ICC Champions Trophy, 12th Match, Group A: Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 17, 2013
ICC Champions Trophy - 12th match, Group A
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
Played at Kennington Oval, London (neutral venue)
17 June 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

1.00 pm Here we go then, the batsmen are walking towards the middle - Dilshan and KJP. Mitchell Johnson to start. Two slips in place

Vaibhav: "Any update on which colour the sky is right now? I guess no news is good news?!? An excellent addition to the game-page-view would be to add a live camera feed facing upwards to not incumber any match telecast rights...but to show weather and may be an audio background noise from the stadium :-D Legally speaking I do not see any issues with it so long as it isnt live commentary or video feed :-D" --- It's not raining Vaibhav. All good to go

Max Weber has already given up on this tournament. He asks, "Any other Australians glad that Michael Clarke isn't playing today? Just stay fit for the Ashes, Pup, and leave the improbable wild goose chases to the likes of Maxwell."

Eddiebhai Oza: "I got no dog in this hunt, but if SL win then please let them win big and top the group. Who wants to see yet another Ind/SL game!? ;-)"

Mark: "I'm a Kiwi fan but, on form so far, Sri Lanka deserve to go through. They lost a very close game and won their other one comfortably. Australia have been substandard as has NZ's batting (only 3 averaged more than 15!). The shame for NZ is their bowling has generally been very good and they have the highest wicket-taker in the competition. Their senior batsmen have let them down."

12.30 pm Australia have won the toss and they will field. There are no changes in their squad. Sri Lanka would have batted first anyway, says Angelo Mathews. They are also going in with an unchanged squad.

So let's repeat the situation one more time -

If Australia bowl out Sri Lanka to 200, they will need to chase it down in 27.1 overs. However, if Sri Lanka score 150, Australia will go through if they can overhaul the target in about 24 overs. The smaller the target, the easier it gets for Australia.Sri Lanka on the other hand, just need to win.

12.10 pm Michael Clarke said yesterday that he was hopeful of playing today, but he has been ruled out of this game. It's a must-win game for both teams and even New Zealand will keep their eyes firmly affixed to the result - they need Australia to win, but not by a huge margin. Welcome to our coverage of this crucial final league stage game from the Oval. Rain is in the air today as well, but it's not going to threaten the game.

Vinay Patel: "As a Kiwi, it feels strange to be supporting the Aussies for once. Doubly so when they are considered the underdogs."

So here is the scenario -

Sri Lanka, who more often than not make it to the knockouts in ICC tournaments, just need a win; if they win big - that is, by about 90 runs in a full 50-over game - they can better England's net run rate and finish top of the group. Australia, who have looked a shadow of their usual selves, need to win by about 125 runs to lift their NRR above that of New Zealand and knock them out. If they bat second and Sri Lanka score 200, Australia will need to chase the target down in about 27 overs. New Zealand, who looked good to make it to the next round till a day ago, need Australia to win but not absolutely thump Sri Lanka. The London weather may interrupt the match but is expected to hold better than in Cardiff or Edgbaston.

Justin: "I guess the aussies will want to chase and know the equation rather than rely on bowling a side side out for next to nothing.... I bet we lose the toss and will bat first though."

0.1

Johnson to Perera, FOUR, gets a gift first ball. It was short and wide and rising, and KJP slaps it over point with some ferocity

0.2

Johnson to Perera, 4 leg byes, now he slips a fuller length delivery down the leg side and all KJP has to do is to get some bat on it. He doesn't get any bat, but gets some pad on that and the ball runs down fine

0.3

Johnson to Perera, OUT, another length ball on the leg stump, it hits the batsman as he is shuffling to play it towards the leg side, he gets hit in front of the leg stump, under the knee roll. The umpire takes some time and then raises his finger. KJP walks up to Dilshan to ask how that looked, but after a lengthy discussion, he is on his way.

MDKJ Perera lbw b Johnson 4 (2m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Sangakkara is here in the first over itself.

0.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, short delivery outside off, the batsman gets up on his toes and taps it straight to point

0.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of length delivery on the middle stump, the batsman goes on the back foot and tucks it to fine leg for a single

0.6

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, length delivery on the pads, he fails to get bat on that. It hits the pads and rolls towards square leg

kundan: "Isn't Tony Hill who just gave an LBW is from Newzealand?? Talk about Conflict of interest !!!"

End of over 1 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • TM Dilshan 0 (1b)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (2b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-5-1

Clint McKay comes from the other end

1.1

McKay to Sangakkara, 1 wide, he bowls a length delivery that swings down the leg side, called a wide

1.1

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, pushes it fuller and on the middle stump line, Sanga gets solidly behind that and defends it back to the bowler

1.2

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, he beats the bat with a length delivery that goes away with the angle. Sanga plays inside the line

1.3

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, he leaves this one alone, in a strange manner though. Goes forward to play at it, but then takes the bat away from the line of the ball

1.4

McKay to Sangakkara, 1 run, length delivery on the middle stump, the batsman tucks it to fine leg for a single

1.5

McKay to Dilshan, FOUR, he tests Dilshan with a full and wide delivery but the batsman is an expert in dealing with these, drives it hard through cover point for a four

1.6

McKay to Dilshan, 3 runs, and through that same gap again, this time off a short of length delivery just outside off. The batsman went to the back foot and punched it in the gap. The fielder from third man runs around to cut off the boundary

End of over 2 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 18/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • TM Dilshan 7 (3b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 2 (6b)
    • CJ McKay 1-0-9-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-5-1
2.1

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, back of length delivery on the middle stump, the batsman drops it in front towards off side and calls for a quick single

shaggy: "Kundun - In fairness Dharmasena wouldnt have thought twice about giving that one it was plumb."

2.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, the batsman drops his wrists and lets this one go through

2.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery outside off, swinging a touch away. Sanga waits in the crease and opens the face to run it to point

2.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, oh that could have been close at the non-striker's end! Would have been out! Sanga drove it to the left of mid-on and set off immediately, but he would have been short by some distance had Doherty hit the stumps

2.5

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, length delivery going across the right-hander, left alone by Dilshan

2.6

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, goes fuller around off and middle line, but doesn't get that inswing. Dilshan drives it to straight to midwicket

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1 (RR: 6.66)

    • TM Dilshan 8 (6b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 3 (9b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-7-1
    • CJ McKay 1-0-9-0
3.1

McKay to Sangakkara, no run, he keeps leaving these angled deliveries by bringing his bat down, then taking it away from the line of the ball. Looks like he is getting beaten, but he is not

3.2

McKay to Sangakkara, OUT, big big wicket this is! Sanga has driven a full and wide delivery straight into the hands of point. It's his bread and butter shot, and he would have backed himself to clear that fielder, but he didn't get much elevation as the fielder takes it just over his head

KC Sangakkara c Maxwell b McKay 3 (13m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

Lahiru Thirimanne earns a promotion

3.3

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, he gets a yorker first up, but he does well to bring his bat down in time

3.4

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman gets right behind it and defends it down the pitch

3.5

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, it's full and it's just wide outside off, going away with the angle, Thirimanne covers the line of the stumps and lets this one go through

3.6

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 20/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 8 (6b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 2-1-9-1
    • MG Johnson 2-0-7-1
4.1

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, fuller length delivery on off stump, 145 kph, Dilshan takes a forward stride and defends it back to the bowler

James: "Exactly the start Australia wanted: two big early wickets. Only real hope is to bowl SL out cheaply."

4.2

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, length delivery just outside off, the batsman comes forward again and pushes inside the line. the ball goes through to the keeper

4.3

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, wider this time, keeps it full again and Dilshan has had enough of defending, he goes for an on the up drive and is beaten

Aby: "Perera "Shall I review that?" Dilshan "No mate, you aren't me, Kumara or Mahela""

4.4

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, back of length delivery on the leg stump line, the batsman whips it off his hips to fine leg for a single

4.5

Johnson to Thirimanne, 4 byes, short of length outside off, 146 kph, nasty delivery actually as it quickly rose on to the batsman, and it kept rising after Thiri got out of the way and went over the keeper's head

4.6

Johnson to Thirimanne, 1 run, fuller delivery on the pads, clipped fine on the leg side for a single

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 26/2 (RR: 5.20)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 1 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 9 (10b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-9-1
    • CJ McKay 2-1-9-1
5.1

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, he bowls a full delivery on the pads, the batsman comes forward and punches it back to the bowler

5.2

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, fuller delivery angled across the batsman, Thirimanne comes forward then lets it go through

5.3

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, he takes a forward step and drives the fuller delivery, but straight to the man at cover

5.4

McKay to Thirimanne, 2 runs, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman waits and tucks it to deep backward square leg for a couple

5.5

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, fuller length delivery on the middle stump line, the batsman tries to work it away to the leg side, but gets an inside edge on to his pads

5.6

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, he bowls it full and outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid-off

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 28/2 (RR: 4.66)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 3 (12b)
    • TM Dilshan 9 (10b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 3-1-11-1
    • MG Johnson 3-0-9-1
6.1

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery on the off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends it back to the bowler

6.2

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, he comes forward to drive seeing the fuller length, but it was a slower one - 132 kph - and Dilshan gets a thick outside edge to third man for a single

6.3

Johnson to Thirimanne, no run, he bowls a back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the back foot

6.4

Johnson to Thirimanne, no run, he goes slightly wide of the crease and bowls a fuller delivery just wide outside off, 145 kph, Thiri comes forward to play a forceful drive but plays inside the line. Excellent delivery

6.5

Johnson to Thirimanne, 1 run, length delivery just outside off, 144.6 kph, this time the batsman just pushes it past backward point down to third man for a single

6.6

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, he goes very full just outside off, Dilshan tries to drive it, but manages to just block it out to cover

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 30/2 (RR: 4.28)

    • TM Dilshan 10 (13b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 4 (15b)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-11-1
    • CJ McKay 3-1-11-1
7.1

McKay to Thirimanne, 1 run, he bowls a length delivery, but this one is on the pads, easily flicked away to fine leg for a single

7.2

McKay to Dilshan, 3 runs, this time it's on Dilshan's pads and he easily flicks it past square leg for a couple of runs

7.3

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends it to off

7.4

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, more solid front foot defence from the batsman, he plays the length delivery towards cover

7.5

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, he goes for yorker just outside off, but it's a half-volley and is driven hard straight to mid-off

7.6

McKay to Thirimanne, no run, bowls a teasing line just outside off, the batsman comes forward and then lets it go through

Dave: "Whatever the chase is, I feel Australia is missing its usual punch at the top of the order today. Hopefully less practiced hands will be able to deliver the knock out blow."

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 34/2 (RR: 4.25)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 5 (20b)
    • TM Dilshan 13 (14b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 4-1-15-1
    • MG Johnson 4-0-11-1

Faulkner comes in first change

8.1

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, he bowls back of length on off stump, the batsman defends it off the back foot

8.2

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, short of length delivery on off stump and Dilshan tries to pull it over midwicket, but gets an inside edge on to his body

8.3

Faulkner to Dilshan, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, the batsman works it to deep square leg for a single

Fine leg was in the ring for the right hander

8.4

Faulkner to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of length delivery, the batsman dabs it to the left of square leg and calls for a quick single. Dilshan dives in to make his ground, but the fielder missed the stumps

8.5

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, length delivery just outside off, Dilshan comes forward and punches it to mid off

8.6

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, length delivery just outside off, moves a touch away after pitching and Dilshan was beaten as he played inside the line

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 36/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • TM Dilshan 14 (19b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 6 (21b)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-2-0
    • CJ McKay 4-1-15-1

It's Watson time now

9.1

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, he bowls a short of length delivery just outside off and immediately the batsman goes on the back foot to play a punch, but he plays it straight to point

9.2

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, he stays on the back foot and defends the length delivery towards off side

9.3

Watson to Thirimanne, 1 run, nice cracked off the back foot but straight to third man. There wasn't much room to play the cut shot there

Zuch: "@Dave: totally with you. Just imagine Huges coming into bat and facing Herath, Dilshan or any other spinner. Sheep in the pack of wolves."

9.4

Watson to Dilshan, no run, he goes on the back foot to this length delivery and punches it straight to the cover fielder

9.5

Watson to Dilshan, 2 runs, length delivery on the middle stump line, Dilshan goes on the back foot and punches it through the gap at midwicket for a couple of runs

9.6

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, he pushes this one softly to midwicket again for an easy single

Davo: "It is beyond ridiculous that in group where the biggest winning margin is 49, and where NZ's biggest winning margin is 1 wicket vs SL, that Australia have to beat that same team (SL) by 130 odd to equal NZ. A complete and utter shambles. You can't have some teams'run rates assessed on effective T20 games while others' run rates are assessed from 50 over games."

End of over 10 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 40/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • TM Dilshan 17 (22b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 7 (24b)
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-2-0
10.1

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

10.2

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery on off, bounces a touch extra, Dilshan goes on the back foot and defends it to point

10.3

Faulkner to Dilshan, 1 run, slightly short on off stump, and at that pace, the batsman slaps it easily to deep midwicket

Ian: "Mitch Starc should be opening the batting, it's the only correct alternative :)"

10.4

Faulkner to Thirimanne, FOUR, beautifully hit through midwicket! He shuffled across and whipped the length delivery through the gap just like Sanga would have..

10.5

Faulkner to Thirimanne, FOUR, he draws an outside edge this time with a length delivery outside off, but there is no slip in place and this one runs down to the boundary too

10.6

Faulkner to Thirimanne, no run, length delivery at a slower pace outside off, the batsman defends it towards off

End of over 11 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 49/2 (RR: 4.45)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 15 (27b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 18 (25b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-11-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0
11.1

Watson to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery honing in on off stump, the batsman punches it to cover off the back foot

Umang: "@Davo: the problem is not 50 over games vs 20 over games. That thing is taken care of when all runs and overs for a team are added. By construction, 20 over game will have less influence. The problem (as highlighted in cricinfo article) is batting 1st vs 2nd. NZ won by 1 wicket but with more than 10 overs left and that gave them a massive NRR benefit. Problem is wickets are not taken into account in NRR and personally this is very naive mistake on part of ICC."

11.2

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, back of length delivery on the pads, the batsman easily whips to fine leg to bring up Sri Lanka's fifty

One slip in place

11.3

Watson to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, Thiri works it off the back foot towards midwicket for an easy single

11.4

Watson to Dilshan, no run, fuller length delivery on off, the batsman belatedly comes forward and pushes it to mid on

11.5

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball angling in on to the pads, the batsman clips it to fine leg for a single

Peter: "Is Davo being an archetypal whinging Aussie?!"

11.6

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, short delivery this time to test the batsman, but Thiri watches that early and ducks under it easily

jackthelad: "@Davo - I agree with your point, the run rate calculations are ridiculously Byzantine in their complexity, and games under 50 overs each shouldn't count anyway; however, Australia is such a poor side that it hardly matters, they do not deserve to progress."

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 52/2 (RR: 4.33)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 16 (29b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 20 (29b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-7-0
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-11-0
12.1

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to cover point

12.2

Faulkner to Dilshan, no run, beautiful delivery! This was on a length, bowled with a scrambled seam and it just evades the outside edge as Dilshan comes forward to drive it

12.3

Faulkner to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller this time, and Dilshan calls for a single as soon as he punches it towards mid-off. Voges dives across and stops the ball, but had he done it cleanly, it would have surely caused some confusion

12.4

Faulkner to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of length delivery on the body, the batsman tucks it to fine leg for a single

12.5

Faulkner to Dilshan, 1 run, length delivery on the middle, Dilshan comes forward and works it away to deep midwicket for a single

12.6

Faulkner to Thirimanne, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid-off

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 55/2 (RR: 4.23)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 17 (31b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 22 (33b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-14-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-7-0
13.1

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, length delivery on the middle stump line, Dilshan clips it to deep midwicket off the back foot and thinks about a second, but is rightly sent back

Simon: "I disagree with Umang and Davo. While Duckworth Lewis has it's issues the NRR system is fine. While yes, the Kiwis only won by a wicket, they chased a total with an incredible number of overs left. Each side has eleven who can bat, why get penalised for using them? Clearly their bowlers earned them the NRR boost in the first half and, as their batsmen chased it comfortably (from a time point of view) the win in terms of run rate was huge."

13.2

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman gets up on his toes and defends it to cover

13.3

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, he keeps it tight round about the off stump line, the batsman has no choice but to defend it back to the bowler

Flying Dutchman: "@Davo - getting whinges in early ahead of Lions Wallabies game on Saturday? See espn/scrum"

13.4

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, length delivery just outside off, a touch slower though, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

13.5

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, he comes on the front foot and drives the length ball stylishly to off, but straight to extra cover

13.6

Watson to Thirimanne, 2 runs, short delivery, Thirimanne takes it on this time and pulls it all along the ground to deep backward square leg

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 58/2 (RR: 4.14)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 19 (36b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 23 (34b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-10-0
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-14-0

Xavier Doherty is in

14.1

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, fires one in on the pads, the batsman drives it cover

One slip in place

14.2

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, slower this time, outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it hard to deep extra cover

Pete: "Something for SL to consider is that they could induce Australia to try to qualify at a high RR, and self-combust (eg trying to chase 260 in fewer than 40 overs). If SL does so well that Australia is merely trying to salvage some pride with a win (320, say), it may put NZ through."

14.3

Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, comes from over the wicket and pushes it through outside off, there is some turn on offer too. The batsman gets hit on the pads, but outside the line of off

14.4

Doherty to Thirimanne, 2 runs, tossed up and slower, the batsman comes forward and clips it fine on the leg side with the ball turning in

14.5

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, flighted delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to long on for an easy single

14.6

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, short and on off stump line, the batsman goes on the back foot and punches it hard to deep cover

Rehan: "Simon, I think the point is that you are discounting the fact that the Kiwis' win was NOT 'huge', precisely because they only won by one wicket - think how easily they could have lost that last wicket and lost the match. Compare this with a team who wins with one over to spare (in a full 50-over game) but with no wickets lost. Surely this is not a 'smaller' win than the Kiwis'?"

End of over 15 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 63/2 (RR: 4.20)

    • TM Dilshan 25 (37b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 22 (39b 2x4)
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-5-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-10-0
15.1

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, back of length delivery on the pads, easily clipped away to fine leg for a single

15.2

Watson to Thirimanne, no run, he comes forward and solidly defends the length delivery back to the bowler

15.3

Watson to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of length delivery that doesn't bounce much, the batsman goes on the back foot and whips it to deep square leg for a single

John Nilanka: "Good to see the way Dili & Thiri playing. They should not get any pressure just need to score 130 runs at the 30 over .then they should take PP and someone should take risk, then 3rd down Kulasekara must come so atleast they could reach to 210 by the 40th over and yet to come Mahela, Mathews & Chandi."

15.4

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, length delivery that comes in after hitting the deck, the batsman was shaping for a backfoot punch through cover, but adjust well to chop it towards backward point

15.5

Watson to Thirimanne, 1 run, full and wide outside off, the batsman drives it to cover and takes off for a single. Faulkner fires a throw in, but Thiri makes it well in time

15.6

Watson to Dilshan, no run, another length ball comes in after pitching, the batsman defends it towards the leg side this time

Drinks.

Larry: "The fact that NZ got a huge NRR benefit from what was essentially a very close game proves beyond and doubt that the NRR method is flawed. Case closed."

Mike: "@Rehan, but the win is huge, NZ could have (theoretically) just spent the match scoring slowly. Instead they went for it, scored at a much higher rate than required and therefore earned their NRR."

Davo: "Argue as you will, but the fact remains this has been a group where no team has dominated, but suddenly Australia is required to win by a massive margin. It represents a MASSIVE distortion of the reality of the group. It's as if the English media themselves have decreed the margin required."

End of over 16 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 67/2 (RR: 4.18)

    • TM Dilshan 27 (40b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 24 (42b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-14-0
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-5-0

No slip now

16.1

Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, he pushes it full and wide outside off and it goes past the outside edge as the batsman pushes inside the line, muted appeal by the keeper

16.2

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, flatter delivery, turns in after pitching, the batsman works it away to backward square leg

Sam: "Dilshan +Doherty = Carnage"

16.3

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it straight to cover

16.4

Doherty to Dilshan, 2 runs, slower and flighted, drifts in from round the wicket, the batsman gets an outside edge through point as he tries to drive it

16.5

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, tossed up and on the pads, the batsman comes forward and tries to work it away to leg side, gets hit on the pads though

16.6

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker and shorter outside off, the batsman waits on the back foot and punches it through point

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 71/2 (RR: 4.17)

    • TM Dilshan 30 (44b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 25 (44b 2x4)
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-9-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-14-0

Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack

17.1

Marsh to Dilshan, no run, starts off with a short of length delivery outside off, the batsman whacks it off the back foot, but straight to point

17.2

Marsh to Dilshan, no run, fuller length delivery on the middle, the batsman drives it straight to the deepish mid on fielder

17.3

Marsh to Dilshan, 1 run, he goes full this time, but the direction is all wrong. it's on the pads and it's flicked to fine leg with ease

17.4

Marsh to Thirimanne, no run, full delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it straight to cover

17.5

Marsh to Thirimanne, 1 run, full and wide outside off, the batsman stretches and guides it to third man for a single

17.6

Marsh to Dilshan, no run, fullish delivery on the off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid-on

Fred: "The entire premise of limited overs cricket is that scoring rate is more important than loss of wickets. The fact is that a team could win a match by 1 wicket when the team that batted first only lost 3 or 4 wickets setting the total. So NRR is perfectly appropriate in the context of limited overs cricket."

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 73/2 (RR: 4.05)

    • TM Dilshan 31 (48b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 26 (46b 2x4)
    • MR Marsh 1-0-2-0
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-9-0
18.1

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman works it to backward square leg with the turn

18.2

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, beautiful delivery, tossed up and it spun a bit to beat the batsman's intended drive

18.3

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, now he fires this one on the pads. Dilshan is unlucky to miss this sweep

18.4

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, flatter and quicker on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it back to the bowler

18.5

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up, slower and on a length, the batsman waits and then pushes it to the left of cover for a quick single

Round the wicket to the left-hander this time

18.6

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushes it through on off, the batsman dabs it to cover for a single

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 28 (48b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 32 (52b 1x4)
    • XJ Doherty 3-0-12-0
    • MR Marsh 1-0-2-0
19.1

Marsh to Thirimanne, FOUR, fuller length delivery wide outside off, the batsman goes for a forceful drive but gets a thick outside edge. There is no slip and it runs to the boundary

19.2

Marsh to Thirimanne, 2 runs, similar delivery, but this time he drives it on the up through extra cover beautifully for a couple

19.3

Marsh to Thirimanne, no run, slower delivery this time, it's full and on off stump line, the batsman pushes it to mid-off

19.4

Marsh to Thirimanne, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman defends it towards point

19.5

Marsh to Thirimanne, FOUR, he comes down the pitch this time and makes room as well, drives the length delivery over the cover fielder and finds the boundary easily.

19.6

Marsh to Thirimanne, no run, he comes forward and drives this fuller delivery down to mid-off

Rob: ""It's as if the English media themselves have decreed the margin required." While laughing at Davo I realised this must be what it was like to be an Aussie 10 years ago."

End of over 20 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 86/2 (RR: 4.30)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 38 (54b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 32 (52b 1x4)
    • MR Marsh 2-0-12-0
    • XJ Doherty 3-0-12-0

A slip in place for Dilshan

20.1

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, nicely bowled again! Tossed up and slower outside off, Dilshan is beaten as he tries to wristily push it through off

20.2

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed through on the pads, the batsman turns it to square leg for a single

No slip for Thirimanne

20.3

Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, he takes a couple of steps forward, but the ball is fired full outside off, it's dug out towards mid off

20.4

Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, slower and on off stump line, defended off the back foot

20.5

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, he fires this flat outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to deep cover

20.6

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, tossed up and slower, it drifts in to the batsman, who drives it back to the bowler

cliff: "50 overs Cricket is designed as entertainment for all. NZ made an exciting game by going for a high run rate. Exciting for spectators. Therefore a great result. End of discussion surely."

End of over 21 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 88/2 (RR: 4.19)

    • TM Dilshan 33 (55b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 39 (57b 4x4)
    • XJ Doherty 4-0-14-0
    • MR Marsh 2-0-12-0

Glenn Maxwell is here.. Can he make an impact? Round the wicket with a slip in place

21.1

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, tossed up and slow outside off, the batsman defends it to off

Continues round the wicket

21.2

Maxwell to Dilshan, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes it towards cover with soft hands and calls for a quick single

21.3

Maxwell to Thirimanne, no run, he comes down the pitch and drives the flighted delivery, but straight to mid-on

21.4

Maxwell to Thirimanne, no run, he placed it towards midwicket, but Maxwell ran to the ball quickly and fired a throw towards non-striker's because Dilshan had run a few paces down.. No damage done

21.5

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run

21.6

Maxwell to Dilshan, no run, tossed up delivery on the middle and leg line, driven straight to midwicket

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 91/2 (RR: 4.13)

    • TM Dilshan 34 (57b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 41 (61b 4x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-3-0
    • XJ Doherty 4-0-14-0
22.1

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes down the track and drives it to long on for an easy single

22.2

Doherty to Dilshan, OUT, caught at slip! What a catch by Watson, diving to his right, he picked this one low and one-handed! Doherty has been bowling well to Dilshan, he floats this one on the middle and leg line and gets it to turn just a touch, enough to beat batsman's whippy drive to the on side. Dilshan got a leading edge and Watson did the rest completing an excellent catch

TM Dilshan c Watson b Doherty 34 (93m 58b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.62

Australia finally break through after a 72-run stand. Mahela now.

22.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, fired in flat on the middle stump line, the batsman defends it off the front foot

22.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up and slower this time, the batsman defends it down the pitch

22.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, flat and full on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to cover

22.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, quicker delivery on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 23 (1 run) Sri Lanka 92/3 (RR: 4.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (4b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 42 (62b 4x4)
    • XJ Doherty 5-0-15-1
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-3-0
23.1

Maxwell to Thirimanne, no run, comes down the pitch and pushes the flighted delivery to midwicket

23.2

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, flatter delivery, the batsman pushes it to the gap at cover point for a single

Continues round the wicket. A leg slip in place

23.3

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up delivery on the middle stump line, the batsman defends it off the front foot

23.4

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, he comes forward and gets and inside edge past that leg slip fielder for a single

23.5

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, tossed up on off stump line, the batsman pushes it to deep cover for a single

23.6

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through on off and middle, the batsman defends. The keeper calls it a "gorgeous length"

End of over 24 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 95/3 (RR: 3.95)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (7b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 44 (65b 4x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-6-0
    • XJ Doherty 5-0-15-1
24.1

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, flatter delivery on off stump line, the batsman waits and dabs it to the gap at cover for a quick single

24.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, quicker delivery on the stumps, Mahela comes forward and defends

24.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, 2 runs, he makes room and stylishly chips it over the cover fielder for a couple

24.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, flatter and shorter on off, the batsman opens the face to place it to backward point

24.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, flatter delivery on the pads, the batsman nudges it towards square leg for a single

24.6

Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, almost a return catch! The bowler shortened the length as he saw the batsman advancing and Thiri punched it almost all the way to Doherty.

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 99/3 (RR: 3.96)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 45 (67b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (11b)
    • XJ Doherty 6-0-19-1
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-6-0
25.1

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and works it past midwicket for a single

Ram : "Thiramane seems to be a good find for SriLanka's future"

25.2

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 2 runs, oh he is lucky here! He tried a similar inside out shout as Mahela's in the last over, but he got too much height on it..Lucky for him it landed wide of long off

25.3

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, he nudges this one to backward square leg for a single

25.4

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, he pushes it softly to square leg for a quick single, but a direct hit from the fielder at midwicket would have made that interesting

25.5

Maxwell to Thirimanne, no run, he comes forward and defends it to off

25.6

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, fuller length, allows the batsman to drive it to deep cover

William: "It is a rarity to see Aussies bowling 2 spinners in tandem! God am I at Galle? Excuse me at Oval, The Oval...."

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 105/3 (RR: 4.03)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 49 (71b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 6 (13b)
    • GJ Maxwell 3-0-12-0
    • XJ Doherty 6-0-19-1
26.1

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, he brings up his fifty with a front-foot nudge to deep point

26.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, flatter delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it point

26.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, he waits on the back foot and defends it to midwicket

26.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, 3 runs, shorter this time, Mahela is not the one to miss out on these, he waits and opens the face of the bat to run it through gully

26.5

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and pushes it to mid-on for a single

26.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up delivery on the middle, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 110/3 (RR: 4.07)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 9 (17b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 51 (73b 4x4)
    • XJ Doherty 7-0-24-1
    • GJ Maxwell 3-0-12-0

Ujjawal Agarwal: "When Thirimanne averages 32, he's a good find; when Rohit averages 32, he's a wasted talent."

27.1

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, he dabs it to square leg for an easy single

27.2

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, reverse sweep from Mahela that almost looked like heading to the boundary, but McKay dives at short third man to prevent the boundary

27.3

Maxwell to Thirimanne, no run, he comes down the pitch and defends as the length is on the shorter side

27.4

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, quicker delivery on off, the batsman goes back and punches it through point for a single

27.5

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it back to the bowler

27.6

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, he comes down the pitch, but Big Show adjusts his length to a shorter one. Mahela defends it to midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 113/3 (RR: 4.03)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (20b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 53 (76b 4x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 4-0-15-0
    • XJ Doherty 7-0-24-1

Sree: "So when Misbah Ul-Haq scores 50 off 75, he's Misah tuk-tuk, the one pressurising the lower order batsmen, but when Thiriamane does the same, he's the boon, the future for SL cricket. Wow, i guess Misbah's fans are very demanding, and to think he usually comes in when the score's even worse for Pak."

28.1

Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, comes out of the crease to smash it over the sight screen, but he gets an inside edge as the ball turns in to him

28.2

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 leg bye, flatter and shorter, but it spins in to the batsman, hits the thigh pads and rolls towards short third man

Some sharp turn here from Doherty

28.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through on the off stump line, defended back to the bowler

28.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, slower and shorter, but on the off stump line, the batsman takes a forward stride and defends

28.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, still slower, this time outside off though, the batsman chops it to backward point

28.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman defends it to the leg side

End of over 29 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 114/3 (RR: 3.93)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (24b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 53 (78b 4x4)
    • XJ Doherty 8-1-24-1
    • GJ Maxwell 4-0-15-0
29.1

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, quicker and on a length outside off, the batsman pushes it past point for a single

29.2

Maxwell to Jayawardene, FOUR, it's fired on the leg stump, but Mahela is quick to latch on to that, he goes down on his knee and powerfully paddles it past that leg slip fielder

29.3

Maxwell to Jayawardene, FOUR, a reverse-sweep this time, McKay can watch it go past him this time as this one was few meters away from him this time

29.4

Maxwell to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower and on off stump this time, the batsman dabs it to the right of midwicket for a quick single

colin: "When I compare a youngster from one country to older players from other countries with them playing at least 50 more ODIs under I get a completely meaningless comparison..."

29.5

Maxwell to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes down the track and pushes the tossed up delivery to long off

29.6

Maxwell to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up and full outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to midwicket

Jimmy: "I'd put the house on SL here. If Aust's spinners look dangerous and SL has better spinners and Aust can't bat against spin, it means Aust can't win. Aust spinners don't usually look this dangerous in a nightclub."

End of over 30 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 125/3 (RR: 4.16)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 19 (28b 2x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 55 (80b 4x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 5-0-26-0
    • XJ Doherty 8-1-24-1
30.1

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, flatter and turning in from outside off, the batsman pushes it to the gap at cover off the back foot

30.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, another inside-out chip shot from Mahela, precise, very precise. It's over the cover fielder, but short of dep extra cover

30.3

Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, he comes down the pitch and inside edges the intended drive on to his pads

30.4

Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, this time he gets a single with a push to long on

30.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, shorter and flatter on off, the batsman waits and pushes it to point

30.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, fuller and quicker on off stump, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

Harlequin: "That's it Sri Lanka, keep ticking over. But not too fast, I want to see a NZ/Eng final to serve as a fitting conclusion to what has been a good few months of battling between the two sides."

End of over 31 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 128/3 (RR: 4.12)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 20 (31b 2x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 57 (83b 4x4)
    • XJ Doherty 9-1-27-1
    • GJ Maxwell 5-0-26-0

Mitchell Johnson is back to do some wicket-shopping for the Aussies

31.1

Johnson to Thirimanne, no run, here comes the yorker first up! Aimed at the toes, but Thiri does well to block it out

Ming: "Have you ever bothered to compare Herath's stats to Doherty's, @Jimmy? Doherty average 32 last time I looked, Herath 46. I rest my case."

31.2

Johnson to Thirimanne, no run, another one aimed at the toes, Thiri jams it out to mid-on this time

31.3

Johnson to Thirimanne, OUT, short delivery outside off and he has pulled it straight to the fielder at midwicket. He was done in by the pace, 143 kph on that one, and was not in control of that shot. Also, that didn't bounce as high as anyone would have expected it to, Thiri took it just below chest high. A big breakthrough although

HDRL Thirimanne c Watson b Johnson 57 (105m 86b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.27

So Mitch J makes an immediate impact. Do we see a collapse here?

Sumal: "It would be awesome if "the" night watchman comes again!"

31.4

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, another short delivery, but this one is down the leg side and Angelo pulls it fine on the leg side for a single

31.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, back of length delivery outside off, Mahela just bends those knees and creams it through point.. No chance for anyone..

Billy Bowden is fixing the sheet that is covering the seats next to the sight screen. He is supposed to be helping the Aussies, not the Sri Lankans..

31.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, nasty short delivery from round the wicket, hits the batsman on his wrists as he tries to whip it to the leg side.. Serious pace there

End of over 32 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 133/4 (RR: 4.15)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 24 (33b 3x4)
    • AD Mathews 1 (1b)
    • MG Johnson 5-0-16-2
    • XJ Doherty 9-1-27-1

Clint McKay comes back now

32.1

McKay to Mathews, no run, bowls a back of length delivery outside off, with a grunt, the batsman defends it from the crease

32.2

McKay to Mathews, no run, another back of length delivery just outside off, the batsman defends it off the back foot this time

32.3

McKay to Mathews, no run, he comes down the pitch and defends the back of length delivery to cover

BJ: "I love cricket. The only sport in the world where play will stop because a black sheet isn't tied up properly 100 metres away from a player in the center of the playing area."

32.4

McKay to Mathews, no run, he comes forward and drives the length delivery on the up, but straight to mid off

32.5

McKay to Mathews, no run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman goes back and defends it solidly

32.6

McKay to Mathews, 2 runs, it's through the midwicket fielder, Watson there! It was a fuller delivery and the batsman flicked it powerfully for a couple of runs to the deep

End of over 33 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 135/4 (RR: 4.09)

    • AD Mathews 3 (7b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 24 (33b 3x4)
    • CJ McKay 5-1-17-1
    • MG Johnson 5-0-16-2

Round the wicket comes Mitch

33.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, fires a short of length delivery that hurries on to the batsman as he tries to pull it, it was in the air for a while, but well short of the man at fine leg

33.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, Angelo gives him the charge, drives it, but straight to the man at mid off

33.3

Johnson to Mathews, 1 leg bye, back of length delivery of off, the batsman tries to whip it to the leg side but gets hit high on the pads. It rolls towards backward point, from where the fielder fires in a throw at non-striker's. Could have surprised the batsman had he hit

33.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, fuller length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to cover

33.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, falls just short of Watson this time! It was a full delivery angling in and the batsman flicked it in the air, just drops short of Watson..

33.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of length this time, 145 kph, the batsman tries to defend it off the back foot and gets an inside edge towards square leg

Peter Jerome: "Food for thought: Name a thing/object/occurence inside a cricket stadium that does not affect the match."

End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 138/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 26 (37b 3x4)
    • AD Mathews 3 (9b)
    • MG Johnson 6-0-18-2
    • CJ McKay 5-1-17-1

Back after drinks. Faulkner to bowl

34.1

Faulkner to Jayawardene, no run, short of length ball just outside off, dabbed towards short third man, no run

Raghu: "@BJ's question made me look into baseball's use of sight-screens. It's apparently called a "Batter's Eye" according to Wikipedia)."

34.2

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball on off stump, clipped in front of square leg for a single

34.3

Faulkner to Mathews, no run, just outside off, defended towards point by Mathews

34.4

Faulkner to Mathews, 1 run, strays on to the pads, helped towards short fine leg for a single

Marcus (and several others): "@Peter Jerome: The Australian top order?"

34.5

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, another quick single is taken, just drops the ball towards point and sets off

34.6

Faulkner to Mathews, 1 run, full ball on middle, driven towards midwicket for the fourth single of the over

Phil: "@Peter The roof. The stumps. The Advertising Boards. The bar staff. The drinks bottles. Glenn Maxwell :)"

End of over 35 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 142/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • AD Mathews 5 (12b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 28 (40b 3x4)
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-18-0
    • MG Johnson 6-0-18-2

Batting Powerplay

35.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, quick ball from wide of the stumps, angling in towards the batsman, who defends to the leg side

35.2

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, shot! superb hit from Mathews, that was shortish from Johnson, Mathews backs to make room and unleashes a ferocious slap that send the ball racing to the cover boundary

Ash: "@Peter.. umm electronic scoreboard, the boundary advertising and of course Steve Smith batting..."

35.3

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, tapped towards point for a single this time

Rohan: "@Peter "The advertisement paintings on the grass on the field never disturbs the match , whatever design it is" :) :)"

35.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, Jayaewardene struggling with the wide angle from which Johnson is delivering, a somewhat round-arm action from round the wicket, Jayawardene jumps awkwardly as he defends that shortish ball from the crease

35.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, similar length and outside off, dabbed towards point where Maxwell fields

35.6

Johnson to Mathews, (no ball) 1 run, a beamer! Johnson fires in a high full toss, 146.4kph, above waist height, guided down to third man for a single

35.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, played with soft hands towards point for a single

End of over 36 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 151/4 (RR: 4.19)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 30 (43b 3x4)
    • AD Mathews 11 (16b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 7-0-27-2
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-18-0

Faulkner to continue

36.1

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, he bowls it full and he bowls it wide outside off, it's slower too, the batsman drives it to deep extra cover for a single

36.2

Faulkner to Mathews, (no ball) 1 run, this one is full-toss too and has been called a no-ball, but because he had overstepped. the batsman flicked it deep midwicket

Free hit

36.2

Faulkner to Jayawardene, FOUR, he bowls a low full toss and Mahela easily paddles it fine to the boundary on the leg side

That is the first boundary of a free-hit in this tournament.

36.3

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes the length delivery to deep cover for a single

1000 ODI runs for Mahela in England

36.4

Faulkner to Mathews, no run, slower delivery outside off, the batsman tries to push it to cover, but is beaten

36.5

Faulkner to Mathews, no run, bows a good yorker on off stump, the batsman digs it out. Hits it back to the bowler

36.6

Faulkner to Mathews, OUT, That is bowled! For a few seconds no one had any idea about what was going on! It was a full length delivery and the batsman tried to whip it to the leg side, but it flicked the off stump on its way. The bowler was busy appealing for something (maybe a caught behind as there was a sound).. But it took a while for everyone to realise that the bails were off

AD Mathews b Faulkner 12 (29m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 37 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 159/5 (RR: 4.29)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 36 (46b 4x4)
    • JP Faulkner 5-0-26-1
    • MG Johnson 7-0-27-2
37.1

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 wide, he attempts a yorker, but this one is down the leg side

37.1

McKay to Jayawardene, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman defends it solidly back to the bowler

37.2

McKay to Jayawardene, no run, slower delivery on a fuller length outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

37.3

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman whips it through midwicket

37.4

McKay to Chandimal, no run, fuller length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

37.5

McKay to Chandimal, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman drives it on the up to deep cover for a single

37.6

McKay to Jayawardene, FOUR, he keeps doing this with such ease! It was a length delivery and all Mahela does it chips it with some timing over the cover fielder. No power, just timing. It easily beats the man at deep extra cover

End of over 38 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 166/5 (RR: 4.36)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 41 (50b 5x4)
    • LD Chandimal 1 (2b)
    • CJ McKay 6-1-24-1
    • JP Faulkner 5-0-26-1

eden: "Being a Kiwi suporter and cynic, Australia will probably go all out and try to get the target in 25 overs or whatever they need. After a while, if it looks like they wont get there in time, they'll probably then fold or give their wickets away just to see NZ kicked out as well !"

38.1

Faulkner to Chandimal, 1 run, he bowls a length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to mid-off and takes off for a single. Another attempt from the fielder, but yet again, it misses the stumps

38.2

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower delivery on a length outside off, the batsman dabs it to cover for a single

38.3

Faulkner to Chandimal, 1 run, it's a slower delivery on a fuller length outside off, the batsman drives it to deep extra cover for a single

38.4

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, the batsman comes forward and drives the length ball to wide mid-off for a single

38.5

Faulkner to Chandimal, 1 run, finally there is a direct hit (by the bowler at striker's end), and that too when the batsmen weren't attempting a run. The ricochet allows an overthrow

38.6

Faulkner to Jayawardene, FOUR, he bowls it full and wide this time and the batsman creams it through cover point, the shot beats the man at deep cover

End of over 39 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 175/5 (RR: 4.48)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 47 (53b 6x4)
    • LD Chandimal 4 (5b)
    • JP Faulkner 6-0-35-1
    • CJ McKay 6-1-24-1
39.1

McKay to Chandimal, no run, he bowls it slightly slower outside off, the batsman tries to run it down to third man but is beaten

39.2

McKay to Chandimal, no run, back of length delivery on off, Chandimal dabs it to point, but decides against the single as he sees the fielder charging towards it

39.3

McKay to Chandimal, 1 run, he goes fuller this time, the batsman punches it past the non-striker for a single

39.4

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, length delivery angling in towards the middle stump, the batsman whips it past midwicket for a single

39.5

McKay to Chandimal, 1 run, length delivery on the middle, the batsman pushes it towards mid on for a single

39.6

McKay to Jayawardene, no run, he bowls it full and on the off stump line, the batsman pushes it straight to midwicket

Glenn: "lol@eden...cynic...yah think??? Paranoid more likely!!!"

End of over 40 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 178/5 (RR: 4.45)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 48 (55b 6x4)
    • LD Chandimal 6 (9b)
    • CJ McKay 7-1-27-1
    • JP Faulkner 6-0-35-1

Doherty is back to bowl his last over

40.1

Doherty to Chandimal, no run, floated up on the middle and leg line, the batsman defends it off the front foot

40.2

Doherty to Chandimal, no run, flighted and full, the batsman drives it to cover

40.3

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 run, floated up on the leg stump line, the batsman drives it down the ground to long on

40.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, flatter and quicker on the off, the batsman works it away towards the leg side for a single

40.5

Doherty to Chandimal, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman drives it to cover

40.6

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 run, full and flighted on the middle, the batsman drives it to long on

Srinivas: "As an Aussie fan, I am really worried after seeing Doherty's figures. Is it a turning minefield?"

End of over 41 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 181/5 (RR: 4.41)

    • LD Chandimal 8 (14b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 49 (56b 6x4)
    • XJ Doherty 10-1-30-1
    • CJ McKay 7-1-27-1

Mitchell is here. Round the wicket bolts coming..

41.1

Johnson to Chandimal, no run, he bowls it on a fuller length outside off, the batsman slices it to point

41.2

Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, short of length delivery, the batsman goes back and clips it deep square leg for a single

41.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, he tries the short delivery at Mahela, who calmly ramps it fine on the off side for a single to third man and bring up his fifty

41.4

Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, he sees fuller length and goes down on his knee to drive it to cover

Neil: "The Kiwis dont strike me as deserving semi finalists in truth. They got an extremely fortunate non- LBW decision against Malinga to beat SL, were behind against Australia when the rain came and were well beaten yesterday. Hardly storming through to the semis!"

41.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of length delivery, the batsman stays on the back foot and nudges it to deep midwicket for a single

Back over the wicket

41.6

Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, he bowls a shortish delivery that comes in a touch into the batsman. He was trying to get away from it, but gets hit on the shoulder of the bat and ends up pushing it towards third man

agmauckland: "Surely if you're AUS you either overtake NZ's Net RR or go down in a blaze of glory. Would AUS pride keep them trying just to win the game when the Net RR position is hopeless? I hope so but I doubt it."

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 186/5 (RR: 4.42)

    • LD Chandimal 11 (18b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 51 (58b 6x4)
    • MG Johnson 8-0-32-2
    • XJ Doherty 10-1-30-1
42.1

McKay to Chandimal, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and runs the length ball down to third man

Cliff: "If Aussie help NZ to qualify, should we finally forgive them for the underarm incident?"

42.2

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, attempts the full and slow delivery, but Mahela expertly chips it over the infield and well short of the fielder at long on

42.3

McKay to Chandimal, 1 run, back of length delivery, Chandimal pushes it towards long on off the back foot

James: "Whoever "deserves" to go through, it's the mark of a good format that, in the last group match, any one of 3 teams could get a semi final place."

42.4

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, short outside off, Mahela waits for a light year, then pulls it to deep square leg

42.5

McKay to Chandimal, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman drives it on the up to the man at cover

42.6

McKay to Chandimal, no run, back of length, normal pace, on the middle stump line, the batsman pushes it straight to the fielder at point

David: "@ cliff: should have forgiven us ages ago for what was, at the time, a legal delivery!"

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 190/5 (RR: 4.41)

    • LD Chandimal 13 (22b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 53 (60b 6x4)
    • CJ McKay 8-1-31-1
    • MG Johnson 8-0-32-2

Round the wicket

43.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, he gets a short of length ball to which he calmly makes room and taps it past gully.. Once it crosses the fielder, it races to the boundary

43.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, he bowls a slower ball, in 130s, and it beats Mahela as he plays his drive too early

43.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, he is earning a fortune from this nudges as he as always done, this time he tickles this length ball fine on the leg side

43.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, short delivery that doesn't get up too high, Mahela attempts a pull, but gets hit on the body.He takes a leg bye to the left of the keeper

43.5

Johnson to Chandimal, no run, here comes the yorker, it's outside off and it passes under Chandimal's bat

43.6

Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, Chandimal runs it down to third man for a single

Harish Varanasi: "@Neil, Performance of Kane Williamson, McClenaghanagain, Mills' stupendous spells, spinner's tandem bowling, their tail's tale in batting, Guptil eluding century, mate, they deserve a place in the semis.There is a reason why they call it the Semis..Yours truly - NZ fan."

End of over 44 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 200/5 (RR: 4.54)

    • LD Chandimal 14 (24b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 61 (64b 8x4)
    • MG Johnson 9-0-41-2
    • CJ McKay 8-1-31-1
44.1

McKay to Chandimal, 1 run, back of length delivery, it's chopped towards third man for an easy single

10,999 - That is what Mahela is on at the moment..

44.2

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, he goes down on his knee and tries to paddle it over the short fine leg fielder, but gets a toe end towards midwicket. He takes off for a single anyway and had that throw hit the stumps, he would have been stuck on 10999. Nonetheless, he is on top of 11000 now

44.3

McKay to Chandimal, SIX, first six of the match, a real slog this one from Chandimal, and it just eludes the fielder at wide long on...

44.4

McKay to Chandimal, 2 runs, slower delivery outside off, the batsman drops it with soft hands towards third man for a quick couple

Daniel Alexander : "11,000 Graceful runs in ODI's from the bat of Mahela! what a player.."

Daniel: "Such a low average for someone with 11,000 ODI runs"

44.5

McKay to Chandimal, 1 run, he chips the slower delivery over the cover fielder, but doesn't get too much timing behind that.. Just a single

44.6

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, another slower delivery, the batsman goes on the back foot and chops it through point for a single

End of over 45 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 212/5 (RR: 4.71)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 63 (66b 8x4)
    • LD Chandimal 24 (28b 1x6)
    • CJ McKay 9-1-43-1
    • MG Johnson 9-0-41-2

Here comes Faulkner.

45.1

Faulkner to Jayawardene, FOUR, he makes room and again plays that inside out chip shot over the infield. It teases the man at deep extra cover, who dives and gets to the ball, but then slides into the skirting

45.2

Faulkner to Jayawardene, no run, targets that area again, this time with a shot along the ground, but is not able to beat the man at extra cover

45.3

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, drives it hard again, now to mid-off, but since he is deep, they take a single

John Scallan: "David. Referring to THAT delivery in the NZ v Aus one dayers. Whilst it was legal at the time in the Rules of Cricket, the playing conditions for the competition forbade it. Thus it was a no ball. Sadly the umpires didn't read the playing conditions well enough."

45.4

Faulkner to Chandimal, FOUR, short and wide outside off, the fielder at third man was in the ring and Chandimal cuts it hard past him for well-timed boundary

Jagger: "Australia are out."

45.5

Faulkner to Chandimal, 1 run, low full toss on off, the batsman pushes it to cover with soft hands for a single

45.6

Faulkner to Jayawardene, no run, he goes for a reverse sweep off a full delivery, but misses. The keeper and the bowler appeal for a caught behind, but after the umpire said no, there was no interest..

End of over 46 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 222/5 (RR: 4.82)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 68 (70b 9x4)
    • LD Chandimal 29 (30b 1x4 1x6)
    • JP Faulkner 7-0-45-1
    • CJ McKay 9-1-43-1

Johnson is back again.. He has one over remaining

46.1

Johnson to Chandimal, 2 runs, he bowls a full delivery and Chandimal throws his bat at that targeting that region over extra cover, but doesn't get the timing luckily as it falls short of long off

46.2

Johnson to Chandimal, OUT, caught at mid-on. Tries the big whack again, but it was a slower delivery and although it looked like he had made good connection, he hadn't. That went just high and not long at all. Easily gobbled

LD Chandimal c Hughes b Johnson 31 (38m 32b 1x4 1x6) SR: 96.87

Kula is here..

46.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and guides the length delivery down to third man for a single

46.4

Johnson to Kulasekara, 2 runs, he gets a low full toss outside off and pushes it to deep cover for a single

46.5

Johnson to Kulasekara, 2 runs, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman chops it down to third man for a couple

46.6

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, he bowls a short delivery, but the batsman ducks under it and the ball goes down the leg side.. Surprisingly not called a wide

End of over 47 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 229/6 (RR: 4.87)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 4 (3b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 69 (71b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 10-0-48-3
    • JP Faulkner 7-0-45-1

Faulkner round the wicket

47.1

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, he bowls a high full-toss and Mahela who was crouching a bit for one of his dab shots, does well to swivel and pull it to deep square leg

James: "Blimey! 10 overs from Mitchell Johnson with no wides. Is that a record?"

Richard Hart: "@John Scallan: My understanding is that it was usually in the playing conditions, but was left out accidentally from that competition, and the Aussie's knew that. It was technically a no ball because the Aussie's mucked up the fielding restrictions - although that still would have left 5 runs to tie so they could have done the same thing again anyway."

47.2

Faulkner to Kulasekara, 1 run, bowls a good yorker on leg stump, but Kula jabs it down to fine leg off the toe of his bat

47.3

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, he makes room and drives the ball silkily to deep extra cover

47.4

Faulkner to Kulasekara, 1 wide, attempts another leg-stump yorker, but this one is just a little too far down the leg side

47.4

Faulkner to Kulasekara, 1 run, OUT, bowls a slower ball outside off, the batsman tries to pull it down the ground but doesn't get hold of it. It falls around mid-on and the batsmen try to steal a second, but a quick throw from the deep catches Kula well short of his crease

KMDN Kulasekara run out 6 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

47.5

Faulkner to Herath, no run, he bowls a dot-ball at this stage, beats Herath's attempted cut outside off

47.6

Faulkner to Herath, 1 run, length delivery outside off, Herath makes room and cracks it to deep point

End of over 48 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 235/7 (RR: 4.89)

    • HMRKB Herath 1 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 71 (73b 9x4)
    • JP Faulkner 8-0-51-1
    • MG Johnson 10-0-48-3

McKay comes in..

48.1

McKay to Herath, 1 wide, he bowls a short of length delivery, but this is very wide down the leg side

48.1

McKay to Herath, 1 run, another aerial shot falls well short of the fielder in deep, this one was cut in the air towards third-man

48.2

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower length delivery on the middle, the batsman slaps it down to fine leg for a single

48.3

McKay to Herath, no run, quick short delivery to Herath and this one sails past head high

48.4

McKay to Herath, 1 bye, another short ball, Herath swings his bat but makes no connection. They steal a bye though

48.5

McKay to Jayawardene, FOUR, he moves to the leg side and just places it in the tiny gap between short third man and backward point. How does he do that?

48.6

McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run, moves to the leg side again, and then dabs the slower delivery to backward point for a single

Wig: "Re. THAT delivery - I still maintain the Kiwi batsman had enough time to remove his box and place it on the pitch. When the ball hit it and flicked up, he could then have smashed it out of the ground!"

End of over 49 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 244/7 (RR: 4.97)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 77 (76b 10x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 2 (5b)
    • CJ McKay 10-1-51-1
    • JP Faulkner 8-0-51-1
49.1

Faulkner to Jayawardene, OUT, Mahela makes room and drives it inside out, but this is straight to the man at extra cover. Mahela was not interested in the single, but Herath runs all the way down to the striker's end.. Simple run out, but doesn't really matter at this stage. Mahela is still on strike

HMRKB Herath run out 2 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Malinga is here..

49.2

Faulkner to Jayawardene, FOUR, he comes down the pitch and takes the attempted yorker on the full, whacks it over extra cover for yet another boundary in that region

49.3

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 2 runs, slower delivery from the back of his hand, Mahela comes down the pitch and slaps it to deep cover for a quick couple

49.4

Faulkner to Jayawardene, no run, he goes for a reverse sweep this time, but this one was a quick one aimed at leg stump, he makes no connection this time and gets hit on the pads

49.5

Faulkner to Jayawardene, 1 run, low full toss, the batsman drives it hard, but this time he is not able to find that gap at extra cover.. It's straight to the fielder. They think about a second, but finally settle down for a single

Malinga on strike for the last ball

49.6

Faulkner to Malinga, 2 runs, he gets some bat on it and pushes it to midwicket. It was a single till the bowler ran to field that, but a wild throw towards the keeper allows the Sri Lankans to get back for a second

Scenarios again:

If Sri Lanka win this, they are through to the next round.
If Sri Lanka restrict Aus to 164, they will top the table.
If Australia win this in 29.1 overs, they are through to the next round.
If Australia win this after 29.1 overs, New Zealand are through.

Chris: "Being unnecessarily pedantic Australia can go through up until the end of the 30th over as if they get 259 by hitting the last ball of the 30th over for a 6 there NRR goes up to 0.78."

Vinay: "@Chris being pedantic isn't unnecessary at all! The way things have gone this CT pedant is the need of the hour! #SAvsWI"

Darren Fletcher: "So basically the Aussies go for it and once they can't go through they ensure that they lose?"

Kshitij: "@Dev: so situations says....Aus need to beg India for Virat for 3 hours and assume its Hobart!!!"

A masterclass from Mahela has given Sri Lanka a strong total again. They didn't have the best of the starts when they lost an in-form Sanga early, but the young guns finally arrived and played their part in setting up a good total. Tough shot for Australia, but you never know in cricket. It's not impossible.

Gayan: "It will b interesting to see if SL will try to get under Wade and Maxwell's skins. Last time these two teams played each other things got heated. Already saw some words between Wade and Mahela. Will be a cracker of a game regardless!"

Anuj: "Take 20 overs of PP all at once and play it like 20-20. If OZ can get to 180 they have a good chance !"

End of over 50 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 253/8

    • SL Malinga 2 (1b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 84 (81b 11x4)
    • JP Faulkner 9-0-60-1
    • CJ McKay 10-1-51-1
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