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

Welegedara to Marsh, FOUR, a lovely lovely cover-drive. This is pitched up outside off, Marsh leans into it, no power, just the extension into the shot. The bat face is open only slightly, in order to miss mid-off. And what sweet timing

Australia 11/1   SE Marsh 8* (18b 1x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 2.5-1-10-0

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

Australia 16/1   SE Marsh 12* (21b 2x4)   RAS Lakmal 2.4-1-6-1

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, there's no stopping this one... this slightly wider than the previous deliveries, Watson delays the drive a touch to miss that short cover. Lovely timing again

Australia 20/1   SR Watson 8* (17b 1x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 4-1-14-0

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, the first flowing drive from Ponting. All trademark touches present here. Gets a big stride down and across, leans into the drive, the elbow is high, and cover is beaten

Australia 46/2   RT Ponting 12* (37b 1x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 7.5-2-26-0

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, another beautiful drive through extra... it's nearly identical to the previous one. Another big stride, another push-drive, the high elbow, the lovely timing. In the last two deliveries he has scored twice the runs he scored off the first 36

Australia 50/2   RT Ponting 16* (38b 2x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 8-2-30-0

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

Australia 60/2   RT Ponting 23* (56b 3x4)   RAS Lakmal 8.4-3-17-1

Herath to Marsh, FOUR, this time Marsh sweeps from in front of the stumps, manages a sweet connection, and hits it fine enough to beat square leg

Australia 69/2   SE Marsh 30* (88b 3x4)   HMRKB Herath 3.5-2-5-0

Eranga to Ponting, FOUR, driven against the swing, crisply, having got a big stride in, along the ground, wide of extra cover. Good reply to the bowler

Australia 73/2   RT Ponting 31* (70b 4x4)   RMS Eranga 7.4-2-16-1

Herath to Marsh, FOUR, lovely flick-drive... He chips down the tack, right down to the pitch of the ball, and flicks this between the bowler and mid-on. Beautiful

Australia 83/2   SE Marsh 37* (95b 4x4)   HMRKB Herath 4.5-2-9-0

Herath to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting is driving through the covers superbly... this is tossed up outside off, he reaches the pitch of the ball, and places it wide of cover

Australia 88/2   RT Ponting 39* (75b 5x4)   HMRKB Herath 5.1-2-13-0

Eranga to Ponting, FOUR, the pull is out... a short one at 140ks, but its only rib high and he swivels as he pulls. Between the two deep men on the on side. Along the ground. Clarke likes it and applauds from the balcony

Australia 97/2   RT Ponting 47* (80b 6x4)   RMS Eranga 9.5-2-31-1

Welegedara to Clarke, FOUR, and he gets this to swing a touch too far down the leg side, Clarke glances it fine. Just what you need when the bowlers have out together a few testing overs

Australia 114/3   MJ Clarke 6* (14b 1x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 10.4-2-40-0

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

Australia 118/3   SE Marsh 50* (125b 5x4)   RAS Lakmal 12.3-3-26-2

Eranga to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey drives too, but his front foot gets across, close to the line of the ball, and he plays the shot handsomely, wide of cover

Australia 124/4   MEK Hussey 4* (5b 1x4)   RMS Eranga 12.1-4-35-2

Eranga to Hussey, FOUR, overpitched, well outside off, Hussey gets his front foot across, close to the line, and then drives at it. All along the ground, wide of cover

Australia 130/4   MEK Hussey 10* (15b 2x4)   RMS Eranga 13.5-4-41-2

Dilshan to Hussey, FOUR, full and outside leg, and Hussey shows him no mercy. Sweeps this fine, the bat comes down on it, keeping it down

Australia 148/4   MEK Hussey 16* (26b 3x4)   TM Dilshan 3.3-0-13-0

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

Australia 154/4   SE Marsh 68* (171b 6x4)   RAS Lakmal 13.5-3-33-2

Herath to Hussey, FOUR, poor bowling, top batting, Hussey is already on his way to going for a sweep when he sees this fired down the leg side. He plays the sweep-pull, fine for four

Australia 167/4   MEK Hussey 27* (44b 4x4)   HMRKB Herath 12.3-3-33-0

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   SE Marsh 78* (199b 7x4)   RAS Lakmal 16-3-39-2

Herath to Haddin, FOUR, beautiful... I don't think many play the straight loft better than Haddin in today's cricket. Lovely extension of the arms, smooth swing, and it is flying over long-on

Australia 202/5   BJ Haddin 5* (10b 1x4)   HMRKB Herath 18.2-4-49-1

Herath to Haddin, FOUR, another beautiful straight loft from Haddin. Lovely arc, dead straight, mid-off has no chance

Australia 208/5   BJ Haddin 10* (14b 2x4)   HMRKB Herath 19.2-4-55-1

Welegedara to Haddin, FOUR, Oof, Haddin can play! Lovely lovely straight-driving today. Length ball, meets it with a full face, sweetly follows through its line, and places it between the bowler and mid-off. All along the ground. Hussey is impressed

Australia 220/5   BJ Haddin 19* (25b 3x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 13.4-4-46-0

Dilshan to Hussey, FOUR, now that's short! Hussey rocks back and places it in between cover and extra-cover for a boundary

Australia 229/5   MEK Hussey 57* (99b 5x4 1x6)   TM Dilshan 9.3-0-28-0

Welegedara to Hussey, FOUR, and Hussey attacks the new ball with a cracking pull through midwicket

Australia 234/5   MEK Hussey 62* (102b 6x4 1x6)   UWMBCA Welegedara 14.1-4-50-0

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

Australia 248/5   BJ Haddin 26* (45b 4x4)   RAS Lakmal 17.5-3-48-2

Welegedara to Haddin, FOUR, sublime cover drive. Haddin moves forward to a full ball outside off and punches it superbly through the gap in the infield. High elbow and he held that pose for the cameras.

Australia 253/5   BJ Haddin 31* (47b 5x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 16.1-4-59-0

Welegedara to Haddin, FOUR, edged wide of second slip and there's no third slip! Haddin reached out for one and tried to drive it through cover though the length wasn't that full. He got a thick edge that flew safely past the diving Jayawardene at second slip

Australia 257/5   BJ Haddin 35* (52b 6x4)   UWMBCA Welegedara 17-4-63-0

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

Australia 261/5   MEK Hussey 75* (121b 7x4 1x6)   RAS Lakmal 18.2-3-53-2

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

Australia 265/5   MEK Hussey 79* (123b 8x4 1x6)   RAS Lakmal 18.4-3-57-2

Eranga to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson's hammered this. He had the width to drive and the length was full too. Johnson freed those arms and drilled the ball through cover

Australia 273/6   MG Johnson 5* (13b 1x4)   RMS Eranga 20.2-6-57-3

Eranga to Hussey, FOUR, short of a length just outside off, Hussey waits and opens the face of the bat late to thread the ball through the cordon with supreme control. There's no third man

Australia 280/6   MEK Hussey 88* (140b 9x4 1x6)   RMS Eranga 21.3-6-61-3

Welegedara to Hussey, FOUR, make that 4996. A short, wide, hit-me-please ball. Hussey obliged with a fierce square cut that raced to the boundary

Australia 288/6   MEK Hussey 94* (144b 10x4 1x6)   UWMBCA Welegedara 17.2-4-67-0

Welegedara to Hussey, FOUR, 5000 Test runs for Hussey! This time the ball is not that wide but Hussey cuts it late and through the cordon for another boundary

Australia 292/6   MEK Hussey 98* (145b 11x4 1x6)   UWMBCA Welegedara 17.3-4-71-0

Herath to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey beats the field by playing the reverse-sweep but he's placed and timed it so well that it will go for four to the point boundary, he loses strike but I doubt he will be too fussed

Australia 305/9   MEK Hussey 110* (169b 12x4 1x6)   HMRKB Herath 26-5-69-1
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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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