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

Herath to Watson, OUT, and he strikes first ball! Or does he? Yes, he does. This ball is six overs old, and turns a mile when tossed up by Herath. Watson pushes forward to defends this, the ball pitches short of a driving length, around off, and then breaks away and bounces to take the edge - a healthy one - through to P Jayawardene, who is the best wicketkeeper to spin bowling

SR Watson c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 22 (25m 19b 5x4 0x6) SR: 115.78

Australia 28/1   PJ Hughes 6* (18b 1x4)   HMRKB Herath 0.1-0-0-1

Lakmal to Hughes, OUT, What a pitch! What a beauty this Test could be. Takes off, explodes, from short of a length. It's close to off, and Hughes is committed to playing at it. The extra bounce means he has to fend at it, and it takes the shoulder of the bat before lobbing to slip. He didn't even run his fingers across this one. Let me remind you this is just the 10th over. Vicious bounce there from a length

PJ Hughes c Paranavitana b Lakmal 12 (39m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.70

Australia 36/2   RT Ponting 2* (8b)   RAS Lakmal 4.4-1-11-1

Herath to Clarke, OUT, Review time. Clarke is not picking the arm balls. Again pushes forward, plays for the non-existent turn, and is beaten comprehensively. Prasanna Jayawardene is so sure this is out he doesn't even look up and starts running towards the bowler. Umpire Kettleborough, though, still thinks it's not out. Sri Lanka go for the review this time, and replays show this is hitting the middle of middle stump, and Clarke hasn't even got outside the line of off. Couldn't have been plumber had he been fixing pipes. Strange he wasn't given out originally

MJ Clarke lbw b Herath 23 (60m 45b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.11

Australia 91/3   RT Ponting 34* (54b 5x4)   HMRKB Herath 6.5-1-18-2

Herath to Ponting, OUT, Gone! Yet another start by Ponting left unconverted into a big one. Just like the last over, Ponting comes down the track and wants to go straight over Herath's head, doesn't quite get close to the pitch of the ball, this one turns more too, making him go inside out The mis-hit stands up in the air, the mid-off is deep enough to take a comfortable catch

RT Ponting c Mathews b Herath 44 (114m 83b 6x4 0x6) SR: 53.01

Australia 112/4   MEK Hussey 10* (40b 1x4)   HMRKB Herath 12.2-1-34-3

Welegedara to Khawaja, OUT, Reverse swing! Timber! Khawaja's tentative stay ends. He has always shown the bowlers a tempting gap between bat and pad, and this time Welegedara sneaks through it. This is just short of a yorker length, Khawaja drives away from the body, and the late swing squeezes in to hit the stumps

UT Khawaja b Welegedara 21 (68m 58b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.20

Australia 157/5   MEK Hussey 34* (84b 3x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 11.2-4-46-1

Randiv to Haddin, OUT, Sharp offbreak, sharp catch! This is quick, turning in sharply, Haddin turns it around the corner... around the corner is Mathews at backward short leg who takes a smart low catch in front of him

BJ Haddin c Mathews b Randiv 24 (44m 46b 3x4 1x6) SR: 52.17

Australia 205/6   MEK Hussey 58* (123b 5x4 1x6)   S Randiv 11.3-1-40-1

Lakmal to Johnson, OUT, soft soft dismissal after many much more menacing deliveries! This is short and wide, going wider, but Johnson goes for the pull as opposed to the cut, and gets a faint bottom edge through to PJ. It was so innocuous the slips didn't even realise he had edged it!

MG Johnson c †HAPW Jayawardene b Lakmal 14 (36m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.42

Australia 234/7   MEK Hussey 71* (145b 6x4 1x6)   RAS Lakmal 12.4-2-44-2

Lakmal to Harris, OUT, Finally they get an lbw out of Kettleborough. This takes a long internal deliberation, though. This is short outside off, Harris doesn't offer a shot, the ball seams back in sharply, and hits him just under the knee roll, just outside off. Because he was not playing a shot, the point of impact was irrelevant. To me, it looked like it would have the the top of off. Kettleborough takes his time before sending Harris on his way. Harris mulls a review, but doesn't ask for it. I tell you what, the ball projection shows this didn't come back in to hit the stumps! Even if Harris thought he was out, he should have gone for that strategic review

RJ Harris lbw b Lakmal 1 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Australia 236/8   MEK Hussey 72* (149b 6x4 1x6)   RAS Lakmal 13.1-2-44-3

Randiv to Copeland, OUT, Sharp turn, simple bat-pad catch. This is flighted, draws Copeland forward, who looks to play this to leg, is not close to the pitch of the ball, gets an inside edge onto the pad, and an easy catch accrues for short leg

TA Copeland c Paranavitana b Randiv 12 (21m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Australia 251/9   MEK Hussey 75* (156b 6x4 1x6)   S Randiv 19-2-62-2

Dilshan to Hussey, OUT, Given leg-before! Again it's the straighter ball from an offspinner that has done the damage here. This pitched outside off, Hussey defended, playing for the spin, the ball went on with the arm, hit the pad, right in front of off. Kettleborough took his time, then raised the finger. Hussey reviewed it just in case. Replays say there is no just in case here

MEK Hussey lbw b Dilshan 95 (246m 177b 7x4 3x6) SR: 53.67

Australia 273/10   NM Lyon 0* (7b)   TM Dilshan 9.4-1-22-1
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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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