Commonwealth Bank Series - 2nd final

Australia v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 34 balls remaining)

Game time in Adelaide. Warner and Wade opening for Australia, they set up that huge total in Brisbane with a strong opening partnership. Sri Lanka are opening with Tillakaratne Dilshan's spin, from round the wicket.

Toss, 1.30 pm Michael Clarke's won the toss, Australia will bat again. "David Warner is 100% fine and will open the batting today," says Clarke. Ben Hilfenhaus isn't playing though, Clint McKay is. That's the only change to Australia's XI.

Mahela Jayawardene says he would have bowled first on a "fresh wicket" and aimed to chase down the total, so he isn't too disappointed. Sri Lanka have strengthened the batting, replacing fast bowler Dammika Prasad with middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedara. So they have lengthened the batting order, with the aim to chase. Angelo Mathews isn't fit to play yet.

Ian Chappell on Star Cricket is raising an issue of David Warner batting the whole innings in Brisbane, not fielding for a ball in Sri Lanka's chase, and playing here again. Well it's not against the laws or anything, since Warner did injure his groin, but it does raise what I believe is an issue with the laws.

The problem is this: Warner batted for 50 overs and then Australia can use a substitute for him while they field, but a Sri Lankan fielder who fielded for 50 overs but gets cramp after batting for maybe 30 overs won't be able to have a runner. It's hypothetical of course but could well happen.

John: "David Warner hasn't missed a match so far this summer in all forms of cricket, and he is still going. A testament to his fighting spirit. Only man to play this many matches this summer."

Sri Lanka have only three specialist bowlers - Malinga, Herath and Kulasekara. Maharoof is a bowling allrounder, and he'll be expected to bowl 10 overs. Mahela Jayawardene will need to get ten more out of his part-timers, Tillakaratne Dilshan's thumb has probably healed enough for him to bowl several overs.

Joab: "@John: I Would Argue that Warner has missed half a Match not fielding in the Brisbane game. He appears to have some fitness issues."

Dan: "...but gets cramp after batting for maybe 30 overs won't be able to have a runner." If the player is injured in the match, he can get a runner, isn't that the way it goes?" No, runners are a thing of the past in international cricket. No runners under any circumstances under the revised rules.

Kangon: "Re Bowlers: I think Kapugedra can bowl some medium pacers, also Lahiru "I got Hussey's wicket" Thirimanne also there."

Meety has some advice for MS Dhoni, a little too late though: "The Warner issue is a loophole that Dhoni should have exploited. He should when winning the toss, bat first, then have Sehwag, Gambhir & Sachin claim groin injuries & save 20 runs in the field!"

1.00 pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the second final of the CB Series. It may also be the final final if Sri Lanka don't win at Adelaide Oval. Australia went up 1-0 in Brisbane after overcoming a serious scare from the unlikeliest of batsmen - Nuwan Kulasekara.

We're about 20 minutes away from the toss, the questions over the XIs are whether Angelo Mathews and David Warner will be fit enough to play. Daniel Brettig has more match information in his preview.

0.1

Dilshan to Wade, no run, flat on a good length outside off, Wade lets it go

0.2

Dilshan to Wade, 2 runs, fuller length on off stump, Wade drives towards cover where Tharanga fumbles

0.3

Dilshan to Wade, no run, defended on the leg side

0.4

Dilshan to Wade, no run, Wade tries to turn the ball towards leg but gets a leading edge on the off side

0.5

Dilshan to Wade, FOUR, shot, the length was a bit short outside off, Wade went back and punched it through the gap at point

0.6

Dilshan to Wade, no run, Warner strides forward and blocks

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
MS Wade    6* (6b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0
DA Warner    0* (0b)     

The crowd is thin at Adelaide Oval. Perhaps it will build up, perhaps it won't. Nuwan Kulasekara with the other new ball, from over the wicket.

1.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, good length around off stump, Warner opens the face to play behind point and runs

1.2

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, good length and straight, Wade moves across his crease and defends on the leg side

1.3

Kulasekara to Wade, 2 byes, a sloppy start in the field from Sri Lanka, Sangakkara fails to collect cleanly as he dives to his right after the batsman let it go. The bounce was low, though, it didn't carry to Sanga

1.4

Kulasekara to Wade, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Wade uses the room to hit the ball hard through cover off the back foot

1.5

Kulasekara to Wade, 2 leg byes, Kulasekara appeals for lbw after hitting Wade on the pad but that might have pitched outside leg stump

1.6

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, good length outside off, Wade lets it pass

End of over 2 (9 runs) Australia 15/0 (RR: 7.50)
MS Wade    10* (11b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    1* (1b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0

Jim: "The other new ball?" Yes, there's one from each end now.

2.1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, played off the back foot on the leg side

2.2

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, played between midwicket and square leg from deep in the crease

2.3

Dilshan to Wade, no run, defended on the front foot

2.4

Dilshan to Wade, no run, bowled flat and into the left-hand batsman from round the wicket, defended on the front foot

2.5

Dilshan to Wade, no run, the quicker ball, Wade has to hurry and block on the back foot

2.6

Dilshan to Wade, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off for a single

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
MS Wade    11* (15b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0
DA Warner    2* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0

Jamie: "Cricket on a Tuesday in March is very unusual for Adelaide. The crowd should pick up for the last 10 overs of the Australian innings when people finish work - I for one will be there once I leave the office."

Kulasekara's been given a break after one over. Malinga into the attack, running in from over the wicket.

3.1

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, short of a length on leg and middle, Wade turns it off his hips towards square and calls Warner through

3.2

Malinga to Warner, no run, good length on middle stump, Warner plays on the leg side without moving his feet that much

3.3

Malinga to Warner, no run, short of a length with width outside off, Warner cracks it off the back foot, but doesn't beat cover

3.4

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, short of a length and wide once again, Warner stays back and cuts towards third man

3.5

Malinga to Wade, 2 runs, more sloppiness from Sri Lanka, Wade played the ball off the back foot behind point and ran an easy single, but Dilshan felt the need to throw at the stumps at the batsman's end even though Warner was well in his crease. He hit the stumps and then conceded an overthrow

3.6

Malinga to Wade, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 21/0 (RR: 5.25)
MS Wade    14* (18b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0
DA Warner    3* (6b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0

4.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, forced off the back foot through midwicket for a single

4.2

Dilshan to Wade, OUT, bowled him! Dilshan's been skidding his balls through to the batsman, and Wade tried to pull this one when it wasn't that short, he missed and Dilshan hit off stump

MS Wade b Dilshan 14 (15m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

So Sri Lanka have snapped the opening partnership that hurt them in Brisbane, they now have Shane Watson to contend with. Dilshan goes over the wicket to the right-hander, and bowls with a slip.

4.3

Dilshan to Watson, no run, played off the back foot towards square leg

4.4

Dilshan to Watson, no run, defended on the off side

4.5

Dilshan to Watson, no run, Watson moves forward and blocks

4.6

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, Watson steps out, takes the ball on the full, and drives to long-on

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 23/1 (RR: 4.60)
SR Watson    1* (4b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-10-1
DA Warner    4* (7b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0

Anesh: "It's a shame the finals weren't held at the SCG or MCG, where a large number of Sri Lankan supporters are located. I had to travel all the way to Brisbane for Sunday's game."

5.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Watson cuts off the back foot to point

5.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, length ball outside off stump, Watson moves forward and plays towards point

5.3

Malinga to Watson, no run, Watson pushes forward at another length ball and Dilshan fields at point, and then he throws at the bowler's end

5.4

Malinga to Watson, no run, good length and much straighter, Watson gets behind the line and defends

5.5

Malinga to Watson, no run, Watson gets on to the front foot and defends a good length ball on the off side once again

Can Malinga complete a maiden?

5.6

Malinga to Watson, no run, yes he can, bowls a good length ball outside off, Watson tries to force it through cover and plays from his crease. He gets a thick bottom edge into the ground and towards Sanga

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 23/1 (RR: 3.83)
SR Watson    1* (10b)      SL Malinga    2-1-4-0
DA Warner    4* (7b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-10-1

6.1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, Warner strides forward and defends towards cover

6.2

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, played towards long off for a single

6.3

Dilshan to Watson, 3 runs, width outside off stump, Watson waits and cuts late, sending the ball speeding towards the third man boundary, Malinga chases and pulls it back in just before the rope

6.4

Dilshan to Warner, no run, Warner goes back and cuts the ball from in front of his stumps to the fielder at point

6.5

Dilshan to Warner, no run, punched towards mid off but Dilshan dives to his right to make the save

6.6

Dilshan to Warner, no run, Warner moves back and across and plays towards square leg

Craig: "After Sunday's game it's very hard to know what a defendable score is. Any thoughts?" This pitch is a low slower than the one at the Gabba was. The ball isn't coming on to the bat that much.

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
DA Warner    5* (12b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-14-1
SR Watson    4* (11b)      SL Malinga    2-1-4-0

7.1

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Watson opens the face to steer towards third man, the fielder at a wide slip dives to his right and makes a half stop

7.2

Malinga to Warner, no run, Warner stays in his crease and punches the ball hard towards cover, can't beat the infield

7.3

Malinga to Warner, no run, good length on middle stump, Warner stays in his crease and defends towards point

7.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, Warner stays on the back foot and defends a good length delivery towards the off, Malinga is skidding them through on middle stump

7.5

Malinga to Warner, no run, that was a slower ball and Warner had to wait to play it. He pushed it back to the bowler, he was trying to hit through the off side

7.6

Malinga to Warner, no run, defended back to the bowler once again

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 28/1 (RR: 3.50)
DA Warner    5* (17b)      SL Malinga    3-1-5-0
SR Watson    5* (12b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-14-1

Kulasekara is back ...

8.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, good length outside off stump, Watson strides forward and defends

8.2

Kulasekara to Watson, 2 runs, the length is good but the line is outside off, Watson cuts towards third man where a fumble from Malinga allows the second

8.3

Kulasekara to Watson, 2 runs, fuller length but the line is outside off once again, allowing Watson to cut towards third man

Malinga's been moved from third man, Mahela doesn't want his fast bowler running around too much.

8.4

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, Watson cuts, but this time to Dilshan at point

8.5

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, played off the pads on the front foot towards square leg

8.6

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, Warner stays back to a fuller ball and pushes towards mid-on for a single

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 34/1 (RR: 3.77)
DA Warner    6* (18b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0
SR Watson    10* (17b)      SL Malinga    3-1-5-0

Warner has a strike-rate of 33.33 after 18 balls. Pacing himself or hampered by that groin? Farveez Maharoof into the attack, from over the wicket.

9.1

Maharoof to Warner, no run, good length and straight, played on the off side from the crease

9.2

Maharoof to Warner, no run, pushed back to the bowler on the back foot

9.3

Maharoof to Warner, FOUR, that's in the air but it's cleared the fielder! Maharoof bowled a full, slower ball and Warner got on the front foot and spooned the drive flat over the head of the leaping fielder at extra cover

9.4

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, played towards mid on for a single

9.5

Maharoof to Watson, no run, pushed off the back foot towards cover

9.6

Maharoof to Watson, no run, another slower ball, Watson defends on the front foot towards the off side

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 39/1 (RR: 3.90)
SR Watson    10* (19b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    11* (22b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0

The mandatory Powerplay is over, the field will spread until either the bowling or batting Powerplay is taken after the 15th over. Dilshan's back for another spell.

10.1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, pushed towards the fielder at short midwicket

10.2

Dilshan to Warner, 2 runs, Warner strides forward and drives towards long-off, and what have Sri Lanka done? Another overthrow. Kulasekara threw on the half-volley to Sanga, who didn't collect because of awkward bounce, and there was no one backing up

10.3

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, driven through cover for a single

10.4

Dilshan to Watson, no run, played off the pads towards square leg

10.5

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards long off

10.6

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, Warner goes back and cuts from off stump towards deep point

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 44/1 (RR: 4.00)
DA Warner    15* (26b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-19-1
SR Watson    11* (21b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-5-0

11.1

Maharoof to Warner, no run, good length on middle and off, Warner stays in his crease and defends towards the leg side

11.2

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, Warner's spooned another drive over the head of the fielder at extra cover, this time the fielder at mid-off runs to his right to field the ball

11.3

Maharoof to Watson, no run, short of a length and straight, Watson gets behind the line and blocks

11.4

Maharoof to Watson, no run, tight line and length from Maharoof, around off stump, Watson defends on the front foot

11.5

Maharoof to Watson, no run, dropped, Sri Lanka's shoddy fielding continues. Watson cut the ball hard off the front foot but it flew straight to Dilshan at point at a comfortable height. He got both hands to it but couldn't hold on. By Dilshan's standards, that's a sitter. He was moving towards his left and seemed to be off balance as the ball hit his hand

11.6

Maharoof to Watson, no run, Watson mis-times the off-drive against a good length ball

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 45/1 (RR: 3.75)
SR Watson    11* (25b)      MF Maharoof    2-0-6-0
DA Warner    16* (28b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-19-1

12.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, played off the back foot on the leg side

12.2

Dilshan to Watson, no run, played back to the bowler

12.3

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long off

12.4

Dilshan to Warner, no run, Warner tries to drive a flighted ball and gets an inside edge on to the pad

12.5

Dilshan to Warner, no run, Warner drives firmly and straight, Dilshan dives to his left to save runs

12.6

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, driven on the front foot through cover

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 3.69)
DA Warner    18* (32b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-22-1
SR Watson    12* (27b)      MF Maharoof    2-0-6-0

13.1

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, Warner plays the front-foot drive and hits the length ball through cover

13.2

Maharoof to Watson, no run, Watson tries to defend from his crease but the ball bounces a bit more and takes the inside edge past the stumps

13.3

Maharoof to Watson, no run, defended on the off side, that was a slower ball

13.4

Maharoof to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Watson throws his bat at it, aiming to hit the ball through point. The ball came slowly off the surface and beat the bat

13.5

Maharoof to Watson, 2 runs, dropped again, by Herath at long-off. The fielder had been pushed back to long-off, and Watson played the lofted drive. Herath once again mis-judged the catch by running in too far, he then had to back pedal to get under it. In the previous game he managed to take a blinder off Wade after an initial misjudgment, this time he stretches out one hand and drops it as the ball falls behind his head. Watson's been let off twice.

13.6

Maharoof to Watson, no run, Watson pulls but gets an inside edge on to the body

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 51/1 (RR: 3.64)
SR Watson    14* (32b)      MF Maharoof    3-0-9-0
DA Warner    19* (33b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-22-1

14.1

Dilshan to Warner, no run, defended on the off side

14.2

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, driven through cover for a single

14.3

Dilshan to Watson, 1 run, played down the ground for one

14.4

Dilshan to Warner, no run, defended on the off side

14.5

Dilshan to Warner, 3 runs, played off the pads behind square

14.6

Dilshan to Watson, no run, Watson forces the ball towards midwicket

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 56/1 (RR: 3.73)
SR Watson    15* (34b)      TM Dilshan    7-0-27-1
DA Warner    23* (37b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-9-0

The bowling Powerplay has been taken.

15.1

Maharoof to Warner, OUT, Watson's been run out! He dived full length into the crease but has still been caught short by Maharoof's direct hit. Dilshan and Herath will be very relieved men, after they both dropped Watson. Warner pushed the ball on the leg side and ran a quick single, Maharoof sprinted to his left, picked up, turned around, and threw at the batsman's end. He could have attempted to run out Warner as well, but decided Watson had had enough let-offs. A badly judged run. Watson was watching the ball and I don't think he expected Maharoof to throw at his end because the bowler had to turn around and transfer the ball from left to right hand

SR Watson run out 15 (42m 34b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.11

Clarke is the new batsman ...

15.2

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, defended on the off side from the crease

15.3

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke gets an inside edge towards fine leg for a single

15.4

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, played through midwicket for one more

15.5

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

15.6

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off, Clarke plays it towards point

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 58/2 (RR: 3.62)
MJ Clarke    1* (4b)      MF Maharoof    4-0-11-0
DA Warner    24* (39b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    7-0-27-1

16.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, pushed off the back foot towards cover point, that was good length and straight

16.2

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, good length but the line is on the pads, Warner plays it through square

16.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides a long way out of his crease and defends back to the bowler

16.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides on to the front foot and drives to cover point

16.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, the slower ball at 104kph on middle stump, played off the pads towards square

16.6

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 60/2 (RR: 3.52)
DA Warner    25* (42b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-13-0
MJ Clarke    2* (7b)      MF Maharoof    4-0-11-0

17.1

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, Clarke nudges the ball off his pads through square

17.2

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, Warner drives a slower ball from his crease towards long off

17.3

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives a full delivery firmly off the front foot but Mahela dives to his right at mid-off to stop the ball, saved three runs

17.4

Maharoof to Warner, no run, played off the back foot towards cover

17.5

Maharoof to Warner, SIX, Warner's smashed it! He wound up and swung hard at a length ball on the front foot, clearing the wide long-on boundary comfortably. That's a long boundary at Adelaide Oval and Warner hit the ball into the stands. That was measured at 99 metres. A monster of a hit.

17.6

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, played off the pads towards midwicket

End of over 18 (10 runs) Australia 70/2 (RR: 3.88)
DA Warner    33* (46b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    5-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    4* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-13-0

Play to resume after a break for drinks. Sri Lanka have controlled the run-rate so far, but they have been quite shoddy in the field. The pitch is a slow one, with the ball not coming on to the bat. Warner has been biding his time, and has just hit his first six.

Gareth: " Clarke and Warner need to target one or two of the Lankan bowlers. Their bowling stocks are thin, and if they get stuck in and throw off the rhythm of one or two of them, they'll go a long way to causing issues to the SL attack."

18.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, Warner goes on the back foot and taps the ball towards cover

18.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, 3 runs, Clarke gets on to the front foot by taking two steps out and then drives into the gap on the deep cover boundary

18.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, defended on the leg side

18.4

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, Warner moves back and across and plays the ball through square leg

18.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, a loud appeal for lbw after Clarke misses the pull. The ball was slower and Clarke moved across his stumps to play the shot. The impact was a bit high, on the box

18.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 wide, that's too full and down leg side

18.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke strides forward and drives to mid-off, fluent shot, Clarke's moving nicely in his crease, coming forward to cope with the slowness of the pitch

End of over 19 (7 runs) Australia 77/2 (RR: 4.05)
MJ Clarke    8* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-20-0
DA Warner    35* (49b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    5-0-21-0

19.1

Malinga to Clarke, no run, good length and straight, defended back to the bowler

19.2

Malinga to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke drives straight, Malinga tries to field but gets only finger tips on the ball

19.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, Clarke cuts hard off the front foot but Dilshan dives to his left to save runs

19.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, Clarke plays off the back foot towards point

19.5

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Clarke taps it into the gap in front of point and runs, Dilshan picks up and throws at the bowler's end. He misses but I think Clarke was safe even if there was a direct hit

19.6

Malinga to Warner, FOUR, Malinga ends the bowling Powerplay with a loose full toss outside off, Warner stays in his crease and hits it through the gap at cover

End of over 20 (7 runs) Australia 84/2 (RR: 4.20)
DA Warner    39* (50b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-1-12-0
MJ Clarke    11* (17b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-20-0

Herath from round the wicket, bowling left-arm spin.

20.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, nudged towards midwicket on the front foot

20.2

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke comes forward and drives to long-on

20.3

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner pushes off the front foot towards point

20.4

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner gets forward and plays to backward point again

20.5

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner tries to drive one that slants across him and is beaten

20.6

Herath to Warner, no run, driven firmly back to the bowler, Herath slips a little as he fields, and is a little slow in getting to his feet

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 85/2 (RR: 4.04)
DA Warner    39* (54b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    12* (19b)      SL Malinga    4-1-12-0

21.1

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, Dilshan returns and gets an outside edge from Clarke, as the batsman was trying to play on the leg side, the ball went towards third man

21.2

Dilshan to Warner, no run, bowled slowly to Warner, who plays from the crease on the leg side

21.3

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, tossed up into the left-hander, Warner drives towards long-on

21.4

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke once again gets a thick outside edge on the off side, he was looking to play straight

21.5

Dilshan to Warner, no run, Warner steps forward and drives back to the bowler

21.6

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, tossed up with width outside off, Warner reaches out and drives through cover

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 89/2 (RR: 4.04)
DA Warner    41* (58b 2x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    8-0-31-1
MJ Clarke    14* (21b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-1-0

22.1

Herath to Warner, 1 run, bowled flat outside off stump, Warner stays in his crease and punches to long off

22.2

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves across his crease to a fuller ball and works it off his pads behind square

22.3

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Warner drives the ball towards long off, Herath tries to intercept but it's too far away from him

22.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out of his crease to take the ball as it pitches and plays through midwicket

22.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Warner stays in his crease and plays through cover point, five singles in five balls

22.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, Sangakkara appeals for lbw after Clarke skips out of his crease to whip through midwicket and misses. He was a long, long way out of his crease

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 94/2 (RR: 4.08)
MJ Clarke    16* (24b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-6-0
DA Warner    44* (61b 2x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    8-0-31-1

23.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, Warner moves back and across and works the single through midwicket

Audept: "Warner + Clarke = ideal partnership." They certainly are going smoothly right now.

23.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke plays the ball behind point and runs two to third man

23.3

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, played back to the bowler

23.4

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke goes back and plays the ball off his pads through midwicket

23.5

Dilshan to Warner, no run, Warner stays in his crease and cuts to Malinga at backward point

23.6

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, Warner retains strike by punching through the off side

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 99/2 (RR: 4.12)
DA Warner    46* (64b 2x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    9-0-36-1
MJ Clarke    19* (27b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-6-0

Dave: "Not watching the game but, by the scoring rate, it looks like one of those SA wickets from a few years ago. Watered and tacky for the first 20 overs then a belter for the rest .Generally, suits the side batting second. For years I watched NSW sides fail to read the conditions, win the toss, bat first, and lose. Well clarkey won the toss...he can live by the decision."

24.1

Herath to Warner, 1 run, full ball on leg and middle, Warner brings up Australia's 100 with a drive to long on

24.2

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out of his crease and drives to long-off

24.3

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Warner strides out and drives along the ground to long-off

24.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, full ball on the pads, Clarke clips it around the corner

24.5

Herath to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot, Herath strides to his right and fields

24.6

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Warner waits for a flighted ball and drives on the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 104/2 (RR: 4.16)
DA Warner    49* (68b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-11-0
MJ Clarke    21* (29b)      TM Dilshan    9-0-36-1

Australia have built a nice platform for themselves at the half-way stage. These two scoring at nearly five at over.

25.1

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards cover point, he reaches his half-century. A more sedate and composed one today, after that aggressive century at the Gabba. Valuable nonetheless on this slow surface.

25.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball, and drives to long off to bring up the 50 partnership

25.3

Dilshan to Warner, no run, quicker ball on off and middle, defended from the crease

25.4

Dilshan to Warner, no run, punched off the back foot towards extra cover

25.5

Dilshan to Warner, 2 runs, that's full and on the pads, Warner turns if behind square and there's more silliness from Sri Lanka in the field. Sangakkara was chasing the ball, and Kulasekara was running in from the deep and there was a small collision between the two. Wonder how Jayawardene's blood pressure is today.

25.6

Dilshan to Warner, no run, defended towards cover

End of over 26 (4 runs) Australia 108/2 (RR: 4.15)
DA Warner    52* (73b 2x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    10-0-40-1
MJ Clarke    22* (30b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-11-0

26.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps out of his crease and plays to midwicket

26.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps out to turn towards square and gets hit on the pad

26.3

Herath to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke steps out again and makes contact this time, playing the ball off his pads towards long leg

26.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke comes out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball, and clips through midwicket

26.5

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner leans towards the off from his crease and plays to midwicket

26.6

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Warner plays to midwicket again, and this time he places it wide of the diving fielder

Nick: "Fair point Dave, but it's not one of your typical 35-40 degree Adelaide summer day, might take a bit longer for this pitch to dry out than normal, the Aussie's might struggle for a bit lonher yet..."

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 112/2 (RR: 4.14)
DA Warner    53* (75b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-15-0
MJ Clarke    25* (34b)      TM Dilshan    10-0-40-1

Kulasekara is back for another spell. The batsmen were milking the spinners rather easily.

27.1

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, good length and straight, defended on the off side

27.2

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, Warner stays in his crease and pushes the ball towards long on

27.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out to a length ball and punches past the bowler towards long on

27.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, full length and straight, Warner comes forward and drives, Kulasekara moves to his left to field

27.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, short of a length angling across the left-hander, Warner plays from his crease, hitting the ball uppishly through cover point

27.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, short ball, and Clarke is quick while playing the short-arm pull, lofting it into the gap on the deep square boundary

End of over 28 (7 runs) Australia 119/2 (RR: 4.25)
MJ Clarke    30* (36b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-27-0
DA Warner    55* (79b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-15-0

28.1

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner stays in his crease and pushes the ball to midwicket

28.2

Herath to Warner, 1 run, fuller ball on leg stump, Warner plays towards long on for a single

28.3

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke takes two steps out and turns the ball off his pads behind square

28.4

Herath to Warner, no run, a loud appeal for lbw after Warner stays in his crease and misses the turn to square leg, that pitched outside leg stump

28.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, played from the crease towards extra cover

28.6

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Clarke uses the angle into him to push the ball through midwicket off the front foot

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 123/2 (RR: 4.24)
MJ Clarke    32* (38b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-19-0
DA Warner    57* (83b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-27-0

29.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, played off the front foot towards wide long on

Darren: "Dave made a interesting point. In 5 Ryobi Cup games this season, the team batting 2nd won 4 times, with the other result a tie in the final."

29.2

Kulasekara to Warner, 2 runs, length ball angling across Warner, he slogs across the line and mis-hits the ball behind square, he was aiming more towards midwicket

29.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, driven off the front foot towards point

29.4

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, Warner plays a forceful shot towards point where Kapugedara dives to his left and saves runs

29.5

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, punched towards mid-on from the crease

29.6

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, a full toss on off stump, Warner drives to long off for a single

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 127/2 (RR: 4.23)
DA Warner    60* (88b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-31-0
MJ Clarke    33* (39b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-19-0

David Warner is now the top scorer in the CB Series.

30.1

Herath to Warner, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Warner clips the ball towards wide long on

30.2

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, played off the pads through midwicket for a single

Setu: "Is Jayawardane making a mistake by bowling out his spinners here? The quicks might go for runs in the batting Powerplay and in death overs as the ball will come on to the bat nicely."

30.3

Herath to Warner, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

30.4

Herath to Warner, no run, pushed towards Kapugedera at extra cover

30.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, short of a length with width outside off, cut off the back foot through point

30.6

Herath to Clarke, 1 wide, that's down leg side and a wide

30.6

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke plays off the front foot towards long-on

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 132/2 (RR: 4.25)
MJ Clarke    35* (41b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-24-0
DA Warner    62* (92b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-31-0

The batting Powerplay has been taken. Only three fielders outside the circle now. Malinga's back ...

Stuart: "20 overs to go. Two set batsmen at the crease but the score reads 132 at Adelaide. Aussies are going to have to bowl well this evening to win from here."

31.1

Malinga to Clarke, 2 runs, full ball outside off stump from over the wicket, Clarke steps out and drives through midwicket, they run two before the fielder from long on can prevent it

31.2

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, pushed through midwicket once again

31.3

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, full and straight from Malinga, Warner stays in his crease and plays towards midwicket

31.4

Malinga to Clarke, 1 leg bye, length ball on the pads, Clarke misses the glance and runs a leg bye towards square leg

31.5

Malinga to Warner, FOUR, that's too far down leg side, a rubbish line with fine leg in the circle, Warner moves across his stumps and glances past the fielder to collect four

31.6

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, length ball around off stump, Warner pushes from his crease towards mid-off to score the 10th run off the first batting Powerplay over

End of over 32 (10 runs) Australia 142/2 (RR: 4.43)
DA Warner    68* (95b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    5-1-21-0
MJ Clarke    38* (44b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-24-0

Maharoof will bowl the second over of the batting Powerplay. Expect slower balls.

32.1

Maharoof to Warner, no run, a full delivery outside off stump, driven firmly but straight to cover

32.2

Maharoof to Warner, 2 runs, short of a length angling across the left-hand batsman, Warner stays in his crease and punches through the gap at cover

32.3

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, a slower ball, which Warner drives to mid-off and challenges the fielder. He beats the throw at the bowler's end, the fielder missed anyway. Warner hobbled a little after completing that run, probably a little sore after that groin injury

32.4

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, played off the pads towards deep square leg

32.5

Maharoof to Warner, FOUR, a length ball outside off, it was the slower one but Warner had room to drive, and drive he did, hitting hit hard through the gap at cover, there's no fielder in the deep

32.6

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, in the blockhole this time, Warner digs it out towards mid-off for a single

End of over 33 (9 runs) Australia 151/2 (RR: 4.57)
DA Warner    76* (100b 4x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    6-0-30-0
MJ Clarke    39* (45b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-1-21-0

Shehan: "Malinga now lacks variety, hence he's expensive." Especially when he doesn't find his yorker length.

33.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, in the air, but safe! Warner tries to pull a short ball but gets a top edge that falls short and wide of the fielder at mid-on

33.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, good length around off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and blocks

33.3

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, the length's not bad on off stump, Clarke moves forward and a little across to drive the ball towards long-on

33.4

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, shoddy work from Malinga, Warner played the ball back to the bowler and Malinga failed to stop it cleanly, he reacted as though he got a touch on the ball before it very close to the stumps at the non-striker's end, with Clarke out of his crease. He should have fielded it cleanly in the first place

33.5

Malinga to Clarke, no run, defended on the off side

33.6

Malinga to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke whips the ball off his pads towards deep midwicket

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 156/2 (RR: 4.58)
MJ Clarke    42* (49b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-1-26-0
DA Warner    78* (102b 4x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    6-0-30-0

Sameera: "@Shehan. It's not the lack of variety. Malinga is not using his variety intelligently. That's something I have noticed in the entire tournament."

Peter: "I disagree Shenan, its not his lack of vareity but his predictability. He bowls a short ball then a slower ball. I reckon batsman have worked out the balls he will bowl."

Kulasekara replaces Maharoof, bowling from over the wicket.

34.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, a straight full toss, Warner drives to long off and calls for two, he won't get the second

34.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, a full ball on middle and leg, Clarke moves forward and towards the off side, taking the ball on the full and flicking it into the gap on the backward square leg boundary

Square leg drops back, third man comes up. Clarke is standing outside his crease.

34.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 2 runs, another full ball on the pads, Clarke clips it along the ground to deep square leg

34.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, 3 runs, Clarke gets to his half-century by tapping a length ball off his pads towards fine leg, a horrible line from Kulasekara in this over. Clarke's adjusted beautifully to the slowness of this surface, he assessed it in no time at all.

34.5

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, hit down the ground to long off for a single

34.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives off the front foot towards long on

End of over 35 (12 runs) Australia 168/2 (RR: 4.80)
MJ Clarke    52* (53b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-43-0
DA Warner    80* (104b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    6-1-26-0

The physio came out to have a chat with Clarke between overs.

35.1

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, a length ball around off, Clarke moves across and pulls the ball flat towards deep square leg

35.2

Malinga to Warner, no run, driven off the front foot towards cover

35.3

Malinga to Warner, no run, Warner jumps back and taps the ball towards the off side

35.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, Malinga gets the ball to lift off a good length and move across Warner, who stayed in his crease and tried to waft, he was beaten

35.5

Malinga to Warner, no run, played off the back foot towards cover

35.6

Malinga to Warner, no run, Warner gets a bit of a leading edge as he was trying to turn the ball towards square, Malinga runs to his right to pick up the ball. Malinga began the batting Powerplay by conceding 10 in an over, he's ended it by conceding one. Australia scored 37 in the five-over block

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 169/2 (RR: 4.69)
DA Warner    80* (109b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    7-1-27-0
MJ Clarke    53* (54b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-43-0

Clarke had the physio stretch his legs and lower back during the break. Herath to continue after drinks

36.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, tight line and Clarke plays it straight back

36.2

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, goes down the track and flicks him to the leg side

36.3

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Warner uses his feet too and gets a single to long-on

36.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, plays from the crease to square leg

36.5

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner tucks it to square leg, the batsmen think about the single but after already being involved in a run out Warner calls no

36.6

Herath to Warner, 1 run, played to long-on

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 173/2 (RR: 4.67)
DA Warner    82* (112b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-28-0
MJ Clarke    55* (57b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-1-27-0

37.1

Maharoof to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off, Warner steers the ball towards point where Dilshan dives to his left and makes the save

37.2

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, a slower ball on leg and middle, that looked like the off cutter, Warner moves back and turns the ball through square

37.3

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and across to force the ball through square leg with a controlled pull

37.4

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, a full ball on off stump, Warner drives towards long off for a single

37.5

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and across and swings his bat across his front pad, hitting the ball from off stump behind square

37.6

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, Warner pushes forward and tries to drive, he gets a thick outside edge that goes behind point

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 178/2 (RR: 4.68)
DA Warner    85* (116b 4x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    7-0-35-0
MJ Clarke    57* (59b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-28-0

Andrew: "Malinga isn't in the team to be economical. Malinga is in the team because he is a genuine wicket taker which he does better than anyone else in the world."

38.1

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner leans forward and drives the ball to cover

38.2

Herath to Warner, no run, Warner goes back and tries to force the ball through midwicket, it keeps a bit low and he gets an inside edge on to the pad

38.3

Herath to Warner, 1 run, driven to long off for one more

38.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out of his crease and plays through midwicket

38.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, a flat ball on the stumps, Warner stays back and forces it towards long on

38.6

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke turns the ball off his pads behind square

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 182/2 (RR: 4.66)
MJ Clarke    59* (61b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-32-0
DA Warner    87* (120b 4x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    7-0-35-0

Stuart: "Are the Sri Lankans really bowling this well? Warner has survived but he's striking at 73. Surely it's time to chance your arm now Davey, forget about your own score and start targeting those short square boundaries mate!" On the contrary, I reckon Australia are going really well. They'll turn it on after 40, or try to at least

39.1

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and tries to swing across the line, he gets an inside edge on to the body

39.2

Maharoof to Warner, no run, a full ball in the blockhole, Warner digs it out towards the off side

Gareth: "@Andrew. Brett Lee may possilby lay claim to that wicket-taking title."

39.3

Maharoof to Warner, no run, Sangakkara throws the ball up in the air in celebration and Maharoof appeals confidently, but the umpire is unmoved. Warner tried to squeeze a full ball through the off side and was beaten. I think the bat hit the ground there, and missed the ball completely

39.4

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, played off the back foot through the off side

39.5

Maharoof to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke's been trying to do this for a while now, moving forward and towards the off just a little, to create room to whip the ball off his hips to the long leg boundary

39.6

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, full ball on the pads, flicked through midwicket for a single

End of over 40 (7 runs) Australia 189/2 (RR: 4.72)
MJ Clarke    65* (64b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    8-0-42-0
DA Warner    88* (123b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-32-0

40.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, Herath bowls one into the blockhole, Clarke digs it out on the off side

40.2

Herath to Clarke, SIX, shot! Clarke reaches forward, gets down on one knee and swings hard, slog-sweeping a short ball over the deep square leg boundary

40.3

Herath to Clarke, 2 runs, another drop, the Sri Lankan fielding nightmare continues. Clarke goes inside out and lofts the ball over extra cover, Kulasekara runs to his left from long off and has to catch it on the move, he gets two hands to it but drops it as he falls to the turf

40.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, whipped off the pads to deep midwicket

40.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, played down the ground for a single

40.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, he tried to play it on the leg side but got a leading edge towards point

End of over 41 (10 runs) Australia 199/2 (RR: 4.85)
MJ Clarke    74* (69b 3x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-42-0
DA Warner    89* (124b 4x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    8-0-42-0

41.1

Maharoof to Warner, no run, a full ball on off stump, driven from the crease towards point

41.2

Maharoof to Warner, 2 runs, a full toss outside off stump, Warner drives from his crease through cover to move into the 90s, Australia pass 200 as well

41.3

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long on from the crease

41.4

Maharoof to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to move across the crease and let the ball go as it angles into him, he misjudged the line and was hit on the pad

41.5

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, a full ball swinging into the right-hander, Clarke drives towards mid-off, the fielder from extra cover runs to his right but fails to reach the ball, he might have blinded the fielder at mid-off though, who fumbled to allow the single. Sri Lanka have been absent minded in the field today, woozy thinking

41.6

Maharoof to Warner, 2 runs, a full ball outside off, driven through cover

End of over 42 (6 runs) Australia 205/2 (RR: 4.88)
DA Warner    94* (128b 4x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    9-0-48-0
MJ Clarke    75* (71b 3x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-42-0

Krishna: "superlative batting... its so rare nowadays to see partnerships being built like this."

42.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, in the blockhole outside off stump, Clarke plays on the off side

42.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke makes room by moving towards leg and drives the ball fluently along the ground to deep cover, the partnership is now 150

42.3

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, a low full toss on off stump, Warner guides the ball towards third man

42.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and across to work a full ball through midwicket

42.5

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, in the blockhole outside off stump, Warner plays it towards point

42.6

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, a full ball around off stump, Warner drives towards extra cover and runs

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 209/2 (RR: 4.86)
DA Warner    96* (131b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-47-0
MJ Clarke    77* (74b 3x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    9-0-48-0

43.1

Maharoof to Warner, 1 run, a full toss outside off stump, Warner drives from the crease in front of point

43.2

Maharoof to Clarke, SIX, dropped on the square leg boundary, Clarke pulls the short ball in the air towards Malinga, who was in an awful position to take the catch. He lunged towards his right and behind his body, and palmed the ball over the rope. Jayawardene replaces Malinga with Dilshan in that position

43.3

Maharoof to Clarke, FOUR, whipped forcefully off the pads to the long leg boundary, Clarke might beat Warner to the century at this rate!

43.4

Maharoof to Clarke, SIX, Clarke goes down the ground, lofting a length ball cleanly over the straight boundary, Jayawardene looks a bit helpless in the field

43.5

Maharoof to Clarke, (no ball) FOUR, a high full toss and Clarke hammers the pull to the square leg boundary, hitting it flat with a lot of power. The umpire signals six but Dilshan indicates it's a four. It bounced just inside the boundary. Mahela is having an animated discussion with both umpires about a no-ball call, it's a very delayed call by the umpire. It's possibly a no-ball for height. Mahela is very unhappy and visibly so

43.5

Maharoof to Clarke, 1 run, worked of the pads behind square for a single

Mahela is still talking to Asad Rauf, I think he's saying that the no-ball call needed to be made earlier. Mahela's frustrations with how his fielders and bowlers have performed are probably boiling over. Sri Lanka have been miserable in the field.

43.6

Maharoof to Warner, no run, played on the off side

End of over 44 (23 runs) Australia 232/2 (RR: 5.27)
DA Warner    97* (133b 4x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    10-0-71-0
MJ Clarke    98* (79b 5x4 3x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-47-0

44.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves to 99 by playing the ball towards deep midwicket

44.2

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, played towards point and straight to the fielder

44.3

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, Warner cuts once again but can't beat point

44.4

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, a full toss and Warner hits it past the bowler, Chandimal is quick to reach the ball from long-on and prevents the second

44.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, Clarke clips it through square to reach a phenomenal hundred. This pitch has not been easy to score on, the ball has come slowly on to the bat, but Clarke has reached his 100 off 81 balls. A superlative display of footwork

44.6

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, Warner moves to 99 by cutting through point

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 236/2 (RR: 5.24)
DA Warner    99* (137b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-51-0
MJ Clarke    100* (81b 5x4 3x6)      MF Maharoof    10-0-71-0

Keith: "That no ball call was clearly a very late call and it was after Clark gestured to the umpires that it was called. That's the reason Mahela was upset."

45.1

Malinga to Warner, 1 run, Warner drives a full ball through cover to reach his century, his second consecutive one in the CB Series finals. A different innings to the one at the Gabba, he's toiled for this one, and put Australia on course for a large score

45.2

Malinga to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke slices the ball past in the air and over Thirimanne at point, he got finger tips on the ball as he jumped up

45.3

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, a full ball swinging towards the stumps, dug out on the leg side

45.4

Malinga to Warner, no run, an appeal for a catch behind after Warner gets beaten by a full ball in the blockhole, another case of Warner's bat hitting ground

45.5

Malinga to Warner, OUT, they've caught one in the deep! Dilshan was the man on the deep cover boundary and he came running in and slid to catch Warner's lofted drive. It's been an uncharacteristic innings from Warner, who had a groin injury after the first final. I wonder if he'll come out to field. Well played though, he had to tailor his game to the demands of a slower surface.

DA Warner c Dilshan b Malinga 100 (184m 140b 4x4 1x6) SR: 71.42

Michael Hussey is the new batsman.

45.6

Malinga to MEK Hussey, no run, Malinga lands the yorker just outside off stump, Hussey gets beaten as he plays from the crease

End of over 46 (4 runs) Australia 240/3 (RR: 5.21)
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    8-1-31-1
MJ Clarke    103* (83b 5x4 3x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-51-0

Sparkesy: "If you were told Clarke & Warner would both have scored 100 by the end of this innings you'd get pretty long odds that Clarke would be striking at around 124 and Warner at only 71"

Herath to bowl ...

46.1

Herath to Clarke, 3 runs, what a shot that is, Clarke began to try and paddle the ball to fine leg, and then opened the face to reverse paddle the full toss through third man. He assumed it was going for four though and didn't run initially, Malinga gave chase and pulled it in, sloppy cricket from Clarke after a superb hundred

46.2

Herath to MEK Hussey, FOUR, Hussey plays the reverse paddle this time and places it past the fielder at short third man, he's timed it well enough to reach the boundary

46.3

Herath to MEK Hussey, 1 run, played on the off side for a single

46.4

Herath to Clarke, SIX, tremendous batting, tremendous. Clarke lines up Herath and slams him over the midwicket boundary with a massive swing of the bat on the front foot

46.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, played through point for a single

46.6

Herath to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey works a full toss off his pads in front of square leg

End of over 47 (16 runs) Australia 256/3 (RR: 5.44)
MEK Hussey    6* (4b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-0-58-0
MJ Clarke    113* (86b 5x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    8-1-31-1

Sri Lanka looking like a team that is playing its fourth game in eight days.

47.1

Malinga to MEK Hussey, OUT, bowled him! Hussey comes out of his crease and towards the leg side, trying to drive through the off. Malinga beats him with a full and fast ball and hits the stumps

MEK Hussey b Malinga 6 (7m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

David Hussey is the new batsman ...

47.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, one in the blockhole on off stump, Hussey tries to squeeze it out on the off side and gets an inside edge on the leg

47.3

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke stays in his crease and lofts a full ball on the bounce to long-on

47.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, a full ball outside off, played towards point

47.5

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another yorker from Malinga, Hussey manages to play it towards mid-off

47.6

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and outside off before opening the face to steer a full ball towards backward point

End of over 48 (4 runs) Australia 260/4 (RR: 5.41)
MJ Clarke    115* (88b 5x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    9-1-35-2
DJ Hussey    2* (3b)      HMRKB Herath    10-0-58-0

Malinga's going off the field, he has one over left. He looked in some discomfort during his previous over. I wonder if he'll come back on.

48.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke waits in his crease and drills a full ball through midwicket

48.2

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, a full toss and Hussey lofts it towards wide long-on

48.3

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, in the blockhole, Hussey makes room by moving towards leg and slogs towards long on

48.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, a full ball on off and middle stump, Clarke makes room and drives to long off

48.5

Kulasekara to DJ Hussey, 1 run, dropped again, how many today? Hussey backward away and swung a length ball straight to Herath at midwicket, that was an absolute sitter, shocking fielding from Herath

48.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, OUT, and after that bit of sloppiness, Herath produces a direct hit to run out Clarke. Clarke played the ball straight to the fielder at midwicket and set off, he's in discomfort as he runs though and doesn't dive to try and make his crease. Herath's throw has him well short. Clarke's played a terrific innings but is in pain as he walks off, looks like an issue with his leg

MJ Clarke run out 117 (143m 91b 5x4 4x6) SR: 128.57

End of over 49 (6 runs) Australia 266/5 (RR: 5.42)
     KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-57-0
DJ Hussey    6* (6b)      SL Malinga    9-1-35-2

Malinga's back for the final over ...

49.1

Malinga to Christian, no run, a full ball outside off, the batsman tries to paddle on the leg side and gets beaten

49.2

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, in the blockhole, the batsman swings and gets an inside edge towards square leg

49.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, a low full toss, Hussey swings across the line and gets an inside edge into the ground near his boot

49.4

Malinga to Christian, 2 runs, a full ball bowled wide outside off stump, Christian throws his bat at it and slices the ball towards Herath at third man

49.5

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, Malinga finds the blockhole again, Christian plays it towards midwicket

49.6

Malinga to DJ Hussey, OUT, bowled him, Malinga lands another perfect yorker and beats Hussey's slog with the swing into the right-hander, the ball clips leg stump

DJ Hussey b Malinga 7 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

5.20 pm Australia have finished with a strong total on a slowish pitch, with Clarke and Warner scoring contrasting centuries. Warner was the slower one, Clarke was quick and quite terrific. Sri Lanka were poor in the field, several fumbles, some overthrows and five dropped catches. They aren't out of this yet though, because Australia could have easily got about 300, the way Clarke was going. But it's a tough one, but Sri Lanka are playing an extra batsman today ... I'll be back in 40 minutes for the second innings.

Kaustubh: "Warner's innings will cost the Aussies today's game. Just like Dilshan's 160 against India which came of 165 deliveries." Brave call, that.

End of over 50 (5 runs) Australia 271/6
     SL Malinga    10-1-40-3
DT Christian    4* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-57-0
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Mar 6, 2012

Mahela Jayawardene argues with umpire Bruce Oxenford, Australia v Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Bank Series, 2nd final, Adelaide, March 6, 2012

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Tillakaratne Dilshan walks back after a job well done, Australia v Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Bank Series, 2nd final, Adelaide, March 6, 2012

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