Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Sri Lanka v Australia

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)

Back. Watson to face Malinga. One slip and a short extra cover in place

0.1

Malinga to Watson, 1 wide, starts off with a wide down the leg side

0.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, full and straight, Watson plays for the swing, it doesn't swing that much, and takes the inside edge onto the pad

0.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, length ball, swinging away, pushed to cover. On the front foot to defend that

0.3

Malinga to Watson, no run, full and straight, Watson punches on the front foot, Malinga fields it overhead, the crowd lets out a roar

0.4

Malinga to Watson, 2 wides, wide down the leg side, Sanga has to put in a dive to prevent the boundary

0.4

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, nicely guided by Haddin, past point for a single

A Mendis is loosening up. Will Sri Lanka open with spin?

0.5

Malinga to Watson, no run, full and straight, Watson plays straight too, towards mid-on

0.6

Malinga to Watson, no run, slower ball yorker, it looked like it would be a full toss, but dipped mid-flight, and Watson has does really well to keep this out

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (205 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.18)
SR Watson    0* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0
BJ Haddin    1* (1b)     

No spin at the top. Haddin stands outside the crease to face Kulasekara

1.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, big inswinger as usual, Haddin punches on the up, can't beat mid-on

1.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, back of a length, moves in from well outside off, punched on the up again, to mid-off

"Does Tony Hill remind you of a robot, with the sunglasses and how he gives someone out with a sudden raise of the arm all topped of with the wire/mike attached to him," asks Ara

1.3

Kulasekara to Haddin, 2 runs, stays deep in the crease, waits for this to swing, then closes the face late, gets two runs wide of deep backward square

1.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, loose shot... Haddin opens the front leg up, goes for a big booming cover drive, gets an inside edge, which goes past Herath at mid-on. Not a great fielding effort. Herath ran in angles, didn't dive either

Sanga comes up to keep Haddin in the crease

1.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, back of a length, stands tall, and defends this to Kula

1.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, OUT, Sanga has taken a special catch standing up! Haddin attempts another big drive on the ump, this one doesn't swing as much as he expects it to, takes the outside edge, and straight into Sanga's gloves. Not a big deflection, but still a superb catch when you are standing up to a quick. There was a puff of dust when the ball pitched

BJ Haddin c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 7 (9m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 10/1 (199 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.14)
     KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-1
SR Watson    0* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0

Ponting is the new batsman, but Watson is on strike

2.1

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, ow full toss on the pads, pushed wide of mid-on for one

2.2

Malinga to Ponting, no run, length ball, on middle and leg, Ponting is half-forward, and defends

"That's it, Haddin has to go. We have better one day keeping options who are 10 years or more younger than him. Bring on Paine and Wade for the ODI's from now on." I can see Tim make the slit-throat gesture

2.3

Malinga to Ponting, no run, length ball outside off, Ponting is forward, defends this to short extra cover

2.4

Malinga to Ponting, no run, slightly fuller, a slightly more certain forward lunge, pushes this to cover again

2.5

Malinga to Ponting, no run, bouncer, Ponting is already forward, and then semi-ducks to avoid it

"No wonder the over rate was poor. It looks like it's a long hike from the pavilion to the crease. They did less walking in Lord of the Rings!" Are you at the ground, Gareth? Or commercial-free broadcast for you?

2.6

Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, The Ponting push for four! Always good to see. Slightly more so now, for I have not seen this in a while. Lunges forward, the arms extend, the bat meets ball, no violence, but the ball follows orders, beating cover

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 15/1 (194 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.12)
RT Ponting    4* (5b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-9-0
SR Watson    1* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-1

James takes us back to our favourite bagging topic. "@Tim there are other options, theres nothing wrong with haddins keeping as such. drop smith and bring in a specialist opener... such as shaun marsh"

3.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, swinging in, back of a length, turned to midwicket

No slip for Watson

3.2

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, slightly short of a length, Watson plays with an open face, towards point

3.3

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, Watson is half-forward in defending this short-of-a-length delivery

3.4

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, big inswinger, hits Watson who is well forward on the pad, a big shout ensues, but this was bouncing over, possibly hit him outside the line, and an inside edge can't be ruled out either

3.5

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, cut away powerfully, can't beat point

3.6

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, driven on the up, a good-looking shot, but can't beat extra cover

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 15/1 (194 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 4.21)
SR Watson    1* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-6-1
RT Ponting    4* (5b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-9-0

4.1

Malinga to Ponting, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, Ponting plays the pick-up shot, not in the air for too long, Kulasekara has to make a big chase to his left, running from deep backward square. Puts one dive in, looks like he has deflected it towards the boundary, and then puts in another effort even when sliding. Saves two runs

4.2

Malinga to Ponting, no run, slower one, Ponting comes forward, delays the defensive shot a touch

4.3

Malinga to Ponting, no run, short outside off, but Ponting is already forward and cannot cut this, Guides this to point

4.4

Malinga to Ponting, no run, slower one on the pads, clipped to midwicket, along the ground

4.5

Malinga to Ponting, no run, another slower ball, Ponting guides it to point

4.6

Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, another slower ball, Ponting steps forward, delays the shot a touch, and then caresses this through covers. It's a five-string ring, but he has found the gap. Malinga can't believe it

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 21/1 (188 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 4.17)
RT Ponting    10* (11b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-0
SR Watson    1* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-6-1

Kulasekara runs in

5.1

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, angling in towards middle, gets a stride out and defends it past the bowler towards mid-on

5.2

Kulasekara to Watson, 2 runs, goodish length on middle, mid-on has been pushed back, Watson crunches that firmly down the ground to steal a couple, long-on was a little wide and he made it back comfortably

5.3

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, in the channel outside off, gets a stride out and defends it to point

5.4

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, bowls it full on the off, driven down towards long-on for a single

Sangakkara is standing up

5.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, nipped back in, landed on a good length outside off and came back to beat Ponting through the gate, struck Sanga hard on the knee

5.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, FOUR, the fielder in the deep has lost that completely, there was a fielder placed at deep square leg for that flick but he just didn't see it, straying on the pads and Ponting clips that elegantly past the square-leg umpire and the fielder positioned there in the deep, Tharanga, completely messed it up, didn't see it at all

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 28/1 (181 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 4.11)
RT Ponting    14* (13b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-13-1
SR Watson    4* (16b)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-0

Angelo Mathews to bowl now. Leg slip and short extra cover are the catchers

6.1

Mathews to Watson, 1 run, starts off with a slow (not slower, because this is his first ball) ball, Watson pushes to mid-off and takes a risky single. Makes up for it with a desperate dive in the end

Sanga standing up to the stumps

6.2

Mathews to Ponting, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

6.3

Mathews to Ponting, no run, Watson needs to calm down a touch with these singles. Again pushed straight to mid-on, and Watson is scampering back into the crease. Although here Ponting called him, and sent him back

6.4

Mathews to Ponting, no run, slower ball, jumps at him a bit, Ponting takes the bottom hand off to keep it down

6.5

Mathews to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting looks in superb touch. Another forward lunge, another push, square on the off side, beats cover-point. Silence in the stands

6.6

Mathews to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, too short, worked into the on side for a single

End of over 7 (6 runs) Australia 34/1 (175 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 4.06)
RT Ponting    19* (18b 4x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    5* (17b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-13-1

7.1

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, back of a length, swings in, Ponting is solid in defence

7.2

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, slightly shorter, slightly wider, Ponting looks to run this down. Is beaten

7.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, slightly short, slightly wide again, Ponting plays with an open face, finds cover-point

Smudgeon: "I don't want to jinx him, but it seems like Ponting is playing with a lot more of his old confidence. Hope it bodes well for the test series, I've missed the real Ponting since Roach tonked him on the elbow..."

7.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, SIX, well we saw the lunge-and-push for four, and even though Kuley is not sharp, he has pulled out the dismissive pull. This is cannon fodder actually. A long hop, gentle pace, and Ponting pulls it over midwicket

7.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, gets the big front foot in again and pushes this to cover

7.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, length ball, Ponting is well forward again, and pushes this to mid-off

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 40/1 (169 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.02)
RT Ponting    25* (24b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-19-1
SR Watson    5* (17b)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0

Punter Fan writes in, "I like this Ricky removed from the shackles of being a captain. Promising signs after his 50 in the first ODI. To before, I think Haddin is doing fine, but maybe give Paine a go with the last ODI to train him up? On the matter of Smith... just kidding."

8.1

Mathews to Watson, no run, slow, short, takes an age to come on, Watson pulls it to midwicket

Gareth: "Oh wow, that pull short is the exact shot which has been his downfall over the last 18 months. Maybe this is a new Ponting?"

8.2

Mathews to Watson, no run, slow and shortish, runs it fine, but can't beat short third man. Didn't have any pace to work with here

8.3

Mathews to Watson, no run, slow and short again, looks to turn this to leg, but is early into the shot

8.4

Mathews to Watson, FOUR, Watson's first four, and what a shot. This is slightly quicker, and short, so Watson goes for the full-blooded cut, and the ball flies across the outfield

8.5

Mathews to Watson, 1 run, slow and short again, stays low too, Watson pulls nonetheless, on the bounce to deep midwicket

8.6

Mathews to Ponting, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away to deep midwicket for one

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 46/1 (163 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 3.97)
RT Ponting    26* (25b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0
SR Watson    10* (22b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-19-1

Ed Jackson here has some facts: "Just for those like Punter Fan who want to see Tim Paine playing in Sri Lanka. It ain't going to happen. Paine isn't in either the one-day or Test squads so will only come over if Hadds is injured."

9.1

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, length ball, pushed back to the bowler

9.2

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, slower legcutter, cut away, but can't beat cover-point

9.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, Ponting is on the front foot to defend this short-of-a-length delivery

9.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, 3 runs, slower ball again, but angling into the pads, and Ponting has used whatever pace there is it guide it past short fine leg

9.5

Kulasekara to Watson, no run, back of a length, not much room, Watson punches it down the ground, to mid-off

9.6

Kulasekara to Watson, 1 run, driven on the up, wide of mid-off, gets a single

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 50/1 (159 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 3.97)
SR Watson    11* (24b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-23-1
RT Ponting    29* (29b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0

Bowling Powerplay taken

10.1

Mathews to Watson, no run, looks to run this down, but can't beat the short third man

Josh: "@Ed, the good news (well for me at least) is that steve smith is not in the test squad. Oh happy days :)"

10.2

Mathews to Watson, no run, Mathews is operating only in slower balls, this is the offcutter, stops at Watson, comes back uppishly, but well wide of Mathews

10.3

Mathews to Watson, no run, punched on the up, can't beat mid-off

10.4

Mathews to Watson, FOUR, this is slow, short, asking to be hit. Watson obliges with the pull

Great observation from Punter Fan in the end: "@Ed Jackson - only realised my mistake after double-checking the squad. Mind you, we were the masters are subbing players for injuries during ICC World Cup. Is it me or is Ricky the only one not smiling in the squad photos?"

10.5

Mathews to Watson, no run, slow again, pushed to midwicket

10.6

Mathews to Watson, 2 runs, slow, short, wide, cut wide of deep cover for two

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 56/1 (153 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.09, RRR: 3.92)
SR Watson    17* (30b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-18-0
RT Ponting    29* (29b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-23-1

Surya: "A psychiatrist would find Srilankan captains' obsession over the years of bringing spinners as late as possible interesting .They have 3 spinners in their ranks and a meagre total to defend yet they hesitate to try a spinner.Is it an rule that only seamers should bowl in the powerplay overs?." I was actually thinking SL might open with spin. Anyway, better late than never. Here's Herath. One slip in, no man saving one on the one side

11.1

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting takes this from middle, bunts it into the on side for one

Going over the stumps to Watson. One slip in place

11.2

Herath to Watson, 1 run, Watson seemed to have made up his mind he was going to clear the front leg and go for a big one. This is the in-between length, so can neither pull nor slog-sweep. Gets the single to long-on

Back round the stumps to Ponting

11.3

Herath to Ponting, no run, defended around the front pad

11.4

Herath to Ponting, no run, this is tossed up outside off, Ponting lunges forward and defends

11.5

Herath to Ponting, no run, another forward-defensive from Ponting

11.6

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, full on the pads, helped away for one

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 59/1 (150 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 3.94)
RT Ponting    31* (34b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    18* (31b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-18-0

Kris: "Sri Lanka's smallish total made smaller by gifting the Aussies a 50-odd run headstart before bringing on any spin. Wonder what the theory behind Matthews bowling before Mendis and Herath was?" Anyway here's A Mendis too

12.1

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, starts off with a carrom ball, Ponting comes forward and pushes it back

Ben sees the irony of it all: "People lamenting a captain's decision to not bring a spinner on before the 11th over? Oh brave new world, indeed."

12.2

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, another carrom ball, just outside off, leaving him, pushed to cover

12.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, legbreak again, too full, driven to cover

12.4

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, starts straighter, tries the googly, but this doesn't turn, Ponting defends around the front pad

12.5

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, gentle full toss, Ponting pulls it to deep square for one

12.6

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, overpitched, Watson drives down the ground, gets a single to long-on

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 61/1 (148 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.69, RRR: 4.00)
SR Watson    19* (32b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-2-0
RT Ponting    32* (39b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0

James: "We could bring in Shaun Marsh and give him the gloves - perhaps he has keeping skills in his genes." Herath continues over the wicket to Watson

13.1

Herath to Watson, 1 run, just a mere push down the ground, but it is a firm shot, and gets him a single

13.2

Herath to Ponting, 3 runs, Ponting is looking as good as I have seen him in recent times, this is only slightly short, and he is back early and cuts this in front of square

13.3

Herath to Watson, FOUR, too fast, too straight, and Watson glances this fine for four

13.4

Herath to Watson, FOUR, now Watson manufactures the cutting length. This is slightly short, but flat, and Watson plays the late-cut, beats backward point, and the outfield is blazing quick

Goes round the wicket

13.5

Herath to Watson, SIX, whoa. What a pull. Decimating Herath here. Again only slightly short, but Watson picks the length early, and pulls this over midwicket. Hits the ice box just outside the rope

13.6

Herath to Watson, no run, a comprehensive forward-defensive to end the over

End of over 14 (18 runs) Australia 79/1 (130 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.64, RRR: 3.61)
SR Watson    34* (37b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-21-0
RT Ponting    35* (40b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    1-0-2-0

"James clearly assuming that Shaun is the son of Rod Marsh, alas he is the son of Geoff Marsh." He had me too for a moment, Tim

14.1

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, carrom ball, pitches middle and off, breaks away, gets a thick edge towards cover

14.2

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, Ponting well forward to defend this

14.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, the googly now, just outside off, doesn't turn much, defended

14.4

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, this legbreak is too short, Ponting punches this on the up, gets a single to long-off

14.5

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, length ball, pushed back to the bowler

14.6

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, slightly short, Watson rocks back early, gets a single just wide of extra cover

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 81/1 (128 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 3.65)
SR Watson    35* (39b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0
RT Ponting    36* (44b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-21-0

15.1

Herath to Watson, no run, flighted delivery, goes with the arm, hits Watson on the pad, but is clearly headed down the leg side

15.2

Herath to Watson, 1 run, the carrom ball, comes in towards Watson's pad, who punches it down t long-off for one

"Sorry people, but living in Vienna you don't get too see much cricket on the TV. My Q is, what is a carrom ball?" Gazza, it's the legbreak bowled with a flick of the middle finger, much like you do with the striker in the board game, carrom. when the left-arm spinner bowls it, the ball comes into the right-hand batsman

15.3

Herath to Ponting, no run, another carrom ball, Ponting is well forward and outside the line of off

15.4

Herath to Ponting, no run, another forward-defensive from Watson

15.5

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-on for one

15.6

Herath to Watson, 1 run, Watson is having his way with the bowlers now, makes room and smashes this perfectly decent delivery. Extra cover puts in a dive to keep them to one

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 84/1 (125 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 3.67)
SR Watson    37* (42b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-24-0
RT Ponting    37* (47b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0

A dog has wandered onto the field. Russel Arnold calls him Sri Lanka's 12th man

16.1

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, googly, middle and leg, Watson defends

16.2

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven down to long-off for one

Adrian is spellbound by Sri Lankan names: "Rangana's first name is actually Herath, as is his last name, which, legally, would make him Herath Herath, right? Is he the first cricketer to have the same first and last name? No prizes for guessing why he doesn't go as Herath Herath though."

16.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 2 runs, full on the pads, worked away for a single

16.4

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, carrom ball, middle and off, defended back

16.5

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, full toss on the pads, gets a single to deep midwicket

16.6

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, short and asking to be pulled. Watson obliges, gets a single

Time for drinks, and this email from Robert Brown: "James have you been drinking again please, you are in the wrong Marsh cross back over the fence, take a left turn, then right, you will then be back at the PUB.."

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 89/1 (120 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 3.63)
SR Watson    39* (45b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-9-0
RT Ponting    40* (50b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-24-0

Tim: "@Adrian, Kulasekara is also Kulasekera Kulasekera!" Oh well

And Gazza is back: 'Thanks people. So its bowled using the fingers and not the wrist. I'm letting it work thru my brain and somehow it makes sence. A good change ball, but I can't imagine that the bowler could get a whole lot of work on the ball. Thanks anyway." Yes Gazza, it is the finger spinner. And normally you would struggle to get much work on it, but Mendis - with practice and strong fingers - has managed to do so, troubling most of the batsmen who face him for the first time. However, against India and Pakistan nowadays, he is mostly ineffective.

Malinga comes back

17.1

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, swings in late - not sure if it was reverse - Watson gets a leg-bye

17.2

Malinga to Ponting, no run, definite late swing for Malinga, Ponting drives, gets a bit of an inside edge towards square leg

Adrian: "Okay Sri Lankan name expert needed. Do they get the same name twice just in case they forget it in amongst their 5-pronged names? Or what?" Sri Lankans, please reply

17.3

Malinga to Ponting, no run, slightly shorter, Ponting is well forward and defends

"@ Adrian : Herath Mudiyanselage is Rangana's family name. It's not his first name. His first names are Rangana Keerthi Bandara. It's typical for the subcontinet to have 1 to 4 or 5 (sometimes) first names." Indeewara Jayawardane answers the call

17.4

Malinga to Ponting, 2 wides, wide down the leg side, swings late, Sanga dives and saves the boundary

Haliastur: "@Adrian & Tim: The "Surname" or the family name of Sinhalese people actually came the beginning. So, "Herath Mudiyanselage" and "Kulasekara Mudiyanselage" are actually Family Names. The adaptation of Surname as last name came with English influence. Otherwise, you'd have had a "Warnakulasuriya Vaas" to talk about !"

17.4

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, almost squeezes through, Watson is driving but it swings late and takes the inside edge towards fine leg. Watson reaches 1000 runs for the year. Trott at 933 is placed next

17.5

Malinga to Ponting, 2 runs, full on the pads, clipped away for a couple, wide of deep square

17.6

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, into the pads, worked past short midwicket

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia 96/1 (113 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 3.53)
RT Ponting    43* (54b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-0
SR Watson    41* (47b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-9-0

18.1

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, carrom ball, pushed towards sweeper-cover for one

Correction: Watson has reached thousand runs and not hundred. Just a zero missing

18.2

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, cut away to deep point for a single

18.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, carrom ball, not much turn, defended to cover

18.4

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, well forward to defend it to mid-on

18.5

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, cut away, but can't beat point

18.6

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, stays in the crease to defend this

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 98/1 (111 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 3.58)
RT Ponting    44* (59b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-11-0
SR Watson    42* (48b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-0

19.1

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, full, straight, tailing in late, pushed down the ground, mid-on is deep

19.2

Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, the first uncertain shot from Ponting tonight. Not a slower ball, but stops a touch, Ponting is lunging forward, but is early into the shot, and ends up chipping it right of short midwicket

19.3

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, that is more like Ponting, this is full and on the pads, and he plays the pick-up shot for one

19.4

Malinga to Watson, no run, full toss on the pads, Watson misses out because of the late swing

19.5

Malinga to Watson, OUT, the bat-pad gap is created this time! Clatter behind Watson. Noise in the stands again. This is full and straight, starts around off, tails in late, Watson looks for a drive down the ground, but is beaten by the swing. Middle and leg stumps are disturbed

SR Watson b Malinga 43 (87m 51b 4x4 1x6) SR: 84.31

Meshal Sinnen: "It pains me to see Sangakkara always having to rescue Sri Lanka when the other batsmen decide to capitulate. The regularity of this has turned him from a dazzling strokemaker into an uber-cautious one day batsman who has to keep checking himself. We need more consistency from the batsmen and some good frontline bowlers - why is it that we need to rely on spin? Can't do that in Australia in 4 years." Meanwhile, out comes Michael Clarke. In his 200th game

19.6

Malinga to Clarke, no run, late inswing again, Clarke's bat comes down threateningly late. Keeps it out

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 104/2 (105 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 3.50)
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    5-0-28-1
RT Ponting    49* (61b 5x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-11-0

Herath replaces Mendis

20.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, full, just outside off, pushed to extra cover

20.2

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, that's fifty for Ponting. Good to see him back in form. Turns this off the pad. No reception from the crowd

20.3

Herath to Clarke, 2 runs, nicely played by Clarke, who is forward almost instinctively and whips this wide of mid-on

20.4

Herath to Clarke, no run, slightly short, plays this late and off the back foot, finds point, though

20.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, too full, too straight, placed wide of mid-on for one

20.6

Herath to Ponting, no run, hit uppishly towards extra cover, it falls short of a diving Dilshan. It probably stopped a touch at Ponting. Oh replays show it did in fact carry, Dilshan got a hand to it, but couldn't hold on. Mind you, he had to dive low to his right

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 108/2 (101 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 3.48)
RT Ponting    50* (64b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-28-0
MJ Clarke    3* (4b)      SL Malinga    5-0-28-1

"I would say, noise stops very rarely during a match in Sri Lanka, even though Sri Lanka is on a loosing course. Specially drums and trumpets, which they call "Papare Bands" Amal, the band hasn't quite been in flow today

21.1

Malinga to Clarke, no run

21.2

Malinga to Clarke, 3 wides, big wide down the leg side, Sanga just gets a touch

21.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, full toss, Clarke plays it watchfully

21.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, full, swinging in, defended towards midwicket

21.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, another reversing yorker, keeps it out

21.5

Malinga to Clarke, no run, brave leave - the reversing ball, starts outside off, not too wide, but Clarke lets it go. As it turns out, rightly, because it misses comfortably

21.6

Malinga to Clarke, 1 no ball, another brave leave... this is a length ball, not too far outside off, but Clarke lets it go. Turns out, this isn't so brave. Malinga has overstepped

Free hit coming up

21.6

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, full toss down the leg side, cramps Clarke who is backing away to make room. Hit to deep square for a single

End of over 22 (5 runs) Australia 113/2 (96 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.13, RRR: 3.42)
MJ Clarke    4* (11b)      SL Malinga    6-0-33-1
RT Ponting    50* (64b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-28-0

Sanjaya Ranaweera: 'SL's problem is it's a top heavy batting line up and seniors are reluctant to go down the order. Look at the case of Chandimal... what is he doing at 3 down ...after all the seniors fail, is he supposed to rescue SL and play different game what he's acustom to? Push him up in the order and push Mahela way down.....he's a class batsman but he won't save every game he plays at the top. Sanga can come down as well from time to time but he's more consistent that Mahela. SL need to mix up their order from game to game.....we are just wasting the talents we have!" Meanwhile here is J Mendis

22.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, full, on the pads, worked away for a single

One slip in place

22.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, another bunt into the leg side for a single

22.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, cut away from in front of the stumps, finds point

22.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, big front foot down to smother the turn

22.5

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, leaves his crease to play the forward-defensive

22.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track again, takes this on the full, and drives it to long-off for one

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 116/2 (93 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 3.44)
MJ Clarke    6* (16b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-3-0
RT Ponting    51* (65b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    6-0-33-1

23.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, goes deep in the crease and cuts a delivery not too short. Finds point

23.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, presses forward, then goes back to defend

23.3

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track, chips this over Herath's head for a single. Oh wait, this is a leading edge, but safe anyway

23.4

Herath to Ponting, 1 wide, tossed up outside leg, no turn

23.4

Herath to Ponting, 2 runs, too straight again, worked around the corner, with soft hands. The deep fielder has to come in to field this, and Ponting steals the second

23.5

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, carrom ball, no alarms for Ponting who drives it down to wide long-on for one

23.6

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short, Clarke is quick to rock back and cut this in front of square for one

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 122/2 (87 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 3.34)
MJ Clarke    8* (20b)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-34-0
RT Ponting    54* (67b 5x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-3-0

24.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, driven powerfully to short extra, Dilshan is deceptively quick with the one-handed pick-up-and-throw. However, he misses the stumps, and concedes the overthrow

24.2

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, plays the chip, inside-out, on the bounce to wide long-off

24.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, forward-defensive

24.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track, places this into the on side for another single

Luminda Dabare: "Adding a comment to what Sanjaya Ranaweera said. Or else we need to get Thilan Samawawera in the middle order."

24.5

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, short and wide, cut away for a single

24.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, short again, hit down to long-off for one

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 127/2 (82 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 3.28)
MJ Clarke    11* (24b)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-8-0
RT Ponting    56* (69b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-34-0

Richard Thorley: "Unfortunately the first two ODIs havent taught us anything. We already knew Ponting, Clarke and to a lesser extent Watson could handle the spinners. I want to see how the Hussey's, Smith and Johnson fair. I'm barracking for a wicket." Kulasekara comes back

25.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, helped with the angle towards square leg

25.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, the rare loose shot, Clarke throws his arms at this wide delivery, it nips in and beats the inside edge

25.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length, Clarke is on the front foot, and guides this wide of mid-on for one

25.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, comes forward to a length ball, pushes this back to the bowler

25.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, FOUR, SHOT! Half-volley, just outside off, driven between the bowler and mid-off

25.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, full, on the pads, played to one of the two short midwickets

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 132/2 (77 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 3.20)
RT Ponting    60* (72b 6x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-28-1
MJ Clarke    12* (27b)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-8-0

26.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, carrom ball, too short, pushed to long-off for one

26.2

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, punched square of the wicket, can't beat point

26.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, overpitched, placed wide of mid-on for one

26.4

BAW Mendis to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke picks the googly early, dances down the track, and lofts it over mid-on. Doing it easily now

26.5

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, carrom ball, pitches middle, leaves him, pushed back

26.6

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, full, on the pads, bunted into the on side for one

End of over 27 (7 runs) Australia 139/2 (70 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 3.04)
MJ Clarke    18* (31b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-18-0
RT Ponting    61* (74b 6x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-28-1

If Ponting is to score a century, he needs to score 39 out of the remaining 70 runs

27.1

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, short outside off, makes room to cut it past point

27.2

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, floats it outside off, gets forward and guides it behind point

27.3

Herath to Clarke, no run, shortish outside off, punched wide of cover

27.4

Herath to Clarke, SIX, imperious, Clarke is stepping up, tossed up and he sensed a chance, charged down the track, got to the pitch and smashed it high and handsome over long-on

27.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, rocks back and cracks it hard to deep cover for a single

27.6

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, punched off the back foot to that deep cover fielder for one more

End of over 28 (10 runs) Australia 149/2 (60 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.32, RRR: 2.72)
RT Ponting    63* (76b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-44-0
MJ Clarke    26* (35b 1x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    5-0-18-0

Dilshan brings himself on

28.1

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, shortish on the off, rocks back to punch it down the ground to long-off for a single

28.2

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, slightly short on the off, gets back and plays it back to the bowler

28.3

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, floats it outside off, rocks forward and defends it into the off side

28.4

Dilshan to Clarke, 2 runs, comes down the track and turns it wide of a diving midwicket who gets a hand to it and palms it off in the direction of long-on, the batsmen are alert enough to run back for the second

28.5

Dilshan to Clarke, 2 runs, long hop, pulled away to the right of deep midwicket for a couple more to raise the 50-stand

28.6

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, comes down the track and tickles it down to square leg, Australia are coasting here

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 154/2 (55 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 2.61)
MJ Clarke    30* (40b 1x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0
RT Ponting    64* (77b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-44-0

Stromeon: "RE First names being the same as surnames: the unlikely Amunugama Rajapakse Rajakaruna Abeykoon Panditha Wasalamudiyanse Ralahamilage Ranjith Krishantha Bandara Amunugama played for Sri Lanka Under-21 in 1987. And no, I'm not making it up!"

29.1

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, legbreak, around middle and off, defended to midwicket

29.2

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 2 runs, too straight, placed perfectly between fine leg and deep square, comes back for two

29.3

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, the offbreak - and not the googly - but too short, and Ponting pulls this to deep midwicket

29.4

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, full, straight, driven down to long-on for one

29.5

BAW Mendis to Ponting, no run, googly, Ponting cuts in front of square, but finds cover

29.6

BAW Mendis to Ponting, 1 run, another googly, but Mendis has hardly extracted any turn. Ponting works this into the on side for one

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 159/2 (50 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.30, RRR: 2.50)
RT Ponting    68* (82b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    6-0-23-0
MJ Clarke    31* (41b 1x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0

Ponting needs 32 out of the 50 remaining runs, if he is to score a century

30.1

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up outside off, dropped wide of cover for one

30.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, another wide tossed-up delivery, driven down to long-off for one

30.3

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, Review. This is an appeal for an lbw, although it has hit Ponting on the glove. That's the kind of review when the captain thinks why not use one when there are two in store. This is an offbreak that pitched middle and off, turned big, hit the glove, and Tony Hill was never interested. Good break for Sri Lanka, that's all I can say about this review

30.4

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 leg bye, well bowled, Dilshan gets some drift away from Ponting, making him strecth, then the offbreak beats his bat, but they steal the leg-bye

30.5

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, full, flatter, pushed to midwicket

30.6

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, short, Clarke wants to pull, but this stays low, so he ends up punching this to deep midwicket

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 163/2 (46 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 2.42)
MJ Clarke    33* (44b 1x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0
RT Ponting    69* (85b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    6-0-23-0

Sam Philip: "Stromeon is correct. Amunugama Rajapakse Rajakaruna Abeykoon Panditha Wasalamudiyanse Ralahamilage Ranjith Krishantha Bandara Amunugama is better known as Ranjith Amunugama, can find more details about him on Cricinfo, Sri Lankan playes page. By the way I wonder whether he is the cricketer with the longest name" Meanwhile Separamadu Lasith Malinga is back

31.1

Malinga to Clarke, no run, full, slight swing in, gets a thick inside edge towards square leg

31.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, full, straight, tailing in, defended

31.3

Malinga to Clarke, 1 leg bye, short ball, surprises Clarke, who lets it hit hie forearm

31.4

Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, full, swings in deliciously late, Ponting tries the cover-drive, gets an inside edge for four. Rehearses the straight drive immediately after

31.5

Malinga to Ponting, no run, and he now plays the straight drive, which is much more convincing although it doesn't beat mid-on

31.6

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, flicked square for a single

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 169/2 (40 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 2.22)
RT Ponting    74* (88b 7x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-38-1
MJ Clarke    33* (47b 1x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0

32.1

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, shortish offbreak, pushed to midwicket

32.2

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, more drift for Dilshan, Ponting nudges this behind square on the off side, Gets a single to move to his best ODI score in Sri Lanka

32.3

Dilshan to Clarke, SIX, Captain is denying former captain a century. Jokes apart, though, this is a superb shot. Comes down the track, is close enough to the pitch of the ball, and goes inside-out over wide long-off

32.4

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, beautifully bowled, but dropped by Sanga. This is lightly flat, holds its line, takes a healthy edge, goes into the glove and out

32.5

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track to drive this to long-off for one

32.6

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, flighted delivery, pushed to midwicket

End of over 33 (8 runs) Australia 177/2 (32 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 1.88)
RT Ponting    75* (91b 7x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    3-0-16-0
MJ Clarke    40* (50b 1x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-38-1

Ben: "Amunugama holds the record for the most sets of initials for a first class cricketer, closing followed by an Englishman no less, JEBBPQC Dwyer, or John Elicius Benedict Bernard Placid Quirk Carrington Dwyer in full. He played for Sussex in the early nineties." Is that Benedict, the Sky Sports statistician?

33.1

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, full, late inswinger, clipped away uppishly, but wide of square leg

33.2

Malinga to Ponting, no run, late-swinging yorker, Ponting keeps this out

33.3

Malinga to Ponting, no run, length ball, driven on the up, finds mid-on

33.4

Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, the yorker goes wrong, slightly too full, slightly too straight, and Ponting deflects it to fine leg for four

This from Karn: "IL Bula has the longest name. He also won me a bet. I asked my dad if he could pronounce Bula's full name under 10 seconds, and surely ... the rest his history. Here's his name: Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau" If this is not true, well done Karn for making this up

33.5

Malinga to Ponting, no run, gets this yorker right, Ponting digs it out in front of off

33.6

Malinga to Ponting, 1 wide, short, Ponting gets under it, called wide. Slightly down the leg side, I think

Ben is not Benedict from Sky, but says this: "Sometimes I wonder if maybe I am too good at researching cricket facts and figures!"

33.6

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, full, just outside off, digs this out for a single

Time for a drink now

End of over 34 (7 runs) Australia 184/2 (25 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 1.56)
RT Ponting    80* (96b 8x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    8-0-45-1
MJ Clarke    41* (51b 1x4 2x6)      TM Dilshan    3-0-16-0

Meanwhile Ryan has a pertinent question: "Who has the shortest name?" My money is no Ian Bell

More from Karn: "Sorry, I forgot to send Bula's circinfo profile. Here it is: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/24046.html. And his name means: "returned alive from Nankula hospital at Lakemba island in the Lau group". Btw, Sid, you should know me by now!" Oh apologies for doubting your integrity, Karn. Especially when you have Ben the factfinder's stamp of approval

34.1

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, slightly short, Ponting punches this to sweeper-cover for a single

34.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, good turn and bounce this time, from middle and leg, Clarke pushes this to cover

34.3

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, full, on the pads, bunted into the on side for a single

34.4

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, plays the forward-defensive with an open face, gets a single wide of point

34.5

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, angling into the pads, turning away, played against the turn to take a single around the corner

34.6

Herath to Ponting, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, pushed to extra cover

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 188/2 (21 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 1.40)
RT Ponting    82* (99b 8x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-48-0
MJ Clarke    43* (54b 1x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    8-0-45-1

Vincent: "@Karn: That is all very fine but can he say Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau backwards?" I can't say it forwards even. Kuley comes back

35.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, Shot! Clarke dances down the track, and crashes this inside-out, between mid-off and extra cover, all along the ground

Bilal M has come up with Ed Joyce for the shortest name. Seven letters. Same as Ian Bell, although I suspect Ed is short for his original name, which might be longer

35.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, yorker outside off, digs it out

35.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, short ball, Clarke feasts on it even though he has committed to the front foot. He pulls this from outside off, over midwicket

35.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, full, outside off, squeezed square, J Mendis makes a diving save at point

35.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven square for a single

35.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, digs this yorker out

End of over 36 (10 runs) Australia 198/2 (11 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 0.78)
MJ Clarke    52* (59b 3x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-38-1
RT Ponting    83* (100b 8x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-48-0

Ankit has found this on Cricinfo. Just Lee. But let's keep the discussion to international players

36.1

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, cut in front of square for one

36.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, full, on the pads, pushed to midwicket

36.3

Herath to Clarke, no run, another defensive shot towards midwicket

36.4

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, even at this stage, Malinga makes a diving save at backward-point to deny Australia three runs

36.5

Herath to Ponting, 2 runs, fine paddle-sweep from Ponting, comes back for two

36.6

Herath to Ponting, no run, tossed up, driven back to the bowler

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 202/2 (7 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.45, RRR: 0.53)
RT Ponting    86* (103b 8x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-52-0
MJ Clarke    53* (62b 3x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-38-1

Greg says, "If Ben Cox ever plays for England, he's only six letters" J Mendis comes back

37.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, short to start off, punched to extra cover

Khaled M: "Umar Gul.....for an Asian player..shortest indeed"

37.2

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, chips down the track, pushes this to midwicket

37.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, tossed up around middle and leg, defended

37.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke comes down the track, takes this on the full, and gets a single to long-off

37.5

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, no run, flighted generously, Ponting drives, but can't beat the straight extra cover

37.6

BMAJ Mendis to Ponting, 3 runs, full and down the leg side, Ponting tries the paddle, seems to have made contact because it is not called wides

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 206/2 (3 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 0.25)
RT Ponting    89* (105b 8x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-12-0
MJ Clarke    54* (66b 3x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-52-0

Scott Stanley: 'Rob Key!!" Indeed. Qavi: "Australian Tim May, 6 letters and we know he has played"

38.1

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, pushed wide of midwicket for one

Tony Dimov: "I feel sorry for those Sri Lankan players with shorter names.. it must feel terribly shameful. If I had a shorter name I would simply throw on about 20 more letters in jubilant, haphazard fashion." Yeah Roy Dias sounds almost boring, Tony

38.2

Herath to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke cuts this in front of square for four, removes his helmet, hugs Ponting, and the duo then starts shaking the Sri Lankans' hands

That's all we have for you tonight. Thanks for keeping us company on a Sunday. Do join us for the rest of the series. Okay bye

Presentation time
"Just got to start winning the toss!" says Michael Clarke. "The bowlers did a great job, great start by Watto, and obviously a fantastic innings from Ricky. The bowlers are executing their plans really well. Full credit to them. They have got great plans, and hopefully they keep executing."

"It was nice to have spent in the middle again. the game was set up by our bowlers, who kept taking the wickets," says the MoM Ricky Ponting. "Thankfully we haven't had bigger totals to chase, thanks to our bowlers and fielders. I am getting a few runs, so not being captain must be working all right. Michael Clarke is doing a fine job, and I am getting used to sit in a corner and being told what to do."

"Not a great day for us," says TM Dilshan. "We didn't get enough runs. This wicket was a 250 pitch. We have to work things out as a batting unit. Ponting and Clarke batted really well. We have to work really hard a s batsmen."

Fifth ODI win in a row for Australia, and how convincing this has been. Set up by the bowlers on a flat wicket. They were disciplined, bowled to a plan, and never let the pressure off. And it was must fun to watch Ponting back in form. Playing with certainty and freedom. I would still give the Man of the Match to one of the bowlers, though. Hang in for the presentations

Series Results
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 22, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 20, 2011
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota - Aug 16, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 78 runs
Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota - Aug 14, 2011
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele - Aug 10, 2011
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 71 balls remaining)
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