Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Sydney February 17, 2012

Resurgent Sri Lanka seal thumping win

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Sri Lanka 152 for 2 (Jayawardene 61*, Dilshan 45) beat Australia 158 (David Hussey 58, Maharoof 2-18, Perera 2-29) by eight wickets according to D-L method
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A rejuvenated Sri Lanka excelled with the ball and in the field to cut down Australia's batting and then raced impudently to their rain-reduced target for an eight-wicket victory and a bonus point in a lopsided encounter at the SCG.

Despite the best efforts of David Hussey, the hosts were rumbled out for 158, their lowest at the ground since 1997 and fourth-lowest in all ODIs in Sydney, in a match reduced to 41 overs-per-side by a two-hour rain delay that took place when Australia were a punch-drunk 6 for 88. Tillakaratne Dilshan and the captain Mahela Jayawardene then removed all doubt about the contest with a stand of 74 inside 12 overs.

Jayawardene was still there when the winning runs were collected with 16.5 overs to spare, surprising a crowd of 22,365 and pushing Sri Lanka back into finals contention with seven points after four matches. India lead the table on 10, while a suddenly wobbly Australia have nine.

It was an unhappy return to captaincy for Ricky Ponting, who could rouse neither himself from an ODI batting slumber nor his team from the flat patch they have slipped into following a successful Test summer. Ponting is likely to still have the job on Sunday against India at the Gabba as Michael Clarke struggles to recover from a hamstring strain. The hosts' batting was inattentive and wasteful in the afternoon, and there was precious little spark with the ball or in the field, thus maintaining the unsettling form line begun in Adelaide on Sunday.

Farveez Maharoof bowled intelligently for the visitors on his recall to the team, while Lasith Malinga struck a key early blow by defeating David Warner with a slower ball. Thisara Perera engineered two run-outs and claimed two wickets at the bowling crease, and Angelo Mathews maintained his strong form in this series by accounting for Michael Hussey.

David Hussey was left to salvage something from the innings, though he was fortunate to survive a dropped chance from Malinga at third man when on eight. After the rain cleared he went on to a meritorious 58, maintaining his strongest summer yet for Australia. His efforts ensured some kind of chase for Sri Lanka, a prospect that looked grim at 8 for 104.

Given a chance to add a sixth win from their last eight matches at the ground, Dilshan and Jayawardene wasted little time setting about the target. Jayawardene pinged a perfect off-drive in Mitchell Starc's first over, and Dilshan added a flatly-pulled six in the left-armer's second.

Brett Lee's return to the team after a broken toe was rushed, and Dilshan made him pay for it by cracking a hat-trick of boundaries through the leg side as the bowler dropped short. Dilshan edged Clint McKay to slip when still five short of his half century, but by that point nearly half the target had been swallowed up in quick time and the rest of the runs - including Kumar Sangakkara's 10,000th in ODIs - were collected without fuss.

Ponting was happy to bat first on what looked a pitch for batting, but soon the clouds had closed in on both the ground and the Australian batsmen. Warner struck a pair of crisp boundaries but struggled to read Malinga's changes of pace, and ultimately lobbed a catch to mid-on when trying to get down the pitch.

Maharoof took note of Malinga's craftiness, and used a similar ruse to account for Ponting. Nicely disguised, a slower ball had Ponting too far into the stroke to avoid pushing back a simple return catch, and departing for another slim score this series.

Matthew Wade's demise occurred after Perera swooped from short cover to turn a possible single into a horrid run-out, the wicketkeeper and Peter Forrest both at the same end before Wade elected to sacrifice his wicket. Sri Lanka's alertness in the field had been apparent, it was justly rewarded here.

Michael Hussey struck one six from Mathews but next ball he fenced at a delivery too close to his body for the shot and edged behind. Forrest fiddled at Maharoof's exemplary length and line to offer a catch to slip, and Christian shuffled across to be lbw to Perera. The rain then arrived, leaving Australia in a parlous position.

Two hours of showers swept across the ground, reducing the allotted number of overs. The hosts had only 15 to bat when they resumed, and soon lost another two wickets. McKay was fooled by Rangana Herath's straight ball, then Lee was the victim of another Perera swoop, this time for a direct hit from wide mid-off.

David Hussey was in dire need of any kind of support, and for 49 runs he received it from Starc. Hussey cracked boundaries through point, midwicket and down the ground, but on 33 was again reprieved, this time when Mathews shelled a difficult chance at short cover. Perera ultimately claimed Hussey, and Starc was run out to complete a most unsatisfactory innings for the hosts. Things would only get worse as day gave way to night.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on February 18, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Brett Lee you are a hack...giving lip is ok as long you can back it up. Wish it was me in the middle to return the compliments

  • RohanMarkJay on February 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    The SL vs Ind commenters sparring with each other is unfortunately expected. This might be hard for Ind fans to understand. But SL fans do not like Ind fans very much. This is something that goes beyond the cricket field. It is similar to the Pak vs Ind fans. Even though generally India has been good and supportive of Sri lanka cricket. I think the regional politics outside cricket between India and Sri lanka or India and Pakistan for that matter spill over to a sport all three geographically regionally close nations care about. That is cricket. However Indian cricket fans don't help their cause by posting all kinds of comments on cricinfo putting down other teams. So maybe everyone should chill and appreciate the cricket of all countries.

  • randikaayya on February 18, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @Sakthiivel: When did Sri Lanka win a series??? Obviously you haven' followed cricket in teh last two decades. How about the Independence trophy of India? Or the 5 Asia cups to start with

  • theRule19 on February 18, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Guys, if you are talking about the wrong decisions in this series, then personally, I am not with the BCCI on not opting for DRS. I think justice should be brought to the game by the ICC and should employ the same technology everywhere and not only in some parts of the world; and no board should overrule that. Every team has to face wrong decisions and that's where the human element comes in, but it happens, many decisions have been horribly wrong in the past against teams and there is no point fretting over that.

  • Meety on February 18, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Good job Sri Lanka, Oz seem to be really off the boil.

  • Asintha on February 18, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @theRule19 I am a Sri Lankan But I Agree with you, Our fans always over confident. Please fellows enjoy the series please do not battle with nations. if some body commenting badly against our country then we should open our voice against them with proof which prove they are wrong. But do not agree with you 1 thing. india lost 1st 2 test because of selection boad because and most of them not youngsters. sachin,dravid, gambir, shewag,VVS,sahir K. Dhoni,all are faild the youngsters who included in to the team was great. ex. V.kholi,U.yadev,ashwin. as per my opinion Sri lanka team curruntly have youngsters than India but they manage to draw matched and win matches in subcon. with that team. during india loose all the test matches the played in subcon. I don't have any issues with Indian team. only I am talking with the fact.

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    well now i can say real battle begins points table is shifting one side to another in just game.....srilanka really making marks they lost but took confidence...australia foh sure gonaa cum back in sunday game ..and if india wants to rule thechart they need a convincing win against opponent.........cz yet they failed to prove them selvs worldchamps......... and guys appreciate cricket not specific team and players.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going to win against india next time,It will be easy to SL in next meeting,after that Tournament will be the exciting battle

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    @theRule19. SL is won because of one off bad for AUS....Btw same applicable IND and AUS as well.Because IND and AUS also won because of bad days in the office for SL isn't it?....How funny. True so far SL won one match only but it could have three if not umpire's blunder (against Gambir given not out and with AUS Chandimal given out wrongly). No wonder why IND does not like DRS.@csowmi7 You are talking about IND's four run outs only then what about SL three run outs at the same match.If not those run outs then target could be more. All in all poor umpiring and bad luck cost SL two matches.

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Sakthivel, I would also like to see SL vs Ind. final. It should be played at Gabba . I am sure then we would be able to see who thrash who?

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Brett Lee you are a hack...giving lip is ok as long you can back it up. Wish it was me in the middle to return the compliments

  • RohanMarkJay on February 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    The SL vs Ind commenters sparring with each other is unfortunately expected. This might be hard for Ind fans to understand. But SL fans do not like Ind fans very much. This is something that goes beyond the cricket field. It is similar to the Pak vs Ind fans. Even though generally India has been good and supportive of Sri lanka cricket. I think the regional politics outside cricket between India and Sri lanka or India and Pakistan for that matter spill over to a sport all three geographically regionally close nations care about. That is cricket. However Indian cricket fans don't help their cause by posting all kinds of comments on cricinfo putting down other teams. So maybe everyone should chill and appreciate the cricket of all countries.

  • randikaayya on February 18, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    @Sakthiivel: When did Sri Lanka win a series??? Obviously you haven' followed cricket in teh last two decades. How about the Independence trophy of India? Or the 5 Asia cups to start with

  • theRule19 on February 18, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Guys, if you are talking about the wrong decisions in this series, then personally, I am not with the BCCI on not opting for DRS. I think justice should be brought to the game by the ICC and should employ the same technology everywhere and not only in some parts of the world; and no board should overrule that. Every team has to face wrong decisions and that's where the human element comes in, but it happens, many decisions have been horribly wrong in the past against teams and there is no point fretting over that.

  • Meety on February 18, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Good job Sri Lanka, Oz seem to be really off the boil.

  • Asintha on February 18, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @theRule19 I am a Sri Lankan But I Agree with you, Our fans always over confident. Please fellows enjoy the series please do not battle with nations. if some body commenting badly against our country then we should open our voice against them with proof which prove they are wrong. But do not agree with you 1 thing. india lost 1st 2 test because of selection boad because and most of them not youngsters. sachin,dravid, gambir, shewag,VVS,sahir K. Dhoni,all are faild the youngsters who included in to the team was great. ex. V.kholi,U.yadev,ashwin. as per my opinion Sri lanka team curruntly have youngsters than India but they manage to draw matched and win matches in subcon. with that team. during india loose all the test matches the played in subcon. I don't have any issues with Indian team. only I am talking with the fact.

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    well now i can say real battle begins points table is shifting one side to another in just game.....srilanka really making marks they lost but took confidence...australia foh sure gonaa cum back in sunday game ..and if india wants to rule thechart they need a convincing win against opponent.........cz yet they failed to prove them selvs worldchamps......... and guys appreciate cricket not specific team and players.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going to win against india next time,It will be easy to SL in next meeting,after that Tournament will be the exciting battle

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    @theRule19. SL is won because of one off bad for AUS....Btw same applicable IND and AUS as well.Because IND and AUS also won because of bad days in the office for SL isn't it?....How funny. True so far SL won one match only but it could have three if not umpire's blunder (against Gambir given not out and with AUS Chandimal given out wrongly). No wonder why IND does not like DRS.@csowmi7 You are talking about IND's four run outs only then what about SL three run outs at the same match.If not those run outs then target could be more. All in all poor umpiring and bad luck cost SL two matches.

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Sakthivel, I would also like to see SL vs Ind. final. It should be played at Gabba . I am sure then we would be able to see who thrash who?

  • CricSpirit on February 18, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    SL Maybe in the bottom of the table. But they on the top in confidence.

  • theRule19 on February 18, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    hahahah..some of the comments from some srilankan fans are just ridiculous..they hold so much against India..guys, your team has just won one game and tied one and rather than talking much..pray that it wins the next game against India and Aus. to qualify for the finals berth. Appreciate good cricket, but don't jump to conclusions too soon. The series is not over yet and let the best team win. @ Wjkalana and others, Srilanka won because Aus. had an off day. Lets see if they repeat their heroics again versus the likes of the young Indian side and Aus. again. Every team has a bad day and its too early to talk about SL winning the title. And those who talk about the shabby Indian teams performance during the test series, had the Indian selectors given the chance to youngsters after the first two games, the result would have been better than what it was. But its past now and the team selection has improved ever since that debacle.

  • SriLankanLions on February 18, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    @ Vinnyvinner,,,,

    Welcome to Cricket friend. You have a lot to learn. Don't worry, you'll catch up fast.

  • Ameega on February 18, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, you cannot say SL was "unlucky" to win all previous matches. Luck is something happens beyond your control. As Mahela said, SL need to finish. And they did it yesterday.

  • csowmi7 on February 18, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    @ramesh dharshana perera. Lol there is no use blaming luck that you have lost the other three matches. If not for angelo mathews you would have lost a long time ago to australia. 18 runs off the final over was never really possible. The next match against india shows your teams inability to take out the lower order batsman. Ashwin and Jadeja are good enough for malinga. Dont say the tie was due to misfortune. india needed 58 runs with 6 wickets left off 10 overs. Be thankful India didnt win due to poor running causing 4 run outs.

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Srilanka had come out well.But India is a difficult team to handle.We must not always speak about the win.We hve a long way to go

  • Balumekka on February 18, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan fan, and I hate this Ind vs SL arguments. Both teams have been very good teams. As fans we have to admire the good cricket, irrespective of the team.

  • akhtar1974 on February 18, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    I am not in doubt about the greatness of Warner having an average of 17.75 in CB series. Also in the test series he scored two test hundreds, that's all.

  • on February 18, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @ Vinnyvinner, feel sorry for your poor general knowledge. LION is the national emblem of Sri Lanka, (which we dont expect you to know), but the LION is also in SL flag and is also the icon representing SL team in the scoreboard shown on tv. Thats why Sri Lankans identify themselves with LIONs.

  • sri2012 on February 18, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    always sri lanka rejuvenated in Sydney 2003 ,2008, and now, because conditions are similar to sri lanka n conditions

  • on February 18, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Australia will definitely fight back, particularly in their own backyard. Sri Lanka has definitely shown that they are not there merely make the third team in the competition. However, just as much as one swallow does not a summer make, Sri Lanka has to win a few more matches to make the finals.Just as much as anything else, Mahela's captaincy could improve, but his captaincy is the best that has happened to Sri Lanka to come out of a rough patch.

  • Sakthiivel on February 18, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    When did SL won a series after world cup I dont remember any, That too in Home also. But India lost only one series.I want Ind VS SL final and want India to Trash SL as the WC final .

  • gregjones on February 18, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    The Australian bowling line up is nothing but a total Joke. Clint KcKay is a non performing and rubbish bowler, Starc should always be dropped after he has a good match because he bowls well 1 in 5 matches, Brett Lee should seriously contemplate retirement today itself and Dan Christian is one all rounder who does not know how to bat, bowl and field. End of the story. Why the hell did they change the bowling line up they had in the test matches? Trying to be too smart and too big for their shoes.

  • Ameega on February 18, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    @Riding_Low, those are some Ind fans. Please forgive them!

  • Ameega on February 18, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    @Vinnyvinner, It is simply lack of your knowledge mate. Lion is there national symbol. It is something like OZs called Kangaroos. I guess you have not even seen the SL national flag yet, at least in the junior school. Anyway thanks for wish for just one win for SL. Now you can wish them to loose everything. May your dreams come true!

  • OutCast on February 18, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Why don't Australia rest Ponting for rest of this summer and give their team some young blood? To me, if Australia fails to rest Ponting means the team will be rested for the finals while SL and Ind take over. Ponting is done with limited version of cricket. Period.

  • realist1 on February 18, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Good to see Srilanka won. They should have won couple of other matches as well. But poor fielding cost them. I would like to see Srilanka vs Australia in the final. Should be exciting. I am sure Aussies will be bouncing back soon. Selectors just need to stop fiddling around with the team.

  • Prema1948 on February 18, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    They even failed to include Chandimal in the 2011 WC , the reason given was that he wasn't up to the standards at the time, though now the World could see him batting like a professional while seniors bats like amateurs. These selectors of SL of last 25 years have had no faith in batsmen the Class of Dravid, Tendulkar, Amla, Trott or Samaraweera for that mater, who are always in a position to play risk free innings at consistent basis in contrast they've always preferred batsmen who try to survive with 101 risky strokes and have never valued the batsman's stay-in power.

  • Anujbnd on February 18, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Congrats SL,Mahela open the batting order is a great idea.

  • Prema1948 on February 18, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    SL has enough quality young players similar to Chandimal that can replace 3 seniors of slow reflexes who thrive only in conditions helpful for batting. I've always thought they should have been dropped soon after their tours to Z'bwe & B'desh in 2008/09, if not for our bowlers we could have been beaten by both those teams. A country can't survive having too many risky stroke makers at the top order though the selectors are yet to comprehend these vital facts, but they never ever will. For the reason that,there are very much ignorant about matters related to selections, otherwise they wouldn't have 1.)asked a player a class of Atapattu to carry water for players of lessor skills in the 2007 WC, 2.) sent A batsman a calibre of Samaraweera (who has had school records of having won the Best Sch'lboy Cricketer of the year Award twice in successive years for his batting alone)to bat at No 11 n his 1st Int'al match. (to be CNTD)

  • on February 18, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    folks,It is all about selecting right 11. that is what we did on 1996. in any means we have selected best 11 in form.best field settings. (though malinga went wrong he may be the best fielder in an another day ).about mahela, if u know when open it delivers, man you may do it until you fails. we need to win, nothing else.in a different day you can send lahiru in at no 3 or 4. we need to groom him too. why not send angelo at 3 too.word about thisara, keep it up.well all days are not x'mas. surely they will attack us.

    all are at full go. only thing is serve this energy at last match. save the team spirit. this is the best team in tournament.ausies have not rated to give matches sri lanka on Sundays. but we have to show we can play in ausies month of Sundays. good luck folks.

  • gabrialgihan on February 18, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    @Vinnyvinner its not only today... we have been calling them lions ever since they started playing cricket simply because they fight like lions and they are from the lions nation...

  • on February 18, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    We shouldnt forget Upul Tharanga..He has been one of our best players in recent yrs..just because 2,3 bad matches we cant kick him out !

  • Vinnyvinner on February 18, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    I'm just wondering why Sri Lanka fans calling themselves LIONS in their comments!!! I was just waiting for that one win from SL to make this contest more lively and it's now anyone's game.

  • Riding_Low on February 18, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Who say it's a SL V IND final?

  • deadzone64 on February 18, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Well played SL. I'm Australian but a big supporter of the Sri Lankans. Absolutely destroyed and outclassed us last night. This sort of competitiveness has really made things interesting for the tri-series, and that in itself is a big contribution for the great game of cricket. Here's hoping the rest of the series is even more exciting than the previous games.

  • gularan on February 18, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    The consistant failure of Sanga as a batsman and his below par WK skills are a huge worry for SL.Maybe he needs to change position in batting line up with Chandimal and although a lot has been said in praise of MJ's captaincy there is a lot of room for improvement ,further MJ looks a lot better batsmen opening the inings than coming down the order, and boy! doesn't Malinga need to improve his fielding and pronto.

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @Mervo, nice try but Australia lost this game because their batting wasn't up to it against the SL bowling. When the rain came Aust were 88/6 off 26 overs. Are you really trying to say that Aust would have won had it not rained? SL were actualy bowling better before the rain so Aust may have ended up with fewer runs if there was no rain and SL would have had a full 50 overs to pick them off. Congratulations to SL on a good win. Just like Pak, it's impressive to see them win despite suffering all sorts behind the scenes. Have the players finally been paid yet? How many months did they go without? I want as many strong teams in world cricket as possible so I hope SL can regain some of the ground they've lost. This result certainly keeps the interest in the CB series too, with the any of the three teams having a chance of being in the finals or not.

  • josh2david on February 17, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Mahela proved he is a fantastic leader, remember SL has 9/12 matches won in Sydney, people just written off SL should understand they are phoenix, any team in the world bowled out for 43 and won two consecutive won against SA by casing 300+ runs , that's SL, mahela has to open SL will rock !

  • on February 17, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    I wonder how long ricky is going to hand around as captain? When Ross left NZ team, they gave captaincy to McCullum, not Vettorri in the tests.. Well lets hope Warner gets atleast one game as captain? It would do him good to get a win early on in his career as captain

  • on February 17, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    India will rock in Gabba ....

  • gularan on February 17, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    The result of this match against the Aussies just reconfirms what I' ve always stated- that Sri Lanka always has a better chance of winning ODI's if they bat second irrespective of the state of the pitch, A tactic assudiously adopted by Arjuna in his time. This also minimises the constant batting collapses SL suffers when batting first thus making the result a foregone conclusion within the first hour of the game itself. Malinga looses a lot of his bowling oomph by dropping sitters at crucial times and his groud fielding is nothing much to write home about!!!

  • Vikum72 on February 17, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    I've seen Maharoof having great come-back games before & going all downhill from there. Don't let that happen again Maha, keep it up. Great work Mahela. It musn't have been easy to keep the enthusiasm levels up after loosing 2 close games and a tie. Great work Dilshan. After all the rumors, you are still giving your 100% to the team. The only boubt I have is the inexperianced middle & late middle order. Well we'll have to wait & see. What'll happen to Tharanga now? I'd love to see him firing.. But can we risk to take him in at this moment?

  • Ra_Thore on February 17, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    The final will be Aus vs India. Neither Sri Lanka nor Aus are good at chasing in 50-over format. This game was lost due to Aussies' mistake. Overall, the game of cricket needs to improve when it comes to chasing runs.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on February 17, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    @Ijustlovericket - well said mate , I couldn't have put it better myself !

  • on February 17, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Sanjay please do not compare Bevan with MSD. Beven was in a class of his own. I heard that he was also born in Sri Lanka. Well done SL. It was really refreshing to see you play last night at SCG. It was a great display of talent, sportsmanship and enthusiasm. Fast track bully eat your words man. Good luck with future games. Tony Greig was so excided last night and I thought he was going to have a fit. Great stuff guys. I am not a Lankan but I enjoy your type of cricket.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 17, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Dont really understand the point of Ponting & Lee in the ODI team especially given the next World Cup is in 2015. Ponting should be extending his Test career by resting now or playing 4 day cricket for Tasmania. The ODI team at this point should be used to blood younger players and take a look at them. Well done SL by the way , a crushing and impressive victory that makes it a 3 way contest again.

  • Mervo on February 17, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    This match was pretty much decided by the toss and the rain that followed. Wet wicket and then the second side always wins.

  • Dismayed on February 17, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Ponting should retire from ODI at least.

  • basusri133b on February 17, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka's win over the Aussies, has put India on the spot. Our game against the Aussies, will be crucial. Our brittle middle order has ensured that we will be a beatable side. Much will depend on the composition of the Indian team, and the batting order. Ashwin, should definitely move up in the batting order. Jadeja & Raina should be rested. If Sehwag is played, he should be sent lower down the batting order. Dhoni& Ghambir have bailed out the middle order so far. If either of them has a bad day, it could end in disaster if the middle order does not pick up the slack. Yes, and Tendulkar needs a break, he needs to be rested.

  • on February 17, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    If Sl wasnt unlucky they could have won all 4 matches !

  • SLWATERBOY on February 17, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Congrats to SL Team & Mahela, this match is a perfect example of the leadership of Mahela! If you have seen the match carefully, you could clearly notice the difference of the leadership of other captains SL had and then Mahela. He is very shrewd in the field. That does not mean he shouts around to his mates in the field. But the field placement, bowling changes, word of encouragement to the bowlers and fielding in difficult positions all to gather leading by example! Just wonderful! Its best could happen to SL team that Mahela took over the captaincy at this moment. You can see Mahela is giving (as he promised) more responsibilities to Angi.Angi should learn from Mahela ASAP. It is also a best move that Mahela opened the innings for SL.He can play his shots earlier & then should anchor the innings and rest of the batsman like of Dilshan, Sanga, Dinesh should bat around him. Let Angi to bat where mahela bats now & take more responsibility. This way SL team can have much more balance.

  • ChandraPrince on February 17, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    It's great to see Tilakaratna Dilshan back at work--going his job--the way he knows how...

  • on February 17, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Mahela jayawardena will die of a heart attack on cricket pitch if he has to score 6 or 4 of Last delivery . MSD IS WORLDS BEST FINISHER JUST LIKE BEVAN USED TO BE FOR OZ . SL MINUS MALINGA IS the most unattractive cricket team in the world...

  • andrew27994 on February 17, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Good win for Sri Lanka. This win makes the tournament much more exciting because Sri Lanka are back in the contest and all 3 teams have serious chances of qualifying. Good to see Maharoof back in Sri Lankan colours. Also I made a bet with my fellow Indian friends that Sri Lanka would win this match and they were laughing saying that Australia would win easily but I have the last laugh. I'm an Indian, by the way.

  • Kays789 on February 17, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    the aussies do have a fair bit to work on. and the thing about beating a weakling like india so convincingly in tests is that it can give you a false sense of security. see what happened to england against pakistan in the tests having thrashed the day lights out of india last summer? why dont australia play the seamers that did so well in the tests in ODs as well? hopefully they will do lots better on sunday. im sure they will.

  • athulajagoda on February 17, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Congrats Sri lanka , It is going to be very interesting series as all teams can defeat each other on his day. No Favorites that's what we need competitive cricket not one sided games. I am sure Australia will come hard in next games . Still can not predict a winner even chances to every one , Good luck Sri lanka.

  • armchaircaptain on February 17, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    SL selected the right team for this game.Packed with batsmen/allrounders anticipating a D/L game where batting second will need pinch hitters.Superb captaincy and the boys did admirably bar a couple of hiccups.Congratulations SL and go all the way to grab the CBA trophy.

  • seantells on February 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    well done mahroof, n great move mahela to open , keep it up

  • stormy16 on February 17, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Finally a meanigful contributions from the senior batsman and SL win comfortably. I think the bowlers won the match and Sanga once again a 30 - which will not win too many games. Nice to see Maha do something useful after being given a chance and SL did well to select both Maha and Perera. For Aus I presume its a minor blimp in the greater scheme of things but the continued failure of the top order would be of concern. A betting man would back that top order to fire soon which is in the business end of the series. As for Ponting surely we're not going to go through this whole debate again. I thought he answered all critics in the test series.

  • Adoh on February 17, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    As much as I hate to admit it, time to rotate, rest,or whatever the selectors call it - Brett Lee, and Ricky Ponting.

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 17, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    This is exactly what happens when u copy other team's (eng) way of structuring your cricket.....u not only gain the +ves you also get the -ves..

    Australia now are good test side at home, but a poor odi outfit thanks to Argus committee's recommendations...

  • gabrialgihan on February 17, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    @Sakthiivel dude one lost we are out of the series???who says.. one more win we are top of the table.. you going home or not deal it with the aussies we are going to the finals..

  • jango_moh on February 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    @ilovecricket1234 , agree with you completely... the treatment of irfan by indian selectors are baffling, the same goes with mahroof from ur guys.... i always thot he was a very useful allrounder who could over time become really good!!!

  • mazii on February 17, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    It seems like exactly reverse is happening in the World cricket now a days. When Pakistan was registering its first ever whitewash against mighty England side, Indians had been beaten brutally and ruthlessly by the new rejuvenated Australian side and SriLankan was also thrashed by the South Africans. Now, Pakistan has already down 2-0 in the ODIS and Srilankans and Indians are venting their anger on Australia. It will be premature to say anything prophetic at this point in time. After these both series the World will come to know the fragility of the present cricket mights. I think Pakistan will be beaten 4-0 by England ( as a Pakistani this would be the worst thing to digest) and India and Srilanka will play the finals. If this isn't the case then this will be an aberration. But I really want to see India-Srilanka final on the Australian pitches. Srilanka played sublimely today and am hoping that Srilanka will keep this good work going and same is for India. Go and book Australia.

  • RandyOZ on February 17, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Australia has never really cared about ODI series outside the World Cup,because we are always number 1 and always perform when it counts in the World Cup. That was when we had all our stars, now that needs to change. The ODI selections are baffling at best. We need to select a settled team. Lee, Hogg,D.Hussey,M.Hussey,etc are never going to play in the next World Cup so why are we selecting them? Pick from a solid, consistent base of 15-16 players and watch us improve. This is what worked in the past. Now every man and his dog can get an ODI cap,it's a disgrace.

  • jasonpete on February 17, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    @gizza ,I completely agree. SL and India will be in trouble with the bounce in gabba.I remember last year even SL folded for 109. It's funny to see some post below saying flat track bullies,but I feel both SL and Indians can't play in bouncy wickets.But we need Clark to stabilize the middle order.we are in trouble if he don't play .

  • on February 17, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Good win for Sri lanka,now the tournament is wide open and will be much more interesting,hope the tournament will be as thrilling as it has been so far.

  • itsTIME4ELImination on February 17, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Thumbs up to Sri Lanka winning the CB Series!

  • ilovecricket1234 on February 17, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Fervez Maharoof will be picked again after 2 years even though he deserves to be on the team more often. Irfan Pathan and Maharoof are treated the same by their selectors.

  • Mahaanama on February 17, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Sri Lanka will trash India in the next match as the same way they trashed Australia today!

  • Aussie5566 on February 17, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Congrats for Sri Lankans first.

    Today Sri Lankans' bowling,feilding and batting all in a high position. More than it,Australians played very very bad here.That the main reason to the lost. No any decent partnership.152 isn't a enough target.

    THINGS NEEDY TO CORRECTED BY AUSSIES IN THE NEXT GAME,AS I SEE.

    1.WARNER must try to make a decent opening partnership with WADE. 2.PONTING must score a more and more runs. 3.MIKE HUSSEY also try show more from him.

    I think DJ Hussey is quiet ok.Bowlers too.

    WISH AUSSIES TO BE VICTORIOUS IN UP COMING GAMES AND THE SERIES.

  • on February 17, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    well done Maharoof u once again proved the point that u r match winner. but u r unlucky to discard for previous match.

  • RK.Chandru on February 17, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Waste Fellows in this team whose poor performance is covered up under some better performance of others : 1. Ravi Jadeja : 58 runsfrom 4 matches at an average of 19 and 1 wkt @ 190 runs with an economy of 6 R.P.O 2. S.K. Raina : 74 runs @ 18.5 3. R.G. Sharma : 79 runs from 4 matches @ 19 runs average 4. V. Sehwag : 30 from 2 @ 15 5. SRT : 65 from 3 @ 21.6 6. Praveen Kumar : No wickets yet

    Why are we still playing these people in spite of their repeated failures? Haven't we learnt any lesson from the test matches? What are we doing with the Tiwary's, Rahanes and Pathans? Wake up selectors and the team management! Dump and discard the non performers please....

  • on February 17, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Congrats.... Srilanka,This is team must play in future.considering all 3 teams,SRI has now best combination & Balance....this team should play the T20 World Cup.!!!!

  • SriLankanLions on February 17, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Well played Lions. In the last tied match I commented saying that Tharanga should be dropped and MJ should open. I'm glad that MJ made that decision and it really paid off. I was wondering why they played Maharoof, but it turned out to be a good decision after all.

    Lions are playing really good cricket since the start of the series but just couldn't finish it off. They just nailed it this time. Now they are right back on track. I really believe that we could win 3 out of the next 4 matches and secure the place in the finals. I'm really proud of our team. They had a rough time after the world cup and now they are a treat to watch (even if they lose). But there's more hard work to be done during the next couple of years. Keep up the good work lads. Cheers.

    PS: It's pretty sad that still there are some people who do not like to accept that Sri Lanka is a world class team. I pity them.

  • 2.14istherunrate on February 17, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    That's a laugh and a half!!! Good to see SL thrashing Aus.

  • 57Unicorn on February 17, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    amilag - Its just a fluke... Its not about just winning a match, but you have to be consistent. Just check your team's record in the tournament 1 WON & 2 LOST (FORGET ABOUT THE TIE AGAINST INDIA, AS IT WAS TIED JUST BECAUSE OD DHONI)

  • on February 17, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Net run rate may come into play, if there is going to be another Tie or a washed out match. SL was smart today. They aimed not only for the bonus point, but also for dramatically improving the net run rate. In the very first match itself, when India was getting beaten, I had been telling everyone around me that India is NOT really trying hard to bat out a few more overs, even if the lose, to improve the run rate. Not batting out the entire 50 overs is the biggest bloomer you can commit in such tri-series. To add insult to injury, Dhony's penchant to delay winning, in chases, makes it worse. While chasing, the rule is simple, IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO LOOSE TRY TO BAT AS MANY OVERS AS YOU CAN. IF YOU ARE GOING TO WIN, TRY TO WIN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. Gambhir seems to understand this better than Dhony.

  • amirza on February 17, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    How do you get a bonus point? Where is the criteria mentioned?

  • liontheway on February 17, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Congratulations Sangakkara on your achievement of 10,000 ODI runs. Good job! Sky is the limit.

  • IJustLoveCricket on February 17, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    I just love it when Australia gets thrashed in any form of cricket. Be it T20, ODIs or Tests. And love it more when a sub-continent team gives that thrashing to Australia. And also love it more when Ponting is the captain of Australian team. My heartiest congratulations to Srilanka. You guys have just made my Day!!!!!

  • randikaayya on February 17, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Great win..!! Congrats Mahela and the team for the energy shown int he field and the confidence. That alone will win us matches.. Goes on to prove that domestic form is important and will deliver, Maharoof being the case in point. Kapugedara has delivered a lot of good results recently and should eb in the reckoning for the #4 slot now. He should not be wasted in down-the-order slogger role. I have seen Mathews play last couple of years and I know he's got some rare talent. His fitness should be managed for him to do well while bowling and someone needs to talk to him about playing for the team rather than himself like the Indian stars do! I hope that will come with age!

  • Brumby90 on February 17, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Unfortunately, this type of batting collapse is only going to get worse in Australian cricket. First class batting is an absolute disgrace in this country with teams constantly crashing for sub 100 scores. Players have little technique and are simply not capable to getting past any decent bowling. Until the basics are taught and learnt then the aussies will have to put up with constant low scores and rely totally on bowlers.

  • on February 17, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Warner should have been given a shot at the captaincy. Ricky is already under so much fire and with such results he will face more heat.

  • on February 17, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Sanga didn`t know when he hit 10,000-A player who don`t play for RECORDS !!Well done and all the very best to the rest of the tournament !!

  • on February 17, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Kula is the unsung hero as always. He kept up a disciplined performance from the word go and prevented the Aussies from getting away. And his fielding, scoring direct hits every time. It has been said all along that Mahela should open. He is an entirely different player as opener. Just imagine if those two catches were taken. Have to make sure it doesn't happen again otherwise it could cost dearly, especially the two superstars, Malinga and Mathews. It's such a joy when Sri Lanka get their act together and bring out their unique brand of cricket. Hope they raise their game another notch from here.

  • on February 17, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Sri lanka have played very well no doubt.This Tri Series are becaming more and more exciting .Requesting fans like wjkalana should calm downas any side from Asia should be expected to win the series that is good for Asian Cricket.With this Victory Sri lankan proved that this Australian team are not such threathening as our own Indian team made them look like.Well All the best for Both the team hope we all have INDIA vs SRI LANKA FINAL

  • sk12 on February 17, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    oh well.. I thought this was a tournament involving 1 decent team and 2 ordinary teams.. It now looks like a tournament with 3 very ordinary teams.. which is good though, atleast it will be closely contested and fun to watch.

  • Harmony111 on February 17, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Today was a cracker of a performance from SL and had Malinga taken that catch the chase could have been less than 100 !!! TD and MJ were superb in the opening stand and the end was a comprehensive win for SL and the tournament is now truly open. Sunday's match is now bound to make it even more exciting. Should India win then Aus would be under severe pressure and should India lose then SL's chances would get stronger. I was particualry impressed by those 2 run outs. Absolutely stunning. Ponting is looking very ordinary right now and Warner is being too flashy and unpredictable - another Viru in making perhaps. Great win for SL and a bad day for Oz - they were decimated today and their performance level has gone down a lot of late. Don't forget that SL came very close to winning the first match between them too. I fail to see the reasons behind the familiar India bashing in an SL-Oz match - this is not needed.

  • on February 17, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    we won this match because mahela opened the batting that's y......and tharanga is not doing well its a good decision ...

  • Ameega on February 17, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @avinash200j , it would be like you guys did before last Eng tour! Simple as that!

  • Ameega on February 17, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @landl47, DL results normally a higher target for the chasers, but case here is OZs lost 6 wickets by 26th over which would have projected that they would not lasted for original 50 overs (in terms of resources remaining). It does not take the late recovery by 9th wicket partnership in to account. I think it does not affect that OZs lost all 10 wickets before the allocated overs as there was no further interruption.

  • oze13 on February 17, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Yeah, there's a few blokes in the Aussie team who have one or two weaknesses. Can't bat and can't bowl being amongst them! Thanks Warnie!

  • ramlax81 on February 17, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Cheer up Aussies, you can dfinitely bounce back in the next game on sunday in all departments, coz india will open with shewag and SRT.....

  • cricket_slcsupport on February 17, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    I'm a Lankan, but I do urge the SriLankan supporters to stop hating the Indian team. Whatever said and done India and Pakistan has always supported us. In 1996 when West Indies & Australia stopped touring Sri-Lanka for the world cup matches India&Pakistan turned up. I think one of the sub continent team should win the cup.

  • ProdigyA on February 17, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Im really impresssed with Mahela's captaincy. He shows that he is doing his homework, always thinking, ready to be flexible and think outside the box. His first instincsts are always to attack, attack and to get wickets. I think this is not only good for SL cricket but cricket in general cause it makes matches more interesting including the middle overs. I hope Dhoni is watching this and learning from him. On the contrary, i think Ponting is learning from Dhoni on finding new excuses like blaming the pitch as he did today.

  • on February 17, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Always thought Mahela wouldve been a better choice for the opening batsman slot! Such a frustrating run for us losing two matches we should have won. Dilshan seems to be playing better without the burden of captaincy on his shoulders too. We shall be back pretty soon people!:D

  • ranilranathunga on February 17, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Indian team was here for more than a month still couldn't beat Australia convincingly...Sri Lanka didnt have a practice match even in AUS, But still they are improving heavily every match..If they had bit of luck they would have won the two close game and top of the table...

  • wjkalana on February 17, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @Empty-Sequence ya it may be 2 years we have won a series but at least we dont bring west indies to SL and win matches against them on a flat track. After the WC we had prity hard tours but we did much better on those tours than india. Lets compare england tour test SL 1-0 ODI 3-2. Lets see India Test 4-0 and ODI 3-0. Keep in mind India had the better conditions than us as it was late in the summer. and we had the tour in early summer. With more seam and swing.

  • Tysonlanka on February 17, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Great win boys, this match you deserve to win. If our team was little bit smart we could have won the other tow matches as well. Mahela you should always try to open! do't waste your talent my friend. Taranga is not a match winner for us, so we need to keep him out until he proves his worth in the team. Don't forget that Aussies are not playing their bowling line up (Siddle / Paterson/ bowlinger) if these guys are in,, i'm sorry India you will not have a chance again.

  • avinash200j on February 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    One win has got these Lankan fans going all round the place....wonder how much they would have talked if they were world champions like the Aussies for a Decade...

  • Sobat on February 17, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    wonder was this the same SL team that played the other 3 games... its not playing one game so good. wish SL will play more of this type of cricket... but still i m not happy with the middle order... i dont see any experience there or the power to handle pressure in the middle overs.. hope things will be better.

  • landl47 on February 17, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @Anil Amarasekara: D/L recognizes two things: first, that it is easier to chase a smaller total when you start with all your wickets in hand, and second, that a team batting first must plan on batting all 50 overs, so they are likely to start more carefully. Therefore D/L evens up the contest. SL only had to bat for 41 overs with all ten wickets in hand and Aus had to assume they would bat for 50 overs when they started, so D/L evens it up by giving SL more to chase than if they just took 41/50ths of Australia's total. In this match it didn't make that much difference, only 20 runs or so. In some matches the side batting second actually has to make more than the side batting first. Anyway, SL won easily enough, didn't they?

  • amilag on February 17, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    As Captain said SL being RUTHLESS in this match. Many jokers who commented against Mahela & Sanga are difficult to find. SL is the best team in the competition. Unfortunately two games which they should have won were lost. Lions roars!

  • Kyle_Jones235 on February 17, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @bhavikcs Why are Sri Lankans always against India? Because India have the cockiest fans in the world, everyone knows that. Even when your team is white washed in England in all formats, white washed in Australia in tests, many of you're still here bragging and belittling teams like Sri Lanka all the time. Yes, we have been under performing of late but our recent international record has been way better than yours. We won a test in South Africa, and the one day series finished 3-2. So just because the Lankans have had a rough start to the series doesn't mean we are finished as seen today, and quite frankly India is in no postion to denigrate Sri Lanka.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    There is a lesson for India, from today's match -- the importance of openers. Rest BOTH Sehwag and Sachin. Open with Gambhir and Kohli. Kohli had opened with great success in the under-19 World Championship. By dropping the out of form veterans ( who also may not figure in the next World Cup), one more youngster, Tiwari, can be tried out in real match conditions in Australia. Last time, he was rushed from the flight to the ground and failed. He has spent enough time in Australia already and might have got some exposure in the practice sessions -- which all of us can clearly see is almost next to useless! Let him play some real internationals.

  • CandidIndian on February 17, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Congrats to SL fans first of all.Well the strategy of Aussies backfired in this match,they tried to attack right from the start ,but if you study the game of SL they normally don't provide the freebies to hit them all over the park.Their spinners and medium pacers bowl wicket to wicket line and are hard to get away if you are not patient enough.Going by the match Aussies didnt show that required patience and payed the price.Aus are missing Clarke badly both as a batsman and as skipper.At the start of tournament it looked like this series will be a cakewalk for Aussies but they have lost two matches.Game on gentlemen.

  • samincolumbia on February 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    The SL supporters are hilarous!! They win one match and declare themselves to be champs...India are the World Champs guys...have you forgotten the WC thrashing already?

    India has been more consistent than SL in this series...Even Bangla can win one game in 6. Win a few games in a row before gloating!!

  • ProdigyA on February 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Not too long ago, Cricinfo team was gaga on how classy the Aus team was and how poor and substandart cricket was being played by SL and India. You guyz were talking as if Aus team was the most invincible team, look what happened now. The fact that Aus is a weak ODI team and an avg test team cannot be disguised by one or two good performances and does not deserve heaps of praises like they are the best team ever. Pls stop doing a Ian Chappel on everything, where one day someone is a hero and the same night he is a zero.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Michael Clarke's superlative form of this season, seems to have papered over the fragility of Australian batting lineup. In the test-white-wash of India too, wonder what would have been the situation, without Clarke! All, conjuncture, though. With proper team selection, Australia still looks the strongest among the three teams. Anyway, at least there is going to be some real contest for the rest of the series. Good for ODIs.

  • johntycodes on February 17, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Good to see sri lanka actually batted like you should in one day cricket. You know take advantage of the early overs in the powerplay to hit boundaries as opposed to the aussies plan this series. Send in an old bloke who shouldn't be in the team and fails 4 inning straight to opening spot so he can just nudge the ball around and warner who can't handle malinga or slow bowling not even try and hit boundaries but try to push for singles. Australia have gone back to playing one day cricket how we did when we lost our number 1 ranking. Just try and push singles all innings. Well trying to play yourself in to an innings and blocking at the start of innings isn't working because you are losing heaps of wickets playing that way. Also brett lee should either learn how to bowl with variation or just retire.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Congratulations, It was a much needed win for Sri Lankan team. Hope Sri Lankans play the remaining matches in the same spirit.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Look at the net run rate lions has clear advantage and it may be a big factor in the later stage of this tournament

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    There is a lesson for India, from today's match -- the importance of openers. Rest BOTH Sehwag and Sachin. Open with Gambhir and Kohli. Kohli had opened with great success in the under-19 World Championship. By dropping the out of form veterans ( who also may not figure in the next World Cup), one more youngster, Tiwari, can be tried out in real match conditions in Australia. Last time, he was rushed from the flight to the ground and failed. He has spent enough time in Australia already and might have got some exposure in the practice sessions -- which all of us can clearly see is almost next to useless! Let him play some real internationals.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @Sanjay Chhabria same thing apply for india too one win will not bring you the tournament. and this win made no changes to aussies as they will thrash india in coming all the fact is this win of lions brought hell of a lot fear in to the indian camp and supporters. well done Lions it is confirm that we will meet Australia in the final. Indians will have to reserve the tickets even be for finals starts

  • MothiMB on February 17, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Good job SL - boy that Maharoof bowled like a man possessed. I guess India need to up the ante as well. @Jasonpete - spoken like a good cricket fan.

  • liontheway on February 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Mahela and the team, you played a good cricket today. I greatly admire the competitive spirit. We need to play our own brand of cricket in order to achieve the best. We are a strong nation, and we have strong cricketers too. We are proud of you always. Go Sri Lanka Go!

  • wjkalana on February 17, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @jasonpete mate we dont have anything against ozs, all we have is against our indian cricket pundits who thinks they are the best team after winning the home WC. And after playing on indian flat tracks. I know SCG wicket used to be like subcontinent wicket but after seeing yesterdays pitch,looks like it had changed. It had more grass and had more greenish look to it. I can reserve these comments before the final rounds but reality has to be told to our cricket pundits.

  • csowmi7 on February 17, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans just jealous of India's World cup success. Both teams have done poorly after the world cup and need restructuring. yes India's record so far in the test arena has been extremely poor 3-8 but sri lanka have done no better losing to england, pakistan,australia, and south africa with a record 1-6. There is no need to fight amongst ourselves. Lets just enjoy the cricket and hope the best two teams qualify.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    The opening partnership clicked beautifully, Both for SriLnaka and India, that is what had been lacking so far in this series. For SL Tharanga failed. For Indian, both Sehwag & Sachin failed. The importance of opening partnership can not be overemphasized. Today's performance by Aussies also proved that; their openers failed and the rest followed suit.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Well…SL guys do not forget the winning shot by MS in WC final and also do not forget 26 February 2011 the day when Pakistan thrashed you on your own special ground and that too was your best team..

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    This win by SL has made the series Interesting.For India too much pressure is coming on the middle order . it is high time for Sachin and Veeru to deliver.

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Hey, SriLankan fans, why this India bashing? With no rhyme or reason!

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Well done SL!!! Maharoof was Impressive. I always thought he and Kapugedera should be included. Kapu ddin't shine like Chandmal but he's a good player. Mahela way better at no.1. He doesn't play as freely as this at no.4. But lets not boast about this win mates. We have a long way to go and India is a much difficult side to beat.

  • csowmi7 on February 17, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    great job by the sri lankans but it is nothing to get worked up about. You guys are still at the bottom of the table. Remember sri lanka is yet to win a single series after the world cup whether it be at home or away. This win certainly makes the contest much more interesting though and will not give an opportunity for the Indians or the Aussies to underestimate the Lankans. But I'm sure you have not forgotten what happened to your team in the world cup final and when Australia toured Sri Lanka recently.

  • Empty-Sequence on February 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @wjkalana. Seriously dude u need to calm down. I know it's been around 2 years since Lanka have won a series and every win gets u to the state of Ecstasy. However Srilanka is still at the bottom of table. Try to reverse that and then Gloat.

  • Ameega on February 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Hats off @Sakthiivel for being courageous to comment here even with this heart broken situation. However on behalf of other disappointing fans, I would like to post something. "Mahela is not a good captain. If he is a good leader, he could have done 120 dot balls and hit a six in 41st over and make this a tie". "SL fans have entered the ground last night and tailored the pitch". "SL players are pathetic non-professional bunch. They could have fortified the match and given points to the opposition and learnt a lesson to their board for not paying on time". "This a purely luck. SL just won as Indian team did not take this game seriously". "MSD deliberately made a tie to take in SL in to the finals as they are easily beatable weak side than OZs". "SL copied rotation policy to rest Tharanga. That's why they won"."Do not boast about just one win. You have no right to do so. You should loose at least 13-0 and win 1 to start boasting. oh sorry, no one else can't boast". LOL

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Great win...SL deserved this win more than anyone else after playing 3 close games...if things went Sri Lanka's way, it could have been 3 wins out of 4 games. now i back the Lions to make it to the finals atleast. they've found their mojo

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    SL won one game with the absence of michael clarke, sl fans are going crazy....just chill... SL got thrashed in world cup final forgot? ll be the same again...

  • on February 17, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Well done SL.Great job.Well deserved victory.

  • SnowSnake on February 17, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I don't know why Australia is keeping Ponting, and M. Hussey in the ODI team? Warner should be gone after Watson comes in because he was out almost 3 times. Without Clarke and new Lee coming in after injury, this Aussie team was weak. This match was lost in first 15 overs. Easy pickings for SL.

  • jameswayne on February 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Well Australia deserve it. They are again resorting to the arrogance in team selection that was infamous during the Andrew Hilditch reign. Ordinary players like Warner, McKay, Starc, Christian are persisted with and Ponting who had been a failure in his last years as captain is again made to lead the side. One step forward and 10 steps back. What do you expect from such a team? Fine batsmen like C. Ferguson,Shaun Marsh, Addam Voges,Tom Cooper and brilliant bowlers like Cutting, Swan, Coulter- Nile, Hazlewood, Mcdermott, Copeland are just wasted in the domestic circuits. These bowlers just have be doing international duty. I suspect there has got to be some relationship between Chief selector Inverarity and Clint McKay or else how the hell is McKay in the team? He is as ordinary a bowler who has played for Australia.Where are the chief destroyers in the test series of the Indian batting line up Hilfenhaus,Pattinson and Siddle?They are good enough for OZ to win the one day series.

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Mahela congrats.forr the great win we would have been the group leader if you have took the gut desicion to open and include Maharoof what a bowling and turning point by maharoof. Mahela you really a great captain the way you make desicions on the field . take my word. if you guys play like this with this line up. this the world cup winning combination. dilshan great fielding. total team work aussie woul have been packed up within 100 runs if Malinga would have took the easy cath of Hussy. anyway thats good they made 150 plus otherwise its boring. no batting practice for SL. total teamwork. please play with the same team give senananyake a place instead of lahiuru. he is the test player.

  • Herath-UK on February 17, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    An excellent win by Sri Lanka;it was a convincing team display rather than a last ball gimmick and if they keep this momentum surely they will be at the final. Go Lions Go! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    brett lee , joke of the day, he was coming after dilshan ,ball after ball and dilshan kept hitting him 4..4.4.4 lol

  • Mutukisna on February 17, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    One further comment is that it appears that Sri Lanka Cricket selectors have consciously made an intelligent decision or stumbled on a great idea to play three genuine allrounders in the 50 over game i.e. Matthews, Tisara Perera and Maharoof. They are all excellent fielders too. SL should continue to play all three unless they lose form.

  • kalins on February 17, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    I think many words do the play in comments, not CRICKET. Sri Lanka won Spirit of Cricket award few times. Means they will talk less and play well. Lets see the future. Don't jump, good CRICKET yet to come. SL is back in form, LIONS always sleep more and once awake no one can stop. Why Indian fans scared.... lets play CRICKET ......

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Hey Mr.Zehere and Sakthiivel , why are you grumbling?? Cant you remember the famous white wash of the TEST Series of your INDIAN Team??? They are the full team but lost to youngsters of ausi team!! Wait will you and see indians will be left out of the series!!!

  • Sinhaya on February 17, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    India is having the luck by refusing UDRS! Sri Lanka actually won the game that was tie because Gambhir was given not out when he was LBW twice!

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    @ sakthiivel :srilanka just started for win .wait and watch your india will pack soon.

  • playitstraight on February 17, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Great win for SL, this competition has become more exciting on who will go to the finals! SL fielded brilliantly today, except for those two dropped catches by Malinga and Matthews. But Perera was outstanding, with the ball and the fielding. Mahela should open more often, he is more suited for that role, not no.4 batsman.

  • lananad on February 17, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Sad to see all negative comments on SL. When they win or lose people has to say something bad all the time. I guess all those comments must be from Indian fans.??I think Indian fans should worry about their team first. First about the test team. Horrible record recently and the other even the ODI team is shaky. They suppose to be WC winners. They should play and win most of the games easily. They win only in INDIA. Please BBCI try to get a series vs Zim or Bangla to accomadate Sachin to score a 100. The truth is India will get massacared at the GABBA on sunday. Thye will be a green top waiting.highest scorer Gambir will be hopping.....waiting to see that..will be like a comedy....he..he..he..

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Tahir Hussain Syed, nice dream. sri lanka trashing india out of the tournament ? funny, im sure that india and aussies meet in the cb final with sri lanka saying bye with one win no team can enter finals

  • rahulcricket007 on February 17, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    WONDER IF INDIA WERE PLAYING THIS MTCH THEY WOULD BE 149/9 AFTER 40.5 OVERS WITH DHONI ON 49 NOT OUT , NEEDING 3 RUNS ON 1 BALL.

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    David Hussey is suddenly looking like Australia's best batsman. I dnt know why Australia keep dropping him.

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    hey sri lankan congrats....... we sri lankan should believe on ourselves, then winning is a simple task. i hope sri lanka can play good cricket and go to final with any team.

  • Aussasinator on February 17, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka deserves to win this series. The manner in which they attacked left the Aussies rattled and shocked. Michael Clarke's return should bolster the side's batting and captaincy but still it's going to be difficult to stop the Lankans.

  • Gishan_Buddhika on February 17, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    A great win for SL.They were so accurate and tactical in their game.Next match between AUS vs IND will be a decider.If we talk the truth only Gambir and Dhoni in form,so Indians have up hill task infront of them.Lions always come on top when they need,so definetely SL will be in the finals probably with AUS.

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    I just can not understand the D/ L system for rain shortened games. This match is a good example of how unfair it could be. Under the revise target, SriLanka had to get 8 runs less than the Australian total but were denied the use of 9 overs. Maybe D/L system needs to be fine tuned. Please explain.

  • on February 17, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    i think this match was between AUS & SL why u people dragging india into this..... enjoy ur victory mate and see u on Tuesday

  • Kays789 on February 17, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    aha the indians are running rampant again on this column as well even when india had nothing to do with this game! oh well, the unintentional ridiculousness of their comments can make for a hilarious read every time. on a more relevant note, steady improvement by SL and really glad to see maharoof perform. he's one of those guys who has a lot of potential but can do even better with a bit of confidence in his abilities. and you wont get that by warming a bench on the sidelines.

  • Penny71 on February 17, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    This is a great win and great captaincy from Mahela. It is great to see that Sanga, Mahela are pretty active on the field when field placing and Mathews only playing a secondary role of observant. One thing quite noticeable is that Malinga need some fielding practice and Ruwan Kalgage need to take some note of that. If he has taken that David hussy dolly, Aussies would not even hit 120.

    This winning habit need to go on and take on to India and Aussie next time. SL was so dominating with Dilly and Mahela show with Sanga playing a guest appearance. Mahela and Dilly should open throughout. Aggression in the field, balling and batting is s must with aussies, who immediately turns defensive, same goes to India.

    Mahela's captainly rocks and he is miles ahead of Dhoni or Ponting but Clarke is good

  • rahulcricket007 on February 17, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @TAHIR HUSSAIN SYED . SL CAN TAKE THEIR REVENGE BY TAKING INDIA OUT OF TOURNAMENT . ARE YOU KIDDING ME ? INDIA IS AT THE TOP IN POINTS TABLE & IF WE WON THE NEXT MATCH AGAINST AUS AT SUNDAY THEN OUR PLACE IN FINALS IS GURANTEED . DON'T KNOW WHY EVERYONE HATES INDIA ? IF INDIA WINS THEN PEOPLE SAYS YOU WIN BECUASE OF A LAST OVER SIX , IF INDIA LOSE YOU SAYS INDIA LOSE INSIDE 3 DAYS .

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @Tahir Hussain Syed, Your comments show that how badly you have been humiliated and humbled by India that you want Sri Lanka to take a revenge for you!!! There should be no word called ' revenege' in sports dictionary. Victories and defeats are a part of any sport. India are world cup champions and reached number one spot in Test Ranking and stayed there for almost 2 years. They lost 2 back to back series that should be taken in the stride and lessons be learnt. If one after other controversy hits Pakistan's cricket than India 's defeats will not compensate it. It is not India's fault. So enjoy good cricket without so much bias in your mind.

  • i_m_cric on February 17, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Well Done SriLanka...!!!!! Now Final will be between INDIA VS (AUS or SL)... SL have very few chance as their one loss from now on wards send them HOME.. But i would like to see IND vs SL in finale.... It is always a pleasure to watch SL to loose in FINALS... So gud Luck SL...Hope to see u in finals..!!!

  • area1985 on February 17, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @Zehere srilanka is not great team to deserve to win this triseries how funny??India who got tharsh 8-0 & and spending age's in australia is the deserve team to win the series ha ha,you seems got over the moon after 1 scrappy win,what was the full potential ur calling in ur indian team when u got hammered all over australia with ur so called legends & gods? It was india who riding the luck of other teams and scrap small margin wins and ties and collect points, didn't u watch the 2 last games , india didn't deserve to even tie any of those games, it was fielding team errors that help them to avoid certain defeats, your ms dhoni was so lucky on both matches not when easy run chances were missed, srilankan win was truly professional& aussies know there real threat is srilanka!!, indian teams luck dont run last for long they would hardly win a match from remaining 4 games

  • Lord.emsworth on February 17, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    SL rules!The Bonus P may prove decisive. MJ finally made a decent score after nearly a 25 innings drought. He's going to talk, write, and lecture even more now…Pity brilliant ODI batsmen Tharanga wasn't given an extended run too. I guess you have to have the 'right pedigree' to have bad form and still exist in the SL team. Dilshan once again gave the aggressive start SL needed and his superb fielding probably saved 20 odd runs. Generally, apart from letting off Hussey SL probably gave the best fielding display of the series so far.

  • PiyushD on February 17, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I am amazed to see so much arrogance from Sri Lankan fans and even more amazed to see how much they hate Indian cricket team, they have just won 1 match and tied one and got beaten in 2 and India despite leading the table currently is being targeted by them to pack bags and go home, flat track blah blah blah, comon this was not even an India-SL match.It started from Sanga and now the fans. I don't know who will be in Finals and who will win but to count India out and SL-Aus final just bcoz Sri Lanka won 1 game is utter foolishnes and arrogance.

  • itsTIME4ELImination on February 17, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    ROOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

  • Mutukisna on February 17, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    SL's losses in the initial matches of this Series were closely fought and gave everyone the feeling that good times were coming soon at least in the shorter versions of the game. In the 50 over game I always felt that Mahela should open the batting and the win ratio for SL when that has happened, I think, has been good. It was good to see Maharoof back as his value was recognised by Lancashire when he helped them to win the English County championship outright after 80 years, a feat even the great Muttiah Muralitharan was not able to achieve for them. But the most important and noteworthy observation on Sri Lanka's success is that this team has declared that THEY ARE PLAYING FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME AND THIS IS WHAT IS NOW DRIVING THEIR SUCCESS. The SL Cricket Board should pay them a special bonus for the delayed payment of their remuneration.

  • itsTIME4ELImination on February 17, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Kumar: Australia are vulnerable at home.

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 17, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    this will make the turnament intresting for the later stages

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 17, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka are really not as weak in one day cricket as everyone has been making out on cricinfo lately. They where really unlucky not to win the series in South Africa, it was 3-2 to SA and the one match difference was a D/L result in a match Sri Lanka could still easily have won. They have super talented players and can beat anyone on their day.

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Wow Lankans Lankans Lankans calm down ladz Don't even dream of winning this tournament. One win doesn't makes you winners, U were lucky against us in Adelaide. If that Dhon'si last shot was a boundary U would have been mourning till today. Ya today was a convincing win but against Oz not India. India will win all games from here & we are the DEFENDING CHAMPIONS OF CB SERIES NOT YOU. SL DIDN'T MAKE EVEN FINALS LAST TIME. I WANT THIS TIME THOUGH SL TO REACH FINAL AGAINST US BCOZ WE WANT TO IMPROVE OUR ALREADY GREAT RECORD AGAINST SL IN OZ TO EVEN NEW HEIGHTS.

    GOOLD LUCK .. OUR INDIA IS NO.1 & THE BEST MIND IT.

  • bhavikcs on February 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    why srilankan supporters always against india? i think they are not looking at point table.india is at the top after 4 game and srilanka is still last. comeon accept the truth and beat india in next meet if you can

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Mahela is the best captain of the world,not dhoni or ponting

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Australia put in place!! Good job Sri Lanka!!

  • area1985 on February 17, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @Sakthiivel Srilanka didn't scrap like india they really thrash aussies like a school team(They have better NRR than other 2 teams), that's what we call professional cricket,if you really see only 2 games at Adelaide what u called for india's proud it was fielding errors from both aus & sl help them to save certain losses, they work really hard to scrap and riding luck on other teams,luck cannot run for 8 games& still 4 to play you can see who will be in the top of table after end of all round games

  • Karthi_2K11 on February 17, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Mid-way through the 2012 CB tri-series, the equation is very simple: shut Australia out the best-of-three finals, for India n' SL fans to have any hopes. To do that, India n' SL have to win a minimum of 2 out of the remaining 4 league phase matches, and one of these two have to go on to win at least 3 matches in the back-phase of the league play-offs. Mid-way through the last time the CB tri-series was held in 2008, defending champions - Ind ia - did its part by winning 2 of the last 4 matches, but Ind or SL couldn't keep Aussies out of the finals, as the latter won 3 out of its last 4 matches (for a final tally of 22 points. to Ind's second-place 16, and SL's last-place 10) Beating Australia this time by a scoreline of 2-1, or much less, repeating the 2-0 scoreline in the finals of last time, seems highly unlikely, for India, or for that matter, SL. So, to have any hopes of a non-Aussie team winning the "World Series" this time, the remaining teams have to do favours for each other.

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Mahela should have got Herath to bowl his 8 overs,, as he was v economical and bowled a tight length,, could have reduced the aussies to about125!!! dont undrstand why he took him off the attack!!!!

  • gkannuchamy on February 17, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    //Ponting was happy to bat first on what looked a pitch for batting, but soon the clouds had closed in on both the ground and the Australian batsmen. Two hours of showers swept across the ground, reducing the allotted number of overs. The hosts had only 15 to bat when they resumed, and soon lost another two wickets.//

    Looks as though the clouds were keeping the wickets for Sri Lanka and the hosts had never played cricket before rain or after the rains. Many matches these days are decided just by tossing a coin in the air and Australia should thank heaven for having given 40 overs to bat on a rain-truncated day.

  • kesy777 on February 17, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    That's a huge lost for Aussi and this makes the tournament much more interesting. Is it possible to watch a India and Sri Lanka final in CB series. Who knows?

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    good victory from indian point now..that makes taks of india much simpler to win this..anyways, it would be ind-oz final

  • yuio3456 on February 17, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    amazing at all these ponting bashers. they only come out when he fails and never praise what he has done for australian cricket. i recall it was only around 3 weeks ago that ponting made a double century

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Good Win For SL.Its not true abt the comments made by few SL fans ...Like it or not India are the Defending Champs and You are Second to them....End of story.After all Everyone is Playing for the Cup Mainly.Wait Untill the Series Gets over,who ever wins it is Of course the better Team(Still won't change the Fact that India are the World Champs :)).Like I said Earlier This is an Open Series, everybody has a chance to win and None of them has a nose in the Front.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 17, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Jayawardena, Sangakara, Dilshan all beautiful to watch. Indian batsman no good. Dhoni yuck!

  • cricket_slcsupport on February 17, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    It's easy to beat India and not Australia. Guess the Indian fans have forgotten how they got beaten in the past plus the recent test whitewash. And fyi India won only one mtach against Australia with some golden oldies in the team.

  • crick.nick on February 17, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    hope the Australian selectors choose right skipper for next match

  • jasonpete on February 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    I don't understand why SL fans and Indian fans are fighting with each other.Finally srilanka got a win.well played .so now we are in the middle of points table after two losses.we need Clark to play next match otherwise it's gonna be difficult as Indians and srilankans are playing good now.@ wjkalana,you need to calm down.sydney pitch is similar to subcontinent conditions,can I say SL won due to pitch conditions and lost in bouncy wickets? No I won't say coz srilanka played good cricket today against us,so they won.Same with Indians in their matches,and they are leading in the points table.So it's utter rubbish to tell now who is packing the bags .So keep your comments reserved till the finals.

  • wjkalana on February 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    @Zehere LMAO to u r comment. Looks like pill is difficult to swallow. SL play to their full potential, well they didnt do it in perth against india that was their first game in australia they didnt even have a practiced match in australia and still managed to give a good run to indians who were there for the last 2 months failing to win. Yes for one thing I agree with you when India play to their full potentila they win in a row , that is a true fact cos Indias full potential is their teams 100% and flat track support from indian pitches or similar pitches. Adelade game against aus on a flat track so they won, adelade game against SL on a slw track so they drew the match. Dont even talk about full potential of the indian team where 4 out of 7 batsmen cant even hit the ball when the ball risen up to their rib cage. They just give a catch to their wicket keeper or infield and get out. Now in australia they give teams 100% and there will be no chance of wining a game on GABAs fast pitch.

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @tahir, so u have already enrolled autralia in finals?.

  • AidanFX on February 17, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Congrats to SL - well played. I have to wonder about the mentality of the Aus bowlers in this format. Watching the Test series (India and NZ); I saw some ruthless and relentless bowling. Now I am aware the different formats mean variations in the game plan but surely they can take a leaf out of the Test series and apply it to One Day cricket. It worries me someone of the caliber of Lee would openly state he likes to bowl wide full tosses. And he is happy to give up a wide or two. Lee has an exceptional One Day record but his best inns have been fairly normal line and length bowling with pace as an extra weapon. Yes I know blowing the of full wide one and the slower ball is part of One Day bowling but I would like to see more of a boring approach from the Aus bowlers (which is actually better to watch for the fans actually). It is about time the selectors stopped muddly coddling the young bowlers - Get Pattinson back in the side please! The line up is currently ordinary.

  • Simoc on February 17, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Great win for Sri Lanka. They look the form team at present. Batting looked so hard in the afternoon and so easy at night. Only D Hussey after his let off offered resistance. Certainly there was no lift from a Ponting captaincy.I think he needs to stick to test cricket now. He just looks likely to get out all the time in direct contrast to his test form. Oz played like a NSW side today. No backbone.

  • RRnair12 on February 17, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    The srilankan win has made the series really exciting,any team can qualify in to the finals and the next round of matches may well be the decider.If india and srilanka can produce similar performances aussies will be in trouble soon,as we all know they are a good team just not the world beaters they used to be and in the one day version subcontinent teams are a real threat to any team in the world

  • Ind_Cric_Fan79 on February 17, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Congrats SL.. Great win against AUSSIES.... am an Indian. Hey SL bros, dont judge all the Indians based on few bashers... As u guys r great fan of ur team, I am great fan of my team. So dont bash India ,,, just njoy ur WIN guys... Its a good win and great cricket from SL. Congrats bros.

  • wjkalana on February 17, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @Sakthiivel dont be so hurry to pack bags, just wait until the games in GABA finishes. theres 2 games and indians are bound to loose those two games. There will be barrage of short balls from aussi ballers and SL ballers to indian batsmen. Result is india bundling out below 200 in both matches. SL just used to the conditions and indians are in AUS for the last 2 matches and unable to beat australia until recently. Now that SL is also used to the conditions this is the end of the run to indians. Did u listen to cricket extra, when sanjay asked from tom moody looks like SL players can short ball better than indians tom moody acknowledge that and said yes they can. So short stuff all the way to indians where surish raina, Gautum gambir, Jadeja, and shewag will combined score less than 50 per match on GABA.

  • on February 17, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Weldone mahela & the team....Maharoof is outstanding....it is proving the fact that the selectors need to select the players based on the current form...Maha countinous his outatnding performances from the domestic season...Dear selectors...Kapugedara also statrted to perform well with 2 concecative centuries..since he is still so young ...this is the correct time to give another chance..It is realy happy to see the 3 genuine all rounders maha,thisara & mathews playing together .

  • Gizza on February 17, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Both India and Sri Lanka are lucky that Australia are keeping Ponting and Brett Lee who are just too old for ODI's. India however are returning the favour by keeping at least one of Sehwag or Tendulkar (none of these three batsmen will make even a 50 once and Brett will never take enough crucial wickets or keep the runs down). Maybe Sri Lanka should bring back Jayasuriya and Muralidharan to keep things in balance? :P

  • sheenu on February 17, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I wonder if Dhoni would have let it go to the 41st over if India were to be chasing such a score!! :-)

  • Gizza on February 17, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @zapeta, I noticed that too. Most of the Sri Lankan fans here are saying "Yay we will now beat India" instead of "Yay we just thrashed Australia" which is what you expect them to say. Don't live too far in the future or in the past. Live in the present and take it one step at a time. India and Sri Lanka will next face Australia in Brisbane and Hobart respectively which will make things a lot harder for them. The matches between the subcontinental teams on these grounds will also be crucial since the team that adjusts best to the bounce as well as making less fielding mistakes will probably win. Today I felt the Aussie order just collapsed similar to the 47 all out and it wasn't due to great Lankan bowling apart form Malinga as always. The standard overall was slightly lower than the Adelaide game.

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Wel done SL. They area really resurgent and can now take revange of their world cup loss by playing India out of the tournament and then take care of aussies in the final. It will also add more to the whitewash India reccently suffered. They have greatlly recovered agaisnt series loss in the UAE a short while ago. While UAE is still considered by some as backyard of sobcontinent teams SL have done it in totally alien conditions. A close loss to aussies and a tie with India has come in their way but they are now geared to shed this away.

  • Sakthiivel on February 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Hey SL guys you just won one match that to against Aussie, why you drag India. @ wjkalana : You got 1st win and one loss in this series will pack you home, but your asking indians to pack up, we are at the top of the table.

  • abhi026 on February 17, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Now should it be said that ponting was most succesfull as a caption? Its still early to say but this is 100% true that he could win so many games as caption because he had so many great players in team to help him.It will be interesting to see him in the game against India.DHONI VS PONTING.Like the world cup quarter final but one change. the location.Go India go anothe win for India mean they will be on the door to finals, while loss for aussie means they have to think.

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    My man of the match - Mahela. >> Good captaincy and some assistance from the deck, saving the selectors from their illogical philosophy. Too many pace bowlers without much variation. Maharoof should play. He could extract some bounce and swing the ball as well (He could hit the ball long). Inclusion of Welagedara (Left-arm medium pace) should be seriously considered to add variety, and may be rotated with Kulasekara based on conditions. Thisara (He is a match winner indeed) should be cycled with Mathews & Maharoof <or> when the match conditions strongly demand to use only a single specialist spinner. Other than that, he could only fancy his chances if Maharoof fails or Mathew starts to perform in the capacity of a genuine batsmen.

  • shantiratnamaj on February 17, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    SL did plenty of things right and got the right result! Leave out Thranga because he needs a break when he is struggling - Mahela opening the batting is the best spot he has done his best! Maharoof - if he is in the squad he should play in aussie - no better place for him to make him comeback than aussie. Look at the confidence Dilshan get when he is batting with another good batting partner - this is the same way Dilshan groomed himself when he started to bat with Sanath in his good days. You bowl well then the fielders push the extra-mile to effect the run-outs and catches! We should have won the last match against aussie and surely against India - so irrespective of final results SL is the most dangerous team in the series now!

  • mohanan on February 17, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Really impressive stuff from SL. The fielding reminds the 1996 world cup winning side. Can SL carry this to their next match against India?

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    y is this Lahiru Thirimanne guy allowed to play today. he scores single digit all the time(ODI n test) n one in every 10 match, score a 50. we need consistent performers. its important to give chance to youngsters but only to in form youngsters. cant afford to give chance for youngsters to come into form with the expense of an ODI. He should be dropped n asked to play first class to find his form like maharoof

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    congrats sri lanka you ppl done a great job :)

  • mdev.mp on February 17, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    I think Ponting's Honeymoon is over. He is not at all a great batsman when he faces quality bowlers like Malinga. Steyn, Umar gul, and ajmal. He can accumulate number of runs only against weak bowling attack INDIA. Batsmen of great calibre like Sachin, Kallis , Dravid and Lakshman are far above this rookie Ricky Ponting. Its ideal time to retire.......

  • Zehere on February 17, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    srilanka is not great team to deserve to win this triseries.because they alawys play with their full potentil everytime, but they win only when their opponent not playing good cricket or not with full potential. That why we doesn't find this win any good to watch. They doen'st have accept one bowler or two to three bowler which turn game on there head .that's why they dont win in a row . If you see indian team if they start playing with thier full potential they Just win in a row & they don't mine who is their oppentent & how much they playing good cricket. This thing still doen'st happen in this tous for an indian player. I thing next two or three game decided whether they get back to their winning moment.my 2nd comment please discuss about it.

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    good win by SL but lets not boast about 1 or 2 wins here. lets wait n see if our team can give constant better performance. one win or 2 wins n a tie isnt enough to get to finals. i would like to see SL vs aussie finals

  • lordrudraksh on February 17, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    It seems that sangakara has reached 10,000 runs faster than anyone .

  • espnchekmate on February 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    @ wozza -CY - True..! True...!!! Well said @ WP_NY - I totally agree with u.. Kangaroos raped by the Roaring Lions !!!!! In the Kangarooos own back yard..... Take that OZ's . Bring it Home SRI LANKA......!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    when Mahela decided to open i knew we had already won the match.Tharanga is a good player but not top quality that will win Srilanka games single handedly.Jayasuriyas impact was so badly missed in the top of the order.i think Mahela and Dilshan will take Srilanka in to a another dimension.congrats the Srilankan coach the fielding was Awasome.and congrats to Ashantha Demel for super selection like the inclusion of Maharoof..watch out India here we come...

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    HAHA!! Dhoni, u should learn from a class act like mahela. U dont need to hit last ball sixes win matches, u dont have to helicopter everythng that comes your way.( poor brett lee, OUCH). Good luck SL.

  • Sinhaya on February 17, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Indians will have a lame excuse to show that this was not a real win! Fact is Sri Lanka are a great side and can beat any team on any given day! Sri Lanka has not yet won test matches only in Australia and India and that day of triumph is not too far away!

  • Reggaecricket on February 17, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Mahroof is a flash in the pan. the last time he was in the side he took 6 wickets, but got massacred in the next few games, and faded into the sunset. He is good in patches, but lacks consistency.

  • zapeta on February 17, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Srilankan fans always are after India, They have won against Aussies and that is nothing to do with India. But still dragging our World champions into comparison. Dont get too much excited about one off win, SL still need to win more matches to be in the Race. India are the World champions and we are at our best even with out YUVI.

  • Karnan-CH on February 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Well, the first win for SL team, waiting for that for a while.....Sl seems to be iregular team and inconsistent. But im still supporting them but what we notice is that perform well only in short period like big tournement : WC, etc .... Sl cricket is still inconsistent, thats their main problem, actually. They have so many great players but still need to perform as a team cosistently. Anyway its good to see Sl win a game in this series. By the way, Congrats Sanga or the 10 000 ODi runs, it was also waited for a while now since he underperforming durin this series..... still waiting for his hundred here.

  • NAJD_PINCHHITTER on February 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    hey der This is called Thumping win with Bonus Point De Great Indian fans saying, de last 2 matche Srilankan won against Soth Africa 300+ SA did nt take it seriously,dats so funny to hear, SA won de 3rd match only due to D/L otherwise Lankans would hav won de series i think India had n't been playing seriously during de recent time in Englang white wash in TEST. ODI, T20, same in Australian TEST, while look at Lankans what dey did

    Against Mighty South Africa in south afirca TEST 2-1, ODI 3-2, in England 1-0, 3-2, in Australia ODI 3-2, T20 2-0, lankans won ODI n T20 series in Australia sos far dey Perfomance better than anyAsian Team out of sub continent so beware

  • BCCHOKKE on February 17, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    lIONS HAVE WOKEN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! BE CAREFUL!!!!!!!!! WELL DONE SRI LANKA!!! THANK YOU FOR THE ALL SRI LANKANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN TODAY'S MATCH!!!!!!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    congrates sl for ur first victory

  • VJGS on February 17, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Finally, convincing win by a South Asian team against the mighty Australians. Really, really great. Hopefully, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh would be inspired by this SL performance.

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    just imagine if Srilanka won the match whihc lead for a tie,, they would be leading the points table with 9 points, australia will also have 9 with a lesser NRR and india would be last with 7 points,, and the CB series would have been a wrestle ring...damn .. what a wonder would it be had SL won that day at Adelaide... :( :*(

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Mahroof should have been included from the 1st match itself as he can be very handy with his batting and bowling as well. Australian grounds would be ideally suited to his type of bowling and he can come good with his batting. His performance against the Australians today would be in good stead for future selection. Muzahir Grandpass now in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    What a disappointing lose by the Aussie team, we have the talent but not the discipline by the new players and the old, there was no rebuild even when they lose early wickets, yes it was a small score but we bowled bad lengths again, Warner must feel burnt out with a lot of cricket and needs a rest, need guys like David Hussy did and wear the green and gold with pride, fight till the end and stick to the plan, player in domestic need to be rewarded with good form and needs to be given a chance, ponting is a great player but he didn't need the pressure of being captain again, he has been there before when Australia were a below par side and doesn't need it. i hope Australia fight back and learn to know that wearing the green and gold is the ultimate gift for any Aussie cricketer to have, tonight game was and embarrassment for all Aussie , even tho it was a small total, we didnt even try to make them work for it, for such professional players we played like amateurs.such shame

  • satish619chandar on February 17, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    A very good win for SL and the manner makes it even sweeter for the fans.. A very disciplined bowling and clinical batting performance today.. Their fielding standards were excellent throughout the tournament..One fan mentioned last match, they will win this one as they were rising step by step every match :-) SL is just peaking at right time.. Now, the final leg of the deciders are more interestingly poised with one team that loses both the matches ll be off.. Good entertaining series..

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka Rocksssssssssss

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    ARE U WATCHING DHONI?? SL are back. hahaha!!! Mahela Jayawardene,a better batsman, a better captain. Best wishes from a SL fan

  • yorkslanka on February 17, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    well played Sri Lanka, looking like the teamw e used to be again...great to see Maharoof back in the team but I am (pleasantly)surprised he did so well as i felt he looked slow in England..I am pleased to say i was wrong about him...we need to keep going with this momentum and even if we dont qualify for the finals, we can show we have made positives since Mahela took over again...well done SL...

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Okay, Sri Lanka won the game, now it's time for Indian Cricket Pundits to comment here please, Indian fans know the game better than anyone :))

  • Lakpj on February 17, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    seems like they are following a pattern to the ODI series in SA, they started poorly and improved gradually. Even in this series they loosing margin got lesser and lesser a tie and a comfortable win.

  • NP_NY on February 17, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    I am not a big fan of SL cricket, but I enjoyed Dilshan's counter-attack against Lee. As much as I like Brett Lee, I didn't like the way he sledged after hitting Dilshan flush in the rib cage. Dilshan showed actions speak louder than words.

  • Wozza-CY on February 17, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Thoroughly deserved win by SL, well played. Australia....well, batting is looking brittle & bowling unbalanced.

  • gabrialgihan on February 17, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    well done lankans we knew you gonna ROAR pretty soon...so lot of indians asking the lankans to pack their bags to go home...come and help them to pack their bags to go to Brisbane coz we gonna hammer you as well their...

  • suve on February 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Great Victory for Sri Lanka, by far the most convincing win in the series by any team. I partially agree with some that are saying Maharoof should of been in the team since the England tour but when he isn't in form he really can be poor, so that probably why he wasn't picked earlier. To all those Indian fans who said Mahela and Sanga should perform, well thats the answer. It's amazing how the Indians are ranked at the top of the table as they only won by small margins but a win is a win I guess. Im guessing that there won't too many Indians commenting on SL's performance in this article.

  • Valavan on February 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Good win for Sri Lanka, makes the points table more interesting. i would like if SL makes the Finals with the HOSTS, Ye i look forward for Aus Vs SL final, helping on the way for SL revival in ODIs. cricinfo please publish

  • crazycricketlover20-20 on February 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    CONGRATS MAHELA AND TEAM FOR A FABULOUS WIN.IF THINGS WILL GO POSITIVE I AM EXPECTING SL_INDIA FINAL AGAIN.FOR AUSTRALIA POINTING MUST BE OUT OF THE TEAM.CALL NATAN BRACKEN AGAIN.WHERE IS SHANE WATSON? OBVIOUSLY MAHELA HAD WON A MENTAL GAME ALSO.THNKS AGAIN MAHELA AND TEAM.YOUR WIN IS INCREDIBLE.

  • on February 17, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    well done sri lanka...finally LIONS taste kangaroo meat at australia..... :)

  • rockyyy on February 17, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    for a change india tops the table

  • tearshan on February 17, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Dilly = Back to form - Captaincy Mayya = Back to form + Captaincy

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    How ever, Mahroof comes back with a big victory… go ..Sri lanka go…

  • Akheel on February 17, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Good show SL. keep working hard!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    intelligent captaincy. thts wht we had missing in this team. and for an year we have it. But we need to boost up someone for it. May be Mathews. Well done MM and Co. Keep it up for next games.

  • kunderanengineer on February 17, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Great win for Sri Lanka and great for the tournament! Somebody finally woke up the sleeping lions!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Magnificent cricket all around by the Lions. Superb captaincy by Mahela and batsmanship. Congratz to KS for getting 10000 ODI runs. Fastest by any SLankan after Jayasuriya. Keep up the good work Thisara Perera and Farveez Maharoof!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Jai Lankes!!! Sri Lankes!!!!!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka ...we prod to be a sri lankan

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Excellent Stuff Mahela!! Leading from the front as you did from 2004-2009 . You are a Sri Lankan Gem. Wish you and the boys all the best. May triple gems bless you. :)

  • wjkalana on February 17, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Hello my fellow Indian friends thats how you win against australia not a last over win , won by 8 wickets with 101 balls to spare, It took 9 innings (4tests and 1T20) for indians to beat Australia and sri lanka just did it in 2nd match. Thats why wevsay indians are flat track bullies. so get ready to get hammered in rest of the tournament. India gonna loose all the games from here on. Pack u r bags and get ready to go home.

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka,Today Played brilliant with new Opening pair.keep that stand Continually, Congratulation Sanga you are the best Batsman who was SL ever produced. keep it up till 15000

  • on February 17, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Great work guyz..see we can beat Australia and soon India too...wish you all best guyz... :D

  • VivGilchrist on February 17, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Time to be objective, so a few points if I may... 1- Since Langer has become batting coach our batting looks shaky and our running between wickets very average. 2- Ponting and Lee have nothing more to offer in ODI cricket. 2015 is the next WCup and they will not be there. There current form suggests they shouldn't be there now. 3- Could Warner be tried at 5 or 6 as 50 over cricket seems to be his achilles heel? 4-Can the selectors simply start picking there best team (there best 50 over players, not trialling guys for the Test team, not picking has-beens) and maybe "rest" a player or two once finals are a certainty. They are flirting with form and also the paying audience.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 17, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    in this series so far , india has been inconsistent , aus are getting worse match after match by winning against ind at mcg easily then winning a tight game at perth against sl , losing against ind at adelaide & now absolutely thrashed by sl & sl has improved match after match in this series . if this continues then we can see a subcontinent final of india v/s sl in this series .

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 17, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Same old Ponting. Unimaginative field placings and clueless when bowlers aren't taking wickets.

  • TonyRai on February 17, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Welcome Back Maharoof! Good to see two of my favourite bowlers, Irfan Pathan and Farveez Maharoof back in their teams :)

  • MisterObvious on February 17, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    As I write, SL are 95/1 after 15 overs & chasing a lousy total of 158. What an absolutely pathetic effort by Aus - so far, at least. They look like boys playing against men. Great showing by the Lankans. Who do I blame for this debacle? One person - RT Ponting. He has been a cancer coming in at #3 over the last couple of years in tests & ODIs. Granted, he was the most consistent bat during the recent whitewash of India but the Indian bowling wasn't exactly scintillating. What happens is, an opener (whether in tests or ODIs) goes out early & Ponting comes in and succumbs even quicker, every bloody time, it seems like. No. 3 is the most important position in the order - his role is to steady the scoring & settle the team's collective nerves. But if he gets out quickly, it puts too much pressure on the middle order & forces them to score slower in order to keep their wickets intact. Happened YET AGAIN here! Ponting = 2 runs off 10 balls. Get the hell off the field, mate. Some leader.

  • cardassian on February 17, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    go go SL. go you good things and beat the ozzies.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 17, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Starc is NOT an international standard bowler. Australia are really struggling these days if that's the best they can offer. And just look how their bowling attack compares to the number 1 bowling attack that England have. The Gulf between them is verging on obscene.

  • rantaru on February 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    some body pls tell srilanka to win bonus point how mant overs that they has to win???

  • Asintha on February 17, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Well done SL but you should continue with don't under estimate your opponent. Go with a plan and win the game for our country. we are always love for our cricket.

  • crazycricketlover20-20 on February 17, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    I PREDICT THIS IS SRILANKA'S TURN .THEY WILL WIN .FARWEEZ MAHAROOF WILL BE THE MAN OF THE MATCH.GOOD LUCK .,MAHELA AND CO.

  • on February 17, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    I'll back mahela to open no matter wut ever outcome for the moment...tharanga is a waste and creat more pressure to other end.......

  • on February 17, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Ponting, warner all are very good palyers..Love to see them batting...but only want them to get out cheaply when playing against srilanka....lol....come on lions...

  • randikaayya on February 17, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Mahela, good stuff.. Maharoof should have been in the team for England too, but wasn't. Intelligent leadership and we can see the confidence back in the field.. Good stuff by the Lions, now tame those wild Kangaroos with the bat too!

  • Adoh on February 17, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Definately missing Watto. Now watch as this pitch turns from a greentop to a road.

  • on February 17, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka but it has been the History of SL AUS oDI MATCHES even we seen the last series in Australia in 2008 that Sri lanka always restricted Australia on modest gettable score but their batter fail to cross the score line.lets hope they makee the ammendmend this time around

  • on February 17, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    David Hussy 59 / 3 .................

  • on February 17, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Wel come back Maha.... Please continue with bat and ball. All the best for you and sri lanka

  • on February 17, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Ponting like any other player going through a lean period. He should not be dropped. Sri Lanka is always a good one day side.

  • on February 17, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    This was totally unexpected Australia. Damn. Well done Srilanka.

  • on February 17, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    This time For Lions.. Defiantly Sri Lanka Will win

  • subratachakrabarty on February 17, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    I remember one such circumstances, probably in 2003 WC match wherein Aussies were up again NZ and Shane Bond was firing all his cylinders. Aussies were reduced to 6 wickets in mere double figures. I saw Bevan walking in and Bond was into his 9th over of stipulated 10 overs. I was kind of hoping that if Bond can take this wicket, NZ are definitely having a chance to win, which by the way, never happened. Aussies won that match despite of Bond heroism. Similar is the circumstance here. The only difference is, instead of Bevan, Rain god came to the rescue of the host. i just wish SL win this match. Rain Rain go away.

  • on February 17, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Maharoofs place in the SL team is overdue anyway great job Mahela giving him the chance to shine.

  • on February 17, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs to give more opportunities like this to young talented players who have proved themselves in the past. The veterans are not performing at their best either, so why not do something like India does, in resting veterans in turns and bringing in players like Maharoof, Kapugedara and Mendis.

  • on February 17, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Maharoof has played his way into the team and is doing a great job!!!well done macha!!

  • joisbalu on February 17, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Dont u think guys we are giving too many chances to Warner!!!!.. Missing watto and gilly...

  • on February 17, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Please somebody tell me why Ponting is in this one day team???. Failed again, he is past it ppl!!!!!!!!

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  • on February 17, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Please somebody tell me why Ponting is in this one day team???. Failed again, he is past it ppl!!!!!!!!

  • joisbalu on February 17, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Dont u think guys we are giving too many chances to Warner!!!!.. Missing watto and gilly...

  • on February 17, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Maharoof has played his way into the team and is doing a great job!!!well done macha!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs to give more opportunities like this to young talented players who have proved themselves in the past. The veterans are not performing at their best either, so why not do something like India does, in resting veterans in turns and bringing in players like Maharoof, Kapugedara and Mendis.

  • on February 17, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Maharoofs place in the SL team is overdue anyway great job Mahela giving him the chance to shine.

  • subratachakrabarty on February 17, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    I remember one such circumstances, probably in 2003 WC match wherein Aussies were up again NZ and Shane Bond was firing all his cylinders. Aussies were reduced to 6 wickets in mere double figures. I saw Bevan walking in and Bond was into his 9th over of stipulated 10 overs. I was kind of hoping that if Bond can take this wicket, NZ are definitely having a chance to win, which by the way, never happened. Aussies won that match despite of Bond heroism. Similar is the circumstance here. The only difference is, instead of Bevan, Rain god came to the rescue of the host. i just wish SL win this match. Rain Rain go away.

  • on February 17, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    This time For Lions.. Defiantly Sri Lanka Will win

  • on February 17, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    This was totally unexpected Australia. Damn. Well done Srilanka.

  • on February 17, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Ponting like any other player going through a lean period. He should not be dropped. Sri Lanka is always a good one day side.

  • on February 17, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Wel come back Maha.... Please continue with bat and ball. All the best for you and sri lanka