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And then this: "Mike Hussey just got Sangakkara out. Please disregard previous email. All hail Mr. Cricket."

Robbie sends this first: "Mike Hussey? MIKE HUSSEY?!?! You have a team 5/128 and you bring on MIKE HUSSEY? Now I'm all for going against the boring and ordinary, but this is ridiculous.."

50.1

Lyon to Randiv, no run, tossed up ball blocked off the front foot

50.2

Lyon to Randiv, no run, turns in and hits him on the pad as he looks to press forward, going down leg

50.3

Lyon to Randiv, no run, misses the nudge off the back foot and the ball bounces close to leg stump

50.4

Lyon to Randiv, no run, padded away as it was turning down leg

50.5

Lyon to Randiv, no run, straight to a diving silly point who does well to hold on, off the flap of the pad though

50.6

Lyon to Randiv, no run, goes across to a short of a length ball and defends to short leg

End of over 51 (maiden) Sri Lanka 129/6
S Randiv    0* (7b)      NM Lyon    8-2-29-1
AD Mathews    31* (75b 3x4 1x6)      MEK Hussey    1-1-0-1

shau: "Ironic...One of the world's best batsmen dismissed by one of the world's worst bowlers!"

Clarke has brought Harris back

51.1

Harris to Mathews, no run, right on target with a length ball coming in from wide of the crease, defended down the track

51.2

Harris to Mathews, no run, goes hard after a pitched up delivery, straight to mid off though

51.3

Harris to Mathews, no run, left alone outside off

51.4

Harris to Mathews, no run, bends low to one slanted in on middle and works it to midwicket

51.5

Harris to Mathews, no run, coming in from short of a length, quietly defended on the leg side

51.6

Harris to Mathews, no run, solid push, nice loud sound as bat meets ball as he defends on the off side

End of over 52 (maiden) Sri Lanka 129/6
AD Mathews    31* (81b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    10-6-15-2
S Randiv    0* (7b)      NM Lyon    8-2-29-1

52.1

Lyon to Randiv, no run, defended off the front foot

52.2

Lyon to Randiv, no run, loses balance as he comes down the track, manages to defend though

52.3

Lyon to Randiv, FOUR, Randiv gets off the mark with a lunge down the track and heaves with the turn over mid on

52.4

Lyon to Randiv, no run, this one goes straight on with the angle from round the stumps, beats him as he presses forward inside the line

52.5

Lyon to Randiv, OUT, sharp caught-and-bowled from Lyon, Randiv departs now, he looked to go hard after him again, this one was bowled fuller and turned in and he ended up smashing it to Lyon's right, Lyon got behind it and safely pouched it

S Randiv c & b Lyon 4 (12m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Four men around the bat

52.6

Lyon to Prasanna, no run, turns in on leg stump, he keeps it down in front of short leg

End of over 53 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 133/7
S Prasanna    0* (1b)      NM Lyon    9-2-33-2
AD Mathews    31* (81b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    10-6-15-2

53.1

Harris to Mathews, no run, plays it carefully with the angle from over the stumps towards midwicket

53.2

Harris to Mathews, FOUR, that is smashed straight past the non-striker, takes a step out and goes through with the swing, the ball fairly races down the ground

53.3

Harris to Mathews, no run, stays back and pushes a length ball towards point

53.4

Harris to Mathews, 1 run, well forward to one outside off and drives past cover, there is a man in the deep though

Marcio: "Perhaps @Ryan would like to reconsider his comment about Australia being held back by their bowlers. It takes more than one 40 run partnership at two runs an over on a flat wicket to write off a bowling attack."

53.5

Harris to Prasanna, 2 runs, neatly done, first runs in Tests for Prasanna, gets across and nudges one going down leg, long leg gets around to it

53.6

Harris to Prasanna, no run, tests him out with the bouncer, he gets out of the way early and comfortably

End of over 54 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 140/7
S Prasanna    2* (3b)      RJ Harris    11-6-22-2
AD Mathews    36* (85b 4x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    9-2-33-2

Charith is not impressed at all: "What is going on out there? There are over 60 test much hundreds in the top 6 and giving it away in their own backyard.. Its absolute rubbish.. Where is the application to last just a session until the wicket flattens out? This game will be lost barring a miracle, and as usual the SSC will be a draw with the centuries coming from Dilshan and co on the flattest wicket in the universe.. 2 nil to the Aussies. BAM!"

54.1

Lyon to Mathews, no run, turns in off from a length, patted back to the bowler

54.2

Lyon to Mathews, no run, going down the leg side, Mathews shuffles but misses the nudge, Haddin has the bails off quickly but Mathews is alright

54.3

Lyon to Mathews, 1 run, pushed towards mid on for a single

54.4

Lyon to Prasanna, 1 run, sweeps from outside off stump and gets it in front of square leg

54.5

Lyon to Mathews, no run, flighted ball eased towards midwicket

54.6

Lyon to Mathews, SIX, Angelo taking the offspinner on, down the track, and gets the loft straight out of the middle to send it soaring over wide long on

End of over 55 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 148/7
AD Mathews    43* (90b 4x4 2x6)      NM Lyon    10-2-41-2
S Prasanna    3* (4b)      RJ Harris    11-6-22-2

55.1

Harris to Prasanna, no run, holds its line from a length outside off, he reaches out a long way to have a poke at it, beaten

55.2

Harris to Prasanna, no run, 136.8 kph pitched up ball pushed off the front foot to mid off

55.3

Harris to Prasanna, 1 run, that is well played, short of a length ball, pulled away backward of square leg

55.4

Harris to Mathews, no run, Angelo goes for the pull, from outside off to one climbing too much, on the bounce to short midwicket

55.5

Harris to Mathews, no run, looks to come down the track, Harris follows him with one coming in with the angle, he inside edges it on the leg side

55.6

Harris to Mathews, no run, goes after this length ball, it was in the slot, but he heaved it straight to mid on on the bounce

End of over 56 (1 run) Sri Lanka 149/7
AD Mathews    43* (93b 4x4 2x6)      RJ Harris    12-6-23-2
S Prasanna    4* (7b)      NM Lyon    10-2-41-2

Mitch is back

pg: "Ok..Matthews has been there too long, bring on Hussey."

56.1

Johnson to Prasanna, no run, reaches out to a very wide and full one outside off, does not get any bat on it

56.2

Johnson to Prasanna, no run, straightish one on middle, he is already forward and across and adjusts to work to midwicket

56.3

Johnson to Prasanna, 1 run, tries the short ball, but that is the second good pull that he has played, on a leg too, to long leg

56.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, pushed away from the crease towards point

56.5

Johnson to Mathews, no run, fine leave outside off stump to one going across him

Carlin: "@pg I'm thinking Ponting instead."

56.6

Johnson to Mathews, no run, tucked off the pads towards midwicket

End of over 57 (1 run) Sri Lanka 150/7
AD Mathews    43* (96b 4x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    12-1-39-0
S Prasanna    5* (10b)      RJ Harris    12-6-23-2

57.1

Harris to Prasanna, no run, shapes in from outside off stump, he gets forward and drives off the inner half towards mid on

57.2

Harris to Prasanna, OUT, Harris has gone through Prasanna's defences, huge gap between bat and pad, Harris gets it to tail in late off a fuller length, Prasanna pushes outside the line and the ball crashes through the gate in to off and middle, just flicked the pad on its way, too good for No 9

S Prasanna b Harris 5 (19m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Rach: "@Carlin, sure, we'll just fly him over from Australia to bowl an over."

57.3

Harris to Lakmal, no run, that has got to be close, caught on the crease to one that shapes in and hits him on the pad, not given, Clarke goes for the review straight away, Australia will lose a review as replays show it just clipping the top of the stumps, the on-field umpire's call will stand

57.4

Harris to Lakmal, no run, goes full with the angle on leg stump, trickles off the pads on the on side

57.5

Harris to Lakmal, no run, one more review from Australia, curves in off a length to strike him on the pad in front of leg stump, that would have missed the stumps, Australia are done with the reviews

57.6

Harris to Lakmal, no run, ends the session with a ripper, this one holds its line to beat him on the forward push outside off

150 for 8 after choosing to bat. Not a pretty sight for Sri Lanka. Sanga and Mathews fought back for a while but Sanga fell to Michael Hussey, of all people. Angelo is still there though, but there is not much batting left to hang in with him

victor: "so hussey doesn't bowl again after a wicket maiden? a little harsh..."

Rob: "Ricky Ponting's wife has given birth to another daughter Matisse Ellie."

Alex: "@smudgeon lets just hope it doesn't explode at all."

smudgeon: "Please let Harris' knee last another 4 years before exploding..."

End of over 58 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 150/8
RAS Lakmal    0* (4b)      RJ Harris    13-7-23-3
AD Mathews    43* (96b 4x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    12-1-39-0

Welcome back for the final session on day one. Australia need two more to wrap up the innings. How long can Angelo resist?

58.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, pegs him on the back foot with a pacy length ball that he hurriedly jams away

58.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, fine diving stop at wide mid off from Lyon as Mathews gets forward and pushes a low full toss

58.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, zipping across him with the angle outside off, left alone

58.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, slung in full and wide outside off at 138 kph, he does not go after it

58.5

Johnson to Mathews, no run, makes him play this time with a length ball closer to off stump, he defends it off the front foot

58.6

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, Angelo will remain off strike for the next over, but he has managed to reach out and hit this wide one through point for a boundary

End of over 59 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 154/8
AD Mathews    47* (102b 5x4 2x6)      MG Johnson    13-1-43-0
RAS Lakmal    0* (4b)      RJ Harris    13-7-23-3

59.1

Harris to Lakmal, no run, shortish outside off, but he chops it in to the ground towards point

59.2

Harris to Lakmal, no run, playing from the crease to one that comes in from outside off, managed to defend it back to Harris

59.3

Harris to Lakmal, 1 run, tight single as he inside edges one towards square leg

59.4

Harris to Mathews, SIX, that will be 50 for Mathews off a superb stroke, takes a step down the track and lofts Harris over mid on, all the way over the ropes

59.5

Harris to Mathews, no run, goes for the yorker, does not quite get it right, Mathews jabs it away to midwicket

59.6

Harris to Mathews, 1 run, well done, he has got the single, a touch tight but he was in by the time the throw passed the stumps from mid on

End of over 60 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 162/8
AD Mathews    54* (105b 5x4 3x6)      RJ Harris    14-7-31-3
RAS Lakmal    1* (7b)      MG Johnson    13-1-43-0

60.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, shuffles and keeps a climbing back of a length ball down in front of the stumps

60.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, tries to mow this shortish one away through midwicket, advances down the track but mistimes the shot in to the ground

imran: "I wanted my next generation to see the battle between Punter's son and Sachin's son. But now its not possible yet!"

60.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, sprays it wide down the leg side from a length

60.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, mistimes the pull through square leg, refuses the single, does some shadow-practice instead

60.5

Johnson to Mathews, FOUR, he goes after Mitch now, Mathews is getting some runs for Sri Lanka, heaves a shortish one from outside off over wide mid on

60.6

Johnson to Mathews, OUT, did that carry? Australia are appealing for caught behind, Angelo went after a very wide offcutter from Mitch, got the edge that was dying on Haddin as he went forward and low to his right, seems to have just lodged in to his right glove, third umpire sends Angelo back

AD Mathews c †Haddin b Johnson 58 (134m 111b 6x4 3x6) SR: 52.25

End of over 61 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 166/9
     MG Johnson    14-1-47-1
RAS Lakmal    1* (7b)      RJ Harris    14-7-31-3

61.1

Harris to Lakmal, no run, has a go at a length ball outside off, nowhere close to the line of the ball and misses

61.2

Harris to Lakmal, no run, goes full for the inswinging yorker, ends up outside off and he digs it back to the bowler

61.3

Harris to Lakmal, 3 runs, goes full with the angle in to the pads and is heaved in front of square leg

61.4

Harris to Welegedara, no run, pings short extra cover with a firm front foot push, ball trickles towards mid off

61.5

Harris to Welegedara, no run, beats him outside off as he goes prodding at a straightish one

61.6

Harris to Welegedara, 2 runs, goes full but is greeted with a straight firm push that eludes him as he goes down to try and spot it, mid off chases

End of over 62 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 171/9
UWMBCA Welegedara    2* (3b)      RJ Harris    15-7-36-3
RAS Lakmal    4* (10b)      MG Johnson    14-1-47-1

62.1

Johnson to Lakmal, no run, backs away outside leg as Mitch bends it past him from back of a length, hangs his bat out but misses

62.2

Johnson to Lakmal, 1 run, there has been a man at short leg for most of the time today, there isn't one now, and he fends a shortish one straight in that region

Hughes comes in at leg gully

62.3

Johnson to Welegedara, no run, another fend in the air, and falls short of Hughes as he comes forward, short leg would have gobbled that

62.4

Johnson to Welegedara, no run, tries to back away and go for the pull, hits it in the ground on the leg side

62.5

Johnson to Welegedara, no run, goes after one leaving him from a length outside off, cannot connect

Adam: "Can we get cricinfo to put some kind of notation next to Mitchell Johnson in the commentary and scorecards so that we can know which version has turned up? Today it seems we have "Random-Spray Mitch"."

He goes round the stumps

62.6

Johnson to Welegedara, no run, still cannot connect as he throws his bat inside the line of one bouncing close to off

End of over 63 (1 run) Sri Lanka 172/9
UWMBCA Welegedara    2* (7b)      MG Johnson    15-1-48-1
RAS Lakmal    5* (12b)      RJ Harris    15-7-36-3

63.1

Harris to Lakmal, no run, curves in full on the stumps, he manages to dig it out

63.2

Harris to Lakmal, no run, goes for a heave and misses again, the ball curves in past leg stump

63.3

Harris to Lakmal, no run, stays back and keeps out a length ball towards midwicket

63.4

Harris to Lakmal, no run, finally connects with the heave, off the toe of the bat that rolls to Haddin

63.5

Harris to Lakmal, 2 runs, goes short of a length and he punches it in front of cover off the back foot

63.6

Harris to Lakmal, no run, keeps out another full delivery homing in on the stumps, Harris is frustrated with that and throws the ball back angrily to the keeper

End of over 64 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 174/9
RAS Lakmal    7* (18b)      RJ Harris    16-7-38-3
UWMBCA Welegedara    2* (7b)      MG Johnson    15-1-48-1

64.1

Johnson to Welegedara, OUT, outside edge and caught at third slip, Welegedara backed away a bit and pushed a pacy back of a length ball with an angled bat and it flew straight to Copeland

UWMBCA Welegedara c Copeland b Johnson 2 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Sorry performance from Sri Lanka's batsmen. Means their bowlers are again playing catch up, and have a lot of work to do. Everyone apart from Watson getting on the wickets column, even Hussey, who got Sanga, of all batsmen

Stevo: "If "Random Spray Mitch" = 2 for 48 off 15 I'll take him every test thanks."

Ben: "Hey Adam, true mate, but at least he's only going for just over 3 an over, that's a good sign if he's off?"

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