Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HDRL Thirimanne
4(6) 1x4 - 0x6
Control %100%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
PJ Hughes
126(220) 16x4 - 1x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O52.0
M11
R157
W7
Eco3.01
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TA Copeland
O1.0
M0
R3
W0
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
2 | 4 Runs | SL: 7/0

  • HDRL Thirimanne4 (6b)
  • NT Paranavitana2 (6b)
  • NM Lyon1-0-4-0
  • TA Copeland1-0-3-0

That's the end of what's been a very good series, though the denouement was farcical today. Full marks to Australia for emerging trumps in these conditions. On behalf of the ESPNcricinfo gang, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. So long, and thanks for all the smart feedback. It was a pleasure!

The Warne-Murali Trophy is an unusual piece of silverware, or should I say woodware. It has two fists gripping balls, and since Murali was such a wristy practitioner, it is tough to say which hand is whose. Neither hand is particularly pudgy either!

Presentations time, then. Haroon Lorgat is one of the dignitaries. Wonder what he thinks of this pitch. Sangakkara gets a special memento for his 100th Test from Lorgat, and another one from the SSC. What a legend!

Clarke is up next to pick up the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy. "Very proud with the way we played this whose tour, the ODIs and the Tests. The new players have made most of their opportunities too, which is pleasing. We will take a lot of heart out of this series, but South Africa will be a completely different challenge."

Hussey is Man of the Match for the third time on the trot, and inevitably the Man of the Series too. What an accomplishment! "Its been a very tough series. South Africa is going to be another tough series and I look forward to it."

Dilshan: "I am happy with the way we played here, we came back strongly. We had a chance to win this one, but they played better cricket to save it and take the series. I am happy with the way Mathews and Thirimanne have come along. Also pleased with the way I found form here."

Mercy on us, the SL openers agree to call the game off at the first opportunity. Australia move to No. 4 in the ICC ratings and SL slip to 5th.

Jason: "Would have been nice to give Hussey the new ball. Never know, SL could have been 6 down already."

Valerio: "Either play to the finish or call the game off as soon as both sides agree they could not be bothered chasing a result. In this match that would have been around Lunch on Day 3. We all could have then moved on with our lives. Oh the frustration of these batting pitches." The game "went the distance" Valerio, so Chris Broad is going to wax eloquent about it in his report. Unlike the Galle wicket, which was a "disgrace".

1.6
0
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, another leave outside off, Lyon spins the last ball of the series sharply away from Thirimanne's leave.
1.5
0
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, breaks away from outside off now, Thirimanne lets it go.
1.4
0
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, speared in on middle and leg, nudged to the leg side.
1.3
0
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, too short and wide, Thirimanne tries to cut but it if far away from him.
1.2
0
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, curled in from outside off stump, solidly defended.

Round the stumps now.

1.1
4
Lyon to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, tossed up outside off, Thirimanne opens the face as he steers and gets it away through point for four.

PutMarshy: "See the big picture guys. Why would Clarke have declared earlier and risked Johnson tweaking a hammy? Oh. Hang on. Pup - a word in your ear mate!"

Lyon gets the new ball. Last over of the series?

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HDRL Thirimanne
4(6) 1x4 - 0x6
Control %100%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
PJ Hughes
126(220) 16x4 - 1x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O52.0
M11
R157
W7
Eco3.01
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TA Copeland
O1.0
M0
R3
W0
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF