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

Hussey hits, Welegedara misses

ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the Day for the first final of the CB Series between Australia and Sri Lanka, in Brisbane
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The bouncer
When Lasith Malinga generates bounce from the height he bowls at, he can be extra difficult to negotiate. Matthew Wade learned that in the third over of the Australia innings today, when one nearly exploded straight at his throat. Wade did manage to get out of the delivery's way, but he had to be lightning quick in doing so and almost lost his footing.

The slower ball
This one went wrong. Malinga can sometimes overuse the slower ball. When he did so three times in a row in the fifth over, Wade picked the third one early, a length ball, and smote it well over wide long-on, no questions asked.

The catch
The finale was spectacular but it could be argued that it was set up by his own misjudgement. Wade had hit Nuwan Kulasekara well towards long-on, where Rangana Herath had time to set himself up for a comfortable catch. However, perhaps unsure of the position of the rope, Herath stayed a bit in, and was nearly duped. Except for his successful last-second lunge behind his body, to pluck the ball one-handed. He could scarcely believe what he had pulled off himself.

The drop
Chanaka Welegedara has spent the whole tournament bowling in the nets and warming the bench. Today, when Michael Hussey arrived to bat he tested how alert Welegedara was. Hussey got under a length ball, and shovelled it over long-off, into the players' viewing area. Welegedara got into position early, but dropped a sitter. His hands stung too.

The shot
The ninth ball Hussey faced today was pitched on a length, and he got on one knee and swept it many a row behind midwicket. That was all very fine, except that the bowler was the quick man Dhammika Prasad, who operates at close to 140kph. This wasn't even a slower ball. Five years ago, dentists in the locality would have been tempted to not go home until the game was over. Nowadays, this is the done thing.

The awareness
After the first ball of the 22nd over of the chase, Kumar Sangakkara was seen arguing with umpire Asad Rauf. Moments later Rauf raised his right arm to signal a no-ball. The facts of the matter: it was a Powerplay over, Australia had only five fielders inside the circle, Sangakkara knew it, and he brought it to the umpire's notice. It is possible Sangakkara quietly let the striker know too, and Lahiru Thirimanne had a wild swing at the delivery. That would be real clever thinking.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sarith01 on March 5, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    why everyone compare best team of the earth against a so called minnow like SL???

    in Away Test 37 wins(out of 230) in 80yrs VS 19 wins (out of 102) in 30yrs in Away ODIs 102 wins(out of 265) VS 93(out of 233) in Away T20s 8(out of 15) VS 7(out of 9)

  • Kays789 on March 5, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Narbavi: my comments and sarith ajitha's were directed at the ridiculous comments made by Adingoth who was no doubt just trolling here. unfortunately as an indian fan you just saw what you wanted to see. why am i not surprised?

  • Sinhabahu on March 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @Narbavi, I don't think India should be kicked out of Test cricket, but Sri Lanka aren't the ones who keep getting whitewashed overseas these days.

  • PiyushD on March 5, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    OutCast , Why do Lee and Pattinson need a pitch like perth to perform, if you expect batsmen to do wonders in swinging, seaming conditions same test holds true for bowlers.

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @Sarith Ajitha & isra and other lankan fans: i am repeating again, over the last decade we have won atleast 15 test matches overseas, can you count and tell me the number of tests ur team won overseas??? then you will know who is the real flat track bully!!

  • Isra on March 5, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I feel proud to be a fan of great FIGHTING LIONS, Not to be waste of FLAT TRACK BULLIES

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Kays789: india doesn't warrant test status?? really funny mate!! what does that make of srilanka then?? for heaven's sake just compare the records of the two nations and their achievements in test matches all over the world, if india has a poor record then lankans have a record that equals bangladesh in overseas test matches!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Well...I dont know what brought India into this conversation..but some points must be made.. 1) There is no minnow team in this tri series.. 2) SL deserved to win this match..and are in the finals for good... 3) Indians are not flat track bullies for those of you who comment without watching them play..they are unable to hold good performances together and make it a win..

    And a question...from when did Indian and SL fans start digging holes at each other?? I thought even the fans had the affinity the teams had(clearly seen in the frequency of matches played against each other..and ofcourse the record partnership btn MS and Jayawardena)..:P Cheer up guyz...to all SL fans...SL are deservingly in the finals.. To all moaning Indian fans...let past behind and cheer the team for Asia Cup.. We know the talent the team has got...they are going through a mentally low phase..cheer them till they get out of it..

  • OutCast on March 5, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Aus inadvertently scheduled the last 2 finals in Adelaide- the flat pitch heaven... It will only help SL coz the flat pitch takes away the bowling talents of Aus and Aus bowlers will look as same as SL's NONAME bowlers... the finals should've been scheduled in Perth, so that the real team will get to display their talents... even Brisbane ground didn't live up to its name- ended up like offering Adelaide characteristics where Patt and Lee's bowling were almost noneffective... Hope Aus doesn't delay SL departure, so that SL can get home early, lick their wounds and start preparing for ANOTHER Indian mauling..

  • on March 5, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    @zaffire: I agree. But at the same time if you had checked the score, only one of them had hit a six :D

  • sarith01 on March 5, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    why everyone compare best team of the earth against a so called minnow like SL???

    in Away Test 37 wins(out of 230) in 80yrs VS 19 wins (out of 102) in 30yrs in Away ODIs 102 wins(out of 265) VS 93(out of 233) in Away T20s 8(out of 15) VS 7(out of 9)

  • Kays789 on March 5, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Narbavi: my comments and sarith ajitha's were directed at the ridiculous comments made by Adingoth who was no doubt just trolling here. unfortunately as an indian fan you just saw what you wanted to see. why am i not surprised?

  • Sinhabahu on March 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @Narbavi, I don't think India should be kicked out of Test cricket, but Sri Lanka aren't the ones who keep getting whitewashed overseas these days.

  • PiyushD on March 5, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    OutCast , Why do Lee and Pattinson need a pitch like perth to perform, if you expect batsmen to do wonders in swinging, seaming conditions same test holds true for bowlers.

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @Sarith Ajitha & isra and other lankan fans: i am repeating again, over the last decade we have won atleast 15 test matches overseas, can you count and tell me the number of tests ur team won overseas??? then you will know who is the real flat track bully!!

  • Isra on March 5, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I feel proud to be a fan of great FIGHTING LIONS, Not to be waste of FLAT TRACK BULLIES

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Kays789: india doesn't warrant test status?? really funny mate!! what does that make of srilanka then?? for heaven's sake just compare the records of the two nations and their achievements in test matches all over the world, if india has a poor record then lankans have a record that equals bangladesh in overseas test matches!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Well...I dont know what brought India into this conversation..but some points must be made.. 1) There is no minnow team in this tri series.. 2) SL deserved to win this match..and are in the finals for good... 3) Indians are not flat track bullies for those of you who comment without watching them play..they are unable to hold good performances together and make it a win..

    And a question...from when did Indian and SL fans start digging holes at each other?? I thought even the fans had the affinity the teams had(clearly seen in the frequency of matches played against each other..and ofcourse the record partnership btn MS and Jayawardena)..:P Cheer up guyz...to all SL fans...SL are deservingly in the finals.. To all moaning Indian fans...let past behind and cheer the team for Asia Cup.. We know the talent the team has got...they are going through a mentally low phase..cheer them till they get out of it..

  • OutCast on March 5, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Aus inadvertently scheduled the last 2 finals in Adelaide- the flat pitch heaven... It will only help SL coz the flat pitch takes away the bowling talents of Aus and Aus bowlers will look as same as SL's NONAME bowlers... the finals should've been scheduled in Perth, so that the real team will get to display their talents... even Brisbane ground didn't live up to its name- ended up like offering Adelaide characteristics where Patt and Lee's bowling were almost noneffective... Hope Aus doesn't delay SL departure, so that SL can get home early, lick their wounds and start preparing for ANOTHER Indian mauling..

  • on March 5, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    @zaffire: I agree. But at the same time if you had checked the score, only one of them had hit a six :D

  • Asaanks on March 5, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Sri Lankan team has done wonders this series. Its a great contest between 2 teams Aus and SL. Well the indians had enough beating from Aus that I am sure they are glad not to be in the finals.

  • vk6848 on March 5, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    RoshanF, I agree-- again and again SL have overs left for bowlers with the best economy rate; Herath usually (and yesterday, Dilshan). Jayawardena is brilliant as captain (may be he is losing it as a batsman) but has to address this blind spot of his

  • on March 5, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    one of the minnows VS best team on the earth test 4-0(2 of them by an inn. ) odi 3-1(all the 3 defeats conceding a bonus points)

    about the other minnow they have only played 30yrs of test cricket & any one can proud of them because as a minnow they are playing really well against top nations. And last dacade the best team on the earth just manage 2 wins out of 10 or 11 finals between them.

  • Meety on March 5, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Regarding Herath's catch (top shelf stuff), what would of been better was if he got up & nonchalantly jogged back to his teammates & pretended he had it covered all along!!!! When he took that catch I was a mix of thinking what a blinder of a take & that was the biggest fluke I have ever seen. (the bit about a fluke was not meant to dissrespect just to acknowledge he got into a bit of a tangle & looked like fluffing it!).

  • on March 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Lol, I believe Cricket is synonymous to the name India now thanks to a few wise Cricinfo users here! Why do these handful of users bring in their team in a conversation where anything related to their team is absolutely irrelevant?! Bet they don't even have answers for that!

  • zaffire on March 4, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    The writer has presumptions that the readers know which of the hussey brother hit the six of Dhamika prasad, then is there any need to write all this. Or the writer is too lazy and careless to mention which of the hussey brother hit that six.......Seriously as i have not seen the match......I am finding it annoying.......

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on March 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @ Paul Khun: we were trashed by lanka?? and we are so called overrated world champs?? am i seeing jealosy just coz we beat ur team as well on our way to winning the world cup??

  • Kays789 on March 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Adingoth: haha mate that was hilarious! you have unwittingly provided far more entertainment with your comments than your pathetic excuse for a cricket team did all summer! if Aus and SL are minnows, then india doesnt even warrant test status. and on current form that would probably be best.

  • on March 4, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Do I really have to say this? As a neutral it's a better to watch two so called minnows playing exciting world class cricket than watching a so called over rated WC champs getting trashed by these minnows. Its seriously embarrassing. CB sponsors, next time please bring another minnow like SA/England to make the series even more exciting. Great match BTW

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on March 4, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Guys calling ausies as minnows is a mistake sure,but wat about srilanka. U people have completely forgotten ur overseas records or pretend to have forgotten. Last Cb series srilanka barely made 5 pts,(that was the main reason why the last series wasnt even close to a best one). You talk about our overseas record ,atleast we have won test series in England newzealand Westindies and drew in SA and won tests in Australia too and we have had a better head to head record against you as well.... have you achieved atleast one of these. If we are flat track bullies despite all these then u deserve to be called as minnows.

  • RoshanF on March 4, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Why Mahela did not use up 04 overs of spin left - 3 by Herath and 1 by Dilshan is really puzzling considering that they were the only really economical bowlers in the Lankan line-up today. My take is that like against India, when Kohli and co. blasted away from the outset, Mahela seems to be put off too soon by early aggression - not good signs. He surely needs to weigh up his bowling options better during tough situations.

  • toysoldier9 on March 4, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @Adingoth, one thing's for sure while the two "minnows" prepare for the next final of this tri-series (which is widely acclaimed as one of the best ever) u either need an english examination or a head examination before u post ur next comment here. Do keep us posted about which exam u faced.

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    yeah..minnows at-least can play cricket on non flat tracks when WC cant..

  • SR-FR on March 4, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @ adingoth - then what about that associate team that the two "minnows" sent packing?

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Herath's good catch reminds me -- how come, he is not given his full quota of 10 overs in many matches in this tournament, despite his economy rate being the most miserly. Everyone knows,that Herath is Sanga's favorite. That doe not men that another captain should under-utilize him!

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

    Miniows are ok BUT the Papper Champ's are warming the TVO's at Home ..... Hillarious :P

  • True-Lion on March 4, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    This was a great game... needless to say Sri Lanka did not do well with the ball and fielding could've been much better. If Maharoof had take the cath early at mid off, that would have been a different game....Lets get them next boys !!! Good luck..

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @Adinoth, :-D typical Indian sour grapes... Great fight back by a team that is rebuilding! Even though Sri Lanka lost we are proud of the way they never gave up!

  • on March 4, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Aussies getting their luck back when they want it.... In the next match Malinga need to stop bowling his half volleys. SL will surely win this series.

  • Shane_Perera on March 4, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @Adingoth, and the fans of the Greatest Team on earth (Flat track bullies) can not still get over with their embarrassment!

  • GeemanSL on March 4, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    adingoth, still bitter about India not making it to the finals? all critics will contradict your statement. In fact it was a great game of cricket, top order failed, but the tail fired and brought Lankans closer to the target. Great batting displace by warner as well. Great game of cricket overall.

  • visualdp on March 4, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @Adingoth: Man how jealous you are. Indian flat track bullies are really pathetic & cannot fight in a game like this.Accept that first. We SL people never jealous & disgrace to other people like you. Now i know Indians have very poor in their attitude. We all know cricket is a game & Sri Lankans always enjoying with it.Its not our life. Anyway congratzz to Aussies for their win & hope next game SL will pull out which they are closed to do so today.

  • insominac on March 4, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    tournament finale got interesting start with very close game.......after all one of the minnows indian went home.....tournament is getting more interesting....otherwise it was dull until indains(minnows) were in the tournament.....

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    @Adingoth, which mighty nation are u from..? Is it something out from the earth? coz there are no other mightier nations in this world than Wallabies and Lions at the moment.

  • on March 4, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    why they dropped Herath for Asia Cup?

  • Herath-UK on March 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    It is no way a surprise that the Australian public voting 78% this as the best ever three way series.The drama Lankans have brought into series that was so lop sided whole summe in Australia with a meek indian team unbeleivable;the Aussie public has been so far deprived of what is cricket by a pathetic indian touring team;they nearly pulled this off too with a record second innings score in Gabba but now very confident in the next final. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • cricinfan on March 4, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @Adingoth: troll troll troll

  • Sinhabahu on March 4, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @adingoth, and the biggest minnows took an early flight home yesterday :D

  • varsha8 on March 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Adingoth - u sure seem to know ur cricket .. calling SL & Aus as minnows !! Lol .. hilarious .. worth getting your IQ level tested ( if u know what it means ) .. Lol

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @adingoth.. i know you are only trolling, but that has to be among one of the stupidest things ive ever heard anyone say.. who might i ask do you follow? because i will wager that they are COMFORTABLY below the australians on the rankings table and sri lanka are in a narrow battle for 2nd with SA and india (who both australia and sri lanka flogged all summer), so unless you follow one of those 2 teams then sri lanka are ranked higher than your country too.. but yeah, minnows..

  • yorkslanka on March 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    adingoth- if these two teams are the minnows, given that they are playing in the finals, what does that make India??why would you put your own team down like that?

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Just saw that catch during the post-match replays. That was absolutely brilliant. Well done Herath.

  • Htc-Baseball on March 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Malinga's search for his first '100' continues right from hobart, hopefully he gets it in the second final or else the indians will make sure he gets a double ton in the Asia cup!!

  • Solace1 on March 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Even before the game got over the lankan dressing room was happy, and it was clearly seen that the support staff had already started posting comments in cricinfo, boasting their graceful defeat to set up an example for the fellow lankan fans to follow!!

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I am surprised no one is talking about the abysmal fielding of the Aussies. Sure they run around the field and collect the ball and even take most of the catches. But what's with the easy run out chances missed, especially from behind the stumps! I counted a total of 8 easy run-outs missed, three of them by Wade. They need to pick themselves up on the field if they want to win this series.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on March 4, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    as expected, the two minnows provided a good game for the neutrals even though one of the minnows(lankans) failed miserably with the bat in the beginning!!

  • indiajohnny on March 4, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    herath took a great catch

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  • indiajohnny on March 4, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    herath took a great catch

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on March 4, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    as expected, the two minnows provided a good game for the neutrals even though one of the minnows(lankans) failed miserably with the bat in the beginning!!

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I am surprised no one is talking about the abysmal fielding of the Aussies. Sure they run around the field and collect the ball and even take most of the catches. But what's with the easy run out chances missed, especially from behind the stumps! I counted a total of 8 easy run-outs missed, three of them by Wade. They need to pick themselves up on the field if they want to win this series.

  • Solace1 on March 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Even before the game got over the lankan dressing room was happy, and it was clearly seen that the support staff had already started posting comments in cricinfo, boasting their graceful defeat to set up an example for the fellow lankan fans to follow!!

  • Htc-Baseball on March 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Malinga's search for his first '100' continues right from hobart, hopefully he gets it in the second final or else the indians will make sure he gets a double ton in the Asia cup!!

  • NP_NY on March 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Just saw that catch during the post-match replays. That was absolutely brilliant. Well done Herath.

  • yorkslanka on March 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    adingoth- if these two teams are the minnows, given that they are playing in the finals, what does that make India??why would you put your own team down like that?

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @adingoth.. i know you are only trolling, but that has to be among one of the stupidest things ive ever heard anyone say.. who might i ask do you follow? because i will wager that they are COMFORTABLY below the australians on the rankings table and sri lanka are in a narrow battle for 2nd with SA and india (who both australia and sri lanka flogged all summer), so unless you follow one of those 2 teams then sri lanka are ranked higher than your country too.. but yeah, minnows..

  • varsha8 on March 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Adingoth - u sure seem to know ur cricket .. calling SL & Aus as minnows !! Lol .. hilarious .. worth getting your IQ level tested ( if u know what it means ) .. Lol

  • Sinhabahu on March 4, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @adingoth, and the biggest minnows took an early flight home yesterday :D