Sri Lanka in Australia ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Australia v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)

Start The Australian openers have made their way out. Phillip Hughes, the centurion from the previous game, and Aaron Finch. Nuwan Kulasekara will start off for Sri Lanka. A slip in place.

Jimmy: "Why do people assume that people I wont to rock up and watch the best team? I love seeing the new guys trying to prove themselves in the big leagues. Remember the tri-series with Australia playing Australia A? That was up there with the best ODI cricket Ive ever seen!"

alaithiran: "Nice to see Dan Warna saying he " would love to see Cummins and Pattinson hale". 'Hale' is an old Anglo-Saxon term usually only used in fossilised phrases such as 'hale and hearty'. But it's a good word, meaning 'healed and healthy', and should be used more often!"

Tony: "@jayzuz - WillyAustralian's statement is backed by crowd figures, tv figures, sponsorship, media coverage and so on. The fact that you haven't watched an AFL game does not invalidate the above points and, quite frankly, is totally irrelevant"

If I can just butt in here, wouldn't you rather rotate them in a five-match ODI series like this one; I think it offers a better opportunity to test your players out.

Matthew McAndrew: "The 'rotation' policy is working soundly, it is exposing more players to the top level and it can only improve the breeding ground to strive to a higher level."

Woolloongabba Wally: "Furphy to say that Aussie Rules introduced player rotation. Players are rotated during games, not between games, in Aussie Rules. Always strongest (fit) 22 who are named for a game. Cricket rotation is robbing the spectator, and strong argument that regular hard work tunes body for more hard work - ask any bowler from pre-2000."

John: "A lot of depth usually means that the top guys aren't playing and the rest are all about the same. In the ODI tour of England last year England's #7 never had to face a ball. That wasn't so much depth as bowlers out of their depth."

Tharindu Chat: "There's a alot of talk about Australian B side beating SL. It's not quite true. McKay, Johnson, Starc always perform well against SL, so they would have played anyway with Doherty. Plus Finch, Hughes, Khawaja are in a better limited overs form than most of the rested players and Haddin is a better WK-batsman than Wade."

Chappo: "As a strong follower of the domestic circuit in Australia for many years, I've always thought many of the state teams at full strength could easily compete at international level, and games like this prove that point exactly."

Alex: "It's a shame Khawaja didn't keep his spot, I thought he deserved another chance. Still, Australia need as many bowling options as they can get after SL preyed on Maxwell and Hussey's part-time bowling."

Mat: "Maybe our bowlers are getting injured more because they're not playing enough. You have to be match fit and the only way to do that is to play matches. Get your best eleven and play them. Simple!!!"

Alex: "Its been drizzling light rain in Adelaide for about 7 or 8 hours, but it cleared up about an hour before the game. So the outfield is probably gonna be pretty wet - i reckon id be tempted to bat second. Thankfully there will be no more rain for the days so we should get a full match in."

2.05pm Play is expected to start 20 minutes from now. There's no reduction in overs.

Dan Warna: "I don't think its a measure of the strength of Australia, but the weakness of Sri Lanka at the moment. would love to see Cummins and Pattinson hale and back in the senior squad."

Phil: "I understand the rotation policy and I'm sure it will work. Two thoughts though; why are the bowlers getting injured so frequently and does the public have a right to see the best players playing given they pay lots of their hard earned to see the Australian team. Just putting it out there."

Jayzuz: "@ ''WillyAustralian rules football is the country's preeminent sporting competition and drives innovation''. I would dispute that. I am happy to say that at 46 I have never sat through an entire game of AFL. It only drives boredom in me. Gimme cricket any day."

Chappo: "Feel sorry for Uzzie, didn't do much wrong and needed an opportunity to show himself. Stoked for Richardson, excellent young bowler who is one of those real lifting players who can do something that gets everyone up an about. Love his wicket celebrations too!"

mattyB: "Australia is playing 2 Ashes series in the next 12 months. I would happily give up an ODI series in Aus against SL to make sure we're fit for those series. These injuries are probably minor and resting is precautionary."

Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss and chosen to bowl. Chandimal's out of this match and in comes Kushal Perera, the wicketkeeper batsman

Greg : "I love how all keep carrying on about injuries to the Aussie bowlers, big deal, the depth in Aussie cricket at the minute is frightening. We thrash Sri Lanka with another set of untried players. Instead of mocking the injuries, be positive about the depth in Oz!!"

1.55pm There'll be an inspection soon.

Warp: "International exposure under common conditions such as games played within Australia is vital for building experience within the younger players. Australia needs a nucleus of about 20 players who have had decent exposure before the 2015 world cup, this process starts now, and so far with great results"

Willy: "Lot of people knocking Australia's rotation policy. The days of an inert XI are gone. So much potential for player development is wasted sticking by this mentality. Australian rules football is the country's preeminent sporting competition and drives innovation - they left this behind years ago and cricket has borrowed this. Will work to great effect."

1.50pm The toss hasn't yet happened, at the scheduled time. But it's not raining in Adelaide now, so not sure what the reason for the delay is . We'll keep you posted.

Phil: "How is it that Australia's bowlers bowl less but get injured more than any other time in recent memory? Do we need to look at preparation, training etc? Alos, know a couple of young park bowlers who are nearly ready for a game!" New Zealand fast bowlers were not far behind at one time...

Tharindu Chat: "9 out of 11 Australians' middle names start with 'J'. (3 John, 5 James, 1 Joel) Did the selectors make a note of that when selecting the XI?" Ha!

Eric William Taylor: "Some one had better send a message to the cap maker - make another 20, we will need all of them before the year is out. I know a bowler playing for Gosford 2nd grade who thinks he has a pretty good chance of getting one soon."

The toss will take place at 1.45pm local time. It rained most of the morning in Adelaide until about an hour ago. That's the reason the toss has been delayed.

Kane Richardson, in the squad for the injured Mitchell Starc, and Ben Cutting have been given their Australia caps. They replace Starc and Mitchell Johnson. Steve Smith is also in, for Usman Khawaja

Welcome to our coverage of the second ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka, in Adelaide. Moments to go for the toss, have a look at Dan Brettig's preview meanwhile.

0.1

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, moves in a hint, bowled on a good length, gets outside the line does Finch and taps it into the off side

0.2

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, pitched fuller this time, curving in, driven firmly but straight into the stumps at the other end

0.3

Kulasekara to Finch, 1 run, missed run-out, suicidal run there, Hughes responded to Finch's call and was running to the danger end, Finch flicked it to square leg and Hughes responded, he was in the middle of the pitch when Dilshan aimed but missed by a mile

Two slips for Hughes

0.4

Kulasekara to Hughes, 1 run, pitched up outside off, gets forward and pushes that firmly towards mid-off, there's time for a single

A slip and a short mid-on now for Finch

0.5

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, curving in again, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and taps it into the leg side

0.6

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot to silly mid-on

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
AJ Finch    1* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0
PJ Hughes    1* (1b)     

Angelo Mathews to bowl. Not much of a crowd to start off.

Ben Pobjie: "Actually, AFL clubs DO rest players for some games quite frequently. Also, saying "hard work tunes the body for more hard work" is all very well, but if someone like Cummins gets injured before he can manage to do any hard work, how exactly can you "tune" him for more?"

Sandgroper: "Wish everyone would get off Wade's case. He made some errors, but no worse than Haddin's previously. Healy's comments are horribly misguided and unfair. So much for a wicketkeepers fraternity."

1.1

Mathews to Hughes, no run, short of a good length on middle, Hughes gets on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler

A solitary slip, and a short extra cover

1.2

Mathews to Hughes, 1 run, swinging in towards middle and leg, clipped through square leg into the deep for a single

Two slips in place

1.3

Mathews to Finch, no run, walking into the shot as he plays that, plays that just wide of mid-off there

1.4

Mathews to Finch, no run, shaping away from the right hander, in the channel outside off, leaves that one alone

Adrian: "@Woolloongabba Wally hasn't quite got the rotation policy of Australia Rules quite right. It is quite common to see star players rested with 'general soreness', particularly against weaker opponents. Geelong, the best team over the last decade, regularly rested players through the season, to keep them fresh and fit for big games (finals). And it is a complete furphy that fast bowlers never broke down before 2000. How many tests did Gillespie and Lee miss? Dennis Lillee missed two years with stress fractures. What would have happened if his hotspot had been picked up earlier?"

1.5

Mathews to Finch, 1 run, opens the face on that one and guides him behind point into the deep for a single

1.6

Mathews to Hughes, no run, slightly short on middle and off, gets on the back foot and turns it away into the leg side

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
PJ Hughes    2* (4b)      AD Mathews    1-0-2-0
AJ Finch    2* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, lands on a good length outside off, rocks forward and defends it to cover

2.2

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, swinging in, on a good length it lands, gets outside the line and drives it to silly mid-on

2.3

Kulasekara to Finch, 2 runs, drops that short does Kula and Finch pulls that one over square leg, doesn't strike it as well as he would have liked, a little high on the bat, but two runs as Thirimanne gives chase

2.4

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, short of a good length, knocked away into the off side on the front foot

2.5

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, shortish on the off, crunched off the back foot to the bowler

2.6

Kulasekara to Finch, no run, swinging in, gets across and drives it firmly but straight to midwicket

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
AJ Finch    4* (14b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-4-0
PJ Hughes    2* (4b)      AD Mathews    1-0-2-0

A few issues with the sightscreen and people moving behind and past it...

Alexander Czarnecki: ""Not much of a crowd to start off." It was sold out..." The delay may have kept some people away, but hopefully they'll start coming in. Dan Brettig tells me the public area is well populated, the members area not so much.

Andrew: "@Sandgroper - I totally agree, Wade is doing great and needs more support. I'm also confused when people say that "Ian Healy was a better keeper than Adam Gilchrist". I think Gilchrist was a better keeper than Healy - Healy used to make keeping to Warne look way more difficult than it was."

3.1

Mathews to Hughes, no run, sliding on leg stump, Hughes moves across and taps it down towards square leg

Moppa: "We need to distinguish between bowling in matches and bowling in training. My sense is that bowlers are not doing enough bowling in the nets (on the logic of keeping them 'fresh'), and this is contributing to injuries. Dennis Lillee said recently that he never bowled in the nets for LESS than an hour."

3.2

Mathews to Hughes, 1 run, slightly short outside off and that's been cut down towards third man for a single

The niggle that Mitchell Johnson has is a rib/side soreness

3.3

Mathews to Finch, OUT, Finch is gone! A loose shot that, goodish length and he just pushed through uppishly, looped up to extra cover and ends up being an easy catch, Australia have lost one early

AJ Finch c BMAJ Mendis b Mathews 4 (16m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.66

Chappo: "@Adrian, to be fair to Gillespie, he was never really prone to regulation injuries, he instead normally found unusual avenues to extended breaks ala the Steve Waugh collision!"

Bailey is the new man

3.4

Mathews to Bailey, no run, in the channel outside off, moving away and he leaves that one alone

3.5

Mathews to Bailey, 1 run, a slight inside edge on that one as he steps forward to defend, he's off the mark

3.6

Mathews to Hughes, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks on the back foot and stabs that towards point

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 8/1 (RR: 2.00)
PJ Hughes    3* (7b)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-1
GJ Bailey    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-4-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Bailey, no run, pitches that up on middle and it's driven soundly down the ground, towards mid-on, no run on offer though

Dave: "@Tony - Wouldn't quite call the AFL 'Australia's preeminent sporting competition' based upon tv ratings - the NRL had the 4 most watched sporting programs of 2012, with the AFL GF coming in 5th"

4.2

Kulasekara to Bailey, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and taps it in front of extra cover

Jack: "I think it's the gym. Core strength is all that's required, you don't need bulky fast bowlers. Malcolm Marshall did 500 sit ups a day and just bowled"

4.3

Kulasekara to Bailey, no run, bowls it on a length outside off, moving in just a hint and he leaves that one be

4.4

Kulasekara to Bailey, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, holds its line, leaves it alone

4.5

Kulasekara to Bailey, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, pushes it past cover for a single

4.6

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, slightly short on middle, gets across to that straight one and turns it towards midwicket

Quiet start for Australia in helpful conditions for the bowlers here.

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 9/1 (RR: 1.80)
PJ Hughes    3* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-5-0
GJ Bailey    2* (7b)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-1

5.1

Mathews to Bailey, no run, teasing away-swing on that one from Mathews and Bailey leaves that one through to the keeper

5.2

Mathews to Bailey, no run, again, a little closer to the stumps and tempting driving length, leaves it alone

5.3

Mathews to Bailey, no run

5.4

Mathews to Bailey, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and pushes it towards extra cover

5.5

Mathews to Bailey, 2 runs, dropped, tough chance at extra cover, Jeevan Mendis is the man, pushed on a good length and it's driven loosely again, tries to get it over the fielder and manages to do so but just about, Mendis jumped, got his right hand to it, but couldn't hold on

5.6

Mathews to Bailey, no run, steps forward and knocks that one down into the off side

End of over 6 (2 runs) Australia 11/1 (RR: 1.83)
GJ Bailey    4* (13b)      AD Mathews    3-0-6-1
PJ Hughes    3* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-5-0

Two slips in place

6.1

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and pats it in front of cover

6.2

Kulasekara to Hughes, 1 wide, lots of width on that one and Hughes has to reach it to try to cut it, but misses, called a wide

Adam: "Lets not forget Gillespie's eternal break from cricket after his majestic 201*."

6.2

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and guides that one towards point

6.3

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushes it towards cover off the front foot now

6.4

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, ooh, moves away after pitching on leg and appeared to square him up just a little, gets forward and taps it towards cover

6.5

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, shortish on middle, gets front and across and works it towards midwicket

juddy: "@Dave, those figures are completely misquoted, given that NRL is played exclusively on pay-television (which not many people have), across WA, SA, VIC, TAS. Furthermore, the AFL grand final most certainly did not come in 5th on a country, maybe it did in Queensland but not Aus!"

6.6

Kulasekara to Hughes, OUT, appeal for lbw and he's given, Hughes has called for a review, he showed his bat immediately after it struck him on the pads, seemed like it landed on leg and Hughes tried to work it square, missed, no impact with the bat at all, Hot Spot doesn't capture anything, and it would have gone on to hit middle and off, that's plumb, Erasmus has made the right call

PJ Hughes lbw b Kulasekara 3 (32m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

Early trouble for Australia, the openers are gone for not much. Tight lines from the Sri Lankan bowlers this morning

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 12/2 (RR: 1.71)
     KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-6-1
GJ Bailey    4* (13b)      AD Mathews    3-0-6-1

David Hussey is the new man...A slip and a gully

7.1

Mathews to Bailey, no run, in the channel outside off stump and he's left that one alone to the keeper

7.2

Mathews to Bailey, no run, fullish on the off and that's driven neatly towards mid-off off the front foot

Andrew: "Dave not quite sure why you arent talking about cricket but to argue your point. The AFL is by far the most attended sport in Australia with 7,145,488 people attending AFL matches in 2010 at an average of 38,417 per match. Collingwood averaged 63,917 per match. NRL number are FAR behind with a total attendance of 3,338,231 at an average of 17,756. Brisbane Broncos average 35,032 people per match. There were 29 regular season games in the AFL with higher attendance than the highest NRL attended match. The 2010 AFL Grand Final was watched by a 5 city average of 2.76 million viewers. The replay average 2.09 million viewers. Finally, in a 2009 survey of 1500 people across Australia 21% nominated Australian Rules (AFL) as their favourite sport. Rugby League (NRL) was second with 12% To me this says the AFL is more popular."

7.3

Mathews to Bailey, no run, pitched up on the off and he leans forward to drive that but does so straight to mid-off

7.4

Mathews to Bailey, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and pushes it towards cover

7.5

Mathews to Bailey, 1 run, moved well across to that one, clipped that one towards fine leg for a single

7.6

Mathews to Hussey, 1 run, swinging away there, just eased it off the front foot past cover for a single to keep strike

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 14/2 (RR: 1.75)
DJ Hussey    1* (1b)      AD Mathews    4-0-8-1
GJ Bailey    5* (18b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-6-1

8.1

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, big swing from Kula on that one, landed on middle on a length and Hussey turned it into the leg side towards midwicket

A good crowd in now, the grassbanks have filled up nicely, so have the stands

8.2

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, ooh, nipped back in sharply from outside off and Hussey shoulders his arms to that one

8.3

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, steps forward and taps that down into the off side off the front foot

John: "If Hughes had thought that he had edged that ball then he would have reviewed straight away. He consulted Bailey who has made a very poor decision to review there. Given how plum it was, it's hard to think what he may have thought would save Hughes. Seems like a big gamble that didn't pay off and they may regret that."

8.4

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, ooh, held it back a little and this one didn't move in as much as Hussey expected, flirts with that one, ends up playing inside the line and is beaten

8.5

Kulasekara to Hussey, 2 runs, plays away form his body slightly, guides it past a diving point, calls for a second and gets it in the end, Malinga at third man throws to the non-striker's end

8.6

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and defends it to mid-off

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 16/2 (RR: 1.77)
DJ Hussey    3* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-8-1
GJ Bailey    5* (18b)      AD Mathews    4-0-8-1

9.1

Mathews to Bailey, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and pushes it down the pitch to the bowler

9.2

Mathews to Bailey, no run, short of a good length outside off, tries to crack it past point, gets an inside edge towards the keeper

9.3

Mathews to Bailey, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and pushes it towards cover from the crease

9.4

Mathews to Bailey, 1 wide, slides that one down the leg side and it's called a wide

9.4

Mathews to Bailey, no run, shortish on the off, tries to punch it through the off side, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg

9.5

Mathews to Bailey, FOUR, nicely timed, angling in towards middle and he just punches it down the pitch, firmly done, and Malinga who gives chase from mid-on has no chance

The first boundary of the day...

9.6

Mathews to Bailey, no run, angling in towards off and middle, pushes it back towards the bowler

Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Guy de Alwis died on Saturday night. He had cancer, was only 52.

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 21/2 (RR: 2.10)
GJ Bailey    9* (24b 1x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-13-1
DJ Hussey    3* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-8-1

10.1

Kulasekara to Hussey, 2 runs, whipped off the back foot through square leg and runs hard to come back for the second, busy player is Hussey, like his brother

10.2

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, big swing and he leaves that alone, didn't miss the off stump by much there

10.3

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, knocked away into the off side off the front foot

10.4

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, pitches on a length outside off, gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket as he tries to drive that through the off side

10.5

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, on a good length and it's pushed through to extra cover on the front foot

10.6

Kulasekara to Hussey, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushes it from the crease to point

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 23/2 (RR: 2.09)
DJ Hussey    5* (13b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-10-1
GJ Bailey    9* (24b 1x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-13-1

Thisara Perera runs in, has a slip in place

11.1

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, short of a length outside off and Bailey gets back to crunch it towards point

11.2

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, short again and it's cut again but straight to Dilshan at point

11.3

NLTC Perera to Bailey, 1 wide, too wide and it's called by the umpire, way beyond the line

11.3

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, shortish and this comes back in sharply, short of a good length and it nipped back in to beat him through the gate, Bailey just missed that as he tried to whip it square

11.4

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, good carry to the keeper this time and it leaves the right hander, lets that one go through

11.5

NLTC Perera to Bailey, FOUR, there are two slips in place, short and wide and Bailey cuts hard, not quite dropped, gets a thick edge does Bailey and Jayawardene at second slip got a finger to it as he leapt, Ajantha Mendis at third man slid to his left but couldn't drag it back in

11.6

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, hitting a good length and it's been pushed towards mid-off

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 28/2 (RR: 2.33)
GJ Bailey    13* (30b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0
DJ Hussey    5* (13b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-10-1

Adrian Meredith: "As a sign of the times, cricket has recently moved down to being the 2nd most popular sport in Australia, behind Australian Rules Football. Cricket also has the 6th most people who attend matches live and is 7th in terms of participants. Oddly, Australian Rules Football is not in the top 10 in terms of participants. Other than AFL and cricket, soccer, rugby, golf and tennis are also popular. Combining both rugby league and rugby union, rugby is currently the 3rd most popular sport in Australia. Up until 2009, however, cricket was comfortably number 1."

Malinga comes on, second change, has a wide first slip

12.1

Malinga to Hussey, no run, edged and well short of slip, some away swing for Malinga right away and Hussey pushed at that one, got a nick but it didn't carry

12.2

Malinga to Hussey, no run, slightly short on the off and that's been pushed towards cover from the crease

Two slips in place now

12.3

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, missed run-out, there was no way Hussey would have made it, Jeevan Mendis at extra cover did a good job moving to his right, collecting with one hand, he tried to under-arm that onto the non-striker's end but lost his balance a bit there and the throw turned out to be wayward

12.4

Malinga to Bailey, no run, pushed into the off side off the front foot

12.5

Malinga to Bailey, no run, on a good length outside off and he guides that one towards point from the crease

The Sri Lankan players are wearing black arm-bands, in memory of Guy de Alwis

12.6

Malinga to Bailey, 1 run, pushed in front of mid-on who's a little deep and they scramble through for a single, a direct hit at the non-striker's end but he's in

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 30/2 (RR: 2.30)
GJ Bailey    14* (33b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0
DJ Hussey    6* (16b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0

13.1

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, slightly short outside off and that's been punched towards mid-on from the crease

Sri: "So sad to hear about Guy de Alwis. He was a few years my senior, but I remember playing tennis ball cricket with him in school. He clobbered a few balls a good distance."

13.2

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and stabs it to cover

13.3

NLTC Perera to Bailey, SIX, where did that come from? Bailey looks for a release and gets it, slightly short outside off and he swings it hard over the deep midwicket boundary to be caught well by a spectator sitting in the front row, well done

13.4

NLTC Perera to Bailey, 2 runs, guides that one behind point, wide of third man, for a couple of runs

13.5

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, gets on the back foot and pushes that one towards mid-on

13.6

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, shortish outside off, tries to chop that towards point, gets an under-edge

End of over 14 (8 runs) Australia 38/2 (RR: 2.71)
GJ Bailey    22* (39b 2x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-13-0
DJ Hussey    6* (16b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0

Kalyan: "I can see what Adrian could mean. I hope in India, some other sport catches up - Hockey or Football or tennis. I am quite sick of seeing Indian cricket team playing every other day. Need something fresh. Cricinfo.. it could mean end of business for you :)" We're a global site.

14.1

Malinga to Hussey, FOUR, short and wide and that's been crashed through point and cover, dispatched through that gap, plenty of width there

14.2

Malinga to Hussey, FOUR, sweetly timed this time, short of a good length and not much width as the first one but he just punches that nicely through the same gap again

14.3

Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, a fielder has been pushed back, that's crunched through cover into the deep for a single now

Dan Warna: "Cricket has the advantage of being the no.1 summer sport. Other sports such as soccer have given up competing with AFL and moved into the summer season to try and get some traction. NRL grand final is held on the unfashionable sunday because they can't compete with the AFL."

14.4

Malinga to Bailey, 1 run, on middle and leg and that's been clipped behind square for a single

14.5

Malinga to Hussey, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and works it towards midwicket

Craig: "Andrew's figures on AFL vs. NRL don't take into account regional viewing figures which are far higher for NRL. Not to mention internationals, state of origin etc. He's right about attendances, but he's wrong about TV viewing figures where NRL dominates. Also, it's not surprising that his figures go back a couple of years since in that time AFL figures have gone down and NRL figures have skyrocketed."

Jared: "Bringing up AFL is a sure way to open up a can of worms. I think it's best to just remember that cricket is the national sport and forget about club games in the Summer.."

14.6

Malinga to Hussey, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks back and crunches it towards extra cover

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 48/2 (RR: 3.20)
DJ Hussey    15* (21b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-0
GJ Bailey    23* (40b 2x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-13-0

15.1

NLTC Perera to Bailey, no run, beaten through the gate, slight movement back in towards the batsman and Bailey was caught just trying to drive down straight, but a little outside the line, didn't miss the off stump by much

15.2

NLTC Perera to Bailey, 1 run, thick outside edge to third man as he tries to drive a full delivery through the covers

15.3

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, goodish length on the off, tries to force that through extra cover but checks his shot and ends up playing it towards mid-on

15.4

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, slightly short on the off and it's knocked down into the leg side

15.5

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, pitched on a length on the off, tries to drive it hard through off but the bat turns in his hand there and he ends up playing it to mid-on, no single

15.6

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off, nips away and he sees that one go through

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 49/2 (RR: 3.06)
DJ Hussey    15* (25b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-14-0
GJ Bailey    24* (42b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-0

Malinga bowling with a wide slip

16.1

Malinga to Bailey, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it into the off side

16.2

Malinga to Bailey, 2 runs, shortish on middle, worked through midwicket into the deep for a couple of runs, Australia have brought up their half-century

16.3

Malinga to Bailey, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it towards cover

16.4

Malinga to Bailey, OUT, Well taken at midwicket by Thirimanne, short and it was nicely picked by Bailey, seized the length early and pulled it well but found Thirimanne, who leapt, timed his jump right, intercepted it and took a sharp one. The umpire was checking for a no-ball and replays show Malinga had a tiny part of his foot behind the line at the time of landing, so all good there, Australia have lost ther third

GJ Bailey c Thirimanne b Malinga 26 (56m 46b 2x4 1x6) SR: 56.52

Bailey and Hussey were looking good, putting together a fluent partnership but it's been broken. Not a huge amount of experience among the batsmen to follow, with the exception of Haddin. Steven Smith walks in

16.5

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, slides it on the pads and he's off the mark straightaway, clips it through square leg and gets a couple in the deep

16.6

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it into the leg side

Time for a drink.

Nick: "Could we close the discussion on AFL and NRL? It's gone off an a real tangent considering AFL was only brought up as an example of how player rotation. What is or isn't most popular by different measures is an ongoing debate that certainly won't be settled in a cricinfo commentary session!"

Chappy: "@DanWarna - the NRL is not held on the 'unfashionable' Sunday because of the AFL, its been tradition for a long time. They do however have their grand final on a separate weekend to the AFL so as not to compete with them ...."

Michael: "Can we get over this AFL vs NRL debate? Fact. AFL is a minor comp in NSW and QLD (55% of the country's population). NRL is a minor comp the rest of the country. Cricket on the other hand is a major sport in all parts of the country."

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 53/3 (RR: 3.11)
SPD Smith    2* (2b)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-1
DJ Hussey    15* (25b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-14-0

Two slips for Thisara

17.1

NLTC Perera to Hussey, 1 leg bye, stifled appeal for lbw, would have gone down leg, tried to clip it into the leg side and missed

Prabhash: "I'm Sri Lankan, but I really enjoyed the shots Bailey played. He timed that six to perfection. Even the one he got out, it was well timed. I like his aggression and attitude.

17.2

NLTC Perera to Smith, no run, short of a good length outside off and that's been left through to the keeper

James: "Talking of TV ratings the match on Friday got 1.12 million just in the metro markets! AFL and NRL would get less than that for every match except a grand final. International cricket is still the most consistently popular sport on television across the country."

17.3

NLTC Perera to Smith, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward, outside the line, and defends it back to the bowler

17.4

NLTC Perera to Smith, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turned off the back foot through square leg for a single

17.5

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, pitches it full on the off and it's driven through the line to mid-off

17.6

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, in the channel outside off and he leaves that one alone to the keeper

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 55/3 (RR: 3.05)
DJ Hussey    15* (28b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-15-0
SPD Smith    3* (5b)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-1

18.1

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of a good length and he gets on the back foot and drops it down into the leg side

18.2

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, lovely timing from Smith, straight on middle and leg and he turns the face to force that through square leg, it just raced away, smooth beginning for Smith

18.3

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of a good length, rocks on the back foot and drops it into the off side

18.4

Malinga to Smith, no run, slightly short outside off, rocks back and taps it down in front of cover

18.5

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, on middle and leg and he turns that one past midwicket this time to pinch a single

Ian Chappell has written a good piece on the challenges ahead for Australia after Michael Hussey's retirement.

18.6

Malinga to Hussey, no run, short of a length and it's pushed into the off side from the crease

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 60/3 (RR: 3.15)
DJ Hussey    15* (29b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-21-1
SPD Smith    8* (10b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-15-0

19.1

NLTC Perera to Smith, OUT, Smith goes! A thin inside edge as he goes for the drive, pitched on a length outside off and Smith tried to go hard at that through extra cover, it came back in just a hint, and Smith got a thin inside edge through to the keeper

SPD Smith c †MDKJ Perera b NLTC Perera 8 (13m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

So, after a promising stand between Hussey and Bailey, Australia have rebuild again having lost two more in quick time.

Maxwell is in now

19.2

NLTC Perera to Maxwell, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot, defends it towards cover

shaun: "Steven Smith: 33 matches, 22 average, never a half century. Is that the best Australia can do as a number 5 batsman? The stocks must be low. "Talent" is fine, but he's go to start converting this into some scores"

19.3

NLTC Perera to Maxwell, no run, lands on a length outside off and he drives at that through the line past the bowler

19.4

NLTC Perera to Maxwell, no run, beaten, this one leaves the right hander, short of a good length outside off and nips away to just go past the outside edge, Maxwell withdraws belatedly

19.5

NLTC Perera to Maxwell, 2 runs, angling towards middle and it's been clipped through square leg into the deep for a single

Mark: "I'm a bit surprised to see Maxwell come in ahead of Haddin in this type of scenario. Big innings required from Hussey now, he really needs to bat out most of the innings."

19.6

NLTC Perera to Maxwell, no run, a thick inside edge as he tries to push that through the off side, rolls down to midwicket

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 62/4 (RR: 3.10)
GJ Maxwell    2* (5b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-17-1
DJ Hussey    15* (29b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-21-1

Mathews is back, has a wide slip

20.1

Mathews to Hussey, FOUR, short and Hussey cashes in, gets on the back foot and slaps it hard past midwicket, dragged it from outside off, struck it really well

20.2

Mathews to Hussey, 1 run, shortish outside off, punched away towards extra cover from the crease into the deep

20.3

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, beaten, caught walking on that one as he tried to defend, moved away off the pitch to just go past the outside edge

20.4

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, angling in towards off and middle, opens the face as he defends that one to point

20.5

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, angling in towards middle, gets front and across and defends it to cover

20.6

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, back of a length on middle, just knocks that one down into the leg side towards midwicket

End of over 21 (5 runs) Australia 67/4 (RR: 3.19)
GJ Maxwell    2* (9b)      AD Mathews    6-0-18-1
DJ Hussey    20* (31b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-17-1

21.1

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, short of a good length and it's punched towards extra cover off the front foot

21.2

NLTC Perera to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey attacks, pitched up outside off and he creams that uppishly, but safely, through extra cover and mid-off

21.3

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, short of a length, has a chance to free his arms there and cuts it towards point

Prabhash: "Bailey's aggression can be understood, having eight wickets, and lagging behind. But Maxwell's aggression? Four down, and he wants to play shots? That's good for us :)"

21.4

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, thrashed, but straight to Dilshan at point, short and wide and he went hard at that one but couldn't get it past Dilshan

21.5

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, in the channel outside off and he lets that one go as it holds its line

21.6

NLTC Perera to Hussey, no run, shortish outside off and he has nothing to do with that one, leaves it be

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 71/4 (RR: 3.22)
DJ Hussey    24* (37b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-21-1
GJ Maxwell    2* (9b)      AD Mathews    6-0-18-1

22.1

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, angling in towards middle, rocks on the back foot and defends it to mid-on

Maltz: "@Shaun Steve smith, 33 matches 11 DNB's only 5 innings coming in above 6. I remeber once reading that you stick a young player with talent at 7 so he gets experience. He then blasts a quick 20 every knock. Then you drop him because he is only averging 20. But in seriousness he is one of the best batsmen in the ryobi cup and a handy bowler and an electric fieldsman."

22.2

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, goodish length outside off and Maxwell strikes that to cover off the front foot

The sun's beaming now

22.3

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, goes for the pull, short of a length and the shot was on, tried to go over square leg and missed

22.4

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and defends it to cover

22.5

Mathews to Maxwell, no run, beaten, Maxwell's a little iffy here, Angelo pushes it on a length and gets it to deviate away from the batsman, Maxwell goes for the drive and misses

22.6

Mathews to Maxwell, 2 runs, slightly short outside off, opened the face slightly there, a bit of an edge wide of third man and they come back for the second

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 73/4 (RR: 3.17)
GJ Maxwell    4* (15b)      AD Mathews    7-0-20-1
DJ Hussey    24* (37b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-21-1

Ajantha Mendis comes on now, has a slip

Bob: "When will the selectors wake up and pick Cal Ferguson? Hasn't made many runs this year in the One Day Domestic competition but was top 3 or 4 in it last year I think and is 2nd overall in the Sheffield Shield also averages 41 for Aus? Surely he's a better option then Smith?"

Mark: "@shaun - Not very pretty stats, but not sure that they really tell the story. I may be mistaken, but I believe he has almost always batted at 7. A lot of his poor results could be due to going after quick runs with not many over left. Which also explains why he has never got to 50."

23.1

BAW Mendis to Hussey, FOUR, turns away, a short legspinner and Hussey doesn't spare it, short and wide, moves away and cuts it well through point

23.2

BAW Mendis to Hussey, 1 wide, slides that one down the leg side and it's called a wide, goes straight on, no spin there

23.2

BAW Mendis to Hussey, no run, floating it on middle and it's pushed straight to midwicket

23.3

BAW Mendis to Hussey, 1 run, shortish outside off, punched towards deep extra cover for a single

23.4

BAW Mendis to Maxwell, 3 runs, tickles that one really fine, lands on leg stump and he turned the face on that one, picked up three runs

23.5

BAW Mendis to Hussey, OUT, run-out, turns it into the leg side just a little square of midwicket, Dilshan is the man there, he moved to his right, slid, collected it and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, Mendis thought of collecting the throw initially but decided to let it be in the end as it was on its way to the stumps, Hussey is gone, this is a huge blow for Australia, Hussey called for a single, there was some hesitation and he was caught short in the end

DJ Hussey run out 29 (76m 41b 5x4 0x6) SR: 70.73

Hussey had started a little counter-attack of his own and it seemed to be going well, but barring Haddin it's all inexperience from here on

23.6

BAW Mendis to Maxwell, 1 run, short on middle, turns in and he punches it past midwicket for a single

End of over 24 (10 runs) Australia 83/5 (RR: 3.45)
GJ Maxwell    8* (17b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-10-0
BJ Haddin    0* (0b)      AD Mathews    7-0-20-1

24.1

Mathews to Maxwell, OUT, Six down! Mathews strikes, lovely delivery, just outside off stump, drew the batsman forward with a good length and got it to nip away just a touch, Maxwell was committed to the drive as he walked forward, got a thin edge and Perera made no mistake behind the stumps

GJ Maxwell c †MDKJ Perera b Mathews 8 (22m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

The hosts in big trouble here, timely blows from Sri Lanka, they've prevented any partnership from acquiring enough momentum to upset the advantage they created after those two early wickets

24.2

Mathews to Cutting, no run, short of a good length outside off, drops that towards cover

Ben Cutting is the new man, on ODI debut

24.3

Mathews to Cutting, no run, goodish length outside off, stretches forward and defends him to cover

24.4

Mathews to Cutting, no run, slides that one away from the off stump and gets it to move away, leaves that one alone to the keeper

24.5

Mathews to Cutting, no run, angling in towards the off stump, strides forward and drops it into the off side

24.6

Mathews to Cutting, no run, beaten, almost another Maxwell there, slight deviation away from the batsman off the pitch again, the only difference this time is Cutting, who was also caught walking, didn't get an outside edge

shaun: "@Mark. The thing I find about Smith is he overcommits to the moving ball with an extravagant shot which gives him no chance to re-adjust. Also, batting down the order the not outs should give him a higher average. I used to be a fan of his, but would love to see something more from him, not to waste his talent."

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) Australia 83/6 (RR: 3.32)
BCJ Cutting    0* (5b)      AD Mathews    8-1-20-2
BJ Haddin    0* (0b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-10-0

25.1

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, floating it on middle, drives it down the ground towards long-on for a single

A slip and a short leg

25.2

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, comes down the pitch to that delivery and plays it to midwicket

25.3

BAW Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushed down to long-on for one, Cutting is off the mark in international cricket

25.4

BAW Mendis to Haddin, FOUR, poor ball, full toss outside off and Haddin cracks that through extra cover and mid-off for a welcome boundary

25.5

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, flatter on middle and off this time, reaches forward and plays it to the bowler

25.6

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, slides it straight on middle and plays it down the track

End of over 26 (6 runs) Australia 89/6 (RR: 3.42)
BJ Haddin    5* (4b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-16-0
BCJ Cutting    1* (7b)      AD Mathews    8-1-20-2

John: "The commentators are saying that that run out was brilliant fielding by Dilshan, which it was, but he really did take the low percentage option. I'm not sure whether he was throwing at the stumps or just trying to get rid of it quickly but if that throw had missed it would have been a huge waste with the bowler right and with plenty of time to collect and break the stumps. They missed a run out earlier going for a direct hit when they could have thrown to the keeper." The bowler, in this case, was in a position to collect the throw, but he chose not to seeing it would have gone on to hit the stumps anyway. Dilshan didn't have as much time as earlier in the day to get rid of the throw...

26.1

Mathews to Cutting, no run, short of a good length outside off, drops it down into the off side

26.2

Mathews to Cutting, 1 run

26.3

Mathews to Haddin, no run, shortish on the off, rocks on the back foot and defends into the off side

26.4

Mathews to Haddin, no run, angling in towards middle, plays it from the crease into the off side now

Maltz: "I wish to inform everybody that Ben Cutting has made a shield hundred off 80 balls."

26.5

Mathews to Haddin, no run, angling in towards middle, head down and solidly defended towards cover

Chappy: "@Shaun - likewise with Maxwell, seems to have no patience to build an innings. Talk about Hughes having to fix his technique - maybe Smith and Maxwell should do the same"

26.6

Mathews to Haddin, no run, in the channel and holds its line, Haddin lets that one go

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 90/6 (RR: 3.33)
BJ Haddin    5* (8b 1x4)      AD Mathews    9-1-21-2
BCJ Cutting    2* (9b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-16-0

27.1

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, in the channel outside off, turns away and he leaves that one alone

27.2

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, angling in towards middle, rocks forward and defends it back to the bowler

27.3

BAW Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, flighted on middle, steps out of the crease and drives it to long-on

27.4

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, goodish length outside off, reaches for it and stabs it to cover

27.5

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, floating it straight on the off, steps forward and defends it to the bowler

27.6

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, on a length and it's driven straight to extra cover

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 91/6 (RR: 3.25)
BJ Haddin    5* (11b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-17-0
BCJ Cutting    3* (12b)      AD Mathews    9-1-21-2

Malinga comes back on, a wide slip in place

28.1

Malinga to Cutting, no run, in the channel outside off stump, moving away and he lets that one go

Steve: "If you look at Australia's side, they have 5 players that have played 8 or less games. Sure, bring 2 players up and let them get used to international conditions, but you can't have a team dominated with youngsters, and that's why Australia are struggling today. Experience is the key."

28.2

Malinga to Cutting, no run, fullish outside off and that's guided towards point from the crease

John: "Aus's best chance of a half-decent score is if Sri Lanka keeps Mendis on. He flips his fingers a lot, but doesn't turn the ball at all, just varies his pace and length a bit. Treat him as a slow seamer, wait for the ball and he's easy to play."

28.3

Malinga to Cutting, 1 run, slightly short outside off, guides that one down to third man for a single

28.4

Malinga to Haddin, no run, bowled it on a good length on middle, slightly cramped there, defended towards cover from the crease

28.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, beaten, short of a good length and slightly movement away from the right hander, Haddin flirts with it and is beaten

28.6

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, shortish outside off and it's guided down to third man for a single to keep strike

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 93/6 (RR: 3.20)
BJ Haddin    6* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-23-1
BCJ Cutting    4* (15b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-17-0

29.1

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, length ball angled in, played to short leg

29.2

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, drives a pitched up delivery out to wide mid off

29.3

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 1 bye, what a beauty, tossed up, lured Haddin forward for a defensive push, batsman leaves a massive gap between and pad, the ball spins in and bounces, somehow contrives to miss the stumps

29.4

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, fullish, pushed out to the off side

29.5

BAW Mendis to Cutting, FOUR, Cutting gets the boundary now, Mendis going wide outside off with an overpitched one, and Cutting flays it through covers

29.6

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 98/6 (RR: 3.26)
BCJ Cutting    8* (18b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-21-0
BJ Haddin    6* (17b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-23-1

30.1

Malinga to Haddin, no run, short of a length from Malinga and Haddin mistimes one as he plays it towards point

30.2

Malinga to Haddin, no run, beaten, lands around off stump and sneaks past the outside edge after moving away, nicely done

30.3

Malinga to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it towards cover

Kane: "I feel sorry for the fans in Adelaide that have paid good money to watch an Australia B side take the park, their performance so far has been well under par. Arrogant selectors are walking on thin ice with the Australian cricketing public and I'm sure with a few discontent players being rotated in and out from seemingly nowhere..."

30.4

Malinga to Haddin, FOUR, slides on the pads and Haddin just helps it along through square leg, big gap in that area and they take three runs, that's four, good attempt in the deep but his hand was in contact with the ropes as he reached the ball, 100 up for Australia

30.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, beaten once more, nips away from a good length and just goes past the outside edge

Iraj: "Are you able to send an SMS/Text to Mahela? If so, remind him that Jeevan Mendis is also a decent bowler!"

30.6

Malinga to Haddin, 2 runs, "two" shouts Haddin and gets it, timed it nicely off the back foot, pushing it wide of mid-on, and gets a couple of runs

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 104/6 (RR: 3.35)
BJ Haddin    12* (23b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-29-1
BCJ Cutting    8* (18b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-21-0

31.1

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, bowls that one full on the off and pushes it towards mid-off

A slip and a silly mid-on in place

31.2

BAW Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, tossed up on middle, drives it towards midwicket where there's a fumble and they get a single

31.3

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, slightly short on the off, he gets back and defends it into the leg side

31.4

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, shortish on middle, turns it square for a comfortable single

31.5

BAW Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, turns in from outside off, chops that wide of cover for a quick single

31.6

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, quicker one on middle and leg, pushes it towards midwicket from the crease

End of over 32 (3 runs) Australia 107/6 (RR: 3.34)
BJ Haddin    13* (26b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-24-0
BCJ Cutting    10* (21b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-29-1

mal: "I am one of those Adelaide fans, and with the construction work at Adelaide Oval, Cricket Australia have seen fit to only schedule one ODI here this year. And for that one match we get a B team and a match that looks like it won't see full distance by a long way. Not happy at all."

Someone seems to have told Mahela, Jeevan Mendis is on to bowl his leggies

32.1

BMAJ Mendis to Cutting, no run, flighted on middle, gets forward to the pitch and defends that one

32.2

BMAJ Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, drives that one down to long-on for a single

32.3

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, no run, lobbed up into the leg side after a leading edge, floated on leg stump and turned towards middle...

32.4

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, no run, gets forward and across and defends that one towards midwicket

32.5

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it past midwicket for a single

32.6

BMAJ Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, tossed up outside off, reaches forward to defend, gets a thick inside edge and it rolls down towards square leg

Time for another drink

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 110/6 (RR: 3.33)
BCJ Cutting    12* (24b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-3-0
BJ Haddin    14* (29b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-24-0

Walks: "Can everyone give themselves a spell! The ball is moving and guess what, everyone has bad games now and then. Tell me a player in this team that hasn't come into this game in good to great domestic form. I'm sorry Gilchrist and Hayden are retired but I have faith in this new crop."

33.1

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, bowled that one flat on the off stump, defends it back towards the bowler

33.2

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, comes down the track and pushes it back down the pitch

33.3

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, on a good length on the off and holds its line, taps it into the off side

33.4

BAW Mendis to Cutting, FOUR, short on middle and there's a yawning gap behind square leg, pulled away with ease for a boundary

33.5

BAW Mendis to Cutting, 2 runs, shortish outside off, chops that one behind point for a single

33.6

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, in the channel outside off, turns away and he leaves that one be

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 116/6 (RR: 3.41)
BCJ Cutting    18* (30b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    6-0-30-0
BJ Haddin    14* (29b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-3-0

34.1

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, no run, turns it into the leg side

34.2

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, no run, gets forward and turns it towards midwicket

34.3

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, drives that one down towards long-off for a single

34.4

BMAJ Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, tossed up on middle, clipped through midwicket into the deep for a single

34.5

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, quicker through the air from Jeevan, drives it firmly down the ground past the diving bowler for a single

34.6

BMAJ Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, flighted on middle and he picks a single to long-on

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 120/6 (RR: 3.42)
BCJ Cutting    20* (32b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-7-0
BJ Haddin    16* (33b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    6-0-30-0

Australia take the batting Powerplay

Jagger: "@ Bob - C Ferguson has a first class average of 36. An average of 35 is considered not good enough. Frankly he is lucky to be playing for South Australia. His ODI average of 41 at 85 is flattering and uninspiring. Definitely needs to make more runs."

Aakash: "Absolutely, agree with Walks. When they won match the other day no one talked. Now, they haven't finished the match yet, everyone is talking about the team. It has been raining all last night and all morning here in Adelaide. Wait and see, its not traditional Adelaide pitch today. Anything above 150 will be tough for Sri Lankans to chase."

35.1

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, closer on middle and off and that's been pushed into the off side

35.2

BAW Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, sliced through point this time for a single

35.3

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 2 runs, edged, the legspinner, bowled outside off and he reached for it, got a thick edge behind point for a couple of runs

35.4

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 3 runs, flatter outside off, cracked hard off the front foot in front of cover into the deep for three runs, Kulasekara saves a run diving to his right

35.5

BAW Mendis to Cutting, no run, goodish length on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

35.6

BAW Mendis to Cutting, 1 run, shortish on middle, the offspinner this time, mistimes a pull, a thick inside edge wide of short fine leg

End of over 36 (7 runs) Australia 127/6 (RR: 3.52)
BCJ Cutting    22* (36b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-37-0
BJ Haddin    21* (35b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-7-0

Malinga is back

Jimminy Cricket: "I've got a big problem with this 'B team' label to be honest. What do the fans want? A B team One Day International side, or a B team Test side? We can't have two, not with the injuries and niggles that our players have. Given that the first test against India is just over a week out from our final home T20I, we either rest our players now, or we rest them in the tests. Which seems the better idea?"

Tom: "Re: rotation selection, I think it's a great innovation for cricket and we will see a lot more of it from the other countries in future. Just say Pattinson and Cummins are fit for India/England and the inevitable happens when one gets injured. Would you prefer to play a debutant and throw them to the wolves? Or would you rather someone who's had 5-10 games experience already. Easy answer"

36.1

Malinga to Cutting, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and knocks it down in front of mid-on

Waqas: "Reading all these comments make me think that today's cricket fans are impatient as anything. First everyone is talking about testing new players, injecting new blood into the team. When the selectors do that, we start whining about these changes. Hold your horses guys, the same 'B' time scored 300+ in the last game."

36.2

Malinga to Cutting, 1 run, a touch too straight from Malinga there, it's clipped square, fine leg is up, but Thirimanne does a good job in the deep to keep them to a single

36.3

Malinga to Haddin, no run, goodish length on the off and he pushes that firmly back to the bowler

Adrian: "Spot on Walks - And there hasn't been enough credit to a Sri Lankan team that has improved dramatically on their showing on Friday when they underperformed. Their fielding in general today has been very good."

36.4

Malinga to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on the off, Haddin rocks back and defends that one to extra cover

Tom: "The people who are against the rotation policy will eat their words when we have a fit Pattinson, Cummins, Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Johnson, Starc, Bird, Cutting, and perhaps Ryan Harris to choose from for the India and England series"

36.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks back, takes his bottom hand off as he drops it into the off side

36.6

Malinga to Haddin, no run, slower one this time from Malinga, full on middle and it's played back cautiously by Haddin

End of over 37 (1 run) Australia 128/6 (RR: 3.45)
BJ Haddin    21* (39b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-30-1
BCJ Cutting    23* (38b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-37-0

Perera is back now

Nick: "I think the only case you can make for Ferguson is the form he was in before injuring his knee. At that point, he was the logical "next batsman in". Some guys are able to adjust and perform at international level above what their first-class form may indicate. At the time, Ferguson was one of those. Now..? I think he needs to do a bit more to stake another claim."

37.1

NLTC Perera to Cutting, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut away towards third man for a single

37.2

NLTC Perera to Haddin, no run, short of a good length, moves way a little and pushes that towards point

37.3

NLTC Perera to Haddin, no run, tries to be expansive, made a bit of room and tried to blast that through the off side but mistimed it back to the bowler

37.4

NLTC Perera to Haddin, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and drops it towards cover

37.5

NLTC Perera to Haddin, 2 runs, Haddin isn't middling them, this one's an example, short and wide, made room to cut that over point, got a thick outside edge instead, got it wide of third man for a couple of runs

37.6

NLTC Perera to Haddin, FOUR, middles this one all right, in the zone for Haddin, that landed full and he smashed it over mid-on for a boundary

This partnership is now worth 52, Australia have managed to recover from being in some trouble, but how much can they push this score to? A couple more overs remaining in the Powerplay. 200-220 should be competitive in this conditions.

End of over 38 (7 runs) Australia 135/6 (RR: 3.55)
BJ Haddin    27* (44b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-28-1
BCJ Cutting    24* (39b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-30-1

38.1

Kulasekara to Cutting, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and defends it towards cover

Kula returns

38.2

Kulasekara to Cutting, 2 runs, a jab more than a pull but very well timed, short and he gets it wide of midwicket but there is protection in the deep there, a couple more

38.3

Kulasekara to Cutting, no run, a full delivery outside off and he tried to steer that behind point, missed

38.4

Kulasekara to Cutting, no run, shortish outside off, chops it towards cover, no single on offer there

38.5

Kulasekara to Cutting, 1 run, low full toss, comes down the track and drives it wide of deep cover for a single

bruce: "Cricket fans have a habit of spouting stats such as a batsman's average as evidence that they should/shouldn't be picked. It's useful clearly, but it's not the be all and end all. Usually this type of stat will be used without the person even having seen the person bat with their own eyes. Saying 'so and so only averages XX' completely ignores what their recent form is like. Jagger - how can you simply ignore Ferguson's very respectable international average? And you are aware that a first class average is based on long format, not limited overs? So why would you place so much relevance on it? A bit of objectivity goes a long way. Australia's batting is dire at the moment - why wouldn't we give someone with good one day record another chance? Sean Marsh is another - say all you like about his 4 day average, but the guy is surely one of our best limited overs bats. Jagger, will you just write him off too?"

38.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length outside off and that's eased through point and cover for a single

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 139/6 (RR: 3.56)
BJ Haddin    28* (45b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-14-1
BCJ Cutting    27* (44b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-28-1

ashwin: "in the list that Tom just produced, how many are currently fit? If all are injured, something is seriously wrong with how these players were managed up until now. It is quite worrisome that an entire battalion of bowlers is out injured at the same time!"

Nits: "Reading all the aussie fans comments about how they do not like a B team playing this ODI series. I am really surprised considering this is what I want for the Indian team as well. There is no point getting all your main players tired and fatigued leaving them without time to recuperate from their niggles and denying them the chance to get mentally prepared for a big away series. The Australian board is doing a fab job in my humble opinion."

Malinga back for a fourth spell

39.1

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, slower one on middle and it's pushed into the leg side for a single

39.2

Malinga to Cutting, OUT, gone! Malinga strikes, Perera takes his third catch, pitched up outside off and Cutting tries to drive it through cover, gets a thick edge and Perera dives to his right to snap that one

BCJ Cutting c †MDKJ Perera b Malinga 27 (58m 45b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Not a bad debut with the bat for Cutting, under the circumstances, but Australia are seven down now, they need to bat out here

Another debutant walks in, Kane Richardson it is

Kane: "People and teams have bad days, I'm not concerned about that. What I am concerned with is the selectors not picking the best 11 for every match. It robs the local fans of the few game of international cricket they get a year. I consider myself lucky that I am in Perth, hopefully by then Clarke and Warner and co will be rotated back in. I wouldn't pay then ticket price to watch Smith, Cutting and Maxwell. Injuries play a part, but its not excuse for not picking the best available XI today, not the possible best XI for 5 years down the track..."

39.3

Malinga to Richardson, OUT, Oh dear, a first baller on debut, a deceptive slower one from Malinga, Richardson didn't spot it, it died low on the batsman and Richardson missed it to be struck low on the pad, perhaps just in line with leg stump, he's got to go

KW Richardson lbw b Malinga 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And that means Lasith Malinga is on a hat-trick

Clint McKay to face the hat-trick ball, has a slip

39.4

Malinga to McKay, no run, solid defensive, goodish length and he stylishly played it towards extra cover

39.5

Malinga to McKay, no run, another slower one from Malinga, pushes it straight to midwicket

Eagle Eye confirms that would have hit leg stump, the Richardson lbw

39.6

Malinga to McKay, no run, gets across and presses that one away, Australia slid further in that Powerplay

End of over 40 (1 run) Australia 140/8 (RR: 3.50)
CJ McKay    0* (3b)      SL Malinga    8-0-31-3
BJ Haddin    29* (46b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-14-1

Mathews is back

Mark: "@Nick - Some would say that apart from his obvious ability to step up to international level, proven through his excellent performances in ODI's before his injury, being the second highest run scorer in sheffield shield this year (behind Hughes) would go a long way towards staking his claim."

victor darrell: "It is interesting to listen to Aussie fans talk about their team in a negative light. We in the WI have been having these conversations for close to 15 years now. What is happening to Australia now is what happened in the WI 15 years ago. After you have had a great run and lose the great players that made that run possible, there is going to be a drop-off in your team's performance. So Aussies get used to it, it might take you another 10 years to re-tool to the top level you had up until 3 years ago!!!"

40.1

Mathews to Haddin, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it into the leg side to get a single

John Teague: "Let's put this B-team talk to rest. I'd just like to say to everyone that the national selection panel probably don't care what your opinions are and if they do, then that's a bigger worry than whether or not we have a B-team on the park. I know it's harsh but it's painful to see people breaking their heads over something they have no control over. For what it's worth :), Hughes and Finch are two of the best one-day domestic players in the world at the moment and Warner only averages 30 and strikes at 80; I can't see why he's considered better than Hughes or Finch."

Mathews has a slip

40.2

Mathews to McKay, no run, shortish on middle and leg, struck high on the pads as he tries to turn it into the leg side

Jon: "This game could turn into one of those nail biting low score thrillers! Remember those games in the 90's especially at the SCG?"

40.3

Mathews to McKay, 2 runs, short and it's slapped off the back foot wide of deep cover for a couple of runs

Gnani: "All those who spray dissatisfaction with the members of this 'side under construction' will once again make a big 'u' turn when the lankan batsmen begin their parade back to the pavilion in a hurry"

40.4

Mathews to McKay, no run, goodish length on the off and it's pushed straight to extra cover

40.5

Mathews to McKay, no run, slightly short on the off, rocks back and punches that one to cover

bryan: "On the good news front, Haddin has pretty much booked his trip to india on the form of only 2 ODIs, and Ben cutting is showing very good batting for a tail ender. These ODI's don't really matter, I'd much rather beat india and england. Finally for all you guys complaining about paying to watch "Aussies B" We don't get matches in the NT"

40.6

Mathews to McKay, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and pushes that to extra cover

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 143/8 (RR: 3.48)
CJ McKay    2* (8b)      AD Mathews    10-1-24-2
BJ Haddin    30* (47b 3x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-31-3

charlie: "Has Cutting cemented his spot for the rest of the series? Also, presuming Haddin goes to India and England as the second WK, who - Haddin/Wade - will come back with better batting/ WK figures? If Haddin's are much better, then what? How about Paine?"

Perera runs in

41.1

NLTC Perera to Haddin, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and plays it back to the bowler

41.2

NLTC Perera to Haddin, 1 run, shortish outside off, guides that one towards third man for a single

41.3

NLTC Perera to McKay, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and pushes it down the pitch

41.4

NLTC Perera to McKay, 2 runs, ooh, goodish length and he skies that one, makes room and lofts it high, Tharanga moves back and runs back and dives, but it evades him

41.5

NLTC Perera to McKay, OUT, appeal for a catch, short of a good length outside off, tries to open the face there to play it past point, it's given not out but the Sri Lankans have reviewed it, Hot Spot shows no heat signature, the umpire is taking his time to decide this, no real sound in live motion, the appeal was spontaneous but no strong technical evidence there of a deflection. Would you believe it, that's been given out. Surprise all around, McKay is surprised, the decision has been overturned.

CJ McKay c †MDKJ Perera b NLTC Perera 4 (15m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

No conclusive evidence there at all, wonder what prompted the third umpire to overturn that, Richard Kettleborough is the man. That's been given out. He first tried the Hot Spot, then amped up the audio, nothing seemed to conclusively suggest there was a deflection.

Xavier Doherty, the last man, walks in

41.6

NLTC Perera to Doherty, no run, goodish length on middle, gets across and defends it into the off side

End of over 42 (3 runs) Australia 146/9 (RR: 3.47)
XJ Doherty    0* (1b)      NLTC Perera    8-0-31-2
BJ Haddin    31* (49b 3x4)      AD Mathews    10-1-24-2

Kulasekara runs in

42.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, 2 runs, slower one bowled outside off, Haddin moves away and lofts it over mid-off for a few runs

42.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, pitched up on middle, drives it down to long-on for a single

42.3

Kulasekara to Doherty, no run, bowled on a length outside off, drives it down towards mid-off from the crease

42.4

Kulasekara to Doherty, no run, short of a good length outside off, nips away and he flirts with that one, beaten

42.5

Kulasekara to Doherty, no run, straight on middle and it's pushed back to the bowler

Mark: "That DRS reversal has to be a mistake, surely? I watch that on tv. There was no evidence at all to indicate an edge. I thought it needed to be conclusive evidence to overturn the on field umpires decision? Surely just the audio of a sound at around the right time is not conclusive enough?" It wasn't conclusive to overturn in my mind

42.6

Kulasekara to Doherty, no run, steps forward and taps that towards cover

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 149/9 (RR: 3.46)
XJ Doherty    0* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-17-1
BJ Haddin    34* (51b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    8-0-31-2

43.1

NLTC Perera to Haddin, SIX, Haddin swings it into the stands, a one-handed catch in the crowd, length ball outside off and he smashes that one off a length into the crowd, a lad dressed in grew, holding a milk can in the other hand, nochalantly just snapped it with his left hand

43.2

NLTC Perera to Haddin, no run, cracked it off the front foot towards extra cover, couldn't get it through

43.3

NLTC Perera to Haddin, 1 run, slower one bowled outside off, guided towards short third for a single

43.4

NLTC Perera to Doherty, 1 run, goodish length and it's eased through the covers into the deep for a single

43.5

NLTC Perera to Haddin, 1 run, slower one outside off and it's cracked towards extra cover, mistimed again

Jason: "Can't understand why that's been given out, especially when the original decision was not out. To overturn a decision you've gotta have alot of evidence against it, and really, there was not conclusive evidence that that was out. I heard a noise on the replays, but pretty sure it was McKay's foot hitting the ground. it was a quick double noise, the kind you get when his heel hits the ground then immediately followed by his toes hitting the ground. Bad call, but these things happen, and you just gotta move on I guess."

43.6

NLTC Perera to Doherty, no run, gets on the back foot and defends that one into the off side

End of over 44 (9 runs) Australia 158/9 (RR: 3.59)
XJ Doherty    1* (7b)      NLTC Perera    9-0-40-2
BJ Haddin    42* (55b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-17-1

44.1

Malinga to Haddin, no run, slower one bowled on a length on the off and it's pushed back to the bowler

44.2

Malinga to Haddin, no run, slightly short outside off and it's chopped down towards point

44.3

Malinga to Haddin, no run, bowled that one straight on middle and he's pushed it back down the pitch now

44.4

Malinga to Haddin, no run, full and wide and it's sliced towards deep point, Haddin doesn't take the single

We're getting some Snicko now, there is a peak only after the ball has gone past the bat.

44.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, pushes that one into the off side

44.6

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, slower one outside off, steals a single dropping that one in front of point to keep strike for the next over

End of over 45 (1 run) Australia 159/9 (RR: 3.53)
BJ Haddin    43* (61b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-32-3
XJ Doherty    1* (7b)      NLTC Perera    9-0-40-2

45.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, full toss outside off, a low full toss, drives it wide of extra cover for a single

45.2

Kulasekara to Doherty, 1 run, a fumble at mid-off after Doherty called for a single, pushed it past the bowler and raced off

45.3

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, Haddin made some room and Kulasekara chased him, Haddin dug that one out back to the bowler

45.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, streaky but he'll take it, full outside outside off, more width on this time, Haddin moved away to crack that through point, got a thick edge wide of the diving keeper for a boundary

45.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, low full toss on middle, drives that to long-on for a single

45.6

Kulasekara to Doherty, no run, short of a length outside off and that one has been left alone

End of over 46 (7 runs) Australia 166/9 (RR: 3.60)
XJ Doherty    2* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-24-1
BJ Haddin    49* (65b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-32-3

Ajantha Mendis comes back on

46.1

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, Fifty for Haddin, who punches that through cover for a single, good comeback for the man, has played well under pressure here for Australia

Has a slip for Doherty

46.2

BAW Mendis to Doherty, no run, gets outside the line does Doherty and plays that back to the bowler

46.3

BAW Mendis to Doherty, no run, slightly short on the off, gets on the back foot and plays it back to the bowler

46.4

BAW Mendis to Doherty, 3 runs, gets across and turns it fine for a couple of runs, Malinga runs across, in fact it's three for Doherty who just clipped that fine

46.5

BAW Mendis to Haddin, OUT, Haddin holes out, found deep midwicket, pitched on a length and he sensed a chance, swung it hard but flat and straight to Thirimanne in the deep

BJ Haddin c Thirimanne b BAW Mendis 50 (100m 67b 4x4 1x6) SR: 74.62

Sri Lanka have an excellent chance of levelling this series now. Australia have been bowled out for a sub-par score, even on a track and in conditions that have favoured bowlers a bit more. Haddin's done a good job but his side has been bowled out with 19 balls to spare in the first innings. A collective bowling display from the visitors. Join us at around 6.30pm for the chase. Daniel Brettig's updated report will be ready shortly.

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