Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series 3rd final, Adelaide March 7, 2012

Gruelling series reaches gripping finale

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Match facts

March 8, Adelaide
Start time 1350 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

When the triangular made a comeback this Australian summer, there was trepidation around it. After all, it was going to involve 12 ODIs before the best-of-three finals series between sides that were used to playing each other. Familiarity between India and Sri Lanka has borne boredom for a long time now, and on top of that Australia had a strong mental hold over India after a summer full of Test-bashing.

More than a month later, though, we have had an entertaining triangular series, which has stretched the two remaining teams to their last possible sinew. Two new balls, the new Powerplay regulations, the new strictness against runners and substitutes, a little bit of spice on the pitches, the physical demands of playing on big and soft outfields, have all worked a treat too. The only disappointment has been the occasional low attendance.

Fittingly, it's Sri Lanka and Australia, the fitter sides who have played better cricket, who are the last teams standing. Australia extended their domination of India, and Sri Lanka showed they enjoyed being here - they have enjoyed their cricket, they have fought longer and harder. Battles are to be seen on both sides.

Sri Lanka have lost Thisara Perera, and Farveez Maharoof and Angelo Mathews are struggling with a sore back and calf respectively. Added to that are a few bandaged hands in the side. Australia have had to reshape their bowling almost completely during this tournament. Michael Clarke has done two hamstrings to add to his back trouble, ruling him out of this match and, potentially, the ODIs in the West Indies too. David Warner is fighting a groin strain. Brett Lee is playing despite a broken foot. The two sides are staggering every bit like heavyweights in the last round of a bout, but are desperate not to end up on the losing side. Expect them to bring their best - whatever is left available to them - to this one final night.

Form guide

Australia LWLWL (Most recent first)
Sri Lanka WLWLW

In the spotlight

With his performance on Tuesday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became only the second player in ODI history to open both the bowling and batting, finish his quota of 10 overs, and then score a century too. Sri Lanka won't mind an encore.

Matthew Wade's keeping has come under severe pressure towards the end of the tournament, with dropped catches to his credit in both the finals. With the bat, though, he has provided two good starts, taking the pressure off Warner, letting him settle into long innings. Wade continues to enjoy the trust of the captain, but if he does get another start with the bat he will dearly love to make it count in a bigger way.

Team news

After the second final, Clarke said Warner was fully fit otherwise they wouldn't have played him. Warner responded with a century, and on that evidence should be available for the third final. With Clarke ruled out, Shane Watson will captain and Peter Forrest should slot back in to the middle order. George Bailey has also been called up as a contingency.

The bowling on slower surfaces remains a big worry for Australia, and they have called up local boy Nathan Lyon, who bowled a good spell in the domestic one-day competition final at the same venue about a week ago. James Pattinson is unavailable for the third final due to a glute strain. It remains to be seen if Lyon or Ben Hilfenhaus replaces him.

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

Angelo Mathews is still recovering from a calf injury, and Sri Lanka will leave the decision to play him or not open till the last minute. However, captain Mahela Jayawardene said the decision will not be an emotional one, and that he will be picked only if he is 100% fit. If Mathews does recover in time, he will bring more balance to a side that relied on Dilshan to bowl the fifth bowler's quote on Tuesday night.

Lasith Malinga struggled with his groin towards the end of his spell on Tuesday, but he came back to bowl another over, the last one, and should be available pending a fitness test.

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

Pitch and conditions

The heat in Adelaide has relented, but the pitch remains slow and should behave as it did on Tuesday, if not even slower. Expect another gruelling match.

Stats and trivia

  • On the three previous occasions since 1990 that the third final has been required, Australia have always won, twice against South Africa (1993-94 and 1997-98) and once against Sri Lanka (2005-06).
  • Sri Lanka's win over Australia on Tuesday, with 34 balls to spare, was the most comfortable chase of a 270-plus total in all ODIs against Australia.
  • Warner is the only batsman to have scored two centuries in the finals series in Australia. Dilshan stands a chance to emulate him.

Quotes

"No excuse for our performance in the field. We let ourselves down in the field, and our bowling was quite poor once again. We've got a couple of days to turn things around."
Michael Clarke, even if he is not playing, knows his team is faced with a stiff challenge in the final final

"We can laugh about it [dropped catches] obviously, because we had a very comfortable win today [Tuesday]. But it would have definitely cost the match and the tournament, so we need to make sure we don't make huge mistakes in the last game."
Mahela Jayawardene lets his fielders know that much better is expected of them

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on March 9, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree about the Gabba pitch - I know it well & it was slow in comparison to regular pitches... Re: Hobart Test pitch - its always green that early in the season & shouldn't be used for Tests until January... The pitch was cut to 4mm for that game, 3mm for OD'ers & 8mm for SS so it was about as flat as could be... The weather helped a great deal as well... Still the summer Test schedule left no room for a later Test in Hobart...

  • zenboomerang on March 9, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @JG2704... Re: Saafa series - they organised that... None of our business - they thought ODI's & T20 were better... SL series - 3 Tests, 5 ODI's, 2 T20's... Will be the same in the WI's starting next week... Re: NZ 2 Tests - well there literally wasn't time to squeeze another Test in before the 4 Test series against India... If you look at the Oz summer schedule, it usually has 5/6 Test matches which allows for all the variations of cricket to be played - this summer is exceptionally long by comparison... I have been pushing for an autumn series between Oz, SA, NZ on a biannual calendar or a stronger winter comp up north where its still warm but dry...

  • Precioustar84 on March 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Team India fan here ...still I keep seeing couple people bashing India here. I guess last CB series in 2008 wasn't played in Aus since India won it. Understand that India did not play well this series but I think few people are being overly judgmental. There are plenty that support SL if India's exit as always. SL deserves to win the trophy considering their current forms in entire series. @jonesy2 - Aus has had a long summer?? I guess that's your excuse for all the losses against SL but Oz didn't look like they were having a long summer against India. If that's true then same can be said for India but that's not an excuse to use when a team performs poorly!! Its going to be a one-sided finale. I know I'll be rooting for SL. They are fittingly and deserving winners!

  • Marcio on March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs the gabba was way slower, drier and flatter than usual. If you couldn't see that you don't know the Gabba. Since when do both teams get way over 300 at the Gabba? My point about serving up sub-continent-like pitches is only reinforced by the fact that we have selected two spinners for today's game. That just shows you how incredibly abnormal conditions are here.We have served the game up to the SL team on a plate. Very generous of us indeed. Maybe you forgot the dustbowl that SL served up in the 1st test over there in August. Why are we the only country that doesn't doctor wickets, and actually goes out of our way to help them? The seamer-perfect Hobart pitch for the 2nd NZ test is another perfect example.

  • jasonpete on March 8, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    @bmike , what a joke? Ranking decides by consistency performances over some period and not one off series.

  • VivGilchrist on March 8, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Wade currently 27 off 46. Has he learnt nothing from the last game. Australia is going to need 320+ to have a chance. Does the coach discuss tactics with these guys? SL have gone in with a very long batting lineup, so there bowling is light on. Get a move on Boys!

  • Last_Knight on March 8, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Win lose or draw doesn't mater. SL Lions you have proved who the real world champions are. Good experience this because next world cup will be played here. Proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    When we chasing 322 and when auzzie bowlers got hammered by Little Kula and the rest, Ravi Shasthri and manjrekar used to says it is b'coz Ball getting older and humid, dew and drizzle.

    when we chasing 272 they used to say the pitch is slow its almost likely an Asian crick pitches, bla bla bla...

    when we restrict auzzies to 239.. they saying it is poor batting performance from auzzies...

    but they babbling about 320 that india chased... it is a supper effort. team work. no one will ever do so,,,,

    according to them, we are still a poor team? he he...

  • MichaelBevan on March 8, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Can anybody enlighten me as to why Adelaide get 2 / 3 finals? I'm a WACA member and we get 1 international test and 1 (Australian) ODI. Raw deal? Hell yes. Venting my frustration. And now WA doesn't look like coming up trumps for a home final. Salt in the wound!

    And... Just quietly.. the WACA is one of the most exciting wickets, traditionally, to watch a cricket match on, in my opinion.

  • on March 8, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Win Or Loose Good Luck Lions But its a Game Good Luck and God Bless You All From A Strong Lion

  • zenboomerang on March 9, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree about the Gabba pitch - I know it well & it was slow in comparison to regular pitches... Re: Hobart Test pitch - its always green that early in the season & shouldn't be used for Tests until January... The pitch was cut to 4mm for that game, 3mm for OD'ers & 8mm for SS so it was about as flat as could be... The weather helped a great deal as well... Still the summer Test schedule left no room for a later Test in Hobart...

  • zenboomerang on March 9, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @JG2704... Re: Saafa series - they organised that... None of our business - they thought ODI's & T20 were better... SL series - 3 Tests, 5 ODI's, 2 T20's... Will be the same in the WI's starting next week... Re: NZ 2 Tests - well there literally wasn't time to squeeze another Test in before the 4 Test series against India... If you look at the Oz summer schedule, it usually has 5/6 Test matches which allows for all the variations of cricket to be played - this summer is exceptionally long by comparison... I have been pushing for an autumn series between Oz, SA, NZ on a biannual calendar or a stronger winter comp up north where its still warm but dry...

  • Precioustar84 on March 8, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Team India fan here ...still I keep seeing couple people bashing India here. I guess last CB series in 2008 wasn't played in Aus since India won it. Understand that India did not play well this series but I think few people are being overly judgmental. There are plenty that support SL if India's exit as always. SL deserves to win the trophy considering their current forms in entire series. @jonesy2 - Aus has had a long summer?? I guess that's your excuse for all the losses against SL but Oz didn't look like they were having a long summer against India. If that's true then same can be said for India but that's not an excuse to use when a team performs poorly!! Its going to be a one-sided finale. I know I'll be rooting for SL. They are fittingly and deserving winners!

  • Marcio on March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs the gabba was way slower, drier and flatter than usual. If you couldn't see that you don't know the Gabba. Since when do both teams get way over 300 at the Gabba? My point about serving up sub-continent-like pitches is only reinforced by the fact that we have selected two spinners for today's game. That just shows you how incredibly abnormal conditions are here.We have served the game up to the SL team on a plate. Very generous of us indeed. Maybe you forgot the dustbowl that SL served up in the 1st test over there in August. Why are we the only country that doesn't doctor wickets, and actually goes out of our way to help them? The seamer-perfect Hobart pitch for the 2nd NZ test is another perfect example.

  • jasonpete on March 8, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    @bmike , what a joke? Ranking decides by consistency performances over some period and not one off series.

  • VivGilchrist on March 8, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Wade currently 27 off 46. Has he learnt nothing from the last game. Australia is going to need 320+ to have a chance. Does the coach discuss tactics with these guys? SL have gone in with a very long batting lineup, so there bowling is light on. Get a move on Boys!

  • Last_Knight on March 8, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Win lose or draw doesn't mater. SL Lions you have proved who the real world champions are. Good experience this because next world cup will be played here. Proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    When we chasing 322 and when auzzie bowlers got hammered by Little Kula and the rest, Ravi Shasthri and manjrekar used to says it is b'coz Ball getting older and humid, dew and drizzle.

    when we chasing 272 they used to say the pitch is slow its almost likely an Asian crick pitches, bla bla bla...

    when we restrict auzzies to 239.. they saying it is poor batting performance from auzzies...

    but they babbling about 320 that india chased... it is a supper effort. team work. no one will ever do so,,,,

    according to them, we are still a poor team? he he...

  • MichaelBevan on March 8, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Can anybody enlighten me as to why Adelaide get 2 / 3 finals? I'm a WACA member and we get 1 international test and 1 (Australian) ODI. Raw deal? Hell yes. Venting my frustration. And now WA doesn't look like coming up trumps for a home final. Salt in the wound!

    And... Just quietly.. the WACA is one of the most exciting wickets, traditionally, to watch a cricket match on, in my opinion.

  • on March 8, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Win Or Loose Good Luck Lions But its a Game Good Luck and God Bless You All From A Strong Lion

  • Just_Do_It_Now on March 8, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Aussies should be playing with their full strength & potential & SL should finally end up LIFTING the CB Series cup...that way Aussies won't have excuses that they had so & so player not playing due to injuries n..blah..blah...SL you were the best among the 3 sides in this tournament & YOU thoroughly deserve to lift the cup - Indian cricket fan.....

  • johnathonjosephs on March 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    @Marcio, how could you call the GABBA slow? The pitch was heaven for the fast bowlers and Sri Lanka's comeback in the game just showed how good they were

  • cricketfanrob on March 8, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Surely Australia has made a rushed decision in bringing Nathan Lyon into one day side. An improving bowler - but will he slow the run rate or take a bagful? I'd doubt it. What about Andrew McDonald, he's taken 0-2 off 8 overs in the Sheffield Shield game today, he has international experience, and he can bat! Would take the pace of the ball effectively and bowl a line and length!

  • on March 8, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Malinga must be very much careful of his Yorkers.

  • jaffna_karan on March 8, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Win or Loose we are really proud of our team, so far our boys has done wonderful job they play fantastic cricket keep it up mahela and boys….. Best of luck and all the best mahela and boys from Canada…

  • Omi_Fire on March 8, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Good luck SL, Surely you will win

  • on March 8, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Australia LWLWL (Most recent first) Sri Lanka WLWLW

    The pattern is clear.......

  • onlyIndiathebest on March 8, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    @Marcio actually it is more the Aussie batting against fast bowling than Aussie bowlers themselves in which they have an advantage. Right now SL fast bowlers are more effective than the Aussies (Malinga, Maharoof , Kulasekara all seasoned w.compared to Lee)

  • on March 8, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    well done lions..the whole world will realize now that who are the real world champions..

  • KANCHANA623 on March 8, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    It seems that Lions are on the way to achieve back to back series wins. i.e. CB series and Asia cup. It doesn't seem to be a tall task for the brand of cricket they are currently playing. All the best 4 SL.

  • Just_Do_It_Now on March 8, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    The best 2 Teams will have a go today to lift the CB series trophy...& I see no reason why SL should not be a WINNER today. They have been the BEST side in this tournament. India deserved NOT to be in this FINALS as they're playing absolutely ridiculous cricket at the moment & I'm sure they'll back soon with a huge roar....You can't be a WORLD CHAMPION in fluke or a matter of luck. If everybody says they win the world cup bcoz it was in their backyard, then why didn't SA, Aussie, WI, England & NZ won it when it was in their backyard..!

    Although I am a DIEHARD Indian cricket fan, SL has been one of my favorites. They bring a great excitement whenever they play, where ever they play. I would LOVE to see Mahela lifting the TROPHY today...Good Luck SL & SL fans !!

  • Maduka43 on March 8, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Good Luck Sri Lanka. Win or Loose we are really proud of our boys.best wishes from Japan.

  • on March 8, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Srilanka has showed great fight and stamina this time . They have some very good young lads along with eternal jayawardne and snagakara. Precious player like angelo mathew..kulasekra..have given a big edge to lanka. they are gonna be favorite in the final match.

  • Marcio on March 8, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    @Suraweera, they have not dominated. They have won two of the four games well, the other four went down to the wire. You have to win the finals to win the comp. It's that simple. Whoever wins the decider is the deserving winner.

  • bMike on March 8, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    According to current performances Sri Lanka are the world no 1 ODI team followed by Australia, South Africa, England, Pakistan, NZ, India, WI

  • onlyIndiathebest on March 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka can be in trouble because they don't have any great batsmen (FYI you should have atleast 40 ave. to be considered one).But let us hope for a entertaining game. It would have been fun if it were great TEAM BLUE INDIA to play the finals. With all the batting greats ( Dhoni, Kholi, Sachin) cant wait till we win the Asia Cup on 22nd MARCH.

  • Vasant17 on March 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Observe the pattern Australia LWLWL (Most recent first) Sri Lanka WLWLW (Most recent first)

    Got it? Its gonna be Australia!

  • Gamaraala on March 7, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    expect a good show from both teams.

  • ranilranathunga on March 7, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    SRIIIIII Lankaaaaaaaaaa.............the lions...roarrrrrrrrrrrr

  • JG2704 on March 7, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    @the Aus fans - regardless of the final result , Just wonder how you feel about how long and drawn out this series has been? I say this because I know how important test cricket is to you and it seemed poor scheduling that there were only 2 tests in both the series vs SA and NZ and both finished all square and to me things were kind of left unfinished and yet they managed to fit in 19 games to decide a one day tournament between 3 teams.If the teams only played each other twice each and then had a 1 match final I reckon Australia could have had an extra test vs both SA and NZ and I'm sure Oz fans would have fancied rectifying things in a decider vs NZ and a win in a 3rd test vs SA would have helped them move up the rankings

  • featurewriter on March 7, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Your stats and trivia section missed one very important statistic: in the overwhelming majority of cases, when a third final is played in the Australian tri-series, the team that won the first game has gone on to lose the third game. So that stat actually supports the Sris. Australia's bowling isn't helping much either at the moment. I would have kept Ryan Harris over Hilfy; despite his earlier five-for. And I think Australia is more likely to choose either Doherty or Lyon, not Lyon or Hilfenhaus.

  • Cric_Tic on March 7, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    As an Indian, my wishes to Lankan Team to lift the cup as they deservedly played best cricket in the tournament.Looks like they peaked at right time. Crucial players are Dilshan & Malinga. All the best to Srilanka :)

  • WTEH on March 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    All the best Sri Lanka, time is right to make another historic win. You guys rock, unlike the current Indian team you guys showed us the true value of cricket, a team game!

  • ranga_s on March 7, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @jonesy2: Summer can't be that long for Australia...what?? you guys just played four 3 day matches and this tournament..before that you played against SA back in Nov. Sure this tournament is now having it's say but how on earth are you mentally and physically spent..Compared to that SL has been non-stop on the road..been to England then UAE then SA and now on Aussie shores....Come on mate....we had this idea that Australians are tougher than that...Don't insult your team....

  • on March 7, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka. Best wishes from Pakistan

  • Aaaaaron on March 7, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    I dont want to see herath in the team, he didn't produce any exceptional spell in the whole tournament. Love to see mathews play he is a different kind of cricketer. All the best SriLanka........Indian.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    win or lose..................we r with u our mighty Lions :D

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    LIONS DID WELL TO GET THIS FAR, WHAT EVER THE RESULTS TOMORROW , I AM HAPPY WE ARE BACK ON TRACK!!! ALL THE BEST GUYS

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Lionz gonna hunt the kangarooooos 2maro waiting fr the victory :D

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Sure Lions got 1st Cup this year the next Asia cup

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    In the second final it looked a bit reckless to go with just three bowlers plus Maharoof and Dilshan. Fortunately Malinga had a good day. What is required is an additional bowler. All the batsmen look in good form anyway. With the pitch expected to be slower Senanayake could be a good bet. His fielding alone could lift the team in Thisara's absence. His batting could be valuable too.

  • onlyIndiathebest on March 7, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    This game is going to be a very uninteresting game between two very average sides. Neither sides have players like Dhoni ,Kohli , Shewag and Tendulkar. India should have been in the finals.It is unfair that the best team in the world (remember Hobart anyone??) doesn't get to play finals because they lost one extra game. Organizers should make sure in future that India play finals even if they happen to lose a game to chancy performance by Sri Lanka (a good team, but not great)

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka.You have a grate chance of winning.Be humble as ever.Nimalasiri

  • stormy16 on March 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Forget the series - its all about the final and tactics will be critical. Clark not playing is a huge loss for Aus - he looked the most comfortable against the SL spinners. SL's choice for 4 specialist bowlers was risky on that wicket as was Aus choice to play safe. I cant see Aus playing the same tactics and neither can SL expect to play the same. Someone needs to take a gamble like Warner given a license or SL playing a second spinner or change in bowling tactics from the Aussies.

  • Clara74 on March 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    This is your game and you have proved that so far in this tournament. I can't wait to see the game.

    GO SL GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • xylo on March 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    There is no disagreeing that this series has been gripping with its own twists and turns. But, it is also pretty obvious that this has been a series of one side throwing in the towel, as opposed to one team slamming the another. India, if they had qualified for the finals, might have had no bowlers at all. Similar scenario now with Sri Lanka. Never before have I seen Malinga so jaded. Australia's bowling reserves are comparatively better, but then the upcoming Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay in the playing XI tells their story. I hope the team that comes out victorious does enough introspection, instead of thumping their chests. Right now, the victorious team would handily lose to a side like Ireland.

  • Bloomfield on March 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    SL need to play sensible cricket tomorrow. Try and do the basics right. Bowl with discipline, sharp in the field, try and create opportunities by creating uncertainty when the opposition take a quick single. try and convert the half chances into a good catch or run out. When batting, do play the ball on it's merit. Take only calculated risks. Read the situation well and play accordingly. I am sure the great teams know all these fundamentals of cricket. Mahela probably remind these things in team meetings. Now the time to execute it perfectly! Good Luck Boys!

  • on March 7, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Win or loose we are with u lions!

  • sujij on March 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    All the best SL..........!!

  • Master_Mihil on March 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I saw that someone saying watching matches in Australia is ridiculously expensive. I want to ask what they are trying to accomplish here. If the ticket prices are lowered reasonably and other costs too there will be more turnaround and then more turnover. I think Australia is going on the wrong path here. That's the reason i don't go to watch matches in SL. Tickets in the stand are more expensive..less stands and if you go to tents there are no guarantee you will be able to see the match ridiculous. If i stay at home i could watch it with full replay!!!!!!!!!!

  • 3shan on March 7, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    We dont want to settle for a lesser result than a win, some say it's fluke show them they are wrong by action but by words, good luck make your mother and father proud

  • Ajithd on March 7, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    I think Lyon will play on Thursday. SL will have to be cautious. He had ruined our batting in the past in a few occasions.

  • hris on March 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    im a huge oz fan but i believe SL deserve to win this triangular series. They have played the best cricket. But i just hope we can still scrap our way through this and end on the winning side.

  • haalithjr on March 7, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Good luck Lions.Let's wwin the match and make a History..Roars....huhuhu

  • keavivek on March 7, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    The momentum is with Sri Lankans whereas Australians have to play out of their skin if they are going to beat Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans have nothing to lose at the moment as they have already proved themselves well beyond expectations. On the other hand I don't think the Australians have scored as many runs as they should in the first two encounters event thought the totals looked pretty decent. Waner, may be because of his aliment not scoring fast enough. The rule of thumb would be the first threes should have a shrike rate of 120 % if they are going to occupy for more overs. Looking forward to the exciting finale!

  • shameerpvt on March 7, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    lankan shown their team spirit during the tour. give fight to aussies. they seems ordinary in this series. hope you guys can brig this cup to SL.

  • fairoosrizan on March 7, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    I think Maharoof should play specialy clark is not playing the match the player who was confotable with maharoof balling all other playes were on droble with maharoof variation (slow of cutters) more over in last game he was unlcuky as 2 or 3 catches got drpped his balling

  • FAB_ALI on March 7, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Watson- the key in tomorrow's match otherwise it looks no way out for Australia!

  • OhPakistan on March 7, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Mahela's captaincy has been stunning down under - transforming the Sri Lanka into all conquering unit ! For sure, momentum/psychological advantage is with Sri Lanka - LIONS to have another Kangaroo breakfast ! Jawed/Karachi

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    GOOD LUCK SRI LANKA....Lions ROAR...

  • NALINWIJ on March 7, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    THIS HAS BEEN THE GREATEST TRI SERIES EVER. IT HAS TAKEN GLADIATORIAL PROPORTIONS. Both side have put their bodies in the line and fought to the end like gladiators.I just feel that Sri Lanka may be worse off with injuries. If they can pull off this match it would be the most courageous ODI win!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    This is one of the strongest Sri Lankan teams to face the Ausies on their home soil in the history of this tournament. Sri Lanka has a good chance of winning giving the Indian team a strong hint.

  • OhPakistan on March 7, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Mahela's captaincy has been stunning down under - transforming the Sri Lanka into all conquering unit ! For sure, momentum/psychological advantage is with Sri Lanka - LIONS to have another Kangaroo breakfast ! Jawed/Karachi

  • Suraweera on March 7, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka not only enjoyed the tour, but have dominated against Aussies...Dont forget that they have won 4 and lost only 2 to aussies so far no matter what happens tomorrow...

  • CricfanAustralia on March 7, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Aussies go on......you will surely win..

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    All BEst LionS....we have gud chance nw...! No Clarke !

  • Gordo85 on March 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka should win this third and final match. Herath should not play though lets be honest he hasn't been doing enough with the ball and in the field consistantly. Same with Australia with Doherty he should not play this match but if Australia want to loose the series by all means play the out of form Doherty who shouldn't be in the squad with so many bad performances.

  • HongKongSam on March 7, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    @Eswar Reddy - Thanks for supporting Sri Lanka Cricket and by the way, if you are so impressed with Lanka drums, music, dancing and our brand of cricket, you should make an effort to visit Sri Lanka during an one day series, especially in Colombo - R. Premadasa Stadium - you will never want to leave Sri Lanka because it is full of fun and as we always say "win or loose we never stop boozing". By the way, all the best toi India in Asia cup. Cheers mate !!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    i want Sri Lanka to wing the last final match, SL is the best team among this tow. and Mahela's captaincy is dynamic. Australia playing good cricket though, but they will be in great pressure after loosing the last match. and this is the best chance for Sri Lanka to prove they are one of best One Day Site. Best Wishes for Mahela & Sri Lanka Team.

  • Daran9 on March 7, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    You beauty team SL under the shrewd captain of cricket in the new era! Other teams love to follow the attitude of this lovely team. I don't think any other team in the world today have the same attitude and courage even though these players still has not got pay in full yet! While others play for money, SL play for true love of the game. That's what I like about this team.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Win or lose tomorrow, I'm proud of the performance of our Lankan Lions so far, came into the tournament as underdogs & to add numbers to make it 3 teams, Indian after working really hard in australia for 3 months, kicked out by Sri Lanka... However our fielding definitely needs a lift...

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    sri lankans have played far better cricket compared to the Australians..sri lankans have crushed Australians in there own den 4 times out of 6 and lost only by a whisker on the other two...dilshan seems to be in the form of his life..so can be said about the lion king ( ie- Mahela ) . the youngsters are taking irresponsibility on there own backs and guiding the team home..when the seniors are setting standards the youngsters are giving more than what is expected from them. it is not a matter of winning or loosing the tourenemant anymore..sri lankakns have shut the mouths of the critics and tamed the kangaroos in their own back yard...

  • Marcio on March 7, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    It's hard to predict what will happen in this game. SL took their chances and it came off spectacularly in the first ten overs in the last game, but plenty of shots went close to fielders or off the edge, and its hard to pull off such a performance two games in a row. For AUS, Pattinson will have to be rested, as he is not an ODI bowler at this stage of his career, and one of several recent selection mistakes made. The team batting second should win the game again - both have powerful batting lineups, and should be able to chase down whatever is posted. It's a pity the wickets have been so flat, as it has played into the hands of the sub-continent teams. I didn't notice the Indians and SLs giving us fast bouncy wickets when we went to play over there!

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    well done sri lanka..still we hve one game to reach...we can do it surely..go go sri lanka..we want a trilling cricket match on tommarrow.i wanna thankz for Mahela to bring sri lankan cricket up to good mental status...

  • D.Fonseka on March 7, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    MAHELA U ARE ONE HELL OF A GUY! U SHOW WHAT A SRI LANKAN REALLY IS!!!!!!!!!

  • part_time_cricketer on March 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    The Final of the FINALS... SRI LANKA will win... your Pakistani fan wishes you best of luck!!!

  • gsamiru on March 7, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Without Sri Lanka, This CB Series could have been a boring one. What ever the final result, in every match they gave a brilliant fight to both opponents. That was the true Lion's Spirit. Now........... One Last Match to come, The decider of the tournament .......... Need only One Last spirited fight to secure the CB Trophy....... Go and Do it, All the best Sri Lanka !

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Mahela , you and the Sri Lankan cricketers have made us proud of our Motherland. No matter what the result is going to be on Thursday we will be still proud of you all. A win will only make us more proud of you. So all the very best to you and the team. Show the cricketing world that we are fighters and world beaters not mere minnows of cricket.

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Very proud of the Sri Lankan. Hoping a win tomorrow and it'll be the rise from the ashes!!! It's has been a very very difficult year for Sri Lankan supporters, but majority have stuck with them. Make all of us proud boys!

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Best of luck guys.Win or loss we know it is a touch and go situation and we are with you always.SL forever.

  • jonesy2 on March 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    also, this is universal, i think it is discusting how everyone, especially the media, criticise wicketkeepers, forget all the brilliance wade has done behind the stumps, lets focus on the very few mistakes. makes me so angry

  • jonesy2 on March 7, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    the summer has been too long for australia and they are completely spend, mentally and physically.

  • kunderanengineer on March 7, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    I hope SL don't hurry Angelo back into the line-up prematurely like the Aussies did with Clarke only to aggravate his injury even more. When you play as a team as SL have been doing, individual talent is easier to replace because one or more players will rise to the occasion and make up for the loss. Hope that the umpires are also in form for this one. As they say in soccer a well-refereed game is one in which you don't notice the referees. May the players decide it and may the better team win!

  • MahanamaSL_1 on March 7, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Will be a tough game for both teams. What ever the result turn out to be, I am proud of my SRI LANKA team. Without a doubt, this is the best tri-series we have witnessed in the recent past. Could have been much more interesting if SA or PAK played instead of India. India is incapable compared to the other two teams.

  • o-bomb on March 7, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    At the risk of being pedantic; surely dropped catches are to Wade's detriment and not to his credit.

  • truthhh on March 7, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    GOOD LUCK SRILANKA,BRING IT HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket has never been this wonderful ever....not even during the '96,it was so impressive!Whtever happens tommo, these guys are definitely the better team in the tournament.

  • gularan on March 7, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket team take a bow!!! Come what may in the last match, you guys have done the nation proud. You came to Aus with your credibility in tatters and your reputations shredded to bits, yet you persevered and turned it all around. So guys, now walk tall with your heads held high, give it all you've got one last time and go home with the trophy. Virgin Mary and the triple gem will do the needful on Thursday along with your natural abilities. Perform to your optimum capabilities and the rest will just fall into place. Go well and heartfelt good wishes coming your way from 20 million SL fans.

  • on March 7, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    good luck to the Lankans tomrrow, it is so refreshing to see the side blossom again. Also great to see the Indian support for our team. At the end of the days they had our backs when in need, like the times some countries didnt want to play against us. so thank you

  • kensohatter on March 7, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    As much as I am hoping for a home town win Sri Lanka must go in favourites. They have momentum from an epic chase on Tuesday and a great fightback before that. They have the advantage in slow conditions, their bowling attack has shown more potency (although Aust will attack Dilshan this time no matter how early he comes out!) and alot of their batsman have found form at the right time. Australia are having issues in the bowling dept both keeping runs down and taking wickets and id like to see both Hilfy and lyon get a run at the expense of the injured pattison and mckay. Losing clarke will be a huge loss but with forrest in they still have the batting to post 300+ and are going to need to achieve that to win. Great game cant wait till tomorrow

  • Gloryof96 on March 7, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    To all those who say this n that about Maharoof, Senanayake, Randiv, etc, etc, .... all these are the future of SLC. We have a good bunch of guys who will carry us to the next decade. These young guns will play along side Mahela, Snaga, Dilshan and gain the experience on how to hunt and kill. Chandimal (21), Perera (22), Thirimanna (22), Mathews (25), Kapugedera (25), Maharoof (27), Lakmal (25), Udawatta (25), Eranga (26), A. Mendis (27), Tharanga (27), Randiv (27), Senanayake (27), Malinga (28), etc, etc. Tell me single country that can afford the likes above who has so much match experience .......... Lions all the way .....

  • on March 7, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a great team for the final against Australia but it will be great if Angelo too can play which will make the team more stronger for tomorrow. Good luck boys

  • isurufdo247 on March 7, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    expect 2 c a grt final.absence f clark gonna cost a lot for ausses. end result wud be victory 2 SL........cheers.......

  • cpoi on March 7, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    On current form, i think sri lanka have the edge over aus...the best thing sri lanka want to do is 'not to change their style' b'cos this is the 3rd and deciding final,just play the natural game they play as they were in the past,the cup will be yours.The history tells another story,On the three previous occasions since 1990 that the third final has been required, Australia have always won, twice against South Africa (1993-94 and 1997-98) and once against Sri Lanka (2005-06).Thats why if sri lanka play their natural game the 'CB' cup will be theirs,hope the game(Gentlemens) of cricket wins,best of luck !

  • on March 7, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    bring back ponting plzzzzzzzzzzzz for w.i odis,, and so on,,,

  • athusri71 on March 7, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    The sri lankan team must play with 6-5 combination to win this match.Nuwan kulasekara should bat no 7. If Angelo could n't play we have remain 4 allrounders in the team. Nuwan,Sachitra,Maharoof and Prasad. So we can bat untill no 10. My team for the last match.1.Mahela.2 Dilshan.3 Sanga 4Chandhii5.Tharanga 6 Lahiru.7.Nuwan.8 Sachitra 9.Maharoof.10.Prasad.11Malinga. Herath is our best spiner after the Murali for test matches.His economy is good than taking wickets in one days,but Sachitra is a good fielder than herath and he can bat too.Tharanga should play no 5 and Lahiru no 6 bc Tharanga plays like a rock when he good. If Angelo fit for the final game can drop Prasad.

  • on March 7, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    win or lose..it has been a breathtaking performance from d mighty lions.thnks guyz for providing such entertainment inspite of no pays n all distractions off the field.this team has kind of x factor which other teams didnt have.as clarke said they never seem to go away .do they?....teamwise i ll play sachy instead of maharoof.angelo instead of tharanga.tharanga is too slow to be num 6 plust he gives away 20 runs ind field.

  • on March 7, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    All the best sri lanka!!!

  • SriSanka on March 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    All the very best Sri Lanka for tomorrows match........repeat the good works that you have been doing during the tournament........... But whatever happen tomorrow, you have performed brilliantly in this series... Thank you Mahela for lifting this team up again to the winning streak...... so all SL fans will be with you tomorrow....and always!!!!!!! we're proud of you......... Good Luck SRI LANKA !!!!!!!

  • afzalz on March 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    No matter what the result tomorrow, the players and the general cricket loving public should be proud of the Sri Lankan cricket team for their achievements thus far in this tournament, after all the hype surrounding the Australian and Indian teams. The Sri Lankan team has shown what their true capabilities are by making the Australian team look ordinary after all the glory they enjoyed by thrashing India over the summer.

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    All The Best Sri Lanka-you can do it! I agree Prasad in place of Maharoof

  • Htc-Baseball on March 7, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Lanka - minnows. Seriosuly where did this tag come from so funny but seeing very often this.

  • satish619chandar on March 7, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    SL will be the favorites with the teams evened out after the injuries on both sides.. What Aussies need is, one of the Hussey brothers to attack the spinners.. Not attacking spinners proved to be very costly last match.. Allowing Dilshan to finish off his quota was the difference.. On the other hand, the decision proved to be a master stroke from Mahela.. Hope Aussies come out with fresh strategy to counter Mahela's shrewdness..

  • asithaSL on March 7, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Good Luck guyz...!! u done well... one to Go.. All Da best Maiya n team... love u guyz..!! Need a trilling final...!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Hi Mahela and the Boys, What ever happens Friday we are all proud of You. You have made a hell of a difference to Sri lanka Cricket. Thanks.

  • on March 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    would be tight finish but i expect the oz to squeeze it out. lankans have played some good cricket but i think aus will win.

  • SLfan on March 7, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Prasad should play instead of Maharoof. This is the same old Maharoof who performs well in one match and leaking runs in rest of the matches. We don't need this kind of cricketers anymore because we have enough CONSISTENT youngsters to join the team. Hope Mahela will get this.

  • Something_Witty on March 7, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Wade didn't drop anything last final. Please get your facts right before you report them. I was unsure of Wade's keeping before this series, but he has been exceptional barring one dropped sitter in Brisbane when the whole team went off the boil. Not only does this article say he has dropped two catches when he's only dropped one, it also fails to mention the number of extra runs he has saved and some of the excellent catches he's pulled off this series. I have not seen anything wrong with his keeping thus far. One dropped catch per 14+ games I can deal with. Maybe the person who wrote this article was thinking of the ball that Dilshan hit the cover off and Wade did an EXCELLENT job to hang on to it standing up to the stumps, only to have the umpire turn it down. That is not Wade's fault, it's the umpire's. Hoping Wade makes some runs here and continues his excellent keeping so that the selectors will make the right decision and give him the test role in WI. Good luck.

  • on March 7, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Ind: what the heck is Fletcher doing? After the WC and great performances before (since 2001 when Saurav took over till WC 11), the decline is alarming, They struggled in the WI, were terrible in England and struggled at home against WI. So the bashing in the tests was expected. It is a real concern. The talent is there no doubt but players should now ask themselves "I want to play or I want to play to win". Maybe they should have sent a team without any seniors for the ODIs under a new captain.

    SL: great work - they have been consistent since 1994 after Murali was no-balled. They play to win - if only they don't allow bowlers with dodgy actions. They are tactically good, intent, and work hard.

    Pak: if they wish they can win everything.Ah they need some motivation - they have the best bowlers around - spin and pace. Why did they let Eng off the hook in the ODIs?

    Aus: well they prepared pitches to suit them for the the Ind tests. Now they are struggling with wrong choice of players

  • zenboomerang on March 7, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Its been a great ODI series this summer & the only true international "competition" in the world (outside WC's)... Love the format & would love to see the Saffa's & Pom's join into a 5 team comp in years to come... Obviously backing the Aussies but wouldn't feel shocked at losing to the Lankan's - a great team & beat us at home 2 years ago, so no disgrace... SL go into the 3rd final firm favourites & the Aussies will be underdogs like we were against India in the Test series... So best of luck to both teams & give us a thrilling finale to the series...

  • on March 7, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake is the worst spinner to play for SL....he doesnt turn a single ball and doesnt bowl according to the field set by the captain....rangana herath too is dissapointing in this tour....the best spinner currently in SL is Suraj Randiv...no idea why he was overlooked in recent squads

  • supadupamonk on March 7, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Best of luck SL...go get the cup......

  • on March 7, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    At present SL is looking good to win. My wishes also for SL. From Pakistan

  • stiggz on March 7, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    The reason attendance has been low is because Australia is a ridiculously expensive place to watch cricket!! Not only are ticket prices excessive but the cost of food and drinks is through the roof! I recently went to a match in Durban, South Africa which all up cost me 1/5 of the cost of JUST the ticket price to an Australian ODI!

    No idea what the costs are like anywhere else, but its the reason I, as a cricket lover, don't go to games in Australia

  • on March 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    in all the matches key for sri lanka was chandi. after loosing top 3 he carried out the rest . tomorrow we should play both the spinners. with dilly it will e 3. we will have more balling options. lets keep out kapu. it will be more pressure bearing. playing 1st or 2nd we should play 2 spinners. being clerk is no more there will be better show from2 husseys.

  • Balumekka on March 7, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Whatever the result we get tomorrow, SL team and fans would be more than happy about what has been achieved during this tour. Quite a lot of positives to be taken, Mahela's captaincy, fighting spirit of the team, Performances of the bunch of youth and the way they have taken the responsibility, quality of the all rounders, quality of the ground fielding (apart from the missed catches), back to form seniors, unity of the team..... SL has a very good platform to build upon a great team.

  • on March 7, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Sri lanka outclass Aussies to win the 2nd final of the VB Series. First final was also a close one as well. i am suprised to see the spirit of SRILANKAN team on the whole tour of Australia. change of coach & captaincy is working brilliantly for Srilanka. pakistan coach has been changed but Misbah tuk tuk still retained as captain which is negative & defensive approach by the PCB. He shouldn't even selected for the Asia Cup. But perhaps Zka Ashraf wants to give him one more chance before firing him out from the ODI side.

  • nilb on March 7, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Over the years SL used to have a lot of spinning all rounders. Time has changed. Now SL has Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad., Malinga, :) The two Josephians Angello and Thissara are golden findings. Why keep Maharoof? I don't get it. He hasn't performed well with both bat and ball

  • yasask on March 7, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    @theredox maharoof got the cruicial run out of watson after watson was dropped twice before.

    @binojpeter thisara pererea is unjured mate, he's back home in sri lanka right now.

  • on March 7, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Had Indian cricketers played to their worth 2 or 3 Australian cricketers were retaired from Test cricket too....... We Indians are very happy that Sri Lanka is repeatedly routing Aussies .......and we are with Lankans to win CB seies. Like to see more Lankan supporters in the Stadium with lots of drums,music and dancing. JAYAM (VICTORY) TO JAYAWARDANA TEAM.

  • part_time_cricketer on March 7, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    With this Batting Line from SL and IND, the Team Pakistan will have to be very careful. Sri Lankans & Indians will eat them alive when they meet in Asia Cup. I am a Pakistani, but our country's batting line up is very defensive, they may even struggle against Bangladesh. I hope Whatmore can put some immediate efforts. Otherwise, it is very very difficult for Pakistani bowlers control Indian & Sri Lankan strong batting line up.

  • kohomban on March 7, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    australia now have a chance win the last finale because there poor captain missing he doesn't know what to do when batsmen cracking.if australia win the toss they should bowled first.

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    awesome courage SL, you can do it , keep cool, and put pressure on Aussies. remember dropped catches cost matches!!! I think Aussies are wounded and will fight hard but iam sure we can do better

  • srinideva on March 7, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Go aussie Go.

    Come Sl Come

    We are here.....ASIA CUP

    CHAMPIONS: INDIIA

  • Sachit1979 on March 7, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I think if Mathews plays then Lankans should also try playing Senanayake instead of Maharoof. Dilshan bowled really well in second final and Herath was very much on the track except one last over that he bowled after 45 overs of the inning.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 7, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I HOPE SL WINS FINAL & CB SERIES . IT WILL BE A THIRD CONSECUTIVE LOSS FOR AUS IN CB SERIES . ENG IN 2007 , IND IN 2008 , SL IN 2012 . ALSO WILL LIKE TO SEE WARNER PLAYING ANOTHER INNINGS OF 100 RUNS FROM 140 BALLS . LOL .

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    confidence in chasing convincingly by SL Yesterday is superb ! I believe the innigs of Kulasekara in the first final 73 (43) was the turning point ! Good luck SL !

  • chthr.desilva on March 7, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    "On the three previous occasions since 1990 that the third final has been required, Australia have always won, twice against South Africa (1993-94 and 1997-98) and once against Sri Lanka (2007-08) " Very interesting stats above. I think with the present form of both the teams, there is every opportunity to record this series as the first time the decider went in favor of the visitors"

  • Akheel on March 7, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    What a ride. Let the best team WIN the cup! (pssst... SL, of course)

  • hanan.ali on March 7, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    These are the result of most recent matches

    Australia LWLWL (Most recent first) Sri Lanka WLWLW

    If we see this Austrailia will win :D

    Australia WLWLW Sri Lanka LWLWL

    joke apart SL is a good team to watch and all my wishes for SL. I will miss Clarke in this final.

  • Mr.Khb on March 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka has a better chance of winning!!They only lost 2 games to Aus in this series!

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

    2 spinners in australias starting 11 for a home ODI??? i dont think so!!! it will be lyon or doherty not lyon or hilfy! australia need their batsman to stop stuffing around and score runs quicker!!! warner wasted 40 balls in my opinion on tuesday. there comes a stage in a ODI innings where you have to hit or get out!!! we had both husseys still to come at one stage and he was only ever looking to push the ball around for a single. the fact he opened and clarke came in 4th and beat him to a century says alot!

  • Slesh on March 7, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Stats shows that Aus always has won the 3rd final and its not SLs game.but i know we can change all these things! Wish u all the best of luck!!!! C'mon maiya (the greatest ever captain) u guys can bring the CB cup!!!!! Win or loose we all are with u!!!Heartiest wishes!!!

  • Slesh on March 7, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Yesterday, everyone expected that when batting second, the pitch will be slow.but it went other way..but it kept bit low.that's how maiya got out.but probably it will get slower tommorw.who knows.so if mathews is fit, then he should play.but i would like if kapugedara also play.coz as perera is not playing we need someone to have a dash in the end overs with some sixes as well who can bat properly also if needed.and its not good to drop him only giving a chance to field.so that means Thirimanne will have to stay out.its not that he must be dropped.he is good and in some form.but there is no choice.and that will make Tharanga to bat @ no.5.so he wil have much time to bat and much more usefull.coz unless top 3 batsmen get failed he will be useless to bat no.6.coz @ that time we will need someone to have dash.and also he will be very usefull to steady the innings incase if top order get failled like in 1st final.but if mathews isn't fit then obviously batting order shouldn't change. And also i just get the feeling welagedara should get a chance as he didnt even play a single game.but probably it will be a gamble.so welagedara will have to stay out unless Maharoof is having any issues to play.also Herath isn't getting wickets.but he is very economical and Senanayake is not that economical.so Herath should be playing as there is no choice.so unless anyone else is unfit this should be the team.hope Malinga is fit.

    1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne / Angelo Mathews 6 Upul Tharanga, 7 Chamara Kapugedara 8 Farveez Maharoof, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Rangana Herath.

  • on March 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka will win the final and show the world that v r not flat track bullies, Come on Lions best of Luck for 2marrows game.

  • SriLankanLions on March 7, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Wonderful display of cricket in the last few weeks. Sri Lanka deserves to win the title, and they surely will. <3

  • binojpeter on March 7, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    I don't think it is a smart idea to play both Lyon and Doherty especially when David Hussey is doing well and Clarke can also turn his arm around. Hilfenhaus seems to me a better choice among the available bowlers. He can be effective if he manages to extract some swing off the surface. As for SL, they should bring NLTC Perera or Dhamika Prasad in place of Maharoof. If Mathews is fit, he should play in place of Kapugedera.

  • Sobat on March 7, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    I think this is a great final to come ... and yes Sri Lanka have played good cricket in Aus.... and its good news for SLC to see the team settles down after some hard times in and out the field few months back.

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    WELLDONE SL.... ALL DA BEST FOR FINALS...!!!!!!

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Best of Luck SL (from Pak)

  • TheRedox on March 7, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Please drop Maharoof!He's neither a bowler or a batter.He's not doing well in fielding and to be fair to him he's not in his best of form.If Mathews fit i'd like to see him instead of Maharoof or Prasad can fit in to his place.Prasad is no mug with the bat as we saw the other night.

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka are clear favorites tomorrow! Go all out and triumph and we Lankan fans are very very proud of you!

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

    Hopefully this game is a fitting end to a what has been, overall, a very good series. It's a shame that both teams can't play all their first choices but I guess that injuries are to be expected at this stage. At least both teams are missing players and it's not just one of them not at full strength.

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    "Two new balls, the new Powerplay regulations, the new strictness against runners and substitutes, a little bit of spice on the pitches, the physical demands of playing on big and soft outfields, have all worked a treat too." Nah. It's just the competitiveness and purpose of a mulit-national tournament. That's it. We need more such series rather than 7-match bilateral limited over affairs.

  • ramz_01 on March 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    lions you hav done enough to made us proud win or loose dnt matter da way u fighting and da way ur playing done enough feel all of us ur a champion side.and thnks a indian fans whom congrats da lions their profermance in dis series and i knw sum indian fans hurting when lions win.sorry to say dis friends dhoni is main reson for indians faulter bcz he never evr try to change the side or try new things im watching frm test series he is going wit same side again nd again.

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    I repeat, even a single dropped catch would cost us the match. So, please stick to your fielding task. This is the final hurdle. Therefore, the entire country waits till you completing the precious work what you have done up to now. May the blessing of triple gem bring us the final success. Best of Luck...!!!!

  • thinktank1 on March 7, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Srilanka has to change their tactics in 3rd ODI. Best way to beat Australia is by being unpredictable and changing their plans :)

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    There is only one team in the world to make goosebumps on Aussie cricketers...............that is Sri Lanka!!!!! In the series LionZ lost only 4 matches out of 10.........but aussies lost 5!!! In the same time.......all 5 SL front line players are in a great form & highest wicket taker is Malinga......... so in this final it is hard to believe a Clark-less miracle for Aussies..........this time LIONz will conquer Adelaide !!!!!!!!

    all the best guyz & hope to see an AMAZING SL crowd tomorrow!!!!!

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

    even though australians r tough they will be luking for revenge.....in the final for sure......

  • Kays789 on March 7, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    the sri lankan team must find angelo mathews' fitness really frustrating. in spite of his talent he is no where near as fit as he should be for a bloke his age. look at dilshan, he's 11 years mathews' senior but supremely fit and agile. mathews on the other hand plays 5-6 games and is then out for a couple of months. happened regularly ever since he joined the team. i know this is overly critical but thats just not good enough.

  • Marcio on March 7, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Should be interesting. Nobody will make the mistake of batting first again on this pitch, with all 8 one dayers played there this season going to the team batting second. God only knows why CA is serving up these soft pitches for the visitors. Even the Gabba was relatively slow and low. Are we trying to make SL win? Our strength - our big advantage over SL - is fast bowling, but it has been completely nullified by these pitches!

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  • Marcio on March 7, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Should be interesting. Nobody will make the mistake of batting first again on this pitch, with all 8 one dayers played there this season going to the team batting second. God only knows why CA is serving up these soft pitches for the visitors. Even the Gabba was relatively slow and low. Are we trying to make SL win? Our strength - our big advantage over SL - is fast bowling, but it has been completely nullified by these pitches!

  • Kays789 on March 7, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    the sri lankan team must find angelo mathews' fitness really frustrating. in spite of his talent he is no where near as fit as he should be for a bloke his age. look at dilshan, he's 11 years mathews' senior but supremely fit and agile. mathews on the other hand plays 5-6 games and is then out for a couple of months. happened regularly ever since he joined the team. i know this is overly critical but thats just not good enough.

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

    even though australians r tough they will be luking for revenge.....in the final for sure......

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    There is only one team in the world to make goosebumps on Aussie cricketers...............that is Sri Lanka!!!!! In the series LionZ lost only 4 matches out of 10.........but aussies lost 5!!! In the same time.......all 5 SL front line players are in a great form & highest wicket taker is Malinga......... so in this final it is hard to believe a Clark-less miracle for Aussies..........this time LIONz will conquer Adelaide !!!!!!!!

    all the best guyz & hope to see an AMAZING SL crowd tomorrow!!!!!

  • thinktank1 on March 7, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Srilanka has to change their tactics in 3rd ODI. Best way to beat Australia is by being unpredictable and changing their plans :)

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    I repeat, even a single dropped catch would cost us the match. So, please stick to your fielding task. This is the final hurdle. Therefore, the entire country waits till you completing the precious work what you have done up to now. May the blessing of triple gem bring us the final success. Best of Luck...!!!!

  • ramz_01 on March 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    lions you hav done enough to made us proud win or loose dnt matter da way u fighting and da way ur playing done enough feel all of us ur a champion side.and thnks a indian fans whom congrats da lions their profermance in dis series and i knw sum indian fans hurting when lions win.sorry to say dis friends dhoni is main reson for indians faulter bcz he never evr try to change the side or try new things im watching frm test series he is going wit same side again nd again.

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    "Two new balls, the new Powerplay regulations, the new strictness against runners and substitutes, a little bit of spice on the pitches, the physical demands of playing on big and soft outfields, have all worked a treat too." Nah. It's just the competitiveness and purpose of a mulit-national tournament. That's it. We need more such series rather than 7-match bilateral limited over affairs.

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

    Hopefully this game is a fitting end to a what has been, overall, a very good series. It's a shame that both teams can't play all their first choices but I guess that injuries are to be expected at this stage. At least both teams are missing players and it's not just one of them not at full strength.

  • on March 7, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka are clear favorites tomorrow! Go all out and triumph and we Lankan fans are very very proud of you!