Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series 3rd final, Adelaide March 8, 2012

McKay five-for delivers title

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Australia 231 (Wade 49, Warner 48, Herath 3-36, Maharoof 3-40) beat Sri Lanka 215 (Tharanga 71, McKay 5-28) by 16 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Unwavering spells from Clint McKay and the stand-in captain Shane Watson delivered the triangular series trophy to Australia in a fittingly tense third final against a doughty Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval.

As the injured captain Michael Clarke watched intently from the boundary's edge, Brett Lee and McKay nipped out Sri Lanka's top four batsmen inside the first 10 overs, after the visitors had threatened to repeat the runaway start they had made in Tuesday's second match.

Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Thirimanne threatened a recovery, but Watson was stinginess itself in the middle overs and McKay returned to help round up the Sri Lankans 16 runs short, the fitting final chapter of a compelling limited-overs tournament. The visitors' contribution to the summer was underlined by Tillakaratne Dilshan's selection as player of the series.

McKay's figures were his best in international cricket, and followed a critical 28 at the tail-end of Australia's innings. Watson will now take a weary but happy team to the West Indies for the ODI portion of the tour, having delivered the first triangular series contested in Australia since 2008.

Australia's fielding and bowling effort was its best for some weeks, and needed to be after the batsmen had cobbled only 231 on a slowing pitch. Led adroitly in the field by Mahela Jayawardene, the visitors had not been perturbed by an opening stand of 75 at better than five runs an over between David Warner and Matthew Wade, and chipped away diligently at the hosts with a combination of spin and reverse swing. No Australian batsman passed 50 as they were bowled out in the final over.

Rangana Herath and Farveez Maharoof shared six wickets, while Nuwan Kulasekara also contributed to a tidy ensemble, of which only Lasith Malinga struggled to contain.

Herath bowled his best and most incisive spell of the tournament to return 3-36, helped by the use of the same pitch that had hosted Tuesday's second final. As he had done in that match, Dilshan took the new ball and bowled his overs with thrift and direction.

Taking Sri Lanka's lead, Watson opened up with the spin of Xavier Doherty at the other end to Lee, but the initial gambit did not work. Dilshan and Jayawardene capitalised on Doherty's errors of line and length, collecting four boundaries from his first two overs as they swept to 0 for 33 from the first four overs.

Lee was also slipping in a final effort for the home summer, and he gained a critical break when Dilshan tried to work a lifting delivery to the leg side and managed only to loop a catch to cover from the front-edge of his bat. Kumar Sangakkara looked in truly sparkling touch upon his arrival, and had sprinted to 19 from eight balls when Lee coaxed an edge from his ninth - the high chance very well held by Watson.

McKay had replaced Doherty, and was soon settled into a precise spell that exploited the vagaries of a wearing surface to the maximum. Dinesh Chandimal was pinned lbw by a delivery that whirred in at middle stump, before Jayawardene was undone by another that seamed back just enough to beat his forward press and graze off stump.

Extremely unsteady at 4 for 53, Thirimanne and Tharanga fought to keep the chase afloat, but the caution forced by the loss of early wickets forced the required rate back up into awkward territory against the older ball. Watson, Nathan Lyon and Daniel Christian bowled intelligently without a wicket, as the match and series edged towards a nervous finish.

Thirimanne had added 60 with Tharanga and the Australians had grown tense by the time Watson found a way to eke out a wicket. Angling across Thirimanne, he coaxed a sliced drive that flew low into Warner's safe hands at backward point. Kapugedera could manage only 7 before he edged another McKay delivery, the deflection held by a diving Wade.

Kulasekara threatened a repeat of his Gabba heroics, cracking two boundaries in a brief stay, before Lee followed the batsman's retreat outside leg stump to cramp his room and prompt a catch to mid-on. Maharoof had been held back to No. 9, and he would provide a calming presence alongside Tharanga as the target was whittled down.

Watson had led his side well in testing circumstances, but he perhaps erred in his judgement to let Sri Lanka sneak closer. Having bowled five searching overs for only eight runs, Watson nonetheless preferred two overs of Doherty's spin, costing 16 runs. By the time he recalled himself to the attack, Watson had only 30 runs to defend from the final five overs.

This all made Watson's sixth over, the 46th of the innings, crucial. He responded in the best possible fashion, conceding only two runs and finding Tharanga's outside edge. Next over McKay found a way through Herath, and 17 were still required when he yorked Malinga.

In the afternoon, Warner and Wade were conscious of the need for greater impetus at the top of the innings and played their shots early on, though taking more liberties against the pacemen than Dilshan's part-time spin.

Warner cleared the boundary once and looked rather more fluent than he had during most of his century on Tuesday, but on 48 he edged a bouncing delivery from Maharoof to Kumar Sangakkara.

Wade had been struggling physically, vomiting at one point in what appeared an attack of gastro, but it was a surprise when a punchy Watson picked out Herath on the leg-side boundary off Dilshan's bowling, the fielder clasping the sharp chance to his chest.

Michael Hussey's stay was brief, Dilshan's swift gather and throw from short third man finding him short of his ground after he had called Wade through for a single. Sri Lanka's sense of momentum only grew when Wade's dogged stay was ended by Herath, who coaxed an edge that Sangakkara held with a juggle.

Forrest could make only 3 before misreading Herath's length and being bowled by a delivery that straightened just enough to beat his defensive blade and flick off stump. David Hussey was given lbw to a ball that would have passed over the top of the stumps, while Christian was undone by a Maharoof slower ball that he could only punch to mid off.

McKay and Lee did their best to swell the total in the closing overs, and their contributions were ultimately vital to a fighting victory.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

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

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  • rock.rockyin on March 11, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Meety .. All the cricket historians know it is only India who have challenged Aus both at home and away. All your replies seem to be funny and only self satisfactory for yourself. Minnows ? so why play cricket . So all the previous results of SL wont count u mean lolllllll

  • RandyOZ on March 11, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    I think this Summer has seriously proven beyond doubt that India need to give up cricket and try something else like Soccer. Sri Lanka have proven far, far, far better opponents and real team players. SL now one of the top 4 nations in cricket along with Aus, SA and Pakistan.

  • Meety on March 11, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @rock.rockyin- SL were minnows until the 90s, so I hardly think this is a fair or appropriate of who is a better cricket nation. The fact is, outside the ONE Indian ODI trophy in Oz, I witnessed numerous occassions in the past where India were absolutely belted by all & sundry in this country. Factor in an extra 60yrs of FC cricket for India & the small matter of well over a billion people, I think SL can rightly feel proud of their achievement this summer. @onlyIndiathebest - well if SL qualified & India didn't what does that say about India who have arguably their greatest ODI side at present? The reality is, when you lose, it is so much better if you praise your opponents. Sorry to say, India have not been up to scratch all summer. A tri-series containing Oz, SL & NZ MAY of provided better competition. LOL - just kidding!

  • Just_love_it on March 11, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    My honest opinion is that though Srilanka plays well but it seems now they r the new chokers in town.....yes SA had done this so many times after winning league games and losing just when trophy is in their sight........ lately Srilanka r proving way ahead of Proteas ..... lets just have look at few MAJOR tournaments.

    ICCWorld cup 2007 final T20world cup 2009 final Asia cup 2010 final ICCworld cup 2011 final just CB series 2012 finals

    as i said they r playing good but recently failing in SO many finals.

  • rigel2 on March 11, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @onlyIndiathebest A couple of corrections needed here---I meant that India were not good enough to be in the finals despite a scintillating batting performance on an ultra flat Hobart wicket against SRI LANKA, not Australia. and secondly that India, over the entire history of cricket, are not the best, certainly with their persistent incapability of winning AWAY FROM HOME, in contrast to Australia who repeatedly win away from home. India has never won a test series in Australia for example, and Australia have won in India at least twice, namely 1969 and 2004. As well, Australia have won test series in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while these sides have never won a test series in Australia.

  • rigel2 on March 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @onlyIndiathebest --nobody but absolutely nobody has the God given right to be automatically placed in the finals, every team, no exceptions, especially this persistently under performing Indian side, has to earn that right to be in the finals. India were not good enough despite a scintillating batting performance on an ultra flat Hobart wicket against Australia.Overall, India had to pay the price for their inconsistency.Your arrogance reminds me of the Uruguayan soccer side in 2006, who just before playing the Socceroos in the 2006 world cup qualifier in Australia, with inexorable arrogance, claimed that a place for them in the 2006 Soccer World Cup was their God given right. Justly, they were rewarded for their arrogance with a loss in a penalty shoot out, and thus no place in the 2006 soccer world cup. As well, India, over the entire history of cricket, are not the best, certainly with their persistent incapability of winning at home, in contrast to Aust who win repeatedly away.

  • rock.rockyin on March 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @Valavan You have missed 1984-85 and 1998-99. Please mate end it here I cant correct you for number of days here. As I told YOU cannot change history. (Duration - Winner , Runner Up, Third Place),(1984-85 West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka),(1987-88 Australia,New Zealand,Sri Lanka),(1989-90 Australia,Pakistan,Sri Lanka),(1995-96 Australia,Sri Lanka,West Indies),(1998-99 Australia,England,Sri Lanka),(2002-03 Australia,England,Sri Lanka),(2005-06 Australia,Sri Lanka,South Africa),(2007-08 India,Australia, Sri Lanka),(2011-12 Australia ,Sri Lanka,India). No one has hit back at me. I am giving you facts which happened. If you are not happy with history. Live in Present. The bottom line is One bad year for India doesnt take anything away from what they acheived ever since this Trination series has started and what their counterpart couldnt acheive even though they performed good this season and appeared more number of times . This sums up who is better.

  • Prema1948 on March 10, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    MOST WICKETS PLAYER # RUNS GIVEN# WKTS # AVE # SR SMSM Senanayake (SL) # 125 # 3 # 41.66 # 52.00 HMRKB Herath (SL) # 282 # 4 # 70.50 # 93.00 TM Dilshan (SL) # 111 # 1 # 111.00 # 156.00 Stats courtesy cricInfo.com

  • Prema1948 on March 10, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    These s'ctors of last 20 years 've always preffered reckless, risky stroke makers of fragile technique to quality batters like S'weera or Dravid for that matter, at times there wasn't a single player the class of S'weera in the Team. If Dravid was a SLan, he would have b'n treated in the same manner they 've treated S'weera & Atapatu. They are somewhat wary about the importance of controlled hitting ability of a batter but value a batsman that would score a double century 1 out of 10 times, offering 101 chances, than a skilful batters that can score chance-less 50 almost every visit to the wicket. By the way neither K'gedara nor H'rath has done any notable performances at domestic level to be included in the Side. H'rath is a spinner that can't spin nor extract bounce of the pitch without the help of bowlers' foot-holds on the pitch. It is clearly proven by him, as indicated in the undermentioned stats of CB series 2012 just before the 3rd final. (to be CNTD)

  • Meety on March 9, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @popcorn - would of been a perfect summer had it not been that Hobart incident involving about 11 flightless birds from across the ditch! @rock.rockyin - past glories account for less over time. == == == Anyways, I am glad the season is over, can know switch into football watching mode properly. The ODIs was a top series, India sis play better with a bit of youth in the side, SL came close to winning the series, & a disjointed Oz side did well against good opposition.

  • rock.rockyin on March 11, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Meety .. All the cricket historians know it is only India who have challenged Aus both at home and away. All your replies seem to be funny and only self satisfactory for yourself. Minnows ? so why play cricket . So all the previous results of SL wont count u mean lolllllll

  • RandyOZ on March 11, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    I think this Summer has seriously proven beyond doubt that India need to give up cricket and try something else like Soccer. Sri Lanka have proven far, far, far better opponents and real team players. SL now one of the top 4 nations in cricket along with Aus, SA and Pakistan.

  • Meety on March 11, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @rock.rockyin- SL were minnows until the 90s, so I hardly think this is a fair or appropriate of who is a better cricket nation. The fact is, outside the ONE Indian ODI trophy in Oz, I witnessed numerous occassions in the past where India were absolutely belted by all & sundry in this country. Factor in an extra 60yrs of FC cricket for India & the small matter of well over a billion people, I think SL can rightly feel proud of their achievement this summer. @onlyIndiathebest - well if SL qualified & India didn't what does that say about India who have arguably their greatest ODI side at present? The reality is, when you lose, it is so much better if you praise your opponents. Sorry to say, India have not been up to scratch all summer. A tri-series containing Oz, SL & NZ MAY of provided better competition. LOL - just kidding!

  • Just_love_it on March 11, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    My honest opinion is that though Srilanka plays well but it seems now they r the new chokers in town.....yes SA had done this so many times after winning league games and losing just when trophy is in their sight........ lately Srilanka r proving way ahead of Proteas ..... lets just have look at few MAJOR tournaments.

    ICCWorld cup 2007 final T20world cup 2009 final Asia cup 2010 final ICCworld cup 2011 final just CB series 2012 finals

    as i said they r playing good but recently failing in SO many finals.

  • rigel2 on March 11, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @onlyIndiathebest A couple of corrections needed here---I meant that India were not good enough to be in the finals despite a scintillating batting performance on an ultra flat Hobart wicket against SRI LANKA, not Australia. and secondly that India, over the entire history of cricket, are not the best, certainly with their persistent incapability of winning AWAY FROM HOME, in contrast to Australia who repeatedly win away from home. India has never won a test series in Australia for example, and Australia have won in India at least twice, namely 1969 and 2004. As well, Australia have won test series in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while these sides have never won a test series in Australia.

  • rigel2 on March 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @onlyIndiathebest --nobody but absolutely nobody has the God given right to be automatically placed in the finals, every team, no exceptions, especially this persistently under performing Indian side, has to earn that right to be in the finals. India were not good enough despite a scintillating batting performance on an ultra flat Hobart wicket against Australia.Overall, India had to pay the price for their inconsistency.Your arrogance reminds me of the Uruguayan soccer side in 2006, who just before playing the Socceroos in the 2006 world cup qualifier in Australia, with inexorable arrogance, claimed that a place for them in the 2006 Soccer World Cup was their God given right. Justly, they were rewarded for their arrogance with a loss in a penalty shoot out, and thus no place in the 2006 soccer world cup. As well, India, over the entire history of cricket, are not the best, certainly with their persistent incapability of winning at home, in contrast to Aust who win repeatedly away.

  • rock.rockyin on March 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @Valavan You have missed 1984-85 and 1998-99. Please mate end it here I cant correct you for number of days here. As I told YOU cannot change history. (Duration - Winner , Runner Up, Third Place),(1984-85 West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka),(1987-88 Australia,New Zealand,Sri Lanka),(1989-90 Australia,Pakistan,Sri Lanka),(1995-96 Australia,Sri Lanka,West Indies),(1998-99 Australia,England,Sri Lanka),(2002-03 Australia,England,Sri Lanka),(2005-06 Australia,Sri Lanka,South Africa),(2007-08 India,Australia, Sri Lanka),(2011-12 Australia ,Sri Lanka,India). No one has hit back at me. I am giving you facts which happened. If you are not happy with history. Live in Present. The bottom line is One bad year for India doesnt take anything away from what they acheived ever since this Trination series has started and what their counterpart couldnt acheive even though they performed good this season and appeared more number of times . This sums up who is better.

  • Prema1948 on March 10, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    MOST WICKETS PLAYER # RUNS GIVEN# WKTS # AVE # SR SMSM Senanayake (SL) # 125 # 3 # 41.66 # 52.00 HMRKB Herath (SL) # 282 # 4 # 70.50 # 93.00 TM Dilshan (SL) # 111 # 1 # 111.00 # 156.00 Stats courtesy cricInfo.com

  • Prema1948 on March 10, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    These s'ctors of last 20 years 've always preffered reckless, risky stroke makers of fragile technique to quality batters like S'weera or Dravid for that matter, at times there wasn't a single player the class of S'weera in the Team. If Dravid was a SLan, he would have b'n treated in the same manner they 've treated S'weera & Atapatu. They are somewhat wary about the importance of controlled hitting ability of a batter but value a batsman that would score a double century 1 out of 10 times, offering 101 chances, than a skilful batters that can score chance-less 50 almost every visit to the wicket. By the way neither K'gedara nor H'rath has done any notable performances at domestic level to be included in the Side. H'rath is a spinner that can't spin nor extract bounce of the pitch without the help of bowlers' foot-holds on the pitch. It is clearly proven by him, as indicated in the undermentioned stats of CB series 2012 just before the 3rd final. (to be CNTD)

  • Meety on March 9, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @popcorn - would of been a perfect summer had it not been that Hobart incident involving about 11 flightless birds from across the ditch! @rock.rockyin - past glories account for less over time. == == == Anyways, I am glad the season is over, can know switch into football watching mode properly. The ODIs was a top series, India sis play better with a bit of youth in the side, SL came close to winning the series, & a disjointed Oz side did well against good opposition.

  • onlyIndiathebest on March 9, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka may have uncharacteristically good performance in a random games. But apart from Malinga, they don't have a great bowler or a batsman in ODI's .(all batsman have ave. below 40) So SL is like NZ. While you have to worry about them they are never really in contention to be considered as one of the best. I think it is very unfair that best team in the world didn't play in the finals. Because they were jaded and didn't play seriously in the endless games. Given the greatness of the Indian team(remember Hobart anyone??) I think India should automatically be in in finals whenever they play.

  • Valavan on March 9, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Check again if SL have contested for 9 times, OK, the first time was in 1987-88, 1989-90, 1995-96, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2011-12, does this count to 9 times, check again i have missed once, oh ye I counted the 15 years between Jan 1997 until end of 15 years Jan 2012, OK, so please just check it before you say it is 9 times. Well whatever you yawn here, what matters here is whats happening in front of your eyes. It was just you all guys whining after Kohli made it for once off in his life till now. and thats why some SL fans hit back hard at you or indian fans. If you cant give credit where it deserves, that shows your attitude. cricinfo please publish. btw i am England supporter.

  • bigwonder on March 9, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Just as I predicted, Sri Lanka had tough time in finals. They went into over-confidence mode after every game they won which resulted into a loss in the next game. Sri Lanka has not been able to keep the winning momentum in finals lately, be it in the last 2 ODI world-cups or the current tri-series.

  • Black_Rider on March 9, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Some might call us(SL) chokers,,some might call us minnows...I don't care.My team is playing well.There is unity in my team.Young talent is very good.So I am proud to say that I AM SRI LANKAN.

  • Abeytunge on March 9, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka, always the bridesmaid, but never the bride! how disappointing!The senior members squandered a rare chance to win a series in Australia by playing some poor shots. They had only to score less than 5 runs per over to win the match. Praising them for being second best is a tacit admission that they are not good enough to win against the best.

  • rock.rockyin on March 9, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @Valavan Please get ur facts right! . The triseries has started from season 1979-1980 .Over its duration, the series has taken on several mostly commercial names - :Benson & Hedges World Series Cup,Benson & Hedges World Series,Carlton and United Series (1996-97 to 1999-2000),Carlton Series (2000-01),VB Series (2001-02 to 2005-06)Commonwealth Bank Series (2006-07 to present). Please refer Wiki. I hope you cannot change history. Sri Lanka has appeared 9 times not 6 times as you say. k yes they appeared 2 times more compared to India and never won. For more information u can find in Wiki. I really cannot understand your calculation. Yes Pakistan won in 1997 and now it is 2012 . Isnt it 15 years ????????? I am loving this . Cricinfo Please publish.

  • soumyas on March 9, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    i watched him long bak in champions trophy and always had faith in him... another bowler who bowled well with him was Andrew Mcdonald where is he now ?

  • Lankeshwara on March 9, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    At last aussies had luck! They hardly fought for it & barely grabbed it! That's how cricket! Sri lankans were already defeated when they at 58/4 , but Thirimanne & Tharanga try to secure the faded glory, but Kapugedara & others slipped it through their hands! Such a waste that expenses for Kapu & the bad performance will sink his career also! But thanx for the spirit shown by both teams! It was a great final to watch!

  • yorkslanka on March 9, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    by the way, when are the indian fans who rejoice in our loss going to realise that the past is the past, what is important is what your team is doing now and the fact is you cant play overseas and the results show that...maybe rather than being jealous of our abilities, maybe you should worry about your own teams problems...

  • yorkslanka on March 9, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    well played to Australia on a deserved win, you managed to defend a score that looked like it was achievable to us..Although we lost the final, i am pleased that we are continuing to show an improvement in our cricket and our youngsters are starting to perform at an international level. Before this series, we were painted as the whupping boys and no chance of reaching the finals and we proved everyone wrong by putting the current world champions out of the competition..We did choke and that is something that we need to work on..surprise surprise there are many more indian "fans" commenting on our failure today, they seem to have returned from when we knocked them out of the comp and they disappeared from the comments...sour grapes??

  • meastrostroke on March 9, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    malinga please retire soon. it may be gud for we srilanks

  • JustIPL on March 9, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Without any doubt SL seem to be rebuilding well learning to live without Murali and Vaas which is a good sign for world cricket lovers. Their combination was not right against Pakistan and in Asia Cup SL youngsters can prove a point. Aussies are number one no doubt and despites jitters by SL were able to maintain top ODI ranking. Fans who want to see competitive cricket would go with Aussies then side with the current world cup champions. It was sad to note that there were lot of people in the ground watching India losing and none to see the world champions.No team other than aussies has been able to number spot. India could not hold onto it both in tests and ODIs. Aussies struggled in test against Pak. Pak after giving whitewash to Eng tamed in ODIs/T20s. So, Thanks to aussies bringing things back to order.

  • Wallaroo on March 9, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Of course I am very happy with the victory however wanted to thank Sri Lanka for being great guests. Thanks for making it an interesting competition, a bowler on fire can be a devastating beast and McKay was just that but again you fought hard which always pleases us.

    Good luck Sri Lanka in the Asia cup, hope you win.

  • Sakthiivel on March 9, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Guys why you call SL as Chokers. Thats bad, they play cricket 20 odd years. You ppl better call them minnows, they are not chokers.

  • Sakthiivel on March 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Here comes the real Chokers, Two WC final & Semi final. And choke in big matches.

  • jasonpete on March 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @Mahaanama , srilanka played better cricket only in this series,but then they failed to win the finals.ICC ranking are calculated according to win /loss stats. If they are good,how did we beat you in srilanka,then you lost in southafrica.There is no use in winning the dead rubbers when south Africa won the series,lost to pakistan.The bottom line is srilanka failed to win series in home and away after 2011 world cup.We won all the series home and away after failed to qualify in world up QF against India. So we are ranked no.1.Winning series means we won more games than opposition.south Africa won all the series meantime India won home series against England and westindies and England won again Pakistan.so all in all ICC ranking are justified which stands as follows, Australia, SA ,India ,Srilanka, England and Pakistan.One series better performances even though failed to win the finals doesn't make automatically no.1. Well played,finally we won without pup.congrats guys.

  • chilled_avenger on March 9, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @Mahaanama I don't understand your logic! Since WC 2011,Sri Lanka have lost ODI series in England & South Africa! They also lost a Home Series against Australia and a Neutral-venue Series against Pakistan in ODIs! Not only that,the 2 ODI victories in SA came in dead-rubber matches where three first-choice players for SA were rested! Australia has won Bilateral ODI series in South Africa(by 2-1),India(by 4-2),Sri Lanka(by 3-2),UAE(against Pak by 3-2),England(by 6-1),New Zealand(by 3-2),West Indies(by 5-0) since 2009 so its not like they are not as good as Sri Lanka when it comes to winning outside home,in fact their record seems better as I see it!

  • micklem on March 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Exactly SL missed a golden oppurtunity to win a triseries in Aus and agaist them in Final.Seldom any chance for them to get this situatio again.This shows they dont have that much character as a team after this performance from a very winnable postion.

  • Hindh on March 9, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    After all the hype by SL fans SL team have once again lost a golden oppurtunity to win a big tournament and I dont think they will ever win one in Aus after fluffing this very good chance.

  • Mahaanama on March 9, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Congrats Australia for winning CB series! Good overall performances by SL though it's bit disappointed to see the way SL lost the finals by a thin margin. Australia have always been a good and reliable team specially for last two decades and they have never got thrash continuously. But to be honest SL is the most deserved team to win this CB series though they lost 3rd final due to their overconfidence but not because of Australia's superiority. SL could have won if Aus got 275+. ICC ranking is based on team's performances in last few years but if you re-rank it according to team's ability to beat oppositions at anywhere in the world surely Sri Lanka will be world no 1 ODI team right now followed by Australia, South Africa, England, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, West Indies. Definitely SL will be Asian cup champions this time and lets see who can make finals to play with Sri Lanka

  • zakspiders on March 9, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    congrats to sri lanka. love watching them play both for their skills and sportsmanship.showing the world what great competitors they are. really pushed aussie to the wire in every game they played. just highlights what a poor overblown team india is - a bunch of self obsessed whingers who can't win anything outside of their own country.

  • on March 9, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    @ranilranathunga, very well said sir, i am a nepali and though i have nothing to do with srilanka apart from we both are south asian countries, i love their brand of cricket full of fun, full of excitement and full of heart. Indian as you have mentioned above are just flat track bullie,

  • chilled_avenger on March 9, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    I don't why SL fans are acting as if their Team plays very well outside the subcontinent when its a fact that they too haven't won a Test Series in Australia and South Africa! In fact they only won a test once in SA(that too recently) and as far as I know,they never managed to defeat Aus in Australia in a Test! Almost all of their batsman like Jayawardane,Samarweera,Dilshan have averages in the 30s outside Asia while Sangakkara is theonly one who averages in the 40s outside Asia among these SL batsman! That's not a very great record and it just goes to show that it wouldn't be wrong to call SL batsman flat-track bullies! Plus,they have won only 1 out of the 17 tests they played in the last one and a half year and also lost 4 successive bilateral ODI series since WC2011! BTW,I am not exactly an Indian team fan(Except for Sachin/Dravid) but I don't want fans to get too excited and calling SL team better than it actually is......

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on March 9, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Chokers fail yet again. No surprises.

  • just_chill_chill on March 9, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    @ranilranathunga : Yes of course Lanka are all round champs. They even managed to win a game in SA after playing there for 40 years. Sign of a real world beater. And you are calling others flat track bullies? That's hilarious.

  • Mfalme on March 9, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Aussies won the cup; SL won a lot of hearts; Fans won their money/times worth; on the whole cricket won. Excellent series. Well played both teams. Good luck for your next endeavors.

  • .faraz. on March 9, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    when it comes to big events sl bcoms pussycat...lol....congrats aussie.....u guys r real champs.....

  • woodsie1970 on March 9, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Well done to both teams Cricket was the winner in this series. What a brilliant series from Sri Lanka. Even being on the receiving end of some of the run chases was enjoyable to watch as an Aussie. Cricket is still in a healthy state for all to see. Looks like there will be a number of teams putting pressure on England over the next few years.

  • Slow_Over_Rate on March 9, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Fantastic game of cricket, wonderful to watch. Terrific response by the Australian bowling team to all the criticism over the last week, even though much of it was deserved.

    Hats off to Sri Lanka for a fantastic challenge this summer, something India did not provide consistently unfortunately.

  • on March 9, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    New CHOKERS on the block!!!and for those who are saying Indians are flat track bullies,for their information before 2011,we won series in WI,NZ,ENG,drew series in SA,Won the CB Series,T20 World Cup and SRI LANKA has won just one test against AUS in home and still waiting for their first test victory on Indian soils. Except NZ and ZIM never won test series out of subcontinent. So,who the real flat track bullies.

  • on March 9, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    SL has the better talents but the lesser discipline, which dug their grave. It felt like they were chasing some 500+ runs. Till the last game Aussies played the gentlemen's game, but Brett Lee's display of aggression was the least pleasant in all the games between AU & SL. It was stupid for SL to drop so energetic and cheerful Dammika Prasad, who led the tail bravely at the first final. Political presence also could have had a negative impact on some players. BUT, almost always SL offers matches to the opposition at the decisive game, not lose. After all the senior players didn't do justice for the spectators.

  • on March 9, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have won this match after restricting Aussies to under 250, but good effort still by both teams.

  • Wozza-CY on March 9, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    A fitting end to a good tri-series. All teams provided great entertainment, cricket was the winner....

  • on March 9, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Tough to bounce for SL when top-4 batsmen were failed together, no matter how small the target was. I pity, they are in top form and among top-6 scoring 1758 runs.

  • obstreperous on March 9, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    The highest accolades should be reserved for the groundsmen who prepared competitive wickets which reinvigorated bowling throughout the summer and gave us so many close and exciting games in the ODI series.

  • on March 9, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    @pudpat- Mate do you live inside a Well ? Maybe you do. Never mind your response, the "Question" is mere rhetoric.

  • S305 on March 9, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    SL players were showing big lapses of concentration. Where was the footwork of the Sri Lankan batsmen (except Upul Tharanga)? Geoff Boycott is right: these people are playing too much cricket

  • ami77 on March 8, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Some of my mates could predict the lost of SL even before SL inning when they saw a SL politician in the pavillion. I saw few posts in FB from my SL mates saying that they are going to loose as they saw the bad sign in the stands. I can remember we saw the same bad sign in last World cup final in which SL lost un believably. Politician must have flown here to take the cup home so that he gets the credit not the cricketers. I was still wondering the how could Chamara Kapugedera gets in to the team soon after flying from SL. If they include one of those injured players or Dhammika Prasad who is a good bowler as well, SL had a much better chance in winning that game. Hope Kapugedera came to Ausie in the same flight with Sports Minister Jhonnie. This is the minister who axed Kula from previous tour and told that his name was too long when media questioned about axing the in formed bowler by the minister but not the selectors. SL first need to find way to keep those politics idiots out of

  • SKamaraj on March 8, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Srilanka have once again proved that apart from Sanga, none of their batsmen can play consistently well outside their country. They may have the occassional good performance, but they are primarily flat track bullies. Also, now that Murali and Vaas are gone, their bowling has been exposed. I think some of their players will now follow Malinga's path and just play one dayers and IPL!! Mahela captained as well as he could and he is definitely a better captain than Dilshan. But, even he couldn't ensure SL's first trophy win in a CB series in Australia! Better luck next time boys.

  • Valavan on March 8, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @rock.rockyin, thanks for giving wrong information, first get your facts right. CommonwealthBank sponsored triangular series in australia since 2007, Australia have just won the series cup sponsored by CB. Between 2002 and 2006, it was VB series, between 1996 and 2001, it was Carlton and United Triangular series and between 1979 untill 1996 , it was Benson and Hedges. In the history of triangular series, India have appeared 7 times until now, but Sri Lanka appeared 6 times, how SL appeared 4 times more if india played 7 times and SL played 6 times in history of triangular series in Australia. Finally, PAKISTAN under Wasim Akram have won it in 1996/97, and ye SL is the only team who havent won it, but Pakistan have done it within the 15 yr history you mentioned here. Better you know the facts before running over SL fans, accept India have been beaten black and white in OZ this time, cricinfo please publish.

  • on March 8, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Well done Australia and SL. Great contest between bat and the ball. Superb series allround. The real winner was the ordinary spectator. SL good luck with the Asian cup. SL you have made lot of friends down under.

  • espnsatish on March 8, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka has started looking like Indian team. They have all the good players but not able to convert it to a series win. Atleast they are giving a good fight unlike India. But beware people may start tagging you as chokers...

  • cricmatters on March 8, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka gifted the match away in the first six overs. Intent is a good thing but to be a successful side you need to be flexible and versatile. Sri Lanka were under no pressure and batsmen could have spend a little bit more time in the middle before going for big shots. Malinga went for nearly 70 runs in ten overs almost 30 runs more than his team mates. May be he should simply stick to basics instead of trying too many things. Chandimal scored a fifty every time he walked in, yet he failed in the finals when it mattered. Sri Lanka should have sent Tharanga at no. 3 and saved Sanga for the middle order accumulation. Samaraweera would have been a better pick in the middle order as he was in good form in South Africa. Many lessons to learn for Sri Lanka from this match.

  • on March 8, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    finally australians did it.once again they have proved that they are real champs

  • on March 8, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Sri lankans paid the price of sending Kapugedara instead of experience Samaraweera.....Dhammika Prasad would have been a better batsman than kapu when considering his last two brave innings.....Finaly I must say...weldone mahela & boys.....In first time in histoy...you won 4 ODIs against Australia in one tour....well done .....

  • on March 8, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    First class return ticket. 5000$ 5star hotel 3000$ Pocket money 2000$ Playing the final game. With Australia and making 7 runs out of 1 million. Balls is priceless Well done Chamara Kapugedare. And the SL selectors. You made. Srl Lanka. Very proud.

  • Potatis on March 8, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Great game, well played both sides! Sri Lanka have done their country very proud in this tournament, they need not be too disappointed.

  • on March 8, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Does SL have any match winners apart from the top order? Or will Tharanga ever learn to take singles by pushing the ball into gaps? Surely he has enough experience in one day cricket to play under pressure?

  • micklem on March 8, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Sri lanka,s very dismal batting allowed Aus to win this cup.This is not because of Aus'as great performance.

  • rock.rockyin on March 8, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    FOR ALL THOSE SL FANS WHO HAVE CRITICIZED INDIA. In past 15 years which is a decade more Its only INDIA who have won CB Series from SUB CONTINENT. This sums up everything who is better. ALSO one more fact Sri Lanka have appeared four times more than India in the HISTORY of CB Series but has never WON CB Series once. Just know ur fact before u win the final tournament atleast once.

  • kriskini on March 8, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    ITS VERY SAD. I wanted to say that 2008 and 2012 CB series was won by an Asian team as 2008 series was won by INDIA. I feel that there is nothing for all the loosers in any tournament.

  • ranilranathunga on March 8, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @pudpat- Sri Lanka is a country who has won a world cup, made finals twice and semis once. Calling Sri Lanka the new Bangladesh displays your very poor knowledge about cricket. Indians are flat track bullies and everyone accepts that now. They can only win on flat tracks, but Sri Lanka they will play well in any conditions. They recently beta South Africa in a test in South Africa and chase 300+ twice in the oneday series to win on so called fast tracks. Every neutral likes to see SL brand of cricket bcoz it's never boring like when India is playing.

  • binojpeter on March 8, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Congratulations to both teams for the close contest. Congratulations Australia to keeping on to their nerve till last minute. It was a hard earned win. SL need not lose heart. They turned in a champion's effort. Australia were just better in the day. SL just needed to not lose wickets and try play 50 overs. They had the intent but did not just materialize in the field. They bowled and fielded superbly to restrict Australia to 231. For Australia, McKay, Christian and Watson bowled with superb discipline and turned out to be the critical factor. Lee was spraying all around but picked up important wickets. And I still don't understand the logic of playing 2 regular spinners against a subcontinent side.

  • on March 8, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    It was a fantastic series and at the end the Aussies did it. Congratulations. Congratulations also to Sri Lanka team for their one of the best performens. What a worderful cricket.

  • on March 8, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @pudpat.....o.O...Whts with the attitude?????? Ur team's last 6 months overseas record calls for humbleness...so just buckle up and stop living in a fantacy world...... This series overall was exceptional...so many close games and a perfect example of a hard fought battle b/w the best...Congrats to all of you guys for providing us an entertainment to cherish.....Respect...!!!

  • maddy20 on March 8, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Well played both SL and Aus. Its just that SL top order failed when it mattered the most. On the otherhand MCKay who was dropped after the loss to India was the one to seal it for Aus. Contrasting fortunes? I guess so. Now off to Asia cup. Looking forward to another exciting ODI series. God do I miss the intensity of Ind vs Pak matches!

  • on March 8, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @pudpat_ what happened to 2-0 winners??

  • MeSL on March 8, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Congratulations Australia! It was one tough and entertaining CB Series. We're proud of Sri Lanka for showing true colors and fighting spirit. This has been a turning point for SL Cricket. May it be an even more entertaining and spirited future for our team. We believe they can do it. We are right behind them. P.S. @pudpat - Come back to earth from your sky-high point.

  • Jits_SRTian on March 8, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    I never thought I would say this.. but Sri Lankan team got the bad karma from it's egoistic fans.. A few good performances and they run down the other teams.. They played very well but I think they were very arrogant and overestimated their strength, just like their fans.. they should have batted first and racked up a huge score.. what I see is, big pressure which chokes them.. see they haven't won a single final in recent times.. Aussies please keep out of this.. You are also not the team of the yesteryears.. I'm not saying India is good, alright but they have the finishing touch better than the lankans.. stats will tell you this.. Now don't remind me of the test team..That is just an old team and this is another one.. The bashing India gets from SL fans.. all for nothing.. serves them right!!! I have a smile on my lips and a spring in my stride.. sadistic eh??!!! Ha Ha

  • LAKINGSFAN on March 8, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Another final and another drubbing for below par SL team. Is there anything new???

  • wake_up_india on March 8, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    In the end the team with the most drive won -- deservedly so. It is not just about skill but somehting else that both the South Asian teams fell short on -- India more so. Clearly, the Outback spirit still survives in Australia.

  • Nathan_123 on March 8, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Well done Australia. You won when it matters. That's why Aussies are the No: 1 ODI team in the world. I must also congratulate SL. They played very entertaining cricket. Yes Aussies won the cup, but we all know SL played better cricket throughout the tournament. The worrying aspect of Srilankan cricket is that they are making a habit of losing in the finals. Anyway thank you for the entertainment. I thoroughly enjoyed this tournament.

  • gkannuchamy on March 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    The news is more about how a greatly expectant team Sri Lanka lost the series than Australia winning the cup.

  • satish619chandar on March 8, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Hard to digest.. I expected SL to close it out today for sure.. Especilly the 230+ target.. But a remarkable show of determination and fight which was not stopped even by injuries to some good impact players.. Hats off.....

  • HusseyForever on March 8, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    By overall performance in this series, SL should have won the final frontier. They really played well & showed good fighting spirit. Aussie bowlers pulled it off from SL batsmen.

  • codegreen on March 8, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Now pleaz add a stat showing no. of big FINALS LOST by a team in last 5 to 6 years,,SRI LAnKA will top the list defn..', SAME OLD STORY,,,actually they are not a team for finals,,

  • Marcio on March 8, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    A great final game for a great series. Bad luck to SL, having played so well all tourament. Thanks for making it a great series. But in the end 5/7 of the SL-AUS games went down to the wire, so it's no surprise it was so close. AUS were stratchy a lot of the time, but came good when it counted. Some good things have come from the series. Warner has blossomed, and will only get better. Great to see D Hussey do so well after all these years. Doherty bowled well most games and makes for a well balanced team. Wade pulled off some great catches, and batted well most of the time. Forrest and Clarke were good too.

  • popcorn on March 8, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    This has been the BEST Summer for Australia in a long long time. The last I remember is when we whitewashed the Poms 5 nil in 2006 -07 in The Ashes. This summer we whitewashed India in the Test series 4 nil,won the CB series, had Michael Clarke score a triple and a double, Ponting score a century and a double, Huss a century,and had Pattinson, McKay, and so many new finds.This ODI series win will give us momentum into the West Indies. Have a good sleep on the flight to Port of Spain, guys.

  • johntycodes on March 8, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I don't know who to blame more for us nearly losing it. Watson for continuing to bowl brett lee who keeps bowling more and more extras to go with his one style of bowling, never mixing up the pace

  • Gintotage on March 8, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Good effort from both sides. Sad to see SL couldnt finish it. Congrats to Ausi Boys. We are proud with SL team too.

  • ttyX on March 8, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Well played Australia. Winning when it mattered most, this is the stuff champions are made of and a very good decision to play Nathan Lyon today aswell...

  • Vikum72 on March 8, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Hard luck today but we are proud of the way you played in this tournament. If you keep this up, you'll win more tournaments than not.

  • isurufdo247 on March 8, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    it was vry disappointin 2 c SL losing da match, bt da way SL fought back thruout da series was awesome, mind u it was aftr a vry harsh period aftr da world cup. wel done lions.......... congrtz ausses n f course india......... what a series v had.in fact best tri series ever.........

  • on March 8, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    No matter what ever happens in the competition. That was a fantastic effort by Mahela and boys. Congrats for Dilshan for excellent come back. Wish you all the best to win the Asian Cup.Kapugedara should have been contributed more than this. Cheers!

  • kunderanengineer on March 8, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Well played series by both teams. Congratulations to Australia on a well deserved win. It would be easy to put the blame on Tharanga for all those dot balls but at least he preserved his wicket when SL could least afford to lose any. If the 4 top order batsmen for SL had each scored a mere 4 extra runs it could have made the difference. However,all credit must go to the Aussie bowlers, specifically Watson, Christian and McKay who demonstrated that on some pitches variety is more important than pace as they consistently kept the SL batsmen off balance. An Aussie fan could also easily argue that had Watson started his spell in the 42nd over instead of inexplicably bringing on Doherty who leaked 16 runs in 2 overs at a key stage, the game would probably have ended a lot earlier. In any case thanks to both teams for a great series and a special thanks to the surprising SL team and its fans for providing a "samba" atmosphere to the tournament.The future sure looks good for SL cricket!

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on March 8, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    That's the reason Clark opted to keep himself out of the game so they can win the game.Shane showed he is better captain than him but have no luck to become captain.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 8, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Good to see the Aussies stand up when it matters. Good work. Well played to SL too, they have shown a lot in this excellent series. They need to translate this form & intensity into Test cricket now ...starting with the England series.

  • supadupamonk on March 8, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    oh my God!!! SL that was a heart breaker...fell sorry for the loss, thought it would be a cake walk for SL after they chased 270 easily. Making to the final in almost all the series including the WC and losing is really heart breaking...better luck next time guys, u guys played really well lets meet in Asia cup....cheers from Indian

  • Solace1 on March 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Congrats to the minnows for the fighting spirit they showed, no wonder i hailed them as the new Bangladesh! always show fighting spirit but never crosses the line when it matters!! yes our team failed in this series but never lost in a humiliating manner like lanka did in the previous CB series which we won 2-0!!

  • Narbavi on March 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    A great game, a great series, almost every game was close!! Australia probably just ahead of them all and deserving winners!! Well played Srilanka, got to admire the way they played, and to some of those rude lankan supporters who were speaking ill of india, hope you guys keep quiet now, ur team had a good tournament that's it nothing more so Just stop with that!!

  • Chris_P on March 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    An enthralling final series between 2 evenly matched sides. Kudos to the Lankans who stood up when it counted, a trait that always gains respect by Aussie sports followers. This has been a long summer for the Aussies and I am not so sure that the addition of some fresh new faces for the Windies tour may have been a worth a thought. That said, there are a lot of positives the Aussies can take away & certainly have a base to build for the future. The Lankans should also be justifiably proud of their foray into the Australian summer, I look forward to their visit next season for the test series.

  • on March 8, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    aussies have always been great defenders. cant recall too many matches that hung in balance for long and australia ended up losing. they r gud at generating intensity and being thoughtful at the same time. its a shame other sides havent yet found any answer to aussie aggression.

  • dsig3 on March 8, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Australia! beating Sri Lanka in finals since 1992! Well done to SL but they missed a trick not winning the series. They had the form and simply choked. Good to see Watto "backing himself" in the bowling department. He is still underrated as a bowler.

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  • dsig3 on March 8, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Australia! beating Sri Lanka in finals since 1992! Well done to SL but they missed a trick not winning the series. They had the form and simply choked. Good to see Watto "backing himself" in the bowling department. He is still underrated as a bowler.

  • on March 8, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    aussies have always been great defenders. cant recall too many matches that hung in balance for long and australia ended up losing. they r gud at generating intensity and being thoughtful at the same time. its a shame other sides havent yet found any answer to aussie aggression.

  • Chris_P on March 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    An enthralling final series between 2 evenly matched sides. Kudos to the Lankans who stood up when it counted, a trait that always gains respect by Aussie sports followers. This has been a long summer for the Aussies and I am not so sure that the addition of some fresh new faces for the Windies tour may have been a worth a thought. That said, there are a lot of positives the Aussies can take away & certainly have a base to build for the future. The Lankans should also be justifiably proud of their foray into the Australian summer, I look forward to their visit next season for the test series.

  • Narbavi on March 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    A great game, a great series, almost every game was close!! Australia probably just ahead of them all and deserving winners!! Well played Srilanka, got to admire the way they played, and to some of those rude lankan supporters who were speaking ill of india, hope you guys keep quiet now, ur team had a good tournament that's it nothing more so Just stop with that!!

  • Solace1 on March 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Congrats to the minnows for the fighting spirit they showed, no wonder i hailed them as the new Bangladesh! always show fighting spirit but never crosses the line when it matters!! yes our team failed in this series but never lost in a humiliating manner like lanka did in the previous CB series which we won 2-0!!

  • supadupamonk on March 8, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    oh my God!!! SL that was a heart breaker...fell sorry for the loss, thought it would be a cake walk for SL after they chased 270 easily. Making to the final in almost all the series including the WC and losing is really heart breaking...better luck next time guys, u guys played really well lets meet in Asia cup....cheers from Indian

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 8, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Good to see the Aussies stand up when it matters. Good work. Well played to SL too, they have shown a lot in this excellent series. They need to translate this form & intensity into Test cricket now ...starting with the England series.

  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on March 8, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    That's the reason Clark opted to keep himself out of the game so they can win the game.Shane showed he is better captain than him but have no luck to become captain.

  • kunderanengineer on March 8, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Well played series by both teams. Congratulations to Australia on a well deserved win. It would be easy to put the blame on Tharanga for all those dot balls but at least he preserved his wicket when SL could least afford to lose any. If the 4 top order batsmen for SL had each scored a mere 4 extra runs it could have made the difference. However,all credit must go to the Aussie bowlers, specifically Watson, Christian and McKay who demonstrated that on some pitches variety is more important than pace as they consistently kept the SL batsmen off balance. An Aussie fan could also easily argue that had Watson started his spell in the 42nd over instead of inexplicably bringing on Doherty who leaked 16 runs in 2 overs at a key stage, the game would probably have ended a lot earlier. In any case thanks to both teams for a great series and a special thanks to the surprising SL team and its fans for providing a "samba" atmosphere to the tournament.The future sure looks good for SL cricket!

  • on March 8, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    No matter what ever happens in the competition. That was a fantastic effort by Mahela and boys. Congrats for Dilshan for excellent come back. Wish you all the best to win the Asian Cup.Kapugedara should have been contributed more than this. Cheers!