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130dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Ajantha Mendis spins Sri Lanka to 2-0 win

Ajantha Mendis turned tricks beyond the grasp of six Australian batsmen as Sri Lanka completed an eight-run victory for a 2-0 sweep of the Twenty20 internationals against Australia at Pallekele

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
86(63) 12x4 - 1x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 27 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
12 5 16 14 21 3 5 10
SR Watson
57(24) 6x4 - 5x6
Control %58%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
5 0 0 4 8 4 28 8

Best performances - Bowlers

BAW Mendis
O4
M1
R16
W6
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JW Hastings
O4
M0
R14
W3
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.50

Match days

8 August 2011 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

END OF OVER:
20 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 149/9 (9 runs required, RR: 7.45)

  • B Lee4 (3b)
  • JW Hastings3 (6b)
  • NLTC Perera2-0-21-1
  • KMDN Kulasekara3-0-26-0

That's all we have from the T20 series. Do join us for the first ODI on August 10. Until then, this is Sidharth Monga saying goodbye. Cheers

Time for presentation. "Definitely that was a brilliant catch, the turning point," says Tillakaratne Dilshan. "We knew one or two wickets put pressure there. We were hanging in, and waiting for a breakthrough. This series is definitely a big advantage going into the ODI and Test series. I want to thank the fans who have come here and supported the team."

Ajantha Mendis, the Man of the Match, talks to Roshan Abeyasinghe in Sinhalese. And despite my three trips to the beautiful Sri Lanka, I am disppointed to inform you I know no more than a few Sinhalese words. The translation from Roshan: "I came in with a lot of practice behind me, and I am very pleased that Sri Lanka won the match and the series."

Says Cameron White: "Unfortunately not good enough again. Clearly some work to be done. No excuses after the start Shane Watson gave. We just had to find a way, but couldn't. Ajantha Mendis bowled beautifully. The rest of the series will be quite tough, and we will get turning wickets for sure after today."

Shane Watson scored 57 off 24 in a chase of 158. That should be enough to win most Twenty20 games. Not this one, for Mendis turned up with record figures of 4-1-16-6. And what a relay catch by Mathews and Jayawardene at the boundary. Jayawardene followed it up with a super run-out. Not to mention his 86 when batting. Lovely T20 cricket from Sri Lanka. We will have the presentation soon

Sri Lanka are in a huddle. Hastings needs consolation, and gets it from Lee. What a superb show of Twenty20 skill from Sri Lanka to pull this one back. Angelo Mathews on that super catch: "Pure instincts. Just saw Mahela and went for it. I wasn't looking at the boundary, just wanted to take the catch, and relay it to Mahela after I saw it."

19.6
1
Perera to Lee, 1 run, wide full toss, hit down the ground for one. Sri Lanka have won 2-0. Mendis is overjoyed, and why not
19.5
1
Perera to Hastings, 1 run, Sri Lanka have won barring extras now. Hastings slogs and gets a single to long-on. The crowd erupts. Ajantha Mendis applauds

A six and a four to tie now!

19.4
1
Perera to Lee, 1 run, length ball outside off, heaved down to long-on for a single

Australia need three fours now. Or two sixes. Sri Lanka can finish it one ball

19.3
2
Perera to Lee, 2 runs, gets an inside edge on a length ball, which goes past short fine for a couple

Brett Lee is the last man in. Not a bad No. 11 to have

19.2
W
Perera to White, OUT, and there's the game for Sri Lanka! This is a low full toss, White makes room and goes for the six, all he manages is an inside edge onto the off stump

Fourteen off five now. If White connects well thrice, Australia will have won

19.1
1
Perera to Hastings, 1 run, Hastings does his job by driving this half-volley to long-off. White on strike now

Fifteen require doff the last over. Australia still in the game. How soon can Hastings bring White on strike. Another surprising move to throw the ball to another seamer, Thisara Perera

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st71SR WatsonDA Warner
2nd2DJ HusseyDA Warner
3rd0SE MarshDJ Hussey
4th2DJ HusseyCL White
5th38CL WhiteSPD Smith
6th0BJ HaddinCL White
7th16MG JohnsonCL White
8th2CL WhiteSNJ O'Keefe
9th13CL WhiteJW Hastings
10th5B LeeJW Hastings
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