Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series 2nd final, Adelaide March 5, 2012

Hosts brace for final Sri Lankan surge

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Match facts

March 6, Adelaide
Start time 1350 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

Australia are a match away from sealing a dramatic and entertaining triangular series, but it is all too apparent that Michael Clarke's team is staggering towards the finish line. To wrap up the finals 2-0 the hosts will have to win two in a row for the first time since games one and two of the series, and do so on an Adelaide surface far more amenable to Sri Lanka than Brisbane's was supposed to have been. Mahela Jayawardene's Sri Lankan team, meanwhile, carries plenty of momentum from the Gabba, not least in terms of the fight shown by a lower order that was about as inclined to quit as the American revolutionaries at the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.

Clarke's concerns entering the second final revolve principally around his bowling, which lurched into indiscipline as Nuwan Kulasekara and others provided an unexpected fright. It was not the first time the home attack had been exploited in the later overs this series, something Clarke was at pains to address in the aftermath of the match, when he spoke less as a victor than as a leader wary of how his men are flagging. Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson were particularly loose, and only Shane Watson looked entirely in command of his length and direction. David Warner's fitness is also a problem following his match-shaping 163, and will likely force a change in the batting order.

While Sri Lanka's attack looked powerless at times on a flat surface in Brisbane, they can expect a little more help in Adelaide, on a pitch that may slow up and turn in the evening. Most pressing among Jayawardene's requirements will be that one or more of his team's vaunted top order provides a more worthy contribution than they managed at the Gabba, where the late fightback masked the earlier inattention that made such a stirring rearguard necessary.

Form guide

Australia WLWLW (Most recent first)
Sri Lanka LWLWW

In the spotlight

Xavier Doherty bowled tidily at the Gabba, maintaining his knack for the useful. However in Adelaide he will expect to play a more central role, taking wickets as well as keeping the runs down. David Hussey managed to burgle four wickets in Brisbane, and Doherty's lack of a major haul across his matches in this series will be the one thing nagging away at him. These finals are the last ones he will play as the undisputed No. 1 ODI spinner, as Nathan Lyon will vie for a place against Doherty in the Caribbean.

Nuwan Kulasekara is nobody's idea of a conspicuous cricketer, his steady right-arm medium fast bowling the sort of handy skill that can make an ODI career of substance rather than fanfare. However the way he crashed into Australia's bowlers with the bat at the Gabba suggested greater depths of flair lurk beneath, and must have caused more than a few to ask "who was that masked man?" as he left the scene with 73 to his name. His challenge in Adelaide will be to replicate that impact, with ball or bat. Another star-turn would help keep the series alive.

Team news

David Warner is in extreme doubt due to a groin injury picked up during his Gabba innings, leaving Peter Forrest the most likely reinforcement while Shane Watson returns to the top of the order. One of Pattinson or Hilfenhaus should make way for Clint McKay.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Peter Forrest, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Michael Hussey, 6 David Hussey, 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Brett Lee, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.

An extra spinner is a likely gambit by the visitors, while they are also waiting on the fitness of Angelo Mathews.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Upul Tharanga, 7 Farveez Maharoof, 8 Sachithra Senanayake, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Rangana Herath.

Pitch and conditions

Adelaide's surface can be expected to be of similar character to that which hosted the domestic limited-overs final. The match was a dramatic tie that ended with South Australia and Tasmania locked on 285 runs apiece, a comfortable batting surface offering some turn in the evening. The weather forecast is fine and temperate.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka were victorious the last time they met Australia in a final at Adelaide Oval, in 2006.
  • That night Tillakaratne Dilshan had a hand in no fewer than four run-outs
  • This will be the last international match (or matches) hosted by Adelaide Oval before the start of redevelopment work that will dramatically reconfigure the ground.

Quotes

"A win is a win. But we have a lot of work to do with our Powerplay and death bowling. It hasn't been good enough all series. It continues to let us down. We are the No.1 one-day team and we have to be better than that. Hopefully that [scare] allows us to understand that we have to be better than that."
Michael Clarke was unimpressed with his bowlers in Brisbane

"The boys, at the end, showed some real character and kept fighting which is something you want to cultivate in a team."
Mahela Jayawardene saw something at the Gabba to build on in Adelaide

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

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

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  • on March 6, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @Nachiappan Rengenath: Now who cares....let`s see again who will get the CB series,Congratulations Sri Lankans !!!!!You are the best at the Moment,,,

  • Dhutugemunu on March 6, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Two Teams who deserved to be in the Finals playing competitive Cricket.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 6, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @ Nachiappan Rengenath : Is Sri Lanka going to loose this match? @ .faraz. : So Dilshan can't score against Aussies. really? lol

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @JChandi: SL will loose this match. Ball was wet, That was the main reason the chase was close. This match aus will beat convincingly. World knows who cares, take a look at the spectator count in the ground. If India was playing, stadium would have been full by now.

  • Mahaanama on March 6, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @classicvijay: Mate, why do u still talk about what happened in early 80's ? That was the time SL got test status. Ok understand if you don't have much to talk about your team's performances in recent past then it's not a bad idea to talk such things or you could be someone really old who lost short term memory. SL have beat England 5-0 in England. SL beat Aus 2-1 in Aus in their last tour in Aus & SL made world cup finals 2007 in WI & there are much more achievements. I have no idea about the Indian team in early 80's but I'm talking about last two decades. Anyway SL have never lost 8 consecutive test matches outside SL even their early days in test cricket. Good cricket teams can go through bad patches but then their overall performances at home & outside home should be equally poor. But winning majority of matches at home and losing almost every match outside home means they are definitely flat track bullies

  • jmcilhinney on March 6, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @Isu00, if SL are the best team then they will win. If they don't win then they're not the best team. Either way they have performed very well and deserve a lot of credit but please don't make such outlandish claims.

  • whatweretheythinking on March 6, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @Isu00 Even if Australia win 2-0 or 2-1 SL are still the better team????? That doesn't make any sense at all and if you disagree your biased and unintelligent! Give me a break!! SL lost the World cup to India so SL are still better than India??? whats the point of having finals then?? I would advise you not to cross any busy roads using traffic lights as you would say green is red and walk in front of on coming traffic!!

  • CNBAS5 on March 6, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Indians do not gloat over their world cup win...it is obvious that SL fans brood over the terrible loss in the finals. Tradition will continue in the CB series as well. Runners always!

  • .faraz. on March 6, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    dilshan can score only against india...when it comes comes to aussies bowling he hangon himself.....today also all can watch dilshan innings the u guys will come to know.......

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    THANKS FOR ALL OUR PAKISTAN BROTHERS FOR ENCOURAGING SRILANKA... I WISH TO SEE A SRI LANKA VS PAKISTAN MATCH IN PAKISTAN.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @Nachiappan Rengenath: Now who cares....let`s see again who will get the CB series,Congratulations Sri Lankans !!!!!You are the best at the Moment,,,

  • Dhutugemunu on March 6, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Two Teams who deserved to be in the Finals playing competitive Cricket.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 6, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @ Nachiappan Rengenath : Is Sri Lanka going to loose this match? @ .faraz. : So Dilshan can't score against Aussies. really? lol

  • on March 6, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @JChandi: SL will loose this match. Ball was wet, That was the main reason the chase was close. This match aus will beat convincingly. World knows who cares, take a look at the spectator count in the ground. If India was playing, stadium would have been full by now.

  • Mahaanama on March 6, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @classicvijay: Mate, why do u still talk about what happened in early 80's ? That was the time SL got test status. Ok understand if you don't have much to talk about your team's performances in recent past then it's not a bad idea to talk such things or you could be someone really old who lost short term memory. SL have beat England 5-0 in England. SL beat Aus 2-1 in Aus in their last tour in Aus & SL made world cup finals 2007 in WI & there are much more achievements. I have no idea about the Indian team in early 80's but I'm talking about last two decades. Anyway SL have never lost 8 consecutive test matches outside SL even their early days in test cricket. Good cricket teams can go through bad patches but then their overall performances at home & outside home should be equally poor. But winning majority of matches at home and losing almost every match outside home means they are definitely flat track bullies

  • jmcilhinney on March 6, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @Isu00, if SL are the best team then they will win. If they don't win then they're not the best team. Either way they have performed very well and deserve a lot of credit but please don't make such outlandish claims.

  • whatweretheythinking on March 6, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @Isu00 Even if Australia win 2-0 or 2-1 SL are still the better team????? That doesn't make any sense at all and if you disagree your biased and unintelligent! Give me a break!! SL lost the World cup to India so SL are still better than India??? whats the point of having finals then?? I would advise you not to cross any busy roads using traffic lights as you would say green is red and walk in front of on coming traffic!!

  • CNBAS5 on March 6, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Indians do not gloat over their world cup win...it is obvious that SL fans brood over the terrible loss in the finals. Tradition will continue in the CB series as well. Runners always!

  • .faraz. on March 6, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    dilshan can score only against india...when it comes comes to aussies bowling he hangon himself.....today also all can watch dilshan innings the u guys will come to know.......

  • on March 6, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    THANKS FOR ALL OUR PAKISTAN BROTHERS FOR ENCOURAGING SRILANKA... I WISH TO SEE A SRI LANKA VS PAKISTAN MATCH IN PAKISTAN.

  • CNBAS5 on March 6, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Hope SL wins today for heaven sake...and become runners to keep the tradition. For all the SL fans, India is not gloating over the World cup win, SL is brooding over the terrible loss in Mumbai even now after 12 months. Please get this straight and let the tradition continue. India played awfully bad against Aus but brilliantly against SL in the league round.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 6, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Do wish Sri Lanka wins this Final at least (so there will be a third match), but in all probability it is an uphill task. They have 3 of their stars in this tournament injured (Perera, Matthews, and Maharoof) and they're all all rounders, meaning they bat and bowl (AND FIELD). If Matthews is fit, it will be a huge boost, but Sri Lanka is really missing Thissara Perera. If Perera played in the last match, I feel Sri Lanka might have come home as he did smash runs against Aus in another high pressure chase. All the best for Sri Lanka today, and should they win, may the best team win in the third decider

  • on March 6, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    hmmmm.... the British won Bunker Hill ; so what are you talking about ???

  • gsamiru on March 6, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Today is Lion's Day, Go Sri Lanka Go ........

  • quogequox on March 6, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Bunker Hill! One of the lamest references ever, if you're going to use a american reference in a article about sri lanka v australia, remember the alamo.. seriously. Not clever, not funny. Back to the drawing board Daniel.

  • Chanman3112 on March 6, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    If you type in caps lock, I will not read your comment.

  • MichaelBevan on March 6, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    I personally don't rate Clint McKay or Doherty. But I guess you can't argue that Doherty has played a decent containing role in the past few games. Why can't we give Michael Beer a go in an ODI? He was excellent during the Bigbash league. I think we should be starting to experiment with other spin bowlers instead of persevering time and time again with just above average spinners.

    McKay on the other hand, I haven't been a fan of his since he got smashed in his last over by Dhoni on the way to an Indian win in a game which should have been won by Aus. And, from memory, I think he bowled a wide or two as well in that over.

    Having said that, I don't think Lee is up to international standards either. Too inconsistent. He may have pace, but his accuracy is lacking and in the couple of overs of his I watched on Sunday, his fielding was terrible. He missed the stumps from about 5 metres away on two occasions for potential runouts.

    Good exciting series though. C'mon Australia!!

  • gayansumeera2 on March 6, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    @ Adam Griffin on (March 05 2012, 05:09 AM GMT) My dear please remove David warner's 163 and do the calculations with australian scoreline.............It's like that isn't it? I can bet anything that if Australia had batted 2nd that day and Sri Lanka had scored 300 Australia would never reach even 200,lets see in the 2nd final what will Australia do if they have to bat 2nd,I'm sure If Australia had to bat 2nd against India in the past matches,India would have definitely qualified for the finals,Australia team is an overrated rank 1 team,but they never deserve to be no.1 with players like hilfenhaus pattingson wade etc.These players are only club level players

  • Isu00 on March 6, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Even though australia might win this final 2-0 or 2-1.But every unbiased intelligent cricket fans will understand that srilanka is the best team in the tournament.given the fact that their past performance and so many talks around SL cricket the way boys performed was remarkable.We really love you SL team

  • Daran9 on March 6, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    As a SL fan, I do not mind who is going to win the match. But all I want to see is both teams fight hard and try and win key moments in the 50 Overs. As both teams seem to be very close in talent and in form in this format who has the hunger to win the trophy! Australia already have one hand on the trophy but SL will have different ideas!Good Luck to both teams for providing another good show!

  • Philip_Gnana on March 5, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    I bet Daniel Brettig did not have a clue of what was coming... Phil Gnana,Surrey

  • binojpeter on March 5, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    All the best for both teams from an Indian fan. Hoping for a close contest like the first final. SL should definitely include Mathews if he is fit.

  • on March 5, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    lions let's rourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • on March 5, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Tomorrow srilanka is going to win the 2nd final as they are playing the best cricket. wish a very best of luck srilankan tigers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, pakistan

  • JChandi on March 5, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Dear SL fans, please don't comment against these rubbish Indian cricket fans, world now know who are the true world champions so please use that time to put something positive about SL team, please ignore them as all other cricketing countries ignore them, good luck Mahela and the team for t'row!!!

  • SunethKalapugama on March 5, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    I believe it is going to be another low score game, scores below 250 ? It would be interesting if Sri Lanka can chase down and secure a win here.

  • Danufur on March 5, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @ ranga_s: Well said mate. Couldn't have put it better myself. Let the "WORLD CHAMPIONS" continue to gloat over their win which was 12 months ago and pursue their goal of getting SRT to his 100th century. If the bowling of Sri Lanka comes together today, we are in for a cracker!

  • on March 5, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Hope for a very gud match tomorrow!! expecting some fireworks from Dilshan/warner to spice up the innings - Dinesh chandimal -u looks gud in any situation & a Gennext hero from Srilankans!!! - similar to Kohli from IND~~~~~ Best luck guys, hope Kohli & chandimal will lead their teams in future!!!! :)

  • ShreJ on March 5, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    personally i am disappointed by maharoof. he is a much better bowler than how he is now. but i still believe tht lankans can win the game in adelaide

  • Mitcher on March 5, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Don't the Indian fans ever get tired of being ungracious and arrogant (even when their team gets FLOGGED and sent home in LAST place)?

  • on March 5, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    i want to see sl win today although i'am an indian supporter.i think we can'nt seen a hardfought 1st final match of cb series if india had o play vs. aussies.best of luck "mahela" cammandos.

  • kriskini on March 5, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    To beat Australia back to back in the finals is toughter than winning WORLD CUP??

  • ranga_s on March 5, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Geez...so many wonderful performances to talk about yet again we are here with a rubbish India V Sri Lanka fan fight...If Indians are hurt please refer back to all the articles published in Cricinfo after WC till this point where SL played and India had nothing to do whatsoever...If you read 500 comments trust me 400 are from Indians..Thats why you get this harsh treatment from my fellow SL guys...As for our dudes..guys lets leave them alone...it's an utter waste to spend our time talking to such people...If they think they are the best so be it...They'll never come out of the hole they are in now...And also I saw few saying SL fight back last night was once in a Blue moon situation and SL are lucky...Welll if that's the case to be SL are having awful lot of Blue moons and no other cricket team is lucky as they are looking at how they perform against Australia day to day basis...Whole of Sri Lanka love the way Australia play cricket and we are ready for your challange..Good Luck SL...

  • grown_men_hitting_little_red_balls on March 5, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Hopefully we will see an interesting match tomorrow. My Indian friends, you should not be so bitter, the Asia Cup will give India a chance to come back. Besides this tournament is only a triangular series, it is not as important as the world cup, or the Asia cup.

    onebump, the reason why it seems so is because Sri Lanka has gotten into a choker mentality during the past few years. This is happens when self-belief is negative. buddu saranai.

  • on March 5, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @abhyudayj. True SL lost mere one match to worst Kenyan where as IND loss to Kenya twice. SL qualified because of their ability and we never trust to enter from back door like some one expected other team to loose in order to qualify. @Narbavi. Just one match effected by rain (this one match is couple matches for you).In 2008 CB series IND earned 4 points without playing (first 2 matches were rain effected). But we never said that. Please prove how many Test matches IND win out side asia in their first 30 years. But I think not a single match for sure whereas SL win in NZ,WIN,ENG,SA etc.For IND now second 30 year also over.

  • on March 5, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    sl should win this match. all the best sl !!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    1st final, what a match it was! Hoping to see the same kind of fight from both and would love to see SL win this. Mathews was very missed the other night, for his finishing abilities, hopefully he'll be fit for tomorrow and a lot will depend on top order too. Best of luck SL, Pakistan fans behind you guys :)

  • Mutukisna on March 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Congratulations to both Australia and Sri Lanka for providing all cricket lovers with an exciting first final. Hopefully, we will be dished the same for the second and third (if there is one!) rather than one-sided matches. Hope Sri Lanka win the second thereby setting up an exhilarating third final. But SL should not worry if this does not happen as they have provided great entertainment throughout this CB series and importantly, they will have more rest and preparation time before the Asia Cup. Finally, my advice to all contributors to this forum is, please do not convert this medium into a war of words (insulting, unsportsmanlike and ungentlemanly) between Indian and SL fans. Its only a game! It would be a helpful start if the Indian fans, particulary the fanatical ones, would stay out of the current debate as these three finals are between the Lions and the Kangaroos!

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    @srinideva May be SL will loose or may be win, it dose not matter win and loss part of the game. If SL loss even they wont come with empty hand like you said. Because SL come with pride and dignity.Because we hard fought with No1 ODI team in the world in their own back yard.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    All the best for SL and Aus for tomorrow, hope atlest this will come on the blog.....

  • Costner on March 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Raj4you...

    you are great man... like your attitude...

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Adam Griffin

    Nice comment. But, how about to Take away both 163 wade and 73 Kula together,,,? he he... :p

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    It is really sad to see so much of hatred and cynicism between Sri Lankan and Indian fans.Please remember we are neighbours.Shame on u all.Despite the rude comments made by the Sri Lankan fans I will still support our neighbours.

  • on March 5, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    By reading most of these Comments Aussies and other guys are Having Tons of Statistics to Show that Sri Lanka is Failed in Recent Past. :P Can anyone Tell,

    ???? WHY IS THAT ????

    I mean the whole Sri Lankans are Enjoying the way Our TEAM playing... Win or Lose NO PROB GUYS....

  • onebump on March 5, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Why are we (SL) getting into finals regularly and not winning? Not choking as the SAfricans? I think more running out of steam or we tend to take joy in just qualifying. That might be just our nature? Interesting to hear the thoughts of other fans (SL and other).

  • Ajithd on March 5, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    SL selectors, from the probable team remove Maharoof and give a chance to Dhammika Prasad.( if Mathews is not 100% fit)

  • bigwonder on March 5, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @CricfanAustralia, really? Everyone knows? You must be referring to Australian population. Only time will tell if Australia can win the finals. Personally, I would prefer that Sri Lanka wins for an even contest in the the 3rd final.

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Lankan lions are going to thrash Aussie kangaroos tomorrow :)

  • on March 5, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @NARBHAVI AND Ahamed AfkerI m an Indian,It is not right to fight with each other being a cricket fan.Lets be real Sri lanka are better than India at the moment insoite of having a score line 1-2 against India in this series.They showed fight valour and couraGE everything and i expect this Indian team must learn from them,Their last league match against Australia showed hoew desperat they were to be in the final .I expect Sri lanka to bounce back and win the series 2-1 They really deserve this

  • Die_Hard_Indian on March 5, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    For me India comes first..but u know whats second.. its asia..I think Sri Lanka has played real good cricket throughout the series..and they deserve to be in finals..i m backing sri lanka tomorrow..I think We are a little bit frustrated bcoz our teams recent performances...but that happens in cricket.We cannot be on top all the time..and i hope India comes back with strong performances..And i know u will..And good luck to sri lanka..Hope u bring the cup to asia..Play well.

  • RNikh on March 5, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @biggus-would love to continue to talk about Warner, but what you say is correct, odi's are not dying!!! Not at least as long as matches like this can be played, or any match in this series! And as you say tests are 100000% the best, then the Odis, but t20 is what actually and sadly what the public is watching amd enjoying! I'll still say, Warner is for sure a future legend, and his consistency will improve leaps and bounds, and will continue playing innings like the one yesterday, the one against new Zealand in Hobart, and the one against India at the waca!

  • maddy20 on March 5, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    If anything OZ should brace themselves for a night of hard partying after they make it 2-0 tomorrow. If not for Kulasekara's slogging they would have lost by 100+ runs. Now we know why the OZ deliberately wanted SL in the finals!

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Agree with some of the comments on here re the complete lack of credit that Australia have received. Their late order bowling was ill-disciplined & they panicked and that needs to improve but you'd imagine they'd lost by 150 runs given most comments. Be a shame if Warner misses out requiring another change but hopefully they can put in a 100 over performance at Adelaide and play the game out.

  • abhyudayj on March 5, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    @ Ahamed Afker-srilanka lost against kenya,which is wrost than zimbabwe at that time,so chill and srilanka never won a test series in india where pitches are flat, in CB Series aussies failed taht why srilanka qualifies for finals and sssstill lost the first finals.

  • Nandika on March 5, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    after seeing these all comments truly tell me is it india better team than sri lanka.lets take test cricket 4-0 white wash twice unbeliavable to india(best batting line up).but sri lanka did well in ENG 1-0 and Aus 1-0.so tell me who are the best team playing in green fast bonce wickets .no doubt about it sri lanka is the answer.so tell me all the indian guys who have commented here am i wrong.dont u agree with me.so dont waste ur time talking about indian criket here .no india lost the chance now sri lanka fighting to win the serios.so help us to to that indian guys .do u know my international cricket hero is sachin as a sri lankan i admire him as one of the greatest .i dont know whether indian fans have sri lankan cricket heros.but a a sri lankan i have.this is a game not fighting against nations.so pls publish comment these cricket is for evry one to make joy we dont care any one i love every cricket hero.......thats my cricket...............

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Sri Lanka going to win!!! No one can't stop it!!!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    legs are tired, shoulders are heavy. Steps that we passed are honorable but yet it incomplete. Lets put behind our physical limitations. Cause there are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

    Lets hope we able to cross all those hurdles tomorrow at Adelades !!

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Why final surge??? If SL win this is the series over? If so then it is the "Final surge".

  • CricfanAustralia on March 5, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Come on Aussies, you will surely win the series. Last game`s luck for srilanka will not continue every time, its just once in a blue moon. Watson is in form and Warner in tremendous form. Hilfenhaus and Pattinson will surely bounce back strongly tomorrow. Every one knows your team is superb. Play your natural game. Srilankans are no where to tackle your attack. Gud luck for tomorrow. Hope to see brilliant strokes from Wade tomorrow And Pup too making a century.

  • bigwonder on March 5, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    As I predicted, Sri Lanka is having hard-times in finals against Australia. The Sri-lankan captain should now pause for a moment and reflect on his comments about "favor". Their star bowler "Malinga" was one of the most expensive bowler. Just as curiosity kills the cat, over-confidence is causing Sri Lanka to loose games.

  • meastrostroke on March 5, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Malinga please retire and play ipl alone. He cannot bowl good. fielding is poor and batting is horrible.

  • Raj4you on March 5, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    I am an Indian and a die hard indian fan, but i like the way Sri lanka played in CB series. No doubt India is world champion and Aussi is NO.1 ODI team but Lanka showed a class cricket...Guys please stop fighting and blaming on each other country..this is just a game not a border..Appreciate them for their hard work..they are doing their work, why can't we do our work.( Entertainment)..please our one is human being, its does'nt matter who belong to which country.

  • Philip_Gnana on March 5, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Kangaroos leap over the Holy Cows chased by the Lankan Lions. Come on Aussies and Come on Sri Lankaaaaaaa

  • on March 5, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Its doesn't matter win or loose Mahela,, we need a good game just like last game @ Gabba,

  • CyclopsXMEN on March 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I do agree on one thing ... Papper Champs are back @ home ... lolz ... Ehem 8 Test match Losses ,, IS ALL OF them INNINGS + Losses ... ha ha

    On Paper it is flawless ... lolz

  • chilled_avenger on March 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    For those SL fans who are claiming that they lost only because there was no Parera or Matthews should also remember that the two ODIs they won in SA about which they have been boasting for quite a while,there was no Amla,Kallis,Steyn in the SA lineup! Its not right to celebrate and boast of a victory against the depleted SA side when you are gonna claim that you lost to Aus due to missing valuable players! And BTW,I am quite a neutral observer of Cricket so no point in criticizing my home country's cricket team or something!

  • kanevs11 on March 5, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @balumekka you are spot on mate)

  • hawkeye30 on March 5, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Lanka all the way!! brace your self for another epic day of entertainment. Lions roar!!!

  • WaldermaltCricketer on March 5, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @Ahmad Afker... well said. U have given a very good answer to all who criticize Sri Lankan team just because they HATE Sri Lanka & just because they are not capable of at least giving a good fight to teams like ENG, AUS out of subcontinent. Losers & failures are always crying & wishing others to lose also. I feel sorry for them. Shame on Flat track bullies...

  • Harding119 on March 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I have to chuckle @ Philip_Gana. I totally agree that having the Srilankans playing good and entertaining cricket has provided an absorbing final. Lost but not beaten is what I can say about the Srilankans. Always enjoyed their spirit and attitude when they had good captains. Not being paid and still playing what more can you say about them? The comments here seems to be on how good the Indians were and what their achievements have been in the past. The age situation seems to have taken the glint off the youngsters like in Kholi etc who is their best player. Guys come on look to the future I am sure India can come back at some point in time. Watson. What a time for him to make an entry. The OZ sure have done well without him but would have struggled in the last few matches without him. He is the key for the OZ in the next match. Warner needs to be in. Has Mathews shown us enough of what he can do? I think he is only playing at 75% to his potential and can do more.

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker: lol...couple of those games had rain interventions...everyone knows that...and u r still not answering me bro...if lankans are not flat track bullies then they should have won more overseas test matches than india right over the last decade?? come on prove it

  • vivek_khyati on March 5, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    key players for 2nd final will be watson, forrest for australia.. and dilshan, matthews (if playing) for lanka.. one of these 4 will be man of the match.. this is my gut feeling.. lets see.. sri lanka might win this one and the final too.. :)

  • on March 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @Narbavi True SL were all out for 82 in ENG & 43 in SA. Then what about your own team who made 54 at Sharjah with SL. @classicvijay SL won Emirates Cup in ENG and Another one in Africa. SL also made 5-0 victory over ENG (in ENG) and SL win ODi series along with T20 series in AUS.Both in ENG & AUS series are bilateral.True that IND win CB series,T20 etc,etc but they lost to ZIM as well in ODI series and in Test series.But SL never lost to ZIM in Test series or ODI series. Surely IND are flat track bullies. That is why they lost 8 consecutive Test matches in ENG & AUS. But in that same seaming condition SL Lost 3matches to 1 with 2 draws.Where as IND 8 out of 8. Which record is better?..

  • guptahitesh4u on March 5, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Really Watto deserves the appreciation for his final overs...and alsmost everyone here is busy in India vs Sl fight. Come on guys...get above it.

  • DilumSL on March 5, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I really like to see SL winning this game. because i am a SL fan and i like to see SL as champions. BUT the other major reason is if SL wins there will be a another thrilling game. don't care if we loose that third game we have already prove that we are LIONS....

  • on March 5, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @balumekka...well said man :), all of your comments i mean and to all aussie supporters wondering when aus wud be lauded wn they win, see this is xactly how some of us asian teams feel, india included, that despite we winning sometimes on seaming wickets,some of u still refer the flat/oval/square wicket allegation. also though flat,its very very diff to score the way india/sri do these days compared to any other teams.so 'welcome to the club'.

  • srinideva on March 5, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Some SL fans are shoting, Bring it home.....

    wait guys they will board tomorrow mid night. It is about a day will take for travel from adeliade to somewhere around the island.

    But, they will come with EMPTY hands. Champ can`t win, Runners too.... Every one agree on this

  • on March 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Philip- gnana - lol..!! I think ur more disappointed than the real Indian supporters for India not makin to the final...u just cant stop talkin abu Indian cricket .... @ all IPL haters - if u ppl don like IPL then don watch or follow IPL rather than criticising it in every page of cricinfo..atleast we hav a tournament wer all main international players look to play in..we r happy for tat.

  • on March 5, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    @Philip_Gnana ...go win the match man.its sl vs aus. india this india that 4 times in ur essay! stop being green n obsessed with india (evn wn they arent there wow!) :P.

  • SachinIsAGoner on March 5, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Aussies will win the match. Srilanka will lose 'badly'.

  • on March 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    If Anjalo and Thisara perera played for last match the result will change.

  • shazran1984 on March 5, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    cumon SL . we need a victory :) ..

  • donjude on March 5, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Indian team looks good,bt nt wit da teams like ausis and sl.The best teams in ODIs are sl and ausis. The second match defanitly will win by sl, then the third will be da big one.

  • er.venky on March 5, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    As i guess earlier that happened Now, Aussiess Planned very well to Eliminate india from finals thats why they loss to SL,what a joke. Now See Aussies easyly deafeted SL,Lol Aussies are not playing gentleman cricket.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 5, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I DON'T KNOW IF AUSSIE COMMENTATORS HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH INDIA .DURING FIRST FINAL MICHAEL SLATER & MARK TAYLOR SAID THAT INDIA NEVER SHOWS FIGHTING SPIRIT . REALLY ? MR.TAYLOR , I THINK YOU HAVE FORGOT THE CB SERIES 2008 . AT PRESENT WE R NOT COMPETING BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN INDIA ALWAYS GIVE UP . LIKE TO REMIND YOU SOME GREAT FIGHT BACK FROM INDIAN TEAM HAS COME AGAINST AUS . KOLKATA 2001 , SHARJAH 1998 , ADELAIDE 2004 , PERTH 2008 , WANKEHEDE 2004 , MOHALI 2010,

  • Ameega on March 5, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Why are (some of) Indian fans popping here and type lengthy comments to say they are better than SL? Yes they are a great side. Sri Lanka did not win last WC. They are no4 in rankings and are playing no1 & 2 (forgive me if I am wrong) in this series. So what is wrong here? Is there any law in cricket books saying that no 4 should loose to 1 & 2? SL fans, please stop replying to those comparisons! Not only Indians and Sri Lankans reading these comments! What a shame! Please note, after an Aussie win, if you count number of fans here, the least are Aussies!

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

    @classicvijay i agree tat india played well and most of the time they win against Sri lanka.. but in this series itself..Aussie hv lost to lanka in 3 out of 4.. and Aussie hv won 3 out of 4 against india.. SO ITS VERY VERY CLEAR TAT AUSSIE WONT BE AFRAID TO INDIA... Dnt talk blindly..

    Its a game and we cant be sure who will win..the team who played better cricket than the opponent team will win.. dont Argue like small kids.. SUPPORT UR TEAM and RESPECT OTHER TEAMS..

  • on March 5, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka are currently a very entertaining one day team to watch and with Angelo in the side have a more solid middle order which is something they have lacked in the past. They have a lot of talent that will hopefully mature. Australia are really still searching for the right mix and consistency in their team, particularly 1 or 2 bowlers who can step up in the last 10 overs. They haven't really worked out how to use the powerplays but then no team in world cricket have really excelled in this area. If Sri Lanka can continue to improve they should feature heavily in the next world cup as they have shown they can handle local conditions at Aussie grounds and their fielding has in general been of very good class. I think the next world cup could be very open in terms of teams with a good hope of performing well. Maybe even India could do ok if their batsmen go home and get some curators to prepare some Aussie like practice pitches to practice on for long periods.

  • on March 5, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    If SL come out good with the bowl tomorrow - batmen will take Lankans to level series with 1-1

  • Shan16966 on March 5, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Man, wasn't Mathews missed?? As I kept watching Watto mingle up and drop the ball on the seam and let it move either way, I could have pictured Mathews doing the same. Moreover his patting was missed at the end. Good game. A lot to learn from. Whatever the target is at the beginning of the innings, 150 off the last 15 is a definite possibility as shown last evening considering you have 5 over of the batting PP. If only one of the top order could have batted till the 35th over, the result would have been different. Regardless of the situation, wickets in hand are priceless. GABBA was always going to be tough for SL. but they made a good fist of it. If Mathews is fit for tomorrow's game, Maharoof could be losing out. That is all I would want to change.

  • Baundele on March 5, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    If we follow the script of the series, SL will win this match. India were out only because they needed some rest before the Asia cup and the IPL; but both SL and Aus have time to play a third match. Money will talk.

  • othello22 on March 5, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    So if Australia go to Adelaide and win convincingly will you lot give them some credit at last? All anyone seems to want to talk about is how awesome Sri Lanka are, which is interesting considering they lost the match, and if not for some fortuitous albeit entertaining lower order power-hitting off some lazy Aussie bowling at the death they would have lost embarrassingly. If they were really that awesome, should they not have won the match? Just a thought, guys, just a thought.

  • IamDan on March 5, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I think both Sri Lanka, and Australia should be applauded with how they have played during this ODI series. Both teams are daring, and play some sparkling Cricket, interspersed with some crazy moments, all in all, just great Cricket too watch. Hope the second final, is a cracker to.

  • Philip_Gnana on March 5, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    The typical SL Lion character that has been shown right through this series. Having not had a warm up game and not enough time to climatise, they sure have shown the other visiting team on how to be consistent and not be chokers or a flash in a pan winner in (like in Hobart...India are you reading). This series needs to go in to the last game. SL have provided the excitement this tournament needed that India has not. The tournament may not be the success from a marketing point of view with India out but the Aussies and SL have provided much needed top class entertainment for the host nation and also the followers of cricket. By the way, have the Indians finished their shopping and gone home? I cannot but have a dig, unfortunately. Aussies need to make much needed improvement to their death bowling. Inexperience seems to show. The Warner show was super and without him, the batting will require tweaking. Has the momentum moved towards SL? We will see. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on March 5, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    c`mon SL...win this match

  • zenboomerang on March 5, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Clarke again shows his weakness as an ODI captain which is a pity as his batting skills in ODI's is v.g. - he blames the bowlers yet he picked Hilfy & Patto in favour of McKay who is the series no.3 wkt taker with an economy @4.78... Hilfy @5.42... Patto @6.66 says it all... Clarkes failure to use David Hussey & Christian bowling skills early in the game ranks of favoritism or a major blind spot in his captaincy (Ponting was similar at times)... McKay, Watson, Lee, Doherty should be used sparingly early & brought in for the final 16 overs... Use up Huss, Dan or Patto/Hilfy early - whoever is performing the best & finish with our strength...

  • Hursh_Valecha on March 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Good fight back by sri lankans. But in cricket one cannot expect such fights again and again. Bowlers were made to look terrible, especially malinga again. Thats why i kept on saying that Australia give away the win to Srilanka before the finals. 163 by top order batsman and unable to chase down 232 ??? Thats little hard to think. On Srilankan side, they definately missed Angelo Mathews. With him in side, it would have made difference of atleast 5-10 runs in field and with bowling and 30+ runs with bat. He is their biggest asset and was not available. Hope we would see a different Sri Lankan team tomorrow and if malinga is playing, we all would like him to give a better performance with the bowl.

  • truthhh on March 5, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    hey srilanka put yur best effort for this match,this is do or die game.bring it home,bring it home,bring it home,bring it home!!!!

  • Balumekka on March 5, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    @classicvijay: Don't worry too much about all these mate! You guys are the WC champions, so don't compare your star studded team with tiny Sri Lankan team! Someone told me that you guys have been playing tests for ages, but we are only 30 years in tests. If you are happy with your team, then no need of posting lengthy comparisons and don't waste time for that. If, by any means you are hurt with the unexpected and unjustifiable exit of India in CB series, just forgive us!!!!!!.

  • on March 5, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    SL is better than AUS as they have shown much courage and fought hard even though they are playing in AUS.

  • gabrialgihan on March 5, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @Adam Griffin wow mate im a lankan living in australia and its amazing that all my mates giving the credit to the way the lankans fought back and look at the way you seei it.i agree with you a win is a win and i do respect you guys for that and yes you were defenetely dominating world cricket for the past 20 years.. but did you forget the fact that we beat you three times in a row in the early stage?and its funny that you were looking at the match without kulas bashing overs that's what you call fight back, never give up.Did you watch the melboune miracle last series... they all are part of the game and no other team in the world can do it better than lankans.. I wont take the credit away from the australian team from winning the match but it played a big part that we lost our both top two allrounders so we were lack of hitting power at the end but hopefully mathews will comeback for the next one to give more strenth to our batting order.

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @ Balumekka: oh yes we lost 4-0 in england and southafrica!! u will always put up a fight without surrendering meekly?? so you guys fought hard to make that 82 against england at cardiff?? and fought even harder to make 43 against southafrica just a month ago from this series??

  • on March 5, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Australia is a pretty good side always, and they are annoyingly consistent. That's why this series is more important because everybody knows Aus is a very good if not the best side. To achieve something like i guess we have to a developed nation. So I'm quite happy with consistent cricket from SL although for a short period of time.

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

    SL can win the next two finals. SL can chase 300+ and also can restrict <250.

  • upulsrnn on March 5, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Brilliant performance by Sri lankans in last game. Surely they will play the 2nd final with confidence and merit. Hopefully they can win the match. good luck Mahela n rest of the boys .. i would like to thank Indian fans also for their support .. Cheers !!

  • krishb2w on March 5, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    GO SL... I am an indian and hardcore supporter of india... (i am a silent viewer when coming to forum). Compared to aussie i like SL considering their attitude in this series and supporting it.... make it equal and get the series.. all the best

  • classicvijay on March 5, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Srilankans are new chokers...they can never win finals...Furthermore, they have won only one tournament outside Asia (Emirates Trophy in England under Atapattu's captaincy) and some tournaments in Africa (but not major ones).

    But, in case of India, they have won major tournaments outside Asia. See the list below.

    WC 1983 in England. Benson Hedges Series in Australia in 1985. T20 WC in South Africa. CB series 2008 in Australia. (we have won major tournaments in all the countries, which are known for seam pitches).

    Srilankan guys can u tell wat ur team has done...so simply dont bluff telling that indians are flat track bullies...in fact u guys are known as flat track bullies.

    Always records should speak...just see the records and keep quiet.

    In fact, Aussies knew well that they cant beat India in finals, so only they desperately didnt chase 232 at Melbourne. Aus will thrash lankans in the second final too....

  • Balumekka on March 5, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    @Humaid Reyal: Don't worry too much about SL team! True that they have lost against Eng (Tests 1-0 of 3, ODI 3-2, T20 won), Pakistan (Tests 1-0 of 3, ODI 4-1, T20 1-0), SA (Tests 2-1, ODI 3-2) away and Aus (Tests 1-0 of 3, ODI 3-2, T20 both won) at home. All these teams are very very strong, however Sri Lanka managed to give them good fight in most of the occasions and did not surrender meekly in any of these series. Our players were not paid for year. However, After 2011 world cup, Sri Lanka started rebuilding of the team and lot of youngsters emerged. They improved gradually as a team and it was quite evident in this CB series. Now SL got 4 quick bowling all rounders and 2 good new middle order batsman. They are showing talent, fighting spirit and athleticism than many teams in current International cricket. Some champion teams lost to Eng 4-0 and Aus 4-0, still being paid enormously. So we Sri Lankans are quite happy with our bunch of youth and their performances.

  • priceless1 on March 5, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Please people STOP this India and SL comparison arguments at least now .its getting very board now ....

  • 31dinu on March 5, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    If Mathews fit Maharoof will have to sit out i guess....

  • jmcilhinney on March 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Tough break for Warner to pick up an injury just when he hits his straps in the 50-over game. That said, if his Test performances are anything to go by, we can expect a bit of a quiet time from him and then another blitz a few more innings down the track. It would be a bit of a fall from grace for Pattinson to be dropped after one ODI when he did so well in the Test series. Still, far more experienced bowlers than he have lost their way when the batsmen start swinging... Hilfenhaus, Lee and Malinga to name just a few.

  • Mathu. on March 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    It was all round good cricket by SL.They were almost there except missing just two sixes in last overs, if Tharanga had more power (sorry this guy needs some energy and he is far behind in international standard of fealding as well) hit two or three more boundries AUSIS had to be SORRY in that match. Malinga needs to improve to win the next match. GO SL GO....good luck!

  • on March 5, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    The record says Sri Lanka will win this match and make AUS to play the third final also. It will be interesting to watch.

  • Marcio on March 5, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Why is it that when SL edges out AUS in a tight game it is all kudos to SL, with AUS all bad - but when AUS edges out SL it is evidence of how good SL are and AUS is struggling towards the finish line? Very strange way of spinning things indeed. SL's bowlers got thrashed big time, and their top order failed completely. I wouldn't call that encouraging! How often will the tail end batters put on a miracle show to make up for the fact that it was, other than that, a 20% (out of 100) fail grade?

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 5, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    I hope SL win this game to make it a good contest. Best wishes from an Indian fan.

  • BIPEEEN on March 5, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Angelo should come in for any bowler to rescue the team in case of his fitness!!!!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Best Of Luck for Sri Lanka ....... play with the same never say die attitude which was showed in the last match, the series will be yours... from an Indian

  • satish619chandar on March 5, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Watto returns to the top and Forrest comes back to 3.. As mentioned, would love to have Clint back as he bowls usually well in middle overs whereas, Hilfy and Pattinson are predominantly new ball bowlers.. SL need as much as their allrounders fit for the all important game.. It badly affected their team composition though Kula rose above all and produced a stiff knock..

  • on March 5, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    becose see icc odi rankings 4th in one then they since world cup 2011 april 2th nothing did well singel series to win lost to england lost to australia lost to pakistan lost to southafrica this not good cricket at the moment the men one win the series so they need to win the cb series then 1st series win something good for srilanka fan ites not easy

  • Mahaanama on March 5, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    We all expect a big fight like yesterday. If India came to finals Australia would thrashed them(as the same way Aus did in last few months) in first 2 finals & will win the cup easily. But luckily we have Aus & SL in finals so now it's gonna be an unpredictable contest. Congratulations both SL & Aus. Lets have a great game of cricket!

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    need to drop maharoof, he always let the team down, always

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    srilanka need to win both of finals they need to do weel

  • bMike on March 5, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    This gonna be another exiting game & it seems like SL have the upper hand of it. No matter who wins as both teams perform so well. Thank God best two teams were selected to finals otherwise it could have been one sided boring finals

  • BustIPL on March 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Kula played a Kohli like innings and all were surprised.

  • cccrider on March 5, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Anyone reading the commentary would believe Australia lost the match, and did so badly. Get real.

  • Black_Rider on March 5, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Come on SL....NEVER EVER GIVE UP....

  • dilr on March 5, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Angelo came to sl Team ........... They can Beat Host

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Adelaide conditions will suit us better and hope the lions wiill come out all guns blazing..hoping for a cracking final..Go lanka!

  • sathish008 on March 5, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    2-0 Australia, With D Hussey as Player of the Tournament!!!

  • truthhh on March 5, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    SL blowing should be changed,othrwise this sunday's histroy gonna repeat on this tuesday,hmm unfortunately SL two blowers were injured,instead of calling chamara SL should have called another fast blowers,malinga itself is not enough.now there is nothing t do,so i hope SL would able manage remaing blowers&get entire service from them..bring it home!!!

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Certainly, Sri Lanka have been impressive at times but aren't we missing a few things here? Australia finished top of the ladder and consistently did enough to win, something that has ensured they've been the number 1 nation in ODIs for about 20 years now. They've won the first game. We can exclaim that it was close and that Sri Lanka were in with a chance but you can't ignore the actual result: Australia won and were the better team. I just don't agree that Sri Lanka have some kind of momentum coming out of a clear loss. Until the last 5-10 overs there was only going to be one winner and all that Sri Lanka managed to do was make it an interesting contest. If anything we should recognise that Australia can get much better and if they do surely Sri Lanka will be blown off the park. Take away those big overs from Kulasekera and it was an easy win on Saturday. Sri Lanka can't rely on him performing that well again and Australia's bowlers will have learnt a lot from the experience.

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I may not be competent enough to give suggestions, but I hope Mahela would be more careful trying to run the ball down to third man and playing that feathered late cut.

  • HusseyForever on March 5, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Hope to have another cracker of a match with SL. Good Indians are not in the final to make it pretty boring.

  • Biggus on March 5, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    SL really were tremendous in the last game although I think their top order were perhaps a little manic early on. Whatever the result they will leave our shores at the end of the series with our respect and a reputation as tough fighters. ODIs are dying eh? What a load of horse manure. Like many Aussies my tastes are:- 1) Test Cricket 2) ODIs 3) I'd rather go and mow the lawn or clean out the gutters.

  • SriLankanLions on March 5, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Mark my word, Sri Lanka will win! :)

  • on March 5, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Give some rest for Malinga he is out of form now a days !!Where is suraj randiv the guy who being forgotten ??

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 5, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    It seems that Sri Lanka only know how to enter the finals and not win them. They are i think the SA in terms of choking department.

  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    don't worry aussies, this time definitely u won't lose with a humiliating scoreline 2-0 like last time in the finals, who knows you might win this 2-0 this time coz ur opponents are lankans!!

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  • Narbavi on March 5, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    don't worry aussies, this time definitely u won't lose with a humiliating scoreline 2-0 like last time in the finals, who knows you might win this 2-0 this time coz ur opponents are lankans!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 5, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    It seems that Sri Lanka only know how to enter the finals and not win them. They are i think the SA in terms of choking department.

  • on March 5, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Give some rest for Malinga he is out of form now a days !!Where is suraj randiv the guy who being forgotten ??

  • SriLankanLions on March 5, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Mark my word, Sri Lanka will win! :)

  • Biggus on March 5, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    SL really were tremendous in the last game although I think their top order were perhaps a little manic early on. Whatever the result they will leave our shores at the end of the series with our respect and a reputation as tough fighters. ODIs are dying eh? What a load of horse manure. Like many Aussies my tastes are:- 1) Test Cricket 2) ODIs 3) I'd rather go and mow the lawn or clean out the gutters.

  • HusseyForever on March 5, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Hope to have another cracker of a match with SL. Good Indians are not in the final to make it pretty boring.

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I may not be competent enough to give suggestions, but I hope Mahela would be more careful trying to run the ball down to third man and playing that feathered late cut.

  • on March 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Certainly, Sri Lanka have been impressive at times but aren't we missing a few things here? Australia finished top of the ladder and consistently did enough to win, something that has ensured they've been the number 1 nation in ODIs for about 20 years now. They've won the first game. We can exclaim that it was close and that Sri Lanka were in with a chance but you can't ignore the actual result: Australia won and were the better team. I just don't agree that Sri Lanka have some kind of momentum coming out of a clear loss. Until the last 5-10 overs there was only going to be one winner and all that Sri Lanka managed to do was make it an interesting contest. If anything we should recognise that Australia can get much better and if they do surely Sri Lanka will be blown off the park. Take away those big overs from Kulasekera and it was an easy win on Saturday. Sri Lanka can't rely on him performing that well again and Australia's bowlers will have learnt a lot from the experience.

  • truthhh on March 5, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    SL blowing should be changed,othrwise this sunday's histroy gonna repeat on this tuesday,hmm unfortunately SL two blowers were injured,instead of calling chamara SL should have called another fast blowers,malinga itself is not enough.now there is nothing t do,so i hope SL would able manage remaing blowers&get entire service from them..bring it home!!!

  • sathish008 on March 5, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    2-0 Australia, With D Hussey as Player of the Tournament!!!