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)

Malinga to open the bowling, Watson faces. Here we go.

SL would love to win today, if they do they will move to 2nd in the ICC ODI ratings. Australia miles ahead of the pack with 133 points, but India (117), South Africa (116) and Sri Lanka (115) are clustered together. If SL win today, they move up to 118 points (though a defeat in the 4th ODI will pull them down again).

0.1

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, short of a length and pacy, Watson covers the line and guides it to point.

0.2

Malinga to Haddin, no run, straighter than he wants to be, but a good length. Haddin works it off the pads quietly to mid-on

0.3

Malinga to Haddin, 1 leg bye, on the pads again, Haddin misses the glide off the hips and they gets a leg-bye.

0.4

Malinga to Watson, no run, fuller length, attacking the stumps, but it meets Watson's confident straight bat. Played down to mid-on.

Vinit: "Like you mentioned at the start about 'Angelo's absence & World cup final', even the target isn't that far off from the world cup final. Anybody want to guess the outcome?'

0.5

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, lucky, but Watson will take it. Malinga got some shape away from him this time, but it was a low full toss. Watson guided it, part intentionally, between slip and gully for a boundary.

0.6

Malinga to Watson, no run, they don't do yorkers the way this man does! Stunning ball on middle stump, Watson does really well to crouch low and dig it out.

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (281 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.73)

    • SR Watson 5 (4b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 0 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

Kulasekara comes on now.

1.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, and as is his wont he gets the first ball to bend in sharply. Haddin manages to get behind it and play it to point.

1.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, huge lbw appeal, but Rauf says no. And SL don't go for the review. Haddin was stuck on the crease as Kula brought it in again from back of a length, but the bounce seemed to save him. Too high.

1.3

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, and again, Kula keeps bowling these lovely in seamers. Haddin carefully defends from the crease.

1.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, back of a length on off stump, Haddin defends down the pitch.

1.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, this is top-class seam bowling. He's not giving anything to drive, and is yet having the batsman guessing with movement. Haddin is focusing on getting behind the line, rather than going for a shot - in the early overs of a big chase.

1.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, maiden for Kula and he pings that area again, back of a length and moving in. Haddin treats it with respect.

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 6/0 (281 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 5.85)

    • BJ Haddin 0 (8b)
    • SR Watson 5 (4b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0
2.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, boy, we saw some near outside edges in the early afternoon, but this one takes the cake. Malinga slings it in towards middle and off and the side-arm angle makes it go away off a length even as Watson gropes for it down the wrong line. Misses the off stump by a whisker. Misses the outside edge by half a whisker.

2.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, beaten again, this time by pace as much as by bounce. Shorter and a touch wider outside off, Watson feels for it and only gets the feeling of air on his bat.

2.3

Malinga to Watson, no run, gets bat on it this time, staying in the crease he guides a length ball towards backward point.

2.4

Malinga to Watson, OUT, Sri Lanka get Watson cheaply, and boy will they be relieved! Pace and a hint of movement do the trick, but it is crucial to note the perfect length from Malinga here. Not there for the drive or the cut, it forces Watson to fend-steer even as it shapes away a touch. Watson ends up steering it to the left of an alert Mahela at first slip and he takes it.

SR Watson c Jayawardene b Malinga 5 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Arjuna: "Although he is immensely talented, I've always disliked Brad Haddin. Maybe because he looks a bit like Ian Healy. Then again I disliked 'Squashball' as well for apparent reasons." Are you the Arjuna I think you are?

Ponting strides out. He is in form, but there is a lot of pressure out there now.

2.5

Malinga to Ponting, 1 no ball, squared up first up! It is a no-ball though, and he will get a free-hit, but what a peach from Malinga. Again seams it away subtly, at a pace that was anything but subtle. Ponting searches for it and misses.

2.5

Malinga to Ponting, no run, smart ball to send down on the free-hit, he bangs in the bouncer, quite high. Ponting spotted it late and refrained from the pull.

2.6

Malinga to Ponting, no run, finishes with another searing fast ball outside off that shapes away. Ponting shoulders arms.

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 7/1 (280 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 5.95)

    • RT Ponting 0 (3b)
    • BJ Haddin 0 (8b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-6-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0
3.1

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, Haddin does it again, solid defence from the crease. 14 dots on the trot.

3.2

Kulasekara to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin is away with a nervous single. Fuller length from Kula, Haddin is still stuck on the crease but manages to push it softly to the left of mid-on for a quick single.

Tony Dimov: "What a coincidence Arjuna, because I always disliked Ian Healy because of his close resemblance to Brad Haddin!"

3.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, 1 leg bye, angled in towards Ponting's pads and he nudges it along backward of square leg for one.

Talking of Doppelgangers, anyone else think Ravi Bopara looks a bit like Juan Pablo Montoya?

3.4

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, Haddin all at sea. He plays a backfoot cover drive and misses the ball by the width of two stumps at least as Kula bends another one in off the seam.

3.5

Kulasekara to Haddin, FOUR, a rare poor ball from Kula, he swerves this too far down the leg side and Haddin graciously helps it along to fine leg for four.

3.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, again on the pads, Haddin glances it fine with a nice little turn of the wrists, but the man at short fine leg does well to cover it.

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 13/1 (274 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.25, RRR: 5.95)

    • BJ Haddin 5 (13b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 0 (4b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-5-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-6-1

Two slips for Malinga ...

4.1

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, pacy but straight, Ponting works it through midwicket for a single.

4.2

Malinga to Haddin, no run, Haddin stays on the crease and defends a length ball down the pitch.

4.3

Malinga to Haddin, 1 wide, what happened there? Malinga sends down a beamer that catches Haddin by surprise as he ducks away, but the ball then alarmingly dips and goes quite close to leg stump, Malinga goes down in grief, he can't believe that missed the stumps! No apology made... Nasty stuff. Called a wide since it went down the leg side.

4.3

Malinga to Haddin, no run, normal service resumes, Haddin pokes a length ball from the crease into the point region.

4.4

Malinga to Haddin, no run, slow yorker on off stump, Haddin spots it a tad late but keeps it out.

Tim: "I actually dislike Haddin for his resemblence to Michael Clarke. What could anyone have against a champion like Ian Healy? One of the stars of Australia's meteoric rise of the 90's but I guess that's why you dislike him."

4.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, Haddin fiddles away outside off without much hope, Malinga is not giving him anything to drive here.

4.6

Malinga to Haddin, no run, fuller to end the over, Haddin reaches out to drive and punches it to mid-on.

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 15/1 (272 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.04)

    • BJ Haddin 5 (18b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 1 (5b)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-8-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-5-0
5.1

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, Kula continues to produce magic off the seam, another late inducker. Ponting is too far outside off as he reaches across and then plays around the pads to the leg side.

5.2

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, this time he stays on leg stump line and defends with the angle to the leg side. Russel Arnold on air declares that "these are good dots".

5.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, again that inwards movement from wide of off stump, and it jumps up for good measure. Ponting is hit close to the gloves as it jags back.

5.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, this one slows up on the track as Ponting tries to get forward, and it hits the splice.

5.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, 1 run, return catch goes down. Ponting presses forward for a pre-meditated drive as the ball comes on slower than he thought. He wasn't to the pitch of it, but went through with the shot. It came to the left of Kula at a catchable height, and he clanged it despite getting both hands to it.

5.6

Kulasekara to Haddin, no run, Haddin is cramped outside off as he looks to move away and clatter a length ball through the off side.

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 16/1 (271 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 6.15)

    • BJ Haddin 5 (19b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 2 (10b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-6-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-8-1

Eranga comes on for a first spell.

6.1

Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, the first ball is sprayed onto the pads and Ponting whips to midwicket.

6.2

Eranga to Haddin, 1 wide, Eranga seems to have a natural wrist positioning geared for the inswinger or the inducker. The ball angles in again and this time goes down the leg side.

6.2

Eranga to Haddin, OUT, A wicket for Eranga in his first over at the highest level! That was pacy, and Haddin just seemed to play down the wrong line without moving the feet. Back of a length, a touch outside off stump and it went straight past the drive to uproot off stump. A classic clean-up job.

BJ Haddin b Eranga 5 (28m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Arjuna explains: "@Tim: The same reason Aussies 'dislike' Harabajan. Or do you guys like him now after the IPL? And pup? Come on, he is one Aussie that Sri Lankans really like. Down-to-earth and humble. @Tony: Do you 'dislike' Gilly as well mate?"

Clarke is the new man in, replacing his look-alike, as some would say.

6.3

Eranga to Clarke, no run, attacks the stumps again, Clarke covers the line well and defends.

Cricnazi: "Who else is a fan of russel's commentary? Me defeeneatly!"

6.4

Eranga to Clarke, 1 wide, and now he gets some nip outside off, Clarke moves into line and then lets it go.

6.4

Eranga to Clarke, no run, this is nice lively bowling, and decent shape off the seam. Clarke again leaves outside off.

6.5

Eranga to Clarke, no run, 132 kph, gets Clarke to drive with a full-pitched ball and he finds mid-off.

6.6

Eranga to Clarke, no run, back of a length to finish the over, Clarke pushes it into the off side and Ponting hares down in search of a single. Rightly sent back.

Harsha from Canada: "Good luck Eranga, He is the first Marian to play SL ... All the Chilaws guys with you."

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 19/2 (268 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 2.71, RRR: 6.23)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (4b)
    • RT Ponting 3 (11b)
    • RMS Eranga 1-0-3-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-6-0
7.1

Kulasekara to Ponting, FOUR, short ball, seemed to keep lower than Ponting expected as he shaped for his trademark pull. The sudden dip did not worry him too much, he still managed to get it away without a fuss to deep backward square leg.

7.2

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, Kula beats Ponting outside off, lovely ball that shaped in from short of a length and then seemed to hold its line even as it bounced extra.

7.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets across to the line this time and dabs a length ball towards point.

Darin: "So Haddin fails as an opener again - I have a theory that Haddin faces a higher percentage of dot balls than any other batsman in ODI cricket. How would I test this?" I wonder if Statsguru is evolved enough to check that.

7.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, Kula strays onto Ponting's pads and he works it through square leg.

7.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, not there for the drive, Ponting mistimes the on drive and finds mid-on.

7.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, FOUR, poor ball, with fine leg inside the circle. Kula again gets too much movement, and it ends up as easy meat on Ponting's pads. He glances it past the man inside the circle and that's the end of that.

Robert Brown: "Well Gilly is a champion person all round, good sportsman and cricketer , and Haddin and Healy are not in the same class or on the same page."

End of over 8 (8 runs) Australia 27/2 (260 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.37, RRR: 6.19)

    • RT Ponting 11 (17b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 0 (4b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-14-0
    • RMS Eranga 1-0-3-1
8.1

Eranga to Clarke, 1 wide, Eranga lets another wide go down the leg side.

Bonggo: "@ Harsha from canada. For a while I thought Eranga was the first Martian to play for Sri Lanka. That would have been superb!" Hahaha!

8.1

Eranga to Clarke, no run, full outside off, gets Clarke to drive but he finds the fielder at cover.

8.2

Eranga to Clarke, no run, this is the perfect length, and close to the perfect line too. Short of a length on off stump, Clarke forces it without timing towards point.

@AltCricket: Haddin since World Cup: 10, 8, 12, 7, 5.

8.3

Eranga to Clarke, no run, shortens the length further, Clarke plays back to it and pats it back down the strip.

8.4

Eranga to Clarke, 1 run, and he goes full now, Clarke is promptly onto the drive back down the track and Eranga sticks a boot out on his follow through to half-stop it. Guard the ankle, son.

8.5

Eranga to Ponting, FOUR, that's absolutely regal from Ponting! Not many batsmen can time a short of length ball so emphatically. Ponting gets half forward as he has done for so many years and just meets it on top of the bounce. The ball clatters through the vacancies in the covers.

8.6

Eranga to Ponting, no run, that's the glare! That's the #Pontingface. Length ball, he stays put and defends it back to the bowler, who in his debut-induced eagerness, picks it up and hurls it right back at him. Ponting turns back and gives him the glare. Eranga is reduced to a whimpering, blubbering apology. What fun!

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 33/2 (254 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 6.19)

    • RT Ponting 15 (19b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (8b)
    • RMS Eranga 2-0-9-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-14-0
9.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, Kula's inswingers are doing too much. This time it ends up on Clarke's pads and these batsmen are too good to let these go. Neat little glance to deep backward square leg for four.

9.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, back of a length ball, Clarke stays in the crease and forces it through the off side.

9.3

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, similar ball, Clarke moves into position to play it into the covers.

9.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, FOUR, Australia are fighting back nicely here. Clarke eases a smooth straight drive past the bowler and it purrs along to the boundary. Again, not over-pitched, just unbelievable timing.

9.5

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, better length, and line. It comes in from outside off and cramps Clarke who is caught on the crease as he looks to defend. Inside edge runs away towards square leg.

9.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, beaten outside off to end the over, Clarke was beaten by the lack of movement.

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 41/2 (246 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 6.15)

    • MJ Clarke 9 (14b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 15 (19b 3x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-22-0
    • RMS Eranga 2-0-9-1

Bowling Powerplay taken.

10.1

Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets one on middle and works it to mid-on. Single taken with some god, energetic running.

Dilan: "Looking at that replay again, Ponting was out of his crease and used his pad to block the ball. Not so sure Eranga should be apologising. " Fair enough, but he was!

10.2

Eranga to Clarke, no run, a tad outside off this time, Clarke moves across confidently and plays it towards cover-point

10.3

Eranga to Clarke, no run, again stays behind the line and defends a length ball into the off side.

10.4

Eranga to Clarke, no run, slower ball at 106 kph, full offcutter, seeing if Clarke wants to go for a loose drive. He doesn't - played cautiously into the off side.

10.5

Eranga to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, Clarke crunches it off the back foot straight to cover.

10.6

Eranga to Clarke, 2 runs, nice timing from Clarke, again stands tall to a back of length ball and punches it past cover for a couple.

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 44/2 (243 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.23)

    • MJ Clarke 11 (19b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 16 (20b 3x4)
    • RMS Eranga 3-0-12-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-22-0

Kula continues.

11.1

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, and the ball continues to sing off the seam. Ponting gets the front pad well across and ends up having to defend around it.

11.2

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, Ponting again moves across and covers the line as Kula continues to get them to dip in.

11.3

Kulasekara to Ponting, FOUR, risky from Ponting, but he gets away with it. 123 kph, but it seemed to stop big time on Ponting as he stood tall and looked to hoist it over the covers. That ball barely eluded cover-point before running away. Poorly timed.

11.4

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, ambitious lbw appeal as Kula gets the ball to come in sharply, but Ponting is doing well to get the pad outside the line each time. Hit well outside the line of off stump here.

11.5

Kulasekara to Ponting, 2 runs, Australia have 50. Ponting gets across to another one angling in, and on-drives. Some sloppy work at mid-on allows the second.

11.6

Kulasekara to Ponting, no run, shortens the length to end the over, and Ponting defends.

Tony Dimov sends in the best comment of the day: "I like the new Ponting. He's just like the old Ponting."

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 50/2 (237 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 6.23)

    • RT Ponting 22 (26b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 11 (19b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-28-0
    • RMS Eranga 3-0-12-1
12.1

Eranga to Clarke, no run, this Eranga, like Darren Gough and Ajit Agarkar, is pacier than he looks. That ball zipped past from a length, though it clocked only 133 kph.

12.2

Eranga to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives solidly through the covers but there is protection in the deep.

12.3

Eranga to Ponting, 1 wide, One for the over, and wide too. For height. He banged that in really short.

12.3

Eranga to Ponting, OUT, Eranga has another one! And a huge wicket, this one. He's got Ponting with a slyly disguised slow offcutter. Ponting clearly did not spot it and was lulled into the drive, and ended up playing at it too early. It popped back to the left of Eranga, who unlike Kula earlier in the evening, pouched it.

RT Ponting c & b Eranga 22 (37m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 81.48

Mike Hussey saunters in, with Australia in a spot of bother.

12.4

Eranga to MEK Hussey, no run, pacy, angling across Huss and then moving late. Sanga does well to collect it.

12.5

Eranga to MEK Hussey, no run, closer to a driving length, but Hussey lets it go.

Rajapakse junior is on air now.

12.6

Eranga to MEK Hussey, no run, Hussey lets another one through, Eranga completes a really good over with another zippy delivery outside off.

Jon: "Looks like those who wanted other Australian batsmen to get batting practice have got their wish."

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 52/3 (235 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.35)

    • MEK Hussey 0 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 12 (21b 2x4)
    • RMS Eranga 4-0-14-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-28-0

Kula continues.

13.1

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, and he continues to plug away short of a length outside off. Clarke defends after getting across.

13.2

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, width outside off, just enough for Clarke to guide the cut to deep backward point for one.

13.3

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, back of a length and enough width outside off for Hussey to guide past the cordon on the off side, and he's away.

13.4

Kulasekara to Clarke, 1 run, hmm, Kula gets the inducker going again and Clarke ends up playing the flick uppishly without much control. In the air, but safely through to deep midwicket.

13.5

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, angles this one past Hussey, who lets it go.

13.6

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, on middle and off line, Hussey looks to work it to the leg side but can't get it away.

Mal: "Today, it seems Eranga & Tharanga Show?"

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 55/3 (232 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.92, RRR: 6.44)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (6b)
    • MJ Clarke 14 (24b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-31-0
    • RMS Eranga 4-0-14-2
14.1

Eranga to Clarke, 1 run, Eranga spears another one in on the middle and leg line, Clarke drives to wide mid-on for one more.

14.2

Eranga to MEK Hussey, FOUR, lovely drive from Hussey, walking into a workmanlike stroke. It wasn't too full, but he played it on top of the bounce and placed it superbly.

14.3

Eranga to MEK Hussey, 1 wide, Eranga lets this go down the leg side and it is called a wide.

14.3

Eranga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey opens the face and guides a single through to third man.

14.4

Eranga to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves across to steer a fullish ball into the covers for one more.

14.5

Eranga to Clarke, 2 runs, on the pads and Clarke whips through midwicket for an easy couple.

14.6

Eranga to Clarke, FOUR, the slower ball doesn't work this time. Offcutter at 103 kph, over-pitched, Clarke spots it and banishes it to the cover boundary with an absolute cruncher of a drive.

End of over 15 (13 runs) Australia 68/3 (219 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 6.25)

    • MJ Clarke 21 (28b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 6 (8b 1x4)
    • RMS Eranga 5-0-27-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-31-0

Kula is having a really long spell here.

15.1

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, FOUR, top-edged but safe. Kula catches him by surprise with a bouncer and Hussey's pull flies high over the keeper's head and nearly all the way.

15.2

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, edged again! Safe again! Hussey nicks this as it moves off the seam and Mahela dives to his right from the lone slip. It bounces just in front of his out-stretched right arm .

15.3

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, works a length ball off the stumps to the leg side.

15.4

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, he has Huss in some strife here. Offcutter from Kula now, angling neatly across and Hussey nearly edges it as he pokes from the crease.

15.5

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, HUGE lbw appeal, umpire Rauf says no. SL review it. Unlike his stock ball, Kula gets this one to hold its line, but it landed outside leg from over the wicket. Not out straight away. For the record, it hit high on the pad too. Don't review it if Rauf says not out. That man almost never gets it wrong!

15.6

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, no run, lets one go outside off as Kula gets it to hold its line and angle across.

"@ Mal: Or may be Michael or Michael Show. BTW if the post isn't posted can I blame it on bit Largish Name!" Nice try Rajesh Sharma.

James: "Mal, at least that way, neither Tharanga or Eranga is the Lone Ranga! I'll get me coat." Ewww.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 72/3 (215 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.32)

    • MEK Hussey 10 (14b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 21 (28b 3x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-35-0
    • RMS Eranga 5-0-27-2

The captain comes on after drinks ...

Prasanna: "That stare from Ponting is just what world cricket has been missing - Intent, Pride and Domination. None of the teams firefight/come from behind and win anymore. Mike Hussey might be the last of his dying breed. " Well, Praveen Kumar has a solid stare ...

16.1

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke works one off the pads through the square leg area.

16.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run

16.3

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Hussey pushes back and forces it through mid-on.

16.4

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, uppish but safe. Clarke nearly chipped it straight to short midwicket. The ball is surely stopping on this track.

16.5

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, Hussey tries to tap a single into the off side, but can't get it away.

16.6

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, slower and tossed up, Hussey drives it back to the bowler.

Jay Vyas: "The Gambhir stare has become legendary as well; although he wouldnt dare stare at the english bowlers at the moment." My comment on the PK stare was tongue-in-cheek by the way.

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 75/3 (212 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 6.42)

    • MEK Hussey 11 (18b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 23 (30b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-3-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-35-0

Jeevan the leggie comes on.

17.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, hint of turn from outside off, Clarke stays beside the line and guides a single through point.

17.2

BMAJ Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey taps a short of length ball into the covers and Clarke responds for a beautifully run quick single.

17.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, tossed up this time, Clarke bounds out but gets too close to the pitch and drags it to the on side.

17.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, Clarke gets it through midwicket for one.

17.5

BMAJ Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full toss outside off, Hussey drives it to wide long-off for a single.

17.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke forces a single to deep cover to end the over.

"Eranga's penchant for orange juice has apparently recently had patrons of the dressing room branding him "ErangaTang". Apparently." Only Rob Noah knows what he's on about here.

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 80/3 (207 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.44, RRR: 6.46)

    • MJ Clarke 26 (34b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 13 (20b 2x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-5-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-3-0
18.1

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, short ball breaking in, Clarke presses back to guide a single into the covers.

18.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey guides a single through the covers, with the turn.

18.3

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, Clarke covers the line and defends a tight length ball.

18.4

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, looks to work a spinning delivery coming in towards midwicket.

18.5

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, he's tying him down here with some very smart restrictive spin bowling. Another ball defended from the crease.

18.6

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, Clarke skips out and looks to make something happen, but can't get the drive past the man at cover.

Kiran: "To Jay Vyas: Gambhir never stayed long enough to stare mate!" What kind of life, with no time to stop and stare, huh.

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 82/3 (205 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 6.61)

    • MJ Clarke 27 (39b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 14 (21b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-5-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-5-0

Ajantha into the attack.

19.1

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, FOUR, shoddy from the man a deep backward square. Jeevan Mendis is the man, fluffs a straight forward stop sand concedes three extra runs. Short ball turning down the leg side and Hussey swept it hard, but it should have been stopped.

19.2

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, now he quietly nurdles the single from the crease to the leg side.

19.3

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke pushes a full ball on off stump down past mid-on for one more.

19.4

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run, Hussey hangs back in the crease and looks to steer, but finds the man at point.

19.5

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, offbreak goes awry, short and turning away, Hussey carves it to deep extra cover.

19.6

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, fuller and straighter to Clarke who drives it solidly down the ground for one more.

Keshav: "in my opinion; VVS' "how did that happen" bewilderment (even after playing a lame pull to mid wicket) pwns any stare.."

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 90/3 (197 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.56)

    • MJ Clarke 29 (41b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 20 (25b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-8-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-5-0
20.1

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, Dilshan gives Clarke one on the pads and he whips it easily to deep midwicket for one.

20.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slightly short and Hussey pounces on the pull, but there is protection in the deep.

20.3

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length to Clarke who fashions depth by hanging deep in the crease, and chops it square for one.

20.4

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full on Hussey's pads and he drives it down past mid-on for one more.

20.5

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, Clarke shuffles inside the line and looks to work Dilshan with the angle through midwicket, but finds the man prowling close in.

20.6

Dilshan to Clarke, 2 runs, too short, and allows Clarke to guide the pull safely to the deep and come back for two. A game of cat and mouse this, at the moment.

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 96/3 (191 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 6.58)

    • MJ Clarke 33 (45b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 22 (27b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-11-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-8-0
21.1

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey plays this past midwicket for a couple.

21.2

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run, short of a length and turning in, Hussey stays inside the crease and defends.

21.3

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, fuller ball on leg stump, Hussey pushes it serenely past mid-on for one more.

Five men in the circle, and still Australia are getting the singles away. Silly mid-on in place too.

21.4

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 2 runs, the googly from Ajantha, I don't think Clarke picked it as he went for the cut and ended up playing it from the middle and leg line.

21.5

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, this one comes in too, Clarke pushes it to mid-off after looking to make room and go for an expansive stroke.

21.6

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, nudges the last ball off the pads through square leg. That's the 50 stand.

Ryan: "Ah not quite a stare, but in the same ilk, Glen Mcgrath's self-ramblings were classic!"

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 102/3 (185 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.63, RRR: 6.60)

    • MJ Clarke 36 (48b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 25 (30b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-14-0
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-11-0

Dilshan continues.

22.1

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, back of a length on off stump, and Clarke plays it to the leg side.

22.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, backs away and makes room to cut a short ish ball through point

22.3

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, hmm, lack of turn, induces the inside edge as Hussey pushes outside the line. Pad was close to bat, and just as well.

22.4

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, this time Hussey gets to the pitch of it, and drives past mid-on for one more.

22.5

Dilshan to Clarke, no run, Clarke backs away and looks for the forcing cut, but can't get it away.

Meanwhile, the Zim-Bangla match is heading for a tight finish ...

22.6

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads, Clarke works it through square leg and gets the single.

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 105/3 (182 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 6.74)

    • MJ Clarke 38 (52b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 26 (32b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-14-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-14-0
23.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, Mendis beats Clarke outside off with a Kumble-esque skidding legbreak. Clarke tries to dab it through backward point and misses.

23.2

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads, Clarke whips through midwicket for a single.

23.3

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on Hussey's off stump and he eases it right past the bowler for a single.

23.4

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, short ball on the pads, Clarke nudges a single from the crease. The man at silly mid-on is currently looking just that - silly. Clarke hasn't looked like popping one there so far.

23.5

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run, loopy googly on the leg stump, Hussey clips it straight to midwicket.

23.6

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 108/3 (179 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.88)

    • MEK Hussey 27 (35b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 40 (55b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-17-0
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-14-0

Dilshan carries on.

24.1

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, turns one in towards the pads and Clarke works another easy single.

24.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, huge appeal for lbw, and it is turned down. And rightly so, huge inside edge onto the pad as Hussey goes to sweep.

24.3

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up again on the stumps, Hussey defends down the track.

24.4

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Hussey cuts it away through the covers for a single.

24.5

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, another short ball outside off, Clarke cuts it to sweeper cover for one more.

24.6

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, FOUR, dropped! What a clanger! Eranga's dream debut is not so dreamy now. Dilshan gets Hussey to top-edge a sweep with that touch of extra turn. It went miles high towards wide long-on, and Eranga for some reason was standing well in and had to back pedal and take it over the head. He got both hands to it, but never looked like holding on. It then runs away for four too. Disasta!

End of over 25 (7 runs) Australia 115/3 (172 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 6.88)

    • MEK Hussey 32 (39b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 42 (57b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-21-0
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-17-0
25.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, on middle and off, Clarke plays it to the leg side.

25.2

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, gets a single this time, worked off the pads through backward square.

25.3

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, too short, Hussey plays the guided pull through backward square for a couple.

25.4

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey leans out and defends a flighted ball into the covers for a single. Soft hands, soft as they come.

25.5

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke forces another single past the bowler. At this rate, Aus' lower middle order that struggles against Ajantha might not get to face him at all.

25.6

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off, Hussey defends into the off side.

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 120/3 (167 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.61, RRR: 6.95)

    • MEK Hussey 35 (42b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 44 (60b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-22-0
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-21-0
26.1

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke rocks back and cuts a single against the turn through point.

26.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey guides another single from the crease through the off side.

26.3

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, aha, Clarke came out and was forced to grope since he wasn't to the pitch of it. Inside edged through backward square leg ...

26.4

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, Hussey forces a tight delivery on off straight to a tumbling fielder at cover. No single taken, and the crowd chirps its approval.

26.5

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, more air, Hussey guides towards point.

26.6

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length and straightening, Hussey defends solidly once again. Good string of dots there for SL.

Hugh: "Time for another 3 overs of Malinga - Dilshan may be waiting for the PP, but he needs wickets now - I'd rather have another bowler bowling to Hussey and Smith in the PP than have Mike and Mike continue."

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 123/3 (164 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 7.13)

    • MEK Hussey 36 (46b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 46 (62b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-24-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-22-0

Hugh called that right. Malinga comes on for a burst here.

Chris: "What happend to the sixth delivery in over 24?" Either the umpire missed it, or it was bowled the broadcaster deemed it unworthy of showing us. We saw ads straight after the fifth ball.

27.1

Malinga to Clarke, no run, how did he not nick that? Malinga whangs one in back of a length and it keeps going away from Clarke who meekly walks into a flirt outside off. It somehow missed the edge!

27.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, the pitch is surely slowing up here. 137 kph, but Clarke was ages early into the drive and nearly spooned it straight to mid-on, even though he took the top hand off and all that.

27.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, another dot ball, Clarke gets behind the line and defends a pacy ball into the off side.

27.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, short ball, Clarke stays on the crease and guides it to point.

27.5

Malinga to Clarke, OUT, Malinga comes on and things just begin to happen! What happened there? 135 kph is what it is clocked at, but Clarke seemed bemused almost as he looked to play it off the pads and found he was early on the shot. It popped up off a leading edge and this time went straight to mid-on. Big wicket. Was there a hint of late straightening there?

MJ Clarke c Jayawardene b Malinga 46 (89m 67b 3x4 0x6) SR: 68.65

It's all in the family. Hussey junior comes out to join Hussey senior.

27.6

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, back of a length and on middle and off, Hussey politely defends from the crease.

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) Australia 123/4 (164 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.39, RRR: 7.45)

    • DJ Hussey 0 (1b)
    • MEK Hussey 36 (46b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-1-8-2
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-24-0
28.1

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up slowly on off stump, Hussey defends after pressing forward.

28.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, back of a length, Mike gets back in the crease and defends,

28.3

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, gets forward this time and drives a single past mid-off.

28.4

Dilshan to DJ Hussey, no run, David hangs back in the crease and looks to force the offie back down the pitch, but can't get it away.

28.5

Dilshan to DJ Hussey, no run, tight again, David can't do much as he plays it down the track.

28.6

Dilshan to DJ Hussey, no run, another ball goes by! David works it with the turn, but straight to square leg.

Hunbbel: "Hussey, Hussey batting. No Mendis, Mendis to bowl?"

End of over 29 (1 run) Australia 124/4 (163 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 7.76)

    • DJ Hussey 0 (4b)
    • MEK Hussey 37 (49b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 7-0-25-0
    • SL Malinga 4-1-8-2

Malinga with a widish slip ...

29.1

Malinga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, this could be curtains for Mike Hussey! Stunning throw from Dilshan at mid-off and it is a direct hit, but it looks like the dive just got him in. By a frame. Full and fast on off stump, Hussey drives it to the right of a fast-moving Dilshan. The Husseys take off, and Mike had to dive. Boy, that was close.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe make it 3-0 against Bangladesh! Great scenes!

29.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, fast and straight, David gets behind the line and defends.

29.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, opens the face and guides a pacy ball from outside off straight to cover.

29.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, wicked bouncer, too short and called a wide for height. This has happened too many times today.

29.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, FOUR, risky but it works! 139 kph, and pitched well up, David goes for the drive and times it well, but just past the fielder diving away at short cover. This pitch is clearly becoming tougher to bat on.

29.5

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, David nudges to the leg side for a single.

29.6

Malinga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, touch of width outside off, Mike steers it to deep backward point for a single.

Rahul: "Just when Australia may require a White-like innings for the team, they see Smith padded up. Ohhh the agony!" Given White's recent form, I wonder if Rahul is being sarcastic ...

End of over 30 (8 runs) Australia 132/4 (155 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 7.75)

    • MEK Hussey 39 (51b 4x4)
    • DJ Hussey 5 (8b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 5-1-16-2
    • TM Dilshan 7-0-25-0
30.1

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, short and turning away, Mike cuts it straight to cover.

30.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, too straight this time, and Mike works a single through backward square leg.

30.3

Dilshan to DJ Hussey, no run, David is caught by surprise as Dilshan turns one in quite sharply, and the inside edge hits the pad and runs to the off side. Mike wants a single, and is sent back.

30.4

Dilshan to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, cuts it away nicely at the first sight of room, and comes back for the second.

30.5

Dilshan to DJ Hussey, no run, Dilshan cramps him this time, David plays it back down the track.

30.6

Dilshan to DJ Hussey, no run, another tight ball, David stays in the crease and plays it back to Dilshan.

Karn: "Ha! White can't put bat to ball to save his life. Literally."

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 135/4 (152 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 8.00)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (12b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 40 (53b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 8-0-28-0
    • SL Malinga 5-1-16-2

Ajantha comes back on.

31.1

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, back of a length and angling across, Mike cuts it away through covers for a single.

31.2

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, slow and loopy offbreak, gets David driving loosely, but he can't get it to sneak in.

Req rate is now 8.1 rpo.

31.3

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, David chips him in the air over the bowler's head for a single to long off.

31.4

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Mike stays back and steers a single into cover-point.

31.5

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, David leans out to a googly and defends solidly.

31.6

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, OUT, and that's the end of David Hussey. Boy, they just can't play Ajantha Mendis can they? Another googly, lands outside off and turns in, David goes for the cut and inside-edges it onto the stumps. The brothers are separated.

DJ Hussey b BAW Mendis 8 (18m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Justin: "I know exactly what is going through Mikes head right not "Aus v Pak Semi Final, Aus v Pak Semi Final..."

David: "Let's not forget Smith's vital contributions with the ball...5 overs in the series, 0/33. " Lest we forget ...

End of over 32 (3 runs) Australia 138/5 (149 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 8.27)

    • MEK Hussey 42 (55b 4x4)
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-25-1
    • TM Dilshan 8-0-28-0
32.1

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, wow, Smith nearly continues his trend of minimal contributions. Nearly run out without facing a ball. Hussey skips out and drives straight to Randiv at wide mid-on, and Smith is caught napping as he backs up a mile. The throw misses, though.

32.2

Dilshan to Smith, no run, Smith gets behind the line and defends down the track.

32.3

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, skips out this time and works a single through wide mid-on

32.4

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey turns the strike back. He's crucial to the cause now.

32.5

Dilshan to Smith, no run, Smith stays put, moves across and plays it down the pitch.

32.6

Dilshan to Smith, no run, Smith looks to lap one over to the leg side, but can't get it away.

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 141/5 (146 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 8.58)

    • SPD Smith 1 (4b)
    • MEK Hussey 44 (57b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 9-0-31-0
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-25-1
33.1

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run, Mikey leans out and drives a tossed up ball to short cover,

33.2

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, shorter and width on offer, Mike cuts it away for one.

33.3

BAW Mendis to Smith, no run, Mendis loops it up on the stumps, Smith covers the line and defends.

Slip in place.

33.4

BAW Mendis to Smith, 1 run, back of a length, Smith dabs it through point for a single.

33.5

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, short and going down the leg side, Mike pulls it down to deep backward square leg.

33.6

BAW Mendis to Smith, no run, tossed up, Smith gets to it on the full and plays it right back

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 144/5 (143 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 8.93)

    • SPD Smith 2 (7b)
    • MEK Hussey 46 (60b 4x4)
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-28-1
    • TM Dilshan 9-0-31-0
34.1

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, FOUR, the class of Mike Hussey comes through. He shimmies down the track, makes room as he does, and then launches Dilshan with the turn inside out over deep extra cover. Fifty up.

34.2

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, no run, fired in on the pads, Hussey looks to nudge to the leg side and can't get it away.

34.3

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, this time he works it away for one off the pads.

34.4

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, Smith reaches out, gets to the turn and drives it past Dilshan for another single

34.5

Dilshan to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey chips out, but gets too close to the ball this time and pushes a single past mid-off

34.6

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, back of a length, turning in and Smith nudges a single through square leg. Quietly, Dilshan has bowled 10 very useful overs here.

End of over 35 (8 runs) Australia 152/5 (135 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 9.00)

    • SPD Smith 4 (9b)
    • MEK Hussey 52 (64b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 10-0-39-0
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-28-1

Eranga returns.

35.1

Eranga to Smith, no run, full ball on leg stump and Smith drives it straight to mid-on. Lots of yes and nos, but they choose to not go for it in the end.

35.2

Eranga to Smith, 2 runs, on the pads, Smith flicks it uppishly through midwicket for a couple.

35.3

Eranga to Smith, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Smith guides it down to third man.

35.4

Eranga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, length ball on off stump, drives it through the line into the covers for a single.

35.5

Eranga to Smith, no run, Smith looking dodgy every time the ball is pitched up, he feels for it and pushes it down the ground.

35.6

Eranga to Smith, 2 runs, bouncer from Eranga, Smith seemed to spot it early, but the pull shot was quite ungainly and went through wide mid-on, uppishly.

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 158/5 (129 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 9.21)

    • SPD Smith 9 (14b)
    • MEK Hussey 53 (65b 5x4)
    • RMS Eranga 6-0-33-2
    • TM Dilshan 10-0-39-0

Change of ends for Ajantha.

36.1

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Mike drives it through wide mid-off for one.

Req rate is up to 9.3 now.

36.2

BAW Mendis to Smith, 2 runs, turning into the pads, Smith nudges it nicely through square leg and hares back for the second.

36.3

BAW Mendis to Smith, 3 leg byes, huge lbw appeal not given and SL are out of review(s). Googly, lands outside off and breaks in, Smith misses it completely and it hits the pad just outside off. Close!

36.4

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey drives a flighted ball through mid-off for another single.

36.5

BAW Mendis to Smith, no run

36.6

BAW Mendis to Smith, no run, Smith plonks the front foot forward and looks to work it from there through square leg. Pretty ungainly, and doesn't work.

Kamal: "Aussies have got Mendisophobia."

End of over 37 (7 runs) Australia 165/5 (122 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 9.38)

    • SPD Smith 11 (18b)
    • MEK Hussey 55 (67b 5x4)
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-32-1
    • RMS Eranga 6-0-33-2
37.1

Eranga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Hussey works another single through the covers.

37.2

Eranga to Smith, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Smith drops it to point and Hussey charges for a single. He hurries back and dives in as the throw comes in, and misses. They then steal the overthrow.

37.3

Eranga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, angled across Hussey, who stays on the crease and steers a single to deep third man.

37.4

Eranga to Smith, 1 run, on Smith's pads and he works it square for a single. Australia need more than singles here.

37.5

Eranga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full ball outside leg stump, Smith nudges through midwicket for a single.

37.6

Eranga to Smith, no run, a yes and a no again ... This Smith isn't the best runner between wickets is he? Steered to Randiv, bounding in from point. No run taken in the end,

Keshav: "Where is Sid Monga when you need him? He ensures the Asian teams never win. India needs Aus to win this to retain number 2!!" But wouldn't that technically mean India would be the winners at the end of the day?

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 170/5 (117 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.47, RRR: 9.75)

    • SPD Smith 13 (21b)
    • MEK Hussey 58 (70b 5x4)
    • RMS Eranga 7-0-38-2
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-32-1

Malinga is back on.

38.1

Malinga to MEK Hussey, 1 run, starts with a high full toss outside off, Hussey drives it through mid-off for only a single.

38.2

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Smith dabs it down to third man and turns the strike over.

38.3

Malinga to MEK Hussey, no run, low full toss outside off, and Hussey will be livid that he didn't manage to get it away. He drives it straight to the man at short extra cover.

38.4

Malinga to MEK Hussey, 2 wides, very wide outside off, Mike misses the steer and so does Sanga. Two wides taken.

38.4

Malinga to Smith, no run, The RRR is up to 10. Malinga sends down a slower ball and Smith guides it to point, looking for a single. Randiv cuts it off.

38.5

Malinga to Smith, 1 leg bye, a blistering yorker! Malinga thuds it into Smith's pad as he backs away and nearly over-balances. He stumbles through for the leg bye.

38.6

Malinga to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey calmly angles the face to send the ball to deep third man, and they scamper back for two.

Mangesh: "RRR reads 9.8... That's the value of Earth's gravity. I hope now Aussies start feeling the "gravity" of the situation and start some hitting!"

End of over 39 (7 runs) Australia 177/5 (110 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 10.00)

    • MEK Hussey 61 (73b 5x4)
    • SPD Smith 14 (24b)
    • SL Malinga 6-1-22-2
    • RMS Eranga 7-0-38-2

Kula is back in the mix now.

39.1

Kulasekara to Smith, 2 runs, starts with a low full toss outside off, Smith square drives and hustles back for a well run couple. Chandimal took a while collecting and returning that.

39.2

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, full-pitched wide of the off stump, and Smith drives through the covers for another single.

39.3

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Kula keeps it full outside off, and Hussey once again guides it to deep point for a single. They don't mind giving him the single here.

39.4

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, slower ball, 118 kph outside off, and Smith inner edges it past off stump for a single.

39.5

Kulasekara to MEK Hussey, 1 run, the perfect yorker, Hussey dead-bats it and scoots across. Kula tries to pick up and throw at the bowler's end, but misses. No overthrow this time.

39.6

Kulasekara to Smith, OUT, oh my. Smith has done something really bizarre here, feeding his critics with more ammo to have a go at him. It was a full ball well outside off, Smith got across to it and drove it to the on-side, and set off for the single. It's been his one-point agenda today - get the single. Except that, this time, he had played it straight to Kula and taken off. And then he just stands and looks as Kula moves to his right, picks up and hurls down the stumps. Not quite Roger Harper, but good enough.

SPD Smith run out 18 (34m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 183/6 (104 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.57, RRR: 10.40)

    • MEK Hussey 63 (75b 5x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-1-41-0
    • SL Malinga 6-1-22-2

Mitch is the new man in.

40.1

Malinga to MEK Hussey, OUT, And that I guess is the end of that. Hussey is gone. Malinga sends down the fast and wide yorker outside off, and Hussey slashes it well, but straight to Randiv at point. Sri Lanka are on course to pulling one back here.

MEK Hussey c sub (S Randiv) b Malinga 63 (117m 76b 5x4 0x6) SR: 82.89

Karn: "Nitin, with all due respect, you feel that there's still room for "more ammo." *chuckling introvertedly*" Ah, well.

40.2

Malinga to Lee, FOUR, ooh, how did he escape there? Yorker headed for the stumps, and and inside edge somehow gets in the way. Four through fine leg.

40.3

Malinga to Lee, no run, gets the feet out of the way this time, does Lee, and gets it away to midwicket.

40.4

Malinga to Lee, no run, another near yorker outside off, Lee barely digs it out into the off side.

40.5

Malinga to Lee, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, Lee gets a single this time, squeezing it off the inner half through square leg.

40.6

Malinga to Johnson, 1 run, the yorkers just keep getting better and better. Mitch does well to stay behind it and dig it out into the off side for a single.

End of over 41 (6 runs) Australia 189/7 (98 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.60, RRR: 10.88)

    • MG Johnson 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 5 (4b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 7-1-28-3
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-1-41-0
41.1

Kulasekara to Johnson, OUT, make that three wickets in three overs. Mitch had the right idea, he looked to get inside the line of a low full toss and hoick it over midwicket, but ended up giving Chandimal at square leg a chance above his head, which he took very well as he tumbled back.

MG Johnson c Chandimal b Kulasekara 1 (8m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Robert Brown: "I am not a fan of Smith, one must feel for him, he has been used badly ,first in Test cricket and in ODI , he was told to go back and work on his game as it was not up to standard, and this was from the Australian Cricket Board, yet they picked him for the shorter version of the game and in Sri Lanka where some of the best have failed, surely it would have been better to leave him home, and work on his game in Australia, the way things are his game will be shot to pieces, sad but true.and how long will it take him to recover.?"

41.2

Kulasekara to Doherty, no run, The X man is beaten outside off, he has a swish and a miss.

41.3

Kulasekara to Doherty, 1 run, Dilshan clangs a straight chance at slip. Doherty gets a full length ball outside off and he goes for a booming drive, it flew off the outside edge through to Dilshan in front of his face, and he dropped it.

41.4

Kulasekara to Lee, SIX, Lee's not yet given up, he pile-drives a length ball straight over Kula's head for a huge six. Lovely hit.

41.5

Kulasekara to Lee, 1 run, the length is shortened, and Lee squirts a single into the off side.

41.6

Kulasekara to Doherty, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Doherty works it towards midwicket for a single.

Once again, the batting Powerplay has thrown a spanner in the batting team's works. Though it can be argued that Aus were going down anyway.

End of over 42 (9 runs) Australia 198/8 (89 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.71, RRR: 11.12)

    • XJ Doherty 2 (3b)
    • B Lee 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-1-50-1
    • SL Malinga 7-1-28-3
42.1

Malinga to Doherty, no run, Malinga beats Doherty with sheer blistering pace outside off stump. Swoosh.

42.2

Malinga to Doherty, no run, scorching yorker, shaping away all the time, and Doherty does quite well to defend it.

42.3

Malinga to Doherty, OUT, the faster ones did the softening up, and the slower one bursts through. 118 kph, full, low and aimed at the stumps. Doherty did his part, he played all around it and missed. Clatter.

XJ Doherty b Malinga 2 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Story of the day: Tharanga, Eranga, Malinga

Malinga to Bollinga ...

Bollinger is the new man in. Got to feel for him, he was the best bowler on show today, in both sides.

42.4

Malinga to Bollinger, no run, another top yorker. Bolly does well to keep it out.

42.5

Malinga to Bollinger, no run, and now the bouncer. Bolly sent down a few of those today, and this time he meekly weaves away.

42.6

Malinga to Bollinger, no run, Malinga goes down on his haunches and is gutted after a slow offcutting slower ball does too much, and misses off stump! Lands on off, grips and turns away a shade. Bolly smiles - he was miles away from getting bat on that.

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) Australia 198/9 (89 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.60, RRR: 12.71)

    • DE Bollinger 0 (3b)
    • B Lee 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 8-2-28-4
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-1-50-1

Ajantha back in the attack now.

43.1

BAW Mendis to Lee, 1 run, short ball to Lee, who cuts it to deep cover for a single.

43.2

BAW Mendis to Bollinger, no run, ambitious lbw appeal there, Ajantha hits him on the back foot with a legbreak, but it was sliding down the leg side.

43.3

BAW Mendis to Bollinger, 1 run, short pitched googly, Bolly cuts it away to bring up the 200.

43.4

BAW Mendis to Lee, 1 run, short ball breaking in, Lee pulls it to wide long-on for one.

43.5

BAW Mendis to Bollinger, 2 runs, flighted outside off, Bolly heaves it down to long-on for two.

43.6

BAW Mendis to Bollinger, 1 run, great effort from Kula, but he doesn't get it. Loopy, slow full toss outside off, Bolly launches it to long on, and Kula runs in and dives forward. He takes it too, but grasses it as he lands.

End of over 44 (6 runs) Australia 204/9 (83 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.63, RRR: 13.83)

    • DE Bollinger 4 (7b)
    • B Lee 14 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 8-0-38-1
    • SL Malinga 8-2-28-4
44.1

Malinga to Bollinger, 4 byes, Malinga's yorkers are too good for everyone. Through Bolly's legs, down the leg side, and even Sanga can't stop it.

Siva: " I and Stats does not agree with "Bollinger is best in both sides". Bollinga bowled 10 overs and got 4 wickets at 4.2 economy. Mailinga bowled only 8 overs and got 4 wickets at 3.5 economy. Now who is best?" Mate, stats don't include the 5-odd times Bolly should have had Tharanga out today. That said, not taking anything away from the Gun Slinga Malinga

44.2

Malinga to Bollinger, OUT, Malinga settles it on the field, picks up his fifth to go one better than Bolly, and fittingly, it is Bolly's wicket. SL have made it 2-1, and they are now the world's second-ranked ODI side. Top yorker again, it headed to base of middle stump like a guided missile, and Bollinger had no chance of stopping it. The furniture is clattered.

DE Bollinger b Malinga 4 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

"Tharanga, Eranga, Malinga. SL go 'Bazinga' !" - My submission for the six-word report, just in case it doesn't get featured there." - I am forwarding that to the Page 2 team, Krish. On that note, it is time to say cheers and goodnight. Brydon Coverdale's match report has the details of the game in words, and our gallery does the same in pictures. Two games to go, and it is still a must-win situation for SL. See you again for game 4, until then it is goodbye from Nitin Sundar and the rest of the gang.

Time for the presentations then.

Dilshan: "The first 10 overs were crucial, and we did well to see them off. All the batsmen that followed did well. We believed 260 was good to defend, and we proved it. Eranga bowled really well, and Malinga was good as usual."

Tharanga is Man of the Match. Not taking anything away from him, but if I were him, I'd be slightly sheepish to get the award after that rather chancy effort. "I had a good day, and good to get the 100. It was a must-win game, and all the members lifted their game for it."

Clarke: "We were outplayed tonight.. SL played really well with bat and ball, we did well to restrict them after that start but they deserved to win. Dougie did a good job with the ball, there were some plays and misses, but they outplayed us in the end. We have work to do, improvement needed for the next game."

Malinga v the tail is not even a contest, really. Such immense yorkers. He's been dishing them up for a while now, I think the only off-day he's had in recent times was the final spell on April 2.

Mukunthan: "Hurrah! Atlast an Asian team won!" It's been a while coming.

Joseph sent in this classic some time back: "What's that you say? Smith failed in a tight situation? I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you."

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