Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Sri Lanka v Australia

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)

Michael Clarke leads Australia out, followed closely by Shane Watson and Brad Haddin. DIlshan and Tharanga, such an effective opening combination in the subcontinent, walk out. Brett Lee will bowl the first overs. Fine leg is up, third man is back. Square leg is also back. It's a gusty day. Beautiful

14.25 Five minutes to go for the start. Waqas writes in from Austria: "@Josh I agree with you. I still can't understand this Steven Smith selection dilemma. Aaron Finch was sent back. He could have been a person to bolster the batting line up. Callum Ferguson is still overlooked."

And BC seems to be a Doherty fan. "All this talk about the quicks makes me wonder whether or not SL are underrating Doherty. He is a capable spinner and his four wickets on debut against SL was forgotten due to that amazing 9th wicket partnership in Melbourne. I wouldn't be taking him easy."

Geoff takes the selection complaining to the next level: "james hopes is better than steve smith and john hastings, how come he isn't even on tour?"

14.20 Josh has a suggestion for strengthening Australia's batting: "Steve smith should be dropped, david hussey and clarke can bowl part time, that makes way for a PROPER batsmen."

Boris: "@Gareth: Actually I disagree. Pressure is on SL to bat well after their quite miserable show first time around. I wouldn't fancy playing the likes of Johnson and Lee on a pitch with uneven bounce. 2-3 early wickets, particularly the likes of Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene, and a gettable score will be on the horizon for Australia."

Hugh: "No, I'm not surprised with the Randiv drop. Yes, he nearly got them back into the last game with his batting, but Herath is probably a better man to keep them quiet and build pressure, and he can swing a bat as well."

GK: "Maybe Smith will get a bag of wickets? Hahaha, sorry, what am i thinking?"

All the mails coming in from Australians, where are the Sri Lankan readers? Goz: "I'm not happy with Sri Lanka leaving out Randiv. Herath is more containing whilst Randiv gives it air, gives it a rip and importantly gets bounce. All of those things will be important today. Herath is doubtless to say a good bowler, but Randiv would trouble the Aussies more."

14.15 Only a small crowd in so far, its quite a journey to get to the stadium from the nearest town.

Benny: "@Gareth, Binga has to get early wickets, I would love to see that. Maybe the Doug lightning bolt will strike in Hambantota?"

The first of the mails complaining about team selection. James says: "I dont understand the selectors choice of leaving out john hastings... surely he would be a better choice than Steve Smith?"

No one wondering why Randiv has been left out yet?

14.10 Russel Arnold's pitch report: "The wicket will be slower and lower than in Pallekele and there will be uneven bounce as well." He reckons 250 should be a sufficient score to defend.

Gareth from Australia sends in the first feedback of the day: "Bad toss to lose. The Aussies are going to have to bowl like they did in the first ODI. Somehow i doubt the Johnson lightening bolt will strike the same place twice."

Toss 14.00 Sri Lanka win toss and bat. "Definitely good news that Malinga is back, he is going to enjoy bowling with this wind," says Dilshan.

Clarke says the winds remind him of Wellington. "I'm more concerned about the lights (than the pitch), they are a long way away from the pitch."

13.50 We are ten minutes away from the toss. Moody expects it to be a bat-first track. His co-commentator Roshan Abeyasinghe agrees with him, citing some cracks in the pitch. It's very windy in Hambantota.

Team news: Malinga and Herath return, Lakmal and Randiv left out. No changes for Australia.

13.45 Welcome to match two of the series between the Australia and Sri Lanka. Australia have negotiated a journey on a sea plane to get to Hambantota in Sri Lanka's deep south. This will be the first international match held here since the World Cup, for which the ground was constructed. Tom Moody says on Twitter "Hambantota is the biggest ground I have ever seen at least 200 metres screen to screen. "

0.1

Lee to Tharanga, no run, gets a hint of outswing first up, Tharanga pushes this to mid-on. Fullish delivery

One slip and short midwicket are the catching men

0.2

Lee to Tharanga, no run, this one doesn't swing in, but Tharanga plays for it, and ends up pushing inside the line of the ball

"Yeah, why isn't James Hopes being considered? Is it because he can both bat and bowl?" John, I hope James Hopes is not injured

0.3

Lee to Tharanga, 1 wide, tries the bouncer, but it is too short and too high

0.3

Lee to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, just outside off, Tharanga pushes it to cover

0.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, again, plays for the non-existent swing, turning his wrists on this one, gets a leading edge towards point

"@Gareth, I totally agree. Could whatever state the players play in have something to do with it, not their ability? Hopes was the 5th or 6th highest run scorer last year in the Sheffield Shield. And one of the leading wickettakers. Why isn't he in this side???" Matt, I am a fan of Hopes too, can't for the life of me figure out how he can lose out to Smith, unless he is injured. Or unless Hilditch is one of the selectors. Oh well

0.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, this one swings ina bit, gets the inside edge onto the pad. A stifled appeal ensues

0.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, defended with an open face, towards point. Just the one wide off the over

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
WU Tharanga    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Okakaboka: "In regard to the suggestion about Hopes....Yes, I agree. But Andrew McDonald is both a better bat and bowler than Hopes and he doesn't get a look in either. What's with that??" Meanwile, here's Doug Bollinger. One wide slip and short extra cover are the catching men

1.1

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, goes after the first delivery, it's wide, way too wide for him to go at it without moving his feet

1.2

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, extra bounce for Bollinger as Dilshan slashes at this, looking to go over point. Is beaten by the bounce

Tim: "James Hopes has struggled in internationals for a while now. Other players like Luke Butterworth and Daniel Christian play his role much better, the question is why are they not being considered." Don't know much about Butterworth, but give me Hopes, McDonald or Christian over Smith any day

1.3

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, fuller, swings in a bit, Dilshan pushes it back to Bollinger. That he had to hurriedly get the front pad out of the way suggests he was not expecting swing

1.4

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, shorter, wider, left alone

A second slip comes in. Better

1.5

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, and he beats the edge with a short-of-a-length delivery just outside off. Dilshan played a defensive shot inside the line

1.6

Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, a good delivery but how well has he played this? Full and swinging in, towards off and middle, he makes room and plays with an open face, guiding it to third man for one

End of over 2 (1 run) Sri Lanka 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
TM Dilshan    1* (6b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-1-0
WU Tharanga    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0

2.1

Lee to Dilshan, FOUR, top shot, meets this back-of-a-length delivery with a full face, timing it well, between the bowler and mid-on

2.2

Lee to Dilshan, FOUR, if the last ball was persuaded, this has been forced for four. Makes room and crashes this through covers. Beats the short extra cover

2.3

Lee to Dilshan, 2 runs, smart work from Watson, not so smart from Lee. Dilshan has hit this powerfully, straight to Watson at short extra cover, who throws down the non-striker's stump direct. Tharanga is back in, but Lee just has a nothing flick back at Dilshan, who gets out of the way and lets the ball go for two overthrows

2.4

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, placed wide of mid-on for one

2.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, pushed to cover

2.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, driven firmly, finds mid-off

End of over 3 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
WU Tharanga    0* (8b)      B Lee    2-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    12* (10b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-1-0

3.1

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and defends it into the leg side

3.2

Bollinger to Dilshan, FOUR, smashed, on the up, lands on a good length and he flays it imperiously past extra cover

A short extra cover comes in, one slip taken out

3.3

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, around a good length just outside off, pushed on the bounce to that short extra cover fielder

3.4

Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, straying on the pads, tickles it down towards fine leg for a single

A sparse crowd at Hambantota

3.5

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, slightly short, going down leg, was caught in two minds about playing at that one, looking to turn it into the leg side at first but then opted against it, struck on the pads

3.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, FOUR, nicely timed, picked the gap very well, punched firmly off the front foot, on the up, past extra cover for a boundary

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 22/0 (RR: 5.50)
WU Tharanga    4* (10b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    17* (14b 3x4)      B Lee    2-0-12-0

Already we have Shane Watson on. No slips in place. Just short extra cover and short midwicket

4.1

Watson to Dilshan, no run, goes for the big cut immediately, this one stays low, and squeezes under the bat

4.2

Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, Crack. Gentle short delivery, wide enough, and Dilshan gives it the treatment square on off side

Nick says that Smith be given time. "Give Smith a break he is a good player and remember in the ashes his fifty! also in the seris against england he made 46 not out. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE HIM!"

4.3

Watson to Dilshan, no run, full, into the pads, driven down the ground, finds mid-on

4.4

Watson to Dilshan, no run, stops at him, Dilshan plays this uppishly through short extra cover from where Hussey was just moved to his left to prevent the boundaries that Dilshan has been hitting

4.5

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, steered to third man for a single

Tim: "With Watson, Clarke and D Hussey we actually don't need another bowler. We should pick a specialist batsmen to bat at 6 or 7 instead of Smith, someone who can clear the fence. If not Cameron White then Aaron Finch or David Warner."

4.6

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 28/0 (RR: 5.60)
WU Tharanga    5* (11b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    22* (19b 4x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-10-0

5.1

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, full, Tharanga mis-hits the drive to mid-on

5.2

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

5.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, swings in, actually seams in after pitching, Tharanga is hit on the pad, but this is going down the leg side

5.4

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, punched to cover

5.5

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, length ball, on the pads, pushed to mid-on

5.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, firm push from Tharanga, on the up, but can't beat mid-on. Maiden over

End of over 6 (maiden) Sri Lanka 28/0 (RR: 4.66)
WU Tharanga    5* (17b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    3-1-10-0
TM Dilshan    22* (19b 4x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0

"Big Roy Symonds should be still in the side." Exactly Cam. Great captains get the best out of difficult characters, especially when there is no replacement in sight

6.1

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball, on off, Dilshan opens the body up, and drives it with an open face for single to sweeper-cover

6.2

Watson to Tharanga, FOUR, length ball on the pads, not the ball to bowl to subcontinent batsmen with the fine leg in the circle. Tharanga places this wide of the man

Kelz: "Good point Tim, Finch/Warner to open with Watson and Haddin to drop back into middle order maybe"

6.3

Watson to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, closer to middle now, pushed back to Watson

6.4

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, gets the width, steers this down to third man

6.5

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, opens the face on this fullish delivery, places it between point and cover-point

6.6

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, Tharanga finds Johnson at short fine leg, but Johnson has trouble finding the ball, and concedes a single

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 36/0 (RR: 5.14)
WU Tharanga    11* (21b 2x4)      SR Watson    2-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    24* (21b 4x4)      DE Bollinger    3-1-10-0

Prasanga: "I am bit surprise to see Randiv is left out. If Sri Lanka can give more opportunity to him, he will become a good all rounder." Lee comes back

7.1

Lee to Tharanga, no run, bouncer outside off, Tharanga doesn't play at it

Tim: "@Sidharth, what are you talking about, no replacements. We've already suggested John Hastings, James Hopes, Andrew McDonald, Luke Butterworth and Daniel Christian. I can throw in Mitch Marsh as well if you'd like. Last thing Australia needs is to bring back more old players."

Tim, from what I have seen, nobody has yet come and made Symonds's place his own for a considerable period of time

7.2

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, gets a thick edge on this drive, and a single to third man

7.3

Lee to Dilshan, no run, full, but swinging in, Dilshan is a touch late into the drive, finds mid-off

Silly mid-on stands almost between the umpire and the non-striker

7.4

Lee to Dilshan, OUT, Inswinger. Timber. Dilshan has been a touch late with the fuller deliveries, and this one is slightly shorter than the driving length, and sneaks in through the big gap between bat and pad. Middle stump is out, Lee is thrilled

TM Dilshan b Lee 24 (35m 23b 4x4 0x6) SR: 104.34

In comes Kumar Sangakkara. Goes round the wicket

7.5

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, angling into the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

Dan: "Why not give Ricky a few overs? Now he's not captain, it'll give him something else to think about. He can't be any worse than Smith."

7.6

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, full and wide, Sanga tries to open the face on this one, is a touch early into the shot

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 37/1 (RR: 4.62)
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      B Lee    3-0-13-1
WU Tharanga    12* (23b 2x4)      SR Watson    2-0-14-0

"I get tired of the bagging of Smith," says Sutty. "The bloke undoubtedly has supreme talent (You don't score 4 centuries as a 20 yr old in a first class season, if you don't have talent) - Unfortunately, like most of the blokes in the Australian setup, he has not progressed as a player in recent seasons; Maybe the query has to be placed on the coaches in the Australian setup?"

Here's Johnson, with a silly mid-on

8.1

Johnson to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, this one moves into the batsman, hits Tharanga on the pads. Johnson appeals, but clearly it is going down the leg side

8.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, looks to run this down square and steal a single, but has hit it straight to point

Lolly: "I miss watching Roy. Most Aussie players seem so bland and media friendly now compared to him. And there is none with his exceptional grace in the field."

Silly mid-on goes to short midwicket

8.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga plays away from the body, on the up, towards point. He seems to trust this pitch, which has been flat

8.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, goes for the yorker, Sanga digs it out in front of leg

Ryan: "I am glad there are other people who recognise just HOW important symmo was at number 5.. with him in the side and a spinner other than Krezja, Aus would have been ALOT better in the WC, BRING BACK ROY!"

8.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, driven on the up again, but finds cover-point

8.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, closer to off, Sanga presses forward and plays this back to Johnson. Another maiden for Australia

End of over 9 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 38/1 (RR: 4.22)
KC Sangakkara    0* (7b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-0
WU Tharanga    12* (24b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-13-1

Daniel Alexander: "@ Prasanga - no doubt Randiv is a great potential for the future, Herath bowls well for Right handers and Aus top 4 are RH batsmen". Lee to continue round the stumps, with one slip in place

9.1

Lee to Tharanga, no run, loose drive well away from the body, with no foot movement at all. Is beaten by the away movement

9.2

Lee to Tharanga, no run, fuller, closer to off, can't beat the cover ring

9.3

Lee to Tharanga, no run, full, on the pads, can't beat square leg

Boll: "I know there was mention of Lee`s 350th ODI wicket last game. No mention that he was easily the quickest to the mark - 202 matches. Next best Waqar at 218!"

9.4

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, beats the cover ring this time, but there is a sweeper-cover in place

9.5

Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, angling in, pushed to mid-on, and take the single to Bollinger, who is not the quickest among the Aussies

""Few cricketers have matured so gradually yet ripened so fruitfully as xxxxxx xxxxxx. With little to show for his first six years in Test cricket" This is the cricinfo bio on which famous Ozzy cricketer? Richie Benaud! Smith baggers back off!" Slightly optimistic, Meety?

9.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, this is full and swings away, which makes it quite handy delivery, especially since it is coming from round the stumps. Tharanga is beaten on the drive

End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 40/1 (RR: 4.00)
WU Tharanga    13* (29b 2x4)      B Lee    4-0-15-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (8b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-0

Bowling Powerplay taken

10.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Johnson traps Sanga on the crease, hits his pad with the late movement in, but not before there is an inside edge. They sneak in the single, Ponting has a shy at the non-striker's end, but it is Sanga who hits the stumps with his dive

10.2

Johnson to Tharanga, OUT, Johnson strikes. His red-hot form continues. Digs this one in short, outside off, Tharanga looks to sway out of the line, but doesn't quite take the gloves out of the way. The ball doesn't quite rise up, and kisses the glove on the way

WU Tharanga c †Haddin b Johnson 13 (49m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 43.33

Mahela Jayawardene joins Sanga

10.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, good delivery first up, pitches on a length, middle and off, seams away a touch, takes a thick edge, but Mahela's soft hands make sure it goes straight into the ground. And also wide of slip

10.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, Mahela rides the bounce and defends this to cover

10.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly too straight, and Mahela takes a single to long leg

10.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off, driven on the up, to mid-off

End of over 11 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 46/2 (RR: 4.18)
KC Sangakkara    2* (10b)      MG Johnson    2-1-6-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (3b 1x4)      B Lee    4-0-15-1

11.1

Lee to Jayawardene, 2 wides, slightly dozey by Haddin, this is down the leg side, but not too wide, Haddin gets both his gloves to it, but it bounces out. Holds the hand up in apology immediately

11.1

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, yorker outside off, Sanga digs it out

Goes over the wicket now

11.2

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, pitches middle and off, moves away slightly, Sanga is behind the line in defence

"Will Mahela achieve 10,000 ODI runs during Aussi tour?" asks Prasanga. He is 259 shot. he could. And Sanga is not too far behind, with 9403

11.3

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, angled across, pushed to cover

11.4

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, pitched on a length, angled across again, Sanga pushes forward to defend

11.5

Lee to Sangakkara, 2 runs, a touch too straight, clipped off the pads, past square leg

11.6

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, slight shape away from Sanga, who is behind the line, and defends

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 50/2 (RR: 4.16)
KC Sangakkara    4* (16b)      B Lee    5-0-19-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (3b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-6-1

Two slips in for Mahela now

12.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, floater outside off, Mahela leaves it be

12.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, closer to the stumps, too close really, and Mahela clips it off the pads for a couple

"Will these two be regarded as legends in future?" asks Amila. In the future, Amila? Aren't they legends already?

12.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, presses right forward to defend this to cover

12.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, tucks Mahela up, who fends and keeps it down

"Aahh.. Sid.. Birmingham yesterday; Hambantota today.. i dont think i envy your job.. wherever you go; the openers fall early if its an Asian team; eh? your opening spell sure continues to be fiery even in SL!! :)" You are damn right, Keshav. You can't envy this, but this is one of those weekends where every one is playing

12.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, steered to third man for a single

12.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, full, swinging in late, Sanga pushes it firmly to mid-on

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 53/2 (RR: 4.07)
KC Sangakkara    4* (17b)      MG Johnson    3-1-9-1
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (8b 1x4)      B Lee    5-0-19-1

Time for X-man Doherty. One slip for him

13.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, the first ball drifts in nicely, but it is too full, and Mahela takes the easy single into the leg side

Round the wicket to Sanga too

13.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, this is flatter, angled across, and is pushed to cover

13.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, flat again, Sanga moves across a touch, and plays this down to long-on for a single

13.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, Doherty is much better to the right-hand batsman, this drifts in again, and Mahela defends this back

13.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, more drift in towards the right-hander, but yet to see any turn. Mahela defends this outside off

13.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, quicker and flatter, defended towards cover

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 55/2 (RR: 3.92)
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (12b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-2-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (19b)      MG Johnson    3-1-9-1

"How about Brett Lee, how will he be viewed in the future. It seems at the moment that only Warne and McGrath get credit for the dominance of Australia in the 2000s when Brett Lee was there taking regular wickets the whole time." Tim, I think Lee gets a lot more credit for his ODI performances. He was a superb ODI bowler over the last decade. He is not too bad even now

14.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, Sanga is forward and pushes this to cover

14.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, doesn't drop the pace by much, but Sanga punches this on the up, straight down the ground, gets a single by the time mid-on comes around

14.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, another good offcutter from Johnson. Pitches in the channel, makes him play, and then leaves him. Beaten

14.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly wider, and Mahela guides this to third man for one

The silly mid-on comes back in

14.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and wide, Sanga leans into the drive, gets a couple by the time sweeper-cover fields and throws

14.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, full and wide outside off, Sanga leaves this alone

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 59/2 (RR: 3.93)
KC Sangakkara    8* (23b)      MG Johnson    4-1-13-1
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (14b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-2-0

Time for drinks, and Haydn writes in, "I would love to see Johnson bowl from the other end and use that wind to bring the ball back into the right hander. Much like in the Perth test last year."

15.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, angling into Mahela, who defends it back to Doherty

15.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, more drift for Doherty, but no turn, and Mahela plays it back to him

15.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, overpitched, gets an easy single to long-on

"I think Brett Lee will remain renown as one of the quickest, fiercest, and greatest personalities of the game. But I may be biased." I agree with the last sentence, Gareth

15.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, floater outside off, Sanga defends

15.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, shimmies down the ground, gets a single to long-on

15.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to deep point for a single

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 62/2 (RR: 3.87)
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (18b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    9* (25b)      MG Johnson    4-1-13-1

"I wnt be seeing any more matches where sid is either on live commentary or on live chat," says Saurabh. Which means you will be following it online. It helps Cricinfo that way

16.1

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, angling across Mahela, who pushes this to cover

16.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 wide, short of a length, pitched outside leg, Mahela gets inside the line, but misses. Called a wide

16.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela on his toes, and defends this to cover

"We all know Brett Lee will be remembered by his number 2 hit single in India" I agree with Lachlan. He will also be remembered with his overt unnatural niceness when he is in India. Diabetics, stay away

16.3

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, full outside off, driven to sweeper-cover

16.4

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and wide to the left-hand batsman too, and he is driven to sweeper-cover again

16.5

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, full and wide again, squeezes it out, past point

16.6

Bollinger to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, pitches close to off, seams in a touch, Sanga defends

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 66/2 (RR: 3.88)
KC Sangakkara    10* (27b)      DE Bollinger    4-1-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (22b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-5-0

Crowbarred: "This is why 20/20 gets too much coverage. No radio here in Australia is covering this game. 50/50 cricket deserves much more respect." Silly mid-on for Doherty too

17.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, around middle and leg, defended to leg

17.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela tries the premeditated paddle, is beaten by the turn, there is an appeal for lbw, but the it is pitched just outside off, and has turned away ever so slightly

17.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, flighted generously again, Mahela comes forward and defends

17.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly flat, guides this past point for a single

17.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, driven to cover

17.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the pads, played late by Sanga, just around the corner for a single

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 68/2 (RR: 3.77)
KC Sangakkara    11* (29b)      XJ Doherty    3-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (26b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    4-1-14-0

18.1

Bollinger to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, Sanga drives it towards point

18.2

Bollinger to Sangakkara, no run

18.3

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, wide of off, leans forward and drives it to sweeper-cover for one

"hello can any one tell me please where is Umpire Aleem Dar? i have not seen him India vs England, Zem vs Ban and now Aus Vs Sir

i hope he is ok" That's a good question, Sam

18.4

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, dropped wide of midwicket, and they charge through for one

18.5

Bollinger to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, seams in, Sanga gets an inside edge onto the pad

18.6

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, guided towards long leg for one

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 71/2 (RR: 3.73)
KC Sangakkara    13* (34b)      DE Bollinger    5-1-17-0
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (27b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-7-0

19.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, drift for Doherty, wide outside off, driven towards sweeper-cover

19.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, good flight and dip on this one, pitches around off, and holds its line. Mahela defends

19.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, waits for this one and opens the face late for a single

19.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up outside off, worked away wide of midwicket for one

19.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, OUT, Doherty gets his man, he has been frustrating Mahela with his accurate bowling and the drift that has been getting. Mahela goes for the big sweep from outside off, and places it right down deep square leg's throat

DPMD Jayawardene c MEK Hussey b Doherty 17 (41m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.66

Okakaboka: "Well I don't know about Brett Lee....Damien Fleming was the best bowler I've seen in recent memory. He always looked more likely to get a wicket than McGrath, Warne, Lee or Gillespie. Pity his career was shortened by injury!" Meanwhile Dinesh Chandimal is the new man in

19.6

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 wide, more drift here, but this is a wide down the leg side

"In ODIs - for great fast bowlers, you'd think Waqar, Wasim, Ambrose, Garner, Marshall, McGrath, but Lee's Strike Rate was far better than the lot of them!" I agree Meety, Lee has been a superb ODI bowler

19.6

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 no ball, oversteps... that's criminal for a spinner in limited-overs cricket... defended off the front foot

19.6

Doherty to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal charges at Dhoerty to get off the mark off a free hit, hits this powerfully down the ground, but can't beat long-on

End of over 20 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 77/3 (RR: 3.85)
LD Chandimal    1* (2b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-13-1
KC Sangakkara    15* (36b)      DE Bollinger    5-1-17-0

20.1

Bollinger to Chandimal, no run, lovely bouncer, Chandimal has no clue about this, is hit on the helmet and nearly steps on the stumps. Top stuff, accurate bouncer. Chandimal manages a smile

20.2

Bollinger to Chandimal, OUT, awesome bowling... the bouncer is followed up by the length ball, in the channel outside off. Chandimal is sitting inside the crease after that bouncer, and just leaves the bat to fry. The edge is taken. Good disciplined persistence from Australia on a flat track

LD Chandimal c †Haddin b Bollinger 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

"Lee will be remembered for his heelclicking celebration. Love it!" That I agree with, John. In comes Angelo Mathews

20.3

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, length ball, seaming away slightly, Mathews is slightly opened up, but keeps it down

20.4

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, bouncer now, Mathews sways out of the line

20.5

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, drives on the up, far away from his body, manages to keep it down

Tharindu: "For the second time running, Sri Lanka got their batting line up wrong. No. 03 should have been either Mahela or Chandimal. As in England series, Sanga can move down the order. Otherwise SL not utilize Chandimal's hitting prowess."

20.6

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, length ball, pitches middle and leg, moves towards off, Mathews defends. Wicket-maiden for Bollinger

End of over 21 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 77/4 (RR: 3.66)
AD Mathews    0* (4b)      DE Bollinger    6-2-17-1
KC Sangakkara    15* (36b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-13-1

Rachael: "John, don't forget the 'lawnmower'. Sadly, we don't see that as much!"

21.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed wide of point for one

Silly mid-on in again

21.2

Doherty to Mathews, no run, some bite here, Doherty gets it to drift towards middle and left, and it then turns towards off. Defended

21.3

Doherty to Mathews, no run, full on the pads, pushed towards midwicket

21.4

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, short and wide, cut away

21.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga dances down the track to get close to the pitch, and gets a single to long-on

21.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, flighted around middle and off, defended to cover

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 80/4 (RR: 3.63)
AD Mathews    1* (8b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-16-1
KC Sangakkara    17* (38b)      DE Bollinger    6-2-17-1

David Hussey to bowl now. With a silly mid-off, who now moves to silly mid-on

22.1

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 wide, angled down the leg side for a wide

22.1

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushed past point for a single

Mark: "@Rachael......isn't that the chainsaw. Warney partook in the chainsaw also." Stays round the wicket for the right-hand batsman

22.2

DJ Hussey to Mathews, 1 run, full toss, hit straight, but misfielded by silly mid-off, which lets Mathews get his 1000th run

22.3

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, angled in, defended to silly mid-on

22.4

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven down the ground for a single

22.5

DJ Hussey to Mathews, 1 run, angling across, Mathews plays with soft hands, and takes a single just wide of cover

22.6

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, this one turns away from Sanga, gets a thick edge for a single

End of over 23 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 86/4 (RR: 3.73)
KC Sangakkara    20* (42b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0
AD Mathews    3* (10b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-16-1

23.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, short outside off, not short enough to cut, punched to cover-point

23.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, Smith has saved four here. Full and wide, nicely driven, but Smith puts in the dive at extra cover

23.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, floated outside off, pushed to point

23.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly flatter, this time Sanga forces this through the cover ring for one

We now have a silly point

23.5

Doherty to Mathews, no run, flighted outside off, Mathews drives it firmly to mid-off

23.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, another firm push, away from the body, towards cover

End of over 24 (1 run) Sri Lanka 87/4 (RR: 3.62)
AD Mathews    3* (12b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-17-1
KC Sangakkara    21* (46b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0

24.1

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, drifts in towards Sanga, who can't get it past the straight extra cover

24.2

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed to extra cover

24.3

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven down to long-on for one

24.4

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, Mathews presses forward and defends around his front pad

24.5

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, full, on the pads, can't get it past midwicket

24.6

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, floated wide outside off, pushed to short extra cover

End of over 25 (1 run) Sri Lanka 88/4 (RR: 3.52)
AD Mathews    3* (15b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    22* (49b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-17-1

Says Rohit Verma: "I'm really impressed with Clarke captaincy. This is a result of proper planning by the Australian management. Now, he has learnt what Ponting had to offer and what he himself has is the bonus to watch.."

25.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, around off, Sanga defends with soft hands

25.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, come down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and pushes this to long-on for one

25.3

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, nice nice drift, this was well outside off when it left his hand, then moved in, pitched off, and straightened a touch. Pushed to the left of Doherty, who gets a hand to it, thus beating Smith with the deviation even though he was backing up well

25.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, short now, cut away to sweeper-cover for one

25.5

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews leaves his crease now, gets a single to long-off

25.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga uses his feet well to come down to the pitch of this delivery, pushes this to long-on

End of over 26 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 93/4 (RR: 3.57)
KC Sangakkara    25* (53b)      XJ Doherty    7-0-22-1
AD Mathews    5* (17b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-7-0

26.1

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, flighted around off, Sanga comes forward and defends

26.2

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, jumps out of the crease again, takes this nearly on the full, gets a single to long-off

26.3

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, tossed up outside off, defended

26.4

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, full on the pads, turns this to midwicket

26.5

DJ Hussey to Mathews, 1 run, driven down to long-on for another single

26.6

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, full, into the pads, pushed to long-on for one

The last boundary came in the 11th over

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 96/4 (RR: 3.55)
KC Sangakkara    27* (56b)      DJ Hussey    3-0-10-0
AD Mathews    6* (20b)      XJ Doherty    7-0-22-1

"I must say, all credit to Doherty thus far," says Boris He isn't getting a great deal from the wicket but is just staying consistent and being patient. The Australian selectors need to apply the same logic to their spin selections. As Doherty is proving, such an approach can yield results."

And this is from Tim: "Time to bring Smith on for a couple of 'development' overs?"

27.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven down to long-off for one

27.2

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, too far down the leg side, helped away for a single

27.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, SIX, First boundary since the 11th over, and what a beautiful shot to bring that with... comes down the track, keeps himself slightly short of the itch, and then lets his arms go through this straight loft. The high elbow provides the cherry

27.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, good to see he doesn't fire one in after getting hit for six. Defended

27.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flatter now, Sanga opens the face late, running it fine

27.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, strays on the pads, worked around the corner for one

End of over 28 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 107/4 (RR: 3.82)
KC Sangakkara    37* (61b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    8-0-33-1
AD Mathews    7* (21b)      DJ Hussey    3-0-10-0

Johnson comes back now

28.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish outside off, runs this to third man for one

28.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, length ball, pitches middle and leg, moves away towards off, defended

Smudgeon: "I don't think enough people give Doherty credit. His stats don't necessarily back this up, but he is improving with each match he plays. Pity he was thrown to the wolves at the Gabba, and will probably be out of test reckoning for the foreseeable future."

28.3

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, angled across him, Mathews punches it to sweeper-cover for one

28.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and wide, cut away for one

28.5

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, full offcutter, gets a thick edge, which goes square of third man, gets them a couple

28.6

Johnson to Mathews, no run, beautiful offcutter, pitches on a length, around off, Mathews plays at it, and is beaten by the movement

End of over 29 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 112/4 (RR: 3.86)
AD Mathews    10* (25b)      MG Johnson    5-1-18-1
KC Sangakkara    39* (63b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    8-0-33-1

Goes over the wicket for Sanga now

29.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, and what a peach... this drifts away from Sanga, and then turns and spits... gets a thin inside edge, and Haddin is nowhere close to the ball. He appeals for something, though. Only he knows what

29.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, quicker, into the pads, worked around the corner

29.3

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for one

29.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 wide, harsh harsh call... this is drifting in the air, like a good old inswinger, lands on the guide line for wides. And the umpire spreads his arms. Give the bowlers some room, at least when they are beating the batsmen with drift!

29.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, into the pads now, turned to square leg for one

29.5

Doherty to Mathews, no run, more drift for him, Mathews comes forward and defends

29.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, flatter delivery, pushed to cover

End of over 30 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 120/4 (RR: 4.00)
AD Mathews    11* (28b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-41-1
KC Sangakkara    45* (66b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-1-18-1

30.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, around off, Sanga pushes this to mid-off

30.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, full, on the pads, Johnson hits him on the pads, but stifles his appeal because he knows this is headed down the leg side

30.3

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single

30.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes for the full and straight delivery again, worked away for a single square on the on side

30.5

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, short ball, quick too, at 142ks, Mathews is tucked up, gets a single to third man

30.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, outside off, Sanga comes forward and defends solidly

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 124/4 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    46* (70b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    6-1-21-1
AD Mathews    13* (30b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-41-1

31.1

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, the rare short and flat ball from Doherty, punched down to long-off for one

31.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, drifts outside off for Sanga, who pushes this with an open face for a single

31.3

Doherty to Mathews, no run, lovely drift and dip, Mathews was looking to come down, but saw he was never going to get close to this, and defended

31.4

Doherty to Mathews, no run, stays in his crease and defends this

31.5

Doherty to Mathews, no run, short and wide, but this turns and bounce, and Mathews chooses to play it with soft hands

31.6

Doherty to Mathews, no run, a quick delivery around off to end a good spell for Doherty. Mathews defends

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 126/4 (RR: 3.93)
AD Mathews    14* (35b)      XJ Doherty    10-0-43-1
KC Sangakkara    47* (71b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    6-1-21-1

32.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, superb yorker, swinging in late, in front of middle, but Johnson's appeal is stifled. Perhaps because he sees the ball hit the bat. I got a feeling it hit the boot first, though!

32.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, more swing into the pads, worked away for a single this time to bring up the fifty of this stand. Just one boundary in it

Slip comes in

32.3

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, tucks him up with a short one, guided into the on side for a couple. The fine leg is very square

Goes round the wicket

32.4

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, bowls a wide full toss, driven square, Ponting gets a hand to it at point, deflecting it towards sweeper-cover

32.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, short and wide, Sanga looks to run this down, gets a bottom edge well short of Haddin

32.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowled from behind the stumps, gets more swing into the left-hand batsman. Sanga pushes with soft hands, gets a single to mid-on

End of over 33 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 131/4 (RR: 3.96)
KC Sangakkara    49* (75b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    7-1-26-1
AD Mathews    17* (37b)      XJ Doherty    10-0-43-1

Back from the drinks break. Watson to bowl

33.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, that's fifty for Sanga, through a gentle length ball on the pads, which he flicks away for a single

33.2

Watson to Mathews, no run, back of a length, moves in a touch, punched to extra cover

33.3

Watson to Mathews, no run, short of a length, just outside off, Mathews can't place this wide of Watson

33.4

Watson to Mathews, 1 run, fuller, into the pads, nudged into the on side for one

33.5

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, full ball, outside off, driven to extra cover. Smith puts in a desperate dive and saves runs, at least one

33.6

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, angled in, back of a length, pushed to mid-on

End of over 34 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 133/4 (RR: 3.91)
KC Sangakkara    50* (78b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    3-0-16-0
AD Mathews    18* (40b)      MG Johnson    7-1-26-1

Hussey is back

34.1

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, length ball on the pads, Mathews turns this to square leg, Sanga has to be sent back. Watson's throw is quick, but slightly wide

He is bowling round the wicket

34.2

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, angled across, guided with an open face, but finds backward point

34.3

DJ Hussey to Mathews, 1 run, turns this around the corner for a single

34.4

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to extra cover

34.5

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 run, that's tossed up higher, driven square on the off side for one

34.6

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, flat on the pads, worked away for one

End of over 35 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 135/4 (RR: 3.85)
AD Mathews    19* (44b)      DJ Hussey    4-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara    51* (80b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    3-0-16-0

35.1

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, stops a touch at him, played towards midwicket

35.2

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, pushed down to long-on

35.3

Watson to Mathews, 2 runs, bouncer, pulled away nicely, keeps it down, gets a couple by the time Hussey runs around from deep square

35.4

Watson to Mathews, 1 run, fuller now, pushed to long-on for an easy single

35.5

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, tries the yorker, around middle and leg, Sanga keeps it out

35.6

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, driven on the up, straight back, Watson dives and fields in his follow-through

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 139/4 (RR: 3.86)
KC Sangakkara    52* (84b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-20-0
AD Mathews    22* (46b)      DJ Hussey    4-0-12-0

Boris: "7 overs from the so called 'fifth bowler', whose quota consists of Watson and Hussey collectively, has so far produced 28 runs. Its not going to be easy to score quick runs on this wicket, I really feel the batters should take more initiative against these two. Letting these two get away with tidy figures may come back to bite SL."

36.1

DJ Hussey to Mathews, 1 run, flighted well outside off, pushed to long-off for one

36.2

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, OUT, Full toss! Caught at long-on! Goes for the midwicket boundary, but gets a sort of leading edge/toe end, and skies it to Johnson at long-on. Sanga can't believe it

KC Sangakkara c Johnson b DJ Hussey 52 (121m 85b 1x4 1x6) SR: 61.17

What a break for Australia. The partnership had begun to loo threatening. And how it came. Off a full toss. In comes Jeevan Mendis now

36.3

DJ Hussey to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, starts off with a single down to long-on

36.4

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, floated outside off, worked across the line, to midwicket

36.5

DJ Hussey to Mathews, no run, presses forward to defend this back to Hussey

36.6

DJ Hussey to Mathews, 1 run, angled across him, placed wide of point for one

End of over 37 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 142/5 (RR: 3.83)
AD Mathews    24* (50b)      DJ Hussey    5-0-15-1
BMAJ Mendis    1* (1b)      SR Watson    4-0-20-0

Batting Powerplay taken. Hmm. Interesting they should do it immediately after a wicket has fallen! Clarke calls Lee back. Long-off, deep cover and deep square leg are the man outside the circle

37.1

Lee to Mathews, 1 run, starts off with a full toss outside off, driven to deep cover for one

Round the wicket to Mendis

37.2

Lee to BMAJ Mendis, no run, pushed to straight midwicket, he wants the single, Mathews doesn't. Clarke had to field in his right hand, then spin around, and throw with his left, which allowed Mendis the time get back. Nearly took Lee out with the throw, though

37.3

Lee to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, angled in, helped away for a single to deep square leg

Mid-off comes up, mid-on goes back

37.4

Lee to Mathews, no run, full, just outside off, driven to mid-off

37.5

Lee to Mathews, 1 run, goes for the yorker, ends up overpitching on the pads, concedes just the single to deep square leg

37.6

Lee to BMAJ Mendis, no run, full and straight, pushed back towards the bowler

End of over 38 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 145/5 (RR: 3.81)
BMAJ Mendis    2* (4b)      B Lee    6-0-22-1
AD Mathews    26* (53b)      DJ Hussey    5-0-15-1

Bollinger to bowl from the other end. Long-on, deep midwicket are two of the three men out

38.1

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, angled across him, pushed to point

Not one shot in anger off the seven Powerplay deliveries

38.2

Bollinger to Mathews, 1 run, offcutter, Mathews stretches forward and pushes at it, it takes the edge, but third man is fine and keeps them down to one

38.3

Bollinger to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, pulled to deep square for one

38.4

Bollinger to Mathews, 1 run, pushed off the back foot, gets a single to deep cover

Both the quicks have bowled to their Powerplay fields so far

38.5

Bollinger to BMAJ Mendis, no run, back of a length, around off, pushed to short midwicket. Another dot, five of them out of 11 Powerplay deliveries now

38.6

Bollinger to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, full, swinging in late, clipped away to deep square for one

End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 149/5 (RR: 3.82)
BMAJ Mendis    4* (7b)      DE Bollinger    7-2-21-1
AD Mathews    28* (56b)      B Lee    6-0-22-1

Karn: 'A very interesting move to take the batting power-play. 35-40 runs without a loss of a wicket, and SL have the psychological disadvantage. With 180 on the board in 42 overs and with five wickets in hand ... hey, who doesn't want that on a sluggish pitch. But, should SL lose a wicket--especially, that of Matthews--, and the Aussies are all over the Lankans. For me, this decision could hugely affect the outcome of the game. Exciting times!"

39.1

Lee to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, driven on the up, to deep cover for just one

39.2

Lee to Mathews, 1 run, full and straight, flicked to long-on for one

39.3

Lee to BMAJ Mendis, OUT, Lovely slower bouncer, 121ks, well directed too, cramps him up. Mendis goes for the pull, gets just a tame top edge, and short fine leg does the rest

BMAJ Mendis c Bollinger b Lee 5 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

"The Aussie bowlers really have bolwed well to their field. There have been a few loose deliveries, but by and large, they have executed whatever plan they had well." Spot on, Gareth

Nuwan Kulasekara is the new batsman in

39.4

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, full and straight, pushed to extra cover

39.5

Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, short one, into the ribs, Kula drops it to on, goes for a late and potentially suicidal single. Smith from square leg misses the stumps

39.6

Lee to Mathews, 1 run, yorker goes wrong, but Mathews only pushes this full toss to mid-off

End of over 40 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 153/6 (RR: 3.82)
AD Mathews    30* (58b)      B Lee    7-0-26-2
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      DE Bollinger    7-2-21-1

"Baffling tactics by SL management. Didn't take the Batting PP when Sanga and Mathews were set. Taken immediately when a wicket has fallen and a new batsman was in the middle. Result is another wicket," Tharindu is rightly fuming

40.1

Bollinger to Mathews, 1 run, tucked away wide of mid-on for one

A slip comes in

40.2

Bollinger to Kulasekara, 1 run, short of a length, angled across, punched away to sweeper-cover for one

Third man, deep cover, deep square are the three men out

40.3

Bollinger to Mathews, no run, makes room, cuts, finds Ponting at cover-point

40.4

Bollinger to Mathews, FOUR, bouncer, angling across, pulled by Mathews, into the ground, but Watson from deep square leg has to put in a big chase to prevent it from reaching the midwicket boundary. Even then he touches the rope with the ball in hand, when putting in the slide. First boundary for Mathews

40.5

Bollinger to Mathews, OUT, Another blow to Sri Lanka. Mathews is looking to go over extra cover, but this is pitched short of a length, and is just not the length for that shot. Ends up slicing it square on the off side, where deep cover runs around and takes a safe catch

AD Mathews c MEK Hussey b Bollinger 35 (87m 62b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.45

Lasith Malinga is the new man, and he is on strike because the batsmen didn't even cross. Pretty ordinary, that

40.6

Bollinger to Malinga, no run, back of a length, Malinga pushes it to cover-point

End of over 41 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 159/7 (RR: 3.87)
SL Malinga    0* (1b)      DE Bollinger    8-2-27-2
KMDN Kulasekara    2* (3b)      B Lee    7-0-26-2

41.1

Lee to Kulasekara, SIX, that's what you do when you call for a Powerplay. Pick a spot where the field is up, and hit over those men. Length ball, Kula opens the front leg a touch, and lofts this over mid-on

41.2

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, yorker now, middle and leg, can't do much with those

Matt: "The powerplay run rate is slower than the overall run rate providing the opposite effect than intended! great bowling by the aussies"

41.3

Lee to Kulasekara, 2 runs, full, on the pads, flicked away for a couple, wide of deep square

41.4

Lee to Kulasekara, FOUR, Nice shot. Kula sees the short one, backs away, and - from outside leg - places this between point and short third man. Sri Lanka finally get a move on, but is this too little and too late?

41.5

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, another yorker on middle stump, Kula digs this out

41.6

Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, low full toss, pushed just wide of mid-on for one

End of over 42 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 172/7 (RR: 4.09)
KMDN Kulasekara    15* (9b 1x4 1x6)      B Lee    8-0-39-2
SL Malinga    0* (1b)      DE Bollinger    8-2-27-2

Thirty runs, two wickets in the Powerplay

42.1

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, tucks him up with a short one, fended to cover

42.2

Bollinger to Kulasekara, 1 run, glanced off the hip, but the fine leg is fine, and keeps it down to one

"Trevor Bayliss said Clarke would use his spinners well," says Will. "I agree, not bowling Smith at all is the best way to use him."

42.3

Bollinger to Malinga, OUT, weak shot from Malinga. Backs away and pushes at this length ball away from the body, straight to Ponting at point. Bollinger points skywards, Malinga looks down at ground as he walks back

SL Malinga c Ponting b Bollinger 0 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Herath is the new man in. One slip in place

42.4

Bollinger to Herath, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

42.5

Bollinger to Herath, 1 run, bouncer, Herath has no clue when it comes and hits his top edge. However, it falls safe towards square leg

42.6

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, backs away and drives with an open face, reaches Ponting, who is fielding at point, on the bounce

End of over 43 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 174/8 (RR: 4.04)
KMDN Kulasekara    16* (12b 1x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    9-2-29-3
HMRKB Herath    1* (2b)      B Lee    8-0-39-2

43.1

Lee to Herath, no run, short ball, Herath flicks at it from outside off, it falls well short of mid-on, although it does go uppishly

43.2

Lee to Herath, 1 run, slower bouncer, Herath has time to face it, manages to awkwardly keeps it down for a single

Another go at Smith. from Fred this time: "Not batting Smith is also the best way to use him"

43.3

Lee to Kulasekara, FOUR, goes for the wide yorker, Kula swings at it, gets the toe edge for a fine fine deflection for four

43.4

Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven to sweeper-cover for one

Tim: "These two aren't big names in world cricket, well unless you refer to the shear size of their names, Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara and Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath" Lee goes round the wicket to Herath

43.5

Lee to Herath, no run, full, angled in towards middle and leg, Herath keeps it out

43.6

Lee to Herath, 2 runs, highish full toss, pushed wide of extra cover, and they can come back for two

End of over 44 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 182/8 (RR: 4.13)
HMRKB Herath    4* (6b)      B Lee    9-0-47-2
KMDN Kulasekara    21* (14b 2x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    9-2-29-3

A slip in

44.1

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, back of a length, middle and off, pushed to mid-on

44.2

Bollinger to Kulasekara, FOUR, slower ball, angled across him, and he chips this over extra cover. A nice inside-out shot

44.3

Bollinger to Kulasekara, no run, short, at his body, guided to point

44.4

Bollinger to Kulasekara, 1 run, short and wide, cut away quite powerfully, can't beat deep point, though

"Is this a record for two batting partners in an ODI or Test sharing the longest second name (Mudiyanselage)?" You don't expect an answer, Stromeon, do you?

44.5

Bollinger to Herath, no run, pushes him onto the back foot with a shortish delivery, defended to cover

44.6

Bollinger to Herath, 1 run, bouncer, into the chest area, Heratth gets some bat onto it, and keeps it down too. Takes the single towards square leg

End of over 45 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 188/8 (RR: 4.17)
HMRKB Herath    5* (8b)      DE Bollinger    10-2-35-3
KMDN Kulasekara    26* (18b 3x4 1x6)      B Lee    9-0-47-2

Six minutes to go t the scheduled time for close of innings. Australia need to bow five overs or take two wickets

45.1

Lee to Herath, 1 run, another short one for Herath, who pulls this to fine leg for one

45.2

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, wide yorker, beats Kula's attempt to squeeze it past point

45.3

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, length ball, wide of off, but Kula hits it to straight extra cover

45.4

Lee to Kulasekara, 2 runs, this yorker goes wrong, and he check-drives this low full toss straight of long-on for two

45.5

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, slower ball, wide outside off, squirted square on the off side, but Ponting at point keeps them from taking the single

45.6

Lee to Kulasekara, no run, short outside off, punched away stylishly, but straight to extra cover

End of over 46 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 191/8 (RR: 4.15)
KMDN Kulasekara    28* (23b 3x4 1x6)      B Lee    10-0-50-2
HMRKB Herath    6* (9b)      DE Bollinger    10-2-35-3

Johnson comes back

46.1

Johnson to Herath, no run, back of a length, just outside off, pushed to cover

46.2

Johnson to Herath, 2 runs, short and wide, steered wide of third man, will come back for two

46.3

Johnson to Herath, 1 run, worked into the on side for a single

"I think Clarke may have done his maths wrong. Johnson will only bowl nine now and he'll require an extra one from his part timers." Well spotted Gareth

46.4

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, tucked away off the hips for one

46.5

Johnson to Herath, OUT, late swing for Johnson, accurate too, this pitches middle and off, and swings in, beats the bat, hits the pad for a pretty straightforward decision for Tony Hill

HMRKB Herath lbw b Johnson 9 (17m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

Round the wicket to Mendis, with a slip in place

46.6

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, bowls full and wide, Mendis's outside edge is beaten

End of over 47 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 195/9 (RR: 4.14)
BAW Mendis    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    8-1-30-2
KMDN Kulasekara    29* (24b 3x4 1x6)      B Lee    10-0-50-2

Watson to bowl now

47.1

Watson to Kulasekara, no run, slower ball, short outside off, looks to run this down fine, is beaten

47.2

Watson to Kulasekara, 1 run, full, just outside off, Kula clears the front leg, and hits this down to long-on for one

Dave: "Well yes Gareth, but Clarke's list of part timers has Shane Watson at the top. There are many specialist bowlers who could not hope to hold a candle to Watto!"

47.3

Watson to BAW Mendis, 1 run, short of a length, punched away to sweeper-cover for one

47.4

Watson to Kulasekara, 1 run, slower short ball, pulled away to deep square leg for one

47.5

Watson to BAW Mendis, FOUR, short and wide, and superbly cut away, suitably late to beat backward point. You won't be able rub that smile off his face

47.6

Watson to BAW Mendis, no run, yorker now, around off, Mendis keeps it out

End of over 48 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 202/9 (RR: 4.20)
BAW Mendis    5* (4b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-27-0
KMDN Kulasekara    31* (27b 3x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-1-30-2

Johnson continues from round the stumps

48.1

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, length ball, around off, driven to long-off for one

Robert Brown: "Biggest problem with the over rate is Clarke trying to be a traffic cop, takes so long to set fields, hand signals , whistles , chats you name it clarke does it.." Seven minutes past scheduled close, we have close to two overs left

48.2

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, short ball, holds its line, Mendis swings well inside the line. Beaten neck and crop

48.3

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, Mendis goes for the big hit down the ground, doesn't reach the line of the ball just outside off

Goes back over the wicket

48.4

Johnson to BAW Mendis, 1 wide, quick bouncer, but well down the leg side

Round the stumps again

48.4

Johnson to BAW Mendis, no run, straightens just a touch, gets the leading edge from Mendis, towards mid-off

48.5

Johnson to BAW Mendis, 1 run, Clarke drops a sitter at wide slip. Johnson had worked his man over, finally getting the outside edge with one that left him from round the stumps. But in and out!

48.6

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, now he bowls a wide full toss, which is slashed to third man for one

End of over 49 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 206/9 (RR: 4.20)
KMDN Kulasekara    33* (29b 3x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-1-34-2
BAW Mendis    6* (8b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-27-0

Watson to finish off

49.1

Watson to Kulasekara, 1 run, looks for the yorker, but it is slightly short of one, Mendia hits it to long-on for one

49.2

Watson to BAW Mendis, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven square for a single

49.3

Watson to Kulasekara, OUT, Clarke takes the catch now. Short of a length, Kula has an almighty heave at it, gets a leading edge, which stays forever in the sky, and Clarke completes a running catch from cover

KMDN Kulasekara c Clarke b Watson 34 (47m 31b 3x4 1x6) SR: 109.67

Apart from the over-rate, 12 minutes too slow, Australia have little to complain about their effort in the field. Disciplined, well-planned, and executing their plans well, they keep Sri Lanka down to 207 on a flat track. Sanga and Kula played fluently, Dilshan and Mathews got starts but couldn't convert them into big ones. Between the 11th and 41st overs, Australia conceded just one six and one four. Do join us at around 6.40pm to see if Australia do better than Sri Lanka

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Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke take a run, Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd ODI, Hambantota, August 14, 2011

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke take a run

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Michael Clarke drives through the offside, Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd ODI, Hambantota, August 14, 2011

Michael Clarke drives through the offside

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