Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

PJ Forrest
104(138) 10x4 - 2x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 5 1 5 1 0
DPMD Jayawardene
85(81) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 2 0 2 7 1 0 3

Best performances - Bowlers

DT Christian
O8.0
M0
R53
W3
Eco6.62
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Mathews
O7.0
M0
R43
W2
Eco6.14
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

The permutations can wait awhile longer. India's fates still rest in their own hands, though at the moment they are a distant third in this tournament. We'll be back for the fun on Sunday. Before you leave, here is the match report by Brydon Coverdale. We'll soon have a lot more analysis and comment from the game up on the site. On behalf of the gang, this is Nitin Sundar signing out. Cheers!

"The first task for India is to somehow win the toss and bat first for a change, that may change the fortunes as well." Prasanna are you saying Sehwag should replace Dhoni as captain?

Presentations.

Mahela is the Man of the Match: "I probably got more of the strike than Dilly, and it was one of those days when most of your shots went to the gaps. One side of the ground is smaller, so it was a tough ground to defend on. The youngsters are learning a lot from these games. We are top of the table, but we still need to do a lot of hard work."

Clarke: "Unfortunately we couldn't get over the line, but full credit to Sri Lanka. Our execution with the ball wasn't good. The top four could do better. SL showed tonight that if you hang in, you can take it home. I am still a bit stiff in the back, but I will be fine. Big game for us against India in Sydney."

Mahela showed the way, but the youngsters followed it to do it for Sri Lanka. There is after all a way for old and young to combine and bring home the results in ODI cricket. Are India watching?

The points table begins to look very interesting now. All three teams have two games to go. And all of them (including India) have a chance to make the finals. India will need to win both games to make the final. If they do pull that off (though their current form suggests it would be a tall order), SL and Aus will be fighting for the other spot in the final when they meet.

For now though, Sri Lanka are the class of the field. They seem to have just the sort of combination to click in these conditions. Most importantly, they have three high-quality fast bowling allrounders.

49.2
4
Lee to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, Sri Lanka are on top of the table! Take that says Kula. He stays beside the line to a length ball and cracks it through the covers for four. Sri Lanka have been undefeated four games in a row, and I daresay they look the best side in this tournament.
49.1
1
Lee to Perera, 1 run, full ball on the pads, Thisara whips it behind square and they get a single ... Thisara wants a second, but they have to settle for one.

Three to win off the last over. Christian's limitations were shown up in that over. Lee for the 50th.

END OF OVER:
49 | 14 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 278/7

  • NLTC Perera20 (10b)
  • KMDN Kulasekara0 (0b)
  • DT Christian8-0-53-3
  • B Lee9-0-58-0
48.6
1
Christian to Perera, 1 run, he gets a single now, squeezes it away to the leg side and keeps strike. 14 off the over, the over that has probably lose it for Australia.
48.5
6
Christian to Perera, SIX runs, Thisara!!! Sri Lanka are roaring home after a six followed by a four. Thisara plants the front foot across, gets clean under the length ball and bombards it deep over the midwicket boundary for a six. Sri Lanka can't possibly lose from here.
48.4
4
Christian to Perera, FOUR runs, Thisara doesn't need two hands to get the boundary. Full length slower ball on the leg stump line, he was lining up the loft over the leg side, but the ball came on after he was into the stroke. No matter. The top hand came off, he continued with the swing and ended up slapping it square rather than through midwicket.

Here comes Kula. Australia are right back in with these timely strikes. 14 off 9. A six now changes the equation completely.

48.3
W
Christian to Mathews, OUT, Gone! Mathews has perished trying another big shot. He was trying to haul the length ball over the extra cover area, but the slower ball hoodwinked him into another miscue. It landed in long-off's hands as he came across.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

PJ Forrest
104(138) 10x4 - 2x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 5 1 5 1 0
DPMD Jayawardene
85(81) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 2 0 2 7 1 0 3

Best performances - Bowlers

DT Christian
O8.0
M0
R53
W3
Eco6.62
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Mathews
O7.0
M0
R43
W2
Eco6.14
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commonwealth Bank Series

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AUS844019.0000.454
SL843019.0000.165
INDIA834015.000-0.593