Commonwealth Bank Series - 9th match

Australia v Sri Lanka

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

Game time. Malinga screams in to Wade. One wide slip.

Australia have batted first in all their games. India have bowled first in all their games. What are the odds on this pattern continuing until the end of the series?

Plenty of you likening Clarke-Ponting to Gillard-Rudd. Lost on me, who knows precious little about Aussie politics. Or politics in general.

"The answer to the SL spinner crossword puzzle is "Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath" - Thanks to Crickinfo stats page." Mahesh, the personification of diligence - thanks.

Matt hits back: "Hilfenhaus is 28. If he is too old by 2015, half the worlds cricketers should give up."

Michael Clarke wins the toss and Australia will bat. Clarke is bright about the weather, his fitness and everything else. "We are looking towards the 2015 World Cup and it is hard to be here without Ricky Ponting.. I hope he's sitting at home and watching." Shane Watson isn't playing - he's being eased in as 12th man.

Mahela is banking on the generally good chasing record in Hobart. Sri Lanka have gone in with an unchanged side.

"Doing a crossword at the moment, I'm having some trouble: Sri Lankan spinner, 46 letters." Anyone offer to help 'Big-built Aussie opener who is into corporate mumbo-jumbo after retirement, 6 letters'?

"Australia are looking to 2015 WC by dropping Ponting but continue to play Lee, M Hussey, Harris, Hilfenhaus - rather odd by Clarke and his selectors." Fair point, Johnny.

Big game this for all three teams. India will be watching quite closely. If they have the time in the midst of all their supposed dressing-room bickerings, that is.

Sunny, bright day in Hobart. Wasim Akram calls it a typical Bellerive Oval wicket, which is keeping with what he says for every single pitch he sees. None of the grass that Doug Bracewell used while putting up the best Test bowling performance of 2011 (according to us in any case). Expect a lot of runs.

The CB series rolls on.. and on. Welcome to Game 9, and the Hobart leg. If this were the IPL, we'd still be in week one. Since this isn't a glitzy T20 league, we are into the business end of the tournament. Toss around the corner, but in the meantime, here's Daniel Brettig's preview to keep you in good spirits.

Meanwhile, I wonder if the ICC is considering renaming England clean-sweep country since they exclusively deal in whitewashes. By my quick count, eight of their last nine series across formats have been clean sweeps one way or the other. Pakistan have a 1-0 lead in the Twenty20s.. No prizes for guessing who's going to win that series, and by what margin.

0.1

Malinga to Wade, no run, almost a yorker to start off, up there at 140 kph just outside off. Wade digs it out.

0.2

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, Wade's away with a tucked single to midwicket. Malinga goes too straight and Wade pushes to midwicket and takes off. Surprise, surprise, Chandimal missed the stumps..

0.3

Malinga to Warner, no run, back of a length to Warner, which is wise. Warner stays back and defends to the off side.

0.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, keeps it short of a length and cuts it away. Warner opens the face and guides it square.

0.5

Malinga to Warner, no run, and again, Warner stays back in the crease and blocks to cover. Looking to build a long innings?

0.6

Malinga to Warner, no run, fuller length, defended to the off side off the front foot to end the over. Solid start from Lasith.

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
DA Warner    0* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
MS Wade    1* (2b)     

Kulasekara takes the second new ball.

1.1

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, short of a length and angled across at a friendly pace. Wade resists having a jab at it.

1.2

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, that kicks up from short of a length and jags away off the seam. Wade defends from the crease.

1.3

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, another leave outside off as Kula seams it away beautifully.

1.4

Kulasekara to Wade, FOUR, width and Wade's away. He camps back in the crease and forces it through the covers for a boundary. Is this outfield quick or what!

1.5

Kulasekara to Wade, OUT, suicidal! Wade's gone to a soft dismissal and he can't believe he has holed out in such loose fashion. Pitched a touch further up by Kula, and the ball seemed to come through in slow motion. Wade was on the front foot early and into the drive even as it came on, and popped it up straight and simple to wide mid-off.

MS Wade c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 5 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Peter Forrest comes in at No. 3. If he lasts there half as long as the man he's replacing, he'll have a superb career.

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.

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 9/1 (RR: 4.50)
PJ Forrest    4* (1b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-8-1
DA Warner    0* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0

2.1

Malinga to Warner, 3 runs, Warner's turn to ping the off side boundary now. Nearly. He waits and gets into a good position to bottom-hand a cover drive into the ground and over the infield. The ball is fielded near the rope and they get three.

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.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 13/1 (RR: 4.33)
PJ Forrest    4* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-4-0
DA Warner    3* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-8-1

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.

3.6

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, Warner goes deep in the crease and tries to scythe through the covers, but there's no room or length to work with. Played softly to cover.

End of over 4 (1 run) Australia 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
DA Warner    3* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-9-1
PJ Forrest    5* (11b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-4-0

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.

4.4

Malinga to Warner, 1 wide, good bouncer ... Or so I thought. The umpire's called it a wide. Fair call, it was quite high, considering how small-built Warner is. He was setting up for the pull, but let the ripper go through.

4.4

Malinga to Warner, 1 wide, easier call for wide this time as Malinga whangs it down the leg side.

4.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, short of a length on the pads, nice slower ball from Malinga. Warner tries to work it square but can't get it away.

"Warner with a strikerate of 50% suggests he's either carrying a broken leg or he's in a coma," reasons Jason.

4.5

Malinga to Warner, 3 runs, Warner shakes off the coma. Slipping into the pads, he tucks it with the angle through backward square leg.

4.6

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

End of over 5 (10 runs) Australia 24/1 (RR: 4.80)
PJ Forrest    10* (15b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-0
DA Warner    6* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-9-1

5.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, Warner stays in the crease and defends with bat and pad close together to the leg side.

5.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, defensive again is Warner. He looks determined for a long vigil today. Got a rousing 100 last time he batted here ...

5.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, offcutter of sorts, defended to the off side with an opened face.

5.4

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, on the pads, Warner nudges it behind square for a single.

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.

End of over 6 (2 runs) Australia 26/1 (RR: 4.33)
PJ Forrest    11* (17b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-1
DA Warner    7* (12b)      SL Malinga    3-0-14-0

Maharoof comes on now. Malinga has seven overs for later. One wide slip in place.

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.

6.4

Maharoof to Warner, OUT, David's un-Warneresque innings is over, and Sri Lanka continue to torment Australia. Gentle, probing delivery outside off from Maharoof, it angled away from short of a length as Warner went back to defend. He ended up nicking it straight into Sanga's gloves for a dolly.

DA Warner c †Sangakkara b Maharoof 7 (30m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

"Can't see the Forrest for the threes. Lots of threes tonight," says Cliff Read, who is in a pun-itive mood. Meanwhile, the captain trots out. Work to be done.

6.5

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, length ball to Clarke, who gets behind the line first up and defends.

6.6

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, wide of off stump, Clarke watches it whiz by to the keeper.

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 27/2 (RR: 3.85)
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-1-1
PJ Forrest    12* (20b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-1

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.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 31/2 (RR: 3.87)
PJ Forrest    16* (26b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-15-1
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-1-1

8.1

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, Maharoof keeps it short of a length, and Pup defends from the crease.

8.2

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, high elbow and good back-and-across movement from Clarke as he defends.

8.3

Maharoof to Clarke, FOUR, rolls his fingers across a slower ball, but it was too short and straight. Clarke spotted it and slapped it pleasingly behind square for four.

8.4

Maharoof to Clarke, SIX, whoa, Clarke's pounded that one. Maharoof bowls a listlessly short length for his pace, but Clarke's response suggested he had vengeance in his mind. He rocked back and absolutely hammered the pull over square leg. It didn't go too high, but it went far enough.

8.5

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, better line and length, goes outside off and Clarke defends.

8.6

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, the damage for the over already done, Clarke chooses to stay defensive against Maharoof again.

End of over 9 (10 runs) Australia 41/2 (RR: 4.55)
MJ Clarke    10* (8b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    2-0-11-1
PJ Forrest    16* (26b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-15-1

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.

9.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, Kula gets the seam movement going again, it dips into Clarke as he pushes out to drive. Bat and pad were wisely close together.

9.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, full ball wide of off stump, Clarke defends to the off side off the front foot.

9.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, another fullish ball, Clarke meets it confidently off the front foot.

9.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Clarke shuffles across and works it with the angle 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.

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 44/2 (RR: 4.40)
PJ Forrest    18* (28b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-18-1
MJ Clarke    11* (12b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    2-0-11-1

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.

10.3

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball on Clarke's pads, who pushes to mid-on for a single.

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.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 48/2 (RR: 4.36)
PJ Forrest    21* (33b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-15-1
MJ Clarke    12* (13b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-18-1

"Tim Paine at home doing finger exercises with a big grin on his face at the miserable batting of our keeping incumbents," says Nels. Herath comes on now in the gap between Powerplays. One slip.

11.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, tossed up on the stumps, worked with the angle to the leg side.

11.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Clarke trots out and works it to midwicket.

11.3

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, skips out staying outside the line, and drives with the turn through extra cover for one.

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.

11.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, big drift on that from wide of the crease, and Clarke took on the dare to go back and cut. He managed to get the stroke away, but not past point.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 50/2 (RR: 4.16)
MJ Clarke    13* (17b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0
PJ Forrest    22* (35b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-15-1

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.

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 51/2 (RR: 3.92)
PJ Forrest    23* (41b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-16-1
MJ Clarke    13* (17b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0

13.1

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

13.2

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, pitched up to Clarke, who drives it through the mid off area for a single.

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.

End of over 14 (8 runs) Australia 59/2 (RR: 4.21)
PJ Forrest    30* (46b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    14* (18b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    4-0-16-1

14.1

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, another legspinning slower ball from Maharoof, Clarke lunges out and gets the outside edge, but it dies on Sanga, who dives and snaffles on the bounce.

14.2

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, pitched up on off stump, defended into the off side.

14.3

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, Clarke defends off the front foot again to the off side.

14.4

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, another legcutter variety slower ball, Clarke defends into the cover.

14.5

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke works a length ball across the line, wide of Malinga at mid-on for a single.

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.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 63/2 (RR: 4.20)
PJ Forrest    33* (47b 2x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    5-0-20-1
MJ Clarke    15* (23b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-10-0

Angelo Mathews comes on for the bowling Powerplay.

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.

15.3

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads, Clarke tucks it with the angle to square leg 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.

Fans of Brendon McCullum look away. Today's Numbers Game takes a rather critical look at his batting accomplishments.

15.5

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

15.6

Mathews to Clarke, no run, full ball to Clarke, played back to Mathews off the front foot.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 66/2 (RR: 4.12)
MJ Clarke    16* (25b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0
PJ Forrest    35* (51b 2x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    5-0-20-1

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.

16.3

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, he nearly gets Clarke undone with the back of the hand slower ball. Very similar to how he dismissed Ponting the other day. The ball stopped short of a length and jumped up to hit the bat near the splice. It nearly carried back to Maharoof...

16.4

Maharoof to Clarke, no run

16.5

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, another slower ball, too straight this time and Clarke slaps it away behind square for one.

16.6

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

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 68/2 (RR: 4.00)
PJ Forrest    36* (54b 2x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    6-0-22-1
MJ Clarke    17* (28b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0

17.1

Mathews to Clarke, 2 runs, slower ball on the pads, Clarke whips it away through midwicket, where Maharoogf back flips the ball to a relay fielder and keeps it down to two.

17.2

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, too straight, easy run for Clarke who clips it off the pads behind square.

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.

Australia are being watchful here, which isn't a bad idea.

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.

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 72/2 (RR: 4.00)
PJ Forrest    37* (58b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-7-0
MJ Clarke    20* (30b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    6-0-22-1

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.

18.6

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke chips out to make some pace of his own, and tucks Maharoof down to backward square leg for one.

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 74/2 (RR: 3.89)
MJ Clarke    21* (31b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    7-0-24-1
PJ Forrest    38* (63b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-7-0

19.1

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball again, straightens from outside off. Clarke steers it to third man for a single.

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.

19.4

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke works him in front of square for one.

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.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Australia 81/2 (RR: 4.05)
PJ Forrest    43* (67b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    3-0-14-0
MJ Clarke    23* (33b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    7-0-24-1

20.1

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Maharoof drifts onto the pads, Clarke nudges yet another single behind square leg.

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!

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 82/2 (RR: 3.90)
PJ Forrest    43* (72b 3x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    8-0-25-1
MJ Clarke    24* (34b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    3-0-14-0

21.1

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, full ball to Clarke, who drives solidly to mid on.

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.

21.4

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads now, Clarke tucks a single through square leg.

21.5

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

21.6

Mathews to Clarke, no run, pitched up on the stumps to end the over, Clarke pushes to mid on.

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 86/2 (RR: 3.90)
MJ Clarke    26* (37b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    4-0-18-0
PJ Forrest    45* (75b 3x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    8-0-25-1

Thisara Perera comes on now. Will he offer Aus with more pace to work with?

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.

22.4

Perera to Clarke, no run, pitched up to Clarke who leans out to defend to the off side.

22.5

Perera to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke uses Perera's lines to work a couple through the square field. He's looking the more fluent of the two.

22.6

Perera to Clarke, no run, full ball on the stumps, defended down the track.

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 89/2 (RR: 3.86)
MJ Clarke    28* (40b 1x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0
PJ Forrest    46* (78b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    4-0-18-0

23.1

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

23.2

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, angled down the leg side, Clarke turns it square for a single now.

23.3

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

23.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives down the ground for a single.

23.5

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

23.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, Clarke plays into the covers carefully to end the over.

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 94/2 (RR: 3.91)
MJ Clarke    30* (43b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-15-0
PJ Forrest    49* (81b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0

StevieMils: "Looks like Chaminder Vaas and Zaheer Khan have inspired a new generation of pace bowlers bowling below 130km/h.. Doherty can bowl quicker!" Chaminder?! With a rolling 'R'?

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.

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 99/2 (RR: 3.96)
PJ Forrest    54* (87b 4x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    30* (43b 1x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-15-0

99 for 2 in 25 overs. Good, sane ODI cricket, the sort of which we last saw in the 90s.

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.

Clarke was down on the turf, stretching his back a little while back.. He is coming back from an injury.

25.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke turns a straight ball from the pads towards square leg.

25.6

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

End of over 26 (6 runs) Australia 105/2 (RR: 4.03)
PJ Forrest    59* (92b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    31* (44b 1x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-8-0

26.1

Perera to Clarke, FOUR, Ravi Shastri's voice trembles with excitement on air as Clarke plays a cracking pull without bothering to go back after getting the front foot out. Comprehensively thumped.

26.2

Perera to Clarke, 1 run, fuller ball on the stumps, Clarke gets the side wide of mid on.

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.

26.6

Perera to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke's turn to work a single. Sri Lanka are sweating now.

End of over 27 (13 runs) Australia 118/2 (RR: 4.37)
MJ Clarke    37* (47b 2x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-21-0
PJ Forrest    66* (95b 5x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-21-0

27.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Clarke pushes it to mid-on.

27.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, tossed up again, Clarke skips out and plays it back to the bowler.

27.3

Herath to Clarke, FOUR, aha, Maharoof has gone swimming in the deep but the ball's slipped out of his grasp. Short ball to Clarke, whose eyes glint with greed as he rocks back and pulls. He timed it well enough, and Maharoof wasn't well back on the ropes.

27.4

Herath to Clarke, no run, advances this time, but plays it off a slight leading edge to the left of Herath.

27.5

Herath to Clarke, no run, gets too close to the pitch and plays a full ball back to Herath.

27.6

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives the last ball through long-on for a single.

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 123/2 (RR: 4.39)
MJ Clarke    42* (53b 3x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-26-0
PJ Forrest    66* (95b 5x4 2x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-21-0

Malinga comes on for a middle-overs burst.

28.1

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, full length ball wide of off stump, Clarke carves through the covers for a single.

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.

28.6

Malinga to Clarke, no run, yorker outside off, Clarke jams down on it and keeps it out.

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 125/2 (RR: 4.31)
MJ Clarke    43* (55b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-16-0
PJ Forrest    67* (99b 5x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-26-0

Herath over the stumps.

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.

29.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke has 1000 runs against SL. He skips out and drives with the angle to deep mid-on. These two have added 100.

29.6

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

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 128/2 (RR: 4.26)
PJ Forrest    69* (104b 5x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-29-0
MJ Clarke    44* (56b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-16-0

Only 66 of you pointed out that Forrest's shirt number is 66 and he was on 66, which was his highest score, with a SR shading 66, and his average at that point was 66.66. Thanks.

30.1

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

30.2

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, full and wide to Clarke, who drives a single into the covers ... Clarke's bat has broken at the handle.

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.

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 132/2 (RR: 4.25)
PJ Forrest    72* (109b 5x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    5-0-20-0
MJ Clarke    45* (57b 3x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-29-0

This is interesting now. Australia have taken the batting Powerplay early. This could be immense fun. Kulasekara comes on.

31.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps to start off, Clarke is inside the line and nudges it to square leg fir one.

Third man, extra cover and square leg are back on the ropes.

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.

31.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, stifled lbw appeal as Clarke walks across and looks to work Kula to the leg side. Pitched, and hit the pads, outside the line of off stump.

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 138/2 (RR: 4.31)
MJ Clarke    46* (59b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-24-1
PJ Forrest    77* (113b 6x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    5-0-20-0

Malinga continues, as expected.

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.

32.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, length ball, too wide of the stumps and Clarke lays into it with a cut shot. Dilshan is in the way at backward point.

32.3

Malinga to Clarke, 1 leg bye, full pace yorker, slips down the leg side and goes off Clarke's pad to the leg side for one.

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.

End of over 33 (10 runs) Australia 148/2 (RR: 4.48)
PJ Forrest    86* (117b 8x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    6-0-29-0
MJ Clarke    46* (61b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-24-1

33.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke does the wise thing, walks across to off stump and nudges a single to hand it over to Forrest. Ah well, he places it well enough for two ...

33.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, does it again, this time in front of square for a single.

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.

33.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to work a full ball to the leg side and gets a leading edge down the track. Kula stops it with his boot.

33.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke has 50 now, nudging a length ball with the angle towards square leg.

End of over 34 (7 runs) Australia 155/2 (RR: 4.55)
MJ Clarke    50* (65b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-31-1
PJ Forrest    89* (119b 8x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    6-0-29-0

Slow-ball Maharoof is back on.

34.1

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, another slower ball pitched up on the stumps, worked with the angle to the leg side for a single.

34.2

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

34.3

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, full length wide of off stump, Clarke tries to carve it into the cover-point area but didn't have the room to generate the power. He finds point.

34.4

Maharoof to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke's launched him. Expert batting this, Clarke spots the shorter boundary and finds the gap too as he lofts a length ball over the leg side. It takes off and comes down at deep midwicket, between two converging fielders and away for four.

34.5

Maharoof to Clarke, no run

34.6

Maharoof to Clarke, SIX, even better. Clarke swings a lovely little arc to swish a shoddy delivery out of the park. It sails into the grassbanks behind square leg, where the spectator puts down a catch. Sri Lanka are taking a hammering in the PP.

End of over 35 (12 runs) Australia 167/2 (RR: 4.77)
MJ Clarke    61* (70b 4x4 2x6)      MF Maharoof    9-0-37-1
PJ Forrest    90* (120b 8x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-31-1

Malinga for the last over of the Powerplay.

Forrest averages 29 in List A, and nearly 75 now in ODIs. The strike-rates are 64 and 74 respectively. Clearly, he couldn't wait to graduate past the hard yards of domestic cricket and make his way to the child's play that is international cricket.

35.1

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

Apologies for the scoring mix up - the six was hit by Clarke, not Forrest.

35.2

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

35.3

Malinga to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke's playing the fields superbly here. The field is back on the leg side, and Malinga's keeping it very straight, but Clarke is good enough to make room, open his wrists and carve it over the covers. He even times it beautifully, and it carries almost 80% of the way to the boundary.

35.4

Malinga to Clarke, 2 runs, Malinga drops short as Clarke advances to target the covers again. This time he latches on late and the ball flies off the outer half of the bat towards third man. Clarke flies back for the second.

The seam comes off the ball. The umpires are looking to repair it. Clarke goes down to do some midway push-ups to test that back.

The ball is changed, the new one may not reverse ...

"What a difference a year makes, the last time Australia played a ODI in Hobart Shaun Marsh top scored with 110, while our bowling attack consisted of Bollinger, Tait, Watson, Hauritz and Steve Smith." It is the season of change Big Fish. India have only one bowler - Zaheer Khan - from their World Cup final XI, playing in this series. And he too is missing more than he plays.

35.5

Malinga to Clarke, no run, on Clarke's pads, he nudges it straight to backward square leg and Clarke sends Forrest back. Direct hit doesn't catch him short.

35.6

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, Clarke scythes into the off side. 43 runs have come off the Powerplay, timely gear change for the Aussies, who have 14 overs to go.

End of over 36 (8 runs) Australia 175/2 (RR: 4.86)
MJ Clarke    68* (74b 5x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-37-0
PJ Forrest    91* (122b 8x4 2x6)      MF Maharoof    9-0-37-1

Maharoof runs in for his last over.

36.1

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke pushes a single in front of square.

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.

36.3

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length on the stumps, Clarke turns it to deep midwicket for another single.

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.

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 178/2 (RR: 4.81)
PJ Forrest    92* (126b 8x4 2x6)      MF Maharoof    10-0-40-1
MJ Clarke    70* (76b 5x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-37-0

Herath is back on.

37.1

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, armer and a loud lbw appeal as Clarke dares to go back and cut. He chops the pad with his bat after hitting the ball, hence no response from the umpire barring a smile.

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.

37.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke sweeps from outside off stump for a single to deep square leg.

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.

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 181/2 (RR: 4.76)
PJ Forrest    93* (130b 8x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-32-0
MJ Clarke    72* (78b 5x4 2x6)      MF Maharoof    10-0-40-1

38.1

Mathews to Clarke, OUT, a stunning catch and Clarke's gone. Full ball angling into the pads, Clarke swipes it efficently over midwicket, and he times it well enough to give Thisara on the boundary a chance. And how well he took it.. He ran across and to his front, tumbled forward and plucked the ball just before it hit turf. Sri Lanka will breathe easy ...

MJ Clarke c Perera b Mathews 72 (128m 79b 5x4 2x6) SR: 91.13

... or not. The in-form Michael Hussey is the next man in.

"Are you sure it's Peter Forrest and not Jesse Ryder out there please? Seems to be moving very slowly near a milestone at present," wonders Stuart Capel.

38.2

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 1 run, he's away immediately, working Angelo Mathews efficiently away for a single.

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

38.5

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, 104 kph on that offcutter, Hussey wasn't close to spotting it. Nearly nicked it, but it wouldn't have carried to the keeper.

38.6

Mathews to MEK Hussey, no run, opens the face as he looks to steer square now, but finds point.

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 183/3 (RR: 4.69)
MEK Hussey    1* (3b)      AD Mathews    5-0-20-1
PJ Forrest    94* (132b 8x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-32-0

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.

39.4

Perera to MEK Hussey, SIX, Hussey murders a long hop! Looks like he was getting anxious to come out and bat during that stand. Short ball, Hussey is back in a flash and bangs it into oblivion., It lands well back in the grass banks.

39.5

Perera to MEK Hussey, 1 run, fuller length, Hussey calmly tucks it square for a single.

Slow clap as Thisara runs in.. and then a boo when he stops short.

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.

Vivek Bhandari sends out a timely tweet: "Ton Forrest, ton!"

End of over 40 (14 runs) Australia 197/3 (RR: 4.92)
PJ Forrest    100* (136b 9x4 2x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-35-0
MEK Hussey    8* (5b 1x6)      AD Mathews    5-0-20-1

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

58 balls to go. Two Husseys at the crease. Sri Lanka need to bowl very carefully here.

40.3

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 1 run, back of a length outside the off stump, Hussey chops it square for a single.

40.4

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey reaches out to a length ball and nurdles it to the leg side. Thirimanne makes a hash of a routine pick-up-and-throw, but only two runs to be had in any case.

40.5

Mathews to DJ Hussey, no run, 107 kph on a slower ball, David Hussey is early into the work to leg and plays it uppishly but short of catchers.

40.6

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 1 run, David plays his trademark walking steer into the covers for a single.

End of over 41 (8 runs) Australia 205/4 (RR: 5.00)
DJ Hussey    3* (3b)      AD Mathews    6-0-28-2
MEK Hussey    9* (6b 1x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-35-0

Ponting for PM reads a creative little banner on the ground. Good to watch!

41.1

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, no run, length ball wide of off stump, David steers it straight to point.

41.2

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, full ball, pings the covers for a single.

41.3

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, yorker from Kula outside off stump, Mike digs it out beside the stumps and little bro responds for a quick single.

41.4

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, FOUR, another legcutter slower ball, David kills it with a front-foot inside out carve over extra cover.

41.5

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, and again, he scuds a full ball through the extra cover area. Thisara does well to move across, but almost lets it go through with a lazy one-handed pick up, but he keeps it down to two eventually.

41.6

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, no run, pitched up on off stump, David deflects it into the off side again.

End of over 42 (8 runs) Australia 213/4 (RR: 5.07)
DJ Hussey    10* (8b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-39-1
MEK Hussey    10* (7b 1x6)      AD Mathews    6-0-28-2

Angelo Mathews runs in.

42.1

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, short outside leg, and Hussey nearly laps it straight to Kula at short fine leg. Would have been a travesty if it had carried, but it dropped just short.

42.2

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 1 run, over-pitched wide of off stump, David pushes into the covers for another single.

42.3

Mathews to MEK Hussey, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Michael stays in the crease and forces it down to long-off for one.

42.4

Mathews to DJ Hussey, SIX, murder in Tasmania. Slower ball to David, who waits and waits before blasting it across the line miles over midwicket. The slower ball can be pesky to batsmen who commit themselves early, but David Hussey isn't one of those ...

42.5

Mathews to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, full ball outside off now, David eases it into the covers without fuss for two more.

42.6

Mathews to DJ Hussey, FOUR, David Hussey is having a good time at Angelo Mathews' expense. Length ball outside off, and he once again times the lofted jab over the covers beautifully. Herath runs across and tries to play footsie instead of going down and stopping cleanly, but the ball rolls over.

End of over 43 (15 runs) Australia 228/4 (RR: 5.30)
DJ Hussey    23* (12b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    7-0-43-2
MEK Hussey    12* (9b 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-39-1

Sri Lanka are bleeding here. I daresay, Australia are prospering since Forrest's exit.

43.1

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full length ball outside the off stump, Michael dabs to point for one.

43.2

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, pitched well up on the stumps, David works it away through midwicket and Michael runs back without any sort of trouble for what looked like a difficult couple.

43.3

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another single for David, who bunts a full length ball to long-on.

43.4

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, SIX, what's worse than Hussey going bonkers at one end? Hussey going bonkers at both. Kula sends down a listless full toss, which ends up in Michael's slot as he moves across and lines up a lap. He ends up timing it so well, it flies out of the park. Stunning timing.

43.5

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, wheels are a-coming off. Misfield in the covers gives Michael too as he jams a full ball away. The understanding between these two is something else.

43.6

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, Kula gets a dot ball through at long last, back of a length and cutting away from Mike.

End of over 44 (12 runs) Australia 240/4 (RR: 5.45)
MEK Hussey    21* (13b 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-51-1
DJ Hussey    26* (14b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    7-0-43-2

Malinga on for his final spell of three overs.

44.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, DJ makes room even as Malinga sends down a full ball outside off. He pushes into the covers and looks for a quick single, but he played it straight to the fielder.

44.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, DJ plays all over a full ball, but the inside edge runs away behind square for a couple.

44.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, good yorker outside off, DJ plays it right back to the bowler.

Jayawardene has a word with Bowden about the non-striker taking a start now... I thought he believes Mankading is against the spirit of the game? Anyway, not sure why they are talking to the umpire about it. It's about time people learned the laws of the game they are playing.

44.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ gets the single away, forcing a mistimed single through mid-on.

44.5

Malinga to MEK Hussey, OUT, Malinga's making his worth apparent. The inch-perfect yorker from hell, full, ram-rod straight and destined to hit the base of the stumps. Michael was looking to play the cheeky dab to third man, but he was messing with the wrong man. Wrong ball in any case. It's through him, and the bails fly off.

MEK Hussey b Malinga 21 (33m 14b 0x4 2x6) SR: 150.00

Christian is the new man in.

44.6

Malinga to Christian, 2 runs, very low full toss on Christian's toes and he clips efficiently for a couple.. Sri Lanka's fielding is fading away a touch here.

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 245/5 (RR: 5.44)
DT Christian    2* (1b)      SL Malinga    8-0-42-1
DJ Hussey    29* (18b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-51-1

Herath to bowl... Seatbelt signs are on.

45.1

Herath to DJ Hussey, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, DJ takes a risky single.. Chandimal hurls it down at the non-striker's end from point, but misses fractionally.

45.2

Herath to Christian, 2 runs, Christian laps him away from outside off stump towards fine leg for a couple.

45.3

Herath to Christian, no run, hint of turn from a length on middle stump, Christian plays it back to the bowler.

45.4

Herath to Christian, 2 runs, works him from middle and leg towards midwicket and charges back for a second run to usher in the 250.

45.5

Herath to Christian, no run, drifts in towards leg stump, Christian plays all around it, but manages to keep it out;.

45.6

Herath to Christian, OUT, a wicket to end a splendid over under the circumstances. Herath holds the length back sending Christan's rampant charge, and slips the ball past his murderous heave to the leg side. Sanga doesn't grasp the ball cleanly, but holds on to break the furniture.

DT Christian st †Sangakkara b Herath 6 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 46 (5 runs) Australia 250/6 (RR: 5.43)
     HMRKB Herath    8-0-37-1
DJ Hussey    30* (19b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    8-0-42-1

46.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, perfect yorker from Malinga, DJ can't time the flick past the man at midwicket..

Two really good overs for SL..

46.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ can only jam a single away, one bounce and past mid-off.. Brett Lee will face.

46.3

Malinga to Lee, no run, superb from Malinga. Invaluable skill this! Lee tamely plays a searing yorker right back to the bowler.

46.4

Malinga to Lee, 1 run, almost another perfect yorker, this time Lee manages to drive to long-on for a single.

46.5

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another late swinging yorker, DJ steers into the covers for a single. The Malinga overs are a write-off. What can DJ do at the other end?

46.6

Malinga to Lee, 1 run, pitched up on a full length outside off, Lee bangs it to long-off for a single to retain strike. Three to go.,

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 254/6 (RR: 5.40)
B Lee    2* (3b)      SL Malinga    9-0-46-1
DJ Hussey    32* (22b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-37-1

"The 46 letter man strikes in the 46th over!" Hah, Venkat! Here he is again, for the 48th.

47.1

Herath to Lee, no run, back of a length, Lee backs away and looks to hack into the covers. Can't find the gap.

47.2

Herath to Lee, 1 run, Lee jumps out, Herath hoodwinks him in the air, but Lee is resourceful enough to steer behind point for one.,

47.3

Herath to DJ Hussey, 1 run, angled into the pads, DJ carefully works it square for a single.

47.4

Herath to Lee, no run, fired in on a length, Lee can't force it away and plays back to the bowler. Asphixiation!

47.5

Herath to Lee, SIX, Lee's relieved the pressure with a stunning connection. Length from Herath, only just, and Lee gets under it to lever it away brutally over midwicket. That magic man, Mathews, was prowling in the deep, but even his leap couldn't juggle it back in.

47.6

Herath to Lee, no run, good comeback, fired in full and Lee drags it back to Herath who reacts quickly and fields.

End of over 48 (8 runs) Australia 262/6 (RR: 5.45)
B Lee    9* (8b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-45-1
DJ Hussey    33* (23b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-46-1

48.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Malinga yorker again, DJ chops it off the inner edge past the stumps for a single.

48.2

Malinga to Lee, FOUR, at long last, Malinga has missed a yorker. It ends a low full toss in Lee's hitting zone and he bottom-hands it past wide mid-on for another important four.

Srinivas explains the grey area that no one seems comfortable to cross. "Jayawardene talking to the umpire about the non-striker taking a start just shows how ridiculous this 'Spirit of the game' concept/theory is. Either he knows the rules for mankading or not. If yes, go ahead and mankad him. Or else, just keep quiet."

48.3

Malinga to Lee, 1 run, lands this one near the toes, Lee looks to heave it square and labours a single away.

48.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, DJ seems to have lost his mojo in the last 3-4 overs, since big brother got out. Another inswinging yorker, inside edged to short fine leg for a single.

48.5

Malinga to Lee, 2 runs, full again outside off, Lee manages to force it into the covers and prance back and forth for two. He also had to dive in at the last moment to make it in. Got to love this guy! What fitness and spirit after such a high-effort, many-injury-laden career.

48.6

Malinga to Lee, 1 run, Malinga's done a fine finishing job. Lee drags a single to long on to retain strike for the 50th. Australia won't mind a big finish.

End of over 49 (10 runs) Australia 272/6 (RR: 5.55)
B Lee    17* (12b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    10-0-56-1
DJ Hussey    35* (25b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-45-1

Last 5 overs have gone for 32 for 2. Can Kulasekara's 50th keep the lid down on Aus?

49.1

Kulasekara to Lee, no run, gets away with a shabby full toss on the pads. Lee somehow contrived to get a leading edge on his lash to the leg side and it came right back at Kula.

49.2

Kulasekara to Lee, 1 run, another full toss, another escape. Lee tries to pulverise it over the covers and gets a thick outside edge to Sanga, who does really well to stop it as he dives to his right.

Four boundary riders on the leg side ...

49.3

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, good yorker, DJ is moving about the crease and can only force it down the ground for a couple. A direct hit from the deep can't catch Lee short, and there's nearly an overthrow, but Lee's run too far.

49.4

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, he's bowling a dangerously high number of full tosses for the last over, and incredibly getting away with them too! Hussey lashes this one to deep square leg, but finds the fielder.

49.5

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, much better length, DJ hustles it down the ground for just a single.

49.6

Kulasekara to Lee, 2 runs, Sri Lanka have come back strongly in the end over. Despite a needless overthrow to end the innings. Yorker to Lee, who plays it to the leg side for a single. A direct hit is attempted and missed, and the second run is taken.

The last 6 overs gave away just 38. Australia were looking good for 300 at one stage, but the game is open now. SL will love batting on this pitch. Here's Brydon Coverdale's innings report. Sri Lanka will be making a Hobart record if they chase this down.. Will they? Join us for the reply in a bit.

End of over 50 (8 runs) Australia 280/6
B Lee    20* (15b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-59-1
DJ Hussey    40* (28b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    10-0-56-1
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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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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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