Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 5th ODI

Sri Lanka v Australia

Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)

2.30pm "Right arm over, PLAY," bellows the umpire and Malinga runs in.

2.20pm Suresh: "@James : hah....because they have to preapre for CLT20... ;-)" Btw, the squads for the Champions League teams have just been announced. Head here for details. Harbhajan is in the Mumbai squad, but sadly there's no Symonds.

James is an angry man: "Surely Johnson and/or David Hussey should have been rested? Hussey hasn't done anything, batting, bowling or fielding this whole series and Johnson could use some time off to learn to consistently bowl before the first test..I'm happy with the two younguns coming in, but it doesn't make sense to me. Why wouldn't you still try to win a series 4-1 by having your main attack there? Not the Australian team I grew up watching."

And there are plenty of Sri Lankan fans unhappy with Silva's inclusion and Kula's exclusion.

Gareth says this will be a test for Australia's batsman: "This is the first game where Australia has batted first this ODI series. Our previous wins have come from brutality with the ball, and the batsmen haven't been required to do much. Should be interesting to see how the Aussie line up handles setting a target."

Also, another chance for Marsh to cement that opening slot. The indefatigable Dan Bretting has a story talking about Marsh and his game against the spinners.

2.15pm James asks: "Thank god hastings is finally getting a run... i dont understand why lee or bollinger had to be rested however, with neither of them in the Test squad." Answers please.

Hugh from Ireland: "Happy to see SL chasing - think having a target there will help with Attapattu's application. Disappointed to see Kula miss out though, he's very solid. Fancy Sri Lanka to take this one." The absence of Lee and Bollinger should help as well.

2.10pm Chamara Silva remains in the XI. Possibly his last chance, it's been a while since he made a big score. His last five ODI innings are: 4, 3, 13, 9, 0.

Sri Lanka's pace attack is also a bit thin, only Malinga and Eranga. Perhaps Mathews will chip in with a few overs, he didn't bowl in the fourth one-dayer after missing the third game with an injury.

And for those of you keeping track of Sri Lanka's yo-yo ODI ranking, Daniel Alexander says: "SL are currently ranked 3rd in the ICC ODI ranking!! they will go to 2nd spot if they win today.. "

2.00pm Bad news for Sri Lanka. They have won the toss and will bowl. The team winning the toss has lost every game this series.

Sri Lanka have left out Nuwan Kulasekara, and Jeevan Mendis returns.

A young Aussie attack today. James Pattison and John Hastings come in for Doug Bollinger and Brett Lee.

The full XIs will be updated in a couple of minutes.

1.50pm Hello and welcome to the final one-dayer between Sri Lanka and Australia. It's a dead rubber as Australia have already taken the series 3-1. What should the teams aim for in this match? Experimentation with their line-ups? Stick with full-strength XIs?

Sri Lanka's batting has been a problem. Their batting coach Marvan Atapattu puts it down to a lack of application.

The toss is a few minutes away, spend it reading Brydon Coverdale preview which has all you need to know about this match.

It's quite overcast in Colombo, and pretty humid as well. Hopefully the rain stays away.

0.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, short of a length and just outside off, Watson slaps that towards cover

0.2

Malinga to Watson, no run, not too much movement for Malinga, 137kmh, carries through nicely to the keeper after Watson lets it go

0.3

Malinga to Watson, no run, shortish ball that doesn't bounce too much, Watson looks to poke that to the off side but the ball zips past the outside edge

0.4

Malinga to Watson, no run, Malinga has pushed the pace up to 139kph, outside off and a watchful leave from Watson

There's a wide first slip in place

0.5

Malinga to Watson, no run, and another leave outside off

0.6

Malinga to Watson, no run, a maiden to start the innings, pitched up and around off, pushed off the front foot towards the bowler

Matt has a reason for Lee and Bollinger being rested instead of Johnson: "@James Brett Lee is 34 and in the selectors' minds probably running on his last legs. IN everyone else's minds however...and in answer to your last question, perhaps Dougie is in contention for a Test spot should one of the incumbent seamers break down?"

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
SR Watson    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0
SE Marsh    0* (0b)     

A big test for Eranga coming up

1.1

Eranga to Marsh, 1 wide, he starts with a ball that curves down the leg side, the wide gives Australia their first run

1.1

Eranga to Marsh, 1 wide, Eranga is getting some movement, but starting outside leg and going further down

1.1

Eranga to Marsh, no run, length ball starting on middle and leg this time, a massive appeal from Sanga for lbw, but that looked to be heading down leg, hit high on the pad as well

1.2

Eranga to Marsh, no run, is that out? Mahela seemed to have caught it at gully on the second chance, Sri Lanka start to celebrate, Marsh stands his ground, Mahela says he's not sure, the umpires confer, it was a short of length ball outside off, Marsh looked to drive that through the off, the outside edge flies to gully, strikes Mahela high on the palms, and it drops out, he look to snatch it on the second chance but the ball drops to the floor before he can latch on to it

Dan Brettig's view from the Colombo press box: "well that was all a bit steve waugh brian lara barbados 1995"

1.3

Eranga to Marsh, 2 runs, on the legs this time, whipped behind square leg for a couple

1.4

Eranga to Marsh, no run, outside off and that is left alone

1.5

Eranga to Marsh, no run

1.6

Eranga to Marsh, OUT, safe to say that is out, Marsh is bowled by a length delivery coming in, he was looking to clip that to the leg side, he misses the ball, through the bat-pad gap and then crashes into the top of the stumps, before running away to the fine leg boundary

SE Marsh b Eranga 2 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 4/1 (RR: 2.00)
     RMS Eranga    1-0-4-1
SR Watson    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0

2.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, well outside off, Watson is content to leave

2.2

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, plenty of width from Malinga this time, Watson cashes in, a controlled muscular slap behind point for a boundary

2.3

Malinga to Watson, 1 no ball, what a beauty that was, except it was a no-ball, lovely delivery from Malinga, nipping a touch away, Watson lunges forward to defend, a healthy edge to Sangakkara, sri Lanka are distraught on seeing umpire Rauf's raise his right hand, free-hit coming up

2.3

Malinga to Watson, 1 run, stabs this one towards point, where Randiv makes a diving stop, Watson gets off strike

2.4

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

2.5

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

Btw, Randiv is on the field for Mathews

2.6

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

2.6

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

End of over 3 (7 runs) Australia 11/1 (RR: 3.66)
RT Ponting    0* (4b)      SL Malinga    2-1-7-0
SR Watson    5* (10b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-4-1

3.1

Eranga to Watson, FOUR, Eranga continues to stray on to the pads, Watson helps this along to the fine leg boundary

3.2

Eranga to Watson, no run, Eranga hurls this at 136kph, length ball on middle and off, extra bounce as well, hits Watson high on the bat as he defends to the off side

3.3

Eranga to Watson, no run, a touch shorter, same tight line on off and middle, Watson blocks from the crease to the off side

3.4

Eranga to Watson, no run, short of length and in the channel outside off, Watson stands tall as he punches it towards cover

Oshanda: "This is Hilarious...Chamara silva retain in the side, Chandimal failed in three innings and the promising youngter is shown the door,"

3.5

Eranga to Watson, 2 runs, Eranga reverts to the leg-stump line, Watson looks to whip that towards square leg, not quite off the middle of the bat and it loops past midwicket, batsmen nearly collide mid-pitch as they come back for the second

3.6

Eranga to Watson, no run, nice delivery to end the over, about a foot outside off and Watson shoulders arms

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 17/1 (RR: 4.25)
SR Watson    11* (16b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-10-1
RT Ponting    0* (4b)      SL Malinga    2-1-7-0

4.1

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

4.1

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

4.2

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

4.3

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

4.4

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, plenty of room outside off for Watson to smash past point, gets forward and moves towards the line of the ball

4.5

Malinga to Watson, no run, a full ball heading for off stump, Watson gets his bat down in time to block that

Apparently Angelo Mathews is off the field to change his shoes

4.6

Malinga to Watson, no run, keeps it tight outside off, Watson gets forward and defends the ball towards point

Punit Sevak is among the few people not complaining about team composition: "I think it's an excellent move by Sri Lanka. By leaving Kula out, and bringing Mendis, you get the extra batting which their batting line-up needs. Also, it further gives Sri Lanka overs of spin which they lost in Kula. And anyway, on a turning track, you would not need 3 seamers. "

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 23/1 (RR: 4.60)
SR Watson    15* (19b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-12-0
RT Ponting    0* (7b)      RMS Eranga    2-0-10-1

5.1

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

5.2

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

Angelo is back on the field now

5.3

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

Gihan Peries: "With the overcast conditions they would have included Kula, because he is a genuine swing bowler (important batting too) & Jeewan for Chamara with the added advantage of leg-spin."

5.4

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

5.5

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

Dan Brettig about the boundary: "Ricky struck a few of those from Tim Nielsen's throw-downs in the nets before play"

5.6

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

Madhu is back to digging up stats.. Here's his latest: "Sri Lanka have lost 4-1 in only two home series prior to this one (Pakistan 1994 and India 2008-09). Also, Sri Lanka's two home series wins over Australia (bi-lateral series)came way back in 1983 and 1992. "

End of over 6 (8 runs) Australia 31/1 (RR: 5.16)
RT Ponting    8* (13b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-18-1
SR Watson    15* (19b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-12-0

Seekkuge Prasanna into the attack now. A triple-wicket maiden and a duck on his eventful debut in the previous game

6.1

Prasanna to Watson, 1 run, tossed up, fullish ball is punched towards mid-on

6.2

Prasanna to Ponting, no run

6.3

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

6.4

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

6.5

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

6.6

Prasanna to Watson, no run, big forward step from Watson as he watchfully defends the final ball of a good first over from Prasanna

Wobbly backs Australia's changges: "James et al: The criticism by some fans of each and every decision made by Aussie cricket management is getting a bit tedious. Let the ACB's major review take it's course, and understand the next few years will be a rocky road - but Oz will be back up there, for sure. Meanwhile, it's 3-1 to Oz."

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 33/1 (RR: 4.71)
SR Watson    16* (21b 3x4)      S Prasanna    1-0-2-0
RT Ponting    9* (17b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-18-1

7.1

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

7.2

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

7.3

Eranga to Watson, no run, short but close to offstump, Watson cuts it but can't beat the back ward point

7.4

Eranga to Watson, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone by Watson

7.5

Eranga to Watson, no run, once again Watson cuts, once again backward point fields

7.6

Eranga to Watson, no run, length ball angling in, Watson goes for the forward press, there's a massive appeal for lbw, the umpire turns it down, Sri Lanka have no more reviews left, there seemed to be a bit of an inside-edge there, which saves Watson

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
SR Watson    16* (25b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-23-1
RT Ponting    14* (19b 3x4)      S Prasanna    1-0-2-0

8.1

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

8.2

Prasanna to Watson, no run, Watson wants to power that off the back foot but can't get it past cover

8.3

Prasanna to Watson, no run, clipped in front of square leg, Ponting wants one but Watson doesn't

8.4

Prasanna to Watson, no run, carefully blocked out to the off side

8.5

Prasanna to Watson, 1 run, a touch short from Prasanna, Watson quickly gets the front leg out of the way and sets himself up for a trademark heave over midwicket, doesn't get hold of it and only gets a single

8.6

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

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 44/1 (RR: 4.88)
RT Ponting    19* (21b 4x4)      S Prasanna    2-0-8-0
SR Watson    17* (29b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-23-1

9.1

Eranga to Watson, FOUR, don't bowl there to Watson, or most top batsman, short and wide, Watson waits on it and this time the slice is behind backward point for a boundary

9.2

Eranga to Watson, 1 run, Eranga compensates by bowling on the pads, nudged behind square leg

9.3

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

9.4

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

9.5

Eranga to Watson, 1 run, Watson opens the face to an outside off ball, guides it towards backward point

9.6

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

Jacko: "I'm just wondering... why isn't ferguson in the team rathar than dave hussey?? Dave Hussey is 34 years old and doesn't look like he will play the next world cup and ferguson is 26 and is the future of australian cricket." Perhaps Hussey's spin bowling got him the edge on this Sri Lankan tour.

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 52/1 (RR: 5.20)
RT Ponting    21* (24b 4x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-31-1
SR Watson    23* (32b 4x4)      S Prasanna    2-0-8-0

10.1

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

10.2

Prasanna to Watson, no run, tossed up, full and on off, punched back by Watson, Prasanna once again shows how good he is fielding off his bowling, diving acrobatically across the pitch to stop that

10.3

Prasanna to Watson, no run, slapped towards cover this time

10.4

Prasanna to Watson, no run, drifting outside leg and going straight after pitching, Watson is struck on the pad

10.5

Prasanna to Watson, FOUR, a touch short and Watson power-heave makes it appearance, absolutely hammers that over midwicket, there's a man on the boundary but he can't get near that as it bounces away for four

10.6

Prasanna to Watson, 1 run

Mahboob: "@Oshanda Atapattu said that batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who was dropped from the squad after the first three ODIs, had some technical issues that needed to be resolved. "Chandimal has changed a bit since he got his last fifty in Manchester. There is nothing wrong with his hitting - he is a fantastic hitter of the ball; probably the best in the country today. He needs to fine-tune certain areas of His Batting."

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 58/1 (RR: 5.27)
SR Watson    28* (37b 5x4)      S Prasanna    3-0-14-0
RT Ponting    22* (25b 4x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-31-1

Angelo Mathews to bowl now

11.1

Mathews to Watson, 1 run, works it away towards midwicket for a single

11.2

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

11.3

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

11.4

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

11.5

Mathews to Watson, 1 run, on middle and leg, tapped towards square leg for a single

angelo is bowling between 108 kph and 120 kph this over

11.6

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

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 61/1 (RR: 5.08)
RT Ponting    23* (29b 4x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    30* (39b 5x4)      S Prasanna    3-0-14-0

12.1

Prasanna to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, Watson crouches low as he blocks it

12.2

Prasanna to Watson, 1 run, powers this towards deep extra cover for a single

12.3

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

12.4

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

Prasanna doesn't turn the ball much generally, but has got a few deliveries to spin a long way

12.5

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

12.6

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

End of over 13 (9 runs) Australia 70/1 (RR: 5.38)
RT Ponting    31* (33b 6x4)      S Prasanna    4-0-23-0
SR Watson    31* (41b 5x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0

Mathews to continue

13.1

Mathews to Watson, no run, defends the first ball of the over towards mid-on

13.2

Mathews to Watson, 1 run, full and angling in, Watson punches that down to long-on for a single

13.3

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

13.4

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

Gareth points out: "I think Watto is a great example of how you can't win them all. He's a great batsman, a handy bowler, a good slip fieldsman... but notoriously horrendous at running between the wickets!"

13.5

Mathews to Clarke, no run, so what if I bowl at 120, I can still bowl bouncers, says Mathews, Clarke is surprised by that one, sways out of the way though

13.6

Mathews to Clarke, no run, gets behind the line of this offstump delivery and defends it

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 71/2 (RR: 5.07)
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-1
SR Watson    32* (43b 5x4)      S Prasanna    4-0-23-0

14.1

Prasanna to Watson, no run

14.2

Prasanna to Watson, 1 run, Watson stretches forwards and eases the ball towards long-off for a single

14.3

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, a bit of air, Clarke backs away to make room and slaps the ball towards cover where Dilshan fields smartly

14.4

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, defended of the back foot

14.5

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, an inside-edge, again Clarke expects more turn than there is, he was looking to defend to the off side, the ball dribbles towards midwicket

14.6

Prasanna to Clarke, 2 runs, short and well outside off, Clarke hangs back and slices that past point to get off the mark

A strong reply from James: "@Wobbly - Being born in 1990, I've grown up watching Australia dominate so I have pretty high expectations for them going into any series. Brett Lee's age shouldn't be a factor, him bowling 10 more overs before getting a long break isn't going to affect him much. I'd assume he'll be retiring during the Australian summer. My main problem with the Australian management is just the selection, why Ferguson and Wade aren't in the team I will never know..And I'm sure I'm not the only one who fails to understand? I'm pretty happy with how everything else has been managed, captain, batting order etc"

End of the Bowling Powerplay

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 74/2 (RR: 4.93)
MJ Clarke    2* (6b)      S Prasanna    5-0-26-0
SR Watson    33* (45b 5x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-4-1

15.1

Mathews to Watson, no run, full and outside off, that is blocked by Watson

15.2

Mathews to Watson, no run, more defence from Watson as that one from Mathews nips in

15.3

Mathews to Watson, 1 run, short from Mathews and that is pulled towards midwicket for a single

15.4

Mathews to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot towards cover

15.5

Mathews to Clarke, no run, patient from Clarke, watchfully played out to the off side

15.6

Mathews to Clarke, 1 run, a bit short from Mathews and that is whipped towards deep midwicket

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 76/2 (RR: 4.75)
MJ Clarke    3* (9b)      AD Mathews    3-0-6-1
SR Watson    34* (48b 5x4)      S Prasanna    5-0-26-0

Jeevan Mendis comes into the attack

16.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, on target straightaway, length ball on off, not much turn, defended by Clarke

16.2

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, a bit short on middle and leg, Clarke rocks back and pushes it to the right of the bowler, who moves across quickly to field

16.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, short from Mendis, Clarke pulls it to midwicket

16.4

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, no run, length ball heading for middle and off, careful defence from Watson

16.5

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, 1 run, a touch short and on legstump, Watson gets well back and eases it towards long-on

16.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, slapped a diving point fielder, sweeper cover does the fielding

Matt: "@James The problem with the Australian selectors is their horrendous treatment of Nathan Hauritz. "

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 79/2 (RR: 4.64)
MJ Clarke    5* (13b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    35* (50b 5x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-6-1

Another change, Ajantha Mendis is on

17.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, flighted and full, just outside off, Clarke defends off the front foot

17.2

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, tossed up again, on offstump, punched back towards the bowler

17.3

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, outside off, this one goes straight on, Clarke makes room and cuts but can't beat point

17.4

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, works this one towards midwicket for a single

17.5

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, sliding down the leg side, Watson guides the ball in front of square leg

17.6

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Mendis drops it short again, steered towards sweeper cover for a single

End of over 18 (3 runs) Australia 82/2 (RR: 4.55)
MJ Clarke    7* (18b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    36* (51b 5x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-3-0

18.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, tapped down to long-on for a single

Who should be the next in line to Haddin for the Aussie keeping spot? Sutty says: "Matthew Wade - He is the best and brightest keeper coming through the ranks, and his statistics speak for themselves - The bloke has also performed very well in the Sheffield Shield finals in which he played; He's the one who should eventually replace Haddin."

18.2

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, no run, tossed up and that is defended towards cover

18.3

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, SIX, there's the big hit, pure power from Watson, who hammers it over deep midwicket for six, that was a flat hit

18.4

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, FOUR, short from Mendis, Watson clubs this past extra cover for four more, he moves on to 46

18.5

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, no run, full and straight, Watson defends it cautiously

18.6

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, no run, plays the final ball of the over late, steers it towards short third

Andrew Schulz: "What the hell is James talking about with Wade? A biased Victorian? Paine is clearly next in line, and Hartley's keeping makes Wade look like a hack."

End of over 19 (11 runs) Australia 93/2 (RR: 4.89)
SR Watson    46* (56b 6x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-14-0
MJ Clarke    8* (19b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-3-0

19.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, flighted and full, worked past midwicket for a single

19.2

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, shortish and wide, Watson looks to power that through cover, can't time it ver y well

19.3

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, fuller this time, remains wide of off, pushed towards cover off the front foot

19.4

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, length ball, close to off, Watson still decides to go for the cut, makes room and slaps it to backward point

19.5

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, punched back to the bowler this time

19.6

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, and only one off that over as Watson plays the final ball back to Ajantha Mendis

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 94/2 (RR: 4.70)
SR Watson    46* (61b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0
MJ Clarke    9* (20b)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-14-0

20.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, short of length ball on middle and leg, cautious forward defence from Clarke

20.2

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, 1 run, nearly takes out Michael Clarke with a muscled hit towatds long-on, Clarke skips out of the way

20.3

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, a full ball is driven back towards the bowler

20.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, whips this one behind square leg for a single, thinks of the second but there's no time

20.5

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, 1 run, short and wide, Mendis lucky to escape there, Watson makes room and lashes that towards cover but the timing isn't great

20.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, overpitched, Clarke sashays down the track and drives towards extra cover

Hugh send this in a couple of overs ago. Keep track. "And here comes Clarke's murder of the run rate - watch for the pressure on Watson - he'll be out within 7 overs."

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 98/2 (RR: 4.66)
MJ Clarke    11* (24b)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-18-0
SR Watson    48* (63b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0

21.1

BAW Mendis to Watson, 2 runs, Watson gets to fifty, laces the ball towards sweeper cover to get to that minor landmark

21.2

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, punched to the right of the bowler and down to long-on for a single

21.3

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke was initially looking to get forward there, stays on the crease and tucks the ball to midwicket

21.4

BAW Mendis to Watson, 1 run, outside off and Watson steers it towards cover point for a single

21.5

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, short and very wide, Clarke reaches out for that one, jabs it past point

21.6

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, finally a dot ball in the over, Clarke looks to drive down the ground but gets an inside-edge, ball rolls to the leg side

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 104/2 (RR: 4.72)
SR Watson    52* (67b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    13* (26b)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-18-0

22.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke goes well back in the crease, shuffles across and nudges the ball to square leg

22.2

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, no run, "bowling," says Sanga as a fullish ball is defended back to the bowler

22.3

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, 1 run, overpitched and on legstump, whipped towards midwicket

22.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run

22.5

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide, seems to be plenty of those on offer, Clarke gets back and slashes that towards deep point

22.6

BMAJ Mendis to Watson, 2 byes, that short ball keeps low and foxes everyone, Watson was again looking to launch that to midwicket, the ball sneaks under the bat, Sangakkara is also taken by surprise and is nutmegged, some byes result, Mendis kicks the ground in annoyance

Clarke has some fans though. Srikanth: "Clarke has been a revelation this series. He is a very fine player of spin and is showing this by handling the spinners with aplomb. He uses his feet very well. As a captain he has allowed Ponting to have a say in the proceedings thus keeping Pnting motivated enough to score runs. Great show Clarke !!!"

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 109/2 (RR: 4.73)
SR Watson    53* (70b 6x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    15* (29b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-0

Malinga returns

23.1

Malinga to Clarke, no run, starts with a shortish ball on middle, batsman gets behind the line and defends

23.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, Clarke helps it along towards short third man

23.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, shorter this time, and it is blocked down the track

23.4

Malinga to Clarke, no run, Malinga searching for the blockhole, ends up a touch shorter than he wants, Clarke wants to club that to the leg side, mistimed to midwicket

23.5

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, short and wide this time, Clarke cuts and gets it past point

23.6

Malinga to Watson, no run, a low full toss on middle stump, pushed towards mid-on, not much power behind that shot, Watson happy to just keep that one out

Grant on keeping and Ferguson: "I still don't understand how Dave Hussey is there. He's performing poorly, and has nothing to offer in terms of youth. Meanwhile, Ferguson is slowly withering away. Don't think Wade will be next in line for the keeping job, Paine has done pretty well with the limited opportunities he has had"

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 110/2 (RR: 4.58)
SR Watson    53* (71b 6x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-1-13-0
MJ Clarke    16* (34b)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-21-0

Prasanna returns

24.1

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, on middle and leg stump, clipped towards backward square leg

24.2

Prasanna to Watson, no run, Watson looking to cut a full delivery, he has got away with that a few times, this time it bounces over the top edge

24.3

Prasanna to Watson, no run, watchful forward defensive towards the bowler

24.4

Prasanna to Watson, no run, once again full face of the bat as he pats it to the bowler

24.5

Prasanna to Watson, no run, a touch short this time, Watson stands tall and defends to off

24.6

Prasanna to Watson, no run, lovely from Prasanna, Watson is beaten by the turn, pitching on offstump and drawing Watson forward, he wants to tap that to the off side but the ball spins past the outside edge

Kahana: "Don't think you can look past tim paine as next keeper. He has proven himself on the big stage and epitomises australia with his blonde locks. " Hmm.

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 111/2 (RR: 4.44)
SR Watson    53* (76b 6x4 1x6)      S Prasanna    6-0-27-0
MJ Clarke    17* (35b)      SL Malinga    4-1-13-0

25.1

Malinga to Clarke, FOUR, streaky for Clarke, Malinga gives him some width, Clarke chases after it and gets a top edge, it flies well wide of the keeper and fine enough to beat third man

25.2

Malinga to Clarke, no run, played with soft hands towards point for a single

25.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, Clarke punches it to the left of mid-on, there isn't enough time to get a run

Jordan: "Wade is an ugly slogger. He plays to his strengths in one day cricket, but I would rather see another keeper for Tests."

25.4

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, short of length ball on middle, Clarke whips it towards square leg

25.5

Malinga to Watson, no run, a short ball from Malinga, bounces loopily outside off, Watson sways out of the way of that one

25.6

Malinga to Watson, 1 wide, another bouncer, good line but was too high, over the batsman's head and that's a wide, Watson was initially looking to hook but pulls out on seeing how big the ball got

25.6

Malinga to Watson, 2 runs, full and on legstump, thumped towards midwicket, Watson picks up a couple

Atif keeps it short: "Tim Paine is a great keeper. And he can play attacking as well as defensive cricket. And he is young too."

Iraj gets a mention because we love puns and sarcasm: "The SL selectors have been extremely harsh on Charmed Silva; they keep dropping him. I wonder what he has to do to get a game!"

End of over 26 (8 runs) Australia 119/2 (RR: 4.57)
SR Watson    55* (78b 6x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    5-1-21-0
MJ Clarke    22* (39b 1x4)      S Prasanna    6-0-27-0

26.1

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, the wrong Ășn from Prasanna, Clarke didn't read that, lucky to get an inside-edge on to the pad

Ryan: "@andrew- We are the country of ADAM GILCHRIST! we cant have paine or hartley, they cant strike the ball and score as quickly as Wade! He is the choice we want, in limited overs atleast "

26.2

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, helped past square leg for a single

26.3

Prasanna to Watson, no run

26.4

Prasanna to Watson, 1 run, down the leg side, helped towards deep square leg to bring up the 50 partnership

26.5

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke using his feet to get to the pitch and turns it towards deep midwicket

26.6

Prasanna to Watson, no run, guided down to short third to end a good over from Prasanna

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 122/2 (RR: 4.51)
SR Watson    56* (81b 6x4 1x6)      S Prasanna    7-0-30-0
MJ Clarke    24* (42b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-1-21-0

27.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke again uses his feet, the carrom ball from Mendis, Clarke reaches the pitch of the ball and lifts it over mid-off to get a boundary to long-off

Tim: "@Andrew, what are you talking about. Paine is in the mix but Wade's batting has been far better. He averages over 40 in one day cricket and opens the batting. Also his keeping is very, very good I can guarrantee that. Are you a biased non-Victorian?"

27.2

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, guides this one towards short fine leg for a single

27.3

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, better ball from Mendis, length ball pitching on off, careful defence from Watson

27.4

BAW Mendis to Watson, no run, punched firmly back towards the bowler

27.5

BAW Mendis to Watson, OUT, the end of Watson, the flighted googly, Watson tried to hammer it over midwicket, gets a top edge and the ball swirls high, Tharanga gets under it at deep midwicket and pouches it

SR Watson c Tharanga b BAW Mendis 56 (120m 84b 6x4 1x6) SR: 66.66

Spencer: "Andrew.....Hartley is the best wicketkeeper, but he;s a Queenslander"

Mike Hussey is the new batsman. He's not at strike though

27.6

BAW Mendis to Clarke, FOUR, short ball to end the over, Clarke rocks back and puts that away past square leg for four

End of over 28 (9 runs) Australia 131/3 (RR: 4.67)
MJ Clarke    33* (45b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-19-1
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      S Prasanna    7-0-30-0

28.1

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, no run, full and wide outside off, Hussey gets his front leg well outside off as he leaves the ball

28.2

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, no run, Hussey stays in the crease and looks to steer that outside off ball towards cover, he's beaten

28.3

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, no run, pushed towards mid-off, Hussey wants one, Clarke asks him to stay put

28.4

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, no run, outside off, Hussey shoulders arms

28.5

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, no run, once more well outside off, left alone

28.6

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, no run, a maiden from Prasanna, the first since the first over of the innings, Hussey tucks the final ball of the over to midwicket

And for those of you asking, Australia don't have a back-up keeper for the Test series.

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 131/3 (RR: 4.51)
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      S Prasanna    8-1-30-0
MJ Clarke    33* (45b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-19-1

29.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, shortish, Clarke works it backward square leg

29.2

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, length ball outside off, Hussey steps forward and drive that towards deep extra cover to get off the mark

29.3

BAW Mendis to Clarke, no run, length ball sliding towards leg, defended down the pitch

29.4

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke shuffles across and tucks the ball behind square for one more

29.5

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 wide, sprays this down the leg side, Hussey tries to sweep but doesn't connect

29.5

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, Mendis lucky that only went for a single, it slipped out of his hand and was a half-tracker, sat up for Hussey who could only slug it deep backward square leg

29.6

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke again shimmies across the stump and dabs the ball towards midwicket

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 137/3 (RR: 4.56)
MJ Clarke    36* (49b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-25-1
MEK Hussey    2* (8b)      S Prasanna    8-1-30-0

30.1

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, overpitched on legstump, Clarke has been using his feet well this innings, once again he charges down and works the ball towards long-on

30.2

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, 1 run, defended to the off side and the batsmen zip through for a single

30.3

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, heading down leg once more, Clarke moves across and guides it behind square leg

30.4

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, no run, length ball outside off, once more Hussey defends to the off side, Clarke rejects the call for a single

30.5

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, 1 run, gets to the pitch and punches it towards long-on

30.6

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, spinning down the leg side, an appeal for a caught-behind from Sanga, not much from the bowler, off the pads I think

James weighs in Wade v Paine: "Ah, the great debate..Wade or Paine? Paine has impressed me in the tests I've seen him play, even though his stats are very ordinary. Paine really shouldn't be allowed anywhere near ODI's though, I rate him very low as a one day batsman, his stats are horrible, ave of 35, strike rate of 70, while Wade ave's 42 with a strike rate of 85(all list A stats). Don't really need to say much more.."

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 141/3 (RR: 4.54)
MJ Clarke    38* (52b 3x4)      S Prasanna    9-1-34-0
MEK Hussey    4* (11b)      BAW Mendis    5-0-25-1

31.1

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full ball is punched towards mid-off

31.2

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, the legspinner from Mendis, length ball is pushed towards cover

31.3

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run, huge appeal, the straighter one from Mendis, Huseey misses that one and is struck below the knee roll, that might have been slipping down leg, replays show it is going to hit leg, Hussey lucky to survive

31.4

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, 1 run

31.5

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, full ball is guided towards mid-on

31.6

BAW Mendis to MEK Hussey, no run

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 145/3 (RR: 4.53)
MEK Hussey    6* (15b)      BAW Mendis    6-0-29-1
MJ Clarke    40* (54b 3x4)      S Prasanna    9-1-34-0

32.1

Prasanna to Clarke, no run, down the leg side and that was a tough stumping chance, Sanga can't collect that and Clarke sets off for a single before realising the ball isn't too far from the stumps.. Sanga lobs the ball at the stumps but misses and Clarke survives

32.2

Prasanna to Clarke, 1 run, driven to the right of the diving fielder to get a single

32.3

Prasanna to MEK Hussey, OUT, the googly does the job, Hussey looking to drive that one, doesn't read the turn, gets a thin outside edge, Sanga collects and that's another wicket for Sri Lanka, big innings coming up this for David Hussey

MEK Hussey c †Sangakkara b Prasanna 6 (17m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

32.4

Prasanna to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, pushed towards the off side

32.5

Prasanna to DJ Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

32.6

Prasanna to DJ Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off stump, driven towards long-off but not timed well

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 148/4 (RR: 4.48)
DJ Hussey    2* (3b)      S Prasanna    10-1-37-1
MJ Clarke    41* (56b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    6-0-29-1

33.1

BAW Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves forward and drives the ball to long-on

33.2

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey moves back and tries to force the ball through the off, but mis-times it towards the bowler

33.3

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, Hussey defends back to the bowler, he's looking extremely tentative

33.4

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, a short ball keeps extremely low and beats Hussey's pull, nearly bowled him

33.5

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, FOUR, another short ball, this time it bounces properly, Hussey waits and pulls towards deep square leg

33.6

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 153/4 (RR: 4.50)
DJ Hussey    6* (8b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-34-1
MJ Clarke    42* (57b 3x4)      S Prasanna    10-1-37-1

Jeevan Mendis has the ball

34.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, played off the back foot through cover point

34.2

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, watchful forwards defence from Hussey

34.3

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, shorter from Mendis, on middle stump, tentaively blocked

34.4

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, gets forward and sm0others this one

34.5

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, goes back and punches the ball towards long-off

34.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, sashays down the track and he defends it back to the bowler

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 155/4 (RR: 4.42)
MJ Clarke    43* (59b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-23-0
DJ Hussey    7* (12b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-34-1

35.1

Eranga to DJ Hussey, FOUR, overpitched from Eranga, Hussey latches on to that, scythes it to the cover boundary, not the best of starts for Eranga

35.2

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, length delivery on off, defended to the off side

35.3

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, full delivery this time, Hussey defends from the crease

35.4

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, a bit short from Eranga and that his hit towards cover

35.5

Eranga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, swung behind square leg for single

35.6

Eranga to Clarke, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, Clarke gets on his toes and chops that past point

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 161/4 (RR: 4.47)
MJ Clarke    44* (60b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    6-0-37-1
DJ Hussey    12* (17b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-23-0

36.1

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, comes down the track and jabs it back towards the bowler

36.2

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, 1 run, whipped towards long-on this time

36.3

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, a bit short once more, stays back and slaps it towards cover

36.4

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, playing down the wrong line this time, inside-edge towards the leg side

36.5

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, tossed up delivery, just outside off, another inside-edge on to the pad

36.6

BMAJ Mendis to Clarke, no run, backs away to make room, guides the legspinner towards cover

Matthew (not Wade I presume): "How can James say that a one day average of 35 is poor from a wicketkeeper-batsman? How many keepers worldwide average higher than that?"

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 163/4 (RR: 4.40)
MJ Clarke    45* (65b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-25-0
DJ Hussey    13* (18b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    6-0-37-1

37.1

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, opens the face to steer the ball towards point

Should Australia take the batting Powerplay early, perhaps aorund the 40th over, or wait till the end?

37.2

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, spearing in towards the stump, Hussey wanted to whip that to the leg side, leading edge towards cover

37.3

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, short of length and just outside off, Hussey looks to cut but that slips under his bat

37.4

Eranga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off for a tight single

37.5

Eranga to Clarke, 1 wide, short and very wide, extra bounce there for Eranga, but too far outside off to worry the batsman

37.5

Eranga to Clarke, 2 runs, a good-looking drive from Clarke, sends the ball towards deep extra cover

37.6

Eranga to Clarke, OUT, Eranga has struck, this is a big blow, Clarke is gone, and Australia have two new batsmen at the crease, that was a short of length ball, pitching just outside off, goes on with angle and induces the outside edge, Clarke's patient innings comes to an end

MJ Clarke c †Sangakkara b Eranga 47 (94m 67b 3x4 0x6) SR: 70.14

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 167/5 (RR: 4.39)
     RMS Eranga    7-0-41-2
DJ Hussey    14* (22b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-25-0

38.1

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, steered towards point

38.2

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, FOUR, a half-tracker for Hussey to put away, he gets back and wallops it towards midwicket for four

38.3

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, very wide outside off, Hussey looks to crunch that through the off but bottom edges it down the track

38.4

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, solidly defended down the pitch

38.5

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, defended to the off side this time

38.6

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, another outside edge, would have been a simple take for first slip, there isn't one though and the ball runs down towards third man

End of over 39 (6 runs) Australia 173/5 (RR: 4.43)
DJ Hussey    20* (28b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    7-0-31-0
BJ Haddin    0* (0b)      RMS Eranga    7-0-41-2

39.1

Eranga to Haddin, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended towards backward point

Calypso King is among many who send in similar mails: "Are the Australian selectors waiting for the Hussey brothers to accrue some value as antique ornaments before ordering a clearance sale on our middle order. I thought the point was to generate the next generation rather then stagnating ?"

39.2

Eranga to Haddin, 1 run, similar length, guides it down to third man for a single

39.3

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, slaps this one towards backward point

39.4

Eranga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, Eranga keeps it back of a length, provides width this time, chopped towards deep backward point

39.5

Eranga to Haddin, no run, full this time, aiming for the blockhole, driven towards mid-on for a single

39.6

Eranga to Haddin, 2 wides, short and down the leg side, Sangakkara leaps to try collect that, gets a glove on it

Ross wisecracks: "So the keeper options are not-Gilchrist as much as the spin options are not-Warne?"

39.6

Eranga to DJ Hussey, no run, aims to cut this one, bottom-edges it to the right of the keeper, Sanga moves across to collect

Rahul: "Clarke's dismissal might be a blessing in disguise. 12 overs to go, Hussey and Haddin at the crease with Johnson to follow. Sounds about right."

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 177/5 (RR: 4.42)
DJ Hussey    21* (31b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    8-0-45-2
BJ Haddin    1* (3b)      BMAJ Mendis    7-0-31-0

40.1

BMAJ Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, flighted and pitched up, driven back towards the bowler

Slips in place now

40.2

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, short this time, outside off, Hussey gets back and slaps it towards cover

40.3

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, a full toss but that isn't put away, Hussey thumps it down the ground, finishing the stroke with a typical flourish, but he can't get it past long-on

40.4

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, punched back towards the bowler

40.5

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, good over this, only three so far, once more defended to the left of the bowler

40.6

BMAJ Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, muscles it towards cover, but a diving stop prevents it from going too far, the cover love the acrobatic fielding

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 181/5 (RR: 4.41)
DJ Hussey    24* (36b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    8-0-35-0
BJ Haddin    2* (4b)      RMS Eranga    8-0-45-2

41.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, Malinga returns, and starts with a typical delivery aiming for the toes, dug out towards midwicket

41.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, a low full toss this time, Hussey looks to swing it to midwicket, but inside-edges it on to his pad

41.3

Malinga to DJ Hussey, no run, another full toss, Hussey backing away, that was beyond leg stump but Hussey had skipped further beyond, bunts it towards mid-on

41.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, a hat-trick of full tosses, this one is on off stump, Hussey swings it towards mid-off for a single

Gareth has an interesting suggestion: "I know this is a bit left field, but I'd be in favour of seeing Warner in the lower order of the Aussie batting. At the moment it just lacks that big hitting element for late in an innings (something cam white and david hussey took care of when in form). I still see Warner as an opener, but he'd benefit from some more international exposure."

41.5

Malinga to Haddin, no run, a dipping full toss from Malinga, just outside off, Haddin blocks it to the off side

41.6

Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, this time Malinga drops it short of the yorker he wants, Haddin lashes it towards sweeper cover

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 183/5 (RR: 4.35)
BJ Haddin    3* (6b)      SL Malinga    6-1-23-0
DJ Hussey    25* (40b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    8-0-35-0

Batting Powerplay has been taken. Ajantha Mendis to bowl

42.1

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, full and heading for off, pushed back towards the bowler

42.2

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, keeps it around off, again patted back to the bowler

42.3

BAW Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, there's the swipe from Haddin, he doesn't hit it hard enough to carry all the way to the deep midwicket fielder

42.4

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run

42.5

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, Sanga roars out an appeal, Haddin is struck on the pads as he looks sweep, that looked to be sliding down, Rauf turns down the appeal

42.6

BAW Mendis to Haddin, FOUR, a boundary to end the over, Haddin muscles it to the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 43 (6 runs) Australia 189/5 (RR: 4.39)
BJ Haddin    8* (11b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    8-0-40-1
DJ Hussey    26* (41b 3x4)      SL Malinga    6-1-23-0

43.1

Malinga to DJ Hussey, FOUR, Malinga continues his pursuit of the blockhole, Hussey wants to club that over the on side but gets an inside-edge that zips past the keeper for four

43.2

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, this time it is on target, Malinga goes full and for middle, Hussey mistimes it towards mid-on

43.3

Malinga to Haddin, 1 leg bye, low full toss spearing down leg, there is another big lbw appeal as Haddin can't get bat on ball, again that slipping down, the ball dribbles away to the on side for a leg bye

43.4

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, slower length ball from Malinga, 118kph, off the toe of the bat and over the bowler's head for a couple

43.5

Malinga to DJ Hussey, FOUR, Shot! superb hit from Hussey, Malinga pitches it short of the desired yorker length, Hussey gets his front leg out of the way and hammers it past extra cover for four, Malinga has a rueful grin after that shot

43.6

Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tailing in to the legs, inside-edged by Hussey, who was desperately trying to save his toes

Ryan: "@Gareth- Maybe as a floating slogger in situations like this, but not a permanent no6-7 because can he resurrect a collapse or sheppard a chase like a no6-7 should be able to?"

End of over 44 (13 runs) Australia 202/5 (RR: 4.59)
DJ Hussey    38* (46b 5x4)      SL Malinga    7-1-35-0
BJ Haddin    8* (12b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    8-0-40-1

44.1

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, skips away from leg and punches that middle stump delivery towards deep extra cover for two

44.2

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, SIX, brilliant from Hussey, charges down the track and launches that legspinner from Mendis towards the sightscreen, comfortably clears the rope, a good innings this from Hussey, he moves on to 46

44.3

BAW Mendis to DJ Hussey, OUT, what a comeback from Mendis, that one spins in, Hussey doesn't read it and is caught on the back foot as he looks to cut that one, it slips past the bat and into middle and leg stump

DJ Hussey b BAW Mendis 46 (52m 49b 5x4 1x6) SR: 93.87

44.4

BAW Mendis to Johnson, no run, length ball is tucked to the leg side

44.5

BAW Mendis to Johnson, 1 run, full and on the pads, tucked towards deep midwicket for a single

44.6

BAW Mendis to Haddin, no run, a dot ball to end the over as Haddin is struck on the pads outside leg

End of over 45 (9 runs) Australia 211/6 (RR: 4.68)
BJ Haddin    8* (13b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    9-0-49-2
MG Johnson    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    7-1-35-0

45.1

Malinga to Johnson, no run, slower length ball, 116kph, Johnson spots it and checks his shot, defends to the off side

45.2

Malinga to Johnson, OUT, Malinga you beauty, that spot-on yorker is far too good for Johnson, who was striving to get his bat down and keep that out but the ball zips past the batsman's defence and crashes into the bottom of legstump

MG Johnson b Malinga 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

45.3

Malinga to Hastings, OUT, Malinga is on a hat-trick now, or is Australia going to review this lbw? They have reviewed it. It was a low full toss, swinging dangerously in, the new batsman John Hastings couldn't keep it out, thuds into his pads, struck in front of legstump, umpire upholds the appeal, was it going down? the replay shows it would have taken the outside of leg stump, have to stick with the umpire's call for that, which means Hastings is gone for a golden duck

JW Hastings lbw b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The Colombo crowd is buzzing

45.4

Malinga to Doherty, OUT, hat-trick for Malinga, another of those laser-guided low full tosses, Xavier Doherty has no chance, the middle stump is rattled, and Australia are down to 211 for 9, so much for the Powerplay, that's Malinga's third hat-trick in one-dayers, the most anyone has ever taken

XJ Doherty b Malinga 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Can he make it four in four?

45.5

Malinga to Pattinson, no run, no he can't, it's full and well outside off, squeezed out towards the off side

45.6

Malinga to Pattinson, no run, full and strikes Pattinson low on the pads, going down leg but that doesn't prevent Malinga from belting out an appeal, a triple-wicket maiden in the Powerplay, well done Malinga

End of over 46 (wicket maiden) Australia 211/9 (RR: 4.58)
JL Pattinson    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    8-2-35-3
BJ Haddin    8* (13b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    9-0-49-2

46.1

BAW Mendis to Haddin, OUT, and the Australian inninigs has come to a rather rapid end, Mendis gets his third as Haddin tamely chips the ball to mid-off, Australua bowled out for 211, with nearly four overs remaining, two overs ago Australia were 210 for 5

BJ Haddin c Jayawardene b BAW Mendis 8 (43m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Well, that was quite a turnaround. Hussey and Haddin had put on 43 quick runs, and Australia seemed headed potentially for 250, before Malinga intervened. His staggeringly accurate yorkers/full tosses proved far too good for the Australian tail. Here's the full list of one-day hat-tricks.

On the plus side for Australia, there were decent knocks from Watson and Clarke early on, before David Hussey got some much-needed runs.

Geeman has trawled through the ODI hat-tricks list to come up with this: "With that hat-trick, Malinga becomes the highest hat-trick taker in ODI's, Vaas, Wasim Akram and S MUshtaq has 2 each. Slinga is the Killa!! "

Rach: "No one could have batted with an over like that from Malinga. I'd like to say the last 5 wickets for 1 run wasn't our fault but that's just the shocked and somewhat maddened Aussie in me. Maybe Johnson should lower his arm and bowl full tosses. It seems to work!"

Jason sends in one of the more polite mails about Haddin: "Irresponsible from Haddin. Surely the order was to survive the overs, not go for a slog."

James: "Is it just me or is Malinga getting a hattrick much less exciting than watching him getting it the first time? It's almost expected against the lower order. May just be because I'm Australian."

Sam asks: "If Clarke wins and goes 6-1 for his full time ODI captaincy career, will the critics say it is due to good captaincy or as they did throughout Pontings time as captain, put it down as having a good team, or weak opposition?"

Okay, I'm off to grab a bite. I'll be back at around 6.40pm. You could entertain yourself by watching this Brett Lee interview. Or you could hop over here to see whether India can prevent a whitewash.

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Aug 22, 2011

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