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    2.4 Sri Lanka get Watson cheaply, and boy will they be relieved! Pace and a hint of movement do the trick, but it is crucial to note the perfect length from Malinga here. Not there for the drive or the cut, it forces Watson to fend-steer even as it shapes away a touch. Watson ends up steering it to the left of an alert Mahela at first slip and he takes it. 6/1
    6.2 A wicket for Eranga in his first over at the highest level! That was pacy, and Haddin just seemed to play down the wrong line without moving the feet. Back of a length, a touch outside off stump and it went straight past the drive to uproot off stump. A classic clean-up job. 18/2
    12.3 Eranga has another one! And a huge wicket, this one. He's got Ponting with a slyly disguised slow offcutter. Ponting clearly did not spot it and was lulled into the drive, and ended up playing at it too early. It popped back to the left of Eranga, who unlike Kula earlier in the evening, pouched it. 52/3
    27.5 Malinga comes on and things just begin to happen! What happened there? 135 kph is what it is clocked at, but Clarke seemed bemused almost as he looked to play it off the pads and found he was early on the shot. It popped up off a leading edge and this time went straight to mid-on. Big wicket. Was there a hint of late straightening there? 123/4
    40.1 And that I guess is the end of that. Hussey is gone. Malinga sends down the fast and wide yorker outside off, and Hussey slashes it well, but straight to Randiv at point. Sri Lanka are on course to pulling one back here. 183/7
    31.6 and that's the end of David Hussey. Boy, they just can't play Ajantha Mendis can they? Another googly, lands outside off and turns in, David goes for the cut and inside-edges it onto the stumps. The brothers are separated. 138/5
    39.6 oh my. Smith has done something really bizarre here, feeding his critics with more ammo to have a go at him. It was a full ball well outside off, Smith got across to it and drove it to the on-side, and set off for the single. It's been his one-point agenda today - get the single. Except that, this time, he had played it straight to Kula and taken off. And then he just stands and looks as Kula moves to his right, picks up and hurls down the stumps. Not quite Roger Harper, but good enough. 183/6
    41.1 make that three wickets in three overs. Mitch had the right idea, he looked to get inside the line of a low full toss and hoick it over midwicket, but ended up giving Chandimal at square leg a chance above his head, which he took very well as he tumbled back. 189/8
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    42.3 the faster ones did the softening up, and the slower one bursts through. 118 kph, full, low and aimed at the stumps. Doherty did his part, he played all around it and missed. Clatter. 198/9
    44.2 Malinga settles it on the field, picks up his fifth to go one better than Bolly, and fittingly, it is Bolly's wicket. SL have made it 2-1, and they are now the world's second-ranked ODI side. Top yorker again, it headed to base of middle stump like a guided missile, and Bollinger had no chance of stopping it. The furniture is clattered. 208/10
    20 (b 4, lb 6, nb 1, w 9)
    208 all out (44.2 Overs, RR: 4.69)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (SR Watson, 2.4 ov), 2-18 (BJ Haddin, 6.2 ov), 3-52 (RT Ponting, 12.3 ov), 4-123 (MJ Clarke, 27.5 ov), 5-138 (DJ Hussey, 31.6 ov), 6-183 (SPD Smith, 39.6 ov), 7-183 (MEK Hussey, 40.1 ov), 8-189 (MG Johnson, 41.1 ov), 9-198 (XJ Doherty, 42.3 ov), 10-208 (DE Bollinger, 44.2 ov)
    SL Malinga8.222853.36373031
    KMDN Kulasekara10.015015.00387100
    RMS Eranga7.003825.42223050
    TM Dilshan10.003903.90292000
    BMAJ Mendis1.00505.0010000
    BAW Mendis8.003814.75181000

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