Commonwealth Bank Series - 6th match

Australia v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 101 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Wade and Warner are out there, so Punter drops back to No. 3. He's in poor form, as is Warner. This is SL's chance. Here's Malinga, with one wide slip.

"Just about to get a storm in Wollongong. Should get to Sydney in a couple of hours." Thanks for the heads-up, Loot.

John: "How on earth has Brett Lee recovered from a broken toe so quickly? Don't want him to break it again this game, otherwise he will be out for a month. Let's also see if Ponting has gathered any rust from not being captain for 11 months." Even I am surprised by the speed of Lee's recovery, John!

Chappelli thinks this was a good toss to lose, especially for Sri Lanka, since they have left out the extra spinner (who would have preferred bowling second.) There's a thunderstorm predicted for later in the day, and potentially a D/L situation, which always favours the team chasing.

Meanwhile, Clarke has said his chances of playing in Brisbane on Sunday are bleak. So, we could have Ponting captaining again on the weekend.

Toss: "Yeah, we are gonna have a bat mate." - It's been a while since we heard that stentorian quip from Ricky Ponting. Australia win the toss and bat. Michael Hussey is back in, for Michael Clarke. Brett Lee is back too, Ryan Harris goes out. Xavier Doherty has recovered well, and keeps his spot, so Holland won't play for Australia.

Couple of changes for Sri Lanka too. Upul Tharanga's disastrous form has caught up with him. Lahiru Thirimanne resurfaces in the XI, and I wonder if he will open. Farveez Maharoof gets a game for SL after a long time, in Sachithra Senanayake's place.

Hola and welcome to the sixth game of the CB series, from Sydney. Sri Lanka quite badly need to get a win under the belt, and today could be a good opportunity - they have traditionally done well at this venue, and Australia are without their in-form, and inspirational captain Michael Clarke. Brydon Coverdale's preview has everything else you need to know about the game.

A hint of green on the grass, but Wasim Akram spots that it has been rolled in. Very good batting track with even bounce, is his verdict.

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.

"At 211 degree water boils and at 212 degree it turned into steam which powers an engine.....Srilanka could have won the three matches had they put one degree more effort." Nice scientific analogy, from Vineet.

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.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Australia 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
MS Wade    0* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
DA Warner    1* (2b)     

I don't know what Smudgeon is going on about here. "I propose a ban on adding -i or -y to surnames of two or more syllables. It's just too unwieldly. No-one ever called him Muralidarany, with good reason," he says. Here's Kulasekara.

1.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, back of a length from over the stumps, defended with an opened face towards point.

1.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, width, he gets away with it. Warner cuts it in front of square, but point jumps and saves.

1.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, goes straighter, gets the ball to angle across from wide of off stump. Warner defends towards mid off, uppish but ok. Remember Kula flying away for a caught and bowled the last time these sides played?

1.4

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, gets Warner's edge with a full ball angling across late. Warner pokes at it, and the ball runs away fine.

Gully comes in to complement slip now.

1.5

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, nice length, can't drive those. And it angles across once more. Wade defends it down the track.

1.6

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, an honest peach to end the over. Kula swerves it in the air, goes full and gets it to shape away late. Wade wades into the drive and misses, the ball did enough to beat the edge.

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
MS Wade    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0
DA Warner    2* (6b)      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.

Blue skies yet, but thick clouds are beginning to dot the horizon ...

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.

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 9/0 (RR: 3.00)
DA Warner    7* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-0
MS Wade    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0

"On the old scoreboards Chappell, I was how they distinguished him from his brother. Since the jazz violinist Grapelli was one of his favourites, he acquired the nickname Chappelli, and it stuck," says Dinosaurus, who must have been around when the Chappells were playing.

3.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, back of a length, Warner plays carefully to the off side.

3.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, hint of width, Warner wants to whack it through the off side but can't beat point.

3.3

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, ah, a gift from Kula. That was too straight, with fine leg inside the circle. Warner tucks it past that fielder and the ball bounds away.

3.4

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, tighter line, Warner nurdles to the leg side and Kula runs across to midwicket to field it. The field is set on the off side.

3.5

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, what happened there? Clocked at 106 kph, but Kula got the ball to jump and cut away from Wade who was squared up as he struggled to cover the line.

3.6

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, Wade's still on 0. Defends with an angled face towards point to end the over.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
MS Wade    0* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-6-0
DA Warner    12* (16b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-0

"I know why Warner wasn't appointed Captain in Clarke's absence. Its his average of 20.76 in 14 games. If that keeps up as an opener, he'll soon be practicing elsewhere." Fair point, Hugh. Give the bloke some time, though.

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

End of over 5 (7 runs) Australia 21/1 (RR: 4.20)
     SL Malinga    3-0-13-1
MS Wade    1* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-6-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, Kula continues to nip them across from leg stump. Wade defends to the off side.

5.2

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, full length, Wade is confidently behind the line as he defends down the track.

5.3

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, holds the length back again, Wade opens the face and defends to the off side.

5.4

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, hmm, interesting leave. 126 kph and the ball swings away from middle and leg, quite close to off stump. Wade shoulders arms.

5.5

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, pitched up on a driving length, Wade whips with a strong bottom hand, but finds mid-on.

Wade's on 1 of 14 now. Who does he think he is? MS Dhoni?

5.6

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, another one nips away, testing the left hander's resilience. Wade opens the face and steers behind point.

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 22/1 (RR: 3.66)
MS Wade    2* (15b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-7-0
RT Ponting    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    3-0-13-1

"I suppose now the Malinga will claim that he needed to bowl that first ball wide so that he could use the seventh ball to get the wicket." I suppose so, Ryan. SCG has gone dark with clouds. Maharoof comes on.

6.1

Maharoof to Wade, no run, length ball angled across the left hander from over the stumps. Wade leaves.

6.2

Maharoof to Wade, no run, holds the length back, Wade is behind the line, and defends.

6.3

Maharoof to Wade, 2 runs, Wade gets away with a frustrated loft that just eludes Mahela running back from mid-off. Lack of pace from Maharoof too, Wade can't get any timing on his lofted drive, but gets away with it.

6.4

Maharoof to Wade, no run, holds the length back, pushes Wade back and he defends to the off side.

6.5

Maharoof to Wade, no run, good lengths these from Maharoof. 131 kph, doesn't offer anything to drive. Wade leaves.

6.6

Maharoof to Wade, 1 run, Wade gets the single away, opening the face and steering behind point.

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 25/1 (RR: 3.57)
MS Wade    5* (21b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-3-0
RT Ponting    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-7-0

7.1

Kulasekara to Wade, FOUR, second gift of the morning from Kula. He'll be very cross. Another one outside leg, Wade nudges it with the angle through fine leg for four.

7.2

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, more line it, on the leg stump line, handcuffing Wade's scoring options. He defends down the track.

7.3

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, pitches this up, Wade moves nicely into the drive but picks out short cover.

RH: "Wade 2 .... Wide 5 ...." Wade 9 now.

7.4

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, And now 10. Back of a length on the stumps, Wade goes back and tucks it towards wide mid-on for one.

Ponting gets a ball to face at long last.

7.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, Kula bends the ball in from wide of off stump, Ponting defends down the track as it comes in.

7.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, pitched up and inviting the drive. Ponting leans out and punches to mid-off to end the over.

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 30/1 (RR: 3.75)
RT Ponting    0* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0
MS Wade    10* (25b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-3-0

8.1

Maharoof to Wade, 1 run, Wade didn't know much about that after shuffling across to a length ball. Works it off the inside edge behind square on the leg side for a single.

"Maharoof, Maharoof, Maharoof is on fire," declares Ricky (Pun-ster?)

8.2

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, back of a length, Ponting moves confidently into the check drive.

8.3

Maharoof to Ponting, 1 run, ah, where's short leg when you need him? Ponting lunges and looks to defend as Maharoof swings it in, and it goes in the air to the leg side. They charge through for a single.

8.4

Maharoof to Wade, no run, length ball wide of off stump, Wade defends watchfully to the off side.

8.5

Maharoof to Wade, no run, on the pads, Wade works it with the angle towards square leg.

8.6

Maharoof to Wade, 1 run, back of a length outside leg stump, Wade turns it away square for a single.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 33/1 (RR: 3.66)
MS Wade    12* (29b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-6-0
RT Ponting    1* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0

"Scuse me.....must have nodded off. This is a Test Match they're playing, isn't it?" wonders Souwesterly.

9.1

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, another run for Wade who opens the face and guides a length ball towards third man.

Here we go, then. "Great Nuwanced bowling by Kulasekara," says Dan.

9.2

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, spongy bounce on a length ball wide of off stump. Ponting tries to carve it into the covers, but misses.

9.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, on a length outside off, Ponting is on the front foot as he defends.

9.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, 1 run, full length ball, it swung in late as Ponting moved across for the flick. It went off a thick inner edge, uppishly, but into the gap at square leg.

9.5

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, short ball, Wade waits in the crease and carts it towards midwicket, but SL have a sweeper back there. Single taken.

9.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, needless cheekiness from Ponting, who tries to wait beside the line and steer a straight ball towards third man. Kula gets it to swing and beat him.

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 36/1 (RR: 3.60)
RT Ponting    2* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-15-0
MS Wade    14* (31b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-6-0

" Its these sort of times where I just wish Watson was out there crashing a slightly full ball outside off through the covers with his trademark cover drive and pulling them short slow balls to the midwicket fence, keeping the run rate up at a healthy 6+... Those were the days!" Caino is nostalgic about the recent past. I wonder how thrilled he'd be if he remembered the time of one Adam Gilchrist.

10.1

Maharoof to Wade, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, Wade pushes it into the off side.

10.2

Maharoof to Wade, 1 run, fuller length, Wade draws himself forward into the drive and gets a single to mid-off.

10.3

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, back of a length wide of off stump. Ponting lets it go to the keeper.

10.4

Maharoof to Ponting, OUT, and he's got him! Ponting's poor form extends. He's yet to get to 10 in this series. What a lovely slower ball that. Maharoof sucked Ponting into a drive down the ground with a 117 kph slower ball, and he played it right back at him. Maharoof put his hands up and snaffled it, this is such a fine comeback for him.

RT Ponting c & b Maharoof 2 (21m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

10.5

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, wide of off stump, Forrest defends to the off side.

10.6

Maharoof to Forrest, no run

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 37/2 (RR: 3.36)
PJ Forrest    0* (2b)      MF Maharoof    3-0-7-1
MS Wade    15* (33b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-15-0

11.1

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, Wade opens the face and negotiates with another perfect delivery from Kula.

11.2

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, gets him driving with a full length ball into the off side.

11.3

Kulasekara to Wade, OUT, Australia in a hole now. Wade's gone after a mix-up of epic proportions. Thisara Perera has done a Jonty Rhodes in the short cover region. Full length ball outside off, Wade pushed it into the covers, a good five yards to Thisara's right, but he moved like a panther and dived full length to gather it in his palm. Forrest saw Thisara moving and started reluctantly for the single, but chose to go full tilt after Thisara stopped it. Wade had already backed out, meaning both of them were stranded mid-pitch when Thisara had lobbed it to the bowler. Gone by a mile.

MS Wade run out 15 (53m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

11.4

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, short of a length outside off, Forrest defends to the off side.

Australia will be praying for no rain now. They are going to get into a D/L mess if it does.

11.5

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run

11.6

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, Forrest defends a length ball carefully down the track.

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) Australia 37/3 (RR: 3.08)
PJ Forrest    0* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-15-0
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      MF Maharoof    3-0-7-1

12.1

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, full length ball to Hussey, who defends off the front foot.

12.2

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, full length, a touch wide of off stump, Mike Hussey lets it go again.

12.3

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, Mike opens the face as he leans out and defends.

To be clear, it is Mr. Cricket Mike Hussey who is out there now. Younger brother David is still in the dressing room.

12.4

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, FOUR, A Hussey special, that. Full length and angling across, Hussey beavers across and drives cleanly through the covers.

12.5

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, holds the length back, Hussey watches it closely and lets it go.

12.6

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length to end the over, it is defended towards mid-off.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 41/3 (RR: 3.15)
MEK Hussey    4* (6b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-11-1
PJ Forrest    0* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-15-0

Mathews into the attack.

13.1

Mathews to Forrest, FOUR, uppish but into the gap. Mathews sends down a slower ball to start off, Forrest plays a very Watson-esque comprehensive cover drive, but he plays it in the air, over wide mid-off for four.

13.2

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, short ball, Forrest adjusts and cuts, again uppish but safe, for a single.

"Matthew seems to have got disoriented with his shuttling back and forth in the order. Alas, Waded into the Forrest, and got out. What a shame." Jose, you are trying too hard.

13.3

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length, Hussey stays on the crease and defends to the off side.

13.4

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 1 run, swings towards Hussey's pads and he tucks it behind square for a single.

13.5

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, another tight single.. Forrest goes back in the crease and works to the leg side. Hussey responds quickly and beats Chandimal's pick up and flick, which missed the stumps in any case.

13.6

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, Hussey lets a length ball outside off go through to the keeper.

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia 48/3 (RR: 3.42)
MEK Hussey    5* (9b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0
PJ Forrest    6* (8b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-11-1

14.1

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, Maharoof continues to plug away, on a length wide of off stump, and Forrest leaves.

14.2

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, holds the length back, Forrest moves across and defends to the off side.

14.3

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, on the pads, Forrest tries to tuck it square but can't get the single away.

14.4

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, short of a length, Forrest goes back and steers to the off side.

Does this Forrest also bowl heavy-balls and offcutters? He is a bit of a Watson clone with the bat.

14.5

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, full length on off stump, Forrest defends it down the track.

14.6

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, superb lengths. Short of driving length outside off, Forrest can't do much except defend it to the off side.

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 48/3 (RR: 3.20)
PJ Forrest    6* (14b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-11-1
MEK Hussey    5* (9b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0

SL take the bowling Powerplay.

15.1

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, Sanga goes up straight away for a caught behind, as he always does. Mathews joins in late, the umpire doesn't react. No edge on that. Hussey tried to steer and missed. And he looked back immediately, which once again debunks that stupid tell-tale sign myth. And Sanga, that was naughty!

15.2

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey opens the face and steers to the off side for a single.

15.3

Mathews to Forrest, FOUR, Forrest gets width and cracks the cut through the cover and point gap. Top timing, the ball screeches away. Watson is looking in great touch, time to remove the mask now.

15.4

Mathews to Forrest, no run, full length ball on middle and off, defends down the track.

15.5

Mathews to Forrest, no run, full length outside off, Forrest leans out to meet it with a solid forward push.

15.6

Mathews to Forrest, no run, lets the last ball go wide of off stump, through to Sanga.

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 53/3 (RR: 3.31)
PJ Forrest    10* (18b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0
MEK Hussey    6* (11b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-11-1

Sanga is such an appealing cricketer. Here's Maharoof.

16.1

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, full length on Hussey's pads, turned away watchfully to the leg side.

16.2

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, pad first? Maharoof appeals for an lbw after drawing Hussey forward on a push to the covers. Bat and pad were close together, but it might have been missing off in any case.

16.3

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, slower ball at 116 kph, wobbles away outside off stump and Hussey leaves. Unlike Malinga, this man uses the slower ball sparingly.

16.4

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length on middle stump, Hussey turns it square carefully.

16.5

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, no run, short of a length on off stump, defended down the track.

16.6

Maharoof to MEK Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, Hussey tucks towards midwicket for a single. Drinks in Sydney.

"I reckon Dilshan could pass as a Jimi Hendrix impersonator." That's one for the Doppelgangers section, from Mark.

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 54/3 (RR: 3.17)
MEK Hussey    7* (17b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    6-1-12-1
PJ Forrest    10* (18b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0

"Did anyone hear the cry "Run Forrest, Run"?" Fittingly, this taunt comes from someone called Thisara!

17.1

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, full length from Angelo, lack of pace as he angles across, gets Hussey to inner edge to the leg side.

17.2

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, Hussey goes back in the crease and tucks to the leg side.

"Sanga is an appealing cricketer. However, his appealing is appalling!," comments Thushar.

17.3

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, Maharoof hares in from mid-off to cut away any thoughts of a single as Hussey pushes off the front foot.

17.4

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, short now, Hussey chops it square and Dilshan springs up at point to stop it.

I never thought I'd say this in a series involving two Asian teams, but have Australia been the worst fielding side in this tournament?

17.5

Mathews to MEK Hussey, SIX, smoking guns! Hussey has nailed that. Length ball from Mathews on a good inviting line on middle and leg. Hussey stays back and swings it merrily over midwicket, jabbed with clinical bottom hand muscle. The ball takes off.

17.6

Mathews to MEK Hussey, OUT, and he's gone next ball. Mathews is beside himself with glee. He keeps this on a length just outside off, and Hussey tries to be cheeky as he plays a cut close to the body. The ball kisses the outside edge and heads straight into Sanga's gloves.

MEK Hussey c †Sangakkara b Mathews 13 (23m 23b 1x4 1x6) SR: 56.52

End of over 18 (6 runs) Australia 60/4 (RR: 3.33)
     AD Mathews    3-0-18-1
PJ Forrest    10* (18b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    6-1-12-1

Sri Lankan fans, this is the time to pray for a big, lengthy rain break. Not that your side needs it today, the way they are playing. Ohho, Malinga's back. Watch the toes!

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.

"I feel sick just typing this but... You can't see the Forrest for Farheez." Matt gets the pun Razzie for the day.

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.

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 61/4 (RR: 3.21)
DJ Hussey    0* (4b)      SL Malinga    4-0-14-1
PJ Forrest    11* (20b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-18-1

19.1

Mathews to Forrest, no run, back of a length from Mathews, defended watchfully from the crease.

19.2

Mathews to Forrest, no run, attacks the pads with a full length, Forrest works it to the leg side.

19.3

Mathews to Forrest, no run, stays back in the crease and defends with the angle towards wide mid-on.

19.4

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, Mathews gets the ball to nip in, but that doesn't prevent Forrest from steering behind point for a single.

19.5

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 3 runs, pitched up to David, who times a check drive into the covers really well. The ball slows down in the outfield, but David sprints back for three.

19.6

Mathews to Forrest, FOUR, Mathews strays onto the pads, Forrest gladly glances him with the angle for four through fine leg. Quite a few fours today have come off balls slipping down the leg side.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 69/4 (RR: 3.45)
PJ Forrest    16* (25b 3x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-26-1
DJ Hussey    3* (5b)      SL Malinga    4-0-14-1

20.1

Maharoof to DJ Hussey, FOUR, banged away. Whoa, these Hussey's have really good bottom hands. Short ball from Maharoof, landed back of a length outside off. David stays back and slaps it disdainfully through midwicket for four.

20.2

Maharoof to DJ Hussey, 1 run, width again, David cuts it hard behind point, but Dilshan dives away to parry it and save the boundary.

20.3

Maharoof to Forrest, OUT, Things getting worse for Australia. At this rate, this game will be over before the rain comes. Maharoof keeps it on a nagging line just outside off, and Forrest flirts with it perilously. The ball kisses the outside edge and settles in the hands of the widish fly slip, who couldn't have been positioned more accurately.

PJ Forrest c Mathews b Maharoof 16 (42m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

20.4

Maharoof to Christian, no run, full length ball to welcome Dan Christian, who defends off the front foot.

20.5

Maharoof to Christian, no run, slower ball, short of a length wide of off stump and Christian lets it go.

20.6

Maharoof to Christian, no run, leans out to a fuller length ball and defends to the covers again.

End of over 21 (5 runs) Australia 74/5 (RR: 3.52)
DT Christian    0* (3b)      MF Maharoof    7-1-17-2
DJ Hussey    8* (7b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-26-1

"DJ Hussey - spinning in a club near you soon," says Lauren. Starting early tonight. Thisara Perera comes on. So many seaming allrounders!

21.1

Perera to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Malinga's dropped him! Sri Lanka's first blemish in the field. Short and wide from Thisara, David got under it and slashed it in the air towards third man. The ball didn't go too high, but it was going straight to Malinga, who couldn't hold on as it sailed into his lap. Hussey had given up, he looked gutted as it went towards Malinga. And then ...

21.2

Perera to Christian, FOUR, and over-pitched now, Christian was waiting for the drive and played it quite beautifully through mid-off.

21.3

Perera to Christian, 1 run, gets the single this time with an airy flick through midwicket.

21.4

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, full length wide of off stump, driven solidly off the front foot.

21.5

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off stump, David lets it go.

21.6

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, lets another one go outside off as Thisara probes away outside off.

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 80/5 (RR: 3.63)
DJ Hussey    9* (11b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-6-0
DT Christian    5* (5b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    7-1-17-2

22.1

Maharoof to Christian, no run, length ball wide of off stump, Hussey defends to the off side.

22.2

Maharoof to Christian, no run, keeps it on a perfect length outside off stump, and Christian defends.

22.3

Maharoof to Christian, no run, Nearly another return catch for Maharoof, but it has gone down. Pitched up to Christian, who booms the straight drive in the air straight back. The ball was travelling and Maharoof did quite well to adjust and get his right hand out to the ball. But it didn't stick.

22.4

Maharoof to Christian, no run, Christain plays it down watchfully this time, to the off side.

22.5

Maharoof to Christian, 1 run, slow legcutter at 111 kph, Christian waits and tucks behind square on the leg side for one.

22.6

Maharoof to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey looks to cut a wide ball and misses it. Through to Sanga safely.

End of over 23 (1 run) Australia 81/5 (RR: 3.52)
DJ Hussey    9* (12b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-1-18-2
DT Christian    6* (10b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-6-0

23.1

Perera to Christian, no run, short of a length from Thisara, Christian covers the line and defends down the track.

23.2

Perera to Christian, no run, back of a length again, defended from the crease into the off side.

23.3

Perera to Christian, OUT, Another one bites the dust. Thisara has pinned Christian in front with an indipper. He was looking to get across to middle stump and work it to leg, but the ball burst through to hit the pad. Was it missing leg stump? I want to see a replay of that. Right, Hawk-Eye shows it would have missed leg stump.

DT Christian lbw b Perera 6 (11m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

Gizmo replays awaited on the Christain decision. In any case, this is interesting now. Aus and SL both want the DRS, but they can't have it in this game since India, who aren't even playing this match, don't like it? Right, Hawk-Eye shows it would have missed leg stump.

Clint McKay in at No. 8.

23.4

Perera to McKay, no run, full length from Perera, McKay pushes it wide of mid-off off the front foot.

23.5

Perera to McKay, no run, wide of off stump, McKay shoulders arms.

23.6

Perera to McKay, no run, back of a length outside off, Mckay gets behind the line and defends.

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Australia 81/6 (RR: 3.37)
CJ McKay    0* (3b)      NLTC Perera    2-1-6-1
DJ Hussey    9* (12b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-1-18-2

Herath comes on finally. The seamers have left him with very little work to do.

24.1

Herath to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, slings the first ball down the leg side, and it is called wide.

24.1

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, tossed up on off stump and straightening. Defended off the front foot.

24.2

Herath to DJ Hussey, 1 run, on DJ's pads, he nudges with the angle through square leg for one.

24.3

Herath to McKay, no run, curled in from wide of the crease, and it is pushed off the front foot into the mid-off area.

24.4

Herath to McKay, no run, angled into middle and off line, and it is pushed off the front foot.

24.5

Herath to McKay, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended again

24.6

Herath to McKay, no run, armer, half an appeal for lbw as McKay leans out to defend. Bat or pad first? Seemed like the former.

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 83/6 (RR: 3.32)
CJ McKay    0* (7b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0
DJ Hussey    10* (14b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    2-1-6-1

The drizzle has arrived. Not heavy enough to stop play yet. Here's Thisara.

25.1

Perera to DJ Hussey, FOUR, ah, vintage David Hussey. His walking cover drive, where the footwork includes two steps down the pitch for the single, much like Ajay Jadeja used to do it. What deliciously good timing, too.

25.2

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, back of a length wide of off stump, this time DJ lets it go.

25.3

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, similar ball wide of off stump, David lets it go once more.

25.4

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, over-pitched, DJ tries another booming drive but this one is too full for him.

25.5

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, length ball, shaping in slightly as DJ looks to get forward. He pushes it to mid-off, still no single.

25.6

Perera to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another one of those Jadeja drives from DJ, there's a sweeper back this time and he gets the single.

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 88/6 (RR: 3.38)
DJ Hussey    15* (20b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    3-1-11-1
CJ McKay    0* (7b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0

6.08 pm The players are out there for the resumption. 15 overs left in the innings. Can Australia see it through? Herath to bowl with a slip.

5.55 pm Right, the game is set to resume in about 10 minutes. It is going to be a 41 overs-a-side affair. Australia have only one over of batting Powerplay. And funnily, we will have a 30-minutes innings break.

Riddle and answer from Ack. "Q: What is common between a competent cricket groundstaff and a college rock band? A: Both are good with covers."

"You mean to say Rajesh has understood the D/L method and come up with this, If yes make him the ICC president!" Bhaskar, Rajesh says 'Thanks, but no thanks'. And he's also being characteristically modest about his mathematical wizardry.

Rajesh has done a quick calculation and come up with this: "If Australia don't bat any more and Sri Lanka get 26 overs, their target will be 93." Australia will SO want to bat some more.

5.30 pm Huzzah! Most of the covers have come off, except for the one on the pitch. The rain has reduced to a spitting drizzle. Super-soppers moping around the park now.

"22 years on...I still get goose bumps whenever i see the Inzamam run-out by Jonty Rhodes...what a moment that transformed the way the game is played," says Satish.

5.10 pm Martin Guptill has just done a Jonty Rhodes in that Twenty20 game, so that's the second time someone has emulated the god of fielding today! He's dived into the stumps with the ball in his and Amla is gone. Meanwhile, the rain is steady at the SCG, and there's more to come I am afraid.

"Brad Haddin 4th ball duck in Perth, not what he was looking for." You bet, Jeff. And meanwhile, CA is falling over itself trying to 'communicate' their stand regarding his position in the side, with approximately seven press releases per day. A waste of paper and effort.

4.50 pm The covers remain plastered over the central playing area of the SCG. The rain's light, but it's refusing to go away, a bit like Matthew Hayden. The wait continues.

"I am 20 km west of SCG. The rain has stopped and it's surprisingly sunny." Thanks for the optimism, Santosh.

4.30 pm The status quo continues. I'll let you know when we have updates. Time for a steaming cuppa coffee in the meantime. Why not head over to our commentary for the NZ v SA T20 that will get underway shortly?

4.13 pm: Rain halts play. It was threatening to happen right through the day, and the clouds have finally opened up. It is only a light drizzle at the moment, so hopefully the break won't be for long. Ah well, it is picking up we are informed. The good thing is that the SCG has world-class drainage facilities, so we could be back on quickly once the heavens relent. D/L loaded heavily in Sri Lanka's favour at the moment, and rightly so.

26.1

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, full length, DJ goes back in the crease and defends down the track.

26.2

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, fuller, curling in from wide of the crease, driven with the turn into the off side.

26.3

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, slow and loopy, DJ goes back and defends to the off side.

26.4

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, short ball, DJ slices it straight to Chandimal at point.

26.5

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, straight and full length, defended off the front foot.

26.6

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, good start from Herath, a maiden. He gets DJ's leading edge with curl and loop, but it goes safely to the off side.

End of over 27 (maiden) Australia 88/6 (RR: 3.25)
DJ Hussey    15* (26b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-2-0
CJ McKay    0* (7b)      NLTC Perera    3-1-11-1

Thisara Perera to bowl now.

27.1

Perera to McKay, no run, back of a length outside off, McKay stays in the crease and defends to the off side.

27.2

Perera to McKay, no run, looks to cut a short ball, but he's beaten for pace though it wasn't a particularly fast ball.

"Rajesh has understood the D/L method. He can even apply to the SA team management position," points out Asim.

27.3

Perera to McKay, 1 run, quick and bends the back on this one. McKay adjusts well to open the face and guide it to third man for one.

27.4

Perera to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, too much width, DJ carves it away behind point to Malinga at third man... And he fumbles again! The ball might be greasy, but no excuse for that one. A second run conceded. He did get a bad bounce after going down and setting up the long barrier, though.

27.5

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, straighter from Thisara, DJ covers the line well and defends.

27.6

Perera to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, different fielder at third man, this time it is Maharoof. He collects DJ's glide cleanly but it is placed well enough for two.

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 93/6 (RR: 3.32)
DJ Hussey    19* (29b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    4-1-16-1
CJ McKay    1* (10b)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-2-0

28.1

Herath to McKay, no run, another dot from Herath. McKay defends off the front foot into the off side.

28.2

Herath to McKay, no run, inside edge saves McKay as he looks to flick and plays the full ball onto the boot.

28.3

Herath to McKay, no run, slow and tossed up, McKay pushes it to mid off.

28.4

Herath to McKay, 2 runs, at long last, Herath concedes some runs. The ball slides towards the leg side and McKay tucks it square for two.

28.5

Herath to McKay, OUT, on your bike, young man. Classic left-arm deception from Herath, whose tossed up the left-arm spinners all over. He slyly slides in the arm ball, faster and straight from a slightly shorter length this time. McKay didn't pick it as he thrust the pad forward and played outside the line. The ball thuds into the foam in line with off, and it seems to be crashing into middle.

CJ McKay lbw b Herath 3 (15m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Brett Lee is on strike now. One slip stays in force.

28.6

Herath to Lee, no run, tossed up on off stump, Lee leans out to defend.

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 95/7 (RR: 3.27)
B Lee    0* (1b)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-4-1
DJ Hussey    19* (29b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    4-1-16-1

29.1

Perera to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, full length ball to DJ, who punches fluently into the covers for a couple.

29.2

Perera to DJ Hussey, FOUR, short ball, crashed away. DJ is playing a menacing little hand here. There was width outside off for DJ to set himself up and crack it through backward point, and he did it without a fuss.

29.3

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, better line, cuts the room and DJ defends it back down the track.

29.4

Perera to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ stays back and quietly drops the ball towards point for a single. Two balls for Clint to negotiate.

29.5

Perera to Lee, no run, Lee gets a leading edge now, closing the face a touch early on a full ball on the pads. It rolls out towards point.

29.6

Perera to Lee, no run, short of a length outside off, defended to the off side.

End of over 30 (7 runs) Australia 102/7 (RR: 3.40)
B Lee    0* (3b)      NLTC Perera    5-1-23-1
DJ Hussey    26* (33b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-4-1

"I can recall so many matches in this state saved by the good ol' Bevan. Esp the ones they played against New Zealand. Wonder what he is upto now. Didn't see him in IPL's as well... David Hussey needs to do a Bevan if they are going to salvage any respect," says Sri. He is currently coaching a team in the Bangladesh Premier League... Was at the IPL last year, but his side didn't do too well.

30.1

Herath to DJ Hussey, 1 run, armer again, DJ goes back and hacks into the off side for a single. Malinga sends a woeful return to the keeper.

30.2

Herath to Lee, no run, tossed up to Lee who defends watchfully.

30.3

Herath to Lee, no run, that drifted in, Lee was advancing, and managed to adjust and play it back to the bowler.

30.4

Herath to Lee, no run, tries the quicker one, Lee defends off the front foot, and gets bat on it.

30.5

Herath to Lee, no run, angled in towards middle and leg, Lee keeps it out.

30.6

Herath to Lee, no run, another dot ball, Lee presses forward and pushes straight to cover.

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 103/7 (RR: 3.32)
B Lee    0* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-5-1
DJ Hussey    27* (34b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    5-1-23-1

Here comes Malinga. No more misfields at third man.

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

Starc comes in now. Sri Lanka could bowl out Australia well short here.

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.

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 105/8 (RR: 3.28)
MA Starc    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    5-0-16-1
DJ Hussey    29* (38b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-5-1

"Wow! Thisara used to be a very ordinary fielder. I can't remember SL fielding this well in many, many years. Graham Ford has been out of the spotlight, but he must be doing something right with the players! Well, apart from Malinga of course!," notes Charindra. Here's Herath.

32.1

Herath to DJ Hussey, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, DJ pushes him into the covers for a single.

32.2

Herath to Starc, no run, drifts one across the left hander from round the stumps, and it slides past the nervous outside edge.

32.3

Herath to Starc, FOUR, he bowls a bit like the other Mitch, and his batting isn't much different either. Starc goes down and heaves with the turn through wide mid-off, and Maharoof makes a hash of things on the deep to let the ball go through his legs to the boundary.

32.4

Herath to Starc, 1 run, another slider across Starc, who stays back and pushes to the off side for one.

32.5

Herath to DJ Hussey, no run, DJ tries to push a single into the off side, but finds short extra cover.

32.6

Herath to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ keeps strike with a nurdled single through square leg.

End of over 33 (7 runs) Australia 112/8 (RR: 3.39)
DJ Hussey    31* (41b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-12-1
MA Starc    5* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-16-1

"Was wondering what Bevan would say to the team playing T20s. "Boys, don't take risks! Score 2s &3s, try for some boundaries and maintain a strike rate over 200!," says Thejus.

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.

One ball at Starc. Watch the toes, Mitch ...

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.

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 117/8 (RR: 3.44)
MA Starc    7* (5b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-21-1
DJ Hussey    34* (46b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-12-1

Thisara Perera is back on now.

34.1

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, starts with a slower ball, of the full offspinning variety. DJ spots it and defends back to the bowler.

34.2

Perera to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slow legcutter now, DJ drops it to the off side for a single.

34.3

Perera to Starc, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump. Starc is looking the part, he waits and dabs it to third man for a single.

34.4

Perera to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another legcutter, but it is too slow to bother DJ who tucks it square for one. Starc, for some reason seemed to think there was a second, but he changed his mind in the nick of time.

34.5

Perera to Starc, no run, Thisara beats Starc outside off with a slower ball, he tries to guide him through the off side but the ball snakes past.

34.6

Perera to Starc, no run, Dilshan's not letting anything go past him at point. Wow fielding, this. Short ball outside off, Starc chops it powerfully, but Dilshan flies to his left to stop it.

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 120/8 (RR: 3.42)
MA Starc    8* (8b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    6-1-26-1
DJ Hussey    36* (49b 3x4)      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.

End of over 36 (11 runs) Australia 131/8 (RR: 3.63)
MA Starc    8* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-32-1
DJ Hussey    47* (53b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    6-1-26-1

"This 26 runs partnership the the highest of the match so far. Goes on to show how well SL has bowled and fielded in this match, taking wickets at regular interval," points out Ajeet. Kulasekara is back on.

36.1

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slow legcutter, driven with the deviation towards mid-off, and Mahela is on the prowl once again. He dives to save the boundary.

36.2

Kulasekara to Starc, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Starc defends to the off side.

36.3

Kulasekara to Starc, no run, tries a cheeky steer to third man now and is beaten for pace as Kula angles one across.

36.4

Kulasekara to Starc, FOUR, well, Sri Lanka's fielding has been a bit Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde today. Chandimal over-runs a regulation save at deep backward point now, slipping and sliding on the greasy outfield. Width outside off, Starc hacks it efficiently behind point and has four.

36.5

Kulasekara to Starc, 1 run, on the pads now, Starc tucks it through square leg for one more.

36.6

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ goes back to a very straight ball and dabs it to the right of Sanga for a single. He will keep strike.

End of over 37 (7 runs) Australia 138/8 (RR: 3.72)
DJ Hussey    49* (55b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-22-0
MA Starc    13* (14b 2x4)      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.

Only one over of batting Powerplay to come.

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.

End of over 38 (8 runs) Australia 146/8 (RR: 3.84)
MA Starc    13* (16b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-40-1
DJ Hussey    52* (59b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-22-0

Australia take their Powerplay over now. Kulasekara will bowl it.

"Starc has more runs in this innings than Ponting in this whole series," says Narender.

38.1

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, FOUR, Kula's done this a few times today. Another one slips down the leg side, and DJ happily works it down to fine leg for four. The protection was inside the circle, once it went to his right it was always four.

38.2

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, DJ muscles it down to long-on for a single. They think of the second, but the return is good and quick.

38.3

Kulasekara to Starc, no run, length ball to Starc, he tries to slap it to the leg side and gets it to bounce over Kula, but there's protection at mid-on.

38.4

Kulasekara to Starc, no run, another dot, Starc is messing up the Powerplay over. He can't lay bat on a full ball angled across outside off.

38.5

Kulasekara to Starc, 1 run, drives a full ball powerfully down the ground, but long-off is back. Only a single.

38.6

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, superb comeback from Kula after the freebie off the first ball. Slow legcutter, DJ quietly pushes to the off side and gets a single to retain strike.

End of over 39 (7 runs) Australia 153/8 (RR: 3.92)
DJ Hussey    58* (62b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-29-0
MA Starc    14* (19b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-40-1

Thisara gets to bowl the penultimate over. Wonder if Malinga will finish off. Round the stumps.

39.1

Perera to DJ Hussey, no run, I can't believe he got away with that. Slings this one wide of off stump, and there's no way DJ could have reached it. Wide not called.

39.2

Perera to DJ Hussey, OUT, at long last, Thisara has got DJ caught deep on the off side. He should have had him with his first ball today. Another full ball angling across wide of off stump, Hussey had to reach out and try to carve it in the air. He picked out the sweeper on the off side, who took the catch well. DJ has played his part here, reviving Australia from the doldrums. They have a chance now.

DJ Hussey c Thirimanne b Perera 58 (90m 64b 6x4 0x6) SR: 90.62

Still round the stumps.

39.3

Perera to Starc, no run, short ball, Starc pulls it straight to midwicket. Another dot ball.

39.4

Perera to Starc, 1 run, goes full and angles in towards the pads. Starc lashes it to long-on for a single.

39.5

Perera to Doherty, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Doherty taps to the off side for a single.

39.6

Perera to Starc, 1 run, full toss wide of off stump, Starc slaps it down the ground for a single to long-off.

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 156/9 (RR: 3.90)
MA Starc    16* (22b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    7-1-29-2
XJ Doherty    1* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-29-0

Malinga will bowl the final over.

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

Sri Lanka will chase 152 to win. On the whole, Australia will be pleased with what they have done since the rain break, but Sri Lanka are still the favourites to win here. That Australia have a chance is down to David Hussey. In a sense, Australia must be relieved that there was a rain break. They would have struggled to bat out 50 overs after losing their top six cheaply, and the adjustments have cost them almost nothing in hindsight. We'll be back by about 7.45 pm for the chase, in the meantime, Dan Brettig's report is getting updated here.

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Feb 17, 2012

Ricky Ponting before the start of the match, Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Sydney, February 17, 2012

Ricky Ponting before the start of the match

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David Warner and Ricky Ponting trudge off after the defeat, Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Sydney, February 17, 2012

David Warner and Ricky Ponting trudge off after the defeat

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