Commonwealth Bank Series, 6th Match: Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney, Feb 17, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 101 balls remaining) (D/L method)
17 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Malinga to Warner, no run, back of a length from over the stumps, Warner defends carefully from the crease.

0.2

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, didn't take him long to go full, but Warner was ready. He steers it off the front foot wide of mid-off, and Mahela moves quickly and dives to the right to save a couple of runs.

0.3

Malinga to Wade, no run, Wade opens the face and defends a full length ball towards point.

0.4

Malinga to Wade, 2 leg byes, and the yorker, tails in late towards the leg stump as Wade tries to flick it away. He can't get bat on it, but they get a couple of leg byes away towards fine leg.

0.5

Malinga to Wade, no run, pitched up outside off stump, Wade moves nicely into a check drive into the covers.

0.6

Malinga to Wade, no run, yorker at 137 kph wide of off stump, Wade digs it out towards cover point.

Australia 3/0   SL Malinga 1-0-1-0
2.1

Malinga to Warner, FOUR, crisp from Warner. Malinga misses the line with his yorker, it goes down the leg side and Warner politely clips it off the toes for the first four of the day.

2.2

Malinga to Warner, no run, slower ball at 125 kph... Warner was setting himself up for the big bash through the off side, but he had to check himself. Still got a bottom edge as he looked to defend.

2.3

Malinga to Warner, no run, and again. 125 kph, the ball loops across and Warner looks to blaze away through the covers. He's undone by the lack of pace and loses his grip on the bat before the ball comes through.

2.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, three in three. Warner spots this early and looks to cut, but finds point.

2.5

Malinga to Warner, no run, full pace, full length and the inside edge. This is a good comeback from Malinga. Warner was clearly not ready for the change in pace and length, and looked to thrash through the off side without moving the feet. He gets a big inside edge onto his boot.

2.6

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, gets the single away at long last, waiting for the slower ball and slapping wide of point for one.

Australia 9/0   SL Malinga 2-0-6-0
4.1

Malinga to Warner, 5 wides, ohho, Malinga's lost it in a big way. He slings this one two yards down the leg side and it continues to go further down the leg side. He looks at his palm as soon as the ball goes out of it. Sweat? Sanga was in a different zip code.

4.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, he's bumped him now. Bouncer from Malinga, Warner took his eyes off it as he shaped to pull.. I think it came on slower than he thought, and he eventually fended it away instinctively. The ball spirals towards fine leg, but lands safe.

4.2

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, Wade's away, chopping a length ball towards point for one.

4.3

Malinga to Warner, no run, good work from Thisara at short cover, he moves fast to parry a push-drive into the covers, and denies Warner a single.

4.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, you can't bowl a better yorker than that. Unless you are Garner or Waqar. It was full, it curved in and kept coming at him as Warner jammed down on it. He half-stopped it with the toe of his bat but it seemed to be rolling towards the stumps, before spinning away late!

4.5

Malinga to Warner, no run, slower ball, back of a length, Warner defends to the off side.

4.6

Malinga to Warner, OUT, Malinga's hoodwinked Warner in some style here. The pace has yo-yoed from the mid 140s to the low 120s, without any discernible change in action. Warner wasn't spotting them, and tried to take a start down the track this time for the chip. Malinga's offcutter came in slow motion, and Warner was through the shot when it pinged the bat. Too late to properly check the shot. Warner tries to, but ends up popping it straight to Maharoof at mid-on.

DA Warner c Maharoof b Malinga 13 (23m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.90

Australia 21/1   SL Malinga 3-0-13-1
18.1

Malinga to Forrest, no run, full and fast straight away, Forrest manages to squeeze it away.

18.2

Malinga to Forrest, 1 run, much shorter length, the ball jumps up from a length and Forrest fends airily behind point. Second time he's done that today, but there's no one to catch.

18.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off, David Hussey defends to the off side.

18.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, fuller length, draws David forward and he defends into the covers.

18.5

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, short of a length wide of off stump, David watches it swing away and leaves.

18.6

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, short of a length from Malinga to end the over, Forrest lets it go to the keeper.

Australia 61/4   SL Malinga 4-0-14-1
31.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Mahela shies at the stumps, but this time he misses. He was magnificent against India the other day. Slower ball on middle and off, DJ works it wide of mid-on and sets off. Mahela sprints in and flicks it at the stumps, but misses. DJ is in, in any case.

31.2

Malinga to Lee, OUT, Sri Lanka are unstoppable on the field! Thisara Perera pulls off another special run out, this time all by himself. Over-pitched outside off, Lee drives wide of mid-off and goes for the single. Thisara cuts the angle quickly as he approaches the ball and hurls it down at the stumps at the bowler's end. Dead-eye. Lee is out by a yard. Gone for a nine-ball blob.

B Lee run out 0 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

31.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, low full toss to DJ, who inner-edges the flick onto the pad.

31.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, pitched up at 142 kph, DJ drives well but finds Angelo Mathews at extra cover.

31.5

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, short of a length, slower ball outside off. DJ watches it closely and steers to third man for a single.

31.6

Malinga to Starc, no run, slower ball to Starc, he pushes uncertainly and plays it uppishly towards point.

Australia 105/8   SL Malinga 5-0-16-1
33.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, there, DJ refuses the single off the first ball of Malinga's over. Full ball outside off, driven to the sweeper on the off side. No run taken.

33.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, well run! DJ charges through for the second after working Malinga with soft hands through midwicket. Herath took a while getting rid of the ball after running in for the deep and that was enough for Starc to make it.

33.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, dropped by Mathews at short extra cover. it went dead straight at him, but he is standing close in, and that was hit quite hard. Full ball, punched off the middle. Straight in, straight out.

33.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, another full ball outside off, DJ hits it to Mathews again, this time along the ground.

33.5

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, back of a length and glided off the face of the bat towards third man.

33.6

Malinga to Starc, 2 runs, slower ball, if you can call 130 kph slow. Starc spots it and works it wide of mid-on, and is resourceful enough to come back for two, handing the strike over to DJ in the process.

Australia 117/8   SL Malinga 6-0-21-1
35.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, FOUR, The yorkers haven't been working today, another low full toss from Malinga, and DJ bunts it straight between the bowler and mid-on. Mahela makes a big effort, but he wasn't straight enough to stop that.

35.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, over-pitches it this time. DJ opens up the off side and drives powerfully through the covers for two more.

35.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, FOUR, bumper now, DJ's milking Malinga with authority. How costly are those two drops going to prove? He clambers on top of the bounce here and slaps it down through midwicket. Superb batting.

35.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slower ball wide of off stump, you almost saw it coming. DJ waits and steers to third man yet again for a single.

35.5

Malinga to Starc, no run, he gets the yorker going now, but Starc has no problem jamming down on it.

35.6

Malinga to Starc, no run, back of a length on the middle and leg line, Starc easily drives to the leg side.

Australia 131/8   SL Malinga 7-0-32-1
37.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, short of a length outside off, Malinga wants to give DJ a single, but DJ refuses it. He cracks it to deep cover, and turns down the run.

37.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, very slow slower ball, comes through at 100 kph and DJ is beaten as he tries to jab at it. That hit the seam and bounced extra.

37.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, another slower ball, DJ cuts it efficiently into the covers and charges back for a fine fifty. This is turning into a breakthrough series for the younger Hussey. Really showing his worth here.

37.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, offcutter on middle and off, at long last DJ relinquishes strike. He works this down to long-on for one.

37.5

Malinga to Starc, no run, length ball, sent down wide of off stump. Starc doesn't bite, he lets it go.

37.6

Malinga to Starc, 5 wides, The Malinga meltdown continues. He thumps down a bouncer that takes off well over the batsman and Sanga. Five wides. Horrible bowling. The rain seems to have put the radar out of operation.

37.6

Malinga to Starc, no run, slower ball to end the over, Starc defends it down the track.

Australia 146/8   SL Malinga 8-0-40-1
40.1

Malinga to Starc, 1 run, pitched well up on the stumps, Starc gets an inside edge through square leg for a single.

40.2

Malinga to Doherty, no run, gets a really good yorker in. Doherty did well to ensure there was no damage, jamming down on it and playing it down the track.

40.3

Malinga to Doherty, no run, back of a length slower ball at 124 kph, Doherty misses the cut.

40.4

Malinga to Doherty, 1 run, yorker but wide of off stump now, the X-man manages to steer it through point for a single.

40.5

Malinga to Starc, OUT, Kulasekara hits the stumps now down, but has Starc made it? Nope. Another full ball, Starc works it to mid-on and sets off. Kulasekara bounds in and fires in the throw to the bowler's end. Starc is out by half a foot. The CB series should be renamed the Run-out series.

MA Starc run out 17 (46m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.83

Australia 158/10   SL Malinga 8.5-0-42-1
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