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)

Lee to Dilshan, no run, whoa, nervous start for Dilshan! Lee was not appealing as much as celebrating after getting this ball to nip in and defeat an ambitious flat-footed drive from Dilshan. Was there an inside edge? It thudded into the pad, and seemed to be skidding down the leg. Replays awaited.

Sri Lanka 5/0   TM Dilshan 0* (1b)

Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, top-fielding from Clarke at the second slip. Dilshan shapes for the expansive drive and then sees the ball straightening into him from middle and off and then steers tentatively towards third man ... but Clarke has other ideas as he dives away and stops it.

Sri Lanka 7/0   TM Dilshan 1* (2b)

Lee to Dilshan, 2 runs, Lee strays onto Dilshan's pads and he works it through midwicket for a couple.


Lee to Dilshan, 2 runs, he's looking to get one of these to go away, but so far in this over he's landing them in Dilshan's whipping area. Another couple taken through midwicket.


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, how lucky is that? The ball spent an eternity in the air before landing safely at a vacant square leg. Superb bouncer from Lee, Dilshan did not see it coming until after it had hit his bat! He was looking to let it go at the last moment, but was so late and so out of position that it hit the bat and popped up perilously on the leg side. And it landed safe.


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, ah, Dilshan goes for his big booming cover drive, but mistimes it. Still gets a single into the extra cover region. Is that the ugliest cover drive doing the rounds in world cricket?

Sri Lanka 18/0   TM Dilshan 7* (6b)

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan does it again, stays put on leg stump and heaves the kitchen sink and everything else at a ball that was at best a foot outside off. No contact made, but there is a stiff breeze blowing around the ground now thanks to that swish.


Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, looks to drive again, an doesn't time it. Bollinger is not giving him anything to drive, but Dilshan is looking to play on the up. Squirts this one towards mid-off.


Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, this one jumps up from a length, Dilshan yanks the bat back as it rears up, much like a man taking a towel out of his closet and finding it is on fire!


Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, high quality bowling this, Bollinger is getting closer and closer to the outside edge! Dilshan again looks to drive, this was even shorter than the one he drive at earlier. He does well to keep the edge away from the ball in the end.


Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, leading edge now, Bolly bends one in late, catches Dilshan napping in the crease as it looks to cut him in half. He closes the face in a hurry and it goes away off the edge through point.

Sri Lanka 19/0   TM Dilshan 8* (11b)

Johnson to Dilshan, 2 runs, he begins with a back of length ball on off stump, and Dilshan almost compulsively heaves it off the front foot without timing, into the wide mid-off area. Lee does well to stop it, but Tharanga hustles back and dives in for a risky second.


Johnson to Dilshan, no run, pitches it up, and gets Dilshan driving, but he is conscious in trying to keep it down. There is a man at point and another at a short cover. The trap is set ...


Johnson to Dilshan, no run, this one bends in, but from middle and leg line and Dilshan looks to work it off the pads. He can't get it away.


Johnson to Dilshan, FOUR, top shot, with the Dilshan trademark. It is that workmanlike cover drive of his, striving to get muscle behind a ball that's not over-pitched. This was not driving length by any stretch of imagination, but you wouldn't believe that if you saw how Dilshan managed to power it away.


Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, on the pads, Dilshan nudges a single through midwicket for one more.

Sri Lanka 26/0   TM Dilshan 15* (16b 1x4)

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, and Dilshan now, plays all over a ball that thunders up from back of a length and goes over the stumps. This is tough!


Johnson to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan at his idiosyncratic best here. Beaten last ball? What beaten? The moment it is pitched up, he goes after it with a vengeance and blasts it through the covers. Scorching shot.


Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, extra bounce from a length, Dilshan was surprised and yanked the bottom hand off as he dropped it to the leg side for one.

Sri Lanka 36/0   TM Dilshan 20* (19b 2x4)

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, that rare animal makes an appearance - the leave outside off.


Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, pitched up outside off and Dilshan whacks the lacquer off it with another one of those cover drives. He finds the fielder inside the circle this time.


Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, cramping Dilshan for room outside off, but he still goes for the carve, despite not having room. Doesn't time it this time.


Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, stunning stuff from Bolly. Only 131kph, but you can't direct a bouncer better than that. And deceptive too, Dilshan did not spot that for a long time, and by the time he realised he could not drive it, he was almost past the point of no return. Does well in the end to let it go.


Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, another whack-drive, almost diffident from Dilshan every time it is pitched up. Mistimed to wide mid-off.

Sri Lanka 37/0   TM Dilshan 21* (24b 2x4)

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball to Dilshan who is sucked into an early check-drive and mistimes it through the covers.

Sri Lanka 38/0   TM Dilshan 22* (25b 2x4)

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan cover-drives again, away from the body, throws his hands at it and mistimes it for a single.

Sri Lanka 43/0   TM Dilshan 23* (26b 2x4)

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, tight line, on middle and leg and angling across from short of a length. Dilshan defends.


Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan squeezes a mistimed on the up cover drive past the man at short cover. They should have got two there, but settle for one.


Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Dilshan eases the drive into the covers.

Sri Lanka 52/0   TM Dilshan 25* (29b 2x4)

Lee to Dilshan, no run, drives this one to short extra cover.


Lee to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, boy, this bouncer had vicious written all over it. Dilshan went for the pull, and it actually held up on him and hit the edge to run away into the off side.

Sri Lanka 53/0   TM Dilshan 25* (31b 2x4)

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, worked off the pads towards midwicket for one.

Sri Lanka 60/0   TM Dilshan 26* (32b 2x4)

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up to Dilshan who drives it loosely in the air for a single.


Doherty to Dilshan, no run


Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run

Sri Lanka 63/0   TM Dilshan 28* (35b 2x4)

Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, enough width outside off to steer to third man


Watson to Dilshan, no run, played out towards extra cover off the front foot

Sri Lanka 67/0   TM Dilshan 29* (37b 2x4)

Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, that is superb timing from Dilshan, not hit hard, swivels to the short ball, and keeps the pull along the ground through square leg, too quick for the man in the deeo


Watson to Dilshan, no run, hit on the pad as he misses the work on the leg side, would have gone down leg, touch high too


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


Watson to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan goes for the slap-drive now, through extra cover, lots of work for the man in the deep


Watson to Dilshan, no run, arches back and squeezes a length ball wide of point

Sri Lanka 85/0   TM Dilshan 36* (42b 3x4)

Doherty to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan looks to sweep and gets a top-edge that runs away through short fine leg for two.


Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, full on middle and off, Dilshan slices it through point for a single.


Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run, nicely done by Dishan, gets up with the bounce outside off and dabs a single through point.

Sri Lanka 91/0   TM Dilshan 40* (45b 3x4)

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, no run, speared in from round the stumps, Dilshan can't do much with that dart and works it to the leg side.


DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 3 runs, the good old Dilscoop. Astounds me every time I see it. He pulls it off, gets it straight over Haddin's head.

Sri Lanka 94/0   TM Dilshan 43* (47b 3x4)

Smith to Dilshan, FOUR, very poor bowling from Smith. Another short ball, Dilshan crashes it through backward point with a cut shot he will play in his sleep.


Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, finally tosses one up, Dlshan drives with the turn through wide mid-off for a single.

Sri Lanka 107/0   TM Dilshan 48* (49b 4x4)

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, no run, on Dilshan's pads, he works it to the leg side but can't get the gap.


DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan has 50 now. Alarm bells for Australia! Neat little paddle sweep, he was ready even as Hussey ran in and just lapped him with the angle and turn through fine leg.

Sri Lanka 117/0   TM Dilshan 50* (51b 4x4)

Smith to Dilshan, no run, the pre-meditated sweep again, Dilshan misses it this time,


Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, gets the single now, pushing Smith with the turn through the covers.

Sri Lanka 123/0   TM Dilshan 51* (53b 4x4)

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 1 wide, ah, they have conceded a proper extra now. Wide down the leg side.


DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 1 run, Huss spears one on in the pads and Dilshan works it through square leg.


DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 1 run, you can dart them onto Dilshan's pads all day, and he will keep clipping them for runs. Another single through midwicket.

Sri Lanka 127/0   TM Dilshan 53* (55b 4x4)

Bollinger to Dilshan, 2 wides, London buses in every direction now. Bolly starts with a wide angled well down the leg side and Haddin can't stop it cleanly.


Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, angled in sharply towards the pads, Dilshan works it with the angle through midwicket.


Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, short of a length outside off. Normal batsmen leave those. More talented men cut those. But Dilshan drives those on the up. Legend. Hits it straight to point this time, though.

Sri Lanka 135/0   TM Dilshan 54* (57b 4x4)

DJ Hussey to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan forces Hussey against the minimal turn through cover-point for a single.

Sri Lanka 139/0   TM Dilshan 55* (58b 4x4)

Bollinger to Dilshan, OUT, Irony, thy name, cricket! Dilshan is gone, but the manner in which he has fallen explains everything about this lovely game. Bollinger has bowled superbly all day, without getting a wicket. And now he gets one with one of his lesser hostile balls. It was short, it was angling in, and Dilshan saw it early. There was a man at deep midwicket, but Dilshan wanted to take him on and went for the pull. He ended up timing it too well, hit it emphatically, right out of the screws, but dead straight to the man in the deep. It was a plan to Dilshan ever since Bolly began this spell round the stumps to him, and it has worked.

TM Dilshan c MEK Hussey b Bollinger 55 (104m 59b 4x4 0x6) SR: 93.22

Sri Lanka 139/1   TM Dilshan 55 (59b 4x4)





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