Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 1st ODI

Sri Lanka v Australia

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 71 balls remaining)

2.27 pm All set for the start. Brett Lee, one away from 350 ODI wickets, has the new ball. Sri Lanka's openers walk out under sunshine, Tharanga, back from his ban, accompanies his captain. Two slips in place for Lee with Tharanga on strike

Gareth: "Am i missing something? How has Hastings been given the boot whilst Steve Smith is still being carried? I know we're lacking spin options, but this is getting beyond a joke!"

S Rajesh, our stats editor: "SL's record when they've won the toss and batted first in a home ODI since 2000: played 33, won 25, lost 5." He keeps coming up with such gems pretty regularly on Twitter @rajeshstats.

The DRS is being used for this series, one unsuccessful review per innings per side, including ball-tracking but not Hot Spot. Exactly inverse to what is being used in the series between England and India. Confused? Join the gang.

Shishank: "I think they should have played another spinner(Herath/Perera) here seeing how the Aussies struggled in the last match against the tweakers. Angelo can play the second seamer role."

Hugh: "Very important toss to win - Sri Lanka's spinners just look so much better than what Australia have thrown together - Doherty isn't an international player and while I'm a fan of Smith, he can't carry a spin attack yet. Angelo Mathews has to be one of the most valuable cricketers today - a smart and yet explosive batsman, a game-changing fielder, and his pretty decent bowling allows Dilshan to bring in an extra spinner."

Punit: "Congratulations to Mitchell Johnson on his 100th ODI Match..."

2.10 pm Russell Arnold says on air that batting against the new ball will be the easiest but thereafter it will get tougher and tougher with the dry surface having a few cracks as well.

Pitch expected to spin, Australia batting second. Are they up against it already or what?

2 pm: Sri Lanka win the toss and will have a bat

Dilshan: "Much dryer pitch and will help the spinners. We have two spinners and two seamers, and Jeevan Mendis as well. We need to definitely improve our fielding standards. I think 250+ will be a good total." Herath misses out as Mendis and Randiv are playing.

Clarke: "Wicket looks good, it is reasonably dry, no surprises for us, we have our work cut out. We've had a good chat and we'll have to back ourselves and play our way. Haddin and Watson will open, as they did during the World Cup." Lee, Bollinger and Johnson are Australia's three seamers with Doherty and Smith making up the spin attack.

1.55 pm This will be the first big test for Clarke after taking over the captaincy from Ponting after the World Cup. There was an ODI series against Bangladesh but Australia were hardly pushed in those games. The T20s against Sri Lanka have provided some glimpse of the challenges they will be up against in these conditions. Toss coming up in five minutes; it plays a big role in Sri Lanka with pitches slowing down as the game progresses.

1.45 pm Welcome to our coverage of the first game of the five-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia. The Twenty20s are done with, and Australia will be glad that they will now have some more time to try and make sense of the web spun around them by the Sri Lanka spinners, especially Ajantha Mendis. They also have a more solid-looking middle order with Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey coming in for the ODIs. Not that they have played Mendis a lot before, in fact he hasn't bowled against Australia in an ODI or Test.

Nitin Sundar says in his preview that the series could well evolve into one that pits Australia's pace against Sri Lanka's spin.

0.1

Lee to Tharanga, no run, right on target first up with one holding its line on off stump, Tharanga defends to the on side with a closed bat face

0.2

Lee to Tharanga, no run, has a waft at one leaving him with the angle, feet not moving yet, and is beaten

0.3

Lee to Tharanga, no run, tight line from Lee around off stump, Tharanga cautiously pats it away towards extra cover

0.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, Lee giving nothing away in terms of width, Tharanga tries to force him off the back foot but just manages to push to extra cover

0.5

Lee to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga picks up the first boundary, just stands in the crease and pushes a length ball hard, and the timing is good enough to beat extra cover trying to cut it off to his left, there is no mid off

0.6

Lee to Tharanga, FOUR, and again, a bit fuller from Lee, no movement, Tharanga hits it with a big straight followthrough through mid off

End of over 1 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
WU Tharanga    8* (6b 2x4)      B Lee    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Bollinger to run in with the new ball from the other end

1.1

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, and first ball Dilshan tries to clobber him through covers but gets nowhere near connecting one leaving him off a length

1.2

Bollinger to Dilshan, FOUR, this time he gets four, very well played, he was starting to lunge at this fuller one with a big backlift, then saw it was better to hang the bat and push with an open face, and timed it past a diving Lee in to the third man boundary

1.3

Bollinger to Dilshan, FOUR, another one, this one is in Dilshan's slot, Bollinger goes full, goes wide, Dilshan happily plonks front foot out and crashes it through the two men around point

1.4

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan is already in top gear, he looks to blast this one through extra cover, but Bollinger gets a bit of lift from a length and he is beaten

1.5

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, steepling bounce for Doug, close to off stump, Dilshan wisely lets it go

1.6

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, now he serves up the fuller one with a bit of width for the drive, Dilshan goes after it but cannot connect

End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 16/0 (RR: 8.00)
TM Dilshan    8* (6b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-8-0
WU Tharanga    8* (6b 2x4)      B Lee    1-0-8-0

2.1

Lee to Tharanga, no run, plays out a length ball on the stumps towards short midwicket

Madhu, our stats man, starts the day with this: "Among bowlers with over 300 ODI wickets, Brett Lee's average of 23.02 is second only to Glenn Mcgrath's 22.02. Lee's strike rate of 29.2 is the best though, with Waqar Younis in second place (strike rate 30.5)."

2.2

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, quick single in front of cover as Tharanga taps a shortish one on the off side, Smith comes charging in and lobs the throw towards the stumps to have Dilshan going for the dive, but not before they collide and go sprawling on the ground, Smith looks a touch out of breath

2.3

Lee to Dilshan, no run, driven off the backfoot to mid-off

2.4

Lee to Dilshan, no run, goes for the whiplash pull off a marginally short ball, but cannot beat square leg

2.5

Lee to Dilshan, no run, mistimes the shot as he looks to crash a length ball through cover, ball rolls away to shortish cover

2.6

Lee to Dilshan, no run, goes for another big drive and mistimes a fuller delivery on to pad and to short cover

End of over 3 (1 run) Sri Lanka 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
TM Dilshan    8* (10b 2x4)      B Lee    2-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    9* (8b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-8-0

3.1

Bollinger to Tharanga, FOUR, lovely shot, Tharanga picks up four for this, it looked like it would fetch him a single at the best as he came forward and pushed a length ball without any followthrough, but the timing and the outfield took care of the rest and extra cover gave up the chase in the end

3.2

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, goes fullish on the pads and is picked away through square leg

Hugh: "Madhu, can you just come and sit in my sitting room while I watch the cricket and talk to me?" Doug from round the stumps now

3.3

Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, and troubles him with the change in angle, dropping it back of a length and hitting Dilshan on the body as he is caught on the crease, ball rolls away behind point

3.4

Bollinger to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga is motoring along nicely now, he gets another full delivery on the pads and puts it away in front of square leg

Rohit: "i just cannot concentrate on my work. You got to declare a Cricket holiday in my office today to enjoy the tug n war of the 4 of the 5 best cricketing teams in the world."

3.5

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga is middling them neatly, comes forward to a length ball and pings mid off with a firm push

3.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, 2 runs, well played again, he was coming forward as Doug angled the ball around middle and leg, so he stopped the movement and adjusted to clip the ball past midwicket

End of over 4 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
WU Tharanga    20* (13b 4x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-19-0
TM Dilshan    8* (11b 2x4)      B Lee    2-0-9-0

4.1

Lee to Dilshan, no run, goes for the one in the blockhole around off, and Dilshan digs it out towards covers

4.2

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan manages to get on top of a shortish ball and swivels to pull through square leg, there is a man in the deep there

4.3

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, goes back and tries to punch on the off side, the ball takes the outer half and flies to third man, the bounce has been pretty true so far, and there hasn't been any movement apart from the first delivery

4.4

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, yet again Lee bangs in the short ball to Dilshan who goes back and cracks the pull to deep square leg

Smudgeon: "Stat: of ODI bowlers with a strike rate below 40, Brett Lee has the best hair." Lee from round the stumps to Tharanga

4.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, gets it off the inner half towards shortish midwicket as Lee brings it in with the angle from wide of the crease

4.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, Lee targets the stumps with the changed angle, but Tharanga brings down a closed face and gets it past short midwicket

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 32/0 (RR: 6.40)
WU Tharanga    21* (16b 4x4)      B Lee    3-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    10* (14b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-19-0

Bollinger from round the stumps to Dilshan again

5.1

Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, gets well forward and tries to slap-drive past extra cover, mid off gets around and fires in the throw, but Dilshan gets home in the end

5.2

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, superb short ball, that must have taken a lot of effort on this wicket, flying at Tharanga's throat, who does well to get head out of harm's way, Doug gives him a stare and a word or two

5.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, chance for a run out, but Dilshan is very quick, Tharanga managed an inside edge in front of square leg, the man from midwicket charged in and let rip but Dilshan was in no trouble

5.4

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, for once, he quietly plays out a length ball coming in towards square leg

'Nathan Bracken': "Smudgeon, I am insulted."

5.5

Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 wide, sends it wide down leg with the angle from round the wicket

5.5

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, tight delivery coming in with the angle around middle, Dilshan carefully pats it away on the leg side

5.6

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, another tight one from Doug to end a good over for Australia, Dilshan has no width to swing the bat and blocks down the track

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 35/0 (RR: 5.83)
TM Dilshan    11* (18b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    22* (18b 4x4)      B Lee    3-0-12-0

Watson comes on now, short midwicket, short extra cover

6.1

Watson to Tharanga, FOUR, what a shot, Tharanga is middling them and they are racing past the infield on this outfield, just pushes a length just outside off stump and it zooms past covers

6.2

Watson to Tharanga, FOUR, a bit more bottom hand on this one, same result, gets a length ball off the inner half past Watson and mid on drives, but he didn't have much of a chance

6.3

Watson to Tharanga, no run, steered wide of point from the crease

Madhu is back: " Since the forfeited game in the 1996 World Cup, Australia and Sri Lanka have an even record winning five matches each in head-to-head clashes in Sri Lanka. Australia won the last bi-lateral series in Sri Lanka 3-2."

6.4

Watson to Tharanga, no run, slows it down, that will be key on this wicket now and then, Tharanga goes back in the crease and blocks towards cover

6.5

Watson to Tharanga, no run, tries to shuffle and work one from middle and leg past short fine leg but cannot beat the man

6.6

Watson to Tharanga, no run, good comeback from Watson, but Sri Lanka are looking in no trouble at all, right on off stump, and Tharanga defends towards cover

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 43/0 (RR: 6.14)
WU Tharanga    30* (24b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    11* (18b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-22-0

Doherty in to the attack pretty soon, what can he get out of this wicket?

7.1

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, bit of turn, but shortish and Dilshan backs away to cut it straight to cover, gets away this time

7.2

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, again some turn from outside off, he steers it with fast hands behind point

7.3

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, well bowled, lot fuller, bit of flight, he squeezes it back to the bowler

7.4

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, carefully comes on the front foot to push a tossed up ball towards covers

7.5

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, another good delivery, Dilshan getting impatient, tries to come down the track, but sees it dipping full and pats it away in the end back towards the bowler

7.6

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, better from Dilshan, he gets around a full delivery to drive with the turn to long off, but good first over from Doherty, used the flight well

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 44/0 (RR: 5.50)
TM Dilshan    12* (24b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-1-0
WU Tharanga    30* (24b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-0

8.1

Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, this time Dilshan will get the pull to the boundary, he had been hurried by Lee's pace earlier on a few occasions, Watson's short ball comes on a touch slower and he gets on top of it and cracks it past the man in the deep to the midwicket boundary

8.2

Watson to Dilshan, no run, blocks a fuller one on the off side

Shishank: "If the likes of Lee and Bollinger cant take wickets upfront, then who will. Doherty and Smith are just making up the numbers here. I still dont understand the role of Steven Smith in this team."

8.3

Watson to Dilshan, no run, looks to have a go at a length ball from the back foot, sees it head for the stumps and blocks back to the bowler

8.4

Watson to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan is moving about in the crease, looking for the runs all the time, here he drives a length ball off the front foot, straight to mid off

8.5

Watson to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, gets the single now, Watson goes with the angle on the pads and he trickles it square on the leg side

8.6

Watson to Tharanga, no run, good line to Tharanga, cramping him for room with one around middle, defended from the crease

End of over 9 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 49/0 (RR: 5.44)
WU Tharanga    30* (25b 6x4)      SR Watson    2-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    16* (29b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-1-0

9.1

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the track, gets beside the line of a flatter one and reaches out to drive to long off

Sabri: "My Advanced Level examination is tomorrow. I have to study. But the cricket is too tempting."

9.2

Doherty to Tharanga, no run, shuffles and works one turning in from outside off to short midwicket

9.3

Doherty to Tharanga, FOUR, a bit more fuller with the length, and Tharanga goes on the knee for the big sweep, and gets it behind square leg

9.4

Doherty to Tharanga, OUT, Doherty strikes, Tharanga went back as he saw a marginally shortish one, it turned in sharply and beat his attempted cut to hit off stump, he was looking really good, Doherty is pumped up

WU Tharanga b Doherty 34 (42m 28b 7x4 0x6) SR: 121.42

mattyb: "I'm not sure why Steve Smith is keeping his place in the team as a bowler who bowls 3 or 4 overs and then a lower order batsman who hasn't yet really fired in a game.Whilst he's in the team the likes of Khawaja and Ferguson are on the sidelines. What's going on?" In walks Kumar Sangakkara

9.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, superb strike first ball, Sanga comes down the track right away as Doherty tosses it up and lifts him over midwicket with the turn

9.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, shuffles well across and blocks a turning delivery down the track

End of over 10 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 5.80)
KC Sangakkara    4* (2b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-10-1
TM Dilshan    17* (30b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-0-12-0

vasa: "Steve Smith is like Ajit Agarkar. While bowling he will be batting allrounder, while batting he will be bowling allrounder. At the end of the game no good result from him but still be picked for the next game as well, as an allrounder." David Hussey to bowl now, ahead of Smith

10.1

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, no run, turns in from outside off, steered to backward point

10.2

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, no run, forces a fuller one back to the bowler

10.3

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 2 runs, hits this one in to the leg side in front of square and comes back for the second

10.4

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, no run, fires it in full, Dilshan cracks it back down the track, he is twitching for a run off every delivery

10.5

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, FOUR, short and wide, Dilshan goes back as it hurries in, and cracks the cut well in front of point

10.6

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 3 runs, tries to force another one through the off side, the ball is struck hard and bursts through the man at shortish extra cover

End of over 11 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 67/1 (RR: 6.09)
TM Dilshan    26* (36b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    4* (2b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-10-1

11.1

Doherty to Dilshan, no run, well bowled, tossing it up slowly, making him get forward, thickish outside edge towards point as it turns away

11.2

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, this time he tossed it in full with the angle around middle and leg, Dilshan drives with the turn to long off

11.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, bowled flatter and full outside off, he gets forward to defend towards point

11.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, fired in on the stumps, Sanga slithers across and gets it off middle stump with a nudge that flies fine on the leg side

11.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets down the track and pushes to long on with a straight bat

11.6

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, reaches out to drive a full one with the turn to sweeper cover

End of over 12 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 74/1 (RR: 6.16)
TM Dilshan    28* (39b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-17-1
KC Sangakkara    9* (5b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-9-0

lukas: "Australia needs a genuine allrounder who can blow the game wide open in a short amount of time as they are rebuilding at the moment and have lost their gamebreakers such as Gilchrist and Hayden. Steve Smith is not the man for the job. Daniel Christian springs to mind."

12.1

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked with the turn from around middle to square leg

round the wicket to Sanga

12.2

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, gentle flat shortish ball, he walks across and works it square on the leg side

12.3

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, OUT, Dilshan has thrown it away, he was looking increasingly impatient, got down the track as he saw some flight outside off, but was still not close enough to the ball as he blasted it straight to mid off

TM Dilshan c Bollinger b DJ Hussey 29 (55m 41b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.73

Mahela Jayawardene in at No 4

Matt: "Is Smith being played as a fielder? He's a class act in the field, lets not mention the fact that he is 6th change bowler in this game and lower order batsman..."

12.4

DJ Hussey to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish and flat, turning in on leg stump, Mahela tickles it to long leg off the pads

12.5

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up full from round the stumps and he goes forward to block

12.6

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, digs out a much fuller one back to the bowler

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 77/2 (RR: 5.92)
KC Sangakkara    10* (8b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      XJ Doherty    3-0-17-1

13.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, pushed down the track off the front foot

13.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, on the pads from a flat trajectory and trickles away on the leg side

13.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, 2 runs, gets some width and chops the cut past the man at slip

13.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, turning away from around middle and leg, he goes well back and blocks with an open face

13.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, a touch fuller around off, he comes forward to defend

13.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, squeezes one from outside off towards point with an open face

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 79/2 (RR: 5.64)
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (7b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-19-1
KC Sangakkara    10* (8b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-12-1

David: "think Steve Smith has been dealt a harsh card here. He is a quality player who needs opportunity. I'm a Worcestershire fan and as 1 of our overseas men last year in the T20 tournament he was stunning. Electric in the field, bowled useful overs and batted at 4 and rarely failed. Aus aren't brave enough to get him up the order though. Yes he needs development, but no-one else has performed for Aus recently except Watto. get off his case." Here is Mitchell Johnson in his 100th ODI, no Smith yet

14.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, right on middle and leg from a fuller length, he goes forward to push with a straight bat to mid on

14.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes even fuller but on the pads and Sanga picks it to deep square leg

14.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, OUT, Australia are appealing for caught behind, it was a fullish and wide one slanted across Mahela who went for the drive, Haddin took it tumbling to his right, Australia are sure about it, umpire de Silva walks across towards square leg to check if it has carried, it has gone very low but right in to Haddin's gloves, and umpire de Silva sends Mahela back after checking with the third umpire, Johnson strikes in his first over

DPMD Jayawardene c †Haddin b Johnson 3 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Hugh: "I'm with David here - Australia's whole problem recently has been that they keep looking for a qucik fix and cast aside players who don't blow the world apart - hence their 500 spinners in about 4 weeks. Build a squad. Accept that you're not the best in the world at the moment, but work towards it."

14.4

Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, off the mark right away with a confident whip off the pads backward of square leg

14.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, pushed off the front foot to cover from around off stump

Mahela had initially taken Haddin's word for the catch and started walking off before he stopped as the umpires decided to have a check

14.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, lets this one outside off let go through to the keeper

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 81/3 (RR: 5.40)
KC Sangakkara    11* (12b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-1
LD Chandimal    1* (1b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-19-1

John: "Just to add to the Aussie all-rounder debate, why isn't James Hopes getting a look in these days? Is it because he can both bat and bowl?" Slip and silly mid off for Doherty

15.1

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 run, goes back and tucks it in front of square leg

15.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, shuffles well across outside off and blocks down the track

15.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, comes down the track but clips straight to midwicket

15.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, superb shot from Sanga, he has been using his feet a lot today, got down the track again, close to the pitch and caressed it past extra cover

15.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, again he abandons the crease, and goes leg side this time, with the turn to deep midwicket

15.6

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 run, fires it in full on leg stump, worked away behind square leg

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 88/3 (RR: 5.50)
LD Chandimal    3* (3b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-26-1
KC Sangakkara    16* (16b 3x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-1

16.1

Johnson to Chandimal, no run, gets well forward and stretches to squeeze a full and wide one to point

16.2

Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, gets on top of a shortish one outside off, and is in the air as he slashes to third man

16.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and pushes solidly, the ball races past extra cover to widish mid off

16.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, full delivery driven to mid off

16.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, OUT, Johnson has got Sanga, huge wicket, it is the slower one, bowled full close to off for the drive, mighty useful on this track, Sanga comes forward and looks to push hard. but pops it straight to short extra cover

KC Sangakkara c Smith b Johnson 16 (36m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 84.21

And amid all the talk about this being a difficult game for Australia on a spinning track batting second, they have taken the meat out of the Sri Lanka batting order with not much on the board

David: "You know the Australian cricket world has turned upside down when Bollinger's going at over 7 and over, and Johnson's going at under 2."

16.6

Johnson to Mathews, no run, good short delivery first up, jagging across close to the right hander who gets head out of the way quickly as he drops his wrists

End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 89/4 (RR: 5.23)
AD Mathews    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    2-0-3-2
LD Chandimal    4* (5b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-26-1

Ricky Ponting has the helmet on and is in at short leg

17.1

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 run, gets down the track, but gets an inside edge past Ponting as he looks to go over midwicket

17.2

Doherty to Mathews, no run, tossed up full, it dips a tad and he works it to midwicket

17.3

Doherty to Mathews, no run, fired in full on the pads with the angle, he watchfully pats it back

17.4

Doherty to Mathews, FOUR, that is a confident shot, down the track he comes, reaches out a bit for the tossed up ball and smacks it with the turn straight over the bowler

17.5

Doherty to Mathews, no run, worked on the leg side off a very full length on leg stump

17.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, slows it down outside off as he flights it, he gets forward to smother it

End of over 18 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 94/4 (RR: 5.22)
AD Mathews    4* (6b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-31-1
LD Chandimal    5* (6b)      MG Johnson    2-0-3-2

18.1

Johnson to Chandimal, FOUR, bowls it full around off and Chandimal goes down the ground with a lovely straight followthrough as he eases forward

18.2

Johnson to Chandimal, no run, opens him up with one coming in from short of a length on middle, he blocks in the end on the off side

18.3

Johnson to Chandimal, no run, decides to get well forward to one slanted across him, and defends with an inside edge on the leg side

18.4

Johnson to Chandimal, 2 runs, that could have been close, but he gets bat around front pad to send the pacy fullish ball racing past midwicket with a confident clip

18.5

Johnson to Chandimal, no run, Johnson is bowling consistently full, takes it across and beats him on the forward push

18.6

Johnson to Chandimal, 1 run, could have been close, he got across and pushed a length ball towards point, from where the throw was fired to the non-striker's, he was taking it a bit easy initially bit had to hurry across in the end

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 101/4 (RR: 5.31)
LD Chandimal    12* (12b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-10-2
AD Mathews    4* (6b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-31-1

Doug is back

19.1

Bollinger to Chandimal, OUT, what a catch that is from Michael Clarke, Doug slanted a length ball across Chandimal who got too far across and had a poke at it, the edge went between Haddin and Clarke at wide slip who flew to his left and grabbed the ball one-handed at it almost rushed passed him, superb reflexes from the captain, Australia on top

LD Chandimal c Clarke b Bollinger 12 (21m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

19.2

Bollinger to BMAJ Mendis, no run, gets forward to a pacy fullish delivery and it pops towards covers

19.3

Bollinger to BMAJ Mendis, no run, shuffles well across to a short of a length ball and works it towards short midwicket, Doug is really charging in now

19.4

Bollinger to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, shuffles and gets on top of a shortish one that rises on him, he drops it in front of square leg and darts across

Simmo: "Did someone forget to tell Sri Lanka they have to bat for 50 overs not 20?"

19.5

Bollinger to Mathews, FOUR, good short ball from Doug, he gets it to climb quickly at Angelo who gets outside the line, ducks a bit and hooks it wide of the keeper to the fine leg boundary

19.6

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 20 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 106/5 (RR: 5.30)
AD Mathews    8* (8b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-27-1
BMAJ Mendis    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    3-0-10-2

20.1

Johnson to BMAJ Mendis, no run, hits the bat hard with a length ball that kicks high in to the defensive blade of Mendis

20.2

Johnson to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, rips it full for the leg stump, he gets bat to it just in time to clip to deep midwicket

20.3

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, slanted very full and wide of off, Sri Lanka are still going for the shots, Angelo goes for the drive and edges it past slip

20.4

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, opens him up with a length ball around off stump, off the thickish edge past point

Ron: "Its good to see Johnson has turned up with his 'A' game. We see so little of it."

20.5

Johnson to BMAJ Mendis, OUT, Johnson is pumped up, he has gone through Mendis' defenses with a pacy yorker from over the stumps that swung in a bit late to clatter in to off and middle

BMAJ Mendis b Johnson 2 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Madhu is back: "Sri Lanka have been bowled out under 200 in the first innings on seven occasions in home ODIs. They have won two and lost five of these matches." There is a forward short leg in place now, it is Ricky

20.6

Johnson to Randiv, no run, bangs it in short of a length, it climbs on the batsman who fends it away uncertainly on the off side

End of over 21 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 112/6 (RR: 5.33)
S Randiv    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    4-0-16-3
AD Mathews    13* (10b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-27-1

Meety: "Nice way to celebrate game 100! Go MJ, you beauty!"

21.1

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, Angelo continues to drive the pitched up deliveries, this one goes to mid off

21.2

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, this time he leaves a length ball slanted across close to off stump

21.3

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, now he even comes down the track looking to crash him through the off side, Johnson bowls it wider and Mathews takes one hand off the bat to send it towards extra cover

21.4

Bollinger to Mathews, 1 run, pushes a length ball to sweeper cover to bring Suraj on strike

21.5

Bollinger to Randiv, no run, beats him right away, with a length ball leaving him, Randiv goes a for a feeble push and does not make contact

21.6

Bollinger to Randiv, 2 runs, gets forward and works a fuller one through vacant midwicket region

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 115/6 (RR: 5.22)
S Randiv    2* (3b)      DE Bollinger    5-0-30-1
AD Mathews    14* (14b 3x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-16-3

Alexis: "Forget Captain Planet, we've got Mitchell Johnson. Now he's what I call a hero."

22.1

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, thickish edge as he pushes half forward to a length ball leaving him, the pace has been right up there from Mitch, ball rolls away to third man

Michael: "Nice to see Australia applying some pressure - it's a while since they were able to bully another team like this."

22.2

Johnson to Randiv, no run, beats him outside off as he goes for a loose push to one leaving him

22.3

Johnson to Randiv, 1 run, goes for a push a touch away from the body to a pitched up ball and gets it down to third man

22.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, shuffles across and solidly blocks a length ball down the track

22.5

Johnson to Mathews, no run, slanted across full and wide for the drive, he does not go hard at it and pushes it away towards extra cover

goes round the stumps now

22.6

Johnson to Mathews, OUT, Angelo becomes the latest Sri Lanka batsman to throw it away, these shots are certainly not on on this pitch, he looks to come down the track and make room to clobber a pitched up delivery over mid off, but cannot clear the man, straight to him

AD Mathews c Watson b Johnson 15 (31m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 117/7 (RR: 5.08)
     MG Johnson    5-0-18-4
S Randiv    3* (5b)      DE Bollinger    5-0-30-1

Benny: "I can't see anything, but I'm already liking Pup's captaincy.."

23.1

Bollinger to Randiv, no run, another loose waft outside off stump, no contact with one leaving him

23.2

Bollinger to Randiv, no run, uncertainly looks to press half forward and defend a slanted fullish one, inside edge goes on the leg side

23.3

Bollinger to Randiv, no run, well played, pushes one leaving him with an open face to point

Robert: "Remember some people had the Fat Lady sing very early in the T20, Beware as we all know what can happen..."

23.4

Bollinger to Randiv, no run, brings down a short of a length ball, almost drops it on to the stumps, they think about a single as the ball rolls on the leg side, but Dough gets to it quickly

23.5

Bollinger to Randiv, no run, gets well forward to drive a pitched up ball, along the ground, to extra cover

23.6

Bollinger to Randiv, no run, forward again, and opening the face to guide a length ball to point's left

End of over 24 (maiden) Sri Lanka 117/7 (RR: 4.87)
S Randiv    3* (11b)      DE Bollinger    6-1-30-1
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (0b)      MG Johnson    5-0-18-4

James: "Who's this "Johnson" bloke? The only one I remember playing for Australia recently bowled lines like a garden sprinkler."

24.1

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, and yet another loose drive outside off, how many have there been today, fortunate not to get an edge off the full delivery

24.2

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, outside edge as he pushed at a very full one leaving him around off, but drops short of second slip

24.3

Johnson to Randiv, no run, on a length now and slants it across outside off, another drive in the air

24.4

Johnson to Randiv, 2 runs, goes on middle and leg and is worked through square leg

Luke: "Man, when Johnson is on song he is really, really on song. Why oh why can't he be like this all the time?" Goes round the stumps now

24.5

Johnson to Randiv, no run, bends it in from wide of the crease, bounces and hits him high on the bat as he keeps it down on the off side

24.6

Johnson to Randiv, no run, bowls it full for the drive outside off, but his attempt to connect fails

End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 120/7 (RR: 4.80)
S Randiv    5* (15b)      MG Johnson    6-0-21-4
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      DE Bollinger    6-1-30-1

25.1

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, slanted close to the off stump, and that is a good leave from Nuwan

25.2

Bollinger to Kulasekara, FOUR, gets this one away, one the pads and he nudges it to the fine leg boundary, brings the crowd to life after some time

25.3

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, another fine leave outside off from Nuwan as Bollinger looks to entice him with a length ball angled across outside off

25.4

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, really full and pretty widish outside off, not called one though

25.5

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, gets half forward and pushes a length ball in to the off side

25.6

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, ends the over with another well-judged leave outside off as Doug gets it to lift off a length

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 124/7 (RR: 4.76)
KMDN Kulasekara    5* (8b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    7-1-34-1
S Randiv    5* (15b)      MG Johnson    6-0-21-4

Shishank: "Not taking anything away from Johnson here but SriLankans have gifted away their wickets.They are still in the T20 mode."

26.1

Johnson to Randiv, SIX, shot! Randiv shows how it's done, he takes a step out and clobbers a Johnson length ball over the wide long-off boundary

26.2

Johnson to Randiv, no run, gets beside the line and pushes a pacy one leaving him outside off to point

26.3

Johnson to Randiv, no run, a touch slower, he comes forward and bends low to push towards covers, Nuwan wants the run but is sent back rightly

Joseph: "If my life depended on predicting with considerable accuracy the weather each day or how Johnson was going to bowl in a given match, I would go with the weather every time."

26.4

Johnson to Randiv, 2 runs, now he lets the bouncer rip right on target, but Randiv gets away, it was almost on him before he decided to swat-fend it away, and got it just over Haddin running to his left

26.5

Johnson to Randiv, no run, pings mid off this time with a solid drive off a length ball

26.6

Johnson to Randiv, no run, squeezes out a fuller one from around off towards extra cover

End of over 27 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 132/7 (RR: 4.88)
S Randiv    13* (21b 1x6)      MG Johnson    7-0-29-4
KMDN Kulasekara    5* (8b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    7-1-34-1

Adrian: "I have been saying it for a good 12 months now but I will repeat it - Johnson is not a line and length dependable bowler, he is a shock bowler. The best way to utilise a shock bowler is to bowl them in fits and starts, occasionally for long spells and occasionally not at all. The best way to utilise this, in Johnson's case, is to for him to bat at number 6. He should do a straight swap with Steve Smith, who should bat at 8, and improve both of their performances. For 5 years I said that Watson needed to bat in the top 4 in order to perform but nobody listened. Hopefully they listen in the case of Johnson, so that this kind of performance is regular instead of rare."

Lee is back

27.1

Lee to Kulasekara, FOUR, and he is greeted with a thumping drive between extra cover and mid off first ball, it was pitched up and he went through with the shot

27.2

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, leaves a length ball outside off well alone

27.3

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, well played, gets forward and smothers a length ball down the track

Matt: "Australia letting it slip away here... call me an optimist but if Sri Lanka get above 200 the Aussies will have spin aplenty to deal with, on a Sri Lankan pitch. The fat lady wont sing for a while yet."

27.4

Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, that is a snorter from Lee, Nuwan had no chance to get out of the way as it reared up at him, off the glove and away to HAddin's right who tried hard with a full-length dive but could not get to it

27.5

Lee to Randiv, no run, pushed out towards point from the crease

27.6

Lee to Randiv, no run, Lee lets the pacy yorker rip right on middle, but Randiv manages to get something on it, was it bat or pad, Australia think it is the pad, we will have to wait for the third umpire, it hit him on the back boot as it zoomed in, now was there a bit of an inside edge before that happened? Third umpire decides in the batsman's favour, replays were not really conclusive

End of over 28 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 137/7 (RR: 4.89)
S Randiv    13* (23b 1x6)      B Lee    4-0-17-0
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (12b 2x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-29-4

28.1

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, gets on the front foot to defend one around off stump

28.2

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, stretches well forward again to smother a length delivery

28.3

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, makes room to guide one from off stump behind point, he was gone if he had missed that

28.4

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, blocked down the track off the front foot

28.5

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, Doherty keeping it tight, around off stump and he gets forward to defend

28.6

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, maiden over as another tight delivery bowled slowly around off is patted down the track

End of over 29 (maiden) Sri Lanka 137/7 (RR: 4.72)
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (18b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    7-1-31-1
S Randiv    13* (23b 1x6)      B Lee    4-0-17-0

29.1

Lee to Randiv, no run, makes a bit of room to guide a rising delivery from off stump to point

29.2

Lee to Randiv, 1 run, Lee tries the full slower one, he picks it and forces it down to long off

29.3

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, deep in the crease to block a short of a length ball, a touch in the air, on the leg side

29.4

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, drives languidly from the crease but cannot beat extra cover

29.5

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, almost another one, goes for a loose push from the crease as Lee slows it down a tad, but the ball drops short of extra cover

29.6

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, well kept out, Lee with another yorker, but Nuwan gets across and digs it back to him

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 138/7 (RR: 4.60)
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (22b 2x4)      B Lee    5-0-18-0
S Randiv    14* (25b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    7-1-31-1

30.1

Doherty to Randiv, no run, gets him to drive a tossed up ball, straight to extra cover

30.2

Doherty to Randiv, FOUR, fetches it from well outside off stump, and paddles it to the fine leg boundary, pretty effectively done

30.3

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, goes for another sweep but this time off the top edge, there is no one at short fine leg though, safely done

30.4

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, pushed back to the bowler from a full length

30.5

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, darts it in very full, he tries to work it away but gets it back to Doherty again

30.6

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, blocked off the front foot down the track

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 143/7 (RR: 4.61)
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (25b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    8-1-36-1
S Randiv    19* (28b 1x4 1x6)      B Lee    5-0-18-0

Abhishek's off to stretch his legs, so I'm making a guest appearance. Australia will not want to let Sri Lanka near 200. The hosts have four spinners in their attack.

31.1

Smith to Randiv, no run, defended on the off side

31.2

Smith to Randiv, 1 run, width from Smith, allowing the batsman to cut through cover

31.3

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, fuller and straighter, played towards midwicket

31.4

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, defended on the front foot

31.5

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, blocked once again on the front foot

31.6

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, driven firmly but towards the bowler

End of over 32 (1 run) Sri Lanka 144/7 (RR: 4.50)
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (29b 2x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-1-0
S Randiv    20* (30b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    8-1-36-1

32.1

Doherty to Randiv, FOUR, just over the man at extra cover, Randiv goes over the infield, makes room and swings with the turn just over the leaping fielder

32.2

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, punched towards sweeper cover for a single

32.3

Doherty to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets forward to the pitch of this one to drive to sweeper cover

32.4

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, lunges forward and drives a full delivery down to long on

32.5

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, turns past the outside edge, pitches off and rips past him as he presses forward

32.6

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, gets well forward to smother one that bounces a touch from a length

End of over 33 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 151/7 (RR: 4.57)
KMDN Kulasekara    11* (32b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    9-1-43-1
S Randiv    26* (33b 2x4 1x6)      SPD Smith    1-0-1-0

33.1

Smith to Randiv, 1 leg bye, nudges off the pads wide of the man at long leg

33.2

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, tossed up full around middle and leg, blocked down the track

33.3

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, another one rips past the outside edge, he came forward to try and defend a flighted one, but it turned sharply from a length, Haddin whipped the bails off, was the foot out of the ground? Replays show it wasn't, just behind the line

33.4

Smith to Kulasekara, 2 runs, flighted full and he eases it past the bowler, they come back for the second as well

33.5

Smith to Kulasekara, 1 run, solidly pushed off the front foot down to long off

33.6

Smith to Randiv, 1 run, drops it a touch short and flat, he goes back and hits it away to sweeper cover

End of over 34 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 156/7 (RR: 4.58)
S Randiv    27* (35b 2x4 1x6)      SPD Smith    2-0-5-0
KMDN Kulasekara    14* (36b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    9-1-43-1

Nicholas: "Can someone explain why Clarke took off MG Johnson? We need to be aggressive and knock them over for under 180. As opposed to giving charity overs to Smith."

34.1

Doherty to Randiv, no run, gets forward and pushes in to the leg side

34.2

Doherty to Randiv, 2 runs, uses the angle, these two putting on some useful runs, gets down the track and lifts a full delivery over midwicket

34.3

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, shortish and punched off the back foot to sweeper cover

34.4

Doherty to Kulasekara, 1 run, makes room to steer a flat delivery wide of point

34.5

Doherty to Randiv, 1 run, shortish and wide outside off, punched to sweeper cover off the back foot

34.6

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, looks to have a go initially but gets well forward to block in the end, Doherty has bowled out

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 161/7 (RR: 4.60)
KMDN Kulasekara    15* (38b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    10-1-48-1
S Randiv    31* (39b 2x4 1x6)      SPD Smith    2-0-5-0

35.1

Lee to Randiv, FOUR, shortish and wide, he is playing well here Randiv, gets on top, and cuts it past a diving Ponting at point

35.2

Lee to Randiv, 1 wide, Lee gives him the bouncer, and is called for a wide as it sails over the batsman

35.2

Lee to Randiv, no run, pushed away off a length to point

35.3

Lee to Randiv, no run, drives a full delivery with a closed face to mid on

35.4

Lee to Randiv, no run, slower one from Lee, he is already well forward and blocks it on the off side, Lee the athlete goes after it, fields and back-lobs the ball towards the non-striker's stumps

35.5

Lee to Randiv, FOUR, these two have added 50 now, he goes a for a slash to a widish delivery and gets it well past Haddin

35.6

Lee to Randiv, no run, leans in to a lovely front foot drive, too bad it went straight to extra cover

End of over 36 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 170/7 (RR: 4.72)
S Randiv    39* (45b 4x4 1x6)      B Lee    6-0-27-0
KMDN Kulasekara    15* (38b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    10-1-48-1

andrew: "Perhaps someone should explain to Nicholas that 7 overs in a row in the Sri Lankan heat is actually quite a lot. Having said that, Johnson should be back on pretty soon now." And here he comes back now

36.1

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, plays him from the crease, and pushes a length ball towards mid off

36.2

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, looks to slash a pacy length ball from close to the body, gets it straight to point

36.3

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, now goes pushing a touch away from the body, cannot beat point again

36.4

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, forcing punch off the back foot to a length ball, sweeper cover gets around to it

36.5

Johnson to Randiv, no run, solidly defended towards covers as a fuller one zooms in for the off stump

36.6

Johnson to Randiv, no run, more solid defence from Randiv, bat and pad close together as another one heading for the stumps it kept out

End of over 37 (1 run) Sri Lanka 171/7 (RR: 4.62)
S Randiv    39* (47b 4x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-0-30-4
KMDN Kulasekara    16* (42b 2x4)      B Lee    6-0-27-0

37.1

Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, carves a full and widish delivery wide of sweeper cover

37.2

Lee to Randiv, 1 run, slower one from Lee again, he had set himself up to have a go at it, but checked the shot a bit to send it along the ground to long off

37.3

Lee to Kulasekara, 2 runs, short ball in to the body now, he deals with it quite well, swats it in front of square leg and wide of the man in the deep

37.4

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, right on a length on middle, but they have kept out such deliveries well, he blocks it past the non-striker and jogs out for the run, but mid on is already on to the ball

37.5

Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, goes for the lofted shot now off a pitched up delivery, there is long off in place

37.6

Lee to Randiv, 1 run, squeezes out the yorker outside off to sweeper cover and goes for the single, the throw misses at the non-striker's

End of over 38 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 177/7 (RR: 4.65)
S Randiv    41* (49b 4x4 1x6)      B Lee    7-0-33-0
KMDN Kulasekara    20* (46b 2x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-30-4

38.1

Johnson to Randiv, OUT, they have finally broken the partnership, it is Johnson again, five for him, Randiv goes for the big lofted shot down the ground off a full delivery, but mishits it high in the air and Doherty settles under it at long off and takes it cleanly

S Randiv c Doherty b Johnson 41 (64m 50b 4x4 1x6) SR: 82.00

38.2

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, beats him with a full delivery going across outside off, he hangs the bat out to defend but is nowhere close to the ball

38.3

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, very full delivery outside off stump, he tries to squeeze it away but misses again

38.4

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, bowls the length ball on leg stump now, he goes across to play it out towards midwicket

38.5

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, now the short ball that takes off outside off, he manages to sway away

Goes round the stumps

38.6

Johnson to BAW Mendis, OUT, and gets his sixth with a slanted length ball that hits the top of off stump, Mendis just went pushing away from his body and was nowhere near the line of the ball

BAW Mendis b Johnson 0 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

This is Johnson's first six-wicket haul in ODIs

End of over 39 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 177/9 (RR: 4.53)
     MG Johnson    9-1-30-6
KMDN Kulasekara    20* (46b 2x4)      B Lee    7-0-33-0

batting Powerplay being taken now

Mark: "Why didn't Kulasekara and Randiv take the 3rd Powerplay several overs back when they were set? They run the risk of not fully utilising them. I am surprised that after several years of the system some teams still seem very uncertain as to how best to utilise the powerplay overs and how to adjust the timing of them depending on the particular game situation."

39.1

Smith to Kulasekara, SIX, makes room and lofts him just over Bollinger at long off, got way outside leg stump and went for the big one, Bollinger leaped high to try and get to it but it eluded him

39.2

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, pushed back down the track

39.3

Smith to Kulasekara, no run, turning away from around middle and off, he tried to make room but then patted it away on the off side

39.4

Smith to Kulasekara, SIX, and another one, he makes room again, goes down on a knee and lofts a full delivery with the turn over extra cover

39.5

Smith to Kulasekara, 1 run, shuffles across to work a turning ball in to the leg side

39.6

Smith to Lakmal, no run, keeps it out, tossed up full, on leg stump though, and he nudges it to square leg

End of over 40 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 190/9 (RR: 4.75)
RAS Lakmal    0* (1b)      SPD Smith    3-0-18-0
KMDN Kulasekara    33* (51b 2x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    9-1-30-6

40.1

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, tries to cut from off stump, shortish one rising on him, and he is beaten

40.2

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, guides a length ball straight to Ponting at point

40.3

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, Johnson goes for the stumps with a fuller length, he makes lot of room to carve him through the off side but cannot beat point yet again

40.4

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, low full this time outside off, he cannot get bat to it though

40.5

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets the single off the fifth ball with a push in front of mid off from the crease

goes round the stumps

40.6

Johnson to Lakmal, no run, but he keeps out the full delivery slung in on the stumps with a calm forward block, the crowd likes that

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 191/9 (RR: 4.65)
RAS Lakmal    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    10-1-31-6
KMDN Kulasekara    34* (56b 2x4 2x6)      SPD Smith    3-0-18-0

41.1

Lee to Kulasekara, OUT, superb shot, but what a catch from Mike Hussey, Lee gets his 350th ODI wicket, banged it in short and Nuwan cracked the pull right out of the middle of the bat, it was dying in front of Hussey at deep midwicket, but he dived forward to take the ball close to the ground

KMDN Kulasekara c MEK Hussey b Lee 34 (79m 57b 2x4 2x6) SR: 59.64

Career-best figures for Mitchell Johnson - also the fourth-best by an Australian in ODIs - have given Australia a target that they should chase down. The way Sri Lanka started, it seemed 300 was on but their top order threw away their wickets with aggressive shots chasing wide deliveries. Nuwan and Suraj have given them something to bowl at though. Join us in half an hour for the chase

Our stats man Madhu again: " Among bowlers who have at least 50 wickets in the subcontinent (away and neutral ODIs only), Mitchell Johnson's average of 20.41 is the third-best behind Allan Donald and Wasim Akram. His strike rate of 25.6 is the best among the bowlers in this group."

Series Results
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Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 20, 2011
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota - Aug 16, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 78 runs
Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota - Aug 14, 2011
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele - Aug 10, 2011
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 71 balls remaining)
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Aug 10, 2011

The Sri Lankans congratulate Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st ODI, Pallekele, August 10, 2011

The Sri Lankans congratulate Michael Clarke

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Aug 10, 2011

Ricky Ponting was bowled by Suraj Randiv, Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st ODI, Pallekele, August 10, 2011

Ricky Ponting was bowled by Suraj Randiv

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