Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Sri Lanka v Australia

Sri Lanka won by 78 runs

Right, we are close to the start of play. Slightly cloudy conditions, sparse crowds in this ground that is well off the beaten track. The time has come for Sri Lanka's batsmen to stand up. This is Nitin Sundar bringing you the action today, as Tharanga gets ready to face Lee. Two slips in place.

Dan sums up what today is going to be all about. "Today's only question is will sri lanka gets australia's 4th wicket," he says. Hugh seems to have all bases covered: "I've backed SL in each game so far - going to continue today, if only because I don't believe they can keep losing to this team. Bad idea?" James then sends in this lovely comment: "Now, here's an exotic name we can all marvel at."

Ruchith: "Are the SL selectors in love with Chamara Silva? He has no business to be in this team. We have much more talented batsman than him and now he is 31+ as well. Very poor decision." He has been around for a while, hasn't he, without really scoring too many runs .. Silva and Kapugedara, who was drafted into the XI for the World Cup final, having sat out of all the previous games!

Ravi: "Another exotically named Sri Lankan making debut. All the best to him. While on names, I always wanted to know what Sangakkara meant." Well, what is exotic in a name really ... I find Ricky Ponting exotic, some people find Shaminda Eranga exotic.

Our reader Daniel Alexander is pleased to see Shaminda Eranga get a chance since "he can hit speeds of 140 kph, and bat a bit too". Coming from India, the ease with which Sri Lanka produces fast bowlers amazes me.

Pitch report from Russel Arnold (who is wielding a stump menacingly in one hand and holding the mic in the other): Damp pitch, it was watered early but has stayed under covers since because of the rain. It is a hard strip, and will have help for the bowlers. Still 250-260 is gettable, he says.

1400 This is bad news first up for Sri Lanka. I was watching the highlights of the World Cup final last night, and the impact of Angelo's absence in that game was immense. SL ended up making three changes, and yet the balance of the side remained awry. Angelo is arguably the most irreplaceable player in this side.

Toss: Australia win the toss and they will bowl first yet again. Michael Clarke says he expects there to be a bit of juice in the track, thanks to the overnight rain. Australia are unchanged.

Dilshan: "There is a little bit of moisture around, I would have liked to bowl first too. We are playing seven batsmen and we expect at least 2 or 3 of them to come good." Two changes. Angelo Mathews is out with an injury and Chamara Silva comes in. The seaming allrounder Shaminda Eranga comes in too, replacing Rangana Herath.

It's one-day cricket and it's Australian domination. What's new? Hello and welcome to our coverage of third ODI from Hambantota. Sri Lanka have to win today to keep the series alive, and it promises to be a tough ask.

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.

0.6

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.

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (1b)      B Lee    1-0-5-0
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.

1.5

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.

Gareth: "Stage is set for a big game. Lanka's batting looks a tad skinny without Angelo though. You never know, Steve Smith may even get a bat/bowl. Stranger things have happened."

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.

End of over 2 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
WU Tharanga    10* (10b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    1* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-5-0

2.1

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

2.2

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.

2.3

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.

2.4

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

2.5

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?

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.

End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 18/0 (RR: 6.00)
WU Tharanga    11* (12b 2x4)      B Lee    2-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    7* (6b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-6-0

3.1

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.

3.2

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.

Daniel: "Will SL send Shaminda Eranga at number 3? he is padded up in the dressing room!" Could happen ...

3.3

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!

3.4

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.

3.5

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.

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.

End of over 4 (1 run) Sri Lanka 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
WU Tharanga    11* (13b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-7-0
TM Dilshan    8* (11b)      B Lee    2-0-12-0

There's good news, and bad if you are a Lanka fan. Good news is that Lee is out of the attack. Bad news is that Mitch is in. Two slips in.

4.1

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.

4.2

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 ...

4.3

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.

4.4

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.

4.5

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

4.6

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

Matt: "Can Johnson bowl well three games in a row? There are firsts for everything!"

End of over 5 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 27/0 (RR: 5.40)
WU Tharanga    12* (14b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    15* (16b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-7-0

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.

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 31/0 (RR: 5.16)
WU Tharanga    16* (20b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    15* (16b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-8-0

6.1

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!

6.2

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.

6.3

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.

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.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 36/0 (RR: 5.14)
WU Tharanga    16* (23b 3x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    20* (19b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-11-0

7.1

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

7.2

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.

7.3

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.

7.4

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.

7.5

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

7.6

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

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 37/0 (RR: 4.62)
WU Tharanga    16* (24b 3x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    21* (24b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-13-0

8.1

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

Short midwicket in place for Tharanga. And one slip.

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.

Ravi: "Ricky Ponting sounds ordinary. most exotic Aussie cricketing names I can think of are Len Pascoe and Paul Sheahan. And I'm still waiting for an SL fan to write in with the meaning of Sanga..." I did a quick check, Ravi. The Sinhala to English translators online said Sangakkara doesn't mean anything.

8.4

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

My favourite exotic Australian name: Michael di Venuto.

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.

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 41/0 (RR: 4.55)
WU Tharanga    19* (29b 3x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    22* (25b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-12-0

Lee comes back on ...

9.1

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

9.2

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

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.

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 47/0 (RR: 4.70)
WU Tharanga    24* (34b 4x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    23* (26b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-17-0

Bowling Powerplay taken. Mitch continues.

10.1

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

10.2

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.

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.

Sutty: "Surely Brett Lee's old bandmate Richard Chee Quee would win the award for most exotic name of an Australian first class player..."

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.

10.6

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

End of over 11 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 52/0 (RR: 4.72)
TM Dilshan    25* (29b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    27* (37b 4x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-0

11.1

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

11.2

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.

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.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 54/0 (RR: 4.50)
WU Tharanga    28* (41b 4x4)      B Lee    4-0-19-0
TM Dilshan    25* (31b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-22-0

Watson comes on.

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.

12.3

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

12.4

Watson to Tharanga, no run

Some technical glitches here. Apologies, things getting better now.

12.5

Watson to Tharanga, no run

12.6

Watson to Tharanga, no run

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 60/0 (RR: 4.61)
WU Tharanga    33* (46b 5x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    26* (32b 2x4)      B Lee    4-0-19-0

Doherty comes on now. Round the wicket.

13.1

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

13.2

Doherty to Tharanga, no run

13.3

Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run

13.4

Doherty to Dilshan, no run

13.5

Doherty to Dilshan, 1 run

13.6

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

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 64/0 (RR: 4.57)
WU Tharanga    35* (49b 5x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    28* (35b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0

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

over the stumps to Dilshan

14.3

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

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

14.6

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

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 67/0 (RR: 4.46)
TM Dilshan    29* (37b 2x4)      SR Watson    2-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    37* (53b 5x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0

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

End of over 16 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 77/0 (RR: 4.81)
WU Tharanga    47* (59b 7x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    29* (37b 2x4)      SR Watson    2-0-9-0

16.1

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

16.2

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

16.3

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

16.4

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

Daniel: "SL must go after Watson and Doherty, simply no other choice!!"

16.5

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

16.6

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

End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 85/0 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    36* (42b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-17-0
WU Tharanga    48* (60b 7x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-14-0

17.1

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

17.2

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

17.3

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

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.

17.6

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

"On behalf of all Sri Lankan fans, thank you for taking over commentary from Nitin Sundar." Hard luck, Robert. I am back.

End of over 18 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 91/0 (RR: 5.05)
TM Dilshan    40* (45b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-20-0
WU Tharanga    50* (63b 7x4)      SR Watson    3-0-17-0

D Hussey now.

18.1

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.

18.2

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.

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.

Chaminda: "Slow but steadily SL cruising.. May they learnt from last two matches.. However, no guarantee that no possible mess up in the middle order.."

End of over 19 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 99/0 (RR: 5.21)
WU Tharanga    55* (67b 8x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    43* (47b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-20-0

Tharanga has 4000 ODI runs now. Steve Smith comes on.

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.

19.3

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.

19.4

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

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.

End of over 20 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 108/0 (RR: 5.40)
WU Tharanga    59* (71b 8x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    48* (49b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-8-0

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.

20.5

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

20.6

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.

End of over 21 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 117/0 (RR: 5.57)
TM Dilshan    50* (51b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-17-0
WU Tharanga    66* (75b 9x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-9-0

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

21.5

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

21.6

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

End of over 22 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 123/0 (RR: 5.59)
TM Dilshan    51* (53b 4x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-15-0
WU Tharanga    71* (79b 10x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-17-0

Jay: "How can it be disciplined bowling when Sri Lanka are going at 5.5 an over with no loss of wickets in the 21st over?" Fair question, that.

22.1

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

22.1

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

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

22.4

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.

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.

Simon: "Too many bits and pieces players in the Aussie side. To have used 7 bowlers allready is a bit extreme.

Hussey's spin is ineffective outside of T20 and Steve Smith is still developing as a player.

I'd rathr have the core bowlers (Lee, Johnsoen, Dougie, Spinner of the moment, Watson). Between Clarkes under used bowling and Pontings tidy swing there is the room for two better batsman than D-Huss and Smith."

Did you just mention Ponting's bowling? I have seen everything now ...

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 128/0 (RR: 5.56)
WU Tharanga    72* (83b 10x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-22-0
TM Dilshan    53* (55b 4x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-15-0

Boris: "Fair to say that it WAS disciplined bowling. The seamers were excellent and mightily unlucky. The spinners have been poor, particularly Smith reinforcing the fact that he is constantly being selected as a specialist fielder." I tend to agree with that judgement. Meanwhile, SL have cashed in superbly. Bollinger comes on now ... Bowled a superb first spell. Round the wicket.

23.1

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.

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.

Back round the stumps to Dilshan.

23.4

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

23.5

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

23.6

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.

End of over 24 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 135/0 (RR: 5.62)
TM Dilshan    54* (57b 4x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-19-0
WU Tharanga    76* (87b 10x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-22-0

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.

24.3

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

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.

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 139/0 (RR: 5.56)
WU Tharanga    79* (92b 10x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-26-0
TM Dilshan    55* (58b 4x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-19-0

25.1

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

Sangakkara is the new man in.

25.2

Bollinger to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off from over the stumps and Sanga defends it back to the bowler.

25.3

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 wide, overcooks the bouncer and it called a wide for height.

Boris: "Honestly, I reckon Brad Hodge could bowl better than Smith and Hussey put together. And he's easily a better batsman than both players as well. Each time the selectors are asked why he doesn't get selected despite topping every run list, they avoid the question or give the hypocritical 'too old' response. Give him a chance in this team and watch how he shines." One of the unexplained things about Aussie cricket - the Hodge story.

25.3

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga is away in nervous fashion. He nudges a length ball to mid-on off the back foot and takes off. Smith fires in the throw and hits the stumps, but Sanga dives in, just in time.

25.4

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

25.5

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 run, straying down the leg side, Sanga works it down to fine leg for a single.

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.

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 143/1 (RR: 5.50)
WU Tharanga    80* (94b 10x4)      DE Bollinger    6-0-23-1
KC Sangakkara    2* (3b)      DJ Hussey    4-0-26-0

26.1

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, Sanga drives through the covers for a couple.

26.2

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, no run, sharp turn from back of a length, Sanga ends up trying to work it from outside off and doesn't get it away.

26.3

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, SIX, Sanga goes for the big drive over long-on and just clears the man at long-on! Superb timing, but still a daring stroke. It was pitched up, Sanga leaned out to the pitch, went down on a knee and heaved him over the fielder.

26.4

DJ Hussey to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, shorter this time, Sanga quietly works him through the leg side.

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.

Sumith: "Not only australia.. There are such unexplainable situations in other teams also.. D. Karthik from india , A Hall from south africa , azhar mahmood pakistan etc." Equating D Karthik to B Hodge seems like a cruel joke to me. But I get your point Sumith.

End of over 27 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 152/1 (RR: 5.62)
WU Tharanga    80* (96b 10x4)      DJ Hussey    5-0-34-0
KC Sangakkara    10* (7b 1x6)      DE Bollinger    6-0-23-1

Watson comes into the attack.

27.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, Sanga works it through square leg and thinks of two, but he slips as he turns and there's a yes-no situation that ends without a second run.

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.

James: "To be fair to the Aussie selectors, Hodge IS old. He's the same age as Punter!" Well, he hasn't been old for the last 5 years has he?

27.6

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

Mick: "Ricky Ponting's scalps in ODI's are: Arjuna Ranatunga, Brian Lara and Heath Streak." Now that's an eclectic bunch.

End of over 28 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 158/1 (RR: 5.64)
WU Tharanga    84* (101b 10x4)      SR Watson    4-0-23-0
KC Sangakkara    11* (8b 1x6)      DJ Hussey    5-0-34-0

28.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga shuffles well inside the line as Mitch sprays it down the leg side. Worked down to fine leg for a single.

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.

This is Tharanga's highest score v Australia. Even he'd have found it tough to believe if he was told he would score 88* today, that's how hopeless he looked against the new ball.

28.6

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

End of over 29 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 163/1 (RR: 5.62)
WU Tharanga    88* (106b 10x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-27-0
KC Sangakkara    12* (9b 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-23-0

29.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 3 runs, languid drive from Sanga, who leans into a full-pitched ball from Watson and sends it purring away almost all the way into the cover boundary.

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.

Ravi: "Steve Smith not only has a resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman, as was said in the comms some time ago, he might also borrow a line from him: "What, me, Warnie?""

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.

End of over 30 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 166/1 (RR: 5.53)
WU Tharanga    88* (111b 10x4)      SR Watson    5-0-26-0
KC Sangakkara    15* (10b 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-27-0

30.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, Mitch wangs another one into Sanga's pads and it is firmly on-driven to mid-on.

Beenod: "Well... Sanga is also at the verge of marvelous personal achievement as a cricketer (Also because Mahela is in even more interesting phase of his career- about to reach 10,000 runs in both Test and ODIs and 100 in T20I) as he's 3 Test short of 100 Test appearances and 2 match short of 300 ODIs plus nearing 10,000 ODI runs and 300 ODI catches. If anything doesn't go unusual Merry days are waiting Sanga!"

30.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, and again on the pads, Sanga gets it away through square leg for a single.

30.3

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

Travis Rutherford: "Surely the player to compare Hodge with is England's nearly man, Graeme Hick. Admittedly he played 65 Tests but he never won complete faith in him from the selectors. Meanwhile, like Hodge, he piled up the runs in all formats of the 1st class game." The difference being that Hodge more than looked the part in the few chances he got. call me biased, I think Hodge is a far better player than Hick.

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.

Stevo: "Apparently Hodge has a technical difficulty against pace bowling- no doubt determined during his 200 not out against a South African pace attack at the WACA.. Go figure." Indeed!

End of over 31 (1 run) Sri Lanka 167/1 (RR: 5.38)
WU Tharanga    88* (115b 10x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (12b 1x6)      SR Watson    5-0-26-0

31.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Sanga opens the face to guide it towards third man for a single.

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.

31.4

Watson to Sangakkara, FOUR, top-class batting. Sanga sashays down the pitch to an off-cutter and lofts it clean over mid-on for an imperious boundary.

31.5

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, what happened there? Watson gets this to bounce extra off the seam and it hits the shoulder of Sanga's bat to pop up, safely, on the off side.

31.6

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga gets behind the line this time and defends down the track.

Alex: "as a Kiwi, i always wished we could have nabbed Hodge away from Australia the same way England "acquired" the likes of KP, Trott and Kieswetter"

End of over 32 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 173/1 (RR: 5.40)
KC Sangakkara    21* (16b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    6-0-32-0
WU Tharanga    89* (117b 10x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-28-0

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.

32.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, superb yorker and Sanga does really well to dig it out and take off for a quick single. Johnson tears away to the off side to field it, but can't stop the 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.

End of over 33 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 175/1 (RR: 5.30)
WU Tharanga    90* (122b 10x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-30-0
KC Sangakkara    22* (17b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    6-0-32-0

Spin is back. Doherty into the attack after drinks.

33.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on off stump and defended.

33.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga at his best, making the spinners look incidental, rather than a part of the story. He skips out, gets to the flight and lofts him over midwicket. Poetic.

33.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, and now he goes through the off side, beautifully timed into the covers but he slips again while turning and they get only one.

33.4

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

33.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run

33.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga skips out again, he's not to the flight and merely chips Doherty over the infield for one more.

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 182/1 (RR: 5.35)
KC Sangakkara    28* (22b 2x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    4-0-27-0
WU Tharanga    91* (123b 10x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-30-0

Lee into the attack now. Round the stumps.

34.1

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.

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.

34.3

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

34.4

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

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.

End of over 35 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 191/1 (RR: 5.45)
WU Tharanga    98* (126b 11x4)      B Lee    5-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    30* (25b 2x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    4-0-27-0

35.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up and breaking in, Sanga nudges through midwicket and they settle for one. Should have been two again.

35.2

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

35.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flighted outside Sanga's off stump and he goes down on a knee to lace it into the covers for two more.

35.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, there's rubbish bowling and then there is this. Doherty spears it onto middle and it turns further down even as Sanga shuffles inside the line and lashes the sweep into a very vacant backward square leg area for four.

35.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, this time he holds it back a touch and Sanga misses the sweep.

35.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, SIX, how did he time that so well? Sanga shimmies out, seemed to be well short of the pitch of the ball, but went through with the straight lofted drive. I initially thought he over-estimated the turn and it seemed to go off the outer half, but it just kept going and cleared the straight boundary with ease!

End of over 36 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 205/1 (RR: 5.69)
KC Sangakkara    43* (30b 3x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-41-0
WU Tharanga    99* (127b 11x4)      B Lee    5-0-28-0

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.

Well played and all that, but I don't remember a more chancy 100 since Nasser Hussain's in the famous Natwest Series final against India in 2002.

36.2

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, Sanga taps it to the off side 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.

36.4

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga clips a length ball angling in down through square leg for a single.

Craig: "Why is Doherty bowling? He's getting thrashed. You'd like to ask what he's doing in the team, with an ODI average of 43 and a first-class ave of 47. "

36.5

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

36.6

Watson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Watto drifts onto the pads again, Sanga nudges him easily through backward square leg and hares back for the inevitable second.

Shishank: "Tharanga seems to be the Cook of the one day format this year." Well put.

End of over 37 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 212/1 (RR: 5.72)
KC Sangakkara    47* (33b 3x4 2x6)      SR Watson    7-0-39-0
WU Tharanga    102* (130b 11x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-41-0

Lee continues.

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.

37.2

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

Johan: "If Australia had treated Shane Warne like they've treated all the spinners they've used since his retirement, then they would have dropped him before he went on to become one of the greatest bowlers."

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.

37.5

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

37.6

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.

End of over 38 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 220/1 (RR: 5.78)
KC Sangakkara    49* (36b 3x4 2x6)      B Lee    6-0-36-0
WU Tharanga    108* (133b 12x4)      SR Watson    7-0-39-0

Here comes a surprise. SL take the Batting Powerplay. Meanwhile here's a solid comeback from Craig: "After Warne had played 10 ODIs, he had a bowling average of 13.86. Only 30 less than Doherty."

Bollinger comes on now.

38.1

Bollinger to Sangakkara, OUT, and a wicket straight away! He's ducked this one full on the leg stump, Sanga misses the flick and it is hit on the pads. Umpire Ranmore Martinesz (what a name!) gave that immediately, and Sanga referred it on Tharanga's advice. No luck. Pitches on the stumps as he shuffles across, hits in front of middle and it is more than clipping leg. The decision stays and SL take a bit of a blow at the start of the Powerplay.

KC Sangakkara lbw b Bollinger 49 (62m 37b 3x4 2x6) SR: 132.43

Another surprise. Chandimal is in at 5, ahead of Mahela.

38.2

Bollinger to Chandimal, FOUR, Chandimal is away with a gorgeous drive! What a talent. It was a length ball, and Chandimal if anything was early on the drive. He gets it down the ground. Lovely hit.

38.3

Bollinger to Chandimal, OUT, stunning catch! Australia are rallying here. That's a replay of his dismissal from the first game. Bolly angles it across Chandimal who again pushes across and feels for it, away from the body. It takes the edge and flies to the left of Clarke at the only slip, he dives away and fumbles it as he goes for it with both hands, but clutches to it behind him on the rebound, using the left hand.

LD Chandimal c Clarke b Bollinger 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Mahela is in, finally.

38.4

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length on the stumps, he is solidly behind the line as he defends.

38.5

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, and a lovely bouncer here, gets as close to Mahela's bat as possible without getting the feather. He does well to drop the wrists at the last moment.

38.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, and Mahela is away with a beautiful dri ... Scratch that! Smith at cover dives away acrobatically to stop it. Australia at their best.

End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 224/3 (RR: 5.74)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      DE Bollinger    7-0-27-3
WU Tharanga    108* (133b 12x4)      B Lee    6-0-36-0

Anees: "Umpire" Ranmore Martinesz ". More of a Spanish or South American name!" Now that's an exotic name for you ...

39.1

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

39.2

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

Salman: "I am shocked to see Mahela's batting average! I thought he was among the best in the world. He has been part of the ODI team who played 2 WC Finals." He does tend to throw his wicket away to soft shots now and then, though he's been far better on that front in the last few years.

39.3

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

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.

Rukshan: "Martinez is from the Portugese for those who are not familiar...its as close to Spanish as u will ever get!"

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.

Upul Gunaratne writes in that umpire Mastinesz is also known as 'Milo'.

End of over 40 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 227/3 (RR: 5.67)
WU Tharanga    110* (137b 12x4)      B Lee    7-0-39-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (5b)      DE Bollinger    7-0-27-3

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.

40.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, over-pitched on off stump, Mahela digs it out to mid-off for a single.

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

Right, Chamara Silva walks in and Australia are throwing a Bollinger sized spanner in SL's works.

40.4

Bollinger to Silva, no run, full pitched on off stump, Chamara mistimes the drive into the off side and finds point.

40.5

Bollinger to Silva, no run, short of a length, pushes Silva onto the back foot and he defends into the covers.

40.6

Bollinger to Silva, 1 run, full pitched outside off, Silva dabs it into the off side for a single.

Grant: "Douglas Bollinger; why this man is not in the test squad astounds me. Seriously, there is something wrong with Australian Cricket if this man isn't in your top 5 national bowlers."

End of over 41 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 231/4 (RR: 5.63)
LPC Silva    1* (3b)      DE Bollinger    8-0-31-4
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (6b)      B Lee    7-0-39-0

41.1

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.

41.2

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.

41.3

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.

41.4

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.

41.5

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.

41.6

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.

End of over 42 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 233/4 (RR: 5.54)
LPC Silva    2* (7b)      B Lee    8-0-41-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (8b)      DE Bollinger    8-0-31-4

42.1

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, full pitched and angling across, Mahela looks to cover-drive but mistimes it.

42.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, over-pitched but it is a slower ball that stops on Mahela and he mistimes the drive again. They get the single though.

42.3

Bollinger to Silva, no run, Silva is getting stuck here. He guides a length ball straight to point.

42.4

Bollinger to Silva, 1 leg bye, targets the pads this time, Silva shuffles across and looks to work it to the leg side. Single taken, off the pad.

Tom Moody, Silva's mentor in his days as SL coach, is on air. Points out that he's a fine player of spin, but might not be the best to be batting in this circumstance

42.5

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela guides a drive into the covers for a couple.

42.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, trapped on the crease with a length ball ducking in towards middle and leg. Big appeal from Bolly, but it's not upheld. They scramble for a single and it is declared a leg-bye.

End of over 43 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 238/4 (RR: 5.53)
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (12b)      DE Bollinger    9-0-34-4
LPC Silva    2* (9b)      B Lee    8-0-41-0

43.1

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

43.2

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.

43.3

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

43.4

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

43.5

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.

43.6

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

The Powerplay that ended last over might have ruined SL's innings. 18 for 3, when they were going along swimmingly until then.

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 241/4 (RR: 5.47)
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (17b)      B Lee    9-0-44-0
LPC Silva    3* (10b)      DE Bollinger    9-0-34-4

44.1

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, Bolly throws it full and wide of off stump, Mahela drives it through the covers for one.

44.2

Bollinger to Silva, FOUR, short and wide, Silva latches on with a gritty slash. Not much of a backlift, he throws the bat at it and carves it away nicely. First four in six overs.

44.3

Bollinger to Silva, no run, and he immediately cuts the width this time, Silva stays on the crease and blocks it to the off side.

44.4

Bollinger to Silva, 1 wide, bouncer goes awry, it slips down the leg side and past Silva's pull. Hadding appeals for a gloved catch, but it is called a wide. Sheepish looks all around.

44.4

Bollinger to Silva, no run, pitched up and angled across, Silva seemed late in getting forward and drove it straight to cover.

44.5

Bollinger to Silva, 1 run, width outside off again and Silva goes for that sumptuous cut once more. Single to deep cover.

44.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, Silva would have slashed it, but Mahela steers it. Width outside off, guided to third man. Bollinger's stunning spell comes to an end. He has 4 wickets, could have easily had Tharanga out on at least 5 more occasions in his first spell.

End of over 45 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 249/4 (RR: 5.53)
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (19b)      DE Bollinger    10-0-42-4
LPC Silva    8* (14b 1x4)      B Lee    9-0-44-0

45.1

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

45.2

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.

Sam: "Doug Bollinger. The Man with an under 30 average in Tests, ODI, First Class, List A and Twenty20 cricket. Yet all he is playing this tour is 5 one day matches.... Go figure." Jeez, the Australian selectors don't have too many friends by the looks of it.

45.3

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

45.4

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.

Despite the Powerplay slump, SL are on course for a very good score here.

45.5

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

"Maybe we can make an Alternative 11 Test team for Australia. Simon Katich and Doug Bollinger are a good place to start," says Faysal. Agreed mate. Hodge for captain. And Stuart Law can coach that side.

Kamal: "Being a CSK fan, It gives me immense pleasure to see Bolly doing well. Hope he carries this form till CL T20." One can argue that Bollinger is one of those youngsters whose Test prospects were affected by exposure to the IPL.

45.6

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

End of over 46 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 252/5 (RR: 5.47)
BMAJ Mendis    0* (1b)      B Lee    10-0-47-1
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (21b)      DE Bollinger    10-0-42-4

Mitch comes back on.

46.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, slow bouncer, 125 kph and it comes on late as Mahela rolls his wrists on the pull and gets a single to deep backward square leg. Poor running, really, that should have been two.

46.2

Johnson to BMAJ Mendis, 1 run, whanged in back of a length, Jeevan dabs it to Ponting at point. Needless throw in hindsight to the bowler's end, hits the stumps and runs away for an overthrow.

46.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela pinches a single, forcing a length ball to mid-off.

46.4

Johnson to BMAJ Mendis, OUT, another one bites a dust. Mitch gets into the act and Jeevan is out, as plumb an lbw as you will see. Full, pacy and curving in towards middle and leg. Jeevan ambitiously plonked the front foot forward and looked to slam it over the leg side, and ended up playing all over it. The umpire's decision was quick, he's pinned in front of middle and leg.

BMAJ Mendis lbw b Johnson 1 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

The in-form Kula comes in. Meanwhile, Andrew wonders, "Would Bollinger have to play for CSK or New South Wales in T20 champions League?" One of those conundrums that is so crucial to the future of cricket ...

46.5

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 wide, Mitch angles this too far down the leg side and it is a wide.

46.5

Johnson to Kulasekara, no run, nearly a wide on the other side, he gets away with it just inside the off side tram line.

46.6

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, length ball on off stump to end the over, Kula forces it into the covers to open his account.

End of over 47 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 257/6 (RR: 5.46)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    8-0-35-1
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (23b)      B Lee    10-0-47-1

Watson is back on.

47.1

Watson to Kulasekara, 1 run, full ball, drilled right back and Watson does well to slow it down. Single taken, and it is over to Mahela.

47.2

Watson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela gets a touch of width outside off and guides expertly to third man. Mitch screams across and dives to stop the boundary. Relentless from the Aussies.

47.3

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, aha, Mahela shapes for the scooped sweep and then notices the ball was outside off and decided to alter his shot. He ended up steering it straight to Ponting at point and they get a single.

47.4

Watson to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kula looks to drive down the ground and gets a single to long on despite mistiming it.

47.5

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, Watson escapes another near wide. This was on the tram line outside off stump. Very lucky to get away with that.

47.6

Watson to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela's brilliance is encapsulated in that shot. It is the 48th over of an ODI, the time when people are looking to whack the leather off the cherry. Not Mahela though. He gets a touch of width outside off, not the right length for the drive, and he makes his own pace using those silken wrists. Coaxed through point, and it leaves Watson in agony. Supreme.

End of over 48 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 266/6 (RR: 5.54)
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (27b 1x4)      SR Watson    8-0-48-0
KMDN Kulasekara    3* (4b)      MG Johnson    8-0-35-1

48.1

Johnson to Kulasekara, 1 run, back of a length to Kula, he stands behind the line and taps a single into the off sode.

48.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, another one from the top-drawer. Mahela again makes his own room as he backs away and threads a cut through point. An inch of width was all Mitch offered, Mahela took a foot and more out of it!

48.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, another stunner! Back of a length ball, angling across without offering any room, Mahela stays put on the crease and booms it over the top of extra cover. All timing, and he nearly gets six through the toughest area to time a ball in the cricket field. Off a good ball. Against a very good fast bowler. Wow!

48.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mitch goes round the wicket and angles it in in an attempt to cut off all width. Mahela works him with the angle to deep midwicket for one.

48.5

Johnson to Kulasekara, OUT, Kula falls in the search for boundaries, backs away to a short of length ball and looks to hoist it over the covers. Didn't get much timing into that shot, and an easy catch for the deep point fielder running in.

KMDN Kulasekara c MEK Hussey b Johnson 4 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

48.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, low full toss wide of off stump at 141 kph and Mahela is livid with himself for having missed out on the square drive.

End of over 49 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 276/7 (RR: 5.63)
DPMD Jayawardene    30* (31b 3x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-45-2
RMS Eranga    0* (0b)      SR Watson    8-0-48-0

Eranga faces his first ball at the highest level ..

49.1

Watson to Eranga, 1 wide, and it a zippy bouncer that he can't connect with. Called a wide for height again.

49.1

Watson to Eranga, 1 run, full and coming in towards the stumps, Eranga drives down to long-on for a single

As many of you point out, Clarke has done it again. Mitch will bowl only 9 overs.

49.2

Watson to Jayawardene, SIX, Oh Mahela, you thing of absolute beauty! He's standing deep in the crease, and then even as Watto gets into his delivery stride he shuffles across to off stump and squares up for a full length ball. It comes, and he laps it around with sublime timing. Over short fine leg. Over where deep fine leg will be. Over the ropes. By some distance. What stupendous timing!

49.3

Watson to Jayawardene, OUT, and he's gone after playing a little gem. Watson keeps it full and angling in again, Mahela looks to whip-lash over deep square leg, but finds the fielder. SL were completely losing course when he came in, and kept losing wickets. He saw them through a tricky phase and opened up at the very end.

DPMD Jayawardene c MEK Hussey b Watson 36 (67m 33b 3x4 1x6) SR: 109.09

Malinga is the new man in. But Eranga has strike. Shoddy over-rates today, already some 20 minutes over time.

49.4

Watson to Eranga, 1 run, full and straight, he hangs back in the crease and forces it to mid-off for a single.

49.5

Watson to Malinga, 1 run, length ball to Malinga who clatters a mis-timed swipe to mid-on for one... One ball to go.

49.6

Watson to Eranga, OUT, Watson messes up the stumps with the perfect yorker. Eranga plays the copy book straight drive, but can't connect.

RMS Eranga b Watson 2 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

SL finish with 286, a bit of an under-achievement given how well they were set up, but I dare say they would have taken it at the start of the match. Australia won't have an easy chase under lights this time, this pitch has a bit of everything for the bowlers. We should be back in about 15 minutes, ie at 1835 for the chase.

End of over 50 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 286/9
     SR Watson    9-0-58-2
SL Malinga    1* (1b)      MG Johnson    9-0-45-2
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Shaminda Eranga was impressive on his debut, Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd ODI, Hambantota, August 16, 2011

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