ICC Cricket World Cup, 32nd Match, Pool A: Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney, Mar 8, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 32nd match, Pool A
Australia won by 64 runs
8 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Australia innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AJ Finch st †Sangakkara b Prasanna 24 38 24 3 0 100.00
8.4 53.1 mph, Prasanna you beauty! Removes the ever-dangerous Finch with a slider down the leg side which Finch attacked early as he played down the wrong line. Sangakkara does the rest as he picks this up and flicks the bails in one fluid motion as Finch looks back disconcertingly. Huge roar from the Sri Lankans as Finch makes his way back to the pavilion 41/2
View dismissal DA Warner c Prasanna b Malinga 9 16 12 1 0 75.00
4.2 74.7 mph, what a set-up from Malinga! this time takes off the pace of this length delivery on middle and off, deceiving Warner as he offers a half-hearted push which finds it way to extra-cover, who is able to take it comfortably. Huge blow for Australia as Warner has to go 19/1
View dismissal SPD Smith c Perera b Dilshan 72 107 88 7 1 81.81
32.3 57.1 mph, and now it is Steven Smith's time to go as he looks for a tonk straight down the ground, with this one swirling high in the air before Thisara, somewhere between long off and extra-cover, is able to get under it and take it before falling away. Met with great excitement by the SL fans as Smith storms away after a brilliantly played 72 177/4
View dismissal MJ Clarke* b Malinga 68 82 68 6 0 100.00
31.5 82.7 mph, Malinga shows why he is the best in the business when it comes to these moments as he displaces the base of middle and leg with a fierce leg-stump half-volley that hits the mark. Clarke, looking for quick runs through long on, plays all around it. Hang on, though, as Malinga may have just overstepped here. Clarke may just get called back here as he lands the back of the foot just on the line. In the end, Clarke continues off as the skipper has to go for a run-a-ball 68 175/3
View dismissal GJ Maxwell c Malinga b Perera 102 73 53 10 4 192.45
46.1 82.1 mph, and the curtains are drawn on yet another Maxwell blinder as he fails to get away this full-toss delivey from Perera, with this going straight up over mid-on, with Malinga doing well to complete the catch, with a tumble to finish. Maxwell hasn't yet departed as they are looking at the front foot no ball. No issues there as he was miles behind the crease. Looks like this was also a legitimate delivery as it didn't arrive to him over waist height. Has to depart after what has been one of the super innings of the tournament so far 337/5
View dismissal SR Watson c Chandimal b Perera 67 86 41 7 2 163.41
48.6 81.4 mph, Watson now looking for the long blast over long off, but Chandimal who is able to settle under this top-edge, is able to complete a catch finally in the deep. Ends a fantastic knock from Watson who has done his World Cup campaign a whole lot of good with this effort 368/7
View dismissal JP Faulkner run out (Mathews/Perera) 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
46.3 from Perera, in the slot again as Faulkner is obligated to get to the other end after he hears Watson's call. Drilled this to the fielder at cover, who is able to pick it up and throw it to Perera at the non-striker's, who is able to flick off the bails before Faulkner grounded his bat. Bonus wicket for Sri Lanka as Faulkner goes for a golden duck 338/6
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Perera b Mathews 25 16 9 4 1 277.77
49.3 66.0 mph, slower length delivery now which Haddin looks to send orbiting over Sydney, but ends up slicing away over to cover, who is able to get under it safely. Has to go as Australia look to rack up as many as possible off these final deliveries 373/8
MG Johnson not out 3 6 3 0 0 100.00
View dismissal MA Starc run out (Perera/Mathews) 0 1 0 0 0 -
49.4 Mathews to Johnson, hammers away this length delivery through long on, with Johnson wanting two from the get-go. The fielder in the deep pounces on this before sending in flat throw to Mathews, who is able to knock over the stumps before Starc had grounded his bat. The second run was never really on there, but you got to do what you got to do 374/9
XJ Doherty not out 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 4) 6
  Total (9 wickets; 50 overs; 220 mins) 376 (7.52 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets SL Malinga 10 0 59 2 5.90 29 7 0 (1w)
4.2 to Warner, 74.7 mph, what a set-up from Malinga! this time takes off the pace of this length delivery on middle and off, deceiving Warner as he offers a half-hearted push which finds it way to extra-cover, who is able to take it comfortably. Huge blow for Australia as Warner has to go 19/1
31.5 to Clarke, 82.7 mph, Malinga shows why he is the best in the business when it comes to these moments as he displaces the base of middle and leg with a fierce leg-stump half-volley that hits the mark. Clarke, looking for quick runs through long on, plays all around it. Hang on, though, as Malinga may have just overstepped here. Clarke may just get called back here as he lands the back of the foot just on the line. In the end, Clarke continues off as the skipper has to go for a run-a-ball 68 175/3
  SMSM Senanayake 9 0 59 0 6.55 23 5 1
View wicket AD Mathews 7 0 59 1 8.42 15 6 1 (2w)
49.3 to Haddin, 66.0 mph, slower length delivery now which Haddin looks to send orbiting over Sydney, but ends up slicing away over to cover, who is able to get under it safely. Has to go as Australia look to rack up as many as possible off these final deliveries 373/8
View wicket S Prasanna 10 0 77 1 7.70 23 9 1
8.4 to Finch, 53.1 mph, Prasanna you beauty! Removes the ever-dangerous Finch with a slider down the leg side which Finch attacked early as he played down the wrong line. Sangakkara does the rest as he picks this up and flicks the bails in one fluid motion as Finch looks back disconcertingly. Huge roar from the Sri Lankans as Finch makes his way back to the pavilion 41/2
View wickets NLTC Perera 9 0 87 2 9.66 18 9 4 (1w)
46.1 to Maxwell, 82.1 mph, and the curtains are drawn on yet another Maxwell blinder as he fails to get away this full-toss delivey from Perera, with this going straight up over mid-on, with Malinga doing well to complete the catch, with a tumble to finish. Maxwell hasn't yet departed as they are looking at the front foot no ball. No issues there as he was miles behind the crease. Looks like this was also a legitimate delivery as it didn't arrive to him over waist height. Has to depart after what has been one of the super innings of the tournament so far 337/5
48.6 to Watson, 81.4 mph, Watson now looking for the long blast over long off, but Chandimal who is able to settle under this top-edge, is able to complete a catch finally in the deep. Ends a fantastic knock from Watson who has done his World Cup campaign a whole lot of good with this effort 368/7
View wicket TM Dilshan 5 0 33 1 6.60 10 2 1
32.3 to Smith, 57.1 mph, and now it is Steven Smith's time to go as he looks for a tonk straight down the ground, with this one swirling high in the air before Thisara, somewhere between long off and extra-cover, is able to get under it and take it before falling away. Met with great excitement by the SL fans as Smith storms away after a brilliantly played 72 177/4
  Sri Lanka innings (target: 377 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne c †Haddin b Johnson 1 8 5 0 0 20.00
1.4 90.3 mph, bowls a fantastic back of a length outside of off which cramps Lahiru for space, with the extra bounce catching the outside edge of his bat to fly over to the keeper behind, who snaps it up gleefully. Australia pick up one early as Sri Lanka look to mow down this huge chase 5/1
View dismissal TM Dilshan lbw b Faulkner 62 91 60 8 0 103.33
21.3 71.9 mph, Faulkner raps Dilshan right on middle and off as he plays all around this one. Goes up straightaway for the appeal, which the umpire corroborates soon after. Dilshan wants the review though after consulting with Sangakkara at the other end. It was another back-of-the-hand slower ball which definitely hit in line as there are four reds across the screen. Dilshan has to go, much to the delight of the Sydney crowd. Has been an excellent firestarter of a knock to get Sri Lanka's chase off on the best possible foot 135/2
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Finch b Faulkner 104 140 107 11 0 97.19
33.5 71.8 mph, and that may very well be game for Sri Lanka as Kumar finally departs from the middle after looking to go after this Faulkner delivery, which was slipped in at a fuller length, as he ends up slicing over to the man at deep cover, who this time is able to get under it comfortably. There was some hesitation on the part of the fourth umpire to give this as replays show Faulkner just about, and I mean just about, got his foot behind the line. Really was touch and go there, but because a conclusive decision could not be reached, Sangakkara has to go. Has been a fine effort in this stirring chase so far 201/4
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene run out (Clarke) 19 39 22 1 0 86.36
30.6 from Starc, Mahela takes on the arm of Clarke at mid-off after driving this fuller one from Starc, and has to pay the price as he nails down the stumps at the non-striker's as he looked to usher in Sangakkara to the strike. Was well out of his ground, despite putting in the dive, as he heads back to the pavilion. That could be a major blow to SL's chances as this chase gets into the business end of the innings 188/3
View dismissal AD Mathews* c †Haddin b Watson 35 57 31 2 1 112.90
41.3 78.3 mph, and now Mathews has to go after going at this shortish length from Watson, with the ball kissing the face as he went in for the attempted hook. Looks like he was surprised by the length as Haddin is able to take this comfortably from behind 283/5
LD Chandimal retired hurt 52 38 24 8 1 216.66
41.1 from Watson, leg-side delivery which is helped down to deep fine leg 281/4
View dismissal NLTC Perera c Doherty b Johnson 8 8 3 2 0 266.66
42.2 76.0 mph, lets loose of the handle as he tried to swat Johnson over midwicket, with this one swirling high over mid-on, with Doherty getting under it safely to complete the catch. Took the pace of this shorter one as Perera threw everything but the kitchen sink at it 293/6
View dismissal WU Tharanga c Warner b Faulkner 4 20 5 0 0 80.00
45.2 70.4 mph, Faulkner strikes right away for his captain as Tharanga, Sri Lanka's last recognised batsman, has to go after carting this back of a length straight to the man stationed at cow corner, who is able to get under it quite comfortably 307/8
View dismissal S Prasanna b Starc 9 11 11 1 0 81.81
44.3 91.2 mph, sends one crashing into the stumps of Prasanna, who just played all around this full yorker on middle which just tailed away a touch. Too good for the tail-ender as he walks off to the pavilion 305/7
View dismissal SMSM Senanayake c Doherty b Starc 7 8 8 1 0 87.50
46.2 90.3 mph, fantastic yorker on middle which is spooned straight up to mid-off to end the game. There is a bit of confusion as to whether Chandimal would re-emerge, but it looks like the game is officially over 312/9
SL Malinga not out 0 4 2 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 2, lb 5, w 4) 11
  Total (all out; 46.2 overs; 217 mins) 312 (6.73 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets MA Starc 8.2 0 29 2 3.48 31 2 0 (1w)
44.3 to Prasanna, 91.2 mph, sends one crashing into the stumps of Prasanna, who just played all around this full yorker on middle which just tailed away a touch. Too good for the tail-ender as he walks off to the pavilion 305/7
46.2 to Senanayake, 90.3 mph, fantastic yorker on middle which is spooned straight up to mid-off to end the game. There is a bit of confusion as to whether Chandimal would re-emerge, but it looks like the game is officially over 312/9
View wickets MG Johnson 9 0 62 2 6.88 28 9 0 (2w)
1.4 to Thirimanne, 90.3 mph, bowls a fantastic back of a length outside of off which cramps Lahiru for space, with the extra bounce catching the outside edge of his bat to fly over to the keeper behind, who snaps it up gleefully. Australia pick up one early as Sri Lanka look to mow down this huge chase 5/1
42.2 to Perera, 76.0 mph, lets loose of the handle as he tried to swat Johnson over midwicket, with this one swirling high over mid-on, with Doherty getting under it safely to complete the catch. Took the pace of this shorter one as Perera threw everything but the kitchen sink at it 293/6
View wicket SR Watson 7 0 71 1 10.14 10 9 1
41.3 to Mathews, 78.3 mph, and now Mathews has to go after going at this shortish length from Watson, with the ball kissing the face as he went in for the attempted hook. Looks like he was surprised by the length as Haddin is able to take this comfortably from behind 283/5
  XJ Doherty 7 0 60 0 8.57 13 7 1
  GJ Maxwell 6 0 35 0 5.83 14 3 0
View wickets JP Faulkner 9 0 48 3 5.33 23 4 0 (1w)
21.3 to Dilshan, 71.9 mph, Faulkner raps Dilshan right on middle and off as he plays all around this one. Goes up straightaway for the appeal, which the umpire corroborates soon after. Dilshan wants the review though after consulting with Sangakkara at the other end. It was another back-of-the-hand slower ball which definitely hit in line as there are four reds across the screen. Dilshan has to go, much to the delight of the Sydney crowd. Has been an excellent firestarter of a knock to get Sri Lanka's chase off on the best possible foot 135/2
33.5 to Sangakkara, 71.8 mph, and that may very well be game for Sri Lanka as Kumar finally departs from the middle after looking to go after this Faulkner delivery, which was slipped in at a fuller length, as he ends up slicing over to the man at deep cover, who this time is able to get under it comfortably. There was some hesitation on the part of the fourth umpire to give this as replays show Faulkner just about, and I mean just about, got his foot behind the line. Really was touch and go there, but because a conclusive decision could not be reached, Sangakkara has to go. Has been a fine effort in this stirring chase so far 201/4
45.2 to Tharanga, 70.4 mph, Faulkner strikes right away for his captain as Tharanga, Sri Lanka's last recognised batsman, has to go after carting this back of a length straight to the man stationed at cow corner, who is able to get under it quite comfortably 307/8

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Points - Australia 2, Sri Lanka 0
Player of the match - GJ Maxwell (Australia)
Umpires - Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and IJ Gould (England)
TV umpire - RK Illingworth (England)
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - MA Gough (England)

Match Notes


    • Australia innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 49 runs, 2 wickets)
    • Over 7.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - SPD Smith (Struck down)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 10.3 overs (63 balls), Extras 1
    • Drinks: Australia - 82/2 in 18.0 overs (SPD Smith 32, MJ Clarke 16)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 74 balls (SPD Smith 30, MJ Clarke 22, Ex 0)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 22.6 overs (138 balls), Extras 1
    • SPD Smith: 50 off 72 balls (6 x 4)
    • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 119 balls (SPD Smith 50, MJ Clarke 49, Ex 1)
    • MJ Clarke: 50 off 56 balls (3 x 4)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 29.3 overs (177 balls), Extras 2
    • Australia: 200 runs in 35.1 overs (211 balls), Extras 2
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 54 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Drinks: Australia - 202/4 in 36.0 overs (GJ Maxwell 22, SR Watson 5)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 31 balls (GJ Maxwell 41, SR Watson 9, Ex 0)
    • GJ Maxwell: 50 off 26 balls (4 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 39.2 overs (236 balls), Extras 2
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 54 balls (GJ Maxwell 74, SR Watson 26, Ex 0)
    • Australia: 300 runs in 42.6 overs (258 balls), Extras 3
    • SR Watson: 50 off 30 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 5th Wicket: 150 runs in 77 balls (GJ Maxwell 97, SR Watson 52, Ex 3)
    • GJ Maxwell: 100 off 51 balls (10 x 4, 4 x 6)
    • Australia: 350 runs in 48.1 overs (289 balls), Extras 5
    • Innings Break: Australia - 376/9 in 50.0 overs (MG Johnson 3, XJ Doherty 0)
    • Sri Lanka innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 69 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 6.4 overs (40 balls), Extras 0
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 32 balls (TM Dilshan 34, KC Sangakkara 16, Ex 0)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 14.4 overs (88 balls), Extras 1
    • KC Sangakkara: 50 off 45 balls (5 x 4)
    • TM Dilshan: 50 off 42 balls (7 x 4)
    • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 85 balls (TM Dilshan 46, KC Sangakkara 51, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 119/1 in 17.0 overs (TM Dilshan 53, KC Sangakkara 62)
    • Over 21.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - IJ Gould, Batsman - TM Dilshan (Struck down)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 24.6 overs (150 balls), Extras 7
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 29.1 - 34.0 (Batting side - 33 runs, 2 wickets)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 51 balls (KC Sangakkara 29, DPMD Jayawardene 18, Ex 4)
    • KC Sangakkara: 100 off 100 balls (11 x 4)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 195/3 in 32.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 101, AD Mathews 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 32.4 overs (196 balls), Extras 8
    • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 38.1 overs (229 balls), Extras 9
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 26 balls (AD Mathews 20, LD Chandimal 31, Ex 1)
    • LD Chandimal: 50 off 22 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • LD Chandimal retired hurt at 281/4 (52, 41.1 overs)
    • Sri Lanka: 300 runs in 43.4 overs (262 balls), Extras 11
 
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Hours of play (local time) 14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

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Australian bowlers cut short Sri Lanka's spirited chase to secure a 64-run win in Sydney after scoring 376 | March 8, 2015

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Australian bowlers cut short Sri Lanka's spirited chase to secure a 64-run win in Sydney after scoring 376 | March 8, 2015