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
  • Overs 151-200

Round the wicket now

150.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, well outside off, straightening too, left alone

150.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, full outside off, defended to mid-off

Jason: "I know he's very slow, but I think Copeland has bowled well given the circumstances. It's a very flat pitch, he'd had a couple of close catches missed and an lbw decision that really should have been given."

150.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, full outside off, pushed to mid-off

150.4

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, well forward and then in front of his body to defend this, and also place it wide of cover

Back over the wicket

150.5

Johnson to Eranga, no run, short of a length, around off, defended

150.6

Johnson to Eranga, no run, length ball wide of off, angling away, left alone

End of over 151 (1 run) Sri Lanka 423/6

    • RMS Eranga 5 (22b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 80 (190b 8x4)
    • MG Johnson 31-5-114-1
    • TA Copeland 33-10-70-2

Lyon into the attack now. Persists with round-the-stumps angle

151.1

Lyon to Mathews, 2 runs, flat across him, Mathews opens the face, gets into the vacant third man area for a couple

151.2

Lyon to Mathews, no run, stays back to defend this one

151.3

Lyon to Mathews, no run, flighted on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

151.4

Lyon to Mathews, no run, flatter, quicker, defended to leg

He'll look for the single now. The field comes up. There is one available to long-on and deep midwicket

151.5

Lyon to Mathews, 1 run, near run-out, an unnecessary risk here, Eranga hasn't quite disgraced himself with the bat, so perhaps a bit too much of a risk to manoeuvre strike. He has defended this straight to square leg and shoots off. Ponting is the fielder on top of that. Mathews puts a full-length dive in, and would still have been beaten by inches had Ponting hit. and he didn't miss by much

151.6

Lyon to Eranga, no run, defended solidly outside off

End of over 152 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 426/6

    • RMS Eranga 5 (23b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 83 (195b 8x4)
    • NM Lyon 33-4-91-0
    • MG Johnson 31-5-114-1

Johnson stays round the stumps for Mathews

152.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, short, and well down the leg side

152.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, this time it is wide outside off stump. Just what you want in the dying minutes of the day. Especially when you are on 80 and have been dismissed just short of 100 twice in your career

152.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, opens the face on this one, turns the single down

152.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, left alone outside off

Will he take a risk to farm the strike again?

152.5

Johnson to Mathews, 2 runs, He does take a risk, this time to try and squeeze a boundary through the close field, but he hits it uppishly past point. They think they can take three, but have to settle for two, and Mathews is stuck at the striker's end for the last ball of the over

152.6

Johnson to Mathews, no run, short of a length, around off, defended off the back foot

End of over 153 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 428/6

    • AD Mathews 85 (201b 8x4)
    • RMS Eranga 5 (23b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 32-5-116-1
    • NM Lyon 33-4-91-0

Three catching men for Eranga

153.1

Lyon to Eranga, no run, tossed up around off, defended solidly

153.2

Lyon to Eranga, no run, full on off, defended back to the bowler

153.3

Lyon to Eranga, no run, flat, around off, pushed back to the bowler

153.4

Lyon to Eranga, no run, dead-bats this flat delivery back to him

153.5

Lyon to Eranga, no run, has a drive at this overpitched one, straight to mid-on

153.6

Lyon to Eranga, no run, Lyon is done for the day as Eranga defends this off the front foot

End of over 154 (maiden) Sri Lanka 428/6

    • RMS Eranga 5 (29b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 85 (201b 8x4)
    • NM Lyon 34-5-91-0
    • MG Johnson 32-5-116-1

Last over of the day coming up

154.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, Johnson continues round the stumps, firing this well down the leg side

154.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, wide outside off, Mathews shoulders arms - some real gifts from Johnson in this spell

154.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, closer to off, Mathews is solid in defending this to mid-off

154.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, Mathews goes chasing after a wide delivery, drives it but keeps it down

154.5

Johnson to Mathews, no run, angling in from wide outside off, meets the dead bat of Mathews

154.6

Johnson to Mathews, no run, this is close to off, Mathews plays tentatively but with soft hands. On the bounce to gully. Goes and shakes Eranga's hand on the way back

5.30pm Stumps on a long, taxing day for everyone involved. Sri Lanka enjoyed it more although nobody went on to get a century. Having seen how flat the pitch is, Australia would have now realised the significance of some poor shots in the first innings. Sri Lanka had to work hard for their runs because Australia tried to contain for most of the day. But the home side is obviously better conditioned to accumulate runs in these sapping condition, and so they did. Thanks for joining us, this is Sidharth Monga saying goodbye. Do tune in tomorrow to see if Mathews finally gets a maiden hundred, and how hard a task are Australia left with in the second innings

End of over 155 (maiden) Sri Lanka 428/6

    • AD Mathews 85 (207b 8x4)
    • RMS Eranga 5 (29b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 33-6-116-1
    • NM Lyon 34-5-91-0

Smudgeon: "If the pitch continues to stay flat & lifeless, SL could easily bat til late in the day, set a total of 300-400, and try to shock a few wickets out of Aus in the final session. As much as I like where the Aus team is heading, I have (not?) seen a lot of grit & determination to bat for long periods (apologies to messers Hussey & Marsh), so I think they'd struggle to bat through the final day for a draw."

It's unlikely the Sri Lankan tail will be that productive though.

I'll stop theorising now. Play is about to begin. Should be a cracking day. One team must force the win, the other not in an impossible situation but a difficult one.

Siddle will open the bowling, Eranga to face. Two slips and a gully catching.

9.55 am Gary: "The best chance Sri Lanka has is to be bowled out quickly. Otherwise it will take them half the day to add another hundred runs & that means inevitable they will not have enough time to bowl the Aussies out." That makes sense from the point of view that the match has to move ahead as quickly as possible. But Sri Lanka will want to give Australia the worst of this lovely SSC batting pitch.

Kasun: "Sri Lanka should develop as much a lead as possible and avoid batting 4th. Wicket will start to turn towards the latter half of fourth day and will be difficult to bat last."

9.45 am: "If Sri Lanka thinks of a Win they should declare soon after Mathews ton (If he gets there)," says Kamsy. How do you think this Sri Lankan innings will pan out? I'm looking forward to Australia trying to fight out a draw (assuming they wont be able to win, of course!). The art of battling for a draw is dying out.

Din: "I dont think SL should be in a hurry to declare. This pitch is still a good one. SL should make the most of the good batting conditions and make sure that SL wont have to bat again. I say they should bat at least one and half sessions today. If they cant dismiss AUS within four and half sessions, there is nothing much you can do."

Boes: "@Kamsey, the aussies batting for a draw would be a huge step in the sides development, show that they have the skills to be a test side and occupy the crease...I fear that it may be beyond them however."

9.30 am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the fourth day at the SSC in Colombo. Sri Lanka lead Australia by 112 runs and have four wickets in hand. Angelo Mathews is on 85, in pursuit of his maiden Test century.

It's going to be a tricky day this. Sri Lanka have to push for the win so they'll want to bat, but also score runs at a relatively brisk rate. Around 90 in the first session will be ideal for them, if their tail can manage it. Australia's batsmen will already have prepared mentally for hard toil in the second innings in hot conditions. And then there's the question of the weather of course.

It's a sunny morning in Colombo, though, so no immediate concerns about the weather.

155.1

Siddle to Eranga, no run, good length outside off stump from Siddle, Eranga stays in his crease and lets it go

155.2

Siddle to Eranga, 2 runs, width outside off stump and Eranga drives hard at it, didn't time it well but found the gap in the infield

155.3

Siddle to Eranga, 1 run, driven towards point of the front foot, Marsh dives to his left at point to save runs

Only one slip for Mathews. Man out for the hook.

155.4

Siddle to Mathews, no run, short ball first up, Mathews bends his knees and sways out of the way

155.5

Siddle to Mathews, no run, good length delivery outside off, Mathews lets it pass

155.6

Siddle to Mathews, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, defended towards short cover

Linc: "@Smudgeon ... Agreed, Test cricket has always been about choosing the right delivery to hit. Choosing when to score, and when to tough it out. The battle of bat vs ball, and sadly the Aussies for some time have generally forgotten how to apply themselves in the Test arena. Huss & SOS have made the rest of the team look a little silly."

End of over 156 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 431/6

    • AD Mathews 85 (210b 8x4)
    • RMS Eranga 8 (32b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 28-7-79-2
    • MG Johnson 33-6-116-1

Copeland runs in from over the wicket ...

156.1

Copeland to Eranga, no run, good length on off and middle stump, Eranga stays in his crease and plays towards midwicket

There are two men at short midwicket, a few yards away from each other.

156.2

Copeland to Eranga, no run, played to the man who is squarer at short midwicket

156.3

Copeland to Eranga, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Eranga waits on the back foot and cuts hard towards the vacant third-man boundary

Only one wide slip in place now.

156.4

Copeland to Eranga, no run, great line and length just outside off, Eranga prodded and was beaten, the ball nearly shaved off stump

156.5

Copeland to Eranga, no run, defended on the front foot

156.6

Copeland to Eranga, no run, defended back to the bowler from the crease

Simon: "Given the new ball is due in a few overs, why not throw the ball to Lyon and Watson for a couples of overs, and get a fresh start with the new ball for Siddle and Copeland."

End of over 157 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 435/6

    • RMS Eranga 12 (38b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 85 (210b 8x4)
    • TA Copeland 34-10-74-2
    • PM Siddle 28-7-79-2
157.1

Siddle to Mathews, no run, good length just outside off, defended on the front foot, Mathews hasn't scored yet today

157.2

Siddle to Mathews, no run, Siddle angles the ball into the right-hander, Mathews stays on his crease and plays on the leg side

Mathews needs a new bat, looks like the handle of this one is gone.

157.3

Siddle to Mathews, no run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-on

157.4

Siddle to Mathews, no run, the slower ball bowled full outside off, Mathews reaches forward and then waits a touch before defending

157.5

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews is away today, playing one off his hips towards deep square

157.6

Siddle to Eranga, OUT, bowled him! Siddle has knocked out leg stump. He bowled a full ball on off stump moving into the right-hander, Eranga stayed in his crease and drove, when he should have been forward. He got an inside edge that brushed the pad before taking out leg stump

RMS Eranga b Siddle 12 (55m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

Mathews might want to move towards that century a bit faster now. The new ball is due in three overs.

End of over 158 (1 run) Sri Lanka 436/7

    • AD Mathews 86 (215b 8x4)
    • PM Siddle 29-7-80-3
    • TA Copeland 34-10-74-2

Haddin is standing up to the stumps.

158.1

Copeland to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews stays in his crease and pushes through cover

158.2

Copeland to Herath, no run, Herath moves forward to a good length ball that angles across him and opens the face to play towards point

158.3

Copeland to Herath, no run, he stays in his crease this time and plays towards point

Cam: "Angelo "Robinson Crusoe" Mathews ... stranded!" Well not yet.

158.4

Copeland to Herath, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

Marty: "I'm one Aussie hoping Matthews can get over the line today - nothing worse than seeing a batsman run out of partners! And he has had a good series!"

158.5

Copeland to Herath, no run, wider outside off stump from Copeland, Herath strides forward and lets it go

158.6

Copeland to Herath, no run, he lets another one pass through to Haddin

Kapil: "It will actually be blessing in disguise if SL get bowled out with a lead of 175 or so.. that will give SL time to knock out Aussies out for around 250 and score off the remaining runs."

End of over 159 (1 run) Sri Lanka 437/7

    • HMRKB Herath 0 (5b)
    • AD Mathews 87 (216b 8x4)
    • TA Copeland 35-10-75-2
    • PM Siddle 29-7-80-3
159.1

Siddle to Mathews, no run, Siddle gives Mathews a short one, he ducks under it

One slip n place ...

159.2

Siddle to Mathews, no run, Siddle bangs in another bouncer and it's a good one, Mathews is late to duck and turns his head away, leaving his bat up in the air

159.3

Siddle to Mathews, no run, fuller length outside off, Mathews punches towards cover

159.4

Siddle to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

159.5

Siddle to Mathews, no run, driven firmly off the front foot, but Ponting is in the way at short cover

159.6

Siddle to Mathews, no run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, Mathews moves back and tries to turn it on the leg side but gets an edge on the off

End of over 160 (maiden) Sri Lanka 437/7

    • AD Mathews 87 (222b 8x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 0 (5b)
    • PM Siddle 30-8-80-3
    • TA Copeland 35-10-75-2
160.1

Copeland to Herath, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

160.2

Copeland to Herath, 1 run, full ball outside leg stump, Herath nudges it towards fine leg

Eugene: "Mathews needs to be a bit more positive if he's to reach that century. In my opinion he should have got to it yesterday instead of wasting too many deliveries in defense. He also needs to think of the team, we are in day 4 already."

160.3

Copeland to Mathews, no run, good length and straight, defended on the front foot

160.4

Copeland to Mathews, no run, Mathews defends on the front foot towards the off side, tight line and length on off stump

160.5

Copeland to Mathews, 1 run, pushed behind point with an open face for a single

160.6

Copeland to Herath, 2 runs, poor line, on leg stump after pitching outside, Herath glances it off the pad towards fine leg

End of over 161 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 441/7

    • HMRKB Herath 3 (8b)
    • AD Mathews 88 (225b 8x4)
    • TA Copeland 36-10-79-2
    • PM Siddle 30-8-80-3

Mathews changes his bat again and wears an arm guard. Clarke hasn't taken the new ball. It is available.

161.1

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, flicked through square to the fielder on the boundary

161.2

Siddle to Herath, no run, good length and length on middle and off, Herath defends on the front foot

David: "Throw the ball to Watson. He knows all about batsmen being frustrated in their pursuit of a maiden test century!"

161.3

Siddle to Herath, no run, blocked off the front foot towards the off side

161.4

Siddle to Herath, no run, Herath moves back and across to try and leave a superb ball from Siddle, he pulled his bat inside the line of the ball just it time as it whizzed across him

161.5

Siddle to Herath, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler

Paddy: "Sri Lanka, especially Mathews, need to get moving here. No point in sticking around killing time. They need to win the Test. Get to 150 ahead quickly then have a real go with the bat and get out there and have a bowl."

161.6

Siddle to Herath, no run, Herath opens the face and plays the ball along the ground towards gully, where the fielder doesn't try too hard to stop it. Australia want Herath on strike but they don't take the single to third man

End of over 162 (1 run) Sri Lanka 442/7

    • HMRKB Herath 3 (13b)
    • AD Mathews 89 (226b 8x4)
    • PM Siddle 31-8-81-3
    • TA Copeland 36-10-79-2

The new ball is in Aleem Dar's hands but Clarke hasn't taken it yet. I guess it's going OK for Australia at the moment, keeping the scoring down, so why change it?

162.1

Copeland to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

162.2

Copeland to Mathews, no run, defended on the leg side from the crease

162.3

Copeland to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews dabs the ball towards cover and runs

162.4

Copeland to Herath, no run, good length delivery angling outside off stump, Herath lets it go through to Haddin

Shaun: "Good tense stuff. Matthews would be feeling the pressure of the elusive maiden ton, but with extra pressure knowing that Sri Lanka need to keep the scoreboard moving. If Atherton was captain he'd declare, leaving Matthews (Hick) short of the ton!"

162.5

Copeland to Herath, no run, Herath steers the ball from the crease towards point

162.6

Copeland to Herath, no run, full and straight, Herath plays it back to the bowler

Sri Lanka have scored 15 off eight overs today. Mathews needs to move it, move it.

End of over 163 (1 run) Sri Lanka 443/7

    • HMRKB Herath 3 (16b)
    • AD Mathews 90 (229b 8x4)
    • TA Copeland 37-10-80-2
    • PM Siddle 31-8-81-3

Robert Brown: "Do you know there is some 170 overs left in this test, and all i hear there is not much time left, please!" Still no new ball.

163.1

Siddle to Mathews, no run, good length on off stump, Mathews gets behind the line and defends solidly

163.2

Siddle to Mathews, no run, Siddle swings a full ball into the right-hander and induces a thick inside edge towards short midwicket

163.3

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, that's in the blockhole and Mathews jams his bat down on it, playing the ball through square leg

163.4

Siddle to Herath, OUT, lbw! Tony Hill gives Herath out but the batsman asks for the review. The ball was full from Siddle, it pitched in line with the stumps and crashed into the pad before it hit the bat as Herath tried to play on the leg side after moving across his crease. That's plumb, hitting middle and off. The decision stays. Mathews looks on

HMRKB Herath lbw b Siddle 3 (26m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64

Welegedara is the new batsman, Siddle is one short of a five-for.

163.5

Siddle to Welegedara, no run, good length and straight, Welegedara plays it back to the bowler

I don't Mathews will be taking any more singles. He needs to farm strike.

163.6

Siddle to Welegedara, 1 no ball, good length and dead straight, Welegedara defends from the crease and gives the strike back to Mathews. Or not. Siddle's over-stepped

163.6

Siddle to Welegedara, no run, Siddle bowls a yorker which Welegedara manages to play on the off side

End of over 164 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 445/8

    • UWMBCA Welegedara 0 (3b)
    • AD Mathews 91 (232b 8x4)
    • PM Siddle 32-8-83-4
    • TA Copeland 37-10-80-2

"If Harris regains fitness does Siddle get the chop?" asks Andy. That's a bridge too far to cross at the moment. Still no new ball.

164.1

Copeland to Mathews, no run, Mathews stays in his crease with Haddin standing up to the stumps and defends on the leg side

164.2

Copeland to Mathews, no run, defended once again on the leg side

164.3

Copeland to Mathews, no run, defended watchfully off the front foot towards the bowler

164.4

Copeland to Mathews, no run, Mathews blocks another one towards the bowler, Australia will be loving this

He has to look for a single now.

164.5

Copeland to Mathews, FOUR, finally some intent from Mathews, mid-off came into the circle to save the single and Mathews lofted the ball on the up over that fielder

All the fielders are in preventing the single.

164.6

Copeland to Mathews, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 165 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 449/8

    • AD Mathews 95 (238b 9x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 0 (3b)
    • TA Copeland 38-10-84-2
    • PM Siddle 32-8-83-4
165.1

Siddle to Welegedara, no run, Siddle attacks the stumps, bowling full and straight, searching for his fifth wicket. Defended from the crease on the leg side

Dan Brettig says, "If Harris is fit it is very, very hard to retain Johnson."

165.2

Siddle to Welegedara, no run, full ball outside off, driven towards short cover

Mark Simpson agreesL "@Andy: Surely it's Johnson's head on the chopping block with Siddle bowling like this??"

165.3

Siddle to Welegedara, 1 run, pushed into the gap at cover and they take a single

Timmeh!: "Once Mathews gets his hundred (hopefully) the runs will start flowing. He will open his shoulders up and hopefully score another 50 runs in quick time." The field is spread.

165.4

Siddle to Mathews, no run, short of a length and straight, Mathews jumps back and blocks with a straight bat

The field is still spread, Clarke's not going to let him get to 99 with a boundary that easily.

165.5

Siddle to Mathews, no run, full ball on middle and leg, Mathews leans forward and plays towards Watson at short midwicket

165.6

Siddle to Mathews, no run, good length and dead straight, Mathews defends towards the off side

End of over 166 (1 run) Sri Lanka 450/8

    • AD Mathews 95 (241b 9x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 1 (6b)
    • PM Siddle 33-8-84-4
    • TA Copeland 38-10-84-2

Jimmy: "@Mark, If we actually manage to drop Johnson it will be a great move forward for Australian cricket. I don't want a guy who takes 6/30 once every 5 games and then averages 40 the other 4. you lose every series with that record. especially at 4 an over..."

Watson has the ball for the first time today ... to bowl that is. He's been fielding plenty at short midwicket.

166.1

Watson to Welegedara, no run, good length on off stump, Welegedara blocks on the front foot

SthAussie: "@Andy, very hard decision mate, next test series is in SA, I think Johnson may be able to find his form there, Copeland will hopefully cause a lot of damage with the amount of movement he gets off the seam & Siddle & Harris will take wickets for sure, so personally I think if Mitch can't prove in the A game that he can do some damage, then siddle takes his spot?"

166.2

Watson to Welegedara, OUT, a terrible mix-up and Haddin takes off the bails with both batsmen at the non-striker's end. Welegedara played a full ball towards mid-on. He didn't run initially but Mathews decided that he wanted the single rather late. Welegedara began to respond to Mathews' call but then Mathews changed his mind and went back into his crease at the bowler's end. Welegedara continued to run and had no hope. Haddin waited ages before completing the run out. Mathews' fault.

UWMBCA Welegedara run out 1 (16m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

This morning has gone horribly wrong for Sri Lanka. They haven't scored enough runs, taken too many overs to do so, and lost three wickets. And Mathews is in real danger of being stranded in the 90s once again. He's played far too cautiously this morning.

Lakmal is the last man.

166.3

Watson to Lakmal, no run, defended back to the bowler

166.4

Watson to Lakmal, no run, Watson hits the pad but there was an inside edge before that

166.5

Watson to Lakmal, no run, Watson cuts one in and the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad, nearly bowled him

166.6

Watson to Lakmal, no run, Lakmal survives. He lets the ball pass outside off stump.

End of over 167 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 450/9

    • RAS Lakmal 0 (4b)
    • AD Mathews 95 (241b 9x4)
    • SR Watson 25-8-53-1
    • PM Siddle 33-8-84-4

Well this is it for Mathews. He's on 95 and must go for it. Clarke spreads the field far and wide.

167.1

Siddle to Mathews, no run, a full toss on leg stump, Mathews clips it firmly towards deep midwicket but since there's no chance of a second run, he doesn't take the first

167.2

Siddle to Mathews, no run, full on middle and leg again, Mathews flicks towards deep square leg and refuses the run

167.3

Siddle to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

167.4

Siddle to Mathews, no run, Mathews defends a good length ball on the off side

Clarke keeps the field spread.

167.5

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews strides forward and pushes the ball through extra cover and runs. He's on 96

Lakmal has one ball to survive. The catchers move into place.

Eugene: "There's no question of Mathews' talent, but what temperament has he got?"

167.6

Siddle to Lakmal, no run, good length outside off, left alone by the bastman

Clarke won't mind this. One run per over at the moment. At this rate Mathews will need four more overs.

End of over 168 (1 run) Sri Lanka 451/9

    • RAS Lakmal 0 (5b)
    • AD Mathews 96 (246b 9x4)
    • PM Siddle 34-8-85-4
    • SR Watson 25-8-53-1

The new ball has been forgotten.

168.1

Watson to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

Smudgeon: "Angelo - no shame in going for an ugly hoik over cow corner. We're behind you, buddy."

168.2

Watson to Mathews, no run, defended once again on the front foot towards cover

168.3

Watson to Mathews, no run, Watson bowls a full ball on off stump, defended into the covers once again

168.4

Watson to Mathews, no run, tight line and length on middle, Mathews blocks again

Now's the time he looks for the single.

168.5

Watson to Mathews, 1 run, there it is, Mathews nudges the ball into the empty cover region and runs. This is ridiculous really.

Lakmal has one to survive, and Mathews will need three more overs for his century.

168.6

Watson to Lakmal, no run, Watson angles the ball in towards leg stump and brushes the pad as Lakmal tries to glance, the ball goes towards fine leg but they don't run. Obviously

End of over 169 (1 run) Sri Lanka 452/9

    • RAS Lakmal 0 (6b)
    • AD Mathews 97 (251b 9x4)
    • SR Watson 26-8-54-1
    • PM Siddle 34-8-85-4
169.1

Siddle to Mathews, no run, full and straight from Siddle, Mathews plays the ball towards long-on and stays put

Can we fast forward to the fifth ball already to see where he gets the single?

169.2

Siddle to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards point, no run again

169.3

Siddle to Mathews, 1 run, he's taken the single! Mathews steered the ball wide of third man and ran, maybe because he wanted the second. There's no second available though

Lakmal has three balls to face and Clarke has decided to take the new ball. It's all happening at the SSC. Has Lakmal ever faced a brand new ball before? Three slips and a gully.

Burr: "This is rubbish from Sri Lanka - they need to score quick runs to set up a win... and instead they are on go slow to ensure 1 player gets a century. Selfish cricket that has lost sight of the overall aim!"

169.4

Siddle to Lakmal, 1 run, full ball on off stump, Lakmal pushes through extra cover rather well, they take only one when two was available

Mathews on 98, the field stays in. This is his chance.

169.5

Siddle to Mathews, no run, Mathews plays a forcing shot on the front foot but the bat turns in his hand and the ball goes towards mid-on

The field is in to prevent the single.

169.6

Siddle to Mathews, FOUR, and at long last! Mathews drives the full ball hard through cover, blasting through the infield and bringing up his maiden Test century with a boundary. He celebrates passionately, as one should when one gets a maiden Test ton. Well played. But he needs to redress what's happened so far this morning

End of over 170 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 458/9

    • AD Mathews 102 (256b 10x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 1 (7b)
    • PM Siddle 35-8-91-4
    • SR Watson 26-8-54-1
170.1

Copeland to Lakmal, no run, Lakmal pokes at one outside off and gets beaten

170.2

Copeland to Lakmal, no run, he plays towards gully off the front foot

170.3

Copeland to Lakmal, FOUR, this is going to be fun, Lakmal lines up Copeland and lofts a length ball over cover, the new ball races to the boundary

170.4

Copeland to Lakmal, no run, defended solidly on the front foot towards cover

170.5

Copeland to Lakmal, FOUR, slap! Lakmal stands in his crease and dismisses a length ball through mid-off with a powerful swing of the bat. The lead is now 150

170.6

Copeland to Lakmal, no run, tight line and length outside off stump, Lakmal prods and is beaten

End of over 171 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 466/9

    • RAS Lakmal 9 (13b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 102 (256b 10x4)
    • TA Copeland 39-10-92-2
    • PM Siddle 35-8-91-4

Boes: "The choice of bowlers this morning speaks volumes. The 2 objectives have been to clean up the tail and contain and frustrate a man on his way to a maiden test ton. The most experienced bowler has not been used. If he can't be trusted to do either of those things then what role does he have?" On cue, here's Mitchell Johnson, Boes.

171.1

Johnson to Mathews, no run, good length delivery angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, left alone by the batsman

171.2

Johnson to Mathews, no run, good length and a straighter line, Mathews pushes the ball off the front foot towards the bowler

171.3

Johnson to Mathews, no run, Mathews mis-times the off-drive but there's a single if he wants it. He doesn't

171.4

Johnson to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

171.5

Johnson to Mathews, no run, Johnson sprays the ball wide outside off stump, Mathews reaches for it and tries to drive through cover. He played really far way from his body but the ball was still too wide to make contact

171.6

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, the field stays spread for Mathews and he pulls a short ball towards deep square leg

End of over 172 (1 run) Sri Lanka 467/9

    • AD Mathews 103 (262b 10x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 9 (13b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 34-6-117-1
    • TA Copeland 39-10-92-2
172.1

Copeland to Mathews, no run, Mathews moves back and across and nudges through square leg

The field is spread, how is Mathews going to approach this? Clarke will be thrilled if he continues to take one run an over, off the fifth or sixth ball.

172.2

Copeland to Mathews, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

172.3

Copeland to Mathews, no run, played off the front foot towards cover

172.4

Copeland to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

172.5

Copeland to Mathews, no run, Mathews pushes forward at one outside off and gets beaten

172.6

Copeland to Mathews, 1 run, short ball and Mathews swats it with ease towards deep square, another one-run over

Samaraweera is coming out with a drink, and a message no doubt, for Mathews.

End of over 173 (1 run) Sri Lanka 468/9

    • AD Mathews 104 (268b 10x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 9 (13b 2x4)
    • TA Copeland 40-10-93-2
    • MG Johnson 34-6-117-1
173.1

Johnson to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews takes a run of the first ball off the over after driving to the fielder at deep cover, so the message has brought about a change in approach

173.2

Johnson to Lakmal, no run, Lakmal backs away and tries to push through the off side, the ball passes close to off stump

173.3

Johnson to Lakmal, no run, Lakmal stays in his crease, moves towards leg a touch, and pushes the ball towards gully

173.4

Johnson to Lakmal, FOUR, dropped! And by Hussey at gully would you believe it. Lakmal hung his bat outside off and opened the face, the ball flew above Hussey's head and he seemed to be late in getting his hands up to it

173.5

Johnson to Lakmal, no run, played towards point

173.6

Johnson to Lakmal, OUT, bowled him! Johnson clips the top of off stump after squaring Lakmal up with one that pitched around leg and cut across the right-hander

RAS Lakmal b Johnson 13 (37m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

11.35 pm So Sri Lanka finish with a lead of 157. They scored 45 runs off 19 overs this morning and lost four wickets. Thirteen of those runs were scored by the last man Lakmal. Mathews made his maiden Test century but Sri Lanka had a poor session. They do have a sizeable lead though and Australia's openers will be under pressure when they walk out in ten minutes.

The focus will shift from Mathews to Australia's ability to fight. Benno has the first word: "Now it's time to see what Clarkes new outfit is really made of. If Hughes and Watson don't make any impression on this lead Sri Lanka will have this game won be tea tomorrow - weather permitting of course."

End of over 174 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 473/10

    • AD Mathews 105 (269b 10x4)
    • MG Johnson 35-6-122-2
    • TA Copeland 40-10-93-2
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