Australia v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group F, Barbados May 9, 2010

Australia hand Sri Lanka 81-run thrashing

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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Australia 168 for 5 (White 85*, Randiv 3-20) beat Sri Lanka 87 (Johnson 3-15, Nannes 2-19)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia stormed to a resounding 81-run win that all but assured their semi-finals spot as Sri Lanka were steamrolled by extreme pace and sustained pressure, folding for 87. Dirk Nannes and Mitchell Johnson were the main destroyers of the Sri Lankan batting line-up, but the win was made possible by Cameron White's unstoppable 85 from 49 balls, which rescued his side from a perilous 67 for 5.

White was ably aided by Michael Hussey in an unbroken stand of 101 in less than ten overs, and when the Sri Lankan top order was bullied out by a formidable Australian pace attack in quick succession, the rest of the batsmen collapsed in a heap.

Australia had been in a similar situation against Bangladesh in the group stage, sinking to 65 for 6 before they were saved by a 74-run partnership between Hussey and Steven Smith. Today, they had White to thank, as he saw off the threatening Suraj Randiv, making the most of a missed chance on 23 to establish his dominance over the rest of the attack, as he passed 50 from 32 balls.

Shane Watson and David Warner have given Australia solid starts more often than not in this tournament, but today they were parted with the fifth ball of the innings, as Angelo Mathews snaked one in to rattle Watson's stumps via an inside edge. In an impressively-controlled opening spell, Mathews then deceived Brad Haddin, sent in ahead of Clarke with Australia one down, with a slower one that took the leading edge and looped up to give Sanath Jayasuriya an easy catch.

Australia were then under real pressure when Mahela Jayawardene held a blistering reflex take at slip when Warner nicked a flashing drive to Randiv's third ball of the match. In a dramatic over, Randiv then set Sri Lankan hearts racing when he beat David Hussey first ball with a flighted delivery that went the other way as the batsman drove on the walk, and Kumar Sangakkara whipped the bails off milliseconds later - not that it mattered, as the ball had also brushed the edge on its way through.

The hat-trick evaded him, but he topped off an outstanding spell when Clarke backed away to cut a turning ball and lost his off bail. Australia were 67 for 5 after 11 overs at that stage, and were in real danger of crumbling for an insubstantial total.

But Sri Lanka could not carry the intensity from their opening onslaught into the second half of the innings. After racing to his half-century, White led Australia's charge in the closing overs, lifting Welegedara down the ground with brutal hits from consecutive deliveries to move into the 70s.

With that, Hussey, who had nudged his way to 9 from 15 balls, took his cue, walking across his stumps to paddle a knee-high full toss from Lasith Malinga to fine leg. Hussey followed that up with a majestic lofted cover drive, before closing the over with an audacious sweep to a searing yorker. White took Australia past 150 with his fifth and sixth sixes in the penultimate over, and an incredible 91 runs came from the final seven overs.

Jayawardene has been Sri Lanka's linchpin at the top of the order in this tournament, and when he swivelled to pull Nannes handsomely over square leg it appeared that the stage had been set for another excellent knock. But Nannes dug the next one in even shorter, and the ball rose alarmingly to take the splice and balloon up to give Smith an easy catch at long leg.

It was pace and aggression that did for Sangakkara, too, as Shaun Tait sent down a brutish bumper that beat the attempted hook for pace, striking the glove on the way through to Haddin. The slide continued as Nannes fired one in at Jayasuriya's pads in his next over, beating an aimless swish to pin the batsman lbw to reduce Sri Lanka to 26 for 3 in the fifth over.

Watson was brought on in the last over of the Powerplay, and his medium-paced seamers proved to be a far more attractive prospect than the 90mph-plus barrage of Nannes and Tait. Dilshan responded with a caressed cover drive and a clean hit high over long on, and Mathews didn't miss out either, slamming Watson straight back over his head as 15 were taken from the over.

But they still had Johnson to contend with from the other end, and he made his intentions clear by banging his first two balls in before rolling his fingers over his third to induce an uppish cut from Dilshan. White at backward point went airborne to pull off a stunning catch inches from the turf, and when Mathews picked out Hussey on the cover boundary four balls later, Sri Lanka's short-lived counterpunch was nipped in the bud.

Sri Lanka were 67 for 5 after 10 overs - almost exactly the position in which Australia had found themselves in the first innings - but their middle order lacks White's power and Hussey's class, and from that point on the two sides went in opposite directions, Australia seizing back the game with a supremely confident fightback; Sri Lanka capitulating meekly in the face of sustained pressure. Such was the scale of the win, Australia are now virtually guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPN Cricinfo

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  • CRICViN23 on May 11, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    ayasuriya should retire nw.....his reflexes are really weak nw...... and mendis has to learn the art of bowling flights and he has to bring in more variation..finger spin will not work..a real overhaul of the team is required..y fernando is not in the squad..this kind of pitch would have really suited him....srilankan team need more youngsters,,,

  • CRICViN23 on May 11, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    it should be mahela and dilshan opening cos i think dilshan has found his form now

  • Diyan82 on May 11, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs an overall team performance today in order to win against India. I know in T20 they say only one or two players need to fire up. But NO today SL need to prove that they deserve to go through, so all 11 players out there need to concentrate and give 200% in order to get the job done.

  • coolbunny200 on May 10, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    I was very disappointed after the match against Australia. It clearly showed Sri Lanka's inability to keep pressure after early wickets. We bowled really well for 10 or so overs and once White started to cut loose they were bowling all over the place. I am completely agree with ARad, Sanga should have ring the alarm bells during the match, not after we lost by a huge margin. What this will do is put us some more pressure with the match against India. Anyway Good luck to our boys and hope they will learn from their mistakes.

  • ARad on May 10, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Sangakkara has mentioned that the players shouldn't have gone for their shots after losing early wickets. Of course! Unfortunately, the captain's job is not giving post-match analysis but handling the situation DURING the match with assistance from the coaches. SL should have played more cautiously after the fall of five or six wickets since the chance of winning the match was nil. Considering that it may be possible for three teams to end up with 2 points in the group, the goal then is to last as long as possible and try to score runs through singles (like in the middle overs of ODIs) until the end of the innings since this would have minimized the hit on the run rate. I am disappointed with this strategical error and the blame lies squarely with the captain in this matter.

  • Cannuck on May 10, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    @Diyan82: You make excellent points & I am 200% with U! I have been posting here saying that Sana should have retired 2-3 years ago! Although he's served SL so much in the past he is also greedy & selfish. The problem is not just with the SL board, but the ministers & president of SL to who Sana runs crying, when he's dropped! Now that he is in the Parliament, expect more of such antics, even when he's out of the team! Therefore the board, coach/mangers & Sanga has no choice, cause he could come back as the Sports minister & get back @ whoever kicked him out! Such is SL politics & Cricket! Having said that, he's just 1 player, just like MJ who carried the team. What about the other 9? They were pathetic! Not to take anything away from the Aussies, who as usual were great & deserved to win, but it's obvious that the run difference we lost by, is what MJ has scored in the past matches. The rest as a whole can only score 85 runs? Sorry, but I don't think they deserve to win any T20WC!

  • RustyGB on May 10, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    India now have a chance to semis only if they beat sri lanka by a big margin like whatever SL score india need to chase it in 16 over or to win by 20+ runs. The Net RunRate counts on Total Runs Scored against Total Overs (included from every match). Plz c the points table of F group

  • vizzzy on May 10, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Chances for WI, India & SL:

    Per my undestanding WI absolutely needs to win against Aus to progress.

    India has to beat SL by more than 20 (and hope Aus beats WI even if only by a run)

    SL can afford to loose to India by less than 20 (and hope Aus beats WI)

  • Mutukisna on May 10, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    A disappointing performance by SL. However, all is not lost. Assuming WI lose to Australia, SL can qualify for the semis provided they do not lose to India by more than 19 runs in a full 40 over game. SL need to make some changes. Sanga should open with Mahela with Dilshan at first drop. We should replace Welagedara with Thushara and bring back Tissara Perera for the old warhorse Sanath. Panellist Mark Butcher said that it was time for the MP to attend Parliament. The SL legend made a great contribution to SL Cricket but it is time to go and make way for youngsters.One final point is that, apart from improving his fielding, Mendis should bowl with more variations and not be ruffled if he is hit out of the ground once or twice but continue his game plan. SL should reach the semi finals and even the final as the semis are played in St. Lucia. As for the Final I will withhold my usually optimistic comments as it will be played on the now not unfamiliar fast bouncy Barbados pitch.

  • Deepfreezed on May 10, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    this defeat clearly shows the hapless nature of the Sri Lankan team.

  • CRICViN23 on May 11, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    ayasuriya should retire nw.....his reflexes are really weak nw...... and mendis has to learn the art of bowling flights and he has to bring in more variation..finger spin will not work..a real overhaul of the team is required..y fernando is not in the squad..this kind of pitch would have really suited him....srilankan team need more youngsters,,,

  • CRICViN23 on May 11, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    it should be mahela and dilshan opening cos i think dilshan has found his form now

  • Diyan82 on May 11, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs an overall team performance today in order to win against India. I know in T20 they say only one or two players need to fire up. But NO today SL need to prove that they deserve to go through, so all 11 players out there need to concentrate and give 200% in order to get the job done.

  • coolbunny200 on May 10, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    I was very disappointed after the match against Australia. It clearly showed Sri Lanka's inability to keep pressure after early wickets. We bowled really well for 10 or so overs and once White started to cut loose they were bowling all over the place. I am completely agree with ARad, Sanga should have ring the alarm bells during the match, not after we lost by a huge margin. What this will do is put us some more pressure with the match against India. Anyway Good luck to our boys and hope they will learn from their mistakes.

  • ARad on May 10, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    Sangakkara has mentioned that the players shouldn't have gone for their shots after losing early wickets. Of course! Unfortunately, the captain's job is not giving post-match analysis but handling the situation DURING the match with assistance from the coaches. SL should have played more cautiously after the fall of five or six wickets since the chance of winning the match was nil. Considering that it may be possible for three teams to end up with 2 points in the group, the goal then is to last as long as possible and try to score runs through singles (like in the middle overs of ODIs) until the end of the innings since this would have minimized the hit on the run rate. I am disappointed with this strategical error and the blame lies squarely with the captain in this matter.

  • Cannuck on May 10, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    @Diyan82: You make excellent points & I am 200% with U! I have been posting here saying that Sana should have retired 2-3 years ago! Although he's served SL so much in the past he is also greedy & selfish. The problem is not just with the SL board, but the ministers & president of SL to who Sana runs crying, when he's dropped! Now that he is in the Parliament, expect more of such antics, even when he's out of the team! Therefore the board, coach/mangers & Sanga has no choice, cause he could come back as the Sports minister & get back @ whoever kicked him out! Such is SL politics & Cricket! Having said that, he's just 1 player, just like MJ who carried the team. What about the other 9? They were pathetic! Not to take anything away from the Aussies, who as usual were great & deserved to win, but it's obvious that the run difference we lost by, is what MJ has scored in the past matches. The rest as a whole can only score 85 runs? Sorry, but I don't think they deserve to win any T20WC!

  • RustyGB on May 10, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    India now have a chance to semis only if they beat sri lanka by a big margin like whatever SL score india need to chase it in 16 over or to win by 20+ runs. The Net RunRate counts on Total Runs Scored against Total Overs (included from every match). Plz c the points table of F group

  • vizzzy on May 10, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Chances for WI, India & SL:

    Per my undestanding WI absolutely needs to win against Aus to progress.

    India has to beat SL by more than 20 (and hope Aus beats WI even if only by a run)

    SL can afford to loose to India by less than 20 (and hope Aus beats WI)

  • Mutukisna on May 10, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    A disappointing performance by SL. However, all is not lost. Assuming WI lose to Australia, SL can qualify for the semis provided they do not lose to India by more than 19 runs in a full 40 over game. SL need to make some changes. Sanga should open with Mahela with Dilshan at first drop. We should replace Welagedara with Thushara and bring back Tissara Perera for the old warhorse Sanath. Panellist Mark Butcher said that it was time for the MP to attend Parliament. The SL legend made a great contribution to SL Cricket but it is time to go and make way for youngsters.One final point is that, apart from improving his fielding, Mendis should bowl with more variations and not be ruffled if he is hit out of the ground once or twice but continue his game plan. SL should reach the semi finals and even the final as the semis are played in St. Lucia. As for the Final I will withhold my usually optimistic comments as it will be played on the now not unfamiliar fast bouncy Barbados pitch.

  • Deepfreezed on May 10, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    this defeat clearly shows the hapless nature of the Sri Lankan team.

  • kakk on May 10, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Jayasuriya should retire nw.....his reflexes are really weak nw...... and mendis has to learn the art of bowling flights and he has to bring in more variation..finger spin will not work..a real overhaul of the team is required..y fernando is not in the squad..this kind of pitch would have really suited him....srilankan team need more youngsters,,,

  • Diyan82 on May 10, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    . The Master Blaster (Santh J.)yes that's what he used to be, but clearly not any more, shouldn't some one point that out to him or the selectors, isn't the teams success more important than an individual legacy, yet again I say clearly not when it comes to the SL team, isn't it time we give our youngsters a change when they are actually young not when they happen to be in their late twenties and early thirty's. Kapugedara, I feel bad for naming and shaming people but surely how many chances and opportunities has been given to him and how many more must be given to him to bring out this STAR player everyone seems to think is within him. I'm sorry to say this but till the SL selectors and Captain get their act together and start doing what's best for SL cricket we are all going to see a repeat of the yesterdays match for many years to come.

  • Diyan82 on May 10, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka's Down fall yesterday was due to so many things. I choose to talk about Team selections. I believe everyone deserves a second chance but when players are given 3rd 4th and 5th chances and beyond you just start to think, "Hey what's going on?" If a Batsman is out of Form he must be taken out so the chance is given to either a younger team mate or a batsman who has been in form at the Domestic arena. But NO! That's not how things are done in the SL team. There is no competition or motivation and individuals are not challenged because each player knows no matter how badly they perform they still have a place on the squad.

  • on May 10, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka is sufering from Australian Fobia like all other asian countries. India have to beat Sri Lanka with a better margin and West Indies should loose to Australia if India to qualify for semis.

  • tedmurphy on May 10, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka is reaping what it has sown. As always seen from Australians, if their top order failed ( Aus were 65/6 with Banglladesh and won) there were reliable batsmen down the line to take it to the top from there. SL team has selectors' favourits like Kapu in those places who could not be dependable. Fortunately for the favourits,Mahela saved them in earlier matches , but their true form came to light when Mahela failed. Jeevantha Kulatunga , the fast scoring alrounder who was the man of the SL Domestic T20 this year was ignored to give places for this favourits who were no where near Kulatunga in limited over format of the game. Kulatunga the only Centurian (104 not out in 62 balls)in SL T20 Domestic where all SL national team player featured , had an average of 69.25 with a total of 277 runs and a srtike rate of 157. The other batsmen that came to reckoning with Kulatunga were Chandimal and Mahela Jayawardane. Jeevantha Kulatunga also good bowler, a fielder like Dilshan

  • on May 10, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    srilankan selecters must include young experience playersto the national team

    jayasuriya should think him self that his time has now come to retire with respect

    we lost to australia not having perera ,thambi and thushara services to this very important game, kapugedara and mendis is out of form cricket board must think seriously about sri lankan cricket

  • on May 10, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    India might have a very little chance to get into semis........but can someone explain me the net runrate fixture........and how can india beat that??

  • buyakasha on May 10, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    No Mahela - No Sri Lanka batting Backbone! Mahela out early - Sri Lankan supporters get to sleep early

  • LalTM on May 10, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    It is quite clear that it was Jayawardane who has been holding Sri Lankan batting together, but sending out-of-form Jayasuriya to open the batting has put Jayawardane under lot of pressure. Jayawardane had to take more risky approach to keep up with required run rate taking into account of the balls already wasted by Jayasuriya on the other side. Sri Lankans back at home are well aware that today Jayasuriya is in this team not on merit of performance but because of high level political influence. I can understand that selectors are under lot of pressure to include him in the team at any cost, and apparently they have no option to deal with the situation. The fact is Jayasuriya is too old and totally out-of-form to play at this level. He should gracefully retire leaving a younger player to take his slot.

  • KLal on May 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Hi Fahd, the theme before the national anthems is Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis. Love it myself.

  • on May 10, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    if SL captain will play like this(agenst australia)former captains have tol suicide.

  • on May 10, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Goo Aussie Go.... Get the CUP

  • popcorn on May 10, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Whatever the Aussies do, they do to perfection. Brilliant Team Selection, brilliant Coaching by Tim Nielsen and Mike Young, and superb batting, bowling and fielding. No one will grudge Australia the T20 World Cup. They deserve it thoroughly.

  • Zookinii on May 10, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka can take a lot from this match. Having played against one of the best sides in the world today they'll now be able to reflect on what their weaknesses are properly and accordingly address them. This should essentially help them evolve into a more stronger team. Till then they were really just striding off the prowess of Jayawardene in the batting department. The bowling + fielding however has been quite good. If Sri Lanka work out the kinks in their batting and introduce some more depth in the line up they'll make for a more fantastic opponent. This I think would be the main thing for SL to look at as the bowling and fielding has been pretty good.

    Presently I can't help up but ponder the whereabouts of Upul Tharanga - one of SL's finest players. He's done well for SL in ODIs yet he's not included in this line up, instead you have players like Chamara Kapugedera who are just plain terrible. Tharanga at least can bring some skillful intelligent batting to the side.

  • MBSIVA on May 10, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Thank the aussies for defeating SL by huge margin. If India can beat SL by 21 runs or with 3 overs to spare, India is through to semis, provided Aus bt WI (by any margin, 1 run or in the last ball)

  • on May 10, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Sri lanka will kick india out of the world cup. i'm sure about it. Sorry INDIA.. In talking about yesterdays match, few poor decisions cost the match for sri lanka. Sanga made some wrong decisions in balling and in batting order. hope he will realize that welagedara is no use in SL team. and batting oreder should be changed and sanath should ball his 4 overs instead of welagedara. If sanga really want a fast bowler then he can go for perera, not for kulasekara plz. and if sanath going to start with mahele( i think mahela should be 1 down) then dilshan should be come one down and sanga should go down the order to steady the middle order of the team. Hope team will realize these mistakes and recover soon and kick India out of the tournament,

  • daniels1974 on May 10, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    @Fahad Malik, the song is 'Conquest of Paradise' by Vangelis

  • CSpiers on May 10, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    australian attack just goes to show - raw pace is still very difficult to score from when you get your line and length

  • teepeeme on May 10, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    1492 Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis

  • drshahids on May 10, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    @fahd its 'conquest of paradise' by vangeli

  • on May 10, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    thank u aussies, to keep the hope alive for India for the SF berth, v always need one of such miracle.

  • ExpertCritic on May 10, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    @Fahd, its song called conquest of paradise...btw, after a huge loss to australia, srilankans have given india a window of hope. If windies loses to australia and india defeats lanka by 35 odd runs, they will qualify for the semis.

  • A_HTIMAN on May 10, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    @Fahd The song is a track by Vangelis in the film of 1492:conquest of Paradise.. The 11th over drop is by Mendis and not Mathews (in match meter)

  • on May 10, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Wht the hell is this short ball....!!! Aussies ball it with demon speed, Sri lankans shud hv bn patient enough 2 handle it

  • Shahnoor_Ali on May 10, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    yousaf thats very diffcult now, india needs to beat sri lanka by 40 runs to have any chance which is unlikely with india's bowling lol

  • devendrakarthik on May 10, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Its Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis

  • kriskini on May 10, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    With Srilanka's 81 run defeat India can still hope to make semis. First Australia has to to beat West indies and India need to beat Srilanka by 20 or more runs or chase the target in 17 to 18 overs. 3 teams will be tied with 2 points and India's NRR will be better than both westindies and srinlanka.

  • Elan.S on May 10, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Indian team would be happy to see this result and this has given them a hope.

    If India need to qualify, the following should happen..

    1. Defeat SL by 20 runs or chase them down by the 17th over.

    2. WI lose against AU...

    No need to worry about the margin here as a lose will send WI on par with SL after #1.

    Happy ending :)

  • on May 10, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    i think Sanath Jayasoriya was the turing point in tha match. he has completely lost batting-form. he just wsted the 6th power plays. that; s why , others players have to chase the runs - such Jayavardena. he should not select next game against India. sanga should give chance to Thesara perera. he can hit the ball. so ,if sri lanka likes to go to semi-final, it is the case that sanath jayasoriya should be out of the team and gives the younster the 'chance'. i wish sri lanka will have chance.

  • DwightR on May 10, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    SL really shot themselves in the foot with this loss. They had Aus right where they wanted them and Mendis drops a catch that cost us the game, also this team selection is so messed up, after an excellent win against WI we change 3 players frm a winning squad!? murali is injured which is fine but why replace Kulu with welegedra who has been so expensive in every game he's played and Perrera who is a perfect big hitting all rounder for the lower order and provides pace option, sanath has been given his chance to open again and failed yet again..i was once a beliver that he had something left but reality has set in, he should stick with politics now and step aside for the younger generation before the old generation of fans turn on him for selfiness. good luck SL against Ind, bring your best team for it and so far after watchin all SL games in the tourny our best team is 1. Dilshan 2. Mahela 3. Sanga 4. Kapu 5. Matthews 6. Chandimal 7. Perrera 8. Kulu 9. Randiv 10. Malinga 11. Mendis

  • CiMP on May 10, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    The comparison shows it all; Aus 67-5 (11 ovrs) ends up at 168. Sri Lanka 70-6 (11.4 ovrs) folds up at 87. Difference? One batsman stands up every time for Australia. It was Hussey v Bangladesh and White v Sri Lanka. For Sri Lanka it depends on Jayawardene. All the Asian teams do that (excessive dependence on a single batsman) and that is why they cannot achieve the consistency of an Australian team.

    If the performance in the tournament is a fair guide then an Australia England final would be the most fair outcome if we do not let patriotism to cloud cricketing judgment.

  • tallgrass on May 10, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    We will never win a major trophy until we KICK OUT SANATH JAYASURIYA AND AJANTHA MENDIS out of the team - and Sanga needs to be skinned alive for his field setting and choice of ballers in the final 5 overs which virtually gifted the aussies the game. Sooner he steps down the better too. WE NEED YOUTH!!!

  • minura-superselector on May 10, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    @ fahd-thats from gladiator @ yousuf- india is a wreck dude...gooo fish...they cant put themselves together in any situation...look how the windies got hold of them..the ship rattled and sank iving them a shamefull defeat...and if u know maths india should beat sri lanka by a margin of more than 20 runs if they want to qualify given that west indies loose to australia...sri lanka can afford to loose to india and still go through... plus india lacks the skill of uththapa and sachin should have shut his mouth and played for the country coz hes in good form...is he a team player dumping the team like that

  • ArunChennai on May 10, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    T20 was the only format where we didn't have Australian domination. But it has started with them crushing every team. The wins are only getting bigger and bigger for them. I am sorry for SL and my team India. I wonder why we aren't able match Australians in the match up even though we have great batsmen in paper. We perform well in one game and do horribly in the next. They show criminal consistency and ruthlessness in every game. Starting from 1999 it has been total Australian domination in every form of the game. T20 was an exception but they have arrived with a bang. While it is sad cricket is so one-sided when Australia plays, you gotta admire their professionalism, calibre, consistency.

  • Deepfreezed on May 9, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    hopeless SRI paper tigers exposed. They all look good on paper but hopeless when it comes to delivering.

  • Sakib241 on May 9, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Australia will thrash the Windies as well. India just have to beat Srilanka by a good margin. Out of the three remaining teams India has the best possible chance of qualifying because they lost by minimal margin to Australia (Credit goes to Clark for feeding the Indian tail with Smith and Watson) . But they still have to get past the J-man.

  • Sheikhusman on May 9, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Its 'Conquest of paradise' by vangelis....enjoy

  • on May 9, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    I remember the match between Chennai and Punjab in IPL in which Dhoni said that if the franchises pay so much for them then they atleast need to qualify for semi final. I guess it all comes down to money at the end. No real effort was seen from the team. Playing for a country has become less important than playing for a franchise.

  • freeman2011 on May 9, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    what shame on srilankan team having again and again dilshan and jayasuriya in the team. no one in srilankan cricket got chance like these both. we must give more opportunity to dilhara, maharoof, chamara, mubarak.

  • Chris_P on May 9, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Mmmm, what was that I read about getting Watson & Warner out early and Australia are finished? Again, I hope most of the comments are positive and ocncentrate on Australia's efforts rather than try to bag out the Sri Lankans, who are still a quality team that had an off day at the office.

    This Aussie team is a quality team with batting right down the order, the nature of the game demands that your first 7 or 8 batsmen can stand up, if required, obviously you prefer what Watson & Warner did agianst India, but you need to cover all options.

    The bowling has really come on, the bowlers are bowling straight, quick and with intelligence, backed up by an innovative Captain. Of course the nature of the game will always leave it open for upsets, even moreso than 50 overs, but so far, they have done everything well.

    Next game will be interesting, the Aussies can relax and concentrate on the semi-final so the intensity may not be as high as displayed to date, we'll see.

  • Srkchamps on May 9, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    @Fahd Malik .. it is "Conquest of Paradise - Vangelis"

  • on May 9, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    now should we beat Lanka by 49+14=63 runs, Aussie win over WIN should see us through. Personally, I don't see us winning by such a huge margin....

  • Chetan13 on May 9, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Given this thrashing, India would need to beat Sri Lanka by 20 runs or chase Sri Lanka's target in under 18 overs to get a net run-rate better than Sri Lanka's. Clearly West Indies would also need to lose to Australia for India to go through on this basis...

  • Itchy on May 9, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    No one should be surprised - Australia have proved many times over the years (and at least once already this tournament) that they can be in a difficult position in a match and still find a way to win.

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Well done Australia. India and Pakistan are now at the mercy of Australia and England.

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    In reply to the song question, the song is "conquest of paradise" by vangelis from the movie "1492". The videos r easily avlbl on you tube. Wonderful song. Vangelis, the composer, won a lot of awards for this soundtrack.

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    @ Fahad the Song is Gregorian its an old one but a good one :)

  • rocket123 on May 9, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    It lloks like that Australia is going to bag the T20 WC. They are showing a great resilience and ability to dig out of a hole game after game with their batting and bowling depth. Other teams lack the batting and bowling firepower to maintain and sustain pressure in both disciplines against them. Their 3 pronged pace attack is too hot for other teams to deal with. Sri Lanka's meek surrender today is an ample evidence of Australia's sheer dominance in this tournament. It is meaningless to have a batting and bowling supremacy without having the mental toughness, and Australia's resurgence from the brink of disaster against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has demonstrated that this team has plenty of mental toughness to cope with any hazardous situation. If any team is going to take the gauntlet to Australia, it will have to show technique, patience and mental toughness to choke Australia either in the semis or finals.

  • JamIndian876 on May 9, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Well, before the match started, I was cheering for Sri Lanka. But now that they have been beaten so badly, I think India has a great chance of making it to the semi-final! Batting first, India has to beat Sri Lanka on Tueday by atleast a margin of 20-30 runs considering India make between 160-180 runs. BUT, that is of course if Australia beat West Indies in any case! So, India now has a very good chance of making it to the semis!!

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    so i think india have a golden chance...they will have to beat srilanka by just 39 runs or will have to chase whatever target in 15 overs to qualify ....what u say guys????????

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Mr Malik, i am also searching for tat from start of the tournament..... plzzzzz someone tell me.... awesome music.....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 9, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Aus look a complete unit. They have batting depth, quality, fielding and bowling. They underline that no matter how many retirements they suffer, they will always be a strong team, especially in ICC contests. Aus is truly the team we love to hate and believe it or not, cricket needs a strong Aus team for all other nations to compete against and emulate (well not attitude but performance for sure).

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Fahd Malik: Vangelis - Conquest Of Paradise :)

  • MrUkulele on May 9, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Brilliant by the Aussies. To record an 85 run victory in T20 after being 67 for 5 will have all other teams in the competition thinking that being runner up is the best they can hope for.

  • on May 9, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I am having a great time , the cricket world cup in fun, I wish the Sri Lanka yous all the best I think if the Australians bowl badly they will loose the game.

  • WildLion on May 9, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    i wish srilanka loses so that india can have a chance. i thik billy bowden should be kicked off from all cricket matches

  • WildLion on May 9, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    i wish srilanka loses so that india would have a chance

  • on May 9, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Can any one telll me Which song or theme is being played before the start of the national anthem Thankyou..

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  • on May 9, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Can any one telll me Which song or theme is being played before the start of the national anthem Thankyou..

  • WildLion on May 9, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    i wish srilanka loses so that india would have a chance

  • WildLion on May 9, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    i wish srilanka loses so that india can have a chance. i thik billy bowden should be kicked off from all cricket matches

  • on May 9, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I am having a great time , the cricket world cup in fun, I wish the Sri Lanka yous all the best I think if the Australians bowl badly they will loose the game.

  • MrUkulele on May 9, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Brilliant by the Aussies. To record an 85 run victory in T20 after being 67 for 5 will have all other teams in the competition thinking that being runner up is the best they can hope for.

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Fahd Malik: Vangelis - Conquest Of Paradise :)

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 9, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Aus look a complete unit. They have batting depth, quality, fielding and bowling. They underline that no matter how many retirements they suffer, they will always be a strong team, especially in ICC contests. Aus is truly the team we love to hate and believe it or not, cricket needs a strong Aus team for all other nations to compete against and emulate (well not attitude but performance for sure).

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Mr Malik, i am also searching for tat from start of the tournament..... plzzzzz someone tell me.... awesome music.....

  • on May 9, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    so i think india have a golden chance...they will have to beat srilanka by just 39 runs or will have to chase whatever target in 15 overs to qualify ....what u say guys????????

  • JamIndian876 on May 9, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Well, before the match started, I was cheering for Sri Lanka. But now that they have been beaten so badly, I think India has a great chance of making it to the semi-final! Batting first, India has to beat Sri Lanka on Tueday by atleast a margin of 20-30 runs considering India make between 160-180 runs. BUT, that is of course if Australia beat West Indies in any case! So, India now has a very good chance of making it to the semis!!