Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.4 bowls a fantastic back of a length outside of off which cramps Lahiru for space, with the extra bounce catching the outside edge of his bat to fly over to the keeper behind, who snaps it up gleefully. Australia pick up one early as Sri Lanka look to mow down this huge chase 5/1
    21.3 Faulkner raps Dilshan right on middle and off as he plays all around this one. Goes up straightaway for the appeal, which the umpire corroborates soon after. Dilshan wants the review though after consulting with Sangakkara at the other end. It was another back-of-the-hand slower ball which definitely hit in line as there are four reds across the screen. Dilshan has to go, much to the delight of the Sydney crowd. Has been an excellent firestarter of a knock to get Sri Lanka's chase off on the best possible foot 135/2
    33.5 and that may very well be game for Sri Lanka as Kumar finally departs from the middle after looking to go after this Faulkner delivery, which was slipped in at a fuller length, as he ends up slicing over to the man at deep cover, who this time is able to get under it comfortably. There was some hesitation on the part of the fourth umpire to give this as replays show Faulkner just about, and I mean just about, got his foot behind the line. Really was touch and go there, but because a conclusive decision could not be reached, Sangakkara has to go. Has been a fine effort in this stirring chase so far 201/4
    30.6 Mahela takes on the arm of Clarke at mid-off after driving this fuller one from Starc, and has to pay the price as he nails down the stumps at the non-striker's as he looked to usher in Sangakkara to the strike. Was well out of his ground, despite putting in the dive, as he heads back to the pavilion. That could be a major blow to SL's chances as this chase gets into the business end of the innings 188/3
    41.3 and now Mathews has to go after going at this shortish length from Watson, with the ball kissing the face as he went in for the attempted hook. Looks like he was surprised by the length as Haddin is able to take this comfortably from behind 283/5
    41.1 leg-side delivery which is helped down to deep fine leg 281/4
    42.2 lets loose of the handle as he tried to swat Johnson over midwicket, with this one swirling high over mid-on, with Doherty getting under it safely to complete the catch. Took the pace of this shorter one as Perera threw everything but the kitchen sink at it 293/6
    45.2 Faulkner strikes right away for his captain as Tharanga, Sri Lanka's last recognised batsman, has to go after carting this back of a length straight to the man stationed at cow corner, who is able to get under it quite comfortably 307/8
    44.3 sends one crashing into the stumps of Prasanna, who just played all around this full yorker on middle which just tailed away a touch. Too good for the tail-ender as he walks off to the pavilion 305/7
    46.2 fantastic yorker on middle which is spooned straight up to mid-off to end the game. There is a bit of confusion as to whether Chandimal would re-emerge, but it looks like the game is officially over 312/9
    not out
    11 (b 2, lb 5, w 4)
    312 all out (46.2 Overs, RR: 6.73)
    Fall of wickets: 1-5 (HDRL Thirimanne, 1.4 ov), 2-135 (TM Dilshan, 21.3 ov), 3-188 (DPMD Jayawardene, 30.6 ov), 4-201 (KC Sangakkara, 33.5 ov), 4-281 (LD Chandimal, ), 5-283 (AD Mathews, 41.3 ov), 6-293 (NLTC Perera, 42.2 ov), 7-305 (S Prasanna, 44.3 ov), 8-307 (WU Tharanga, 45.2 ov), 9-312 (SMSM Senanayake, 46.2 ov)
    MA Starc8.202923.48312010
    MG Johnson9.006226.88289020
    SR Watson7.0071110.14109100
    XJ Doherty7.006008.57137100
    GJ Maxwell6.003505.83143000
    JP Faulkner9.004835.33234010

Match Notes

chase derailed


Sri Lanka's score in overs No. 41 to 45. Australia had scored 68/0 in the same period.

well on track, still


Sri Lanka's score at the end of the 40th over; Australia were 253/4

The first one!


Number of consecutive centuries in this World Cup by Sangakkara; he is the first one do so in the World Cup.

on a hat-trick


Centuries by Kumar Sangakkara in his last-two innings - against Bangladesh and England. He remained unbeaten in both the innings.

on a hat-trick


No. of century partnerships by Sri Lanka's openers in their last-two games.

Australia's fastest ton


Balls taken by James Faulkner who held the previous record for the fastest century by an Australia batsman. Maxwell took 51 in this match.

A Rarity


No. of times before Australia's innings all the four batsmen from No. 3 to No. 6 had got fifty-plus scores in an innings in ODIs. Pakistan have had two such instances.