Sri Lanka in Australia T20I Series - 2nd T20I

Australia v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 2 runs (D/L method)

Dilshan takes strike now, and Glenn Maxwell has the ball.

Not far away from the start now. A lot of excited feedback from Sri Lanka about Dananjaya's inclusion. For those of you who haven't followed his story, his profile may be worth a look. Basically, he is Sri Lanka's wild card spinner, who is yet to play like a wild card. He had an encouragingly consistent World Twenty20, only a month after playing his first professional cricket match at the age of 18.

Mondraker Demichilis: "Adam Voges must have the record for most balls faced in a T20I without hitting a boundary! How long will it take him today?" It wasn't just Voges in that last match - no one in the Australian side but Warner hit a four, and Bailey contributed the only other six.

Navin: "It is going to be tough for Australia given that apart from Warner none have been able to decode he Malinga-kulasekara mystery." But Sri Lanka haven't looked all that comfortable against Xavier Doherty either, so if it's a pitch that will take some turn, he could be a handful again.

Glenn Maxwell thought Australia had been outplayed in all departments in Sydney, and outlined his side's woes in more detail here. You can also read Brydon Coverdale's preview, while you wait.

One change for each side: James Faulkner comes into the home side for Ben Cutting, and Australia will have their first look at Akila Dananjaya, who replaces Lahiru Thirimanne in the XI. Two specialist spinners for Sri Lanka then, in addition to Jeevan Mendis. Thirimanne is out with an ankle injury.

News from the 'G' is that Australia have won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first. It's the first time in seven limited overs matches that the tourists will bat first, if I'm not mistaken. They have built each of their three victories on bowling first, so it will be interesting to see how they react to having to set a score, and indeed, how Australia will go bowling first,

We will have the toss details for you as they filter through shortly, as well as the XIs for both teams.

Sri Lanka are of course 1-0 up in the series, and have the chance to return with a trophy to call their own. The MCG hasn't been so kind to them in the last month though. It was the scene of the worst of their Test and ODI defeats, but perhaps the shortest format will bring a change in fortunes.

Hello all, and welcome to our coverage of the second Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and Australia - the final match in what has been a long tour.

0.1

Maxwell to Dilshan, no run, fullish in middle stump from around the wicket, driven to mid on

0.2

Maxwell to Dilshan, 3 runs, dropped second ball! Terrific effort though. Dilshan goes aerial over mid on, and Ben Laughlin runs around from cow corner, to try to take the mishit stroke, but can't complete the catch on it despite having put in a big dive

0.3

Maxwell to MDKJ Perera, no run, tossed up wide and spinning sharply away, Perera misses

0.4

Maxwell to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, flighted on off, driven to long off

0.5

Maxwell to Dilshan, 1 run, turned off his legs into a gap on the leg side

0.6

Maxwell to MDKJ Perera, no run, shortish and wide again, and cut straight to backward point

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0
MDKJ Perera    1* (3b)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    4* (3b)     

1.1

Starc to Dilshan, 1 wide, angled way wide of off stump

1.1

Starc to Dilshan, no run, angled wide again, on a length. Dilshan drives away from his body, but straight to cover

1.2

Starc to Dilshan, no run, bouncer on off stump, Dilshan shapes to hook but ends up leaving it

1.3

Starc to Dilshan, 1 run, full and angled across, Dilshan drives again, but with no timing, the batsmen scamper one into the off side

1.4

Starc to MDKJ Perera, no run, short of a length angled in towards off stump. Perera is nicely behind it

1.5

Starc to MDKJ Perera, 1 wide, full, and pushed down the leg side, 144 kph

1.5

Starc to MDKJ Perera, 1 wide, wide again, down full and down the leg side

1.5

Starc to MDKJ Perera, no run, much better. He beats Perera's cut shot with a short of a length ball, a foot outside off stump

1.6

Starc to MDKJ Perera, no run, length on the stumps, defended on the front foot.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0
MDKJ Perera    1* (6b)      MA Starc    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    5* (6b)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-5-0

Faulkner into the attack

2.1

Faulkner to Dilshan, 1 run, full and on off stump, Dilshan drives it straight, but can't time it again. They take one as mid off comes around to field

2.2

Faulkner to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, shortish and wide, cut aerially, but in between the fielders. There's a lot of Jayasuriya in that shot. long leg runs around to field

2.3

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, slower ball on a length, Dilshan is too early on the drive and misses

2.4

Faulkner to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, poor bowling, fine leg in the circle, but Faulkner bowls this on leg stump and it takes a deflection off Dilshan's thigh pad and rolls to the boundary

2.5

Faulkner to Dilshan, OUT, slower ball again, and this time he bowls him! Dilshan tried to pull that one, but it didn't bounce as high as he expected. It takes an under edge and clips off stump. I think the slowness of the ball did him in there.

TM Dilshan b Faulkner 6 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

2.6

Faulkner to Chandimal, no run, full on off stump, Chandiimal defends that to cover on the front foot

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 15/1
LD Chandimal    0* (1b)      JP Faulkner    1-0-2-1
MDKJ Perera    2* (7b)      MA Starc    1-0-4-0

3.1

Starc to MDKJ Perera, no run, shortish and outside off stump, cut hard, but straight to backward point

3.2

Starc to MDKJ Perera, no run, almost a run out! Fullish on the stumps, Perera pushes that straight to mid on, and calls no early, but Chandimal has scampered a couple of metres down the pitch. He turns, but a direct hit would have beaten his dive

3.3

Starc to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, shot! Full and straight, Perera gets under it and murders it over mid off for four.

3.4

Starc to MDKJ Perera, no run, slower ball, pushed back to the bowler on the front foot

3.5

Starc to MDKJ Perera, 1 wide, way down leg, and Wade dives well to stop that from being only one wide

3.5

Starc to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, dear me that is a fine shot. Is that you Sanath? Fullish and outside off stump, Perera gets his front foot across and creams that through cover on the up. That flew off the bat.

3.6

Starc to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, and he's wise enough to deal with the variation as well. Slower ball outside off stump, a little short. Perera drags that behind square on the leg side for four. Another good shot

End of over 4 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 28/1
MDKJ Perera    14* (13b 3x4)      MA Starc    2-0-17-0
LD Chandimal    0* (1b)      JP Faulkner    1-0-2-1

4.1

Faulkner to Chandimal, no run, slower ball, length outside off, Chandimal misses with a big drive

4.2

Faulkner to Chandimal, no run, slower again and fuller, Chandimal tries to hit this through cover and misses again

4.3

Faulkner to Chandimal, no run, quick one this time, length outside off. Chandimal can't connect with a cut shot

4.4

Faulkner to Chandimal, no run, and again a slower ball, outside off. Chandimal is swinging and missing once again

4.5

Faulkner to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length, into the body. Chandimal defends that onto the deck and can get down the other end

4.6

Faulkner to MDKJ Perera, no run, leg cutter, 113 kph. Breaks a little off the surface and evades Perera's push. Terrific over

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 29/1
MDKJ Perera    14* (14b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-3-1
LD Chandimal    1* (6b)      MA Starc    2-0-17-0

Laughlin comes into bowl,

5.1

Laughlin to Chandimal, FOUR, slower ball to start, but Chandimal isn't fooled by that one. Plays a lovely cover drive to an overpitched delivery and pierces the infield

5.2

Laughlin to Chandimal, no run, length outside off stump, cut hard into the square, but David Warner fields that at backward point

5.3

Laughlin to Chandimal, OUT, that is an awful looking shot. Short outside off stump, Chandimal tries to heave that over mid on with a cross-bat shot, but is too late on the stroke, and ends up scooping it to Bailey at mid off. Didn't look too comfortable, despite the boundary

LD Chandimal c Bailey b Laughlin 5 (11m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

5.4

Laughlin to Jayawardene, 1 run, short outside off stump, glides it down to third man

5.5

Laughlin to MDKJ Perera, 1 leg bye, short and into the body, Perera misses his pull shot, but Mahela is sprinting down to take a run off the deflection and Perera eventually responds

5.6

Laughlin to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower and on the legs, turned into a gap on the leg side

End of over 6 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 36/2
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (2b)      B Laughlin    1-0-6-1
MDKJ Perera    14* (15b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-3-1

Powerplay is done, and Australia have done well so far. Maxwell is back from around the wicket

6.1

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, length, straightening on leg stump. Jayawardene turns it to the leg side.

6.2

Maxwell to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, length again, on leg stump. Perera collects a run into the infield on the on side

6.3

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, defended into a gap on the off side

6.4

Maxwell to MDKJ Perera, OUT, well caught, running back. Perera is down the track, but beaten in the flight by Maxwell and he hits that high. Bailey runs back from cover to take a difficult catch over his shoulder. Perera perishes again, having promised much early on. Sri Lanka need a partnership here though.

MDKJ Perera c Bailey b Maxwell 15 (30m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

6.5

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, full outside off stump, defended to short cover

6.6

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, length ball on off stump, defended into the leg side.

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 39/3
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (6b)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-8-1
BMAJ Mendis    0* (0b)      B Laughlin    1-0-6-1

Three consecutive good overs from Australia have them taking control of this game early. Looks like a good batting pitch too.

7.1

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, no run, full and on off stump, Mendis hits that into the surface

7.2

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, length on leg stump, Mendis reverse sweeps in front of square

7.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed to cover, where it is misfielded

7.4

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, fullish on the legs, turned into the leg side

7.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, FOUR, Doherty strays down leg, and Jayawardene sweeps it fine, all the way to the boundary

7.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up, straightening on middle. Driven to long on

End of over 8 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 47/3
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (9b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-8-0
BMAJ Mendis    2* (3b)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-8-1

khb: "This is not what I expected from SL batting first. Mahela got to play a calm but a great inning here."

8.1

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, length ball, straightening on leg stump, turned around the corner - maybe off the pad

8.2

Maxwell to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, tossed up to pitch on leg, Mendis plays his favourite sweep, to get it to fine leg

8.3

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 2 leg byes, length on leg stump again, glances that fine of the short fine leg fielder

8.4

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, length, straightening on middle, Mahela plays a reverse sweep, but finds short third man

8.5

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 wide, pitches outside leg and straightens,

8.5

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the stumps, pushed into a vacant area on the off side infield

8.6

Maxwell to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, full on off stump, pushed square on the off side

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 54/3
BMAJ Mendis    4* (5b)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (13b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-8-0

9.1

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, full and flat outside off stump, Mendis opens the face and pushes it wide of backward point

9.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, turned into the leg stump

9.3

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, no run, expansive reverse sweep attempted there, but it's too short from Doherty and it turns a mile as well. Mendis misses

9.4

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, no run, runs down the track and tries to heave that on the on side, but it's dropped short again, and turns too much for Mendis to connect. Hits him in the thigh

9.5

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, no run, fuller, pushed straight to cover

9.6

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, no run, full and flat, defended with a straight bat

End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 56/3
BMAJ Mendis    5* (10b)      XJ Doherty    2-0-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (14b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-12-1

Starc with the ball now

10.1

Starc to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball on the legs, glanced to fine leg

10.2

Starc to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, opens the face, gets it on the outside of the bat and gets a shortish ball outside off stump just wide of the keeper for four

10.3

Starc to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, full and outside off, driven wide of mid off, who runs across and makes a good stop

10.4

Starc to Jayawardene, 1 run, 129 kph, length on off stump, defended into the vacant off side

Starc bowling cross seam

10.5

Starc to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, glides it down to third man

10.6

Starc to Jayawardene, no run, full toss on middle stump, 147 kph, defended to cover

End of over 11 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 64/3
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (17b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-0-25-0
BMAJ Mendis    11* (13b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-10-0

Sugath: "Difficult to understand the strategy of sending Jeevan, cannot connect and wasting balls. Should have been Mathews or Thisara"

11.1

Maxwell to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, short ball pitched outside off and straightening, pushed to point for one

11.2

Maxwell to Jayawardene, SIX, towering straight six from Mahela. That;s his release against the spinners. Comes down the pitch, makes room and hits that way back into the seats

11.3

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 2 runs, length on middle stump, reverse swept past short fine leg, but the sweeper runs around to cut it off

11.4

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the stumps, worked into the leg side

11.5

Maxwell to BMAJ Mendis, no run, big appeal, as Mendis misses a sweep off a full ball outside off stump. Wade thinks he's nicked that, but the umpire is unmoved.

11.6

Maxwell to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, fullish on off stump, pushed towards long on

End of over 12 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 75/3
BMAJ Mendis    13* (16b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-23-1
DPMD Jayawardene    23* (20b 1x4 1x6)      MA Starc    3-0-25-0

12.1

Laughlin to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, missed run out! Direct hit might have tested Mahela. Lenght outside off, hit to short third man, who has a go at the stumps but misses

12.2

Laughlin to Jayawardene, no run, length outside off stump, Mahela tries to run that off the face, but gets and under edge to the keeper

12.3

Laughlin to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, tries to run that fine again, but can't connect

12.4

Laughlin to Jayawardene, FOUR, well timed behind square on the off side for four. Shortish and outside off, Mahela pounces with a late cut

12.5

Laughlin to Jayawardene, no run, full and on the stumps, driven straight to short cover

12.6

Laughlin to Jayawardene, 1 run, gull toss on the legs, but Mahela can't capitalise. Connects well, but hits that straight to fine leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 81/3
DPMD Jayawardene    28* (25b 2x4 1x6)      B Laughlin    2-0-12-1
BMAJ Mendis    14* (17b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-23-1

13.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, full, and straightening on middle, Jayawardene sweeps and finds short fine leg

Looks like Maxwell's shout two overs ago did collect the edge on the way through

13.2

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, short, on leg stump, and Mendis swings that behind square on the leg side for four. Doherty might have bowled shorter because Mendis was looking like he'd shuffle down the pitch

13.3

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, FOUR, Almost all the way. Short on the legs and Mendis slogs that over midwicket, and it lands centimetres short of the rope

13.4

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, no run, tossed up outside off, driven to a fielder on the off side

13.5

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, 2 runs, sweeps a length ball on the stumps powerfully, but can't beat the legside sweeper this time, who covers good ground

13.6

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, no run, slower, outside off. Mendis cuts that, but can't beat the fielder

End of over 14 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 92/3
BMAJ Mendis    24* (22b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-21-0
DPMD Jayawardene    29* (26b 2x4 1x6)      B Laughlin    2-0-12-1

14.1

Laughlin to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, Mahela backs away and aims one over cover, but is beaten by the lack of pace

14.2

Laughlin to Jayawardene, SIX, gets it this time! Full, on the stumps, Mahela opens up and smites it over straightish cover, all the way

14.3

Laughlin to Jayawardene, 1 run, opens up again, but decides just to push that slower ball into the off side

14.4

Laughlin to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, oh deear! Laughlin just had to pick up the ball, and he would have had Mahela out. Mendis gets bat on a slower ball, and it dribbles down past his feet. There is a stutter as the batsmen run, and Laughlin just had to pick up the ball and hit the stumps from metres out, but fails to pick it up

14.5

Laughlin to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, full outside off stump, Mahela gets down to sweep that but misses

14.6

Laughlin to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower again, full outside of stump, Mahela tries to run it fine, but just gets an outside edge. Wade collects, but they can scamper one

End of over 15 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 101/3
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (31b 2x4 2x6)      B Laughlin    3-0-21-1
BMAJ Mendis    25* (23b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-21-0

15.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, fullish, outside off stump, Mahela steps out drive that to long off

15.2

Doherty to BMAJ Mendis, OUT, holes out to long off. Doherty bowls that a bit flatter, and Mendis runs down the pitch, but can't get under it. He hits it hard and flat, and straight to Faulkner at long off

BMAJ Mendis c Faulkner b Doherty 25 (32m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 104.16

Thisara Perera comes in ahead of Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka need a few big blows from him

15.3

Doherty to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, fullish on leg stump, swung away hard into the leg side, where deep midwicket runs around to collect

15.4

Doherty to NLTC Perera, FOUR, clobbered! That's what he's at the crease for. Full on the stumps, Perera clears the front leg and smashes that past the bowler, and he beats long off running around

15.5

Doherty to NLTC Perera, 1 run, mishit, but well safe. Perera tried to hit that over long on, but gets it squarer than intended after being beaten in the flight, Warner cuts it off in the deep.

15.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, drifted into the legs, turned behind square on the leg side

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 110/4
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (33b 2x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    4-0-30-1
NLTC Perera    7* (3b 1x4)      B Laughlin    3-0-21-1

Kapil: "SL should go all out here.. anything less than 150-155 would be difficult to defend on this pitch against aggressive Aussie batting line up"

16.1

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, short of a length outside off stump, dabbed to third man

16.2

Faulkner to NLTC Perera, SIX, great hitting from Perera. Short of a length slower ball on the stumps, Perera clears the hip and smashes that high over cow corner.

16.3

Faulkner to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full toss on the stumps, driven hard into the pitch and that bounces over bowler.

16.4

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish, on the stumps. Mahela gets an under-edge to hit as he pulls to short fine leg

16.5

Faulkner to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full and outside off stump, Perera wallops it, but straight to the deep point fielder.

16.6

Faulkner to Jayawardene, no run, full, and wide, Mahela drives but can't connect. Perera needs as much of the strike as possible here.

End of over 17 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 120/4
DPMD Jayawardene    41* (36b 2x4 2x6)      JP Faulkner    3-0-13-1
NLTC Perera    15* (6b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    4-0-30-1

Starc is back

17.1

Starc to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, full and wide, Perera crashes that over the off side, but the sweeper can run around to cut it off

17.2

Starc to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full, but tighter into the stumps. Drilled to long off

17.3

Starc to Jayawardene, 2 runs, trouble for Sri Lanka, but he might just be safe. Mahela opens up and drives that past cover, but they take off for a risky second. The throw comes to Perera's end, but he's just made it.

17.4

Starc to Jayawardene, 1 run, fast yorker on middle stump, Mahela can only dig that out into the off side.

17.5

Starc to NLTC Perera, FOUR, long off is in the circle, and Perera pounces on a juicy half-volley, wide of off stump. Drills that past mid off for four

17.6

Starc to NLTC Perera, no run, 129 kph bouncer, Perera shapes to hook but is undone by the lack of pace, I think. Can't connect.

End of over 18 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 130/4
NLTC Perera    22* (10b 2x4 1x6)      MA Starc    4-0-35-0
DPMD Jayawardene    44* (38b 2x4 2x6)      JP Faulkner    3-0-13-1

18.1

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 2 runs, mishit in the air by Mahela, but safe. Length outside off stump. Mahela tries to go inside out, but scoops it in the air, just beyond wide mid off

18.2

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela moves across the stump and pulls that to short fine leg, mishit again

18.3

Faulkner to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full outside off, tries to turn that to the leg side but only gets a boot to it

18.4

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, wide and full, square driven uppishly to the sweeper

18.5

Faulkner to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, full toss, hit hard wide of the square sweeper on the off side, who runs around to collect

18.6

Faulkner to NLTC Perera, FOUR, Perera's playing a gem here. That was just delicate tough. Gets inside the line of a full ball outside off stump and ramps it over fine leg for four.

End of over 19 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 141/4
NLTC Perera    29* (13b 3x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    4-0-24-1
DPMD Jayawardene    48* (41b 2x4 2x6)      MA Starc    4-0-35-0

Laughlin to bowl the last

19.1

Laughlin to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela connects with a reverse sweep off a length ball on middle stump, and he gets it beyond the short fine leg for four

19.2

Laughlin to Jayawardene, FOUR, a fine shot again, just pure reaction there. Lughlin bangs in a short ball at the body as Mahela backs away, but the batsman just ramps that over the keeper

19.3

Laughlin to Jayawardene, FOUR, a trio of fours! Super batting. Length ball on off stump, Jayawardene backs away and strokes that over backward point

19.4

Laughlin to Jayawardene, 1 run, full ouside off stump, driven down the ground. Respite for Laughlin, but Perera is on strike now.

19.5

Laughlin to NLTC Perera, SIX, top edged six! No luck there for Laughlin, but it's been that kind of day for Perera. Length outside off stump, Perera tries to wallop that over mid on, but it gets a thick outside edge and flies over the fine leg rope

19.6

Laughlin to NLTC Perera, 1 bye, slower ball, fullish outside off stump. Perera goes for another heave, but can't connect. Mahela scampers to the striker's end anyway and they steal a bye off the last

We'll be back in a mo with Australia's reply.

Dave is understandably unimpressed with the Australia's death bowling: "Good to see that Australia have tried to execute the right length again...not. Do they not watch the opposition?"

Good innings by Mahela, to hold things together after three wickets fell quickly. Perera played a blinder, as Australia's bowlers shied away from bowling yorkers at the death. But the good start for Australia means that 161 is probably just about par.

They will have to negotiate Mendis and Dananjaya though, and the pitch seems a little on the slow side and took quite a bit of turn as well.

End of over 20 (20 runs) Sri Lanka 161/4
NLTC Perera    35* (15b 3x4 2x6)      B Laughlin    4-0-40-1
DPMD Jayawardene    61* (45b 5x4 2x6)      JP Faulkner    4-0-24-1
Series Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Jan 28, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 2 runs (D/L method)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 26, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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George Bailey's 45 was not quite enough to bring Australia victory, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Melbourne, January 28, 2013

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