Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Aug 6, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 35 runs
6 August 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Two slips in place, and here we go...

We are going to start on time. The Australians are wearing black arm bands. Brett Lee will start off as Mahela Jayawardene takes guard. Huge cheers as Dilshan and Jayawardene came out

"I love this Australian team. All 11 can contribute with the batting and easily 8 of them can bowl," says Vignesh Venkatakrishnan.

"Not quite sure why Tim Paine wasn't in the squad - isn't he the T20 vice captain?" asks Smudgeon. Not quite sure myself. He did captain Australia A to Zimbabwe, though

6.40pm Cameron White calls tails, and it is tails. Australia choose to field first. White is not sure of the conditions, and there is rain in the air, which might explain the decision. James Pattinson and Aaron Finch to miss out for Australia. TM Dilshan says he would have bowled first too. Dilruwan Perera, according to Dilshan the best bowler in domestic T20, gets a debut. He bowls off spin, and can bat too. Mahela Jayawardene will open with Dilshan, and Sri Lanka have four spinners in the side, should there be some wear and tear. Angelo Mathews is not likely to bowl; he is taking it easy on the return from injury

6.35pm The toss has been delayed because of a passing shower. The good news, though, is that the covers are coming off, and we could start on time, which is 7pm

6.20pm Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the start of Australia's tour of the pretty Sri Lanka. We begin with a T20I in Pallekele.

An excerpt from Daniel Brettig's preview, where he talks of the new Aussie spinner, Steve O'Keefe: "O'Keefe, like his captain White, is only in Sri Lanka for the T20 matches, and is intent on showing that he should have been allowed to stay on. Peculiarly, his first-class bowling record is far better than any of his spin bowling rivals in Australia, but thus far the national selectors have declined to employ him further. O'Keefe has made no secret of his desire to push for bigger honours, and he can make a start by performing capably here to back-up the 3-29 he took on his T20 debut for Australia against Pakistan in 2010."

Elsewhere in the world, Norman Gordon has become the first Test cricketer to live 100 years, Jonathan Trott is out of the third Test, and Rahul Dravid - at the age of 38 years and 207 days - has made a comeback to the ODI side. And back to this series, Brett Lee reflects at the growth of the Twenty20 format from a joke to a juggernaut


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, some outswing for Lee, and Jayawardene leaves it alone outside off, just getting his eye in


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, outswing again, MJ plays with soft hands, but straight back to Lee

Says Raz: "Considering he scored a 50 in his last t20 innings against England and his track record, i am disappointed to see Finch not playing, he would have been a better choice over Shaun Marsh"


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, MJ makes room this time and cuts, it awkwardly bounces just in front of Steve Smith at cover-point, who gets a hand to it, but the ball ricochets for a single


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, strays into the pads, and is clipped away for a single


Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, MJ seems to be in the mood, makes room early again, gets under a length ball, and lofts it over mid-on without seeming to hit it hard at all. Lovely timing, hit through the line


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, now he gets one short and wide enough to cut, and gets a single to third man

End of over 1 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 6 (5b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 1-0-7-0

An update on why the Aussies are wearing black arm bands. From Mitchell Johnson's facebook page: "Rachael was a friend of Jess and I and last week lost her life to cancer which was diagnosed at 17 till now 25 yrs old. She never complained and always lived her life to the fullest. She was an inspiration to all that met her. I will be wearing a black arm band for tonight's game in dedication to Rachael. We will miss you x"

meanwhile here is O'Keefe. Hmm


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed to cover


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, no run, another flighted delivery, Jayawardene goes for a big sweep, and is beaten


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, no run, pushes this one through even as Jayawardene backs away, cramps him for a room, the inside edge doesn't make it to the stumps


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, FOUR, stands his ground this time, and gets a short and wide delivery to cut away for four


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 1 run, whoa, that was close, wonder why they didn't appeal properly... this seems to be the arm ball that cramps Jayawardene even as he is backing away to try and chop it square. Seemed to me to have hit the pad first, dead in front of stumps, but Australia are more worried about preventing the leg-bye


O'Keefe to Dilshan, no run, another arm ball, this one actually turned in, and hits him in the pad, but is also headed down the leg side

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • TM Dilshan 1 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 11 (10b 2x4)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-5-0
    • B Lee 1-0-7-0

Lee to Jayawardene, OUT, Timber... The yorker. Jayawardene backs away again, Lee goes full, and in front of leg, Jayawardene gets bat onto it, but only to guide it to the the off stump

DPMD Jayawardene b Lee 11 (8m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

In comes Chandimal


Lee to Chandimal, 1 wide, Lee welcomes him with a bouncer, but well down the leg side


Lee to Chandimal, 1 leg bye, full and fast, but into the pads, concedes the leg-bye


Lee to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, on off, Dilshan plays with an open face, can't beat cover


Lee to Dilshan, 2 runs, this is short, there is no room, but Dilshan manages to cut it powerfully to third man, where a bad bounce results in a fumble for Johnson, and a second run


Lee to Dilshan, SIX, It's a harsh harsh game... This is a superb bouncer, quick, at the throat, Dilshan is late into the shot, but the top edge sails past the pulled-in boundary ropes behind fine leg


Lee to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan now rubs salt into the top-edged-six wound... what a top shot this, it's full, just outside off, the bat jams down on it with an open face, and it goes hurtling across, past point for four

End of over 3 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 26/1 (RR: 8.66)

    • TM Dilshan 13 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • LD Chandimal 0 (1b)
    • B Lee 2-0-20-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-5-0

Johnson replaces O'Keefe


Johnson to Chandimal, no run, a gentle loosener, short outside off, cut hard into the ground, but can't get past the strong square field on the off side

Johnson comes onto bowl, doesn't let it go, though. The crowd doesn't like it


Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, short, into the ribs, Chandimal doesn't hold back on the pull, gets a single to long leg

"I've gone so deep into test match mode, following this match seems so odd for some reason!" says Anurag Acharya


Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, slightly slower delivery, pushed between mid-off and extra cover. A near collision between Johnson and Dilshan there. Dilshan is not happy, but it's the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler


Johnson to Chandimal, FOUR, clears the front leg and swings hard at a full delivery, bounces into the pitch, and beats mid-on to go for four. This is a superb start for Sri Lanka


Johnson to Chandimal, FOUR, again, the vintage T20 technique of clearing the front leg and swinging through or across the line. This one is across, and goes square on the leg side for another four


Johnson to Chandimal, no run, another swing, but this time the extra bounce beats him outside off

End of over 4 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 36/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • LD Chandimal 9 (6b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 14 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-10-0
    • B Lee 2-0-20-1

John Hastings a.k.a the Duke to bowl now


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, concedes a leg-bye


Hastings to Chandimal, 1 run, front leg out of the way again, pulls, straight to midwicket where a fumble allows them the single

"How come there are no more econimical fast bowlers around and I mean fast not fast-medium?" Millan, I suppose with the modern pitches neutering them to a certain extent - in limited-overs cricket at any rate - the faster they come, the faster they go


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 run, slower short ball, Dilshan is through the shot when it hits him in the ribs. Another leg-bye


Hastings to Chandimal, 1 run, another slower ball, nearly gets Chandimal with it. The limp shot falls in front of extra cover


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 run, another slower ball, full this time, and is placed in the covers


Hastings to Chandimal, no run, the quicker one this time, full and wide outside off, beats Chandimal drive

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (RR: 8.20)

    • LD Chandimal 11 (9b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 16 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-10-0

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, full on off, driven with an open face, amazing how he manufactures room. A fumble from Watson at extra cover allows them the single


Johnson to Chandimal, no run, short and quick, there is room, though, but Chandimal is beaten by the bounce as he tries a big cut


Johnson to Chandimal, OUT, Hit wicket! I don't remember any hit-wickets in T20 internationals. This might well be a first. It's a length ball on the pads, but the extra pace forces him deep into the crease, the bat comes down real late, and the over-balanced Chandimal's front leg goes across and hits the stumps. It takes the Aussies a while to realise they have got a wicket

LD Chandimal hit wicket b Johnson 11 (15m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Says Sharthak: "The easiest way to watch the evolution of the game of cricket is to keep open cricinfo commentaries of Zim vs Bd test and Aus vs SL T20I in side-by-side tabs of your browser ; where you can see "Zim 41/0(14.5 ov)" and "SL 41/1(5.0 ov)"." In comes Sangakkara


Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, first signs of good Australian fielding as White at midwicket makes the save off a good drive from Sangakkara


Johnson to Dilshan, 2 runs, on the pads, worked away into the on side


Johnson to Dilshan, no run, driven with an open face again, but can't beat cover-point

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 45/2 (RR: 7.50)

    • TM Dilshan 19 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-14-1
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-0

"misbah-ul-haq also got a hit wicket against west indies this year in the T20I, so this is not the first one," says Ali. Ahh Misbah, never disappoints when it comes to weird dismissals. O'Keefe comes back


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked around the corner for a single


O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, risky single after hitting it straight to point, but Hussey's throw is wide, and Haddin has to try and flick it behind his back. A better throw, and Sanga was gone


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 1 wide, some turn on this, but well down the leg side


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed into the covers for one

Leroy: "de Villiers was out hit wicket I believe against Australia in the match Warner made his debut." Clearly I don't watch enough T20


O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, charges at him and drives him down to long-off for one


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes down the track, and pushes this down to long-on


O'Keefe to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan misses the sweep and is hit right in front of the stumps, but the extra bounce means there isn't even an appeal

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 51/2 (RR: 7.28)

    • TM Dilshan 21 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 4 (4b)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-11-0
    • MG Johnson 2-0-14-1

Hastings come back


Hastings to Sangakkara, no run, angled across the left-hand batsman, and it beats Sanga's drive

A slip comes in


Hastings to Sangakkara, 1 run, walks into this shot, and drives it wide of long-off for one


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, slower ball gone wrong, a delicious little full toss wide outside off, and he smashes it for four to extra cover


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 wide, another slower one gone wrong, a wide down the leg side, with the fine leg up!

" it just me? or is Steve O'Keefe the obvious answer to our test and ODI spinners spot in the absence of Hauritz?" asks Caino


Hastings to Dilshan, no run, good sharp offcutter, tucks Dilshan up, and he has to go back and keep the ball away from the stumps even as Sanga is charging for a single. He comes, nearly shakes hands with Dilshan, and makes it back safely


Hastings to Dilshan, 2 leg byes, pulls, beaten, it's either off the leading edge or off the pad, goes fine of third man, and they come back for the second


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, short, into the ribs, emphatically pulled away for four. Along the ground

End of over 8 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 63/2 (RR: 7.87)

    • TM Dilshan 29 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 5 (6b)
    • JW Hastings 2-0-14-0
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-11-0

O'Keefe to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up, accurate, defended back


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, FOUR, the slog sweep along the ground, what a hard hit, no chance for deep square leg to come around


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 1 run, placed wide of long-on but will get just the single


O'Keefe to Dilshan, no run, makes room, goes inside-out, finds extra cover... on the bounce


O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed quietly down to long-on


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and wide, cut away for a single

Chandimal was the fifth hit-wicket dismissal in T20 internationals, but the first I have seen

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 70/2 (RR: 7.77)

    • KC Sangakkara 11 (10b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 30 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-18-0
    • JW Hastings 2-0-14-0

Here's Smith


Smith to Sangakkara, no run, accurate legbreak, Sanga taps it back


Smith to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes down the track and drives this to long-off for one


Smith to Dilshan, no run, fullish legbreak, Dilshan looks to cut, and is beaten


Smith to Dilshan, no run, full, on the pads, Dilshan forces this to extra cover... another dot


Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, driven down the ground now, gets a single to long-off


Smith to Sangakkara, FOUR, beautiful shot... Comes down the track, makes sure he is right to the pitch of the ball, and lofts this dead straight over the bowler's head

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2 (RR: 7.60)

    • KC Sangakkara 16 (13b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 31 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 1-0-6-0
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-18-0

Watson to bowl now


Watson to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, Dilshan tries the scoop first ball, but is hit in the shoulder, and still gets a leg-bye


Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, driven on the up, gets a single to long-off


Watson to Dilshan, no run, slower short ball, beats Dilshan's short-arm pull


Watson to Dilshan, no run, winds up for a big shot, the ball jags back in, Dilshan's bat comes down on it the last moment. And wait a moment. Watson lets the throw rip at Dilshan's face, he fends it off with his glove, and Australia appeal for a run-out/obstruction to fielders. Turned down, and rightly so. Dilshan never left his crease too. Poor form, Australia. It was clearly evasive action, and Dilshan never left the crease, leave alone intending a single


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run


Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked around the corner for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 80/2 (RR: 7.27)

    • KC Sangakkara 18 (15b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 32 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-0
    • SPD Smith 1-0-6-0

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full, on the pads, flicked away fine, and they steal the second. A slightly wide throw from O'Keefe allows them to do so


Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, on the front foot a touch too early, gets a top edge on a short-of-a-length delivery, but avoids the fielders and gets a couple of runs


Johnson to Sangakkara, FOUR, oh lovely shot, on the up, high elbow, and over mid-off. That was one for the photographers


Johnson to Sangakkara, FOUR, another Sanga trademark, walks across the stumps, and flicks this off his toes, over square leg - brings up 50 for the partnership


Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 wide, wide down the leg side now

Peter: "@Caino... Why aren't you one of our selectors!!??!"


Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, around off, the rare defensive shot

Robbie, from the UK: "And just like that Australia turn their back on the 'spirit of cricket'.."


Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, tucked into the on side, doesn't get a run

End of over 12 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2 (RR: 7.75)

    • KC Sangakkara 30 (21b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 32 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-27-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-0

Watson to Dilshan, no run, driven on the up, but straight to cover


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, another open-face drive, hit hard into ground, White has to stretch to get a hand to it. They take a single


Watson to Sangakkara, OUT, what a soft dismissal, lot of premeditation in it as he walks down the wicket. The ball is not nearly full enough, and is also the slower one, and Sanga ends up chipping it straight to midwicket

KC Sangakkara c White b Watson 30 (26m 22b 4x4 0x6) SR: 136.36

Jeevan Mendis is the new man in


Watson to Mendis, 1 run, worked wide of midwicket for a single


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball around off, driven to long-off for one


Watson to Mendis, 1 run, jumps across the stumps to drop this into the on side for one

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 97/3 (RR: 7.46)

    • BMAJ Mendis 2 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 34 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-7-1
    • MG Johnson 3-0-27-1

Shadleyvw: "Yet another reason why T20 cricket is such a waste of time. Sangakkara would have never played a shot like that in a test match." Here's Smith


Smith to Mendis, no run, short legbreak, outside off, the turn cramps Mendis, who can't get it past point


Smith to Mendis, FOUR, reverse sweep here, takes from what his leg stump would be, and places it between point and short third man


Smith to Mendis, 1 leg bye, worked around the corner for another single


Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, cut away in front of square for one


Smith to Mendis, 1 run, nudges into the leg side for another single


Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, the powerful sweep from leg-stump line, gets just the single

End of over 14 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 105/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • TM Dilshan 36 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 7 (6b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 2-0-13-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-7-1

Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, Ahh the scoop. Like it is ice cream on Saturday evening. Splendid. He covers his head with his arms, and flicks it straight over the keeper's head


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, pulled away to deep square leg


Watson to Mendis, 2 runs, another pull, square of the long leg, and comes back for the second


Watson to Mendis, FOUR, pull with the front leg in the air, and this is hardly a long hop. He goes over midwicket. Disdainful

Fine leg comes up


Watson to Mendis, no run, just the ball to bowl with fine leg up, a yorker wide of off, beats his jab


Watson to Mendis, 1 run, this attempted yorker is a bit of a full toss, and the thick edge yields a single to third man

End of over 15 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 117/3 (RR: 7.80)

    • BMAJ Mendis 14 (10b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 41 (36b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-19-1
    • SPD Smith 2-0-13-0

Zake writes in, "Robbie from UK - What would the poms know about "Spirit of Cricket" mate, they have a big whinge and dummy spit when one of their dopey batsmen doesn't bother to stick within the rule of the game and gets run out!"


Hastings to Mendis, 1 run, driven square on the off side, gets a single


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, slower short ball, gets the mistimed pull out of it, but it falls wide of the diving D Hussey at deep square leg


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 wide, the slower legcutter, starts well wide of off, and is called a wide as it beats the bat


Hastings to Dilshan, 2 runs, this is nearly a sweep, helped by the slower deliveries, opens up the front leg, gets down on a knee, and places this past midwicket


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, another slower ball, another sweep. Dilshan is playing Hastings like he would do a spinner. What a top shot, too, along the ground, and beats deep square. Fifty off 37 for Dilshan. Wild cheers, and why not?


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, this is a reverse-flick-cum-pull-cum-scoop. I don't know what to call this awesome shot. Dilshan is going for his scoop, sees a slower bouncer, turns the bat face around, and pulls this between the keeper and third man


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, this one is asking to be spanked, a tempting little full toss, and Dilshan flat-bats it to midwicket

End of over 16 (20 runs) Sri Lanka 137/3 (RR: 8.56)

    • TM Dilshan 59 (41b 8x4 1x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 15 (11b 2x4)
    • JW Hastings 3-0-34-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-19-1

Lee comes back now. Round the wicket


Lee to Mendis, FOUR, goes for the wide yorker, Mendis gets close to the line, and opens the face on it, guiding past point. This is superb T20 batting. Five fours off the last six balls


Lee to Mendis, 1 wide, another wide yorker, Mendis is beaten while going on side, but this is too wide, and is called


Lee to Mendis, 1 leg bye, slower short ball, beats the pull, hits him on the pad, but it is bouncing over the stumps


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, full and around off, played with an open face - another 50-run partnership


Lee to Mendis, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven to sweeper-cover

Robbie again: "@Zake: Im with you fella, Bell was out as per the rules of cricket and it was his own fault. After the incident with NZ in that ODI a few years back i think we had a cheek to ask India to reconsider their appeal."


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, another full toss, Dilshan misses out too, gets a single to mid-off


Lee to Mendis, FOUR, three strikes and four! Third full toss in a row, and Mendis drives this one square for four

End of over 17 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 150/3 (RR: 8.82)

    • BMAJ Mendis 24 (15b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 61 (43b 8x4 1x6)
    • B Lee 3-0-32-1
    • JW Hastings 3-0-34-0

Watson is back


Watson to Dilshan, SIX, don't gape disbelievingly when you read this: Dilshan has slog-swept Watson for a six. Watson can't believe it either. Just brilliant premeditation and execution


Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, short ball, not much width, but Dilshan's wrists manufacture immense power on cut shots, and this has gone for four too


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball, Dilshan clears the front leg, and heaves this to long-on for one


Watson to Mendis, 1 run, high full toss - not high enough to be called - the top edge falls between midwicket and long-on


Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, a perfectly respectable yorker, but Dilshan stabs at it, hard into the ground, and then over point for another four. This is some pasting


Watson to Dilshan, SIX, another slog-sweep! Low full toss, Dilshan's front leg gets out of the way, and he lofts this over midwicket. Wonder if Watson regrets that throw at Dilshan's face

End of over 18 (22 runs) Sri Lanka 172/3 (RR: 9.55)

    • TM Dilshan 82 (48b 10x4 3x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 25 (16b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-41-1
    • B Lee 3-0-32-1

Lee to Mendis, 1 run, full toss outside off, gets a thick edge to third man


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, can't do much with a yorker on middle and leg, he keeps it out, though, and steals a single


Lee to Mendis, 2 runs, slower ball, slogged down to wide of long-on, and they hustle back for the second


Lee to Mendis, 1 run, another full toss, driven down to long-off for one


Lee to Dilshan, no run, full, fast, wide of off, Dilshan can't make contact with this one

Richard is very distraught when he says this: 'From an Australian point of view this is very hard to watch. Hastings is obviously a boy on a mans errand. There are only a very select few men who should represent our country and these boys are not within a bulls rush of those few. This is not a transition, it's a travesty of justice."


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, a perfect yorker at the base of leg stump. Dilshan keeps it out, and takes a single

End of over 19 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 178/3 (RR: 9.36)

    • TM Dilshan 84 (51b 10x4 3x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 29 (19b 4x4)
    • B Lee 4-0-38-1
    • SR Watson 4-0-41-1

Gazza is giving it to White: "Obviously White has'nt a clue how to captain a side. His most ecconomical bowlers in O'keefe and Smith won't bowl out thier quote of 4. But lets Lee and Watson get clobbered around. Take up darts Whitey."


Johnson to Dilshan, no run, tries the scoop again, but is beaten by the slower bouncer. Called one for the over


Johnson to Dilshan, SIX, old-fashioned Twenty20 slog, helps that this is a length ball, and he opens up the stance to send it over long-on. Into the 90s now. Hmm


Johnson to Dilshan, SIX, This is absolute toying around with the bowling. Dilshan stands with an open stance, across the stumps, he wants to go over leg side, and a clue less Johnson serves up a gentle long hop, and is pulled out of sight


Johnson to Dilshan, FOUR, what a way to get to maiden Twenty20 international hundred, with the trademark scoop, it's not connected very well, but enough to clear fine leg. Dilshan leaps for joy, the crowd is going crazy, and everybody barring the Aussie fielders is loving it. White applauds too


Johnson to Dilshan, FOUR, another short ball, top-edged over midwicket, and somehow even this goes for four. Australia absolutely clueless


Johnson to Dilshan, no run, full, angled across him, beats the bat, Dilshan doesn't try the bye

Every Aussie wants to shake Dilshan's hand as they walk off. Dilshan acknowledges the applause from the crowd. hat a top T20 innings. Lawrence sums up Aussie emptions: "Its probably not a good sign when you think "oh good he only got a 4 that time"". We will be back soon

End of over 20 (20 runs) Sri Lanka 198/3

    • TM Dilshan 104 (57b 12x4 5x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 29 (19b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-47-1
    • B Lee 4-0-38-1





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