Commonwealth Bank Series, 1st Final: Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Mar 4, 2012
Australia won by 15 runs
4 March 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

We are set for the start. Warner to take strike, Wade is at the other end. Lasith Malinga to kick things off for Sri Lanka. A slip

Time for the anthems. A good Sri Lankan presence in the crowd, as usual, but the Gabba is way below capacity, for now at least.

There's a fair amount of time left before the match begins, so do read the preview to this game in the meantime.

Toss: Australia have decided to bat, Clarke says the pitch looks "fantastic". Forrest misses out as Clarke comes back in. Clint McKay is also missing, to make way for Brett Lee. Jayawardene says he would have preferred to bat first. There is some rain forecast for later in the day. Maharoof is back from his injury, Dammika Prasad comes in as well and so does Upul Tharanga. There's no Thisara Perera or Angelo Mathews - both out injured.

Welcome, everyone, to our coverage of the first final of the CB series. Sri Lanka have made it through with a hard-fought, tight, win over Australia in Melbourne, knocking India out in the process. Sri Lanka have beaten Australia thrice in four matches this series, something that should give them plenty of confidence going into this match. Australia, however, have an excellent record in Brisbane.

As for the pitch, the experts reckon it's a very good one for batting. A score of 240, Wasim Akram says, should test Australia should Sri Lanka bat first. The toss is in another three minutes.

0.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 wide, Malinga slides it down the leg side and Australia open their account, courtesy a wide

0.1

Malinga to Warner, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, Warner shapes up for a cut but it's a touch too close to play that shot, misses it

0.2

Malinga to Warner, 1 leg bye, nipped back in sharply after pitching and also swung in, struck Warner high on the pads as it beat him after moving in, they steal a legbye, would have gone over comfortably

0.3

Malinga to Wade, no run, Malinga gets that swing in as well, this one is outside off stump and Wade shoulders arms to that one

0.4

Malinga to Wade, no run, beaten completely, beaten through the gate, swinging in and Wade played a little outside the line to that one, missed it and it just went over the stumps, there is an appeal for caught behind but that flicked the trousers on the way to the keeper

0.5

Malinga to Wade, no run, swing again, lands on a good length outside off, Wade stabs that towards extra cover

0.6

Malinga to Wade, FOUR, thrashed, pitched up, a reasonable amount of width and Wade cashes in, creaming it past extra cover for a boundary

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • MS Wade 4 (4b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 0 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl

1.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 wide, angles that wide of the off stump and it goes away further after pitching, Warner leaves it alone, called a wide by Asad Rauf

1.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, swing, some outswing for Kula, lands on a good length on the off, Warner shuffles across a hint and defends it into the leg side

1.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, bowled on a good length on middle and off, rocks on the back foot, defended into the off side

1.3

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, turns it behind square for a single

1.4

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, a touch too straight, short of a good length, worked away past mid-on for a single

1.5

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, too wide and Warner doesn't let it go to waste, reaches for it and crashes it through the covers for a boundary

1.6

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets back and across and pushes it back down the pitch

End of over 2 (7 runs) Australia 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • DA Warner 5 (7b 1x4)
    • MS Wade 5 (5b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-7-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

A slip and a short square leg

2.1

Malinga to Wade, 3 runs, pitched on a length on middle and leg, driven firmly towards mid-on and it goes through Dammika, three more to the score, Dammika slid to his left but couldn't quite stop that

2.2

Malinga to Warner, no run, short of a good length on middle, pushed off the back foot into the off side

2.3

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and runs it down towards third man for a single

2.4

Malinga to Wade, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, rocks forward and guides it to point

2.5

Malinga to Wade, no run, banged in short on middle and Wade swayed out of the way quickly, evaded that well, a snorter from Malinga

2.6

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, deveived by the slower one, Doherty had got out in similar fashion in the previous match, was into the shot too early was Wade and that landed short of mid-off, lucky to stay and get a run on top of that

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 18/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • MS Wade 9 (9b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 6 (9b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-10-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-7-0
3.1

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turns it wide of mid-on for a single

Maharoof was the fielder there, slow to react to that opportunity

3.2

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, turned away off the back foot through the leg side for a single

Two slips for Kulasekara

3.3

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, short of a good length on the off, stands up nicely to that one and taps it to point

3.4

Kulasekara to Wade, 2 runs, slides it on the pads once again and it's flicked past square leg for a couple more runs

3.5

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, bowled it short of a good length, picking off the runs easily here, run down to third man for a single

3.6

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it down into the off side

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 23/0 (RR: 5.75)

    • DA Warner 7 (11b 1x4)
    • MS Wade 13 (13b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-12-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-10-0
4.1

Malinga to Wade, 3 runs, Another slower one from Malinga, lots of width on that one, sliced over cover for three runs, his bottom hand came off there, didn't pick the change in pace once again

4.2

Malinga to Warner, 3 runs, short ball and Warner shaped up for the pull, connected well but not as well as he would have liked, got lots of elevation on that one, landed safely in the deep square leg region and three more to the Australians

A slip and a short extra cover

4.3

Malinga to Wade, 1 wide, Malinga bowls a big wide down the leg side, and it's called, lots of cloud cover now

4.3

Malinga to Wade, no run, slower one bowled on leg stump, probably pitched outside leg and cut in a hint, walked across to play that square, struck on the pads

4.4

Malinga to Wade, no run, another slower ball that he plays watchfully but not convincingly, pushed awkwardly towards mid-off

Andrew: "When Haddin was in the side, a lot of people were calling for Wade to be picked instead. Now that Wade is in, I am not sure what the fuss was about. He hasn't looked that spectacular..."

4.5

Malinga to Wade, 1 wide, dropped that short on middle, a touch too short and Wade got out of the way, too high and it's called a wide

4.5

Malinga to Wade, SIX, Malinga feeding Wade with a dose of slower ones, too many one would think having seen that shot, Wade deposited that miles behind deep midwicket, connected superbly, clean swing of the bat, that was murdered

4.6

Malinga to Wade, FOUR, Malinga paying for a poor line this time, pitched up well outside off and Wade drills that hard through mid-off and extra cover, an attacking start this

End of over 5 (18 runs) Australia 41/0 (RR: 8.20)

    • MS Wade 26 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 10 (12b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-28-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-12-0
5.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, back of a length on middle, gets on the back foot to punch it into the off side

5.2

Kulasekara to Warner, 2 runs, shortish on the off, jabbed it wide of midwicket for a couple more runs

5.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, ooh, a thick inside edge onto the pads, short of a good length and Warner tried to force that through the leg side

5.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, dropped that one slightly short on the off, stabbed it down towards mid-on, Kulasekara slipped on his follow through

5.5

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, pushed it fuller, on middle and off, driven soundly but straight to mid-off

5.6

Kulasekara to Warner, 3 runs, shortish on middle and leg, turned away past Malinga at short fine leg, Malinga could have put in a better effort there, the dive slowing the ball down but only a hint, three more

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 46/0 (RR: 7.66)

    • DA Warner 15 (18b 1x4)
    • MS Wade 26 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-17-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-28-0

Nick: "Good onya Andrew! Put the reverse-mozz on Wade, then he crunches a six and a four!"

Maharoof to bowl now, can he make up for that bit of lethargy against Wade earlier in the innings?

6.1

Maharoof to Warner, no run

6.2

Maharoof to Warner, no run, pitched up on the off stump, driven forcefully but straight to mid-off

6.3

Maharoof to Warner, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed off the back foot to mid-on

6.4

Maharoof to Warner, FOUR, Warner goes for that, a big swing attempted over deep midwicket, it takes the outside edge and clears slip for a boundary, 50 up for Australia, streaky from Warner

6.5

Maharoof to Warner, FOUR, connects well this time, Maharoof drops that short, Warner picks the length early and pulls it well over midwicket

6.6

Maharoof to Warner, 2 runs, more runs, uses the depth of the crease well, pitched up on the off and he moved back to just flick it past mid-on for a couple more

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 56/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • DA Warner 25 (24b 3x4)
    • MS Wade 26 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-10-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-17-0

Jason: "@Andrew, it's because Wade is 24, and Haddin is 34. We can persist with younger players because they will come good, but we can't afford to persist with older players if they're not giving us results."

7.1

Kulasekara to Wade, 2 runs, Kula bowls that full, steered through point and cover for two more runs

7.2

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, short of a good length, runs it down towards third man for a single

7.3

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, punched hard from Warner, short on the off and he cracks it past mid-off, moved back, picked the length early and dealt with it well

7.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, beaten, bowled on a good length this time and got it to move away, Warner fished for that, slightly inside the line and was beaten

7.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 2 runs, bowled it short of a good length on middle, jabbed past midwicket into the deep for a couple more runs

7.6

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, shortish outside off, kept a little low, attempted the cut, got a thick underedge on the bounce to the keeper

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 65/0 (RR: 8.12)

    • DA Warner 31 (28b 4x4)
    • MS Wade 29 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-26-0
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-10-0
8.1

Maharoof to Wade, no run, bowls it short of a good length outside off, allows it through to the keeper

It has begun drizzling in Brisbane

8.2

Maharoof to Wade, 1 run, goodish length on leg stump, gets across and turns it wide of midwicket for a single

8.3

Maharoof to Warner, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, cracked hard but Dilshan does well at point to stop that

8.4

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, Warner didn't have an answer to that one, bowled on a good length and got it to cut away, Warner moved back and tried to play against the movement, tried to whip it through the leg side, got a thick outside edge towards third man

8.5

Maharoof to Wade, no run, allows that one to go through does Wade

8.6

Maharoof to Wade, no run, short ball on middle and jagged back in rap Wade on the gloves, a good over this from Maharoof after a disappointing first

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 67/0 (RR: 7.44)

    • MS Wade 30 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 32 (30b 4x4)
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-12-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-26-0
9.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, slightly short on middle and off, pushed back down the pitch to the bowler

9.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, short of a good length outside off, punched off the back foot straight towards cover

9.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, on middle, shortish again, pushed off the back foot to mid-on

Tim: "I guess its worth mentioning that Wade and Haddin's ODI averages and strike rates are almost identical right now. And we're considering this a slowish start to Wade's career. Imagine how much better than Haddin he'll be when he really hits his straps."

9.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, punched off the back foot into the leg side, another shortish delivery

9.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, gets on the back foot and turns it just wide of Malinga at short fine, just the single

9.6

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, short and wide, there to cut or so Wade thinks, a touch too close it seems in the end, misses

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 68/0 (RR: 6.80)

    • MS Wade 30 (25b 2x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 33 (35b 4x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-27-0
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-12-0

Andrew: "@Jason, yeah, I get that he is still a youngster, but he seems uncomfortable against the new ball, and (more worryingly) he hasn't been all that flash with the gloves. I'm sure he is a better bet for the future than Haddin, but isn't there anyone else?"

It's still drizzling, but not enough to force the players off the field

10.1

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, bowled it short of a length on middle, worked off the hips behind square for a single

10.2

Maharoof to Wade, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, defended towards point off the front foot

2.15pm: Time for play to resume, the players are back and in position. Maharoof to continue

Marc: "Hard to see how Wade has done anything wrong? Young bloke, keeping has been decent he hasn't dropped a catch yet or missed a stumping and doesn't seem to have let many byes through, don't see the problem?"

2.10pm: The covers, meanwhile, have come off and we should have play resume shortly. Two minutes is what the commentators are saying, so good news.

Gareth: "I'm still amazed at all the pre-match talk about Kapugedera. He's been dumped more times than Jennifer Aniston, and never taken his chances in his 87 caps." A touch too harsh on Jenny I think.

Pete: "Andrew: This series Wade's hit two fifties at a strike rate of 80+. Not bad at all against some decent teams. I'm no Haddin basher - he's played some awesome knocks when it has mattered - but he's getting on for a keeper. Gilchrist's brilliance left him half a career - and he deserves to be remembered as a handier bat than Healy (or Marsh, or Tallon, or Grout...)- but there's no point elongating it."

2.05pm local time: The players are walking off due to the drizzle, which has picked up over the last few minutes. Hopefully it'll recede, or better still, go away. Brisbane has one of the best drainage systems for cricket grounds across the world, so it should be alright one hopes.

10.3

Maharoof to Wade, 2 runs, goodish length outside off, gets forward and pushes it towards point, they steal a quick single and one more after Upul Tharanga fumbles

10.4

Maharoof to Wade, FOUR, lovely shot from Wade, struck through the line, pitched it up and he drove it elegantly down the ground past mid-off

10.5

Maharoof to Wade, no run, goodish length on leg stump, defended towards point from the crease

10.6

Maharoof to Wade, no run, pushed it on a good length on middle, defended into the leg side

End of over 11 (7 runs) Australia 75/0 (RR: 6.81)

    • MS Wade 36 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 34 (36b 4x4)
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-19-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-27-0

Dilshan comes round the wicket

11.1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, short of a good length on middle, makes room and chops it down towards point

11.2

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, angling in towards middle, holds its line, drops it in front of point to collect a single

11.3

Dilshan to Wade, no run, bowled it towards middle and leg, angling down, tickled towards square leg

11.4

Dilshan to Wade, no run, low full toss on the off, pushed gently towards extra cover

11.5

Dilshan to Wade, no run, flighted on leg stump, driven straight towards midwicket

11.6

Dilshan to Wade, 1 run, short ball outside off, rocks back and punches it towards deep cover for a single

End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 77/0 (RR: 6.41)

    • MS Wade 37 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 35 (38b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-2-0
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-19-0
12.1

Maharoof to Wade, no run, bowled on a good length on middle, defended solidly in front of extra cover

12.2

Maharoof to Wade, 2 runs, bowled it short on leg stump, worked away wide of fine leg, Wade sprints back for the second

12.3

Maharoof to Wade, no run, pitched it up full on the off, driven on the up towards mid-off

12.4

Maharoof to Wade, no run, bowled it slightly short on middle and off, defended towards point

12.5

Maharoof to Wade, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched standing tall on the back foot through point for a single

12.6

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, turns it behind square leg for an easy single

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 81/0 (RR: 6.23)

    • DA Warner 36 (39b 4x4)
    • MS Wade 40 (39b 3x4 1x6)
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-23-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-2-0

Tim: "Wade has power, athleticism, can score both sides of the wicket, play front and back foot, keep back and at the stumps and can play under pressure. He has all the tools. Consistency is all he's lacked and that will come with confidence and experience. He should be Australia's keeper in all forms."

13.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, pushed it off the front foot through extra cover into the deep for a single

13.2

Dilshan to Wade, no run, tossed up on the off, driven straight to extra cover this time

13.3

Dilshan to Wade, 1 run, drops it just wide of point for a quick single, thought of a second but there was none

13.4

Dilshan to Warner, no run, shortish on middle from round the wicket, punched in the direction of midwicket

13.5

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, taps it towards point for a single

13.6

Dilshan to Wade, 1 run, bowled it full on middle, driven through towards long-off for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 85/0 (RR: 6.07)

    • MS Wade 42 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 38 (42b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-6-0
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-23-0
14.1

Maharoof to Wade, 1 run, short, gives some width, it's slashed hard towards third man for a single

14.2

Maharoof to Warner, no run, around a good length on the off, rocks on the back foot and knocks it towards point

14.3

Maharoof to Warner, no run, ooh, a good length ball that bounced more than Warner would have liked, got it a little high on the bat as he went through with the shot but it landed short of extra cover

14.4

Maharoof to Warner, no run, shortish delivery on leg stump and it strikes him high on the pads

14.5

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, short of a good length, punched towards deep cover for an easy single

14.6

Maharoof to Wade, no run, slightly short of a good length, knocks it down towards point

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 87/0 (RR: 5.80)

    • MS Wade 43 (44b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 39 (46b 4x4)
    • MF Maharoof 5-0-25-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-6-0
15.1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, shortish outside off, chops it down towards point where it's fielded well

15.2

Dilshan to Warner, no run, a touch short again, cracked straight to point once more

15.3

Dilshan to Warner, no run, keeps it flat, bowled on a good length, driven straight back to the bowler

15.4

Dilshan to Warner, no run, straying on the pads, clips the pads as he tries to work it square

15.5

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, flighted on the off, pushed down towards long-off for a single

15.6

Dilshan to Wade, 1 run, driven through the line towards long-off for a single again, a tidy over from Dilshan

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 89/0 (RR: 5.56)

    • MS Wade 44 (45b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 40 (51b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-8-0
    • MF Maharoof 5-0-25-0

One slip in place for Dammika Prasad, who comes on

16.1

Prasad to Wade, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks on the back foot and taps that towards cover

16.2

Prasad to Wade, no run, shortish on middle and off, defended down towards point

16.3

Prasad to Wade, 1 run, bowled it short on middle, pulled towards deep square leg for a single

16.4

Prasad to Warner, 2 runs, short of a good length, Warner gets back and just jab-chips it over midwicket for a couple of runs

16.5

Prasad to Warner, 1 run, pushed it quicker and a touch fuller, Warner still opts to go back and work it past midwicket for a single

16.6

Prasad to Wade, 1 run, bowled it on a good length on middle, knocked down in the direction of square leg for a quick single

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 94/0 (RR: 5.52)

    • MS Wade 46 (49b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 43 (53b 4x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 1-0-5-0
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-8-0
17.1

Dilshan to Wade, 3 runs, a bit of flight on that one and it lands short outside off, Wade waits for it to turn away and slashes it behind point for three runs, Tharanga gave chase and dragged it in

17.2

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, slightly short on the off, pushed off the back foot past extra cover for a single

17.3

Dilshan to Wade, no run, tossed up on middle, defended cautiously towards extra cover

17.4

Dilshan to Wade, 3 runs, appeal for run-out, pushed off the front foot wide of extra cover, there is an attempt at a direct hit as Wade tries to steal a single to reach his half-century, Tharanga was the man, the ricohet off the stumps fetches them two more and takes Wade to 52, a solid knock from Wade, excellent start this for Australia

This is the best opening stand of the series

17.5

Dilshan to Warner, no run, short of a good length, pushed off the back foot to extra cover

17.6

Dilshan to Warner, no run, cracked off the front foot towards point

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia 101/0 (RR: 5.61)

    • DA Warner 44 (56b 4x4)
    • MS Wade 52 (52b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-15-0
    • KTGD Prasad 1-0-5-0
18.1

Prasad to Wade, 2 runs, width and bowled full, allows Wade to free his arms, he cracks that through extra cover into the deep for a couple of runs

18.2

Prasad to Wade, no run, beaten, lovely delivery that was bowled on a good length and shot away to beat the outside edge

18.3

Prasad to Wade, 2 runs, shortish outside off, it's cut away towards third man, he has to run across a few yards and Wade picks up a couple

18.4

Prasad to Wade, no run, short and wide, tries to crash it through the covers, has to reach for it, misses

18.5

Prasad to Wade, no run, bowled on a good length in the channel outside off, Wade shoulders arms to that one

18.6

Prasad to Wade, no run, bowled it short outside off, chopped it down towards point

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 105/0 (RR: 5.52)

    • MS Wade 56 (58b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 44 (56b 4x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 2-0-9-0
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-15-0
19.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, bowled it slightly short outside off, cracked it through to deep cover for a single

19.2

Dilshan to Wade, no run, bowled it on a good length outside off, defended towards point

19.3

Dilshan to Wade, no run, steps out of his crease, that was held back by Dilshan, defended into the off side

19.4

Dilshan to Wade, no run, floating it towards middle, defended to extra cover

19.5

Dilshan to Wade, 1 run, turned away behind square leg for a single, thinking of a second but it's not there

19.6

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, punched it down towards long-on off the back foot

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 108/0 (RR: 5.40)

    • DA Warner 46 (58b 4x4)
    • MS Wade 57 (62b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-18-0
    • KTGD Prasad 2-0-9-0

Sri Lanka have taken the bowling Powerplay. Prasad to bowl

20.1

Prasad to Warner, no run, beaten, pushed it full outside off, Warner drove at that one inside the line, beaten

20.2

Prasad to Warner, 1 run, clipped away off the pads towards fine leg for a single

20.3

Prasad to Wade, no run, short of a good length, drops it down in front of slip

20.4

Prasad to Wade, no run, pitched up outside off, bowled at 147kmph, good pace that, tried to crack that through point but couldn't get his bat to it

20.5

Prasad to Wade, 2 runs, around a good length on the pads, turned away gently through midwicket and there's enough time for them to sprint back for the second

20.6

Prasad to Wade, no run, bowled it on a good length on middle, defended off the back foot to mid-on

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 111/0 (RR: 5.28)

    • MS Wade 59 (66b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 47 (60b 4x4)
    • KTGD Prasad 3-0-12-0
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-18-0

Kulasekara is back

21.1

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, pitched up on the off and he has drilled that past mid-off, Maharoof dives but in vain and the boundary fetches Warner his half-century

21.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, lovely ball, pitched it up but got it to move away, Warner was eyeing that mid-off boundary again but was beaten by the movement

21.3

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, whipped towards deep square leg for a single

21.4

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, short of a good length on the off, moves back and pushes it to point

21.5

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, bowled it full on the off, driven straight towards mid-off, firm but straight

21.6

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, slightly short on the off, knocks it down in front of point

End of over 22 (5 runs) Australia 116/0 (RR: 5.27)

    • MS Wade 59 (69b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 52 (63b 5x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-32-0
    • KTGD Prasad 3-0-12-0
22.1

Prasad to Warner, no run, creamed, absolutely thrashed, but straight to the fielder, pitched up and he cracked it straight to mid-off where Kulasekara did the hard work of getting behind it

22.2

Prasad to Warner, FOUR, no chance for him this time, was pitched on a length and he smote that through the line past the bowler, mid-off wasn't in range at all

22.3

Prasad to Warner, FOUR, another one, Prasad bowling too full again, in the slot for Warner who powered that through mid-off once more, three deliveries of almost identical length and line

Dammika going round the wicket

22.4

Prasad to Warner, no run, angling in towards middle, defends it cautiously back towards the bowler

22.5

Prasad to Warner, SIX, middled superbly, Dammika errs in length this time by bowling it short and Warner likes playing that shot, gets forward and pulls him powerfully over the long-on boundary, and it's caught by a spectator in the crowd

22.6

Prasad to Warner, no run, short of a good length and it's chopped towards cover

End of over 23 (14 runs) Australia 130/0 (RR: 5.65)

    • DA Warner 66 (69b 7x4 1x6)
    • MS Wade 59 (69b 3x4 1x6)
    • KTGD Prasad 4-0-26-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-32-0
23.1

Kulasekara to Wade, FOUR, poor line given there is a short fine leg in place, low full toss on the pads and Wade flicks it away through square leg

23.2

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, chopped it down behind point for a single

23.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, walked forward did Warner and Kula held it back, tried to jab it through square leg but it struck him on the thigh

23.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, bowled it on a good length on middle, Warner moved back and defended it to extra cover

23.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, pushed it full on leg stump, Warner plays it down to long-on and wants the second but Wade sends him back a little belatedly, Warner dives to make it back

23.6

Kulasekara to Wade, OUT, An outstanding catch by Herath, for a moment it seemed Wade had struck it cleanly to send it over the ropes but it wasn't timed as well as initially thought, Herath was at long-on and Wade had enough on it to get it past him as he was standing a few yards inside the ropes, Herath though kept his eyes on the ball throughout, back-pedalled a few steps, stuck out one hand and snapped it while falling back, he made sure he caught it clean with his feet well inside the ropes, a stunning effort to bring an end to a superb opening stand

MS Wade c Herath b Kulasekara 64 (110m 72b 4x4 1x6) SR: 88.88

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 136/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • DA Warner 67 (72b 7x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-38-1
    • KTGD Prasad 4-0-26-0

Watson comes in. Can Sri Lanka now break the tempo of the innings? Herath's superlative effort should quieten things down for a bit, they will hope. Malinga to bowl

24.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off, cut down straight to point

24.2

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, thick outside edge, short of a good length outside off and Watson pushes at that one inside the line, rolls down the third man boundary past slip

I remember Vasbert Drakes taking a similar catch to dismiss John Davison in a World Cup game between Canada and West Indies in 2003

24.3

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, guided off the back foot with an open face

24.4

Malinga to Warner, SIX, Six, Malinga bowls it short on middle with a fine leg up, Warner stays his ground and pulls it well behind square and it has enough on it to clear the ropes, just about

24.5

Malinga to Warner, no run, slower one bowled on a good length outside off, pushed through to extra cover

24.6

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside leg stump, works it to short fine where Herath fumbles, allowing Warner a quick single

End of over 25 (12 runs) Australia 148/1 (RR: 5.92)

    • DA Warner 74 (75b 7x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 5 (3b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-40-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-38-1

Ajit: "If there is one criticism possible of Mahela throughout the CB series, is that he is reluctant to bowl spinners during the powerplays - when it is clear that the Aussie batters do better with the ball coming on to the bat rather than creating their own power....."

Dilshan now comes on

25.1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, bowled it on a good length on the off, pushed it towards extra cover

25.2

Dilshan to Warner, no run, angling in towards middle, defended on the off side with bat close to pad

25.3

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, Warner reaches his highest ODI score with a jab through midwicket

25.4

Dilshan to Watson, no run, gets front and across to work it towards midwicket

25.5

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched towards long-on off the back foot

It has started drizzling again in Brisbane

25.6

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 151/1 (RR: 5.80)

    • DA Warner 76 (79b 7x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 6 (5b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-21-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-40-0

Herath replaces an expensive Malinga

26.1

Herath to Warner, no run, starts from round the wicket, goodish length on leg stump, holds its line, defended back to the bowler

26.2

Herath to Warner, no run, pitched up on middle, driven straight towards extra cover

26.3

Herath to Warner, 2 runs, short of a good length, does well, giving himself some room and delicately guiding it past point for a couple of runs

26.4

Herath to Warner, no run, slightly short on leg stump, punched towards extra cover, Warner refuses the single

26.5

Herath to Warner, no run, floating it on leg stump, played gently towards midwicket

26.6

Herath to Warner, no run, fired it quick outside leg stump, Warner went for the sweep, missed, was rapped on the pads

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 153/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • DA Warner 78 (85b 7x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 6 (5b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-2-0
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-21-0

The lights are on the Gabba, it's become very overcast

27.1

Dilshan to Watson, no run, bowled it on a good length, plays it back to the bowler

27.2

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, short, Watson pulls that past midwicket for a single in the deep

27.3

Dilshan to Warner, 2 runs, short outside off, smacked off the back foot past extra cover for a couple in the deep

27.4

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, flighted on middle, driven towards long-off for a single

27.5

Dilshan to Watson, no run, slightly short on the off, turns in just a hint, defended into the off side

27.6

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched to long-on for a single

3.25pm: It's raining heavily in Brisbane now and out come the covers and off go the players. Frustrating, but the weather's not been very encouraging. Another delay and this seems like it's going to be a longer one. The umbrellas are out in the stands.

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 158/1 (RR: 5.64)

    • SR Watson 8 (9b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 81 (87b 7x4 2x6)
    • TM Dilshan 7-0-26-0
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-2-0

Herath to bowl, play to resume

3.40pm Play will start in another five minutes.

3.35pm The covers are coming off now, the rain has eased up and we should have play begin shortly.

28.1

Herath to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on middle, driven down towards long-on for a single

28.2

Herath to Warner, no run, short on middle and off, pushed off the baqck foot to cover

28.3

Herath to Warner, no run, quicker through the air, slightly short outside off, played it towards point

28.4

Herath to Warner, no run, bowls it short on middle, punched straight to extra cover

28.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, flighted on the off, pushed down the ground to long-off for a single

28.6

Herath to Watson, 2 runs, fires it straight on leg stump, flicked away really fine, two more as Maharoof runs across from deep backward square leg to cut it off

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 162/1 (RR: 5.58)

    • SR Watson 11 (11b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 82 (91b 7x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-6-0
    • TM Dilshan 7-0-26-0
29.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, shortish on middle, worked away off the back foot through square leg

29.2

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on for a single

29.3

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushed straight to extra cover where a misfield earns them a single

29.4

Dilshan to Watson, no run, went on straight, bowled it flat, Watson made room to cut but missed

29.5

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, steps out and plays it down towards long-on for a single

29.6

Dilshan to Warner, no run, pushed it full on the off, Warner pats it back down the pitch

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 166/1 (RR: 5.53)

    • DA Warner 84 (94b 7x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 13 (14b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 8-0-30-0
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-6-0
30.1

Herath to Watson, 2 runs, flighted on leg stump, Watson steps out of the crease and flicks it square for a couple of runs

30.2

Herath to Watson, no run, bowled it full from round the wicket on middle, defended into the leg side

30.3

Herath to Watson, 2 runs, full toss on middle, drilled down the ground towards long-on, Malinga dives to his left to cut that off

30.4

Herath to Watson, 1 run, worked away behind square into the deep for a single

30.5

Herath to Warner, no run, short on the off, slapped it back down the pitch towards the bowler

30.6

Herath to Warner, 1 run, in the slot on leg stump, struck hard, uppishly, towards long-on, just the single

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 172/1 (RR: 5.54)

    • DA Warner 85 (96b 7x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 18 (18b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-12-0
    • TM Dilshan 8-0-30-0
31.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, flighted on middle, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

31.2

Dilshan to Watson, no run, bowled it short on the off, worked away off the back foot to square leg

31.3

Dilshan to Watson, no run, whipped straight to square leg once again

31.4

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, forced it down the ground towards long-on for a single

31.5

Dilshan to Warner, 2 runs, angling on leg stump, worked gently behind square, enough time to come back for the second

31.6

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, clipped into the leg side for another single

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 177/1 (RR: 5.53)

    • DA Warner 89 (99b 7x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 19 (21b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 9-0-35-0
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-12-0

Australia have now taken the batting Powerplay. Maharoof to bowl

32.1

Maharoof to Warner, 2 runs, slower one bowled on a good length, steered it wide of point for a couple of runs

32.2

Maharoof to Warner, no run, punched that one through the line towards mid-off

32.3

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, turned it wide of midwicket for a single

32.4

Maharoof to Watson, 1 run, short on middle, rolls his wrists over that one to play it to deep square leg

32.5

Maharoof to Warner, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, mistimes a punch to extra cover

32.6

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, stroked that off the front foot on the up wide of mid-off for a single

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 182/1 (RR: 5.51)

    • DA Warner 93 (104b 7x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 20 (22b 1x4)
    • MF Maharoof 6-0-30-0
    • TM Dilshan 9-0-35-0

Kulasekara comes on

33.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, pitched up on middle, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

33.2

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, bowled on a good length, struck back to Kulasekara who palms it off towards mid-off, a hint of bleeding there, struck him on the webbing

Some medical attention for Kulasekara.

33.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, sliding it on a good length just outside leg stump, struck on the pads as he tries to clip it square

33.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, short of a good length on the off, punches it back towards the bowler

33.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, run-out attempt, missed the stumps did Jaywardene who took aim from midwicket, Warner tried for the single but would probably have been short had that hit

33.6

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, an excellent over, this, short of a good length and Watson just taps it to point

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 185/1 (RR: 5.44)

    • SR Watson 21 (24b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 95 (108b 7x4 2x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-41-1
    • MF Maharoof 6-0-30-0

Kulasekara has gone back to the pavilion for some treatment on his split webbing

34.1

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, mistimes a drive wide of extra cover, Jayawardene dives full length and keeps them to just a single, raises the 50 stand

34.2

Maharoof to Watson, OUT, Watson goes, it's been a quiet Powerplay so far, that landed on leg stump, was a slower ball, tried to flick it square but ended up playing uppishly and it appeared to come off the top edge as well, Thirimanne ran in from deep square leg and took a safe catch

SR Watson c Thirimanne b Maharoof 21 (42m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 84.00

34.3

Maharoof to Warner, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched towards cover from the crease

34.4

Maharoof to Warner, FOUR, edged and four, short and wide, there to cut, gets a thick under-edge that beats Sangakkara and rolls down the third-man boundary to bring up his first ODI hundred, punches the gloves and celebrates with a leap while reaching the other end, a big landmark for Warner

It hasn't been an all-out attack that you typically see from him, Wade took the lead early on and Warner's knock has been quite restrained than usual

34.5

Maharoof to Warner, no run, short and slow, slapped but straight to extra cover

34.6

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, eases that off the front foot through the line to long-off

End of over 35 (6 runs) Australia 191/2 (RR: 5.45)

    • DA Warner 101 (113b 8x4 2x6)
    • DT Christian 0 (0b)
    • MF Maharoof 7-0-36-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-41-1

Dan Christian is the new man

35.1

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, Kula gives Warner some width and he doesn't waste it, slashes it hard through point for a boundary

35.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, yorker length on middle, a good comeback, Warner can only dig it out in front of cover

35.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, bowled on a good length, Warner made room to that one and punched it towards cover

35.4

Kulasekara to Warner, 2 runs, full on leg stump, driven down the ground to long-on, Malinga runs in and throws at the striker's end, a run-out attempt, Christian would have been out had Malinga hit direct

35.5

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, low full toss on the off, dug out towards Dilshan at point

35.6

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, bisects the gap this time between mid-off and extra cover, that was pitched up, Kula was aiming or another one in the blockhole but it didn't quite work out this time, drilled by Warner for a boundary

End of over 36 (10 runs) Australia 201/2 (RR: 5.58)

    • DA Warner 111 (119b 10x4 2x6)
    • DT Christian 0 (0b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-51-1
    • MF Maharoof 7-0-36-1
36.1

Maharoof to Christian, FOUR, Christian's been fortunate this innings, that one nipped back in and Christian was beaten through the gate, it took the inside edge and rolled down the fine-leg boundary

36.2

Maharoof to Christian, 1 run, slower one angling in on leg stump, tickled past square leg for a single

36.3

Maharoof to Warner, 2 runs, bowls a low full toss outside off, Warner made some room to steer that, ended up slicing it over point for a couple of runs

Suneer: "Warner looks like one of those who will end his career with more match-winning centuries (percentage-wise) than most. Sad not to see too many in the ground to appreciate it."

36.4

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, punched past cover for a single

36.5

Maharoof to Christian, FOUR, struck hard and over the bowler's head, pitched up and Christian drove that powerfully through the line, beat long-on who ran across but couldn't cut it off

36.6

Maharoof to Christian, no run, slower one bowled short on middle, tapped into the leg side towards midwicket

End of over 37 (12 runs) Australia 213/2 (RR: 5.75)

    • DT Christian 9 (4b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 114 (121b 10x4 2x6)
    • MF Maharoof 8-0-48-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-51-1

Herath to bowl from round the wicket

37.1

Herath to Warner, 2 runs, floating it on leg stump, driven past midwicket into the deep for a couple of runs

37.2

Herath to Warner, 1 run, slightly short on middle, chops it wide of point for one more

Rauf has had a word with Warner for running on the pitch

37.3

Herath to Christian, 1 run, flighted on middle and off, driven past midwicket, who fumbles, for a single

37.4

Herath to Warner, 1 run, on middle, fullish, pushed through the off side for a single

37.5

Herath to Christian, no run, on a good length just outside off, defended in front of point

37.6

Herath to Christian, no run, some turn there, landed short on leg and spun towards middle, drops it down in the leg side

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 218/2 (RR: 5.73)

    • DT Christian 10 (7b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 118 (124b 10x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-17-0
    • MF Maharoof 8-0-48-1

Dhammika is back

38.1

Prasad to Warner, no run, yorker first up, excellent delivery, in the blockhole on leg stump and Warner can only push it back to the bowler

38.2

Prasad to Warner, FOUR, superbly hit, slower one and Warner picked it, was a long hop and Warner smashed it over midwicket for a one-bounce four

38.3

Prasad to Warner, 1 run, bowled it full on middle, that was driven down to long-off for a single

38.4

Prasad to Christian, OUT, Christian goes! Reiffel upholds the appeal, bowled on a good length and it nipped back in, Christian walked into the shot, got a faint inside edge and Sangakkara dived to his left to take a good low catch

DT Christian c †Sangakkara b Prasad 10 (19m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Christian comes and goes, but plenty of ammo in this batting line-up.

Navin: "If Warner bats for the full quota of overs, there is every chance that he gets past the 200 run mark. He can really blow apart the bowling in the dead end of the innings, like the way he accelerated in exponential proportions during the two hundreds he scored in the champions league twenty20."

David Hussey walks in ahead of Clarke

38.5

Prasad to DJ Hussey, no run, bowled it full outside off, reaches for it and drives it straight to extra cover

38.6

Prasad to DJ Hussey, 1 run, full outside off, cracked firmly towards deep cover for a single to retain the strike

End of over 39 (6 runs) Australia 224/3 (RR: 5.74)

    • DJ Hussey 1 (2b)
    • DA Warner 123 (127b 11x4 2x6)
    • KTGD Prasad 5-0-32-1
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-17-0

Karn: "What on earth is a match-winning hundred? A hundred when the team wins, right? And supposedly, that is the measure of a batsman's quality? But why? A hundred in a won game merely shows that you were performing well when the entire team was collectively scoring well, a feat less impressive than scoring a hundred as a lone warrior. But I guess most people who keep parroting "oh, only match-winning hundreds count, and the other ones are selfish hundreds" rant don't think this far."

39.1

Herath to DJ Hussey, OUT, David Hussey's gone! Tossed up and Hussey was drawn into playing the drive, a soft dismissal in the end, pushes it straight back to the bowler who takes it sharply, timing his jump well

DJ Hussey c & b Herath 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Clarke comes in, Australia have lost two quick wickets, Sri Lanka have hit back well.

39.2

Herath to Clarke, 2 runs, Herath bowls a short ball on leg stump, Clarke pulls that really fine, two for Clarke

39.3

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it down to long-on for a single

39.4

Herath to Warner, 2 runs, slower, short on the off, cut down towards deep point for a couple of runs

39.5

Herath to Warner, no run, bowled short on the off, punched back towards the bowler

39.6

Herath to Warner, 1 run, worked away off the back foot in the deep for a single

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 230/4 (RR: 5.75)

    • DA Warner 126 (130b 11x4 2x6)
    • MJ Clarke 3 (2b)
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-23-1
    • KTGD Prasad 5-0-32-1
40.1

Prasad to Warner, 1 run, pitched up outside off, played towards long-off for a single

40.2

Prasad to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke gets across to a straight delivery from Prasad, works it past midwicket for a single

40.3

Prasad to Warner, 1 run, pushed it full on middle, driven towards long-off for a single

40.4

Prasad to Clarke, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended towards the bowler

40.5

Prasad to Clarke, no run, full and quick outside off, Clarke went after that one, looking to drive it through extra cover, missed

40.6

Prasad to Clarke, FOUR, that is smashed, gets it in the middle this time, similar delivery to the previous one and Clarke plays it much straighter, caressing it to beat Malinga's drive at mid-off

End of over 41 (7 runs) Australia 237/4 (RR: 5.78)

    • MJ Clarke 8 (6b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 128 (132b 11x4 2x6)
    • KTGD Prasad 6-0-39-1
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-23-1
41.1

Herath to Warner, 1 run, short on middle, punched it towards long-on for a single

41.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, tossed up, pushed off the front foot towards midwicket

41.3

Herath to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke seizes the length early, waiting for it to turn away and cutting it uppishly but safely behind point for a boundary

41.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, dances down the track this time and flicks it through square leg for a single

Scott: "@Karn: I take your point, but most batsmen themselves tend to rate their match winning hundreds more. You often hear the guy who scores 100 on a losing side say that he would prefer to have won the match."

41.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, pushed past extra cover into the deep for a single

41.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, flighted on middle, driven straight towards midwicket

End of over 42 (7 runs) Australia 244/4 (RR: 5.80)

    • MJ Clarke 13 (10b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 130 (134b 11x4 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-30-1
    • KTGD Prasad 6-0-39-1

Andrew C: "@Karn: A match-winning hundred is not a measure of a batsman's quality, but the value of an innings. Scoring 20 or 120 when a team loses arguably makes little difference, but getting your team to a win counts for more."

Malinga to bowl

42.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, slower one bowled full on middle, cutting away, gets a thick outside edge as he tries to play it through the line, a single to third man

42.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, dabbed it in front of point

42.3

Malinga to Clarke, FOUR, deliberately done, Malinga continues to go for runs, bowled it full and Clarke delicately opened the face to guide it wide of third man

42.4

Malinga to Clarke, 2 runs, slower one bowled full outside off, steers that into the ground and over point for a couple of runs

Debashish: "Shades of Keith Miller in Hussey's wicket. when the runs are flowing, he couldn't be bothered. Remember when Aus scored 729 for 3 vs Essex and Miller gifted his wicket 1st ball, incurring the wrath of Don himself?"

Clarke is getting his bat replaced, it just broke

42.5

Malinga to Clarke, 2 runs, slower one bowled on middle, gets across to play it square for a couple more runs

42.6

Malinga to Clarke, no run, played straight to Dilshan at point, full outside off and he square-drives it but straight to the fielder

End of over 43 (9 runs) Australia 253/4 (RR: 5.88)

    • MJ Clarke 21 (15b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 131 (135b 11x4 2x6)
    • SL Malinga 5-0-49-0
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-30-1
43.1

Herath to Warner, no run, quicker ball bowled outside leg stump, tried to work it square, was struck on the pads

43.2

Herath to Warner, 1 run, firmly hit but deep midwicket cuts it off, driven all along the ground

43.3

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, angling in towards leg, turns it around for a single

43.4

Herath to Warner, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, drives it down the ground to long-on for a single

43.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 wide, fires it down the leg side and it's called a wide

43.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track and tickles it fine for a single

43.6

Herath to Warner, 1 run, short ball outside off, cracked off the back foot towards deep cover to keep strike

End of over 44 (6 runs) Australia 259/4 (RR: 5.88)

    • DA Warner 134 (139b 11x4 2x6)
    • MJ Clarke 23 (17b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-36-1
    • SL Malinga 5-0-49-0

Steve Howe: "One of the proudest boasts of my late father was "I was there" when Bradman's men scored 721 in a day. I thought everyone else had forgotten."

44.1

Malinga to Warner, FOUR, Malinga's bleeding runs today, pitched up, in the slot for Warner and it's hammered back past the bowler

44.2

Malinga to Warner, 2 runs, another one bowled full, made room and sliced that over extra cover for a couple of runs

44.3

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, yorker length this time, almost but not quite, dug out wide of cover for a single

44.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, Clarke connects, and does so really well, it was bowled full on middle, Clarke made room and creamed that but straight to mid-off

44.5

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, slower one bowled short, pulled through square leg for a single

44.6

Malinga to Warner, no run, slightly short outside off, dabs it off the back foot towards point

End of over 45 (8 runs) Australia 267/4 (RR: 5.93)

    • DA Warner 141 (143b 12x4 2x6)
    • MJ Clarke 24 (19b 3x4)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-57-0
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-36-1

Karan: "Man this commentary just made me a whole lot emotional... I was listening to poems by Robert Frost, when I read Steve's comment..."

Chris: "Watching the cricket on the net and this commentary too. And just saw that last Warner four. I reckon it got to the boundary in under a second. I'd like to see Channel 9 introduce a bat to boundary time graphic!"

Maharoof to bowl now

45.1

Maharoof to Clarke, FOUR, low full toss on leg stump, a poor ball given fine leg is up, clipped away past that fielder for four more

45.2

Maharoof to Clarke, 2 runs, pitched up outside off this time, Clarke steps out to drive that wide of long-off for two more

45.3

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, low full toss outside off this time, driven to long-on for a single to raise the 50-stand

45.4

Maharoof to Warner, FOUR, superbly done by Warner, smart cricket, third man is up, that was a slower one, he made room and just placed it between point and short third

45.5

Maharoof to Warner, 3 runs, short outside off and this time he cuts it wide of point and Clarke runs superbly, calling for the third and making it in time

45.6

Maharoof to Clarke, 2 runs, bowled it full outside off, driven wide of long-off for two more, 16 off the over, Australia are charging

End of over 46 (16 runs) Australia 283/4 (RR: 6.15)

    • MJ Clarke 33 (23b 4x4)
    • DA Warner 148 (145b 13x4 2x6)
    • MF Maharoof 9-0-64-1
    • SL Malinga 6-0-57-0

Malinga to continue

46.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, slower one from Malinga, Warner tries to smack him through the line, gets a thick outside edge and it falls short of third man

46.2

Malinga to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke's turn to get the outside edge this time, the slower one again and Clarke, too, had planned to go downtown, got a thick edge and to the third-man boundary

46.3

Malinga to Clarke, OUT, Malinga gets a wicket, finally, a slower one again and Clarke, looking to go over midwicket this time, mistimed the attempted pull and Jayawardene took a well-judged catch running to his right from midwicket

MJ Clarke c Jayawardene b Malinga 37 (34m 25b 5x4 0x6) SR: 148.00

46.4

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, slower one, gets to his 150 with a dab wide of point for a single, he likes scoring big

Michael Hussey, the new man

46.5

Malinga to MEK Hussey, no run, slower one bowled short on leg stump, struck him on the glove as he tried to work it around

46.6

Malinga to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, slower one again, the offcutter, guided behind point for two runs by Hussey

End of over 47 (8 runs) Australia 291/5 (RR: 6.19)

    • MEK Hussey 2 (2b)
    • DA Warner 150 (147b 13x4 2x6)
    • SL Malinga 7-0-65-1
    • MF Maharoof 9-0-64-1
47.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 2 runs, hit hard, was a low full toss on the off, smacked wide of long-off for a couple of runs, they've runs these twos brilliantly today

47.2

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, walks across and taps that fullish delivery through midwicket for a single

47.3

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey flicks that good-length ball past midwicket for a single

47.4

Kulasekara to Warner, 2 runs, that's gone through Kulasekara, bowled it full and Warner drilled it past the bowler, wide of long-on, for two more

47.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, pitched up and he swings that towards deep square leg for a single

47.6

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, good length on middle, comes down the track and gets it past midwicket, Warner calls for the second and makes it back in time, excellent stamina, brings up the 300 for Australia

End of over 48 (9 runs) Australia 300/5 (RR: 6.25)

    • MEK Hussey 5 (4b)
    • DA Warner 156 (151b 13x4 2x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-60-1
    • SL Malinga 7-0-65-1
48.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, slower one bowled short, slapped uppishly towards long-off for a single

48.2

Malinga to MEK Hussey, no run, bowled it full outside off, Hussey made room to launch that over extra cover but couldn't connect

48.3

Malinga to MEK Hussey, SIX, superbly timed, got under it this time, was a length ball and right in the slot, he made room and lofted it cleanly over the long-off boundary

48.4

Malinga to MEK Hussey, no run, the slower one and Hussey is into the pull too early, misses out as he tries to slog it over midwicket

48.5

Malinga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, length ball again, driven hard but to long-off where Dilshan fields

48.6

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, Warner gets an inside edge on the thigh as he tries to swing that back to Melbourne, just a single in the end

End of over 49 (9 runs) Australia 309/5 (RR: 6.30)

    • DA Warner 158 (153b 13x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 12 (8b 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 8-0-74-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-60-1

Dhammika to bowl the final over

49.1

Prasad to Warner, 2 runs, full toss and it's clubbbed towards the bowler, Dhammika holds his hand out and is smacked, got struck on the palm, all's well now, just a couple in the end

Warner just overtook David Gower to make the highest ODI score at the Gabba

49.2

Prasad to Warner, 1 run, a mistimed pull to midwicket, a quick single taken

49.3

Prasad to MEK Hussey, SIX, Hussey has several such hits to his name, a length ball from Dhammika and it's swung miles over the deep midwicket fence

49.4

Prasad to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slapped to Jayawardene at extra cover at the edge of the circle, pinches a quick single

49.5

Prasad to Warner, 2 runs, smashed down the ground to long-on and Hussey makes it back well in time, he's quick

49.6

Prasad to Warner, OUT, bowled'im! Was the offcutter, landed on leg and cut away as he tried to pull that over midwicket, missed and the stumps were pegged back

DA Warner b Prasad 163 (219m 157b 13x4 2x6) SR: 103.82

Warner almost batted out the 50 overs, Australia are on top with an imposing score thanks to Warner's knock. There is some swing for the bowlers and some movement, and Sri Lanka face a difficult task to chase this down. Wade led the way with an attacking start and Warner dropped anchor to set up this total. Join us in another 30 minutes for the Sri Lankan reply.

End of over 50 (12 runs) Australia 321/6

    • MEK Hussey 19 (10b 2x6)
    • KTGD Prasad 7-0-51-2
    • SL Malinga 8-0-74-1
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