Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
75(84) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %61%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 5 4 0 2 0
DJ Hussey
74(74) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 4 3 11 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O10.0
M0
R49
W4
Eco4.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DT Christian
O9.0
M0
R31
W5
Eco3.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

10.25 pm Sri Lanka needed to prevent Australia from winning to make the finals of the triangular series. They were on course for a huge total before the middle and lower order failed and they finished on 238. Mahela Jayawardene then lost two bowlers, Perera to a side strain and Mathews to a calf injury. He kept his nerve and maintained attacking fields throughout to lead his team to a superb victory. They have qualified for the final on top of the league. A few days ago they were shredded by Virat Kohli, how well they have recovered.

A word about this crowd today. The Sri Lankans turned up in large numbers and made themselves heard. There was music, dancing and a lot of good cheer. More than one person compared the atmosphere to what you'd find at the Premadasa.

Prabhakaran: "I am an Indian, but I feel Sri Lanka deserved to go to the final. They have really fought hard and earned their place in the final."

Watson: "A brilliant game of cricket ... you never knew who was going to win. Dave Hussey batted beautifully, as he's shown through the summer so far." Watson backs Hussey decision not to run the single off the second last ball off the 49th over. "I back his judgement."

Watson says he's sure Clarke will be fit for Sunday's first of three finals.

Dinesh Chandimal is the Man of the Match for his half-century. He's the top scorer of the series, and batted with admirable temperament today after Sri Lanka had lost two early wickets. He scored briskly, taking pressure of Sangakkara, and kept Sri Lanka going.

Jayawardene: "The boys showed character [to bounce back after the defeat to India]. Fantastic support, it's like playing in Sri Lanka. We lifted our game. I'm sure the crowd will follow us now, the lift that we got [from them], it pushed us in the last few overs.

Jayawardene's voice is hoarse, he's been screaming his head off no doubt. He says it's too early to be sure about the status of the injured players - Perera, Mathews and Maharoof. He gives credit to Sanga and Dilshan for helping him tactically on the field.

It's been quite a game. I hope you enjoyed following it as much as I did bringing it to you. Thank you for all the emails. Cheers.

49.1
W
Kulasekara to Hussey, OUT, Sri Lanka have won! Hussey has been caught at long off, and listen to the MCG erupt! Mahela Jayawardene is ecstatic. Hussey decided to attack Kulasekara and lofted him down the ground, he hit the full ball flat but not far enough, Dilshan was the man at long-off and he held the catch to send the fans at the MCG into wild celebrations. Sri Lanka have played a tremendous game and are in the finals

A tie will take Sri Lanka to the final. Kulasekara is bowling the 50th over. The final countdown is playing at the MCG ...

END OF OVER:
49 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 229/9

  • BW Hilfenhaus0 (2b)
  • DJ Hussey74 (73b)
  • SL Malinga10-0-49-4
  • HMRKB Herath10-0-43-1
48.6
0
Malinga to Hilfenhaus, no run, phew, that's a fast ball outside off, close to the stumps, Hilfenhaus gets beaten but he also survives, Hussey to face the start of the final over
48.5
0
Malinga to Hilfenhaus, no run, a full toss and Malinga is appealing for something, I think it hit the inside edge and then went on to the pad and past the keeper, they did not run

Five fielders in the circle.

48.4
1
Malinga to Hussey, 1 run, full and straight, Hussey drives the ball down the ground and long-off runs in fast to prevent the second, Dilshan was the fielder and he was quick
48.3
2
Malinga to Hussey, 2 runs, full ball wide outside off stump, Hussey digs it out past the fielder at point and runs the second before the fielder from third man can run to his right and prevent it. Poor line once again

Hussey crossed over before the catch was taken, though, and will be on strike. Hilfenhaus is the last man at the non-striker's end.

48.2
W
Malinga to Doherty, OUT, caught! Malinga bowls a straight ball, the length is full and the pace is slow. Doherty is early on the shot and spoons the ball in the air over the bowler's head. Dilshan called for it early, ran to his right from mid-on, and took an easy catch

Malinga has been too straight to the left-hand batsman, on the pads. Can he improve now? There is almost no margin for error left.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
75(84) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %61%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 5 4 0 2 0
DJ Hussey
74(74) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 4 3 11 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O10.0
M0
R49
W4
Eco4.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DT Christian
O9.0
M0
R31
W5
Eco3.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commonwealth Bank Series

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