Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Sep 16-20, 2011
Match drawn
16,17,18,19,20 September 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
1.1

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, pitched up wide outside off, angling away, left alone

1.2

Lakmal to Hughes, OUT, Timber! Hughes must have been under some pressure to keep his place, and he has done himself no favours here. Short of a length outside off, holds its line, in that it doesn't go away with the angle. Hughes jabs at it away from the body, with an angled bat, and drags it on. Just the start Sri Lanka wanted

PJ Hughes b Lakmal 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, gets a full wide delivery first up, easy to leave it alone

1.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, another leave well outside off

1.5

Lakmal to Marsh, 1 run, first runs for Australia, off an edge! This is outside off again, but Marsh has a poke at it. The soft hands mean it falls short of second slip, and they take a single from the ricochet

1.6

Lakmal to Watson, no run, length ball on the pads, Watson drives handsomely, but finds mid-on

Australia 1/1   RAS Lakmal 1-0-1-1
3.1

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, starts the second over well, on a length, the fourth-stump line, pushed to mid-off

3.2

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, defended solidly back to the bowler

3.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, starts wide outside off now, and is left alone

3.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, swing for Lakmal too, but this starts too straight, and moves down the leg side

3.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, this one moves the other way, pitches outside leg, seams away towards just outside off, Marsh is on the back foot to defend it with a straight bat

3.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, overpitches looking for a yorker, Marsh digs out this yorker outside off

Australia 2/1   RAS Lakmal 2-1-1-1
5.1

Lakmal to Watson, no run, length ball into the pads, defended to leg

5.2

Lakmal to Watson, 1 run, whipped away off the pads, gets a single to fine leg

5.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, more sweet sound from Marsh's bat as he defends this outside off

5.4

Lakmal to Marsh, FOUR, he had hours to play this one! This is short, Marsh seems to be shaping up for a pull, but sees it wide outside off, and then comes down on it in a square cut. He is producing lovely sounds off that bat today

5.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, wide again, but fuller, so Marsh lets it be

5.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, good comeback from Lakmal, this one swings back in towards the pads, Marsh gets the pads out of the way, and brings the bat down in time to defend

Australia 16/1   RAS Lakmal 3-1-6-1
7.1

Lakmal to Marsh, 2 runs, more solid driving from Australia. This time it is Marsh who push-drives this past cover for a couple

7.2

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, length ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler

7.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, another solid front-foot defensive to cover

7.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, angled across him, left alone now

7.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, fourth-stump line now, Marsh has to play at it, but he does solidly so

7.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, this is slightly wide outside off, and is angling away, so Marsh sees it through to the keeper

Australia 22/1   RAS Lakmal 4-1-8-1
9.1

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, starts outside off, holds its line, but Marsh leaves it be

9.2

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, teasing full delivery outside off, Marsh pushes forward and then leaves it alone

9.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, solid defensive to this one closer to off

9.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, interesting leave - as much on length as on line. This is short of a length, pitches off, Marsh shoulders arm after covering the line of off. It bounces over where the fifth stump would have been

9.5

Lakmal to Marsh, 1 leg bye, again Lakmal gets the outswinger down the wrong line - this is only the second time he has bowled it, and both have gone down the leg side. A thigh bye accrues this time

9.6

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets another big stride in before shouldering arms to one outside off

Australia 25/2   RAS Lakmal 5-2-8-1
11.1

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, lovely delivery... this pitches outside leg, short of a length, and then seams away appreciably to beat the outside edge. Marsh was tentative there

11.2

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, this starts outside off, so Marsh doesn't want to play at it

11.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, another leave just wide outside off

11.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, wide outside off again, shoulders arms to it

11.5

Lakmal to Marsh, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, and once again Marsh misses out on it... off the thigh pad it goes

11.6

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, tries the bouncer, Ponting isn't hooking. Not yet

Australia 31/2   RAS Lakmal 6-3-8-1
20.1

Lakmal to Marsh, 1 run, worked away off the hip for an easy single

20.2

Lakmal to Ponting, no run

20.3

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 run, short outside off, punched away, Randiv, the substitute, misfields at cover

20.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, length ball on the pads, pushed back to the bowler

20.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

20.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, short of a length, defended off the front foot

Australia 52/2   RAS Lakmal 7-3-10-1
22.1

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, wide outside off, left alone

22.2

Lakmal to Marsh, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked away for a single

22.3

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, wide again, shoulders arms again

22.4

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, short of a length, Ponting moves back and across before defending this

22.5

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length, but angling into middle and leg, and worked away square for a single

22.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, length ball, middle and off, angling towards the fourth stump, solidly defended towards mid-off

Australia 54/2   RAS Lakmal 8-3-12-1
24.1

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 no ball, short of a ball, Ponting defends this outside off

24.1

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

24.2

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, punched outside off, nice sound off the bat, can't beat cover

24.3

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, bouncer, Ponting has enough time and more to duck under it

24.4

Lakmal to Ponting, FOUR, the edge is produced, this shortish delivery doesn't quite come on, Ponting's bat face closes a touch early, but the leading edge beats the two slips. Even if there had been a third slip, this would have fallen short

24.5

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, another bouncer, too short again, Ponting ducks under it

24.6

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off, this pitches wide and swing further away

Australia 60/2   RAS Lakmal 9-3-17-1
35.1

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 no ball, length ball outside off, no deviation, defended. That's a no-ball, Lakmal's second

35.1

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, another big stride to drive to cover, cant find the gap

35.2

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 no ball, slightly shorter, so Ponting doesn't play at it. Another no-ball, his 12th this series

35.2

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, this one swings away, but it starts so wide outside off he doesn't have to play at it

35.3

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, more shape away, more width, more shouldering of arms

35.4

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, wide again, left alone again

35.5

Lakmal to Ponting, OUT, No patience from Ponting! Poor poor shot from him. Lakmal has been bowling wide outswingers all over, and Ponting has been leaving them alone. Off the seventh delivery of the over, Ponting loses patience, and goes for the big drive, away from his body. The swing takes the edge, a real bonus of a wicket, as was Watson's. Walking back, he is a frustrated man

RT Ponting c †HAPW Jayawardene b Lakmal 48 (119m 91b 6x4 0x6) SR: 52.74

35.6

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off, wide outswinger again

Australia 101/3   RAS Lakmal 10-3-19-2
37.1

Lakmal to Marsh, 1 run, swinging into the pads, clipped away to deep square for a single

37.2

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, now that's good bowling... after a string of outswingers, bowls this sharp inswinger. Clarke has shouldered arms early, and is surprised by the movement back in. Hit in front of the stumps, but the extra bounce has saved Clarke

37.3

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, more inswing, Clarke sees this starting well wide, and leaves it alone

37.4

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, this one holds its line outside off, left alone again

37.5

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, now the away swinger, Clarke goes after it perhaps because of those inswingers, digs this out to cover

37.6

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, this one holds its line too, Clarke gets a stride in, covers the possible swing back in, and then shoulders arms

Australia 105/3   RAS Lakmal 11-3-20-2
39.1

Lakmal to Marsh, 2 runs, Marsh drives, the bat face turns, it goes uppishly, but wide of mid-on

39.2

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, swinging into the pads, clipped away, Thirimanne makes a diving save at short midwicket

39.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, short ball, Marsh ducks under it, too short

39.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, solid forward-defensive outside off

39.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, well down the leg side, can't get a touch on that

39.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, short again, too short, easy to duck under those

Australia 108/3   RAS Lakmal 12-3-22-2
41.1

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, short of a length, holds its line, left alone

41.2

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, slower ball, full, angling in, defended solidly

41.3

Lakmal to Marsh, FOUR, short, sits up, rib high, Marsh stands tall, pulls this dismissively, right into the ground, wide of deep midwicket. Fifty for Marsh. The balcony is thrilled

41.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, this short one doesn't rise too much, but Marsh manages to get under it

41.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, length ball, into the pads, defended towards mid-on

41.6

Lakmal to Marsh, 2 runs, full, swinging into the pads, clipped away wide of midwicket

Australia 120/3   RAS Lakmal 13-3-28-2
55.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, length ball, middle and off, Hussey defends this back to the bowler

55.2

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

55.3

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, full, on the pads, clipped away for a single

55.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, angled across him, left alone by Marsh

55.5

Lakmal to Marsh, FOUR, overpitched, just outside off, and a lovely off-drive from Marsh. He just meets it with a straight bat. Bang it goes between the bowler and mid-off. What's more? No Australian has ever averaged - not for one second - more than Marsh's current average of 209

55.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, short ball, well directed over the stumps, Marsh sways out of its line

Australia 154/4   RAS Lakmal 14-3-33-2
62.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, short of a length, angling across him, left alone

62.2

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, length ball outside off, drops it wide of cover and charges through for a single

62.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, starts outside off, angles further away, left alone

62.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, looks to cut, not enough room, ends up paying it into the ground

62.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, good bouncer, over the stumps, not too short, marsh wanted to pull, but pulled out late

62.6

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, another good accurate bouncer, over the stumps, Marsh sways out of the line

Australia 171/4   RAS Lakmal 15-3-34-2
64.1

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, short, doesn't bounce high, pulled away from waist-high, all along the ground

64.2

Lakmal to Marsh, 2 leg byes, short of a length, on the pads, guided to fine leg

64.3

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, bouncer, this time too short, easy to duck under

64.4

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, length ball angling away, driven away to mid-off

64.5

Lakmal to Marsh, no run, short again, down the leg side, he stays away from it

64.6

Lakmal to Marsh, FOUR, Marsh has been suffering under the sun, asking for replenishing drinks for the second time in two overs, but before that he has enough energy to crash this short delivery into the point boundary. Dismissed in front of point

Australia 181/4   RAS Lakmal 16-3-39-2
81.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, starts just outside off, angling away, left alone by Hussey

81.2

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, length ball on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

81.3

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, full ball just outside off stump, Hussey stays in his crease and lets it go through to the keeper

81.4

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, good length and the line is a fraction closer to the left-hander outside off stump, Hussey thinks about playing it and then decides against it

81.5

Lakmal to Hussey, 3 runs, full length and this time the line is too close to off stump to leave, Hussey moves forward and drives through cover point

81.6

Lakmal to Haddin, no run, that would have been a good ball to Hussey, but Haddin is a right-hander, so Jayawardene has to move towards his left to collect down leg side

Australia 238/5   RAS Lakmal 17-3-42-2
83.1

Lakmal to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin gets going this morning by clipping one off his pads behind square

83.2

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, good length but the ball angles across Hussey from over the wicket and he lets it pass

83.3

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, too wide outside off from Lakmal, Hussey doesn't bother with it

83.4

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, he pitches slightly short and angles the ball into Hussey, who swivels and pulls towards deep square. He didn't time that well

83.5

Lakmal to Haddin, FOUR, edged but short of gully! Lakmal went over the wicket to the right-hander and bowled a full ball just outside off, which moved away a touch. Haddin drove hard from his crease and sliced the ball hard and low towards gully

83.6

Lakmal to Haddin, 1 run, full length and on the pads, Haddin tries to flick but doesn't make proper contact

Australia 249/5   RAS Lakmal 18-3-49-2
85.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off stump

85.2

Lakmal to Hussey, FOUR, another terrific drive, from Hussey this time. He leans forward to a full ball outside off and drives fluently all along the ground through extra cover

85.3

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, Lakmal pitches outside off from round the wicket and angles the ball in, Hussey moves forward and lifts his bat out of the way

85.4

Lakmal to Hussey, FOUR, that's awfully short, and Hussey is so quick to judge the length that he could have played two pull shots. He moved back and thumped it in front of square, all along the ground

85.5

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, full ball outside off, Hussey drives the ball in the air and it goes quickly to the fielder at short cover, he yells as the ball hit his hand, it fell just short I think

85.6

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

Australia 265/5   RAS Lakmal 19-3-57-2
87.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, full length but much too wide outside off, Hussey lets it go

87.2

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, wide outside off once again, Hussey lets it go again

87.3

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length around off stump, Hussey moves back and opens the face to guide the ball behind point

87.4

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, good length outside off, Johnson stays in his crease and lets it go

87.5

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, that defence was solid, got behind the line nicely and blocked it with the middle of his straight bat

87.6

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, a bouncer and Johnson ducks under it, saw it early and let it easily

Australia 266/6   RAS Lakmal 20-3-58-2
89.1

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, driven on the front foot toward the off side where a fumble allows the single

89.2

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, Johnson lets the ball go outside off

89.3

Lakmal to Johnson, no run, good length and straight, Johnson stays in his crease, gets behind the line and defends, he hasn't scored as yet

89.4

Lakmal to Johnson, 1 run, he's off the mark now, nudging a length ball off his pads through square leg

89.5

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, full ball around off stump, played from the crease towards cover

89.6

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, a sharp short ball, Hussey shapes up to pull and then decides to drop his wrists and let the ball go

Australia 269/6   RAS Lakmal 21-3-60-2
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