Commonwealth Bank Series - 3rd match

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 5 runs

Warner and Wade out to open for Australia, Malinga has the first new ball

FuzwaldQO: "@Marc... Doherty is the byproduct of the Aus spinners musical chairs policy. He was in the team when the music stopped. To be honest I don't think that Doherty adds any better bowling than Steve Smith whereas Smith can bat at least at 7. Would love to see Hauritz still the no.1 spinner, but he obviously ran over someones cat 2 years ago."

Dan: "@Marc I think it's probably a good idea for them to get 2-3 spinners in and around the team for the upcoming trips to the subcontinent. I think they want to avoid the error of building a team that is perfect for one type of conditions only, as India seem guilty of."

Kangon: "What's the point of having Thirimanne, who batted well in South Africa, at No.7? Surely, he is a top order batsman? And not a slogger type too?"

Christian: "@Tom, if both continue to play as they have this summer then I think the only supporters who will be sick of them will be those of opposition teams."

Marc: "Dunno what Aus see in Doherty at the moment, offer's nothing that a few overs from D Hussey and Clarkey couldn't cover, be a chance to add the extra batsman like Forrest."

Tom: "Why on earth do Ponting and Mike Hussey have to play every game? Surely Australia would be better served playing just one of them in any given game, given their desire to "build for the future". If either is still around by the next world cup the cricket viewing public will be heartily sick of the sight of him."

11.50 am Sri Lanka win the toss and will have a bowl

Clarke: "Same team as last game for us." No debut for Forrest yet then

Mahela: "Looks like a fresh wicket and we would like to make first use of it. We are not sure about what kind of total you can post on this. We will see how we go." The offspinner Senanayake is in for Thisara Perera. So they have left out the bowling allrounder for a spinner. Angelo Mathews and Dilshan will have to bowl the quota of the fifth bowler, as they did against India.

11.40 am A fresh pitch to be used for this game. Sanjay Manjrekar says that it is a very hard surface with mostly dry grass. The quicks will enjoy bowling on this pitch, says Tom Moody, and will get good carry.

Welcome to our coverage of the third ODI of the tri-series. Australia meet Sri Lanka today. Have a look at the preview while we wait for the toss

0.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, full and swinging in first up, but the line was down leg and he nudges it behind square

0.2

Malinga to Wade, no run, he went for it against Wade, he went for the yorker first ball, but it came out as a low full toss on middle and off, Wade turns it softly on the leg side

0.3

Malinga to Wade, 1 leg bye, full delivery this time, inward movement into the left-hander, but again down leg, and tucked away to fine leg

0.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, the line is a tad better this time, the length is full, it swings in to the left hander, he takes it on the pad as he misses with the flick, going down leg easily

0.5

Malinga to Warner, FOUR, he is consistently going for the full inswinging delivery, this one is too full, too much on leg, and this time Warner gets enough bat on it to send it through square leg to the boundary

Alex: "@ all those questioning Doherty. Obviously you don't pay attention to the Australian domestic games then. Doherty has been the best one-day & T20 spinner in Australia for several seasons and has performed well for Australia and several of his performances have been notable in their contribution to Australian wins. The notion that Steve Smith is better is laughable."

0.6

Malinga to Warner, no run, he tries to take on the pitched up delivery and launch it down the ground, but the inward shape means he gets an inside edge on to pad

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
DA Warner    5* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
MS Wade    0* (2b)     

Glen: "Steve O'Keefe is easily Australia's best spinner in the short format. Handy batter too. Continually surprised by his shunning."

Kulasekara with the second new ball

1.1

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, completely different to Malinga, starts on a good length and moves it off the pitch across the left-hander who dabs it towards second slip

1.2

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, some bounce from just short of a length, but the line is down leg, and he takes a hand off the bat as he jabs it away

1.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, angles it across on a length, pushed towards covers

1.4

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, fine stroke, purposeful stride forward from Warner, and powers the length delivery past the non-striker, too quick for mid off

1.5

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, pushed towards point

1.6

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, straightish on middle and leg, worked towards midwicket for one

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
DA Warner    10* (8b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0
MS Wade    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

Hugh: "DOn't know why we are always complaining about Australian spinners. We were lucky to have someone like Warne for so long, but that sort of talent can not easily be replicated. Just like you cannot easily replicate the talent of Tendulker, or Botham, or Bradman. These talents come up once in a generation. Between times, you need to make do with the best you can, and most of the time means that you play with the guy who's in form - at the moment Doherty."

2.1

Malinga to Warner, FOUR, smack! what a shot from Warner, Malinga has been pitching it all the while, Warner winds up and swings it straight back at Malinga who gets a finger to it as he leaps, umpire gets out of the way, Warner gets four, a chance, if you like, strictly theoretical

2.2

Malinga to Warner, 2 runs, well bowled, slower at 127 kph from Malinga, slants it fullish and wide, Warner reaches out and thick edges it over point

2.3

Malinga to Warner, no run, he tries to belt this one through the off side, but it is even slower at 122 kph, and the shot is mistimed to mid off

2.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, swinging into the pads, worked on the leg side

2.5

Malinga to Warner, 4 runs, Malinga is now varying his lengths and speeds to Warner, this one is slower from short of a length, Warner does very well to stay in the crease and punch it through extra cover, there is a sliding stop by Tharanga near the rope, but by the time he recovers and throws, they take four

2.6

Malinga to Warner, no run, this is a fine contest, Malinga goes for the ripping yorker at 142 kph plus, it is on target, Warner gets feet out of the way and digs it out forcefully

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
DA Warner    20* (14b 3x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-15-0
MS Wade    1* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Wade, OUT, Kula strikes and removes Wade, with Malinga v Warner grabbing all the attention at the other end, gets it to lift and move away from just short of a length, Wade pushes with an angled bat and Sanga takes a neat catch low to his left

MS Wade c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 1 (15m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Sid: "Why dont the Aussies try Lyon? He bowled quite decently in tests and against New Zealand, so can be given a chance over Doherty. I dont even remember the last time Doherty bowled a more than decent spell."

3.2

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, straightish length ball some way outside off, left alone

3.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, 1 run, coming in from a good length, he works it awkwardly behind square leg

3.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, shaping across Warner from leg stump, he opens up and pats it back to the bowler

3.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, worked wide of mid on for one

3.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, excellent leave from Ponting, it was pitched up, and moved away instead of coming in, he watched it closely and shouldered arms

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 24/1 (RR: 6.00)
RT Ponting    1* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-8-1
DA Warner    21* (16b 3x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-15-0

Jimmy: "And with that, Haddin takes the pin out of his Matthew Wade voodoo doll and relaxes - for now."

4.1

Malinga to Warner, no run, furious inswinging yorker from Malinga at 141 kph, it was headed straight for his toes, Warner saved them, he is down on the ground after jabbing the ball to square leg, but he has saved his feet to get up again

4.2

Malinga to Warner, 1 wide, now a searing bouncer, Malinga is charged up, Warner gets out of the way hurriedly

4.2

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, another yorker heads for the toes, Warner shuffles, scrambles and somehow manages to get some bat on it, the ball races to fine leg, Warner will be glad to get down to the other end this over

4.3

Malinga to Ponting, OUT, they have got the big one! the old problem returns to haunt Ponting, the front foot was planted a mile across, he had to work a lot to get the bat in front of pad, was late in doing that, by that time the length ball had crashed into the front pad after moving in, would that have gone down leg, the umpire does not think so, replays show it would have just clipped leg stump

RT Ponting lbw b Malinga 1 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

4.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, the pace is up there at 140.7 kph, it bounces sharply from just short of a length, Clarke leaves immediately

4.5

Malinga to Clarke, no run, calmly gets across and defends down the track

4.6

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, gets forward neatly to the pitched up ball, reaches out and pushes past extra cover for one

End of over 5 (3 runs) Australia 27/2 (RR: 5.40)
MJ Clarke    1* (3b)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-1
DA Warner    22* (18b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-8-1

Malinga was criticised for not going for the yorkers against India. He has gone overboard with the full length today, and Australia are feeling it at the moment

5.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, that has come in a mile, that has bounced over the stumps after starting way outside off, Clarke had let it go already

5.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, this time he is ready to defend the one that nips back in

5.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, this one goes straightish now, he reaches forward and across and pushes to point

5.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, excellent line from Kula, some go straight from just outside off, some scream back in, Clarke sees this one carry straight on and lets it go

5.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke gets hold of this one, Kula pitches it up too full and Clarke uses the incoming angle to lean across and time it through midwicket with a flourish

5.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, similar delivery, Clarke drives to mid on crisply

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 31/2 (RR: 5.16)
MJ Clarke    5* (9b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-12-1
DA Warner    22* (18b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-1

Thomas: "@Hugh: Australia won 2 World Cups without Shane Warne. They've been without him in the ODI format for a while when he retired from Tests. If the ODI team is missing something in the bowling department, it would be a Brad Hogg, not a Shane Warne."

6.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 wide, slants it slow, full and wide across Warner, too wide in the end

6.1

Malinga to Warner, no run, Warner adjusts well to the 122 kph slower length ball and slices it hard, but point dives to save some runs

6.2

Malinga to Warner, FOUR, that has been timed incredibly well, Malinga goes for that toe-crusher at 142 kph, Warner shuffles a tad and whips it quickly wide of the man at fine leg, who cannot stop the boundary even as he slides across

6.3

Malinga to Warner, SIX, oh boy, Warner v Malinga it is at the moment all the way, Malinga pitches it up, it is in Warner's slot, he is not entirely in control but he swings at it, and it is fetched from beyond the wide long on boundary

6.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, Malinga replies with a superb bouncer, right on target as it heads for Warner's head, he tries to weave away and pull, but is beaten

6.5

Malinga to Warner, no run, point saves runs again with a dive to stop a well-timed guide

6.6

Malinga to Warner, no run, whips hard as he sees the fuller length coming into the pads, straight to midwicket though

End of over 7 (11 runs) Australia 42/2 (RR: 6.00)
DA Warner    32* (24b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-29-1
MJ Clarke    5* (9b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-12-1

7.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, 2 runs, nudged through square leg for a couple

7.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, thickish inside edge as he pushes at one nipping in, the ball dribbles square on leg

7.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, was shaping up to launch this one over midwicket, but it was short of a good length, and he adjusted to work to midwicket

7.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, shaping away after pitching on leg, Warner does not have much room, pats it down the track

7.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, times the clip off the pad, and the ball flies in the air wide of mid on who gets around quickly to it

7.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, dabbed behind point from the crease

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 46/2 (RR: 5.75)
MJ Clarke    8* (12b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-16-1
DA Warner    33* (27b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-29-1

Angelo replaces Malinga, Warner has had a change of bats

8.1

Mathews to Warner, 1 run, worked in front of square leg

8.2

Mathews to Clarke, no run, comes across, and brings down one that bounces a tad from just back of a length

8.3

Mathews to Clarke, no run, gets forward to the pitched up ball and pushes to short cover

8.4

Mathews to Clarke, 3 runs, very wide one, Clarke reaches out and slaps it through point

Tom: "What Australia's ODI bowling department really misses is Nathan Bracken. He has been simply forgotten about but he was one of the top ODI bowlers in the world. Economical and regularly picked up wickets."

8.5

Mathews to Warner, OUT, Angelo has done what Malinga could not, he has gone through Warner and rattled his stumps, excellent line, angled across the left-hander on a good length, and then nipped back in to sneak in between bat and pad, hit off and middle, Warner was playing the original angle and was done in by the movement, seems that he got an inside edge

DA Warner b Mathews 34 (45m 29b 4x4 1x6) SR: 117.24

They look a different side with Angelo able to bowl, he adds so much value to this side

8.6

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, pitched up on middle, he defends quietly down the track

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 50/3 (RR: 5.55)
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-1
MJ Clarke    11* (15b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-16-1

9.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, pushed towards cover

9.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, driven towards mid off

9.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, pushed wide of mid off for one

9.4

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, that has to be a very brave leave, that almost took out off stump as it angled across Hussey

9.5

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, gets across and defends back to the bowler

Malinga had gone off the field, he is coming back on now

9.6

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, pushed towards covers

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 51/3 (RR: 5.10)
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-17-1
MJ Clarke    12* (18b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-1

KK: "Why are you guys cribbing about what Australia needs?? Australia wins all the time - they don't need nothing."

10.1

Mathews to Clarke, no run, length ball bouncing a bit, Clarke is surprised by the lift, and takes a hand off the bat as he drops it on the off side

10.2

Mathews to Clarke, no run, shaping away a tad but far outside off and left alone

10.3

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, that was pitched up and headed for middle stump, or the pads, Clarke got bat in front of both to work it down to fine leg

10.4

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 1 run, thick outside edge now, Angel is troubling them with the bounce from a good length, the ball dribbles past a diving gully

10.5

Mathews to Clarke, no run, has him reaching out and driving away from the body, the ball is in the air for a bit as it goes to mid off

10.6

Mathews to Clarke, no run, tries to get the front foot across and drive, but mistimes the stroke back to Angelo

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 53/3 (RR: 4.81)
MJ Clarke    13* (23b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-1
MEK Hussey    1* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-17-1

11.1

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, moves forward and blocks one going across him

11.2

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, eases a pitched up ball on the off side, and it takes a dive from Senanayake at extra cover to save runs

11.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, pushed to extra cover off the front foot

Jimmy: "The Only reason David Warner is still in the team is because he can excite his average is horrible for an opener and again another start and nothing to follow."

11.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, pushes the pitched up ball on the off side

Adam Gilchrist is at the WACA

11.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, pushed to cover

11.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, moves in towards the leg stump and is worked square with the angle

End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 55/3 (RR: 4.58)
MJ Clarke    14* (27b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-19-1
MEK Hussey    2* (7b)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-1

12.1

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, brilliant stop at cover, they have saved quite a few boundaries today, Clarke had reached out and absolutely smashed this length ball as it straightened outside off

12.2

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, left alone as it angles across outside off

12.3

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, length ball defended towards mid off

12.4

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, pitched up and leaving him with the angle, he looks at it and lets it go

Ben: "@KK: "Australia wins all the time?" You clearly don't remember the last Ashes series, or the World Cup, do you?"

12.5

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, worked off the pads through square leg for two

12.6

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, bounce from a good length again, but going outside off with the angle and left alone

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 58/3 (RR: 4.46)
MEK Hussey    4* (12b)      AD Mathews    3-0-9-1
MJ Clarke    15* (28b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-19-1

Mitcher: "@Jimmy: Willing to discard a guy with as much potential as Warner based on 11 ODIs? Geez, know a lot of great players who would have fallen by the wayside if that sort of judgement was the standard."

Prasad to bowl

13.1

Prasad to Clarke, no run, and he beats Clarke first up with a skiddy length ball that holds its line outside off, they all go up for caught behind, Sanga is convinced totally as usual, HotSpot shows nothing on the bat, replays do not indicate any edge

13.2

Prasad to Clarke, 3 runs, shortish delivery, Clarke pulls it square with the incoming angle, Sri Lanka save another four, brilliant work from Tharanga, getting his right hand in front to stop the ball just inside the rope

13.3

Prasad to MEK Hussey, FOUR, Hussey pulls off the front foot, short ball sitting up and he weaves back to crack it in front of square

13.4

Prasad to MEK Hussey, no run, 139.8 kph pitched up ball from Prasad, Hussey pushes to covers

13.5

Prasad to MEK Hussey, no run, well forward, bends the knee, gets low and defends solidly on the off side

SthAussi: "I tend to have to agree with Jimmy, I'm a warner fan, but he seems to lose concentration way too easily, medium pacer comes on after Malinga & within a blink of an eye, he's walking off, Angela is a decent bowler & deserves more respect, Warner needs to learn to keep up his concentration throughout his innings, a little like his 1st test ton in hobart, I was shocked to see how bad his average is in ODI's after Jimmy mentioned it..."

13.6

Prasad to MEK Hussey, 1 run, he likes the short ball, he takes a look at it and launches another meaty pull, they have a man at deep midwicket now

End of over 14 (8 runs) Australia 66/3 (RR: 4.71)
MEK Hussey    9* (16b 1x4)      KTGD Prasad    1-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    18* (30b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-9-1

The offspinner Senanayake comes on

14.1

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, no run, some bounce from a good length on off stump, defended down the track

14.2

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up now, smothered off the front foot

14.3

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, no run, more bounce this time, Hussey drawn forward by the flight, and is surprised as he defends off the splice

14.4

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, no run, chopped to point from the crease

14.5

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, no run, reaches forward to a tossed up full one and pushes to extra cover

14.6

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, 1 run, ends up on leg stump off the final ball, and is worked square

Very tidy first over from the offspinner

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 67/3 (RR: 4.46)
MEK Hussey    10* (22b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    18* (30b 1x4)      KTGD Prasad    1-0-8-0

15.1

Prasad to MEK Hussey, no run, pitched up ball driven hard off the front foot to mid off

Lakitha: "It's not a different side but Mahela using Angelo wisely than Dilshan who would have brought him self on instead of Angi."

15.2

Prasad to MEK Hussey, FOUR, fine shot, Hussey opens the face and drives the length ball through cover, no one's stopping this one

15.3

Prasad to MEK Hussey, no run, skiddy one angled across and bouncing, left alone

Short cover in place

15.4

Prasad to MEK Hussey, FOUR, that was full and headed for the pads, Hussey does well to quickly get bat in front and flick it fine

15.5

Prasad to MEK Hussey, 1 run, another short ball, another pull from Hussey, deep midwicket comes into play

15.6

Prasad to Clarke, no run, pitches it up, defended to mid off

End of over 16 (9 runs) Australia 76/3 (RR: 4.75)
MJ Clarke    18* (31b 1x4)      KTGD Prasad    2-0-17-0
MEK Hussey    19* (27b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0

Morgs: "Warner is the perfect example of not going to die wondering, hit and hit it hard or get out."

16.1

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, no run, worked towards midwicket as he comes across

16.2

Senanayake to MEK Hussey, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg and turned in front of square

mark: "See this is the problem with our 'instant result' society. Have a look at some of the more recent greats and alot of them got off to a slow start in ODI's. The guy is good and getting better!"

16.3

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, Clarke uses his feet to spin first ball, and pushes back to the bowler

vishnu: "Players like Gayle, Sehwag and Warner are dream players for any captain. India persisted with Viru and reaped benefits. Warner is a fantastic stroke player. He just has to maximize his 'on his days'."

16.4

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, draws him down the track with flight, he eases it back again

16.5

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, fuller one worked to shortish square leg who dives and saves one

16.6

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, Senanayake gets through another tight over, worked to square leg again

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 77/3 (RR: 4.52)
MJ Clarke    18* (35b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-2-0
MEK Hussey    20* (29b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    2-0-17-0

cleaz: "Angelo Mathews was Sri Lanka's best player against India the other day, and he's off to a top start again today. I predict that he'll earn more and more respect on the global stage over the next few years."

Kula is back

17.1

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, gets it to move away and bounce from back of a length, jabbed away behind point

Narbavi: "Why is this fuss about warner getting out as if he threw his wicket away to a rash shot?? he got out trying to defend a good delivery!!"

17.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, worked to midwicket who dives and saves more runs

17.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, gets forward and across and pushes straight to extra cover

Mahela is off the field, there is some strapping around his finger

17.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, pulled in front of square from back of a length

Our statsman Madhu's first gem of the day: "AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Viv Richards are the only players to average over 40 and have a strike rate over 90 (min 50 matches). Lance Klusener just misses out with an average of 41.10 and strike rate of 89.91. Mike Hussey and MS Dhoni, along with Amla, are the only batsmen to average over 50 and boast a strike rate over 85."

17.5

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, guided past point for two

17.6

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, OUT, Sri Lanka have bettered their brilliance in the field, Kula ups the standards with a leaping blinder, Hussey pushed half-heartedly at a pitched up delivery, it popped in the air down the pitch to Kula's right, the bowler recovered from his followthrough to leap at the ball one-handed and did not let go of it as he landed back on earth

MEK Hussey c & b Kulasekara 23 (34m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 71.87

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 81/4 (RR: 4.50)
     KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-23-2
MJ Clarke    19* (38b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-2-0

18.1

Senanayake to Clarke, 2 runs, down the track and lofts over extra cover

18.2

Senanayake to Clarke, 1 run, pushed to long on for one

18.3

Senanayake to DJ Hussey, no run, beaten on the front foot push by one that does not turn much

18.4

Senanayake to DJ Hussey, no run, left alone this time as it bounces outside off

18.5

Senanayake to DJ Hussey, no run, driven towards midwicket

18.6

Senanayake to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pushes hard down to long on

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 85/4 (RR: 4.47)
DJ Hussey    1* (4b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-6-0
MJ Clarke    22* (40b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-23-2

19.1

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, hurried and opened up by a nippy bouncing length ball, defends on the off side

19.2

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, defends the pitched up ball to point

Daryn: "If Michael Hussey is Mr Cricket...let's hope David Hussey is Mr Fixit...!"

19.3

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, defends a pitched up ball from the crease

19.4

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, Prasad is on target again with the pitched up ball, Hussey defends tightly to point

19.5

Prasad to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, some width this time from a good length, and he eases it past cover

19.6

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, gets an inside edge on to pad and back to Prasad as he tries to drive a full one

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 87/4 (RR: 4.35)
DJ Hussey    3* (10b)      KTGD Prasad    3-0-19-0
MJ Clarke    22* (40b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-6-0

PS: "I would rather be more interested in consistent power and performance than "on his day" type players. Look at Adam Gilchrist - most explosive batsman ever and pretty consistent too! Lets ask him to have a go at few balls tonight!"

20.1

Senanayake to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke deals with the flighted ball with crisp feet, gets to the pitch and smacks it over the bowler

20.2

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, comes down the track again and works the full one towards midwicket

20.3

Senanayake to Clarke, 1 run, whipped behind square leg for one

20.4

Senanayake to DJ Hussey, no run, backs away and cuts the bouncing delivery, a rare fumble from Sri Lanka, at point, no run conceded though

20.5

Senanayake to DJ Hussey, FOUR, Tharanga at mid off drops a very tough chance, Senanayake has been tossing it up consistently, and got Hussey to comes forward and push in the air, it just eluded a leaping Tharanga as he got his fingertips to it

20.6

Senanayake to DJ Hussey, SIX, more flight, Hussey repeats the shot, with more power, with more conviction and this time Tharanga can watch it go sailing over his head for six over long off

End of over 21 (15 runs) Australia 102/4 (RR: 4.85)
DJ Hussey    13* (13b 1x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    27* (43b 2x4)      KTGD Prasad    3-0-19-0

21.1

Prasad to Clarke, no run, gets behind the line and defends a bouncing delivery down the track

21.2

Prasad to Clarke, 1 run, holds its line outside off from a good length, pushed towards cover for a quick run

21.3

Prasad to DJ Hussey, 1 run, direct hit would have tested him, whipped across the line to mid on and they charge across for the single, Hussey would have been gone by a foot had the throw hit the stumps

21.4

Prasad to Clarke, 1 run, worked behind square on leg

21.5

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, stays in the crease and drops a climbing back of a length ball behind point

21.6

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, width for the cut, he plays the shot, finds point in the way

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 105/4 (RR: 4.77)
DJ Hussey    14* (16b 1x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    4-0-22-0
MJ Clarke    29* (46b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-21-0

zain: "Err... Why is Australia attacking? Isn't this a 50 over game? Are they not 4 down? Am I missing something?"

Angelo is back

22.1

Mathews to Clarke, no run, moves across and forward and smothers a pitched up ball

22.2

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, works a length ball with the angle wide of mid on

Sumith: "Australia look like they are still in 32 over mode. There's a long tail after Christian. Need to be more patient these two."

22.3

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

22.4

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, wider outside off, he lets it go again

simran: "Have got to admire the lankans for the effort they are putting in the field despite all the turmoil that is going on with them they haven't provided an inch to the opposition."

22.5

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 1 run, going on the pads with the angle, tucked to fine leg

22.6

Mathews to Clarke, 1 wide, digs in the bouncer, does too much with the bounce, way over the batsman's head

22.6

Mathews to Clarke, no run, appeal for caught behind down the leg side turned down

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 108/4 (RR: 4.69)
MJ Clarke    30* (49b 2x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-1
DJ Hussey    15* (19b 1x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    4-0-22-0

23.1

Prasad to DJ Hussey, FOUR, Hussey starts well after drinks, leans forward in to the length delivery and times the push past a diving extra cover

23.2

Prasad to DJ Hussey, 1 run, worked square on the leg side

23.3

Prasad to Clarke, no run, down leg with the fuller length, superb diving take by Sanga

23.4

Prasad to Clarke, 1 run, gets forward and across, drives crisply down to sweeper cover

23.5

Prasad to DJ Hussey, 1 run, gets some width as it bounces from short of a length, and pushes out to sweeper cover

23.6

Prasad to Clarke, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

End of over 24 (7 runs) Australia 115/4 (RR: 4.79)
MJ Clarke    31* (52b 2x4)      KTGD Prasad    5-0-29-0
DJ Hussey    21* (22b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    4-0-12-1

24.1

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, defends a pitched up ball to mid on

24.2

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, cuts hard but straight to backward point

24.3

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, bit of an inside edge, to midwicket, as he pushes forward

24.4

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, gets the width to launch into another cut, but point leaps to take it one-handed on the bounce

24.5

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 1 run, whipped off the pads through square leg

24.6

Mathews to Clarke, no run, skiddy full one pushed down the track

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 116/4 (RR: 4.64)
MJ Clarke    31* (53b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-13-1
DJ Hussey    22* (27b 2x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    5-0-29-0

Malinga is back

25.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, starts off with a widish length ball moving away from the right-hander, slapped away to cover

25.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, very wide from back of a length, he reaches out and slaps it, finds cover again

25.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, bouncer at 138 kph, called wide for height

25.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, slings it in full and wide outside off, called wide for width this time

25.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, gets it right on a good length now, steered to third man

25.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, eased to point as he gets forward and across

25.5

Malinga to Clarke, no run, bouncing from a length, he comes forward and defends solidly to cover

25.6

Malinga to Clarke, no run, pushed back to the bowler, Malinga coming back well after those wides

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 119/4 (RR: 4.57)
MJ Clarke    31* (56b 2x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-32-1
DJ Hussey    23* (30b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    5-0-13-1

James: "They might be attacking but they aren't being overly stupid. You can't afford to get bogged down even though you are 4 down, because pressure will mount and then you could be 5/6 down. Having said that the bowling has been fantastic."

26.1

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, pitched up at 124.5 kph, pushed away to point

26.2

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, ending on middle and off, he shuffles across but cannot work past midwicket

26.3

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, thick inside edge through square leg as he pushes hard at a length ball

26.4

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, pushed back to the bowler

26.5

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 1 run, he is keeping it full around the stumps, another thick inside edge dribbles behind square leg

26.6

Mathews to Clarke, FOUR, superbly timed from Clarke, it seemed a mere work on to the leg side as he came across and turned it through midwicket from outside off, but he had timed it so well that it gave the chasing fielder no chance

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 126/4 (RR: 4.66)
MJ Clarke    35* (57b 3x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-20-1
DJ Hussey    26* (35b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    5-0-32-1

27.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, scoops a pitched up delivery in the air, just past short extra cover

27.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, eased off the front foot, point should have stopped that, considering the high standards Sri Lanka have set today in the field

27.3

Malinga to Clarke, 3 runs, on the pads, he whips well in the air behind square leg, a slide saves one near the rope

27.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, OUT, Malinga has broken the stand, leading edge dying on short extra cover, Thirimanne does well to react quickly, goes down to his left to take the catch, David Hussey was looking to turn the length ball on leg

DJ Hussey c Thirimanne b Malinga 27 (41m 38b 2x4 1x6) SR: 71.05

Dan Christian is in

27.5

Malinga to Christian, no run, phew, that was brave of Christian in the end, this good length delivery just went over the stumps as it came back in

27.6

Malinga to Christian, no run, gets a touch across and defends the pitched up delivery safely

End of over 28 (4 runs) Australia 130/5 (RR: 4.64)
DT Christian    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    6-0-36-2
MJ Clarke    38* (58b 3x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-20-1

Mr Ronan: "With the true bounce of this pitch and the lightning outfield, anything less than 250 will be very difficult to defend. Christian needs to occupy the crease with Clarke for the next 15 overs because Australia has a long tail today."

28.1

Prasad to Clarke, no run, that has to be close, that is worth a long appeal, Sri Lanka put one in, but get nothing out of it, Prasad implores the umpire as this length ball catches Clarke on the pads after nipping back in, could be height, could be going down leg, replays show it would have just gone over leg stump

28.2

Prasad to Clarke, no run, flails at this one outside off now, and is beaten as it bounces

28.3

Prasad to Clarke, 2 runs, this time he gets hold of this widish one and cuts past point

28.4

Prasad to Clarke, no run, pushed to midwicket

28.5

Prasad to Clarke, no run, another appeal for leg before, skiddy delivery from Prasad, strikes him in front of middle and leg this time, but high on the flap of the pad, replays show it would have just about touched the top of leg, too much doubt with all the bounce on this pitch

28.6

Prasad to Clarke, no run, pushes the length ball down the track

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 132/5 (RR: 4.55)
MJ Clarke    40* (64b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    6-0-31-0
DT Christian    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    6-0-36-2

29.1

Malinga to Christian, no run, gets front foot out and defends the length ball

29.2

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, worked to fine leg

29.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, eases forward fluidly and dead-bats the length ball on the off side

Tim: "Aus really need at least 1 more allrounder in this team. Either a paceman like Faulkner or Mitch Marsh or a spinner like Glenn Maxwell would be good options to strengthen the lower order."

29.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, searing bouncer, Clarke withdraws from the pull and gets head out of the way as it gets big on him at pace

29.5

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, shortish one worked in front of square leg

29.6

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, goes for the yorker around off stump, he pushes it with an inside edge behind square leg

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 135/5 (RR: 4.50)
DT Christian    2* (5b)      SL Malinga    7-0-39-2
MJ Clarke    41* (67b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    6-0-31-0

30.1

Prasad to Christian, no run, stays in the crease, gets across and defends

30.2

Prasad to Christian, FOUR, neatly done, gets forward and eases the length ball between midwicket and mid on, extremely well timed

30.3

Prasad to Christian, FOUR, well played again, short ball sits up and he swivels to send the pull to the deep square leg boundary

30.4

Prasad to Christian, FOUR, three in a row, through midwicket again, pitched up delivery and for all his power, he shows that he can send them purring along the ground too

30.5

Prasad to Christian, no run, left alone outside off

30.6

Prasad to Christian, no run, ends the expensive over with another leave

End of over 31 (12 runs) Australia 147/5 (RR: 4.74)
DT Christian    14* (11b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    7-0-43-0
MJ Clarke    41* (67b 3x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-39-2

31.1

Senanayake to Clarke, no run

31.2

Senanayake to Clarke, 1 run, pushed past a diving bowler to long on

Slip in place

31.3

Senanayake to Christian, no run, gets forward and defends down the pitch

31.4

Senanayake to Christian, no run, gets forward again and pushes on the off side

31.5

Senanayake to Christian, 1 run, whips the full delivery down to long on

31.6

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, smothers the tossed up ball off the front foot

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 149/5 (RR: 4.65)
MJ Clarke    42* (70b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-23-0
DT Christian    15* (14b 3x4)      KTGD Prasad    7-0-43-0

Dilshan to bowl now

32.1

Dilshan to Christian, no run, pushed down the track

32.2

Dilshan to Christian, no run, a run and a diving stop from Mahela at square leg

32.3

Dilshan to Christian, no run, defended down the track

32.4

Dilshan to Christian, no run, advances down the track and works towards midwicket, they are not getting the single again

32.5

Dilshan to Christian, no run, no run again, Christian wanted it after pushing on the off side, Clarke rightly sends him back

32.6

Dilshan to Christian, 1 run, gets across and hits down to long on

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 150/5 (RR: 4.54)
DT Christian    16* (20b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    42* (70b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-23-0

33.1

Senanayake to Christian, no run, driven hard down the track

33.2

Senanayake to Christian, no run, nudged to square leg

33.3

Senanayake to Christian, 1 run, forces the bouncing length ball down to long on, similar to the carrom ball, in that it was flicked in

33.4

Senanayake to Clarke, 1 run, worked through square leg

33.5

Senanayake to Christian, 3 runs, in the air but falls short of Thirimanne running in from deep midwicket, good effort from the fielder

33.6

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, blocked safely off the front foot

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 155/5 (RR: 4.55)
MJ Clarke    43* (72b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-28-0
DT Christian    20* (24b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-1-0

Dustin: "Tim- Don't forget Watson will slot back into this team. He is the allrounder you are looking for."

the batting Powerplay has been taken, Kula to bowl

34.1

Kulasekara to Christian, no run, leans back and squeezes out the length ball to point

Shane: "One criticism of the Aussies I have had is they tend to allow spinners to tie them down during the middle overs even when they have wickets in hand."

34.2

Kulasekara to Christian, 1 run, direct hit from Kula as he races to grab the ball after it is inside edged on the off side, finds the stumps at the non-striker's but Clarke is in

34.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, walks across and works from outside off through midwicket

34.4

Kulasekara to Christian, no run, worked straight to mid on from off stump

34.5

Kulasekara to Christian, no run, digs out a full one to mid off

34.6

Kulasekara to Christian, no run, pushes on the up, but straight to extra cover

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 157/5 (RR: 4.48)
DT Christian    21* (29b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-25-2
MJ Clarke    44* (73b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-28-0

35.1

Senanayake to Clarke, 1 run, backs away outside leg and cuts from leg stump, Chandimal throws himself to his left at cover to stop the ball

35.2

Senanayake to Christian, FOUR, down the track and lofted over midwicket for a one bounce four, not far from deep midwicket but not close enough for him to have a chance to catch it, he was some way in from the boundary

35.3

Senanayake to Christian, no run

35.4

Senanayake to Christian, no run, swept to short fine leg

35.5

Senanayake to Christian, SIX, superb stroke, Christian uses his feet, makes room, and lifts this tossed up ball from off stump over the bowler

35.6

Senanayake to Christian, 1 run, worked on the leg side

End of over 36 (12 runs) Australia 169/5 (RR: 4.69)
DT Christian    32* (34b 4x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-40-0
MJ Clarke    45* (74b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-25-2

Malinga comes back

36.1

Malinga to Christian, no run, sends in the bouncer first up down the leg side, Christian misses with the pull, Sanga thinks that is worth an appeal for caught behind

36.2

Malinga to Christian, 1 leg bye, fired in full on leg, dribbles square off the pad

36.3

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, works the full delivery off the pads through square leg

36.4

Malinga to Christian, no run, sends in another one close to the blockhole, jammed away

36.5

Malinga to Christian, no run, slung widish across the right hander outside off

Grant: "Good hitting from Christian but Clarke has held this innings together. Much as he has done all summer."

36.6

Malinga to Christian, no run, one more near-yorker, Christian squeezes it out to mid off

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 171/5 (RR: 4.62)
DT Christian    32* (39b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    8-0-40-2
MJ Clarke    46* (75b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-40-0

37.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, moves down the track but pushes straight back to the bowler, who finds the stumps with a direct hit, Clarke is back safely by then

37.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, 2 runs, slower one at 106 kph, he walks across and works it square on leg

37.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, well timed, hit powerfully too, but straight to midwicket, moves across and whips the full delivery hard

37.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, backs away and looks to pull a bouncer than comes in with the angle, beaten

37.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, that is very well played, Clarke brings up a steady 50 with a shuffle outside off, and a nudge to send the full delivery fine down leg from middle

37.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, charges out and slogs to long on for a single

End of over 38 (7 runs) Australia 178/5 (RR: 4.68)
MJ Clarke    53* (81b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-32-2
DT Christian    32* (39b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    8-0-40-2

38.1

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, whips a full one off middle and leg to deep square leg, that raced across the outfield

Ranjith: "Christian should get a longer run in the team even when watson is in the team, he is a batsman first and a use full bowler, lets hope he doesnt gets dropped for the sake of not playing 2 all rounders in the team."

38.2

Malinga to Christian, 4 leg byes, attempted full one goes wrong, low full toss down the pads and is it helped fine with a tickle

38.3

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, another low full toss, this time on off, whipped with a thick inside edge in front of square

38.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, tries to steer a full delivery some way outside off stump, misses

38.5

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, yorker slung in close to 140 kph, he scrambles to dig it out wide of mid on

38.6

Malinga to Christian, no run, bends forward and defends a full one on the off side

End of over 39 (7 runs) Australia 185/5 (RR: 4.74)
DT Christian    33* (42b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-43-2
MJ Clarke    55* (84b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-32-2

Malinga is off the field

39.1

Senanayake to Clarke, no run, worked with the spin to midwicket

39.2

Senanayake to Clarke, 1 run, ending on middle, worked square on the leg side

39.3

Senanayake to Christian, no run, worked straight to midwicket again

39.4

Senanayake to Christian, OUT, down the track to the flighted delivery, misses the heave as this one does not turn in, Sanga does not miss the take even as the ball bounces, he hops in the air as he collects and the bails are off

DT Christian st †Sangakkara b Senanayake 33 (51m 44b 4x4 1x6) SR: 75.00

39.5

Senanayake to Harris, no run, gets across and defends a turning length ball

39.6

Senanayake to Harris, 1 run, pushed towards point

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 187/6 (RR: 4.67)
RJ Harris    1* (2b)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-42-1
MJ Clarke    56* (86b 4x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-43-2

40.1

Mathews to Harris, 1 run, worked in front of mid on and Harris lumbers down for the single

40.2

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, turned square on the leg side, they are kept down to one eventually

40.3

Mathews to Harris, 1 run, chopped down to sweeper cover for one

40.4

Mathews to Clarke, OUT, gone! with more than nine overs to go, Mahela takes out Clarke who is furious at getting out, he worked this length ball in the air from middle and Mahela went low to his right quickly to take the catch at midwicket

MJ Clarke c Jayawardene b Mathews 57 (157m 88b 4x4 0x6) SR: 64.77

40.5

Mathews to McKay, 1 run, worked with the angle off the pads in front of square leg

40.6

Mathews to Harris, no run, ducks under a short ball

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 191/7 (RR: 4.65)
RJ Harris    3* (5b)      AD Mathews    7-0-24-2
CJ McKay    1* (1b)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-42-1

41.1

Senanayake to McKay, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long off

Mahela persisting with a slip

41.2

Senanayake to Harris, no run, turned to midwicket

41.3

Senanayake to Harris, no run, opens the face and runs it to backward point

41.4

Senanayake to Harris, no run, straightening after being angled in from back of a length, was that the flicked carrom ball, pulled to midwicket

41.5

Senanayake to Harris, OUT, Australia continue to lose wickets, the top spinner bounces a lot outside off stump, and Harris cuts it straight to backward point

RJ Harris c Kulasekara b Senanayake 3 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Slip and gully, Senanayake around the stumps to the left-hander

41.6

Senanayake to Starc, no run, defended down the track off the front foot

End of over 42 (1 run) Australia 192/8 (RR: 4.57)
MA Starc    0* (1b)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-43-2
CJ McKay    2* (2b)      AD Mathews    7-0-24-2

42.1

Mathews to McKay, 1 run, thick outside edge to third man as he pushes from the crease to a pitched up ball

42.2

Mathews to Starc, no run, left alone as it carries across him with the angle from a good length

42.3

Mathews to Starc, no run, driven hard but straight to extra cover

42.4

Mathews to Starc, no run, brings down a climbing back of a length ball off the high part of the bat

42.5

Mathews to Starc, 1 run, drives with an open face, in the air for a while but in the gap past extra cover

42.6

Mathews to McKay, no run, punched from the crease to extra cover

End of over 43 (2 runs) Australia 194/8 (RR: 4.51)
CJ McKay    3* (4b)      AD Mathews    8-0-26-2
MA Starc    1* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-43-2

43.1

Senanayake to Starc, no run, beats the edge from around the stumps as Starc pushes inside the line from the crease

Slip and gully

43.2

Senanayake to Starc, no run, tries to force the full one through midwicket but cannot get hold if it

43.3

Senanayake to Starc, 1 run, worked in front of square leg

43.4

Senanayake to McKay, no run, slapped away from the crease to extra cover

43.5

Senanayake to McKay, 1 run, angled across from around the wicket, cut to sweeper cover

43.6

Senanayake to Starc, no run, pushes a length ball to midwicket

End of over 44 (2 runs) Australia 196/8 (RR: 4.45)
MA Starc    2* (9b)      SMSM Senanayake    10-0-45-2
CJ McKay    4* (6b)      AD Mathews    8-0-26-2

44.1

Mathews to McKay, FOUR, short ball close to the head, he top-edges the pull way over Sanga

44.2

Mathews to McKay, no run, length ball pushed to cover

44.3

Mathews to McKay, 1 run, pushed wide of midwicket for one

44.4

Mathews to Starc, no run, pitched up ball swung down to mid on

44.5

Mathews to Starc, 2 runs, goes for another swing, thickish inside edge dribbles through midwicket

Mohanan: "Its time to bring Malinga on. He would finish the tail off."

44.6

Mathews to Starc, FOUR, thick outside edge this time, well wide of the keeper and Malinga cannot save the boundary from third man

End of over 45 (11 runs) Australia 207/8 (RR: 4.60)
MA Starc    8* (12b 1x4)      AD Mathews    9-0-37-2
CJ McKay    9* (9b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    10-0-45-2

45.1

Prasad to McKay, no run, pushes a length ball to point

45.2

Prasad to McKay, FOUR, McKay gets four, goes after the pitched up ball, and cracks it high over wide long off, falls just inside the rope

45.3

Prasad to McKay, 2 runs, fuller, and he swings again, this time through midwicket

45.4

Prasad to McKay, no run, full toss this time, he backs away and has a go at it, mistimes it to mid on

45.5

Prasad to McKay, no run, now he make room and pull a bouncer, cannot make contact

45.6

Prasad to McKay, no run, Prasad produces a big outside edge with a skiddy short of a length ball, Sanga takes it in his gloves as he tumbles to his right, but then it pops out, bounces into the ground and lodges back in his gloves, he claimed it initially, but there was some doubt after that, and McKay stays on after the third umpire has a look

End of over 46 (6 runs) Australia 213/8 (RR: 4.63)
CJ McKay    15* (15b 2x4)      KTGD Prasad    8-0-49-0
MA Starc    8* (12b 1x4)      AD Mathews    9-0-37-2

Malinga to bowl his last over

46.1

Malinga to Starc, no run, very full and just outside off first ball, he jabs at it inside the line

46.2

Malinga to Starc, 2 runs, attempted yorker ends up down the pads and is worked crisply through square leg

46.3

Malinga to Starc, 2 runs, chipped in the air off the pads, but falls between fine leg and deep square leg

around the stumps

46.4

Malinga to Starc, 1 run, jabs a low full toss down to third man off a thick edge

46.5

Malinga to McKay, no run, this one was headed full for middle and leg, but there is no movement and he is able to squeeze it out on the leg side

46.6

Malinga to McKay, no run, well done, Malinga tries the slower one on the stumps, he bends forward and blocks safely

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 218/8 (RR: 4.63)
CJ McKay    15* (17b 2x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-48-2
MA Starc    13* (16b 1x4)      KTGD Prasad    8-0-49-0

So they have handled Malinga without fuss and have three overs left

47.1

Prasad to Starc, 1 run, drives the pitched up delivery to sweeper cover who keeps them to one

47.2

Prasad to McKay, FOUR, smack! he slogs this full delivery straight down the track, Prasad cannot get to it and the umpire gets out of the way

47.3

Prasad to McKay, no run, tries to reach out to a widish one but is beaten

47.4

Prasad to McKay, 1 run, fetches this one from way outside off and mistimes the slog into the leg side

47.5

Prasad to Starc, no run, pushes a bouncing back of a length ball close to the bowler on the leg side

Sri Lanka way behind on the over rate

47.6

Prasad to Starc, OUT, taken at long off! Starc tries to clobber the length ball down the ground, ends up slicing it in front of long off, the fielder comes in, misjudges the take initially, but does well to tumble forward and grab it in the end

MA Starc c Tharanga b Prasad 14 (27m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

End of over 48 (6 runs) Australia 224/9 (RR: 4.66)
     KTGD Prasad    9-0-55-1
CJ McKay    20* (20b 3x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-48-2

48.1

Kulasekara to McKay, 1 run, swings the full delivery down to long on, Dilshan runs in and keeps them to one

48.2

Kulasekara to Doherty, 1 run, driven neatly off the front foot to long off

48.3

Kulasekara to McKay, 1 run, low full toss hit down to long on for a single

SthAussie: "I'm loving these tail wags by us, back to the old days (not including McGrath!) someone mentioned earlier we have a long tail, but McKay, Harris & especially Starc know how to handle a bat (Starc opened back when he was 12-13) we also know James Pattinson can handle a bat well & Cummins looked like he had potential too."

48.4

Kulasekara to Doherty, 1 run, slogged in the air down to long on

48.5

Kulasekara to McKay, 2 runs, gets width with the low full toss and scythes it over extra cover

48.6

Kulasekara to McKay, 1 run, another low full toss eased down to long on, Australia's tail has batted superbly to take them to the last over. They were eight down in the 42nd

End of over 49 (7 runs) Australia 231/9 (RR: 4.71)
CJ McKay    25* (24b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-39-2
XJ Doherty    2* (2b)      KTGD Prasad    9-0-55-1

49.1

Prasad to McKay, OUT, outstanding catch in the deep ends the innings, McKay had backed away, Prasad angled the short ball in, McKay smoked it off the middle of the bat, it seemed headed for six over deep midwicket but Thirimanne came screaming in to his left, and reached out with both hands to pouch the ball just as it was about to sail over the rope, he did well to pull his left hand away from the boundary as he fell down

CJ McKay c Thirimanne b Prasad 25 (39m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

India almost made a mess of a similar target against Sri Lanka on this ground a couple of days ago before a seventh wicket stand got them through. Australia have the attack to make Sri Lanka's chase tougher

Madhu's latest stat, timed well as always: " In five previous matches against Sri Lanka in Perth (batting first), Australia have won each time. The lowest target they have defended so far against Sri Lanka in Perth is 237 in 2008."

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