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)

We are back for what promises to be a fun second half. Out come Watson and Warner. Kulasekara to bowl his big inswingers, and the surprise straight ones. One slip in


Kulasekara to Watson, no run, starts with the perfect inswinger, headed for top of off, gets an inside edge onto the pad


Kulasekara to Watson, no run, huge belter of a shout from Sangakkara, he was headed well down the leg side himself as this was swinging down d down the leg side, but boy did he let that appeal rip? Correctly called not out because of the huge swing. It his him in front of middle


Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, gets a thick edge on a drive outside off, gets the single


Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, worked off the hips for a single


Kulasekara to Watson, no run, square-drive, but straight to point, on the bounce


Kulasekara to Watson, no run, driven on the up, to cover, doesn't find the gap

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (156 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.21)

    • SR Watson 1 (5b)
    • DA Warner 1 (1b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-2-0

Thisara Perera to share the new ball


NLTC Perera to Warner, no run, length ball on the pads, pushed back to the bowler


NLTC Perera to Warner, 1 run, worked off the hips for a single


NLTC Perera to Watson, FOUR, typical Watson shot, plants the big front foot down, and biffs this length ball over mid-on... this will fast-track the introduction of spin


NLTC Perera to Watson, 2 runs, heaved away, along the ground, wide of midwicket, gets a couple

Mid-on goes back now. Fine leg comes in. So does third man


NLTC Perera to Watson, FOUR, the crowd is stunned into silence here. This is short and wide, and nonchalantly cut away for four. Not the smartest delivery with the third man up


NLTC Perera to Watson, FOUR, half-steer-half-edged for four, this is just short of a length outside off, and he is always looking to open the face, but this goes much finer than expected

End of over 2 (15 runs) Australia 17/0 (141 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.83)

    • SR Watson 15 (9b 3x4)
    • DA Warner 2 (3b)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-15-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-2-0

Kulasekara to Warner, no run, punched on the up, wide of mid-off


Kulasekara to Warner, FOUR, short ball, bread and butter for Warner, pulled along the ground for four


Kulasekara to Warner, 1 run, back of a length, pushed to mid-on for a quick single


Kulasekara to Watson, FOUR, shot... beautiful cover-drive, on the up, along the ground, and rickets between cover and extra cover. This wasn't even driving length

Third man comes up, long-on goes back


Kulasekara to Watson, no run, full ball, hit straight to midwicket


Kulasekara to Watson, FOUR, Lovely lovely shot... violent but good to watch. Hit on the up, absolutely murdered between the bowler and the stumps. All along the ground

End of over 3 (13 runs) Australia 30/0 (128 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.52)

    • SR Watson 23 (12b 5x4)
    • DA Warner 7 (6b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-15-0
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-15-0

Australia looking good, Dilruwan Perera into the attack to bowl his offies


MDK Perera to Warner, FOUR, that's a switch-hit, it appears he changed his grip there, tossed up on the leg stump and he changes his grip and slog-sweeps it past extra cover for a cracking boundary


MDK Perera to Warner, no run, pushed into the leg side


MDK Perera to Warner, 1 run, turned away into the leg side off the back foot


MDK Perera to Watson, no run, went on straight and he played inside the line, expecting it to turn, got a thick outside edge into the off side


MDK Perera to Watson, SIX, slog-sweep, he plays that well and deposits one into the stands, flighted on middle and off and Watson punishes it


MDK Perera to Watson, SIX, another one, Australia are dominating this chase, bowled flatter by Dilruwan on the off stump but Watto had made up his mind, bent low, took it from outside off and smote it into the crowd behind the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 4 (17 runs) Australia 47/0 (111 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 11.75, RRR: 6.93)

    • SR Watson 35 (15b 5x4 2x6)
    • DA Warner 12 (9b 2x4)
    • MDK Perera 1-0-17-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-15-0

Adrian: "Perera replaces Perera. Potentially later we could have Mendis replace Mendis too. Has this ever happened before in an international, when none of them are related?" Meanwhile Herath replaces Kula


Herath to Warner, 1 run, starts off with the carrom ball that leaves the left-hand batsmen. The leading edge doesn't reach short third on the full


Herath to Watson, no run, another carrom ball, beats Watson, but it is headed down the leg side. Mini collision between Herath and Warner. Warner lets him have a moutful


Herath to Watson, SIX, long hop, oh ho ho, you are asking for trouble Rangana... Watson pulls this over long-on for a huge six - three sixes in last four balls


Herath to Watson, SIX, mis-hit for six... Watto's fourth off the last five balls he has faced. he went for the slog sweep here, didn't quite reach the pitch of the ball, but still sent it sailing over wide long-on

Over the wicket now


Herath to Watson, no run, another attempt at a huge six, but this time he gets a bottom edge onto the pads


Herath to Watson, FOUR, flat ball, and Watson rocks back to cut this for four to bring up a sensational fifty. Australia are running away

End of over 5 (17 runs) Australia 64/0 (94 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 12.80, RRR: 6.26)

    • SR Watson 51 (20b 6x4 4x6)
    • DA Warner 13 (10b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-17-0
    • MDK Perera 1-0-17-0

Ajantha Mendis to bowl now


BAW Mendis to Warner, 1 run, short on the pads, and Warner hands it over to Watson with a single to leg


BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, flat and quick, Watson opens the face on it, can't beat short third man


BAW Mendis to Watson, SIX, the googly from Mendis. Doesn't matter to Watson. He sees the flight, opens up the front leg, and slogs it over long-on. Just over, might I add


BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, quicker, flatter again, and hit straight to extra cover


BAW Mendis to Watson, OUT, the slog sweep gets Watson after five sixes... this I suspect is the carrom ball that leaves Watson, and takes the top edge as he goes for his sixth six. Thisara Perera takes the catch at long-off

SR Watson c NLTC Perera b BAW Mendis 57 (22m 24b 6x4 5x6) SR: 237.50

David Hussey gets a promotion, perhaps to keep the left-right combo going. The game begins now


BAW Mendis to Warner, 1 run, another carom ball, gets the inside edge from Warner, but he manages the single to short fine

End of over 6 (8 runs) Australia 72/1 (86 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 6.14)

    • DA Warner 15 (12b 2x4)
    • DJ Hussey 0 (0b)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-8-1
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-17-0

Graeme: "Wow silence on Australia's 'incompetence' now with Hastings bowling a magical spell, and Watto proving why he is the best all-rounder in the world at present"


Herath to Warner, no run, carrom ball, Warner doesn't read it, is beaten as it leaves him. Warner is playing for the one coming in


Herath to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, driven straight to extra cover


Herath to Warner, no run, some dip on this one, and driven back to Herath


Herath to Warner, no run, quick, flat on the pads, played to midwicket

Hugh: "@Graeme: Explain to me how Watson proved himself as the best all-rounder without bowling a ball." Ha


Herath to Warner, 1 run, pushed through again, this time Warner gets a single to long-off


Herath to Hussey, no run, full and straight, Hussey plays a respectful forward defensive

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 73/1 (85 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.42, RRR: 6.53)

    • DJ Hussey 0 (1b)
    • DA Warner 16 (17b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-18-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-8-1

BAW Mendis to Warner, OUT, My word. We need a new scoring entry for this. Caught Jayawardene b Mendis simply won't do! Sit down and hear this out. Warner slog-sweeps this, Mathews takes the catch at the edge of midwicket boundary, but just as he is about to run over the fence with his momentum, he throws the ball back in - both his feet in the air. The closest fielder is 30 metres from him, but he has lobbed it back that far! Australia can't believe it. The replays aren't lying. Top presence of mind from Mathews and Mahela. Relayed Mathews caught Jayawardene bowled Mendis!

DA Warner c Jayawardene b BAW Mendis 16 (29m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Marsh walks in to a slip and a forward short leg


BAW Mendis to Marsh, no run, huge huge shout, wonder why this is not given... carrom ball, pitches leg, turning in, missing leg. Top decision under pressure


BAW Mendis to Marsh, no run, another carrom ball, quick and fast, pushed back to Mendis


BAW Mendis to Marsh, OUT, Marsh couldn't read Mendis if he wrote it in all caps... this is the fllghted googly, Marsh is sucked out of the crease, is beaten in the flight, plays for the legbreak, is beaten by the turn away from him. Sanga does the rest. Boy, are Sri Lanka back in this one?

SE Marsh st †Sangakkara b BAW Mendis 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

In comes captain White. Slip and a forward short leg in


BAW Mendis to White, no run, whoa, tentative forward defensive shot

This could be a double-wicket maiden


BAW Mendis to White, no run, Double-wicket maiden! Carrom ball this time, pushed to extra cover. This over was Sri Lankan cricket at its most beautiful. Innovation after innovation, and they have stormed right back into this match

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Australia 73/3 (85 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.12, RRR: 7.08)

    • CL White 0 (2b)
    • DJ Hussey 0 (1b)
    • BAW Mendis 2-1-8-3
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-18-0

"You know, if I wasn't as kind and benevolent a person as I am - I would almost suggest that Graeme had just thrown the mockers on Australia." Good job that Graeme is not in the same room as Joseph


Herath to Hussey, 2 runs, good shot from Hussey, the extra-cover drive for a couple


Herath to Hussey, OUT, Australia are in the tanglest of tangles here, and Kandy is going wild! Flighted delivery, orthodox turner from Herath, dipping slightly, Hussey plays all around it, the ball doesn't turn to make it look worse. Clatter behind Hussey

DJ Hussey b Herath 2 (13m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

In comes Smith


Herath to Smith, no run, full outside off, driven to extra cover


Herath to Smith, no run, slightly round-arm, gets big turn, Smith manges to defend it back to Herath


Herath to Smith, no run, another big turner, pitches outside leg, hits his thigh pad in front of off


Herath to Smith, no run, full and straight, pushed back to Smith

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 75/4 (83 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 7.54)

    • SPD Smith 0 (4b)
    • CL White 0 (2b)
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-20-1
    • BAW Mendis 2-1-8-3

Last 20 balls: 4 runs, 4 wickets! Here's Dilruwan Perera


MDK Perera to White, no run, big offreak, hits White high on the pad


MDK Perera to White, 1 leg bye, tries the big sweep, gets a big inside edge onto the pad, will get a single


MDK Perera to Smith, no run, short, hit-me delivery, but Australia are so tentative this is pushed to midwicket

Watson watches on from the sidelines. Must be wondering how the lawn turned into land mine


MDK Perera to Smith, 1 run, turned to leg, gets a single


MDK Perera to White, 1 run, pushed to long-on for one


MDK Perera to Smith, no run, flighted outside off, driven back to Perera

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 78/4 (80 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.80, RRR: 8.00)

    • SPD Smith 1 (7b)
    • CL White 1 (5b)
    • MDK Perera 2-0-19-0
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-20-1

Jeevan Mendis on now. This is an army of spinners


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run, full legbreak, pushed square but finds point


BMAJ Mendis to White, 2 runs, clever shot, paddled over the keeper's head for two. Can't set fields for those


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run, that turned a yard after pitching middle and off, and what a one-handed take from Sanga, there was hardly any time to adjust for this one


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run, the wrong'un, pushed back to the bowler


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run, top work from Sanga, anticipates the White paddle and moves well down the leg side to take a hit on the chest. And he is admonishing himself for not taking the catch. That was not a chance


BMAJ Mendis to White, 1 run, driven down to long-off for one now

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 81/4 (77 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 8.55)

    • CL White 4 (11b)
    • SPD Smith 1 (7b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-3-0
    • MDK Perera 2-0-19-0

Adrian continues to find amusement in names. I wouldn't blame him. he says, "Dilshan messed it up. Jeevan should have come on the over before, to replace Ajantha, so that then we'd have Mendis replace Mendis. Now we have to wait to see if Ajantha Mendis can replace Jeevan Mendis, or else it stops being funny."


MDK Perera to White, 1 run, short ball, pushed to long-on for one


MDK Perera to Smith, 1 run, guided wide of point for a single


MDK Perera to White, 1 leg bye, the premeditated sweep from well outside off, gets a leg-bye


MDK Perera to Smith, no run, full and quick, pushed to midwicket, another dot


MDK Perera to Smith, FOUR, this would have been a sure wide down the leg side, but Smith intervened and glanced it fine of short fine for four


MDK Perera to Smith, 1 run, short and flat, turned to backward square leg for one

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 89/4 (69 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.41, RRR: 8.62)

    • SPD Smith 7 (11b 1x4)
    • CL White 5 (13b)
    • MDK Perera 3-0-26-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-3-0

Paul: 'Well, Shane Watson is becoming like Virender Sehwag. When ever they get out, the rest of the team struggles to match their stroke play and fall under pressure like 9-pins. At the fall of their wickets, we just can see what their contributions were and how they differ from rest of their fellow batsmen!" You mean Australia are becoming like India of 2004 and 2005


BMAJ Mendis to Smith, 1 run, flighted on the pads, turned around the corner for one


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run, flighted outside off, tentatively defended back


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run, White charges at Mendis, who pulls the length back, White is in no position to play a shot, and thrusts a pad at him


BMAJ Mendis to White, SIX, that's more of what Australia need, a nice juicy full toss, and White makes room, and clears long-off by inches. Wonder how Mathews would have reacted had he - and not Kulasekara - been fielding there


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run


BMAJ Mendis to White, no run, chips down the track, and drives this straight, only for Mendis to make a diving save off his own bowling

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 96/4 (62 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.38, RRR: 8.85)

    • CL White 11 (18b 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 8 (12b 1x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-10-0
    • MDK Perera 3-0-26-0

Herath comes back. One slip in place


Herath to Smith, no run, this seems to be the arm ball, quick, fired in at off, Smith has to hurry into bringing the bat down. No run as this goes straight to short third


Herath to Smith, 1 run, comes down the track to place it into the on side for a single


Herath to White, SIX, bear pays a superb shot here... he has begun to look confident now. Makes room, goes inside-out, goes bug, over extra cover. That's the White we knew in the better days


Herath to White, 2 runs, and a lovely follow-up for that six, placed with soft hands, just wide of long-on, and hares back for the second


Herath to White, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, turned around the corner for a single


Herath to Smith, 1 wide, carrom ball, but misdirected, pitches leg, and goes further down


Herath to Smith, no run, Smith dances down the track to play the forward defensive, more because he realised he wasn't close to the pitch of the delivery

End of over 14 (11 runs) Australia 107/4 (51 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.64, RRR: 8.50)

    • SPD Smith 9 (15b 1x4)
    • CL White 20 (21b 2x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-31-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-10-0

"You compared Australia to the India of 2005... What's the common link?... Greg Chappell making selection decisions..." That was a gem, Jake


BMAJ Mendis to White, 1 run, turned around the corner for a single


BMAJ Mendis to Smith, 1 run, big sweep, along the ground, gets a single to deep square


BMAJ Mendis to White, 1 run, White pushes this legbreak down to long-on for another single, this partnership looks good for Australia


BMAJ Mendis to Smith, 1 run, comes down the track, drops this into the on side with soft hands, runs hard, but the second is not on


BMAJ Mendis to White, 1 run, played against the turn for a single, there is not one man inside the circle on the on side, and Jeevan Mendis is having to do the fielding himself


BMAJ Mendis to Smith, 1 run, short and wide, but he has pulled this down to long-on for one

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 113/4 (45 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 9.00)

    • SPD Smith 12 (18b 1x4)
    • CL White 23 (24b 2x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-16-0
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-31-1

Mangesh: "While other captains say "We're playing 2 seamers and 2 spinners" or something like that, Dilshan can say "We're playing 2 Mendises and 2 Pareras"!"

Meanwhile 9 an over required off the last five. Ajantha Mendis has two left. White remains the key wicket. There, I said it! Back comes Mendis.


BAW Mendis to Smith, OUT, Mendis is operating in a language completely alien to the Aussies. There is this massive panic that is overcoming them at the sight of Mendis. Smith has been playing good orthodox cricket until now, but he makes room here, and this carrom ball goes straight on as opposed to turning away. Smith's bat is outside the line, the middle stumps is out of ground, and Kandy is on its feet

SPD Smith b BAW Mendis 12 (21m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.15

Forward short leg in for Haddin


BAW Mendis to Haddin, OUT, Whoa! Five six, pick up the sticks! Australia are not reading him at all. Increase the font size, Ajantha. This is the googly, well flighted, Hadding plays for the leg break, this pitches well outside off, and takes the top of off. Five wickets in 14 balls! First five-for for SL in T20Is

BJ Haddin b BAW Mendis 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Out comes Johnson to face the hat-trick ball. Gets a workshop from White on the various Mendis variations. A slip and a forward short leg in


BAW Mendis to Johnson, 2 runs, bowls the carrom ball on the pads, turned past the forward short leg for two


BAW Mendis to Johnson, no run, the floated across the left-hander, pushed to cover


BAW Mendis to Johnson, no run, the flighted googly, beats Johnson, what a top over


BAW Mendis to Johnson, 1 run, googly again, but too short, and pulled powerfully to deep midwicket - three runs and two wickets off the over

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 116/6 (42 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.25, RRR: 10.50)

    • MG Johnson 3 (4b)
    • CL White 23 (24b 2x6)
    • BAW Mendis 3-1-11-5
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-16-0

Obsessed-with-names Adrian strikes again: "Mendis and Mendis doing well bowling in tandem here. It looks like they might be replaced by Perera and Perera. Where are Thomson and Thompson out of Tintin?". Here comes Jeevan Mendis


BMAJ Mendis to Johnson, no run, googly, beats Johnson comprehensively, misses the top of off by inches


BMAJ Mendis to Johnson, 1 run, pushes to midwicket and sets off for a desperate single, Dilshan misses


BMAJ Mendis to White, 1 run, legbreak, full, outside off, heaved along the ground to long-on


BMAJ Mendis to Johnson, no run, another googly, pushed back to Mendis


BMAJ Mendis to Johnson, 1 run, googly again, too obvious, hit down to long-off for one


BMAJ Mendis to White, FOUR, the slog-sweep from White, beats deep midwicket. White keeps Australia alive

End of over 17 (7 runs) Australia 123/6 (35 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.23, RRR: 11.66)

    • CL White 28 (26b 1x4 2x6)
    • MG Johnson 5 (8b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 4-0-23-0
    • BAW Mendis 3-1-11-5

Thirty-five required off the last three overs. Ajantha Mendis to bowl out


BAW Mendis to Johnson, 4 byes, That's a valuable shot for four byes! Johnson looks for the reverse-lap, blind-sighting Sangakkara, the ball beats both the batsman and the keeper. this would have been a wide had Johnson not tried the reverse shot


BAW Mendis to Johnson, 2 runs, the googly, which Johnson reads and cuts this towards sweeper-cover. Chandimal over-runs it initially, but makes a desperate dive to prevent this boundary


BAW Mendis to Johnson, OUT, Six and out! Mendis becomes the first bowler to take six wickets in a T20I innings. Carrom ball this time, short and asking to be pulled, Johnson tries the shot, but this one deviates just a little to beat the bat, and hit the stumps

MG Johnson b BAW Mendis 7 (9m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Enter O'Keefe. Twenty-nine required off 15


BAW Mendis to O'Keefe, 1 run, the googly, O'Keefe goes deep into the crease and pushes this down to long-on


BAW Mendis to White, 1 run, OUT, the carrom ball, White comes down the crease, pushes this towards long-on with soft hands, always wants the second, and comes for it. Jayawardene chases from midwicket, puts the slide in, the throw is right beside the stumps, and O'Keefe's dive ends inches short. This is top stuff from Sri Lanka

SNJ O'Keefe run out 1 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


BAW Mendis to White, 1 run, carrom ball again, worked away off the pads for a single. White keeps strike, but what about Mendis? 4-1-16-6, including a double-wicket maiden! best figures in T20Is

End of over 18 (9 runs) Australia 132/8 (26 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 13.00)

    • CL White 30 (28b 1x4 2x6)
    • JW Hastings 0 (0b)
    • BAW Mendis 4-1-16-6
    • BMAJ Mendis 4-0-23-0

Interesting! Kulasekara comes back. This has to be the over if Australia are to do it. They are not getting the spinners off the square even


Kulasekara to White, (no ball) 1 run, a gentle full toss, White gives it an almighty heave, gets a thick edge to third man. They don't take the second despite the fumble in the deep. Called no-ball for height. identical height to the Jayawardene faced earlier. At least they are consistent


Kulasekara to Hastings, no run, yorker outside off, beats his jab, gets a precious dot through


Kulasekara to Hastings, no run, another yorker wide of off, Hastings has backed away, which makes it impossible for him to reach this. Smart bowling

Tushar: "In this match Ajanta's bowling average is less than his economy. We don't see that often ! Do we ..."


Kulasekara to Hastings, no run, another yorker full and wide, Hastings moves towards off, then backs away, but still doesn't manage contact with the ball


Kulasekara to Hastings, 1 run, full toss, heaves at it, gets a thick edge for a single to third man


Kulasekara to White, 2 runs, another full toss, hit powerfully down the ground, but not straight enough of long-on. However, he comes back for two

Three fielders on the on-side fence


Kulasekara to White, SIX, but it wouldn't have mattered if there were all 10 of them, White gets under this length ball and muscles it over wide long-on for six

End of over 19 (11 runs) Australia 143/8 (15 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.52, RRR: 15.00)

    • CL White 39 (31b 1x4 3x6)
    • JW Hastings 1 (4b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-26-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-1-16-6

Fifteen require doff the last over. Australia still in the game. How soon can Hastings bring White on strike. Another surprising move to throw the ball to another seamer, Thisara Perera


NLTC Perera to Hastings, 1 run, Hastings does his job by driving this half-volley to long-off. White on strike now

Fourteen off five now. If White connects well thrice, Australia will have won


NLTC Perera to White, OUT, and there's the game for Sri Lanka! This is a low full toss, White makes room and goes for the six, all he manages is an inside edge onto the off stump

CL White b NLTC Perera 39 (49m 32b 1x4 3x6) SR: 121.87

Brett Lee is the last man in. Not a bad No. 11 to have


NLTC Perera to Lee, 2 runs, gets an inside edge on a length ball, which goes past short fine for a couple

Australia need three fours now. Or two sixes. Sri Lanka can finish it one ball


NLTC Perera to Lee, 1 run, length ball outside off, heaved down to long-on for a single

A six and a four to tie now!


NLTC Perera to Hastings, 1 run, Sri Lanka have won barring extras now. Hastings slogs and gets a single to long-on. The crowd erupts. Ajantha Mendis applauds


NLTC Perera to Lee, 1 run, wide full toss, hit down the ground for one. Sri Lanka have won 2-0. Mendis is overjoyed, and why not

That's all we have from the T20 series. Do join us for the first ODI on August 10. Until then, this is Sidharth Monga saying goodbye. Cheers

Time for presentation. "Definitely that was a brilliant catch, the turning point," says Tillakaratne Dilshan. "We knew one or two wickets put pressure there. We were hanging in, and waiting for a breakthrough. This series is definitely a big advantage going into the ODI and Test series. I want to thank the fans who have come here and supported the team."

Ajantha Mendis, the Man of the Match, talks to Roshan Abeyasinghe in Sinhalese. And despite my three trips to the beautiful Sri Lanka, I am disppointed to inform you I know no more than a few Sinhalese words. The translation from Roshan: "I came in with a lot of practice behind me, and I am very pleased that Sri Lanka won the match and the series."

Says Cameron White: "Unfortunately not good enough again. Clearly some work to be done. No excuses after the start Shane Watson gave. We just had to find a way, but couldn't. Ajantha Mendis bowled beautifully. The rest of the series will be quite tough, and we will get turning wickets for sure after today."

Shane Watson scored 57 off 24 in a chase of 158. That should be enough to win most Twenty20 games. Not this one, for Mendis turned up with record figures of 4-1-16-6. And what a relay catch by Mathews and Jayawardene at the boundary. Jayawardene followed it up with a super run-out. Not to mention his 86 when batting. Lovely T20 cricket from Sri Lanka. We will have the presentation soon

Sri Lanka are in a huddle. Hastings needs consolation, and gets it from Lee. What a superb show of Twenty20 skill from Sri Lanka to pull this one back. Angelo Mathews on that super catch: "Pure instincts. Just saw Mahela and went for it. I wasn't looking at the boundary, just wanted to take the catch, and relay it to Mahela after I saw it."

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 149/9 (9 runs required)

    • B Lee 4 (3b)
    • JW Hastings 3 (6b)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-21-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-26-0





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