ICC Champions Trophy - 12th match, Group A

Australia v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 20 runs

5.10pm 254 in 29.1 overs? Anyone think it is possible against Malinga & Co? Shane Watson is walking out, with Phillip Hughes as his partner. Shaminda Eranga to bowl.

Fireworks expected. Watson's going to be the key batsman.

0.1

Eranga to Watson, FOUR, what a start! Watson begins with a sensational drive through the covers for four, that was a length ball outside off, Watson leans into it and puts that away

0.2

Eranga to Watson, no run, shorter this time, closer to off stump, Watson waits in the crease and looks to dab the ball down to third man, beaten

0.3

Eranga to Watson, no run, bit of width, 134kph, shortish ball, slapped firmly towards point but well stopped by Dilshan

Kush thinks Australia can qualify, but only if...: "Australia needs, Mathew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting firing today at the top of the order with Andrew Symonds to follow....."

0.4

Eranga to Watson, no run, length ball is defended back down the track

0.5

Eranga to Watson, 1 run, length ball outside off, punched solidly back towards the bowler, bounces over the bowler's head, Eranga gets a hand on it but can only deflect it towards mid-off for a single

Dev: "Definitely possible. Remember what Virat did to Malinga in Australia."

0.6

Eranga to Hughes, FOUR, Hughes nearly bowled first ball, that wasn't too far outside off but he still goes for the cut, bottom edges it past the stumps for a streaky boundary

End of over 1 (9 runs) Australia 9/0 (245 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 5.00)
PJ Hughes    4* (1b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-9-0
SR Watson    5* (5b 1x4)     

1.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, back of a length ball outside off, defended towards cover by Watson

1.2

Kulasekara to Watson, OUT, Kula has done it, last match it was with the bat, this time he has removed the dangerman Shane Watson with the ball, the ball angles in towards the stumps, Watson looks to dab it behind point, no footwork from Watson, he misses and the stumps are disturbed, the Sri Lankan fans at The Oval scream to make it known how big a moment this is

SR Watson b Kulasekara 5 (4m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Illango: "KULAAAAAAAAAA!"

1.3

Kulasekara to Maxwell, 1 wide, way down the leg side

1.3

Kulasekara to Maxwell, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a single, the much-hyped Maxwell is off the mark

1.4

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, short of length ball on off stump, Hughes gets behind the line and defends

1.5

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, pegged back in the crease, looking to work the ball to the leg side, edges it towards cover

1.6

Kulasekara to Hughes, no run, length ball just outside off, a good-looking drive towards short cover

Neville Smeda: "Watson out....game over. No disrespect to Bailey and others, but Watson is the only one capable of the power-hitting necessary to reach the target in 29.1 Sorry, Aus...but I'm a SAfn, so I won't complain :)"

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 11/1 (243 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.06)
PJ Hughes    4* (4b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-1
GJ Maxwell    1* (1b)      RMS Eranga    1-0-9-0

2.1

Eranga to Maxwell, no run, back of a length ball from Eranga, 137kph, just outside off, Maxwell fishes for it outside off and is beaten

2.2

Eranga to Maxwell, 2 runs, full and on the pads, lofted over mid-on and there's a long chase for Malinga, only two runs result though, should have pushed for three there

2.3

Eranga to Maxwell, no run, Eranga gets the ball to sway away a touch outside off, Maxwell hangs his bat outside off and is beaten once more

2.4

Eranga to Maxwell, 1 leg bye, length ball on the pads, huge appeal for lbw but that looked to be sliding down leg, the ball dribbles in front of square leg

2.5

Eranga to Hughes, no run, length ball outside off, Hughes goes for his favourite cut, and he is late on it, mistimes it to the off side

2.6

Eranga to Hughes, no run, a touch shorter and on leg stump, Hughes looks ungainly as he blocks that to the leg side

End of over 3 (3 runs) Australia 14/1 (240 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.10)
PJ Hughes    4* (6b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-11-0
GJ Maxwell    3* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-1

3.1

Kulasekara to Maxwell, no run, great line just outside off, Maxwell pokes at it and is beaten once more

Santhosh L N: "This is tough for a new zealand fan ... whenever aussies wicket falls, doesn't know whether to feel good or bad"

3.2

Kulasekara to Maxwell, FOUR, the Big Show gets going with a lofted drive over extra cover, it was a full ball and that is launched for a boundary

3.3

Kulasekara to Maxwell, SIX, beautiful shot from Maxwell, a length ball and Maxwell takes a pace out of the crease and lifts that over the bowler's head, minimal effort, lovely swing of the bat, and the ball sails over the rope towards the sightscreen

3.4

Kulasekara to Maxwell, 4 leg byes, terrific come back from Kulasekara, Maxwell was backing away, Kula follows him and that ricochets of his body, between the keeper and slip for four leg byes

3.5

Kulasekara to Maxwell, no run, slants this in towards the pads, strikes the pads as well, an lbw appeal but that was sliding down

3.6

Kulasekara to Maxwell, no run, shorter from Kulasekara, Maxwell skates down the track and tries to hammer the ball down the track, can't get it past the bowler

End of over 4 (14 runs) Australia 28/1 (226 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 4.91)
GJ Maxwell    13* (11b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-12-1
PJ Hughes    4* (6b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-11-0

4.1

Eranga to Hughes, FOUR, someone tell Hughes where the middle of the bat is, all edges here, this time a French cut for four, he was looking to drive that through the covers, that ball was well outside off, ends up as four runs for Australia

4.2

Eranga to Hughes, 1 run, dabbed behind point for a single

4.3

Eranga to Maxwell, no run, short of length ball outside off, Maxwell slaps it back towards the bowler

4.4

Eranga to Maxwell, FOUR, thrashes that through cover, how hard was that hit? Maxwell skips down the track and lashes that short of length ball through the off side for four

4.5

Eranga to Maxwell, FOUR, full ball heading for the leg stump, Maxwell gets his front leg out of the way and drills that wide of mid-on for four, Maxwell gallops to 21

4.6

Eranga to Maxwell, no run, shortish ball just outside off, Maxwell wants to club that over midwicket but he can't connect

Required run-rate to qualify: 8.81

End of over 5 (13 runs) Australia 41/1 (213 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 8.20, RRR: 4.73)
GJ Maxwell    21* (15b 3x4 1x6)      RMS Eranga    3-0-24-0
PJ Hughes    9* (8b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-12-1

5.1

Kulasekara to Hughes, FOUR, Hughes finally connects properly with the cut, gets well forward and chops that past point for four more

5.2

Kulasekara to Hughes, OUT, what sort of shot is that? Hughes guides that off the middle of the bat to the keeper, looking to steer that to third man but he doesn't get enough on it, Australia lose their second, it was a back of a length ball outside off, Hughes tried to be too cute and paid the price

PJ Hughes c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 13 (23m 10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

Bailey is the new man

5.3

Kulasekara to Bailey, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, Bailey gets off the mark by guiding that down to third man for a single, showing Hughes how it is done

5.4

Kulasekara to Maxwell, FOUR, Maxwell throwing his bat at everything, short ball just outside off, a powerful pull in front of square leg for four, the man in the deep puts in a dive but that was too quick for him

5.5

Kulasekara to Maxwell, 1 wide, slides down the leg side, a free run for Australia

5.5

Kulasekara to Maxwell, 1 run, full ball just outside off, squeezed out towards extra cover for a single

5.6

Kulasekara to Bailey, no run, slanting in towards off stump, defended towards mid-on

Required rate to qualify: 8.72

End of over 6 (11 runs) Australia 52/2 (202 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 4.59)
GJ Bailey    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-23-2
GJ Maxwell    26* (17b 4x4 1x6)      RMS Eranga    3-0-24-0

Malinga is here..

kurt: "15 years ago Aus were paying like this ..every batsman come out and start hitting. The only difference is that they each one was getting out after making significant scores.."

6.1

Malinga to Maxwell, 1 wide, starts off with a slower-ball yorker, but he misses his direction, it's down the leg side

6.1

Malinga to Maxwell, 2 runs, he makes room and tries to slam it over long-on, but hits it high, really high and it comes down in the vacant region at wide long on

6.2

Malinga to Maxwell, FOUR, slower delivery on a length and what does big show do? He slams it down the ground. Mid-off had no chance

6.3

Malinga to Maxwell, OUT, no answers to this one from Malinga! He must have played these a few times in Mumbai, but he hasn't learnt much. It was a slower ball yorker and Maxwell, who was making room, missed it completely. The leg stump takes a beating

GJ Maxwell b Malinga 32 (25m 20b 5x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

Three down already, only 200-odd to get in 20-odd overs.. Sri Lanka look like the most likely team in the semi-final from the three

6.4

Malinga to Voges, 1 wide, he attempts a slower yorker again, but this one is wide down the leg side..

6.4

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, tests the batsman with a short one, who does well to hop on the crease and tuck it to square leg

6.5

Malinga to Bailey, 1 run, back of length delivery, but this one is on the pads and Voges picks up his first runs to fine leg

6.6

Malinga to Voges, no run, he bowls another full slower delivery, the batsman watches it carefully and defends it down the ground

John: "And to think the SL spinners have not even come on..."

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 62/3 (192 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 8.85, RRR: 4.46)
AC Voges    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    1-0-10-1
GJ Bailey    2* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-23-2

7.1

Kulasekara to Bailey, 1 run, he makes room and pushes the length delivery to wide mid-off for a quick single

7.2

Kulasekara to Voges, no run, the batsman is squared up by a length delivery on off, he pushes this one to cover point

7.3

Kulasekara to Voges, no run, this one comes in from a short of length, the batsman defends it towards the leg side off the back foot

7.4

Kulasekara to Voges, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman dabs it towards covers and they take a quick single

7.5

Kulasekara to Bailey, 1 run, a misfield by Rangana at mid-on allows a single. It was hit straight to him, a bit hard though, but those ones should be stopped

7.6

Kulasekara to Voges, 1 run, he angles this one in to the batsman who tucks it to deep square leg for a single

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 66/3 (188 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 4.47)
AC Voges    3* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-27-2
GJ Bailey    4* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-10-1

8.1

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, he bowls a length ball, the batsman stays in the crease and pushes it in the gap at cover for a single

8.2

Malinga to Bailey, 2 leg byes, loud appeal for lbw, but that was a ridiculous appeal! That full-toss was clearly heading down the leg side. The batsman was beaten by the lack of pace on that though

8.3

Malinga to Bailey, OUT, exactly the same delivery and this time it results in a wicket! Kula is on fire. He was there at short fine leg and fires in a flat throw to catch Bailey well short of the crease. The batsman was stealing a leg-bye there.

GJ Bailey run out 4 (17m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Nanda: "This is the final call for all passengers of Qantas Airline from Heathrow to Sydney. We have 14 missing from the list of passengers."

8.4

Malinga to Voges, no run, a 123 kph yorker to the new man, who just gets his bat down in time

Horrible running by Bailey earlier.. He was running as if the throw was never going to come to his end

8.5

Malinga to Voges, no run, full delivery on the middle and leg line, the batsman defends it down the pitch

8.6

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, low full-toss on the pads, the batsman flicks it wide mid-on and another throw comes in.. Safe this time though

RR: 9.12

Pete: "@Nanda, half this crew is staying on for the Ashes, Australia laments."

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 70/4 (184 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 7.77, RRR: 4.48)
AC Voges    5* (10b)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-1
MR Marsh    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-27-2

9.1

Kulasekara to Voges, no run, he keeps it tight around the channel, Voges pushes it to point off the front foot

Matt: "Think Mickey Arthur will have his own homework assessed after this.. Dont see him around after a unsuccessful ashes campaign"

9.2

Kulasekara to Voges, 1 run, he bowls a back-of-the-hand slower ball on a length, the batsman tucks it to deep midwicket for a single

9.3

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, bowls a length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it down the pitch

9.4

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, he comes forward and defends the length delivery to point

9.5

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, and again, he defends it to point form the crease

9.6

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, there is an appeal from Sanga for caught behind, but no one else was interested. It was a length delivery outside off and the batsman played inside the line

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 71/4 (183 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.10, RRR: 4.57)
MR Marsh    0* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-28-2
AC Voges    6* (12b)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-1

10.1

Malinga to Voges, 1 wide, a diving Sangakkara saves Malinga of some embarrassment. This was way down the leg side

10.1

Malinga to Voges, no run, he stays in the crease and defends the back of length delivery to cover

10.2

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, he gets a yorker this time and does well to flick it to deep midwicket

Dave: "I'm a Kiwi - Malinga has always been a nemesis for us. I used to resent his action as it seemed unfair to unsight the batsman by delivering the ball in front of the umpire's nose. But I've come to admire the Slinga's menacing genius. He seems to be the only one capable of doing it, so why not? Big ups to Maxwell for giving it a nudge - Aussie spirit to go for gold and try to qualify against the odds."

10.3

Malinga to Marsh, no run, he gets up on his toes and defends the back of length delivery to the off side

Abdul Aleey: "Air Newzealand is also finding thier missing 15 passangers for Cardiff to Wellington.."

10.4

Malinga to Marsh, no run, he bowls a yorker again, this time it's wide outside off, Marsh blocks it out to the off side

10.5

Malinga to Marsh, 1 run, he comes forward and slices the low full toss to deep cover

10.6

Malinga to Voges, 1 no ball, another one of those slow thigh-high full-tosses, this one is down the leg side

10.6

Malinga to Voges, no run, he waits in the crease and chops the length delivery to point

Siva: "Can we please please have a match between Pakistan and Australia to know the winner the "weakest team of the tournament" award."

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 75/4 (179 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.81, RRR: 4.58)
AC Voges    7* (16b)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-1
MR Marsh    1* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-28-2

Here is Rangana.. RRR - 9.94

11.1

Herath to Marsh, no run

11.2

Herath to Marsh, no run, slow and very slow on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot

11.3

Herath to Marsh, 1 run, he stays on the back foot and pushes the length ball to off for a single

11.4

Herath to Voges, no run, waits on the back foot and defends it back down the pitch

11.5

Herath to Voges, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and drives the tossed up delivery to long on

11.6

Herath to Marsh, 1 run, flatter and slow heading towards middle, the batsman goes back and punches it to deep cover

GSS: "Meanwhile the BCCI is arm twisting Air India for discounts on change fees for postponing 15 tickets..."

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 78/4 (176 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 4.63)
MR Marsh    3* (11b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0
AC Voges    8* (18b)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-1

Angelo is in now

12.1

Mathews to Marsh, no run, he bowls a length ball on off, the batsman pushes it to point off the front foot

12.2

Mathews to Marsh, 1 run, he walks down the pitch and punches the short of length delivery in the air towards wide mid-off, Malinga there does well

12.3

Mathews to Voges, no run, he pushes the length ball towards deep cover for a single

12.4

Mathews to Voges, no run, slower offcutter on off stump, the batsman slaps it straight to midwicket

12.5

Mathews to Voges, 1 run, a direct hit from midwicket there would have had the batsman! Even the dive wouldn't have saved him.. But the fielder missed it

12.6

Mathews to Marsh, OUT, a very slow offcutter, it made the batsman wait and wait, Marsh tries to chop it to the off side and played inside the line. The ball knocks the offstump back. Aussies are crumbling

MR Marsh b Mathews 4 (16m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 80/5 (174 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.15, RRR: 4.70)
     AD Mathews    1-0-2-1
AC Voges    9* (21b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0

Matty Wade is here.. Sri Lanka looking good for finishing on top of this group

13.1

Herath to Voges, no run, slow length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

13.2

Herath to Voges, 1 run, tossed up, but on a length, the batsman goes on the back foot and tucks it to square leg for a single

13.3

Herath to Wade, 2 leg byes, loud loud appeal from Sanga as the batsman gets hit on the pads with a turning ball. Herath went over the wicket to the left-hander and got the ball to turn in from outside off. the batsman tried to tickle it to the leg side, but got hit on the pads. Sri Lanka call for a review, but that one just hit the batsman outside the line.. That would have hit the leg stump though

13.4

Herath to Wade, no run, he comes down the pitch to a tossed up delivery wide outside off, defends to off

13.5

Herath to Wade, 1 run, he comes forward and works it away to square leg for a single

harish: "@GSS: Even hijackers avoid Air India..."

13.6

Herath to Voges, no run, quicker delivery on the off stump, the batsman defends it to the leg side off the back foot

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 84/5 (170 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.72)
AC Voges    10* (24b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-5-0
MS Wade    1* (3b)      AD Mathews    1-0-2-1

14.1

Mathews to Wade, no run, he bowls a slower delivery on a length outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends to off

14.2

Mathews to Wade, FOUR, cracking shot by Wade! He jumped out on this slower delivery, made room as he did so, and timed it through point

14.3

Mathews to Wade, no run, another slower delivery that hits the pad as the batsman misses his flick, Angelo appeals, but that pitched outside leg

14.4

Mathews to Wade, FOUR, he comes down the pitch again and manages to drag the short of length delivery through backward square leg for a boundary. Not in full control of that shot

14.5

Mathews to Wade, no run, slower delivery on the middle stump line, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

14.6

Mathews to Wade, no run, he tries to whack this through off side, but is beaten by the slowness of that ball

End of over 15 (8 runs) Australia 92/5 (162 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.13, RRR: 4.62)
MS Wade    9* (9b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-10-1
AC Voges    10* (24b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-5-0

15.1

Herath to Voges, no run, he bowls the arm-ball, the batsman makes room and cuts it hard, but finds the fielder at point

15.2

Herath to Voges, 1 run, this time he comes out of the crease and drives the full delivery hard down the ground to long on

15.3

Herath to Wade, no run, now Wade comes out of the crease but is not to the pitch of the ball, defends it back to the bowler

15.4

Herath to Wade, 1 run, tossed up outside off, the batsman sweeps it from there and drags it to deep square leg

15.5

Herath to Voges, 1 run, tries to toss it up, but the batsman comes down the crease and takes it on the full, drives it hard straight down the ground, but Dilshan at long on cuts it off

15.6

Herath to Wade, SIX, this one is massive massive hit! it was tossed up outside off and the batsman jumped out of the crease to launch it way way over the sight screen

End of over 16 (9 runs) Australia 101/5 (153 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.31, RRR: 4.50)
MS Wade    16* (12b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-14-0
AC Voges    12* (27b)      AD Mathews    2-0-10-1

Batting Powerplay has been taken. Malinga comes back too. Third man, fine leg are up in the circle

16.1

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, bowls a slower length ball on off, the batsman pushes it to deep point for a single

16.2

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, he walks across the stumps but gets a yorker wide outside off, the batsman blocks it out towards off and takes a single

Rajesh Kumar: "I am baffled to see Mitch Marsh in the team! He doesn't appear to be on the level of an International Player unlike his brother Shaun."

16.3

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to deep cover off the back foot

16.4

Malinga to Wade, no run, now fires in on Wade's boots, the batsman gets his foot out of the way and blocks it back to the bowler

16.5

Malinga to Wade, FOUR, oh beautifully smacked over midwicket! It was a short delivery on the body and Wade was quick to swivel and pull it hard over the infield

16.6

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, fired on to the pads, but the batsman digs it out towards long on for a single

End of over 17 (8 runs) Australia 109/5 (145 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.41, RRR: 4.39)
MS Wade    22* (16b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-1
AC Voges    14* (29b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-14-0

17.1

Kulasekara to Wade, FOUR, length delivery wide outside off and Wade smashes it over extra cover, but this is a big outfield. It teases the man from deep extra cover, who dives, but is not able to save that boundary

17.2

Kulasekara to Wade, 2 runs, that was a stinger! Angelo at extra cover gets hands to it diving full length to his left, but that was hit very hard and it is not fair to put that as a drop

17.3

Kulasekara to Wade, 1 run, he tries to whack this length ball, but inside edges back down the pitch. The non-striker wants a single and runs through, Wade starts belatedly and runs along with the ball and there is a mid-pitch collision between Kula and Wade...Kula goes down, Wade makes it to the other end. Kula looks at the umpire, but I think Wade was running in a straight line

17.4

Kulasekara to Voges, no run, back of the hand slower ball, Voges comes forward and defends it towards midwicket

17.5

Kulasekara to Voges, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman slaps it down to long on for a single

17.6

Kulasekara to Wade, no run, he comes down the pitch but Kula bowls it full and wide outside off and beats the bat

End of over 18 (8 runs) Australia 117/5 (137 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 4.28)
MS Wade    29* (20b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-36-2
AC Voges    15* (31b)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-1

18.1

Malinga to Voges, 3 runs, there comes the slower ball yorker again, but Voges does well to drive it past midwicket for three down to cow corner

18.2

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, this time it's the pacy yorker, Wade just pushes it to extra cover for a single

Jas: "Although Aussie can't win...they can still make sure that their opponent doesn't win either. "If I don't go through, you don't go through either""

18.3

Malinga to Voges, 2 runs, slower delivery on a length outside off, the batsman drives it to deep extra cover for a couple

18.4

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, he bowls it full and on the pads, the batsman drives that easily down to long on for a single

18.5

Malinga to Wade, 1 run, he takes a step down the pitch and tucks the length delivery to square leg for a single

18.6

Malinga to Voges, 2 runs, here comes another yorker and Voges digs it out to deep backward square leg for another couple

End of over 19 (10 runs) Australia 127/5 (127 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.68, RRR: 4.09)
AC Voges    23* (35b)      SL Malinga    5-0-34-1
MS Wade    31* (22b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-36-2

19.1

Kulasekara to Wade, OUT, caught at long-off! Wade falls after a brief counter-attacking innings and it sets off the Sri Lankan fielders into wild celebrations. It was a length delivery wide outside off and Wade tried to whack it straight down the ground but got a thick leading edge that ballooned over the infield, but Dilshan at long-off was waiting for it

MS Wade c Dilshan b Kulasekara 31 (29m 23b 4x4 1x6) SR: 134.78

Aus need 12.7 runs per over from here.

19.2

Kulasekara to Voges, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to mid-off for a single

Sri Lanka need to get the remaining four wickets for less than 36 runs to top the table

19.3

Kulasekara to Faulkner, no run, fuller length delivery on off, the batsman defends it solidly off the front foot

19.4

Kulasekara to Faulkner, no run, he bowls a bouncer this time, quite pacy as well, Faulkner sways out of line just in time

19.5

Kulasekara to Faulkner, 1 run, now he follows it up with a slower delivery, the batsman dabs it towards gully for a single

19.6

Kulasekara to Voges, 1 run, now he bowls a yorker which the batsman digs out to long on for a single

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 130/6 (124 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 4.13)
AC Voges    25* (37b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-39-3
JP Faulkner    1* (3b)      SL Malinga    5-0-34-1

20.1

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, slower length delivery on the middle stump, the batsman steers it down to third man

20.2

Malinga to Faulkner, no run, that is a good bouncer, right in front of the batsman's face. Faulkner does well to drop it down right in front of him, although he didn't know where it was for a brief moment

20.3

Malinga to Faulkner, 1 run, another short ball, this time the batsman dabs it to gully for a single

20.4

Malinga to Voges, no run, he bowls a slower delivery with a lot of under-spin, the batsman flat-bats it back to the bowler

20.5

Malinga to Voges, no run, good yorker, somehow it misses the off stump! The batsman was making room to carve it through covers, but was beaten by the lack of pace on it

20.6

Malinga to Voges, 5 wides, that is a wild wild delivery! Sanga did his best, but that was still too wide. Five wides down the leg side

Dave: "Funny how the huge run-rate deficit SL conceded for that one-wicket loss to NZ has ended up working in their favour. It has meant the Aussies have lost lots of wickets trying to beat NZ's run rate, when the target has otherwise seemed fairly achievable. Cricket karma, I guess."

20.6

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, fires in a yorker on the middle stump, the batsman digs it out to mid-off for a single

End of over 21 (8 runs) Australia 138/6 (116 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.57, RRR: 4.00)
AC Voges    27* (41b)      SL Malinga    6-0-42-1
JP Faulkner    2* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-39-3

Rangana Herath is back..

21.1

Herath to Voges, 2 runs, the batsman comes down the pitch and takes the flighted delivery on the full, but gets a toe end as he drives it over the bowler's head

21.2

Herath to Voges, 1 leg bye, that was the left-hander's carrom ball and the batsman somehow managed to get a bat on it, he chopped it towards gully, but there was a direct hit at the non-striker's end. The umpire checks with the third umpire, but the batsman made it in time

21.3

Herath to Faulkner, FOUR, he sweeps it, and sweeps it fine in the gap at deep backward square leg. It was finer than where he was intending to hit that, but a good result for him

21.4

Herath to Faulkner, 1 run, full delivery on the leg stump line, the batsman crisply times it past the non-striker

21.5

Herath to Voges, no run, he comes down the pitch, but Herath fires it down the leg side. The batsman does well to pad it away

21.6

Herath to Voges, 1 run, full delivery, it is tucked to square leg for a quick single

End of over 22 (9 runs) Australia 147/6 (107 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.68, RRR: 3.82)
AC Voges    30* (45b)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-22-0
JP Faulkner    7* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-42-1

Mathews is back

22.1

Mathews to Voges, 1 run, he bowls a slower delivery, the batsman comes down the pitch and pushes it to long off for a single

22.2

Mathews to Faulkner, no run, another slower delivery, this one is almost like a spinner's flighted one, it beats the bat as the batsman plays inside the line

22.3

Mathews to Faulkner, FOUR, another slower ball, but this time Faulkner created his own pace by jumping down the pitch and crashing that through extra cover for a boundary

22.4

Mathews to Faulkner, FOUR, here comes the ramp shot! It didn't have too much pace on it as it was a slower ball, but it was right in the gap between the keeper and short fine leg fielder

22.5

Mathews to Faulkner, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to cover for a single

AGP: "Why people are forgetting that there is an international match going on which still needs to be won? 107 to get in 28 overs with 4 wickets in hand is an interesting game."

22.6

Mathews to Voges, 1 run, another slower delivery, the batsman pushes it through cover for a single

End of over 23 (11 runs) Australia 158/6 (96 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.86, RRR: 3.55)
AC Voges    32* (47b)      AD Mathews    3-0-21-1
JP Faulkner    16* (11b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-22-0

23.1

Herath to Voges, 2 runs, that looked like he was out the moment the ball hit the bat! Huge leading edge that went towards covers, but the fielder there was close in and he had to run backwards to get to that. In the end, he just got a hand to it

23.2

Herath to Voges, 1 leg bye, he comes down the pitch, but Herath fires it on the pads. Voges manages to get some pad on it as had he missed it, he would have been a stumping candidate

23.3

Herath to Faulkner, no run, full delivery on the leg stump, the batsman drives it to midwicket where the fielder makes a good stop

23.4

Herath to Faulkner, 1 run, he swipes across the line to play that to deep midwicket

23.5

Herath to Voges, 1 run, flat and quick on leg stump , the batsman drives it hard to deep midwicket

23.6

Herath to Faulkner, OUT, super catch by Sanga! It was tossed up on off, the batsman wanted to swipe it across the line, it turned and took the toe-end Sanga made it look easy

JP Faulkner c †Sangakkara b Herath 17 (20m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 121.42

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 163/7 (91 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.79, RRR: 3.50)
     HMRKB Herath    5-0-26-1
AC Voges    35* (50b)      AD Mathews    3-0-21-1

Mitchell Johnson is the next man. Eranga comes back

24.1

Eranga to Voges, no run, he bowls a quick length delivery on off, the batsman dabs it straight to point

24.2

Eranga to Voges, 1 run, back of length delivery on the middle, the batsman chops it to gully and steals a quick single

jignesh: "Aussies are ruining it for everyone. First they couldn't win by good margin. So, that ruined their SF chances. Then they are unlikely to even win. So, that ruined NZ SF chances. And now, they are not losing handsomely ... that ruins cricket lovers by having Ind-SL match again."

24.3

Eranga to Johnson, no run, that was quick and menacing outside off! The batsman is beaten as he plays inside the line

24.4

Eranga to Johnson, no run, he tries to pull this short of length delivery, but plays it without any timing to mid on

24.5

Eranga to Johnson, FOUR, length delivery wide outside off and the batsman drives it on the up straight down the ground for a boundary

England have topped Group B now

24.6

Eranga to Johnson, OUT, another catch for Kula, this one at mid-off. Johnson tries to smash it down the ground again, but this delivery was slightly wider and he didn't reach for it, he got a healthy top-edge and today, Kula is unlikely to make any mistake

MG Johnson c Kulasekara b Eranga 4 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 168/8 (86 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.72, RRR: 3.44)
     RMS Eranga    4-0-29-1
AC Voges    36* (52b)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-26-1

Nick: "If my maths is correct, for Australia to get through to the semis on Nett Run Rate, they have to reach the total by the 38th over. From here, that is 7.5 runs an over with 3 wickets in hand. As a BC fan, I would much rather they played it safe and meandered to victory (putting much faith in M Johnson" ---- Good Morning Nick..

25.1

Herath to McKay, no run, pushed through on the middle stump, the batsman defends it off the back foot

25.2

Herath to McKay, 1 wide, pushes it down the leg side, called a wide

25.2

Herath to McKay, no run, flatter delivery on the middle and leg line, more back foot defence

25.3

Herath to McKay, no run, slower this time, on the pads, the batsman is unable to get any bat on that and gets hit on the pads

25.4

Herath to McKay, no run, slower again, the batsman pushes it to midwicket off the back foot

25.5

Herath to McKay, no run, more slowness from Herath, defended off the back foot

25.6

Herath to McKay, no run, now he fires it full on off stump, the batsman takes a forward step and drives it to cover

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 169/8 (85 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 3.54)
CJ McKay    0* (6b)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-27-1
AC Voges    36* (52b)      RMS Eranga    4-0-29-1

26.1

Eranga to Voges, 1 run, length delivery, the batsman makes room and drives it through off, but the fielder at cover makes a diving stop

26.2

Eranga to McKay, no run, full and honing in on off stump, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

BJ: "Sorry Nick, your maths is incorrect. For Australia to make the semi-finals they need to wind the clock back to 2003. From there, its just a simple matter of turning up and saying hi."

26.3

Eranga to McKay, 1 wide, short of length delivery, but this one slides down the leg side

Don Rae: "You'd think at 5 down they'd have pulled their heads in and at least tried to win. George Bailey's runout would be subject to an inquiry in most circumstances. Didn't even look as if her tried to get the run."

26.3

Eranga to McKay, no run, slower offcutter outside off, the batsman dabs it to point and leaves the crease. Dilshan from point fires it at the non-striker's end, hits the stumps, but Voges is just in

26.4

Eranga to McKay, no run, he almost drives it back to the bowler! He bowled it slightly slower and it hit the bat a little high as the batsman came forward to push it

26.5

Eranga to McKay, 1 run, he comes forward and drives the length ball on the up to deep cover

26.6

Eranga to Voges, no run, makes room, but he is not able to do much as it's an excellent yorker on the leg stump. He is only able to push it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 172/8 (82 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 3.56)
AC Voges    37* (54b)      RMS Eranga    5-0-32-1
CJ McKay    1* (10b)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-27-1

27.1

Herath to McKay, 1 run, flatter delivery on the pads, the batsman punches it to deep midwicket for a single

27.2

Herath to Voges, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, it's very wide

27.2

Herath to Voges, 2 wides, another slider and it's down the leg side again. The keeper is not able to take it cleanly, and the batsman steal's an extra

27.2

Herath to McKay, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the pads, the batsman tucks it to square leg for a single

27.3

Herath to Voges, 1 run, full and flighted on the middle, the batsman comes forward and drives it down to long off

27.4

Herath to McKay, no run, he goes back to a length ball, and gets hit on the pads, but that was heading down the leg side

27.5

Herath to McKay, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes the full delivery towards mid on for a single

27.6

Herath to Voges, 1 run, he comes forwards and dabs it to square leg for a single

End of over 28 (8 runs) Australia 180/8 (74 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 3.36)
AC Voges    39* (56b)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-35-1
CJ McKay    4* (14b)      RMS Eranga    5-0-32-1

28.1

Eranga to Voges, FOUR, short ball that follows the batsman as he makes room, but Voges slaps it to deep square leg boundary with ease

28.2

Eranga to Voges, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, the batsman drives it down the ground to long on for a single

28.3

Eranga to McKay, no run, he bowls a short delivery, but this one is outside off and the batsman easily ducks under it

28.4

Eranga to McKay, no run, another short delivery, this time it is better directed and beats the bat as the batsman misses his pull

28.5

Eranga to McKay, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman drives it on the up, but straight to cover

28.6

Eranga to McKay, no run, he bowls a yorker which the batsman drives it back to him

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 185/8 (69 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 3.28)
CJ McKay    4* (18b)      RMS Eranga    6-0-37-1
AC Voges    44* (58b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-35-1

One more ball and Australia will be officially be out of the race for semi-finals. Malinga comes back for another short spell

29.1

Malinga to Voges, FOUR, goes for a yorker, but it is not full enough. Ideal half-volley for the batsman to whack it over midwicket.

It's now Sri Lanka or New Zealand..

29.2

Malinga to Voges, 1 run, now the batsman gets a leg-stump yorker which he times nicely to deep midwicket for a single

29.3

Malinga to McKay, no run, he bowls a slower delivery just outside off, hangs in the air before coming down, it beats the batsman

reg: "Sri Lanka seem determined to keep the game going. With Voges well set and only 3 runs an over needed, NZ are still in the tournament!"

29.4

Malinga to McKay, no run, another yorker, McKay calmly digs it out back to the bowler

29.5

Malinga to McKay, 2 runs, bowls a full toss on the pads, McKay calmly tucks it to deep square leg for an easy couple

29.6

Malinga to McKay, no run, another attempted yorker, but this could have been expensive. McKay flicked that well, but straight to the man at midwicket

Cricketfreak: "Looks like the Aussies preferred to burn-out rather than fade away from champions trophy. Way to go.. Its a good team but aint winning enough matches."

End of over 30 (7 runs) Australia 192/8 (62 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.40, RRR: 3.10)
CJ McKay    6* (22b)      SL Malinga    7-0-49-1
AC Voges    49* (60b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    6-0-37-1

30.1

Herath to Voges, no run, here comes an appeal for stumping! It was tossed up on off, it dipped, then turned past the outside edge. Did the batsman slide his foot out? Yes he did, but looks like he just got it back in time

30.2

Herath to Voges, OUT, caught at long-on! The end is nigh, Voges tries to smash it over long-on but played it straight into the hands of Eranga..

AC Voges c Eranga b Herath 49 (111m 62b 2x4 0x6) SR: 79.03

One slip and leg slip for the No 11

30.3

Herath to Doherty, no run, he comes forward to a pushed through delivery, and is lucky to get an inside edge to that

30.4

Herath to Doherty, 1 run, he goes back and tucks the length delivery to square leg for a single

two slips in place now

30.5

Herath to McKay, no run, he goes back and defends the length delivery down the pitch

30.6

Herath to McKay, no run, pushed further up, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 193/9 (61 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 3.21)
CJ McKay    6* (24b)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-36-2
XJ Doherty    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    7-0-49-1

31.1

Malinga to Doherty, no run, bowls a length delivery that is angled across the left-hander, he is beaten as he plays inside the line

Prabhu: "That Voges shot looked like Australia now deliberately ending NZ campaign."

31.2

Malinga to Doherty, no run, another quick length delivery veering away from the batsman, another play and miss

31.3

Malinga to Doherty, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman steers it to third man for a single

31.4

Malinga to McKay, 1 run, short of length delivery, the batsman hops and tucks it to behind square on the leg side for a single

31.5

Malinga to Doherty, 1 wide, tries a yorker on the leg stump, but it's down the leg side

Mike D: "How many of today's Aussie team have just played their last international. A very poor side"

31.5

Malinga to Doherty, 1 run, bowls a slower delivery on the pads, the batsman nudges it to square leg for a single

31.6

Malinga to McKay, 1 run, fires a quick length delivery on the pads, Mckay tucks it to square leg off the back foot

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 198/9 (56 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.18, RRR: 3.11)
CJ McKay    8* (26b)      SL Malinga    8-0-54-1
XJ Doherty    3* (6b)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-36-2

32.1

Herath to McKay, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the middle, the batsman eases it to long off for a single

32.2

Herath to Doherty, no run, tossed up outside off, the batsman drives it firmly back to the bowler

32.3

Herath to Doherty, no run, now he takes a forward stride and defends the flighted delivery

32.4

Herath to Doherty, no run, again, takes a forward step and defends it to the leg side

32.5

Herath to Doherty, 1 run, he bowls a quicker one on the middle stump line and the batsman does well to tuck it to backward square leg off the back foot

32.6

Herath to McKay, no run, bowls the slider on off stump, the batsman defends it easily off the back foot

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 200/9 (54 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.06, RRR: 3.17)
CJ McKay    9* (28b)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-38-2
XJ Doherty    4* (10b)      SL Malinga    8-0-54-1

The ease with which these two are playing makes you wonder the rationale behind Voges' shot! He could have still steered this chase and possibly take this closer

33.1

Malinga to Doherty, no run, bowls it short, but it's not that quick. Doherty easily gets behind that in defence

33.2

Malinga to Doherty, 1 run, bowls a good yorker on off stump, but Doherty squeezes it out towards point

33.3

Malinga to McKay, no run, bowls a sharp bouncer this time, but it's outside off and the batsman safely stays out of the way

33.4

Malinga to McKay, no run, another short ball outside off, this time McKay sways away from the line

33.5

Malinga to McKay, FOUR, oh that is a shot that would have done a lot of players proud. It was a length delivery and McKay so calmly drives it over mid-off, sheer timing in that one

33.6

Malinga to McKay, 1 run, menacing yorker aimed at the boot, McKay digs this out to backward square leg with ease too

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 206/9 (48 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.05, RRR: 3.00)
CJ McKay    14* (32b 1x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-60-1
XJ Doherty    5* (12b)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-38-2

34.1

Herath to McKay, 2 runs, he bowls it slow and short, it allows the batsman to go back and punch it past midwicket for a single

34.2

Herath to McKay, 1 run, another one that is slow and slightly short, the batsman goes back and punches it to long on

34.3

Herath to Doherty, 1 run, tossed up and full on off, the batsman drives it to long-on for a single

34.4

Herath to McKay, 2 runs, full and on the leg stump, the batsman tries to drive it to midwicket but gets an inside edge fine on the leg side

34.5

Herath to McKay, no run, he comes forward and defends the flatter delivery to the off

34.6

Herath to McKay, FOUR, the bowler gives it some air, the batsman gives it more air by smashing it to the cow corner for a one bounce four

End of over 35 (10 runs) Australia 216/9 (38 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.17, RRR: 2.53)
CJ McKay    23* (37b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-0-48-2
XJ Doherty    6* (13b)      SL Malinga    9-0-60-1

Less than 40 needed by Australia to help New Zealand sneak in...

Saj: "Sri Lanka would rather prefer if they bowl Aussie out within the next 2 overs. The fifth bowler has bowled only 3 overs & they are running out of front-line bowlers..."

35.1

Eranga to Doherty, no run, he bowls it full outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

35.2

Eranga to Doherty, no run, back of length delivery on off, doesn't bounce that much, the batsman defends it off the back foot

35.3

Eranga to Doherty, no run, another back of length delivery on off, the batsman defends it solidly to the off side

Swaroop: "The whole of New Zealand will be cheering for these 2 at the moment. McKay will be a national hero for them if he can pull this off."

35.4

Eranga to Doherty, no run, fuller delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to mid off

35.5

Eranga to Doherty, no run, bowls a slower yorker on leg stump, the batsman was shuffling across, but digs it out somehow

Eddebhai Oza: "Not only are the Kiwi fans but all true cricket and are egging these two on to help win. Oh! What would we give to avoid an Ind SL game :-)"

35.6

Eranga to Doherty, no run, another length ball, more resolute defence from Doherty

Mark: "Who qualifies if it is a tie?" ---- Eng and New Zealand go through...

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 216/9 (38 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 2.71)
XJ Doherty    6* (19b)      RMS Eranga    7-1-37-1
CJ McKay    23* (37b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-0-48-2

The captain throws the ball to Dilshan...

36.1

Dilshan to McKay, no run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman pushes it back to the right of the bowler

36.2

Dilshan to McKay, no run, full and flighted, driven back to the bowler

36.3

Dilshan to McKay, 1 run, pushed through on the middle stump line, the batsman tucks it to midwicket for a single

sammydude: "If this goes on, Mathews will be bowling the last 7 overs from both ends."

36.4

Dilshan to Doherty, no run, pushed through outside off from round the wicket, Doherty defends

36.5

Dilshan to Doherty, 1 run, full and flighted on the middle, the batsman eases it to long on for a single

CricketNZ: "Come On Aussies, this is the time to extend the hand of friendship."

36.6

Dilshan to McKay, 2 runs, pushed through outside off, the batsman gets an outside edge for a couple..Sanga appeals, Dilshan joins him later... Appeal? Seriously? for an outside edge?

Arvind: "Looks like the Air New Zealand flight has been delayed until further announcement..."

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 220/9 (34 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.94, RRR: 2.61)
CJ McKay    26* (41b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0
XJ Doherty    7* (21b)      RMS Eranga    7-1-37-1

37.1

Eranga to Doherty, no run, he tries to push the length delivery to off, but chops it very close to the stumps..All safe in the end

37.2

Eranga to Doherty, no run, back of length delivery on off, Doherty defends it off the back foot

37.3

Eranga to Doherty, 1 run, bowls a full delivery on the pads, the batsman flicks it in the air towards fine leg for an easy single

Kumar: "Not even restarting my computer, due to some technical issues like other than IE nothing is working (like my olden days by not even getting up from the place I sat when India was going well) thinking the lucky charm for the last 2 would go off..."

37.4

Eranga to McKay, 1 run, length delivery on off, McKay pushes it softly to mid-off and runs for an easy single. There was a wild throw from Malinga and could have been an overthrow had the midwicket fielder not dived to stop that

37.5

Eranga to Doherty, no run, short delivery, the batsman gets down on his knees to avoid that as it didn't get too high

37.6

Eranga to Doherty, 1 run, slower and fuller, he pushes it to mid-off for a single and it could have been tight if the fielder had not fumbled it...

Jay Rampersad: "Come on Aussies...I'm a neutral but who doesn't like to hear of tail enders defying the odds and pulling off an unlikely victory!"

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 223/9 (31 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.86, RRR: 2.58)
XJ Doherty    9* (26b)      RMS Eranga    8-1-40-1
CJ McKay    27* (42b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0

William Griffith: "I don't know if it's just me, but this feels really reminiscent of the Aus NZ test in Hobart where Aussie had that lengthy 10th wicket partnership and ended up 9 runs short. Let's hope they can go the whole way this time..."

38.1

Dilshan to Doherty, no run, tossed up full on the leg stump, the batsman digs it out

38.2

Dilshan to Doherty, no run, now he comes forward and solidly defends it to off

Sid: "Aussies are only going to be cruel to NZ. First they make a mess of the chase, then get things close just to get NZ heart rates up...and will surely lose just when NZ start feeling confident!"

38.3

Dilshan to Doherty, no run, pushed through on the middle stump line, more solid defence from Doherty

38.4

Dilshan to Doherty, 1 run, pushed through just outside off, Doherty pushes it in the gap at cover for a single

paragordius: "Watching this at work. I know everyone is rooting for Australia to win this match. But I don't think these guys have in them to win this. They might take it close but one of them will lose patient and hit out. But yeah, I would love them to take Australia across the line and show what Australianism is all about."

38.5

Dilshan to McKay, 1 run, fuller delivery on the pads, it is easily nudged to deep square leg for a single

Suleman: "Can someone ask Doherty and McKay to finish it off now, I am feeling hungry and my colleagues are thinking I am working really hard even omitting my lunch."

38.6

Dilshan to Doherty, no run, there is some turn for Dilshan, but the batsman softly plays it towards short third man

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 225/9 (29 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.76, RRR: 2.63)
XJ Doherty    10* (31b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-6-0
CJ McKay    28* (43b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    8-1-40-1

Angelo calls his go to man back.. Kula is here.. Time to wrap it up?

39.1

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, he bowls it on back of length, McKay defends it easily to the off side

39.2

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, he bowls a good yorker on off stump, but McKay, without any pressure here, digs it out like a top-order batsman

39.3

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, length delivery on the pads, the batsman defends it to the leg side this time

Jiffry: "The Lankan Lions are on the hunt... go get them boys... lets see those stumps go flying out..."

39.4

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

39.5

Kulasekara to McKay, 1 wide, he bowls a short delivery, bounces well over the batsman and it's another run...

Tharindu: "As a Sri Lankan fan, this is like watching GameOfThrones, watching everything goes well until events change to break our hearts."

39.5

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman stays in the crease and punches it to point..

Calvin the Kiwi: "Please please please let Sangakarra somehow forget that Malinga still has an over up his sleeve!!!"

39.6

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, length delivery on off, McKay wristily drives it to midwicket

End of over 40 (1 run) Australia 226/9 (28 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.65, RRR: 2.80)
CJ McKay    28* (49b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-40-3
XJ Doherty    10* (31b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-6-0

28 runs, 10 overs, 1 wicket .. The clock is ticking, and it's testing my nerves.. This was supposed to finish half an hour ago..

40.1

Dilshan to Doherty, no run, solid forward defence by Doherty, a slip is waiting for a catch

40.2

Dilshan to Doherty, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off, he waits in the crease and punches it to deep cover for a single

40.3

Dilshan to McKay, no run, flatter delivery on a length, McKay pushes it to the off side, but no run

40.4

Dilshan to McKay, 1 run, on the pads, McKay goes back and nudges it to deep square leg for a single

40.5

Dilshan to Doherty, 2 runs, that was the ball and that broke Doherty's concentration! Tossed up and slow, the batsman went for a booming drive, got an outside edge past slip.. Very lucky.. very very lucky

40.6

Dilshan to Doherty, no run, now he goes back into the shell again, defends solidly

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 230/9 (24 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.60, RRR: 2.66)
XJ Doherty    13* (35b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-10-0
CJ McKay    29* (51b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-40-3

41.1

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, length delivery just outside off, defended towards point

Sanga: "Guys, this is not a practice match for ashes..."

41.2

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, he goes full on off stump, McKay digs it out easily to mid on

41.3

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman takes a forward step and pushes it to cover

Roger S: "My good friend HNN and I are under the watchful eye of our serious manager (CG), but we can't stop looking at this game go down to the wire! Just lose the wicket Australia, we don't want to get fired!"

41.4

Kulasekara to McKay, 1 run, he bowls a good slower delivery on the middle stump, but this is again easily dealt with, pushed to long on for a single

41.5

Kulasekara to Doherty, 1 run, fuller delivery, it is pushed to mid-on and they take off for a single, Thirimanne fires in a throw and hits the stumps direct at non-strikers end but Doherty looked alright.. Slid his bat along..

41.6

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes solidly behind it to push it back to the bowler

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 232/9 (22 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.52, RRR: 2.75)
CJ McKay    30* (56b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-42-3
XJ Doherty    14* (36b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-10-0

Michael: "The Aussies get this and we might forget that whole underarm thing.... might."

42.1

Dilshan to Doherty, 1 run, full and flighted on off, Doherty drives that to long off for a single

42.2

Dilshan to McKay, no run, he drove it almost back to the bowler! Almost.. just a metre ahead of him.. Dilshan smiles..

42.3

Dilshan to McKay, OUT, he catches it this time! Absolute blinder by Dilshan to set off wild celebrations on the ground. The crowd has found its voice! It was another flatter delivery, shorter too and the batsman punched it back.. Dilshan was moving to his right, but the ball was hit to his left at a comfortable height, but he quickly changed direction and plucked it out from nowhere, it was drifting away from him all the time.. Special catch to finally end Australia's resistance

CJ McKay c & b Dilshan 30 (72m 58b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.72

This tournament keeps throwing up super matches and although this one was one-sided for most parts, it did come alive during the last hour. Thanks for your comments and feedback, this is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao.

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"It would have been nice to get over the line in the end, " says George Bailey. "Our goal was to do it in the 29 overs, but we never got going. There was no value in the result as such, semis was our main aim. Michael Clarke is still improving and there is still a big series ahead. There are plenty of positives around and it was good to see the last two fight it out."

"We knew it was going to be tough, defending 253," says Angelo Mathews. "Thirimanne and Jayawardene batted well to get us to that score. I have never seen a crowd like this in the Oval before, and it was good to have the support. Our first target was the semis. Will enjoy tonight and see how it goes after that."

Mahela Jayawardene is the Man of the Match: "It felt really good (to get to 11000), but winning this was the icing on the cake. We are playing hard and passionate cricket, but we need to enjoy the cricket. That has been the mantra of our success in the past and hope it continues in the future. Seniors have a responsibility and it is our job to help Angi out, that makes us a happy camp. We are looking forward to another tough match in the semi-final."


Sri Lankan supporters have found their voice after being put to an agonising wait by the last Australian pair. You wonder how crucial those wickets would have been now - Voges, Wade.. all throwing it away. The batting looked easy while the last pair were there. But Sri Lanka did well to hang in there. Kulasekara was amazing at the start of the innings, but there was no doubt the team was feeling the pinch towards the end as all of us were too. In the end it took a moment of brilliance by Dilshan to settle the nerves. Sri Lanka are now headed to Cardiff to play India in the semi-final, New Zealand and Australia are out.

BJ: "As a Kiwi, obviously I'm upset that it didn't finish in our favour. As a cricket fan though, that was highly entertaining and at the end of the day the right team (imo) has made it to the semis. Well done Sri Lanka."

Vijay: "Air New Zealand NZ253 taking off from Gate 20... players to board in 10 minutes"

Tharindu: "Its like all that delay made the stage for that great moment, that superb catch of Dilshan..."

Night Watcher: "And who says ODI cricket has lost it's edge...Good for Sri Lanka!!! Even better for Cricket!!!"

Jono: "Sorry Kiwi's, dont hold it against us in the Bledisloe"

Tournament Results
England v India at Birmingham - Jun 23, 2013
India won by 5 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff - Jun 20, 2013
India won by 8 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Jun 19, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 17, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
England v New Zealand at Cardiff - Jun 16, 2013
England won by 10 runs
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Jun 17, 2013

Tillakaratne Dilshan gets chased by his team-mates, Australia v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 17, 2013

Tillakaratne Dilshan gets chased by his team-mates

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Jun 17, 2013

Tillakaratne Dilshan took the final wicket, Australia v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 17, 2013

Tillakaratne Dilshan took the final wicket

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