Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 4th ODI: Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS), Aug 20, 2011
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)
20 August 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Welcome back for Australia's chase. They need 133 to win another series in Sri Lanka, they won the last bilateral series they played here, in 2003-04. Malinga has the new ball, he will bowl to Watson

0.1

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, moving away a tad from a length, and Watson with that characteristic late chop down to third man

Shaun Marsh to face now

0.2

Malinga to Marsh, no run, goes for the stumps with a fuller length, good delivery first up, he opens the face and gets it towards point

0.3

Malinga to Marsh, no run, he is going for the yorker, ends up as a very low full toss, Marsh gets a bit of bat on it

0.4

Malinga to Marsh, no run, full delivery, but he is able to get forward to it and push towards extra cover

Ryan: "@Rajith what is your reasoning behind your order change? To bolster the middle order? but if Chandimal or anyone else is failing in the middle order, who is to say they will thrive at no3- arguably a harder position for it will be against the new ball!"

0.5

Malinga to Marsh, no run, Malinga rips the yorker at 140.7 kph on leg stump, Marsh gets front leg out of the way and manages to jab it away, almost falls over with the effort

0.6

Malinga to Marsh, no run, length delivery this time on the middle stump, he is not getting forward understandably with all those grenades hurled full at him, plays it out carefully

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (132 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 2.69)

    • SE Marsh 0 (5b)
    • SR Watson 1 (1b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-1-0

Ajantha Mendis right away from the other end, they have no choice

1.1

Mendis to Watson, no run, almost through him first up, goes straight on quickly from a length, Watson late in getting forward and manages an inside edge

1.2

Mendis to Watson, no run, turns away a bit from off, he pushes with an open face to point

1.3

Mendis to Watson, no run, hurrying on at 86.9 kph, he backs away for the cut and is beaten

1.4

Mendis to Watson, no run, another one that almost goes through him, tossed up full on middle stump, turns in, but another inside edge saves Watson

1.5

Mendis to Watson, FOUR, he will put this one way, sitting up short outside off, and he cracks it in front of point

1.6

Mendis to Watson, no run, flighted right on middle stump, superb over apart from that boundary ball, Watson gets forward and defends on the off side

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 5/0 (128 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 2.66)

    • SR Watson 5 (7b 1x4)
    • SE Marsh 0 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-4-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-1-0

Dilshan on from the other end, no guessing what they are banking on

2.1

Dilshan to Marsh, FOUR, flighted but full and very wide outside off, Marsh gets forward and puts it away through extra cover

2.2

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, beats him on the cut outside off with a flat and shortish one

2.3

Dilshan to Marsh, FOUR, this one will go, short again and sitting up, enough bounce on it for Marsh to rock back and time it past cover

2.4

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, pushed away on the off side

2.5

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, tosses it up on off stump and he gets forward to defend

2.6

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, pushes off the front foot towards cover

Has Malinga been taken off after an over in which he troubled Marsh consistently?

End of over 3 (8 runs) Australia 13/0 (120 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 2.55)

    • SE Marsh 8 (11b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 5 (7b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-8-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-4-0
3.1

Mendis to Watson, FOUR, brutal from Watson, tosses it up, ends up as a low full toss, and Watson bashes it violently back towards the bowler, who does not attempt to grab at it, very wise choice

3.2

Mendis to Watson, no run, reaches well forward to push one away towards mid off

3.3

Mendis to Watson, 1 run, goes through Malinga at short third man, as Watson rocks back and thumps the cut off a short and flat one

3.4

Mendis to Marsh, no run, dropped, guided straight to slip and goes right through his hands, it flew off the face of the bat, and got too quickly on to Mahela

3.5

Mendis to Marsh, no run, pushed away on the leg side from a length

3.6

Mendis to Marsh, no run, well left, floated up fullish outside off, but he lets it go

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 18/0 (115 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 2.50)

    • SE Marsh 8 (14b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 10 (10b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-9-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-8-0

Malinga has been brought back

4.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, hurls a high full toss at Watson, dipped as it came on to Watson who hopped and kept it down on the leg side

4.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, defends a length ball as he comes forward

4.3

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, bit of width outside off and he sends it to third man with a quick flash of the hands

isuru: "Hmm Dilshan into attack. Why not give it to Sanga and save up few overs. Its absolute madness. If you go down at least go down fighting ."

4.4

Malinga to Marsh, no run, he is expecting the full delivery and is caught on the crease, but Malinga rips the bouncer outside off, and he withdraws the bat in the end

4.5

Malinga to Marsh, no run, now comes the full delivery outside leg stump, he shuffles, gets bat around pad and works it to square leg

4.6

Malinga to Marsh, no run, low dipping incoming full toss, he is clearly not finding it very comfortable against Malinga, adjusts late to jab it towards midwicket

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 19/0 (114 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 2.53)

    • SE Marsh 8 (17b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 11 (13b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-2-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-9-0
5.1

Mendis to Watson, 1 run, short, flat and punched through the non-striker;s legs to long on

silly point in place

5.2

Mendis to Marsh, no run, digs out a full delivery on the pads towards midwicket

5.3

Mendis to Marsh, no run, turns away a bit from the left-hander as it is tossed up at an angle across him, he gets forward and shoulders arms

5.4

Mendis to Marsh, no run, gets across and pushes solidly to covers

5.5

Mendis to Marsh, FOUR, well done, sees this one flighted full on middle and leg, he shuffles forward, gets to the pitch and drives it softly past the bowler

5.6

Mendis to Marsh, 2 runs, worked on the leg side

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 26/0 (107 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 2.43)

    • SE Marsh 14 (22b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 12 (14b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-16-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-2-0

Marsh looking more comfortable against Mendis compared to Malinga

6.1

Malinga to Watson, OUT, Watson is gone, Malinga gets the breakthrough, got forward to power the drive down the ground off a length delivery around middle, that is not on on this slow pitch, it bounces, hits the bat high and mid on accepts the dolly

SR Watson c Mendis b Malinga 12 (22m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

The livewire at backward point comes in at No 3

6.2

Malinga to Ponting, no run, goes fullish on the off stump, Ponting shuffles well across and keeps it out on the leg side

6.3

Malinga to Ponting, no run, slower and much fuller, patted back to the bowler

6.4

Malinga to Ponting, no run, almost a run-out, Ponting purposefully comes forward, pushes to extra cover and takes another step out, that is enough hint for Marsh who takes off in a blaze, but has to turn back half-way up the track and get back in time as the throw comes in

6.5

Malinga to Ponting, OUT, they have the big one, the full toss has worked for Malinga, Ponting shuffles far across and tries to punch it away in the air, gets it front of square leg where the man takes an excellent diving catch, game on? Certainly

RT Ponting c Prasanna b Malinga 0 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Joseph: "Makes me wonder why on earth Dishan bowled himself. It may be spinning, but Malinga is a class act and a known strike bowler, just keep him on man!"

6.6

Malinga to Clarke, no run, oh he almost bowled him, Malinga knows it and smiles, the slowish yorker first up, but Clarke manages to keep it out, barely

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) Australia 26/2 (107 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 2.48)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (1b)
    • SE Marsh 14 (22b 3x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-1-2-2
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-16-0

Kula in to the attack

7.1

Kulasekara to Marsh, FOUR, and is put away behind square leg first ball, on the pads and Marsh flicks it neatly

7.2

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, better from Kula, pitched up and going across the left-hander, who gets an inside edge as he presses forward, a touch late

7.3

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, pushes off the back foot towards mid on

7.4

Kulasekara to Marsh, FOUR, short, wide and that has been put away by Marsh, got on top of it and crashed it in front of cover, not timed that well but enough to beat the fielder

7.5

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, moving away from a length on middle, well bowled, he defends awkwardly

7.6

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, pegging away with the angle across Marsh, a bit fuller and he pushes it towards cover

End of over 8 (8 runs) Australia 34/2 (99 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 2.35)

    • SE Marsh 22 (28b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 0 (1b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-8-0
    • SL Malinga 3-1-2-2

Punter Fan: "Now who was it that jinxed Ponting in the commentary earlier saying he would get out for a duck? grrr. I think Australia will struggle with this one - Clarke to go next - might give Haddin a chance to show us his worth."

8.1

Malinga to Clarke, no run, pitched up full just outside off, Clarke carefully opens the face and runs it to point

8.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, on a length and headed for middle and leg, he crouches and defends with extreme caution

8.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, lets the bouncer rip now, it comes out of nowhere after all those full deliveries, Clarke was not expecting it, and just managed to get his head under the line

8.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, pitched up now, he realises it late and gets forward to push it towards mid off

Swapnil: "That slower yorker by Malinga reminds me of that masterpiece of a slower one by Harmison to end the fourth day in the famous Edgbaston Ashes Test of 2005; incidentally to the same batsman Clarke!"

8.5

Malinga to Clarke, no run, solid this time from Clarke, forward to a fullish one and drives it to mid off

8.6

Malinga to Clarke, no run, tries to angle it in full around middle, but Clarke gets bat to it and pushes to mid on, Malinga has hands on his head

End of over 9 (maiden) Australia 34/2 (99 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.77, RRR: 2.41)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (7b)
    • SE Marsh 22 (28b 5x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-2-2-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-8-0
9.1

Kulasekara to Marsh, FOUR, outside edge, but goes past the man at wide slip and beats third man running to his right as well, Marsh not getting well across to one leaving him outside off

9.2

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, pushes a length ball back to the bowler

9.3

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, straightish one on a length on middle, played out towards midwicket

9.4

Kulasekara to Marsh, no run, puts front foot a long way down the track, and gets bat around it to defend

9.5

Kulasekara to Marsh, 1 run, too much leg stump from Kula and he flicks to deep square leg

Brad: "Good to see Clarke being sensible and just blocking out Malinga. No need to take risks with a fairly achievable target within their sights."

9.6

Kulasekara to Clarke, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 39/2 (94 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.90, RRR: 2.35)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (8b)
    • SE Marsh 27 (33b 6x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-13-0
    • SL Malinga 4-2-2-2

Eranga in to the attack, no sign of Prasanna

10.1

Eranga to Marsh, no run, finds lots of bounce from a length on off stump as he angles it across the left-hander, he has a go at it but is beaten by the carry

10.2

Eranga to Marsh, no run, now this one does not get up much as it pitches outside off and carries on with the angle, he is beaten on the cut this time

10.3

Eranga to Marsh, no run, gets bat on ball this time and pushes a length ball to point

10.4

Eranga to Marsh, 3 runs, slower one at 112.9 kph down the pads and flicked through square leg, Clarke was late in coming back for the third and had the throw been on the stumps, he was in trouble

10.5

Eranga to Clarke, no run, finds some bounce from just short of a length, he pushes it back to the bowler

10.6

Eranga to Clarke, no run, shuffles and works it straight to short midwicket who turns and finds the non-striker;s stumps with a direct hit

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 42/2 (91 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.81, RRR: 2.33)

    • MJ Clarke 0 (10b)
    • SE Marsh 30 (37b 6x4)
    • RMS Eranga 1-0-3-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-13-0

Caino: "Okay Cricinfo commentators, you guys witness alot of cricket...can I put you on the spot by asking who has the better batting technique? Marsh or Hughes? It could be the difference in the upcoming test series!" My money's on Marsh, legspinner coming on on debut

11.1

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, tossed up full around off, blocked off the front foot

11.2

Prasanna to Marsh, FOUR, how's that for timing? tossed up full and wide, he gets to the pitch and carves it through extra cover, that just flew in to the boundary

11.3

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, pushed towards extra cover off the front foot

11.4

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, steady delivery full around middle, defended down the track

11.5

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, not much turn, he is just sliding them across, defended down the track

11.6

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, pushed away on the leg side

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 46/2 (87 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 2.28)

    • SE Marsh 34 (43b 7x4)
    • MJ Clarke 0 (10b)
    • S Prasanna 1-0-4-0
    • RMS Eranga 1-0-3-0
12.1

Eranga to Clarke, 1 run, fine stroke from Clarke, busily get forward in to a firm push that just beats extra cover and earns him a single

12.2

Eranga to Marsh, no run, slanted across the left-hander, no need to play at it as he did in the previous over and got beaten, left alone this time

12.3

Eranga to Marsh, no run, thickish outside edge as he pushes at a fuller one, goes towards point

12.4

Eranga to Marsh, no run, gets across and keeps down a rising length ball around off

Brad: "Having said that, if Clarke is going to stick around and let Marsh be the aggressor he might want to at least rotate the strike. Theres cautious then there is pulling a Gavaskar."

12.5

Eranga to Marsh, no run, solid front foot push as he takes a step down the track, he is looking better now, mid off fields

12.6

Eranga to Marsh, no run, watches one go across him outside off, he might have gone after that earlier but seems more at ease now

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 47/2 (86 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.61, RRR: 2.32)

    • SE Marsh 34 (48b 7x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (11b)
    • RMS Eranga 2-0-4-0
    • S Prasanna 1-0-4-0

James: "Marsh has a much better technique, but the paradox is, Hughes, who plays in the same domestic league, has a much better batting average! riddle me that." I haven't seen him much in the Shield, but would guess his tendency to get injured goes against him

13.1

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, full delivery pushed down the track

13.2

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, Clarke down the track, takes it on the full and eases it towards extra cover

13.3

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, phew, what was that, that was unbelievable, that has pitched close to outside leg and just zipped across a bemused Clarke, the keeper takes it well outside off stump

13.4

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, have to hand it to Clarke, next ball after that snorter, he decides to abandon the crease, takes it on the half-volley and works it towards midwicket

13.5

Prasanna to Marsh, 1 leg bye, nudged on the leg side for a single

13.6

Prasanna to Clarke, FOUR, drops it too short, and Clarke takes toll, rocks back and hammers the pull over midwicket

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 53/2 (80 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.78, RRR: 2.22)

    • MJ Clarke 6 (16b 1x4)
    • SE Marsh 34 (49b 7x4)
    • S Prasanna 2-0-9-0
    • RMS Eranga 2-0-4-0

Tim: "Neither Marsh or Hughes really have great techniques to be a test opener, but they do both have a good eye and could still be successful. However I would prefer to see a specialist like Ed Cowan in the test side."

14.1

Eranga to Marsh, 1 run, pushes a length ball on the off side and takes off for the single, an advancing mid off almost runs straight in to him, and has to leap over the stumps as he avoids Marsh, Dilshan it is

14.2

Eranga to Clarke, no run, solid dead-bat from Clarke as he defends on the off side

14.3

Eranga to Clarke, no run, comes in a long way from outside off on a length, he guides it from close to the body towards point

14.4

Eranga to Clarke, FOUR, short, wide, skiddy delivery outside off, he goes after it with the slash and it flies over and past wide slip

14.5

Eranga to Clarke, 1 run, almost gets in to trouble as he plonks front foot forward and across, this one comes in a long way from outside off, and he somehow manages to get it away towards square leg

14.6

Eranga to Marsh, no run, moving away from a length on leg stump, he eases forward and presents a solid straight bat

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 59/2 (74 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 2.11)

    • SE Marsh 35 (51b 7x4)
    • MJ Clarke 11 (20b 2x4)
    • RMS Eranga 3-0-10-0
    • S Prasanna 2-0-9-0

Benny: "Caino, that doesn't matter, it's Marsh or Usman that are going to take the number 6 spot. Hughes is already a certainty to open. Anyway, Hughes' technique is un-comparable to anyone elses, it's unique."

15.1

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, down the track, takes a tossed up ball on the full, but cannot ease it past mid on

15.2

Prasanna to Clarke, FOUR, this time he will get it past mid on, comes down the track again, and lifts the half-volley over the bowler

15.3

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, backs away a shade to one pitching on leg stump, and pats it back to the bowler

15.4

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, forces him to drop short with all those charges, but cannot get the cut past backward point

15.5

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, takes it on the pad as he leaves the crease again and misses, but he was too far down the track for Sri Lanka's appeal to be upheld

15.6

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, pushed away on the off side off the front foot

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 63/2 (70 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 2.05)

    • MJ Clarke 15 (26b 3x4)
    • SE Marsh 35 (51b 7x4)
    • S Prasanna 3-0-13-0
    • RMS Eranga 3-0-10-0

James: "Warner has a pretty solid test technique..was impressed with him in the Shield final."

16.1

Mendis to Marsh, 1 run, flat straightish delivery on leg stump, played out towards square leg

spock18: "Hughes has an un-coachable technique, Marsh is easy on the eye but Hughes will get first crack. Technique doesn't get you games, Brad Hodge has the best technique i've seen and we all know how that story ends."

16.2

Mendis to Clarke, 1 wide, he sprays it very wide outside off with a forward short leg in place

16.2

Mendis to Clarke, no run, bit of an inside edge as he pushes forward to defend

16.3

Mendis to Clarke, no run, fuller outside off, he gets forward to smother it

16.4

Mendis to Clarke, no run, they are playing him out as much as possible, shortish but he just offers a dead-bat

16.5

Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up, and he eases forward to pick the single to mid on with a push

16.6

Mendis to Marsh, no run, turning away from the left-hander a shade around middle, right forward in defence, he has looked alright against Mendis

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 66/2 (67 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.88, RRR: 2.03)

    • SE Marsh 36 (53b 7x4)
    • MJ Clarke 16 (30b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-19-0
    • S Prasanna 3-0-13-0
17.1

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, tossed up but a touch short and wide, Clarke's cut finds backward point again

17.2

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, goes deep in the crease to work the single wide of midwicket

17.3

Prasanna to Marsh, SIX, that has disappeared, marginally short from Prasanna, and he rocks back to smash it over deep midwicket, almost takes out Percy, the long-time Sri Lankan supporter with it

17.4

Prasanna to Marsh, FOUR, even better, he comes down the track, gets to the pitch and caresses it past extra cover

17.5

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, pushed down the track off the front foot

17.6

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, flat one sliding across him, he stays in the crease to defend

End of over 18 (11 runs) Australia 77/2 (56 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 1.75)

    • SE Marsh 46 (57b 8x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 17 (32b 3x4)
    • S Prasanna 4-0-24-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-19-0

Oz: "Why would you take Mallinga out of attack so early when there such a small target on a board?"

Chris J: "Hughes is vastly superior in stamina, focus and result to Marsh.Technique is always the servant,never the master."

Sutty: "The fact of the matter is that Shaun Marsh debuted 11 seasons ago in first class, and to this day only has 6 first class centuries; Certainly if he tears down the roof during a Sheffield Shield season he will deserve a look-in, but to this day he hasn't."

Jay: "You just sense that with the selection committee reshuffle, the Aussies are due for a BIG comeback. Watch out, England !!"

Phillip: "I think we can all agree that those mentioned have considerably better technique than one Steve Smith." Leave him alone for once

18.1

Mendis to Clarke, no run, tossed up full around off, he gets forward to block

18.2

Mendis to Clarke, 2 runs, full toss and Clarke forces it through midwicket, Marsh comes back and has to dive in to the crease, direct hit would have been interesting

18.3

Mendis to Clarke, 2 runs, playing very late as he stays in the crease to one tossed up outside off, allows it come on and dabs it past slip

18.4

Mendis to Clarke, no run, squared up as this one turns away from leg stump, and the leading edge goes towards extra cover

18.5

Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, very full one worked off the pads wide of midwicket

18.6

Mendis to Marsh, no run, straightish on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 82/2 (51 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 1.64)

    • SE Marsh 46 (58b 8x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 22 (37b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-24-0
    • S Prasanna 4-0-24-0

Brent: "Marsh is a superior batter to Hughes in most aspects but concentration, he can look perfect and completely untroubled and then be out next ball. Hughes for all his problems can get massive scores which Marsh struggles with. I'd still prefer Marsh against a moving ball tho."

Dilshan comes on

19.1

Dilshan to Clarke, FOUR, that will do, shortish and turning on the pads, Clarke swivels deep in the crease and swings it past the square leg umpire

19.2

Dilshan to Clarke, 1 run, another short one, outside off now, pushed past backward point

19.3

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, tossed up, pushed towards extra cover off the front foot

19.4

Dilshan to Marsh, FOUR, Marsh puts another one away, short and turning away, he goes back and cuts past point, brings up his 50 too, didn;t look convincing at the start but has looked comfortable against spin

19.5

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, pushed away from the crease

19.6

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, blocked off the front foot down the track

End of over 20 (9 runs) Australia 91/2 (42 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 1.40)

    • SE Marsh 50 (62b 9x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 27 (39b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-17-0
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-24-0

Fred: "Hughes has been tried and failed repeatedly. He bats poorly against a moving ball, and that is why he has been found wanting at international but not domestic level. Marsh deserves a go."

20.1

Mendis to Clarke, no run, chips a sliddy flat delivery outside off towards point as he backs away for the cut

20.2

Mendis to Clarke, no run, gets forward and across to block one outside off

20.3

Mendis to Clarke, no run, turning away a bit from outside off, he gets forward, head on top of ball to block

20.4

Mendis to Clarke, no run, looks to come down the track initially then stops and tries to work it off the pads, cannot get it away

20.5

Mendis to Clarke, no run, dropped very tough chance, worked with the turn firmly straight to forward short leg, he could not hold on, it was Chamara

20.6

Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, worked in to the leg side in front of square leg

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 92/2 (41 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 1.41)

    • MJ Clarke 28 (45b 4x4)
    • SE Marsh 50 (62b 9x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-25-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-17-0

garawi: "This is humiliation! SL where are you???" Here is Malinga, he is back

21.1

Malinga to Clarke, no run, slung on a length widish outside off, left alone watchfully

21.2

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, goes for the yorker, not full enough, he gets it away on the off side with an inside edge on to pad

21.3

Malinga to Marsh, FOUR, low full toss now down the pads, and Marsh puts it wide of long leg

21.4

Malinga to Marsh, 2 runs, again on the pads from a full length, he shuffles and nudges it fine on the leg side

Denzil: "Its been a very long time since i have seen two Australian players do well vs spin. The IPL has given Marsh some good skills vs Spin and he can score runs too."

21.5

Malinga to Marsh, no run, well bowled, slings it across the left-hander full close to off, has him pushing from the crease, and beats him with some late away movement

21.6

Malinga to Marsh, no run, arrives the yorker on the stumps at 138.2 kph, Marsh shuffles about and keeps it out

End of over 22 (7 runs) Australia 99/2 (34 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 1.21)

    • SE Marsh 56 (66b 10x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 29 (47b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 5-2-9-2
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-25-0

Sutty: "... And to further add to my response to Fred's comment, Hughes managed to score 138 and 93 in the last Sheffield Shield final, against the likes of Butterworth, Faulkner and Hilfenhaus - Are these blokes not swing bowlers?"

22.1

Mendis to Clarke, no run, meanwhile, clarke continues to use his feet but his bat cannot will the ball past midwicket

22.2

Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, now he goes back in the crease and nudges square on the leg side

22.3

Mendis to Marsh, 2 runs, turning away from a length on off, he goes back and cuts it through point

22.4

Mendis to Marsh, 2 runs, tossed up but too full and Marsh eases it through extra cover, sweeper cover gets around to it in the end

22.5

Mendis to Marsh, no run, punched off the back foot towards mid on

22.6

Mendis to Marsh, 1 run, allows it to turn away from a length and pushes it past point

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 105/2 (28 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 1.03)

    • SE Marsh 61 (70b 10x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 30 (49b 4x4)
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-31-0
    • SL Malinga 5-2-9-2

hris: "@denzil - it's been a long time since i've seen someone give credit to the IPL for something."

23.1

Malinga to Marsh, 1 run, well done, opens the face and guides a yorker from outside off to third man, the man has grown in confidence alright

23.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, sprayed widish outside off stump and left alone

23.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, Sri Lanka go for the review, Malinga let the yorker rip on leg stump, and Clarke was hit on the pad as he missed the flick, not given, was that headed down leg, it is, looked like a no-ball as well in fact

23.4

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, goes for it again, he can produce them at will, Clarke manages a fortunate inside edge as he gets bat down

23.5

Malinga to Marsh, 1 run, another one let loose full on the stumps, Marsh is squared up but gets it away towards point

23.6

Malinga to Clarke, no run, he keeps coming at them without any let-up, but they keep digging out those yorkers, and near-yorkers, and low full tosses

End of over 24 (3 runs) Australia 108/2 (25 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 0.96)

    • MJ Clarke 31 (53b 4x4)
    • SE Marsh 63 (72b 10x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 6-2-12-2
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-31-0
24.1

Prasanna to Marsh, FOUR, short, sitting up and Marsh gets back quickly to pull it in to over midwicket

Sanath Jayasuriya is spotted smiling in the crowd

24.2

Prasanna to Marsh, 2 runs, worked in the leg side for a couple

24.3

Prasanna to Marsh, 1 run, down the ground for another run to long on

24.4

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards cover

24.5

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, hit on the pad outside leg as he tries to work a dipping tossed up delivery on the leg side, ball goes towards cover

24.6

Prasanna to Marsh, no run, pushed back down the track

End of over 25 (8 runs) Australia 116/2 (17 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 0.68)

    • SE Marsh 70 (77b 11x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 32 (54b 4x4)
    • S Prasanna 5-0-32-0
    • SL Malinga 6-2-12-2
25.1

Eranga to Clarke, no run, pushed off the front foot towards mid off

25.2

Eranga to Clarke, 1 run, uses the angle to work a back of a length ball in front of square leg

25.3

Eranga to Marsh, no run, cuts one leaving him with the angle but straight to point

25.4

Eranga to Marsh, 1 leg bye, shuffles and nudges one off the pads behind square leg

25.5

Eranga to Clarke, 1 wide, tries the short ball, and he allows it go past him close to off, called wide for height

25.5

Eranga to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke takes the slower and fuller one on, gets forward and lofts it cleanly over mid off

25.6

Eranga to Clarke, no run, fires it in full around leg stump, Clarke flicks to midwicket

End of over 26 (7 runs) Australia 123/2 (10 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.73, RRR: 0.41)

    • MJ Clarke 37 (58b 5x4)
    • SE Marsh 70 (79b 11x4 1x6)
    • RMS Eranga 4-0-16-0
    • S Prasanna 5-0-32-0
26.1

Prasanna to Marsh, OUT, Prasanna gets his first ODI wicket, Marsh backs away and tries to dab one sliding flat across him towards third man, gets an edge on its way to Sanga

SE Marsh c †Sangakkara b Prasanna 70 (108m 80b 11x4 1x6) SR: 87.50

26.2

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, OUT, two in two for Prasanna and Sanga, Hussey is gone first ball, presses forward as this one turns away from him, and Sanga snaps up another edge

MEK Hussey c †Sangakkara b Prasanna 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

On a hat-trick on debut, three men around the bat

26.3

Prasanna to DJ Hussey, no run, tossed up in to leg stump, pushed away to silly point off the front foot

26.4

Prasanna to DJ Hussey, OUT, three in four, that is a nothing shot, Hussey trying to cut off the back foot, one that was tossed up full on a length, it carries on to strike off stump, absolutely ordinary from Hussey, no way he can go back to that one

DJ Hussey b Prasanna 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Haddin gets a bat as well

26.5

Prasanna to Haddin, no run, tossed up slowly on middle and leg stump, he comes forward to defend

26.6

Prasanna to Haddin, no run, drives a tossed up delivery to mid on, and brings to an end an over that Prasanna will never forget

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Australia 123/5 (10 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 0.43)

    • BJ Haddin 0 (2b)
    • MJ Clarke 37 (58b 5x4)
    • S Prasanna 6-1-32-3
    • RMS Eranga 4-0-16-0

Punter Fan: "What the???? Well I did tell you Haddin would be coming in - only 10 runs - can we make it?" Malinga is back, Sri Lanka need five wickets, Australia ten runs, slip in place

27.1

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, coming in late and goes down the pads full, Clarke picks it away to long leg

27.2

Malinga to Haddin, no run, almost sneaked through, tails in full on off stump with unfailing certainty, Haddin gets some bat on it, he was late in getting down on it

27.3

Malinga to Haddin, no run, another yorker, a bowling machine could have deviated but not Malinga, on off stump and he digs it out

27.4

Malinga to Haddin, FOUR, slings it full and wide, and Haddin goes after it, gets it high in the air but it clears the infield and trickles in to the deep cover boundary

27.5

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, eep, that was fired in and headed high and full for Haddin, but dipped on him late and he got it towards square leg off the thigh pad

27.6

Malinga to Clarke, 4 leg byes, full down the pads and he gets it away fine on the leg side, that will do for Australia

This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Join us for the final ODI on Monday at 2.30 pm local time. Cheers

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Clarke: "Great performance with the ball, Marsh won the game pretty much on his own, he played the two T20s, was training really hard, faced a lot of spin in the hands, and deserved his chance. Doherty was fantastic, Lee took four as well. Another game for Australia [coming up], and we would like to finish 4-1."

Xavier Doherty is the Man of the Match. Doherty: "Obviously coming from Australia, was looking forward to bowl in these conditions, was nice to get some wickets today after getting a bit of tap in the previous game. Just [looking] to focus more on one-day cricket, so far so good."

Dilshan: "We cannot get out for 130, we bowled well, cannot ask bowlers to defend 130 against a strong batting line-up. I think Prasanna has a good future for Sri Lankan cricket. Clarke batted really well."

Kumar Sangakkara gets a memento for playing 300 ODIs

Australia have back-to-back series wins in Sri Lanka, they won here in 2003-04 as well. It was a pretty safe chase till Marsh's dismissal led to two more wickets in the same over from debutant Prasanna. Sri Lanka's thin batting line-up caved in cheaply after Sangakkara fell, and there was no getting back from that.

Ahmed: "I assume this is the first time that 2 brothers got out to the same bowler in same match in same over with some score on board & scoring same number of runs."

ryan: "ah D.Hussey's failure taken in isolation is nothing, but really has he played a substantial innings yet for australia? More tothe point he looks out of depth, bring on Ferguson!"

End of over 28 (10 runs) Australia 133/5 (RR: 4.75)

    • MJ Clarke 38 (60b 5x4)
    • BJ Haddin 5 (6b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 7-2-18-2
    • S Prasanna 6-1-32-3
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