Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle, Aug 31-Sep 3, 2011
Australia won by 125 runs
31 August, 1,2,3 September 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Watto says hello! Plants the big front foot down, leans into a length ball, drives through the line, between the bowler and mid-off. The outfield looks fast

Australia 6/0   SR Watson 5* (4b 1x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 0.5-0-6-0

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Watson is looking good here. Is well forward again, and drives this length ball down the ground. High elbow for the photographers as it beats the diving mid-off

Australia 12/0   SR Watson 10* (8b 2x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 1.2-0-10-0

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Beaut! Another lovely off-drive. Pitched up again, and Watson gets the big stride in, and drives it straight down the ground. Between bowler and mid-off again. Three pretty similar boundaries already

Australia 16/0   SR Watson 14* (9b 3x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 1.3-0-14-0

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Watson is going to go hard until the spinners eventually come on. Welegedara pitches short, and Watson is quick to rock back, and pull this monstrously for a four. Deep square had no chance

Australia 20/0   SR Watson 18* (10b 4x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 1.4-0-18-0

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, make that four boundaries for the over. This one seams away a touch, but Watson has played with soft hands, and the edge goes right into the ground, and speeds away between the slips and gully

Australia 24/0   SR Watson 22* (12b 5x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 2-0-22-0

Lakmal to Hughes, FOUR, pitched up, well outside off, but Hughes goes for the drive this time, with an open face, beats cover. This is some start

Australia 28/0   PJ Hughes 6* (10b 1x4)   RAS Lakmal 1.4-0-6-0

Lakmal to Hughes, FOUR, full, outside off, driven handsomely, between mid-off and extra cover

Australia 36/1   PJ Hughes 12* (27b 2x4)   RAS Lakmal 4-1-11-0

Lakmal to Ponting, FOUR, short and wide, Ponting rocks back and punches this square on the offside, beating point easily

Australia 41/2   RT Ponting 7* (15b 1x4)   RAS Lakmal 5.2-2-15-1

Lakmal to Ponting, FOUR, very well played, angling into middle and leg, and Ponting closes the face late, glancing it fine of the square fine leg

Australia 45/2   RT Ponting 11* (16b 2x4)   RAS Lakmal 5.3-2-19-1

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, Off-driven for four. It's merely a push actually, well in front of his body, but it is timed sweetly, between the bowler and mid-off

Australia 52/2   RT Ponting 17* (26b 3x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 5.3-2-27-0

Herath to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke attacks Herath. Leaves the crease again, this time he is right to the pitch of the ball, and flicks this over mid-on. No back swing at all, all wrists

Australia 67/2   MJ Clarke 14* (23b 1x4)   HMRKB Herath 3.2-1-11-1

Randiv to Clarke, FOUR, This time Clarke gets to the pitch of the ball, goes inside out, clears the infield easily. Good way to end the session then

Australia 76/2   MJ Clarke 21* (40b 2x4)   S Randiv 3-1-8-0

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, wide full toss, Ponting savours the post-lunch dessert as he lunges forward again, and drives this between cover and extra cover

Australia 83/2   RT Ponting 26* (46b 4x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 6.2-2-32-0

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, Slower ball! Nearly did him in. Ran his fingers across this, Ponting lunged forward again, and was well early into the shot, hitting it in the air, but just over mid-on

Australia 87/2   RT Ponting 30* (48b 5x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 6.4-2-36-0

Herath to Hussey, FOUR, the out-of-the-jail shot from Hussey, the sweep. And he plays it mighty well here. All along the ground, bisecting the fine leg and two-thirds square leg

Australia 97/3   MEK Hussey 4* (12b 1x4)   HMRKB Herath 8-1-23-2

Herath to Ponting, FOUR, Beautiful beautiful shot. Lovely batting. Comes down the track, makes room too to get a free swing of arms, and gets close to the pitch of the ball. Lofts this dead straight. Hits the rope on the half-volley

Australia 110/3   RT Ponting 43* (75b 6x4)   HMRKB Herath 11.3-1-32-2

Lakmal to Hussey, FOUR, slower offcutter, nicely played with an open face, steered away really, between slips and gully, for the first boundary in 83 balls

Australia 139/4   MEK Hussey 24* (70b 2x4)   RAS Lakmal 10.2-2-37-1

Welegedara to Hussey, FOUR, short and wide, and Hussey welcomes this with a steer through the vacant third man region

Australia 152/4   MEK Hussey 31* (77b 3x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 10.1-4-42-0

Dilshan to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin edges first ball of spin! Doesn't turn in as much as he expects it to, ends up playing inside the line, the edge goes between keeper and slip. Didn't carry as far as slip, though

Australia 162/5   BJ Haddin 4* (5b 1x4)   TM Dilshan 6.5-1-15-0

Welegedara to Hussey, FOUR, looks for the swinging yorker, it goes wrong, and Hussey clips this low full toss through midwicket. Typical Hussey. Waits for slight errors from the bowling side, and capitalises

Australia 168/5   MEK Hussey 41* (90b 4x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 12.2-5-52-1

Welegedara to Haddin, FOUR, lovely extra cover drive. This is pitched on a length, wide outside off, Haddin is on a knee, and drives it through extra cover. All along the ground

Australia 175/5   BJ Haddin 9* (8b 2x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 13.1-5-58-1

Randiv to Hussey, FOUR, a hard-working yet pretty unobtrusive sort of fifty on a tough pitch. This is flighted around middle an doff, he comes forward and punches this between mid-off and the bowler. Michael Clarke and others applaud from the balcony

Australia 186/5   MEK Hussey 51* (115b 5x4)   S Randiv 10-1-22-0

Randiv to Haddin, FOUR, more elegant batting from Haddin. Comes forward again, and swings his arms through it rather than trying to hit it hard. Clears mid-on with ease

Australia 197/5   BJ Haddin 23* (37b 3x4 1x6)   S Randiv 10.3-1-32-0

Randiv to Hussey, FOUR, the calculating genius of Hussey, plays the rare aerial sweep shot, but in front of square, for four through midwicket

Australia 216/6   MEK Hussey 66* (138b 6x4 1x6)   S Randiv 14.2-2-45-1

Randiv to Johnson, FOUR, poor delivery to end the over, and Johnson is alert enough to crash this short delivery through the covers for four

Australia 233/6   MG Johnson 14* (30b 1x4)   S Randiv 16-2-54-1

Lakmal to Copeland, FOUR, gets a nice juicy full toss on the pads, and he glances it fine for an easy boundary. Sri Lanka is a very welcoming country, Trent

Australia 240/8   TA Copeland 4* (1b 1x4)   RAS Lakmal 13.2-2-48-3

Randiv to Copeland, FOUR, sweeps and sweeps effectively. Difficult shot for a tall man, but he sees this is close enough to him, and goes for it. Keeps it along the ground

Australia 245/8   TA Copeland 8* (8b 2x4)   S Randiv 17.5-2-61-1

Lakmal to Copeland, FOUR, Copeland is hitting boundary after boundary! Short of a length, into the pads, nicely flicked away past square leg. Specialist batsmen would be proud of this

Australia 250/8   TA Copeland 12* (10b 3x4)   RAS Lakmal 14.3-2-53-3

Dilshan to Hussey, FOUR, and in the meantime, Hussey keeps going on. This is too straight and too full, Hussey sweeps this fine, beats long leg, is now one shot away from a hundred

Australia 273/9   MEK Hussey 95* (175b 7x4 3x6)   TM Dilshan 9.2-1-22-0
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Hours of play (local time) 10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

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