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    3.1 lbw! Kulasekara pitched the ball in line with the stumps from over the wicket and angled it across the left-hander, Wade moved across his crease to play on the leg side and was hit on the back pad. Height might have been the only issue but that looked pretty good. The umpire thought so too. The MCG comes to life, there are so many Sri Lankan fans today and they are cheering themselves hoarse. Replays indicate that height was no problem, and the ball was going to just shave off stump 18/2
    2.5 caught at short cover! The length ball seemed to grip on the pitch and come on to Warner slower than he expected. He was already well through his swat by the time he made contact. He still hit the ball off the middle though and it went quickly to Perera at short cover, splendid reflex catch 16/1
    30.6 bowled him! That's full and straight, a little bit of swing into the right-hander. Watson tried to play across the line towards midwicket and missed. The ball crashed into middle stump and flattened it. Sri Lanka have made a tremendous breakthough 140/5
    4.6 edged and caught behind! The ball was ordinary, short and wide, there to be hit to the boundary. But Forrest tried to cut it with no foot movement and threw his bat out a long way away from his body. He got a huge and loud edge through to Sangakkara. 26/3
    24.6 caught behind! Thirimanne has struck for Sri Lanka, would you believe it! Hussey stayed in his crease and poked at the ball angling across him, it was a thick edge and Sangakkara did well to catch it standing up to the stumps 113/4
    49.1 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 229/10
    33.5 caught and bowled! Has that carried? The ball stopped on Christian as he pushed at it, lobbing it back to the bowler, Senanayake dived forward and just got his fingers under the ball. The umpires refer it to the third umpire but Christian begins to walk after he sees the replay on the big screen 151/6
    40.3 caught at midwicket! Sri Lanka edge closer to that spot in the finals. Pattinson clips the ball firmly off his pads, but it's in the air and straight to Dilshan. He has injured fingers but he's taken that catch easily. The strong Sri Lankan contingent at the MCG party a little harder. 178/7
    42.5 McKay's been run out! Hussey pushed the ball towards cover and set off for a single, Dilshan slipped while fielding but still fired the throw to Sangakkara, who whipped off the bails with the bat just short. And listen to that roar when the third umpire sends McKay on his way, tremendous. 187/8
    48.2 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 226/9
    not out
    16 (nb 1, w 15)
    229 all out (49.1 Overs, RR: 4.65)
    Fall of wickets: 1-16 (DA Warner, 2.5 ov), 2-18 (MS Wade, 3.1 ov), 3-26 (PJ Forrest, 4.6 ov), 4-113 (MEK Hussey, 24.6 ov), 5-140 (SR Watson, 30.6 ov), 6-151 (DT Christian, 33.5 ov), 7-178 (JL Pattinson, 40.3 ov), 8-187 (CJ McKay, 42.5 ov), 9-226 (XJ Doherty, 48.2 ov), 10-229 (DJ Hussey, 49.1 ov)
    SL Malinga10.004944.90322030
    KMDN Kulasekara9.113824.14365010
    AD Mathews4.00802.00180000
    SMSM Senanayake10.005015.00324020
    NLTC Perera0.50809.6001000
    HDRL Thirimanne4.102516.0081000
    HMRKB Herath10.004314.30341121
    TM Dilshan1.00808.0031010

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