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!!

  • dummy4fb 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..

  • dummy4fb 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

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