Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Aug 8, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 8 runs
8 August 2011 - night match (20-over match)

All right. Set to go. Brett Lee to bowl to Mahela Jayawardene. One slip in place

6.50pm As Daniel Brettig's toss bulletin, which will be up soon, points out, Aaron Finch is going back to Australia without having played a game!

Toss: Sri Lanka have won and chosen to bat. Two changes for them: Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis come in. Suranga Lakmal and Dhammika Prasad sit out. Australia haven't made any changes, but they better be prepared for a five-man spin attack: Dilruwan Perera, the two Mendises, Rangana Herath and Tillakaratne Dilshan. And today's game is to be played on the same pitch as two days ago, which Russel Arnold reckons is dry

6.25pm Hello and welcome to the second T20I between Sri Lanka and Australia. The good news is the clear skies. As of now at least. Sri Lanka absolutely hammered Australia two days ago; they will want to win the series today.


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, the first ball swings away, Jayawadene goes after it, and is beaten. To be fair to Jayawardene, the length was there to be driven


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, nearly played on! This one doesn't swing, and hence the inside edge from Jayawardene. Misses the stumps, though


Lee to Dilshan, no run, more swing for Lee, a loose little poke by Dilshan. Beaten


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, Drama! Lovely bouncer, right at Dilshan's throat. He gets a a limp top edge, which falls towards square leg, within Lee's reach. Lee runs off for the catch, but collides with Jayawardene who is taking the single. No question of obstructing the field, though: Jayawardene didn't do it on purpose


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, driven to mid-off


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, length ball on the pads, Jayawardene misses out on easy runs. Is hit on the pad

End of over 1 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (2b)
    • B Lee 1-0-2-0

O'Keefe to open the bowling


O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted delivery, driven wide of mid-off for one


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 1 run, premeditated sweep, from outside off, gets a single to short fine


O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, another near played-on dismissal! Dilshan looks to cut this, but the ball hasn't turned enough, and the bottom edge bounces over the stumps


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, FOUR, beautiful, beautiful shot, makes room, goes inside out, all along the ground, between cover and extra cover


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, FOUR, this is like the lob winner in tennis, steps down the wicket, and chips it over mid-on, easy does it


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, no run, looks for the back-cut, finds backward point

End of over 2 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (8b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 3 (4b)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-11-0
    • B Lee 1-0-2-0

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, slower bouncer, nicely pulled away, keeps it down by rolling his wrists on it


Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene is off to a quick start, this is just a touch too straight, and he muscles it wide of deep square leg


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, some premeditation here as he looks to make room. lee goes full and outside off. Jayawardene ends up swinging inside the line

the lone slip comes out


Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, this is top batting. A slower ball from Lee, Jayawardene pauses his shot for a second, then presses play once the ball arrives, cutting it between cover-point and backward point, who are within hand-shaking distance of each other


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, near yorker, on the pads, dug out for a single


Lee to Dilshan, OUT, Given out lbw! Lee is so convinced he doesn't even appeal until he has reached the stumps at the striker's end. This is a length ball, angling into the pads, Dilshan moves across, plays across the line, and misses. My initial reaction was that it might be going down, but I am neither the umpire nor the replay operator. Replay shows it pitched in front of middle, and hit Dilshan in front of leg, just outside the crease. Perhaps clipping leg then

TM Dilshan lbw b Lee 4 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 3 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 23/1 (RR: 7.66)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 19 (12b 4x4)
    • B Lee 2-0-12-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 1-0-11-0

I think this delay has been about five minutes, but we can resume

Here is Mitchell Johnson. We have a delay because there is a reflection right behind the bowler's arm, just above the sight screen.


Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, good short delivery, Jayawardene looks to turn this to leg, gets a leading edge for a single

Dinesh Chandimal is the new batsman


Johnson to Chandimal, no run, angled across Chandimal, who cuts without feet movement. Is beaten

James writes in, "Delay caused by Mitch looking for his lost radar, I reckon!" In that case, I don't suppose we should have resumed


Johnson to Chandimal, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to cover, Chandimal sends Jayawardene back. Good call


Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, worked off the pads, gets a single wide of mid-on


Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene goes after a widish delivery. No feet, and hence not close to the line. Beaten


Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, pushed to mid-off for a quick single. Johnson puts in a superb dive to back this wild throw up, from Warner at mid-off

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 26/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 21 (15b 4x4)
    • LD Chandimal 1 (3b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-3-0
    • B Lee 2-0-12-1

Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, plays the late-cut this time. Johnson at third man gets a bad bounce, but keeps them down to one


Lee to Chandimal, 1 run, low full toss, gets a thick outside edge, towards third man


Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, Clever cricket... slower bouncer, Jayawardene shapes up for the pull, then withdraws from it, and just as an afterthought, deflects this over the keeper's head. Can't set fields for these


Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, poor delivery, and punished accordingly... full toss on the pads, with the fine leg up, flicked past that fielder


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, backs away to try to go over the covers, manages just a mis-hit to mid-off, but steals the single


Lee to Chandimal, FOUR, Chandimal joins the party. Gets under a length ball and lofts it over mid-off - 15 off the over

End of over 5 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (RR: 8.20)

    • LD Chandimal 6 (5b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 31 (19b 6x4)
    • B Lee 3-0-27-1
    • MG Johnson 1-0-3-0

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, Toying around with the bowlers here... Another length ball, outside off, and he drives it with an open face, deliberately over point


Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, this is even better because this is along the ground, and pierces the five-men cover ring. Slightly slower delivery, waits for it, and cuts it in front of square, between cover and extra cover


Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, sensational stuff, and yet not a hint of violence. Punches this on the up, and bisects cover and extra cover. Those five men can just stand and watch

Cover goes back now, and fine leg comes inside the circle


Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, angled wide outside off, Jayawardene misses the line this time. That's some respite for Australia


Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes over the cover ring this time, one bounce to sweeper-cover

Says Mick, "When will Australia learn that in sub continent conditions, on flat pitches that fast bowlers are not the answer? I gather there is a reason why Sri Lanka have 5 spinners playing...."


Johnson to Chandimal, no run, full and wide outside off, beats Chandimal's attempt to squirt it past point

End of over 6 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 54/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • LD Chandimal 6 (6b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 44 (24b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-16-0
    • B Lee 3-0-27-1

O'Keefe comes back. End of field restrictions


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 2 runs, and accordingly Jayawardene exploits the deep-set fields by playing softly, and wide of long-on for two


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, no run, sharp turn this time, beats Jayawardene's attempt to run it down


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, no run, the arm ball, played back to O'Keefe off the inside half of the bat


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to sweeper-cover


O'Keefe to Chandimal, 1 run, drops this into the on side for a single


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed into the on side for another single

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 59/1 (RR: 8.42)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 48 (29b 9x4)
    • LD Chandimal 7 (7b 1x4)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-16-0
    • MG Johnson 2-0-16-0

"Give the gallant captain a bowl!" says Jon. No one has stopped him. Meanwhile Smith comes on to bowl


Smith to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, cut away into front of square. Gets just the single. Will think he has missed out on this gift


Smith to Chandimal, no run, fuller legbreak, Chandimal looks to turn this to leg, ends up playing it back to the bowler


Smith to Chandimal, 2 runs, flatter, into the pads, punched away square, gets a couple for it


Smith to Chandimal, FOUR, unfortunate for Australia. Chandimal skips out of the crease, doesn't quite get to the pitch, but the thick edge goes fine of short third man. No slip obviously


Smith to Chandimal, OUT, His tendency to play to leg has got him! For the second time in this over he tries to work a legbreak to from well outside off to the leg side. Gets a healthy leading edge that carries to Smith

LD Chandimal c & b Smith 13 (24m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 118.18

Thisara Perera is the new man in. Where is Sanga?


Smith to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full, outside off, clears the front leg, and muscles this to long-on for one

End of over 8 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 67/2 (RR: 8.37)

    • NLTC Perera 1 (1b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 49 (30b 9x4)
    • SPD Smith 1-0-8-1
    • SNJ O'Keefe 2-0-16-0

"White has to bowl himself in these conditions. It is a necessity, especially since Doherty isn't playing." Adrian, he could try David Hussey too. Meanwhile they bring back pace for Perera, in Johnson


Johnson to NLTC Perera, no run, length ball, around off, played to straight extra cover


Johnson to NLTC Perera, FOUR, slower ball, hit on the up, powerful shot, towards long-on, where O'Keefe misfields and costs Australia three runs


Johnson to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, nothing going Australia's way. This is a good bouncer, but the top edge clears the wicketkeeper who is running back. John Hastings, though, makes a good save running from fine leg to behind the keeper, and relays it to Watson


Johnson to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, length ball, and Perera has hit the leather off this. Good job by Johnson to get a hand to it, but it still needs some chasing by O'Keefe from long-on, to keep them down to two


Johnson to NLTC Perera, OUT, the short ball does the job for Johnson. This is just outside off, shoulder-high, and Perera upper-cuts this one straight down Watson's throat at third man

NLTC Perera c Watson b Johnson 9 (4m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Sanga is the new batsman, but Mahela is on strike


Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, and the lady luck continues to tease Australia. This is a good offcutter outside off, gets a thick edge from Mahela, and beats third man who is pretty square. That's fifty for Mahela too

End of over 9 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 79/3 (RR: 8.77)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 53 (31b 10x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (0b)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-28-1
    • SPD Smith 1-0-8-1

Smith to Sangakkara, 1 run, full, outside off, flicked into the on side


Smith to Jayawardene, no run, Huge huge appeal for lbw, this is the straighter one, and beats Mahela's attempt to work it to leg. Pitched in front of middle, hits him in front of middle and leg. Slightly unlucky to not get that


Smith to Jayawardene, SIX, top shot again, moves across early, gets on a knee, and plays the regulation sweep in the air, and over the square leg fieldsman


Smith to Jayawardene, no run


Smith to Jayawardene, 1 run, plays the reverse paddle now, can't beat the short third man this time


Smith to Sangakkara, 2 runs, overpitched, outside off, driven down to long-on

End of over 10 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 89/3 (RR: 8.90)

    • KC Sangakkara 3 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 60 (35b 10x4 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 2-0-18-1
    • MG Johnson 3-0-28-1

"I really hope White learns his lesson from the previous game and doesn't employ Johnson at the death. He has been extremely unreliable there in T20. Instead, I really do hope he will show some gall and finish off with a spin bowler (preferably O'Keefe)," says Boz. Hussey to bowl now


Hussey to Jayawardene, 1 run, this would have been a big wide down the leg side had Jayawardene not worked it to short fine for one

"Last time White tried to bowl he could hardly get his arm over," remembers Tim


Hussey to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short and gentle, worked wide of midwicket for two


Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 wide, wide down the leg side... no turn this time


Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, inside edge onto the pad as he looks to force this to leg from outside off


Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, turned away towards square leg for a single


Hussey to Jayawardene, 1 run, swept away fine for a single


Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, long hop, pulled powerfully, but can't beat deep midwicket

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 96/3 (RR: 8.72)

    • KC Sangakkara 7 (6b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 62 (37b 10x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-7-0
    • SPD Smith 2-0-18-1

O'Keefe comes back


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on the pads, played back to the bowler


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 1 run, chips down the track and plays the chip shot towards deep midwicket


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, FOUR, bee-you-tee-full shot... this is not driving length, and he just chips it non-violently over extra cover. the ball teases both long-off and sweeper-cover, and eludes both


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 1 run, clipped off the pads for one


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets a bottom edge on this sweep, which goes between his leg, and very fine on the leg side


O'Keefe to Sangakkara, FOUR, the slog-sweep this time from Sanga, connected supremely for four, between deep midwicket and deep square leg

End of over 12 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 108/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 14 (10b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 67 (39b 11x4 1x6)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-28-0
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-7-0

John Hastings to bowl for the first time today. Has four overs left out of the remaining eight


Hastings to Jayawardene, no run, length ball, into the pads, misses out as he hits it straight to midwicket

"Good to see that white is using Hastings well. ?!?!?" Dan affords himself a light moment


Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, late-cut for a single to third man


Hastings to Sangakkara, 1 run, punched square for a single

Rob Noah is horrified: ""White needs to bowl", my ears can scarcely believe it hears people crying? It is a sad, sad day for Australian cricket when Cameron White is looked upon as the bowling saviour of the team. Or, indeed, ever asked to bowl at all really."


Hastings to Jayawardene, no run, short ball, Jayawardene looks to run this down fine, there is extra bounce that beats him


Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, sees him give the charge, and bowls this short and into the body. They steal the leg-bye, though


Hastings to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length, punched down to long-on for one - just the four of this over, one of them a leg-bye

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 112/3 (RR: 8.61)

    • KC Sangakkara 16 (12b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 69 (43b 11x4 1x6)
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-0
    • SNJ O'Keefe 3-0-28-0

Smith to Sangakkara, SIX, Sangakkara! Charges at Smith, not quite to the pitch of the ball, but goes ahead with the slog sweep. Flat, flat six accrues


Smith to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven down and along the ground for a single to long-on

Jayawardene 31 short of becoming perhaps the first man to score two T20 international hundreds


Smith to Jayawardene, no run, driven inside-out after making room, but can't beat extra cover


Smith to Jayawardene, no run, walks across the stumps to sweep this fine, but can't beat short fine leg


Smith to Jayawardene, 1 run, plays the inside-out chip over extra cover for a single

"@Rob Noah: It's a joke to indicate the desperateness of the Aussie condition (though he has been picked as a bowler in the sub-continent before)." Yes Jon, and shock horror, in a Test match. Rub your eyes. Yes, in a Test match


Smith to Sangakkara, 1 run, low full toss, it is mis-hit towards long-on, but doesn't carry to the fielder

End of over 14 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 121/3 (RR: 8.64)

    • KC Sangakkara 24 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 70 (46b 11x4 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 3-0-27-1
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-0

Hastings to Sangakkara, OUT, Duke has got a wicket here. Just back of a length, Sanga manufactures the pull shot, hits it powerfully too, but straight to White at midwicket. The captain contributes

KC Sangakkara c White b Hastings 24 (20m 16b 1x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Jon is in fiery form right now. "Aren't IPL hundreds international hundreds? Some are scored against better attacks than the current one...". Meanwhile here is Jeevan Mendis


Hastings to BMAJ Mendis, no run, angled across him, Mendis plays an uncertain cut, is beaten


Hastings to BMAJ Mendis, no run, back of a length, around off, pushed back to the bowler - Duke's figures: 9 balls, 3 runs, 1 wicket


Hastings to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, slogged this time, mis-hit towards long leg for one

Sabri: "Jayawardene was once finished on 98 not out. The match after his century I think."


Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, Jayawardene walks right across the stumps, hit in front of the stumps, but this could just be going over the stumps. Leg-bye conceded


Hastings to BMAJ Mendis, OUT, Super stuff from Hastings, this could be a big over in the final equation. This is pitched middle and leg, and headed to just outside off, Mendis tries the chop towards third man, gets the bottom edge onto the stumps. Duke: 12 balls, 4 runs, 2 wickets

BMAJ Mendis b Hastings 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 123/5 (RR: 8.20)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 70 (47b 11x4 1x6)
    • JW Hastings 2-0-5-2
    • SPD Smith 3-0-27-1

Mathews is the new man in, but Jayawardene is on strike to face Johnson


Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, punched down the ground for a single

Anika: "Why is that every spectator has to try and bring down the captain of the team. White happens to have an exceptional record at T20 level with both captaincy and batting. His record really does speak for itself".

A slip in for Mathews


Johnson to Mathews, no run, played with an open face, but straight to point


Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, pushed towards long-on for a single

Gareth asks the question I would want to ask White: "I think he's a great player, and one for the future, but i really struggle to work out Steve Smith's place in this current side. With that many allrounders, and given Watto hasn't bowled today, i can't see why Smith can't make way for Finch to help bolster a batting line up which lacks a little oomph."


Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, short outside off, beats Jayawardene's late-cut


Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, bad bounce for Hastings at third man, but he cleanly takes the rebound off his chest and takes them down to one


Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews checks in. Walks at Johnson, and smacks this over Jayawardene's head. Long-off has no chance to come around

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 130/5 (RR: 8.12)

    • AD Mathews 5 (3b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 72 (50b 11x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-35-1
    • JW Hastings 2-0-5-2

Rob Noah is still not amused. "Well it is not a funny joke at all Jon, so please - do not utter the words "Cameron White" and "bowl" concurrently ever again," he writes back


Hastings to Jayawardene, no run, cross-batted swipe from Mahela, but can't beat midwicket


Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, well bowled, sees him coming, and goes short and into the body. All Mahela can manage is a bunt towards point for a single

Boris: "@Gareth, the answer to your question is that the Australian selectors rate Smith very highly. Evidently though, they rate him a little too highly thereby putting a lot of pressure on him. He has yet to really show his worth in any of the 3 formats in all honesty."


Hastings to Mathews, OUT, I can tell you John Wayne Hastings is showing his worth here, with his third wicket in his third over. Mathews charges at him and makes room, but Hastings bowls one aimed at top of off, Mathews looks to open the face but is too late

AD Mathews b Hastings 5 (7m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Dilruwan Perera comes in


Hastings to MDK Perera, 1 leg bye, picked off the legs for a single to fine leg


Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, late-cuts this one to third man for one

Ben: "So when does Hastings get a call-up for the test team... Id rather an on fire medium pacer than a 2nd rate spinner , he was good in the world cup too."


Hastings to MDK Perera, 1 wide, Hastings bowls the bouncer, but it is well down the leg side


Hastings to MDK Perera, no run, good short ball, just outside off, Perera looks to play the punch - too ambitious for a No. 8. Beaten

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 134/6 (RR: 7.88)

    • MDK Perera 0 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 74 (53b 11x4 1x6)
    • JW Hastings 3-0-8-3
    • MG Johnson 4-0-35-1

O'Keefe comes back


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 2 runs, nicely placed between long-on and deep midwicket for two


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 1 run, leading edge from Mahela as he looks to turn this to leg, but it goes desperately wide of O'Keefe


O'Keefe to MDK Perera, OUT, Perera looks to send this out of Kandy, but hardly reaches long-on with a thick edge. Smith from long-on charges in and makes a dive to get his fingers under it

MDK Perera c Smith b O'Keefe 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


O'Keefe to Jayawardene, 1 run, low full toss, pushed to deep midwicket for a single

Kulasekara is the new man


O'Keefe to Kulasekara, no run, turns this around the corner but can't beat short fine leg


O'Keefe to Kulasekara, 1 run, pushed to cover for a single, another good over for Australia

End of over 18 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 139/7 (RR: 7.72)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 78 (56b 11x4 1x6)
    • SNJ O'Keefe 4-0-33-1
    • JW Hastings 3-0-8-3

Sri Lanka were 121 for 3 after 14 overs. Australia have come back well thanks to the man running in to bowl his last over. Hastings


Hastings to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kula does his job by pushing this to long-on and bringing Jayawardene to the strike


Hastings to Jayawardene, no run, slower bouncer, Jayawardene is beaten on the pull, expects a call for a wide, but it is called one for the over


Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, the late-cut from Jayawardene, but just the single


Hastings to Kulasekara, 1 run, short of a length, muscled down to long-on for a single


Hastings to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Jayawardene goes inside-out, drives towards sweeper-cover, Hussey does the fielding, and despite a bad bounce, keeps them down to two


Hastings to Jayawardene, 1 run, this is bowled in ultra-slow motion, Jayawardene has to wait an eternity before driving it square for a single. Four over, three for 14 for the Duke

End of over 19 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 145/7 (RR: 7.63)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 82 (60b 11x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3 (4b)
    • JW Hastings 4-0-14-3
    • SNJ O'Keefe 4-0-33-1

Time for the last over. Lee to bowl. Mahela on 82. Dilshan started the last over on 84 two nights ago, and ended on 104. I wouldn't have given Mahela the pace if I were captain. I would have gone with Smith


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, perhaps that's why I am not the captain.. this is a high full toss, Mahela opens the face on it, and hits it straight down short third man's throat. Mahela is in no hurry to walk off, he wants the height of this full toss checked. Replays suggest this is slightly higher than his waits, but his legs are bent a bit. And hang on. They have called this a no-ball. Come on umpires, give the bowlers some leeway


Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, and here salt enters the wounds... length ball on the pads, and he has flicked it square for four


Lee to Jayawardene, OUT, some luck finally for Australia. This is a length ball on the pads, the kind T20 batsmen hit for sixes blindfolded. Mahela, though, gets too much under it, and finds deep midwicket

DPMD Jayawardene c Hussey b Lee 86 (86m 63b 12x4 1x6) SR: 136.50


Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets the yorker right this time, Kula gets the single to bring the new man Herath on strike


Lee to Herath, 1 run, full ball, hit hard into the ground, bounces over a leaping Lee for a single


Lee to Kulasekara, OUT, Kula makes room to go over extra cover, Lee is full and straight, and hits the stumps. Australia's comeback continues, but have SL got enough already on this turning track?

KMDN Kulasekara b Lee 4 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Lee to BAW Mendis, 5 wides, what a horror ball... sees No. 11 shuffle across and bowls down the leg side, but well wide, and beats Haddin too - five wides


Lee to BAW Mendis, no run, Mendis shuffles across again, ends up well wide of off even before the ball leaves Lee's hand. Lee bowls full and outside off, and bisects Mendis and the stumps!

So just the 36 runs in the last six overs have given Australia a good chance here. Thanks to John Hastings mainly. As David Wright says, "John Wayne Hastings can afford a little swagger on his way back to the pavilion. Good show." Mahela Jayawardene was classy too in his 86. The next best score was 24. Do join us for the chase that should begin with Warner and Watson, and should feature a lot of spin. Meanwhile enjoy MJ's confusion. He writes in, "Just clicked that it's a T20. I spent the last 5 overs wondering how they would get to 50 overs at this rate."

End of over 20 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 157/9

    • BAW Mendis 0 (1b)
    • HMRKB Herath 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 4-0-39-3
    • JW Hastings 4-0-14-3





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