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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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   B Lee 1-0-5-0

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


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?


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   B Lee 2-0-12-0

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


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


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!


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.


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


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   B Lee 3-0-18-0

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.


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


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


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.


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

Sri Lanka 54/0   B Lee 4-0-19-0

Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, top-edged but safe. Sanga looks to clip him with the angle off the pads, but seemed to close the face a touch early. It ballooned up in the air, but landed safely around midwicket.


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.


Lee to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, Sanga moves into the square drive nicely but finds the fielder.


Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, over-pitched on off stump, Sanga drives it on the move into the covers for a single.


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.


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   B Lee 5-0-28-0

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.


Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, width outside off this time, Sanga drives into the covers for a single.


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.


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


Lee to Sangakkara, no run, full on off stump, Sanga guides it off the outer half straight to a diving point.


Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, similar line, Sanga drills it down to long-on for a single. Australia are looking good for a big score here.

Sri Lanka 220/1   B Lee 6-0-36-0

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


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, top yorker from Lee, Mahela quietly defends it as it sears in.


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the pads, Mahela tucks it gingerly through midwicket to open his account.


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.


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.


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   B Lee 7-0-39-0

Lee to Silva, no run, short ball, Silva hangs back and works it to the leg side. He is desperate for a single, but there is none to be taken.


Lee to Silva, no run, yorker from Lee, and SL are losing momentum in a hurry. Silva tamely plays it back to the bowler, not much he could have done with it.


Lee to Silva, 1 run, Silva gets the single this time, a laborious drive to the left of Watson at mid-off, who hurls the throw in but misses as Silva dives in.


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela looks mortified as the umpire refuses to call it a wide as Lee slides a short ball down the leg side. Ah, it flicked his flannel as it passed, but he didn't feel that, clearly.


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, Lee gets this to duck in alarmingly off the seam, Mahela manages to get a single away to the off side.


Lee to Silva, no run, Silva looks at sea here. Lee hustles him with a pacy straight ball, short of a length, and it is played without conviction to the off side.

Sri Lanka 233/4   B Lee 8-0-41-0

Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, Lee hurls it up full on the blockhole and Mahela drives it down the ground for one.


Lee to Silva, 1 run, another near yorker, low full toss that has Silva stumbling over as he moves to save the toes. This is stupendous bowling.


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, another yorker on off stump, Mahela tamely plays it straight to cover.


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, and the bouncer comes out of no where and catches Mahela by surprise. He weaves away.


Lee to Jayawardene, no run, short and pacy outside off this time, Mahela was clearly late on his attempted guide to third man. Was he expecting the fuller ball? Swish and a miss.


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, plays the on-drive this time, and gets a single down to wide long-on.

Sri Lanka 241/4   B Lee 9-0-44-0

Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, Lee pitches it up outside off, Mahela makes room and drives solidly to deep cover for one.


Lee to Silva, 1 run, short ball on middle and off, Silva skips inside the line and works it through backward square leg for a single.


Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, short outside off, Mahela jumps with the bounce and cuts down to a very square third man for one.


Lee to Silva, no run, another near yorker on the stumps, Silva looks to work it to the leg side and finds the fielder at midwicket.


Lee to Silva, OUT, appeal for a freaky catch. What's happened there? Yorker scorching in towards leg stump, it hits Silva's left foot on the full and then, as it comes up, it hits the bat which was completing a flick and pops up tamely to midwicket. A pad-bat catch.

LPC Silva c Smith b Lee 9 (23m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94


Lee to BMAJ Mendis, no run, full and pacy outside off, Jeevan gets across and defends.

Sri Lanka 252/5   B Lee 10-0-47-1





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