Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 4th ODI

Sri Lanka v Australia

Australia won by 5 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)

All set for the start, the Premadasa is abuzz with lots of people as usual. Alright the Australian huddle is done with, and the Sri Lanka openers are in the middle. Brett Lee will run in to two slips and a short fine leg to Tharanga

Growler: "@ MrPrez... agree 100%. We can use Pup and/or D Hussey to bowl spin as a back-up to the pace. We should be picking the 4 best bowlers regardless of style with Watto/Pup/D Hussey providing the extras."

MrPrez: "Why do Australia feel like they must play a spinner? If they don't have a quality one, go in with an extra pace bowler! SA did that and it worked decently, and Clarke can bowl a few if need be. Not ideal of course, but is an average state spinner really better to have than a quality pacer?" Absolutely spot-on

Rajith: "I have a Million Dollar question to ask from the Srilankan selectors. "What Chamara Silva has done better than Dinesh Chandimal to stay in the squad and play 2 games?""

James: "On the argus review, australia have been calling out for a full time selector for years now. perhaps this will give our test side, and number 1 spinner position a bit more stability." The latter really could do with loads of stability, James.

Luke: "For the most part very impressed by the Argus review and hopeful for the future as long as now they've got rid of the wrong people they manage to find the right ones. As Argus himself said, it's all in the execution now."

johann: "Hilditch out, Smith out, Nielsen on the way? who will we blame now if we lose?"

Kangon: "So, Sri Lanka playing with 4 batsmen, one all rounder, 5 bowlers and a Chamara Silva? God bless."

Lots of feedback supporting the move to drop Smith, and push Haddin down the order. What about the Argus review? Sweeping changes, but about time too, you guys reckon?

Blake: "Phew!!! i thought steve smith was gonna become the next cam white, originally brought in as an allrounder and then morphed into a batsman that hardly bowls, leapfrogging better equiped specialist batsman in the process."

Daniel: "Brave decision to play Prassana!! Aus struggled against the pace of malinga,mystery of Mendis and the the variations of Eranga!! now Prasanna."

Ron: "Marsh in for Smith. This move is long overdue. All they need now is Paine to replace Haddin."

Mitch: "Its about time Australia brought in another batsman, with Watto opening the batting and having another allrounder in the lower order, we have been 1 short for considerable amount of time."

James: "about time steven smith was dropped... his lack of performance throughout this series and the odi world cup/england odi series in australia have really called for it."

2.10 pm Russell Arnold says on air that the pitch is dry and hard, all the grass has been taken off. He thinks it will hold up well, and will play well right through the game. Will turn more as the game goes on, get slower as well. He thinks 275 will be a good score

2 pm Sri Lanka have won the toss and will have a bat.

Dilshan: "We have brought in another spinner and the track will help the spinners." Seekkuge Prasanna, the legspinner, straight in from England, and straight in to the side for his debut. He has first-class and List A averages below 20 too . Australia have run into another unknown commodity

Clarke: "Looks pretty dry and will take a bit of spin, will probably be slower than those we have seen in the previous three games. We would have definitely batted first." Shaun Marsh is in at the top of the order, he comes in for Steven Smith, finally Haddin drops down the order, about time I say

Tim Nielsen, the Australia coach, whose position is currently on the line as well after the Argus review: "All we can control is how we play and present ourselves. We cannot control anything else."

1.50 pm And then they woke up, and the world around them had changed. Welcome to Australia's first game after the Argus report which has brought about far-reaching changes in the way the game will be run in the country. Michael Clarke, the captain and now also a selector, will need to have lots of 'adult conversations' with the players and his co-selectors, and has been given a position that makes him far more accountable than ever before. The much-criticised Andrew Hilditch is out for now as Australia hunt for a full-time chief selector.

That said, there is a game to be played with a series on the line. Sri Lanka looked very much the dominant side they usually are at home in the previous game, and will enjoy coming back to their citadel, the R Premadasa Stadium. The last match between these two sides here finished in a washout, in the World Cup 2011. Have a look at Brydon Coverdale's preview while we wait for the start.

0.1

Lee to Tharanga, no run, going across Tharanga from a length, not much pace first up, and left alone easily

0.2

Lee to Tharanga, no run, more pace on this one now from Lee, 134.7 kph, much fuller too, Tharanga is not particularly to the pitch and pushes carefully to mid off

0.3

Lee to Tharanga, no run, goes back of a length now, so three different lengths in three deliveries from Lee, Tharanga keeps it down on the leg side and Lee rushes forward to field

0.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, Lee puts more effort in a shortish one, hits Tharanga hard on the bat as he pushes towards cover

0.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, pitched up and heading for off stump, 137.9 kph, Tharanga blocks with a straight bat, just a touch late in getting bat down

hugh: "Disappointed to see that John Hastings still can't get a game - he's shown that he's worth a selection in at least one match."

0.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, opens the bat face late and runs a back of a length ball around middle to point, nothing in terms of width from Lee

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
WU Tharanga    0* (6b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Here is Dougie from the other end, he's been a handful

1.1

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, he is on target right away too, around that off stump, going across, Dilshan shuffles around and pushes towards point

1.2

Bollinger to Dilshan, 1 run, more bounce as he goes back of a length, Dilshan pushes purposefully in front of cover with an open face and they take the first run of the game

Osanda: "Its quite hilarious or rather sad..regarding the selection of Chamara Silva. Dinesh Chandimal is given 12 matches and he has failed in only last three,Chamara keep on failing and also putting pressure on the others as well, but keep on popping up in the team.this is disgusting."

1.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, Dougie gets the angle going, in the left-hander from short of a length, and he takes it on the body as he misses the work on the leg side

1.4

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, now he goes outside off stump, Dougie, and gets lots of bounce as it moves away from back of a length, Tharanga tried to go on the toes and cut but the bounce beat him

1.5

Bollinger to Tharanga, FOUR, tharanga gets going with an inside edge, oh well, what's new you say, throws his bat from the crease at one close to off stump, but it goes fine on the leg side past the keeper

1.6

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, bit of away shape for Dougie, but this time Tharanga leaves outside off

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
WU Tharanga    4* (10b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    1* (2b)      B Lee    1-1-0-0

2.1

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish and he latches on to the pull right away, keeps it along the ground through square leg too, rolling his wrists over the ball

round the stumps to Tharanga

2.2

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, plays late, well done, allows the length ball to come in with the angle, and drops it towards midwicket

2.3

Lee to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan looking for the swat-punch through extra cover, Lee bowls a slower one back of a length, and Dilshan cannot get any timing on the shot

2.4

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, well played, but Ponting at backward point rolls back the years with a dive to his left and a one-handed stop, Dilshan had used Lee's pace very well to open the face and push through the line, that was travelling

2.5

Lee to Tharanga, no run, some width outside off but tharanga finds Ponting this time with the cut

2.6

Lee to Tharanga, no run, even more width, and much fuller outside off, Tharanga eagerly goes on the front foot to bash it through extra cover but hits it back down the track as he gets too across

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (RR: 2.66)
WU Tharanga    5* (13b 1x4)      B Lee    2-1-3-0
TM Dilshan    3* (5b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-5-0

3.1

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, the ball is coming on nicely, but Dilshan's push finds short extra cover as he gets forward to a length ball going across

Tim: "So Argus will be off to Sri Lanka next? How about giving Paranavitana a go in the ODI team." Dilshan getting some treatment from the physio

3.2

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, Doug is finding a lot of bounce from this harmless looking pitch, beats Dilshan who has a go at one leaving him with the angle

3.3

Bollinger to Dilshan, FOUR, clobber! that is in Dilshan's slot, pitched up, wide and full outside off, he gets forward and cracks it off the middle through extra cover, bothering to run? don't

3.4

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, similar delivery, and Dilshan gets forward to thump it again, not that wide though, and he cannot time the shot, is pretty cross with himself and waves the bat in disgust

3.5

Bollinger to Dilshan, no run, shortish delivery and Dilshan shapes up for the pull, he is late on the shot as Dougie finds some pace on it and hits it on the bounce to short midwicket

3.6

Bollinger to Dilshan, FOUR, width available and Dilshan goes after it, thick outside edge but it has flown to the third man boundary

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 16/0 (RR: 4.00)
TM Dilshan    11* (11b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-13-0
WU Tharanga    5* (13b 1x4)      B Lee    2-1-3-0

4.1

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, he is playing Lee with the angle as he comes from round the stumps, and works him towards square leg

4.2

Lee to Dilshan, no run, looks to pounce on one just outside off stump but mistimes it towards covers

4.3

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, straight on middle stump, Dilshan pushes in front of mid on and takes off for the single

4.4

Lee to Tharanga, no run, nast bouncer from Lee and he gives the look to Tharanga as well, angled in from wide of the crease, gets big on Tharanga and almost hits him near the throat, he just manages to get out of the way

4.5

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, well done, arching back and using the angle from a length to steer to third man

4.6

Lee to Dilshan, no run, 136.3 kph from Lee, and Dilshan goes pushing in the air off the front foot, ball falls short of the man at mid off, not quite driving length but he he had a go

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
TM Dilshan    12* (14b 2x4)      B Lee    3-1-6-0
WU Tharanga    7* (16b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-13-0

5.1

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, tries to use the pace to guide a back of a length ball it wide of point but hits it straight to the man

luke: "Seems like WI and Pak could use a review more than Sri Lanka right now. Here's an idea, Argus is more or less retired now, he's got the time to do the rounds and review every test playing nation starting with WI and working up the rankings, culminating in a thorough review of the ICC and their failure to grow and promote the game. Would be good for cricket, I tell you."

5.2

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, beats him outside off stump, straightish one on a length, holding its line just a bit as Doug slows it down, Tharanga came forward but the lack of pace did him and he had a loose prod at it

5.3

Bollinger to Tharanga, no run, worked on the leg side off the pads

5.4

Bollinger to Tharanga, 1 run, they take on midwicket for the single, as there is a fumble there, and make it safely in the end as the throw from David Hussey is wide of the keeper

5.5

Bollinger to Dilshan, OUT, there is no getting away this time, Doug's bounce has done Dilshan, he has been getting it to take off consistently, Dilshan's instinct is to go after it as it bounces close to off stump, too high he finds out as he gets an edge on its way to Haddin

TM Dilshan c †Haddin b Bollinger 12 (28m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Hugh: "Anyone who wants to know what fear is - it's when there's a slight delay in commentary and you know it's a wicket, but try to convince yourself it's just a great six."

5.6

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 4 leg byes, he has ducked right in to the bouncer, Doug is really troubling them with the short of a length balls, it did not get up outside off as much as Sanga expected and he rammed his helmet in to it as he got down, it went past the slip

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 24/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      DE Bollinger    3-0-14-1
WU Tharanga    8* (20b 1x4)      B Lee    3-1-6-0

6.1

Lee to Tharanga, no run, in to the left-hander with the angle, and defended towards cover

James Wieden: "Any reason why Lee's pace has seemed to drop quite a bit? Is this just a common thing in the sub continent, because I thought I remembered him bowling 140k/h here consistently in previous series?"

6.2

Lee to Tharanga, OUT, Lee has gone through Tharanga, pretty ordinary shot and the stumps are splattered, it was the slower one from Lee, 125.3 kph, full and on the stumps, Tharanga just had a huge heave at it, and played all over it

WU Tharanga b Lee 8 (33m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

6.3

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, solid defensive block from Mahela, as he shuffles across to a back of a length ball on off

6.4

Lee to Jayawardene, 2 runs, uses the width and caresses the length ball past point from the crease

6.5

Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, whoa, that was close, Mahela tried to get on top of a rising back of a length ball and run it towards third man, inside edge almost bowled him

Hugh: "Sri Lankan openers should know by now - if you just play out Lee and Bollinger you get the bonus of Watson and Hussey later on, who you can score off, and Mitch to a certain extent. Immature batting."

6.6

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, carefully gets forward and defends one hurled in fuller from round the stumps close to off

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 27/2 (RR: 3.85)
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      B Lee    4-1-9-1
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (3b)      DE Bollinger    3-0-14-1

7.1

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, slants it across Mahela from a length, it is just a touch wide outside off, and he lets it go

7.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, another one going across Mahela at 128.4 kph, that looked faster than that, Mahela shoulders arms

7.3

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, slowish one at 114.9 kph on middle, Mahela waits on the crease and twirls the blade to pick up a single on the leg side close to the pitch

7.4

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, on the pads from Doug with the angle and Sanga shuffles across to flick it to long leg, the Australians think there was something to it, it would have gone down leg

7.5

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, the short ball from Doug again, rises on Mahela who goes on his toes to keep it down, could do with a short leg probably

Simon: "Re:Brett Lee. As he's aged he's learnt that all out speed isn't always necessary. On flat sub continental pitches it'll be pace changes and swing that gets wickets."

7.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela shows all his touch and class now, forward to a pitched up ball and caresses it past cover, lovely straight followthrough, no violence, no furious shuffling

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 33/2 (RR: 4.12)
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (8b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-19-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (3b)      B Lee    4-1-9-1

Mitch in to the attack now

8.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, right on off stump from a length, 137.1 kph, defended down the track

8.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller on the pads and he flicks it neatly to deep square leg

8.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, now Mitch finds bounce from back of a length, it comes slowly off the track, and Mahela shuffles across and drops it fine on the leg side

8.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, confusion between the batsman, Sanga pushed towards extra cover and took off, Mahela followed, the both stopped mid way, and eventually got back

8.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, well down the pads as this one comes in a bit and he flicks behind square leg

8.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and across, crouches and pushes past point

End of over 9 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 38/2 (RR: 4.22)
KC Sangakkara    4* (8b)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (9b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-19-1

Souwesterly: "Re:Brett Lee - it's around 30C and probably quite sticky too....so who wouldn't slow down a bit?"

Watto comes on

9.1

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, and starts off with a shortish one in to Sanga who pushes it towards mid on

9.2

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, trying to angle it across the left-hander, he gets forward and pushes back to the bowler

9.3

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, down the leg side but Sanga decides to put bat to it and sends it in front of square leg

9.4

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, slower one from Watto, 117.7 kph, it was full but Mahela seemed to pick it late and carefully patted it towards mid on in the end

9.5

Watson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, easily done, uses the width outside off to open the face and run it wide of third man

9.6

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward and across to push towards mid on

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 41/2 (RR: 4.10)
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (12b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (11b)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0

bowling Powerplay has been taken

10.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, just holding its line a bit around off stump, and Sanga gets forward to push it down the track

10.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, superb shot, moving away from a fuller length, and Sanga gets beside it and opens the face to squeeze it between cover and point

10.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, goes full for middle and leg, Sanga gets bat around pad to drive towards mid on

Ara: "Chamara Silva has rescued Sri Lanka from poor postions before, for example in the test matches against New Zealend in 07. He has not been given a continious run in the side for a long time. Give him a break. Silva and Angelo will come good today."

10.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, misfield at short extra cover who dives towards his right, gets a hand to it but lets it through, Sanga had cracked the drive off the front foot

10.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, pushed in to the off side off the front foot

10.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, bounces from back of a length, he opens the face to push towards point

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 45/2 (RR: 4.09)
KC Sangakkara    9* (17b)      MG Johnson    2-0-9-0
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (12b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0

Haddin standing up to Watson

11.1

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, and Ponting goes sprawling to his right at backward point to cut off the single, that would have been a super effort even from a man ten years younger

11.2

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked towards square leg for a single

11.3

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, nudged off the pads straight to short fine leg

11.4

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, well played, saw this one rising outside off, and glided it down to third man

11.5

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, hangs the bat outside off and opens the face to get it down to third man, Watson cutting it in from outside off

11.6

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes in with the angle, and Sanga pushes a touch inside the line to get a thickish edge to third man

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 49/2 (RR: 4.08)
KC Sangakkara    11* (20b)      SR Watson    2-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (15b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-9-0

Anon: "@ Ara: Mate, exactly the point. In 2007. Against New Zealand. Enough said."

12.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, solid straight-batted block from Sanga as he comes forward to a fullish one on off

12.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, moving away from back of a length and bouncing as well, he pushes towards point

12.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, tests him out with the bouncer, and Sanga goes down calmly under it

12.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, gets across and pushes firmly off the front foot but gets it straight to Mitch who fields in his followthrough

12.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, no room at all for Sanga on this one, right on a length on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

12.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, arches back and guides a length ball past point for a single

End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 50/2 (RR: 3.84)
KC Sangakkara    12* (26b)      MG Johnson    3-0-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (15b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-7-0

13.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, allows it to come on and opens the face from close to the body to run it to third man

13.2

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, good delivery, coming in from a length on off stump, Mahela gets behind it to block

13.3

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, sees width outside off and tries to get the single to third man with a dab, and is beaten

13.4

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, the dab works for him this time as Watto gives lots of width outside off with the cutter, third man has some work to do

13.5

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, cuts in from outside off stump, but is a touch shortish and is slapped away to sweeper cover

13.6

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, goes on the toes to keep a rising one down on the off side

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 53/2 (RR: 3.78)
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (19b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (28b)      MG Johnson    3-0-10-0

14.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, well bowled, Mitch lets the near-yorker rip right on middle, not completely in the blockhole, and Sanga is able to dig it out

14.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, now the slower one, 121.1 kph outside off and he mistimes the push to mid on

14.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, tries the yorker again, but it goes screaming on the pads, he flicks well but on the bounce towards midwicket

14.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, fine shot, helped through square leg off the pads, that was travelling fast, but Lee the athlete comes bounding in from long leg, slides and gets body behind the ball, scoops it up to the man who has run in from deep midwicket

14.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, beats him now outside off stump with a slow cutter, Sanga early in to the shot

14.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, FOUR, and gives it away last ball with one full on the pads, Sanga gets across and flicks it wristily to the long leg boundary

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 59/2 (RR: 3.93)
KC Sangakkara    20* (34b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-16-0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (19b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-10-0

sam: "SL needs Samaraweera-best middle order batsman they have, not Chamara."

These two steadying things a bit after the openers fell early. Chasing will not be easy on this track, all those spinners will come in to play. Here is Doherty

15.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, slides it full around middle and leg, pushed down the track

15.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, similar delivery, not much turn, pushed towards mid on

15.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, uses the angle to work behind square off the pads

15.4

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, turn from outside off this time, he uses it as he gets across and works through square leg

15.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, turn again from outside off, but is flat and shortish, and is cut in front of point

15.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, flat and turning in on off from a length, he goes back to push to the bowler, pretty tidy over first up

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 62/2 (RR: 3.87)
KC Sangakkara    21* (36b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (23b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-16-0

Doug is back

16.1

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, straight away around middle from a length, he carefully pushes it on the leg side

16.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, is squared up a tad, opens the face and steers one from close to the body past the man at wide slip, could be dangerous if it does not come off

16.3

Bollinger to Sangakkara, no run, arrests the forward movement to work one fired in with the angle on middle and leg to midwicket

16.4

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 run, getting up from back of a length, calmly chopped past point for a single

16.5

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, solidly forward to a length ball and blocks it towards mid off, holds the pose for an instant, high elbow, straight bat, click away

16.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, hangs the bat away from the body at a wide one, and gets it just past the man at wide slip, third man is squarish but he will get to it in the end

End of over 17 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 65/2 (RR: 3.82)
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (27b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-22-1
KC Sangakkara    22* (38b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0

GRaider: "I don't know why Doherty is bowling.... sorry I mean why he's in this team. The test squad spinners are Beer and Lyon, they should be getting a chance to have a feel of bowling in these conditions."

17.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, flattish one guided towards point from the crease

17.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, down the track, but almost yorks him as he gets too close to the pitch of a flighted one, Doherty fields as he manages to push it back in the air

17.3

Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets the single to long on with a push with the turn

17.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, now Mahela gets forward and earns the single to long off with the turn

17.5

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, forward and works to midwicket

17.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, leaves the crease but doherty pushes it through quicker and he works it straight to midwicket again

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 68/2 (RR: 3.77)
KC Sangakkara    23* (42b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (29b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-22-1

18.1

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, hit on the body as Doug gets one to hold its line from back of a length, Mahela was getting forward to tackle the angle and missed the waft in the end

18.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 wide, zippy delivery from short of a length, Mahela withdraws his bat, it is a touch widish and called a wide, Doug is not impressed

18.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, has him going on his toes to keep a back of a length ball down on the off side

18.3

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, fuller on the stumps this time, he cannot work it past midwicket

18.4

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, the angle takes the length delivery past Mahela who flags it through

18.5

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, this one did not get up much from short of a length, Mahela adjusted to work it on the leg side

18.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward to a fuller one and manages to clip it in front of square leg

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 70/2 (RR: 3.68)
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (35b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    6-0-24-1
KC Sangakkara    23* (42b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-6-0

19.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, shortish and outside off, arches back and cuts fiercely, to point

19.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, slowish one middle and leg, played out on the leg side

19.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, well bowled, tossed up and turning away full outside off, he goes for the drive away from the body, and it runs towards short third man

19.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward and pushes a length ball even as it bounces a tad, in front of cover

19.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets the single down to long off with the turn

19.6

Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, down the track, he slows it down as he tosses it up outside off, and Sanga finds midwicket with the work

End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 71/2 (RR: 3.55)
KC Sangakkara    23* (43b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (40b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    6-0-24-1

The ball is gripping, and slowing down already, a difficult chase beckons

20.1

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, good delivery, Mahela goes poking at one leaving him outside off stump and tries to run it to third man, beaten

20.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, succeeds this time as he gets across and pushes from close to the body, single to third man

20.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga clips off the pads, in the air but past midwicket, and he will come back for the second to bring up yet another 50 stand between them

20.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, drops a length ball in front of square on the off side but cannot steal the single as a fielder is close by

20.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, bit of an inside edge as he gets forward to push at a length ball, the ball is not coming on as well now

20.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, gets well forward and opens the face to push straight to point

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 74/2 (RR: 3.52)
KC Sangakkara    25* (47b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-19-0
DPMD Jayawardene    23* (42b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-7-0

21.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela decides it is time, comes down the track as he sees mid on in the circle, takes on the flighted one on leg stump, and lofts against the turn, over midwicket

21.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, pushes a tossed up ball around off towards cover

21.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, more flight from Doherty, Mahela defends with a straight bat

21.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, quicker and flatter, he slashes to backward point

21.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, 2 runs, well run, a forward push past cover and it is wide enough to the man in the deep for them to come back for the second

21.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, fuller one pushed away to covers

End of over 22 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 80/2 (RR: 3.63)
DPMD Jayawardene    29* (48b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    25* (47b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-19-0

22.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, Ponting at backward point has saved lots of runs today, and Sanga cannot push this one past him

22.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, slower and fuller one from Mitch around 128 kph, Sanga adjusts to push it down the pitch

22.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Ponting lets one slip past him, and does not like that, got quickly to his left but the ball slipped past him off Sanga's push

22.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 run, hops in the air and fends a rising shortish one fine on the leg side

22.5

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Mitch goes full on the pads in search of the yorker and Sanga whips him in front of square

22.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, straight on off stump from a length, Mahela carefully defends

End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 83/2 (RR: 3.60)
DPMD Jayawardene    30* (50b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-22-0
KC Sangakkara    27* (51b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-13-0

Lee makes a return, from round the stumps to Sanga

23.1

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, angles it in full around off, and he comes forward to push to mid off

23.2

Lee to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets across, down the track and outside the line as Lee bends it in full, flicks him in front of square leg

23.3

Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, high full toss from Lee now, he adjusts to push towards cover

23.4

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, straight and full one outside off, he gets forward and defends down the track, they are finding it difficult to work the ball away

23.5

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, lovely from Lee, moving away from short of a length on off stump, Mahela pushes inside the line and is beaten

23.6

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, has him forward and defending solidly to short extra cover to end an excellent over

End of over 24 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 86/2 (RR: 3.58)
DPMD Jayawardene    30* (53b 2x4)      B Lee    5-1-12-1
KC Sangakkara    30* (54b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-22-0

24.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, chance for a run out, but Mike Hussey lobs it well over the stumps as he runs across and dives towards the ball at extra cover, Sanga had pushed a length ball and taken off right away

24.2

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, he has been a touch loose outside off today, Mitch pitched it up for the drive, Mahela goes at it only with the bat and not the feet, and does not make any contact

24.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, and again, floated wider and moving away further, Mahela moves across and goes for another drive, Haddin takes it diving to his right, Australia are sure there was an edge, umpire Asoka is equally sure there wasn't, Australia go for the review, the bat is nowhere near the ball, it was the sound of bat hitting ground but the ball was quite a few inches away

24.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela gets bat on ball now, shuffles well across and gets it off his hip fine down the leg side

24.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, 1 wide, too wide this time outside off stump, even Mahela in this want-to-drive mood won't go after that

24.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, dropped, what an over this has been, Mahela continues to go after full ones outside off, this time he gets an edge, but Haddin tumbles to his right, gets it in his gloves and it pops out, so a wasted review of a catch that wasn't and in the end a catch that almost was

24.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, pushed away on the off side solidly, Mahela is done with the adventures for this over

Could not have got worse for Haddin, dropped down the order after the lack of runs, and now the dropped catch

End of over 25 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 92/2 (RR: 3.68)
DPMD Jayawardene    34* (58b 3x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    31* (55b 1x4)      B Lee    5-1-12-1

25.1

Doherty to Sangakkara, 2 wides, pushed through quicker down the leg side and Haddin cannot collect as he takes it on the right thumb

25.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked away through square leg

25.2

Doherty to Sangakkara, OUT, Sanga goes this time, he comes down the track, and does what he had been wanting to for quite some time, gets to the pitch and connects well with the lofted shot, but he has got it too flat and Lee takes a fine tumbling catch at long on, so Doherty breaks the stand for Australia, it had started to assume slightly worrisome proportions

KC Sangakkara c Lee b Doherty 31 (92m 56b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.35

Luke: "Sri Lanka has some amazing batsmen, really impressive strokplayers and runmakers but why are their averages so low? It must be some sort of statistical anomaly, surely?" Here is one who could do with some runs, Chamara Silva

25.3

Doherty to Silva, no run, pushed away on the off side, it was short and turning away, but he mistimed the cut

25.4

Doherty to Silva, OUT, another one, Doherty strikes again, Silva has gone for nothing, pushing forward to one pitching on the off stump, it does not turn and goes on with the angle, he plays for it, outside the line as a result, is struck on the pads, and is given right away, that would have hit leg

LPC Silva lbw b Doherty 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Asanka: "huh Silva gone... I am shocked.. the Mr Dependable :)"

25.5

Doherty to Mathews, 1 run, flat one outside off stump, he cuts it off the back foot to sweeper cover

25.6

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up delivery pushed down the track

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 96/4 (RR: 3.69)
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (60b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-17-2
AD Mathews    1* (1b)      MG Johnson    7-0-28-0

26.1

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, whips a fullish one off the pads wide enough of deep midwicket for a couple

Rashiq: "@Luke maybe when they started their careers they did a lot of what Silva just did.......that tends to bring your average down."

26.2

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, finds some bounce from a length, he takes one hand off the bat handle as he fends it towards long leg

26.3

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, targetting the stumps with a fuller length, he gets across and pats it back

26.4

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, tries to lure Mahela with a length ball outside off, he just defends

26.5

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, he is giving Mahela a hard time, now the bouncer, it got on so quickly that it seemed headed for Mahela's head, but he got out of the way just in time

26.6

Johnson to Jayawardene, no run, another short one, a touch down leg this time, Mahela awkwardly gets out of the way

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 99/4 (RR: 3.66)
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (64b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-31-0
AD Mathews    4* (3b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-17-2

27.1

Doherty to Mathews, no run, forward and defends a fullish one down the track

27.2

Doherty to Mathews, 2 runs, bowling from wide of the crease and full around off, pushes on the off side for a single, the throw misses and the backing up is not the best

27.3

Doherty to Mathews, OUT, whoa, that is one of the blindest of blind charges you'll ever see, team four down, and Angelo comes rushing down the track as Doherty gives it a bit of air, he is nowhere close to it and is stranded way down the track, Haddin has a simple stumping

AD Mathews st †Haddin b Doherty 6 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

27.4

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, tossed up ball, patted down the track

27.5

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, bounces from a length, he goes back to push on the off side

27.6

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, slanted in full and he pushes it down the track carefully

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 101/5 (RR: 3.60)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (3b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-19-3
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (64b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-31-0

Tim: "Doherty is dominating after everyone was calling for a 4-man pace attack before play started."

Grant: "Finally, Haddin does something right."

28.1

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, fullish one whipped off the front foot wide of mid on, but he gets around to it

28.2

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, Watson gets it to move in late from a length, Mahela wasn't expecting so much movement and is caught unawares, could have gone down leg, replays show it would have just clipped leg

28.3

Watson to Kulasekara, no run, tight line around middle, he blocks with bat and pad together

Luminda: "As i have commented while 2nd ODI was played. SL need Thilan Samaraweera in the middle order.Not enough experience even to cope with a spinner of Doherty's caliber. Can't even think about Swann and Vettori."

28.4

Watson to Kulasekara, no run, back of a length delivery pushed on the off side

28.5

Watson to Kulasekara, 1 run, worked towards midwicket from the crease

28.6

Watson to Jayawardene, 4 leg byes, Haddin puts in an appeal for lbw, but that was headed down the leg side and Mahela ensured it would disappear quicker by getting a little nudge on it

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 107/5 (RR: 3.68)
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (67b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-0-11-0
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (6b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-19-3

29.1

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, tossed up ball, he is doing that more now, pushed towards mid on

29.2

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, defended off the front foot on the off side

29.3

Doherty to Kulasekara, FOUR, whoa, Kula decides to have a go and connects well, swings from middle and off against the turn, well there is not much from doherty and he gets it well over mid on

29.4

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, gets forward and smothers one full around off

29.5

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, had a look a one bowled slowly flat outside off, but let it go in the end

29.6

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, comes forward and pushes on the leg side

End of over 30 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 111/5 (RR: 3.70)
KMDN Kulasekara    5* (12b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-23-3
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (67b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-0-11-0

Kangon: "That was an Umar Akmal moment from Angelo. Absolute shocker."

Okakaboka lets it rip: "It had to be a simple stumping or butter fingers Haddin would have stuffed it up. Have they taken his long stop away yet?"

Glenn: "Think Doherty's performance might be more reflective of the pitch.... aussies could be in trouble when they bat."

isuru: "Kula has a good chance to update his personal best. Wonder what happened to Randiv after that first ODI??"

30.1

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, Watto fires it in the blockhole and Mahela can;t do anything but dig it out

30.2

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushes away from the body but goes softly at it and gets the full delivery past point

30.3

Watson to Kulasekara, 1 run, shortish, sitting up outside off and Kula punches to sweeper cover

30.4

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower one, Mahela opens the fact of the bat, there is a 36-year old at backward point who goes flying to his left, gets a hand to the ball but cannot stop it, is cross with himself, some standards

30.5

Watson to Kulasekara, no run, pushed away off the back foot on the leg side

30.6

Watson to Kulasekara, no run, almost played on, too close to the body and the off stump, Kula tries to chop it towards third man, inside edge on to pad saves him

End of over 31 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 114/5 (RR: 3.67)
KMDN Kulasekara    6* (15b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (70b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-23-3

31.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, uses the angle to work behind square off the pads

31.2

Doherty to Kulasekara, 1 run, outside edge as he presses forward, but there is no one at slip and it goes towards short third man who fumbles and lets it through

31.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, well forward and smothers this one on the leg side

31.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up but on the pads and Mahela nudges it easily to long leg

31.5

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, flighted one blocked down the track

31.6

Doherty to Kulasekara, no run, bowled fullish on off from wide of the crease, he gets forward to block

End of over 32 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 117/5 (RR: 3.65)
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (18b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    8-0-26-3
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (73b 3x4)      SR Watson    5-0-14-0

32.1

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, opens the face to push towards point

32.2

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes hard at a full delivery, and tries to put it through midwicket, mistimes it towards mid on

Rahul: "@Glenn - I think Doherty's performance is a reflection of how much the Sri Lankans either respect him or fear the Aussie fast bowlers. Both Sanga and Angelo went after him because they knew the others will be hard to get away and Doherty reaped the awards .. deservingly so, he's bowled well."

32.3

Watson to Kulasekara, OUT, another one goes, Watson gets it to move in from a length, Kula is caught on the back foot, and the ball sneaks past his push to crash in to the pad and umpire Asoka has no issues with that

KMDN Kulasekara lbw b Watson 7 (19m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

Sri Lanka have a long tail today, and in walks Eranga now

32.4

Watson to Eranga, no run, pushed solidly down the track as Watto sends down a gentle length ball on the stumps

32.5

Watson to Eranga, no run, pushes a slightly fuller one down the track again

Luke: "Whatever you thought about Ponting as a captain he's still the Gold standard for batting and fielding in this team. The younger members should be thoroughly ashamed at how slow and unfit he is making them look!"

32.6

Watson to Eranga, no run, goes for the one in the blockhole but he manages to dig it out, not much pace on it from Watson

End of over 33 (1 run) Sri Lanka 118/6 (RR: 3.57)
RMS Eranga    0* (3b)      SR Watson    6-0-15-1
DPMD Jayawardene    40* (75b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    8-0-26-3

33.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, bounce from a length as he tosses it up, Mahela presses forward to defend

33.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, fuller but Mahela smothers it easily down the track

33.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, sharp turn from outside off, Mahela withdraws the bat after having a poke at it

33.4

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, stretches well forward to smother a length ball

33.5

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, inside edge as this one goes on with the angle and Mahela pushes a tad outside the line

Silly mid off is in now

33.6

Doherty to Eranga, no run, pushes forward to a quicker one and gets it past silly mid off

End of over 34 (1 run) Sri Lanka 119/6 (RR: 3.50)
RMS Eranga    0* (4b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-27-3
DPMD Jayawardene    41* (80b 3x4)      SR Watson    6-0-15-1

Growler: "With egg on my face... I ask that you delete my comment at the beginning of today's play about the 4 best bowlers. Clearly the X-man is 1 of those. For today anyway. With my prediction skills backfiring... Punter out for a golden."

34.1

Watson to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela taking his chances with this one, gets forward and reaches out to pick it from outside off stump over mid on

34.2

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, fuller one slanted in and worked to midwicket

Okakaboka: "Yeah, Doherty is not that bad a bowler. Now that Uncle Hilditch is leaving, he may develop into a really good ODI spinner!"

34.3

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, right on off stump from a length, Mahela presses forward to defend solidly

hugh: "It's a turning pitch - why is Eranga in ahead of Randiv?"

34.4

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, pushed down towards mid on off the front foot

34.5

Watson to Jayawardene, no run, cuts in from short of a length outside off, Mahela stays in the crease and plays it out on the off side

34.6

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, uses the angle and works it off the pads in front of square leg

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 124/6 (RR: 3.54)
DPMD Jayawardene    46* (86b 4x4)      SR Watson    7-0-20-1
RMS Eranga    0* (4b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-27-3

35.1

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, Ponting gets some bad bounce at backward point as Mahela runs a length ball towards him, but he gets body behind the ball and is able to stop it

35.2

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushes a length ball wide of extra cover and gets through for the single

35.3

Bollinger to Eranga, 1 run, gives him the short ball, he awkwardly jabs it away on the leg side behind square

35.4

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, going across Mahela on a length, around off, and he comes forward to defend

35.5

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, chopped from the crease on the bounce to backward point

35.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, 2 runs, fine stroke from Mahela, he played a similar one at the start of his innings, forward to one going across and caresses it past extra cover, elegance all the way

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 128/6 (RR: 3.55)
DPMD Jayawardene    49* (91b 4x4)      DE Bollinger    7-0-28-1
RMS Eranga    1* (5b)      SR Watson    7-0-20-1

Lee is back

36.1

Lee to Eranga, OUT, and gets one first ball, Eranga tries to hop in the air and cut a bouncing short one outside off, picks out third man who does not have to move at all

RMS Eranga c Bollinger b Lee 1 (15m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Prasanna comes in on debut, Sri Lanka have really fallen apart

36.2

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, coming in with the angle on off, Mahela defends carefully

36.3

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, low full toss at 128.1 kph, Mahela pats it away, extra caution coming in with all those wickets

36.4

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, that is a brute, that has taken off from short of a length, Mahela hops as he fends it away to third man, and refuses the single as No 9 comes jogging across

36.5

Lee to Jayawardene, 2 runs, drives a pitched up delivery wide of sweeper cover and acknowledges the applause for a pain-staking 50

36.6

Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes full but the angle takes it on the pads and he is clipped away through square leg

End of over 37 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 131/7 (RR: 3.54)
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (96b 4x4)      B Lee    6-1-15-2
S Prasanna    0* (0b)      DE Bollinger    7-0-28-1

37.1

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, going straight on from a fuller length on off, blocked off the front foot

37.2

Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, flighted full on leg stump, some turn this time, as Mahela defends

37.3

Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushes a tossed up ball outside off away from the body in front of point

Slip in place for Prasanna, Ponting comes in at silly mid off with out a helmet on

37.4

Doherty to Prasanna, no run, pushes a away a flat delivery towards point

37.5

Doherty to Prasanna, OUT, is that another one, Prasanna goes for the review as umpire Hill gives him out leg before, it was the tossed up ball that carried straight in, he pushed outside the line and was struck on the pad, that would have hit middle and off, and Sri Lanka have lost the review, best figures for Xavier Doherty

S Prasanna lbw b Doherty 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Benny: "Woah I only just realised that Lanka literally have one less batsman! Insanity! What would we be saying if Aus had MJ at 6 and Doug at 7?"

37.6

Doherty to Malinga, no run, tossed up invitingly but Malinga lets it go outside off

That is the end of a fine spell from Doherty, he hasn't turned the ball much, but he has shown superb control, and batsmen have played expecting turn on this pitch

End of over 38 (1 run) Sri Lanka 132/8 (RR: 3.47)
SL Malinga    0* (1b)      XJ Doherty    10-0-28-4
DPMD Jayawardene    53* (99b 4x4)      B Lee    6-1-15-2

38.1

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, Jayawardene is behind it in defence

38.2

Lee to Jayawardene, no run, nearly chips a low full toss down mid-on's throat. Doesn't make the best of connections, which is just as well

38.3

Lee to Jayawardene, OUT, Binga! Accurate bouncer, Jayawardene looks for the flick-pull, gets a top edge, and Lee runs towards square leg to complete the catch. Huge wicket, Jayawardene could still have hurt Australia

DPMD Jayawardene c & b Lee 53 (149m 102b 4x4 0x6) SR: 51.96

38.4

Lee to Malinga, OUT, right through him, backing away, Lee keeps it full, moving in late on the stumps, Malinga goes nowhere with the swipe and that is the end of the innings

SL Malinga b Lee 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Rajith: "Srilanka's batting order MUST be changed. Sanga and Mahela must go one step down and youngster like Chandimal should batted at no. 3 position. If Jeewan Mendis not playing Samaraweera can fill his place. Because he is a good off spinner. Regarding Chamara.... Very sorry I must say."

arnab: "Those stats are revealing, Australia has quite a good ODI side despite the retirements partly due to the nature of the format and the replacements (watson for gilly, bowlers aplenty for mcgrath) really what cost Australia the WC was the lack of replacements for Symonds and Hogg, that's what stops them from being excellent rather than merely quite good as they are now."

Australia are struggling? They certainly aren't in one-dayers. In the last two years, they have won 46 of their 65 games, a win-loss ratio of 3.06. The closest are South Africa, with a win-loss ratio of 2.

This is the fourth-lowest total in a completed first innings in a full game at the Premadasa, and the second-lowest for Sri Lanka. Sums up their performance. They were playing with a long tail today, and Chamara Silva as well, who clearly hasn't got any confidence going. 0, 6, 7, 1, 0, 0 read the scores of the last six batsmen. Once Kumar fell, the rest followed in a heap.

With Silva out of touch, they had five batsmen. Two fell to wild shots, the third found the fielder on his first aggressive shot and the fourth charged blindly as soon as he came in. Too much left for the fifth to do, even if he is of the class of Mahela Jayawardene

On another note, Sri Lanka's capitulation has covered up Australia's woeful over-rate. They had more than 11 overs to bowl with barely 25 minutes left

ryan: "You are struggling with the bat, and havent been able to get enough runs on the board so what do you do.. drop a batsman? Ridiculous logic, about as poor as thinking you can go into an ODI in the subcontinent without a frontline spinner @ MrPrez and co :P"

ricky: "instant effect of the argus review."

Series Results
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 22, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 20, 2011
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota - Aug 16, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 78 runs
Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota - Aug 14, 2011
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele - Aug 10, 2011
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 71 balls remaining)
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Aug 20, 2011

Seekkuge Prasanna picked up three wickets in an over, Sri Lanka v Australia, 4th ODI, R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, August 20, 2011

Seekkuge Prasanna picked up three wickets in an over

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Aug 20, 2011

Tillakaratne Dilshan jumps as he tries to evade a throw, Sri Lanka v Australia, 4th ODI, R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, August 20, 2011

Tillakaratne Dilshan jumps as he tries to evade a throw

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