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    78.5 Holes out, a magnificent innings comes to an end, down the track and lobs it over the bowler's head, can't get the timing, though, and he finds Dilhara Fernando prowling at long-off, completing a simple catch. Jaques was caught between belting the ball and chipping it, ending up lobbing it to the fielder instead. Fine innings, though. Set the tone on the first morning. Put Australia in the box seat 285/3
    19.1 And there it is. Fernando strikes. Hayden's charmed innings ends. Finally Sri Lanka get there reward. Short of a length ball, wide of off stump, Hayden goes for the fierce cut but only manages an under-edge. Loud sound there and Prasanna Jayawardene makes no mistake behind the stumps. Rudi Koertzen doesn't give it straight away, Hayden stands his ground but finally the dreaded finger goes up. There was no doubt about that one. One down. 48/1
    40.5 It's the master who prevails! Murali strikes. Fantastic bit of bowling against a batsman using his feet so well. Sucker punch from Murali, the doosra pitched perfectly on off and spinning away, Ponting takes a stride forward and pushes, gets the edge and Mahela Jayawardene gobbles up the catch at first slip. Ponting was looking on top but it's Murali who prevails. A great batsman done in by a great bowler. Six to go for the record. This may be a special Test. 133/2
    110.2 Now where did that come from! 135kph, superb inswinging yorker from Fernando and it crashes into Hussey's front toe. He tries to dig it out but can't make allowance for the swing. Big appeal and the umpire's finger goes up straight away. Fernando has had a mixed day but this was a top-notch delivery. That was hitting the base of middle stump. Hussey departs to a standing ovation. 410/4
    118.2 strangled down leg side! It was short in length, moving down the leg side, Clarke tries to glance it but gets a glove to it and the 'keeper dives acrobatically to his left to take a fab catch. 447/5
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    Extras
    24 (b 5, lb 1, nb 17, w 1)
    TOTAL
    542/5d (139 Overs, 593 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    SL Malinga35.0615614.4508
    MF Maharoof23.048203.5608
    CRD Fernando26.0413425.1510
    M Muralitharan46.0414013.0400
    ST Jayasuriya9.012412.6600
    Fall of wickets:1-48 (ML Hayden, 19.1 ov), 2-133 (RT Ponting, 40.5 ov), 3-285 (PA Jaques, 78.5 ov), 4-410 (MEK Hussey, 110.2 ov), 5-447 (MJ Clarke, 118.2 ov)
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    21.4 What a catch! Pup pulls off a juggling act, Lee strikes again, full and swinging, that's close to the 150kph mark and Atapattu can't resist driving, it's a thick edge that's screaming towards gully, Clarke tries to take it on the right but juggles it a bit before finally taking it on the dive, that ball was travelling, super catch 54/2
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    17.1 Cleaned him up! What a brute of a yorker from Lee, 149kph, full and swinging into leg stump, Vandort is too late on it, strikes him on the pad and deflects on to the base of middle stump, the woodwork is damaged and middle stump is out of the ground, the flood-gates are opened, Lee lets out one of those cherubic smiles, first blood 41/1
    41.3 got 'em, poor shot that time, short of a length and outside off, cracked it airily through to point where Hussey is prowling eagerly, straight to him and it's taken easy, poor shot-selection then, he did all the hard work and has given it away, good innings, though 127/3
    81.2 that's spooned straight to Clarke at deep square leg, good-length ball, Mahela picks it off but it's straight to Clarke, who doesn't have to move at deep square leg. Fine innings by Mahela, one that will be remembered in Hobart for a few years to come 246/10
    46.2 Oh what a moment, straight ball, quicker this time and would you believe it, Jayasuriya tries to sweep it, not the ball you'd want to sweep given that it's full and quick, he misses and that takes off stump, MacGill strikes! 134/4
    52.5 that's the sucker punch from MacGill, legbreak starting from middle and off and spinning away, slightly short, Silva rocks back to cut but can only get a top edge, Gilchrist completes a sharp chance and the umpire has no hesitation, that was a loud noise, Silva was probably trrying to be too aggressive, another one for MacGill 152/5
    55.4 what a beauty! outstanding seam bowling, Glenn McGrath must be smiling, probing outside off, just a bit of seam movement, enough to take the edge and that sails through to the keeper, he deserved that wicket Clark, magnificent piece of bowling all morning, Sri Lanka sink deeper and deeper 163/6
    66.3 Now that's as reckless as it gets. Smashed down the ground, MacGill gets a hand to it as it deflects onto the stumps, Mahela is back in the crease, but that's where the confusion starts, they think of a single, Mahela looks at the runner, the runner (Prasanna) takes off, Lockyear (the substitute) picks up at mid-on and fires it into the keeper, the runner is out of the crease and Gilchrist does the rest, Maharoof is livid, he walks back to the pavilion in a rage 196/7
    69.5 and that's gone, full and wide and Fernando actually chases it, it was a yorker-length ball though it was wide and Fernando followed it, the ball deflected off the bat, the bat struck the ground and Gilchrist took a fine catch diving to his right. Gilchrist isn't sure, Lee lets out a faint appeal and umpire Rudi Koertzen lifts the dreaded finger,spot on decision too. Fernando gone before tea 207/8
    80.1 And he does the job straight away, good-length ball that's on middle, moves away just a shade and knocks back middle and off stump, Malinga had no clue, some top-order batsmen might have struggled with that one 243/9
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    Extras
    16 (lb 7, nb 9)
    TOTAL
    246 all out (81.2 Overs, 363 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Lee23.248243.5108
    MG Johnson17.034412.5800
    SR Clark16.063222.0001
    SCG MacGill25.058123.2400
    Fall of wickets:1-41 (MG Vandort, 17.1 ov), 2-54 (MS Atapattu, 21.4 ov), 3-127 (KC Sangakkara, 41.3 ov), 4-134 (ST Jayasuriya, 46.2 ov), 5-152 (LPC Silva, 52.5 ov), 6-163 (HAPW Jayawardene, 55.4 ov), 7-196 (MF Maharoof, 66.3 ov), 8-207 (CRD Fernando, 69.5 ov), 9-243 (SL Malinga, 80.1 ov), 10-246 (DPMD Jayawardene, 81.2 ov)
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    50.5 He's got his man! Brett Lee deserved that one after this furious spell of bowling, he's leading the attack and shown he can land up and break this partnership, short one again, Atapattu goes for the pull, high in the air and Jaques is waiting at deep square leg, straight to him, that's a big wicket, Lee take a bow, that was a fabulous piece of fast bowling when nothing was happening 158/2
    3.3 that's a brute of a bouncer and gets his man, 145kph, short and just outside off, Vandort not sure what to do with it and goes for a half-hearted pull, the bottom hand comes off the bat and he ends up one-handed, scooping the ball straight to point, fantastic ball from Johnson, first blood 15/1
    99.4 OMG! he is gone and he looks unhappy with the decision. It was banged in short, on the off stump line, Sangakkara misses to connect with his pull, the ball hit his left shoulder, then on to the helmet and it popped up for Ponting to 'catch' it at second slip. Rudi Koertzen has terminated a fabulous knock. Pity. 364/9
    50.6 and another one! Lee on fire here, reverse-swing going here and Australia are on a roll, full and coming in, starting from outside off and Mahela has no clue, the ball has passed him even before he can lift his bat, off stump is out of the ground, unbelievable cheer for Lee, what an atmosphere at the Bellerive 158/3
    74.3 And it gets fatal now. Jayasuriya is gone. Lee has broken through. It was a length delivery, in the zone outside off stump, Jayasuriya tries to cut it away but gets a bottom edge. Gone! Big wicket. Lee is the man for Australia. He went over the wickets and got his man. Good catch too. It was tailing away, low to his left but Gilchrist took a neat catch. 265/4
    77.3 Australia needed seven wickets at the start of the day and here comes the second wicket . Johnson follows his two wayward deliveries with a short-of-length delivery, on the off stump line and Silva stabbed at it. The bat went inside the line, the ball went off the outside edge low to Ponting at second slip. 272/5
    77.4 Yesterday it was Lee. Today it is Johnson. Two in two and Jayawardene is out for a pair! It landed on a length, on the middle and off stump and straightened. Jayawardene shouldered arms but to his horror the ball shaped in to strike him on the pad. Hawk eye says it would have just clipped the off stump. Fatal decision to leave. 272/6
    83.5 MacGill gets a wicket from a pretty short ball. It was short and spinning away from Maharoof who went for a pull shot from outside off that went horribly wrong for him. The ball ballooned behind mid-on where Lee backpedalled, to his right, then to his left as the ball swirled down and managed to hold it. SL have not managed to gatecrash into Australia's party. Not yet, at least. 284/7
    84.1 Would you believe it? Now there is a run out. SL are slipping rapidly out of the radar. The substitute Lockyear joins in the fun. Full pitched, on the middle and leg and driven through midwicket. Fernando turns for the third run, Lockyear swoops on the ball, swivels around and fires in a flat,fast and a accurate throw. Lee is waiting there, the ball is in his right hand and he breaks the stumps. Did he break the stumps with the left hand first? Or did he manage to do it correctly. Close. Perhaps it could have been refered upstairs. May be, the ump never had any doubt in first place. 290/8
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    104.3 It's all over. 14th consecutive Test win for Australia. Finally, some sense prevailed and Lee sent one full and straight. Murali was again moving outside leg stump and flailed at it. Death rattle. And Australia clinch the series. 410/10
    Extras
    26 (b 1, lb 6, nb 13, w 6)
    TOTAL
    410 all out (104.3 Overs, 474 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Lee26.338743.2814
    MG Johnson28.0410133.6011
    SR Clark24.0510314.2904
    SCG MacGill20.0110215.1004
    MJ Clarke6.011001.6600
    Fall of wickets:1-15 (MG Vandort, 3.3 ov), 2-158 (MS Atapattu, 50.5 ov), 3-158 (DPMD Jayawardene, 50.6 ov), 4-265 (ST Jayasuriya, 74.3 ov), 5-272 (LPC Silva, 77.3 ov), 6-272 (HAPW Jayawardene, 77.4 ov), 7-284 (MF Maharoof, 83.5 ov), 8-290 (CRD Fernando, 84.1 ov), 9-364 (KC Sangakkara, 99.4 ov), 10-410 (M Muralitharan, 104.3 ov)

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