First-person reports from the stands
Choice of game
This was my first live cricket match since Brian Lara made a 200 and Chaminda Vaas got 14 wickets at the SSC in Colombo in 2001. Also, a heavy final semester at university does take its toll on you - what better way to relax before final exams than to see your sports heroes in action.
I may be studying in Australia, but I was always going to support my home country Sri Lanka.
Although Kumar Sangakkara was great after he got settled, unleashing an array of super shots, Suraj Randiv gets the nod today for setting the game up for Sri Lanka. He deserved his Man-of-the-Match award; he got a lot of bounce and was able to vary his deliveries.
One thing I'd have changed
I'd have loved to see a bit more fight from the Australian top order and a couple more boundaries earlier on would have set up the game very well. Instead, there was a batting collapse which was the last thing most of us expected.
Face-off I relished
It was very enticing to see the Australians use their feet to the Lankan spinners. Michael Clarke hit a six off the first ball he faced from Muttiah Muralitharan. Steven Smith's reverse-sweeping was great to watch, and some sensible batting let Australia claw their way back. But in the end, Randiv made sure the target wouldn't be out of reach.
Dilhara Fernando plucking a superb one-handed catch to send back Clarke. We all thought that he wouldn't even get a hand on it, but somehow he held on.
The fans by the boundary didn't seem inclined to hassle the players (Clint McKay and Lasith Malinga) for any autographs, and the fielders by the boundary had little to do anyway.
Shot of the day
I'll be a bit biased here and go with my school-mate Thisara Perera's final six. He was great since he really took to Smith's line and length. The execution of the shot was brilliant and it was a fitting way to end a dominant win for the visitors.
The crowd was near full capacity and got very vocal whenever their teams got a wicket or a boundary. Malinga got a lot of attention when he bowled; the crowd held its breath while he steamed in. As the game progressed, the Sri Lankan fans were clearly the happier bunch but even then the whole crowd gamely attempted a couple of Mexican waves and bounced a beach ball.
Being Halloween, I expected some costumes and saw Elmo, Tigger and Barney. A lot of the fans were dressed in their team jerseys and there were a lot of green Milo fingers too.
The PA was informative since it clarified who was bowling and had some pumping music every time there was a boundary or a wicket. It was nice to listen to Survivor, Jet and the Black Eyed Peas but "If you're happy and you know it (clap your hands)" seemed out of place.
During the innings break, Spiderman and Batman made appearances on a zip line. There were a lot of fireworks and a catching contest which was horrendous since after what seemed like ages the game was stopped because the four people participating couldn't hold on to a single catch. A spectator tried to intervene by staking his claim to participate but the guards put a stop to his antics and he was promptly booed by the crowd.
My trusty cap, whistle, finger food, Sri Lanka shirt and a notepad in case I got a chance to ask for an autograph.
For my first game at the WACA, it was a pleasant experience, but could have been better. The quality of the game was good barring the middle overs since both teams seemed content to settle for singles. It was disappointing that Sri Lankan fans couldn't play their brand of music since it would have helped create a more vibrant atmosphere.
Marks out of 10
9. It is great to see your home team do so well, but a lack of a real fight by Australia was a bit of a dampener since they are known to produce a fightback when the chips are down.
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