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John has this bit of trivia: "Last time that both captains in a Test batted at #5 was in the ZIM v IND series of September 2005; Tatenda Taibu and Saurav Ganguly." Meanwhile Sangakarra in his 100th Test, and Erangs in his first, walk out along with the other Sri Lankans. One last feedback before we start, from Liam: "Hussey screwed again! Man of the Match in the first 2 tests only to get bumped down the order yet again. They need an Argus review into this batting order." Out come Shane Watson and Phil Hughes. Sunny and humid right now. Tony Hill says play, Chanaka Welegedara runs in

10.25am Before we start, Kumar Sangakkara cuts a cake to mark his 100th. I dare say I am a touch happy that Sri Lanka are trailing going into this landmark Test. Don't get me wrong. SSC is the flattest Test wicket in Sri Lanka, but because they are trailing a more sporting wicket has been prepared. There is some grass on it. Dilshan has chosen to bowl first. I am still disappointed, though, that they are not playing at the P Sara Oval, the best Test wicket in Sri Lanka.

10.20am A lot of reaction from the readers regarding the team changes. Meety sums them up: "Very interesting team news re: SL. Samaweera dropped, very bold. Eranga getting a debut - very good move, he looks good. As for the toss - very surprised that Dilshan has sent Oz in, very aggressive move, first time I've been genuinely impressed by Dilshan's captaincy. (I am hoping for it to back-fire, in the nicest possible way though -LOL!). Wow! re:Punter to #4! I think Punter needs to accept that he is not the player he used to be, Border dropped down the order in his later years - so did Waugh. Big YES, for Pup @ #5. He is statistically fairly poor everywhere except @ #5, where he averages 57! Dunno why it should matter batting at 4,5, or 6????" Dan Brettig has some stats that are bound to mislead. Ponting at No. 4: 123 runs at 30.75 in 5 matches. At 3, 9904 at 56.59, 113 matches

10am The big news from the toss. Thilan Samaraweera has been dropped. Tillakaratne Dilshan has gone down to No. 5 He has won the toss and chosen to bowl first. The moisture retained from the rain is the reason behind it. More changes for Sri Lanka in personnel and in strategy. Three pacers in. Shaminda Eranga gets a Test debut. Lahiru Thirimanne comes in for a second Test. Rangana Herath comes back

If you thought Sri Lanka's team news was explosive, read this carefully: Ricky Ponting is back, but will slip down to No. 4 in the order. Michael Clarke will follow at 5, and Michael Hussey at 6

9.50am Good news from Colombo. Toss at 10am, first ball at half past

9.35am And what do we do when we wait? In the doctor's waiting hall, for a train, for a change? We sit down and read. So here is some that should keep you occupied until the start of the match. This is a great moment in one man's career. Kumar Sangakkara is about to become only the fifth Sri Lankan to have played 100 Tests. Here is what he thinks of the achievement. Here is what Peter Roebuck thinks of it. Here is his special career in pictures. Here are Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan's numbers on his career

9.20am There's good news and bad news from Dan Brettig in Colombo. Let me soften the bow a little. It might be humid there, but it is not raining. The bad news now: the soggy outfield has delayed the start. There will be an inspection at9.45am, and if all is fine, we will have the toss at 10

There is a place where the sky's always blue
And sea is so calm all day through
Something you should know
Is a new place to go
Go to the city of Colombo…

9am Came across this lovely seventies' song when in Sri Lanka last year. Something you should know, go to the city of Colombo. And we go to the city of Colombo for the final Test of the series. The Colombo sky, unfortunately, hasn't been that blue of late. Tom Moody tweets it has been raining on the days leading into the Test. Let's hope the weather behaves over the next five days. And unlike from the weather, here is a warm welcome from Sidharth Monga and Cricinfo. Still half an hour to go to toss

0.1

Welegedara to Watson, no run, looks for swing first ball, ends up bowling a low full toss, which is driven to mid-on

0.2

Welegedara to Watson, no run, good bowling and a good lbw shout, but they won't challenge Tony Hill. This has almost everything going for it. Length ball, pitches middle, swings in a touch, hits him in front of the stumps. However, Hill has spotted the inside edge

0.3

Welegedara to Watson, no run, this one pitches in the similar area, but goes with the angle, defended outside off

Three slips, a gully, no short leg

0.4

Welegedara to Watson, no run, another floater just outside off, defended solidly

0.5

Welegedara to Watson, no run, starts further outside off, and is left alone

0.6

Welegedara to Watson, no run, this one seam away from Watson, pitches middle and off, and almost cuts away. Defended off the front foot

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0
SR Watson    0* (6b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-1-0-0
PJ Hughes    0* (0b)     

Suranga Lakmal will share the new ball

1.1

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

"Khawaja dropped however Clarke averages 22 from his last 27 innings & Ponting averages 27 from his last 11 tests. Jobs for the boys in the ACB" Simo is not happy

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

"@Liam - given Haddin's recent performances & the long-ish tail, I'd prefer to have Hussey down the order. We need a level head down there." Stron point, Smudgeon. Meanwhile here is Shaun Marsh

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

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 1/1
SR Watson    0* (7b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-1-1
SE Marsh    1* (3b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-1-0-0

2.1

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, slight swing away from the left-hand batsman, but it starts wide outside off, so it is left alone

2.2

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, oh what a beaut. What an absolute ripper. Angling in towards off, pitches short of a length, around off, and then goes away against the angle. Squares Marsh up. Misses the edge not by much

2.3

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, this starts wider out, and is left alone

2.4

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, this one angles in towards off, pushed to mid-on

2.5

Welegedara to Marsh, 1 run, clips away a length ball off the pads for a single

2.6

Welegedara to Watson, no run, length ball, slight shape in, defended to mid-on

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 2/1
SR Watson    0* (8b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-1-1-0
SE Marsh    2* (8b)      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

"... that has to be the end of Hughes. Clarke on the phone now begging Katich to forgive him." Much as we want the latter to happen, Ando, you know it is not going to happen

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

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 2/1
SE Marsh    2* (14b)      RAS Lakmal    2-1-1-1
SR Watson    0* (8b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-1-1-0

"This is first time I see a SL attack with one spinner in home soil in my lifetime. Is this real or I am still sleeping????" Interesting one, Kamsy. Let me catch a break, and I will find out when they did so last. They might never have done so

4.1

Welegedara to Watson, 3 runs, Watson off the mark, gets a length ball on the pads, and clips it wide of midwicket

4.2

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, some shape away from Marsh, but starts well outside off. Marsh shoulders arms

4.3

Welegedara to Marsh, 2 runs, this one goes with the angle, Marsh gets the inside half of the bat on it, will take a couple

4.4

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, this is angling in towards top of off, Marsh is well forward and dead-bats it

4.5

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

4.6

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, wider outside off, and he doesn't go driving this time

End of over 5 (9 runs) Australia 11/1
SE Marsh    8* (19b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-1-10-0
SR Watson    3* (9b)      RAS Lakmal    2-1-1-1

5.1

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

"I wonder if anyone had to restrain Ricky from going out to the middle out of pure habit when Hughes got out..." Ben, it is possible Marsh might have been sitting in a Twenty20-style dugout to beat Ponting

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

Time for Dilshan to get some stick now. Sumith says this: "@ Kamsy . Well they do have a second spinner in the self-proclaimed all-rounder captain!"

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

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 16/1
SE Marsh    12* (23b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-1-6-1
SR Watson    4* (11b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-1-10-0

6.1

Welegedara to Watson, no run, good-looking off-drive off a full delivery, but the mid-off is pretty straight

"With Hughes lasting all of two balls, Ponting is still effectively batting at 3" Tim, that means Clarke is back at 4

6.2

Welegedara to Watson, no run, on-drive this time, but mid-on is straight too. They have done their homework with straight field positions for Watson

6.3

Welegedara to Watson, no run, left alone outside this time

Short cover and short midwicket come in

6.4

Welegedara to Watson, no run, short of a length, around off, defended off the front foot

6.5

Welegedara to Watson, no run, another meaty drive from Watson, finds short cover this time. On the bounce

6.6

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

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 20/1
SR Watson    8* (17b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-1-14-0
SE Marsh    12* (23b 2x4)      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

"Australia driving well but credit to SL you have to bowl full early to get the wickets even if you go for a few 4s" Yes Ando, on a flat SSC wicket, with a three-pacer attack, you have to make the new ball count

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

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 22/1
SE Marsh    14* (29b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-1-8-1
SR Watson    8* (17b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-1-14-0

Eranga to make debut

8.1

Eranga to Watson, OUT, Whoa! What a series for debutants! Eranga takes a wicket first ball now. Watson is gone. To be fair, though, it was not a very remarkable delivery. It was a loosener wide outside off, and Watson went after it like it was the last wide delivery he would get. Just couldn't keep it down, and backward point accepted the catch with glee. Eranga will take it

SR Watson c Dilshan b Eranga 8 (36m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

In comes Ricky Ponting now, at a position he is not used to. No. 4

8.2

Eranga to Ponting, no run, similar wide delivery, holding its line, Ponting gets the big stride in, leaves it alone. A typical Ponting start

8.3

Eranga to Ponting, no run, another massive stride forward, another leave

8.4

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this time Ponting plays at it, with on open face, towards gully, on the bounce

Eranga took a wicket off the second ball he bowled in ODIs. And now one off the first in Tests

8.5

Eranga to Ponting, no run, short of a length, around off, pushed back to the bowler

8.6

Eranga to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting's big front-foot movement again, he gets close to the line of this, and push-drives it wide of cover for a couple

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 24/2
RT Ponting    2* (5b)      RMS Eranga    1-0-2-1
SE Marsh    14* (29b 2x4)      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

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) Australia 25/2
RT Ponting    2* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    5-2-8-1
SE Marsh    14* (34b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-2-1

10.1

Eranga to Marsh, 3 runs, another sweet drive from Marsh, leaning into it, covering the line well before opening the face on it. Goes through extra cover, along the ground

"Has Eranga played a T20 yet? Good chance he might take a wicket before his first legitimate delivery . Wicket off a No Ball possibly?" Din, then his first legal delivery will be a free hit

10.2

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this has cut Ponting in two.... Short of a length, seams back in from outside off, beats the inside edge, and the stumps

10.3

Eranga to Ponting, 2 runs, too straight this time, clipped away wide of mid-on

10.4

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this one starts wide outside off, left alone

Ben: "Ok, well once again watto caught at point in a test, this has to be where he gets out most? I recently remember 2nd innings of galle, Adelaide ashes, caught by Pieterson... seems to me like he needs to stop playing that shot, he just can't keep them wide one's down with the cut, going after them way too hard... Maybe he thinks the harder he hits it, the more chance the fielder will drop??"

10.5

Eranga to Ponting, no run, another leave outside off

10.6

Eranga to Ponting, no run, too wide outside off, unlike Watson, Ponting is not driving at them

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 30/2
RT Ponting    4* (11b)      RMS Eranga    2-0-7-1
SE Marsh    17* (35b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-2-8-1

It was only a matter of time before we questioned Sam's axing. Here is Sumith: "This is insane dropping Thilan Samaraweera. He averaged just above 50 in last series against England and he played an amazing innings of 87*. How can failing two matches decides as a failure though in a tournament that whole team failed!!"

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

"@Din, he'll bowl one that is so wide the batsman will lose balance attempting to reach it and demolish his stumps instead" Hit-wicket off a wide. That's a feasible solution, Vaughan

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

Nuwan: "@Sumith agreed Samaraweera shouldn't be dropped on recent form, but think it's time to start looking for replacements in that middle and lower middle order. He, Mahela and Sanga won't be around forever...or much longer"

11.6

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

End of over 12 (1 run, maiden) Australia 31/2
RT Ponting    4* (12b)      RAS Lakmal    6-3-8-1
SE Marsh    17* (40b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-7-1

12.1

Eranga to Marsh, no run, Eranga stays wide to the left-hand batsman too. Left alone

12.2

Eranga to Marsh, 1 run, makes him play this time, pitches leg, angling towards off, the inside edge goes for a single

12.3

Eranga to Ponting, no run, short of a length, just outside off, Ponting presses forward, then goes back, and defends this back to the bowler

12.4

Eranga to Ponting, no run, very wide outside off, left alone

Thisara: "Australia's last home series against Pakistan where it looked like no one is able to make a century, Watto actually made one. He hit the same shot on 99, and it was dropped by the fielder at point."

12.5

Eranga to Ponting, no run, another wide delivery, another leave

12.6

Eranga to Ponting, 1 wide, bouncer outside off, Ponting need not even duck or away out of the line. Called a wide for height

12.6

Eranga to Ponting, no run, back full, but wide outside off again. Another leave

Time for the first drinks break of the match

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 33/2
RT Ponting    4* (16b)      RMS Eranga    3-0-9-1
SE Marsh    18* (42b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-3-8-1

Welegedara comes back for another spell

13.1

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, starts with a length ball well outside off, left alone

13.2

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, wide outside off again, left alone again

I know 33 for 2 tells a different story, but Sri Lanka haven't been remarkable with the new ball. Too wide. Too few attempts to make the batsman play

13.3

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, this is closer to the stumps, Marsh push-drives it back to Welegedara

13.4

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, this is more of what Sri Lanka need Short of a length, just outside off, marsh plays for the angle, and is beaten as this one holds its line and bounces

13.5

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, overpitched now, and driven to mid-off

13.6

Welegedara to Marsh, 2 runs, closes the face to one on off, the thick leading edge goes along the ground and wide of gully

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 35/2
SE Marsh    20* (48b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-1-16-0
RT Ponting    4* (16b)      RMS Eranga    3-0-9-1

14.1

Eranga to Ponting, no run, wide again, Ponting is well forward and shoulders arms

Peter: "Dropping Sam is a bit ridiculous. But then again if they do want to drop someone it is probably him. No one will drop Sanga and Mahela, Matthews in good form, Dilshan is the captain. And if they decide to move Dilshan down then Parana is safe.

Anyway, give Thirimanne a chance. He did score 100 in the tour game."

14.2

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this is the second delivery he has got to move in, Ponting is hit on the pad way outside the line of off. They appeal for lbw, and even if Ponting is deemed to be not playing a shot, this never moves in enough to be able to hit the stumps

14.3

Eranga to Ponting, no run, defended off the back foot this time, this is a better line, closer to off

14.4

Eranga to Ponting, no run, back to bowing wide, Ponting back to leaving them alone

14.5

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this is full and straight, Ponting on-drives, finds mid-on

14.6

Eranga to Ponting, no run, length ball, close to off, angling in, Ponting defends off the back foot

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 35/2
RT Ponting    4* (22b)      RMS Eranga    4-1-9-1
SE Marsh    20* (48b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-1-16-0

15.1

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, wide outside off, Marsh shoulders arms

15.2

Welegedara to Marsh, 2 runs, length ball outside off, push-driven with an open face, between point and cover, all along the ground

15.3

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, short and wide, Marsh shapes up to cut, but this one bounces more than expected and Marsh pulls out in time. Both Ponting and Marsh walk towards each other and tap the area where this pitched

15.4

Welegedara to Marsh, 1 run, angling into the pads, and flicked away to long leg

15.5

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, length ball outside off, defended back to the bowler

15.6

Welegedara to Ponting, 1 run, clipped away off the pads for a single around the corner

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 39/2
RT Ponting    5* (24b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-1-20-0
SE Marsh    23* (52b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    4-1-9-1

16.1

Eranga to Ponting, no run, shout for catch at the wicket, Hill says no. They don't challenge either. Ponting on the pull again! This one is dug in short all right, but doesn't quite come up. It has hit the thigh pad on the way, and is nowhere close to the bat

16.2

Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, length ball on the pads, helped away for a single

16.3

Eranga to Marsh, no run, angled well wide outside off, left alone

16.4

Eranga to Marsh, no run, appeal for lbw as Marsh misses on this flick. Clearly pitched outside leg, which they realise soon and stifle the appeal

16.5

Eranga to Marsh, no run, angled outside off, defended from the crease

16.6

Eranga to Marsh, no run, short of a length, middle and off, Marsh defends off the front foot

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 40/2
SE Marsh    23* (56b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    5-1-10-1
RT Ponting    6* (26b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-1-20-0

17.1

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, short of a length, pitches leg, angling towards off, pushed to the bowler

17.2

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, angled a cross him, and left alone again

17.3

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, length ball on leg, angling towards off, dead-batted off the front foot

17.4

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, They are challenging Aleem Dar. This is the odd delivery that swings in. Ponting drives away from the body, there is a woody sound as it passes the inside edge. They go for the review right away. The replays, however, show that Dar is right again. The ball has hit the pad, and the bat has hit the boot. Oh Aleem, you beauty

17.5

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, short of a length, angling across, defended off the front foot

17.6

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, length ball outside off, driven to mid-off

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 40/2
RT Ponting    6* (32b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-20-0
SE Marsh    23* (56b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    5-1-10-1

"Once again, the big thing to learn when your in the fielding side is that you should never CHALLENGE Aleem Dar." True, Krean

18.1

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

18.2

Eranga to Marsh, no run, full outside off, Marsh off-drives, can't beat mid-off

18.3

Eranga to Marsh, no run, short of a length, on the pads, punched to short midwicket

18.4

Eranga to Marsh, no run, left alone outside off this time

18.5

Eranga to Marsh, no run, short of a length, angling towards off, Marsh is solidly behind its line

18.6

Eranga to Marsh, no run, Marsh gets a stride in to defend this outside off

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 40/2
SE Marsh    23* (62b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    6-2-10-1
RT Ponting    6* (32b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-20-0

"They all discuss about figuring ways to be effective in using the DRS. Well, the first would be, look at the umpire and if it is Aleem Dar just turn around and walk back to your mark...." The first commandment, from Eric

19.1

Welegedara to Ponting, 2 runs, flicked away off the pads, wide of long leg

19.2

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, short of a length, around off, defended back to the bowler

19.3

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, full outside off, left alone as it is angling further away

"Do you think batsmen should practice playing inside the line of a ball and hitting their boot to trick the opposition into using challenges? OK (ha ha), that's just too tricky!" How about the boot lace, Philby. But as Dravid found out, that might be cutting it too fine

19.4

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, another leave outside off

19.5

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

19.6

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

End of over 20 (10 runs) Australia 50/2
RT Ponting    16* (38b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-2-30-0
SE Marsh    23* (62b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    6-2-10-1

Lakmal comes back for a spell

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

Two men on the hook now. Just one slip in. Lakmal goes round the stumps

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

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 52/2
SE Marsh    24* (66b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-3-10-1
RT Ponting    17* (40b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-2-30-0

"@ Philby - They could make a ' tak ' sound with their tongue simultaneously with the shot." Anees, I know a former Mumbai wicketkeeper, Vinayak Samant, who used to get caught-behind decisions making those click sounds himself. True story. Meanwhile here is Rangana Herath. One slip, one short leg

21.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, starts with a flat delivery into the pads, pushed to leg

21.2

Herath to Ponting, no run, flights this one on middle and leg, Ponting smothers the turn

21.3

Herath to Ponting, no run, nicely flighted again, Ponting pushes forward to defend

21.4

Herath to Ponting, no run, slightly low trajectory, into the pads, pushed back to the bowler

21.5

Herath to Ponting, no run, turn and bounce... pitches middle and off, Ponting pushes at it, then it breaks and bounce, beating the outside edge

21.6

Herath to Ponting, no run, more turn, but low trajectory, Ponting stays back and defends

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 52/2
RT Ponting    17* (46b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-1-0-0
SE Marsh    24* (66b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-3-10-1

22.1

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

"A sneaky tactic could be used by the fielders at slip, they can put their hands behind their backs and click with their fingers!." Clickyclick, this keeper I am talking about was a great mimic. He used to fool flight stewardesses by mimicking phone ring tones when in flight. They never found a phone that was switched on

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

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 54/2
SE Marsh    25* (69b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-3-12-1
RT Ponting    18* (49b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-1-0-0

23.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, flighted around middle and leg, defended off the front foot

23.2

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, brings out the sweep, all along the ground, gets a single to long leg

Over the wicket to Marsh. One slip and one short leg

23.3

Herath to Marsh, no run, the middle of Marsh's bat is getting quite a few taps. Another solid forward-defensive

23.4

Herath to Marsh, no run, flatter, quicker, worked to midwicket

23.5

Herath to Marsh, no run, appeal, big one, but not sure what this is for. This flighted outside off, makes him play away from the body, turns in. Then hits the pad outside the line, but also Dilshan has caught the ball at silly point. Not sure if there is an inside edge. The lbw has been ruled out because he was outside the line. Replays show the bat and the ball both hit the pad, but not each other. Another superb call from Dar

23.6

Herath to Marsh, no run, flat into the pads, pushed to midwicket

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 55/2
SE Marsh    25* (73b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-1-0
RT Ponting    19* (51b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-3-12-1

Lakmal has two slips for Ponting

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

Tim: "I remember the story that Clarrie Grimmett's fingers used to click when he bowled a particular delivery, so he learned to click his fingers on his other hand when he bowled other deliveries. There was no hint he was trying to cheat the umpires into giving a caught behind decision."

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

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 60/2
RT Ponting    23* (58b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-3-17-1
SE Marsh    25* (73b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-1-0

25.1

Herath to Marsh, no run, flighted on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

25.2

Herath to Marsh, no run, full outside off, smothers the turn

25.3

Herath to Marsh, no run, flighted slightly wide outside off, Marsh is well forward to block it

25.4

Herath to Marsh, no run, turning into the pads, pushed to square leg

25.5

Herath to Marsh, no run, pushed to silly point, on the bounce

25.6

Herath to Marsh, no run, full outside off, played back to the bowler

End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 60/2
SE Marsh    25* (79b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-2-1-0
RT Ponting    23* (58b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-3-17-1

Dilshan will bowl the last last over before lunch. One slip and one short leg in place

26.1

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, turning down the leg side, worked around the corner to move to the other end

26.2

Dilshan to Marsh, 1 run, short, cut away, but that's not the story, Herath is trying the modern slide to chase this, and the ground is soft because of the rain it has taken. The knee, already bandaged, gets stuck in the ground. That wasn't nice

26.3

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, into the pads again, worked around the corner again

26.4

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to the bowler

26.5

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, dead-bats this full one outside off

26.6

Dilshan to Marsh, no run, slower through the air, teasing him outside off, Marsh has nothing to do with this

Alex: '@ Tim: Clarrie learned to click his fingers after batsmen learned to pick his flipper by the distinctive 'click'. So he started clicking the fingers of his left hand at the point of release. The man had many talents!" On that note, it's lunch at SSC. Australia 63 for 2 after being asked to bat first. On paper, 63 for 2 might be okay returns for the bowling side, but I don't think Sri Lanka bowled very well. They didn't make Australia play often enough, even after the early wickets. Congratulations to Eranga, though, for a wicket off his first delivery in Tests. Do join us around 1.10pm for more

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 63/2
SE Marsh    26* (83b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-0
RT Ponting    25* (60b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-2-1-0

1.39pm We are all set for resumption. Eranga will bowl

1.35pm "Did we end up finding out when the last time Sri-Lanka only played one front-line spinner in a home test was?" Brett, thanks for reminding me. It was surprisingly not a long way back! They played just one spinner at the same venue, in 2009 against Pakistan. It was the time when Murali was injured, and Vaas was brought back for a farewell Test. The series was already won, and Mendis was dropped after the first two Tests of the series.

"Does Mohan the stats guy ever get the nickname "Pheno"?" Rob, I never thought of that, mostly because the middle name spoils it. His full name is Mohan Das Menon. That shouldn't stop it. Mohan "Pheno" Menon. I hope he is reading this at the SSC

"Wessels, come on he was South African, everyone is at England about their side, so i say it again, Australia had a South African playing for them, shame on us." Robert Brown has had a late relaisation

1.15pm The umpires are out for the inspection. It's the outfield we are concerned about, not the square. "@All you statisticians out there, how many runs does Marsh need to have the highest batting average at any point in a career?" Scott, he will have to beat Lawrence Rowe's 336. Rowe scored 214, 100 not out and 22 before before he was dismissed a second time. The Australian record belongs to Kepler Wessels, who scored 162 and 46 in his first Test. If Marsh scores another 42 before getting out, he will have done that. These stats courtesy Mohan Menon, who is working for Ten Sports

Meanwhile it will be a bit more before we resume

1.08pm Welcome back. We had a heavy but passing shower during the lunch break. Covers just coming off. The sun is out, but we are not going to resume on time

27.1

Eranga to Ponting, no run, short of a length, around off, holds its line, defended off the front foot

27.2

Eranga to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off, not too far wide, so a brave leave

27.3

Eranga to Ponting, 2 runs, length ball, into the pads, clipped wide of square leg for two

27.4

Eranga to Ponting, no run, fuller, outside off, angling in, defended off the front foot

27.5

Eranga to Ponting, no run, full, angling in to off, defended to cover

27.6

Eranga to Ponting, no run, Close lbw shout, this one swings back in late, Ponting is late in the shot and is caught on the crease. They will review this. The bat and pad are close together, there is a woody sound, but it has definitely hit pad first. Now we need to find out if it has hit him in line. He was surely playing a shot here. And once again, Dar is right! It has hit him just outside the line of off. Sri Lanka have challenged Dar twice, and now have no reviews left

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 65/2
RT Ponting    27* (66b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    7-2-12-1
SE Marsh    26* (83b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-0

"that's true Rob, but Kepler did go back to playing for SA as soon as they were allowed to play international cricket again!" Strong point, Ben

28.1

Herath to Marsh, no run, short of a length, turning in, defended from the crease

28.2

Herath to Marsh, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to mid-on

28.3

Herath to Marsh, no run, tossed up outside off, turning, defended off the front foot

28.4

Herath to Marsh, no run, goes to sweep, misses, but is hit outside the line of off

28.5

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

28.6

Herath to Marsh, no run, gives him the charge and flicks this to mid-on, along the ground

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 69/2
SE Marsh    30* (89b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-2-5-0
RT Ponting    27* (66b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    7-2-12-1

29.1

Eranga to Ponting, no run, another half-appeal, but Ponting has moves well outside off even though this inswinger has hit him on the pad first

29.2

Eranga to Ponting, no run, another inswinger, defended crisply to cover

"The point is, every time England win, we always hear that how many are English, but in this day and age many people play sport for their adopted country, and if you look at Australia, many sports, but for some reason England seem an easy target." Point taken about immigration, Robert Brown, but I am not fan of every good irish player playing for England. How will they achieve Test status then?

29.3

Eranga to Ponting, no run, another inswinger, driven down to the bowler, the momentum brings him outside the crease, Eranga lets rip a throw. He would have made it back even if this had hit, but doesn't hurt letting the batsman know he better stay in the crease

29.4

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

29.5

Eranga to Ponting, 3 runs, another extra cover drive, this time he hasn't got enough on it, but he will take three

29.6

Eranga to Marsh, 3 runs, opens the face on this angling away from him, gets it wide of slips for three more runs

End of over 30 (10 runs) Australia 79/2
SE Marsh    33* (90b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    8-2-22-1
RT Ponting    34* (71b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-2-5-0

30.1

Herath to Marsh, no run, turning into the pads, worked away to square leg, can't get the single

30.2

Herath to Marsh, no run, tossed up outside off, smothers the turn

30.3

Herath to Marsh, no run, flatter, shorter, defended outside off

30.4

Herath to Marsh, no run, more middle and leg this time, Marsh defends to short leg

30.5

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

30.6

Herath to Marsh, no run, defended outside off this time

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 83/2
SE Marsh    37* (96b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-2-9-0
RT Ponting    34* (71b 4x4)      RMS Eranga    8-2-22-1

"If you're disqualifying Kepler Wessels, Albert Trott had scored 205 for once out before facing his last ball for Australia (which got him out, but left him with what I think remains the highest test average for Australia - 102.5)" Thanks JohnB for that, but we won't qualify Kepler. I am sure you'll agree

31.1

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this one holds its line outside off, Ponting leaves it alone. A rare fumble from PJ. It swung in late, well after it had passed the stumps

31.2

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this one swings, Ponting gets the stride in and defends

31.3

Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, a touch short, punched away, and we already have a deep point in place

31.4

Eranga to Marsh, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, angling towards off, defended back

31.5

Eranga to Marsh, no run, starts wide outside off, angles away, left alone

"Ireland will never get test match status as they were only just allowed back to the World Cup. It would be a waste to ignore players like Morgan when he is good enough. Maybe the ICC should set out a road map with goals and a time line which the Irish can work towards. Why should Morgan just hang around with Ireland and hope?" Fair enough, Mark. But also imagine, in a hypothetical world, if India or Pakistan had picked the likes of Akram Khan before Bangladesh started playing international cricket. Their cricket would have been pushed back by another 10 years

31.6

Eranga to Marsh, no run, down the leg side, doesn't need to play at it

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 84/2
SE Marsh    37* (99b 4x4)      RMS Eranga    9-2-23-1
RT Ponting    35* (74b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-2-9-0

Round the wicket to Ponting

32.1

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

32.2

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, the tip-and-run now, towards cover, and they rush through

32.3

Herath to Marsh, no run, flighted outside off, defended with an open face

32.4

Herath to Marsh, no run, flighted around off, turning into middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

Round the wicket to Marsh too

32.5

Herath to Marsh, no run, angling towards off, and away, defended to cover

32.6

Herath to Marsh, no run, leaves his crease to reach the pitch of the ball and then smother the turn

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 89/2
SE Marsh    37* (103b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-2-14-0
RT Ponting    40* (76b 5x4)      RMS Eranga    9-2-23-1

33.1

Eranga to Ponting, 1 run, length ball wide of off, driven with an open face to deep point

33.2

Eranga to Marsh, 1 run, nicely clipped away off the pads, two men deep on the on side

33.3

Eranga to Ponting, 2 runs, angled into the pads, pushed wide of deep square leg, will get a couple

"The Biggest problem being, that Morgan did not want to wait, and decided to become an English Citizen, now he plays for England, who is at fault England or Morgan, now hear in Australia, we have Girls from Russia, playing tennis for Australia, and boxers from different countries fighting in the ring as Australians, we have weight lifters from Bulgaria, so with Morgan, he decided his future was with England, and it might seem wrong, but it was his decision to do it." Yes Robert Brown, can't blame the individual

33.4

Eranga to Ponting, no run, this one holds its line outside off, left alone

33.5

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

33.6

Eranga to Ponting, no run, shortish, nips back in, cramps up his cut

End of over 34 (8 runs) Australia 97/2
RT Ponting    47* (81b 6x4)      RMS Eranga    10-2-31-1
SE Marsh    38* (104b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-2-14-0

"Incidentally I completely agree with the point about Ireland. I'd rather England didn't pick Morgan personally, much as I love watching him play. Morgan, Stirling, Rankin and Dockerell on the same team would make a very strong case for Ireland to be offered more International exposure." Yes Dominic, I would say the same if I were to look at it from an irish fan's perspective

34.1

Herath to Marsh, no run, turning into the pads, defended to short leg

34.2

Herath to Marsh, 1 run, middle and leg again, worked around the corner for a single

34.3

Herath to Ponting, no run, flighted outside off, turning away, left alone

34.4

Herath to Ponting, no run, fired down the leg side

34.5

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, well flighted outside off, driven again, he is keeping it down, although this time a dive at extra cover keep the shot down to one

34.6

Herath to Marsh, no run, the arm ball, it certainly didn't turn in, and was quicker too. Marsh is quick to get the bat down

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 99/2
SE Marsh    39* (107b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-2-16-0
RT Ponting    48* (84b 6x4)      RMS Eranga    10-2-31-1

"It is a lot to ask of a man like Morgan to not only make do financially with a county contract and 1/2 dozen ODIs per year rather than a full international career but also to not have the chance to do what he does best at the highest level in the hope that sometime, probably not during his career, Ireland will get test status. It is easy to ask him that from our armchairs, but which of us would make that sacrifice?" I understand Smudge, and I am not making a personal judgement on Morgan. As I wouldn't make one on Sehwag, who delayed his surgery for IPL and missed the England tour in the process. I cant even imagine the amount of money either Morgan or Sehwag makes through his choices. Meanwhile Lakmal is back

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

Philby: "If you say it's OK for Morgan to play for England on that basis, then it would be OK for George Weah to have played World Cup football for another nation who made it to the WC at the time he was world footballer of the year. Allowing players like Morgan to play for England is too much of a set back to minnows like Ireland; unlucky for Morgan (same as Weah), good for Irish cricket."

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

In comes Michael Clarke

35.6

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

End of over 36 (2 runs) Australia 101/3
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      RAS Lakmal    10-3-19-2
SE Marsh    39* (107b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-2-16-0

"How many times Ponting got out in 40's in last 2 years ?" Rajeev reddy, that has been the main point about Ponting over the last two years. He hasn't been in horrible form, but he has been throwing away starts. Concentration problems? Meanwhile Welegedara is back

36.1

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, starts with one that swings away from Marsh. Starts wide, left alone

36.2

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, closer to off now, Marsh is forward to defend this solidly

36.3

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, this is a touch wider, left alone

"I was just looking back at earlier commentary, and read the discussions about deliberately making noises to trick the fielding team into umpire review.... One thing that I'm certain in going to happen is that batsmen won't be replacing bats with a 'click' in the handle until all reviews have been used up by the side batting. Most probably the noisier click, the better..." John Garvey distracts us from the issue of players choosing other countries or club over their own country

36.4

Welegedara to Marsh, 3 runs, driven nicely, along the ground, past cover. He reached the line of the ball and covered the swing well

36.5

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, short of a length, angling across, defended to cover

36.6

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 104/3
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-2-33-0
SE Marsh    42* (111b 4x4)      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

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 105/3
MJ Clarke    0* (8b)      RAS Lakmal    11-3-20-2
SE Marsh    43* (112b 4x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-2-33-0

38.1

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, short of a length, starts outside off, moves away, left alone

"@John Garvey: Justin Langer patented that idea in 1999 against Pakistan." Patrick must be alluding to the Hobart Test

38.2

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, another leave outside off, this is closer to the stumps, but still not close enough to make him play

38.3

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, they are putting together a cluster of lovely swing bowling, each-way movement. This one has swung in for Marsh, who is looking shoulder arms. Marsh is hit on the pad outside off, but it is not doing enough, and Tony Hill denies them the initial lbw appeal. However, Jayawardene has taken the catch and is excited by the two sounds. He convinces the umpires to check it for the catch even though the reviews are exhausted. The replays, though, show it has hit both pads, thus creating the illusion of a bat-pad. This was an umpire's review, not an official challenge by Sri Lanka

38.4

Welegedara to Marsh, 1 run, drives at this one outside off, more of a steer, past gully, for a single

38.5

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, defended outside off, towards mid-off

38.6

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, push-drives this with the angle, can't beat cover

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 106/3
MJ Clarke    0* (10b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-2-34-0
SE Marsh    44* (116b 4x4)      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

"Didn't know Sri Lanka had 3 reviews...plenty of respect for Tony Hill but if he's not sure if the batsman hit it he should just give it not out. DRS does not mean umpires should stop the game because they aren't sure" Vaughan, technically it does. They do so for low catches too

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

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 108/3
SE Marsh    46* (122b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    12-3-22-2
MJ Clarke    0* (10b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-2-34-0

"Did Mahela appeal for the catch in the hope the 3rd umpire would check the LBW as well?" Liam I don't think lbw was even close. I am not sure what Mahela was thinking, though

40.1

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, full outside off, pushed to short cover

40.2

Welegedara to Clarke, 2 runs, short of a length, on the pads, worked away wide of square leg

40.3

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, angled across him, left alone

Goes round the stumps

40.4

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

40.5

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, a brave leave, this is bowled from round the stumps, pitches outside off, but has every possibility of nipping back in. This one doesn't though

40.6

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, full, into middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

Time for a drink now

End of over 41 (6 runs) Australia 114/3
MJ Clarke    6* (16b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-2-40-0
SE Marsh    46* (122b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    12-3-22-2

"@Sid, low catches is fair enough mate, but why do we have this review system if the players can ask the umpire if the batsman hit it when ever they want? they've used their reviews therefore they can't challenge the umpire's decision which is what DRS is for, if I'm wrong, then why do they only have 2 reviews p/test?" Fair point Ben, but I am speculating that Tony Hill felt he adjudicated only on the lbw call, and was perhaps surprised by that double noise. Possibly he thought he hadn't been completely fair to the fielding side. As far as I can recall, the umpires are allowed to review their own decisions as an afterthought.

"Mmm! I wonder if Mahela would have succeded with Alem Dar if he had made the decision?" Hmm, interesting, Rob. I am sure Billy Bowden would have red-carded him

Lakmal continues round the stumps

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

Fred: "Perhaps Mahela was appealing uner the 'all of the above' category of dismissal"

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

End of over 42 (6 runs) Australia 120/3
SE Marsh    52* (128b 5x4)      RAS Lakmal    13-3-28-2
MJ Clarke    6* (16b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    11-2-40-0

"Isn't Billy colour blind?" Oops Rob, I didn't know of that! Still he can write "red" and "yellow" on his cards. Eranga replaces Welegedara now

42.1

Eranga to Clarke, no run, slight shape in towards Clarke from well outside off. Left alone

Marcus: "I thought they could only double check low catches and no balls. To allow anymore is asking for more ugly incidences of over appealing and pressure being placed on umpires. If an Elite Panel umpire will give in as we've seen, what hope does a guy standing in his first ODI on the International Panel have?"

42.2

Eranga to Clarke, no run, angling into the pads, Clarke gets a touch squared up and belatedly decides to play it straight as opposed to square on the on side

42.3

Eranga to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot, towards cover

42.4

Eranga to Clarke, no run, length ball, angling into middle and leg, defended to mid-on

42.5

Eranga to Clarke, no run, another length ball, shaping in, towards off, defended off the back foot

42.6

Eranga to Clarke, no run, swinging in towards off, defended back

End of over 43 (maiden) Australia 120/3
MJ Clarke    6* (22b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    11-3-31-1
SE Marsh    52* (128b 5x4)      RAS Lakmal    13-3-28-2

"What would have happened if Lanka still had a review left? Would it count as an unsuccessful one?" Ryan, it depends. See Mahela told Tony they were appealing for bat-pad too. Tony could have asked them to officially challenge, or he could have thought, "Hang on I only looked at the lbw, let's not count this as an official challenge. This is an umpire's review."

43.1

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, length ball, shaping in, defended back to Welegedara

Welegedara has got a change of ends by the way

43.2

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, left alone outside off

43.3

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, stays accurate, the fourth-stump line, defended from the crease

43.4

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, shortish outside off, moving away, left alone

43.5

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, well forward to block this one

Eric: "@ All those who are bashing Tony Hill: The umpire gave it not out considering it as an LBW appeal. By the time Mahela wanted it to be an appeal for a catch, It was too late for the umpire to decide whether he nicked it or not and it was not clear given the bat was interrupting the umpire. So he decided to discuss with the 3rd umpire. Itz just like a low catch where the umpire is not sure...."

43.6

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, short of a length, punched away to cover

End of over 44 (maiden) Australia 120/3
SE Marsh    52* (134b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-3-40-0
MJ Clarke    6* (22b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    11-3-31-1

44.1

Eranga to Clarke, no run, length ball around off, shaping in, defended back to the bowler

Kasun: "Review or No reivew...Common sense should prevail...And it was clearly between Mahela and the Umpire"

44.2

Eranga to Clarke, OUT, What is with Australia and patience today? Third poor shot, although one has to confess Sri Lanka have strung together a cluster of good overs with each-way swing. Still there can't be many excuses for this. This is well wide of off, and Clarke goes for a push - mind you, not a flashy drive, which could have resulted in a thick edge that could have eluded fielder. The ball holds its line, and takes the edge of the bat through to PJ. He had to stretch remarkably to even reach it

MJ Clarke c †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga 6 (44m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Michael Hussey walks in. This is the big partnership. Sri Lanka will be thrilled with 120 for 4 on this flat track. Two slips and a gully, a short cover

44.3

Eranga to Hussey, no run, left alone as this pitches off and just outside and angles further away

44.4

Eranga to Hussey, no run, angled away after pitching outside off, left alone

44.5

Eranga to Hussey, no run, Hussey not playing at anything outside off, watches this through to the keeper

44.6

Eranga to Hussey, no run, length ball, angling towards off, defended off the back foot. A wicket-maiden

End of over 45 (wicket maiden) Australia 120/4
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      RMS Eranga    12-4-31-2
SE Marsh    52* (134b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    12-3-40-0

"Shaun Marsh should keep batting until he is assured an average of 200 and retire. I mean, what's the point on keeping playing? You go to sleep every night knowing you're twice as good as Bradman and you'll always be known as the one who "could have been the best ever" without having to waste more energy." Rob Noah, he might want to break Wessels's Aussie record of 208

45.1

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, swinging away from well outside off, left alone

45.2

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, this bouncer doesn't quite get high, but he sways out of its line

45.3

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, angling into the pads, defended with soft hands

45.4

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, left alone outside off as this holds its line there

45.5

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to cover

45.6

Welegedara to Marsh, no run, length ball, swinging in towards off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 46 (maiden) Australia 120/4
SE Marsh    52* (140b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    13-4-40-0
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      RMS Eranga    12-4-31-2

46.1

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

46.2

Eranga to Hussey, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, Hussey will keep picking ones and twos all day long if you bowl there

46.3

Eranga to Hussey, no run, short of a length, towards off, pushed to cover

"Dont coaches get paid to make players better? The only Australians who ever seem to play better are the ones who just came into the team.Its been the same for at least 3 years." I find myself agreeing with Hyclass

46.4

Eranga to Hussey, no run, short of a length, angling towards just outside off, defended off the back foot

46.5

Eranga to Hussey, no run, stays within the stumps again, Hussey is right behind the line

46.6

Eranga to Hussey, no run, length ball, just outside off, pushed to cover

End of over 47 (6 runs) Australia 126/4
MEK Hussey    6* (10b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    13-4-37-2
SE Marsh    52* (140b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    13-4-40-0

Skippy: "Two Sandgropers in, should be sorted now!" Here is Herath to bowl spin

47.1

Herath to Marsh, no run, length ball, turning in, defended back to Herath

47.2

Herath to Marsh, no run, pushed with an open face towards cover

47.3

Herath to Marsh, no run, flat, into the pads, defended to leg

47.4

Herath to Marsh, no run, flicked to leg, but Dilshan makes a diving save at short midwicket

47.5

Herath to Marsh, no run, stays back to defend this off the back foot

47.6

Herath to Marsh, no run, this one dips a touch and turns in slightly sharply, worked away past short leg

End of over 48 (maiden) Australia 126/4
SE Marsh    52* (146b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-3-16-0
MEK Hussey    6* (10b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    13-4-37-2

"Tim Nielson (I think that's his name) has always been a dead weight, and the thought of him surviving the Argus review is a shuddering one. At least Hilditch is going though" Gav, I heard Steve Rixon is a favourite to replace Nielsen (I think that's his name)

48.1

Eranga to Hussey, no run, angling in towards off, pushed back to the bowler

Rob: @Hyclass ...and Hughes is the prime example! Started in a blaze of glory and now going downhill faster than a skier on Mt Everest."

48.2

Eranga to Hussey, no run, pitched up outside off, driven with an open face, can't beat cover

48.3

Eranga to Hussey, no run, length ball, angling in, pushed off the back foot

48.4

Eranga to Hussey, no run, short of a length, angling in, worked away to square leg

48.5

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

"Rixon or the ex South African coach who is with W.A are favorites to get the job." That would be Mickey Arthur, Robert Brown?

48.6

Eranga to Hussey, no run, pushed off the front foot, towards cover

End of over 49 (4 runs) Australia 130/4
MEK Hussey    10* (16b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    14-4-41-2
SE Marsh    52* (146b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-3-16-0

49.1

Herath to Marsh, no run, short, Marsh goes back and cuts, can't beat point

49.2

Herath to Marsh, no run, slower through the air, defended off the front foot

49.3

Herath to Marsh, no run, flatter, quicker, defended to the bowler

49.4

Herath to Marsh, no run, flighted again, comes forward, blocks it

49.5

Herath to Marsh, no run, this is on the pads, Marsh can't place it wide of short fine

49.6

Herath to Marsh, 3 runs, this is flat, outside off, he rocks back to back-cut it fine of point... the first runs for Marsh in 24 balls

End of over 50 (3 runs) Australia 133/4
SE Marsh    55* (152b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-3-19-0
MEK Hussey    10* (16b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    14-4-41-2
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Sep 20, 2011

Haroon Lorgat presents Kumar Sangakkara with an award for completing 100 Tests, Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th day, September 20, 2011

Haroon Lorgat presents Kumar Sangakkara with an award for completing 100 Tests

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Sep 20, 2011

Michael Hussey is named Man of the Series, Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th day, September 20, 2011

Michael Hussey is named Man of the Series

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