Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    0.3 appeal for a run-out and DM's in trouble! Johnson can't do anything wrong at the moment! Terrible mixup here, Karunaratne had pushed it to the off side and there was confusion in the calling, they take the first run and turn for the second and change their minds, Karunaratne had to hurry back to the crease at the non-striker's end and Warner threw the ball from cover to Johnson who threw himself towards the stumps, ala Jonty 1/1
    0.4 and we have two in two and SL reeling already in the first over! Caught at short leg, this was short on the body and Dilshan tries to tuck it away and gets an inside edge to the thigh pad and Cowan runs back and takes the catch 1/2
    16.2 shorter and he uneasily fends it off his glove to the leg side, he's in a bit of pain and calls for the physio 62/4
    1.6 3 for 3 would you believe it! The extra ball courtesy the no-ball gives Australia the advantage, the ball lands just a shade outside off, comes in slightly and Mahela shapes to leave it alone, poor decision really, the ball takes the inside edge and hits the stumps. He decided very late to leave it alone 3/3
    5.3 Samaraweera's been given out lbw and he is reviewing it, he lands it on a fullish length on off stump and comes back in with the angle, he tries to flick it away and he fails to get bat on it, hits him in line with middle and leg and at normal speed it looked plumb, Nigel Llong thought so too, Samaraweera consulted Sanga and in desperation decided to review it. Quite straightforward 13/4
    18.5 chopped it on! Things get worse for SL, Johnson drags it short and it angles across the right-hander, Mathews fetches that from outside off and goes for the pull, ends up dragging it to the base of the stumps 74/5
    23.3 goes for the hat-trick of sixes and it doesn't come off! Anything but. Tossed up and he goes down the track and gets a top edge that lands down Warner's throat at cover 102/6
    not out
    24.2 and it's all over! The injured men won't come out to bat. Australia have claimed the series with one dead rubber to play. This was short on the body, Eranga couldn't fend it off properly, lobs off the handle to Cowan at short leg. Two men are absent hurt, Sanga won't bat, and Australia have wrapped this up in two and a half days. 103/9
    absent hurt
    absent hurt
    11 (lb 10, nb 1)
    103 all out (24.2 Overs, RR: 4.23, 130 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (FDM Karunaratne, 0.3 ov), 2-1 (TM Dilshan, 0.4 ov), 3-3 (DPMD Jayawardene, 1.6 ov), 4-13 (TT Samaraweera, 5.3 ov), 4-62 (KC Sangakkara, 16.2 ov), 5-74 (AD Mathews, 18.5 ov), 6-102 (KTGD Prasad, 23.3 ov), 7-103 (RMS Eranga, 24.2 ov)
    MG Johnson8.001622.0000
    JM Bird9.012923.2201
    PM Siddle5.203216.0000
    NM Lyon2.001618.0000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 150/3 (SR Watson 13*, MJ Clarke 20*, 39 ov)
  • Thu, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 440/8 (MG Johnson 73*, NM Lyon 0*, 129 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 103 (24.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes