Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series 2nd final, Adelaide March 6, 2012

Emphatic Sri Lanka level finals

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Sri Lanka 2 for 274 (Dilshan 106, Jayawardene 80) beat Australia 6 for 271 (Clarke 117, Warner 100) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan took full toll of a wayward Australia as Sri Lanka forced a third triangular series final in Adelaide. Chasing 272, the visitors galloped to the target with 5.4 overs to spare, benefiting greatly from a rollicking start when the first three overs reaped 30 runs.

Dilshan alternated between the brazen and the cheeky, crashing 10 fours and also being struck on the helmet when he attempted his patented Dil-scoop. The captain Jayawardene was more cultured, but outpaced his partner in a princely innings that would have ended in the second over if not for a Clint McKay no-ball.

Such indiscipline summed up Australia's predicament, having struck a horrid patch of form in the field midway through the first final in Brisbane and then being unable to rise above it in Adelaide. The captain Michael Clarke is also in the unenviable position of carrying a left hamstring problem perilously close to the start of the West Indies tour, due to begin almost immediately after the third final.

Clarke had done his best to give his side a decent total. His 117 in Australia's 6 for 271 was the fastest of his limited-overs career and the second of his ODI captaincy. David Warner was more circumspect, but his chanceless 100 demonstrated a range of concentration and focus reserved for the best of batsmen. Famed as a boundary hitter, Warner reached the rope only four times in his innings and cleared it only once, but the value of his effort was reflected in a final total far greater than seemed possible at the innings' midpoint.

Matthew Wade departed early to the spin of Dilshan, who opened the bowling and completed a tidy 10 overs, before Shane Watson played a chancy innings in which he was grassed twice. Each dropped catch fell off the bowling of Farveez Maharoof, who ultimately ran out Australia's vice-captain with a direct hit in his follow through. Lasith Malinga was the tightest of Sri Lanka's bowlers and deserved his three wickets.

Two more catches would go down off Clarke's bat later in the innings, while Jayawardene raged against a delayed no-ball call at the height of his opposite number's innings. Debating the point angrily with both umpires after Maharoof had strayed above waist height with a full toss, Jayawardene lost his cool. His fury would be far more controlled when the reply began.

A second-over edge behind by Jayawardene was cancelled out by McKay's overstep, typical of the abject way in which Australia's bowlers began their defence of a less than watertight total. Brett Lee gave up three wides on the way to conceding 12 from the opening over, and James Pattinson's first two overs were taken for 22 despite an abundance of away swing.

No fewer than 11 of the first 30 runs were handed to Sri Lanka via the extras column, as Australia's bowlers maintained the poorly form they had demonstrated in the latter overs in Brisbane. Clarke had taken the field despite his injury, but his presence did not make much of a difference.

Jayawardene and Dilshan did not get too frantic after the start they were given, and slipped into comfortable gears that involved regular singles and the odd boundary whenever the bowlers strayed in search of a first wicket. Australia's mid-innings options were milked for regular runs, Xavier Doherty's first five costing 37.

Dilshan was first to pass 50, and Jayawardene soon followed. Australia's frustration grew when Asad Rauf refused a concerted appeal for caught behind from Dilshan on 77, as replays revealed a substantial edge that Wade gathered while keeping up to Watson.

Jayawardene's sparkling stay was ended by a hint of Pattinson reverse swing and a clear lbw, but Dilshan went on to his second century of the tournament before Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara guided the visitors home.

Clarke had little hesitation batting upon winning the toss, but the early overs were slow going. Jayawardene's imaginative use of Dilshan added to the openers' uncertainty, and Wade's impatience proved terminal when he swung at a ball not quite short enough for the stroke and was bowled.

Watson's innings was halting, and he was dropped by Dilshan in the fielding circle then by Rangana Herath on the long-off boundary - the latter unable to complete an equivalent of his spectacular outfield take in the first final. However Maharoof was not discouraged by the missed chances, and when Watson was 15 he gathered and swivelled from Warner's offside bunt to throw down the stumps and find a diving Watson comfortably short. Clarke helped to build some greater momentum in the company of Warner, who was less conspicuous than he had been at the Gabba.

The pair accumulated steadily, adding a little more impetus with the batting Powerplay, and continuing to benefit from profligate fielding from the tourists. Clarke was turfed on 71 and 77, the second chance falling to Malinga, who managed only to palm the chance over the rope for six.

It set the scene for an explosive over, in which Clarke took Maharoof for six, four, six, four - the last a high full toss swung behind square leg. Initially the umpires did not call it a no-ball, but on reflection Bruce Oxenford raised his arm to hand Australia an extra run and another delivery. Jayawardene was incensed by the delayed call, arguing at length with both officials in a manner that suggested more of the incident would be heard later.

Clarke had blazed past Warner despite the opener having a 23-run start, and he was first to reach his century with a flick through square leg. Though he had made plenty of useful contributions in the interim, it was Clarke's first ODI century since his first innings as the fully-fledged captain, against Bangladesh in Dhaka in April 2011.

Warner's hundred arrived in the next over, an effort of composure and also courage after his groin complaint in Brisbane. He skied a catch without adding another run, leaving an increasingly restricted Clarke to guide the hosts to a total rather less substantial than was ultimately needed.

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

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  • 11XI on March 8, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    its time for ausies to forget the cricket and bring out their sledging and other rubbish

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    two centuries and losing is becoming common features in recent odsi . how many times it happened

  • Meety on March 7, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @sports99 - 100% agree, I am not going to bag Oz batting or bowling because IMO, they were outplayed by SL fair & square! @VivGilchrist - I think we have had a lot of Smith & Hastings @#8 as well, with MJ #9. I won't be blaming Warner, as I think that Watto's innings suggested that the bowling was fairly good. Watto was dropped twice in a 32 ball score of 15. That would indicate to me that conditions were not easy. Given that other than Clarke, (who happens to be in sublime touch), the rest of the batting line (whilst under pressure), didn't cash in. I do agree we should of got over 300, but the way the SL boys batted, even that wouldn't of been enough!!!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    I am a sri lankan, but to be honest i do not like the attitude of dilshan. He is a good player fine, but he will have to learn some humbleness from players like mahela and sanga in the team. You can't be proud. It was so implicit by the way he spoke after the 2nd final. Respecting your opponents be it even the associates is key. Its better to lose matches and be humble rather than win man of the match awards and be arrogant. Also fans should also give their due respect to people from other countires.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @ CricfanAustralia he is great cricketer. could be lose his momentum a bit in recent past. but, at least should given 2-3 matches before cut-off his career. even mr. ponting was there for the rest of games could make difference, or not. both can happen as mr. ponting is in bad form.??

  • ham1990 on March 7, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I think one of the best things about this is that Sri Lanka are showcasing their potential. Sri Lankan supporters, neutrals and even Australians alike are enjoying the brand of cricket that SL plays. It has always been refreshing to watch the flair with which they play. Above all, this Tri-Series has shown that the 50-over game is far from dead, and equally India, Sri Lanka and Australia must be congratulated for possibly the best tri series on Australian soil in a long time. For Sri Lanka, win or lose, they have done themselves and their supporters proud. May the best team win tomorrow!

  • csowmi7 on March 7, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Wow what a run chase by the Lankans. Always knew they would win once Australia scored 270. A selfish innings by Warner cost them the match. When he can score well over a run a ball in test cricket why couldnt he do it in this match? Anyway hope Sri Lanka win the cup and bring fame to the Asian sides. The world cup and now hopefully the cb series by Sri Lanka would be like icing on the cake. As an Indian I am really dejected in seeing the sorry state of our cricket at the moment after we had so much of pride and joy after the world cup. Hope we can once again play excellent cricket and sort out our issues like the Lankans did. All the best

  • supadupamonk on March 7, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Best of SL...you deserve to win the cup...retain the CB series cup in Asia, beat the Aussies they dont have a clue how to play against u guys....From an Indian

  • MichaelBurton on March 7, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @Marcio, you people say now Patterson shouldn't have played and instead starc should have played. But before the finals what you guys said was now Patterson is back and he would do what Merchant de Lang did to SL in the SA-SL series...he he..lol

  • afker007 on March 7, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    To My Sri Lankan countrymen , please stop bashing India as they have been unfortunate not to be in the Final as their Batsman and Bowlers were not able to click and showcase their talent where it mattered . I am confident that the Indians will come back strongly in the Asia Cup and will still be favorites when they take on the rest . Cricket was the real winner in this CB Series where we were able to see some close matches and which kept us at the edge of our seats. We also hope to see some great matches between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and bangladesh for this Asia Cup and for now show some respect to each other and MOVE ON. By the way I am from Sri lanka and great fan of Tendulkar , Kohli and Irfan Pathan .Kudos to the Indians who have been supporting Sri Lanka and we look forward to your Support again when we take on Australia in the next final.

  • 11XI on March 8, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    its time for ausies to forget the cricket and bring out their sledging and other rubbish

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    two centuries and losing is becoming common features in recent odsi . how many times it happened

  • Meety on March 7, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @sports99 - 100% agree, I am not going to bag Oz batting or bowling because IMO, they were outplayed by SL fair & square! @VivGilchrist - I think we have had a lot of Smith & Hastings @#8 as well, with MJ #9. I won't be blaming Warner, as I think that Watto's innings suggested that the bowling was fairly good. Watto was dropped twice in a 32 ball score of 15. That would indicate to me that conditions were not easy. Given that other than Clarke, (who happens to be in sublime touch), the rest of the batting line (whilst under pressure), didn't cash in. I do agree we should of got over 300, but the way the SL boys batted, even that wouldn't of been enough!!!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    I am a sri lankan, but to be honest i do not like the attitude of dilshan. He is a good player fine, but he will have to learn some humbleness from players like mahela and sanga in the team. You can't be proud. It was so implicit by the way he spoke after the 2nd final. Respecting your opponents be it even the associates is key. Its better to lose matches and be humble rather than win man of the match awards and be arrogant. Also fans should also give their due respect to people from other countires.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @ CricfanAustralia he is great cricketer. could be lose his momentum a bit in recent past. but, at least should given 2-3 matches before cut-off his career. even mr. ponting was there for the rest of games could make difference, or not. both can happen as mr. ponting is in bad form.??

  • ham1990 on March 7, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I think one of the best things about this is that Sri Lanka are showcasing their potential. Sri Lankan supporters, neutrals and even Australians alike are enjoying the brand of cricket that SL plays. It has always been refreshing to watch the flair with which they play. Above all, this Tri-Series has shown that the 50-over game is far from dead, and equally India, Sri Lanka and Australia must be congratulated for possibly the best tri series on Australian soil in a long time. For Sri Lanka, win or lose, they have done themselves and their supporters proud. May the best team win tomorrow!

  • csowmi7 on March 7, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Wow what a run chase by the Lankans. Always knew they would win once Australia scored 270. A selfish innings by Warner cost them the match. When he can score well over a run a ball in test cricket why couldnt he do it in this match? Anyway hope Sri Lanka win the cup and bring fame to the Asian sides. The world cup and now hopefully the cb series by Sri Lanka would be like icing on the cake. As an Indian I am really dejected in seeing the sorry state of our cricket at the moment after we had so much of pride and joy after the world cup. Hope we can once again play excellent cricket and sort out our issues like the Lankans did. All the best

  • supadupamonk on March 7, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Best of SL...you deserve to win the cup...retain the CB series cup in Asia, beat the Aussies they dont have a clue how to play against u guys....From an Indian

  • MichaelBurton on March 7, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @Marcio, you people say now Patterson shouldn't have played and instead starc should have played. But before the finals what you guys said was now Patterson is back and he would do what Merchant de Lang did to SL in the SA-SL series...he he..lol

  • afker007 on March 7, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    To My Sri Lankan countrymen , please stop bashing India as they have been unfortunate not to be in the Final as their Batsman and Bowlers were not able to click and showcase their talent where it mattered . I am confident that the Indians will come back strongly in the Asia Cup and will still be favorites when they take on the rest . Cricket was the real winner in this CB Series where we were able to see some close matches and which kept us at the edge of our seats. We also hope to see some great matches between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and bangladesh for this Asia Cup and for now show some respect to each other and MOVE ON. By the way I am from Sri lanka and great fan of Tendulkar , Kohli and Irfan Pathan .Kudos to the Indians who have been supporting Sri Lanka and we look forward to your Support again when we take on Australia in the next final.

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Asud Ruff should have got MOTM as it was he who allowed Dilshan to get his century. The umpiring has been poor in this finals series. Lets hope Thursday is more even handed. Jayawardene's inning was wonderful to watch. Dilshan was a mite flukey but good luck to him. I sorta agree with Busie that too many of the Aussie players are playing sore. Plus I wish the 3rd match wasn't at Adelaide as its a dog of a pitch for fast bowlers. That was obvious as Dilshan and Jayawardene looked so comfortable there compared to Brissie. Aus really only has two options. If Watto is in, then batting looks stronger with Forrest, who is in super form, in at 3 and replace Christian and Watto in at 7. Then its a seriously strong batting line-up. Otherwise its keep the same lineup, bowl tighter and hope those good balls that whistled just past the edge or stumps this time kindly hit. You can't be that unlucky twice in a row can you ?

  • supadupamonk on March 7, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    I personally feel that it should have been SL vs Ind finals rather that Aus.....it would have been interesting....

  • on March 7, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I'm very surprised they dispensed with Starc so early in the one day series. His left-arm variation and height troubled all the batsmen and this Australian attack is looking very one dimensional.

  • bhrangi on March 7, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Congrats to SL fans and U deserve the cup. ALl the best for the decider match :-) From an INDIAN

  • Tripods on March 7, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    @ Sri Lanka Fans. Do not be too quick to take a dig at any other country now that we are doing well. Fortunes can change but our attitude should not sound big brotherly like some other nations do. Sri Lanka are on a high and I really hope it continues. Its amazing that our team is doing so great considering all the issues they had before the series began.

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    their is no big mystery why the lankans are doing great cos mahela and the boys have retain EYE OF THE TIGER(hope folks understand the expression)

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    I thank all the real Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi fans who have given their best wishes for our team. Thank you fellow Asians. It will be a great joy if we can bring the cup to Asia.

  • Mr.Banjox on March 7, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @CricIndianD_ Thankx mate............I appreciate your encouraging words very much. Despite the few Lankans and Indians who always post comments that raise each others rage very much, we two countries are always have been bounded to each other from the very history. After all we are still related neighbors in South Asia. Don't give up brothers. You guys have been one of the best. But lately it seems you've gone down due to some reason. Hope there won't be any in the coming Asia Cup. (Also my best wishes for Yuvaraj Sing to get well soon) And to my fellow Lankans, you've done fantastically up to now and hope to see a great match on Thursday. Good luck.

  • RoshanF on March 7, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    SL were superb with the bat and with the ball BUT simple lousy with the catching. Amazing that they won so convincingly. No doubt SL benefited from Warner's absolute determination in getting a 2nd consecutive hundred - reckon he cost the Aussies at least 20 runs in the end although that wouldn't have been enough. Clarke had already lost the 2nd final anyway at the post-match interview after the 1st final when he claimed that Adelaide (pure Aussie soil and turf) would be suiting Sri Lanka more - what a comment to make at such a time. And then theres the rotation policy which puts tremendous pressure on a player to absolutely ENSURE performance OR ELSE the drop. The opposition loves it ...... India have the same issue.

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    two world class teams trying to be the Champions of the CB series............. Go Sri Lanka ......looking forward for a great game of cricket..... I think this is the best CB Series ever played in australia

  • VivGilchrist on March 7, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Meety, i agree with you about the no8. Every good team needs a number 8 that can bat well. I think Aus tail for ODIs is too long and funny enough, this is where Johnson would be batting. Warners innings was too slow. If an injured Clarke with two broken legs can score at over a run a ball it's obviously a 320+ pitch. Warner has improved his stats but in doing so cost Aus the game.

  • g.narsimha on March 7, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    WELLplayed lankan LIONS , cant believe this was the team which was beaten in uae , but lankans proved that with proper planning , sratetegy ,we can achieve our gaols see the change in attittude of this team since JAYAWARDHANE ELAVETED TO OPENER , INDIA should take lessons from this team ,but our arrogant captain never believes in such strategies ,INSTEAD BUSY IN OUSTING A MATCH WINNER ON SUB CONTINENTAL PITCHES , now i think SL is hot favourate to win ASIA CUP as they peaked in right time with best comdination unlike INDIA

  • sports99 on March 7, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    It's not fair to criticize Warner, rather I would prefer give credit to SL team particularly Malinga for his last 3 overs. Hoping the third final is a close contest and will go that one to last ball.

  • Meety on March 7, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    IMO - the mix of the ODI side is wrong, I think we need a bowling allrounder batting @#8. I think 4 specialist bowlers who have limited batting prowess, puts too much pressure on the rest of the batsmen to conserve wickets. This conservative approach in my view cost Oz about 20 to 30 runs at the Gabba & arguably 50+ at Adelaide. Although I seriously doubt that SL would of had much problems chasing 320 on what was on evidence last night!!!!!!

  • Meety on March 7, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Have to say that was one of the best chasing performances I've seen against Oz in a long while. Had to put the disclaimer as "v Oz" as the Indian onslaught against SL at Bellreive was close to unbelievable. Well done Jayawerdene & Dilshan it was just about the most controlled onslaught I've seen. I was nervous that Warner may have been too slow, but I'd have to say Watto's 15 was almost as crucial. Anyways - I won't bag a bloke for getting an ODI 100, (just like I didn't bag Forrest a few weeks ago). The bowling & fielding was not up to scratch, I have to mention that Wade was again up a bit Jeckyll & Hyde yesterday, bit sloppy with a good catch (& a probable drop) that wasn't given & all in all a bit sloppy. There was efforst by Oz & a large dose of frustration. I thought Oz had the rub of the green for most of the 1st final, the Lankans had it in the 2nd final. They should be favourites for Game 3, but I would suspect that Oz will put in a better display next time around.

  • likeintcricket on March 7, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    These two series in SA and AUS puts SRILANKANS right among the best. I always suspected Australia are not that strong and finally Sri lankan showed why every team are nearly equal nowadays.This also shows that Asian teams can beat other teams outside the sub continent too. On this form no one likes to bet against Sri lanka in the Asia cup but the hammering they got from Kohli means any one could win Asia cup.

  • on March 7, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    @crazycricketfan4life: What "great form" ODI-wise are Pakistan in exactly ? They've just lost the 50 over series to England 0-4 and the T20 1-2 !

  • gayansumeera2 on March 6, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    At the CB series final 2008 India actually well played.That was the only time that i had seen Sachin plays for his country rather than for his personal achievements.He really provided the anchor role in those finals,so others were able to perform around him,actually it was due to sachin's excellent batting that other indian players' batting problems got covered.But this Sri lanka Team and their attitude towards oz bowling are totally different .Their team spirit is at the peak now.Actually indians must appreciate this performance by Sri Lanka rather than bashing against them.As sri lankans we support the indian team all the time giving major priority to india rather than supporting any country in the world whenever Sri lanka is not present there since we are neighbors,It was a great possibility in this series india to reach finals,but they fell to overrated aus bowling cheaply all the time.I prefer if there were the final between Sri Lanka and India.

  • Clara74 on March 6, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Does anybody still think that ausies given a chance to SL to get to finals? they might give another chance tommorow just because they like SL ha.

  • Wallaroo on March 6, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @Brumby90 C'mon mate we don't call our team a disgrace. SL have always been a thorn in our side. Australia has world class players who we support and admire win or lose. Mr Warner hero one day, villain the next - absolute nonsense. Those accusing him of playing selfishly are living in wonderland. Yes his innings was slower than normal but remember the bloke seems to be carrying some form of groin injury and he was playing opposite his captain most of his innings (Pup and Davo had many conversions during the match and Pup didn't look overly concerned).

    BTW well done Sri Lanka on a well deserved victory.

    GO AUSTRALIA!!!!

  • Kyle_Jones235 on March 6, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @ If Sri lanka is the new Bangladesh then India is the new USA. Learn to give credit when it's due mate.

  • Busie1979 on March 6, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Great effort Sri Lanka. Incredible! The Australian bowling unit is nose-diving. The selectors are to blame by chopping and changing too much. The Aussie bowling unit has changed every game after game 3. The team looks like it has lost confidence. Big mistake leaving Harris out of the squad for a novice (Pattinson), an unproven ODI performer (Hilfenhaus), and a 35 year old with a broken foot (Lee). All 3 are good bowlers, but they should not have been picked together at the expense of Harris due to a couple of bad games. The only one I am convinced about is McKay. Pattinson will be a great ODI player, but has been thrown in the deep end and should not be finding his feet in finals. Hilfy has had a good series but should never have been picked to begin with on 50 over performances. Lee is injured. It doesn't help that Clarke, Warner and Watson are also injured. Hopefully Aussie bowlers pull one out of the hat for game 3.

  • on March 6, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    well done lankan lions . we are proud of you. Beating australia in australia is a great achievement. Well done Again,,,,, wishes from pakistan.

  • crazycricketfan4life on March 6, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Can't wait for the Asia Cup to come by. Even though I am a Bangladesh fan and I don't see a chance for our boys to do anything of significance against the top 3 of the sub-continent, the tournament should be a feast to watch seeing the form they (SL, Pak) are in. India, despite a poor show in their overseas tours, are always a threat in the sub-continent. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are both in great form and I suspect that it will be a Pak-SL final. However, most looking forward to an India-Pakistan match which is always a treat to watch. As I said.....Cannot wait

  • JG2704 on March 6, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    @ hhillbumper on (March 06 2012, 18:10 PM GMT) You may be surprised to know that he has declined to post anything of constructive note on this match which his team lost but if you look on the NZ/SA preview you may not be so surprised that he has been dissing team England and believes that there is only one team deserving of the number 1 ranking.

  • JG2704 on March 6, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @ hhillbumper on (March 06 2012, 18:10 PM GMT) You may be surprised to know that he has declined to post anything of constructive note on this match which his team lost but if you look on the NZ/SA preview you may not be so surprised that he has been dissing team England and believes that there is only one team deserving of the number 1 ranking.

  • JG2704 on March 6, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @Qayyum Shehzad on (March 06 2012, 14:53 PM GMT) TBH I think Warner was injured and also he has played plenty of exhilarating , selfless inns in the past. Obviously the lack of acceleration wasn't that great and Watson obviously did the team no favours taking 34 balls to reach 15. Also Dilshan should have gone , I think when he was in his 70s. Well played SL

  • liontheway on March 6, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Mahela and his team, you have done a great job. Now you are qualified for the final game. I am very proud the way they played with the opponents. I know that you have lions (Sri Lankan) blood and never give_up until last drop of blood. Perseverance is the hallmark of Sri Lankans. Give your best! Go Sri Lanka Go!

  • Tusker17 on March 6, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    getkashif : Oh buddy, whatever it is that you are consuming,pls dont stop ! In this stereo type world of ours , we need a little entertainment from guys like you ! what makes you even think that mighty india will make it to the finals ? Are you just totally writing off pakistan and the bangladeshis , let alone Sri Lanka ? What, every tournament that mighty India plays is theirs to win by their inherrent birth right or something ? Whats wrong with you people ?!

  • ranilranathunga on March 6, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Its nice to see some sensible Indian fans appreciating SL performances..They were quite a few earlier trying to make a fight between the neighbours. Hats off to the Indians who have some sense..

  • Bruisers on March 6, 2012, 21:53 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!

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    The advantage Sri Lanka had was that they went into this last game with a all or nothing approach. They basically had nothing to lose and everything to gain by going into the match and taking risks. It was vastly helped by the poor Australian bowling, which if on form can take the game away in no time from any team. Unfortunately as the above article says, the Australian bowling was woeful at best with only bear glimpses of decentness. Sri Lanka have played well during the torny and deserve their spot in the finals like Australia. To the Indian fans out there - Indian never once looked deserving of a spot in the finals and rightly so were knocked out by the better 2 teams. Bring on the third final, and hopfuly an Aussie win.

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    I am a pak cricket supporter, do understand India is a better team than both Lankans and Pakis, big fan of Lankans. I know Lankans are the most consistent in their measured attacking approach, and that's what any good team is all about. And this is the reason why they have been in WC finals so many times and won on one occasion.

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Well played both the teams. Congratulations to SL.Battle of the TWO South African coaches? Mahela was fined last night but why not Shane Watson?

  • Whale_Fart on March 6, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    The main difference between CL and IND I have seen is that SL seemed fearless. They were hitting fast bowlers like spinners. Jumping out of the crease and hitiing, then followed by a late cut etc. I think they deserve the win in the deciders. I don't think OZ has any answers to their tactics.

  • Gamaraala on March 6, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Well played (batted rather) both teams. At the end of the day, better team won the match. @all SL fans: We should stop bashing India here. There were few pundits who couldn't understand the game of cricket and respect the better side. But, should we act the same way? Let's give it a rest and move on. No matter what they say, they've gone home for good and we are in finals. @all Indian fans(except the pundits): Thanks for the support. We too wish you good luck and play better in Asia cup. @all Ausi fans: Let's hope we'd have a much better game on Thursday. Cheers.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Well Done LIONS. If our team was there in the finals, the series would have been over by now. We need to learn 'DO-NOT-GIVE-UP' attitude from the lankans. Despite two centuries from the Aussies, the Lanks dominated with the bat. We all know how dangerous Dilshan can be. He is peaked at the right time. I look forward to the decider.

  • ShreJ on March 6, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @Aravinda Munasinghe: Well said bro...Im an Indian myself but I go into a series open minded. Yes Ill want my favourite team to win, but I watch the sport, not for the teams, but for the sport itself. Anyone looking to criticise a team or a fan will seriously need to think about their remarks again.

  • on March 6, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Poor Aussies cannot believe they were so careless of underestimating the Lankan Lions.. The first final was nearly won by SL.. I just can't take my views away from that blistering inning by Kulasekera..

  • yorkslanka on March 6, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    @renganath- that's the same as India isn't it?oh no, we didn't get WHITEWASHED in every overseas tour we had...

  • frank2011 on March 6, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Well played again Lions! You just don't give up do you :) ? Quite simply, we just didn't put up enough runs on the board against a quality side and bowled really badly. 270+ on that ground would have been plenty against a weaker side like India but Sri Lanka is playing very competitively and their top order are in great form. Its fair to say that they will go into Thursdays match as favorites. Both sides have injury worries and the stats a favour the victor of the 2nd final greatly. Another epic final draws closer. May the best side win :)

  • RanilDeSIlva on March 6, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Top 4 Sri Lankan Batsmen are in the TOP 7 run getters in the series.. all the others down to # 7 have scored at least 50 or above in the series when matters.. Malinga is still the leading wicket taker.. if we hold our catches on Thursday, Aussies will have to go hiding .....

  • srivatsan on March 6, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Not to take anything away from Dilshan's innings but I thought Warner wasted too many overs in his innings. I know he was asked to stay till the end but not at the expense of 6.5 overs.

  • CricIndianD on March 6, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    From an INDIAN fan to Sri Lanka- your team is doing an AWESOME job. Love the no-fear approach. Most Indians are rooting for SL.

    Please don't pay any attention to the few comments from a small handful of my fellow Indians. Our team did not play well and everyone is passionate, sometimes people say things they probably didn't mean to say. No excuses, still. Please don't hold it against the rest of us - most Indians love and respect SL. Hope you take the CB trophy!

  • boody.lk on March 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Guys,,,,,just to drop a single equation!!! it's now useless to burden on each other even if you either Indian or Sri Lankan supporter. Best two teams were already being qualified and will play for one last time on Thursday. So JUST wish Lions can bring the Cup to ASIA. that's all left here for us if your an Asian cricket fan.

  • on March 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    i m loving the way srilankans are playing .. also hoping for pakistan that they will also play like them as unit in coming asian cup

  • on March 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    I think SRI-LANKA is Winner of TRI -SERIES.........

  • darshanakarunathilaka on March 6, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    It was a great Chasing. After the 1st final match last Sunday, they had a lot of home work. So they did well. Best of Luck.

  • on March 6, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    when we (pakistan) beat sri lanka they said we beat a weak team... don't look so weak to me!!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    WELL DONE SHRI LANKA..! DO WELL IN THE FINALS TOO..

  • deepak_123 on March 6, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    I wonder is this the same bowling unit that rattled the so called 'WORLD CLASS BATTING LINE UP' and getting hammered by the 'average' SL batters? Specialy 'Pattinson and Hilfenhaus'? The real truth is SL batters have the guts and the 'fearlessness' to face the so called 'great Aussi pacers' where the Indians could not even put the bat to the ball. Team India needs to change their mental approach when they play against Aus,Eng,SA. I wonder Dhoni & the co watching this on television and realizing how poor they played against these average Aussi pacers where SL trashing them to all parts of the ground. Well played SL and warm wishes from your neighbours (INDIA).

  • CricfanAustralia on March 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Australia should now realise the results they got after dropping Ponting. There is no urge to fight in the team with out ponting. So i suggest to bring back Ponting to the ODIs.

  • figo6762 on March 6, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Aussies dont deserve to win this tournament. I just hope SL pull off the third game as well. India did not deserve to play the finals, infact I am hoping they continue to lose all the Asia Cup games and other home series games as well, so they can rebuild. Go SL .....from an Ardent Indian fan

  • Mutukisna on March 6, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! We are all proud of you, win or lose on Thursday. You have shown that you are the most entertaining of the three teams. But do not underestimate the Aussies because they never give up as they have proved over the years by being at the top of the Rankings for long periods. Fighting to the bitter end has always been in the Australian Cricketer's DNA ever since International cricket commenced. They also appreciate good cricket from a worthy opponent. In my opinion there should be minor adjustments in the SL team for Thursday. If Matthews is fit then Kapugedera should step down. But one change is necessary. Please drop Herath for young Satchitra Senanayake, a good spinner, reasonable batsman and most importantly, A BRILLIANT FIELDER. There is potential for Sri Lanka to save/gain at least 20 runs from his selection, a return which could make a significant impact on the outcome of the Third Final, or for that matter, most One Day finals.

  • AGod-ORD on March 6, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    INDIAN FANS: Are we not glad India did not enter the finals? Imagine India coming close to 300+ in the first final and beating Australia in the second after two batsmen got centuries in the game for Australia! In both games Indian would have given up half way through the game!!! Glad the spirited SL is fighting it out against the Aussies.

  • Clive_Dunn on March 6, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I thought Australia had the worlds best bowling attack, exciting young batters and where a virtual certainty to be world number 1 in all formats soon. I guess playing India can inflate expectations. Where is Jonesy btw ?

  • on March 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    well done SL. australias bowling below par.

  • on March 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    great work Sri Lanka. hope u take the series.

  • on March 6, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Lol look at these few SL fans if Indian cricket fans comment they hav prob n if they dont then also their is a prob...last cb series indian team won the series in the first two matches of the final atleast lil better...anyways well played SL cricket team...hope u win the final match...

  • Rohanbandekar on March 6, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    waddda play! Great cricket by the Lankans.

  • hhillbumper on March 6, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Has anyone seen Jonesey 2. is this not the news worlds best bowling attack? Well done Sri Lanka it was top class once more.

  • getkashif on March 6, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Adit .. its going to be sri lanka now.. let them win this 3rd final too .. we wil teach them a lesson once they meet us in asia cup..

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    i dont know why people here fighting.this is a sport and comments should be about the game and only should critisize on the game it self!!not upon countries.do not underestimate any of the teams in triangular series. remember Sri lanka was one of the worst teams after being WC runners up. they lot every series. was underpaid and they had all those problems.. India in the other hand they also went deep down in their form after being WC champions. Then australia being no one and being winners of WC continuously they also lost their way..IT IS WHAT SPORTS ALWAYS ABOUT!!THATS WHAT GAME OF CRICKET MAKES IT MORE INTERESTING!! plz comment on how the game was played and learn to admire every aspect of the game!! without disgracing any team.. either india.. australia or even sri lanka. I'm a sri lankan fan. but i love india and i love bret lee.. and i love my team too!! more than anything else i like the spirit of game. like to see teams failing and again they rising..this series got them all!

  • DilumSL on March 6, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    superb batting from both sides...well played SL. good luck for the next game

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 6, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Well well, people were questioning Clarke's ability to play quick and his style of play in today's ODI scenario. I hope they got the answer at least now, not that he didn't play quick before. 5 fours and 4 sixers. Need I say more? Just because players like Clarke, Kallis and Dravid try to play more along the ground doesn't mean that these great batsmen can't take the aerial route if needed. Though Australia lost the match, I can't help but stop and bow in front of Michael 'Respect' Clarke.

  • CRmadrid on March 6, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    hey guys u feel something different here..we are missing some comments tday..n we know from whom..anyway, have to say am happy as Sri Lankan that we have come such a long way while defeating the best ODI team in the world for so many decades, Aussies.And even we lost our match we sri lankans won't regret because we know that we've lost for the best. So all the best for our spirited Sri Lankan team & the best team in the world. May the best team wins..!

  • wjkalana on March 6, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @pudpat Yes theres a new minnow that is not Sri Lanka it is India. Only won 3 matches out of 8 and didnt win last 8 test in overseas.

  • deadzone64 on March 6, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Well played, Sri Lanka. Australia will be playing hard on Thursday, providing we straighten out our impotent bowling attack. If we're going to lose a tournament to any opponent though, I can't think of a team more deserving than Sri Lanka.

  • ShreJ on March 6, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @ranilranathunga: im not sure about the rest of india, but i am not hiding, not especially when iam rooting for sri lanka in the finals

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I AM AN INDIAN. GOOD LUCK FOR SL. HOPE IF THE SAME LUCK CONTINIOUS SL LIFT THE CB CUP. ONLY BY LUCK. LIAON ROARS ONLY WHEN CONGARUS ARE SLEEPING.

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    dil shand is great i love sl and we pry sl will wen this seres best of luck

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    @mahanaama no point jumping here and there after a series win. i could not remember any overseas series SL have won other than this. Respect other teams.

  • SLMaster on March 6, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Finally no useless INDIAN comments. I think last one took the flight back home last night. WELL DONE SL!!!!!!!!!! I think SL fielding paniced because of the must win game. Bowling and batting was superb.

  • shaikhuwamh on March 6, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    very well done sri lanka! i wish u best of luck for 3rd n decider final! hope u win d decider!

  • supadupamonk on March 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    well done SL...hats off to you...I hope you win the CB series, best of luck...Aus team is so vulnerable..they dont deserve the cup still they are struggling to beat SL and they dont know how to beat them....am waiting to see how these so called best Aus team perform outside Australia....Ind fan here...

  • amna91 on March 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    congrats to Srilankan team.... thay really played well.. i hope they will continue playing like this in the decider... go lions go.... bring trophy to srilanka.. best on luck guys..... australian fans i want to ask 1 question from u... tell me that how many time aus have won the tri series?

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Sri lanka looks to be the favorites now , never thought i will have to make comment like this 'warner's century really took some momentum away from Australian innings' , A STRIKE RATE OF 70 ! ? Jonathan trott would have done better than that.. he should have accelerated little earlier especially with hussey bros waiting in the line , they need time to get their eye in before they can play the big shots towards the end

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    wow will this be the another farewell for best of three finals>>??

  • Buddhika86Liyanage on March 6, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    @pudpat MINNOWS were kicked out of the series

  • admshafi on March 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Nowdays Srilanka's future looking very bright, brighter than any country of whole cricketing world! Now they have some very talented youngstars like mathews,chandimal,perera who will be future great of the game surely,i think. Also joyawardene,sangakara and dilshan will play another 4-5 years for minimum.

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @pudpat, shame on you. Sri lanka is 1 time world champions and 2 time runner up.They are one of the best team in the world.Minors are the Indian team, who can only at home similar to Zimbabwe. what is the last time Indians won a series away home. only they got was series of white washes

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    WHERE's Indian fans??????????????????

  • PradeepR on March 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I think Warner's 100 cost Australia the match. I am glad SL put Australia in its place. Some of their players and the Aussie media were thinking they are champion players after beating India in the Test and CB series. Now I hope they know their real worth. I am sure SL is going to lift the cup.

  • Dilruksh on March 6, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @ pudpat r u comparing sri lanka to bangladesh........wut noncence r u talking abt.......

  • FAB_ALI on March 6, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @vinod villa puda.... for next three years also you have to call that bad team as WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! even if you dont like it.

  • Cannuck on March 6, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Once again a non SL or AUSSIE have commented here, trying to egg on the SL fans. @pudpat: I know buddy, it hurts that your Indian team sucks & has returned home, denying you the chance to celebrate like us!

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    @pudat ithink you are poor Indian Guy ? am i right

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Well done the Lions. Mahela great captaincy. On the whole it was good team work. Let us hope and pray that SL will bring the CB cup to Colombo. Wish you all the very best boys!

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    come on Lions... Take the Cup... Super Captain Roll from Mahela... Well Done.. Sri Lanka is the Real World Champs

  • Brumby90 on March 6, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Australia you are a disgrace once again. Embarrassing bowling performance. At least show some fight and some sort of professionalism. Not just bowl each side of the wicket (when it actually landed on the pitch!!). At the moment we couldnt beat Zimbabwe with this pop gun attack

  • honeyb on March 6, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    What? no indians saying how badly the sri lankans are going to get beaten? Interesting to note that in none of the games have the sri lankan batters been blown away by the aussie pace attack in a way that was common all through the summer with the Indians. Great performance from a side severly depleted by injury! Who knows? they might get their act together on thursday and field properly.

  • Nampally on March 6, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I had predicted a 2-1 win for SL before the start of the series. It looks like SL are on track to do so if they win the next match. The limitations of the Australian bowlers was exposed severely by SL both in the first & second final games.In addition SL won 3 out of 4 in the playoff matches against the Aussies, losing the 4th by just 5 runs. So the Aussies have been totally dominated if you review the overall picture - 4 SL wins in 6 games! India with all its batting failed badly against the Aussies. The difference appears to be in the SL XI playing as a TEAM. Excellent leadership of Mahela, who leads by example. He even promoted himself from the middle of the batting to open the innings to lead the way.He does whatever it takes to Win as shown by his challenge on the no ball call.The lack lustre captaincy of India with the same batting order, same tried & failed Xi & absence of shake up cost India dearly.It clearly emphasises the value of a great captian like Mahela -Well Done Sir!

  • ranilranathunga on March 6, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Why are Indians hiding?? Are they so embarrased?

  • CSK_chennai on March 6, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I really suspect on the Aus TOSS. I watched last two games... only the match referee tells the captain who won the toss. How come Aus won most of the toss?

  • Nmiduna on March 6, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    congratz!!!...nice to see a more couragous n never-give-up spirit from the sri lankans...as chappel said in the last league game(about THAT game), the worst case scenario they faced, specially off field with all the no-pays and political interference, has brought the best out of the lankans, reminds me of the world cup winning team..simillar situations may be?..anywy this is the greatest bit of character and steel shown by a sl team since their 96 victory.at least i thnk so..what say folks?.its like, their effort n spirit has transcended whatever the results n statistics may be..just hoping that this pleasantly surprising turnaround and build up will not be hindered by the 'partisan cronies'..and jst a thought..shastri said sl will hv to bat their skin out to win this..bt all of a sudden, the pitch is called 'better than expected'and mr daniel, wuldnt it be bettr to gv the due credit for da winnin team rather than jst lamenting on the waywardness n indiscipline of aussies? jst saying:)

  • sarith01 on March 6, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    @ pudpat we are really proud of our minnows who won 4 out of 6 matches against world's top ranked team when the best team of earth struggle to avoid conceding a bonus point in 3 out of 4 matches

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    where's the poor Indian supporters....????

  • ian_ghose on March 6, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. They gave Australia absolutely no chance with their clinical batting. But from an Aussie perspective, one must ask questions off David Warner's innings. The tempo of that innings was rather bizzare. 100 off 140 deliveries. Did he really have to go that slow? Its not that they were ever in danger of being bowled out. In the end, it did cost the team 20-30 runs, probably more. Also, wouldn't it have been better if DRS was used for the finals - since both Sri Lanka and Australia are pro-DRS, and perennial cry babies India are out of it.

  • saransrl on March 6, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    well done LANKA LIONS wish to repeat in FINAL. Mr.pudpat do have any pain with others celabarations? if a team always depend on thers results.. fans also will get pain like u. take it easy.

  • avizzzy on March 6, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    @Hammond..excuse me, did i hear you right? are you trying to say that aus gave away the match just because they wanted to pull the crowd to the 3rd final? lol...you guys should accept the defeat and not try to find excuses.

    Of course Sl missed some catches. but you guys should understand that these guys are really exhausted. Tight schedules, no rest what so ever and travelling from one place to the other.

  • WorldWideCricket on March 6, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    A Bangladeshi fan's view: This Srilankan Team is very very dangerous, chasing any target is possible by these Srilankan Cricketers. I am sure they wouldnt even hesitate to chase 500+ target (if that ever happens), and positive that they would chase that target down. Love you Srilanka... I have been supporting Srilanka since the day I know about cricket, and will always do (except against Bangladesh). Bangladesh should adopt and follow Srilankan style of cricket, not Indian or Pakistani style. Wsih you all the best for the decider, bring the cup to Asia, bring it to Srilanka.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 6, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    A CRUSHING win by SL and they certainly have the momentum now. After all the talk after Final 1 Australia's bowling was worse ....which seemed unlikely to be possible. The positive thing for me is that you will learn more about Australia's players in this third final than you would in a whole summer of run of the mill ODI's. How both batsmen & bowlers (especially the bowlers) react and perform (or not) under this sort of pressure will be wonderfully instructive. I'm not really bothered about ODI results outside of World Cups usually but Thursday is a massive match for a lot of players.

  • ukmenon on March 6, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    I am an Indian and i dare say Sri Lanka really deserve to be in the finals more than India, even though India chased down that target of over 300 in 36 odd overs. India also would have played better cricket had they made it to the finals, but to be fair Sri Lankans have been more consistent. Well played Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankans are playing better cricket at the moment, as they have done throughout this series and i wish them all the best for the decider from the bottom of my heart. May the best team on the day win. By the way, i think the title on Cricinfo home page should have been "Sri Lanka thrash Australia to take it to decider". Let's start giving credit where it's due-that's for the guys at Cricinfo to ponder on.

  • jerryman on March 6, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    atrocious fielding , need to step it up a notch in the final game... would do 2 changes .. if matthews is fit , matthews should replace kapugedera , and i would bring in senanayake for herath... .. all in all , batting was good , good to see dilshan back.. its funny how he does better when he is not the captain .. and vice versa with mahela ... mahela sould open in the 50 over format ... it was pleasing to see dinesh get in form... now should beat the curse of the finals and actually win the game ... good luck... ito both teams ... may the team that plays better win..

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    nt vry surprin 2 c vry less comment 2 dis article as al da indian supportz r silencd by SL perfrmz 2de..... hopd dey undrstnd da truth da indian team is bck in india watchin dis match in TV.... wonderin which team dey supprtd

  • Rahul_Acharya on March 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    I cant understand Warner getting a hundred at a strike rate of 71. Is he idolising Sehwag?

  • Daran9 on March 6, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Brilliant batting by Lankans. But need to improve the fielding. Need to get all three departments well tuned for the final match!

  • Sinhaya on March 6, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka and you proved why we are lions! Dont be complacent as Aussies will come firing out all cylinders this Thursday. Play well and we can get the cup and win a series at last for the first time since the world cup!

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    i wonder were are those angry indians now ..... i see no comments at all from them he he he

  • sunnymachoo on March 6, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    "his patented Dil-scoop" nice!! =)

  • Balumekka on March 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @pudpat: Ha haaa...... You are most welcome. You know, I was trying to recall the name of the tiny fish with broken fins who got kicked out by the "minnows". But can't even remember.

  • sthiranga on March 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    look at "pudpat" comment...:P LOL.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Once again Sri Lankans show classy cricket. Superb innings from Mahela & Dil.Thumbs up for you guys.Hope to continue same passion on Thursday.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @pudpat... Go and fly a kite...is india small cricketing gods ? Eh

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @PUDPAT : That minnows beat AUS 4 times in their home soil & THE GRATEST INDIA lost 7 times out of 8 occasions.

    Either I like INDIA very much other than those bombastic post makers.

  • grown_men_hitting_little_red_balls on March 6, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Sour grapes PUDPAT, sour grapes. Or have you forgotten how tearful and emotional the Indian team got when they won that match where Kohli made 133. Are you sure that the Indian are not the new minnows, because they can't even qualify for the finals? Muahahaha.

  • sthiranga on March 6, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Well done Sri Lank..!What a great match.Please ignore some of these poor indian fans...ha ha.

  • satish619chandar on March 6, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Good win for SL and the manner they owned Aussies even with depleted side is just awesome to see.. Mahela returning to open is a mater stroke.. Always felt he should be the opener irrespective of the partner.. Good going SL and you are the favorites for the big Finale!!

  • Shane_Perera on March 6, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Best two teams in the tournament produced another great one day match!. Lot of character shown by the Sri Lankan players. Hope to see a thrilling decider on Thursday. Wish both teams good Luck!. Let the best team on that day wins!

  • grown_men_hitting_little_red_balls on March 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Nice job Sri Lanka, but the fielding was weak. Hopefully we can carry this batting form into the last final. And Mahela should be careful, he was really rude to the umpires. By the way, what happened to our Indian gurus who predicted a whitewash for Sri Lanka during these finals? No comments from them? Or did Sri Lanka's batting leave them thunderstruck, or should I say finger-struck. Come on thambis, don't be spiteful.

  • samuditha on March 6, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    now indian might tell 2day aus lost coz dey wanna play 3rd final...lol (@cricinfo,if u can put PUDPAT comment y u guys not posting mine.:S)

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    We have made it a bad habit of loosing when it comes to a decisive final for the past couple of years. Hope we can change it on Thursday.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @pudpat, Whatever makes u help go to sleep mate !! FYI ur comment is hilarious because then all the top teams can be classified as minnows, lols :p

  • Tusker17 on March 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    No no, This is a Pre Planned defeat as well !!! They just want a good work out with the "Punching Bag" with a billion people behind them like srinidev said !!!

    On a more a seroius note , well played Lions !

  • ranilranathunga on March 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    It's amazing that an attack that seemed so lethal against India seems fairly toothless against SL. It probably highlights the difference in leadership and attitude between the 2 Asian teams

  • mdev.mp on March 6, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    LIONS dont leave AUSSIES in 3rd Final Also. Hunt them fearlessly....UR the new CB series Champions....GO SL go...

  • hawkeye30 on March 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    What a game for Lanka! It was an amazing batting performance by the top 3. They look the best team in the series for sure. Going to be a great game on Thursday. Lanka has the edge over Aussies for sure.

  • Munzist on March 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    This Match clearly Shows that a Partnership is Needed To chase Any Score.. Way To Go MAhela Ayya And Dilli Wht a Finish By SAnga It was Awsome.. Lions Did it..:)

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    guys did u notice the sellfishness of david warner . He really played for his century rather than for australia. Australia were 40 runs short in terms of platform clark built.

  • popped on March 6, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    My apologies to Brenton1 was a typo I should have said @Hammond

  • Mr.Khb on March 6, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Apart from dropped catches it was such good perfomance by Sri Lankans.Great opening stand and also nice to see Dilshan bowling again.Hope They will win the next match also!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @ pudpat ..exactly u r right ...

  • popped on March 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @Brenton1 oh here we go again conspiracy theorists don't be lik the fans of the third team in the series , this was a funny game but we were not good enough simple as that, I have a healthy respect for these guys i don't mind losing to them they certainly got character , what i do mind is the way us folded today better pick it up guys ..good luck to both teams @pudpat stupidity at its best get a job nuff said

  • Lankeshwara on March 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Well done guys! It is pleasure to see Lions roar again loudly!Keep it up guys!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 6, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    WELL DONE LIONS !!! GO SRI LANKA, new you guys would come back.

  • ranga_s on March 6, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Great victory for Lions...Expect Aussies to tighten up (expect both teams to do so) and watch a cracker of a decider.

  • Dxcombine on March 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    **Well Done Sri Lanka** Keep it up

  • Akheel on March 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    SL doin it in STYLE..mouthwatering final await all of us,this thursady.

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Great !You guys are amazing..! bring the cup home , coz u deserve it more than any other

  • MaruthuDelft on March 6, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka Fight. India Break.

  • Balumekka on March 6, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    That's the true fighting spirit of the lions!!!!! Come on guys, you can win the next game too!!!!!

  • bddhika_harindat on March 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Great to see some superb all round performances by SL team after a rough time they had at the post world cup period. Mahela's captaincy has brought in a great spirit to the team and everyone is contributing very well understanding their roles. Having said that we should not forget there's one more final match they need to win if they're to succeed in this CB series to beat Aussies in Australia.

    Also, they should live upto to fielding standards if they're keep the momentum of the game as miss catches could cost them matches, so please do your basics rught to make sure that SL is on the winning track to overcome the loosing streak that we have had.

    Cheers!!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Great win Sri Lanka. You are beauty!

  • yorkslanka on March 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka for a very good win today and bouncing back from losing the last match..who is going to take the last final?who know, what i do know is that Sri Lanka have proved again that we are competitors outside Sri Lanka and also importantly in terms of the next world cup, we can hold our own..good luck Sri Lanka you continue to make us proud...

  • OffStumpLine on March 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Well played, SL! There are some areas (bowling and fielding) that could do with a bit of improvement but you are just batting like a dream! The middle order was not tested today, but don't think that is any cause for worry with the sort of form Chandimal and Thirimanne have shown through the series. It was pure master class on display by the ever dependable duo of Jayawardene and Sangakkara; and Dilshan just seems to have turned a new leaf since relinquishing captaincy. Not that we needed any proof, but this SL performance just goes on to accentuate how poorly our (Indian!) batters batted through the summer against virtually the same Aussie attack! Anyways, this is completly besides the point. Aussies might have a lot to worry about - their bowling and possibly more importantly, the inform Clarke possibly being sidelined due to his hamstring. But just fantastic cricket on display, Lions and will be rooting for you for that one final roar of the series on Thursday!

  • bhathiyatharanga on March 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Great come back Lions! The Island nation soooooooo proud about u!

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka is the most talented team in the world, I dont know in such small country how they make team to beat all high profile teams.

  • jude28 on March 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Where are the Indian comments now????? I thought I read one great Indian fan saying Australia will beat SL in 2 straight matches, that would've been the case if the Indians were playing lol! I believe the whole world is at least now enjoying some great cricket unlike when the Indian champions were playing and getting trashed left right and center by the Australians....... Good luck to the Sri Lankans as well as to the Australians. Pls give us a fitting final. We love true cricket when played in true spirit ;)

  • ethilan on March 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Lankan Lians are the best

  • Marcio on March 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Obvious mistakes made by AUS. Let's hope they learn from them. As predicted, Pattinson shouldn't be in the team. I suppose they are trying to give him international experience. Starc was the man with form, but Pattinson is there with nothing but test match form from a few months ago. I said it would backfire big time, & it has. Batting first was dumb. All 8 teams batting first in Adelaide have lost this year. Doh! AUS have a very powerful batting unit who should be able to chase down any score. We can forgive Warner for batting a little slow. He is new to the scene, and the truth is the wicket was much slower during Australia's innings, & picked up pace later, making batting easier. If he knew what he was chasing he would have scored at the appropriate rate. Finally, why have we gifted SL conditions which nullify our strength (big fast bowlers) & magnify theirs (attacking top order bats). They have no bowlers others than Malinga, but the flat wickets neutralise that weakness. Doh!

  • ---lasitha--- on March 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    thilan samaraweera would have been a better choice than tharanaga ,, that would add experience to the line up too, and hope mathews would come in for kapu ,,, wiith maharoof at 8

  • bigwonder on March 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Now its getting interesting. It will be a good match-up in final and with Clarke likely not playing, Sri Lanka has an opportunity to win the 3rd final. Least to say, I would like someone to comment about flat-track bullies in this 2nd final game.

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I dont know Y there is no comment from Indians. If SL doing good there is no comment from Indians. If SL doing bad there are thousand of people who are commenting. Clearly Jealousy.

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    very poor bowling by ozies especialy james pattinson and warner wasted 7 overs i think which cost aus.Poor bowling and poor fielding with slow batting by warner = lost

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    We days ago some folks mention that Sri Lanka is the new Bangladesh. I wonder where are they now!!!!! Even if we lose the Thursday final, we have already won the CB cup.......keep it up lions!!!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Awesome....! Lions all the way.... ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Philip_Gnana on March 6, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    A very good win here by the Lions. It is a shame that their fielding has let them down. A department that was functioning extremely well and matching the host on that front. I could not understand why Lee was not allowed to continue bowling. Brett does have a tendency to concede runs but is a wicket taker. MJC missed a great trick here. Once the openers settled in it would have been very difficult to run through the SL batting line up that has been in very good form. The ideal result for all cricket lovers as it is now going to be the Grand Finale.... It is anybody's game. My money is on SL now on their performances so far. Watson in my opinion is the player to watch for the Aussies. Malinga the bowler, is going to give it his all as he did today. Well done Sri Lanka. Let it just be between OZ & SL....and hopefully the comments will be such too. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Amazing win by Sri Lanka.

  • binojpeter on March 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Congratulations SL for the emphatic win from an Indian fan. The confidence they received from this match is so huge that it seems that they will beat Australia in the next final and take the cup. Australia erred in playing a half fit Warner. Their bowling department also raises serious questions. I thought India's bowling department alone was poor. Good to see some company.

  • lollysixaside on March 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    WOW, no comments by an Indian fan saying how good their team is than Sri Lanka.

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Well done SL..Hope to see you on Thursday

  • kunderanengineer on March 6, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    I don't see how any neutral observer could not fall in love with this Sri Lankan team. They started the tournament without a win in their first 3 matches, even prompting some (mainly non-astute Indian fans) to suggest that they didn't belong in the tournament. They then rose like a phoenix from the ashes as though to prove a point and are now within 1 match of winning the whole thing. Even if they should lose the final match they have done enough to convince me that they were certainly the most exciting of the 3 teams to watch and also let's not forget that win or lose on Thursday they would still be ahead of the Aussies in head-to-head matchups. which is even more impressive considering the relatively short amount of time they had to adjust to Aussie conditions. Bravo Lions you have earned the respect of the cricketing world no matter what happens in the final match!!

  • Master_Mihil on March 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Shoddy fielding!! but i guess it helped SL at the end, by not giving enough balls to hussys' and others. Well bowled by the way. But i would have liked Dilshan had walked after that catch.

  • qpsk123 on March 6, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Well done SL. Fielding should improve significantly, otherwise it will affect in close games. One more match to claim the the trophy that they deserve.

  • CyclopsXMEN on March 6, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Umpire did a blunder there ,, mahela was in its right's , as captain he got it rite ... If not for incidents like this Murali wouldnt be even having a courier to talk about . Briliant captancy .. Thmubs up

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    What a victory by Srilanka .They made up their blunders of dropped catches ordinary fielding with realtive ease by getting that target with plenty to spare .They will tough to beat now on and went on to win the series 2-1.They literally exposed this Australian team which India cant even thought of doing so all round the sumer its agood lesson for our Indian team.For Australia it is to avoid 3 back to back home TRI sereis defeat

  • Busie1979 on March 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Warner cost Australia the game for scoring his runs too slow. I never thought I would say that.

  • rohittttt on March 6, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Outstanding victory by lankans on mighty tuff Aussies, now they will pan for the next game to choose bowl first or to out their openers first by any way.....Go lankans indians r also supporting U.

  • truthhh on March 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    WELL DONE TEAM SRILANKA,DO THE SAME THING FOR NEXT GAME,WE KNOW YOU GUYS CAN REALLY DO IT,DO IT FOR YOUR COUNTRY,BRING IT HOME!!!!!

  • supadupamonk on March 6, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    What a match....SL u beauty, hatz off to you....go get that CB series. Aus dont deserve it, they are clearly outlplayed by u guys in this CB series and am sure they will struggle when they travel to the subcontinent.....Indian fan here.....

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Congratzz Sri Lanka..True Champs..!!

  • Nmiduna on March 6, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    well..congratz sri lanka!..when almost everyone,including their own fans,were bidding against them,they show great steel n character amidst numerous adversities.statistics wuldnot truely reveal the excellence of their fight.even today shastri was saying lankans will hv to bat their skinsout in this slowpitch.when they reached it with ease,nw everybody's tellin that the pitch was 'better'than expected.n i beg all of ur pardon(and attention!)this article seems more by a disapointd aussie than a reporter.wayward bowling,luck n indiscipline seems to be the main reasons behind da win.its disheartening to see that only credit given to this well-deservd victory is that 'emphatic' in the headline.things are lukin good for sl n ominous for aussies..but whtever hpns, this bunch of cricketers is the best unit i've seen from srilanka since '96! here's hoping the 'partisan cronies' would not ruin this pleasantly surprising turnaround..cheers for a brighter future!...:)

  • Sinhabahu on March 6, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    What a great match! The momentum from the last 20 overs of Brisbane has been carried through to Adelaide. Hopefully we can put them out of their misery on Thursday :D

  • Mahaanama on March 6, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Welldone Sri Lanka but it's not a surprise. Some respect should also go to Australia for their good batting performances. Best of luck to both teams for the next final! I can imagine that flat track bullies could have been thrashed as they same way they were thrashed in last few months in case if they made finals by mistake. But we are lucky enough that home-champions are already at home by now

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Well played SRI LANKA. Hope you keep up the good work for the next match also. Mahela played some fabulous shots in his 80, the timing was perfect. Although i felt his incident with the umpires was a bit too much. He should have kept his cool when talking with the umpires. I was afraid that he would face a match ban or something of that sort.

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Very happy for the result and expecting the same in the next match. If Mathews also joins the team, team becomes much stronger Congrats Srilanka team and Mahela.

  • eyballfallenout on March 6, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Well done Sri Lank, our guys could not stop your awesome batting this time. Hopefully we can win the decider though.

  • Brenton1 on March 6, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    SL is a dangerous side. They showed this throughout the tournament as well as in SA when they won the last 2 ODIs when chasing over 300.

  • Raj4you on March 6, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Woow what a victory for Sri Lanka. awesome guys. Aussi were looking helpless the way Dilsan and MJ batting. Congrats lanka and best of luck for the Final game..I am happy that if India coudnt reach to the final but lankan did a great job.India should learn from these lions.. are you listening Dhoni.??? He is selfish kind of person thinking only for his record nothing for the country.When lankans were loosing and looking very ordenery team than Mahela take the resposibility promote hmself to the opening which Dhoni can't do and you can see the result..Hats of you MJ n Lanka from an Indian fan.

  • micklem on March 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    SL did horrible mistake earlier by not picking Dammika prasad.But ausralians failed to capitalise that except clarke.Because only their batting is good and australians did,nt bat well they escaped.But if in 3rd final also they going to drop prasad and playing only with weak bowling they might be suffering.In Asia cup anyway they are going to suffer with their bowling bcause no quality bowler is not there in the team except malinga.SL is only winning because their batting is strong and at times australian batting not good enough.

  • denwarlo70 on March 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Hmmm, we the Lankans were pushed against the wall at the GABBA but we fought till the end and it was a good match to lose no regrets. I have on incalculable times commented about we been strong and coming back with all our cylinders blazing and that's exactly what happened today. Let this win be the stepping stone to us Lankans to grab our first ever tri-series win in Australia which we could not on many previous visits. ALL THE VERY BEST TEAM SRI LANKA. We are so proud of you guys.

  • Daran9 on March 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Tony Craig said in the commentary that if you want to watch attractive cricket you need to go none other than SL matches regardless where ever they play. They seem to be only team play attractive cricket whether they win or loose! Well Done SL. Keep entertain the world what ever the situation. Play selfless cricket with lot of passion! It is a treat to watch you guys!

  • Hammond on March 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Seems a bit odd. Maybe ca needed a third final.

  • bMike on March 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Congratulations SL! This series would have ended by now & Australia could have lifted the cup with no fear if flat track bullies came to finals. Fortunately well deserved two teams were selected to finals and it's gonna be a very exiting final again on Thursday. Good for all cricket fans

  • KingOwl on March 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    The bowling was made to look ordinary by the batting. That is something that Dilshan always does, just by the way he bats. He can unsettle any bowler in the world. Let's not forget, this was the same bowling attack that was lethal against India.

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Fielding of some guys has certainly to be corrected. Please do it with sheer dedication. Excellent bit of work..! Now we can go to the decider with much more confidence. All the Best Lions...! Blessing of the Triple Gem for you all...!!!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    well done sl do it again in thursday

  • Perera32 on March 6, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Amazing Batting performance by Sri Lanka, Dilshan and Jayawardene partnership has been one of the highlights for Sri Lanka's success in this tournement. Exceptional performance by Lasith Malinga to keep the aussies under 300 too. Australia only managed something like 32/4 in the last 5 overs of there batting and went unnoticed but some of the aussie commentators really thought they were going to win. There wont be too many comments on this report today, if you know what I mean. Any Way CONGRATS SRI LANKA !!!!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    ROAR! hats off to openers; Mahela and Dili :D

  • stormy16 on March 6, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Dont think this article does justice to the game. Firstly it seems to suggest that it was Aus mistakes that cost them the game rather than the SL brilliance but that's something we are used to now. It also missed out the key moment in the game which was the last 5 overs of the Aus innings - with two down and two centurians at the wicket Aus should have been looking for 300 but Malinga bowled 3 ripper overs including 2 wickets ensuring the target was managable. I also felt Aus were not aggressive enough in the first 15 overs. SL has only 4 front line bowlers. Firstly they let Dilshan bowl too many steady overs in the power play and then didnt take to a single bowler which would have left Mahela with no options. Having said all of that SL were simply awesome and and the senior guys took control of the chase and Aussies never got a look in.

  • infaz9999 on March 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Warner's hundred just proving to be too slow, great win by lions! We got to Fire up our fielding skills it may be because that we were travelling too much here and there, hope our guys show a Improved performance Thursday! Chasing 272 in a must win game is just awesome! and by the way Playing kapugedara is kind of useless thing to do we should have played Sachithra he will bowl well in these conditions and Maha can bat and Kula too he showed how capable he is even sachithra could, we always can't bank Dili's 10 overs. Playing 6 bats is enough! And i say again sachithra must play with these conditions we are confident with our batting line up! up front no worries! Lions will ROAR

  • Buddhika86Liyanage on March 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Congrats! Sri Lanka. It was a great match. we have a grand final now.

  • nazim_ali on March 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    it was a match fitting a final..... great display of batting by warner, clarke, dilshan, and jayawardane. Bowling was real bad on part of australia. and fielding was abysmal on part of srilanka However, this performance wud hav silenced da indian supporters who hav repeatedly claimed australia wanted to face srilanka and forced india out of da finals. Such an illogical argument because an attack so much fatal against mighty indian batting has been humbled again and again by da lankans. So thanks to sri lanka, for giving us another match of cricket. Match was gud one, though for better fielding, it wud hav been great one. Way to go Sri Lanka. Both sides deserve to be in finals and cricket fans deserved close contest which has been approx. provided by both teams. Cheers for both teams. waiting eagerly for da next match.

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    WELL DONE SRI LANKA...This proved another time that best 2 teams are selcted and bad team is out.We are proud of Lions.We never giveup anything. I LOVE U SRI LANKA team what ever day after 2rw result you are the champs. GUD LUCK 4 final..!

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    it was emphatic victory by the Srilankans over australia to level the commonwealth bank series 2012 finals. Tremendous batting efforts by the sriLanka.Now they have to perform really well in the the last game of the tour to win the series. They have certainly secured place for the 2015 world cups. Australia will look to wrap things up with the victory to go on and win the championship. Batting giants wade,hussey,clarke will have to play a major role on the batting surface to win comprehensively.

  • Zehere on March 6, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I think i taugh ask for ozies unless someone start medeling the ball

  • Master_Mihil on March 6, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    I don't know why they say this pitch is similar to subcontinent pitches, this pitch is horrible. Liked Gabba very much. Just because it doesn't bounce and not fast it's unfair label them as subcontinent ones. All i know is this pitch is horrible. Makes an ordinary bowler world class... Bring fast and bouncy pitches Aussies.. that's what we like to see in Australia.........

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Today AUS 240/10 46.3 overs & SL will win at 43.2 overs

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Dilshan have 2 bowl 10, Kapu may bowl 2/3

  • Solace1 on March 6, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    I remember the way bangladesh celebrated their win against aussies few yrs ago, the celebrations of the lankan team in that last league game was absolutely similar!! WAY TO GO (THE NEW) MINNOWS!!

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  • Solace1 on March 6, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    I remember the way bangladesh celebrated their win against aussies few yrs ago, the celebrations of the lankan team in that last league game was absolutely similar!! WAY TO GO (THE NEW) MINNOWS!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Dilshan have 2 bowl 10, Kapu may bowl 2/3

  • on March 6, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Today AUS 240/10 46.3 overs & SL will win at 43.2 overs

  • Master_Mihil on March 6, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    I don't know why they say this pitch is similar to subcontinent pitches, this pitch is horrible. Liked Gabba very much. Just because it doesn't bounce and not fast it's unfair label them as subcontinent ones. All i know is this pitch is horrible. Makes an ordinary bowler world class... Bring fast and bouncy pitches Aussies.. that's what we like to see in Australia.........

  • Zehere on March 6, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I think i taugh ask for ozies unless someone start medeling the ball

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    it was emphatic victory by the Srilankans over australia to level the commonwealth bank series 2012 finals. Tremendous batting efforts by the sriLanka.Now they have to perform really well in the the last game of the tour to win the series. They have certainly secured place for the 2015 world cups. Australia will look to wrap things up with the victory to go on and win the championship. Batting giants wade,hussey,clarke will have to play a major role on the batting surface to win comprehensively.

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    WELL DONE SRI LANKA...This proved another time that best 2 teams are selcted and bad team is out.We are proud of Lions.We never giveup anything. I LOVE U SRI LANKA team what ever day after 2rw result you are the champs. GUD LUCK 4 final..!

  • nazim_ali on March 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    it was a match fitting a final..... great display of batting by warner, clarke, dilshan, and jayawardane. Bowling was real bad on part of australia. and fielding was abysmal on part of srilanka However, this performance wud hav silenced da indian supporters who hav repeatedly claimed australia wanted to face srilanka and forced india out of da finals. Such an illogical argument because an attack so much fatal against mighty indian batting has been humbled again and again by da lankans. So thanks to sri lanka, for giving us another match of cricket. Match was gud one, though for better fielding, it wud hav been great one. Way to go Sri Lanka. Both sides deserve to be in finals and cricket fans deserved close contest which has been approx. provided by both teams. Cheers for both teams. waiting eagerly for da next match.

  • Buddhika86Liyanage on March 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Congrats! Sri Lanka. It was a great match. we have a grand final now.

  • infaz9999 on March 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Warner's hundred just proving to be too slow, great win by lions! We got to Fire up our fielding skills it may be because that we were travelling too much here and there, hope our guys show a Improved performance Thursday! Chasing 272 in a must win game is just awesome! and by the way Playing kapugedara is kind of useless thing to do we should have played Sachithra he will bowl well in these conditions and Maha can bat and Kula too he showed how capable he is even sachithra could, we always can't bank Dili's 10 overs. Playing 6 bats is enough! And i say again sachithra must play with these conditions we are confident with our batting line up! up front no worries! Lions will ROAR