsmanship" ...You were used to throw the kitchen-sink at other teams in the past and its time for some pay back...poor fellows....

  • top_SPIN on January 28, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    No one bowled an "Under Arm" as some famous gracious team once did.

    let alone all other stuff,,, grow up and accept SL are better in T20.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on January 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    the selectors have reaped what they sowed in both the 50 over series and the two t20 games. U have to pick world class players in a side, and i cant pick one in the australian side, maybe warner, but hes a basher, and wade, but he has alot of improvement ahead of him. other than that, not much to write home about. mitchell starc is ok, but laughlin and faulkner? who? not a scary bowling linep and captain bailey is being picked for questionable leadership, certainly not batting credentials. reminds me of mark taylor in the late 90s when for 2 or 3 years he was being picked for his captaincy

  • Sidath346 on January 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Great win by SL. I don't know what Maxwell's problem was. Any team has the right to get into a discussion when a situation gets really tight as it did. I loved the way our guys reacted to Maxwell and then later at Warner and Wade. They were really too much. What was more shocking was the commentary. I have never seen such biased commentary and no wonder as all the commentators were Australians. Overall, some of the Aussie players and the commentators were disgraceful. Honestly, there needs to be more George Baileys in the A'lian side.

  • niro76 on January 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever, May I remind you Shaun Marsh thick edged to keeper (where umpire didn't see). He was a dead man walking. And when you look from above camera angle, there was a gap between Kula' boot and rope. So stop whinging like a typical aussie.

  • miles100 on January 28, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @Jayzuz,,, Come on, be real. Maxwell started the whole thing by taking to the laws to his hand. It is up to the umpires to take action if the SL bowler is taking long. Not up to some inexperienced player like Maxwell who brought dis-reputation to the Australians. Sri Lankan's not going to tolerate being bossed around by such rowdy attitude of anyone. Before you judge Jayawardene, you better have a good look at the incidence to make your judgement of rowdy & bossy attitude of players like Maxwell who is a disgrace to the game trying to take power to his hand. If Sri Lankan's get treated respecfully they will give you back respect.

  • Samc799 on January 28, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Well, it seems that some of the comments suggest the Australian cricket team is clean and well disciplined !! Whether you like it or not, we all know the truth about that !!

    Quite agree with the comments made on Ch9 commentators, with Hus being the latest addition, its just that they are very biased and they think they are right all the time. I'm also going to switch to the radio commentaries from now on.

  • azzaman333 on January 28, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Pretty poor finish by the Sri Lankans. Doing their best to get the game called off, then taking absolutely ages to bowl the last 5 overs, including the massive conference for the last ball. Perera giving Maxwell a send off was just childish, and caused tempers to flare exactly as you'd expect it to. Well played Sri Lanka, you deserved the win, but I'm not sure you played this game in the right spirit.

  • old_chap on January 28, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @ CoreDump - dont forget that your team inluding clarke ,johnson ,warner ..etc got all out for such a pathetic 74.( dont forget that 34 runs had been scored by the last pair) .i think your new guys have done a much better job..think before you comment brother..

  • Navinka on January 28, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Terrible and unnecessary actions from Maxwell + Wade, well done SL, showed em!! Hats off to Bailey for maintaining some sportsmanship. Channel 9 seriously...talk about partial commentary...geez!!

  • Darkmanx12155 on January 28, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @ Jayzuz ... What on earth are you saying mate???? I would have loved to see aussie winning but don't blame the way the SLs behaved... It's just the heat of the moment... We too used to sledge and swear a lot in ODi's and T20s when Punter was around... That's the fun part... Which makes the crowd go mad.... Cheer up mate and well-done SL boys...

  • SL_roar on January 28, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    I'd say terrible sportsmanship from Maxwell... Clearly interrupting a conference , he deserved the response he got ,, and really the reason the match wasn't called off was because they thought Australia had a winning chance unlike in Sydney.. Keep bending the rules for Australia.. If Sri Lanka had played with a squash ball the Aussies would have called for a re-match! Play fair aussies , it is a gentle mans game they....

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on January 28, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Time & again, SL shows the world how to overact..they simply lost the repect of all cricket nations...constant pushing of officials for abondaning the game, taking lot of time to deliver the final ball..yelling at maxwell..not to go the way boys...i remember WI slowing down their overrate if the match is at stake..now SL just following foot steps...Once denied Viru the much deserved centuary by delibiratingly overstepping, Mahela walking on the pitch before the ball is bowled, now booing Maxwell..cricket no more a gentleman game..

  • riskactley on January 28, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    What a bunch of whingers the Aussie cricket team has turned out to be - back in the days of Gilly and co they didn't pray for rain or get flustered when someone swore at them. Its a shame they aren't as tough as their supporters(the ones on these forums anyway) seem to be. Sri Lanka should stay in the subcontinent and play India next year - it will be annoying but at least it will be a good game of cricket.

  • Sanga2014 on January 28, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    SL beat Aus. That is the truth.

  • SL_Wolverine on January 28, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    That's awesome movement for Sri Lankan fans. Well done Sri Lanka. Still Sri Lanka is the best team in T20 cricket.

  • Gamaraala on January 28, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Gilly4ever: mate, what about the catch off Marsh's bat that was not given out???

  • ameen85 on January 28, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Its common that fielding players have a chat before a crucial ball is to be bowled. The batsmen have got nothing to do it. This little brat was trying to be over smart after hitting 2 boundaries. Oz abandoned a playable ODI to square the series and when DL proved that they will lose of the game will not resume somehow they restarted the game which should have been called off. Poor approach from CA I dont understand y some stinky Indiand sledge here for nothing. U were white washed in the test and odi series in OZ, but we did much better than u.

  • cramedi on January 28, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    wht has happened to the aus ODI team.they cant even beat a subcontinent side on their own soil,seems like we have a brand new team in ausies to add to the lot of zimbabwe,kenya ect.anyway funny how the article states "the umpires did not allow play to restart for 45 minutes due to difficulties drying the outfield".but they allowed after 45 minutes didnt they ? the match in sydney they had more than 45 minutes to dry the field,still there was no match.it's clear that there is something fishy there.if the match was restarted at sydney Sl would have been the favourits and today with 5 overs aus had a good chance bcz if the match had full 20 overs they couldnt even dream of getting 160 with SL.add to that even today the field was wet when they started.so why didnt the officials think that it was unsafe for sl when they thought it was for ausies at sydney.final point is sl should consider not touring aus in the future.everything they did was unfair to sl,even decisions by the officials.

  • Potatis on January 28, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    @gsingh7 at first you comment encouraging Aus to win and send Sri Lanka home without a win, signing off as an Aus fan from India. Then you laugh at the Australians and congratulate Sri Lanka and say they did the sub continent proud. Also, how is losing by 3 runs to the #1 20/20 team considered "sliding to new lows"? You are as bad as Front_Foot_Lunge, and your comments deserve no respect.

  • Mary_786 on January 28, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    @Max69 generally the commentary is good for channel 9 wiht Slater, Benaud and Healy doing a good job, but James Bradshaw is terrible as he is too biased towards Maxwell, anytime Maxwell touches the ball he gets too excited and starts to talk him up like he is the next Ricky Ponting.

  • sydneysider1 on January 28, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    What a game it was Perera 's day today. Australia is so desperate for a T20 win I can understand that they are trying to build the confidence but this is not the way to do it.

    Chanel 9 commentators get you act to gather I only heard how to hit a six or where to hit it for last five over's.

    Who is that batsman that call Perera to hurry up is he allow speak to bowler or should he speak to umpire. Or should we fine him the mach fee ICC.

    Shame on Shone Marsh not working off after getting a big nick I forgot it is not the gentlemen's game anymore. Well done bailey good batting against Malinga.

  • Thesuffering on January 28, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    People are annoying at the ODI result because it is against the rules to call off a game because it is "unfair", you are only allowed to call off a game if it is deemed "dangerous" for the players.

    As for time wasting tactics, i guess it is what you get for continuing after rain interrupted play, otherwise Sri lanka would have been penalised after the 75th minute. I guess thats why the umpires ddint step in, because the time rules are thrown out. Also there should be a rule for timeouts in cricket, 1 2 minute time otu for each team which they can use to contest an umpire ruling if they wish.

  • Mary_786 on January 28, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Dissapointed to see us lose but we gave it our all. Maxwell's behaviour was appalling, he has no business telling the Sri Lankans to hurry up, leave that to the umpires. The Sri Lankans and Perrara would not have reacted to him had he not started it. @Gill4ever not sure if you were watching the same game but that was not a 6, they checked it on the replays and the fielders's feet missed the rope by inches. Very good effort by Marsh under pressure, he showed his class tonight and Faulkner was very impresive with the ball too.

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on January 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Congrats lanka for finishing the tour on a high.but i really enjoyed the last part after the match was finished.i was waiting for the reaction of warner and wade and GUESS what ? they were right on the money.so some troll might say t20 is nothing especially english fans it was there to see all the high voltage aggression and deep emotional lapses.t20 is a sport which is watched by packed fans and if some low life believes it is just some hit and giggle cricket then they should just get on with their lives and not bother commenting over here.a true cricket fan loves all formats and desires to see the sportsmen giving their best on the field irrespective of the format he plays. kallis and steyn are the great examples who express themselves fully in all three formats so all cretins who just want to feel special by being loud for admiring test cricket haven't patented the right to be test loyalists but more of hiding their insecurities of their underperforming teams in odi's nd t20.

  • Raja4mIndia on January 28, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Good to see Srilankan victory.Finally AUS lost its series on its home soil.Keep going Lanka.Wishes from India.

  • Batesta on January 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    I must have said something wrong on my last comment that got it blocked.... so try again.

    Congratulations to SL on a well deserved win - easily the better and more consistant side over the 2 games.

    What a shame that both your team and even more so, you supporters, had to lower themselves to a standard of behavour that you would only normally have expected from an Australian team.

    Be happy with the win, not the performance.

  • on January 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Brydon, you forgot to mention about the BOLD NICK of Marsh(which the umpire never gave OUT)? Things would have been different then, right! How about the two inconsistent callings of the match refree, in SCG not to play & with almost the same conditions in MCG 'TO PLAY' this time!! Unbias journalism is to report.,Finally, the aussies should learn to accept defeat in the so called Gentlemen's game. SLs came to play even at 1048pm! West Indies - learn the latest ungentlemen characteristics of DOWN UNDER! Well done SL. Come Home & enjoy a well deserved rest.

  • Jayzuz on January 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    One can only thank the Gods SL won. Can you imagine the whining if they'd lost? I suspect this is why the third umpire did not carefully check whether that fielder's foot touched the rope in the no ball in the last over. I mean there's no doubt it should have been checked thoroughly. That was a decision that decided the outcome of the game. My feeli g is that, yet again, officials have been intimidated by a visiting sub-continent team.

  • featurewriter on January 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    T20 is little more than carnival cricket. Test cricket is all that matters. The results for SL in Test cricket are shocking - particularly considering their immense talent. Perhaps if they applied the same level of aggression and commitment to Test matches as they do to T20 and ODI cricket they'd be a legitimate force in world cricket.

  • on January 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. The Aussies showed how hungry and angry they are for a win. Great start for Angelo. Hope he does well in the future to bring SL into the top rankings of tests & ODIs. Kusal seems to be a good find on this tour. He has a touch of our great SJ when batting. Chandimal needs to improve to give a good fight to Kusal. Aussie attitude, after the game was won by SL was very bad. Cheer up guys. This is only a game.

  • Simoc on January 28, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Well SL finally won something and they needed the DL system to do it. It was entertaining which was great and after getting flogged in the tests they can go home happy with a T20 win. Great bowling from Malinga and Kulasekera.

  • Batesta on January 28, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Got to love how Australia seems to treat every game as a audition for some grand performance that is just never going to happen - dropping quality players with a eye on the future, playing players for their future potential rather then current skills.... and then you have decisions to bowl a young player that got carted in the last game, to repeat the performance and bowl the last over in tonights - what was that.......

  • Jayzuz on January 28, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    All this whining and tempter tantrums really has gotten old. If producers of the new movie grumpy old men 3 need a lead actor, Mahela is a shoe in for the role. I can't ever recall any international captain acting like that on a cricket field. Disgraceful.

  • on January 28, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    @MaxG9 Not sure how long you've been watching cricket on 9 for, but it's been that bad for the last 20 years at least.

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on January 28, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Job well done Sri Lanka!!!! It's nice to see a happy ending after all the drama and casualties during the whole series, hats off to the guys got injured defending tough Australian bowling.

    Wait...We have more young talent breeding on our "back yards" and "paddy fields" who will successfully continue to knock the doors of cricket with orthodox styles!!!!

    It's nice to watch in cricket loving atmosphere in Australian conditions, thank you Australians for making the game so competitive and interesting!!!!

  • on January 28, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    win is not completed without seeing the face of @ disco_bob this time..and further, don't even want to bother commenting on critics from our Indian brothers as a person who knows very well how sick they're.thank-you.

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

    Aussies were just ahead of Netherlands in T20s...lol

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

    finally the Sri lankans show some love to the Oz's.Good job Perera, mathews,Mahela Jayawardene showed some good love to Maxwell. Maxwell deserved what he got.Dilshan told some good words to Maxwell while shaking his hand to.

  • mprtn2002 on January 28, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    why did not you did not mention the umpire error giving an ausi batsman not out..

  • Mahaanama on January 28, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Congrats SL! Good fight by Aus. I couldn't understand why this match was resumed after the rain since the situation was similar to the match that was called off. Outfield was still wet and 45 minutes had been already wasted by the time match restarted. We saw Mahela's frustration when he was fielding on the boundary since the out field was slippery. SL took little more time (fraction of time comparing to that 45 minutes match delay ) to bowl the last ball since. Thisara was nervous at the time so seniors tried to give him some advice. Even after that if Maxwell could hit a six or four for the last ball there wouldn't be any arguments for sure. As he was bit angry before the last ball that kind of argument can be expected. Anyway it was bit disappointing to see these kind of arguments at the last minute of a great series. Congrats Aus for wining test series 3-0. Congrats SL for winning T20 series 2-0. Congrats both teams for winning ODI series 2-2. It's been a really great series.

  • Ian316 on January 28, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    I don't think the partial commentary team of Mark nicholas, Mark Taylor and Ian Healy know the difference between "dew" and " rain". Comparing the dew in the 96 world cup final in Pakistan to the rain at the MCG. Talk about a bunch on comedians. How the tv misses Tony greig!!!!

  • Rathan-S on January 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    poor ozz administrators! even their weather management techniques couldn't help them at the end. now i think they are regretting their decision to resume the match. guess they went for the D/L because they were so sure of the lose. And i'm 100% sure, if somehow aussies managed to get 75/2 after the 10 overs i bet it could be another Sydney incident.

  • teamplayer13 on January 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    It is so satisfying to see a 'so-called minnow' take down a 'puffed-up eagle' on their own strip! C'mon guys, this is supposed to be a gentlemen's game...... at least accept defeat at the hands of a better team on the day!!! I'm not sure what the kefuffel was at the end when shaking hands with the opposition, but it is poor sportsmanship on the part of us Aussies. We really need to clone more players like Michael Clarke and then perhaps it will rub off on those who need to smarten up and realise that they are playing for their country and that lots of young up and coming players are watching their antics!! There can only be one winner.... learn to accept that!!

  • on January 28, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Glen Maxwell.. what a dill? I am a Indian living in Australia for the past 11 years but it fir arrogant fricks like Maxwell that i hate the attitude of Australian Cricket. Fora guy who has achieved nothing in international cricket to act like a confident arrogant frick by just hitting two fours is really laughable.. go sri lanka ... go the Lions !!!!!

  • Sri_Rules on January 28, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Lol at Shaggy07, you really think the ALso need a shallow victory, against a low ranked and helpless team like Australia?

  • on January 28, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 - Happy now mate ? Sri Lanka managed to win even with a damp ball !

  • Mayan. on January 28, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    dont get too much exited guys, we beaten only the number 7th ranked team, its like beating Bangladesh in ODI

  • Test-is-the-best on January 28, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    ICC need to probe these ugly double standards to ensure a better cricket in future.

  • TengaZool on January 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka's tactics / gamemanship were a bit ordinary to be honest. They took more than half an hour to bowl 5 overs and then tried to bite the batsmen's head off when he complained. And then gave him a send-off after the win. I remember last season, one of their batsmen kept on backing up too far in a game against India. Even after he was warned, mankaded and called back he still kept on doing it. There was a game against India again when Sehwag was on 99 with one run to win and the captain asked the bowler to deliberately bowl a no-ball so that Sehwag didn't get to a hundred. I like it when teams come to Australia and put up a good fight, but Sri Lanka are not going to be liked by many here in Australia after this game.

  • spirit_cric on January 28, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    AUS, Dont mess up with LIONS in ODI or t20. You can only play test in home, see what happens near 2 years, sl will do it as well. hats off SL.

  • Batesta on January 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    I think that cricket was a huge loser tonight.........

    This was a T20 game and play was stopped for almost and hour for what was a 10 light shower. By the way HTC - Android (January 28, 11.38AM), it wasn't raining!

    You have jokers calling for the game to be abandoned because an almost equally stupid decision was made a week ago - why not perpetuate a stupid decision!

    Then you have a team that made out like they were playing underwater and took 40 minutes to bowl 5 overs...

    And then the jokers who are saying that this was all some Aussie conspiracy.

    All I can say is the right team won, and congratulations to SL for a well deserved series win - unfortunately the conduct of the team and many of it's fans meant that they brought themselves down to the level that you you would only normally expect of the Aussies.

  • on January 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Very very poor sportsmanship from Aussies esp. Warner. Does he show any respect to other team's senior players? Earlier he "advised" Graeme Smith and now fights with Mahela. Its normal for any fielding team to take some time for the final ball, esp. if it is less than six, as just one stroke lies between win and loss. Maxwell lost the trick by the typical Aussie arrogance. He should have remained cool and guided Aussie home.Instead by showing his brashness he lost the opportunity in scoring the winning runs. The ball was there to be hit. He lost because of his mind. Imagine Micahel Hussey or Bevan in the same situation ...

  • spirit_cric on January 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    SL replied AUS in typical AUS way. Hats off SL. Never seen mahela got furious as 2day. bt certainly it had to b that way. This shows how value when there are senior guys in da team with youngsters. Hats off mahela,,,

  • bumsonseats on January 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    well done SL in a game were batting 2nd in a reduced T20 9 times out 10 the team chasing wins.

  • gnanzcupid on January 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    good win for lanka. but kulasekara should have signalled six for that catch in the last over,he would have known that he had stepped on that. umpires should have seen to that,really poor umpiring despite the technology stuff. worst scenes on field towards the end. expected mahela to be little more mature. atlast lankans managed to waste some time and break maxwell's momentum.Tactical move.Atlast they win a series in australia this season

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Poor play by Lankans, it was a good match and they were on course to win the match still they start over-flowing there emotions and made a bad advert for game. Please fine all match fee for that mahela, dilshan and Mattews. Great Thissara kept cool.

  • Rathan-S on January 28, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    It was quite alot fun to see aussie players to start a fight with those lankans. i guess they better be adjusted themselves to digest loses, especially india tour & england ashes are coming up.

  • lansiya on January 28, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Well played S/L. You showed under pressure that you can beat the Aussies. Also I did notice that S/L team have mastered the Queens English as displayed in the last over. Dont be browbeaten by any team. Fantastic show - go on and win the triangular as well.

  • hycIass on January 28, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Very arrogant behaviour from Maxwell, who is he to tell the opposition bowler to hurry up on the last ball of the day, everyone likes our players to be confident but he was just plain arrogance, he should have focused his energy on hitting the four off the last ball rather then worrying about the Sri Lankan team. Mahela is a legend of the game and desreves more respect

  • Ilovesanga on January 28, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell is some guy who can't even bear the sight of others winning

  • NIBM on January 28, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    5 overs, 8 wickets left, Marsh clearly out but given not out AND still Australia couldn't win.. The Channel 9 commentators apart from Hussey are hilarious!

  • allmightyaussie on January 28, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Worst possible reactions by the sri lankans. It was afterall a game. They are only playing for a trophy and not for their lives. The attitude showed by Mahela was appalling. For someone who's the senior most player of the team. It was kind of building up when the rain started. He started complaining as if he did not want to play, fearing that they would end up losing. If it was to be a full 20 over match aussies would have won the game convincingly. They had the wickets to back it up. Sri lankans feared that and hence mahela wanted to walk out of the field if given a lame opportunity. He also complained about the wet outfield when he skid fielding the ball. But the umpires are there to decide if play could continue. They knew they would have won the game when rain stopped play as they were ahead. Great going boys. As far as I see it, we won this game. By the character we showed in the field and the courage to go after the scores..

  • rickeap on January 28, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Australia was too slow early and didn't deserve to win

  • vipravara on January 28, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    SL won by 2 runs. In D/L method, when 122 is set as winning target, 121 is the par or tie score. Australia having scored 119, makes SL won by 2 runs, not by 3 runs as being shown now. Hope they correct it later.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    I think Aus are acting too much here on pause before the last delivery. Do they think cricket is their personal belonging??... shamless act of aus since they cant win... Overall SL outplayed Aus in the both ODI & T20 games...

  • hawkeye30 on January 28, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Well done on clobbering Aussies and for a T20 SERIES WIN in Australia. We would have won the ODI's too if not for biased decision making regarding the weather conditions. Test matches we just were not competitive enough. But we trounced the Aussies in the other two versions. A win is a win!!! lets not argue. Also great to see the Lankans telling the Aussies where to get off!!!! All teams in world cricket would take that time in the final delivery t discuss and motivate the bowler. Sri Lanka had the right to take their time. And Maxwell had no authority to tell the lankans to start play. Only the officials can do so. Aussies BEATEN BY THE LIONS!! Take that!!

  • Webba84 on January 28, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    My goodness, do Sri Lankans really think the Australian TEAM called the one day match off? The team has no authority to do that, the UMPIRES called it off and everyone, including all us Aussie fans were mighty annoyed about it too so give your whiny conspiracy theories a rest. You won this game fairly anyway. sheesh!

  • yorkslanka on January 28, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka on a clean sweep in the t20s. A good performance with the bat from Mahela and thisara..I am not going to talk about whether the game should have been called off..it wasn't and we made it..disappointing to see the scenes at the end of the game but I guess passions run high..if they weren't bothered that would be even more disappointing.. All the best to the Aussies for their upcoming series and look forward to us meeting here in England for the champions trophy...well done SL and now take a well earned rest.,,

  • PASindu_M_bandara on January 28, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    take that AUS!!!!!! It sure did turn out that the ground was wet and unfair to play on, didn't it?????! LOL. I also dont get y matty wade was interested in sharing a few unnecessary words with the LIONS. Any way, great win SL. You did us fans proud!

  • Jayzuz on January 28, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    So, we lost 6 wickets all series, and didn't wi. A game. The difference between the teams was Ben Laughlin. I couldn't believe that he was allowed anywhere near an Australian team after the first ODI. Instead he was rewarded with the last over, with exactly the same result as the first game - 20 runs. For a team that is so overly "scientific" about selections and training, they sure are dumb as slugs when it comes to learning stuff on the field.

  • on January 28, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    hahah.......it's a real shame, match at Sydney less than 15min rain the match was called off, today mach at MCG rain for less than 15min resumption despite of wet out filed.......interesting to know if SRINATH was the match referee in this match too, if it was him I wouldn't be surprised by the decision. Anyway SL did an amazing job to win this match despite of the unsafe outfield condition for match resumption.

  • Master_Mihil on January 28, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Aussies are trying to be nasty but unlike in the past they don't have talent to back it up..no matter great fight from maxwell in the end. And SL players coped with it very well. Good all round fighting cricket..

  • SL_Fan_1985 on January 28, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    wow....what a exciting moment....wlldone sri lanka...you deserve to win and prove that No:1 T20 team....Actually why didnt they called the math off due TO WET OUT FIELD.....he he... SL bowl in hard conditions...I'm very happy and ASSIES coulnt't overcome SL in home yet..... congradz sri lanka cricket team...you made our tiny nation proud..... Sorry aussies... (you have learnt a big lesson despite tests.....! yup...yup...yup.......!!!

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    wow what a thriller...good SL won it in the end and the series... but i must say there is clear double standard taken when restarting the match after rain. both occasion it has gone against the SL, but SL were still better side to win...

  • samidda on January 28, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Throw whatever you can at us...rain, slippery outfields, damp ball, umpires giving thick edges not-out, Aussie cheer-girl commentators, seagulls BUT WE ARE STILL No.1 T20 team in the world....HATS OFF GUYS....

  • dragonscrawling on January 28, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Lost all respect for Sri Lanka tonight. I used to be a big fan but will no longer support them.

  • Anushika on January 28, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    That showed the poor gentlemen ship of OZ boys. Sri Lankan lions gave a real slap on their back. Remember all - We are the kings of T20.

  • tanweeralam on January 28, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I think AUssies are yet to come to terms with the fact that they are no more the force they were during the times of macGrath, warnie, gilly, ponting etc. At the moment they are a very average side which crumbles time and again. A number of under 100 score in both test and ODIs are a testimony of it. Now when they have lost there throne they are restoring to these tactics to avoid loses. Abondening a losing match to save the series. Fighting if the bowling team conferenced (which is very normal) before a critical ball. Very bad reflection from a cricketing team known for its fighting spirit and not fights

  • IAS2009 on January 28, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Match should have been called off like Sydney, SL fielders are important also, poor on part of CA. Dual standards for implementation of law.

  • whofriggincares on January 28, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Sick of hearing about the sydney ODI and Lankan fans saying that Australia basically cheated. THE MATCH REFEREE WHO MADE BOTH OF THESE DECISIONS IS NOT EVEN AUSTRALIAN. Please no more accusations in bad english it is getting sad.After all they once again failed to reach 222 in the final ODI being bowled out for 209, so the match was evenly balanced. In fact going on past performances on this tour the smart money would say they had next to no chance of chasing it down. As for the Lankans wanting this game to be called off i would say that is typical of a team that struggles to close games out . As it turns out the right decision was made and the fans got an exciting finish with the best team in this format getting the win.

  • cricket1st on January 28, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Will Icc take an action against the match referee and two umpires for not treating both teams equally?????we could clearly see the effort of the channel 9 commentators to start this game which they didn't show in sydney..

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 28, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    In the final over, there was a ball caught on the boundary off Shaun Marsh, but then thrown back in, and then it turned out to be a no ball. The fielder had actually touched the boundary rope, so it should have also been a 6 - not 2, as recorded. The umpires didn't even check to see if it was a 6 or not! Appalling! Australia would have won if not for that! Oh, and that last ball should have been given as a wide too.

  • VivGilchrist on January 28, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Terrible sportsmanship from Sri Lanka, from the coach trying to call off the game, to Mahelas constant sooking, time wasting tactics, and Pereras abuse to Maxwell. At least in Sydney Australia wanted to play. Sri Lanka pushing for calling the game off with 45000 paying spectators looking on.

  • MaxG9 on January 28, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Despite the best efforts of Channel 9 to win the last T20 for Australia 9 for ratings) it did not work. Their efforts worked in the 50 over match to square the series despite heavier rain & water logging of the grounds.Well there is an old saying that cheaters never prosper. This still holds even in our modern times.

    I held my sides laughing at a commentator saying Glenn Maxwell was waiting for the last ball to 'bring it on' when SL rightly was setting the field & he then managed to MISS it completely! Great stuff Channel 9 commentators!!!

    As i said before, the standard of Australian TV commentating leaves much to be desired. Enough to drive knowledgeable fans to Radio commentaries.

  • pitch_curator on January 28, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    @ Sujithl143 -- Match starting or not depends on how much chance Australia has of winning the match.

  • lukecannon on January 28, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Awesome stuff mahela. You gave Maxwell some piece of mind of every SLankan in the planet.. haha even with all the umpire favourism Aussies couldnt beat the dons in T20. Lions vs Kangaroos = Kangaroo dinner.!!!

  • Jayzuz on January 28, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    SL may have won, but they completely lost all my respect. The constant attempts by Jayawardane to manipulate the umpires and officials, swearing at Maxwell when he just wanted to get on with the game. Honestly, the behaviour of sub-continent teams, with their constant whining and claims of victimship are now simply getting lame. Once again SL got the better of umpiring and conditions and they are still crying.

  • gsingh7 on January 28, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    lols at australia sliding to new lows in t20 which they like a lot(bbl) also sl got some relief after getting whitewashed in tests and beaten by india at home 4-1. hope india will win big 3-0 against aus in next tour as batting cupboards are bare and now with bowlers like laughin and faultner they are in big trouble , well done sl , u made sub continent proud by winning the worthless t 20's

  • Zoro_1 on January 28, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Well done Mahela. We love you for the whitewash. The fighting spirit till the last ball is simply fantastic. World Number #1.

  • Htc-Baseball on January 28, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    What a win for the boys, this is what u play for, great result, it ends a successful tour for us, we gradually improved as the tour went on and finally won the series 2-0 in the end when it mattered the most

  • 21tu on January 28, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    why didnt the match called off similar to the one day match which was called off due to rain.This shows the attitude of the OZ's.

  • Shaggy076 on January 28, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Cricthink - if that was the case why wouldnt Sri Lanka be wanting to play cricket and win fairly. SOme reason Sri Lanka want to take the Duckworth Lewis shallow victory.

  • Htc-Android on January 28, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    The game should be called off. Now its closed to 45 minutes of rain. The condtions are unfair for the fielding team.:P

  • SL-RokZ on January 28, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    oh great another weather interruption... yet anther loss for SL (us) :x

  • disco_bob on January 28, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Oh dear, what will happen if Australia sneak through with D/L. For the Sri Lankan fans it will be an apoplectic appocalype for sure.

  • Ash_Striker on January 28, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Mahela gave a good answer 4 those who r saying he should retire from cricket. Both young & senior players are very important for a team.I think Dilshan should retire soon,but not Sanga or Mahela.

  • sujithl143 on January 28, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    is it going to be safe enough to restart da match aftr da rain?? ;) at Sydney it wasn't !

  • Cricthink on January 28, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Great control by SL, even if rain stops, it is going to be a tough ask for the Aussies. GO SL GO. You deserve this T20 series win.

  • ruwanrw on January 28, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    who cares go Sri Lanka go!!!

  • disco_bob on January 28, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Good strategic drop by Sri Lanka, they obviously realise that keeping Marsh in is the best way to win this match.

  • MaxG9 on January 28, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Aaron Finch, George Bailey & Ben Laughlin - international players (even in T20)? Australian selectors, you have got to be kidding!!

    Laughlin has potential=l but is not just yet ready for International cricket duty.

  • lillee4PM on January 28, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Laughlin is a joke. He gave the SL's the first T20 on a plate with 19 from his last over. Now in the second match he's given them 24 at the death.

  • ajithabey on January 28, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Well all critics .the match is not won or lost until the last ball is bowled.Hold your tongue till then guys where ever you are writing from .Hopefully SL will sweep the series unless they bowl like the australians.

  • MaxG9 on January 28, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    The Aussie fielding has been abysmal in the T20's & in some of the 50 over matches. Sad to note. Watch out for Dananjaya,

    Before you make comments of SL test match wins in Australia please find out how many games have been played & the frequency of same.

    By the way, Sri Lanka have won 50 over series in Australia. It is sometimes embarrassing to note the ignorance of some of the people who post comments on CricInfo.

  • navsl on January 28, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    It is clear form the comments form frustrated Ausi fans that they realize they are not a great team anymore and they are having kind of fear to face SL in ODI & T20 format than other countries.

  • sahanck8286 on January 28, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    i dont know why Australian commentators are this much bias. they dont know how to admire, comment and observe other than imagination. . . . be smart and gentle - dear commentators....

  • disco_bob on January 28, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka held their nerve after a poor start and it's up to Australia to rise to the challenge. Australia have the power hitters to take 160 on, which looks a little below par, if, as Warner said 150 was par for Sydney. I'd still back Oz to clean up here. But whichever way it goes, these T20 matches don't even seem like cricket.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 28, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Why SL flags outplayed Aussie flags in Both Sydney and Melborne.

  • priceless1 on January 28, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    wow, i like all these predictions from wish full thinking Indians, but unfortunately SL have scored 161 :D lets see how the Aussies gonna get it from just 17 overs

  • colombo_SL on January 28, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Very happy with the performance of Australian bowlers. Except the last over, they did really well.

  • colombo_SL on January 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Good innings by Mahela, to hold things together after three wickets fell quickly.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 28, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Good SL scored 161 thanks to MJ and TP. Can SL restrict Aussies with world best T20 bowling attack?

  • colombo_SL on January 28, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Excellent batting performance by Sri Lanka. Waaaw.... Nice to see Mahela back into action. He has no captaincy pressure now.

  • colombo_SL on January 28, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @gsingh7; Sri Lanka scored 161 mate. I would like to see your face for a while.

  • cccrider on January 28, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Laughlin should never be selected again; what a painfully amateur-hour performance. Never again.

  • gsingh7 on January 28, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    sl will be folded for 120 then warner will thrash bowlers to all parts of field, come on aussies win this game and send srilankans without win from aus , aus fan from india

  • basant4791 on January 28, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Autralia is good team because George bailly is a wise captain

  • An_offside_rant on January 28, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Beware the mystery of Dananjaya!

  • matchfixerpkn on January 28, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    will srilanka ever win single series in australian soil...mhmm..what a shame after 30 year of crikcetr not won single test in australia...

  • disco_bob on January 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka have not been able to show any consistency in their tour so far and I predict that like the final ODI, Australia will be stung by their insipid batting performance apart from DW of course. It was embarrassing to watch Bailey being interviewed after the match with his inane and continuous grinning at just about every question.

    I think the Sri Lankan team, as their supporters must realise (hence the misplaced hubris) that they are fragile and I think that that they will panic batting first at the mcg.

    Australia to win in 17 overs.

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I think Australia drop wrong Ben. It should have been Ben Laughlin not Ben Cutting.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 28, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    SL will loose if they do not score 160.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 28, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    SL will loose if they do not score 160.

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I think Australia drop wrong Ben. It should have been Ben Laughlin not Ben Cutting.

  • disco_bob on January 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka have not been able to show any consistency in their tour so far and I predict that like the final ODI, Australia will be stung by their insipid batting performance apart from DW of course. It was embarrassing to watch Bailey being interviewed after the match with his inane and continuous grinning at just about every question.

    I think the Sri Lankan team, as their supporters must realise (hence the misplaced hubris) that they are fragile and I think that that they will panic batting first at the mcg.

    Australia to win in 17 overs.

  • matchfixerpkn on January 28, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    will srilanka ever win single series in australian soil...mhmm..what a shame after 30 year of crikcetr not won single test in australia...

  • An_offside_rant on January 28, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Beware the mystery of Dananjaya!

  • basant4791 on January 28, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Autralia is good team because George bailly is a wise captain

  • gsingh7 on January 28, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    sl will be folded for 120 then warner will thrash bowlers to all parts of field, come on aussies win this game and send srilankans without win from aus , aus fan from india

  • cccrider on January 28, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Laughlin should never be selected again; what a painfully amateur-hour performance. Never again.

  • colombo_SL on January 28, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @gsingh7; Sri Lanka scored 161 mate. I would like to see your face for a while.

  • colombo_SL on January 28, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Excellent batting performance by Sri Lanka. Waaaw.... Nice to see Mahela back into action. He has no captaincy pressure now.