Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

NT Paranavitana
29(115) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • forward defence
  • 1 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
MEK Hussey
95(177) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 1 1 1 0 6 0

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O24.0
M3
R54
W3
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NM Lyon
O15.0
M3
R34
W5
Eco2.26
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

That's all from Galle, but there is more cricket happening in Bulawayo and Chester-le-Street. You can read the Galle report here. Cheers from me, Sidharth Monga

Tony Greig hosts the presentation ceremony. Tillakaratne Dilshan is the first one to come up. He says, "They played well. Especially in the first innings they batted really well. I feel if we had got to even 200-225 in the first innings, we would have had a good tight match. Mahela and Mathews batted really well, good fightback, unfortunately Mahela got out to the new ball. Expected the pitch to turn, but not so much from the first day. But Test cricket is not easy, just one of the challenges of Test cricket."

The Man-of-the-Match couldn't have been easy, but for his innings on the first day, it is Michael Hussey. "It is a pretty pleasing test match, considering the conditions. We adapted pretty well. Probably the driest wicket I have played on to start with, but that is the good thing about international. You just adapt to different conditions. A very satisfactory Test win for us."

Michael Clarke walks up now. He says, "My first as captain, so very excited. The way we played throughout was spot on. As the days went on, the wicket died a bit, and the pace came off. So the most important part was the new ball, and our bowlers executed the plans with both new balls. The debutants did a fantastic job. Very special."

"Can't happen often that the bowler with the second most wickets in an attack is an opening batsman. Wasn't Wilfred Rhodes an opener too? But he wasn't a fast bowler." Travis, Manoj Prabhakar might have done that. Watto himself might have done that before. Mohammad Hafeez opened the bowling and batting recently on a turner in the West Indies

Lovely scenes of celebration. There's something on the faces after you win an away Test that no other look can match, not even a World Cup win. It is some special kind of satisfaction

A hundredth Test win for Ricky Ponting, easily a record, and a staggering one at that (for a perspective on that number, India reached 100 Test wins in 2009, and surely there are a few other teams who are yet to win even that many). First Test win for Clarke as captain. And Australia have now beaten Sri Lanka six times in Sri Lanka, joint-best along with Pakistan. Ryan Harris has taken out two stumps to keep with him. He bowled superbly. Mahela and Mathews fought and fought, but this was always going to be a mountain too high. Sri Lanka will look back at the number of loose balls their spinners bowled to the Aussie tail, who applied themselves and cashed in on the loose ones

95.5
W
Lyon to Lakmal, OUT, There it is. A big win for Australia. Lakmal gives him the charge, never gets to the pitch of it, and heaves, seemingly over mid-on. Johnson, though, runs back, and takes it almost over his shoulder
95.4
1
Lyon to Welegedara, 1 run, shorter, turning in, drives loosely at it, gets an inside edge
95.3
0
Lyon to Welegedara, no run, defended back to Lyon
95.2
0
Lyon to Welegedara, no run, sharp turns, hits him in the rib area, lobs over backward short leg
95.1
0
Lyon to Welegedara, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to cover

"I find it ironic that Shane Watson of all people stops someone from getting their first test century" The spot of the day, Archit Mehta. Watto must know what to bowl when in the 90s

END OF OVER:
95 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 252/9

  • RAS Lakmal5 (8b)
  • UWMBCA Welegedara3 (4b)
  • SR Watson13-6-19-2
  • NM Lyon19-2-72-0
94.6
0
Watson to Lakmal, no run, nips back in, through the gap as he doesn't even try to get in line, but it misses the off stump by inches

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

NT Paranavitana
29(115) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • forward defence
  • 1 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
MEK Hussey
95(177) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 1 1 1 0 6 0

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O24.0
M3
R54
W3
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NM Lyon
O15.0
M3
R34
W5
Eco2.26
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF