Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota, Aug 16, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 78 runs
16 August 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Lee to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga's off to a flier. Lee pitches the first up generously full, not much pace on it either and Tharanga just goes at it away from the body, and scoops it well over point.

0.2

Lee to Tharanga, no run, better length from Lee, holds it back and gets it to angle across at some more pace past Tharanga who holds the bat inside the line.

0.3

Lee to Tharanga, no run, signs of a slow pitch? Tharanga looks to drive on the up and forces it off the inside edge to the leg side.

0.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, finally Lee gets the ball to move, it straightens nicely off a length and gets Tharanga driving again. He might want to close the bat-pad gap. The bat face turns in his hand and he squirts it down to mid-on. Lee won't mind that one bit.

0.5

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, inside edge now, Tharanga is forced back by a lively delivery seaming in from back of a length and he squeezes it in off the inner edge between his legs.

Sri Lanka 5/0   WU Tharanga 5* (5b 1x4)
1.1

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, this is not going to be easy for the Lankans. Bollinger begins with an absolute peach. He thuds this in short of a length, gets it to climb and swerve away at the same time. Tharanga is caught groping on the crease and the ball zooms past at some pace.

1.2

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, bounce again! Tharanga swerves away from the line as Bollinger searches for his head with a beautifully well-directed bumper.

1.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, better from Tharanga, covers the line this time and check-drives into the covers.

1.4

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, not much pace from Bolly, but he is looking zippy. 127 kph, this one ducks into the pads and Tharanga pushes it from the crease towards midwicket for one.

1.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, FOUR, well played Tharanga. Bolly has dictated terms through the over, but the moment he has given him width, Tharanga has given him a dose of Jayasuriya. Stays in the crease, opens the face and jabs him high over cover-point for a boundary.

Sri Lanka 11/0   WU Tharanga 10* (10b 2x4)
2.4

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga quietly turns one away off the hips through square leg.

2.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, beaten outside off with a whizzer that held its line after landing on a length. Tharanga's feet haven't moved much except while running between the wickets today, and he nearly nicked it.

Sri Lanka 18/0   WU Tharanga 11* (12b 2x4)
3.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, Bollinger has bowled a stunning over. He beats Tharanga with the last ball, a carbon copy of Lee's last ball in the previous over. Tharanga stays on the crease and pushes tentatively.

Sri Lanka 19/0   WU Tharanga 11* (13b 2x4)
4.6

Johnson to Tharanga, 1 run, shoddy start from Mitch, another one on the pads and Tharanga whips a single through square leg.

Sri Lanka 27/0   WU Tharanga 12* (14b 2x4)
5.1

Bollinger to Tharanga, FOUR, Bolly continues to cause problems. Pace and bounce, hustling away outside off, Tharanga is drawn into a shot, but he is late on it and completely lacking in control as he flirts with it, and it zips past the slips. Bolly is livid and has a go at Dilshan, who returns in kind!

5.2

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, on a length this time, Tharanga gets behind the line and pokes it down the track.

5.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, here comes the cross-seamer that lands on a length, stops and jumps up at the batsman! Tharanga is early on the drive, again flat-footed, and pops it back in the air to the right of Bolly.

5.4

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, beaten outside off! Tharanga will play much better than this on another day and yet be dismissed much earlier. He's just feeling for these without conviction.

5.5

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, well, the last ball was poor batting, this time it is just purely down to unbelievably exceptional bowling! Bollinger gets this to angle in tamely towards leg stump and then suddenly change character and jump away, squaring Tharanga up as he looks to work it to the leg side. Beaten by a mile, even Don Bradman might not have managed to nick that!

5.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, three in a row! How has Bollinger not yet picked up a wicket? Tharanga has done everything except edge one through.

Sri Lanka 31/0   WU Tharanga 16* (20b 3x4)
6.4

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on off stump, a mini-victory for Tharanga, he plays a solid forward defensive.

6.5

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, back to normal service. Mitch beats him outside off with a ball that swerves away at pace from a length. Tharanga has two left feet, only that can explain the complete lack of footwork here.

6.6

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, another swish and a miss. He just tries to steer this without getting across, but Mitch is too fast for such mischief.

Sri Lanka 36/0   WU Tharanga 16* (23b 3x4)
7.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, Batting, for Tharanga, at the moment, is a non-contact sport. Another swish outside off, another miss.

Sri Lanka 37/0   WU Tharanga 16* (24b 3x4)
8.2

Johnson to Tharanga, 2 runs, this one ducks into the pads, and Tharanga gets bat on it as he nudges a couple to the leg side.

8.3

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, straight again, Tharanga looks a lot better when it comes into him. Defends solidly down the track.

8.4

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, on a length around off stump, Tharanga defends to the off sode.

8.5

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, Pinch! Ouch! Not a dream! Tharanga gets bat on one! Outside off! Back of a length! Confidently pushed down to mid-off

8.6

Johnson to Tharanga, 1 run, and he even gets a single this time, shifting back in the crease and steering a ball outside off through backward point.

Sri Lanka 41/0   WU Tharanga 19* (29b 3x4)
9.1

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, angles the first one towards Tharanga's pads and he clips it uppishly through square leg.

9.3

Lee to Tharanga, FOUR, width outside off, back of a length, and Tharanga just decides to throw everything at it. Gets a big outside edge that goes past the lone slip. Would have gone straight to second slip if he was around!

9.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, and Lee gets this one to bend in sharply, Tharanga goes for the cut and inner edges it perilously close to the stumps.

9.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga gets behind the line and defends a length ball down the track.

9.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, A smattering of people in Hambantota have seen the SL openers miraculously survive 10 overs without losing a wicket, against some hostile fast bowling, in difficult circumstances. Amazing.

Sri Lanka 47/0   WU Tharanga 24* (34b 4x4)
10.3

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, and a telling bouncer from Mitch, whanged in well short and heading for Tharanga's grille. He ducks.

10.4

Johnson to Tharanga, 2 runs, on Tharanga's pads and he quietly nudges it through square leg for a couple. SL have 50 on the board.

10.5

Johnson to Tharanga, 1 run, He may be old, he may have battered fingers, but he is still the kind at point. Ponting dives away to his left to stop a scorching cut from Tharanga and saves three runs.

Sri Lanka 51/0   WU Tharanga 27* (37b 4x4)
11.3

Lee to Tharanga, no run, pitched up by Lee from over the stumps, Tharanga drills it solidly to mid-on.

11.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, back of a length outside off, Tharanga angles it away through point for a single.

11.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga is beaten outside off for the 23rd time today. Looks to guide a short ball over the slips area and misses.

11.6

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, nicely played, gets this to skid off the face in front of point for one.

Sri Lanka 54/0   WU Tharanga 28* (41b 4x4)
12.1

Watson to Tharanga, FOUR, full on the stumps, Tharanga drives it back pleasingly at it beats a spirited effort from Doherty to give him four.

12.2

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, inside edge this time, looks for the cover drive and nicks it past the stumps.

12.4

Watson to Tharanga, no run

12.5

Watson to Tharanga, no run

12.6

Watson to Tharanga, no run

Sri Lanka 60/0   WU Tharanga 33* (46b 5x4)
13.2

Doherty to Tharanga, no run

13.3

Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run

13.6

Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish one driven past the bowler down the ground

Sri Lanka 64/0   WU Tharanga 35* (49b 5x4)
14.1

Watson to Tharanga, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

14.2

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, allows it to come on with the angle from round the wicket, and dabs it to third man, much like what Watson does

14.4

Watson to Tharanga, no run, some bounce outside off, he looks to steer it again and is beaten

14.5

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, gets it away solidly this time, away to third man for the single

Sri Lanka 67/0   WU Tharanga 37* (53b 5x4)
15.1

Doherty to Tharanga, no run, eased back to the bowler off the front foot

15.2

Doherty to Tharanga, FOUR, well played, down the track as he sees a bit of flight, gets around it to loft it over mid off

15.3

Doherty to Tharanga, no run, quicker one hurrying on outside off, defended back to the bowler

15.4

Doherty to Tharanga, 2 runs, beaten in flight as he comes down the track again, takes one hand off the bat as he goes through with the lofted shot, gets it towards deep midwicket

15.5

Doherty to Tharanga, FOUR, nothing wrong with this one, Tharanga stepping it up, again abandons the crease, gets to the pitch and lofts over mid off

15.6

Doherty to Tharanga, no run, pushed from the crease towards point

Sri Lanka 77/0   WU Tharanga 47* (59b 7x4)
16.4

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, full delivery, cracked off the front foot to sweeper cover

Sri Lanka 83/0   WU Tharanga 48* (60b 7x4)
17.1

Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, turning in from outside off, he shuffles and works it square

17.4

Doherty to Tharanga, no run, straightening from the middle and off line, Tharanga defends to the leg side.

17.5

Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, he gets the single this time, working him with the turn through mid on.

Sri Lanka 90/0   WU Tharanga 50* (63b 7x4)
18.3

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga is flowing now. Over-pitched outside off, he drills it through the covers for a boundary.

18.4

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, sharp turn here for Hussey, comes in outside off and then breaks away. Tharanga drives it without getting across to the flight.

18.5

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, better from Tharanga, covers the line and defends.

18.6

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, 1 run, angles in towards the pads and Tharanga whips through the leg side with a flourish.

Sri Lanka 99/0   WU Tharanga 55* (67b 8x4)
19.1

Smith to Tharanga, no run, short and turning in, he gets away with it as Tharanga mistimes the pull.

19.2

Smith to Tharanga, 3 runs, edged, but safe. No slips in place. Tharanga looks to cut a short ball that cramps him as it turns in, and gets it away very fine.

19.5

Smith to Tharanga, no run, slows this one in the air and tosses it up on middle and leg. Tharanga doesn't connect with the whip.

19.6

Smith to Tharanga, 1 run, full toss on the stumps to end that over that had a little bit of everything. Tharanga drives down to mid-on for a single.

Sri Lanka 108/0   WU Tharanga 59* (71b 8x4)
20.1

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, Hussey darts one in on middle and leg, Tharanga can't do much with it.

20.2

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, FOUR, width outside off with a non-turning offbreak, it is meat and drink for subcontinent batsmen. Gorgeous shot from Tharanga, lofting this over the covers into the gap at deep extra cover for four.

20.3

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, 2 runs, fired in on the pads this time, Tharanga eases it down the ground for a couple.

20.4

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Tharanga chops it through the covers for a single.

Sri Lanka 115/0   WU Tharanga 66* (75b 9x4)
21.1

Smith to Tharanga, FOUR, George Binoy believes this is as easy as taking candy from a baby. I agree. Width to Tharanga again, and he laces it through point for four more.

21.2

Smith to Tharanga, no run, that's more the line, he cuts off the width and doesn't over-pitch. Tharanga deals with it respectfully.

21.3

Smith to Tharanga, no run, again, straight and spinning in. Tharanga blocks.

21.4

Smith to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller, Tharanga eases forward and drives through mid-off

Sri Lanka 122/0   WU Tharanga 71* (79b 10x4)
22.2

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, short and turning away, Tharanga cuts straight to point.

22.3

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length again, Tharanga pats it into the off side for a single

22.5

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, 1 wide, Extras today are like London buses. Another wide down the leg side.

22.5

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, full toss on off stump, Tharanga wastes it. Hits it straight to cover.

22.6

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, and this time he finds the man at midwicket.

Sri Lanka 128/0   WU Tharanga 72* (83b 10x4)
23.1

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, Bolly angles one in from over the wicket. Nothing seems to have changed. Tharanga again chops him, almost onto the stumps.

23.2

Bollinger to Tharanga, 2 runs, hustles him with a short of length ball at 133 kph outside off, Tharanga is up to it as he stands tall and guides it into the covers.

23.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, again, Tharanga stays in the crease and works Bolly through point for a single.

23.5

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, lovely timing from Tharanga as he clips a length ball on his pads to deep midwicket.

Sri Lanka 135/0   WU Tharanga 76* (87b 10x4)
24.1

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, 2 runs, SL are turning it on. Tharanga guides softly to the deep point fielder and they scamper back for a couple.

24.2

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, 1 run, whoa, what happened there? Tharanga was looking to carve it over the covers but ended up too close to the ball and popped it in the air over the bowler's head.

24.4

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, tossed up outside off, Tharanga mistimes the cut for once.

24.5

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, hits the pads and they appeal for lbw, but this was drifting down the leg sid eeasily. Tharanga misses the work to the leg side.

24.6

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, defends a stock ball straightening outside off into the off side.

Sri Lanka 139/0   WU Tharanga 79* (92b 10x4)
25.4

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, width outside off, Tharanga guides a single through point.

25.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, Bollinger to Tharanga. Inside edge. Not out. Not a new script. Darts this one off a length, Tharanga goes for an ambition drive without moving the feet and chops it onto the pads.

Sri Lanka 143/1   WU Tharanga 80* (94b 10x4)
26.5

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, half an appeal for lbw, this straightens from leg stump line but was bouncing extra as Tharanga missed the work to the leg side.

26.6

DJ Hussey to Tharanga, no run, gets behind the line and defends with the turn into the off side.

Sri Lanka 152/1   WU Tharanga 80* (96b 10x4)
27.2

Watson to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on off stump and coming in, Tharanga plays it to the leg side.

27.3

Watson to Tharanga, no run, short of a length, no width outside off but Tharanga looks to cut. Misses this time and it is through to Haddin.

27.4

Watson to Tharanga, 2 runs, Mitch nearly fluffs a save at third man to concede four, but the ball stops near the boundary. Width outside off, Tharanga gets the cut away this time and they have only two despite Mitch's fumble.

27.5

Watson to Tharanga, 2 runs, similar ball, and Tharanga's timing them superbly now. Lovely steer in front of point this time and Mitch ambles across to cut it off. Cleanly this time.

27.6

Watson to Tharanga, 1 wide, heavy ball, he bumps it well short and it is called a wide eventually.

27.6

Watson to Tharanga, no run, length ball on off stump, Tharanga covers the line and defends into the off side.

Sri Lanka 158/1   WU Tharanga 84* (101b 10x4)
28.2

Johnson to Tharanga, 2 runs, Mitch is getting the ball to reverse now, this swerves in sharp and late at Tharanga's pads and he does particularly well to time the flick through midwicket.

28.3

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, back of a length outside off, Tharanga dabs it towards point from the crease.,

28.4

Johnson to Tharanga, 2 runs, ominous timing from Tharanga. He whips the offcutter through the gap between mid-on and a slow-moving Watson at midwicket. Still they only get a couple. Surely there was a third in there as Watto had to slide and haul it in on the boundary.

28.5

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, short ball on off stump, Tharanga defends from the crease.

28.6

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, cuts him up with a late inducker that hits the pad.

Sri Lanka 163/1   WU Tharanga 88* (106b 10x4)
29.2

Watson to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga is still playing and missing outside off. Watson keeps it tight, back of a length outside off. Swish and miss, flat-footed and clueless.

29.3

Watson to Tharanga, no run, this one is on the pads and he punches it to mid-on.

29.4

Watson to Tharanga, no run, bouncer banged in with intent and a grunt. Not called a wide this time. He's using the bouncer as a dot ball option.

29.5

Watson to Tharanga, no run, another bouncer, and I am not quite sure why it isn't no-balled.

29.6

Watson to Tharanga, no run, play and a miss outside off. Haddin's appealing for a catch. He clearly hasn't been watching the play closely enough. Tharanga hasn't nicked anything today, except when he's found the gaps.

Sri Lanka 166/1   WU Tharanga 88* (111b 10x4)
30.3

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, bouncer, Tharanga gets under it and immediately checks to see the square-leg umpire's call ...

30.4

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, he's attacking the pads here, and Tharanga does well to keep him out. Played into the on-side.

30.5

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, width outside off, too much of it and Tharanga can't reach it. Not called a wide, but quite close.

30.6

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, a very quiet over that. Tharanga forces the cut off the last ball, and finds the man at cover-point.

Sri Lanka 167/1   WU Tharanga 88* (115b 10x4)
31.2

Watson to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga smashes a length cross-seam ball back down the track and Watson does well to stop it on his follow through.

31.3

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, pounds it in short, Tharanga goes for the pull and top-edges it to the vacant square leg area.

Sri Lanka 169/1   WU Tharanga 89* (117b 10x4)
32.1

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga should invest in some lottery tickets today. He's been let off, though it would be unfair to term it a drop. Length ball from over the stumps and he absolutely clobbers it back to the bowler. Mitch gets his left hand to it, but it doesn't stick.

32.2

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, and a bouncer to follow up, Tharanga ducks under it. He's played a large number of dot balls recently, hasn't he ...

32.3

Johnson to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads, Tharanga works it through midwicket for a single.

32.5

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, this Tharanga innings is becoming a study in the theatre of absurdity! Short ball, his timing seems to be deserting him now. He is early on the pull and toe-ends it cluelessly into the off side.

32.6

Johnson to Tharanga, no run, better, gets behind the line and drills a length ball back to Mitch.

Sri Lanka 175/1   WU Tharanga 90* (122b 10x4)
33.4

Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga works a single through the mid-on area for one.

Sri Lanka 181/1   WU Tharanga 91* (123b 10x4)
34.2

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga continues in his comic ways! Short ball zipping across him, Tharanga knew nothing of it and hung his bat at it, even as he seemed to be turning in another direction. And the ball ran away to third man for a single. Don't ask me how.

34.5

Lee to Tharanga, 2 runs, Lee angles this well in from wide of the crease and Tharanga quietly turns it away off the pads through midwicket.

34.6

Lee to Tharanga, FOUR, A tale of Dr. Upul and Mr. Tharanga today. In the middle of all those plays, misses and edges, he's played some utterly sublime shorts. Lee's legcutter lands short and comes in to cramp Tharanga, who still manages to time the square cut expertly for four.

Sri Lanka 191/1   WU Tharanga 98* (126b 11x4)
35.2

Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga backs away and taps a ball turning in, into the covers for one more.

Sri Lanka 193/1   WU Tharanga 99* (127b 11x4)
36.1

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga has 4 100s this year, that's more than anyone else! And that despite missing the five-match series against England. Angled in towards the pads and he nudges it down to fine leg for a single.

36.3

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, this one cuts in sharply, but Tharanga manages to guide it from the crease towards third man.

36.5

Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball that stops on him, Tharanga waits and keeps the pull down to deep midwicket.

Sri Lanka 210/1   WU Tharanga 102* (130b 11x4)
37.1

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, he's targeting the pads, looking to cut the angle and width. Tharanga nudges through square leg for a single.

37.3

Lee to Tharanga, FOUR, bang! Lee pitches it in Tharanga's half and he frees his arms with glee. Stays in the crease, keeps the head down and launches this imperiously, almost all the way over midwicket. It was such a good shot that umpire Rauf signalled six straight away. It's just short though.

37.4

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, width outside off, Tharanga drives it into the covers for a single.

Sri Lanka 219/1   WU Tharanga 108* (133b 12x4)
39.1

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length just outside off, Tharanga steers it down to third man for one.

39.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, bouncer again, they are using it as a dot-ball option. Tharanga ducks and looks at the leg umpire immediately.

39.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, low full toss angling in and cramping Tharanga who manages to time the cover drive well, but finds the fielder.

39.6

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, half-volley to end the over but he gets away with it as Tharanga drives down the ground to a very straight long-off.

Sri Lanka 227/3   WU Tharanga 110* (137b 12x4)
40.1

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, dodgy single, but Smith misses the stumps. Short of a length on middle and Tharanga mistimes it straight to midwicket. Would have been out by a mile if Smith hit.

40.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 wide, bouncer attempted, and it is called a wide this time. Fair call, it was over Tharanga's head as he looked to guide it to third man.

40.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, OUT, Irony once again. Tharanga has edged so many times today, he has played and missed so many times today. He falls to Bollinger, who caused him most of the problems today, but it is not an edge! Short of a length ball on off stump, Tharanga tries to back away and guide it to third man, and ends up steering it straight into Haddin's gloves. Straight off the face of the blade. Good innings, but Tharanga will be the first to admit he's played much better than this several times.

WU Tharanga c †Haddin b Bollinger 111 (182m 139b 12x4 0x6) SR: 79.85

Sri Lanka 230/4   WU Tharanga 111 (139b 12x4)
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