Australia in Sri Lanka T20I Series - 1st T20I

Sri Lanka v Australia

Sri Lanka won by 35 runs

We are back. Watson and Warner walk out. Not an impossible chase for them. Kulasekara will bowl his inswingers. I have never seen him not swing the ball. Just the one slip

Guvan is disgusted too: 'Gazza - everyone knows that the Australian captain isn't picked for his cricketing brain and ability to lead the team with skill, cunning and good planning - they are picked because someone years ago decided that they would one day be a good captain and it doesn't matter if they never actually do anything good - you can't change the decision once its been made!"

Daniel, meanwhile, sees the positives: "This will be a tough chase for the Aussies to pull off. It'll be good to see them tested straight away in whats a mammoth few months of cricket for the team" And he is not the Dan from Cricinfo

Smudgeon has kept his humour: "Man am I glad this is only hit n giggles cricket. Otherwise I'd be worried..."

"Did you see Watson give an apology or some other sign he was sorry to Dilshan for that ridiculous appeal?" No I didn't, Joseph. That was clearly not on - the throw and the appeal

0.1

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, swinging into the pads, worked away square for one

0.2

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, tucked off the hips for another single

0.3

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, big inswinger, good bounce too, hits him in the thigh pad. Or did it miss it? Watson grimaced

0.4

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, another big inswinger, extra bounce again, another hit in the thigh area

0.5

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, pulled away this time to long leg, gets a single

0.6

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, goes for the pull, beaten outside off, the angle does him there

End of over 1 (3 runs) Australia 3/0 (196 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 10.31)
DA Warner    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    2* (4b)     

Suranga Lakmal will share the new ball

1.1

Lakmal to Watson, 1 run, outswinger, steered down to third man, but Watson is not awake to the fumble from Mathews. In fact he strolled the first, and was in no position to capitalise

1.2

Lakmal to Warner, no run, cut away in front of square, can't beat point

1.3

Lakmal to Warner, 1 wide, this is a proper wide, a Test match wide, way way outside off

1.3

Lakmal to Warner, 1 run, tucked away off the hips for a single

1.4

Lakmal to Watson, no run, lovely outswinger, hits him plumb in front, but for the late inside edge

Happy: "How many options does Dilshan have in the bowling dept? I mean 8 or something? This is really one top notch twenty20 team.."

1.5

Lakmal to Watson, 1 run, another lovely outswinger, not much room either, pushed away for one

1.6

Lakmal to Warner, FOUR, full toss on the pads, the first rank loose delivery, and is smashed to midwicket

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 11/0 (188 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 10.44)
DA Warner    6* (5b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-8-0
SR Watson    4* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Watson, SIX, Typical Watson shot, length ball, inswinger, just a flick over mid-on, and it has travelled all the way for a six

2.2

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 wide, big big inswinger, well down the leg side, Sanga dives full length to keep the damage down to just one wide

2.2

Kulasekara to Watson, OUT, Bowled him! This inswinger is perfect. Short of driving length, and starts well outside off so it can hit top of off. Watson tries to smash it through the off side, leaves the bat-pad gap open, and is bowled. ah, there is an inside edge too, which drags the ball to top of middle

SR Watson b Kulasekara 10 (10m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

In comes Shaun Marsh

2.3

Kulasekara to Marsh, 1 run, and starts off nicely, with a clip to square leg off the pads

2.4

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, pulled away, over the top of square leg, beats long leg

2.5

Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, Warner has stunned the crowd into silence with back-to-back fours. Cut away in front of square this time. Kula hasn't quite bowled well to the left-hand batsmen

2.6

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, and just then he beats Warner with one that stays low. Pitched middle and leg, moving away, beats Warner's attempt at a short-arm pull

End of over 3 (16 runs) Australia 27/1 (172 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 10.11)
DA Warner    14* (8b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-19-1
SE Marsh    1* (1b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-8-0

3.1

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, what is happening here? First of all this takes off from nowhere, and Marsh is still stunned even as Warner has almost reached his end trying to steal a bye. Warner has to hare back, and makes it, thanks to a wide throw from Sanga

3.2

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, canny little offcutter here, beats Marsh, stares at him, Sanga applauds him from behind. Not a word spoken

3.3

Lakmal to Marsh, 1 run, cut away now, to third man for one

3.4

Lakmal to Warner, SIX, Warner is playing on a different pitch. Sees the slower ball early, clears the front leg, and goes right over the bowler's head

3.5

Lakmal to Warner, 1 leg bye, hits him in the pad with a yorker, but it is swinging down the leg side, hence no lbw

3.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, good late swing into his pads, clipped away to square leg

End of over 4 (8 runs) Australia 35/1 (164 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.75, RRR: 10.25)
SE Marsh    2* (5b)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-15-0
DA Warner    20* (10b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-19-1

Dilruwan Perera to bowl off spin now, from round the stumps

4.1

Perera to Warner, 1 wide, pushed down the leg side.. no turn first ball

4.1

Perera to Warner, 1 run, slower, tossed higher, driven to long-on for one

4.2

Perera to Marsh, 2 runs, turn there, seemed like angling down the leg side, before turning away and taking the leading edge through the vacant spin

4.3

Perera to Marsh, OUT, Gets a wicket in his first over! This one turned away too, beats an attempt to play it to on, hits him in front. Interesting to see where it pitched. Pitches middle leg, hits him in front of leg after straightening. Would have gone on to hit the leg stumps, I think

SE Marsh lbw b Perera 4 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

4.4

Perera to Hussey, no run, Perera is charged up, tosses this up, and then dives to his right to field it too

4.5

Perera to Hussey, 1 run, driven square on the off side for a single

4.6

Perera to Warner, no run, big turn this time, pitches middle and leg, and leaves him, pushed to short third

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 40/2 (159 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 10.60)
DA Warner    21* (12b 3x4 1x6)      MDK Perera    1-0-5-1
DJ Hussey    1* (2b)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-15-0

Dammika Prasad on now

5.1

Prasad to Hussey, FOUR, starts with a gentle short ball, and is puled wide of mid-on. Poor start by Prasad, Hussey capitalises

5.2

Prasad to Hussey, no run, No appeal. This is an outswinger, takes the edge, there is a noise, Sanga goes up late, almost an afterthought, de Silva doesn't give it. That was gone. Hussey also looked back right away

5.3

Prasad to Hussey, no run

5.4

Prasad to Hussey, no run, desperate stuff, giving him the charge, is beaten by a quick back-of-a-length delivery

5.5

Prasad to Hussey, 1 run, driven away from the body, to third man for one

5.6

Prasad to Warner, FOUR, this has taken off from just short of a length, Warner is clearly late into the pull, but gets a faint top edge past the diving Sanga

End of over 6 (9 runs) Australia 49/2 (150 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.16, RRR: 10.71)
DA Warner    25* (13b 4x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    1-0-9-0
DJ Hussey    6* (7b 1x4)      MDK Perera    1-0-5-1

6.1

Perera to Hussey, OUT, Timber... this is top bowling... From round the stumps, angled away, pitching outside off, and back through the gate to hit the top of middle

DJ Hussey b Perera 6 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Looking at the ball turn, surely White will be wondering why he didn't bowl out Smith and O'Keefe. Speaking of which, here is Cameron White

6.2

Perera to White, 1 run, stays round the stumps, offbreak from outside off, gets an inside edge for a single

Slip in for Warner

6.3

Perera to Warner, 1 run, length ball on the pads, pushed to long-on for one

6.4

Perera to White, no run, arm ball, pitches leg, goes towards off, pushed back to the bowler

6.5

Perera to White, 1 run, worked off the pads for one

6.6

Perera to Warner, 1 run, tossed up, doesn't turn as much as expected, gets an inside edge for a single

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 53/3 (146 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 11.23)
DA Warner    27* (15b 4x4 1x6)      MDK Perera    2-0-9-2
CL White    2* (3b)      KTGD Prasad    1-0-9-0

7.1

Prasad to Warner, FOUR, it stops at him a touch and Warner checks the drive, but it is timed well enough to go between the bowler and mid-off for four

7.2

Prasad to Warner, 1 run, driven down the ground and along the ground, but mid-off is back now

One wide slip in

7.3

Prasad to White, FOUR, long hop, and pulled away dismissively, past midwicket for four, despite the instinctive initial forward movement

7.4

Prasad to White, no run, what a delivery to come back, cuts him into two, this one jags back big time, and bisects the bat and pad. Huge appeal from Sanga, but a good call by Asoka

7.5

Prasad to White, 1 run, nearly got him, this one is fuller, nips back in again, gets the inside edge onto the pad

7.6

Prasad to Warner, no run, yorker, at the base of off, Warner digs it out. Good comeback after that poor short ball

End of over 8 (10 runs) Australia 63/3 (136 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.87, RRR: 11.33)
DA Warner    32* (18b 5x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    2-0-19-0
CL White    7* (6b 1x4)      MDK Perera    2-0-9-2

Randy: "Gorgeous and lively crowds, a Kandyan trademark. Too bad I'm stuck infront of TV!"

8.1

Perera to White, OUT, Perera is running through them here. White goes for a huge slog sweep. This is an offbreak from round the stumps, slow through the air, pitches outside off, turns in, beats the shot, and hits the off stump. Perera is blase about it

CL White b Perera 7 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Steve smith is the new man in

8.2

Perera to Smith, 1 run, angled across him, pushed to short third for one

Slip comes in

8.3

Perera to Warner, no run, turn and bounce, pitches leg, hits him in the thigh area as he looks to turn this to leg

8.4

Perera to Warner, 1 run, driven with the turn, gets a single to sweeper-cover

8.5

Perera to Smith, no run, extra bounce saves Smith as he is beaten trying to turn this to leg

8.6

Perera to Smith, 1 run, flat on the pad, worked away for an easy single

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 66/4 (133 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 12.09)
SPD Smith    2* (3b)      MDK Perera    3-0-12-3
DA Warner    33* (20b 5x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    2-0-19-0

Dilshan brings himself on

9.1

Dilshan to Smith, no run, full on off, beats a premeditated sweep

9.2

Dilshan to Smith, no run, chipped towards midwicket, just short

9.3

Dilshan to Smith, no run, slower through the air, beats another attempt at a sweep, he is rushing through the over

9.4

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, charges at him, gets a leading edge towards long-off

9.5

Dilshan to Warner, 3 runs, beautiful offspin bowling, teasing him with the loop, asking him to drive, and then getting the turn to get the edge. No slip for Dilshan, though

9.6

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, comes down the track to get a single to long-on

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 71/4 (128 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.10, RRR: 12.80)
SPD Smith    4* (8b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    36* (21b 5x4 1x6)      MDK Perera    3-0-12-3

James: "I know it's only t20 but we're getting nowhere near this gentle spin. Doesn't bode well for the tour." More spin. Herath now

10.1

Herath to Smith, no run, if I were really harsh, I would call this a drop. A big bottom edge into the Sanga's shin

10.2

Herath to Smith, 1 run, pushed to cover for one

Stays round the wicket to the left-hand batsman

10.3

Herath to Warner, 1 run, short ball, pulled from wide outside off, gets a single to long-on

10.4

Herath to Smith, 1 run, sharp turn there, cut away to sweeper-cover for one

10.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, short-arm jab to long-on for a single

10.6

Herath to Smith, 1 run, sees him coming down the track, and bowls teasingly slow, gets turn too, Smith drops it to cover

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 76/4 (123 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.90, RRR: 13.66)
SPD Smith    7* (12b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    38* (23b 5x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0

11.1

Dilshan to Smith, 2 runs, another really slow offbreak, cut away to sweeper-cover

11.2

Dilshan to Smith, 2 runs, beaten in the flight, ends up chipping this just over midwicket

11.3

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, sharp offbreak, but nicely dabbed down to third man, from outside the line of leg

11.4

Dilshan to Warner, SIX, rare poor ball, and Warner gets under this long hop to deposit this into the crowd behind the square-leg fence

11.5

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, this is fuller, doesn't turn much, gets the inside edge for a single

11.6

Dilshan to Smith, no run, big swipe across the line, makes contact with thin air

End of over 12 (12 runs) Australia 88/4 (111 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 13.87)
SPD Smith    12* (16b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-17-0
DA Warner    45* (25b 5x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-5-0

Tim: "People will scoff at this, but White is actually a far better first class batsman than limited overs batsman at the moment. In limited overs he rushes and relies only on his strength. In first class matches he takes his time and lets his technique do the work. He made a first class 100 against England only 7 months ago."

12.1

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Herath's carom ball, Warner is bamboozled, pitches leg, turns to off, gets the leading edge as he is looking to slog-sweep. Falls short of short third

12.2

Herath to Smith, OUT, the left-armer's legbreak has done him in. Smith has been jumping out of the crease with no clue as to what to do next, and this team the ball makes its way through the gap between bat and pad. Stumped

SPD Smith st †Sangakkara b Herath 12 (11m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

In comes Brad Haddin. A slip in place

12.3

Herath to Haddin, no run, the orthodox slow left-arm here, leaving Haddin, beating the defensive prod. Sanga whips the bails off, the replays show his foot comes back just in time

12.4

Herath to Haddin, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long-off for one

12.5

Herath to Warner, 1 run, Dilshan has dropped Warner at midwicket. This was a fairly easy chance, he had it covered, at a comfortable chest height, but the ball popped out. Dilshan is disgusted with himself

12.6

Herath to Haddin, 1 run, pulled away for a single

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 92/5 (107 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 15.28)
BJ Haddin    2* (3b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-1
DA Warner    47* (27b 5x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-17-0

Jason: "Seems odd having Haddin at 7. The guy who was supposedly our world cup opener and a senior player."

13.1

Dilshan to Haddin, 1 run, sharp offbreak, worked around the corner for one

Sutty: "Cameron White made that first class hundred against the England XI side (For Australia A) in the second innings, against a side intent on bowling a purely leg stump line to him. Steve O'Keefe was by far the best player in that particular game for Australia A, just as he was effective against Sri Lanka A before that."

13.2

Dilshan to Warner, 1 run, Warner drives this down to long-off for one

13.3

Dilshan to Haddin, no run, slow offbreak outside off, pushed to midwicket

13.4

Dilshan to Haddin, no run, another accurate offbreak, played back to Dilshan

13.5

Dilshan to Haddin, 3 runs, the quicker, straighter one, Haddin reads it well, guides it between the keeper and third man

13.6

Dilshan to Warner, FOUR, Warner gets to fifty with a pull off this rank long hop. Wide of midwicket. Mild acknowledgement for the applause from the balcony

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 101/5 (98 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 16.33)
DA Warner    52* (29b 6x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    3-0-26-0
BJ Haddin    6* (7b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-1

14.1

Herath to Haddin, no run, cut away, but straight to backward point

14.2

Herath to Haddin, 1 run, driven to long-off for one

14.3

Herath to Warner, 1 run, OUT, it's not raining, it's pouring on the Aussies... this was full on the pads, was flicked to deep midwicket, Haddin wanted to, Warner initially did, but then didn't. Too late to send him back. Sold Haddin down the river

BJ Haddin run out 7 (7m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

Mitchell Johnson to bat now

14.4

Herath to Johnson, no run, carrom ball, turning from leg to off, Johnson sends back Warner now

14.5

Herath to Johnson, no run

14.6

Herath to Johnson, no run

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 103/6 (96 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.86, RRR: 19.20)
MG Johnson    0* (3b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-11-1
DA Warner    53* (30b 6x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    3-0-26-0

Kulasekara comes back. Nearly 20 an over required

15.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 wide, starts off with a wide yorker, a touch too wide

15.1

Kulasekara to Warner, 1 wide, full and wide, beats him with the away swing, but called a wide

15.1

Kulasekara to Warner, OUT, Gone. Kulasekara has been bowling them wide, two of them have been called wide, Warner stretches and finally gets bat to it... and finds extra cover, and it's the same man who dropped him earlier - Dilshan

DA Warner c Dilshan b Kulasekara 53 (62m 31b 6x4 2x6) SR: 170.96

In comes O'Keefe. Could Sri Lanka get Australia bowled out?

15.2

Kulasekara to O'Keefe, 1 run, big inswinger, hits the thigh pad for a leg-bye

15.3

Kulasekara to Johnson, 1 run, driven down the ground, on the up, gets a single to long-off

Bandish: "initially, aussies did not take t20 seriously... so now, t20 does not take aussies seriously!!"

15.4

Kulasekara to O'Keefe, no run, absolute corker, jags back in from back of a length, cuts him into half

15.5

Kulasekara to O'Keefe, 1 run, low full toss, hit to long-on for one

15.6

Kulasekara to Johnson, no run, Johnson has a swipe at this inswinger outside off. Beaten

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 108/7 (91 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.75, RRR: 22.75)
MG Johnson    1* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-24-2
SNJ O'Keefe    2* (3b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-11-1

Perera comes back. Has taken a wicket in each of his first three overs

16.1

Perera to O'Keefe, no run, short, across him, cut away to cover-point

16.2

Perera to O'Keefe, no run, short again, but finds midwicket with the pull

16.3

Perera to O'Keefe, no run, floater outside off, beats the outside edge

16.4

Perera to O'Keefe, SIX, O'Keefe slogs this one for six, clears the front leg, and swings merrily. It's a length ball on the pads, which helps

16.5

Perera to O'Keefe, FOUR, O'Keefe is getting stuck into Perera, sweeps him over square, finds the gap between deep back wards square and deep midwicket

16.6

Perera to O'Keefe, FOUR, and now the reverse-sweep, goes swiftly past point for four more. Just delaying the inevitable I am afraid

End of over 17 (14 runs) Australia 122/7 (77 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 25.66)
SNJ O'Keefe    16* (9b 2x4 1x6)      MDK Perera    4-0-26-3
MG Johnson    1* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-24-2

17.1

Kulasekara to Johnson, 2 runs, Dropped. An absolute sitter for Mathews at long-off. He goes with the fingers pointing skywards, the ball bursts through them and hits him in the chest

17.2

Kulasekara to Johnson, no run, full and wide inswinger, just inside those guide lines for wides

17.3

Kulasekara to Johnson, 2 runs, good-looking drive on the up, wide of long-on, gets a couple

17.4

Kulasekara to Johnson, SIX, Lovely clean swing, almost golf-like, over long-on. Admires the shot, and it is worth admiring

17.5

Kulasekara to Johnson, 1 run, low full toss this time, shipped to midwicket for one

17.6

Kulasekara to O'Keefe, FOUR, that's the drag flick! Walks across the stumps, and flicks this from outside off, over the keeper's head

End of over 18 (15 runs) Australia 137/7 (62 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.61, RRR: 31.00)
SNJ O'Keefe    20* (10b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-39-2
MG Johnson    12* (10b 1x6)      MDK Perera    4-0-26-3

Ten sixes and a four, or nine sixes and two fours required. Lakmal comes back

18.1

Lakmal to Johnson, FOUR, that's one of the fours. A loosener first up, and he smashes this full toss wide of midwicket

18.2

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, slower short ball, beats Johnson's swing across the line

Ten sixes off 10 balls now

18.3

Lakmal to Johnson, 1 run, low full toss, gets an inside edge onto the pad, gets a single

Extras barring, this game is over

18.4

Lakmal to O'Keefe, 2 runs, full ball, slogged down to long-on. Lakmal doesn't realise they are coming for two, and doesn't go to disturb the bails. He was gone otherwise

18.5

Lakmal to O'Keefe, OUT, Timber. Full, in front of off, O'Keefe swings, misses, hears the death rattle

SNJ O'Keefe b Lakmal 22 (14m 12b 3x4 1x6) SR: 183.33

John Hastings to bat now

18.6

Lakmal to Hastings, 1 run, low full toss, pushed to long-off for a single

End of over 19 (8 runs) Australia 145/8 (54 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.63, RRR: 54.00)
JW Hastings    1* (1b)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-23-1
MG Johnson    17* (13b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-39-2

Rob Noah, at the fag end of this match, has sent in the feedback of the day: "If I was Cameron White and I had inherited this team, I would let out a Homer Simpson-like scream before running off into the woods. Then again I would do the same if I found that I was Cameron White."

19.1

Prasad to Hastings, 2 runs, Hastings lofts over the bowler's head, gets a couple

19.2

Prasad to Hastings, 5 runs, slogged away this time to midwicket, and Lakmal's overthrow goes for four overthrows, through Lakmal's leg. Bad bounce involved

19.3

Prasad to Johnson, 2 runs, pushed into the on side for a couple

19.4

Prasad to Johnson, 2 runs, low full toss, placed for a couple into the on side

19.5

Prasad to Johnson, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one

19.6

Prasad to Hastings, SIX, Australia finish off in style... but lose by 35 runs! Hastings clears the front leg, gets down on the knee, and slogs this for the biggest six of the night

Time for the quotes from the presentation. "Yeah didn't go to plan, that's for sure," says Cameron White. "Full credit to Sri Lanka and Dilshan. I wish I could have that toss back, but that's the way it goes. We were in the game for 13-14 overs, but Dilshan took the game away from us."

Tillakaratne Dilshan is the Mom and winning captain. He says: "I am really satisfied. Earlier on I batted a bit slowly, and then played the big shots later. It was a good toss to lose. Dilruwan Perera did a great job, as did Rangana. Kula got us off to a great start too. Jeevan Mendis too came and took a few risks, and when runs are coming off both ends, it is very difficult for the bowling side." And he thanks the crowd before leaving.

That's all from today. Do join us for the second T20I on Monday. Cheers

So, as comprehensive as T20 wins get. Sri Lanka displayed better skill, better application, and better knowledge of conditions. Dilshan scored his maiden T20 hundred, Sang and Mendis supported him, and then debutant Perera ripped the heart out of Australia's batting with three wickets. Well-deserved cheers from the crowd. Adde has this astonishing bit of trivia: "This is first victory of Sri Lanka at home in T20 Int." Indeed, after four losses

And Zeke has this awesome rant: "I may be a bit dopey, but I'm confused... Nathan Lyon was a huge revelation last season play T20 cricket, and was the leading wicket taker for Aus-A, playing 50 cricket - but he isn't here playing T20 games, but he's in the test team!? I guess I'm just an idiot who doesn't know a thing about cricket! If they see so much potential in him, why wouldn't they get him in this game and give him every chance to adapt to the conditions?"

End of over 20 (18 runs) Australia 163/8 (36 runs required)
JW Hastings    14* (4b 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    3-0-37-0
MG Johnson    22* (16b 1x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-23-1
Series Results
Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele - Aug 8, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 8 runs
Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele - Aug 6, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 35 runs
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Aug 6, 2011

Cameron White trudges off, Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Twenty20, Pallekele, August 6, 2011

Cameron White trudges off

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Aug 6, 2011

Cameron White is bowled for 7, Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Twenty20, Pallekele, August 6, 2011

Cameron White is bowled for 7

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