Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Pallekele August 8, 2011

Ajantha Mendis spins Sri Lanka to 2-0 win

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Sri Lanka 157 for 9 (Jayawardene 86, Hastings 3-14, Lee 3-39) beat Australia 149 for 9 (Watson 57, Mendis 6-16) by eight runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ajantha Mendis turned tricks beyond the grasp of six Australian batsmen as Sri Lanka completed an eight-run victory for a 2-0 sweep of the Twenty20 series at Pallekele.

Playing his first, but surely not last, match against the Australians on this tour, Mendis plucked 6 for 16, the best figures in international T20 history, including three of the four wickets to fall for four runs in a frenzied 16-ball phase in the middle overs. All this after Shane Watson's belligerent 57 from 24 balls seemed to have set the visitors up for a series-levelling victory.

The pivotal moment of the evening came thanks to Angelo Mathews' remarkable feat of athleticism, when he collected a David Warner heave on the edge of the midwicket boundary, and then threw the ball back into play for Mahela Jayawardene to complete the catch.

Watson was close to lbw in the first over of the chase, the umpire ruling that Nuwan Kulasekara's extravagant inswing would have taken the ball past leg stump. After three overs of pace, Australia were rolling nicely at 30-0, but their momentum would increase violently against the spinners.

Dilruwan Perera's first ball was reverse-punched past cover by Warner, before Watson began to target the arc between long-on and midwicket in much the same manner as he had done to record-breaking effect against Bangladesh in Dhaka in April. Five times he cleared the ropes, and by the time Mendis' introduction brought a skier and a wicket, Australia needed a decidedly manageable 87 from 85 balls. Watson had not, however, done enough to put the result beyond question.

The Sri Lankans sensed something when Warner followed, brilliantly pouched on the boundary by Mathews who then threw the ball - in the split-second he had before going over the rope - towards an alert Jayawardene. Shaun Marsh again looked all out of sorts against spin and was stumped for a duck wandering down the wicket to Mendis, who went on to complete a dual-wicket maiden.

Next, David Hussey played around Rangana Herath to be bowled, leaving the visitors in dreadful trouble despite a manageable required-rate. Cameron White and Steven Smith tried to keep their heads from spinning, but were initially unable to do more than poke the slow bowlers around in the face of occasionally extravagant turn.

A pair of sixes to White seemed to push the innings back into a state of health, but as if on cue Mendis returned to bowl a dancing Smith and a groping Brad Haddin off consecutive balls. Mitchell Johnson eluded the hat-trick, but eventually became Mendis' sixth victim. White reached the final over needing 15 for victory, only to be bowled off an edge by Thisara Perera, and the task proved beyond Australia's last pair.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were unable to conjure the partnerships they managed in game one, but Jayawardene's 86 provided a centrepiece to stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan's effort on Saturday. Hampering the hosts' batting was an outstanding spell by John Hastings, who returned 3 for 14 from his four overs. Brett Lee also nabbed a trio of victims.

After enduring a couple of nervy moments, Jayawardene surged through the gears, driving through the covers and then playing an easy pitching wedge down the ground for boundaries. Two more Jayawardene strokes sent the new ball whistling through square leg and point before Lee won an lbw verdict against Dilshan with a delivery that might have flicked leg stump, but that did not stall Jayawardene's flurry of shots.

White used Steve O'Keefe for a solitary over before replacing him with Johnson, just as he had done in the first game, and the formulaic approach suited the Sri Lankans. Jayawardene punctured a packed offside field three balls in a row before White posted a deep cover.

O'Keefe was recalled to the attack as the fielding restrictions ended, and after his over quelled some of the scoring, Smith's introduction reaped Dinesh Chandimal's wicket. Thisara Perera, promoted ahead of Kumar Sangakkara, collected one boundary from an O'Keefe misfield, before slicing Johnson to third man, and on 53 Jayawardene appeared rather more lbw than Dilshan had been. However Smith's appeal was denied, and the next ball was swept for six. At times Jayawardene's placement seemed so precise, he appeared to be mocking Australia's fielders, and Sangakkara soon joined the attack.

Their stand of 46 was broken by Hastings, who followed up a tidy first over by coaxing a miscalculation from Sangakkara. Jeevan Mendis did not last the over before cuffing on, and at 123 for 5 Australia had wrested the upper hand. In his next over, Hastings splayed the stumps of Angelo Mathews, sapping the innings of further momentum.

Dilruwan Perera miscued O'Keefe down the ground, where Smith held an admirable catch diving forward, though Jayawardene remained for the final over. He was caught off a ball declared a no-ball for height, and picked up a boundary through the leg side before perishing off the third delivery.

Lee's finish was, however, spoiled by the concession of five wides from what should have been the final ball of the innings, and his error was made more significant by the closing margin of a rollicking match.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on August 10, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    @KavumPerethaya; Thanks for the history lesson - but I don't care! I'm too busy watching England put a wretched india "team" (wrong word but it'll do) to the sword:-) @Manesha Madiwalagamage; for what it's worth (i.e. nothing...) I think Sri Lanka are a better side than india at the moment and i'm not saying that to make friends with anyone either, because actually I don't care.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on August 10, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Last ball abuse of Lee to Ajanta Mendis cost Australia the series.

  • Ameega on August 10, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    @ Meety; Simple equation is; Arrogance should be defeated. Compelled to say mate, it was Aussies a couple of years ago. (You would see Arrogance part 2, "Arrogance reloaded" if GOD & Co. win 3rd test).

  • 5wombats on August 10, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    @Meety - Hey mate! Absolutely right!!! Interestingly - the Eng V Ind conversations have gone very quiet! PS - "Rioters" haven't burned down my pub. Yet. :-)

  • hyclass on August 10, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    @Kyle_Jones235...you demonstrated great skill in completely missing the point. My blog was about SL,not England.The figures were there to put Australias performance into perspective against SL. Aust.were dumped from the World Cup,are 5th in tests and were flogged in these 20/20 games.I wouldnt waste my time suggesting that England is more powerful than Australia.Three consecutive Ashes losses including the last by a record margin in Australia and England being ranked 2 places higher by the ICC have done that for me. All England can do is beat the team they are playing. In recent times,that has included SL and India. Of course it is difficult playing in different conditions.That is the whole purpose of overseas tours and why ICC rankings exist.SL won its last oneday series in Australia in late 2010, showing what a committed,well prepared and led side can accomplish.My interest is in standards rising,particularly for Aust.and the principles and practices by which that may occur.

  • on August 10, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    5wombats-Now..Now..my friend you are just boasting about your recent win against us!! I mean come on - Sri Lankan's at least tried to keep a very tough line with the Tests in England cause they new it was tough and the ODI'S -England just came lucky...but for T-20 we still can beat you like hell!!..any ways' just have a visit to our place ..so that I can Enjoy England Cats sup...for some time!!

  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    @RandyOZ :::Thanks bro... Appreciated by a Sri lankan.........Please visit this wonderful Island.

  • 9ST9 on August 10, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    @5wombats- well 2 games in a row may be a novelty for SOME but for those who witnessed the 5-0 drubbing of england in 2006 among many others this is just peanuts. Btw i feel you are on a bit of a high because a particular team that had been totally outplayed since the 90's is reaching the top. Enjoy the summer mate at least until your team tours the subcontinent again. Cricket is wonderful because it offers so many formats so that fans can say one format is inferior when their team isn't doing too well. IF SL go on to beat the Aussies they will become #1 on the ODI rankings, and then you will say that no one cares about ODI's.

  • hilditchmustgo on August 10, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    The Australian team is full of older players who wont be (im hoping) in the team in the next year or so. Whats the point in persisting with the Husseys, Punter etc when they are only getting a game because Hilditch is to soft to get rid of them and rebuild. Get Warner, Fergy, Lyon, Starc, Paine etc in there and let Pup build his on team and persist with them. This is how the team will improve in tests and ODI's and not by letting aging player keep playing well past there used by date.

  • hyclass on August 10, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Many people have pointed out that this is 20/20 and therefore,different standards should be applied to it.While i am not a fan of this format,excellence and success of forethought lead to the same qualities in actions.These games demonstrated a lack of any of these qualities in the Australian side,despite that side being replete with coaching staff who have access to all the latest information and techniques.It is not good enough to suggest that high standards when representing ones country,can or should be switched on or off according to circumstances.It has been said that it is a poor general who is taken by surprise on the field of battle and yet it so often happens to this Aust.side.In 2011,ten of eleven Australians from this team,earned livings in this format on the sub-continent.What excuse could there be?Its time that people stopped pretending that cricket as we know it hasnt changed.It has.Its the age of info tech coaches and fully professional well paid jet-setting cricketers

  • 5wombats on August 10, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    @KavumPerethaya; Thanks for the history lesson - but I don't care! I'm too busy watching England put a wretched india "team" (wrong word but it'll do) to the sword:-) @Manesha Madiwalagamage; for what it's worth (i.e. nothing...) I think Sri Lanka are a better side than india at the moment and i'm not saying that to make friends with anyone either, because actually I don't care.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on August 10, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Last ball abuse of Lee to Ajanta Mendis cost Australia the series.

  • Ameega on August 10, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    @ Meety; Simple equation is; Arrogance should be defeated. Compelled to say mate, it was Aussies a couple of years ago. (You would see Arrogance part 2, "Arrogance reloaded" if GOD & Co. win 3rd test).

  • 5wombats on August 10, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    @Meety - Hey mate! Absolutely right!!! Interestingly - the Eng V Ind conversations have gone very quiet! PS - "Rioters" haven't burned down my pub. Yet. :-)

  • hyclass on August 10, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    @Kyle_Jones235...you demonstrated great skill in completely missing the point. My blog was about SL,not England.The figures were there to put Australias performance into perspective against SL. Aust.were dumped from the World Cup,are 5th in tests and were flogged in these 20/20 games.I wouldnt waste my time suggesting that England is more powerful than Australia.Three consecutive Ashes losses including the last by a record margin in Australia and England being ranked 2 places higher by the ICC have done that for me. All England can do is beat the team they are playing. In recent times,that has included SL and India. Of course it is difficult playing in different conditions.That is the whole purpose of overseas tours and why ICC rankings exist.SL won its last oneday series in Australia in late 2010, showing what a committed,well prepared and led side can accomplish.My interest is in standards rising,particularly for Aust.and the principles and practices by which that may occur.

  • on August 10, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    5wombats-Now..Now..my friend you are just boasting about your recent win against us!! I mean come on - Sri Lankan's at least tried to keep a very tough line with the Tests in England cause they new it was tough and the ODI'S -England just came lucky...but for T-20 we still can beat you like hell!!..any ways' just have a visit to our place ..so that I can Enjoy England Cats sup...for some time!!

  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    @RandyOZ :::Thanks bro... Appreciated by a Sri lankan.........Please visit this wonderful Island.

  • 9ST9 on August 10, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    @5wombats- well 2 games in a row may be a novelty for SOME but for those who witnessed the 5-0 drubbing of england in 2006 among many others this is just peanuts. Btw i feel you are on a bit of a high because a particular team that had been totally outplayed since the 90's is reaching the top. Enjoy the summer mate at least until your team tours the subcontinent again. Cricket is wonderful because it offers so many formats so that fans can say one format is inferior when their team isn't doing too well. IF SL go on to beat the Aussies they will become #1 on the ODI rankings, and then you will say that no one cares about ODI's.

  • hilditchmustgo on August 10, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    The Australian team is full of older players who wont be (im hoping) in the team in the next year or so. Whats the point in persisting with the Husseys, Punter etc when they are only getting a game because Hilditch is to soft to get rid of them and rebuild. Get Warner, Fergy, Lyon, Starc, Paine etc in there and let Pup build his on team and persist with them. This is how the team will improve in tests and ODI's and not by letting aging player keep playing well past there used by date.

  • hyclass on August 10, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Many people have pointed out that this is 20/20 and therefore,different standards should be applied to it.While i am not a fan of this format,excellence and success of forethought lead to the same qualities in actions.These games demonstrated a lack of any of these qualities in the Australian side,despite that side being replete with coaching staff who have access to all the latest information and techniques.It is not good enough to suggest that high standards when representing ones country,can or should be switched on or off according to circumstances.It has been said that it is a poor general who is taken by surprise on the field of battle and yet it so often happens to this Aust.side.In 2011,ten of eleven Australians from this team,earned livings in this format on the sub-continent.What excuse could there be?Its time that people stopped pretending that cricket as we know it hasnt changed.It has.Its the age of info tech coaches and fully professional well paid jet-setting cricketers

  • on August 10, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    i think, from the present team's perspective England is the best test side.........@reality_check27

  • RandyOZ on August 10, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    On a positive note, I really liked the "we are still friends no matter what happens" poster in the crowd - I was actually quite impressed, and this is why I like the Sri Lankan team so much. You'd never see that in India.

  • RandyOZ on August 10, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    @spas, if you are relying on T20 wickets to back up your agrument, well then I think my point is validated.

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @5wombats - This thread is hilarious, anybody that has read anything on this site knows that SL fans cop a hammering from Indian fans. From what I've read of the recent past is most SL fans are quite happy that India are on the receiving end of a thrashing, (even if it is from your mob).

  • 5wombats on August 9, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    My my, some sri lankan fans are touchy aren't they - winning 2 games in a row is obviously something of a novelty for some of you. Anyone would think you've won something worth winning. Fact is - you haven't. Guys - keep your T20 - and as for your comments - I'm fairly relaxed since England won both the ODI and Test series. Read the scoreboard.

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Its hard to figure out just what good are David Hussey and Cameron White doing to the Australian Team that the selectors are persisting with them...???

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    No need to talk about Eng or any other country we proved we defeat Aussies and we will English team abilities on T20 in next wc. welcome all face attack ...... mind u English fans England have just and marginally won ODI n test against Our lions but they treat Indians ......... lolzzzz Indians (WC winners recently is it a true?)

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    bobmartin .. My man.... i also got 7/9 in T20 played at our backyard....... Pls make a note.... Daniel Brettig have no idea ....

  • BadMoodHesh on August 9, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    @just_chill_chill: yes, we're strong in our backyard...almost every team is. It's something all of us know (including you, I'm sure). Why do you think whenever a team does well in a series, there are always comments like "let them play in the subcontinent/in Australia/ in South Africa/ on spinning wickets/ on bouncy wickets/ etc and see if they're still that good"? You just tried to attack SL on something which affects most of the teams and something (within my memory) that only Australia managed to overcome

  • reality_check27 on August 9, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    for people who think england is the number one side let them play on subcontinent pitches against india,srilana or pakistan they will forget about being in the top 5 test team let alone the fact best team or so called number one test team

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    @5wombats love or hate us it's still an obsession mate. I guess you know your sour grapes very well. If you indeed followed the SL series in England you would have noticed how SL almost won the one day series and didn't lose 3 tests like the aussies did. Sorry if I hit a nerve but neither did we allow england to get 500+ for once wicket. I'm sure your not caring will start with the t20's, continue to the odi's and finally end with the tests. Sorry again if the loss hurt this bad.

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Imagine no.1 England team in Sri Lanka or India LOL, they will be down like falling cards in Colombo or Chennai.

  • on August 9, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    @5wombats:Mind you mate.you were not talking about the RESULTS of the Series,you were talking about a CERTAIN Stuart broad who took a Hat Trick against India recently.along with Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena and my intention was to make you aware of THAT YOUR CERTAIN broad didn't performed well against US,We didn't mention the Series result.Understand that and have your priorities dead correct and crystal clear.Also You CANNOT say"Who(that certain Broad) Sri Lankans were really glad not to have to face in the Test and ODI series against England"as do you think that SL would have cared of a bowler who couldn't take 5 wkts in 4 innings???Who couldn't grasp a SINGLE wkt in 3 ODI's and a T20???LOL!!but yeah SL do cared of tremlet and swanny.but I really love seeing that broady back into his form during last matches to thrash indians arrogance.Hope He will Continue to do the same.Good Luck Broad!!!

  • rongranu22 on August 9, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    well played sl keep it going odi series will be dificult than this

  • on August 9, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @5wombats; weren't you giving 'stuff' about t20 when England won 2009 t20 wc??? yes, SL lost to England and yes, England were the better side throughout the tournament! BUT remember, even though SL never looked like winning, they were able to draw the next two and England managed to win only at Cardiff (and thats after scoring 400 in first innings) and your glorious pace attack couldn't do the same at the next two.... and SL showed the fight at the final ODI unlike your most forgetful 2011 WC quarterfinals! lol...... this is OUR backyard and Aussies ARE struggling, brace for the same when your about-to-be rank 1 arrives! and FYI Broad was just a pushover for SL, real threat was Tremlett and Jimmy! but again, look at that WC'11-QF scorecard n see how mediocre they are in 'Dustbowls' of south asia! ..........................@Ellis; If you want to see fair-weather fans, please check the match previews of first and second tests of Ind vs Eng, and then read the post match report and see th

  • Balumekka on August 9, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    @ Vijay Kumar S & mathewjohn2176: Know your facts and leap in. In ODIs played during last 10 years in Sri Lanka 44% of matches won by team batting second, a figure consistent with any country which produce wickets with results. But don't compare this with countries who have teams with good batsman and average bowlers because they prepare flat wickets all the time!

  • NALINWIJ on August 9, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    I am not a fan of T20 but this match rose to unbelievable heights. World class fielding with another possible greatest ever catch by Angelo Mathews. Two superb innings by mahela and watson who gave a freakish start followed by the greatest bowling performance in T20 by Mendis. This was a match that swung both ways by sheer brilliance rather than the usual mediocore wobble that is T20. Great match in a fair pitch. The match had more brilliant highlights than a season of IPL. ABSOLUTE CLASSIC!

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on August 9, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    mahela ,sangakarra are pure flat track bullies.........australia will white wash srilanka in odi's and test matches.....out of all test playing nations srilankans have worst bowling attack...............

  • on August 9, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    @5wombats; The irony is you also make some very stupid one eyed comments along with the other fans. The comments section of every cricinfo article is such a mess. When ever a team is on a high the fans start to loose their footing on reality. Have you forgotten about the world cup already? Remember England won in English conditions and 2 of those matches were due to assistance from the weather. Sri lanka did fine in test series except for one session at cardiff. I really dont blame you though, you are just like every other SL, Indian or Oz fanboy who gets big headed every time their team wins something.

  • AlanHarrison on August 9, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    It's early days for this tour, but Australia must be hoping that their experimental test squad does better than some of their established stars have done in this twenty20 series

  • on August 9, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    @mathewjohn This is Pallekale(near kandy),not colombo.

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    @AKS286 - are you 7 years old? Jaques? Beer? - you sure you're not Warney in disguise?

  • on August 9, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @Balumekka.....yeah Srilanka won that famous toss in MUMBAI - INDIA, made 274 and won the worldcup!!!! Tell me where from you get your cricketing knowledge???

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 9, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    @balumekka, its no brainer win toss bat first in srilanka.small correction ,it should be "srilanka " and not India or Pakistan,because the series happening in srilanka.everyone knows about colombo pitch,its no secret.

  • on August 9, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Thats why mendi must play every game.

  • 5wombats on August 9, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @KavumPerethaya; I along with most of the rest of the world REALLY don't give a stuff about T20. I'm only here to look at some of the one-eyed comments and crowing that inevitably seems to accompany SL or india games of any kind, and very amusing they are too. Still - at least @Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena and @Adeesha Dahanayake actually noticed that Sri Lanka played England recently and faced a certain player. I wonder if they noticed that in spite of winning the irrelevent T20 they went on to lose the Test and ODI series. Probably not.

  • WPDDESILVA on August 9, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Incredible Angelo! He has done it twice now. Carribean T20 and in Kandy. What a player!

  • on August 9, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    lee should have been promoted.. he is a better batsmen than hastings and that really cost the match as he consumed 4 dots in the 19th over...

  • on August 9, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    i'm a srilankan, in T20's we were superior but in ODI's AUS are still good contenders. All powerful ENGLAND may have won the ASHES but LOST the ODI series 5-1. We beat australia at Home. But that was 3 match series. now it's a 5 match one. We need to be careful

  • Kyle_Jones235 on August 9, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @hyclass

    Are you trying to be funny? Please, don't make England out to be an exceptionally strong team, especially one that is more powerful than Australia, because they are not.

    Test matches may be different but we are talking the shorter format here and the simple fact is that Sri lanka only lost to England because they were playing in English conditions, and it is tough for subcontinent teams, as seen by the Indians recently.

    Although If England went to Sri Lanka they would get dominated even worse than the Aussies, or have you already forgotten the world cup?

    I still have hope for the Aussies, except the selection commitee needs to be sacked and replaced as soon as possible.

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Aussies never understood the T20 in its true spirit in International level. Only Warner/Watson will not do the work, it requires team efforts like SriLanka had.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on August 9, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Lukcy Dilshan. U have done Good captincy and Mendis is Out Standing. Clark realy have to think that what is he going to do against Srliankan.. :) GooD Luckh Both oF U..

  • stormy16 on August 9, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Great game with 4 standout performance from Mahela, Mendis, Watto and Duke but the others struggled to come to terms with the conditions. Watto and Mahela were in different worlds to the rest and Mendis reminds us he can still bamboozle folks who dont know to play him. Anjelo's catch was remarkable and really the Aussies should have won that easy if not for total panic. All credit to SL who came in when the opportunity presented itself and the game highlighted the beuaty of 20/20 cricket. I cant work out why Randiv hasnt got a game - surely he is the best off spinner in the squad.

  • on August 9, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    great bowling by mendis best figures in the history of t20 game 6/16.

  • mandalb on August 9, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    the dominancy of australian has gone.. now it will take a long time for them to come back into the cricket with the same stink..

  • on August 9, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    hats off to watto.. good work mendis..

  • boyrocky on August 9, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    @just_chill_chill - cant stop laughing man!!! whatever the team that ure supporting Ind or Aus cant seem to put bat to ball now travelling in Eng and SL. FYR SL performed better in Eng than Ind

  • on August 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    What a gr8 performence.........................

  • Sinhabahu on August 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    @just_chill_chill, we can say the same thing about most teams, if you hadn't noticed.

  • on August 9, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    chill chill are you talking about the Indian Team???

  • stcprasad on August 9, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    wow what a game ....after 6 overs i thought match was already finished...mathews catch was amazin...well done srilanka.....

  • AKS286 on August 9, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @meety& hyclass where are ur heroes O'keefe, smith, d. hussey. still confident on pattinson cosgrove, HUGHES etc . remember my earlier comment WEST indies VS AUSTRALIA.lo SAME WILL HAPPEN IN TESTS. GO 4 MY SQUAD.l WATSON, JAQUES, KATICH, PONTING, M. HUSSEY, VOGES, HADDIN, JOHNSON, SIDDLE, mCKAY, BEER. (TEST TEAM).BEER IS THE BEST SPINNER IN ALL 3 FORMAT JUST GIVE HIM A CHANCE CHEEEEEEEERS 4 BEER.

  • Okakaboka on August 9, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    This match was lost at the selection table.....AGAIN! For heaven's sake....resign selectors...Geez! Team should have been (batting order) : Warner, Watson, Finch, McDonald, White, Christian, Wade, O'Keefe, Maxwell, Hastings, Lee. Count your bowling options: um,......8 bowlers...even Finch is okay...that's 9!!! We bat all the way to number 10. Even Lee isn't that bad! There are 7 potential explosive batsmen! Do you think this team would have made 150?.....I think so...as a matter of fact I know so. Maxwell probably would have done it in 10 overs if he got a bat!!!! Come on selectors, you are mega .....I repeat...super mega with cream on top HOPELESS!!!! RESIGN!!!!

  • gayansumeera2 on August 9, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Sri lanka is the best T20 outfit in the world T20 cricket at the moment and they will be the next world T20 champions in 2012 ICC world T20 which will be held in Sri Lanka.Go lions you can get it I'm so proud of you.

  • on August 9, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    awsome awsome awsome catch by mathew and mayya,,, this is not the 1st time mathews doing this,,, he has done this befor,,, and he is a type of fielder who we have never seen in cricket,, all the best srilanka cricket,,,,

  • on August 9, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Aussies were bamboozeled by Ajantha Mendis. Well done Sri Lanka. Keep going and win the rest of the series too. Good luck chaps!

  • Balumekka on August 9, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    @just_chill_chill: yes, not only Sri Lanka, but looking at the performances of India and Australia at the moment, they also seem to be falling in to your prestigious category of "Paper tigers" !!!!

  • tdobbo on August 9, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Great win by the Lions, but let's not get too carried away - it was against the easy beat Aussies :-)

  • Maduwantha on August 9, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Answering to Just Chill Chill

    Sri Lanka won Last T20 match and Oneday series in Australian soil too. They are talented in Home and away

  • 9ST9 on August 9, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    @redneck - Australia won the toss in game 1. If i'm not mistaken they lost the game. Correct me if i am wrong.

  • 9ST9 on August 9, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    @5wombats - the very fact that you take time to comment here makes people think that people care about a T20 game. If you have nothing to do with this game or are not interested why comment here? What were you doing reading the comments section in a T20 game that no one cares about?

  • 9ST9 on August 9, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Well the Sri Lankans take their T20 cricket seriously and are really really good at it. They have won games against top sides in all conditions. Last year they made Aus look like Zimbabwe in the T20 at Perth, This year they have defeated both current T20 WC champs and runners up as well. Ok T20 is not Test Cricket, but still these guys are pretty good at that, while cricket australia are trying hard 2 have their Big Bash league they might as well giving a little consideration towards improving the standards of their international team.

  • loveNpeace on August 9, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    some here who says that sri lanka dont perform well over seas must not have watched last australian tour of sri lanka and the 2006 England tour. and the other thing is every country perform well in their home conditions. look at india,australia,england,south africa,sri lanka..................they all perform well at home

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    @ spas - hold up matey, whilst I don't want to bag the guy (Mendis), - he is talented, he has only taken 1 TEST wicket off the sub-continent, & 7 ODI wickets outside the sub-continent (inc Scotland & W Indies NOT inc Zimbabwe where he has 20). He is still young & has plenty of time to address the imbalance probably brought on by being in Murali's shadow, but it was a fair call by RandyOz.

  • Samdanh on August 9, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @Dasith Sean. I missed the Aus innings, most part of it. So I am unable to comment on your observations of incidents that happened during Aus batting. But I did not sleep though. Trust all is well with SL criclket, at least until they venture out of the subcontinent again. Aus may not rout them this time in the Tests as they did during their last tour. But the mauling Watson gave could have sent shivers down the spine for most of the SL players, let alone their spinners

  • 9ST9 on August 9, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    @just_chill_chill - In case you haven't noticed this is a T20 series. In that format SL don't need to play at home to win. They have played only 6 of their games out of 30 odd games and have the second best win-loss ratio (behind South Africa) Don't get the formats mixed up friend.

  • Marcio on August 9, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    I wouldn't get too carried away if I was a SL supporter. Many hear seem to think SL are unbeatable, and AUS can't possibly win a game. If I am correct the margin was 8 runs in this game, hardly a walkover. The longer the game format, the more it will favour AUS. AUS do have some very good players, believe it or not, and I doubt they are going to lay down and die. SL is certainly no stronger than AUS on paper, and the T20 format has hidden their main weakness - in the bowling dept. Where did this "well known Australian weakness against spin" myth come from? Other than one practice game against India before the world cup, I can't remember any major problems recently. As if Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting can't play spin. They are exceptionally good players of spin. They will feature in the upcoming games, and quite frankly, the SL spinners are nothing special, as will be obvious in the longer formats.

  • on August 9, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    @just_chill_chill you mean like the indians who haven't won anything on the england tour so far?

  • on August 9, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    woow what a match that was.. unbelievable performance from lions,even though aus did some thing batter rather then 1st t 20 but it was not enough to defeat ahead sl spinners .and except Watson innings other rest couldn't face our spinners gang to well may be it was spinning pitch though ..however once again our boys brought new series cup.hopefully they will keep this success to up coming odi series against aus..cheearss lions you guys were awesome

  • on August 9, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Wow !! SL made a U-turn to finally clinch the series. Our young players ! Learn from Mahela, the way to Bat, the way to field. Best of luck in the ODIs and Tests !! And I really appreciate Watson's fighting innings as well.

  • waitandbleed on August 9, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Lost again even without Lasith Malinga!!! everybody in this thread forgot that the Slinger is the best T20 bowler in the world at the moment.If the Aussies cant win even when he's not bowling, they have no chance at all better pack up and leave. Aussies didnt have to deal with yorkers, what a shame.

  • waitandbleed on August 9, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Have to say Sri Lanka is producing the best spinners in the world at the moment after Murali. All of them are unique and all of the bowlers have freakish bowling actions and techniques. Australians are not competitive anymore,they need a serious captain to look up to. Cameron White is not that captain. Well like the former aussie Sri Lankan coach mentioned this team is almost invincible on their home grounds. Good luck Australia for the upcoming matches because they will need a hell of alot to win any.

  • CKfrombrisbane on August 9, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    @just_chill_chill

    Same theory apply to super aussies . Their super performances are just at home.

  • Balumekka on August 9, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @bobmartin: yes we saw the decent test standard of Aussies during last Ashes!!!!

  • Balumekka on August 9, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    @redneck: Correction to your statement- it should be "India" instead of "Sri Lanka"

  • on August 9, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @ WTEH, hay on what conditions you say that Kulasekara should announce his retirement.. Naah mate, look at the result of the first match. He is the one who captured the most important wickets. I think you need to analyse the situation and the game more carefully.

  • on August 9, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    this is one of best come back by sri lanka. really love to see way mahela handled the bat . So genius. My personal view is Thisara should be a finisher .when we analyse his best batting performances , all those came at last stages. i love always the presence of mind by Mathews. He has pulled back few sixes by now. what a champion. Ajantha has shown what he is capable about. But has to develop lot of variation like murali to built up esteem to regain.Surely ajantha is a great asset to any captain if he properly nurses & nutritionised . Just ask sri lankans to continue. We love to see you guys play like this in home soil. No matter who opponents are.It is matter of of play them or have defeat after showing your colors .

  • just_chill_chill on August 9, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    Lankan PAPER tigers back to their winning ways. Once they have started playing in their own backyard. So funny when they tour, and these very same super talented players can't put bat to ball.

  • Black_Rider on August 9, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Watson played one hell of a inning.But he shoul have batted like Mahela to finish the game.that's why I rate Mahela as the best T20 batsman.He is not like Gayle,Shewag or Dilshan.But he keep getting these big scores.......Angelo what can I say about you man......Just Brilliant...........

  • on August 9, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Great job lions again. Match was unbelivable at the end. Medis magic won for SL again. Great mahela's knock again.

  • Black_Rider on August 9, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    "Pallekele ,,,,Centurion of Sri Lanka...." Cameron White......... Thank You Sir............For the first time in my life i'm going to thank SLC for building this wonderful stadium.........

  • spas on August 9, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    @RandyOZ "It is such a shame he does nothing outside of the subcontinent" Nottingham- where he bamboozed australia in t20 WC, oval or king city are not in the subcontinent man.... just check his t20 bowling innings list before making bold statements. Some people have SOMETHING to tell every time. earlier they were telling about the presence of Murali and Sanath. when SL wins without them, these ideologists at least speak about the geography.

    Can u explain Australia's continuous failures in the subcontinent then?

  • worldchampionsx3 on August 9, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    I can see Sri Lanka as the number one Twenty20 side. They have the batsmen who can find boundaries every over, bowlers who can come back from behind, and some amazing athletes. Well keep it up Sri Lanka!!

  • hyclass on August 9, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    At the end of may,ten weeks ago,England piled on 5 for 496 against this Sri Lankan side and then routed their batting for 82. Mendis, whose recent figures are ok without being special, bowled 21 overs,1 for 66. His return this game of 24 balls, 6 wickets for 16 runs, is the kind of result you read about in under 10 cricket.Yes its 20/20, which can hardly be called cricket but-Where to now australian cricket?

  • Stos on August 9, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @Redneck: Australia were actually looking like winning easily until they had a brain freeze against Mendis and collapsed. In any case, this match was like the days when nobody could read Mendis all over again, and that's rather bizarre. Perhaps it's due to the younger players, but I'd really have expected players to be able to play him now that he's not really a 'mystery spinner' as such. They don't seem to have done their homework in this case, and it'll be interesting to see if they can get more used to it over the ODI series.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 9, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    one think i can't understand why did selectors replace johnson with any other bowler ? australia have a good bench strength of fast bowlers .

  • Gamaraala on August 9, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    @redneck: FYI, it was Australia who won the toss in the first match.

  • thebarmyarmy on August 9, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Congrats to Super Sri Lanka!! ;)

  • on August 9, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    @redneck - Well as per your infinite wisdom, Australia had won the 1st T20 by virtue of the toss. Interesting.

  • on August 9, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    6 wickets for only 16 runs is a life-time feat in an international t-20. On top of that he performed like a world class athlete on the boundary synchronizing the catch to Jayawardene.

  • on August 9, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    @5wombats:Are you talking about the same broad who couldn't get a SINGLE WICKET in 1st three ODIs of SL Vs ENG?????(I left T20 match and last 2 tests.last 2 tests,in 4 innings,he couldn't grasp a 5 wkts in total )

  • uSuF707 on August 9, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    good play from both sides....i think aussies are alergic to T20s because till now they have no shown much good progress in t20 matches......

  • RandyOZ on August 9, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    Brilliant performance by Mendis. It is such a shame he does nothing outside of the subcontinent. Whether you rate T20 or not, our lack of ability in playing spin was appalling. Hopefully when Punter and Clarke enter the fray we can rectify this somewhat.

  • on August 9, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    @5wombats:Are you talking about the same broad who couldn't get a SINGLE WICKET in 1st three ODIs of SL Vs ENG?????(I left T20 match and last 2 tests.last 2 tests,in 4 innings,he couldn't grasp a 5 wkts in total )

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    Good job SL, thought that Mendis was a spent force years ago, obviously not. Got the hit n giggle out of the way, now to the more important stuff. That being said, the performance against the SL spinners was not good & needs to be rectified in the nets and during the ODIs BEFORE the tests. Will they keep O'Keefe on tour????

  • RandyOZ on August 9, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Marsh should definitely be replaced by Fergusen - he shouldn't be there in the first place

  • on August 9, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    Joshua Johnson, both teams are re-building, and we need to take things easy for a while, till the youngsters go through their paces. Does not really matter, what happens (win or lose) during this stage.

  • redneck on August 9, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    limited over cricket in sri lanka, all you need to do is win the toss and you win the match!

  • on August 8, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    @Samdanh I'm sorry whatever team you are supporting is getting trashed in eng or sl. BTW if you watch the match with open eyes you will see the same waist high ball was given no ball when white batted. As for your lame excuse for a LBW it was clearly going past the leg stump. Were you a sleep when Hastings was asking for no balls and wides and hussey was arguing the maththews catch?

  • Silloh on August 8, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Congratulations on your consecutive victories. It matters a lot when you beat the mighty Australians , especially if you are a West Indian fan. So we are talking about this match and not on any historical world cup. Let's live in the present Chris Dilhan. Of course we will not forget the past. The Australians when wounded surely know how to fight back and and this is what exciting cricket is about.

  • on August 8, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @5wombats are you talking about the same broad who got hit all over the park against SL?

  • on August 8, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    There is so much trash talking and hating on these comments from all fans even those who are not part of the series. Stop with the wild predictions cos you wont be able to show your face again when your prediction fails

  • ygkd on August 8, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka and Ajantha Mendis. Australia's floundering against spin are well-known and on-going, so much so that we shouldn't call Mendis a "mystery" spinner. A lot of decent spinners seem to have become a bit of a mystery to modern Australian batting line-ups. High time to rectify this at state and pathway levels I would say.

  • on August 8, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    @ninhalo No one really cares about second-rate Int. T20 matches like these. Only came on here to read about a rather good bowling performance from someone who's manages to fool some Aussies with his carrom ball.

  • on August 8, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    What difference does it make, winning series. Its the world cup that counts, and we handed it over to India on a silver platter. That really hurts. Ive lost my interest in cricket now.

  • on August 8, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Fantastic match-up. This match showed us why Australia are down and out when it comes to cricket.

    Also want to say that it is funny that everyone is saying nobody cares about the English county match Bobmartin commented on considering England are T20 champions and maybe that's why they are champions, because people underestimate England just like the Indians have done in the test series. They obviously know what they are doing in County cricket as it happens to be the best league for players across the world to hone their skills. Tendulkar admitted it, Umar Gul admitted it and Brendon McCullum admitted it.

  • 5wombats on August 8, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    @ninhalo, @Balumekka, @wjkalana; what makes you think anyone cares about this T20 game??? @wjkalana; are you talking about the Broad who recently took a Hat Trick against India, and who Sri Lankans were really glad not to have to face in the Test and ODI series against England - both of which they lost incidently. Or are you talking about a different Broad?

  • on August 8, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    what I liked the most, previous game Watson acted aggressively with Dilshan and Dilshan made him regret it, this match last delivery Brett Lee was yapping away at Mendis and Mendis made sure he and his team ate their words. Great game overall, plenty of suspense. The only thing I have to question is the absence of Lakmal! He needs to play as much as possible. I think he has a lot of potential to lead the SL Pace attack in the future

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Ellis,I see your point but your point does not hold water,had Dilshan continued Mendis until his four overs over,the Aussies might have simply played him out without trying to score.A captain will always keep a couple of his best bowler's overs to use later at crucial stages. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Adoh on August 8, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    No doubt about it, Australia are a dissapointment. Sorry to say, and I've never seen this before in 30 years of watching international cricket - Sean Marsh, as a top order batsman, didn't look like he had a single clue as to how to face the few spinning deliveries bowled to him. He is a great domestic T20 player, and he was terrific in the IPL, but on the International scene he is a serious choker. The most unfortunate thing is that he doesn't look out of place. So, let's play "Media Training Rhetoric Bingo". Who wants to start? C'mon, let's hear what others are going to predict what will come out of the Australian Captains' mouth after each loss, and Andrew Hilditch and Tim Nielson - it's a more rewarding experience than watching Australia play.

  • bobmartin on August 8, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    All you answering my post about T20 bowling figures.. I suggest you read my post properly instead of reading something you wanted to read.... The man who wrote the article said that it was a world record period... no qualifications.. Well it wasn't. It was an international record and that's waht he should have said. However, if you have to clutch whatever glory you can from beating a very sub-standard Oz team in a pretty insignificant 2 match T20 series... then go ahead. In real terms of real cricket, it means nothing. Get yourselves up to a decent test standard, then start crowing.

  • Philip_Gnana on August 8, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Awesome display by SL. What a wonderful display of spin bowling by Mendis after Herath and Perera had received a spanking. Good marshalling of forces by Dilshan too. SL truly are king pins when it comes to limited over matches. Hyenas comes to your mind. Kept nipping at the Aussies who did not see it coming. A hint of indecision and there they were fully capitalising on the oppositions weakness in playing spin. Congratulations. Well done Lanka Lions. Umpiring could have been better. Mahela lucky and so was Watson. Mathews, his quick thinking says it all why his considered to be an essential player for SL. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • tom_dick on August 8, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Australia will have to work hard in the one-day series too to avoid a Srilankan-wash.

  • on August 8, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Mendis just got an international achievement BUT just two months back there was one more 6 wckt haul in a 20over game from Shail Bhatt - Central West Region USA 6/22. A very good young potential for USA.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/usa/content/story/520329.html

  • PeterCook on August 8, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    wjkalana- England are World 2020 champions, why would we care about Broad's over from years ago?

  • NIPPY_89 on August 8, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    lol @ bobmartins, i think the writer also forgot to mention that i took 7 for 4 in a backyard t20 cricket game.But to be fair i guess he was just stating a fact as the writer forgot to add best international figures. Anyways well done lankans good to see you winning and breaking records.

  • ninhalo on August 8, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    @bobmartin No one cares about a second rate english T20 match

  • on August 8, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Pak has the best spin attack hafeez, ajmal, rehman, afridi unplayable run squeezer wicket taking bowlers Mendis is,playable

  • Ellis on August 8, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    SL should have won more easily if not for some goofy captaincy from Dilshan. Why rest Mendis after two overs in which he took 3 for 8 and had the Aussies all over the place? White and Smith were given time and space to build a partnership that almost took the game away from SL. Not at all bold from a supposedly attacking captain. The fair weather, over-the-top SL supporters are out in force again predicting series wins after two T20 games. Do they ever learn? Thanksfully, the SL team and management are far more level headed than that. They have their feet firmly planted on the ground, while some of their supporters have theirs firmly planted in the clouds. The Aussies are never pushovers.

  • Balumekka on August 8, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @bobmartin: who cares about club cricket?

  • wjkalana on August 8, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    @bobmartin who cares abt those club cricket or county cricket (that includes IPL) only thing matters is international cricket not club cricket. In international T20 this is the best balling figure, as far as england are concern I can remember Yvraj sing scored 6 sixes against Stuart broad in international cricket. Ha ha, thats the englands individual balling performance in international cricket.

  • on August 8, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    David LLoyd needs to shown this spell by Mendis then he may poss rate him

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    That's what we called a "Whitewash"...... !!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Credit of warner's dismissal goes to J'wardene in the scorecard. That's unfair! Btw, it seems as if Aus has only one batsman this tour: watson.

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    SL hav beaten AUS @ Perth last year. SL can win @ any condition. This wicket is not a great turner, but quality bowling.

  • Balumekka on August 8, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Watson was fantastic, but the rest of the Aussies showed how vulnerable they are when up against a quality spin attack what Sri Lanka has. Probably Sri Lanka has the best spin attack at the moment.

  • bobmartin on August 8, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Daniel Brettig said in the report "Mendis plucked 6 for 16, the best figures in T20 history,"... Sorry to contradict you Daniel. Mendis's figures might be the best in international T20, but Arul Suppiah of Somerset took 6 for 5 against Glamorgan this year.

  • Dashgar on August 8, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Trouble for Australia is that after White has shown some form he is not picked in the ODI squad. We need new blood but are going to rely on Ponting, Clarke and the Husseys for our ODI runs. I can't believe that after all this time Australia is still not rebuilding! We need to look to the future. Players 29 and over are not going to bring us back to number 1!!!

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    An amazing match where the fortunes fluctuated so thringlly,it could have been anybody's game until the penultimate ball.However Sri Lanka are the deserved winners displaying high class quality in all the three fields of the game with Mahela's superb knock,Angelo's out of the world catch and Ajantha's mesmerising record spell thus handing over the second series defeat, both away and home, in the T20s to Aussies.Sri Lanka proved again when coming to set records there is no team like Sri Lanka in the cricket world! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • SnowSnake on August 8, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Congratulations, SL. This is a precursor of things to come in this series. Interesting to see how teams adept in bouncy tracks fail in spinning tracks (Aus. vs. SL), and teams adept at spinning tracks fail in bouncy tracks (Ind. vs. Eng).

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Lankans Too Strong for Ausies!!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Wow!!that was TERRIFIC by the Mystery Spinner Ajantha MendizZ.thats MendiZ Special for you!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    australian's time is over SL will eat them in ODI but i cant say about test matches

  • rahulcricket007 on August 8, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    superb show by both the teams . excellent bowling by mendis . i knew from the start that if mendis plays the match , then he would surely create problems to the aussies . he has lots of variation in his bowling . he had also troubled our indian batsmen (except sehwag) in the past .also good attacking innings from watson & excellent sense of humour in matthews .

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Excellent game for the Sri Lankans. Many plusses from the mini series - Dilshan's batting and captaincy, Jayawardene's batting, Matthews fielding, allround ability of Mendis and the resurgence of Ajantha Mendis. The selectors need to persevere with him so that he gain in confidence. Need the seamers to improve their line and the fielding to gain more consistency. SL should be aiming for a clean sweep in the upcoming ODI series (a repeat of SL vs England in UK in 2006). Would be a great confidence booster going into the Test series. As for the Aussies, what have they learnt? Not many plusses - a much improved performance today in the 2nd T20: Shane Watson remains a very destructive batsman who will win them many games, John Hastings bowled well. Beyond that ???The Aussie middle order will be bolstered by the inclusion of Hussey snr, Ponting and Clarke. As for the bowling,Johnson remains enigmatic as ever. Lee is good, but will he be able to carry the attack for the rest of the tour?

  • bumsonseats on August 8, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    when the wickets are made for him he looks in the murli mould. in the uk this summer when i saw him he looked economical but not dangerous. so not a patch on murli. but he is a handful when conditions suit. dpk

  • Roshanaara on August 8, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Well done team Sri Lanka ! Keep it up !

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Wow!!that was TERRIFIC by the Mystery Spinner Ajantha MendizZ.thats MendiZ Special for you!!

  • wackwella on August 8, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Great performance from Ajantha Mendis after a long time. Congrats !. But Ajantha Mendis should learn to bowl well againt India and Pakistan, and he also has to improve his performance in non-turning pitches.

  • wackwella on August 8, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Great performance from Ajantha Mendis after a long time. Congrats !. But Ajantha Mendis should learn to bowl well againt India and Pakistan, and he also has to improve his performance in non-turning pitches.

  • WTEH on August 8, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Outstanding win for SL. But still selectors need to realize their mistakes here. SL attack again, when spinners do well fast bowlers were week. And when we had Malinga, spin attack becomes week. Need to find a good combination quickly as it has been shown over and over, we have great bowlers, but we never get a good unit for a series. Kulasekara I guess it is a good time to announce your retirement. That would be the greatest service that you can do for your country now.

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    well done srilanka well done mendis

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    common aussies you hav to win this t20 ...............

  • Samdanh on August 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Poor umpiring. Plumb lbw of Mahela turned down by a rookie umpire and he goes on to refer a waist high ball, even when the square leg umpire was indicating waist high and so a legal ball,and the third umpire rules not out when slow motion replays clearly shows Mahela crouching as he played that shot. ICC referees should penalise such shockers to avoid such poor quality umpires creeping in through the system. Mahela showed poor gamesmanship even the earlier over when he was cliaming no ball for a slow bouncer which deceived him showing as if it went over his head. Poor show by Sri Lanka-player and Umpire.

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  • Samdanh on August 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Poor umpiring. Plumb lbw of Mahela turned down by a rookie umpire and he goes on to refer a waist high ball, even when the square leg umpire was indicating waist high and so a legal ball,and the third umpire rules not out when slow motion replays clearly shows Mahela crouching as he played that shot. ICC referees should penalise such shockers to avoid such poor quality umpires creeping in through the system. Mahela showed poor gamesmanship even the earlier over when he was cliaming no ball for a slow bouncer which deceived him showing as if it went over his head. Poor show by Sri Lanka-player and Umpire.

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    common aussies you hav to win this t20 ...............

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    well done srilanka well done mendis

  • WTEH on August 8, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Outstanding win for SL. But still selectors need to realize their mistakes here. SL attack again, when spinners do well fast bowlers were week. And when we had Malinga, spin attack becomes week. Need to find a good combination quickly as it has been shown over and over, we have great bowlers, but we never get a good unit for a series. Kulasekara I guess it is a good time to announce your retirement. That would be the greatest service that you can do for your country now.

  • wackwella on August 8, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Great performance from Ajantha Mendis after a long time. Congrats !. But Ajantha Mendis should learn to bowl well againt India and Pakistan, and he also has to improve his performance in non-turning pitches.

  • wackwella on August 8, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Great performance from Ajantha Mendis after a long time. Congrats !. But Ajantha Mendis should learn to bowl well againt India and Pakistan, and he also has to improve his performance in non-turning pitches.

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Wow!!that was TERRIFIC by the Mystery Spinner Ajantha MendizZ.thats MendiZ Special for you!!

  • Roshanaara on August 8, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Well done team Sri Lanka ! Keep it up !

  • bumsonseats on August 8, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    when the wickets are made for him he looks in the murli mould. in the uk this summer when i saw him he looked economical but not dangerous. so not a patch on murli. but he is a handful when conditions suit. dpk

  • on August 8, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Excellent game for the Sri Lankans. Many plusses from the mini series - Dilshan's batting and captaincy, Jayawardene's batting, Matthews fielding, allround ability of Mendis and the resurgence of Ajantha Mendis. The selectors need to persevere with him so that he gain in confidence. Need the seamers to improve their line and the fielding to gain more consistency. SL should be aiming for a clean sweep in the upcoming ODI series (a repeat of SL vs England in UK in 2006). Would be a great confidence booster going into the Test series. As for the Aussies, what have they learnt? Not many plusses - a much improved performance today in the 2nd T20: Shane Watson remains a very destructive batsman who will win them many games, John Hastings bowled well. Beyond that ???The Aussie middle order will be bolstered by the inclusion of Hussey snr, Ponting and Clarke. As for the bowling,Johnson remains enigmatic as ever. Lee is good, but will he be able to carry the attack for the rest of the tour?