Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    46.5 Haddin has gone up immediately, but Hussey doesn't even appeal! Given not-out, but Australia are reviewing this. Length ball, Para pokes at it, extra bounce there, Haddin takes this on the second attempt. No sound on the way through, although it has gone pretty close to the shoulder of the bat. Not a clear deviation although Hussey has taken this almost chest-high, and there is a slight noise on fifth or sixth viewing. That's evidence enough for Hill and the TV umpire to change the decision. I would love to have overheard their conversation. Anyway, golden arm, thy name is Michael Hussey. Funny part is, Hussey didn't even appeal. Para didn't seem happy. He didn't feel an edge if he did edge it 128/2
    26.5 Harris strikes! Dilshan has lost patience! Not the smartest of shots when saving a Test. Short of a length, well wide of off, Dilshan drives at this, a slash really, and the thick edge is taken smartly by Watson. It is throat high, and is travelling at some pace, but Watson at first slip reacts quickly 81/1
    82.1 that is a huge wicket, Harris has Sanga edging to second slip! pitching on leg on a length and biting at Sanga as it moved away a bit, Sanga pushes at it with a bit of a closed bat from the crease and it flies at a nice height to Clarke at second slip, Harris bursts the match wide open again 229/3
    92.5 Michael Clarke has redeemed himself with a one-handed blinder diving to his left from second slip, or has he? Clarke tells Mahela he has caught it, Mahela wants the third umpire to confirm that, Clarke says go ahead, Mahela had just opened the face to one that kicked outside off from a length, it was not going to carry to first slip, but Clarke appeared out of nowhere and took it an inch off the ground, getting his finger between the grass and the ball, Mahela trudges off, he is still having some words with the Australians 270/4
    109.6 that is the big wicket, Thilan is gone, Watson pumps his fists, this is reward for some superb reverse swing, all that movement was bothering him, saw it pitched short of a length, and went for the cut, it nipped in late, close to the body and he got a thick edge to Haddin 307/6
    102.5 Harris has struck yet again, there is no getting away from him, two came in with the angle, the third moved away a tad from a length after being bent in, PJ had to push at it just outside off, and the outside edge was snapped up by Haddin 301/5
    not out
    not out
    27 (b 6, lb 20, nb 1)
    317/6 (114.3 Overs, RR: 2.76, 471 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-81 (TM Dilshan, 26.5 ov), 2-128 (NT Paranavitana, 46.5 ov), 3-229 (KC Sangakkara, 82.1 ov), 4-270 (DPMD Jayawardene, 92.5 ov), 5-301 (HAPW Jayawardene, 102.5 ov), 6-307 (TT Samaraweera, 109.6 ov)
    RJ Harris22.085432.4500
    TA Copeland27.0106312.3300
    MG Johnson23.346102.5901
    SR Watson20.094312.1500
    NM Lyon15.015203.4600
    MEK Hussey4.02210.5000
    MJ Clarke3.001605.3300

Close of Play

  • Thu, 8 Sep - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 60/0 (SR Watson 36*, PJ Hughes 23*, 17.4 ov)
  • Fri, 9 Sep - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 264/3 (SE Marsh 87*, MEK Hussey 76*, 91.3 ov)
  • Sat, 10 Sep - day 3 - Australia 1st innings 411/7d
  • Sun, 11 Sep - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 223/2 (KC Sangakkara 69*, DPMD Jayawardene 38*, 79 ov)
  • Mon, 12 Sep - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 317/6 (114.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes