Commonwealth Bank Series - 9th match

Australia v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

1.6

Kulasekara to Forrest, FOUR, Forrest gets away with four. Kula drops short and wide enough for Forrest to wait and steer through backward point. Malinga made a strange feet-first dive after moving across from third man, but couldn't stop the ball. This pitch seems full of runs.

Australia 9/1   PJ Forrest 4* (1b 1x4)

2.2

Malinga to Forrest, no run, Forrest stays behind the line and defends to the off side.

2.3

Malinga to Forrest, no run, whipped across at 144.8 kph, Forrest shoulders arms.

2.4

Malinga to Forrest, no run, Forrest gets into an organised defensive push from the crease. Played into the off side.

2.5

Malinga to Forrest, no run, fuller and straighter, Forrest again defends in composed fashion.

2.6

Malinga to Forrest, 1 bye, late wake up call for Sanga, who fumbles a dodgy take behind the stumps. Australia gets a bye.

Australia 13/1   PJ Forrest 4* (6b 1x4)

3.1

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, Kula pitches it up on a full length, very wide of off stump. Forrest leaves.

3.2

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, back of a length at 131 kph, Forrest stays in the crease and defends to the off side. He wants a single too, but Warner barks out "No!"

3.3

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, Sri Lanka's fielding continues to be top class. Forrest chops off the back foot, but Dilshan tears across and dives to stop it with his left hand and cut off the single.

3.4

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, Forrest defends again from the crease into the off side.

3.5

Kulasekara to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest leans out to meet a full length ball and steers it to third man for one.

Australia 14/1   PJ Forrest 5* (11b 1x4)

4.1

Malinga to Forrest, no run, Forrest is middling his defensive strokes. Stays in the crease and pushes Malinga to mid-off.

4.2

Malinga to Forrest, 2 runs, if Forrest were Sehwag, he'd have been caught at third man. But since he's not, he doesn't time the upper cut well enough to carry. Short ball outside off, Forrest climbs on it and carves on the bounce to Maharoof. They hustle back for the second.

4.3

Malinga to Forrest, 3 runs, good-looking shot. Another short ball, this time Forrest played it earlier, and slapped it with a horizontal bat into the covers for three.

4.6

Malinga to Forrest, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Forrest is nicely back and across to defend it.

Australia 24/1   PJ Forrest 10* (15b 1x4)

5.5

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, Forrest opens the face and defends to the off side.

5.6

Kulasekara to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest is early lunging out to a full ball and manages to squeeze it away behind square for a single.

Australia 26/1   PJ Forrest 11* (17b 1x4)

6.1

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Forrest lets it go.

6.2

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, and a slower ball already. The legspinning variety, full outside off stump, and Forrest defends watchfully to the off side.

6.3

Maharoof to Forrest, 1 run, short and angling in, Forrest taps to the leg side and rotates the strike.

Australia 27/1   PJ Forrest 12* (20b 1x4)

7.1

Kulasekara to Forrest, FOUR, Forrest forces through the covers for four more. The more you see of him, the more he reminds you of Watto. Back of a length outside off, he leans across and steers through cover-point.

7.2

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, Kula holds the length back, and Forrest defends.

7.3

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

7.4

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, pitched further up, Forrest is late getting forward but manages to end the defensive onto his pad and safely away.

7.5

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run

7.6

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, pitched up outside off stump, defended from the crease again.

Australia 31/2   PJ Forrest 16* (26b 2x4)

9.1

Kulasekara to Forrest, 1 run, Kula seams one into Forrest's pads and it is nudged to the leg side for a single.

9.6

Kulasekara to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest stays back in the crease and steers a short ball to point who fumbles on the dive. The single is taken.

Australia 44/2   PJ Forrest 18* (28b 2x4)

10.1

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, back of a length from Maharoof, Forrest defends to the off side.

10.2

Maharoof to Forrest, 3 runs, too short, and Forrest thumps it away behind square with a crisp cut. The short and portly Herath scurries across from third man and puts in a timely dive to stop the ball as it was speeding away to the boundary.

10.4

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, back of a length to Forrest, defended watchfully to the off side.

10.5

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, another slow, loopy legcutter. Forrest defends to the off side.

10.6

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, pitched up wide of off stump, and Forrest drives fluently but straight to cover.

Australia 48/2   PJ Forrest 21* (33b 2x4)

11.4

Herath to Forrest, no run, pitched up and drifting in towards middle and leg. Forrest defends.

11.5

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, shorter, just outside off stump and Forrest guides it square for a single.

Australia 50/2   PJ Forrest 22* (35b 2x4)

12.1

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, back of a length from Maharoof, Forrest tucks it to the leg side.

12.2

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, another loose legspinning slower ball from Maharoof. Forrest presses out and defends to the off side watchfully.

12.3

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, back of a length, Forrest stays back and defends to the off side.

12.4

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, beaten outside off. Forrest tries the cheeky steer to a short of length ball in the corridor, and misses.

12.5

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, another slower ball, Forrest pushes off the front foot into the cover.

12.6

Maharoof to Forrest, 1 run, angled into the pads to end a good over. Forrest gets the single away at long last.

Australia 51/2   PJ Forrest 23* (41b 2x4)

13.1

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, too straight from Herath, Forrest nudges to the leg side for one.

13.3

Herath to Forrest, no run, Forrest looks to chip out, but the length is tight and he defends it down the track.

13.4

Herath to Forrest, SIX, boink. Beauty in the violence from Forrest. He skips out to the flight, gets under the ball and tees off cleanly down the ground. That nearly carried into the Derwent River.

13.5

Herath to Forrest, no run, the length is shortened, the pace quickened slightly, and Forrest defends.

13.6

Herath to Forrest, no run, skips out again, and drives back down the track. Herath fields it.

Australia 59/2   PJ Forrest 30* (46b 2x4 1x6)

14.6

Maharoof to Forrest, 3 runs, short ball, Forrest muscles it away with a workman-like pull between midwicket and mid-on for three. Uppish, but he knew where it was going.

Australia 63/2   PJ Forrest 33* (47b 2x4 1x6)

15.1

Mathews to Forrest, no run, full ball to start off his spell, Forrest defends it back down the track.

15.2

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, slower ball, over-pitched on the stumps and Forrest drives down the ground for a single.

15.4

Mathews to Forrest, no run, back of a length outside off, Forrest tries to force it square, but can't get it away.

15.5

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest hacks a single into the covers.

Australia 66/2   PJ Forrest 35* (51b 2x4 1x6)

16.1

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, Maharoof angles another one into the pads, Clarke works it to the leg side.

16.2

Maharoof to Forrest, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked to square leg watchfully.

16.6

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, pitched further up, defended off the front foot.

Australia 68/2   PJ Forrest 36* (54b 2x4 1x6)

17.3

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

17.4

Mathews to Forrest, no run, fuller length, Forrest stays on the crease and defends to the off side of the pitch.

17.5

Mathews to Forrest, no run, slipping down the leg side, Forrest misses the whip and gets hit on the pad.

17.6

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, on the pads once more, Forrest gets the single away through square leg this time.

Australia 72/2   PJ Forrest 37* (58b 2x4 1x6)

18.1

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, length ball on Forrest's pads, and he tucks it to midwicket.

18.2

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, Maharoof's slower ball makes another appearance. On a full length, and defended off the front foot.

18.3

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, another one that nips away off the straight as he rolls it out of the fingers. Forrest defends.

18.4

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, goes fuller at 111 kph, Forrest plays away too many dot balls, doesn't he?

18.5

Maharoof to Forrest, 1 run, short ball, enough in it for Forrest to jump back and heave through square leg for one.

Australia 73/2   PJ Forrest 38* (63b 2x4 1x6)

19.2

Mathews to Forrest, no run

19.3

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, pitched up on the pads, Forrest works it to wide mid-on for a single.

19.5

Mathews to Forrest, FOUR, short and bashed away. Forrest removes some of the rust with a powerful pull shot to a half-tracker from Mathews. Easy pickings.

19.6

Mathews to Forrest, no run, full length wide of off stump, draws Forrest forward and he steers to the off side.

Australia 81/2   PJ Forrest 43* (67b 3x4 1x6)

20.2

Maharoof to Forrest, no run

20.3

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, pitched well up to Forrest, who is reluctant to come forward but defends solidly down the line.

20.4

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, short of a length outside off, chopped towards point.

20.5

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, back of a length again, Forrest defends from the crease into the off side.

20.6

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, and a slower ball to finish with, Forrest lunges out and has to adjust and defend. He's played 50 dot balls now!

Australia 82/2   PJ Forrest 43* (72b 3x4 1x6)

21.2

Mathews to Forrest, no run, full ball again, Forrest looks to thread the covers but finds the fielder.

21.3

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, gets the single now, pushing a full ball towards long-on.

21.5

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest beavers a full ball wide of mid-on for a single.

Australia 86/2   PJ Forrest 45* (75b 3x4 1x6)

22.1

Perera to Forrest, no run, short of a length outside off to start with, steers square for no runs.

22.2

Perera to Forrest, no run, short of a length again, Forrest is getting stuck. Steered straight to point.

22.3

Perera to Forrest, 1 run, back of a length outside off, steered behind point now. And he gets the single.

Australia 87/2   PJ Forrest 46* (78b 3x4 1x6)

23.1

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, driven down the ground for a single.

23.3

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, armer, Forrest hangs back and chops it away as it hurries in towards the stumps.

23.5

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, full toss, Forrest skips out and drives to long-off for a single.

Australia 94/2   PJ Forrest 49* (81b 3x4 1x6)

24.1

Perera to Forrest, no run, Forrest is getting bogged down, defends a length ball to the off side.

24.2

Perera to Forrest, no run, Thisara cuts one in, Forrest is cramped as he defends to the off side.

24.3

Perera to Forrest, FOUR, in the middle of all the dots, he's played some outrageously powerful strokes, just like this one. Thisara drops short, Forrest leans back and whacks it over midwicket for four. That's yet another fifty for the new man.

24.4

Perera to Forrest, no run, back of a length, he looks to beat point with the dab but can't

24.5

Perera to Forrest, no run, slower ball outside off, Forrest steers it with thew deviation towards point.

24.6

Perera to Forrest, 1 run, angled into the pads, Forrest works it behind square for a single to end the over.

Australia 99/2   PJ Forrest 54* (87b 4x4 1x6)

25.1

Herath to Forrest, no run, tossed up to Forrest, who plays it from the crease.

25.2

Herath to Forrest, no run, pushed back in the crease by an armer, Forrest plays it straight to cover as he looks to heave.

25.3

Herath to Forrest, FOUR, top shot from Forrest, gets a proud front foot thrust and thumps through the covers. The sweeper on the off side thought he could have cut it off, but the ball sped past.

25.4

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, gets a single now into the covers.

25.6

Herath to Forrest, no run, Forrest works Herath straight to cover.

Australia 105/2   PJ Forrest 59* (92b 5x4 1x6)

26.3

Perera to Forrest, no run, pitched up on the leg stump, but Forrest can't encash the freebie. He works it straight to the leg side.

26.4

Perera to Forrest, SIX, Forrest is cutting loose now. Australia are enjoying a belated step up in the run-rate. Another shortish ball from Thisara, Forrest was onto it like a dog to a bone. He got inside the line and heaved it over midwicket, to the right of the sweeper in the deep.

26.5

Perera to Forrest, 1 run, gets the single now with a quiet nudge to the leg side.

Australia 117/2   PJ Forrest 66* (95b 5x4 2x6)

28.2

Malinga to Forrest, no run, pitched up to Forrest, who works it to the leg side feebly. Malinga moves across to clean up.

28.3

Malinga to Forrest, no run, pitched up wide of off stump, Forrest digs it out square.

28.4

Malinga to Forrest, no run, over-pitched outside off, Forrest can't get the flowing drive away through the covers.

28.5

Malinga to Forrest, 1 run, gets the single this time, steering an over-pitched ball wide of off stump to the left of cover.

Australia 125/2   PJ Forrest 67* (99b 5x4 2x6)

29.1

Herath to Forrest, no run, back of a length outside leg and turning in. Forrest can't work it away.

29.2

Herath to Forrest, no run, pitched up and turning in, Forrest misses the sweep now.

29.3

Herath to Forrest, no run, Forrest advances, gets to the flight and drives to mid off.

29.4

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, gets the sweep away behind square as Herath continues to operate outside leg stump.

29.6

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Clarke sweeps it to deep backward square leg for one.

Australia 128/2   PJ Forrest 69* (104b 5x4 2x6)

30.1

Malinga to Forrest, 1 run, full ball wide of off stump, Forrest guides into the covers for a single.

30.3

Malinga to Forrest, no run, pitched up to Forrest, who forces it to mid-on.

30.4

Malinga to Forrest, no run, slower ball at 126 kph, and it swung in the air as it came through. Forrest did well to play it back down the track.

30.5

Malinga to Forrest, 2 runs, times the clip off the pads well, and places it between mid-on and midwicket for a couple.

30.6

Malinga to Forrest, no run, Forrest looks to drive into the covers, but can't pierce the infield.

Australia 132/2   PJ Forrest 72* (109b 5x4 2x6)

31.2

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, slower ball, nips away off a length, Forrest defends to the off side.

31.3

Kulasekara to Forrest, FOUR, if it's in his slot he can murder them. Over-pitched in the amiable area where a batsman can reach out and get to the pitch. Forrest obliged and smashed it through the covers sumptuously.

31.4

Kulasekara to Forrest, no run, Kula responds with a full indipper, Forrest nearly played all over it. He managed to get a leading edge that went very fine. Sanga stops it.

31.5

Kulasekara to Forrest, 1 run, angled into the pads, Forrest gets the single to midwicket.

Australia 138/2   PJ Forrest 77* (113b 6x4 2x6)

32.1

Malinga to Forrest, 1 run, slower ball, swinging in the air towards the middle and leg line. Forrest whips him square for a single.

32.4

Malinga to Forrest, FOUR, Forrest flexes his biceps and carts Malinga over mid-off with a clean shovel-drive on the up. Malinga's attempted yorker ends up an over-pitched length ball and Forrest smacks his lips even as he dispatches it.

32.5

Malinga to Forrest, no run, hurls down a late swinging (reverse?) yorker at Forrest's toes. He couldn't lay bat on it, and was hit on the boot but it was slipping down the leg.

32.6

Malinga to Forrest, FOUR, superb stroke. Another yorker that swung in late towards the pads, Forrest ensured he brought the bat down in time to flick it off the meat through square leg.

Australia 148/2   PJ Forrest 86* (117b 8x4 2x6)

33.3

Kulasekara to Forrest, 2 runs, Forrest blazes through the covers once more, Mathews has acreage to cover in the deep as he moves to his left, and they get two more.

33.4

Kulasekara to Forrest, 1 run, over-pitched outside off, Forrest clubs it to long-off for another single.

Australia 154/2   PJ Forrest 89* (119b 8x4 2x6)

34.2

Maharoof to Forrest, 1 run, drop in pace again, worked with the angle to the leg side for a single once more.

Australia 157/2   PJ Forrest 90* (120b 8x4 2x6)

35.1

Malinga to Forrest, no run, slow offcutter to start off, Forrest spots it late and defends.

35.2

Malinga to Forrest, 1 run, angled into the pads, Forrest works it with the angle behind square for one.

Australia 168/2   PJ Forrest 91* (122b 8x4 2x6)

36.2

Maharoof to Forrest, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, Forrest is stuck on the crease but manages to tuck it to midwicket for one.

36.4

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, slower ball at 115 kph, Forrest opens the face and defends towards point.

36.5

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, angled in from over the stumps, Forrest tucks it to square leg watchfully.

36.6

Maharoof to Forrest, no run, another slower ball to wind up the spell, Forrest spots it late and defends watchfully down the track.

Australia 178/2   PJ Forrest 92* (126b 8x4 2x6)

37.2

Herath to Forrest, no run, angled in towards the pads, Forrest can't get it away.

37.3

Herath to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest skips out and drives down the ground for a single.

37.5

Herath to Forrest, no run, tossed up slow and gentle on the stumps, Forrest plays it back down the track.

37.6

Herath to Forrest, no run, good ball to end the over, keeps Forrest in the crease and makes him defend to the off side.

Australia 181/2   PJ Forrest 93* (130b 8x4 2x6)

38.3

Mathews to Forrest, no run, full length to Forrest, who plays it back to the bowler.

38.4

Mathews to Forrest, 1 run

Australia 183/3   PJ Forrest 94* (132b 8x4 2x6)

39.1

Perera to Forrest, 1 wide, Thisara rolls down a legspinning slower ball down the leg side. It is called a wide.

39.1

Perera to Forrest, FOUR, he's over-doing it. This time the slower ball release goes all awry and it slips out a full toss outside off. Forrest thankfully drives it through the covers for four more. 98 now.

39.2

Perera to Forrest, no run, can't squeeze away those two yet. Dilshan is again in the way, diving away from point to stop the steer.

39.3

Perera to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest is up to 99. Gets back in the crease and guides behind point for a single.

39.6

Perera to Forrest, 1 run, Forrest has his first 100 in the one-day format, at all levels. And he's chuffed! Short of a length outside off, he defends to the off side with soft hands and prances away. He was pumping his fist even as he was getting there, his eyes popping in joy and a yell of "Yes!" He jumps and skips. That's also the first century of the CB series.

Australia 197/3   PJ Forrest 100* (136b 9x4 2x6)

40.1

Mathews to Forrest, FOUR, time for some fun now. He gets room outside off and shreds him through point for four more.

40.2

Mathews to Forrest, OUT, Forrest holes out, without quite indulging himself in the post-century celebrations. As always, the slower ball does the job for SL. Mathews held it back, Forrest backed away for a carve, and was early into the loft over the covers and teed it straight up in the air. Simple catch in the deep cover area.

PJ Forrest c Maharoof b Mathews 104 (163m 138b 10x4 2x6) SR: 75.36

Australia 201/4   PJ Forrest 104 (138b 10x4 2x6)
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Feb 24, 2012

Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera celebrate Sri Lanka's win, Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Hobart, February 24, 2012

Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera celebrate Sri Lanka's win

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Feb 24, 2012

Lahiru Thirimanne chipped in with a 24, Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Hobart, February 24, 2012

Lahiru Thirimanne chipped in with a 24

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