ICC World Cup - 43rd match, Super Eights

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 44 balls remaining)

Right then, the umpires and players are all out in the middle. Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya are the openers. Nathan Bracken the new ball. Two slips, three men on the off side, two on the on side, inside the circle, saving runs. Buckle up, here we go - play ball, says umpire Doctrove!

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Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the 43rd match of this year's World Cup. This Is Jamie Alter, and you've tuned in to what promises to be a cracker, Australia v Sri Lanka in Grenada.

Some clouds overhead, but otherwise lovely blue skies, the ground bathed in sunshine. A good crowd building up. Great setting for a day of cricket on the green.

Pitch report: Last time we had a game on this surface, there were overcast conditions. Today its even, with just a couple rough areas, no cracks or flakes. Basically, no worries for the batsmen. Should assist the spinners as the day progresses.

The toss: Ricky Ponting flipped, Mahela Jayawardene called heads, won, and decided to have a bat. He wants to make first use of the pitch. Surprise, surprise, Sri Lanka have rested Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan. Maybe expected, as both teams have already qualified for the semis? Im pretty surprised. Australia have recalled Nathan Bracken in place of Stuart Clark. There are other two noticeable absences in both sides today. Shane Watson (calf) is out for Australia, while Sri Lanka are missing Lasith Malinga (ankle).

The Scenario: Both sides are secured in the semi-finals, so that isn't a factor today. In fact, many have tipped these two teams as finalists, but even without that presumption these two are always fun to watch. Australia are on a roll - the World Cup holders have not lost since Pakistan beat them by 10 runs at Headingley in May 1999. To put that in perspective, that 24 wins and a tie since then. Sri Lanka, though, are in some form, and have the best bowling attack in the tournament. They're superb in the field, like Australia, and have the explosive Sanath Jayasuriya up the top, enjoying a great run. Sri Lanka will look to dislodge the opening duo of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden.

Ricky Ponting hasnt looked like getting out all tournament, and you can never count him out. Glenn McGrath is in the wickets; in fact, he leads the tally in the competition. Shaun Tait has been a real find for Australia, too. Two exciting sides, with super players both.

As we wait for the game to begin, feel free to peruse Andrew Miller's preview.

Vital stat: Australia have won 41 of the 62 one-day clashes between the sides and four out of five at previous World Cups. They lost, you'll all remember, in the finals of the 1996 edition at Lahore, a win that really put Sri Lanka on the map.

Captain speak Mahela Jayawardene: "It's an ideal time to play them because we are very relaxed. It is an important game for us, but I don't think it's that important for us to risk Lasith [Malinga] if he is not 100%. We've got guys who can step up to the plate and deliver for us, so I'm not very concerned about his fitness right now."

Ricky Ponting: "Our plan will be to get through the new ball as well as we can and keep wickets in hand for the middle part of the game when they slow things down with their spinners, Murali, Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan."

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0.1

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, good start, right up there and moving in from outside off stump, looking for some inswing, Tharanga shuffles across and gets behind the ball in defence

0.2

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, there's the movement he wants, full and swinging away off a great length outside off stump, suckering Tharanga into a play and miss

0.3

Bracken to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish again outside off stump, Tharanga gets half-forward, opening the face of the bat and nudging it down to third man for one

0.4

Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, full again, swing, slow track it seems today, Jayasuriya gets forward and gently drives to mid-off

0.5

Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, back of a length outside off stump, pitches and moves away, Jayasuriya shuffles to off and lets it pass

0.6

Bracken to Jayasuriya, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump, he moves a step forward, sees the length well, and punches in the gap at cover, no stopping that

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
ST Jayasuriya    4* (3b 1x4)      NW Bracken    1-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    1* (3b)     

Here's Shaun Tait to share the ball with Bracken

1.1

Tait to Tharanga, no run, short of a length outside off stump, bang on target, Tharanga hops up and defends it down in front of point

1.2

Tait to Tharanga, 1 no ball, short of a length outside off stump, he oversteps looking for movement and bounce, Tharanga shuffles across and leaves it be

1.2

Tait to Tharanga, 5 wides, banged in really short down leg stump, very wide in fact, and the ball is so wide that it deviates way past Gilchrist

1.2

Tait to Tharanga, 1 run, good length, fuller on off stump, Tharanga turns it to square for one

1.3

Tait to Jayasuriya, 1 run, good ball, fullish on off stump, encouraging the drive, but Jayasuriya uses the soft hands to nudge it in front of mid-off and calls for the easy single

1.4

Tait to Tharanga, no run, overpitched outside off stump, he gets forward and square-drives, but cant beat Clarke at backward point

1.5

Tait to Tharanga, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he gets to the pitch and pushes gently to Hussey at mid-off and chances his arm, which is off anyways, so thats an easy run

1.6

Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, good bouncer! Short on the stumps, forcing Jayasuriya down on his haunches as the ball sails over his right shoulder

End of over 2 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 7.00)
ST Jayasuriya    5* (5b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    3* (8b)      NW Bracken    1-0-5-0

Tito in Florida emails me: "Sri Lanka used the same maneuver against India. They dropped Murali and Vaas for the recent tour of India. Then hit them with the two in the WC and knocked them out. Here they have a chance to lull Oz into complacency against their B attack and then really come at them in the final."

2.1

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, good length on off stump, Tharanga gets over it to counter the swing and turns it uneasily to square leg

2.2

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, good length outside off stump, pitches and moves away as Tharanga gets a good stride in and shoulders arms

2.3

Bracken to Tharanga, 1 run, good length just outside off stump, he comes forward and defends, and gets an inside-edge to short fine leg, Hogg moves well and keeps them down to just the single

2.4

Bracken to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, strays down leg stump, Jayasuriya doesnt time his tickle well enough and Gilchrist moves well to cut off runs

2.5

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, back of a length outside off stump, asking him to drive, but he shoulders arms

2.6

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, moving into off stump, Tharanga gets behind it and defends, turning the face of the bat as the ball rolls in front of midwicket

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
WU Tharanga    4* (13b)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-0
ST Jayasuriya    5* (6b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-9-0

Dan asks: "What do you think of Bracken's headband? Little bit Roger Federish, I reckon."

3.1

Tait to Jayasuriya, FOUR, banged in short down leg stump, Jayasuriya hooks, doesnt time it well but the top-edges flies over Gilchrist down to fine leg for four

3.2

Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, now its a fuller one outside leg stump, the yorker, which he tries to flick to the on side, misses and Tait asks the question, but it clearly pitched outside leg

3.3

Tait to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, strives for the yorker again but ends up bowling it way outside leg stump

3.3

Tait to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, good length this time on off stump, Jayasuriya gets well forward and pushes softly past mid-off for an easy brace

3.4

Tait to Jayasuriya, 1 run, good length on middle and off, seaming away, but he gets behind the line and pushes down to mid-on for one

3.5

Tait to Tharanga, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, he gets behind the ball and taps it down into the ground outside leg

3.6

Tait to Tharanga, 1 run, full outside off stump, he pokes at it tamely and gets an inside-edge to square leg

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 25/0 (RR: 6.25)
WU Tharanga    5* (15b)      SW Tait    2-0-18-0
ST Jayasuriya    12* (10b 2x4)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-0

4.1

Bracken to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, drifts down leg stump, just tickles the pad as he tries to flick, Gilchirst fumbles and they call for the sharp single, well run

4.2

Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length outside off stump, keeping him off the front foot, and he gets back and leaves it be for Gilchrist to collect

4.3

Bracken to Jayasuriya, OUT, gone! Good length outside off stump, moving in, Jayasuriya stands rooted and gets caught on the front leg pretty much in front of about leg stump, and after a couple seconds umpire Doctrove raises the finger! The dangerous Jayasuriya goes to Bracken!

ST Jayasuriya lbw b Bracken 12 (21m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Kumar Sangakkara is the new man in

4.4

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, good length on off stump, he gets behind the line and defends back down the track

4.5

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length outside off stump, good swing, Sangakkara covers off and shoulders arms

4.6

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, a tad wider of off stump, swinging away, left alone

End of over 5 (1 run, wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 26/1 (RR: 5.20)
KC Sangakkara    0* (3b)      NW Bracken    3-1-6-1
WU Tharanga    5* (16b)      SW Tait    2-0-18-0

Glenn McGrath replaces Tait

5.1

McGrath to Tharanga, no run, outside off stump on a good length, he gets forward and raises the bat to let is pass

5.2

McGrath to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length, he stands and flashes the extravagant flash, theres a thick edge but no gulley, and gets one to third man

5.3

McGrath to Sangakkara, OUT, gone! Tough call - pitches on a good length just outside off stump, moves in, Sangakkara stands behind the line and defends, misses, the ball shaves in hits him on the knee roll, everyone appeals and after a while Aleem Dar raises the finger! I have doubts over the height of that ball, looked like it may have gone over the stumps, but for now Sangakkara has to go!

KC Sangakkara lbw b McGrath 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The captain comes out

5.4

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, oh ho ho, a bouncer to welcome him! McGrath drags one short, gets good carry to Jayawardene, who thinks about the pull but gets in tangle as it sails past hime

5.5

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length outside off stump, moves in very close to off as Jayawardene leaves it be

5.6

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length outside off stump again, left alone

Very good over from McGrath

End of over 6 (1 run) Sri Lanka 27/2 (RR: 4.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-1
WU Tharanga    6* (18b)      NW Bracken    3-1-6-1

6.1

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, full, swinging, outside off stump, Tharanga drives loosely and gets beaten

6.2

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, back of a length outside off stump, moves in, Tharanga defends into the covers

6.3

Bracken to Tharanga, no run, lovely! Bowling! Full again, moving in, Tharanga lunges at it and misses as it beats the bat

6.4

Bracken to Tharanga, OUT, edged and gone! Set him up with a couple inswingers, this time he fires it full and gets it to seam away as Tharanga pushes forward, and the edge is snapped up by Hayden at first slip, taking it very low even as Ponting from second dives in front of him!

WU Tharanga c Hayden b Bracken 6 (33m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

Sri Lanka wobbling after opting to bat. Bracken bowling well, McGrath complimenting him with the one over so far. Here's Silva with plenty to do.

6.5

Bracken to Silva, 1 wide, wide down leg stump, Gilchrist collects

6.5

Bracken to Silva, no run, wow! Full outside off stump, pitches and swing in very close to off as Silva shoulders arms

6.6

Bracken to Silva, 1 leg bye, inswinger moving down leg stump, he looks to flicks and manages one off the pad to short fine leg as Gilchrist does the fielding himself

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 29/3 (RR: 4.14)
LPC Silva    0* (2b)      NW Bracken    4-1-7-2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-1

7.1

McGrath to Silva, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets behind the line and defends back down the track

7.2

McGrath to Silva, no run, back of a length outside off stump, nudged off the back foot to point

7.3

McGrath to Silva, no run, back of a length outside off stump again, he gets over it and defends to cover

7.4

McGrath to Silva, no run, bounced down leg stump, down goes Silva to let it pass him

7.5

McGrath to Silva, no run, good length outside off stump, Silva comes onto the front foot and defends compactly

7.6

McGrath to Silva, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he goes forward then back and pushes to cover, great over from McGrath

End of over 8 (maiden) Sri Lanka 29/3 (RR: 3.62)
LPC Silva    0* (8b)      GD McGrath    2-1-1-1
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      NW Bracken    4-1-7-2

Rifqi says: "I'm surprised they didn't give Marvan Atapattu are chance today. With a semi-final berth assured. This would have been ideal time to give him a chance to gain some form against a formidable opponent. Wonder what would happen if he's asked to bat in the finals with no match practice."

8.1

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off stump, he plants the front leg forward and leaves it be

8.2

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, straighter one on about middle and off stump, he gets over it and flicks gently to mid-on, thinks about the call but resists

8.3

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off stump, a lot of movement away as the batsman leaves it alone

8.4

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off stump, presents the full face of the bat and drives to mid-off

8.5

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, full on about middle and off stump, flicked straight to midwicket, cant beat the man there

8.6

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, full on off stump, looking for movement, Jayawardene gets well over it and turns to the on side, Bracken fields it himself

End of over 9 (maiden) Sri Lanka 29/3 (RR: 3.22)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (9b)      NW Bracken    5-2-7-2
LPC Silva    0* (8b)      GD McGrath    2-1-1-1

9.1

McGrath to Silva, no run, short of a length outside off stump, sits up, Silva chases it and gets beaten

9.2

McGrath to Silva, no run, down leg stump, he tries to tickle it fine but the ball clips the pad

9.3

McGrath to Silva, no run, short of length, pitches outside off stump and really sits up, forcing Silva back and thats the bouncer for the over, say the umpires

9.4

McGrath to Silva, FOUR, shot! Fractionally overpitched this time, Silva gets forward and drives the half-volley past mid-off for four

9.5

McGrath to Silva, no run, back of a length outside off stump, moves sharply down leg and catches him defending

9.6

McGrath to Silva, no run, good length outside off stump, he thrusts himself forward to smother any movement McGrath's aiming at, and defends it down to point

End of over 10 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 33/3 (RR: 3.30)
LPC Silva    4* (14b 1x4)      GD McGrath    3-1-5-1
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (9b)      NW Bracken    5-2-7-2

10.1

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, good ball, slower and back of a length outside off stump, angles past Jayawardene and then straightens, forcing him to hold back on his shot

10.2

Bracken to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length again, this time there's no movement and Jayawardene pushes it off the back foot with soft hands, the ball runs to gulley

10.3

Bracken to Silva, no run, a tad fuller, good length, moves past Silva's tame attempt at a forward prod

10.4

Bracken to Silva, no run, full and angled across the stumps, tempting him to fish or drive at it, but Tharanga is wise to the task and shoulders arms with a stride forward

10.5

Bracken to Silva, no run, again angled past him and he gets a look in at it and shoulders arms

10.6

Bracken to Silva, no run, good length on off stump, drawing him forward, theres a thick edge all along the ground to gulley this time

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 34/3 (RR: 3.09)
LPC Silva    4* (18b 1x4)      NW Bracken    6-2-8-2
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (11b)      GD McGrath    3-1-5-1

11.1

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Jayawardene gets up and defends down into the ground outside off

11.2

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length outside off stump as usual, again he gets up and defends to point with a firm 'No, wait!" to Silva

11.3

McGrath to Jayawardene, FOUR, yowza! McGrath opts for a long-hop on off stump, and in a flash Jayawardene gets over it, pulling powerfully past square leg for four

11.4

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, as expected, fuller outside off stump and he comes forward and pushes into the covers confidently

11.5

McGrath to Jayawardene, FOUR, there's another attempted bouncer down leg stump, moves down, Jayawardene chases with the pull, doesnt connect well and its wide of Gilchrist for four more

11.6

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, fuller outside off stump, moves in, he gets over it and defends back down the track

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 42/3 (RR: 3.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (17b 2x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-13-1
LPC Silva    4* (18b 1x4)      NW Bracken    6-2-8-2

12.1

Tait to Silva, no run, drifts down leg stump, he gets well forward flicks across the line but cant beat square leg

12.2

Tait to Silva, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, kicks off the surface, Silva's feet go nowhere as he flashes at it, surprised by the bounce, and the thick edge fairly speeds over slip for four

12.3

Tait to Silva, no run, really short of length on middle and off stump, he gets forward and ducks down

12.4

Tait to Silva, FOUR, another short one outside off stump, but this time Silva gets right over it, spanking an excellent square cut smack in the gap at point

12.5

Tait to Silva, 1 wide, surprise, surprise, a frustrated Tait bounces him outside leg stump and a wide is called

12.5

Tait to Silva, no run, much better, full in the blockhole, Silva gets over it and flicks to mid-on

12.6

Tait to Silva, no run, short-pitched outside off stump, he swivels on the pull and connects with air, stare from Tait

End of over 13 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 51/3 (RR: 3.92)
LPC Silva    12* (24b 3x4)      SW Tait    3-0-27-0
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (17b 2x4)      GD McGrath    4-1-13-1

13.1

McGrath to Jayawardene, 1 run, fraction short and wide, Jayawardene rolls the wrists and cuts it down in the gap at gulley for one to third man

13.2

McGrath to Silva, no run, fuller outside off stump this time, Silva gets over it and defends to the off side, telling his captain to stay put

13.3

McGrath to Silva, no run, good length outside off stump, he covers off and shoulders arms

13.4

McGrath to Silva, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he lunges forward and defends, the ball runs along the ground to third man

13.5

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, Jayawardene eyes it up and leaves it be close to his body

13.6

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, even closer to off stump, on a length, he covers off and shoulders arms once more

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 53/3 (RR: 3.78)
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (20b 2x4)      GD McGrath    5-1-15-1
LPC Silva    13* (27b 3x4)      SW Tait    3-0-27-0

14.1

Tait to Silva, no run, overpitched on leg stump, flicked straight to midwicket

Jez: "If Michael Bevan was Australia's one-day batting specialist then Bracken is surely the one-day equivalent... what more does this bloke need to do to break into the Test side? (Answer: Cut Hair)"

14.2

Tait to Silva, 1 run, fuller this time on off stump, pushed down the ground, balls slows up and they pinch a quick single

14.3

Tait to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length outside off stump, chopped to point

14.4

Tait to Jayawardene, 1 wide, full and wide down leg stump, wide called

14.4

Tait to Jayawardene, 2 runs, fullish outside off stump, he gets forward and pushes into the gap between cover and point and runs hard for two

14.5

Tait to Jayawardene, 1 run, overpitched on off stump again, nicely driven back down the ground, mid-off moves across and keeps them to one

14.6

Tait to Silva, 1 run, full on off stump, he gets forward and jams it down

And thats drinks for the umpires and players.

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 59/3 (RR: 3.93)
LPC Silva    15* (30b 3x4)      SW Tait    4-0-33-0
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (23b 2x4)      GD McGrath    5-1-15-1

Here's Brad Hogg to bowl some chinamen. Though he'll be hoping to bowl some Sri Lankans.

15.1

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, tossed up down leg stump, Silva sweeps past square leg

15.2

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, quicker and flatter outside off stump, driven to cover

15.3

Hogg to Silva, no run, tossed up on the stumps, spins in, Silva goes back and defends it solidly

15.4

Hogg to Silva, no run, looped up on off stump, defended back

15.5

Hogg to Silva, no run, quicker and fuller on off stump, turned to square leg

15.6

Hogg to Silva, no run, fizzed up just outside off stump, defended

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 61/3 (RR: 3.81)
LPC Silva    16* (35b 3x4)      GB Hogg    1-0-2-0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (24b 2x4)      SW Tait    4-0-33-0

Andrew Symonds on for some slow medium stuff

16.1

Symonds to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, turned to square leg

16.2

Symonds to Silva, 1 run, fuller on middle and leg, nicely flicked into midwicket for one

16.3

Symonds to Jayawardene, no run, beaten by one that lands on a good length outside off stump and moves just a little

16.4

Symonds to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length on off stump, turned with the wrists to Clarke at square leg for the single

16.5

Symonds to Silva, 2 runs, strays straighter on middle and leg, and Silva works it behind square out to McGrath in the deep, who fires in a throw over Gilchrist's head and nobody backs up, so a second is given up

16.6

Symonds to Silva, no run, fuller on off stump, defended back to Symonds

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 66/3 (RR: 3.88)
LPC Silva    19* (38b 3x4)      A Symonds    1-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (27b 2x4)      GB Hogg    1-0-2-0

17.1

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, short on off stump, no spin, he gets down and pulls past square leg

17.2

Hogg to Silva, no run, tossed up on off stump, Silva sweeps but cant beat Clarke at short fine leg

17.3

Hogg to Silva, no run, shorter, spinning into the ribs, he shuffles and looks to pick one in front of Clarke, but Jayawardene wisely says no

17.4

Hogg to Silva, no run, nicely looped up on middle and off, the wrong 'un, defended back by Silva

17.5

Hogg to Silva, no run, quicker on middle and off, he uses the feet and drives to mid-on

17.6

Hogg to Silva, no run, tossed up on a nice length just outside off stump, forcing Silva to get well forward and defend

End of over 18 (1 run) Sri Lanka 67/3 (RR: 3.72)
LPC Silva    19* (43b 3x4)      GB Hogg    2-0-3-0
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (28b 2x4)      A Symonds    1-0-5-0

18.1

Symonds to Jayawardene, no run, good one, straighter on the stumps, pushed to mid-off

18.2

Symonds to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, he waits for it and opens the face to run it down to third man

18.3

Symonds to Silva, 2 runs, strays down leg stump, Silva clips it around the corner and old Pidgeon has some flying to do down at fine leg...and lo and behold, he uses the boot to save four

18.4

Symonds to Silva, no run, good length outside off stump, he comes forward and defends

18.5

Symonds to Silva, no run, good length again on off stump, played softly in front of point

18.6

Symonds to Silva, no run, steams in, locks swaying in the wind, bends his back, grunts, its full and Silva square-drives to backward point

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 70/3 (RR: 3.68)
LPC Silva    21* (47b 3x4)      A Symonds    2-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (30b 2x4)      GB Hogg    2-0-3-0

19.1

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, driven to mid-off off the front foot

19.2

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, and again he gets forward and drives to the man at mid-off

19.3

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, this one's shorter and quicker on middle and leg, awkwardly played past a diving Clarke at square leg

19.4

Hogg to Silva, no run, dances out, Hogg sees him and fires it wide and quick, Silva reaches out and chops to backward point

19.5

Hogg to Silva, no run, loops up the wrong 'un out the back of the hand, well picked and driven to cover

19.6

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, straighter on the stumps, picked and flicked to square leg for one

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 72/3 (RR: 3.60)
LPC Silva    22* (50b 3x4)      GB Hogg    3-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (33b 2x4)      A Symonds    2-0-8-0

20.1

Symonds to Silva, FOUR, nicely done, strays down the wrong line and Silva helps it on its way with a good little deflection to fine leg

20.2

Symonds to Silva, 1 run, too straight again and Silva works it fine for a single

Thats the 50 stand for these two

20.3

Symonds to Jayawardene, no run, better line, more off stumpish, Jayawardene shufles and flicks to square leg

20.4

Symonds to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, oversteps this time, the balls on off stump and he works it to square leg

20.4

Symonds to Jayawardene, no run, good length on off stump, flicked in the air to midwicket but its safe

20.5

Symonds to Jayawardene, 1 run, drifts down leg stump and its paddled away in the air behind square

20.6

Symonds to Silva, no run, quicker, by Symonds standard anyways, and Silva comes forward and defends back down the track

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 79/3 (RR: 3.76)
LPC Silva    27* (53b 4x4)      A Symonds    3-0-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (37b 2x4)      GB Hogg    3-0-5-0

21.1

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle and off, turned to Clarke at square leg

21.2

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, turns down as he looks to tickle it

21.3

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, quicker, comes down and spins in, Jayawardene gets it off the pad and it hits his back leg, he then deflects it as it rolls towards leg stump

21.4

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on a length, defended

21.5

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, quicker on off stump, pushed into the covers

21.6

Hogg to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short and wide, and he cuts nicely out to deep point

End of over 22 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 81/3 (RR: 3.68)
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (43b 2x4)      GB Hogg    4-0-7-0
LPC Silva    27* (53b 4x4)      A Symonds    3-0-15-0

Still no third Powerplay taken. Here's Clarke for a bit of left-arm spin.

22.1

Clarke to Silva, 2 runs, on a length, spins in, Silva makes room and cuts through point for an easy couple

22.2

Clarke to Silva, 2 runs, tossed up, comes out a high full toss outside off stump, he smashes it to short third man, who fumbles and allows two

22.3

Clarke to Silva, no run, fizzed up on off stump, defended

22.4

Clarke to Silva, no run, tossed up invitingly again, but he defends

22.5

Clarke to Silva, no run, a tad shorter, spins in, and Silva's saved by the inside-edge back onto the pads, well bowled

22.6

Clarke to Silva, no run, quicker and fuller on middle and leg, turned in front of short square leg

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 85/3 (RR: 3.69)
LPC Silva    31* (59b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (43b 2x4)      GB Hogg    4-0-7-0

23.1

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on the stumps, he flicks to Symonds at mid-on

23.2

Hogg to Jayawardene, 2 runs, just a fraction shorter, spins in, but he goes back and pulls past mid-on for a brace

23.3

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, nicely done, spins in off a length, very close to off stump, but he goes back and plays it right in front of Gilchrist's gloves for one

23.4

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, tossed up full on leg stump, swept down to fine leg for one

23.5

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Jayawardene gets down onto one knee and sweeps through square, Hussey in the deep moves quickly and keeps them to just one

23.6

Hogg to Silva, no run, tossed up on off stump, pushed to backward point, no chance of a run there

End of over 24 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 90/3 (RR: 3.75)
LPC Silva    32* (61b 4x4)      GB Hogg    5-0-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (47b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0

24.1

Clarke to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up just outside off stump, he comes forward and pushes at it gently, and the inside-edge roll past leg stump

24.2

Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller and faster on off stump, he gets down and sweeps in front of the stumps for one, with the spin

24.3

Clarke to Silva, no run, slower, he waits for it and then opens the face of the bat, steering to backward point

24.4

Clarke to Silva, no run, flatter trajectory, he rocks back and cuts to Hogg at short third man

24.5

Clarke to Silva, no run, quicker on middle and off, he goes back and works it to square leg

24.6

Clarke to Silva, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended, and a very good over comes to an end

End of over 25 (1 run) Sri Lanka 91/3 (RR: 3.64)
LPC Silva    32* (65b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (49b 2x4)      GB Hogg    5-0-12-0

25.1

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up, he uses the feet well and flicks out to Tait at deep midwicket

25.2

Hogg to Silva, no run, comes out, Hogg sees him, fires it quicker and Silva has to defend it back

25.3

Hogg to Silva, no run, nicely done, tossed up on off stump, Silva defends it

25.4

Hogg to Silva, FOUR, well struck, tossed up on middle and off, down he goes, sweeping hard in the gap behind square for four

25.5

Hogg to Silva, no run, looped up on off stump, played back to Hogg

25.6

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, tossed up again on off stump, he sweeps past square leg for one

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 97/3 (RR: 3.73)
LPC Silva    37* (70b 5x4)      GB Hogg    6-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    28* (50b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-5-0

26.1

Clarke to Silva, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he pushes to cover

26.2

Clarke to Silva, 1 run, tossed up again, down he goes, getting the front leg out and sweeping with the spin to square leg

26.3

Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, quicker outside off stump, chopped to point

26.4

Clarke to Silva, 2 runs, again looped up, and Silva brings up the 100 for Sri Lanka with a deft sweep down to McGrath at fine leg

26.5

Clarke to Silva, 1 run, quicker through the air outside off stumo, pushed into the covers

26.6

Clarke to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, he uses the feet and drives in the air towards mid-off, but it lands safely

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 102/3 (RR: 3.77)
DPMD Jayawardene    29* (52b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-10-0
LPC Silva    41* (74b 5x4)      GB Hogg    6-0-18-0

Glenn McGrath is back for a spell. A wide third slip comes in.

27.1

McGrath to Silva, no run, begins with a bouncer just outside off stump, Silva ducks down as it sails over his helmet

27.2

McGrath to Silva, no run, short of a length outside off stump, gets over it and chops wide of Clarke at backward point, who moves quickly and cuts it off

27.3

McGrath to Silva, 1 run, fuller on off stump, shuffles and flicks into midwicket, where Hodge does the fielding and flicks in a throw back to the stumps but misses

27.4

McGrath to Jayawardene, 2 runs, close, very close! Dragged in somewhat short, comes in, Jayawardene pulls just over short midwicket's head

27.5

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, opens the face and runs it fine, but has to contend with an athletic Hayden at short third man

27.6

McGrath to Jayawardene, FOUR, positive shot, came down a step, picked up a good length delivery and hammered it over mid-off, one bounce and four

End of over 28 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 109/3 (RR: 3.89)
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (55b 3x4)      GD McGrath    6-1-22-1
LPC Silva    42* (77b 5x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-10-0

Shaun Tait comes back on

28.1

Tait to Silva, no run, fullish on off stump, shuffles and drives straight to Bracken at mid-on

28.2

Tait to Silva, FOUR, lovely shot, overpitched outside off stump, Silva gets down and executes a cover drive in the gap at cover, and Tait continues to bleed runs

28.3

Tait to Silva, no run, shorter one now, on about off stump, but instead of pulling over midwicket he hits it into the ground in front of square leg

28.4

Tait to Silva, no run, too full on leg stump, and this time Silva cant put it away, just finding short midwicket

28.5

Tait to Silva, no run, good yorker-length ball on leg stump, dug out back down the track to Tait

28.6

Tait to Silva, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he hops across and pushes it down to backward point

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 113/3 (RR: 3.89)
LPC Silva    46* (83b 6x4)      SW Tait    5-0-37-0
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (55b 3x4)      GD McGrath    6-1-22-1

Gilchrist up to the stumps

29.1

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off stump, shapes to sweep, but has to change his shot to steer to backward point

29.2

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, short, he pulls across the line but cant beat Hussey at short midwicket

29.3

McGrath to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, he stands up and works it around the corner for one, well played

29.4

McGrath to Silva, 1 run, shortish again, not enough to pull but he does so anyway, almost falling over, ends up hitting it into the ground wide of square leg

29.5

McGrath to Jayawardene, FOUR, full on leg stump, down he goes, paddling it around the corner, no fine leg, and thats four

29.6

McGrath to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length on off stump, an aggressive on-drive this time but straight to mid-on

End of over 30 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 119/3 (RR: 3.96)
DPMD Jayawardene    40* (60b 4x4)      GD McGrath    7-1-28-1
LPC Silva    47* (84b 6x4)      SW Tait    5-0-37-0

The third and final Powerplay was taken from the 28th over.

30.1

Tait to Silva, 1 run, good length outside off stump, driven to Hayden at point, who initially moves right and then dives back to his left to save runs

30.2

Tait to Jayawardene, no run, fuller outside off stump, he gets down and guides it to backward point

30.3

Tait to Jayawardene, FOUR, shot, man! Full and moving down leg stump, woeful delivery from Tait with fine leg up, and Jayawardene flicks it away for four

30.4

Tait to Jayawardene, 1 wide, full and wide, down leg stump, and called

30.4

Tait to Jayawardene, no run, slower one good length outside off, driven to point

30.5

Tait to Jayawardene, SIX, fifty up for Jayawardene, and the 100-run stand, with an authorititative hook shot well over deep backward square leg, immense shot for half a dozen

30.6

Tait to Jayawardene, 2 runs, full on leg stump, easy pickings for him to clip it out to the man on the ropes for two

Jayawardene opening up now.

End of over 31 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 133/3 (RR: 4.29)
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (65b 5x4 1x6)      SW Tait    6-0-51-0
LPC Silva    48* (85b 6x4)      GD McGrath    7-1-28-1

Ponting goes to Bracken, his best bowler on the day so far. Gilchrist up to the stumps.

31.1

Bracken to Silva, no run, good start, shaping one across him, he plays and misses

31.2

Bracken to Silva, no run, slower one, beats him again with the angle, sits up a little too, well bowled

31.3

Bracken to Silva, no run, quicker one off an excellent length, squares up Silva as he plays for the turn

31.4

Bracken to Silva, no run, good length on off stump, Silva hurries to defend it to point

31.5

Bracken to Silva, 1 run, back of a length, slower ball, enough room for him to open the face and place it wide of Clarke at backward point

31.6

Bracken to Jayawardene, no run, fuller, wider, and the angle beats Jayawardene's bat too as Gilchrist whips off the bails for fun

Excellent over from Bracken coming back for one over

End of over 32 (1 run) Sri Lanka 134/3 (RR: 4.18)
DPMD Jayawardene    52* (66b 5x4 1x6)      NW Bracken    7-2-9-2
LPC Silva    49* (90b 6x4)      SW Tait    6-0-51-0

Tait continues. Men go back square of the wicket for the hooks and wild cuts

32.1

Tait to Silva, 1 run, full on off stump, he just nudges it to mid-off to raise his fifth ODI half-century, and fourth in this tournament, well played, sir

32.2

Tait to Jayawardene, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, Jayawardene square-drives out to deep point for one

32.3

Tait to Silva, 1 run, overpitched well wide of off stump again, now Silva flashes an airy square-drive in the gap out to Hussey near the ropes

32.4

Tait to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, short one, bouncer outside off stump, he shapes to pull, misses, gets hit high on the arm and picks up a run

32.5

Tait to Silva, 1 run, half-volley outside off stump, driven square of the wicket for an easy single

32.6

Tait to Jayawardene, 2 runs, looks for the yorker, comes out a low full toss on leg, nicely flicked past square leg for an easy couple

End of over 33 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 141/3 (RR: 4.27)
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (69b 5x4 1x6)      SW Tait    7-0-57-0
LPC Silva    52* (93b 6x4)      NW Bracken    7-2-9-2

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33.1

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, he shuffles and works it out to McGrath at deep backward square leg

33.2

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, slowly tossed up outside off stump, pushed to mid-off

33.3

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, quicker and flatter on middle and leg, he looks for some sort of paddle-pull, bobbled up in the air and down to fine leg

33.4

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, swept out to deep square again

33.5

Hogg to Jayawardene, 3 runs, short and wide, asking for trouble, he cuts hard in the air behind square, the balls travelling fast, Hayden covers a lot of ground, dives, and saves the extra run, excellent effort

33.6

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, looped up on off stump, and Silva gently pats it back down the track past Hogg

Drinks called for.

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 148/3 (RR: 4.35)
LPC Silva    55* (96b 6x4)      GB Hogg    7-0-25-0
DPMD Jayawardene    59* (72b 5x4 1x6)      SW Tait    7-0-57-0

Michael Clarke comes in to the attack

34.1

Clarke to Silva, no run, Silva advances, drives hard but finds the fielder at short cover

34.2

Clarke to Silva, 3 runs, a bit of width outside off, Silva cuts hard and Hussey dives at third man to save a certain boundary

34.3

Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, drifting on the legs, Jayawardene nudges it to fine leg

34.4

Clarke to Silva, 1 run, Silva gets down on his knees and sweeps it hard, square of the wicket

34.5

Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed with soft hands to short cover and the batsmen set off for a quick single, excellent running by these two

34.6

Clarke to Silva, 2 runs, tossed up on the pads, Silva waits on it and sweeps it fine

End of over 35 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 156/3 (RR: 4.45)
LPC Silva    61* (100b 6x4)      MJ Clarke    4-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    61* (74b 5x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    7-0-25-0

35.1

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, nudged to the on side

35.2

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, Silva gets forward and steers it to Tait at point, takes off immediately

35.3

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, flatter on middle and leg, turned towards square leg for an easy single

35.4

Hogg to Silva, no run, reverse sweep but not well placed, Tait picks it up at point

35.5

Hogg to Silva, 1 run, turned to the on side, they are picking the runs easily here

35.6

Hogg to Jayawardene, 3 runs, delicately dabbed to third man, the balls races away towards the fence and Tait runs in from point to cut it off, good commitment in the end

End of over 36 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 163/3 (RR: 4.52)
DPMD Jayawardene    66* (77b 5x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    8-0-32-0
LPC Silva    63* (103b 6x4)      MJ Clarke    4-0-18-0

36.1

Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed on off stump and driven easily to long-off

36.2

Clarke to Silva, no run, swept but straight to short fine leg

36.3

Clarke to Silva, 1 run, swept again but just a little wide of short fine leg, takes the single

36.4

Clarke to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Jayawardene steps down and lofts it towards deep extra cover

36.5

Clarke to Jayawardene, no run, pushed off the front foot to the off side

36.6

Clarke to Jayawardene, no run, turned away towards short midwicket

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 167/3 (RR: 4.51)
DPMD Jayawardene    69* (81b 5x4 1x6)      MJ Clarke    5-0-22-0
LPC Silva    64* (105b 6x4)      GB Hogg    8-0-32-0

37.1

Hogg to Silva, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, he gets adventurous with a reverse sweep but makes a hash of it

37.2

Hogg to Silva, OUT, goddim! Tossed up on middle and leg, now he prefers the more orthodox sweep, but mistimes it and the top-edge is easily gobbled up by Clarke at short fine leg, success for Hogg

LPC Silva c Clarke b Hogg 64 (119m 107b 6x4 0x6) SR: 59.81

Dilshan is the new man in

37.3

Hogg to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up full, he uses he feet well and flicks to midwicket to get off the mark first ball

37.4

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, well bowled, looped up on a length and Jayawardene has to defend it

37.5

Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, nicely done again, a tad flatter and he works it straight to square leg

37.6

Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, touch shorter and Jayawardene gets down low, pulling through square leg out to Hussey for one to keep hold of the strike

End of over 38 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 169/4 (RR: 4.44)
DPMD Jayawardene    70* (84b 5x4 1x6)      GB Hogg    9-0-34-1
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      MJ Clarke    5-0-22-0

38.1

Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Jayawardene comes to the pitch and drives down to long-off for one

38.2

Clarke to Dilshan, no run, flatter one comes into him as he goes back and pushes it to Clarke

38.3

Clarke to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up on a length, Dilshan stands and punches to mid-off for one

38.4

Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, full and flat on middle and leg, Jayawardene turns it to short fine leg for one

38.5

Clarke to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker, flatter, and Dilshan cuts past point for the single

38.6

Clarke to Jayawardene, no run, well bowled, flighted on middle and off and Jayawardene defends it back

End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 173/4 (RR: 4.43)
DPMD Jayawardene    72* (87b 5x4 1x6)      MJ Clarke    6-0-26-0
TM Dilshan    3* (4b)      GB Hogg    9-0-34-1

Hogg into his final over

39.1

Hogg to Dilshan, no run, much quicker, some good bouncer too and he misses out on the cut

39.2

Hogg to Dilshan, no run, short again, he cuts but cant beat point

39.3

Hogg to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, he sweeps to short fine leg

39.4

Hogg to Jayawardene, OUT, well bowled, well stumped! Hogg tosses up a beauty on a great length, Jayawardene lunges forward, plays for turn, is beaten in the flight and all Gilchrist has to do it whip off the bails as the back leg's in the air, neatly done, and Hogg gets another key batsman

DPMD Jayawardene st †Gilchrist b Hogg 72 (133m 88b 5x4 1x6) SR: 81.81

Two quick wickets in succession and Australia are back on top. Here's Arnold.

Bat-pad comes in

39.5

Hogg to Arnold, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Arnold drives and is beaten in the flight

39.6

Hogg to Arnold, no run, theres the googly, spinning in sharply and catching Arnold going back outside leg stump

End of a fine spell from Hogg.

End of over 40 (1 run) Sri Lanka 174/5 (RR: 4.35)
RP Arnold    0* (2b)      GB Hogg    10-0-35-2
TM Dilshan    4* (7b)      MJ Clarke    6-0-26-0

We are into the home stretch now, folks. Tait gets another recall. Five men inside the circle. Pressure.

40.1

Tait to Dilshan, no run, full in the zone, he can only dig it out to Ponting at point

40.2

Tait to Dilshan, 2 runs, fullish outside off stump, Dilshan carves it out to deep cover of the back foot

40.3

Tait to Dilshan, no run, overpitched again, and this time he can only drive to the man at cover

40.4

Tait to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Dilshan drives off the back foot through point for one

40.5

Tait to Arnold, 1 run, fraction short and wide, Arnold nudges that in the air in the gap at gulley for one

40.6

Tait to Dilshan, OUT, banged in short outside off stump, Dilshan hooks, awfully mistimed, and the ball just bobs up for Hodge to pouch a dolly at square leg

TM Dilshan c Hodge b Tait 7 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

The move from Ponting to go back to Tait has worked for Australia, who've swung this match back their way. Sri Lanka dont have any big hitters of the cricket ball to come, critically. Here's Maharoof now.

End of over 41 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 178/6 (RR: 4.34)
     SW Tait    8-0-61-1
RP Arnold    1* (3b)      GB Hogg    10-0-35-2

41.1

Clarke to Maharoof, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended down the track

41.2

Clarke to Maharoof, 1 run, tossed up again, lunged at and the inside-edge gets him a quick single to midwicket

41.3

Clarke to Arnold, no run, tossed up on off stump, Arnold turns it to square leg

41.4

Clarke to Arnold, no run, tossed up again, now he drives back down the track to Clarke

41.5

Clarke to Arnold, no run, well bowled, tossed up and again he just turns it to the on side

41.6

Clarke to Arnold, 1 run, quicker one outside off stump, pushed to point for a risky single

End of over 42 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 180/6 (RR: 4.28)
RP Arnold    2* (7b)      MJ Clarke    7-0-28-0
MF Maharoof    1* (2b)      SW Tait    8-0-61-1

42.1

Tait to Arnold, no run, short of a length over the top of off, he plays at it and the ball dies before Gilchrist

42.2

Tait to Arnold, 1 run, back of a length this time, and now he pushes it softly to mid-off for one

42.3

Tait to Maharoof, 1 wide, too full down leg stump, the yorker going wrong

42.3

Tait to Maharoof, 1 run, very well bowled this time, yorker on leg stump, he jams the bat down and manages an inside-edge to leg

42.4

Tait to Arnold, OUT, bowled 'em with another short one! Quick, too bouncy for Arnold, who stands rooted and gets cramped on the swipe, all tangled up, and the result is an inside-edge back onto the stumps

RP Arnold b Tait 3 (15m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Tait working up good pace as usual, and paying off dividends for his side at the death. Ponting loves it.

42.5

Tait to Kulasekara, no run, full on leg stump, cant put it away

42.6

Tait to Kulasekara, 1 run, strays to leg stump, and Kulasekara turns it off the pads for one out to the man on the ropes

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 184/7 (RR: 4.27)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      SW Tait    9-0-65-2
MF Maharoof    2* (3b)      MJ Clarke    7-0-28-0

Bracken's back. Gilchrist stands up again

43.1

Bracken to Kulasekara, no run, beaten by one angled across the stumps, excellent length and carry again for him

43.2

Bracken to Kulasekara, no run, and again, kicks off and seams past the bat off that superb length again

43.3

Bracken to Kulasekara, OUT, edged and gone! Bracken maintains his probing, moving line outside off stump, shaping one across Kulasekara to drive on the up, and the thick edge is snapped up very well by Hayden at a deep lone slip, down near his ankles, his second beauty of the day

KMDN Kulasekara c Hayden b Bracken 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

43.4

Bracken to Bandara, no run, oh ho ho, beats him too with one pushed across the stumps

A second slip comes in now from midwicket

43.5

Bracken to Bandara, no run, fuller on off stump, he gets over it and pushes to cover

43.6

Bracken to Bandara, no run, full and wide again, moving across the stumps, and this time he leaves it be

Excellent over from Bracken on return again

End of over 44 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 184/8 (RR: 4.18)
HMCM Bandara    0* (3b)      NW Bracken    8-3-9-3
MF Maharoof    2* (3b)      SW Tait    9-0-65-2

44.1

Tait to Maharoof, no run, bounces him over the top of off stump, Maharoof arches the back to get out of harm's way, the ball brushes the shirt and Gilchrist appeals

44.2

Tait to Maharoof, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, he stands rooted and opens the face of the bat to run it down to third man, well played

44.3

Tait to Bandara, no run, good ball on a much fuller length, middle and offish, defended to midwicket

44.4

Tait to Bandara, 2 runs, overpitched looking for another yorker, Bandara drives very neatly to Symonds moving around at mid-off

44.5

Tait to Bandara, no run, bounces him again with one over off stump, Bandara sways out of the way like an accomplished batsman

44.6

Tait to Bandara, no run, fuller this time on off stump, well played out to cover

End of over 45 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 187/8 (RR: 4.15)
HMCM Bandara    2* (7b)      SW Tait    10-0-68-2
MF Maharoof    3* (5b)      NW Bracken    8-3-9-3

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45.1

Bracken to Maharoof, no run, full outside off stump, driven off the front foot to point

45.2

Bracken to Maharoof, 1 run, full outside off stump, driven loosely into the covers for a quick single

45.3

Bracken to Bandara, no run, full, moving gently past the bat as Bandara chases it, Gilchrist whips off the bails

45.4

Bracken to Bandara, 1 run, fraction shorter and wider, Bandara reaches for it and punches into the covers for one

45.5

Bracken to Maharoof, no run, good length, moving past Maharoof who stands leaden-footed and misses it

45.6

Bracken to Maharoof, no run, fullish length, Maharoof drives to short cover, no chance of a run

End of over 46 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 189/8 (RR: 4.10)
MF Maharoof    4* (9b)      NW Bracken    9-3-11-3
HMCM Bandara    3* (9b)      SW Tait    10-0-68-2

McGrath comes back for the finish

46.1

McGrath to Bandara, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he whirls a cut but fails to beat Clarke at backward point

46.2

McGrath to Bandara, no run, full outside off stump, driven right to Symonds at mid-off

46.3

McGrath to Bandara, SIX, hello, baby! McGrath opts to rattle him with a long-hop outside off stump, but Bandara, cool as a pickle, stands and slams it over midwicket for half a dozen

46.4

McGrath to Bandara, no run, overpitched outside off stump, and he square-drives to Clarke

46.5

McGrath to Bandara, 1 run, yorker on about leg stump, pushed to mid-on

46.6

McGrath to Maharoof, 1 run, another yorker going down leg stump and now Maharoof has work to do, fast, and he doesnt do it badly either

End of over 47 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 197/8 (RR: 4.19)
MF Maharoof    5* (10b)      GD McGrath    8-1-36-1
HMCM Bandara    10* (14b 1x6)      NW Bracken    9-3-11-3

Clarke back on

47.1

Clarke to Maharoof, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, pushed to mid-off

47.2

Clarke to Bandara, no run, flatter, pushed to cover

47.3

Clarke to Bandara, SIX, comes out, using the feet well, and connecting well for his second six, this time swung away over wide long-on

47.4

Clarke to Bandara, 1 leg bye, quicker, flatter, spinning down leg stump, Bandara sweeps, misses, and scampers a leg bye to the off side

47.5

Clarke to Maharoof, no run, tossed up on a length, he makes room to cut but ends up hitting into the ground

47.6

Clarke to Maharoof, 1 run, tossed up, uses the feet to drive into the covers

End of over 48 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 206/8 (RR: 4.29)
MF Maharoof    7* (13b)      MJ Clarke    8-0-36-0
HMCM Bandara    16* (17b 2x6)      GD McGrath    8-1-36-1

Just 12 deliveries remain. McGrath continues.

48.1

McGrath to Maharoof, FOUR, right up there, full on middle and leg, and Maharoof times a perfect drive back down the ground for four

48.2

McGrath to Maharoof, 1 no ball, oversteps, bowls it outside off, just, and Maharoof heaves and misses

48.2

McGrath to Maharoof, FOUR, full outside off stump, he swings again and this time gets a genuine french cut and with fine leg up, thats four all the way...McGrath isnt happy at all

48.3

McGrath to Maharoof, 1 run, overpitched on off stump, now he gets down and swings it away through midwicket out to the sweeper for one

48.4

McGrath to Bandara, 1 run, well bowled, yorker on off stump, Bandara backs away and just manages to get bat on it, chopping to point for the single

48.5

McGrath to Maharoof, 1 run, full toss, which is swung out past Hogg at midwicket for one more

48.6

McGrath to Bandara, OUT, he ends his spell with another, banging in a long-hop, Bandara pulls and can only balloon it up to Hogg at midwicket for a comfortable take

HMCM Bandara c Hogg b McGrath 17 (23m 19b 0x4 2x6) SR: 89.47

End of over 49 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 218/9 (RR: 4.44)
     GD McGrath    9-1-48-2
MF Maharoof    17* (18b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    8-0-36-0

Last six balls coming up. Bracken to bowl out.

49.1

Bracken to Maharoof, FOUR, up there, Maharoof has a free hit and connects well, slamming it down to long-off

49.2

Bracken to Maharoof, no run, beaten this time, just standing and swinging across the line

McGrath comes to short fine leg

49.3

Bracken to Maharoof, FOUR, edged away for four, Maharoof thrashes at it, and the ball flies wide of Hayden at slip, good runs these for Sri Lanka

49.4

Bracken to Maharoof, OUT, all over, Bracken finishes the innings with a slower one that Maharoof just chips in the air down to Symonds at long-on

MF Maharoof c Symonds b Bracken 25 (40m 22b 4x4 0x6) SR: 113.63

Australia fight back well to keep Sri Lanka down to 226 inside 50 overs, nipping out seven wickets for 69 runs at the end. They do come hard at you, these Australians. Jayawardene and Silva forged a 140-run fourth-wicket stand to lift Sri Lanka, but Australia will fancy themselves to chase down 227 with an attack missing Vaas, Malinga and Murali. Do join me in about 40 minutes - 13:40 local, 17:40 GMT - for the second innings.

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