Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Hobart February 24, 2012

Sri Lanka take top spot with record chase

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Sri Lanka 7 for 283 (Jayawardene 85, Chandimal 80, Christian 3-53) beat Australia 6 for 280 (Forrest 104, Clarke 72) by three wickets
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Sri Lanka sure know how to keep things interesting. On a day when Peter Forrest announced himself as Australia's new No.3 with his maiden one-day century, Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka complete a record ODI chase in Hobart, where Australia's 6 for 280 wasn't enough to book them a place in the finals. Sri Lanka jumped to the top of the points table with their three-wicket victory, which came with four balls to spare.

In a tense finish, Sri Lanka appeared to be throwing the match away and after Angelo Mathews holed out for 24 they needed 14 off nine balls with only three wickets in hand. But Thisara Perera took on the responsibility himself and struck a boundary followed by a powerful six over midwicket off Daniel Christian's next delivery, which left four needed off seven balls. That was no trouble at all, the winning runs coming when Nuwan Kulasekara thumped Brett Lee through cover for four.

It was Sri Lanka's third consecutive win and they are coming good at the right end of the tournament, after losing their opening two games. They began well with the ball before allowing Australia's score to balloon to seriously challenging proportions, but Jayawardene's outstanding 85 at the top of the order gave Sri Lanka the perfect platform.

With six overs remaining, they needed 39 runs with six wickets in hand, and with Chandimal well set on 80, it seemed like only a formality that they would reach the target. But Chandimal was trapped lbw when he tried an ill-judged paddle off Ryan Harris and in the next over, Farveez Maharoof holed out to Ben Hilfenhaus. Lucky for Sri Lanka they had Perera.

The result means Sri Lanka and Australia are now both one match clear of India, and while both sides can still miss out on the finals, they also know that one more win will be enough to guarantee their place. Sri Lanka earned that position by beating the previous best Hobart ODI chase, the 4 for 282 that Australia scored against Zimbabwe in 2001.

Jayawardene gave them their start and was in fine touch after beginning with a couple of edgy boundaries. In the fifth over he put those behind him and took on the pace of Lee, swinging a magnificent six over midwicket from a fast, straight ball that most batsmen would have been content to defend or drive straight. The runs kept flowing for Jayawardene, the dominant partner in a 55-run opening stand.

When Tillakaratne Dilshan pulled a catch to deep midwicket off Hilfehnaus for 3 from nine balls, Jayawardene had already galloped along to 44 from 39 deliveries. The strike evened up during Jayawardene's partnership with Kumar Sangakkara, who made a run-a-ball 22 before he was caught at point off a leading edge from Christian's bowling.

Jayawardene had already brought up his fifty with a punchy drive down the ground off Christian from his 45th ball. Jayawardene and Chandimal kept the runs coming during a 63-run partnership that featured some fine strokes, including an excellent cover-drive for four from Jayawardene, who enjoyed using the pace of Lee against him.

But on 85, Jayawardene gave Australia a sniff when he advanced to Xavier Doherty and was beaten by a delivery that turned sharply past his outside edge. Australia needed to follow the stumping with another quick wicket, and instead Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne kept their composure and put on 49, including plenty of singles, as the required run-rate hovered below six an over.

The loss of Thirimanne, who paddled Hilfenhaus to short fine leg for 24, could have hurt Sri Lanka, but ultimately their batting was too strong for Australia. Perhaps if Australia had looked for their runs a little faster through the middle of their innings they could have pushed up towards 300, but it is impossible to criticise Forrest and Michael Clarke for an excellent stand that rescued the side from a wobbly start. The loss of both openers had left Australia at 2 for 27 in the seventh over and consolidation was required.

Especially impressive was the way Forrest batted in his first match at No.3, carrying the pressure of replacing a champion in the position. But in Australia's first match of the post-Ricky Ponting ODI era they might just have found a man who can fill his spot for some time. Forrest's hundred was his not only his first for Australia but also in any List A match, and no Australian has scored more in his first four ODIs than Forrest's tally of 238.

He brought up his century by dropping the ball into the off side and haring off for a quick single from his 136th delivery, and it brought fist-pumps from Forrest and a hug from his partner Michael Hussey. He was caught at deep cover off Mathews in the next over for 104 as he tried to keep the tempo rising and it ended a fine innings, and one that has boosted his chances of winning a place on the Test tour of the West Indies.

He struck 10 fours and two sixes but avoided risks wherever he could, generally preferring to force the ball through gaps instead of over fielders. When he did go for the aerial route it nearly brought about his downfall - he was lucky deep midwicket was a couple of paces wide of where one shot landed. A cover-driven boundary off Kulasekara was especially impressive, zipping off the bat with speed and perfect placement.

For much of his innings, Forrest had the support of Clarke during a 154-run stand. The partnership ended when Clarke lifted Mathews to deep midwicket and was well taken by a tumbling Perera. Clarke had played well for his 72 from 79 balls, including two sixes over midwicket, one a fearsome, flat pull early in his innings off Maharoof, who had been impressive early.

Maharoof had claimed David Warner caught behind for 7 after Matthew Wade lobbed a catch to mid-off to give Sri Lanka a strong start. In the end, the Clarke-Forrest partnership and some valuable late runs from David Hussey (40 not out off 28 balls), Michael Hussey (21) and Lee (20 not out) helped Australia to a strong total.

It wasn't enough for Australia, but it has kept all three sides in the race for the finals. And it has made Sri Lanka clearly the form team in the tournament.

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

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  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @ Kepili_Buster,,,Ya// absolutely we can consider about it if both the selectors & SL fans haven`t even a brain,,MAHAROOF is not the BEST CHOICE for Captancy ever.He is not enough talented to the captaincy for the Team like SL,If SL want to consider about Captaincy they can Consider about players like Mathews,Tilan Samaraweera,MAHAROOF never shows his talent as a Experienced player,see back to the last match he hasn`t enough power to handle the pressure situations like Mathews specially in ending of matches,,but some times he is good enough to play with 11 players but not at all as well....

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 27, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Well done SL, they really look like a side that will back themselves.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, Mate can you please check his ODI innings after the WC final. You can criticize no issue but the words that you are useing for Mahela is not acceptable. I hope you can remember what you wrote there. Without arguably Mahela should open the Inning. Please don't compare Mahelas innings with others coz he is not selfish player. He is try to win the matches for Sri Lanka.At least NOW can you see the difference when he open the inning and ALSO PLEASE DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIAN WICKETS ARE NOT FLAT TRACKS....!!!.

  • POSTED BY ami77 on | February 26, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    SL didn't loose a single match so badly. In both the matches they lost they came very closely and the match was swinging to both the sides till the end and they knew how to keep the things interesting by giving a good fight on both those matches even though they lost at the end.

    However as the usual normal practice media and all those Cricket Pandits attacked SL on media with their usual claims that SL is not good on fast pitches. They even said that SL was no hopers and went further saying that they are the punching bag in the tournament. However they easily forgot that SL just came here after successfully chasing two 300+ scores in consecutive matches in South Africa. They were not flat pitches. However the problem is no one would remember that as not many people to write about SL when they win. So people don't remember them long as oposed to the media hype created when the big teams win Even now I see one journalist has analysed the matches and report that SL lost 2 matches to Inda

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 26, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda - You mean 3-2 losses, 2-1 losses, 1-0 losses are 'humiliations' compare to 8-0 losses ???.... Serious problem in your thinking pattern buddy !

  • POSTED BY Muralibomb on | February 26, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    take that india and australia

  • POSTED BY liontheway on | February 26, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I am so proud of Mahela and his team. You are playing an excellent competitive cricket. Give your Best!

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | February 25, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @Angello Packianesar Jeevahan : I wish other Sri Lankan fans would be as sensible as you. As for India's 4-0 humiliation, Sri Lanka has been 'humiliated' over and over in cricket also. No?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I like tell something.Every body blame 2 Forrest.As a SL fan i like 2 tell he did right thing @ that moment.Aus 2-27.If Ponting might play it could be 3-30 some thing.Good inning from Forrest.Good inning for no 3 batsmen coz no3 is the ancker of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    @archiecook: That's one of the most emotional comments that I have ever come across in any cricket forum to date. Thank you very much............

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @ Kepili_Buster,,,Ya// absolutely we can consider about it if both the selectors & SL fans haven`t even a brain,,MAHAROOF is not the BEST CHOICE for Captancy ever.He is not enough talented to the captaincy for the Team like SL,If SL want to consider about Captaincy they can Consider about players like Mathews,Tilan Samaraweera,MAHAROOF never shows his talent as a Experienced player,see back to the last match he hasn`t enough power to handle the pressure situations like Mathews specially in ending of matches,,but some times he is good enough to play with 11 players but not at all as well....

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 27, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Well done SL, they really look like a side that will back themselves.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, Mate can you please check his ODI innings after the WC final. You can criticize no issue but the words that you are useing for Mahela is not acceptable. I hope you can remember what you wrote there. Without arguably Mahela should open the Inning. Please don't compare Mahelas innings with others coz he is not selfish player. He is try to win the matches for Sri Lanka.At least NOW can you see the difference when he open the inning and ALSO PLEASE DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIAN WICKETS ARE NOT FLAT TRACKS....!!!.

  • POSTED BY ami77 on | February 26, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    SL didn't loose a single match so badly. In both the matches they lost they came very closely and the match was swinging to both the sides till the end and they knew how to keep the things interesting by giving a good fight on both those matches even though they lost at the end.

    However as the usual normal practice media and all those Cricket Pandits attacked SL on media with their usual claims that SL is not good on fast pitches. They even said that SL was no hopers and went further saying that they are the punching bag in the tournament. However they easily forgot that SL just came here after successfully chasing two 300+ scores in consecutive matches in South Africa. They were not flat pitches. However the problem is no one would remember that as not many people to write about SL when they win. So people don't remember them long as oposed to the media hype created when the big teams win Even now I see one journalist has analysed the matches and report that SL lost 2 matches to Inda

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 26, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda - You mean 3-2 losses, 2-1 losses, 1-0 losses are 'humiliations' compare to 8-0 losses ???.... Serious problem in your thinking pattern buddy !

  • POSTED BY Muralibomb on | February 26, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    take that india and australia

  • POSTED BY liontheway on | February 26, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I am so proud of Mahela and his team. You are playing an excellent competitive cricket. Give your Best!

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | February 25, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @Angello Packianesar Jeevahan : I wish other Sri Lankan fans would be as sensible as you. As for India's 4-0 humiliation, Sri Lanka has been 'humiliated' over and over in cricket also. No?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I like tell something.Every body blame 2 Forrest.As a SL fan i like 2 tell he did right thing @ that moment.Aus 2-27.If Ponting might play it could be 3-30 some thing.Good inning from Forrest.Good inning for no 3 batsmen coz no3 is the ancker of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    @archiecook: That's one of the most emotional comments that I have ever come across in any cricket forum to date. Thank you very much............

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 25, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    I think SL should shuffle the lower batting order appropriate to the situation and send Maharoof and maybe Kulasekara too before Mathews, if the 4th wicket fell close to 40th over, to prevent the asking-rate escalation due to slow batting of Mathews during the last 10 overs (specially when chasing targets). If batting first, probably they should send Mathews before Thirimanne for the same reason.

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 25, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I think MAHAROOF would be the BEST CHOICE to consider as the NEXT CAPTAIN, since (ONLY) he has the NECESSARY EXPERIENCE, ABILITY and the SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD as a former SL UNDER-19 CAPTAIN.! He is good TACTICIAN with a BALANCED-MIND, who always gave 100% to the team. MATHEWS is nowhere near, compared to him. As I pointed-out in my previous posting, MATHEWS seems to be a self-centred guy. The visible mistake repeatedly made, even in SA series shows, he needs to learn from his mistakes and change his batting approach towards the end-overs, to be a successful "finishing" player rather than a hesitant "near-finisher".....who only turns the ACHEIVABLE WINS to LOSSES! No matter what opposition you face or what conditions prevail, in 50 over cricket, final few overs are there to maximize your strike and not for risk free park-walks to build the individual score and PUSH THE ASKING RATES BEYOND REACH.! Otherwise, you are certainly sinking the side with you!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Now now...who was that Indian supporter who told Srilanka was a total waste and India and australia would easily make for final as India was the only tough opponent (this statement was made after the humiliating 4-0 test loss). I respect Indian team even now, as Srilankans do respect cricket by also supporting good game spirit of opponents, not by bullying them. Its not the players but fans like you make the Indian team look bad. Learn to respect the other team, specially when they are playing for the love of the game even after not being paid for an year for what they do.....

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | February 25, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Thanks to Archiecook Sir for your impartial comments and appreciation of Sri Lankan Cricket. Have the contributors to Cricinfo noted that the only team in the CB Series whose players are unpaid is the current Sri Lankan side? What all this boils down to judging from the results to date is that the greatest motivator to winning is to play for the LOVE OF THE GAME not the lure and attraction of the size of match fees and bonuses. Sri Lankan Cricket Team, you have proved this point beyond doubt. I also note with interest that following my lead recommendation earlier in this column, many Sri Lankan contributors agree with me that Senanayake, a brilliant young fielder, good bowler and reasonable batsman, should replace Herath. This would be the icing on the cake to what I believe is a match winning Sri Lankan combination (unique with 3 genuine allrounders) in the one day format. Herath should play in the Test side instead.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @ Suranga Devamullage - YEs i criticized Mahela..is it wrong to criticize ? Mahela played so poorly till this series since WC.but now he is playing well. I know even his family(my dad and his dad are very close friends.) and I am big fan of his since he made his debut in 1997 @ RPS.But I always believe that he never justified the talent he had.He threw his wicket so many times in his career and didn't work on his weakness outside the off-stump.those who know him know that Mahela relied on his flair and natural talent unlike Sangakkara who worked so hard.But I always rated him as a great captain.Now Mahela is opening and the team is doing well.I didnt want him to open coz we had a good opener in Tharanga and I thought if he open our inexperienced middle order get even more weak.but thanks to the rise of Chandi,Lahiru & Mathews things have changed.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Best wishes to Mahela and the and the boys. Good luck to you all.

  • POSTED BY being on | February 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    some guys are always bashing others here... don feed ur ego dudes... coz ur comment will tell that what kind of people you are, to others...its just a sport... celebrate ur victory but don celebrate others defeat... coz u don know when ur turn comes...

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | February 25, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    @archiecook: thank you for your kind comments, its nice to know other people see us Sri Lankan's for who we are and that we are starting to play to our potential again...still some way to go yet though to enable us for the future...

  • POSTED BY Smeghead81 on | February 25, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I think his name was Nathan Bracken....

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 25, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Suranga Devamullage: Do not worry mate. Some people have a computer and internet connection, but no brain!

  • POSTED BY nazeeem on | February 25, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    This Praveen is waiting to give answers to Lankans and Australians after Indians win this Cup..Till then he will wait patiently, like how a Tiger waits for its prey. ....... A good ad! Another one like Salman eating Re-vital and catching a rugger ball in a soccer pitch. how much do you know in cricket ???

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 25, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    @Suranga Devamullage: Spot on my friend. Ramesh Darshana Perera flip flops nicely, even on MJ's FB page. There are few of them who are quick to criticize Mahela, but not forthcoming with any positive comments when we win, he performs & lead so well. These are people with fickle memories & even less knowledge of the game!

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 25, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    @RandyOZ, "Australia are making England and India look good with these poor performances.". Best team is relative, and every time one is doing bad, rest goes up. If an Indian fan says, "Indian's pathetic display in last two overseas test series made Eng and Aus both over-hyped" do you agree?, If some one say "Subcontinent team's poor performances in WC finals gave 3 world titles to Aussies", do you agree? This is purely great cricket by the little islanders. We need more consistent performances from sub-con teams than in the past. SL currently looking good, but a lot to prove. Chasing two 300+ in SA and 280+ in Aus sounds great. SL should start wining more convincingly in future if they need to become a dominant side, like Aus did in last decade.

  • POSTED BY nazeeem on | February 25, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Tasmanian Tigers devoured by the Lankan Lions !!!!

  • POSTED BY Akheel on | February 25, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    "The LION and the ROO may lay down together, but the ROO won't get much sleep." -with apologies to woody allen

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Srllankan's showed what they are really capable of yesterday.They were working together as a team unlike India who were relying on their individual performances in all matches..Jayawardene has finally managed to bring back the awwwsm team we had..But still in Australia's side.Does anyone think that swapping ponting off the team was a good idea.and also that forest can replace him?

  • POSTED BY OutCast on | February 25, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Australia bowling unit was possessed by the Indian bowling unit... it didn't look like the typical Aus bowling unit... A night ago, it was Ryder, and a night after, it was Forrest... forrest was there to make a big score- yes- a big score for himself and he had 90 dot balls.. if Clarke weren't there Aus wouldn't even have crossed 250... why on earh Forrest is called a man in form when he can't even score regular singles?? it was Clarke who sensed the urgency and hit clean... my favourite cricketer is Ranatunga- mainly becos that guy never slogs but never miss out on singles.. he would score run a ball almost all of them in singles.. that's why Ranatunga was able to win WC coz even if top order flops, he kept score board ticking with singles...

  • POSTED BY Anushka87 on | February 25, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Wonder where are those Bret Lee's Bullets!!

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | February 25, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Arjuna's '96 team was well suited to subcontinent conditions & this current SL team is well suited to conditions out-side. A good prospect for 2015 WC in Aus/NZ. Interesting to see how this team will fare in the subcontinent though, i.e. in India. In a senario most games till 2015 is gonna be played in the subcontinent it is important to the stability of the team for them to do well in those conditions to. Great work Mahela. In Hobart Mahela read the pitch & conditions better than Clark, I think. Also Mahela is a master in adapting to new rules and playing conditions fast and using them wisely. Remember when the DRS was introduced in a test with India?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Long live Sri Lanka Cricket..!!! Cricket is a Gentlemen Game. So I think Sri Lanka And Australia should be Qualified to the finals. no way INDIA. Gambhir,kohli,ZAK,Rohit,Ashwin,Should be learn the discipline in the ground.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Well played SL. A superb team effort without superstars. Bad luck to Aussies. Micheal good on ya mate about your comments on Thirimanne. Cant wait to see Aus v SL final.

  • POSTED BY chris_94 on | February 25, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Archiecook well said. thnx for recognizing our kind nature. We play with a smile. Thats how cricket should be. The competitive aggression is okay to a certain point, but in the end its just a game. A damn good game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    @coolitbaby True SL won a Test match in SA after 29 years (but not 35 years),but at the same time IND won a Test against SA is more than 50 years that you know.In that way SL is better. And some one said SL hide their faces after WC no way SL never unlike your apoorv pandey.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    when lions roaring ...fake champions are hiding.....I am worried no commentator for lions in CB series.....even in SL vs Aus match commentators talking abt indians talents ....I heard Sanjay talking abt they can easily defeat SL in hobart.....Indians first beat Aussies.....don't boasting (always doing before the match)

    any way LIONS ROARSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS .......

  • POSTED BY naveenpnayak on | February 25, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    The reason that Aussie lost the match was bcoz of slow batting of Peter Forest and poor captaincy from Micheal clarke, When your strike bowler has still got his quota of overs to bowl.. y would u go with a apart time bowler like christian.. he was bowling short stuffs instead of going for yorkers.. Peter forest strike rate was just 75.. with that strike rate one can score just 225 runs out of 300 balls.. which puts too much of pressure on other batsmen who comes next after him..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    who let the lions out. Poor kangaroo

  • POSTED BY Makuz on | February 25, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Ok Boys, lets quit wondering " where the indians fans are", shall we? we put in a great effort yesterday, and we have a win to show for it. lets just enjoy that and the good run we are having . no need to complicate things by dragging in a bunch of people that were'nt in play yesterday!

  • POSTED BY IanJF on | February 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    "Leadership" You cant teach a person to speak like Obama, you cant teach a person to innovate like Steve Jobbs, you cant teach someone to lead XI Lions on a cricket field like Mahela Jayawardene... Leaders are born - not made !

  • POSTED BY jameswayne on | February 25, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Peter Forrest is the main culprit for the Aussie loss even though he scored a century. He has been scoring the runs so far at the pace of his wish rather than to the team's cause. Even in the previous games, though he has been scoring consistently, his strike rate has been poor, which is the most important factor towards . I think that his game is well suited for test match cricket and whoever selected him for the one dayers should be thinking otherwise.And Michael Clarke, even though he is a superb captain, should keep his big mouth zipped as since he stated that Ryan Harris is as good a bowler as the past Australian greats, he has struggled to take more than 2 wickets per innings he has bowled while before he used to take 4 to 5 wickets at will per innings even in the one day format. So Clarke should think twice before he talks about any of the players. Whether Harris is good or great can be decided after he retires and not while he is playing active cricket.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | February 25, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    This was an excellent match. Both teams batted very well as a group and neither bowled especially poorly, although the margins for error are very small for bowlers in limited-overs cricket. It's impressive that SL kept their heads during the chase, with many significant contributions. In a match with many good batting performances, Jayawardene and Perera stand out for me because of the pressure they were under at the time. The game was enthralling to the end and the result means that the competition will be interesting for at least one more game. SL have been in a bit of a slump but they look to be shaking it off. Hopefully they can build on their limited-overs form and their Test victory in SA, although I'm still hoping for a 2-0 win to England in the upcoming Test series. Let them be close victories though. :0)

  • POSTED BY Hodra99 on | February 25, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    @Busie1979. I agree. I said before the run chase started that Forrests slow innings would cost Australia. I remember seeing a stat towards the end of his innings where he had not scored from 83 of the balls he had faced...that is almost 14 overs of an ODI where ONE batsman has failed to score. Would have been a great test innings, but no good on that wicket in an ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Do you know what this means, they can win without Muttiah Muralitharan. Who needs him when you have all other players stepping up. Well done Sri Lanka bowlers for restricting Australia to less than 300, especially Forrest for his slow hundred. Well done Sri Lanka tail-enders for bashing the bowlers at the death. Well done Jayawardena and Chandimal for making match winning contributions to take the team home. Who says Sri Lanka can't win overseas?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    some blaming Forrest saying he wasted 30 balls. but he scored a 100 at SR75. he anchored in n players played around him. Thats y aus reach 280. At end of 50 overs, only david hussey left. If Forrest havent played that innings, aussie wouldnt have reached 280

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | February 25, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    The World could now witness him batting like a professional while seniors bat like amteurs. 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 matter, 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 unfortunately they have never valued the batsman's stay-in power. Pls note that Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne & Senanayaake aren't players that has been picked by the selectors, but those who've forced their way into the National Side for their sheer brilliance since their young age as 15 in the Domestic scene.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | February 25, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Chandimal was at his peak form at the time, the last WC held, which compelled the selectors to pick him (to avoid criticism) for series against the Australians &WIs Nov/2010&Jan/2011 respectively, but didn't give him a single chance to prove his worth because, if he had given a single opportunity, these just selectors were very much aware of the fact that they wouldn't be able to accommodate few VIPs in the WC squad of 2011, as it happened in WC 2007.The reason given by the chief selector (who himself as a person who represent the Country at a very young age as 19), for his non-inclusion was that Chandimal wasn't up to the standards at the time, though by that time he has had already proven his worth by scoring a double century & a century against the SA A side & the Indians and having a 1st Class Batting Average of 59+ after a more than 50, 1st Class Innings . (to be CNTD)

  • POSTED BY OrangePowerDownUnder on | February 25, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Really good win by our boys, good professional approach, great leadership & as always a touch of class. Lets keep it going & get ourselves in the finals - Go Lions !!

  • POSTED BY ami77 on | February 25, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Who is the punching bag?? Who are the flat track bullies? Who can not win away from home?

    Remember SL don't have cricketing gods and never give excuses when they loose. They don't have any money like most of the teams in international level. The team is playing for their passion for the game. They might loose but they can fight and they will fight till the end.

    Who can win matches in international level without being paid for their salaries for almost a year.. remember SL is a small place and players don't have endorsements except those top few. Well done SL!! I was happy even when the SL team was loosing as those politically corrupt management would go away when there is no money in the game and then only the genuine cricket loving people will come in to the administration. But now SL team is winning again.. so time to face those corrupt bullies in administration..

    All the best SL team!! Well done Forest in making a magnificent century. Hope you will have a good future in Aus team!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Srilankan batting line is definitely much stronger than Aussie.so the results of this match was obvious

  • POSTED BY NAP73 on | February 25, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    The simple fact is Forrest cannot score quickly enough, something he has showed in all the ODIs thus far. If Australia really wants a high performance culture, he should be dropped and only considered for ODIs. Wade is starting to become inconsistent too. I wish Paine would hurry up and recover.

  • POSTED BY SLJilbu on | February 25, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Good combination. But i like to see Senanayake playing instead of Hearth..

  • POSTED BY Rawlonski on | February 25, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Looking at it in isolations, a great innings and deserving of accolades, but the elephant in the corner that nobody is mentioning is just how suited to one day cricket is Forrest's game.

    Looking at the innings from the perspective of new to ODI player coming in when Australia were 1 for very little and then 2 for only a few more - the innings was amazing.

    But in the context of the game, and the way the wicket has been playing of late (South Australia cruised to 280 only a week ago), scoring 104 off 138 was just too slow on a good deck. This might be harsh, but it is something that seems inherent in his game - he was 30 of 60 in the last game against India which put a lot of pressure on the other end (he came good towards the end of his innings).

    I often read these blogs and think that there are a lot of people who like to complain about things even when they are going good... maybe I am just one of them, but I am just not convinced about Forrest yet

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | February 25, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Wait People,...There is really big drama going to happen, all for good cause of Indian Cricket.. 1) Indian's will come out and win two games to get place for final match. Now back to walls, Indians will come hard at both the teams Australia and Srilanka. And in final Dhoni Bashes the bowling of any team that reaches final, so final match will be a cake walk win for India. Let them face taste of Indian spicy food. So, India will win this CB series, Note this point of mine. And after the win Sachin will be removed, and it will be in interest of team and all the good days are ahead for Indian team with right combinations and place for youngsters will be there. . I will pray for you, we Indian's will pray for you Indian team win always. I am Waiting to give answers to Lankans and Australians after we win this Cup..Till then i will wait patiently, like how a Tiger waits for its prey.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Why does Forrest remind me so much of Jonathan Trott?

  • POSTED BY mistertee on | February 25, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Australia should field its best available players every time it is possible . Poor old Brett Lee is a spent force , especially when comparing him with our current group of young quicks . Surely it wouldn't harm any of them to whip down the maximin allowable 10 over in this short form of the game . That is , ODI , which is the next step down from Test cricket . We have been World Cup Champions in the past , but gee whiz , we are a far distance off showing anywhere near that required sort of form . Selector's please check your "key indicators" as to what will be required for the next World Cup . I see a few current selections at present , that will NOT be making the team . After all , you did state by dropping the Punter , that you were working on the next World Cup . Or was that a throw away excuse ?

  • POSTED BY FanOfLions on | February 25, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Beware Kangaroos, Lions unleashed

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Archiecook sir, great comments.hats offffff........... these sri lankans look fantastic.they remind me of south africa team of late 1990 s.plenty of power at the end with big hitting all rounders.such a talented team

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 25, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    @ Cannuck: We all enjoy the WIN..:-) but I think it is better to point-out the visible mistake repeatedly happened, even in SA series.... Angelo is still young, that is why he should learn from his mistakes and change his batting approach towards the end-overs, to be a successful "finishing" player rather than a hesitant "near-finisher".....who turns the achievable wins to losses! No matter what opposition you face or what conditions prevail, in 50 ovr cricket, final few overs are there to maximize your strike and not for risk free park-walks to build the asking rates beyond reach..! Otherwise, you certainly sink the side with you.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    This Indian team has made this poor australian team to look like a good side!!! Right now even ireland can beat India ,in a teest series....Team management seems to have a big problem!!

  • POSTED BY inblue on | February 25, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Great game from srilanka specially Jayawardane . where is so called "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" DAVID WARNER now. i think every one knows now how much over rated he is. 2 innings in a whole summer does not make anyone a good player

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, You have criticized Mahela in ur last few comment. What you want to say now?? Can you see the difference when he open the inning?? Surprise not see any of your comment about Mahela and his magical Captaincy.

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 24, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @Archiecook, your comment is uncommon - but true.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    As an Indian, I support SL...because they deserve to be the winners !!!!!

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | February 24, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    What a win for the Lankans, who would've thought that they would come this far after losing both of their opening matches and tying a match that was supposed to be won? Very impressive stuff, indeed, from the whole team. Especially from Mahela the captain and Mahela the opener.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | February 24, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Congrats SL, you are a wonderfully entertaining team. It is so fascinating to observe that when any team wins against AUS, they feel so upbeat like they shifted the paradigm. On the contrary, you win or loose or whitewashed against anyother team, it is just another day. In a way it shows that AUS team still has aura and command, rules the game, and sets the gold standard. SA is a good team but they lack the panache, and finishing touch. With AUS, a match can't be predicted unless last ball is bowled. Once again Congrats to SL team, and I share the joy of SL fans with them on this remarkable win. SL please win all the other matches and finals of CB series as well.

  • POSTED BY Spelele on | February 24, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    This match really proved a big point. Sangakara will always be a flat-track bully who never won anything for Srilanka, but played solely (like Tendulkar) for his own records. He is always missing in these kinds of significant victories. The only classy batsman in Srilanka is the awesome Mahela. He has single-handedly won WC semi-final matches for Srilanka before and has scored memorable centuries in WC knockout matches (more significant than school-boy hundreds scored in flat and meaningless dustbowls in Srilanka). Sanga is still not too bad in the Tests though :) Just not as good as Mahela unfortunately

  • POSTED BY Tootsie on | February 24, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    The Christian experiment has, not surprisingly, failed dismally. Watson in for Christian.Also, Haddin must be smiling at Wades thud back to earth.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    well that does it for India. Time for IPL, where all the glory and glamour awaits our beleagured warriors!!!

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 24, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    I am surprised Forrest has scored the runs he has. I am not surprised that he has scored them as slowly as he has. I think the runs will dry up and the pace of scoring will not pick up. The Husseys and Christian have bailed him out a number of times now. A 34 ball gap between runs scored and balls faced is not good enough and cost Australia the game. Forrest has shown himself as either not being able to keep the scoreboard ticking over, or otherwise is not a team player.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Nice performance by Lankans, proved nicely how Lions roar when they get angry...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    The tough has got going..........do not forget these achievements are OVERSEAS

  • POSTED BY frank2011 on | February 24, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Well done to the Lions! A great team effort! Sending a huge roar to the other two camps showing that they mean business in this tri-series :) I thought the Aussies where heading for 300+ score but some tight bowling at the end held them back to a competitive total. It wasn't going to be an easy chase under the lights but the chase was lead by an experienced, elegant stroke playing old stalwart and was backed up by his young guns. It's a really is a great site to see Mahela in full flight as cricket fan but it was great to see young Chandimal, Thirimanne & Perera making names for themselves in this tour. Lankans are building a great 'cohesive' ODI team for the next world cup. Perhaps third time lucky to take the world cup back to the jewel in the pacific? I would like to also send my congrats to Peter Forrest. A great effort by him to make his maiden ODI centuryl but all honors go to the Lankan's in this game.

  • POSTED BY filizant on | February 24, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka on their win. Never really looked like they would struggle in their chase of Australia's total. Great that Forrest scored his ton but can someone please remind him this is a one day match and not a test match?!

  • POSTED BY Wozza-CY on | February 24, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Mahela, when you bat like that, it's hard to think of a more attactive stroke maker in the game. Well played Sri Lanka, they are in good form right now. As for oz...in the t20 world cup in Eng, oz bowlers struggled, while the rest of the world had cottoned onto variations i.e. yorkers, a variety of slower balls & bouncers etc.Ozbowlers kept on banging it in on a length & hoping for the best. The faster we bowled, the further the ball travelled (especially C.Gayle vs B.Lee). Three years on and it appears we haven't learnt anything about bowling in limited overs cricket, especially at the death. We keep bowling length deliveries that keep sailing into the crowd. Me thinks the bowling coach needs to re-think the strategy or personne. Perhaps 'Billy' needs to get some tips from his kid? SL too good last night.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    great ! Chandimal can hit big sixes...just that he is not timing the ball in this series..No oone in Sri Lanka can loft the ball straight like him..Don`t u remember the inns he played in Harare against in India(hit 6sixes) and last series in England,,Ive followed his carrier and even coaching staff knows that he is an AMAZING six hitter..Its just a matter of time till he show that in CB series..

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 24, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    The difference was Forrests slow innings. Had Mahela scored his 85 at Forresrs strike rate they wouldn't have got close. A great team innings by the captain. I think it's fair to say, Forrest was focused on getting on the plane to the West Indies more than posting a winning total. I just hope that the coach can stress to him that Strike rate is important in LIMITED overs cricket. Well played SL for a good TEAM performance.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    A very nice win..Yet it ain't over until the fat lady sings as they say. Once or twice before (if my memory serves me right) Sri Lanka edged out India to make it to the final 3 games. Once with Sanath Jayasuriya on fire, they made it a 3 game series and then lost 2-0 to Australia in the best of three finals. Sri Lanka needs to to play with their natural inherent talents sans the big Indian egos. But it does not need to be distracted by petty politics and interference. Leave them be and they will do what they do best: play good cricket. There is a long way to go still. It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.

  • POSTED BY SalilN on | February 24, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    What a game!!!! SL seniors like Jayawardane, Dilshan etc are taking SL points up and should always be proud, while Indian Seniors like Sehwag, Tendulkar etc are a big shame to India by taking points down.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    A perfect victory for the Sri Lanka. All geared up for the Srilanka-Australia in the Commonwealth Bank series 2012 Finals.

    A poor and dismal performance by India in the commonwealth series.Its all over for the captain Ms Dhoni.He should Quit now.

  • POSTED BY Zulfi65 on | February 24, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    well done Sri Lanka. you do not need a good coach. You do not need a powerful Administration body. but you only need committed players. both Sri Lanka and Pakistan proved this. I hope team India watched this match.

  • POSTED BY deadzone64 on | February 24, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    All the evidence on how loved and respected the Sri Lankans are around the world can be seen in roughly 99% of the comments below!

  • POSTED BY seantells on | February 24, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    good job boys, keep the momentom going , perhaps its better to include senanayake i/o herath

  • POSTED BY deadzone64 on | February 24, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    @ArchieCook: Thanks for echoing my exact sentiments. You worded that better than I ever could of! I don't know a single person who has anything bad to say about the Sri Lankans. It's always a pleasure hosting them here. The Sri Lankans are wonderful people with an awesome cricket team full of mature, classy players. They never give anybody any grief, they just go out and play a fair game of cricket. Australia might be my home team, but whenever Sri Lanka plays any other team i'm behind them all the way. Tonight's game was win-win for me since I love both teams, so hooray! Congrats to Sri Lanka, with much respect from those of us here in Australia. Here's hoping for an Aus vs. SL final. :]

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. Stay focus to lift the Cup. Don't settle less , even-though we already satisfied what we achieved so far.Still all the teams including India has every chance to qualify to final. So dont worry Indian supporters still it could be yours.Hope to have few more interesting games ahead as we already had.

  • POSTED BY ddlj26 on | February 24, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @ abhiyog I agree India have beaten SL at their home in the last 4 out of 5 series.. but this is not the same Indian team buddy... in fact it is not even close.. I wish we had the team from 2009-2011 beginning, we would already have been in the finals by now

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 24, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    It's surprising nobody talks about Aus team (other than couple of Aussie supporters) from the 3 matches against SL they won one closely and lost one badly and now too lost. Nobody criticises them. Because everybody knows Ausies can humiliate them in their own backyards in a couple of months time. It's time we get an aura of invisibility like them. It's OK to loose. But stay competitive all the time.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    well done sri lanka.mahela congrats. for receiving todays award.sanga why? no good score yet.dinesh u have a long way to go.keep it up.today i am not happy with the way maharoof got out.good luck next time.kotugoda perera well done.play as a team kulasekara your last boundary is long remembered.finally till u win the finals collective responsibility should maintaind at all the time as team members. good luck.

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 24, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Amazed to see some fans still not happy, saying we should've won easily & Angelo was slow etc. GUYS WE WON! Just enjoy! You forget some of these guys r only 22 years old, & they do get even better with time. Besides give some credit to Aussies, who are not easy to score off on their conditions. You can't expect us to have perfect games all the time. I was thrilled to see were Lahiru & Chandi playing together. They seemed to understand each other well, run well together, left right combination similar to Sanga & Mahela. They seemed to be similar age & I hope they get to develop together closely like KS & MJ. One thing SL had been blessed in the past is having 2 tight leaders side by side. Arjuna/Ara period & MJ/KS/MJ has given us our best cricket. They back each other when the other leads the team, no internal squabbles (India r u listening?). Hope this continues when Angie takes over as well. Unity & respect to the leader is the reason why SL's fortunes always turn around. Go LIONS!!

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 24, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Many congrats to SL!! They are playing well and finally have a winning combination in their team. I wish my Team India becomes inspired from SL team, and gets some unity back in the team. Its obvious that every team wants to win as this series has been a mix but its proven that SL plays Aus better than India does, while Aus plays well against India better than SL does, and India can play well against SL but not Aus. Its fair to accept as a Team India fan that ours is the weakest at the moment, and SL is becoming the strongest of the 3. Indian youngsters need to take their responsibility and stop taking their chances for granted. I still feel CB series is still wide open, and anyone can enter the finals. Its nonsense from some fans here to say a team doesn't "deserve" to win a trophy because at the end of the day, the team that fights harder on a GIVEN day should win whether its SL, India or Aus.

  • POSTED BY Noboundary on | February 24, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Australia were very slow and circumspect in the early overs. Warner is trying to play a different game... he is good only when he attacks... except for one innings he has been a failure. SL is peaking at the right time and has a great chance of winning the cup.

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | February 24, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Sl at the top of the table and Indai at the bottom, Now who is the punching bad and who are thee flat track bullies? Sri Lankans can play in any conditions...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Archiecook :D man tht was so pleasnt to hear from u mate.. as a Sri lankans it gives me great pride on hearing those words :) yeah truly we love our game and the true spirit in our players keeps us moving... we are alws thr with them as a family whn they win or lose.. :) love the game of criket and love our team even more

  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | February 24, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Finally My Words Were Right that Pakistan and Sri Lanka Can Play Better then India on Green Top Pitches!!! Remember My Words Without Emotions Next Both Matches India is Going to Lose!!! Indians should not Dreams the Things and Need to Wake up!!! Indians also Accept this that Indian Team Can Only Play Better in Indian on Flat Tracks!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Remember this too ;

    Jan 20, 2012 - 4th ODI: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Kimberley South Africa 299/7 (50 ov); Sri Lanka 304/5 (48.4 ov)

    Jan 22, 2012 - 5th ODI: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg South Africa 312/4 (50 ov); Sri Lanka 314/8 (49.5 ov) Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    @Archiecook Thank you sir

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    With mahela leading the Sri Lankan team we hope that the current winning habit will continue and that is a good for SL criecket. well done Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY BroccoliPower on | February 24, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @ArchieCook: On behalf of All Sri Lankans, I salute you Sir for noticing our wonderful qualities. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka!!! Congrats!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Ha it seems like INDIAN'S Pseudo WC form is over and out but I like Inndia Vs SL final and to see SL beat India in a neutral ground and take the WC REVENGE!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    this victory good shine for SL Cricket. mahela is a brilliantis captian for SL. i wish all the best 4 him & SL cricket team

  • POSTED BY ddlj26 on | February 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Being an Indian fan, i believe Sri Lanka currently are playing the best in the competition, they have this swagger about them and it would be very tough for india to win forget about australia but against Sri Lanka.... I dont see how india with all the discords and pathetic Kingsmen attitude will india fight it out. If this was the india that played the world cup 11 months back i would have said they would have not only beaten both Aus and SL hands down but also would have carried a bonus point on its way to the finals. ... But unfortunately i hate to admit it but this indian team has taken a severe beat over the last couple of months, is low on confidence and all kinds of stuff happening in the dressing room.... So congratulations SL and Aussie fans for making it to the finals .. All the Best !!

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Totally agree with @Riyazi Amanulla - problem with the Indian team is that we have 2 many "GODS" in the team. Get rid of those useless GODS, and make everyone work for their position. Nobody should take his position in the team 4 granted. India's team motto should be - PERFORM OR PERISH

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka can beat any team anywhere...great win again...youngsters and seniors combining for a great team effort

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    lions are back ,well done sri lanka,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Well done Mahela and crew, it was a marvellous victory. Tri series helped us to get back on track. We are still the best. Tilak

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | February 24, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Great win by SL. It was a well deserving win. SL bowlers and bowling extremely intelligently. Indian bowlers are so robotic and don't apply themselves. May be they should learn from SL. Australia is doing OK as it was a close loss.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    India needs to be in the finals, else advertising revenue is going to take a hit.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Great chance Mr. Indians. Do not loose the last 2 league games. Kindly unite as a Team and give fitting reply to Australia on 26th and SriLanka on 28th. It should be SRILANKA VS iNDIA IN THE BEST OF THREE.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    sri lanka is the 'watch ou't team i wold say...they came as the clear underdogs but gradually made their presence felt..Mahela has got all the combinations right for his team and he is leading by setting examples...its surely good times to come for sri lanka.

  • POSTED BY world.cricketer on | February 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Unlike INDIA , SL made most use of 49 th over from Christian and right thing every time you dont get NOBALL in final overs.

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | February 24, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I think Mathew's approach towards the end in most games (last 7 overs) is counterproductive. He only tries to push things hard, when it is TOO LATE! To be successful you need to have the AGGRESSIVE-INTENT to the fullest extent in that crucial period. Even his body language suggests that is not thecase. Look at this match, SL could have lost the game, that looked like, just a formality in the 44th over needing only 39, with six wickets in hand! If not for Perera's last moment high-octane effort, SL could have lost it! Take a look at Mathew's batting during 44 to 49th. At 44th his score was 14 in 19b (RRR: 6.50). Ovr- 45th 2b-2r, 46th 2b-1r, 47th 2b-2r, 48th 4b-3r, 49th 2b-2r he managed 10r in 12b (equivalent to 2 OVRS)! RRR elevated from 6.5 to 14 from 9b. He averaged 5runs per over during this period. In the ODI lost to Aus in Perth, he managed exactly the same 5/Ovr average from 42nd-49th scoring just 22 from 26balls, escalating the RRR from 7.2 to 18 required in the FINAL OVER!

  • POSTED BY abhiyog on | February 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    For all Lankans saying INDIA won World Cup at Home , But the fact is India has won 4 ODI series in SL in last 5 years including the asia cup, how many has SL won in INDIA , INDIA is not only champions at home but in SL as well.....cricinfo pls publish

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    LIONS ARE BACK ............. ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR \m/

  • POSTED BY eagle-pk on | February 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    i am from Pakistan, I love Sri lankan playing esprit the only asian team never gives up before such strong team like aus/sa i still remember they beaten last 2 odis to SA in SA. i still believe they would have won the series if 2nd odi continued which was disrupted by the rain.

  • POSTED BY Salik12345 on | February 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Great going Sri Lanka! Cheers from Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Great Lions!! CB Series is Ours!! go ahead....

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | February 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @Goshitha Seneviratne : It was funnier to see Lankan fans trying to find place to hide after world cup :-) Just 1-2 wins and Lankans go gung ho. Amazing.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Lions hunting the points table.................

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | February 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @wjkalana : Yes, you deserve to be called world champions. After all you just won in South Africa after 35 years. Well done !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Does not look good for Australia. Cool Dhoni will outsmart Clarke every day and 2 times on Sundays. Finals will be between SL and India in Australia. I am calling it as I see it ! Australia is lacking good ODI bowlers, and bowlers win matches, we all know that. Siddle may be a better choice than Lee and Harris at this point. Whats happening with Pattison ?

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Although I haven't seen the 2nd half all I can say that well played Sri Lanka. & all the best to our Indian Team go for win, if not fight till the last ball. Hope for best, be prepared for worst.

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | February 24, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Well played SL, they certainly look the in-form team at the moment and are getting better & better while the others have been patchy. From a parochial Australian point of view ..... good to see Forrest getting experience and hopefully this is a stepping stone to a Test career where he is probably better suited (Hallelujah ! A Test batsman), D Hussey needs to bat higher as he IS an ODI specialist, enjoying the bowling of Doherty TOP CLASS, the bowling of the others was poor, ill-disciplined & frankly rubbish (reminded me of the last Ashes ....there is no more withering criticism). Maybe at some point before 2015 we will see some of those I regard as Australia's Test bowlers ie Pattinson, Cummins, Starc & Siddle in ODI's. Plus Watson.And Mitch Marsh.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Looking at the tables of this tournament it appears that India are down and out. They really need to rework ALL of their bowlers as they are not sufficient enough to tackle Australia consistently. India might have a few wins here and there but since their test demise in England 2011 everything has been downhill from there on. Its definitely a lack of fitness, strength, agility mental awareness, and in general their overall negative mentality when things do not go their way. They give up easily and suffer defeats usually due to their bowling syndrome. I think India put far too much pressure on their batsmen to always win games. How about putting pressure on the pathetic bowlers for once, to help the batsmen?

  • POSTED BY Penny71 on | February 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Great win for SL but honestly, it shouldn't have been in 49th over, rather 46th over finish with such a magnificent start by Mahela. I heard both Tony Grey and Chappel harping on the point about Mathews that he should take more aggressive approach in chasing, rather than wait for 49th over to launch. SL need more aggression when finishing off games, some thing to be leart from Hussy brothers. Aussies shouldn't have been on top at least for few overs, had we kept the aggression in mid forties. We need to learn from each win or loss. Love to see a big one from my favourite cricketer Sanga next time.

  • POSTED BY wjkalana on | February 24, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @orangtan yes on home ground mumbai, Thats why we call india the HOME CHAMPION. NOT WORLD CHAMPION

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Lankans are only asian team who play the game like westerns i mean they dont get defeated mentally till the last ball is bowled.Pak and india dont have such quality although having good players than SL...

  • POSTED BY Muralibomb on | February 24, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    sl won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    ha ha ha its funny to see indians whining about Sri Lanka winning :D anyways congrats Lions.......... Best of wishes for the finals ;)

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | February 24, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    great win by SL.... its gonna be tough for india now to get to the finals....

  • POSTED BY Rohanbandekar on | February 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I always admire the fighting spirit in Lankans. It looks uphill task for India now. No matter we lose we should put up a fight like the Lankans. Besides I still dont get why people fight here. Just enjoy the cricket n may the best team win I say

  • POSTED BY Archiecook on | February 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Wonderfull cricket match and well played srilanka. I have to be honest and I'm talking on behalf of al the neutral spectators who loves cricket.. Sri lankans were the most humblest and most wonderfull cricketers you could ever come across. If a survey had been done most of us loves the way Sri ankans play cricket. I remembered the time that great west Indians era of cricket. Every cricket lover loved them. Sri lankans well ... Malinga, murali, kula, Sanga, perera, Mathews you name any one in the sl squad they al got a genuine smile to go with their class. This is what neutrals love watching Sri lankan cricket. Brilliant and it's so soothing to watch the way these small build people play this lovely game. Well done Sri Lanka and wish you al the best to lift the trophy. Do not get bullied by super powers and answer the critics with wonderfull performances as such..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    So, India is really in deep trouble. No excuses will work out for them this time. Everything or nothing for team India. They haven't well settled in Australia. But SL, they made their presence felt with a tie, which shouldn't be, if Dhoni did not play dots in final overs. later three straight victories outplaying every team, twice aus and once India... India should get their combi right. They need Zak, Praveen, Rahul/Ashwin... No need to have Ravinder Jadeja. He has failed in Batting and bowling.. His space can be filled with Raina and Sehwag/Kohli/Sharma. one would be definitely playing out 3.. Its time to get Manoj in team and get going. Wonder what Dhoni is thinking?

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | February 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @orangtan:"India beat Sri Lanka on 02/04/2011 to win the World Cup" Still it was on your own backyards mate. otherwise..... you can keep on saying that old story again and again.But we'll go ahead soon.

  • POSTED BY Diyan82 on | February 24, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. But please don't drop your concentration as you lead the points table. Stay focused till the last ball of the tournament is bowled.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | February 24, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Wonderful win Sri Lanka!!! 5 of last 7 ODIs against Aussies in Australia have been won by SL!!!!. Now the SL team looks very very balanced. Captaincy is superb, improved fielding, lot of All rounders, Youngsters looking very impressive and taking the responsibility. We re certainly on the tract it seems. Hope our neighborers too come out of their bad patch. Why this Indian and Sri Lankan rivalry? All our subcontinental brothers should be happy in each other's success. I'd love to see a SL vs India final.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    There are no "Gods" in the Sri Lankan cricket team !! Just 11 committed, hardworking players- playing and working hard as a team together !!

  • POSTED BY vak1997 on | February 24, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    did Indians WATCH THIS MATCH??

  • POSTED BY gregjones on | February 24, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Poor bowling from the Aussies but it was the innings of Forrest that proved to be the difference. Though it was a fine innings, these days such innings are good only in test matches. 104 in 138 balls is quite slow. In the process he wasted 34 balls which is almost 6 overs. A 50 in 70 balls is acceptable but another 50 in 70 balls is unacceptable in one day cricket today. And if Forrest cannot score quickly on such placid wickets, he should better be selected only for test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Srilanka Put in India in " Auckward" position / I guess finals would be Aus VS Sl

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 24, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Is DC not a good wicket keeper? If SL still has hopes in his wicket keeping, and want to fill in the boots of Sanga after his retirement, they should try with DC to groom him. He will be next Sanga for SL given he is still 22.

  • POSTED BY slcrickcrazyfan on | February 24, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    This match shouldn't have lasted till the 50th over...!!!Come on SL...!!!Do your level best...this is still below par...after 2011 WC,u have 2 be more competitive and leave everything behind...Remember the good old days when chasing was the key...u guys shouldn't carry a match like Dhoni,thinks could go worse,that almost happen in the fifth ODI against the SA recently...don't need heroes generated at the last over...as Mr. Chappel said during the match commentary, u have 2 win it few overs 2 spare...!!!If 80 off 60 balls, last ball six would b great, but not when 40 off 38...but any way...It's always good to see U BACK champs...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Sri Lankans are on the rise under amazing captaincy by Mahela who has the knack of getting the best of everybody.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | February 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    SL is in the finals of this tournament for many reasons including their team composition and form. But the most important reason for their success is Mahela's captaincy. He leads from the front and he is very aggressive and positive on the field. India and SL's fortunes and leadership cannot be more different.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    After 6 games each team, SL - 15 points, Australia 14 pionts, India 10 points. After looking at the tabel Now i realised that the tussle is not between India and Australia for the second spot. But the tussle is between SL and Aus for the 1st and the 2nd Spot. It does not mean the same thing. Because in this scenario India's chances are quite hopeless. India is almost out of the race. They must win both the remaining games to jump forward. NOT IMPOSSIBLE. But not easy.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    maybe they were just lucky I guess...

  • POSTED BY orangtan on | February 24, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    India beat Sri Lanka on 02/04/2011 to win the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY denwarlo70 on | February 24, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    See, sometime back, i told all readers that we Sri Lankans are like corks in water. We never sink even though we are pushed under water and kept for a while, we bounce back. True, we were going through a bad patch but as you can see, we have learnt from our mistakes. Unfortunately, I could not see the match due to work but definitely will catch the the ball-by-ball repeat telecast tomorrow. All the best TEAM SRI LANKA and before I sign out, Indian brothers and fellow Lankans, stop bashing each other. After all, we are bloody neighbours and lovers across the palk strait. :-)

  • POSTED BY Xtra-Cover on | February 24, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! Hey guys....you are the best side in this tournament and you are almost through to the finals. How did you miss the World Cup last year? I know...I know....you played the finals with India in India.

  • POSTED BY BroccoliPower on | February 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Hey @Zapeta: Guess we screwed you over in the end :) cheers mate it sure looks like some Fosters and ROO-ON-THE-BARBY tonight hahahaha SRI LANKA ALL THE WAY!

  • POSTED BY doncl on | February 24, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Well playey Sri Lanka. Really impressed with the young lads. Even though Perera did a lot of little things here and there, I see a bright future for him too. I am pretty sure one of these days he might get to open the batting in ODI or T20. If managed properly, he could do well to fill Jayasuriya's boots. Don't forget that Jayasuriya too started in the middle order and he was given a 10 match gurantee to open batting in ODI and the rest is history.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 24, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Now adays cricket is full of suprises. When this CD series started Aus were the favorites iwth SL looking the weakest. But a resurgent SL aided by inform Mahela and young Chandimal have shot to the top of the table. I did not think that this would happen especially after SL had lost thier first 3 matches in a row. Now it looks like India and Australia will have to fight it out for the second spot.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | February 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Australia are making England and India look good with these poor performances.

  • POSTED BY CSI_R2C on | February 24, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    What a great performance by the LIONS.Seems lyk indian fan are worrying about SL's victory,because now they surely know that they are to be eliminated.India didn't deserve to be in the finals as they played poor cricket through out this series.Prior to this tournament no one expected SL to be in the final.But now they are in.Even though Aussies started the tournament as favourites seems like they are struggling a bit.Great series to watch.Hope SL will win the Cup..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I always praised Sri Lanka's spirit for the game, but this is also proven that they are the better than India. They always performed well in alien conditions and they never asked for their dues. Chris Gayle and Co. need to learn that "what actually cricket is".... Hats off for this victory.

  • POSTED BY mdev.mp on | February 24, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Srilankans are LIONS outside turf also. INDIANS are playing like mouses in front of LIONS and KANGAROOs..

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | February 24, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    David Hussey should be going in much earlier. Team is constantly sandbagged by slow batting from the top order. And Dave Warner might be the most overrated player in the country.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Well Played SL..!!you Dont Talk too much..Just playin good cricket..love that..!!lets see what INDIAN Actors can do...

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | February 24, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Unless India gets a bonus point win v. AUS and AUS loses the last match [very unlikely] ,India has to win both matches to qualify.There chance of qualification is 25% which means that AUS v. SL will be the likely final. `

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I cant believe some indian fans are still in doubt who is the best team in this tournament.If you have any,Let me tell you Its the Sri lankan Lions :) This is the same team that three months ago was critisiced even by the Lankan media for not being able to win tournaments,But i tell you we had to face the toughest teams all over the place,so i wouldnt be harsh on this team honestly and dilly isnt a born leader unlike mahela ..Mahela truly has been the turning point! I hope he captains for years and gives the reign to Mathews.Go LIONZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 24, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    The depth and the will to perform by the Sri Lankan youngsters Is truly commendable. The Indian youngsters like jadeja,raina and sharma can learn a thing or two from the likes of mathews, Chandimal, perera and thirimanne. All these players have the talent but the difference is that the Indian youngsters are lazy and gift away their wicket becaouse they know they will get chances. Well played Sri Lanka. Hope we can sort out our batting and bowling with some luck from the toss and meet you guys in the finals . Promises to be a cracker if it happens. :)

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | February 24, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka..guess u have achieved what India couldn't achieve...this shows that Australia are vulnerable...they look invincible only when they play against a mediocre team like India...Best of luck from an Indian Fan..hope India win the coming matches

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 24, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    BRING IT HOME LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | February 24, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! i think we have got the balance of the team and strategy almost right. Having three genuine allrounders in Matthews, Thisara & Maharoof, and another near allrounder in Kulasekera. has given more backbone to the One Day outfit. Mahela opening in the shorter versions has always produced a better win ratio, I think. The statistics should confirm this. The only adjustment which I would urge the selectors to consider, is to include young Satchitra Senanayake in the team in place of Herath. Senanayake is a brilliant fielder and would potentially save at least 20 runs in addition to being a good bowler and a reasonable batsman. The Sri Lankan Tail would then have only one member, Lasith Malinga and he is no bunny with the bat either when he connects. The prospects for Sri Lanka are very bright in the shorter versions. However, I have my doubts in the Test Match scene particularly in their ability to bowl a side out twice, despite its recent success against South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 24, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Indians should show the same spirit and send the aussies out of the series. Well done SL take a Bow..

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | February 24, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka's great win rolls back the years when Jayasuriya, Aravinda & co. were thrashing the daylights of all opposition. Just one thing negative to say is that the otherwise so very correct Cricinfo commentary guy was so unjust with Chandimal. While full of praise for Mahela and even Sanga in his brief innings a license to patronise young Chandimal was taken, I quote : played strange strokes, must learn how to finish, isn't the best six hitter in the game, etc. As for the last comment its totally untrue and also unkind as Chandimal in his short tenure of 27 ODI's has hit 13 sixers!

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 24, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    great canptaincy by mahela!!!one issue is this match Kumar Sangakkara is not in form,other than that all the things are perfect.it nice to see SL middle order is solid after the 1996 cricket team,tnx goes t chandi,lahiru,ango,thisara!!1 idea for SL selection-drop herath&include Sachithra Senanayake...so u guys can win this cup very esasily,BRING IT HOME!!BRING IT HOME!!!BRING IT HOME!!BRING IT HOME!!BRING IT HOME!!BRING IT HOME!!!

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 24, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @ kurgan kn ,Regarding your comment if India win both the matches ,they will be in finals and aus beat srilanka,then srilanka will be out of the tournament.Bth India and aus will equal in point 18 and srilanka will still be 15 points.Net run rate won't matter in this senario. Srilanka need to win Atleast one game in their remaing two matches and same goes for Australia.In this case both aus and srilanka will be in finals.By chance India win their both games,then India will be in finals no matter what happens to srilanka or Australia.Hope this clears you.

  • POSTED BY Aussie5566 on | February 24, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Australian opening pair no well in this series.Average opening partnership for Aussies is around 24.5.Is it enough?Either Warner or Wade must be replaced if they want to win Sundays game and need to play & win finals... Good Luck Aussies...

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    there's no use in bashing indian fans. At the moment the Indian cricket team is out of sorts but that does not mean that the Indian team has always been rubbish. I think the Sri Lankans have forgotten what happened in the world cup. But nevertheless a great performance by such a tiny island nation. We have defeated Sri Lanka on countless occasions and at the moment Sri Lanka is playing better cricket than india.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Now is the time for the seniors, especially Sachin and Sehwag, to show they still haven't lost the touch. They should take India to victory in the next two matches thereby ensuring a place in the finals. If they can't, shame on them. Most importantly, Sachin should retire from ODIs if he has some concern for the future of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | February 24, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    well done to SL on ANOTHER good performance and more importantly, continuing to build the momentum...the target looked achieveable given the wicket if we batted well, and we did...Chandimal is going as the unsung hero- dont forget he's only 22 years old and he is showing superb maturity as well as ability...We need to win one of the two games remaining to reach the finals so hopefully if we carry on the way we are playing, we can do it.. Very pleasing to see some big chases recently i.e 300 twice and 280 away from home so we are showing that we can play well away from home in the odi format...come on Sri Lanka continue to make us proud...

  • POSTED BY manjulad on | February 24, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    What a difference a good captain makes to a team! In my opinion, Mahela is the best captain we've had in a LONG time. He's so good at reading the game and is a born leader. He doesn't make too much fuss, he's not a showman, he's just in a league of his own.

    I also really admire his guts in taking the captaincy back again. He had nothing to gain. He took the job for the pure love of Cricket and his country. A true gentleman without a doubt! We are so grateful to you Mahela, keep it up.

    I hope those who are responsible for running SL Cricket would leave him alone to do his job.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 24, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft - Very Well Said !

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    India can learn from Sri Lanka (if they are willing to and acknowledge that they were outplayed). The young guys in put their hands up but indian ones does not seem to have a chance!

  • POSTED BY abhiyog on | February 24, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    When the lions roar,the story becomes misery for the oppositions,congrats SL from an INDIAN fan, hope we learn from u how to beat Aussies in the next match.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    whare all the indian fans,e.g kugan kung

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @AQR-11 when sl played against pak we had a different team.now we hv a different team. I challenge pak. If pak & sl meet now, SL will win!.@ the moment sl is the best ODI team.We will lift CB trophy for the first time.I challenge you!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Itz wonderful victory...even We not win finals if we come 2 finals sending Indian's home Im really HappY.when this series starts every one except true SL fans thought that India and Australia will use Sk as punching bags.but we knew that we are regaining. Relations in Australia,,,go and support Australia to support eliminate India.Ausi playing as gentlements than Indians.Gambir shows his bat 2 escape from LBW does M.Wade do that?Hussy Do that? NO

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I Like Sri Lanka,Good Team In The World.

  • POSTED BY varun2385 on | February 24, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Dinesh Chandiaml he is already proving like seasoned campigner for SL team and no need to say that a future captain for SL team after Matthews and a batsmen to keep noticing in world cricket Well doen SL team , Hope Indian team takes some inspiration from them :)

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | February 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Notwithstanding their tendency to sometimes be overexuberant, what a delight to watch the young guns such as Chandimal, Matthews, Pereira and Thirimanne perform under pressure on the big stage. They are truly worth the price of admission.I must also add that Xavier Doherty is a gem of a bowler.

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | February 24, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Above all, hats off to all the Indian fans who spent a minute here praising SL efforts. When the majority of the Indian fans start to respect other teams (not only SL, Pakistan or Bangladesh, but also Eng and Aus) they'll win more hearts from rest of the world!

  • POSTED BY Kyle_Jones235 on | February 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka look the best team at this moment, and I really stress the "at this moment" because Sri Lanka in the past have tended to play in patches, they need to rectify that here and finish off as dominate as they are now. Brilliant knock from Mahela, good knock from Chandimal (although he still carries many flaws that I hope he will correct with more experience), and also credit needs to go to Forrest for playing such a mature knock in only his fourth game. Although putting the batting aside, the Aussies did not bowl well today. After getting Chandimal and Mathews out they really should have finished off the game. Part of the blame should go to Clarke, I don't think his captaincy, particularly his bowling choices were up to his normal standards. He may have been slightly distracted with his back issues which hopefully won't pull him out of the team again.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Love the comments "dan_loves_cricket"...Well said mate!

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | February 24, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Current cricket fan / analyst attitude- What makes the best team in the world - 1 Win, What makes worst team in the world - 1 Loss, Best batsmen - One hundred, Worst Batsmen - 1 failure. This is the main reason why best team changes every day. 2 matches before India was best now SL is best. But the reality is 3 good teams are participating in this series and We are expecting a feast as normal fan. May the best teams be in final. As an Indian fan I would love if India is there.

  • POSTED BY samindashj2002 on | February 24, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    well played lions !.SRI LANKA - no doubt playing the better cricket out of the 3 teams hope they will do same in coming matches too.i think INDIA will be out of tournament on sunday ,india have great batting line up but they dont perform...why..?

  • POSTED BY Jishnu.v.v on | February 24, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Well Done to Srilanka. The youngsters in the Srilankan team are coming to the party at the right time. They too haven't played in Australia before and have adjusted to the conditions very well.

    You could say they played in South Africa before coming to Australia. But this is professional cricket. So no excuses can be really accepted.

    This is a good lesson to learn for the Indian youngsters as to how to adapt to alien conditions.

    Also Srilankan Cricketers haven't got their salaries for almost a year now and still are very committed to the game.

    Hats off to You Srilankan Cricketers.

    Indians need to take a leaf out of this Srilankan victory and battle it out like the Lankan Lions on Sunday which is virtually like a finals for the Indians.!!!

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 24, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @Philip_Gnana: Dude I faintly remember you questioning Mahela being given the captaincy, as many also said he took it to keep his position (if you didn't my apologies, but I do read your posts, as they generally are on point). Kudos to you for at least acknowledging that his taking over the team may be what SL was missing during the recent lossing tours. Some like Sarath1948 & Loud.Emouth who are the usual Mahela bashes, are conveniently missing from these posts, especially when SL wins & Mahela does what he does best, perform! As Laka_Kandy mentioned below, his captaincy is un noticed by many. People have such fickle memories to remember what Mahela does, & quick to jump on him when he fails. Right now Sanga is a major failure, but doesn't get the same step motherly treatment MJ gets from his bashers. I seriously wonder why? Most don't realize form is temporary, but talent will always rise to the top at the end. SL are lucky have these such 2 classy guys to mentor the young ones!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 24, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Oye great chase by SL. Jaya was in fine form and laid the roots of this win but someone needs to talk to Lahiru and Chandimal both of whom seem to get a bit tense. SL should have won a lot more easily had they kept their cool. Ultimately it was Perera who scored some quick runs. This also raises question marks about Clarke who chose to give Dan Chris the ball in the 49th over. India need to take inspiration from SL now and believe that they too can chase 280 provided one of the top 3 settles down well. The biggest positive for Oz is Forrest who is already Mr. Consistent. And David Warner is quite opposite to Forrest - failing almost every time. I enjoyed this run chase and was even seeing a tie given the way SL had slowed down at one point. Why are some SL fans bashing India even today? This was a SL-Oz match so what is the link of India here? The CB series is getting exciting and should India win their next match then the last 2 matches would become SF for all.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @Kugan kn posted on (February 24 2012, 11:43 AM GMT) : //funny some indians saying SL won by luck lol n some say, if india win their next 2 matches, they r in finals..not really if india win 2 matches n if australia beat sri lanka, still india will go home coz of the net run rate. Aus has higher net run rate n both teams with 18points//

    Kugan Kn has overlooked a fact that there are only 3 games left.

    If IND wins their two and AUS beats SL as per an hypothesis he mentions, it is SL with 15 points that will have to go home!

  • POSTED BY sunnysaeed on | February 24, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    well done SL ... good to see u back in form ... lets see who will qualify for Final ... cheers

  • POSTED BY Shafi79 on | February 24, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka! Great all round performance!!! This XI looks brilliant in these conditions and augurs well for 2015 :) To the Aussie fans, dont blame Forrest, he along with Clarke did set you guys up for 300 and thats where AUS was headed until some brilliant death bowling from Malinga stopped you in your tracks. Malinga's death bowling might just be the difference between the two sides.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka.No winging about 5 balls overs or sub spirited cricket which gave them an undue favour.They out played the opposition by smart,skilled and well planned game of cricket.We deserve due credit at least now and hope all Indian cricinfo writers will have something positive to write about us.

  • POSTED BY 8teen on | February 24, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Congrats and well played Srilanka. Being an Indian i will say SL is the best of the three teams .May be now India can learn how to fight for victory from this SL team. Once again well played SL. And One more thing Good luck India for Sydney & Hobart.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 24, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Where is that HILARIOUS guy 'Apoorv Pandey' ?

  • POSTED BY Shane_Perera on | February 24, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    it's time to send the Indians home. At the beginning of the tournament all Indians were bashing on Sri Lanka being a punching bag for them. Now all can see who is the real punching bag. Go Lions Go!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Forrest's century was an accumulated innings. Some big shots but not too many, he was keen to get a 100 but albeit a match losing one. Because of Jayawardena's scoring rate, he was named man of the match for a quickfire 80. He puts team before individual achievements. In some ways Forrest should have accelerated but it was good bowling from the Sri lankans that kept him down. He has a great start to his career at home all because of defensive batting but might want to learn to hit out at the right time. Chandimal is certainly living up to be a great player for Sri Lanka. Plenty of great talent. Warner is pretty much hit and miss, a few more scores like that and he'll make way for Shane Watson.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 24, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @ dsig3 - Mate, Sri Lankan fans don't mind even if we lost to Aussies today, bcoz we know Australia is always a champion side who ALWAYS play good cricket, NOT ONLY IN THEIR HOME SOIL but also all around the world...We accept that Australia played superbly today and they only lost the match in the 49th over.Well played... So, no grudges with you guys and let the best team win...Cheers !

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    It is indeed amazing....how smart leadership can inspire a "torn apart" team to achieve wonders. Srilanka look competitive for the first time since the world cup finals and it is good to see the youngsters contributing. Bravo Lanka !!! Sanga nd Mahela are destined to pave the foundation for these youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Where are the Indian fans?????:d :D :D :D welldon lions

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Congrats ! Really impressive !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    congrats lanka........Hope u vll win the tournament

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | February 24, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    well done srilanka hope you carry on.best of luck aus next time.keep the wining habit best wishes from pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    great SL men.You have shown again we are a team with a sense.not only that a team who knows the spirit.In the match, Ausies awesome. they planned well. done everyting to the best. But we have shown we are better.But plenty of room to improve until winning the trophy .well done guys keep it up.

  • POSTED BY dan_loves_cricket on | February 24, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    There's no need to bash indian fans after a lankan win.sad to see some of the lankan fans doing the same thing the indians do which is out of ego bashing the opponents....It's cricket after all and learn to be humble in victories as well as in defeats....Lankans no doubt playing the better cricket out of the 3 teams.what this victory does is that it opens up this wonderful series even more.no need to bash each other.and india is no means out of this tournament...let the best team lift the cup!!!! -Sri lankan fan.

  • POSTED BY Laka_Kandy on | February 24, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    what a captaincy.........i guess no body noted it

  • POSTED BY rizileo77 on | February 24, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @Tusker17 yes some one said punching bag , It's Made in India

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 24, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Just loved the game of Forrest even if it is a tad slow and probably cost the extra 20 runs that might have put the team in better position.. 130 ball century is a bit rare these days.. What the lads in Forrest, Chandimal and very imprtantly Thirimanne(Who is primarily a top order bat and now in finishing role) showed is, you get chance, make it count irrespective of the conditions and opposition.. Salute to the guys and hope they continue in same vein for longer periods.. The chances Rohit, Jadeja and Raina got at the expense of one senior batsman were left unjustified to the management..

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 24, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Well what a show by SL and its hard to beleive the chaos with the team when they play in this manner. Most important is the role the younger players are playing in the wins. I exepcted SL to be no where near finals contention but they have simply blown away everything before them in the last 4 games. Most impressed by Chandimal who is playing mature innings and is more than capable of playing big shots. Perera has done alot of little things in the last few games without really playing a leading role. This guy could be a real star if he is nutured properly.

  • POSTED BY AQR-11 on | February 24, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    This shows how strong pakistan were, didnt let srilanka and now england breath in thr backyard

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 24, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Why don't we asians get together and fight against common enemy(figuratively) and make this a sub continent contest. Ausies are cherishing in our differences. Good luck india in the coming matches. Both Sydney and Hobart are batting paradises. We should concentrate on melbourne. Ausies, you have been a great host, thanks but you know family comes first!!!.

  • POSTED BY Danrat2012 on | February 24, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    What is good about this Sri Lankan team is that they don't complain. Not about their salaries, conditions.etc.. They accept when they are outplayed and not hide behind excuses...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Well, well its so sad to see Indians fans whining about srilanka's win.,hahah..Its gona be SL all the way!It's also heartening to see younger guys putting the hands up when the chips are down..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    could have won easily..but well played lions !

  • POSTED BY suve on | February 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    woowow Sri Lanka, the bowlers deserve some respect too as they varied there pace and kept aus to a decent score. Can't wait to see what Lame Excuse the Indian Fans have this time round, time to give these SL players some respect. And well played Aus for taking it to the last over better luck on sunday.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft Well Said man.. Comment of the day

  • POSTED BY darkmon.SL on | February 24, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Congratz lions,that's the way to do it :D Indian fans,now tell me who are the punching bags again.Good luck Aussies in sunday :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Well, well its so sad to see Indians fans whining about srilanka's win.,hahah..Its gona be SL all the way!It's also heartening to see younger guys putting the hands up when the chips are down..congrats lads!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Great work SL.. Very happy to see Chandimal using all his talent and constructing innings of greater worth.. Very good finish from Perera.. If the current allrounders team of Kula, Mathews, Perera and Maharoof is fit for 2015 cup, SL will be a very strong force to reckon with.. SL just peaking every match.. Wish they make finals and win it too.. They are the team to beat now.. I don't expect India to be in finals as of now.. Based on the current form and the confusion they got in selection of team.. As of now, Aus-SL finals is my prediction unless Indian team surprise all with better performance..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka ! Playing like world champions =)

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Congrats to SriLankan Team and its Fans. Played awesomely to chase down 280, both seniors and juniors played their part. Hope to see great things from you in the finals. Only wish our Pakistani team can learn a thing or two from Sri Lankan batting.

    Amazing achievement would be if SriLankans win the final. I mean two teams were playing test in Australia for 2 months, in comes another one just to fill numbers, and they win the trophy. That will be something, hope they can do it. Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Way to go Lions... Way to go...........

  • POSTED BY gihan2301 on | February 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    When the great guns of Sri Lanka fire nobody can stop them if played fairly.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | February 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Awesome. SL sure managed to beat the Aussies once again. The depth of the team is was a major contributing factor in these condition. Playing like a unit with the Seniors and newbies combining well. So it was the team leadership that was lacking in SL team as we can now see. It is the same team but under MAHELA. Full credit to the team and Mahela for marshalling his men. Batting all the way till No 11 in ODI..we all know what Malinga and Herath can do with the bat too. Destiny is always in your own hands if you take your chances right from the beginning. It was nervy to follow the commentaries whilst at work, but was worth it. The many twists in this game would have been a banquet for the connoisseurs of the game and the neutrals. T20? what T20. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY SriLankanLions on | February 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Sri Lanka...you beauty!!!

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | February 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Great win in an entertainijg match to SL. They have certainly looked the goods all tour. India don't look as good as the other teams but for them its now or never. To date they've been the worst touring team in Oz for a long, long time. So they have a chance to redeem themselves a bit. But it'll be up to Dhoni if the past is any guide.

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @dsig3: Really dude, it was all luck was it? Must be a hard pill for you to swallow. Usually Aussie fans are not whiners, as they respect good cricket. You must be the one exception. @rahulcricket007: Thanks mate, we SL have no issues with real Indian fans like you (except may be for the CAP LOCK, lol!). Wish your team can sort out the issues in the dressing room & be there on the top with us. SL too have had these issues, but look what the change in the Captaincy did for us. The team has gelled under a real leader. To my fellow SL fans, please don't bring India into this. I know there are some Indian fans who come here to flame us no matter what we do. But let's also not forget the others who admire our style of cricket. Take the high road guys, & let our boys performance do the talking for us. Go LIONS!!!

  • POSTED BY Tamilpower on | February 24, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka may have had their troubles but their not called the Lions for no reason! A tiny Island in the middle of nowhere manages to produce such gem cricketers! Whilst its behemoth neighbor with a billion population, money coming out of their ears continues to struggle! You can only buy success for so long! Beating Australia in Australia is a massive achievement and chasing down the way they did was tremendous! Mahela is clearly the right man to lead once again! Well done you Lions you make all so called underdogs and Davids proud!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Hahaha mr.clarke what happened to ur captaincy and ur golden arm. Hahaha well first congrats to the lions yesterday i posted a comment which un publishable i knew before typing that one. But i hope today that will not happen as i said yesterday that clarke shall fail from now on it has started today. Moderator shall know that comment , what i said in that about mr. Pup.

  • POSTED BY itsTIME4ELImination on | February 24, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    ROOOOAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    look...hw d tunament wining nicely.... itz amazing. love, proud, Inncent Im a Lion.. itz Proud to me

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    MaruthuDelft, hope you haven't forgotten the World Cup final last year....yes india is in a bad shape and it is mainly due to our out of form senior players....it is nothing to do with the size of the country...it is internal politics and stupid selection panel causing all kinds of trouble for this current team.

  • POSTED BY LakC on | February 24, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Cmon Sri Lankans give the Indians a good cheer in the Sunday game pls...to have an ALL ASIAN FAMILY AFFAIR of FINALs..... The Lions will be there for ure support Indian bros.... Sachin needs to get that Golden century and retire in grace quickly before things heat up...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    funny some indians saying SL won by luck lol

    n some say, if india win their next 2 matches, they r in finals..not really if india win 2 matches n if australia beat sri lanka, still india will go home coz of the net run rate. Aus has higher net run rate n both teams with 18points

  • POSTED BY jakigui on | February 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    ya SL WON!!!! so now wht Indians? indians can win matches only on cricinfo with their comments...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    cheers jayawardene.pieterson and jayawardene,the two classical middle order players was very good as openers.all the best,lucky srilankan and england fans.

  • POSTED BY Daran9 on | February 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    I will repeat here that SL do not show to the media what they are made of! They let their game talk! This is a lesson for many! Well done Mahela & boys. Keep calm and let others bash at SL even before the game starts! That's all they can do!

  • POSTED BY danieldcric10 on | February 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    that's some chase by the Lankans...they bat so deep with the three fast bowling all rounders right down to no. 10... a hark back to the SA team of the late 90s

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Super game....now this is what I call 'leading from front', literally....well done Mahela and Srilanka...what a turn around.....

  • POSTED BY Ind_Cric_Fan79 on | February 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    COngrats SL cricket team and SL bros... Great cricket by both seniors and youngsters from the SL team... Indian cricketers should learn the basics from SL team... Superb play by SL... Luv U SL team..... am an Indian and will be happpy if India play well in the upcoming matches... anyways , Gud Cricket by SL.... congrats once again guys...

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    That's how you beat australia. Be the better side in all forms. Did you see the extras given by SL bowlers.. 5 for the whole 280. Aus has given 15. These little points makes the end result very different. Well done lads! keep it up! Hooooraaayyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka............well done

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    2007 World cup winner AUSTRALIA . SRI LANKA RUNNERS UP 2011 World cup winner INDIA . SRI LANKA RUNNERS UP waiting 4 the return........................

  • POSTED BY infaz9999 on | February 24, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @rahul cricket007 you are a good indian cricket fan, not arrogant as others. talks truth and criticizes when it needs! cool! Great win by us So happy........ with the win!! way to Srilanka!

  • POSTED BY mhb1 on | February 24, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    congrats my srilankan bros from pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    HMM BRILLIANT WIN..............

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Good results.....Sril Lanka are the most consistent team in this tournament, they played with passion...Seniors provided solid start, juniors fniished the game. Very good mixture of talented players...good luck for the remaining games....

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    God bless Indians...! you guys now can come home early after 2 months toil which was good for nothing.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Awesome Fight back Lankan Lions.....Keep roaring..... Well done...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    SL is the best team there is. Even the mighty Aussies look troubled when they c SL players do their thing. The times of sana,Kalu,aravinda ,arjuna,vaasi, and murali have come back for SL. GOOD LUCK SRI LANKA!!!!

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    That's how you beat australia. Be the better side in all forms. Did you see the extras given by SL bowlers.. 5 for the whole 280. Aus has given 15. These little points makes the end result very different. Well done lads! keep it up! Hooooraaayyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY GRAMMY_SACHIN on | February 24, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Come on Lions. You played like a Champion Team and are peaking at the right time. Now SL are the favourites to win the TRI Series. Being an Indian fan would like to see India V Srilanka finals. That will be a mouth watering prospect. World Cup Final Encore again. Remember, last time the tri-series was played, Australia Lost in the Final to IND. This time the asian giants will throw them out of the park before the finals. My predictions for future matches. Ind Bt Aus on 26th; Ind bt SL on 28th; SL bt AUS on 2nd Mar. Srilanka & India through to the Finals. First Final SL will; 2nd Final India Win in the last over; 3rd Final SL crush India to win the CB series. I hope i am 80% close to the reality. Cricinfo please publish

  • POSTED BY Daran9 on | February 24, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Come on Indian fans. Say some thing about the result. Try and be sportive!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Hey guys, guess wahaaaaaaaaat??? SL WON!!!!! Now that's a chase...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Well done sri lanka......LIONS ROAR AGAIN......

  • POSTED BY Rayp on | February 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    This is yet again a fantastic performance by Sri lanka. they certainly are coming good at the right time. I am though concerned about Angelo mathews - he certainly needs to get things moving a lot more in the last overs, also if he hitting the ball high he should hit them hard enough to clear the fence as opposed to just hitting them half baked. Great captaincy by Mahela. Also Dilshan certainly needs to learn to choose the right balls to hit, there is no point in playing as though he has had an electic shock of some short - he certainly needs to think more and use his brain.... All in all great performance by Sri lanka

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Dinesh Chandiamal.your consistant runs continues. you r the future of SL team you played a great cricket. SL middle order is contributing big time unlike last year we had some. old waanbees like chamara kapugedara and chamra silva. and useless dilhara fernanando. this team have plenty of talents. thisara you rocks man. I knew the last overs you gonna hit six. which you did. lately SL team is palying like World cup champions. please pack India home.

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Is there any reason why McKay has been dropped? He was the star bowler of the series and for some reason hasn't been selected. Australia has struggled ever since! Also - good on Forrest for scoring a century - problem is, it was a slow century. I didn't expect him to do this well, and while he has surprised me so far, I don't expect it to last. He needs to get his strike rate up. He can't keep putting the Hussey brothers and Christian in a position of having to pull off a blinder every time for the team to land a competitive score.

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | February 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    wut a brilliant chase by the lions credit shud go to all of the players......mmmmm now india wil have to play better...or they doomed?????

  • POSTED BY hifayas on | February 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Hahahaa, it's really funny to see the indian fans are screaming, srilanka to lose.... unfotunately, mhm, you all got to watch out for Sunday, because it's the decider for all three teams if Australia win, Well india win, then we have the series even opened wider..

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | February 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Great work guys.Simply Awesome.We are improving day by day...@ Subhash Devadiga::Heyyy buddy....Don't ever underestimate us.WE NEVER GIVE UP.

  • POSTED BY kohomban on | February 24, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Australians captain clarke today didn't show good captaincy he doesn't know his arsenal.why he chose christian to bowled 49th over,when harris doing well?

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    good job SriLankans. unbelieveable cricket show. there was a magnificient play by Young cricketer Tissara. we are roaring, we will roar.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Wish u ol de best for Mahela and his team

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Congratulations Lions....You can reach finals after another win,,doing continually well till to get CB series to SL.

  • POSTED BY Sachwid on | February 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Congratz mahela and the team !! soo proud of the way lions played today, all the best for the rest of the matches

  • POSTED BY wjkalana on | February 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Hello there indians are u ready to pack u r bags now, first our cricket pundiths said sl is the punching bag, and looks whos the punching bag now. This is how you play on bouncy tracks, India won against australia on Adelaide wicket which is a flat track and it confirms india is flat track bullies and they are home champions.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    YESSSSSS ! NOW INDIA ARE ALMOST OUT OF THIS TOURNAMENT . THANKS SL . I WILL PRAY THAT AUS WILL DEFEAT US ON SUNDAY EASILY . INDIAN TEAM MANAGEMENT & SELCTORS NEED AWAKENING .I MEAN HOW CAN YOU GAVE TOO MUCH CHANCES TO JADEJA ? HOW CAN PARTHIV INCUDED IN TEAM WHEN HE WAS FLOPPED IN ODIS AGAINST ENG & WI ?

  • POSTED BY Dimitri_SL on | February 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Well well well...for all the pundits who were out in force with their calculations , and positive probabilities on how India could sneak in to the finals...What do you have to say now????

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | February 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    All Indians should beware... Because in this same ground Lions will make their final roar against India. Well done boys. We really proud of you

  • POSTED BY Muralibomb on | February 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    congratz forrest but it wasnt good enough to beat sl clark was like yar when thissara hit the six

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    india vs srilanka final....

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    This time what is the excuse indian fans?? Love to hear what they have to say when they see the punching bag at the top of the table and India at bottom, Now it confirms who are the flat track bullies. Not like Indians, Sri Lankans can play under any conditions. They just lost to SA 3-2 bcoz of rain and now at the top on CB series

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    where is big indian mouths now?india is the worst Asian team out in the sub continant their batting super stars only good @ home.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Lions Won The Game... India Now What to do? Poor Indian Fans any Comments? ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Wow....Congrats SL chasing a impossible target in this ground. under the great captain. Mahela you rules man. all the very best for the youngsters. played very well kept the wickets. teamworks that won the match today unlike Indian team. selfishness. go all the way boys bring the cup to the ISLAND of paradise.

  • POSTED BY Tusker17 on | February 24, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Excuse me, did someone mention "PUNCHING BAG" ?!

    Or did you mean the "PUNCH - IN - THE - BAG" ?

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Indian hopes to enter finals, just blasted away by Thisara perera..

  • POSTED BY CRmadrid on | February 24, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Oh god, i cant wait to c what indian fans are going to put it here..! Amazing show by SL..!

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | February 24, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    India is 60 times bigger than Sri Lanka in population. But in courage, skill and polished behaviour Sri Lanka is 60 times bigger than India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Finally indian fans got thier result.well done sri lanka.cheers!

  • POSTED BY infinitycrick on | February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    There you go....! India doing maths.... Aus thinking.... SL talking..! love to watch ..coming games!

  • POSTED BY WildAmigo on | February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Very well played SL team... This is the same team that Pakistan thrashed and look how good they are now.. on the other hand Indian bashes at Pakistan that they beat weaken SL team.. Now what happen to them???? Bravo SL.. u shape up good.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @Kugan Kn, don't be so cynical man.All Indians do not want SL to lose so that we can make it to the finals. Cricket is not played that way. You need to win games & make it to the finals & there is no guarantee that we will win the remaining 2 matches. Any good game of cricket is enjoyed by us Indians, hence the crowds @ the venues. With all the blame game doing the rounds (inside the dressing room), we do not deserve to be in the finals. At best we are good at finding excuses and pass the buck/blame on some one else for self committed mistakes.GOD BLESS INDIAN CRICKET. AMEN

  • POSTED BY randhira on | February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    What a Victory. Highest run chase at Hobart. Well done Sri Lankan boys. We are proud of you guys. Hope you guys will carry out the same momentum throughout the series. Wish you guys all the very best in the up coming matches.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | February 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    I couldn't believe that Clarke gave Christian the ball in the second last over. I said then and there "This will game will finish this over". OK, so it took 7 balls. The batsmen just scared 4s and 6s at will, and even I could predict the outcome of most of the deliveries before they were bowled, including the oh-so-predictable six. Really, really bad captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    There is no chance assume that ' if srilanka lost India can come to final....hmm srilanka made full stop to all Indian assumptions...well done srilanka..congrats

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Please correct the SRI LANKA points in point table. It should be 15 not 14. Why they get only 3 points by winning this game.

  • POSTED BY nurav_95 on | February 24, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    That 1 ball count missed in ind vs sl match , is going to cost india

  • POSTED BY Devapriya on | February 24, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Why was SL only given 3 points for this win?

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 24, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    DHONI LEARN FROM SL . LOOK AT CHANDIMAL WHO HAS PLAYED HALF MATCHES AS COMPARED TO ROHIT SHARMA BUT IS MAKING RUNS CONSISTENTLY . THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE CALLED YOUNG TALENTED BATSMEN . LOOK AT THISARA WHO CAN BOWL OVERS BY TAKING HANDY WKTS IN MIDDLE OVERS & CAN HIT THE BALL HARD IN DEATH OVERS TO ENSURE VICTORY . WHILE OUR JADEJA CAN'T TAKE WKTS NEITHER HE CAN MAKE RUNS . WELL PLAYED SL . SALUTE SL SPIRIT FROM AN INDIAN CRICKET FAN .

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka, the hard work is paying off, and the team is looking great. Very happy to see an Asian team win,.. Ahmed from Canada (PAKISTAN).

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Well done Lions . Idians are goin home. lankans are heading to Finals.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I wonder where Cricketing Prof. Vertika Verma is ;)

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | February 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Bring back ponting... and waugh and taylor... who else is there??? well played Sri Lankans, great run chase

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    No doubt Forrest looks good, but whenever they bat together, David Hussey looks the better player. How come he is nowhere to be seen in the test arena? Because his older brother is holding up his spot?

  • POSTED BY hvijay.1985 on | February 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka! You've shown India how to play in this tournament. Great young side you've got.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    hoooooooo yaaaaaaaaa take that baby!!!!That is how LIONS do it!!!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Don't blame the bowlers. This was a 300 run pitch. It feels funny to bag out a guy that scored a century but 104 off 138 was just too slow on this pitch. That equates to 104 off 23 overs. At that rate the team would have only scored @ 220. Sad to say but had Forrest got out earlier, the Husseys would have more time at the crease. As a Test batsman YES, ODIs maybe not.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | February 24, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Congratulation SL., DO well in finals., right now it seems its very hard to defeat these sri lankan team., well balanced team., and i am sure India wont make it to final. - Indian fan

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | February 24, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    where are the Indian fans who were saying Sl is the punching bag?? to Indian fans--SL top of the table and lions are roaring...Indians are hidding

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | February 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Kugan Kn Who said you that now sri lanka won and if India win their rest 2 match Australia will be out of final race.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 24, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Bad luck for the Aussies tonight. The Sri Lankans had the luck all night but still only won in the last over. Hopefully they are in the finals because we wont lose to these guys again. Sooner or later luck runs out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Cooomon SL your just simply Awesome..real Hero's Not Fake Looosers........!!!

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 24, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Chandimal is growing higher in every match,a very good young talent.srilanka got some young players now who really playing good in pressure situation.Forest is looking good.well played forrest.congrats young man and well done chandimal on your 80 runs.You are a future star for srilanka..

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Indians would love to bat on this pitch..!

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    well done peter forrest. this is ur first step. u r a good player

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    sure all the indians want SL to loose this match, so they can get into finals

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 24, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Must applaud the selectors here. Whilst I thought he was a massive talent about 4 years ago, I thought he'd whither on the vine until his move to QLD. The selectors have seen something in him that puts him ahead of others like Voges & Ferguson, & he has repaid their faith. Not the fastest scorer, but I think you need a someone like him in your top7. Like to see him get more singles, he murders a 4 & then plays out some dot balls, (minor criticsm).

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Aussies must win this match so that Indians can enter into the grand finals

  • POSTED BY MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on | February 24, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    "Its the old story with India again... IF A beats B by X runs within Z.3 overs and IF Y loses to W by D wickets then India will reach the final. Same old story I've been seeing for the last 15 years."

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Wowooowowooowow! Congratzzz! youngstar forrest... ... you rock man!!!

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | February 24, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Forrest did well but he was too slow even slower when he was trying to get to a 100 clarke should bat at 3. Forrest had more than 10 overs of dot balls he needs to get singles and learn how to play on the leg side anyway he did much better than anything ponting could do at 3. after Forrest got out run rate started climbing very fast with the husseys at the crease im still not sure of Forrest in the odi squad but he is perfect for the test side

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | February 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    First of many hopefully for Forrest. To be honest I don't particularly care about these ODI results but Australia desperately needs reliable Test batsmen for the top 6. Hopefully this is the start of him becoming one of them.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    SriLanka can chase provided one of the big guns come up with a hundred like Forrest, well done young chap.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    wITH sRILANKA POSSIBLE LOSS TODAY MEANS AUSTRALIA ARE IN THE FINAL AND SRI LANKA INDIA HAVE TO COMPETE FOR THE RACE OF SECOND FINALIST

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Another body blow to the armchair experts. Before Christmas we read numerous posts berating the selectors for the inclusion of Hilfenhous, Ponting and Hussey in the test series vs India and they proceeded to each have an excellent series. Just two weeks ago the selectors were again savaged on this site for the inclusion of Forrest. The message is that 'free advice about cricket selections is worth that much - $0! The selectors have, after all, played at the top level which few if any of us have.

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | February 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Kohli.. Rohit.. Raina.. Should learn looking at Peter Forrest

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    wowoowowoow gr8 youngster FORREST

  • POSTED BY zapeta on | February 24, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Ponting has been dropped to include Forrest, rightly he deserves that.. he screwed the Lankan team

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 24, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Congratulations to Forrest in scoring one of the slowest ODI 100's on a belter of a pitch. Australia we have found our new Geoff Marsh! Now that he's out, we can concentrate on posting a big total. Sounds harsh, but it's a team game...

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Does anyone know as to why dilshan has not bowled even an over in this series

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 24, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Forrest is doing ok, but he's not in too much a hurry to score. It is called LIMITED overs cricket afterall....

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Dude, make correction in Australia's starting line up. You have mentioned Brett Lee at No. 8 and 10.

  • POSTED BY cric_bd on | February 24, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    does 275 is a wining score here????? sl cant chase more than that.........

  • POSTED BY Rishabh_cricket on | February 24, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Is Bret Lee Playing twice, Brydon??

  • POSTED BY Liontamer on | February 24, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    You had Brett Lee listed in there playing 11. so who is missing then ? Retiring Pointing at this stage of the series is a bad idea, even though he has not clicked t in this one day series, but he is technically solid. much like a Tendulkar or a Sangakara

  • POSTED BY Fitzy1896 on | February 24, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Why has Brett Lee been named twice?!? haha

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    C'mon Sri Lanka.... Beat AU hell a lot...cheers

  • POSTED BY Farooqi669 on | February 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Its good that Shane Watson came back to the side, no matter he is not playing today. But its also a chance for Sri Lanka to get the top position in the tournament if they beat the hosts.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Is it just me, or does this review say that Brett Lee is playing in 8th and 10th spot?

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  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Is it just me, or does this review say that Brett Lee is playing in 8th and 10th spot?

  • POSTED BY Farooqi669 on | February 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Its good that Shane Watson came back to the side, no matter he is not playing today. But its also a chance for Sri Lanka to get the top position in the tournament if they beat the hosts.

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    C'mon Sri Lanka.... Beat AU hell a lot...cheers

  • POSTED BY Fitzy1896 on | February 24, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Why has Brett Lee been named twice?!? haha

  • POSTED BY Liontamer on | February 24, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    You had Brett Lee listed in there playing 11. so who is missing then ? Retiring Pointing at this stage of the series is a bad idea, even though he has not clicked t in this one day series, but he is technically solid. much like a Tendulkar or a Sangakara

  • POSTED BY Rishabh_cricket on | February 24, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Is Bret Lee Playing twice, Brydon??

  • POSTED BY cric_bd on | February 24, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    does 275 is a wining score here????? sl cant chase more than that.........

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Dude, make correction in Australia's starting line up. You have mentioned Brett Lee at No. 8 and 10.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 24, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Forrest is doing ok, but he's not in too much a hurry to score. It is called LIMITED overs cricket afterall....

  • POSTED BY on | February 24, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Does anyone know as to why dilshan has not bowled even an over in this series