2nd ODI

Australia v Sri Lanka, 2012-13

Geoffrey Dean

At Adelaide, January 13, 2013 (day/night). Sri Lanka won by eight wickets. Toss: Sri Lanka. One-day international debuts: B. C. J. Cutting, K. W. Richardson; M. D. K. J. Perera.

Until now, Sri Lanka's tour had been winless and largely joyless, but they managed to draw renewed life from an Adelaide Oval pitch that aided their swing and seam bowlers while exposing Australia's weakness on surfaces less concrete than the one at Melbourne. Australia also complicated matters by shuffling in Smith for only one match, a decision many found baffling. Sri Lanka's quicks all moved the ball just enough to find edges, while Australia's recognition that this was not a pitch on which bowling could be bullied was so slow that it took Nos. 7 and 8, Haddin and the debutant Queensland all-rounder Ben Cutting, to establish the only meaningful stand of the innings. Chasing a modest target, Sri Lanka lost Tharanga to McKay's angle, before Dilshan and Thirimanne embarked on a composed partnership of 137. Thirimanne was not always fluent, but completed victory - and his maiden international century - by cutting Maxwell for his 12th four.

Man of the Match: H.D.R.L. Thirimanne.

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