Player of the Match
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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
    26 (b 1, lb 6, nb 13, w 6)
    410 all out (104.3 Overs, RR: 3.92, 474 minutes)
    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)
    B Lee26.338743.2814
    MG Johnson28.0410133.6011
    SR Clark24.0510314.2904
    SCG MacGill20.0110215.1004
    MJ Clarke6.011001.6600

Close of Play

  • Fri, 16 Nov - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 329/3 (MEK Hussey 101*, MJ Clarke 8*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 17 Nov - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 30/0 (MS Atapattu 18*, MG Vandort 12*, 12 ov)
  • Sun, 18 Nov - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 111/1 (PA Jaques 53*, RT Ponting 7*, 20 ov)
  • Mon, 19 Nov - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 247/3 (KC Sangakkara 109*, ST Jayasuriya 33*, 70 ov)
  • Tue, 20 Nov - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 410 (104.3 ov) - end of match

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