Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    0.1 appeal for lbw first ball, given! My first reaction was this might have pitched outside leg. Paranavitana seemed happy with the call, and walked off. Harris has got really close to the stumps to negate that angle, pitches this within the stumps, and the ball stays a touch low to catch Para on the crease and in front of off. So everything right with the decision, and Australia are on their way. In fact my first instinct was correct: replays show more than half the ball pitching outside leg 0/1
    6.2 Timber! Seams back in between the bat and pad. That gap is accentuated with Dilshan because he doesn't like to get the front foot across. Length ball outside off, Dilshan shapes up to drive, but it seams back in, and he seems like a hare in the headlights. The bat comes down late, the front foot is in front of leg, and the stumps are disturbed 15/2
    24.5 That's a brute! What do you do with this? Watson digs this in short of a length, it is the effort ball, but it also explodes off the pitch. It is angling in too from wide of the crease so he has to play at it. The ball takes the handle of the bat for an easy catch to gully. Yes the pitch played a part in the dismissal, but you have to also appreciate that Watson went wide of the crease and bowled the effort ball 52/3
    86.1 Harris has found that wicket. He is thrilled. This is the wicket. Mahela is gone after an outstanding century. Harris has persisted - with old ball or new - at that fifth or sixth stumps line, getting the ball to either nip back in or hold its line. Mahela has been defending them solidly. This being the new ball, it nips back a touch more than he expects, and it takes the inside edge onto the leg stump 210/6
    29.6 He has edged it while leaving it! Johnson's first wicket of the match, and it's a real gift. This is a regulation length ball, angled across, Samaraweera gets a stride in, and is late in starting to shoulder arms. The ball takes the edge, and Australia are pumped 63/4
    34.3 There's the pair! The middle stump is out of the ground. PJ is tentative defending this shortish delivery outside off. It nips back in through the gate and takes the middle stump. It has actually taken the inside edge. PJ's second pair. Both have come against Australia 68/5
    94.1 And Watto does it again! This is smart bowling. Not sure if this was intended to be a slower ball, but it comes at 124ks, Mathews sees a length ball, and thinks this is the ball to get to his hundred. He is well early into the shot, and the off stump is pegged back. Once again, he is dismissed in the 90s. The team-mates stand up and applaud him, but so gutted is he he doesn't even raise his bat on the way back. Even that last 90 came in a losing cause, perhaps he is saving the hundred for a win 249/9
    89.1 Johnson finally bowls his perfect line and length, especially for a tailender. Short, into the ribs/chest area, around off, rising all the time, and Randiv fends it to second slip 221/7
    92.3 Rangana has pulled this straight to short midwicket. Mathews on 93 stands alone at non-striker's and looks down at the ground. Harris gets a deserved Michelle. This is short, angling in, and the limp pull shot goes straight down Copeland's throat 242/8
    95.5 There it is. A big win for Australia. Lakmal gives him the charge, never gets to the pitch of it, and heaves, seemingly over mid-on. Johnson, though, runs back, and takes it almost over his shoulder 253/10
    not out
    3 (b 1, lb 1, w 1)
    253 all out (95.5 Overs, RR: 2.64, 385 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (NT Paranavitana, 0.1 ov), 2-15 (TM Dilshan, 6.2 ov), 3-52 (KC Sangakkara, 24.5 ov), 4-63 (TT Samaraweera, 29.6 ov), 5-68 (HAPW Jayawardene, 34.3 ov), 6-210 (DPMD Jayawardene, 86.1 ov), 7-221 (S Randiv, 89.1 ov), 8-242 (HMRKB Herath, 92.3 ov), 9-249 (AD Mathews, 94.1 ov), 10-253 (RAS Lakmal, 95.5 ov)
    RJ Harris20.056253.1010
    TA Copeland16.062001.2500
    MG Johnson19.065622.9400
    NM Lyon19.527313.6800
    MJ Clarke6.001602.6600
    SR Watson13.061921.4600
    RT Ponting2.00502.5000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 31 Aug - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 273
  • Thu, 1 Sep - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 115/6 (UT Khawaja 2*, MG Johnson 3*, 33.5 ov)
  • Fri, 2 Sep - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 120/5 (DPMD Jayawardene 57*, AD Mathews 32*, 52 ov)
  • Sat, 3 Sep - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 253 (95.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes