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)

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

Sri Lanka 6/0   DPMD Jayawardene 5* (4b 1x4)   B Lee 0.5-0-6-0

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

Sri Lanka 11/0   DPMD Jayawardene 10* (9b 2x4)   SNJ O'Keefe 0.4-0-4-0

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

Sri Lanka 26/1   TM Dilshan 13* (6b 1x4 1x6)   B Lee 2-0-20-1

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

Sri Lanka 32/1   LD Chandimal 5* (4b 1x4)   MG Johnson 0.4-0-6-0

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

Sri Lanka 36/1   LD Chandimal 9* (5b 2x4)   MG Johnson 0.5-0-10-0

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

Sri Lanka 56/2   TM Dilshan 25* (17b 2x4 1x6)   JW Hastings 1.3-0-9-0

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

Sri Lanka 63/2   TM Dilshan 29* (20b 3x4 1x6)   JW Hastings 2-0-14-0

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

Sri Lanka 67/2   KC Sangakkara 9* (8b 1x4)   SNJ O'Keefe 2.2-0-15-0

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

Sri Lanka 76/2   KC Sangakkara 16* (13b 2x4)   SPD Smith 1-0-6-0

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

Sri Lanka 88/2   KC Sangakkara 26* (18b 3x4)   MG Johnson 2.3-0-22-1

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

Sri Lanka 92/2   KC Sangakkara 30* (19b 4x4)   MG Johnson 2.4-0-26-1

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

Sri Lanka 101/3   BMAJ Mendis 6* (4b 1x4)   SPD Smith 1.2-0-10-0

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

Sri Lanka 109/3   TM Dilshan 40* (35b 4x4 1x6)   SR Watson 2.1-0-11-1

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

Sri Lanka 116/3   BMAJ Mendis 13* (8b 2x4)   SR Watson 2.4-0-18-1

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

Sri Lanka 122/3   TM Dilshan 45* (37b 5x4 1x6)   JW Hastings 2.2-0-19-0

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?

Sri Lanka 129/3   TM Dilshan 51* (39b 6x4 1x6)   JW Hastings 2.4-0-26-0

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

Sri Lanka 133/3   TM Dilshan 55* (40b 7x4 1x6)   JW Hastings 2.5-0-30-0

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

Sri Lanka 137/3   TM Dilshan 59* (41b 8x4 1x6)   JW Hastings 3-0-34-0

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

Sri Lanka 141/3   BMAJ Mendis 19* (12b 3x4)   B Lee 2.1-0-24-1

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

Sri Lanka 150/3   BMAJ Mendis 24* (15b 4x4)   B Lee 3-0-32-1

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

Sri Lanka 160/3   TM Dilshan 71* (45b 9x4 2x6)   SR Watson 3.2-0-29-1

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

Sri Lanka 166/3   TM Dilshan 76* (47b 10x4 2x6)   SR Watson 3.5-0-35-1

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

Sri Lanka 194/3   TM Dilshan 100* (55b 11x4 5x6)   MG Johnson 3.4-0-43-1

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

Sri Lanka 198/3   TM Dilshan 104* (56b 12x4 5x6)   MG Johnson 3.5-0-47-1





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