Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 1st ODI: Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Aug 10, 2011
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 71 balls remaining)
10 August 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Welcome back for Australia's chase. Just under 200, they will back themselves to make the runs, though it could be tricky. They have four spinners to tackle, Ajantha, Jeevan, Suraj and Dilshan. Nuwan has the new ball, widish slip in place

0.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, bowls a gentle length ball some way outside off, and he shoulders arms

0.2

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, beats him outside off stump this time, with a similar delivery, came back in from a length a touch, Watson got forward and tried to play it with an open face

0.3

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, goes fuller on the pads and he plays it out on the leg side

0.4

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, gets on top of a length ball this time and pushes it out to point

0.5

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, draws him forward again, he is bowling some way outside off stump on a length, and Watson is reaching out to push in to the off side

0.6

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, tries to swat him down the ground with that big front foot plonked down the track, this one seams in a bit from outside off and he mistimes it back to the bowler

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0 (192 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 3.91)

    • SR Watson 0 (6b)
    • BJ Haddin 0 (0b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0

Suranga Lakmal from the other end, he'll work up some pace

1.1

Lakmal to Haddin, no run, good delivery, there for the drive, pitched up wide outside off and moving away, he resists and shoulders arms

Short cover in place

1.2

Lakmal to Haddin, no run, gets forward and blocks a fuller delivery towards point, looks for a single but there isn't any

1.3

Lakmal to Haddin, 1 run, reaches out and drives a pitched up delivery, just past short cover and they take a comfortable single, first run for Australia

1.4

Lakmal to Watson, FOUR, bangs in the short ball, going down the leg side with the angle, Watson throws his bat at it and gets the pull in the air to the fine leg boundary

1.5

Lakmal to Watson, 1 run, gets some width outside off and goes hard again, slashes it wide of third man

1.6

Lakmal to Haddin, no run, moving away after coming in with the angle on a length outside off, left alone right away

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (186 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 3.87)

    • BJ Haddin 1 (4b)
    • SR Watson 5 (8b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-6-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0
2.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, gets well forward to one coming in around middle to block down the track

2.2

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, another tight delivery has him defending carefully

2.3

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, pings mid off with the flowing front foot drive this time off a fuller one

2.4

Kulasekara to Watson, FOUR, that is typical violence from Watson, Kula bowls a length ball that gives some width to WAtson, and he pounces on it hungrily and crashes it past extra cover

2.5

Kulasekara to Watson, 2 runs, brings the bat down late and guides a length ball wide of third man

2.6

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, gets forward and opens the face to run a length ball down to third man

End of over 3 (7 runs) Australia 13/0 (179 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 3.80)

    • SR Watson 12 (14b 2x4)
    • BJ Haddin 1 (4b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-7-0
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-6-0
3.1

Lakmal to Watson, no run, goes deep in the crease to defend a back of a length ball

3.2

Lakmal to Watson, no run, looks to drive a straightish delivery past the bowler, but gets the bat down at an angle and mistimes the shot

3.3

Lakmal to Watson, no run, well bowled, pacy fuller delivery right on the stumps, made him defend bat and pad close together

3.4

Lakmal to Watson, SIX, this has disappeared, Watson sees this one pitched a bit short and latches on to it, he creams the pull so powerfully that it flies flat over the deep midwicket boundary

3.5

Lakmal to Watson, 1 run, offers him width outside off and he cuts hard, third man is very square for him and fields

3.6

Lakmal to Haddin, 1 run, eep, Haddin decides to come charging down the track, sees this full delivery a bit away from him, and throws his bat at it, gets it in the air down to third man

End of over 4 (8 runs) Australia 21/0 (171 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 3.71)

    • BJ Haddin 2 (5b)
    • SR Watson 19 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-14-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-7-0
4.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, comes walking down the track now, but Kula drops it shorter and he has to defend

4.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, 3 runs, again he looks to play from outside the crease, but goes feeling uncertainly at one that nips back in from a length, inside edge flies towards the fine leg boundary, but a diving stop there saves the run

4.3

Kulasekara to Watson, SIX, Swatto's the word, he has really gone after this one, he is waiting for those marginally short ones, this one comes in off the seam, and he murders it way over deep midwicket

4.4

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, beaten outside off stump on the drive this time as Kula lures him forward with a fullish and wide one

4.5

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, comes in late from outside off, but Watson plays it very late and chops it down to third man

4.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, leaves this one alone outside off stump

End of over 5 (10 runs) Australia 31/0 (161 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 3.57)

    • BJ Haddin 5 (8b)
    • SR Watson 26 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-17-0
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-14-0

Luke: "Shane Watson is a completely different man - a reinvention of his former self. Now he really does seem indestructible whereas a couple of years ago, it was quite the opposite with him."

5.1

Lakmal to Watson, no run, gets forward a touch late to block one coming in with the angle from outside off

5.2

Lakmal to Watson, no run, low away swinging full toss, he adjusts well to push it with a straight bat to short extra cover

5.3

Lakmal to Watson, 1 run, bends the knee and chops a fuller one, gets it off the ground above the point fielder

5.4

Lakmal to Haddin, no run, goes a touch uncertainly at one some way outside off stump, and mistimes the push in to the ground

5.5

Lakmal to Haddin, no run, lovely delivery from Lakmal, he bowls it full in the blockhole close to off, and Haddin is lucky not to get an edge as he looks to belatedly dig it out

5.6

Lakmal to Haddin, FOUR, that has been carved, full delivery outside off, Haddin makes some room, and lifts it over covers with an open face, looks good when it comes off, but when it doesn't ...

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 36/0 (156 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 3.54)

    • BJ Haddin 9 (11b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 27 (25b 2x4 2x6)
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-19-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-17-0

Ajantha Mendis in to the attack right away, slip in place

6.1

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, comes in from just outside off as he flights it, defended carefully back to the bowler

6.2

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, shortish one going straight on, he is able to read it off the pitch, and punches it back, but Haddin cannot get out in time, and it goes off his bat to mid off

6.3

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, he stretches a long way forward and goes for the slog sweep off a tossed up ball, gets it wide of midwicket

6.4

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, beats him in the air with one that spins past the outside edge as Haddin goes forward to defend, Sanga has the bails off but Haddin had the back foot back in time

6.5

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, now this one spins back in, he has no clue about it, is already forward and tries to pat it away, ball sneaks in between bat and pad to somehow miss off stump

6.6

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, another one turns in, there is no one at short leg though, he gets forward and tries to defend, it bounces on to pad, they appeal for leg before now, not given

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 37/0 (155 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 3.60)

    • BJ Haddin 9 (14b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 28 (28b 2x4 2x6)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-1-0
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-19-0
7.1

Lakmal to Watson, no run, played out towards square leg off the pads

7.2

Lakmal to Watson, FOUR, crash! Watson gets one pitched up, and gets on the front foot to emphatically slam it through extra cover

Two men catching at short extra cover now

7.3

Lakmal to Watson, no run, bends back in a tad from a length, he goes on the back foot with those two men hovering close by, and defends towards point

7.4

Lakmal to Watson, FOUR, he goes after this one, not as short and on to him quickly, he went for the pull and got it just over mid on

7.5

Lakmal to Watson, FOUR, they are feeding him with these lengths, short again, he is waiting for it, and eagerly smashes the pull over midwicket

7.6

Lakmal to Watson, no run, there was width on this length ball, Watson got out towards it but cracked the drive straight to covers

End of over 8 (12 runs) Australia 49/0 (143 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 3.40)

    • SR Watson 40 (34b 5x4 2x6)
    • BJ Haddin 9 (14b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-31-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-1-0

Haddin against Mendis again, will he survive this over?

8.1

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, googly turns in a long way from outside off, he shuffles outside the line and works it square on the leg side

8.2

BAW Mendis to Watson, SIX, Watson has gone after Mendis, tossed up, but a touch too full, and he gets under it to smack it over the straight boundary

8.3

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, dropped, that was a dolly, but it has been put down, shortish and flat outside off, he latched on to the cut a bit too eagerly and hit it straight in the air to backward point, there is a fast bowler there, it is Lakmal who clangs it

8.4

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 2 runs, outside edge this time, but pas slip as he presses forward to a flatter one turning away

8.5

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, hurries on from a length, he is going deep in the crease to push to point

8.6

BAW Mendis to Haddin, OUT, Haddin can't survive this over, he hasn't looked comfortable at all, tosses it up, it is the one that breaks back in, Haddin just plays all around it, probably for the one turning away, and middle stump is pegged back

BJ Haddin b BAW Mendis 12 (36m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 9 (10 runs) Australia 59/1 (133 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 3.24)

    • SR Watson 47 (36b 5x4 3x6)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-11-1
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-31-0

Deja vu any one?

It is Ricky Ponting in at No 3

9.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, almost through him, Nuwan brings it in with the angle from over the stumps, Watson goes for the drive, and almost inside edges on to the stumps

9.2

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, blocked carefully off the front foot towards extra cover this time

9.3

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, another one comes in off the seam from a length, inside edge rolls away off pad on the off side, Ponting is quick to get across for the single

9.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, that big backlift, that characteristic big shuffle forward, and a solid defensive push towards mid off

9.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, gets forward, keeps bat in front of pad and pushes one coming in to mid on

9.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, goes for a drive off a fuller one outside off, but mistimes it off the lower part of the blade in to the ground

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 60/1 (132 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 3.30)

    • RT Ponting 0 (3b)
    • SR Watson 48 (39b 5x4 3x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-18-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-11-1

Ajantha to Watson

10.1

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, reaches out to a fuller delivery and drives it back to the bowler

10.2

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, goes straigthish off a flatter trajectory outside off, diving stop at point saves the boundary off the cut

10.3

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, he is hoping to lunge out and not allow the ball to do much after pitching, this one spins back in and almost sneaks in between bat and pad, inside edge saved him

10.4

BAW Mendis to Watson, SIX, the method works this time, and he gets to his 50 with a forward lunge and a swung six over wide long on

10.5

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, defended down the track off the front foot

10.6

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, looks to swipe him to cow corner with a huge stride forward, connects well, just wide of the man at midwicket who gets a hand to it

End of over 11 (7 runs) Australia 67/1 (125 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.09, RRR: 3.20)

    • SR Watson 55 (45b 5x4 4x6)
    • RT Ponting 0 (3b)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-18-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-18-0

Suraj Randiv in to the attack

11.1

Randiv to Watson, no run, goes past the outside edge, with one that does not turn much, it is the top spinner that goes past off stump

11.2

Randiv to Watson, SIX, Watson is sticking to his methods and it is working well despite the odd scare, more effective against the off spinner, lunges forward, takes it on the half volley and slog sweeps way over deep midwicket

11.3

Randiv to Watson, SIX, gets him to drop it marginally short and flat, and rocks back and shuffles to smoke the pull over deep midwicket, that is also 4000 ODI runs for Watson

goes round the wicket

11.4

Randiv to Watson, 2 runs, fetches it from around middle and swings it wide of deep square leg who has to quickly get to his left to stop the ball

11.5

Randiv to Watson, no run, beats him with the top spinner again, he bowls this one well, tosses it up and has WAtson pushing inside the line

11.6

Randiv to Watson, OUT, Watson has fallen, the method was bound to come undone at least off one delivery, happened this time, Randiv tossed it up around middle and leg, Watson lunged for the sweep, and got a top edge that swirled to the man at short fine leg who went a few steps back and to his left to take the ball as it came over his shoulder

SR Watson c Jayawardene b Randiv 69 (49m 51b 5x4 6x6) SR: 135.29

End of over 12 (14 runs) Australia 81/2 (111 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 2.92)

    • RT Ponting 0 (3b)
    • S Randiv 1-0-14-1
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-18-1

Australia's finest player of spin walks in, bowling Powerplay is taken

12.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, gets forward to a low full toss but cannot put it away past midwicket who dives to save some runs

12.2

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, playing off the back foot, pushes a flat delivery to sweeper cover

12.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 2 runs, whips a full delivery wristily in front of square leg

12.4

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, this one turned in from a fuller length, he delayed the shot to nudge it off the front foot fine on the leg side

12.5

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, turns in a tad from wide outside off, he gets forward, pushes it in front of point and they take a sharp run, direct hit and he was gone

12.6

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, gets deep in the crease to block a flattish delivery that hurries straight on

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 86/2 (106 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 2.86)

    • RT Ponting 3 (6b)
    • MJ Clarke 2 (3b)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-23-1
    • S Randiv 1-0-14-1

Joseph: "Here is where Australia will be tested: They were cruising to an easy victory in the T20 and then a couple of wickets saw the wheels come off. Clarke and Ponting have a very important job to do now."

13.1

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, gets forward to a flighted one and eases it down with the turn to long on

13.2

Randiv to Ponting, no run, leading edge as Ponting shuffles way across the stumps and tries to work him on the leg side, ball rolls along the ground towards cover

13.3

Randiv to Ponting, no run, testing stuff from Randiv, tossed up full around off, turning in, played out square on the on side

13.4

Randiv to Ponting, no run, gets forward to push with the turn to midwicket

slip, backward short leg in place

13.5

Randiv to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting survives, this was a strange shot really, tossed up delivery rushing on with overrspin, he bent the knee and tried to half-paddle it very uncertainly, top edge swirled over backward short leg

13.6

Randiv to Ponting, FOUR, he plays this shot well, marginally short, rushing in, he quickly goes on the back foot and puts it away in front of point

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 95/2 (97 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.78, RRR: 2.69)

    • RT Ponting 11 (11b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 3 (4b)
    • S Randiv 2-0-23-1
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-23-1
14.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, pushed through quicker on the pads, and worked behind square leg

14.2

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, goes straight on from a length, he is a touch late on it but manages to push to point

14.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, shuffles across, waits on it, it is marginally shortish and he goes back to cut in front of point

14.4

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, comes down the track, gets too close to the pitch of the ball, and that is why he cannot beat mid on with the drive

14.5

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, leaves the crease again, better shot this time, but midwicket dives to stop the ball

14.6

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, almost went to slip, Ponting looking very uncertain this time, caught in the crease, tried to work it on the leg side late as it turned in, and the ball popped up to drop short of slip

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 98/2 (94 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.53, RRR: 2.68)

    • RT Ponting 12 (14b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 5 (7b)
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-26-1
    • S Randiv 2-0-23-1

Kula is back

15.1

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

15.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, gets forward and drives with a bit of a closed face, and mid on cuts it off

15.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, slower one holding its line outside off, he adjusts and arches back to guide it past point

15.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, 1 run, shuffles and tries to force a length ball with the angle through midwicket, mistimes it in front of mid on but will get the single

15.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, very low full toss, he gets to it and pushes down the track

15.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, shortish, wide, he cracks it to sweeper cover

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 101/2 (91 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.31, RRR: 2.67)

    • MJ Clarke 7 (12b)
    • RT Ponting 13 (15b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-21-0
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-26-1
16.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, beets him outside off with one that turns past him as he tries to push it off the back foot

16.2

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, tossed up, draws him forward, he gets out and smothers it off the pad

16.3

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, he seemed to pick this one as it turned in from a very full length, and he worked it in front of square leg

16.4

BAW Mendis to Ponting, FOUR, turning away, but that is short and flat outside off, Ponting is on the back foot and cuts late past backward point

16.5

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, goes on the back foot again and works it through square leg

16.6

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets well forward and blocks a tossed up ball

End of over 17 (6 runs) Australia 107/2 (85 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.29, RRR: 2.57)

    • MJ Clarke 8 (16b)
    • RT Ponting 18 (17b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-32-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-21-0
17.1

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, a touch short outside off, hit hard off the back foot but to the fielder at cover

17.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, fuller and wider outside off, Clarke reaches for it and drives

17.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, left alone outside of stump

17.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke steps forward, takes the ball on the full and hits it towards deep midwicket

17.5

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, driven off the front foot on the off side

17.6

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards midwicket

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 112/2 (80 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 2.50)

    • RT Ponting 20 (20b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 11 (19b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-5-0
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-32-1

The players have just finished a drinks break. Sri Lanka's over-rate is first class.

18.1

Randiv to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards square leg

18.2

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke stays in his crease and plays the ball towards deep square

18.3

Randiv to Ponting, no run, Ponting tries to pull but the length isn't short enough and he gets beaten

18.4

Randiv to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

18.5

Randiv to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and across and nudges towards square

18.6

Randiv to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting moves across, gets down on done knee and sweeps to long leg

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 116/2 (76 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 2.45)

    • RT Ponting 23 (25b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 12 (20b)
    • S Randiv 3-0-27-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-5-0
19.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, skips down the track, takes it in th half volley and drives to long off

19.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up very wide and he drives away from the body wide of a diving extra cover

19.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, flat delivery turns away from back of a length, he gets back in the crease to cut to sweeper cover

19.4

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, another one flat,. short and wide and he slaps it off the back foot past extra cover

19.5

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, rips this one across the batsman from leg stump and he pushes it dwon the track

19.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, turns a long way away from the batsman but again from a shortish length, he mistimes the cut in to the ground

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 120/2 (72 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 2.40)

    • MJ Clarke 14 (24b)
    • RT Ponting 25 (27b 3x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-9-0
    • S Randiv 3-0-27-1
20.1

Randiv to Ponting, 1 run, goes back smoothly to cut a short of a length ball to sweeper cover

20.2

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, again a touch short of a length, and he rocks back to pull it through square leg

20.3

Randiv to Ponting, 1 run, lots of turn in to the batsman from round the wicket, but he is still able to punch in front of point as it is pitched short of a length

20.4

Randiv to Clarke, no run, played out towards square leg

20.5

Randiv to Clarke, no run, rocks back for the cut but slaps it straight to extra cover

20.6

Randiv to Clarke, no run, goes deep in the crease to block a straightening shortish one

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 123/2 (69 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 2.37)

    • MJ Clarke 15 (28b)
    • RT Ponting 27 (29b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 4-0-30-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-9-0
21.1

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, pushed away to extra cover off the front foot

21.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, down the leg side and he helps it wide of long leg with a sweep

21.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, good shot, comes down the track, gets close to the pitch and drives inside out through extra cover

21.4

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, draws him forward and has him pushing wide of point, Clarke does not want to go for the single

21.5

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, whoa, this one has taken off from a length, ripping across the outside edge as Ponting can only hold a straight bat and wonder what happened

21.6

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, stretches well forward to smother a fuller one this time

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 125/2 (67 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.68, RRR: 2.39)

    • RT Ponting 28 (34b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 16 (29b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-11-0
    • S Randiv 4-0-30-1
22.1

Randiv to Clarke, no run, shuffles across to block a flighted length ball that bounces

22.2

Randiv to Clarke, no run, pushed back down the track off the front foot

22.3

Randiv to Clarke, no run, shuffles well across and works this one behind square leg

22.4

Randiv to Clarke, no run, goes deep in the crease and plays out with the turn towards square leg

22.5

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, tosses it up generously, he comes down the track and drives with the turn to long on

22.6

Randiv to Ponting, no run, gets in to a tangle as he looks to come forward then decides to go back and work him square, wants the single but is sent back

End of over 23 (1 run) Australia 126/2 (66 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 2.44)

    • RT Ponting 28 (35b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 17 (34b)
    • S Randiv 5-0-31-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-11-0
23.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up ball around leg stump, he leaves the crease and works him through square leg

23.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, drives off the front foot past a diving short extra cover, and the ball rolls down the ground

23.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, cuts a shortish one to sweeper cover

23.4

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, another one a touch short and pulled away to deep midwicket

23.5

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, turns away from short of a length, he cuts it away to sweeper cover

23.6

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, slapped away off the back foot straight to extra cover

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 131/2 (61 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.45, RRR: 2.34)

    • RT Ponting 30 (38b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 20 (37b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 4-0-16-0
    • S Randiv 5-0-31-1
24.1

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, shuffles across to work a turning delivery in front of square leg

24.2

Randiv to Ponting, no run, gets bat in front of pad to work with the turn towards midwicket

24.3

Randiv to Ponting, no run, gets well forward to defend down the track

24.4

Randiv to Ponting, no run, stretches well forward to smother this one back to the bowler

24.5

Randiv to Ponting, FOUR, goes for the slog sweep, and gets it off the middle of the bat, lunges forward and smacks it past square leg and in to the gap

24.6

Randiv to Ponting, no run, gets forward and works on the leg side but straight to square leg

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 136/2 (56 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.44, RRR: 2.24)

    • RT Ponting 34 (43b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 21 (38b)
    • S Randiv 6-0-36-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 4-0-16-0
25.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, stays in the crease to punch a turning ball to sweeper cover

25.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, squared him up, he did this before to Ponting as well, spins sharply across his bat and takes the pad towards slip

25.3

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, the wrong 'un, but a touch short and he goes back to crack it to sweeper cover

25.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, too short and he rocks back and hammers it straight past the non-striker

25.5

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, tossed up ball pushed down the track

25.6

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, Sri Lanka appeal as he is struck on the pad on the forward push, not given, Sri Lanka decide to refer it but it would have gone way outside off stump and he was struck outside the line as well

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 139/2 (53 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.34, RRR: 2.20)

    • RT Ponting 35 (47b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 23 (40b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 5-0-19-0
    • S Randiv 6-0-36-1

Skippy: "Slow hand clap here, ah well negotiating the spinners though! Haddin take note." Lakmal is back

26.1

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, marginally short and he latches on to the pull, Mahela at midwicket dives to save some runs

26.2

Lakmal to Clarke, 1 run, widish outside off and he hits it to sweeper cover

26.3

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 wide, wide delivery down the leg side from a full length

26.3

Lakmal to Ponting, FOUR, that is a fine shot, full delivery coming in, Ponting gets forward and opens the face to place the drive between the bowler and mid off

26.4

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 run, shuffles across and eases the full delivery around middle past midwicket

26.5

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, low full toss driven hard but straight to mid on

26.6

Lakmal to Clarke, 1 run, nicely done, short of a length ball angled in to the batsman, who gets around it and helps it wide of long leg with a short swing

End of over 27 (8 runs) Australia 147/2 (45 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.44, RRR: 1.95)

    • MJ Clarke 25 (44b)
    • RT Ponting 40 (49b 5x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-39-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 5-0-19-0
27.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track and drives against the turn to deep midwicket

27.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, gets forward and opens the face to push towards cover

27.3

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, too short, too flat, slapped off the back foot to sweeper cover

27.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, gets forward to drive a full delivery to long off

27.5

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, gets out of the crease and drives with the turn down to long off

27.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, again too short and turning away sharply, he gets to it and cuts to sweeper cover

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 152/2 (40 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 1.81)

    • MJ Clarke 28 (47b)
    • RT Ponting 42 (52b 5x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 6-0-24-0
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-39-0
28.1

Dilshan to Clarke, 2 runs, too short and turning in, smacks the pull wide of deep midwicket who saves the boundary with a dive

28.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, another short ball, does not get up much and he pulls to deep midwicket again

28.3

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, worked in front of square leg off the back foot

28.4

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, goes deep in the crease to push on the leg side

28.5

Dilshan to Clarke, 2 runs, short again, they have overdone the short stuff, and they are not fast bowlers, he cracks the cut past point

28.6

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 wide, short of a length and turning down leg

28.6

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, just a touch fuller and he cannot get the timing on the cut and chops it in to the ground

End of over 29 (7 runs) Australia 159/2 (33 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.48, RRR: 1.57)

    • MJ Clarke 33 (52b)
    • RT Ponting 43 (53b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-7-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 6-0-24-0

Prashant: "Very happy to see Ricky the batsman..During the end of his captaincy tenure he looked disgruntled all the time..now he seems so much more relaxed!"

29.1

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, eases a full delivery back to the bowler

29.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, worked off the front foot in front of square leg

29.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, how short is that, a lot, and it is slammed down to long off

29.4

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, tosses it up, so he comes down the track, and drives with the turn to long off

29.5

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, turning away from short of a length, hit straight to short extra cover

29.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 2 runs, good shot, he skips down the track, and eases a full delivery through midwicket, the feet have moved well right from the first ball he has faced

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 164/2 (28 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.46, RRR: 1.40)

    • MJ Clarke 36 (55b)
    • RT Ponting 45 (56b 5x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 7-0-29-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-7-0
30.1

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, gets around one just outside off stump and works it through square leg

30.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, down the track again and willing the ball down to long on

Benny: "The skipper's not overly keen on hitting boundaries is he? But working beautifully Clarkey!!"

30.3

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, turning in and blocked down the track

30.4

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, can't put it away, turns in from short of a length but he cuts it to point

30.5

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, worked with the turn through square leg

30.6

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, turning in, he goes on the back foot to work through square leg

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 168/2 (24 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 1.26)

    • MJ Clarke 38 (57b)
    • RT Ponting 47 (60b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-11-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 7-0-29-0

Goes round the stumps now

31.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, gets down the track yet again, and drives with the turn through extra cover

31.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, slaps the drive to sweeper cover off the front foot

31.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, cut off the back foot to sweeper cover

31.4

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, slapped off the back foot to extra cover

31.5

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, turning across, he goes back and pushes to sweeper cover

31.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, now he outdoes himself, comes down the track, and works it against the turn past midwicket, superb batting from Clarke, he has hardly looked ruffled

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 173/2 (19 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 1.05)

    • MJ Clarke 41 (60b)
    • RT Ponting 49 (63b 5x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 8-0-34-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-11-0
32.1

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, turning sharply and bouncing but down the leg side

32.2

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, played out down the track off the front foot

32.3

Dilshan to Clarke, 2 runs, abandons the crease again and works it with the turn through midwicket

32.4

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, again he pushes forward outside the line and works with the turn in front of square leg

32.5

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, right forward in solid defence down the track

32.6

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, that will be 50 for Ponting, there have been a few tense moments, but he has dug in resolutely and has progressed smoothly as his innings has progressed, drives this one down to long on

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 177/2 (15 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 0.88)

    • RT Ponting 50 (65b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 44 (64b)
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-15-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 8-0-34-0
33.1

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, worked in to the leg side for a single

33.2

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, gets forward to defend a flat and fullish one

33.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, cuts hard but straight to backward point

33.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, this is really good batting against spin, tosses up, he comes down the track and caresses it wide of mid on against the turn

33.5

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, a touch short and slapped off the back foot to sweeper cover

33.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, blocks a flat one around middle and leg down the track

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 180/2 (12 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 0.75)

    • MJ Clarke 45 (68b)
    • RT Ponting 52 (67b 5x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 9-0-37-0
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-15-0

The ball has been changed now after 34 overs

34.1

Randiv to Ponting, 1 run, driven with the turn down to long on to bring up the 100 stand

34.2

Randiv to Clarke, no run, leaves the crease again but cannot work it past midwicket

34.3

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, this time he shuffles down the track and gets the work to the right of midwicket

34.4

Randiv to Ponting, no run, tosses it up widish outside off, he gets forward to smother it

34.5

Randiv to Ponting, no run, gets forward and across to work with the turn straight to midwicket

34.6

Randiv to Ponting, OUT, Ponting is gone this time, he went for the sweep from outside off but was struck on the pad and the ball trickled in to the stumps to dislodge the bail

RT Ponting b Randiv 53 (92m 71b 5x4 0x6) SR: 74.64

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 182/3 (10 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 0.66)

    • MJ Clarke 46 (70b)
    • S Randiv 7-0-38-2
    • BMAJ Mendis 9-0-37-0
35.1

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, takes it on the pads as he tries to work a flighted ball from around middle

35.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, he gets it off the middle of the bat this time and gets it down to long on

Suresh: "Good Strategy by the Srilankans by not exposing Mendis, after they knew they have lost the match long time back..."

35.3

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, well bowled, angled in from round the stumps, and turning past his forward push

35.4

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, bat and pad close together as he comes forward to defend

35.5

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, off the mark with a punch past extra cover off the back foot

35.6

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, goes well back in the crease to work with the turn behind square leg

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 185/3 (7 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.13, RRR: 0.50)

    • MJ Clarke 48 (73b)
    • MEK Hussey 1 (3b)
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-18-0
    • S Randiv 7-0-38-2
36.1

Randiv to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke gets to his 50 with his first boundary, down the track, and lofting against the turn over wide long off, class innings

36.2

Randiv to Clarke, 1 leg bye, turning down the leg side and he gets a tickle fine on it

36.3

Randiv to MEK Hussey, no run, opening the face to push a tossed up ball towards point

36.4

Randiv to MEK Hussey, 1 run, scores are level with a work off the back foot wide of midwicket

36.5

Randiv to Clarke, no run, drives off the front foot but cannot beat mid off

36.6

Randiv to Clarke, no run, low full toss on the pads, but Clarke works it straight to square leg

End of over 37 (6 runs) Australia 191/3 (1 run required from 13 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 0.07)

    • MJ Clarke 52 (77b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (5b)
    • S Randiv 8-0-43-2
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-18-0
37.1

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, still cannot get it, pushes straight to covers off the front foot

37.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, played back down the track off the front foot

37.3

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up and he lets it go outside off. now then

37.4

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, pegged on the back foot with one hurrying on and blocks it back

37.5

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, gets forward and shoulders arms to one that angles in close to off

37.6

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, carved straight to cover from the crease, a maiden with a run required

End of over 38 (maiden) Australia 191/3 (1 run required from 12 overs, RR: 5.02, RRR: 0.08)

    • MEK Hussey 2 (11b)
    • MJ Clarke 52 (77b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 5-1-18-0
    • S Randiv 8-0-43-2
38.1

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke does it in a way characteristic of this innings and of his general approach to spin, down the track and caresses a flighted ball with the turn between mid on and midwicket

That will be all from us for this game. Join us for the 2nd ODI on Sunday from Hambantota. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Thanks for all the feedback. Cheers!

Clarke: "The wicket was fantastic, it was dry but held together better than I expected. It is important that I lead from the front, it is great having Ponting at No 3 with all that experience at the other end."

Mitchell Johnson is the Man of the Match for his 6 for 31. Johnson: "I enjoyed myself, good to get that win on the board after the Twenty20 losses, Brett Lee getting his 350th ODI wicket was exciting as well. I enjoyed getting Sanga out, always exciting to get one of their top players out."

Dilshan: "This was not a 190 wicket, we did not bat well. Our shot selection was not good, it was a good toss to win, I think our spinners bowled well, but they did not have the runs to defend."

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Three half-centuries in a chase of 192, Watson threatened to blow Sri Lanka away before falling to spin, Ajantha Mendis threatened to do an encore of the second T20 before Ponting and Clarke dug in to ensure Australia motored to victory. Australia will be tested by the Sri Lanka spinners, who were short in general today, in bigger chases but today Mitchell Johnson has set up a comprehensive win with his career-best haul

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