Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 5th ODI: Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS), Aug 22, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
22 August 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Malinga to Ponting, no run, pitched up and heading for off, Ponting gets nicely forward and pushes the ball towards mid-on


Malinga to Ponting, no run, another forward defensive from Ponting


Malinga to Ponting, 1 no ball, another no-ball from Malinga, it was shortish and well outside off, Ponting lifts the bat over his head as he leaves that one


Malinga to Ponting, no run, the slower ball from Malinga, 121 kph, Ponting was looking to send that into orbit over midwicket, he's early into the shot and can't connect, harmlessly through to the keeper, nicely done by Malinga

Australia 11/1   RT Ponting 0* (4b)

Malinga to Ponting, 1 wide, whoah! a slower ball gone wrong, 118kph, a beamer down the leg side, Ponting isn't amused, he spotted it early though and ducked


Malinga to Ponting, no run, back on target now Malinga, short of length and moving away outside off, left alone


Malinga to Ponting, no run, closer to the off stump this time, Ponting strides forward and leaves the ball to the keeper


Malinga to Ponting, 1 leg bye, sliding on to the pads, Ponting looks to push that to the leg side, off the thigh pad towards square leg, not sure whether there was any bat on that

Australia 19/1   RT Ponting 0* (7b)

Eranga to Ponting, FOUR, another freebie on legstump from Eranga, Ponting gets off the mark by glancing that very fine, fine leg had no chance to cut that off


Eranga to Ponting, no run, better line from Eranga, back of a length and just outside off, Ponting defends towards cover


Eranga to Ponting, no run, again probing outside off, Ponting again lifts the bat well over his head to leave the ball to the keeper


Eranga to Ponting, no run, sticks to the offstump line, Ponting moves forward and defends it in front of point


Eranga to Ponting, FOUR, lovely straight drive from Ponting, slightly overpitched by Eranga, Ponting leans into that one, presenting the full face as he gets it between the bowler and mid-on


Eranga to Ponting, no run, way outside off, Ponting is content to leave

Australia 31/1   RT Ponting 8* (13b 2x4)

Prasanna to Ponting, no run


Prasanna to Ponting, no run, flighted and full, Ponting lashes that dpwn the ground, Prasanna dives quickly to his right to stop that cracking shot


Prasanna to Ponting, no run, superb delivery from Prasanna, huge appeal for lbw, turned down and Sri Lanka have referred it, drifts towards legstump, pitching outside actually and turns sharply back and Ponting is struck on the knee roll as he is caught on the crease, that might have spun past off stump as well, Ponting lives on


Prasanna to Ponting, 1 run, works this one towards long-on, Watson races through the first, but the batsmen decide against the second

Australia 33/1   RT Ponting 9* (17b 2x4)

Eranga to Ponting, FOUR, whack! Eranga drops it short and wide, Ponting latches on to that, a powerful cut evades backward point for four


Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, massive confusion in the running between the wickets but somehow there's no run-out, Ponting played that towards Silva at backward point, called Watson for the run and then watching the fielder turns back, Watson continues to run through and both batsman are almost at the same end, Ponting finally decides to go for it, the throw from Silva isn't great, low and behind the fielder at the non-striker's end, giving Ponting time to make his ground

Australia 38/1   RT Ponting 14* (19b 3x4)

Prasanna to Ponting, 1 run, overpitched on legstump, driven towards mid-on


Prasanna to Ponting, FOUR, a graceful inside-out drive from Ponting to end the over, a touch overpitched and Ponting capitalises

Australia 44/1   RT Ponting 19* (21b 4x4)

Eranga to Ponting, no run, nearly goes through the bat-pad gap, Ponting lunging forward to a short of length ball that jags in a long way, an inside-edge on to the pad


Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, similar length but on middle and leg line, tapped towards mid-on for a single


Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, slower one from Eranga, well outside off, played towards backward point and a quick single is pinched, a direct hit would have been interesting

Australia 52/1   RT Ponting 21* (24b 4x4)

Prasanna to Ponting, 1 run, full ball is guided to midwicket for a single

Australia 53/1   RT Ponting 22* (25b 4x4)

Mathews to Ponting, no run, short of a length ball and on middle and off, 118kph, gentle run-up from Mathews, defended to the leg side


Mathews to Ponting, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended to the off side


Mathews to Ponting, 1 run, short from Mathews, Ponting unfurls a pull shot, swivels as he plays it, gets a single for his efforts


Mathews to Ponting, no run, Ponting looks to whip this short of length ball to the leg side, he misses and is struck on the pad, that was heading down the leg side so there was only a muted lbw appeal

Australia 61/1   RT Ponting 23* (29b 4x4)

Prasanna to Ponting, no run, lovely delivery, Prasanna gets this one to rip after pitching on leg and middle, spins past the outside edge as Ponting looks to guide it to the off side


Prasanna to Ponting, FOUR, flighted length ball, Ponting latches on to that, plays it inside-out and over cover for a boundary


Prasanna to Ponting, no run, this is another one that nearly goes straight, Ponting looking for the turn as he tries to defend to the off, inside-edge towards the leg side


Prasanna to Ponting, FOUR, very short from Prasanna, Ponting says thank you and muscles that to the midwicket boundary

Australia 70/1   RT Ponting 31* (33b 6x4)

Mathews to Ponting, no run, nips in from a short of length, Ponting looks to defend to the off side, struck on the pads above the knee roll, but was hit outside off


Mathews to Ponting, OUT, there's the breakthrough, that ball comes on slower than Ponting expected, he was early into the shot, and the ball lobs up towards midwicket, Suraj Randiv jumps forward and snaffles the ball, it was the offcutter from Mathews, not sure Ponting picked it

RT Ponting c sub (S Randiv) b Mathews 31 (54m 35b 6x4 0x6) SR: 88.57

Australia 71/2   RT Ponting 31 (35b 6x4)





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