Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series 1st final, Brisbane March 4, 2012

Warner sets up 15-run victory

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Australia 6 for 321 (Warner 163, Wade 64) beat Sri Lanka 306 (Kulasekara 73, Tharanga 60, D Hussey 4-43, Watson 3-33, Lee 3-59) by 15 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

David Warner chose a fine time to awaken from his one-day international slumber. His first ODI century set up a 15-run victory in the first final for Australia, who will raise the Commonwealth Bank Series trophy if they repeat their success in Adelaide on Tuesday. But Sri Lanka will enter the second final with some confidence after a remarkable, though ultimately futile, fightback in a chase of 322.

Warner made 163, the sixth-highest score by an Australia player in an ODI, and he batted through until the last ball of the innings as they made 321, the second-best one-day international total ever achieved at the Gabba. Sri Lanka's batsmen then struggled against the pace of Brett Lee and the canny spin of David Hussey, and the top order left too much work for those who followed.

Not that those who followed gave up. Far from it. Nuwan Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga came together at 6 for 144, needing another 178 runs at nearly nine an over. It seemed an unrealistic goal, and in the end it was. But only just. They used the batting Powerplay to great effect, taking 68 runs from it and attacking Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson, who both served up too many half-volleys and between them finished the match with 0 for 95 off nine overs.

Though Kulasekara and Tharanga had both fallen in the search for boundaries by the time the last few overs came around, they had left their colleagues with some hope. Sri Lanka needed 20 off the final two overs but they couldn't quite get there and the end came when Lasith Malinga skied a catch to deep square leg off Shane Watson when they needed 16 from five balls, leaving Dhammika Prasad unbeaten on 31.

Watson had also accounted for the important penultimate wicket when Rangana Herath pulled to deep midwicket for 5. If only, Sri Lanka must have been thinking, we hadn't left it all up to the tail. With each boundary struck by Kulasekara and Tharanga - and there were plenty - Sri Lanka gained hope. Australia's bowling at the death in this series has left a lot to be desired and again it was a weakness.

Kulasekara was especially impressive and a pair of consecutive slog-swept sixes off Hussey really brought the crowd alive. But two balls later he sent a catch to extra cover and was out for 73 from 43 deliveries, his best ODI score. Although Tharanga was the specialist batsman in the partnership he had been the quieter of the two, and he followed a few overs later when he holed out to long-on off Watson for 60.

Sri Lanka will rue their top-order struggle. Mahela Jayawardene was caught behind for 14 when he pushed tamely at Lee and his opening partner, Tillakaratne Dilshan, followed in Lee's next over. Dilshan had picked up five boundaries in his 27 from 22 balls, before his innings ended when Lee nipped one through the gate as Dilshan tried for a big drive.

Dinesh Chandimal cut the first ball from David Hussey, who finished with 4 for 43, to backward point and Kumar Sangakkara lobbed a delivery from Lee to mid-off for 42, trying to lift the tempo as the required run-rate increased. Lahiru Thirimanne and Farveez Maharoof both fell to Hussey prior to the partnership that nearly saved Sri Lanka.

Even though they didn't steal the win, Tharanga and Kulasekara still created a wonderful match. If anyone thought one-day internationals were dead, they need only see the past week in Australia for the counterargument. On Tuesday, Virat Kohli set up India's incredible chase of 321 in 37 overs and on Friday, Sri Lanka held on for a tense nine-run win despite the best chasing efforts of David Hussey.

And then there was this match, which began with 163 from Warner, an innings that threatened to be forgotten by the end of the game. He was bowled off the last ball of Australia's 50th over and by then he had done enough not only to set up Australia's win, but also to ease any pressure over his place in the side following an indifferent series at the top of the order.

Warner and Matthew Wade gave Australia an outstanding start with a 136-run opening partnership and although Wade fell for 64, Warner went on and made the most of the platform. He brought up his century with a fortuitous edge to the third-man boundary from his 111th delivery and celebrated with the now-familiar Warner high-leap and punch of the air.

It was a more restrained innings than many of Warner's limited-overs efforts but that was no bad thing, and he still had the confidence to go for his shots when the bowlers gave him the opportunity. Warner was especially strong with his drives down the ground, which were generally timed to perfection, and he also pulled with power from midwicket to long-on.

His scoring-rate didn't pick up as much as the fans might have liked towards the end of the innings but it was still a wonderful display. He had late support from Michael Clarke, who scored 37 from 25 balls batting at No.6, and Michael Hussey sent a couple of balls over the rope in the final few overs to help Australia to their hefty total.

Michael Hussey had come in at No.7 after a reshuffle in the batting order. Australia had sent in Daniel Christian and David Hussey early, keen to make the most of the strong opening stand, which ended with a spectacular, freakish catch in the outfield from Herath.

Wade seemed to make good contact with a delivery from Kulasekara but it only got as far as long-on; Herath set himself for the catch but seemed to misjudge the trajectory slightly and in a last, desperate attempt thrust his left hand in the air as he fell backwards, plucking the catch one-handed and avoiding the boundary rope as he fell over and held on to the ball. He appeared almost as stunned by his feat as the spectators were.

It wasn't the last remarkable thing achieved by Sri Lanka in this match. But despite their fight, they will enter Tuesday's second final in Adelaide needing a win to force a decider. And, after such a closely fought series, that would be a fitting finale.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

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

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  • Narbavi on March 7, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @5wombats: i have gone quiet?? good joke mate!! can't blame me if cricinfo doesn't post every single comment of mine!! you people can only talk about these 8 months, why don't you look at ur own overseas record as a whole as if you have outplayed us!! and @gabrialgihan: big deal!! you had ur best players but still u were whitewashed at home!! so do not talk about us being whitewashed overseas!!

  • Bruisers on March 6, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @Sri Lanka fans - You guys are still at it. OMG.. When will the fans stop making comparisons between SL and India... Looks like its never-ending. Come on! Cricket is a competitive sport and such baseless debates on which team is better is totally ridiculous.. Agreed SL played well.. But what's the big need to bring India into the comment section once again?? Isn't it Aus vs SL?? shame on you guys.. Move on!

  • gabrialgihan on March 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @Narbavi lmao 2004 is long gone mate im talking about things happend within 6 months about the current indian team....

  • 5wombats on March 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully - your friend @Narbavi seems to have gone quiet. In his place we offer these true statistics, found on cricinfo on india's wonderful 10 months since the commencement of the First Test against the West Indies in Kingston June 2011. ALL FORMATS; WDDLLLLLNLLTLWWDWWLWWLLLLLWLWWTLLLW. So that's played 35 Lost 18 Won 11. No wonder @Narbavi has gone quiet. With a record like that keeping quiet might be a good idea. Meanwhile, Englands record which you enquire about in the same period since the commencement of the First test against Sri Lanka is as follows; WDDLWLLWWWWWWWWNWWTWLLLLLWLLLWWWWW. So that's played 34 Lost 11 Won19. Thank you for asking @Fast_Track_Bully - keep your posts coming.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @5wombats. Rather you would talk about English 'achievements' in the UAE and India recently or may be in the last WC against Ireland?.

  • Meety on March 5, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @supadupamonk - sorry matey, I'd back Oz's overseas performances over any other team anywhere anytime. Bear in mind we won a Champions Trophy in India a few years back & won W/Cups in India, England, Sth Africa & WIndies, we also made the Final in the subcontinent in 96. @5wombats - great to see you are back, I thought you may of been unwell after that incident in the UAE.

  • 5wombats on March 5, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @Narbavi on (March 05 2012, 08:51 AM GMT) with india dumped out of the CB finals by Aus and SL it may suit your purposes to talk about india's so called "achievements" in the last 10 years - (we can't think of any off hand though). @Narbavi - why don't you tell us about india's magnificent achievements in the last 10 months? Especially the wonderful record of team india away from home. Pick any format you like. Or does india's "incredible" past 10 years in some way excuse what happened to them in the past 10 months? Your posts are the embodiment of sour grapes and bad sportsmanship. Time for india followers like you to read the scoreboard and then be quiet and sit down.

  • Bruisers on March 5, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Come 13th March, INDIA will pip SRI LANKA once again and silence the big mouths over here..

  • Urajapakse on March 5, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Guys on both sides,

    Please behave like a 'mature, civilize ones. This is just a 'cricket game'. We both should be able to stomach a win & a defeat in the same way.

    Do not show your ugly side to the whole world.

    There are enough & more other problems, both in Sri Lanka & India to be solved.

  • RNikh on March 5, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @biggus-I agree with what you say, but that's the way Warner plays, he is pretty obviously a high risk cricketer, and yes, his bottom hand surely does take over, and also he has played better, but this innings was class. He paced it to perfection, don't forget he played the latter half with bad cramps... I'm sure with time you too will be convinced he is a future great! It is also a fine line between gayle and Warner, which I personally think Warner is on top.

  • Narbavi on March 7, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @5wombats: i have gone quiet?? good joke mate!! can't blame me if cricinfo doesn't post every single comment of mine!! you people can only talk about these 8 months, why don't you look at ur own overseas record as a whole as if you have outplayed us!! and @gabrialgihan: big deal!! you had ur best players but still u were whitewashed at home!! so do not talk about us being whitewashed overseas!!

  • Bruisers on March 6, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @Sri Lanka fans - You guys are still at it. OMG.. When will the fans stop making comparisons between SL and India... Looks like its never-ending. Come on! Cricket is a competitive sport and such baseless debates on which team is better is totally ridiculous.. Agreed SL played well.. But what's the big need to bring India into the comment section once again?? Isn't it Aus vs SL?? shame on you guys.. Move on!

  • gabrialgihan on March 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @Narbavi lmao 2004 is long gone mate im talking about things happend within 6 months about the current indian team....

  • 5wombats on March 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully - your friend @Narbavi seems to have gone quiet. In his place we offer these true statistics, found on cricinfo on india's wonderful 10 months since the commencement of the First Test against the West Indies in Kingston June 2011. ALL FORMATS; WDDLLLLLNLLTLWWDWWLWWLLLLLWLWWTLLLW. So that's played 35 Lost 18 Won 11. No wonder @Narbavi has gone quiet. With a record like that keeping quiet might be a good idea. Meanwhile, Englands record which you enquire about in the same period since the commencement of the First test against Sri Lanka is as follows; WDDLWLLWWWWWWWWNWWTWLLLLLWLLLWWWWW. So that's played 34 Lost 11 Won19. Thank you for asking @Fast_Track_Bully - keep your posts coming.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @5wombats. Rather you would talk about English 'achievements' in the UAE and India recently or may be in the last WC against Ireland?.

  • Meety on March 5, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    @supadupamonk - sorry matey, I'd back Oz's overseas performances over any other team anywhere anytime. Bear in mind we won a Champions Trophy in India a few years back & won W/Cups in India, England, Sth Africa & WIndies, we also made the Final in the subcontinent in 96. @5wombats - great to see you are back, I thought you may of been unwell after that incident in the UAE.

  • 5wombats on March 5, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @Narbavi on (March 05 2012, 08:51 AM GMT) with india dumped out of the CB finals by Aus and SL it may suit your purposes to talk about india's so called "achievements" in the last 10 years - (we can't think of any off hand though). @Narbavi - why don't you tell us about india's magnificent achievements in the last 10 months? Especially the wonderful record of team india away from home. Pick any format you like. Or does india's "incredible" past 10 years in some way excuse what happened to them in the past 10 months? Your posts are the embodiment of sour grapes and bad sportsmanship. Time for india followers like you to read the scoreboard and then be quiet and sit down.

  • Bruisers on March 5, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Come 13th March, INDIA will pip SRI LANKA once again and silence the big mouths over here..

  • Urajapakse on March 5, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Guys on both sides,

    Please behave like a 'mature, civilize ones. This is just a 'cricket game'. We both should be able to stomach a win & a defeat in the same way.

    Do not show your ugly side to the whole world.

    There are enough & more other problems, both in Sri Lanka & India to be solved.

  • RNikh on March 5, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @biggus-I agree with what you say, but that's the way Warner plays, he is pretty obviously a high risk cricketer, and yes, his bottom hand surely does take over, and also he has played better, but this innings was class. He paced it to perfection, don't forget he played the latter half with bad cramps... I'm sure with time you too will be convinced he is a future great! It is also a fine line between gayle and Warner, which I personally think Warner is on top.

  • maddy20 on March 5, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @gabrialgihan Should SL lose this it will be their 5th consecutive series loss WC, Eng,Pak, SA being the other ones. Since you are also gonna lose the Asia cup anyway , that would be a double hat-trick for ya!

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @gabrialgihan: when you didnt bother answering about ur team's overseas record then why should we even discuss about whitewashes here?? lol u talk about australia?? u guys were whitewashed by the same aussies in 2004 that too when they played in ur own backyard!! WHITEWASHED AT HOME!! ha ha ha!!

  • supadupamonk on March 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    HusseyForever: My friend dont talk as if the Aus team is the best team....first of all you guys have to prove that by playing outside Aus especially in the subcontinent...this applies to all the team....u jus cant say ur the best by winning matches at home.....did u c what happened to England team??? they looked almost invincible at home and at the moment they travelled to subcontinent they got slaughtered same thing happened to Ind....

  • Wallaroo on March 5, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Thank you Mr Warner, Australia played well and did the necessary work. The Davids topped the charts, Warner with his batting and Hussey was great with the ball. C'mon Aussie this series is yours for the taking.

  • gabrialgihan on March 5, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Narbavi how about if we talk about white washes?india is about to become a hattrick hero of white washes lol

  • gabrialgihan on March 5, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Venki_indian mate this is a one day international and srilanka and australia is playing why would indians even bother to comment here.. and why would you talk about test cricket?and yea you make me laugh asking about the test series wins when you are defending a hattrick of white washes lol

  • zenboomerang on March 5, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @csowmi7... You & many posters in recent articles all "assume" that Adelaide (AO) will be a belter... 2 ODI matches - highest score 270 with least overs bowled 49.4 ... Neither SL or Oz have won at AO this series... Saw 19 wkts fall for under 250 runs in a Ryobi cup game recently - Dutchy (Holland - spinner) picked up a bag of wkts... By comparison the Gabba & Bellerive were true belters... Either team who bats 1st will get a spinning advantage in the 2nd innings...

  • csowmi7 on March 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka's bowling is largely dependent on Malinga. When he fails you can bet the opposition will score 300+. Next match should be good because Adelaide is similar to sub continental pitches.

  • JG2704 on March 5, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @karn on (March 05 2012, 01:55 AM GMT) TBH , I have not watched all this series - too many games and at unsocial hours in Eng. I take on board what you're saying but wasn't that just in one match? I guess in any series where 3 teams are fairly evenly matched there are going to be game changing points whereby the losing team can cite poor decisions etc. The truth is that India only won 3 out of 8 matches and would only have won 4 if the game you were on about did go India's way and even then there were another 4 matches which India had the opportunity of winning. I'm not inc you in this but the way some are talking you'd have thought India were the best in the tournament.

  • JG2704 on March 5, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (March 05 2012, 02:19 AM GMT) Ok , fair play. But you were on the Eng/Pak threads voicing your support for Pak which is the opposite on this thread

  • JG2704 on March 5, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @Harry_Kool on (March 05 2012, 00:43 AM GMT) Agreed. You do however find that certain folk don't accept ICC rankings unless their team are top of them

  • Chris_P on March 5, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    isildur_elendilson. How long do you think your world cup will carry you? The fact is you have been flogged over here and in England in the one dayers and your team is still persisiting with carrying the old guard. Not sure about umpiring decisions? You will have to elaborate. The same umpire does both teams, decisions are both favourable and unfavourable. If you have ever played cricket at a competitive level you would know that. Yes you won the world cup, good for you, but we have moved on a year from that.

  • Harry_Kool on March 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    @isildur_elendilson . Not sure what that has to do with anything. India won it as they were the best team over that period of time. Same as when we won it 86/87. No way did we ever imagine we were the best. We were about 5th best maybe worse, but at that point of time we happened to have clicked. My point, Australia has been the top of the ODI rankings for over 10 years. Help me understand how that constitues an "oridnary team"? Shakes my head.

  • gabrialgihan on March 5, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @Vijay51982 yes mate we saw the way you guys chased the big total against australia in this hall summer...

  • on March 5, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    AUSTRALIA WO THE FIRST FINAL BUT STILL FUL CREDIT TO SRI LANKA FOR MAKING THE MATCH OUT OF IT.AT ONE STAGE THEY WERE 144-6 IN CHASING 321

  • on March 5, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @JasonPete, Hi Jason I hope you are a true blue Aussie? If that is correct you know very well about Trans Tasman Rivalry especially in Rugby. Indian fans and Sl fans have somewhat love hate relationship. They don't mean much. This is very similar to you guys and the Kiwis. Indian fans may say nasty things but on the other hand they want SL to win the cup. Did you listen to Sangas speech after the last world cup?. These guys are neighbors and brothers. This is just a friendly rivalry among neighbors. Just ignore Jason, bit of fun and banter. Enjoy the cricket. Cricket lovely cricket. Good luck to both the teams tomorrow.

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    @ Ahamed Afker : you are talking about the last 7 or 8months about just one tour!! i'm talking about the tours that both the countries have been making over the last say 8 or 10yrs!! u just tell me how many test matches in total have you won outside lanka and for heaven sake exclude bangladesh here!! i will tel you what, over the last decade we have won test series in england newzealand westindies and pakistan and drew test series in srilanka south africa and australia too!! now you say!!

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    @ Rooboy: ridiculous!! i never asked about the record of the aussies did i? i questioned about lanka and not australia for ur kind info!!

  • Sakthiivel on March 5, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @yorkslanka : IPL is an Indian domestic tournament and we dont need foreign auditions by any means.

  • Gamaraala on March 5, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    wow, I posted here thrice and all are omitted. how come?

  • derpherp on March 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Good work boys keep it up, and i think im the only Aussie on this site....

  • on March 5, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @SR_Band ...

    CB Series 2008 .. SRL just managed to win 2 games. Also CB Series 2012 -- Who concedes 320 Runs in just 37 Odd Overs ?...

    I m in fact feeling Happy for Australia .. They have a chance to win the Home - Tri Series after 6 years since there's no serious competition to them in the finals

  • on March 5, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    well played !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jonesy2 on March 5, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    heathrf1974 ----- what?!! haha. they have never not been the best side in the world. never. i dont understand what you comment means unless you were being sarcastic at which point i would say well done very amusing

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    @johnathonjoseph: for ur kind info u didn't kick us out ok?? u won only once and lost twice to us, coz of losing 3games to aus we failed, and if i can just remind you further more, your team got trashed in the last cb series, losing all 4games to the aussies and twice to us, u won only one game and finished on a meagre 6points making it one of the boring tournaments ever!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Playing catchup and fighting hard in the process doesn't count boys; winning is the icing on the cake! Amundsen went to the South pole and returned safe without a fuss, but Scots ill conceived expedition failed and all perished. Does it serve to make him a hero? Perhaps it does up to a point, but nothing is as sweet as the trophy. So let us stop boasting about how hard our boys fight, and stress the importance of winning.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 5, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    It might sound absurd, but Lasith Malinga lost Sri Lanka this match with both the ball and the bat. If he could have only put bat on ball and gave Prasad the strike, who knew what could have happened. Instead, he ate up 6 balls and got out for only 1 run. His bowling was taken to the cleaners today too (were some inside edges and some wicket taking balls, but all in all he was smashed)

  • Pundhiya on March 5, 2012, 3:41 GMT

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    As one of the Board official snapped: "We can't have VIRGIN written on our shirts, when we're getting screwed in every match"!

  • on March 5, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @Narbavi True SL were all out 82 in ENG 43 in SA it can happen any team in any day.Even IND were all out for just 54 runs with SL once.You ask other than subcontinent where SL win test matches. We won Test matches in WIN,ENG,NZ and SA. Can you say no to this?..I want to ask one question in ENG recently we lost 1-0 (3Test series),ODI lost (3-2) and SA we lost Test (2-1) and ODI lost (3-2) but whereas IND in ENG lost in Test (4-0) and ODI lost were (3-0) and IND in AUS in test lost (4-0). ODI lost with AUS (3-1)Now tell me who have a better record. In total SL Test record were 6 played win 1 and lost 3 and 2 Draws. Where as IND played 8 lost 8. At the same time in ODI SL palyed 15 win 7 and lost 8 whereas IND played 7 win 1 and lost 6 with ENG & AUS. What would you say about that?...Who is the best in recent time?..

  • on March 5, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Sorry to burst adlkjas's bubble. But the gap between Australia and the rest of the one day teams is not that much. India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England and South Africa have very good sides these days. I agree a 100% with vk6848' views. Y.day I believe Sri Lanka played with 10 players. Lasith Malinga has been off the ball last few matches and his dismal performance has led to an otherwise different result. Lasith in form is always good. But if he's out of form, i think he should be replaced. He gave too much runs and scored less runs when batting. It wasn't rocket science. Get one run and give it to Prasad. Lasith was not in the same game as the rest of the team. Hope the next match will be as good as y.day's one. But seriously Lasith should be replaced. Even if the replacement fails it would make no difference. All SL needs is a bowler with less than 7 an overs to cover Lasith.

  • Rooboy on March 5, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    @Narbavi - you sound like you're taking india's shocking summer down under a bit too hard. Let your anger go. As for your question - 'in which countries other than the subcontinent have you won test matches??' - Aus won a test in SA just a few months ago and drew the series, Aus always win at least one test every time they go to England and NZ, Aus have won 3 out of their last 4 tours of WI with one drawn series, and they won a test (would have been two if not for weather) in SL a few months ago too. So yeah, Aus win tests overseas, thanks for asking. What's your point? @sunny_18 - do you realise how ridiculous you sound? Calling Aus cowards because india were not good enough to make the finals? Suggesting Aus are afraid to face a team they have dominated all summer, thinking Aus prefer to face SL who have done much better against them? Do you live in reverse world, because your comments make no sense in the real world!

  • HusseyForever on March 5, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Great efforts by Srilankan lower order. It definitely deserves accolades and too bad they ended up on losing side. Hope to have another cracker of a match at Adelaide. Good we don't have Indians in the final who would have made final matches pretty boring.

  • on March 5, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Malinga should be dropped for the next match( ask him to fake an injury!).Play welagedera instead.All the top order batsmen get out to silly' udabat' shots.How many timed have Mahela & Sanga thrown their wickets away? Its disgusting.Also why is Herath underbowled? Congrats to him for that fantastic catch.Peter NZ

  • rahulcricket007 on March 5, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @JG2704 . I M TALKING ABOUT ODIS NOT TEST MATCHES . VISHA _PB SAID PAK WILL THRASH INDIA IN ASIA CUP WHICH IS AN ODI TOURNAMENT . OK .ALSO I SAY THE TRUTH ABOUT PAK BATTING . I ACCEPT PAK BOWLERS ARE MUCH SUPERIOR THAN INDIAN BOWLERS BUT THERE BATTING IS VULNERABLE ON BOTH SUBCONTINENT & OVERSEAS WKTS .AT LEAST INDIAN TEAM IS GOOD ON FLAT TRACKS .

  • SR_Band on March 5, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Poor Indians..! as a Sri Lankan I am really happy if Indians can forget their sadness of thinking about Aus win.. at least they had something to cheer about, didn't have to wait soo long.. sad part is country which has more than 1.21bn people can not find 11 players who can at least qualify for the finals...

  • skepticaloptimist on March 5, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    @JG2704 - Agreed. There's no excuse for India to miss out on the finals. They lost because they lost 3/4 games to Aussies and failed to win a similar number against SL. And yes, whoever thinks Australia purposely avoided India in finals, is being silly (although, in retrospect, India has built a reasonable record against the Aussies in recent knockout games). I think what is putting most Indian fans off is, in that game vs the Aussies, fairness wasn't shown by the officials. While Hussey's case was rather ambiguous (although clearly out in terms of rules, but I do believe he was genuinely protecting himself), Tendulkar's was too, and in the spirit of the game, he shouldn't have been given out because Lee was standing in his way. Not to say that Lee intentionally did so, or Tendulkar would have definitely won the game for India. However, the situation could have been handled better by the umpires. It's not just Tendulkar, but any batsman shouldn't be given out that way ... any.

  • vk6848 on March 5, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    SL lost to the better side yesterday but also because their batsmen were busy 'playing themselves in' while the most hittable bowlers were bowling-- as if they would thrash the top bowlers later. Well, they can't and they did not, but in the process they gave no chance to those coming in later. Teams have to learn to keep it going ALL THE WHILE when chasing big totals, not forgetting which bowlers will come later!

  • csowmi7 on March 5, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Last I checked India have lost only a single test at home since 2005. Ricky Ponting's record in India is appalling compared to SRT's record in Australia, SA and England. Seems like fast bowling is supposed to be a finer art than spin bowl.

  • isildur_elendilson on March 5, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    @Harry_Kool : who's got the world cup? didn't get umpiring assistance this time around for winning the world cup? LMAO :D

  • csowmi7 on March 5, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    the tracks in India may be flat but they are conducive to spin bowling. If our wickets are so flat then why doesnt every team who visit India just roll us over and score over 700? Its because teams like England and Australia are poor against quality spin bowling wheras the Indians are strong against it. Its perfectly fine for England and Australia to get whitewashed in India but when it gets the other way round when our team is struggling we're known as flat track bullies Learn how to play spin first before calling us flat track bullies.

  • on March 5, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I think ideal ODI squad going forward would be: Wade, Warner, Watson, Forrest, Clarke, D.Hussey, M.Hussey, Patterson, Hilfenhaus, Lee, Starc, M. Marsh & Doherty... Once clarkes back is 100% wouldnt even bother with doherty if huss and pup can bowl as good as him. Maybe if they find a young spinner. No reason why Michael Hussey should be in team either, great player but he is 38 and he and his brother do the same thing with the bat, huss should retire, focus on tests

  • Tusker17 on March 5, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Hey, how come my comments get omitted all the time ?

  • Bruisers on March 5, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @Solid_Snake - The Pakistani spinners struggled to get wickets of a weak spin-playing team like England in ODIs and that too in your very 'home'. LOL.. And why don't we look at Pakistani 'fast' bowlers.. Aizaz Cheema ? That guy will get hit to all parts of the stadium by even Bangla Under-19 batsmen.. Hahaha. And some bowler called Junaid Khan.... Hahaha most wayward bowler I have seen in a very long time.. These so called best fast-bowlers don't even deserve to play international cricket.. And Pakistan fans boast of their pace attack!! LOL what a joke..!

  • AdoSR on March 5, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    This was a match between two good (if not great) teams, SL and Australia. Why are there so many comments about India? Some Indian fans really embarass their country. India aren't in the finals because they didn't win enough games, simple. Now sit back and enjoy the finals or don't watch. Your choice. But please keep your insults to yourself. They serve no purpose here. Well done SL on a great fightback. As an Australian fan I was more than concerned.

  • Biggus on March 5, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    @Kavum-No worries mate. It really was a tremendous game and your guys gave us a hell of a fright wheh it looked like we had the game all sewn up. I know it's a cliche but cricket really was the winner. ODI's are dying they say......I don't think so!

  • bMike on March 5, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Though the way India got thrashed in England had already proved that India is a big flat track bully, during last 3 months India proved the same thing again by getting thrashed 90% times they played on bouncy & fast wickets in Australia. SL chased down 300+ twice & won two matches in South Africa just before coming to Australia & Lankan batsmen performed so well on bouncy, fast tracks in Aus by reaching 285+ runs at every time they played on that kind of tracks at Brisbane and Hobart in Aus throughout CB series. So no doubt SL have great batsmen who can perform everywhere in the world and India's poor performances on bouncy tracks in England and Australia prove how pathetic their batting outside sub continents & no wonder genuine fans call them as flat track bullies

  • Harry_Kool on March 5, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    @heathrf1974 "Australia have a lot of work to do to be considered a quality one day side"? So sitting at the top of the ODI rankings for so long, beating all countries in their backyards and all with a transitioning phase doesn't cut it for you? I would like to see what your expectations of your side are!!! LOL

  • liontheway on March 5, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    It is a good team effort. However, you have got some experience, and you can still beat the Australians. WE are not late yet, there are two matches, and you can give your best. Fun is over, and we are on the business. We have beaten them several times in this tournament, this was a one man show. Do your best, we are proud of you. Go Sri Lanka Go!

  • adlkjas on March 4, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Great work aussies!!! dont care about the margin of the win and keep winning games like before.

  • on March 4, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Great fightback from SL. I switched off half-way thinking it was all over. The pace and bounce of Brisbane will not be there in Adelaide though, so I think Australia will have a tougher time of it there. Good replacements for SL in yesterday's match as well - where has Prasad been all these games? Good genuine pace, ability to swing, and he is accurate to boot. Very impressed, and geared up for 2nd final.

  • adlkjas on March 4, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    go home sirlanka!!!!Cause u r not going to win.The Aussies are great.

  • Ajayvs on March 4, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    To all my Indian Fans, Please dont let yourself down,The best two teams in the tournament are in the finals,let them fight it out. For Indian team it is a rebuilding phase,let us concentrate on setting things right at our end.

  • MH19 on March 4, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Great fight back by the Sri Lankans. I travelled all the way from New Zealand to melbourne to watch the team and was really worth the trip with a terrfic match and the Aussie papers were saying first time in history Australia plays underdogs to a visiting team in the tri series and that is Sri Lanka. mahela captained beautifully very strategic that won the match in melbourne and never forgetting the Sri Lankan colourful and noisy crowd that backed the team to the hilt and the atmostphere was amazing and will never regret.I realised how much our Cricket team and the crickerters mean to us that unify the country and its people with a huge smile on their faces irrespective religion,cast or the race or the gender.Great to see SL giving the chance to the bench at Gabba worth trying as we have to come hard tomorrow.

  • heathrf1974 on March 4, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Heroic effort by SL. Australia still have a lot of work to do to be considered a quality ODI side.

  • vk6848 on March 4, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Jayawardena has to stop playing that silly shot- how many times can one get out to a shot which will at best give you one run (or catching practice for slips/keeper)? Also SL cannot say they are missing Perera/Mathews-- the replacements did much better; Mathews plays for his average and Perera can be hit and miss (true Tharanga is not great but Prasad gives it all)

  • Hyderabadi_Nawab on March 4, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Fantastic fight back by the Lankan lower order, Adelaide should be a great one as well. Indians must be left wondering "what if..."

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on March 4, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Guess Sri Lanka hasn't won anything since their glory days with Murali. They badly need to win this tournament after getting thrashed by pakistan.

  • gandharibr on March 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @BaluMekka, I said 'either' it is a flat track or the bowlers are horrible. If it not a flat track, then bowling was horrible which allowed both the teams to make 300+ scores. In anyway, every team has some strong and some weak areas.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 4, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    @Narbavi ... Wow a lot of hate from an Indian fan. Relax, if we can score 300+ at the Gabba, we definitely are not flat track bullies (even though 2 bowlers and a Number 6 scored the bulk of our runs lol). I've talked with many Sri Lankans, and nobody really cares whether we win the Finals or not. Kicking India out of the tournament is the Sri Lankan Teams' goal for every tournament. Its like the semifinals in the World Cup. Indian supporters didn't care if they won/lost the Final as long as they kicked Pakistan out in the semifinals. And honestly, with 2 HUGE injuries in the last 2 matches, and a 3-1 record against Australia in the Group Stages, the Sri Lankans really have nothing more to prove

  • johnathonjosephs on March 4, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Lanka really missing out on Matthews and Perera. Would have been interesting if they were there instead of Tharanga and Prasad. Not a new story for Sri Lanka though. They are unbeatable until they get to the Finals, and thats where they lose. I can bet safely that Sri Lanka will make the Asia Cup Finals, but they won't win. I think I have found that answer to that debacle. Knowing many Sri Lankans, after they get to a Final/goal, they drink like thirsty camels. Sure enough, today they really looked Hungover. Great effort to make 300 at the Gabba for a non-Australian team. Only India and South Africa has made over 300, and Sri Lanka's score today was the highest for a non-Australian team. Hopefully hangovers will go away by the next Final

  • --.-- on March 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Also, since both teams got 300+ & India was NOT playing so track can NEVER be flat. It was BOUNCY and FAST.

  • --.-- on March 4, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    @ All....If Matthews and Perera were playing, SL would have achieved the target in even less than 25 overs. They both are (especially Perera) World's most feared batsmen.

  • srisri on March 4, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    144/6 to 306? Looks like the Lankans have the most determined lower order in the world. They always put a big fight if not pulling it out. Its a shame the top order is letting them time and again.Mahela should stop talking & start scoring. Being Indian fan I would have loved to see them in final, but this was a very good game of cricket.

  • Smithie on March 4, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Given that Srinivasan's India have ingloriously returned to their beloved flat tracks why are the finals not using DRS like all modern international games of cricket ?

  • cricveda on March 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    I was shocked to see australian bowlers not bowling slow balls in powerplays experienced bowler like bret lee was nicely giving the ball to hit ....only watson and david hussey bowled slow they got rewards... its not easy playing medium pace in these big grounds.... medium pace bowling is the secret behind srilankan success because all of their bowlers except malinga are medium class

  • sk12 on March 4, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Aus really need to improve their death bowling.. they had no business letting SL score so much, nevrmind how well Kula and Tharanga batted. And whats with all this immature fan bashing? I must say, it does provide good comic relief though lol. pretty sure these 'fans' would themselves have a good laugh when they read these few years down the line. From the Ind point of view, one good thing in not qualifying is that our player's would get an extra week's rest (badly needed for the old legs). Would you believe there's another Ind-SL match coming up next week?

  • on March 4, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    proud the way you fought guys. good luck for the rest!

  • Dilruksh on March 4, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    as an indian i feel ahamed of my self......da way v insulted da lankans aftr their loss in hobart.....but todays performance from sri lanka ws superb...tell u frankly india would have been all out by 200 or less....sri lankans never give up....n this performance was without mathews and perera....their tail enders played really well...specialy kulasekara....where india cannot maintain their batting...sehwag raina rohit sachin jadeja.....wut a shame...pls indians learn frm them to win matches away....

  • JG2704 on March 4, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    @Dushyant Garg on (March 04 2012, 06:08 AM GMT) Vijay51982 on (March 04 2012, 07:35 AM GMT) You sound a little paranoid there. Truth is if India had won most of their matches they'd have been in the final. Why would Australia want to avoid a team they pretty much owned in the test series.Grapes at their very sourest@ Devendra Yadav on (March 04 2012, 06:16 AM GMT) You too. And you still believe in that fairytail inns from ST?

  • JG2704 on March 4, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (March 04 2012, 07:48 AM GMT) You obviously must have forgotten Warner's tons in the CLT20 and the blitz vs India in the last test series. Also Gayle must be at least on a par with all those you mentioned. Also re your post to @VISHA_PB on (March 04 2012, 09:44 AM GMT) They (Pak) have most recently won test matches from losing positions. You might remember it as you were on the Eng/Pak threads - when Ind were struggling in the last test series in Aus - championing Pak as your brothers/neighbours or whatever. Funny how times/situations change

  • JG2704 on March 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Re the game - Particular fair play to Warner , who some wanted dropped. Also fair play to the SL lower order for making a good fist of it. I think the SL scorecard tells it's own story of where they lost momentum.When Jayawardene went they were going at 8 rpo and when Dilshan went they were going at 7.5. Then for the next wicket they went at less than 5 and the 4th wkt partnership was about 4RPO , then Thirimanne and Tharanga put on 10 juns in just over 4 overs. I remember Lee bowling a maiden during that period and while you must give Lee credit you also have to critcise the batsmen for letting the runrate required build up. I thought at one point Kulasekara and Prasad were going to pull it off and fair play to them for getting so close. Can I just also add , how sad it is that we get so many garbage gloating comments - from SL fans when SL qualified at India's expense and now from Indian fans when SL lose today. Isn't it about time some of these people grew up and learnt some respect

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Gr8 run chase by the lankan .... it was hitting with ease by Kulasekara

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Dont froget all Indian fans,India met Australia last 9 times You win only 3 times and lost 6 times.Sri Lanka met Australia last 10 times we won 7 times and lost 3 times.We are not weak opponents than India to against Australia.Good luck Sri Lanka.

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    It was so close in the end.. but what a fight back by lanka. Still 2 matches to go , you guys do this... Go lanka gooo - from Pakistan.

  • Kavum on March 4, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @Biggus Respect. From a Sri Lankan fan (not fanatic).

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    some tailenders will have some good day of hitting and the teams may come close to their target, that doesn't mean that the whole team played well. SL played to their level but they neither have that much talent nor win big tournaments.

  • Narbavi on March 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @WannaBeRusta: nice try dude!! but u never answered my question!! if u want recent performances, do u want me to remind u getting all out for 82 against england and a meagre 43 against southafrica just a month ago?? i am not trying to bring in past laurels here, what i'm saying is u guys have no business to question our overseas record specially when ur own overseas record is utter nonsense!! or should i even mention the word 'record' here.... u tel me what sort of an overseas record do u guys posses?? in which countries other than the subcontinent have you won test matches??

  • wjkalana on March 4, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Well Indian supporters, please dont comment here this is a game btw SL vs australia, @rahulcricket007 I m glad that u understood the reality, hats off to you. GABA is a fast track it was one heck of a game, apparently SL did do the home work for fast bowlers but forgot abt david hussy and shane watson. SL will come back strongly in next game. Thats why theres 3 finals in this tournament. Scoring 320 in 37 overs and getting a bonus point doesn't mean anything after conceding 4 bonus points and playing bad cricket in the entire tournament. After all its just a one match. Last I check India lost to australia 110 runs in this ground. SL only lost by 15 runs so they are equally matched teams. If we had perera and mathews things could have been different, but those things we cant control. I can think if India were 144 for 6 they would be budled out less than 200. As we saw in the previous games. Just enjoy the games btw SL vs Aus. It showed that 50 over cricket is not dead yet.

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    @SL fans, you guys are really harsh on indian fans. Winning a game doesnt mean u are the best. Respect other teams, how many series have you guys won overseas. Each team has its own strength. Infact most Indian fans supported SL rather than Aus today. Think about that. Its a shame.

  • GreenGoat on March 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    great game SL, though a bit more fire from bowling and top order (it was a good pitch) was expected. anyway, no excuses pls, and well played Aussies. hope we win the next one or go down fighting.

    @indian fans - lets not get ahead of ourselves, even if Aus preferred SL over Ind as their foes in the final, they will never throw a game. in fact, they are the LAST possible team to ever come to mind to not play at 100% for strategic reasons. u have the best batting lineup in the world, and SL fans have always been strongly behind Ind and Pak when u guys play others.. maybe the world cup has made these friendly relations a bit rough in the last few years (we wanted to win too, u know) and maybe its the attitude of some indian fans who diss our team all the time - this brings out the worst in SL supporters too, so my apologies for some of the nastier undeserved things said.

  • Biggus on March 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @RNikh-I am not given to hyperbole or hero worship mate, I'm a little to old for that. When I say he has done 'well' that is indeed a compliment but he was probably lucky to have been selected today. He will have secured his place for a while with his score in this match but if you watched the innings closely you will have noticed that he had a fair bit of luck go his way. Early on he looked awful and appeared to be trying to hit the ball too hard. His footwork was poor and his bottom hand was taking over. Until Wade was dismissed he was the one who really looked threatening. Warner is a high risk player, and could easily have dragged the second ball of the match back on to his stumps. There were perhaps another dozen lucky breaks for him as well. I've seen him play far better, but such is the fine line between success and failure. Is he the most dangerous short form player in the world? I think Chris Gayle probably deserves that title. Time will tell where Warner rates. Wait and see.

  • cute_vela on March 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @ indian fans.. many of our lankan fans our harsh to indians..but it is bcoz of ur last victory..most of the indian supports were making fun of lankan players and really their comments made lankans to repeat the same... i accept..india played very well..they have many great batsmen but they ddnt perform well all over..i always feel tat they are the only team capable of batting 300+ in every game..coz they had and have best batsmans but they fail to prove many times.. and on hobart they were at thr best.. but Sri lanan teams s playing very well and they are improving in each match.. all the 3 teams are gud..so stop Arguing and suppot ur team.. sorry for the harch comments from lankans and i wish indian fans the same.. LOVE UR TEAM..SUPPORT UR TEAM..AND ALSO RESPECT OTHER TEAMS.....

  • abhinav_t on March 4, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    it was thrilling victory by australians despite sri lankans heroics.All praise to australian skipper michael clarke. Sri lanka now has a very good chance to win the 2 finals.

  • Balumekka on March 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    @gandharibr: Those who can score on bouncy tracts do score well on bouncy tracts. If both teams score 300+ that does not necessarily mean that the wicket is flat. Dont judge teams play well on bouncy tracts based on pre-assumptions made by looking at teams that score only on flat tracts!

  • WannaBeRusta on March 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @narbavi - We have flat tracks, but we are not bullies. You and I both know a team whose batsman are like rabbits under a flashlight when on bouncy tracks. And importantly banking on past laurels wont take you anywhere. If we talk about the past, remember the results of the last 8 tests on pace friendly wickets?

  • gandharibr on March 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Bouncy track? really? both the teams made 300+. It is either a flat track or the bowling is horrible than india's.

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    The ultimate purpose of a sporting contest is to showcase the beauty of the game and the skills of the players. In that sense this has been a win for both teams and all lovers of this wonderful game. On a personal note I am happy that my favorite format has redeemed itself and a player I admire very much- Kula- gave a great performance.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    After watching this brilliant come back by the Lankans, even though they fell short of few runs, ensures me that the next two games will be very exciting & lankan lions will pick up the trophy. It's never easy for an asian team to win games against Aussies in Aus, yet the lions make it look easy. The momentum is with them......

  • amna91 on March 4, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    srilanka played dug cricket without their two main allrounders.. i hope mathew will play next final.. srilanka will win next final.... i m 200% confident...

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Very well played Sri Lanka. I wish them success in the second final!

  • Cricet_Fan on March 4, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    SL played really well today and hats off to the resilience they showed but honestly i feel lankans dont have the x factor in them to win the finals of major tournaments. They play well and it seems the maximum result they can achieve is reaching the finals but never winning it. Proof is 2007 and 2011 world cups, 2009 t20 world cup. Somehow they just dont have that extra bit to cross the line...may be its psycological. I feel Indian and Pakistani teams have that x factor where they can win major tournaments if they reach the finals...As forthe Indian team i think they have somehow lost the fighting spirit and the commitment after winning the world cup....Indian team can achieve stonishing results like the one at hobart if they are really determined but it seems the world cup euphoria for them is still not over!

  • Balumekka on March 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Guys please stop this baseless IND vs SL debates! Whoever plays good cricket should be appreciated. SL fans, please do not criticize Indian team. They are out of the series now and had a tough tour in Aus. Give them a break. Indian fans, please give the due respect for Sri Lankans, as they are playing well as team. Congrats Aussies for winning the 1st final. However, SL's fighting spirit has been amazing. With the absence of key allrounders, Angi and Thisara still they nearly chased the score. Kula stepped up and got the responsibility at the correct time. This SL team looks a very very strong team.

  • Master_Mihil on March 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    I watched the full highlights, both teams look flat. may be travelling from melbourne to brisbane has taken it's tall. Good thing they decided to play both last finals in Adelaid. I predict a boring match on tuesday. There should be a little break between finals.

  • Narbavi on March 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    What kind of tracks do u lankans have in ur country?? bouncy sporting wickets?? all of the world's top batting records have been set in insane pitches that u provide, u call us flat track bullies?? tell me the record of ur batsmen outside the sub continent!! atleast we fought and scored 15pts in this series..how many points u managed in the last CB series?? and we won the finals 2-0!! will u win atleast one game in the finals??

  • cham204 on March 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    To all Indian fans

    You guys have a grate players and a good team that can beat any team. However, you haven't played well and not consistent in this tournament. Win or loose, you need to back your team. No team can win all the matches!!! Please understand that. Also, you guys should lean to appreciate other teams when they are doing well.

    So, I think Srilanka done well to come this far. Win or loose from this point onwards, it really does not matter to us. We back our team to the max and will be with them what ever the result would be.

    SL fans : please do not put out bad comments about our neighbors.

    PLEASE ENJOY THE CRICKET AT THE MOMENT.

  • on March 4, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @Rawlonski - Yeah, mate. We are your easy beats in Australia just as you guys are our's in India. The fact is all teams are just exploiting their home conditions ... England: whitewashes India in England and gets whitewashed in India. Australia's record in their last two series in India is played 6, lost 4, won 0. India's: played 8, lost 5, won 1. It's clear, teams are just cashing in on their home advantage. No need to jump around, really.

  • binojpeter on March 4, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Congrats SL for the fighting spirit shown. Kulasekhara has time and again proved his value as an alrounder. Hope SL stick with him in more matches. If SL can check the flow of runs, I think they can beat Australia in next two matches and lift the cup.

  • FAB_ALI on March 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Australia should be disappointed, they should have won by 150 not 15. Hope they will be more clinical on Tuesday and will completely outplay the so called lions!

  • RoshanF on March 4, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Great fightback by Sri Lanka. but what rotten luck to have two key individuals unfit for the first final - Matthews and Thissara Perera were hot. And even more tough when handed 03 matches in 06 days. And after Friday night's rousing and hard fought win, it was obvious that the bowlers and fielders weren't quite upto it - much commented on by the commentators too. Surely the finals could have been scheduled with a two day break. And then there was the damning sight on scoreboard of the Duckworth/Lewis score needed at the end of each over during the Sri Lankan run chase. Absolutely no doubt this was what led to the dismissal of the assured looking Tharanga. who had to find the boundaries to keep with the D/L score as the threat of rain was there. As did not rain eventually, and had Tharanga continued batting with calm, letting Prasad to take of the hitting SL may well have won. Even without that, had Prasad been allowed more of the strike by both Herath and Malinga, SL may have won.

  • T.R.GHANCHI on March 4, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    I am a Pakistani, but I have always admired the spirits of Lanka and their fans. They were amazing today and almost achieved the impossible. If only Mathews would have been playing, lanka would have taken this game. Still two games to go, its still anybodys game. GO GO LANKAAA!

  • on March 4, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    cricket is just a game....we had a blast....win or lose we booze..:D

  • Aju.Nair on March 4, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Congrats to Warner...he made the difference...good to see another all rounder shaping up "Nuwan Kulashekhara"..just to remind you all..2 years back he had the no.1 ranking in ODI's (bowling)....but still not getting proper attention from everyone..I could see in IPL auctions also , in the begining no teams showed interest in picking him..all the best Kulasekhara....expecting this as a turning point in your career...

  • bMike on March 4, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Congrats Australia!!! good fight by SL. In this tournament Sri Lanka scored around 300 runs at every time they played on bouncy wickets which are suitable for fast bowlers. They got 306 at Brisbane in this match also they got 289 against India at Brisbane(also got 283/7 chasing down Aus at Hobart , scored 321 at Hobart with India) So they already proved they are not at all flat track bullies. India were struggled on these bouncy wickets and only managed to score 178 & 238 at Brisbane. India were also thrashed badly on bouncy, fast wickets throughout the test series. After being in Aus for more than 3 months India again proved that they are flat track bullies but in few days SL proved that they are not flat track bullies

  • exynos on March 4, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @SL FANS Please don't criticize this Indian team.They played well against us.Accept it.

  • RNikh on March 4, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    @biggus-Warner did win Australia the first final! Nobody can take that away from him!! So you guys, pl discuss Australia's selection, but pl do keep in mind that Warner has this nack of scoring big runs on big days, like he did today!

  • Romenevans on March 4, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    All credit goes the Sri Lanka to make a match out of a dead slaughter. Well done guys. Respect!

  • miles100 on March 4, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I think Kulasekera gave our top order batsmen the lesson of importance of keeping the wickets and bowlers like Malinga the confidence to play well in the next final. Our batsmen should now play the natural game as our tail is very solid. Malinga must stop trying over pitched yorkers. Because in Aussie wickets you can take wickets when you hit the deck with movement & pace variations with the right fielding set. Hope Malinga will pitch the ball to the salmon of the pitch more often like Ian Healey says.

  • Kavum on March 4, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Well done Aussies. David Warner was lucky at times but what a knock! You beauty! It would have been shattering for him if the saggy greens had lost. Just imagine how Dilly felt after scoring 160 against India and ending on the losing side. Second time for him (oddly also against India). But no shame for SL as they fought back well and showed courage and character. Also emphasizes the need for one/two of the top 5 or 6 to get a biggie. Never mind a slow start but you need to keep going until the end. Today Sanga should have stuck around until the 45th. But all this is in the past. Adelaide is the future. Hope for an entertaining match and a Sri Lankan win. BTW India was also good enough to play in the finals. It was just the luck of the draw and marginally better showing from the Lankans at critical moments. Don't think Dhoni and the boys need feel bad at all as they were very good at times. The chase of 320 to win against SL in 36 overs was magical. The CB Series: fantastic.

  • Sakthiivel on March 4, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Great News as Kula getting into the form and Malinga losing his form. CSK should play Kula in as much match as possible and Love to see MI plan, with out form Malinga, Every one getting a piece of him. CSK adding one more allrounder into the team where all in form.

  • sathish008 on March 4, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Aussie will win CB series this tuesday.

  • onebump on March 4, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Our Kula almost did aKholi! ;) ok let's not trash the Inidians and vice versa. Let's talk proper cricket without the rubbish. Think our guys will come back strongly in the next one. The bowlers without two regular guys and also recovering from the Kholi experience and the high pressure match on Friday to qualify. Malinga should go all crazy on that tonker Warner and Wade.

  • WishIndiaImprove on March 4, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Congrts Auss... Great Job SL. You fought like real Lion... Indian needs to learn from here...They know how to fight but they are not interested in fighting because they are confident that they will not get dropped. I would like to get a job in BCCI or in Indian team. No need to work!!! :)

  • Mahaanama on March 4, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Congratulations to both teams for their performances. I'm impressed so the way SL came back. Brisbane & Hobart are fast & bouncy wickets & every time SL played in these fast & bouncy wickets they have managed to put big scores on the board. 289/6 (50 ov) at Brisbane , 283/7 (49.2 ov) at Hobart, 320/4(50 ov) at Hobart & 306 at Brisbane today. On the other hand out of all matches India played at Hobart & Brisbane(fast & bouncy wickets ) India managed to go pass 300 only once at Hobart but in all other matches they were allout for very low scores like 178(43.3 ov) & 238(45.1 ov) at Brisbane . So I think I don't need to mention here who are flat track bullies

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    tad bit disappointed..but I have supported this team all my life and I will never stop!to all the ridiculous (Indian) moaners , who are still bashing the SL team pleeeeease get a life..well dun Kula you're the man ! you guys got everything it takes to win the next one..Amazing match

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    There are matches when you hate a result! Like this one. But then reality does not respect spirit, effort or quality - it is just runs, wickets and balls! What I admire is the resilience Sri Lank has been showing of late. The team had Kepler Wessels red faced for his derogatory comments earlier with a phoenix like rise and now, after the Kohli slaughter of one of the worlds's best ODI death bowlers, they have fought well to reach finals with a thriller and lost the first of the finals - only just. Nuwan Kulasekara is emerging as a good lower order bat with a good show in the WC final and again today. Good to see more batsmen chipping in. But bowlers need to step up a notch or two. On the other hand, Warner's new 'production' was entertaining. The W-W opening pair may see a longer innings at the top meaning a silent goodbye for Haddin! I wd like SL to win the 2nd final to set up an exciting decider. Also Mike Hussey doing a star turn soon! Is David Hussey knocking on Test doors?

  • cric_roch on March 4, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Great fight by Lankans.They made all AUS bowlers ordinary.Cant figure out how Hilfy/Pattison were nightmares for us.

  • gsamiru on March 4, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Great fight back from Lions, Little Kula you are amazing......... hope SL can win the next two games and secure the CB trophy...... all the wishes for that !

  • cute_vela on March 4, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @ Lankan fans Hey frnds lets celebrate the victory without hurting others.. mostly lankan suports dnt criticize othrs..so be the same..why shud we change our character for othrs..lets be ourself as always.. we are now in to the finals..lets cheer our team witout making fun of indian team..Please a kind request to all my lankan friends n suportrs..

  • cute_vela on March 4, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Support u fav country and please dnt criticize the othr teams... lankans played so well and proved they deserve to be in final..whole world will accept but sum indian fans wont accept..so let them talk as the wish.. but we lanakns kw the truth.. just leave thr comments and cheer our team..we lankans will win the nxt 2 matchs.. al the best lions.. you all made us proud...Lankans rocks.. :)

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    I am an Indian...but I must say Sri Lanka are the deserving finalist of the CB series........infact they played much better than Australia.....one bad game against India does not take away all the hard work they have put in in the series.....I mean requiring 160 in 90 balls with Kulasekara and Tharanga in the middle...it was always a tall task.....but what an innings by Kulasekara...that too in a Final match.....hats off! not taking anything away from Tharanga and the Aus team.....Australia hold their nerves till the end and they are the better team clearly....but congratulations to SL for the fight they showed........brilliant 1st Final we have witnessed........best of luck Aus & SL for the rest of the Finals...... :)

  • Aashi_sl on March 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    A kind request to all SL fans. Plzzz Plzz leave Indian fans and Indian team alone. They are not in the tournament now coz there were not good enough. Lets talk about the teams who are playing now. And Dhoni and the team, you owe one to your fans here who a putting all their effort to save your face.Great Knock from Warner who was due for a big one and great fight back from Kula, upul and Prasad.

  • LOVEONLYCRICKET on March 4, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Do not understand why SL fans preferred Fernando over Kula year ago. Kula is very decent allrounder.

  • Herath-UK on March 4, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    My namesake Rangana has played well and wonder why he was dropped from the Asia Cup squad for Sekkuge who was hammered by Eng Lions.This might have a demoralising effect on Herath as he could be vital in Adeleide;could not the selectors wait till the finals over? Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Well-done Australia. You played a brilliant game till the last. Hope 2nd final you will win easily. Poor Malinga become the worst. Anyway i am interested to see the second finals.

  • Harmony111 on March 4, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    India or no India, this was a great final and made for interesting viewing. I was actually hoping for a Lankan win since it would have been an amazing come back victory. I thought Malinga wasted a few balls doing nothing and then hit the ball in the air. The shot of the match was the six that Prasad hit of Lee thought Kula's six was a great shot too. And Herath's catch was the catch of the tournament in my opinion. It would be great if some Lankan fans are sporting enough to accept even now that India' run chase was one of a kind and that India played vry well in that match. so far I have seen only one Lankan fan sayiing well played to India for that match. It is this unsportmanlike behaviour hat irks most Indian fans and the they too are forced to pooh pooh Lankan team. Btw, even if Aussie win this CB series does it really matter since it is a home victory or is it only in case of India that even a World Cup win at home is not counted? This is why I hope SL win the next 2 matches.

  • supadupamonk on March 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    To all those SL fans who are still basing Ind better ur team win this CB series or else ur not worth of talking about Ind team.....because Ind have won the last CB series in Aus.....what abt SL?????

  • Biggus on March 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @RNikh-Please do not put words in my mouth that I didn't say. I did not say, "So, pl don't tell me to not tell you", as you assert. What I did say was, "With all due respect mate we Aussies will discuss Warner and our team selections whenever we like, not when you say so, OK. He has done well in this game but his recent form certainly required some deliberation vis-a-vis selection." I stand by this statement and nothing you have said has changed that.

  • ubl2729 on March 4, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    from india upul taranga wicket is turning point he hit another 15 to 20 runs then defenatly lankans wins this match whatever great fight from srilankans down order batsmans.

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka lost at the end because of Upul had to reach to D/L score at that time.That means he had two targets in his mind.No choice he had to take that risk.

  • Master_Mihil on March 4, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Somebody asked what is meant by fight if not winning. Win or loose what everyone should understand is these mathes are watched by people. They pay money for that and they should be kept interested. Otherwise they would have shut off there TV's and would avoid cricket grounds at the great loss for cricket. Fight back is necessary because it is wanted to keep people interested, not some hooligans who want only there team to win at whatever cost to cricket. Cricket is facing tough competition from quick games like football and rugby so it should have its own specialty.

  • csowmi7 on March 4, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    The Indian middle order batsman like jadeja, raina and rohit sharma who are extremely talented can learn a thing or two from the Sri Lankan lower middle order batsman like Kulasekara and Prasad who may not be as talented but have the heart and will power to fight for their team when the chips are down. This is the type of cricketers India need at the moment. Cricketers like Kohli and Kulasekara who never give up and are passionate about representing their country and creating match winning performances from nowhere. Not talented and lazy cricketers like sharma and raina.

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Fantastic cricket match. First some class act from Warner and then by the srilankan lower order. kulu played some brilliant shots i was stunned. A dignified loss. im from pakistan. i huge sangakara fan.

  • Brumby90 on March 4, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Three words to describe Australias bowling display TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE

    And I wont use a word to describe their fielding performance..

  • AvidCricFan on March 4, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    SL put up a good fight. Either the prime Aussie bowlers had off day today or Indians made them look much better than they are in the series. SL has definitely played better and had most close games.

  • SLfan on March 4, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    To most Indians who have praised this effort - Thank you very much and I think real Indian culture is represented by you guys... To those who criticized - We know that you guys also appreciate this effort secretly, but you are reluctant to express it because you can not digest the fact that this tiny nation just below your country was able to do this while your STAR players were failed to reach even 200 against Aussies... That's ok, we perfectly understand the situation and I will not hit back at you. I request my other SL friends not to hit back at them because they are not in a position to bear it at the moment...Let's be quiet my dear SL friends.

  • Tanaka_Yakuza on March 4, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Once again Sri Lanka, almost won a game due to the fighting spirit of individual players, not because of overrated leadership. hats off to kula and tharanga for their great play.

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Guys after reading a few comments out here I really pity my fellow indian fans when will u guys ever grow up.I saw a comment on aus batting as to where was this batting in previous game.well the same question can be put to team india which wound up for 165 chasing 258 against oz y cant u ppl jus admit tat india wasnt good enough.of the 8 games played batting was pathetic and out of nowhere u want to come to final come guys give me a break.lankans played really well the kind of fight they showed today after being 144/6 was commendable can u say wat would have happend had india been on same scenario 170-180 all out so stop cribbing guys

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 - dude if ur a true Indian supporter u wouldn criticise ur own team no matter how bad they play..wen u cant back up ur team wen they r loosin then its better u don support or criticise too..ur speakin abu sachin to be given ultimatum don u think he himself would kno tat after all he has served the country for so many years..pay ur respect to him tho am not sachin fan but he's achieved n done sometin to Indian n world cricket which nobody cant even dream off...n I agree with u in dhoni's tactics with persisting jadeja n raina instead of manoj tiwary...uthappa n rayudu for back up keepers r u outta ur mind they don even keep wickets for their domestic teams n ur expectin them as back up for dhoni in overseas tour..there is no better wicket keeping batsmen than dhoni in India..n abu today's game SL fought well but hard luck...mind u Aussies r vulnerable in adelaide pitch for next two matches as it is kinda subcontinent conditions...may the better team win..

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Hardly any Australians here except us and Indians :()

  • elakollap on March 4, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    To all Sri Lankan Fans Pls stop fighting with the few Indian supporters who can't understand reality. The finals are between Sl and Aus. So no point of arguing with Indians. As a Srilankan i must say we are very proud about our team and the country. And we are always with the team both in laughter and sorrow. We showed it after the world cup defeat.Not like others..... Good luck Sri Lanka............ Proud to be a Sri Lankan. I am Sri Lanka........................

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Having recently played in South africa, Sri Lankans are coping with bouncy wickets very well. It is a pity SL players do not practice more often at Dambulla in SL where the wickets favourably compare with bouncy wickets in other countries, according to experts. This is due to a soil type called Reddish Brown Earths that is predominant in the dry zone of SL. These soils are fine textured and have clay contents varying from 30-40 percent. they are sticky when wet and very hard when dry producing the bounce. These soils lend themselves admirably to preparing bouncy wickets.Even the wicket at Suryawewa in SL will eventually become bouncy with frequent rolling, in a few years' time.

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    well played tigers - Australians however were better overall

  • DumiSL123 on March 4, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Wow. Another nerve-racking finish to the game courtesy of Sri Lankans. Infect all the games that SL were involved had fantastic finishes. Congatz to Mahela and gang..all the very best in the 2nd Finals…

  • supadupamonk on March 4, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    area1985: My friend i dont mean to disrespect by FYI SL also got thrashed everwhere they toured after WC...LOL..no matter how u get defeated a defeat is a defeat....hope u get it...

  • rongranu22 on March 4, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    what a match hats off to kule but this sl team is teasing australia too much after gillys retirement hope sl win next match go lanka go

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Well Played Sri Lankans,,,,,,keep it up for next 2 matches,,,,,,

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    All the so called fans (short for fanatics), stop bickering about who's better than who. Fact of the matter is India is back home for a reason. The thing with them is that thy are very good at individual players but when it comes to team performances, fail miserably. Too many starts !! In the other hand SL has always been good as a team.

  • bhrangi on March 4, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @cric4lyf : LOL.,.,We dont need to wait till IPL for those sixes from raina and kohli., We will see in ASIAN CUP.,like we have seen against Srilanka (against Mighty Malinga LOL) in 11th match.

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. You are real lions who never are ready to giveup. Keep up the good work and you can do it.

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    wow all you have to do is read the comments made during the match to see how many Indian fans were laughing at SL. and saying that India would have given a better fight. This after loosing the last 3 games to aussie conceding bonus points.

    Anyway am sure India will bounce back during the Asia cup. Hopefully they'll be able to make the final and put up a fight instead of watching from the sidelines and talking about how much of a fight they would have put up if they were playing.

  • stormy16 on March 4, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    What a game for a final and all the Aus/SL games all series have been hard fought close games which is of course why they are in the finals. Aus did the job up front and SL did well to make a fight of the game but the advantage was lost when they let Aus get over 300 and then the top order didnt do anything meaningful with the chase. Thankfully Upul and Kula did a wonderful job down the order and Kula hit some amazing shots. He is a handy cricketer and nearlly did the unthinkable. Warner came to the party when it mattered and full credit to the guy who has struggled all series. Was a great game in the end and hope SL win the next one - the series deserves a 3rd final decider.

  • kunderanengineer on March 4, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I plead with my fellow Indian fans to stop inciting the Sri Lankans with trash talk and conversely the Sri Lankan fans to stop taking the bait. Why can't we put aside our nationalities for once and just savour this contest for what it was- a thrilling finish to a match that looked like it was a foregone conclusion at 144-6. Great knock by Warner and bowling from Hussey and kudos to Tharanga, Kulasekera and Prasad for their fighting spirit and making a match out of it despite key injuries to Matthews and Pereira. This is precisely what all cricket fans that I know want to see -competitive cricket!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 4, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    What an innings by Warner! But hats off to Lankan lower order! Though their Top & Middle orders didn't do well enough, Kulasekara & Tharanga showed their courage to win it. I don't thing an Indian lower order of current time do it but their top & middle order r stronger than Lankans. Anyway the stat is well enough to show courage & unity of Lankans lineup- they needed 160 of 90 balls with 4 wickets in hand but they made it 23 of 18 balls with 2 wkts in hand. They lost it to Lee & Watson. May b they could've made it if it was YADAV/PATHAN/ZAHEER.

  • jmcilhinney on March 4, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    India are not playing in this finals series because they were good enough. Indian fans should get over it. If you don't have something to say about this game then just go away. Australia batted very well today and put on a very good score. SL started well but the pressure of the scoreboard was too much for the top order. They looked to be coasting to an easy loss until the batting PP and then Kula played one of the most impressive innings of the tournament. SL had a bit of luck but if the Australian fielders couldn't handle the pressure then it's their own fault. You'd have to feel that if one more SL top order batsman could have done a bit more or Kula and Tharanga had livened up a bit sooner then the result may have been different. It was not to be though. Australia held their nerve and their impressive total was enough. Congratulations to both teams for a great game and especially Australia for the win. Can't wait for the next game.

  • visualdp on March 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    WOW What an awesome cricket !!! Though I'm a Sri Lankan & the fact that we have lost the game, really enjoyed the match. Warner played brilliantly & Aussies done at last.Many congratz to them !!! I thot this game would have ended soon after Maharoof's dismissal. But Kula done wonderfully afterwards.Malinga should be concerned about his bowling tactics. Any way lets hope Mathews will play next game. Well done SL lads. Great cricket all around by both teams ...

  • Master_Mihil on March 4, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    At one point we really were on target to win!!! Thanks out great lion cub kula!!!!! Kula batted like Master Blaster!!!! Love your spirit kula!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the end Aussies couldn't bounce us out. They had to depend on hussey's mild spin.

  • Jnas on March 4, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Lion hearted fight by Sri Lankans. Thats what they known for "never give up". As a Sri Lankan fan, we want exactly this. We don't want our team to win every single match, we want our team to play best as they can and fight until the very end with the spirit.

  • Sri1967 on March 4, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    It was a great effort by felow Lanka Lions. Hat's off to Kule for the brilliant fight back. If the top order had scored a bit more, Sri Lanka could have made it. Keep it up guys.

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Great fight from Srilanka..........

  • thinktank1 on March 4, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    There is a vast difference between Srilankan team mindset and Indian team mindset. That fighting spirit to win the series.

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Well done Warner. SL gave great fight and they proved that they are deserved to qualify for finals. Good luck for SL in next final.

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Great Match.. good fighting spirit by the lankans... they never gave up. Had India played they would get bowled out for something like 150!.. for all the indian fans saying theer team is the best.. I got one question.. Why aint they in the finals? hahaha "Home Champions" :P

  • LuckySheera on March 4, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    What a match!! Sri Lanka nearly did what we did to England at Lords!! Still hats off to them & great fighting spirit!!

  • SriLankanLions on March 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    What a wonderful fight back from the mighty lions! Sri Lanka will surely beat the Aussies in the next match setting up the stage for a thrilling 3rd final. Come on Sri Lanka!

  • Lalindra2012 on March 4, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I believe with all my heart that being a fan is all about being there for a team when it wins and loses... Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't played a sport or simply doesn't understand all that it takes; For every team brings the possibility of a loss to the table when it settles down to win...

    Never a fan of victory - Always a fan of Sri Lanka Cricket..

  • subu2222 on March 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Its a shame to read the petty comments. just being a fan of your own country is not good enough First we got to be real cricket fans then should come the Country. the Fact Remains out of 1.4billion population it is a pitty that so many talent has not been taped in India. vise versa out of only 20million SL has done well to tap real talent. Thanks

  • IshaqMalik on March 4, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Congrats Aus, but what a fight back SL did. Work hard for the next time guys (SL), you are my favorite team after Pakistan.

  • Herath-UK on March 4, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    It is great to see Aussie public voting this as best ever tri series;wonderful cricket and drama brought to Aussie doorstep since the Lankans joined;Sri Lankan crowd has brought colour and glamour and hopefully next summer Aussie public will get a better competitive series when the Lankans travel. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Wow.. What a fighting spirt from the tail.If only one top order batsmen have settled in the crease,David warner's century would have been went in vain.... Dont let yourselves down SL.You deserve this series.

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @Bruiser:- Can you show me where did i say toss played vital role?? Dont show ur colurs buddy. I never told we lost because of toss or brisbane track. I Told in this Brisbane track little bit difficuilt to play underlights. it doesnt mean you can throw your wickets and put ur faults to account of brisbane track bouncy condition.because SOME TEAMS AND SOME CAPTAINS AND THEIR FANS LIKE THAT. WE Sri LANKANS NOT LIKE THAT. OK. thanks

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @rahul singh ha ha nice stats mate.do u knw when SL gain full international staters? Itz in 1982 and take out 10 years and find numbers then u wl knw who has the better numbers. India starts playing their cricket more then 50 years before SL funny how diffrent been so close.datz y v proued of our cricket.been a such a small nation look hw v fighting till the end.datz wt call lions.

  • gsting on March 4, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Great match. If the top order have socred more runs, SL should have definetly won. Well done Kula and Upul. Hope Adelaide pitch suits SL than AUS.

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    India lost all matches with bonus point aganist Ausies...but SL lost just 6 runs and 15 runs in two games..... and 3 games won by SL aganist Ausies..... CB next major series after the World Cup...... thrilling final over in many matches this time CB....

  • playitstraight on March 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Australia played brilliantly today, but the bowling is average at the moment. When David Hussey and Shane Watson, who are both allrounders, had to take 7 wickets between them, then it shows how weak the bowling unit is. Thirimanne and Chandimal need to learn how to rotate strike better and score the odd boundary instead of taking too many balls. If Angelo comes in, he should take Thirimanne's place, as he is currently the weakest spot in the team.

  • shanakamenu on March 4, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    WOW! What a game of cricket…….yes it is always unpredictable…….Congratz to Ozs & good luck for SL………what a fight back from SL players…… enjoy it a lot & it will be more entertaining without the 'most annoying commentator'-Ravi Shasthri & the people who think India is the center of the cricketing world.

  • gpsir on March 4, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    CRICINFO COMMENT SECTION HAS BECOME A WAR ZONE. Common guys give respect to each other and enjoy the game than fighting each other for no use. Enjoy the game and appreciate the cricket and critique the game than bashing teams. This is not the way a fan should react. It doesn't matter whether you're an Indian or Lions or Proud Pakistani. Be a fan and enjoy the game. Even though I'm an Indian I've huge respect for Great Wasim Akram and Waqar for their bowling and huge respect for Murali for his legendary spin bowling and SL ViV Aravinda. Enjoy the sport and be sportive and spirited than using this forum for silly and nasty comments against each other. Its just a game and enjoy it with the spirit. Hope CRICINFO Could publish this comment.

  • nilb on March 4, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Wow I'm surprised to see the batting performance from Kulasekara and Prasad. I guess we cal officially mark them as all rounders now. Another good find in the series. Very good fighting cricket by Sri Lanka but well played by Aus in the end. I still don't know why still some Indians commenting about Indias "greateness" in here. Are they lost?

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @eyballfallenout: Good math skills there mate. Yes that match in Hobart was last week as you said, but it will be remembered long after today's match is forgotten. Never seen anything like it!

  • Lankeshwara on March 4, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    There may be a Win for Sri l anka, but it deserved by the ausies! May be lankans need some tight fight to win this title! We are watching you guys!

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    someone is saying here that india is better team than sri lanka. please guys. stop pulling past records. see the present condition .they are losing in every aspect of cricket. they lost to ENG badly . They dont deserve to be the champion . They are not rulling the cricket. They have many internal problems in their team . Sri lanka is overall a good team. they went to final consecutively (2007,2011). not like india , who kicked out from world cup by losing to BANGLADESH. so indian fans, who are critising sri lanka. Please stop confrontation. The ongoing matches are telling us the scenario . I am not an Indian, I am not a sri lankan though. I am a cricket fan .

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    weldone srilanka the strength of a team is working as team. when 145 for 6 and srilanka proved that they can play under pressure , austrlia sweated , expression of clarke , watson david hussey and bretlee were visible. srilanka in this series even if have lost the match bt resisted well and kept opponents under pressure. india if have played one good game , does nt carry her to the final. watching todays match proved srilanka desrved to be final , instead then australi wuld have onesided match against india.

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Congrats Aussies ! and Well done Sri Lanka ,what a fight !! I told you, we Lankans would never never ever give up !! By the way for these Indians (not everyone) who criticise Sri Lanka ! This is a game of cricket one day you win or you loose ,if you always want to be World champions give up cricket and concentrate on Kabaddi,Gilli-Danda or Carrom .You can be World Champions always....!!

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    it is this kind of dedication and determination that makes one-day cricket interesting. Anything could happen at any time.. Well played Australia, but you will have to fight very hard next Tuesday..

  • RNikh on March 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @rahulcricket007-They are more consistent not more dangerous, so pl understand the difference, and by the looks of your comments, pl start watching Warner! You mark my word he is the most dangerous! Anyway he scored 163 today, so he's defended his most dangerous batter title that I've given him!

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Congratulations Australia. Very well done. But man, our Sri Lankan team is really really good. Proud of my team.

  • satish619chandar on March 4, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : If at all i can provide answers to all ur ques but as Indians, we are barred from answering the questions as they are considered as excuses.. You yourself will say the same.. Why u come up with such questions in SL-Aus match?

  • sunny_18 on March 4, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @All the fello sri-lankans..............hats off to ur team guys......i really enjoyed watching tharaga and kulshekhra watching bat............i beleve that your team can pull of next two matches easily after watching this one........please dont bother about harsh comments from Indian side.............looking forward for two great matches from sri lanka.......:)

  • mughal29173 on March 4, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    rahulcricket007 . I think u have a the courage to be a selector. I was astonished to see the chief selector of the tam india and i was astonished how he defended the old horses. I am also hoping the 10dulkar makes his 100th 100 but are we not depriving so many indian young indian who have inspired from 10deulkar for so many years and now must have dreamed of making international debuts. Hatsoff to Australia for doing the ponting thing.

  • Blazedragon on March 4, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    So this is what happens to the great Pattionson that's suppose to "push Lee out of the side." lol.

  • RNikh on March 4, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @biggus-all I'm saying is that Warner is too dangerous to be dropped, and anyway it isn't lik he's been failing all summer, he has had his usual sparks of brilliance, the latest a couple of games ago, before this masterclass! So, pl don't tell me to not tell you, and anyway he hasn't only done "well", he's done great!

  • satish619chandar on March 4, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Great comeback from SL.. When the spirits were down, u try to create your own way and Kula just did it.. SL did miss their finishers for the tour.. But overall, a good performance.. ON a positive note, Australia were checked well.. The next couple matches will aid the SL more as the Adelaide pitch is more aided towards the subcontinent than the home team.. Good match and glad to see Upul to play such a crucial role in a position where he never played before..

  • Rajeev334 on March 4, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Great fight back by the spirited Sri Lankans.. Wish Anjelo & Thisara was there. Australia played great cricket & well done!! BTW my dear SL fans, pls don't waste ur valuable time on commenting about India or some of it's fans.. They couldn't even make it to the finals.. So what else to talk???? Just let them shout, put their anger & pressure away that they have on their own team..LoL!! Nway looking forward to another cracker of a match on Tuesday....

  • csowmi7 on March 4, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka seem to get more pleasure out of knocking India out of the tournament than making the finals as seen by their lack luster bowling. More than half the fans were sending jeering india home rather than congratulating their team for a brilliant performance. Sri Lanka should try to win for the glory, not come close so that they can say we played better than India and so that they can compare with India. Even Mahela Jayawardene said after the 2007 wc that he was happy at sending India home not bothering about losing in the finals.

  • 31dinu on March 4, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    i wish i could go there and support to every single run they scored ..... Sri lankan team is again getting to that usual lion shape once again...fight till the end...we saw how indian played in such a situations...tharanga looks good @ his new place....had a dark few months ...but its again we are shining ... I suggest if Mathews fit for the next match,Maharoof should replace for him.for me Maharoof not doin what he need to do.yep he took wickets,but sametime gave away few more runs.also he cant bowl at late inning,cant feild well also not scoring ....he was a great talent but has to learn few things still .....anyway....wish them all the best for the next game.

    Also wanna wish Warner for his suprb maidn ton...which took the game away from us ....congrats Warner ...but not for the next time ;)

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    power of indian cricket.. we are still commenting of indian crciket , even when india is not playing... Well played srilanka, but may be australia was bit better

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Malinga should have been rested today, if so the outcome should have been very different. He gave away 74 runs and could not score a run to give Prasad strike to finish off a win. It was not Malinga's day...

  • LankaParaya on March 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Congrats Australia.. My dear our SL Team you fought well. That is the spirit of Sri Lankans. We need to fight till the last breath. Well done boys. Please improve your fielding and show little bit of athletism in the field, then you are in the business 200%. No doubth SL will win the cup this time. Good Luck for the next match...Do not give up... Lions never give up, do not eat grass...

  • Sinhabahu on March 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, bro you're one of the few sensible Indian voices in Cricinfo. Always good to read your comments :)

  • Sinhabahu on March 4, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Great match! This is why Sri Lanka deserved to be in the final instead of those flat track bullies we sent home. @NP_NY and other Indians who are still smarting from their early flight home, if I were an Indian I'd be jealous and angry with SL as well.

  • harshthakor on March 4, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    No match could have better illustrated that in the one day game a match can only be decided till the last ball is bowled and how much the game is actually in the mind.The partnership for the 7th wicket of Sri Lanka and the later resistance is the most heroic fightback I have seen in a losing cause.The Lankans came on the brink of pulling of one of cricket's most remarkable wins ever .

  • era89 on March 4, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @ manikandan.p and rahulcricket007 ,,,hats off ....hope there are more humble indian fans around like you......

  • lankavigi on March 4, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    What a remarkable match in the end. I had given up on SL, at the half way stage of the 2nd innings, swithed off the tv and decided to do my chores. After a few hours I switched on the tv and found out that the score was 300-8, with 21 to win from two overs. I was surprised and couldn't believe whats these boys did. Awsome from SL and it just show what they have in them. They never give up till the last second. Kula is batting really well. SL shud concentrate in improving these guys batting skills. Kulasekara, Prasad, Perera and Malinga too. If they can make these guys all-rounders, then SL's batting will surely be bolsteres. I am not gutted that they lost, beacuase they fought and fought hard! Anyways the team that deserved to win today won. The Aussies were awsome with the bat and 320 was too much for SL. They also bowled really well in the first half of the second innings. SL have to look at their bowling a bit. It looks like they are missing Perera and Mathews. Anyway Great effort!!

  • ham1990 on March 4, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Fantastic fightback from SL, particularly from a hopeless position. I really don't want to get into this India v Sri Lanka fan tussle. However, I will say that Sri Lankan fans have just been caught up in the moment and are quite happy that their team is playing consistently after doing badly for about a year, hence the banter with Indian fans. To the Indian fans...no one disputes Indian cricket is an absolute powerhouse with great players. Yes, India has had the wood over SL for a while (I think that is more than an apt judgment) but currently Sri Lanka has shown that they have much more resilience than India in tough conditions. I think Cricket was the winner tonight! :)

  • harshthakor on March 4, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka staged one of the greatest comebacks ever witnessed in 50 over International cricket and an all-time classic.Sri Lanka were down and out at 144-6 chasing a target of 322 runs.Needing almost 11 runs an over Kulasekara almost brought about a miracle with a breathtaking display of strokeplay and SriLanka added 58 runs in a mere 4 overs .It was like a batallion coming to a threshold of a famous victory after all seeemed lost.Rarely have I seen such a calculated by the tail enders.Kulasekara's knock was an all-time classic and even after his dismissal his spirit was generated into the later players who kept the required run rate around 9 and did not fall like a pack of cards.

    A victory for limited overs cricket.

  • csowmi7 on March 4, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Why does every match have to be about India? If Sri lanka win then their fans talk about how much better they are about India even though they lost 2-1 to them this series. If Australia win by a close margin its about how Sri Lanka have given a better fight to the Aussie might compared to how the Indian's have meekly surrendered. When Pakistan beats England its about how they thrashed the team India lost to. Surely India or any team should not be the benchmark for their country's success. Unlike the Lankans who degraded kohli's effort I admit that the Sri Lankan fightback was mindblowing especially kulasekara who was awesome.

  • NIZWAAN on March 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    What a match ! The best 2 teams are in the Finals and this first Final validated it! Whoever wins this had been a Great CB Series. ODI Cricket is better in a multi national format as opposed to bi-lateral ( sometimes meaningless ) series.

  • naveenpnayak on March 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Not pleased seeing the Bowling/Fielding performance from Aussies..Australia could have won the match quiet easily, but the poor bowling from Hilfy, Pattinson and Lee(only in depth) proved costly.. I dont understand y these bowlers were bowling length ball to the tail -ender's who were throwing their bat at everything. The bowlers need to go for the yorkers at the end of the innings, which dint happen in today's match..

  • mubs62 on March 4, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    to all those indian pundit.... b glad that india aint playing the finals if nt the mighty aussies would have murdered u guys. and congrats to SL for showing fighting till the end. Oh warner ma beauty u played a wonderfully well and character...... well done ausseis for beating SL

  • Arsalan-Alam on March 4, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    What a match!!! Congratulations to Australia but I would also salute the fighting spirit of Team Srilanka. I am there fan from Pakistan and I must concede that they look extremely dangerous in this series and will be the strongest team of the upcoming Asia Cup.

    Good luck to them for the remaining two finals.

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: india is out of the tournament partly because of poor cricket and partly because of that rotation policy,which i believe is a bold move ...anyways...the tournament has got excited with all three teams had a chance and in the end, only 2 out of 3 would be playing finals..so all is well

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Indian fans also must be responsible for Indian downfall. Any team in the world wont be able to win all the series and matches they play. Some Indian fans think Indian team must win all the matches. It gives an added pleasure on Indian team. No doubts India is one of the best teams in the world. But Indian fans must back up even when the Indian team is playing bad and be a strength to them. Simple example Wats happened after 2007 World Cup. I was their in India during world cup days and Indian Both Media and fans trashed the Indian team. And we felt pretty sorry about Indian Players. Cos Many Sri Lankans are fans of players like Sachin and Shewag too.Just See How SL fans supported SL team during Last League Match against Australia. SL fans could have avoid that match after the poor performance of SL against India. But They didnt and they did back up the team. @ Indian Guys: U have a Great team and as Fans Back them up well specially when they are down.

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    It was a good fight back by SriLanka,good innings by Kulasekhara.It was not a one side affair at all.One day cricket need these kind of fight backs.

  • Unicorn_2309 on March 4, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Great work SL......Kula's innings was a Suprise package..for a while it looked like SL's took the game away from aussies.....but unfortunately SL lost after a great fight back....

  • Stymie on March 4, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    This sort of thing happens too often in SL/AUS games. The Aussies get SL six or seven down then get caught napping. Sri Lanka shows us what self-belief can achieve when your opponents relax before the job is done. With such deep batting strength, and especially with Mathews possibly returning, I think they will take some rolling. Great series.

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    What a performance by Australia-had never imagined supporting them in any which way but the way some Lankans went ahead of themselves in putting up posters like "Dhoni, have a good flight home" really pumped me up!!

    Well SL pack ur bags after Adelaide for March 13-a bunch of angry & wounded Indians await you at Dhaka

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Have the utmost respect for Sri Lanka. They play good hard cricket, have amazing fighting spirit and never say die. They will always be welcome on our shores. Very glad they made it into the finals. They deserve to be there and for once i wouldn't mind too much if Australia lost.

  • Venki_indian on March 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Well played Srilanka, great fight back; india might not have given a better fight definetly; but i would like to tell SL fans stop tsalking about india...look into ur team's performance...But Srilankans talking about india's abroad record makes me laugh... how many test matches/series you have won abroad 1,2 ,0 LOL

    All the best for the 2nd final..

  • NALINWIJ on March 4, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Great contest between 2 sides.4 out of 5 matches between these sides were decided on the last over.SL were dead and buried but fought back. With 3 overs to go 23 needed with 2 wickets but Australia finished well.I felt that Clarke outplayed Mahela with bowling selections in that D.Hussey,Watson and Doherty were the bowlers who contained and I wonder whether more bowling by Dilshan and Herath may have curbed the Aussies. Whatever Indian fans wishes to say this Tri-series is one of the best ever and no such series in the subcontinent flat tracks has come close.

  • Cannuck on March 4, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: RESPECT BROTHER! Refreshing to see an Indian defending SL & telling his own people the truth. We appreciate real Indian fans like you. Not all SL are here to flame India & the same way we understand that not all Indians are here to criticize SL. It's just a few bad apples who start these trolling, & drag us in to it too. At times I too have said a few things against India, but that's not because of the players, but mostly because of a few arrogant fans. So my hats off to you & the other Indians. Thanks & we SL want India to do well, but not at the expense of fellow subcontinent cricketers & fans! PEACE!!

  • rock.rockyin on March 4, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Understanding hw lucky are the Lankans! Entered the WC 2011 Final playing with mediocre English teams like England and NZ teams in their own backyard and for the teams which have never won a WC added to that SL conditions are alien to them. Then traveled to England avoided a whitewash in two of the Test matches with help of Rain. LOST almost 10 wickets in one session in Cardiff if I am correct. Biggest win for Eng in 40 yrs. Still makes me wonder hw they lost to Pak so easily. In CB Series all the three matches they won against Aus in league matches again hw lucky! one in Sydney has shortened the game with help of Rain. Then in Hobart a dead flat track. Then at MCG Clarke wasn't in the team.. with inexperienced top order of Aus tumbled down and with weak middle order Aus couldn't fight back and today nothing to take away from SL the wet ball has never stuck to Aus bowlers and SL are able to score from no where. Huh hw tough is cricket to understand and be part of a winning team.

  • SL_Cric on March 4, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    As an quite old Sri Lanken i will never forget the support we got from India/Pakistan to win the 96 world cup when West Indies and Australia refused for matches here in Sri Lanka...

    When we played final in Pakistan we felt like we were playing at home because of the pakistani fans, thanks for the lovely brothers....

    And also India headed by Azar and pakistan players including Wasim/ Waqar came sri lanka to play a combined practice match to support us.........................So either sri lanka or India played the final in this current series i wont be worried when i think about their excellent support during 96 world cup..

  • SR_Band on March 4, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Ohh gosh still some Indians talking about that last game with SL grow up guys. Every single team has 1 or 2 games like that, not only for IND and it doesn't say that they can win every game like that.. another thing don't forget IND lost their 4 test series 4-0 and 3odi out of 4 (2with huge margin and bonus point) against AUS so i don't think if IND qualified for finals they would perform like SL did today. Now Indians need to think about way to win Asian cup, not condemnation.

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    THE FORTHCOMING ASIA CUP AT DHAKA IS GOING TO BE AN EXCITING TOURNAMENT.THE STEWARTS OF THE INDIAN CRICKET FACING THE STEWARTS OF PAKISTAN& SL. AS FAR AS SL CONCERNED IT IS GOING TO THE REPEAT OF RAMAYANA.YOU KNOW THEY SAY HISTORY REPEATS.SO YES THE HISTORY OF RAMAYANA IS GOING TO BE REPEATED BETWEEN BHARAT& LANKANS. AS FAR AS PAKISTAN IS CONCERNED AFRIDI& MISBAH OR UMAR AKMAL& GUL CAN NOT WIN OVER THE NEW SPIRITED COMBINATION OF KOHLI,RAINA,DHONI,SACHIN,GAMBHIR WITH SPECIALIST OF PATHAN BROTHERS& THE GREAT BOWLERS ASWIN& YAADAV. WE MISS SAHIR KHAN.BUT DOES NOT MATTER WE HAVE ONE AND ONLY ONE IRFAN PATHAN& ABOVE ALL HIS BROTHER YOUSUF. THEIR COMBINATION REMINDS ME OF THE WAUGH BROTHERS OF AUSTRALIA. SO EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED FIREWORKS IN DHAKA FROM 11TH OF MARCH

  • mubs62 on March 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Well played lions. even though we lost the match what`s important was we fought till the end.........

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @ranjit.sg ...gr8 buddy.gr8 to see some of us saying that and having a gr8 spirit. me also with you on what u said :). besides indian fans, some non indians too i must say!. anyways congrats to both aus n sri :). hope everyone understands india has billions, hope u dont stereotype us as everybody being nasty/cheap/arrogant. and sorry if any of us hurt ur feelings :) by unwanted/inappropriate trashing of cricket teams.

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    This was one hell of a match...

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    As an Australian i think the Aussies were very lucky too win this game.They should have won this game more easily than they did

  • impressa on March 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    WELL SAID MIKEYROS you have hit the nail on the head

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    well done aussies.....................................................

  • CricfanAustralia on March 4, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Australia has found a new Gilchrist in the form of Warner. Now they need to discover a new bowler in the form of M.Grath and shane warne.. Congrats Aussies, Lift the cup...

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    This game should be called sloggett not cricket, Australia could not get enough balls in the blockhole area, wouldn't really matter because Sri Lanka did well to get on top of almost all of Australia's bowlers. Sri Lanka should have won but they tried too hard in the end.

  • spook17 on March 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Showed a lot of HEART, u beuties ! made the old cliche 'it's not winning or losing, it's how you play the game that matter' really ring out and hopefully SL will take this momentum & attitude to Adelaide to take the final series into a 3rd match..proud of you, mates.

  • Vijay51982 on March 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Most of Sri Lankan fans are writing a comments that they fighted well. Can anyone tell me what is meant by fight? Win or lose. Guys first try to understand the exact wording for fight. Losing the match is not called as fight. If India would be there in the final, it is very clear that they will chase this target in 36.4 Overs. Australia well aware of that. Hope you also won't forget that moment in your life too, as agreed by your new captain Jaya.

  • yorkslanka on March 4, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    to those indian "fans" who crow about how the ipl pays our players salaries, do you honestly think ANYONE outside india watches the ipl for the indian players??i dont think so..without the foreign imports, the ipl would be nothing so please think before you post...

  • eyballfallenout on March 4, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @ Vijay51982, you are dreaming mate, Sri Lanka are clearly the best side, We would have rather played India any day of the week. How many times you beat us this summer... once....

  • yorkslanka on March 4, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    congratulations Australia on winning the first final and a superb innings from Warner..to Sri Lanka, superb effort but we fell just short..This was a fantastic match to watch and as a Sri Lankan, I am so pleased that we proved that we areally are competitors to Australia on their own soil...I am not making excuses but i have to say, we missed Mathews today but the fact is we were still beaten..overally, there are many positives we can take from the match despite losing, including Kula's superb innings, and tharanga coming back into the team and showing his class again.congrats Aus but well played SL and lets see if we can get past the line in Adelaide...also, thanks to the many indian fans that have proved that they can be sporting by their gracious comments,despite some silly ones by a few from India who are bitter losers..

  • classicvijay on March 4, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    yes I agree...srilanka are the new chokers apart from SA.

  • cute_vela on March 4, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Woooooow wat a game..i am really happy to see the way lankans played.. this is wat we expect..its really unbelevable and unpredictable fite..well done guys..we will surely win the next match... all the best..

  • impressa on March 4, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Magnificent comeback the mighty Lions!! well played,some of the biased commentators had given up for the mighty SriLankans,but they were shown what we are made off.WELL PLAYED AND WELL DONE SRILANKA

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Whoa!. what a match it was..Australia had their nerves on as they have already tasted a loss earlier from the tail-enders of Lankans. It would ve indeed been amazing to watch it happen again. But neva mind,THEY WERE JUST BIT FORTUNATE TODAY :p .well played Kula and Tharanga ... P.S. Their is always a chennaitie(C.S.K.player) invloved in such thrilling matches :P:P:P

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @VISHA _PB . LOL TO YOUR COMMENT . YOUR PAKISTAN TEAM CAN'T EVEN MAKE 250 IN A SINGLE GAME AGAINST ENG IN ODIS ON FLAT WKTS & YOU R SAYING PAK WILL THRASH INDIAN TEAM IN ASIA CUP . INDIAN TEAM IS KING OF FLAT WKTS . WE EASILY MADE 300 ON FLAT WKTS . & BY THE WAY WE DON'T HAVE MISBAH IN TEAM WHO WILL MADE 50 RUNS FROM 80 BALLS .

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @Nachiappan: Dont try to become a joke dude. We played well in the series + the Finals Both the matches we lost to Aus was withing 20 runs span. No doubt Virath played a fantastic Innings in their final match with SL. But it was one day only. Our guys maintained the quality cricket through out the series. The drawn match was also an Indian fault. Please guys first learn to Respect Cricket then to enjoy cricket and Most importantly some Indian fans need to Respect Their National team. Cos We have observed when India is not playing well Indian Players are being treated so badly by some of their fans.

  • wonderstar1 on March 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Wow great match. As i said earlier, SL of late have been chokers especially in the final WC 2007, 2011 and Asia cup 2010, just look how many finals they have lost now. @ SL fans you guys complain when India chased down 321 in 40 overs saying and giving all possible excuses. But we have appreciated u guys. grow up SL fans and i also heard a lot of non-sense being talked abt IPL. Please leave us and our IPL alone. Your cricketers want to earn money and hence they come to play IPL. sow hy blame Indian Cricket? tell ur cricketer not to partcipate in the IPL.nobody compelled them. Anyways for all SL fans, still India is leading 2-1 aganist SL, but SL played waybetter cricket than India and even possibly australia.

  • Vikum72 on March 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Wow, what a fight back! Kulasekara....What hitting!!! Come the second final, SL's gonna be a totaly new side. Beware australia!

  • jasonpete on March 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Of course I am happy that we won finally.But well played to both teams.we should have won bit earlier but how did we manage to do so many misfields today? Anyway well played kulasekhara and tharanga.you both brought srilankan team in to the hunt again in chase.good luck both teams for next game.But what's happening here,both srilankan and Indian fans are fighting out hard for no reason.Even I saw today some srilankan fans in the crowds keeping some placards written about dhoni.Oh please get over it .Indians won the last CB tri series in 2008 and now srilanka have a chance to win this year.let see how the matches progress further,anyway I want my team to win.Go Aussies.

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I HAVE NO WORDS. EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOU BOYS. I have a happy tear in my eye. Even though we may not win this CB series we have proved that we are the most spirited cricketing team of all the cricketing nations. We have given so many nail biting fight backs in this series. And now nearly chasing down the this big score with a crippled team which seemed impossible to come even close. If Prasad had another partner capable than Malinga we would have done it. Best wishes for the next matches LIONS.

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Welldone SL LIONS.V nevr give up anything easily. Sri Lanka score more than 300 batting 2nd.If India played this game as usual they will all out beloe 200.they give 3 bonus points to Ausis.still there fans talking about one FLAT track match.

  • Biggus on March 4, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Take a bow SL, you have our respect. What a good fight.

  • eyballfallenout on March 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Well done Australia, I am so happy these two teams are playing the Finals. Great fight from Sri lanka something clearly missing all summer.

  • manikandan.p on March 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    IAM INDIAN, TAMILAN. GOOD FIGHTING CRICKET FROM SRILANKA. I THINK NOW SRILANKA IS ONE OF THE BEST ONEDAY TEAM. BECAUSE MOST OF THE BATSMAN ARE IN FORM. GOODLUCK TO NEXT GAME FOR SRILANKA

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    well where sl had won, conditions suited them...but india had beaten sl in perth which was a fast pitch..so that answers the question..only HOBART was flat..in BRISBANE, though SL had played well to beat india...

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @ALL INDIAN FANS WHO R CRITISIZING SL SHOULD LOOK AT OUR OWN TEAM . SL TEAM IS PLAYING WITHOUT PERERA & MATTHEWS .YET THEY JUST LOSE ONLY BY 15 RUNS & SHOW PLENTY OF FIGHT BACK . WHILE OUR INDIAN TEAM JUST GIVES UP FROM THE MOMENT WHEN PRESSURE STARTS BUILDING .I REALLY WANTED INDIA TO LOSE & NOT QUALIFY FOR FINALS BECAUSE OF THE FOLLWING REASONS .1. SEHWAG SHOULD BE DROPPED FROM TEAM . 2. SACHIN SHOULD BE GIVEN AN ULTIMATUM . 3. DHONI SHOULD STOP FAVOURING JADEJA , HE IS USELESS OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT .4. DHONI SAID WE WERE APPLYING ROTATION POLICY FOR GIVING CHANCES TO YOUNGSTERS THEN WHY HE DID NOT INCUDE MANOJ TIWARI IN A SINGLE GAME ? 5. WHY IS RAINA YET IN THE TEAM ? 6. WHY DID DHONI OPENLY CRITISIZE SENIOR PLAYERS FOR THEIR FIELDING IN MEDIA ? DHONI IS ALSO NOT BETTER WKTKEEPER . HE DROPPED SO MANY CATCHES IN ENG TOUR . 7. HOW THE HELL PARTHIV WAS INCLUDED IN TEAM WHEN HE WAS FLOPPED IN ODIS AGAINST ENG & WI , SHOULD HAVE GIVEN CHANCE TO RAYUDU OR UTHAPPA ?

  • eyballfallenout on March 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Harmony111, india are not playing in this match and that you game you speak of was last week.

  • mohanan on March 4, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    We were teasing the Indian fans by calling team India flat track bullies just for the fun of it. We know India are a very talented batting side, but not mentally tough as a team when it comes against Australia.

  • Perera32 on March 4, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    To those Indian Fans who commented a little too earley, THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIA AND SRI LANKA!!!!!!. Sri lanka probably would of won if Matthews or perera were there but that isn't an excuse. Well played Australia and Daivd Warner too.

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    dont talk head to head comparison of india an srilanka.Srilanka are way behind to india.stats speaks. Total = 129 India won = 68 Sri Lanka won = 50 No results = 11

    In Sri Lanka = 51 India won = 19 Sri Lanka won = 26 No results = 6

    In India = 43 India won = 29 Sri Lanka won = 11 No results = 3

    Neutral venues = 35 India won = 20 Sri Lanka won = 13 No results = 2

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Well tried SL. Good fight although you lost. It's clear judging by the SL fans' comments that they haven't gotten over their recent losses to India especially in big matches. India beat SL in the last Asia cup final in Srilanka. India beat SL in the world cup final in Mumbai. India dominated SL 2-1 in Australia this series. SL cricketers are desperate to play in the IPL. If I was a Srilankan fan I would be jealous and angry as well.

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan.I congratulate Aussies. also Great play by Kula and Upul. upul cement his 6th down possition. well played guys. The night is still young you guys are die hard cricketers. keep up good work win or loose played a great cricket. congrats David warner for your excellent century. what a gutsy performance by SL. Kula your contribution is much appriciated.

  • JAJISARMA on March 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Austalians were fully exposed and all the holes in Australian cricket came to the fore. Well played Sri Lanka. Poor Fielding by Australia.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on March 4, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Great game shame Sri Lanka couldn't quite do it, I am English and see this link is littered with Indian comments about how they had the upper hand over SL in group stage. You have been playing over there for 3 months it should have been some advantage!India finished bottom of the pile and are out adieu, fin, cheerio.Now concentrate on the IPL. You are without doubt the most ill infomed and sore losers, permanently in a state of denial, in world cricket. Apologies to the few honest and realistic Indian cricket fans. Good health to all and make love not war etc.

  • CUSE on March 4, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    What a fight !!! Hats off to LIONS !!!

  • Perera32 on March 4, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    That was one of the best Fight backs I have ever seen. Look at the Indians fans saying sri lanka are useless and will lose by more than 150 runs. Well done Sri lanka and Australia!!!!!

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Great batting from Aus and SRI(from an indian). Oh by the way, was this a 'dead pitch' too? NOOOO....oooh no, it was beautiful batting,cos india isnt involved RITE? lol. grow up some of u! and appreciate batting/bowling even if they are green pitches or flat!. anyways congrats aus and srilanka u beauty,jus like ur country n ppl :)...came so close.

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Wet ball, dropped catches, plenty of missed run outs, yet Srilanka cannot win the match. Once again Srilanka shows that they cannot finish matches batting second no matter how close they can get. They are the new chokers.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on March 4, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Poor lankans, the way your players celebrated after winning the last league game against australia was like watching the celebrations that Ireland put up after beating pakistan in the world cup, so indian fans have every right to compare you people to the minnow nations!!

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @CRIC4LYF . ACTUALLY THE ONLY INDIAN TALIENDERS WHICH CAN BAT & HIT HARD THE BALL LIKE HARBHAJAN , IRFAN ARE NOT IN DHONI 'S FAVOURITE LIST . HIS FAVOURITE IS JADEJA WHO CAN HIT BOUNDARY ONLY ON SMALL GROUNDS .

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    yeah..every match that SL won,it was due to Wet ball.. SL played really well no doubt about that..But saying things like Wet ball stuff..What to say i dont have any words

  • Harmony111 on March 4, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    To all SL Fans, your bitter commenst through out have been very hurtful. The Indian fans have only replied to your jealous messages. And the diff here is that unlike the SL fans who refused to ack the greatness of the effortless Indian run chase, most Indina fans here would give a good high five to the Sri Lanka team here for playing so well in this final. I did not expect them to reach so far and thought they would be all out for 180. Kula and Tharanga played well. So I am not going to mitigate this SL performance by talking about the wet ground and balls, the flat ground and the bad day of Pattinson and Hilfy. You all people did just that when India won that match by saying oh it was a flat wicket and a small ground and Malinga simply had a bad day and were not ready to accept that 321 runs in 37 overs is tremendous by any means. Well played Sri Lanka and you ran Aus very close in this match and who knows, Malinga may still win the match, nothing is imp in this game.

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    great work by lower order of sl

  • ranjit.sg on March 4, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    As an Indian, I must say I'm embarrassed by the way our fans have conducted themselves. Indian fans really don't seem to have any shame do they! SL are deserving finalists (I'd dare say they are more deserving than the Aussies themselves, who haven't looked as good as SL).

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @shanmuganathan: Yes talk about fightback, how did u forget virat kohli for chasing 320 in just 40 overs, made a mockery of it. SL will loose no matter what.

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    SL gaining momentum just because of the wet ball, but Kula played well.

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    to all who were saying that it is a one sided match... What were you saying?Now want to hear it again Lo.. Facepalml

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Difference between srilanka and India The Fighting Back

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    For those who Preach India would have given a better game at finals... India Lost to Australia 3 times with Australia gaining the bonus points + lost the test series 4-0. Compared to that SL had given Aus good games. Even though if we loose here today, we have already given a good fight back. Guys don't be jealous. Just enjoy Cricket... Learn to enjoy cricket

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    EXCELLENT FIGHTBACK BY SL LOWER ORDER BATSMEN . SL REALLY KNOW HOW TO MAKE THINGS INTERESTING . THANK GOD , INDIA IS NOT PLAYING IN FINALS OTHERWISE THE MATCH WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER WITH INDIA LOSING BY 100 RUNS .

  • Solace1 on March 4, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @area1985: no use beating india?? lol mate when did u beat by the way?? we have a 2-1 record against u in this series and mind u when we won last cb series we again had a 2-1 record against u and we went on to win the tournament, so better start talking if at all u manage to win the tournament first!!

  • VivGilchrist on March 4, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Australia take note- Go down swinging! Win, lose or draw SL will always attack with the bat. If they snatch this, it's because they've backed themselves in. Having said that, Aus bowlers have to learn to close out games better.

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Ok, that was definitely some genius batting by Kula, although it was aided by the wet ball and dropped catches.

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Noticed on th CA website they are looking for Lee t o b man of the match. Really he has three wks hussey has 4 more important wickets. And Warner made a big hundred. Why do they want to promote lee so much?

  • cric4lyf on March 4, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    see how tailenders of lanka played against quality bolwing which indian cant play..good to see deserving teams playing final with india playing any 2 of them can b one sided...india better luck at home

  • cric_roch on March 4, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    There are placards with Dhoni's name in it. Like Srilankan players , it seems fans also haven't come out of that thrashing

  • cric4lyf on March 4, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    AT LEAST SRILANKA SHOWED FIGHT RATHER THAN INDIA WHO WERE OUT UNDER 200 WITH SUCH A GOOD BATTING LINE UP...INDIAN FANS NOW WAIT FOR IPL AND SEE RAINA AND KOHLI HITTING SIXES TO YOUNSTERS AND PROVE THAT THEY ARE WORLD CHAMPS..

  • Zehere on March 4, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha its come true after watching the first 10over i Just comment that you lankan cant' win this & I was prove right by u. the reason is simply this was full ozies scod combine with real aus bouncy condition result into lose.that the thing sl luckly missing till but how much far at last sl face.(this proves their is no differs betwn sl & ind )

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    If India was such a great team,where are they now..At home? World champions couldnt reach the finals of CB series Omg what a shame. The Dream of India Thrashing Malinga will be shattered soon. Yeah thats the only thing India team could do..Bleed Blue & Start thrashing teams on Subcontinent pitches.On the other hand get whitewashed overseas.. What a World champion we have got here :)

  • trumpoz on March 4, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    This is hilarious - the Indian fans are unbelievable. It is quite simple - we had 3 evenly matched sides for this competition, and it came down to individual versus individual. SL generally did better than Aus becuase their spinners were able to tie the Aus batters down, and their death bowling was good. India are better players of spin then Aus (generally) and thus did better against SL. India are aweful against Aus and kept losing. To the Indian supporters who think Australia deliberately lost the last match to keep them out of the finals - get a clue. Australian's take pride in representing their country and anyone throwing a game would never be allowed to represent their country again. I also honestly think they would have preferred India seeing as we thrashed your pathetic excuse for a cricket team throughout the whole summer.

  • on March 4, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @Uday Kumar:- yeah brother, we have seen so many one horse races through out this summer in Australia. all the people in the world know who are getting thrashed from aussies over two moths in this summer.

  • cric_roch on March 4, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Those who compare india with bangladesh ,typical of bangladesh in 2000 , SL were bundled out for 40 or so very recently.Pls dont forget that. Please dont boast about winning 3 times against AUS, one was D/ L and other one just for few runs.

    Now what , this must give AUS double bonus point.

  • on March 4, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    i m happy that atleast India saved their face by not qualifying. it cud have benn easy australia 3 and India 0. finals wud have real boring with india scoring under 150 in 50 overs....

  • mrk369 on March 4, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Did someone told SL that they need to chase 'this' target in 40 overs ;)

  • Rawlonski on March 4, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Didn't Australia get 3 bonus points against India..... there are your easy beats!

  • chathapuram on March 4, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Pls accept we played poor cricket.The cricket we played below our talent.Total faliuer of batting bowling fielding and unimagael captain and bull fight toup it up.So letus gracefully say nextiem.

  • Bruisers on March 4, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale - Hi Mr. Frank Abagnale... LOL. You say toss is a deciding factor right?? Then here is a fact- INDIA WON THE TOSS ONLY TWICE OUT OF THE EIGHT GAMES IN THE SERIES. How's that for a fact huh? Another important fact- INDIA BATTED SECOND ALL THE EIGHT GAMES..

  • Romenevans on March 4, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn! What a one sided game. These Lankans are so boring.

  • on March 4, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @cricket_allrounder:- Lasith Malinga is always a hero of Sri Lanka. He is in the team because of his recent performances, not for faith about him. this is only series Malinga get thrashed. lets see the future. There are lots of youngster such as Nuwan pradeep,Suranga Lakmal,Shaminda eranga are in the queue to get the malinga place. if malinga not perform well selectors will get a decision about him. because our selection panel not like indian selection planel.PERFORM OR PERISH. this is our cricket theme. thats why we able to produced so many talented professional cricketers within 30 yeras(We came to test arena 1981). So buddy, first of all shamed about your team's old cricketers who not performed in the all formats.

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale: Looks like you were the one sleeping because when India thrashed SL in 37 overs and broke all kinds of records including taking Malinga to school, there were over 900 Indian comments. Looks like SL can never win the must-win matches anymore. They can only win when the other team has no interest in winning, like two days ago in Melbourne. Now it's clear why Aussies didn't want to win that game. Then know SL are as good as minnows to them in the finals. To the Aussies, this finals is already the opposite of last CB series when India beat them 2-0.

  • MikeyRos on March 4, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    @All the Indian Fans: LOL oh please! If this was India chasing at the Gabba, you would have been all out for 50 runs. This isn't an Indian pitch or a dead hobart wicket remember?

    And are you guys seriously suggestion that after the thrashing Australia gave you in every game, you would have done better in the Finals? LOL stop deluding yourselves and look forward to your hit and giggle IPL.

  • jasonpete on March 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @frank anushka sachit, don't you think you are giving the same excuses as what Indians are giving through out this series? If pitch is the main concern,then those Indians chased all the games in league matches under light and two times in gabba.we lost the toss in last game in Melbourne and the game,but we haven't given pitch excuses.anyway we are doing good at the moment and hopefully we'll be 1-0 up .Best of luck to both the teams.

  • Daran9 on March 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I thought India is out of the tournament. But Indian fans still cannot get away from Srilankans. Remember it is better to loose in the finals rather than not to qualify for the finals similar to getting out in 90's rather than not scoring even a 50!

  • on March 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    oh come on u SL FANS...sl was beaten by india 2-1 in the series..and if not for that TIE GAME, india would have won..and against aussies...tht david hussey run out...anyways, now that SL is getting hammered.. we are happy and rightly so

  • MaruthuDelft on March 4, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Hey Indian fans. Australia would never get up to such a total if Warner fails. Warner scores once in a while. Sri Lanka would have more positive results in the next 2 games.

  • csowmi7 on March 4, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Why is everybody bashing India even when they have left? This shows that they are jealous of India's world cup victory. The events after the world cup were disappointing indeed but Sri Lanka haven't exactly been excellent either. Losing at home against the Aussies, losing in SA, getting thrashed in Pakistan, and losing in England. India's record after the world cup is 0-8 outside of India but Sri Lanka are 1-6 not particularly good either. At least india have been good at home unlike Sri lanka.

  • on March 4, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Now I understand why Aus lost the last league..! They wanted to have easy finals. Def, India would have been tougher for them to face against in ODI format. SL fans: S.Lankans are always an under performers in finals..Its not going to change how many captains u change..LOL.. Wait and see how India trashes SL in Asia cup, especially Malinga. :)

  • santhosh.vblr on March 4, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka ha ha just can't avoid straight white wash 0-2. Yet to learn how to bat second.

  • on March 4, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Wow.... i searched last few days these indian fans. i just found. because last few days either they disappeared or slept. ok guys, warm welcome to cricinfo. so how are u? ok some people said real australian cricket is start from the final. ha ha ha ha .. then y ur indian team awarded bags of bonus points to that kind of less expierience,not talented team? huh. dont be jokers men. Sri Lanka beat australia 3 times in this series already. this is typical brisbane track. the team who bat second has very few chance to win the match under lights in this track.Your flat track bullies already proved that in this pitch after vanished whole team for 178 against aussie. Still we are with injuries of few players. Lost of two in form players are cost lots in this match for Sri Lanka. its nothing matter whether sri Lanka Win or loose in this game. We came to australia under pressure. we had to prove something. we have already done that. those sweet memories are plus points 4 srilanka.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @VISHA_PB . IT'S FUNNY TO HAVE A CRICKET TEAM LIKE PAKISTAN WHO CAN LOSE THE MATCHES FROM WINNING POSITIONS LIKE SYDENY 2009 , LORDS 2010 , T20 WC SEMIFINAL 2010 .

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 Continue->Try to produce bowlers like Pakistan.. Even Afridi's Pace is batter than You Vinay Kumar.& Indian Spinners Omg they only know how to get wickets of WI,Bangladesh batsmen on subcontinent pitches lol

  • truthhh on March 4, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    SL very badly needs good blowers!!!!!that's why aus score very highly!!!

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @rahulcricket007

    Any team would have done the Same Re..India had to get that Bonus Point so badly.They chased down 320 in 37 overs..Any team would have done the same.It was a good chase no doubt but it dosent mean that you forget the recent poor performances of Indian team.Look at the oppenent..SL also made 320.It was a Flat track lol..After all the previous CB torney in which India the so called World Champions,got beaten so badly.

  • sunny_18 on March 4, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    poor team australia...........again proving the face that they are cowards and are devoid of team spirit completely.............los to sri-lanka knowingly so that they cout knock India out...........anyways, m in support of sri lanka ths time and want whole-heartedly to win this series...........go sri-lanka go...........an Indian fan here......

  • maddy20 on March 4, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    So this was the challenge that SL fans were so excited about? Hell man! It looks like they are gonna lose by over 100 runs. Its confirmed not. OZ lost all 3 matches against SL so that SL can be in the final and OZ can thrash them. I mean how could a team that won just 1 game against India win 3 against OZ? Looking forward to see some really funny justifying statements from SL fans!

  • on March 4, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Lankans go home....what a 1 sided match..Ho Ho so much for qualifying ....now their aukaat is coming out b grade side and supporters ...Dont fly high get ur basics right and than talk about India...We r the best...Way to go Aussies wallop them in 2nd match also ...Jai Ho

  • on March 4, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    OMG... Sanga still play But this is a ODI not a test. Please Sanga do your best & make win 1-0.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @VISHA _PB . HAVE YOUR PAKISTAN TEAM EVER HIT 320 IN 37 OVERS ? LOL.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @DUSHYANT GARG . PLEASE MAN DON'T WHINE HERE . INDIA DIDN'T QUALIFY FOR FINALS BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN FAULT . THEY PLAYED BAD CRICKET IN ALL SERIES . INDIAN TEAM AWARDED 4 BONUS POINTS TO AUS & SL & IN RETURN MADE ONLY ONE .

  • on March 4, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    to all indian fans,please dont cheapen ourselves(cos im one too),by saying bad things about sri lanka or australia , esp now since we hv no part in this tournament anymore. just shows our character is cheap. to all others (SRILANKANS AND AUSTRALIANS), sorry about any bad remarks. best of luck to srilanka and australia....with a tinge of support more for my neighbours :P,...after all ...we both were the wc finalist ;). cheers

  • Cricket_Allrounder on March 4, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Sad of SL ... Unfortunately Aussies dont have a bowler like malinga who can be wacked all around the park ;)

  • visha_pb on March 4, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Its no doubt that AUSTRALIA is the no:1 Team in the world. As per there consistency in every where in the world. INDIA - Just win world cup - Played all the matches inside India with flat track bullies. Its funny to have world champ's like INDIA.

  • DD_f0rever on March 4, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Sad. Flat Track Bully Dilshan couldn't give Lanka solid start. But as long as Chandimal and Sanga are there, SL can still achieve the target.

  • 30-30-150 on March 4, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    The jubilant celebrations of the Lankan cricketers after winning their last league match against Australia was more ecstatic than that of Bangla after beating Australia in 2005.. LOL just goes to show you where Sri Lanka are actually placed in world cricket.. Couldn't stop laughing looking at the joyous celebrations of Dilshan and Kulasekara.. They thought they became world champions or something.. LOL. And also felt pity looking at the eyes of Mahela.. Poor guys... I think making it to the finals itself is the biggest goal in their minds..

  • Vijay51982 on March 4, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    for every SL fans - Indians always watch every match even if India is not playing. You are worst fans in the history of cricket who always criticized the against team especially India and Pakistan. It show that you are not forgetted the world cup loss till now. Funny fans with bunny excuses. One guy told Sri Lanka wins the match in 3 weeks where India did the same for 3 months. If you are very strong team then win this best of 3 final and prove yourselves. Don't forget that Australian bowlers are good the middle over. Australian played every match against Sri Lanka to avoid India in the final. Today you will come to know the real Australian game in the series which you have not seen so far. Let see your performance today?

  • nazim_ali on March 4, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @ all da indian supporters, plz be rational in ur comments. India is out of da tournament just coz they didn't win or perform consistently throughout da tournament (they lost by bonus points 3 times). so stop commenting like india was forced out wid a conspiracy. and india played more like bangladesh coz they lost badly and pulled one sensational (and yes, that was absolutely sensational) win. apart from that win, they hav always been on da receiving end big time. so plz enjoy some gud cricket and let us enjoy. and don't vent out ur frustration on da wrong teams. It's ur own team to blame. Hope u will hav a serious think abt it. P.S. Well ur team has now got ample time to get recovered for IPL. so i don't think that most (or maybe any) indian playerz r disappointed to go back early without playing finals. So go cheer them in da IPLs. coz that is more important to indian cricketers and indian supporters now.

  • DD_f0rever on March 4, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @ visha_pb ..... Yes we are scared of Pakistan team who got white washed by England in ODIs even on DEAD FLAT TRACKS (lol) !

  • on March 4, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Very well going. Dilshan with his style. Sanga can makes barrier for Australians bowlers.

  • Bruisers on March 4, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    area1985 - Have two suggestions for you mate.. 1- Don't compare India to Bangla since we gave you the thrashing of a lifetime.. 2- Try writing with the CAPS off. Hahaha

  • satish619chandar on March 4, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @SL fans : I agree if u say India lost to Australia and England and bash the team as much as you can.. But still, SL never had any sort of measure of EVEN THIS Indian team in the CB series.. It is the fact and remains..

  • Bruisers on March 4, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    @visha_pb - Never in a lifetime will Pakistan ever chase a modest target of 200 in 50 overs and never ever will their fans talk about it. LOL

  • on March 4, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Srilankan fans, See how australia cruise through the 2 finals. It was an eye wash in the previous match that aus lost to sl just to avoid playing India in finals. SL will lose both the finals!

  • SriSanka on March 4, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @ Dushyant Garg- If Aussies could chase 235 on last match they would have beat SL once and would have get India to the finals who is the weakest opposition for them as it has proven during all the summer. that tactic was much more easier than beating SL twice in finals......

  • gabrialgihan on March 4, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @kalpman even better team india and south africa?southafrica is alright but were did india come from.... india is the new Zimbabwe playing cricket for ages but cant prevent from getting whitewash... not even one year from being world cup champians how many white washes since then worst team ever won the world cup just from the luck wont do it again for anather 50 years lol.....

  • visha_pb on March 4, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Once in a blue Moon - India Hit 320 in 37 Overs - For next 10 Years they will talk about it. Proud to be a Pakistani.

  • on March 4, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    No need to go fast for winning target. Need only 222 runs in scoreboard in 40 overs. Sri Lanka can make 100 runs in 10 overs.

  • Rawlonski on March 4, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Looks like there are some Indian fans out there that have nothing better to do (like watching cricket) and so are make stupid comments on a blog in the hope of getting some sort of a response for the Aussies or Sri Lankans....

    Enjoy the extra break!

  • area1985 on March 4, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @ kalpman YOU CAN APPLY NEW BANGALDESH TO THE " INDIAN TEAM" BUT NOT SRILANKA , I CAN UNDERSTAND UR FRUFRATION AFTER THRASHING DEFEATS WHICH SHOW U UP TO BOTTOM. SRILANKA ARE CONSISTENT AND INDIA HAVE BEEN NOT ONLY DEFEATED THEY WERE HAMMERED AND BLOWN AWAY, DONT THINK 1 WIN AGAINST SRILANKA MAKE YOU TOP OF THE WORLD, IF SRILANKA GIVEN EVERY THINK LIKE INDIA DID IN HOBART THEY COULD GOT 500 IN THAT MATCH, EVEN BETTER SIDE INDIA?? HA HA TRASH 8-0 IN AUS & ENG THEN AGAIN THRASH IN ODI'S WHAT A JOKE , SRILANKA DIDN'T THRASH BY INDIA OR SOUTH AFRICA , BUT INDIA GOT THRASH EVERY WHERE THEY TOURED , THATS THE TRUTH, BEATING INDIA IS NO VALUE FOR SL, OUR CHALLENGE IS WITH AUS WORLD NO 1 TEAM!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @RNIKH. WARNER - THE MOST DANGEROUS BATSMEN IN WORLD . ARE YOU KIDDING ME ? HE IS GOOD ON HIS DAY & CAN WIN MATCHES ON HIS OWN . TOP DANGEROUS BATSMEN IN ODIS IN WORLD ARE : AB DE VILLIERS , MIKE HUSSEY , VIRAT KOHLI , AMLA , DHONI .

  • fairness on March 4, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    now the lankans will get the 322 target in 36.4 overs to prove that they are better than Indians who they SO wanted to send home.

    losing 3 in a row was a decoy!! This will be LOSE #1

    Hope lankan board pages the wages on monday!

  • Biggus on March 4, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    @RNikh-With all due respect mate we Aussies will discuss Warner and our team selections whenever we like, not when you say so, OK. He has done well in this game but his recent form certainly required some deliberation vis-a-vis selection.

  • on March 4, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Funny comments.. HOw on earth you compare SL with Bangla. By the way, who can say India is better than Ausi..(kalpman) Come on Indians, at least now accept that your team is a disgrace!

  • Danufur on March 4, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Quick reminder to the few Indian fans who seem to hate Sri Lanka... We have beaten Australia more times in the last "3 weeks" than India has managed in the last "3 months".

    Thank you to all the other Indian fans who are supporting Sri Lanka in the last stage of this series.

  • golubhai on March 4, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Well wat happnd to Aus. batting in the last game?? They knew that India will go on and will win the finals as their performance in finals in good. They also saw the return of form of team INDIA in India's last league match at Hobart. GOOD MIND GAME AUSSIES.......

  • on March 4, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Ha ha People who lost their way to the final has suddenly risen seeing SL getting hammered. Guys you always get so exited. Wait till the game ends.

  • RNikh on March 4, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    My man ends up on 163! What an innings!!! Absolutely out of this worldly brilliant!! C'mon! In your faace you critics of this great man, davey Warner

  • Vijay51982 on March 4, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    It is very much clear that Australia avoided India purposely not to enter in the final which means they don't want to face India in the final which is more tougher than Sri Lanka. So everything is planned and executed by the host in the last match in Melbourne. First 3 quick wickets and DJ batting till end of the over and getting out in the first ball of the final over are all clearly visible of doubt. Sri Lanka might thinking they have played well but the real Australian side that they are going to see in the final. Now 50% is cleared.

  • Hate.ME on March 4, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    What an ordinary bowling from SL bowlers. And what can be said about Malinga ? At biggest stages, he seems ineffective be it final vs Pak in T20, vs India in WC, vs India in last match and now today !! but credit goes to Warner for playing an outstanding innings. Lets see if Lanka can achieve the target. Good thing is they have to achieve it in 50 overs NOT 40 unlike India. Top 4 Lankan batsmen are in red hot form. Even if 2 of them get going, this target would be achieved, but Matthews absence could hurt them badly in final overs.

  • priceless1 on March 4, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Funny these Indians still think that Australians didn't want them in the final .....LOLZ( 4 nill in test series ,3 loses with bonus pints in the CB series ) i think they would prefer India over Ireland any day

  • Hate.ME on March 4, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    What an ordinary bowling from SL bowlers. And what can be said about Malinga ? At biggest stages, he seems ineffective be it final vs Pak in T20, vs India in WC, vs India in last match and now today !! but credit goes to Warner for playing an outstanding innings. Lets see if Lanka can achieve the target. Good thing is they have to achieve it in 50 overs NOT 40 unlike India. Top 4 Lankan batsmen are in red hot form. Even if 2 of them get going, this target would be achieved, but Matthews absence could hurt them badly in final overs.

  • classicvijay on March 4, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    It looks now like Aussies desperately lost the last league match against Srilanka.....OZ will thrash lankans in both the finals...Srilanka dont deserve to be in the finals...India would have been a better choice

  • on March 4, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Fantastic Score let see what Sri Lanka does......................All the best..

  • anto12 on March 4, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    This is the performance, the srilankans show after not allowing India to get to the finals,which would have ensured a better contest.For all srilankan fans, your team is not good enough.

  • satish619chandar on March 4, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    I am not sure of having Tharanga as might look a misfit in the middle order.. And, if he is going to open, it ll be at expense of Mahela who is having a good run as opener.. Big challenge for SL.. However, I wouldn't discount SL on this track which looks flat.. Still, Australia hold advantage of not bowling to proven finishers in Matthews and Perera..

  • satish619chandar on March 4, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I think Mahela had done absolute miscalculation in Herath's bowling abilities.. Herath looked a every good option in all the games he played but still doesn't bowl his quota in all games.. With Matthews and Thissera, it is understandable but Herath was surely underbowled in this match..

  • Solace1 on March 4, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    I sincerely believe that srilanka is the new 'bangladesh' in world cricket, they can shock the best sides like australia and can also lose in the worst possible manner against even better sides likes india and southafrica!!

  • RNikh on March 4, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    To continue criticizing Warner's critics, he's batting on 123 off 127

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on March 4, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    the rivalry between australia and srilanka in this series finals reminds me of the great rivalry that exists between zimbabwe and bangladesh!! thank goodness indians stepped aside after seeing bangladesh(srilankans) losing to them in jus 37 overs defending 320!!

  • on March 4, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Whatever It Takes There are some great SL Batsmen could overcome this total...!!

  • Zehere on March 4, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    You lankan if you think u world campion so proof us know that u win this match from now onward.if u win now from this situation on this bouncy condition that is great acivemnt for u.bUt i dont thin u cn win coz last legae was everythg for u &u don't care this final game.You always a ordnery tem don't know how to much punch. For that first u need to remain hungry & follish .u Just think u got everythg in last gme the way u celebrete . Now see how to make final & importnt punch frm ozies .:):):)

  • on March 4, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    anybody remember previous time when sl beat aussis in final...........................never so in previous game aussis lost,because they know if india reach in final and tendulkar on then they lost another final by tendulkar like previous cb series or in sharjaha

  • VivGilchrist on March 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I'm convinced Australia still doesn't know how to use powerplays. To be 1/180 odd and only be pushing for singles doesn't make sense. Wattos dismissal was another of an Aussie just poking it around. If your going to hit it , HIT IT!

  • on March 4, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Where was this Australian batting in the last match against Srilanka? They couldn't (or should we say DIDN'T) chase 235? The plan was simple to pretend to lose and make India out of tournament and win tournament by 2-0! I bet you, they will make mincemeat of Srilanka in both the final matches.

  • RNikh on March 4, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    For all those of you who said that Warner should have been dropped instead of Forrest, well.... Warner is batting on 75! So, pl think twice when you talk about Warner! He is a fine cricketer(the most dangerous in the world)... Pacing his innings extremely well, on to 76

  • satanswish on March 4, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    If Srilankans lose this final match series, they should be tagged as Chokers#2.

  • on March 4, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    good luck aussie.................................................!

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    SOMETHING TELLS ME THAT AUSTRALIA WILL EASILY WIN THE FINALS . THE REASON IS SRI LANKA 'S RECENT FINAL FATIGUE . IN PAST 3 YEARS THEY HAVE DONE WELL IN WHOLE TOURNAMENT EXCEPT FINALS . EXAMPLES ARE T20 WC 2009 , ASIA CUP 2010 , COMPAQ CUP 2009 , WC 2011 .

  • era-USA on March 4, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Good team for the first final. Hope Dhammika Prasad produce some bounce on this track.

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  • era-USA on March 4, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Good team for the first final. Hope Dhammika Prasad produce some bounce on this track.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 4, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    SOMETHING TELLS ME THAT AUSTRALIA WILL EASILY WIN THE FINALS . THE REASON IS SRI LANKA 'S RECENT FINAL FATIGUE . IN PAST 3 YEARS THEY HAVE DONE WELL IN WHOLE TOURNAMENT EXCEPT FINALS . EXAMPLES ARE T20 WC 2009 , ASIA CUP 2010 , COMPAQ CUP 2009 , WC 2011 .

  • on March 4, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    good luck aussie.................................................!

  • satanswish on March 4, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    If Srilankans lose this final match series, they should be tagged as Chokers#2.

  • RNikh on March 4, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    For all those of you who said that Warner should have been dropped instead of Forrest, well.... Warner is batting on 75! So, pl think twice when you talk about Warner! He is a fine cricketer(the most dangerous in the world)... Pacing his innings extremely well, on to 76

  • on March 4, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Where was this Australian batting in the last match against Srilanka? They couldn't (or should we say DIDN'T) chase 235? The plan was simple to pretend to lose and make India out of tournament and win tournament by 2-0! I bet you, they will make mincemeat of Srilanka in both the final matches.

  • VivGilchrist on March 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I'm convinced Australia still doesn't know how to use powerplays. To be 1/180 odd and only be pushing for singles doesn't make sense. Wattos dismissal was another of an Aussie just poking it around. If your going to hit it , HIT IT!

  • on March 4, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    anybody remember previous time when sl beat aussis in final...........................never so in previous game aussis lost,because they know if india reach in final and tendulkar on then they lost another final by tendulkar like previous cb series or in sharjaha

  • Zehere on March 4, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    You lankan if you think u world campion so proof us know that u win this match from now onward.if u win now from this situation on this bouncy condition that is great acivemnt for u.bUt i dont thin u cn win coz last legae was everythg for u &u don't care this final game.You always a ordnery tem don't know how to much punch. For that first u need to remain hungry & follish .u Just think u got everythg in last gme the way u celebrete . Now see how to make final & importnt punch frm ozies .:):):)

  • on March 4, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Whatever It Takes There are some great SL Batsmen could overcome this total...!!