Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So Sri Lanka will retain their no. 1 ranking, regardless of the result of the next match. Daniel Bretting's report has been updated here. Join us again on Monday for coverage of the second Twenty20 in Melbourne.

David Warner is man of the match for his 90 from 62. He was the only man in the Australian side to hit a four - though Bailey did contribute one six. Just shows you what a lone hand it was.

The bowlers controlled Australia's innings from start to finish, and the death bowling in particular was critical in the end. Let's not forget Kushal Perera's 33 off 22 either. Just picked the right areas in the field to attack, and got good value for his strokes, even when he didn't hit it particularly well. Seems to have a head for pressure.

The Sri Lankan players head over to the big contingent of Sri Lanka fans in the crowd and show their appreciation. They seem to love playing in Sydney, no matter what the venue.

Mathews has a win as captain, and importantly, he was at the crease when the winning runs were hit, which Sri Lanka fans will be happy about. It's been a pretty complete performance in the end.

Laughlin to Perera, SIX runs, it's all over! Wonderful striking from Perera to close it out. slightly overpitched again and Perera throws everything at it, and hits it flat and hard over long on for six.
Laughlin to Perera, SIX runs, and that's what Perera's in the team for. Slightly overpitched on middle stump, right in Perera's hitting area and he just clears the deep midwicket fielder, who gets a hand to it.
Laughlin to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews advances, but Laughlin changes himself and almost yorks him. The ball bounces over Laughlin's head and there's a single to long off.
Laughlin to Mathews, FOUR runs, there's not mishit there. Another full toss, shin high, and wider this time, and Mathews drills it along the ground to the straight boundary.
Laughlin to Mathews, 2 runs, full toss on middle stump, and Mathews doesn't hit that as well as he would like. Gets it in the gap and deep midwicket though, and gets two

18 | 4 Runs | SL: 120/5 (18 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 9.00)

  • NLTC Perera7 (10b)
  • AD Mathews28 (24b)
  • MA Starc4-0-19-1
  • B Laughlin3-0-27-0

Another good Starc over keeps Australia in the hunt. A wicket or a couple of boundaries will turn this match now.

Starc to Perera, no run, full outside off stump, and Perera can only drive that back to Starc, who does well to stop it
Starc to Perera, 2 runs, length ball this time, and Perera swings that aerially to deep midwicket for two.
Starc to Perera, no run, terrific bowling, and that shaved leg stump. Yorker angled in, Perera swings big again, aiming over mid on, and can't connect.
Starc to Perera, no run, 141 kph, a wide yorker, Perera swings hard at that but can't get close to it
Starc to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, Mathews turns that behind square on the leg side. There is thought of two, but they wisely decide against it
Starc to Perera, 1 run, full and angled into the legs, Perera clears the front leg and drives it to long on

17 | 10 Runs | SL: 116/5 (22 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.82, RRR: 7.33)

  • NLTC Perera4 (5b)
  • AD Mathews27 (23b)
  • B Laughlin3-0-27-0
  • MA Starc3-0-15-1
Laughlin to Perera, 1 run, sliding yorker outside off stump, Perera digs it out towards deep cover
Laughlin to Perera, 2 runs, slower ball again, and Perera turns that to the leg side. A run out chance there, but the throw was to the wrong end and the batsmen get back
Laughlin to Mathews, 1 run, worked away to backward square leg

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st46TM DilshanMDKJ Perera
2nd7DPMD JayawardeneMDKJ Perera
3rd8DPMD JayawardeneLD Chandimal
4th8DPMD JayawardeneAD Mathews
5th35AD MathewsHDRL Thirimanne
6th35AD MathewsNLTC Perera