ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 22nd match, Group F

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)

10am The umpires are out in the middle, Gilchrist leads the Aussies into the field, and the Sri Lankan openers, Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga, are taking guard. Clear blue skies and a hum of expectation. And that's just from an unfeasibly jolly Jenny, sat opposite. I'm Andrew Miller, and to take the new ball, it's going to be Brett Lee.

Not sure what the delay has been all about, but here we go ...

9.45am The last time these two sides met was in Barbados in April, in the World Cup final, no less. That match ended up being staged over 38 overs a side, and Gilchrist for one rather enjoyed himself. More of the same from him today, and Australia will be odds-on to progress. Sri Lanka, however, will be gunning for revenge. Could it get more massive? No, it could not.

Australia 1 Adam Gilchrist (capt, wk), 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 Brad Hodge, 4 Mike Hussey, 5 Andrew Symonds, 6 Michael Clarke, 7 Shane Watson, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Nathan Bracken, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Stuart Clark.

Sri Lanka 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Sanath Jayasuriya, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 6 Chamara Silva, 7 Jehan Mubarak, 8 Farveez Maharoof, 9 Chaminda Vaas, 10 Dilhara Fernando, 11 Lasith Malinga.

9.40am Australia have won the toss and will bowl. Adam Gilchrist, the stand-in captain, calls correctly. "Hopefully we can get stuck into them straight away," he says. "The wicket looks pretty good and a little bit of dampness in the outfield. We hope to make an impression with the new ball. We tend to chase a little bit better, so we feel comfortable doing that. Hopefully our batting can stand up to the challenge."

Just the one change for Australia - Shane Watson comes in to replace Ponting. Sri Lanka have named an unchanged side. Their captain, Jayawardene, says: "Batting has to be consistent. We've had a chance for it and this is the time to get everything right." He can say that again

9.30am Good morning, and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of Australia's make-or-break encounter with Sri Lanka at Cape Town. This match is a quarter-final in all but name. Pakistan have cruised into the semi-finals having beaten both sides, and Bangladesh are already out. So the winner of this showdown takes all.

Ian Bishop's pitch report has spotted a few cracks on a seam-bowler's length, while it's quite dry further up towards the spinners' area. So, more of the same expected. A true enough pitch, with just enough to give a contest between bat and ball, especially in the early-morning conditions - although the sun's burning all the early morning fog away.

Australia haven't been slow to express their mild disdain for this format, and one of the most outspoken non-believers is the captain, Ricky Ponting, who has had to pull out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

"It's a big loss," says Mike Hussey. "You can't replace someone like Ricky Ponting. But we've still got some very capable players. We're still very confident and hopefully we can put on a good show today."

0.1

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, streaky, but off the mark. That was on leg stump, and flicked airborne in the direction of square leg. Didn't go to hand though

0.2

Lee to Jayasuriya, no run, brilliant delivery and that's a massive shout for caught-behind, lbw, call it what you will. It nipped off the pitch and flicked the top of the pad. A hint of inside edge? The umpire says no

0.3

Lee to Jayasuriya, OUT, he's gone this time, and that was another cracker - fuller, faster and angling back into the left-hander. No room to play any shot whatsoever, and up goes the finger!

ST Jayasuriya lbw b Lee 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What a start for Australia - you could almost say they are up for this match. HawkEye suggests that might have been slipping over the top, but it's too late now

0.4

Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, just back of a length, straight as an arrow again. Sangakkara defends off the back foot and legs it for a single

0.5

Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, fast and full again, nudged into the covers

0.6

Lee to Sangakkara, FOUR, width this time, and Sangakkara fences outside off stump - not much conviction in the stroke, but he threads it through the gap at gully, past a diving Clarke at point

End of over 1 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 7/1 (RR: 7.00)
KC Sangakkara    5* (2b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-7-1
WU Tharanga    2* (2b)     

Nathan Bracken to take up the attack, with a slip in place

1.1

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, swinging delivery, a foot outside off, and Tharanga leaves well alone

1.2

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, fuller and straighter, and defended into the covers. A brief thought of a single, but with three Aussies hurtling in to field, Sangakkara has other ideas

1.3

Bracken to Tharanga, 2 runs, a slog, straight through the line of the ball and over the covers. Not perfectly timed and the ball plugs in the outfield

1.4

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, lovely response, nipping past a limp outside edge. Well pitched up, and a hint of movement off the track

1.5

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, that's a filthy mow - Tharanga makes room and is well beaten as the ball whistles over leg stump

1.6

Bracken to Tharanga, OUT, that dismissal was somewhat telegraphed. He was dancing around at the crease and, in attempting to whip to leg, found only a leading edge. Brett Lee at deep point swallows a looping chance, and Sri Lanka are in deep trouble now

WU Tharanga c Lee b Bracken 4 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 9/2 (RR: 4.50)
     NW Bracken    1-0-2-1
KC Sangakkara    5* (2b 1x4)      B Lee    1-0-7-1

"Favourite shot, forward defence," beams Jayawardene to the camera

2.1

Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length, and dabbed to square leg. Sri Lanka need to rebuild now

2.2

Lee to Sangakkara, no run, full and straight, and driven down to long-off

2.3

Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, streaky again, full length and outside off, and Sangakkara is late on an attempted drive. He chinese-cuts it down to fine leg, and jogs through

2.4

Lee to Jayawardene, OUT, oh dear, this is carnage. Jayawardene was in no position for that stroke - a wristy whip through midwicket that turned into a looping chance for Stuart Clark at mid-on. He did well to dive forward and scoop it off the turf, but a very loose shot from Sri Lanka's captain

DPMD Jayawardene c Clark b Lee 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

2.5

Lee to Silva, no run, driven back to the bowler, without much conviction

2.6

Lee to Silva, no run, another cracking over for Australia is finished off with a neat offcutter that leaps at Silva's thigh-pad and drops to the crease

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 11/3 (RR: 3.66)
LPC Silva    0* (2b)      B Lee    2-0-9-2
KC Sangakkara    6* (4b 1x4)      NW Bracken    1-0-2-1

3.1

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, on a good length outside off stump and shaping away. Defended with a vertical bat

3.2

Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 run, dropped - that was an easy chance that Hodge made into a tough opportunity with a mistimed leap at cover. Another careless shot though, Sangakkara was driving at a ball that wasn't there for the shot

3.3

Bracken to Silva, 1 run, dabbed out to cover, tip-and-run stuff, and a direct hit from Symonds would have had him gone for all money. Reckless stuff

3.4

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, a massive swipe across the line. Sri Lanka are losing their heads now

3.5

Bracken to Sangakkara, 2 runs, outside off, and a more sensible choice of stroke this time, a delicate dab down to third man

3.6

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, that's just horrible. Three steps down the track and an almighty slog over the infield. Except he doesn't make contact at all. Australia are bossing this contest

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 15/3 (RR: 3.75)
KC Sangakkara    9* (9b 1x4)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-1
LPC Silva    1* (3b)      B Lee    2-0-9-2

A change of bowling. Mitchell Johnson

4.1

Johnson to Silva, FOUR, on leg stump and clipped fine. A welcome boundary

4.2

Johnson to Silva, no run, an attempted cut, but too late on the stroke

4.3

Johnson to Silva, no run, half an appeal as Johnson jags one off the seam but that was missing leg, and too high as well. Good ball all the same

4.4

Johnson to Silva, 1 wide, not such a good ball. Pitches outside leg and stays that way

4.4

Johnson to Silva, no run, width outside off stump, but Silva misses out with a cut shot. Too eager to cash in?

4.5

Johnson to Silva, 1 run, fuller and shaping back into the right-hander, clipped off leg stump and a scurried single

4.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, shorter and straighter, tucked off the ribs but can't beat the field

That wasn't an especially good over, but it was cheap in the context of this tournament

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 21/3 (RR: 4.20)
KC Sangakkara    9* (10b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0
LPC Silva    6* (8b 1x4)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-1

Stuart Clark's turn to take the ball

5.1

Clark to Silva, no run, immaculate line and length - it's just like watching the Ashes all over again - and Silva defends with a perfectly straight bat

5.2

Clark to Silva, no run, more of the same, no room to free the arms

5.3

Clark to Silva, OUT, he frees his arms this time, but to absolutely no avail - a massive windmill of a wind-up, but a ball that was intended to vanish over the covers instead spirals down to Brett Lee on the third man boundary. Credit to Clark, he built the pressure and Silva cracked

LPC Silva c Lee b Clark 6 (12m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

5.4

Clark to Sangakkara, FOUR, width, and that's Sri Lanka's best shot of the day - a full-flowing cover-drive that no-one can intercept

5.5

Clark to Sangakkara, 1 run, straighter this time, and nudged for a single

5.6

Clark to Dilshan, no run, on the spot again, with a touch of outswing as well. Dilshan leaves well alone

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 26/4 (RR: 4.33)
TM Dilshan    0* (1b)      SR Clark    1-0-5-1
KC Sangakkara    14* (12b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0

6.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, full and straight, turned into the leg side

6.2

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, clipped off the toes, but straight to midwicket

6.3

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, backing away - the batsman's curse in this tournament - and Johnson finds just enough swing to evade a slashing drive

6.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, straighter and fuller, and played with a vertical bat for a change

6.5

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, banged in, and balloons off the glove as Dilshan is beaten for pace. An attempted pull lands behind square, but safe

6.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, no run, extra nip off the pitch, and Sangakkara's scything cut finds only thin air

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 28/4 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    15* (17b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    1* (2b)      SR Clark    1-0-5-1

7.1

Clark to Dilshan, 2 runs, steered out to deep point, and they hustle for a couple

7.2

Clark to Dilshan, no run, short but straighter - crashed into the legs of point

7.3

Clark to Dilshan, OUT, that wasn't very clever. Dilshan tries to improvise, he steps outside off and tries to sweep off a good length, but instead pats a simple chance straight into Gilchrist's gloves as he hops to the leg-side. Another one bites the dust, and with the exception of Jayasuriya, they've all been tame dismissals

TM Dilshan c †Gilchrist b Clark 3 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Not many boundaries for the cheerleaders to be dancing to so far. "We love Sri Lanka, they make us work," Jazz, 28, a female dancer from Cape Town, has said before. But not today

7.4

Clark to Mubarak, no run, short and Mubarak ducks his first delivery

7.5

Clark to Mubarak, FOUR, a rare error from Clark, he strays onto the pads and Mubarak tickles that very fine. A welcome boundary

7.6

Clark to Mubarak, no run, back on a better line and length. It's survival first now for Sri Lanka

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 34/5 (RR: 4.25)
J Mubarak    4* (3b 1x4)      SR Clark    2-0-11-2
KC Sangakkara    15* (17b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0

8.1

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, a touch leg-sided, clipped firmly but straight to backward square

8.2

Johnson to Mubarak, no run, straighter, and extra lift off the track. Defended into the leg side

8.3

Johnson to Mubarak, 1 run, on leg-stump again, and clipped again. Another single. They all count

8.4

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, good-looking drive off a fuller length. Very straight, but not perfectly timed as long-on sweeps round to intercept

8.5

Johnson to Mubarak, 1 run, strays onto leg stump again, but deep midwicket restricts the runs

Breaking news Andrew Flintoff is out of England's one-day tour of Sri Lanka. Read more on Cricinfo soon.

8.6

Johnson to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven up to long-on. Another over rolls by

End of over 9 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 39/5 (RR: 4.33)
KC Sangakkara    18* (20b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-13-0
J Mubarak    6* (6b 1x4)      SR Clark    2-0-11-2

9.1

Clark to Sangakkara, no run, straight and full, and tucked down to third man

9.2

Clark to Sangakkara, FOUR, thumped, and effectively so. A little shimmy down the pitch, and Clark - who had come off a short run - is made to pay

9.3

Clark to Sangakkara, OUT, short but straight, Sangakkara tried to make room to free his arms but couldn't keep it down. His attempted cut was wafted straight to backward point, and Sri Lanka are in freefall now

KC Sangakkara c Clarke b Clark 22 (38m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 95.65

9.4

Clark to Maharoof, no run, good line, good length, Maharoof drives

9.5

Clark to Maharoof, OUT, good grief, another one falls. Too straight to take any liberties, but that's exactly what Maharoof did - he made to mow through the covers, but Michael Clarke at point pulls off a blinder, one-handed to his right, an inch off the ground!

MF Maharoof c Clarke b Clark 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The crowd were stunned by that one. Maharoof wasn't convinced at first, but had to go

9.6

Clark to Vaas, no run, defended. As well it might be

Right, to pick up the pieces of this innings, here's Jenny Thompson. Thanks, Andrew. Let's see what Sri Lanka can do here

End of over 10 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 43/7 (RR: 4.30)
WPUJC Vaas    0* (1b)      SR Clark    3-0-15-4
J Mubarak    6* (6b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-13-0

10.1

Lee to Mubarak, 1 run, width outside off, cut into the ground off the back foot

10.2

Lee to Vaas, FOUR, a thick edge flies safely on the way to third man

10.3

Lee to Vaas, 1 run, low full delivery, driven out to mid-off

10.4

Lee to Mubarak, FOUR, room outside off and a classical off-drive, so nice to see and double cheers because that brings up the fifty

10.5

Lee to Mubarak, no run, hmm, not so good, the batsman misjudging outside off, fencing a prod off the back foot

10.6

Lee to Mubarak, 2 runs, width again outside off and scooped up towards deep point where Watson attempts to scoop up, misses, and allows an extra run which Sri Lanka gratefully accept

Big over for Sri Lanka, but they'll need plenty more of those

End of over 11 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 55/7 (RR: 5.00)
J Mubarak    13* (10b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-21-2
WPUJC Vaas    5* (3b 1x4)      SR Clark    3-0-15-4

11.1

Clark to Vaas, no run, straight, and watched all the way on to the bat - good practice - for a froward defensive

11.2

Clark to Vaas, 1 run, shorter delivery and Vaas is surprised by it, so fails to capitalise fully in his timing of the pull

11.3

Clark to Mubarak, 1 run, poked forward

11.4

Clark to Vaas, (no ball) 1 run, a no-ball for overstepping, so here comes the free hit

11.4

Clark to Mubarak, 1 run, slower delivery, straight and full - that'll be a yorker then - and driven tamely to mid-off

11.5

Clark to Vaas, no run, on middle-and-off, staying over to the left hander by the way, who defends solidly

11.6

Clark to Vaas, no run, another tidy delivery, full of superb line and equally good length

Clark's figures of 4 for 20 are now the best for an Australian in Twenty20, beating Mike Kasprowicz's 4 for 29. And he's now the highest wicket taker in this tournament. Watson into the attack now from the Kelvin Grove End

End of over 12 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 60/7 (RR: 5.00)
WPUJC Vaas    7* (8b 1x4)      SR Clark    4-0-20-4
J Mubarak    15* (12b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-21-2

12.1

Watson to Mubarak, 1 run, driven out to mid-off for an easy single

12.2

Watson to Vaas, 1 run, pushes him on the back foot and he waits patiently, before presenting a very straight bat in defence

12.3

Watson to Mubarak, 1 run, good running - a quick single for one nibbled forward and the batsmen ste off immediately

12.4

Watson to Vaas, no run, slanted slightly across the left hander, with a touch of room outside off. The batsman jumps back and is quick to defend on the back foot

12.5

Watson to Vaas, 1 run, a full toss heading down off is driven out square on the off-side

12.6

Watson to Mubarak, 1 run, same again, and this time it's cut to deep point

Watson perhaps got away with those last two balls; then again at this point Sri Lanka can't be doing with any (more) impetuous shots.

Bracken on now

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 65/7 (RR: 5.00)
J Mubarak    18* (15b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-5-0
WPUJC Vaas    9* (11b 1x4)      SR Clark    4-0-20-4

13.1

Bracken to Mubarak, FOUR, leg-side rubbish, a low full toss, helped on its way quickly through a fine fine leg

13.2

Bracken to Mubarak, no run, better - Bracken immediately back on it with a regulation line-and-length delivery

13.3

Bracken to Mubarak, 1 run, on a length again, but Mubarak is quick to rush the ball back out to mid-off with a smooth drive

13.4

Bracken to Vaas, no run, driven out to cover

13.5

Bracken to Vaas, 1 run, driven out to a deepish mid-off (not quite long-off)

Keeps sounding like Gilchrist is saying: "Bowling, Shane" ... even though Australia are doing well enough here without the long-ago-retired-from-the-shorter-game blond legspinner

13.6

Bracken to Mubarak, 1 run, driven forward for a strike-stealing single

So, this pair building then

End of over 14 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 72/7 (RR: 5.14)
J Mubarak    24* (19b 3x4)      NW Bracken    3-0-13-1
WPUJC Vaas    10* (13b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-5-0

14.1

Watson to Mubarak, 1 run, driven forward for another quick single

14.2

Watson to Vaas, 1 no ball, no-ball on height reasons - therefore it's not a free hit

14.2

Watson to Vaas, 1 run, waits and driven out to cover

This is some sensible batting from the pair - important for them to try to use up the remaining five-odd overs

14.3

Watson to Mubarak, no run, hit on the up, deliberately, towards third man

14.4

Watson to Mubarak, 1 run, touch of width outside off, opens the face, and runs it down to deep third man (fourth man?)

"One more wicket now," cries a fielder whose maths sounds a bit shaky

14.5

Watson to Vaas, 1 run, outside off, cut to deep point

14.6

Watson to Mubarak, no run, clever delivery, taking the pace off it and slants it across, threatening to deceive the left hander, who plays too close to his body to get bat on it

Five overs left and it's all the sevens... Johnson back into the attack

End of over 15 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 77/7 (RR: 5.13)
J Mubarak    26* (23b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-0-10-0
WPUJC Vaas    12* (16b 1x4)      NW Bracken    3-0-13-1

15.1

Johnson to Vaas, 1 run, outside off, played down to third man

15.2

Johnson to Mubarak, 1 run, half-volley, driven back out straight towards long-off

15.3

Johnson to Vaas, no run, tight line again, and a good length; can only be driven out to the fielder at cover

15.4

Johnson to Vaas, 1 run, slower ball, picked, and driven out in front of midwicket for a comfortable single

15.5

Johnson to Mubarak, 1 run, a hint of swing away, the batsman waits and cuts through the gully

15.6

Johnson to Vaas, 1 run, a touch of width outside off, driven out to mid-off and that rounds off another tidy spell

Four overs left now. Sri Lanka should break the 100-barrier, at least

End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 82/7 (RR: 5.12)
WPUJC Vaas    15* (20b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-18-0
J Mubarak    28* (25b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-0-10-0

16.1

Watson to Vaas, 1 run, not the prettiest of slog-sweeps in front of square, but at least it was controlled

16.2

Watson to Mubarak, OUT, slower delivery, the offspinner and the pressure told on Mubarak, trying to clear extra cover with a drive off one knee but Symonds makes no mistake, stepping back and clasping to take Sri Lanka into further trouble

J Mubarak c Symonds b Watson 28 (33m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

The end of a helpful innings, then, and a tidy partnership... but likely to not be enough

16.3

Watson to Vaas, 1 run, driven out to cover

16.4

Watson to Malinga, no run, bouncer from Watson, nearly falling over in the follow-through such was his effort

16.5

Watson to Malinga, 1 leg bye, pitches on middle and angles towards leg, worked off the legs behind square

16.6

Watson to Vaas, 1 run, on leg, turned fine off the knees

Lee back into the attack

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 86/8 (RR: 5.05)
WPUJC Vaas    18* (23b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-13-1
SL Malinga    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    4-0-18-0

17.1

Lee to Vaas, 1 run, the batsman likes the pace coming onto the bat; he presents the face and the ball runs out to mid-off

17.2

Lee to Malinga, 1 run, full delivery - Lee's done well with such deliveries this tournament - and it's dug out here

17.3

Lee to Vaas, 1 run, short, on leg - a long hop - and Vaas wrists the ball up and towards Hayden at deep square... but he can't quite meet it before it pitches

17.4

Lee to Malinga, 1 run, dribbled out to mid-on for a quick single

17.5

Lee to Vaas, 1 run, outside off, too full, Vaas drives it hard down the ground but doesn't quite time it and it's collected inside the straight long-off boundary

17.6

Lee to Malinga, 1 run, good sportsmanship from Symonds, running in at mid-on - he nearly got there to take the catch with the dive forward, but tells the umpire immediately that he did take it cleanly

End of over 18 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 92/8 (RR: 5.11)
SL Malinga    3* (5b)      B Lee    4-0-27-2
WPUJC Vaas    21* (26b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-13-1

18.1

Watson to Malinga, no run, a very tailender-like swish - no footwork, prodding away from the body at a rising delivery outside off

18.2

Watson to Malinga, SIX, but this is much better - Malinga lifting a hook from outside off in front of midwicket

Watson immediately clutches his hamstring and he's in some discomfort there. He goes off and will be replaced by Symonds, who looks as if he will be bowl his medium pacers today

... and he does ...

18.3

Symonds to Malinga, 1 run, driven on the up between mid-off and cover

18.4

Symonds to Vaas, no run, slower delivery - like a kipper, the batsman completely fails to connect

18.5

Symonds to Vaas, OUT, a big - but ultimately ineffectual - swing, Vaas down the track and picks out Lee at deep midwicket, five yards in from the rope, who does well stretching out to his right

WPUJC Vaas c Lee b Symonds 21 (34m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

18.6

Symonds to Malinga, 1 run, comes forward and turns off his legs to bring up three figures

Malinga, then, to face the first ball of the final over which will be bowled by Bracken.

End of over 19 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 100/9 (RR: 5.26)
SL Malinga    11* (9b 1x6)      A Symonds    0.4-0-2-1
CRD Fernando    0* (0b)      B Lee    4-0-27-2

19.1

Bracken to Malinga, 1 run, nothing to write home about, but as it must be written about, a full toss outside off greeted by an almighty - but completely mistimed - heave to mid-off which hardly makes it even there

19.2

Bracken to Fernando, no run, poked forward

19.3

Bracken to Fernando, OUT, a poor shot - indicative of Sri Lanka's day - to finish. A slower ball from Bracken, and the batsman pops up a bottom edge back towards the bowler who has a second to think about before taking confidently

CRD Fernando c & b Bracken 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia are swarming all over this match, producing a clinical display to dismiss Sri Lanka for 101. Clark's congratulated for his four wickets: "Yeah, look, it's been a good tournament for me. We get better game by game. Hopefully we can knock the runs off and take some momentum into the next game. I'm getting used to it, I was a bit sceptical coming in, but it's easy to say that it's good now I'm getting wickets." It's Sri Lanka now, of course, who need plenty of wickets - with the bowlers needing to do a lot to make up for a poor batting display, replete with questionable shot selection. Whoever wins today, remember, goes through to the semis. Whoever loses, goes through to the departure lounge. Join Andrew after the break to find out who'll be doing what ... where ... and how.

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Photos

Sep 20, 2007

Shane Watson bowls shortly before hurting his hamstring, Australia v Sri Lanka, Group F, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 20, 2007

Shane Watson bowls shortly before hurting his hamstring

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Sep 20, 2007

Adam Gilchrist clips a shot off his legs, Australia v Sri Lanka, Group F, ICC World Twenty20, Cape Town, September 20, 2007

Adam Gilchrist clips a shot off his legs

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