ICC World Twenty20, 8th Match, Group C: Australia v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 8, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 8th match, Group C
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham (neutral venue)
8 June 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Watson to face

Dave Warner to face the first ball I think. It's quite breezy out there - could help Sri Lanka's swingers, in a manner of speaking. Angelo Mathews to open the bowling.

Anthem watch 2 The Husseys are in good voice, both smiling - points for them. Nothing from Hauritz, even less from Watson. This is a tight one - but Ponting's pulled it out of the bag with a superb rendition. I think Australia sneak home in that little contest.

Anthem watch Sri Lanka are mostly mumbling. The crowd are in great voice - oh but wait a moment, Jayasuriya is singing his heart out. Terrific effort from the big man. Sangakkara's getting noisier, but ... well, I think Australia can win this one.

Ah, the summer has definitely begun. The first of hundreds of pommie-bashing emails. "Hope you guys are enjoying the rain," writes TNS, "and perhaps even getting out in it to use some soap!" Hilarious.

10 minutes to go. Weather cloudy but fine. This is massive.


Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Brad Haddin (wk), 6 David Hussey, 7 Mike Hussey, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Nathan Hauritz, 11 Nathan Bracken

Sri Lanka 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Sanath Jayasuriya, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Jehan Mubarak, 6 Chamara Silva, 7 Angelo Mathews, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Muttiah Muralitharan, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Lasith Malinga

Toss news. Ponting tosses, Sangakarra correctly calls heads and Sri Lanka will bowl. Sri Lanka have someone making their debut - I'm afraid I couldn't quite catch his name, and it was spoken at ferocious speed, but we'll have both teams for you in just a couple of seconds.

5.10pm We're hearing rumours that Sri Lanka were either unable to get into the ground, or merely late. We're not sure why, but we have our best men at the ground sniffing for news, and you'll be the first to hear

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our coverage of this fascinating clash between Australia and Sri Lanka. I'm Will Luke, and before we have news of the toss, you can head over to our live discussion between Andrew Miller and Dileep Premachandran where they're chatting about Bangladesh's defeat among other pertinent things. Need I remind you, Australia have to win today - not only that, but they need to win well. Or win big, as the hip-and-groovy people might say. It's fairly massive to say the least and, as an Englishman, I'll be doing my absolute utmost to remain complete impartial. Well, I'll try.


Mathews to Watson, 1 run, a thick inside edge to a clumpy, leaden-footed defensive by Watson. Ball could've gone anywhere


Mathews to Warner, no run, Warner steps forward, driving to point


Mathews to Warner, no run, beautiful timing but this time he picks out cover


Mathews to Warner, OUT, got him! Slightly shorter by Matthews and Warner cuts and slaps it straight into the hands of point!

DA Warner c Dilshan b Mathews 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Loose, lazy shot by Warner to a half-tracker from Mathews.


Mathews to Ponting, no run, shoulders arms outside off - and this one's a right old grubber. Scoots through low to the keeper


Mathews to Ponting, no run, Ponting comes forward and defends with a squirt of the blade to point

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/1 (RR: 1.00)

    • RT Ponting 0 (2b)
    • SR Watson 1 (1b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-1

It's fair to say the Sri Lankans in the crowd are absolutely up for this. Huge amounts of noise. Jayasuriya to open the bowling from the end. That's a bit of a surprise to say the least! He's over the wicket


Jayasuriya to Watson, 1 run, flat, on middle and defended


Jayasuriya to Ponting, no run, flicked around the corner

Neither of these opening bowlers opened the attack in the warm-ups


Jayasuriya to Ponting, 1 run, goes for a pull but can't time it, and they scamper a single


Jayasuriya to Watson, 1 run, clamps onto this, driving to mid-on


Jayasuriya to Ponting, FOUR, beautiful, orthodox back-foot drive! That's classical and elegant


Jayasuriya to Ponting, no run, drives to mid-off

Pretty tight first over, that. Super effort

End of over 2 (7 runs) Australia 8/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • RT Ponting 5 (6b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 3 (3b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-1

Mathews, jogging in past Billy Bowden with a strong breeze blowing over his left shoulder


Mathews to Watson, no run, Watson tries to pull but somehow can't connect. It begged to be smacked over midwicket but it just rushed onto him a little


Mathews to Watson, 1 run, flicked behind square and they set off for a single - this'll be tight, but Jayawardene's throw is wide!


Mathews to Ponting, FOUR, goes for a cut and inside-edges it past his stumps for four! It's all a bit harum-scarum here


Mathews to Ponting, 3 runs, oh, shot. But that's a poor effort at extra cover, the ball flying through his legs

Watson now


Mathews to Watson, no run, the wrong line and it's flicked off his pads, but there's a short fine-leg to prevent the single


Mathews to Watson, 1 wide, down the leg side and Sangakkara roars an appeal, more in hope of it not being wided than a genuine shout


Mathews to Watson, no run, Watson defends to cover, coming massively forward ala Hayden

End of over 3 (9 runs) Australia 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • SR Watson 4 (7b)
    • RT Ponting 12 (8b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-10-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0

Isuru Udana, the debutant, into the attack


Udana to Ponting, 1 run, on middle-and-off, Ponting drives watchfully without power to the diving mid-off. Good, sprawling stop


Udana to Watson, FOUR, lofted with ugly, caveman power over long-on. Really did smack that!


Udana to Watson, FOUR, fortuitous shot. A thick outside edge flies down to third man, but good intent showed by Watson here, unsettling the young bowler


Udana to Watson, SIX, six more! Beautiful from Watson, just picking it up off his legs and timing it magnificently. Bish, bash, bosh


Udana to Watson, no run, angled across him and Watson shaped to play before withdrawing his bat at the last moment


Udana to Watson, no run, slower ball - 59mph - which he tried to slap through midwicket but missed

End of over 4 (15 runs) Australia 32/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • SR Watson 18 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 13 (9b 2x4)
    • I Udana 1-0-15-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-10-1

Malinga, the slinga


Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, starts with a delivery much too straight. Ponting needs no second invitation, clipping it with excellent timing down to fine leg


Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, fantastic stroke from Ponting once more. Came walking down the pitch, opened the face and cracked it square of the wicket - that bounced quite a bit, but he rode it quite perfectly. Top, top shot


Malinga to Ponting, FOUR, mistimed over mid-on - and only just over the fielder. I thought initially he'd hit the cover off it, but he clearly hadn't


Malinga to Ponting, 2 wides, a full bunger down the leg side

13 off the over already


Malinga to Watson, no run, outside off, Watson chips to point


Malinga to Watson, no run, tries to clip this off his legs but can't time it at all


Malinga to Watson, 1 run, a full toss at 86.7mph (75.34 knots, 38.76 metres-per-second), bashed back to the bowler

End of over 5 (15 runs) Australia 47/1 (RR: 9.40)

    • SR Watson 19 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 25 (12b 5x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-15-0
    • I Udana 1-0-15-0

Ah. Now then - here's Mendis. This will be fascinating. Slip in place


Mendis to Watson, no run, that's missed everything I think! The zooter hurries on, Watson didn't pick it and it flicked his pad on the way through - excellent take

Replays show that was going on to hit his off stump...


Mendis to Watson, no run, short of a length and defended out to mid-off. Short mid-off, actually


Mendis to Watson, 1 run, short, pulled


Mendis to Ponting, no run, and this one bounces, Ponting goes back and defends out to the off side


Mendis to Ponting, no run, good pace, 57mph, and Ponting pushes it out cautiously to the off side


Mendis to Ponting, OUT, bowled him! Ponting stepped outside leg trying to smite him over cover but loses his leg stump. Looked to me like a leggie from Mendis

RT Ponting b Mendis 25 (23m 15b 5x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 48/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • SR Watson 20 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-1-1
    • SL Malinga 1-0-15-0

Jayasuriya to Watson, 1 run, short of a length and nicely tucked off his hip


Jayasuriya to Haddin, 1 run, flatter and quicker, patted to leg


Jayasuriya to Watson, 1 run, well wide of the off stump, no feet movement and Watson reaches for it, slapping it back past the bowler


Jayasuriya to Haddin, no run, down the pitch, he tries to flip him over midwicket but gets a thick inside edge to the lurking man at short fine leg. No run there


Jayasuriya to Haddin, SIX, shot. Shot indeed. Down onto one knee to this quicker ball and sweeps him out of the ground. This guy is some batsman


Jayasuriya to Haddin, 1 run, dances down the pitch with ballerina-fast feet, flicking him to wide long-on

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 58/2 (RR: 8.28)

    • BJ Haddin 8 (4b 1x6)
    • SR Watson 22 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-17-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-1-1

Mendis to Haddin, no run, fuller delivery, jabs down on it


Mendis to Haddin, 1 run, quicker ball flicked to leg


Mendis to Watson, OUT, gone! Watson attempts a horrible sweep to this very full and straight delivery, and he's hit on the back pad. Poor stroke - quality bowling

SR Watson lbw b Mendis 22 (32m 21b 2x4 1x6) SR: 104.76

Australia are in a mess here. They look befuddled against Sri Lanka's spin, but here are two really fine players of slow bowling. Let's see if they can counter


Mendis to Clarke, no run, defends solidly


Mendis to Clarke, 2 runs, flicked to fine leg for a single - no, they're coming back for two and the throw's accurate and hard. A direct hit would've had Clarke heading back to the dug-out, without a doubt


Mendis to Clarke, no run, big shout as he went for a sweep - looks a very good shout to me, but it's not out

End of over 8 (3 runs) Australia 61/3 (RR: 7.62)

    • MJ Clarke 2 (3b)
    • BJ Haddin 9 (6b 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-4-2
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-17-0

Udana to Haddin, no run, forced off the back foot into the covers


Udana to Haddin, 2 runs, very, very slow! Pats it out down to third man and they get two. This pair are so fast between the wickets - watching them is a great exercise for kids in how to run


Udana to Haddin, 1 run, fuller delivery driven out to long-off


Udana to Clarke, 1 run, very slow ball again outside off, guided down to third man who wings in a very accurate throw which knocks over the bails


Udana to Haddin, 1 run, squeezed out to the off side


Udana to Clarke, no run, back-cut to backward point

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 66/3 (RR: 7.33)

    • MJ Clarke 3 (5b)
    • BJ Haddin 13 (10b 1x6)
    • I Udana 2-0-20-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-4-2

Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 run, down the pitch flicking to deep midwicket

Around the wicket


Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, pulled to midwicket


Muralitharan to Haddin, 1 run, quicker ball which rushes onto him and he flicks it to midwicket


Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, onto the sweep and times it well but can't find the placement


Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, down the pitch, padding away


Muralitharan to Haddin, no run, flicked to leg

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 70/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • BJ Haddin 15 (14b 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 5 (7b)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-4-0
    • I Udana 2-0-20-0

Righto, so 70 after ten for Australia. Nothing special...


Malinga to Clarke, 1 wide, down the leg side and wided


Malinga to Clarke, no run, smashed to cover - absolutely nailed it


Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball and he picks it, pushing it carefully to cover


Malinga to Haddin, no run, faster, swinging delivery which beats the batsman's wild swing


Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, sweetly timed but straight to a wide mid-off

23 balls since their last boundary...


Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, flicked to leg


Malinga to Haddin, OUT, bowled him! Comical cricket. A slower full-toss which Haddin seemed to pick, but it dipped late on him and splattered his stumps - the off stump and middle stump both flattened

BJ Haddin b Malinga 16 (18m 17b 0x4 1x6) SR: 94.11

Wonderful bowling, that.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 74/4 (RR: 6.72)

    • MJ Clarke 7 (10b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-19-1
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-4-0

Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, full, dug out

Around the wicket


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, no run, on middle-and-leg, defended with haste


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, no run, nudged to leg - no run there!

This such controlled bowling from Sri Lanka, tying Australia in knots


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, guides this out to the off side and they finally scamper a run


Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, quicker ball, down the pitch to defend


Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, down the leg side and turned to short fine-leg

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 77/4 (RR: 6.41)

    • MJ Clarke 9 (13b)
    • DJ Hussey 1 (3b)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-7-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-19-1

Udana to Clarke, 2 runs, swung over midwicket


Udana to Clarke, OUT, another one done by a slower delivery. Are you watching, England? Superb delivery on middle-and-leg which Clarke picked, but got a leading edge back to the bowler who took a great low catch with his left hand

MJ Clarke c & b Udana 11 (17m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

David Hussey's favourite player is Mike Hussey. Mike Hussey's favourite player? Allan Border.


Udana to MEK Hussey, no run, turned to leg


Udana to MEK Hussey, 1 wide, another very slow ball but it's too wide this time to the left-hander


Udana to MEK Hussey, 1 run, another slower ball and cripes, this was close to shattering his stumps - a thick inside edge

Extraordinary performance from Australia, and really hard to explain. They seem to be picking all the slower balls but can't play them correctly


Udana to DJ Hussey, FOUR, quicker ball and laced through the covers for four


Udana to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slower nut stroked to long-off

End of over 13 (9 runs) Australia 86/5 (RR: 6.61)

    • DJ Hussey 6 (5b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 1 (2b)
    • I Udana 3-0-29-1
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-7-0

Murali around the wicket


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, no run, rapped on the pads, huge shout - but it pitched outside the off stump. Just...and was a little high I think


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, no run, works it to leg


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, no run, the doosra squares him up, but he plays it well with late hands


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, short, pulled through midwicket


Muralitharan to MEK Hussey, no run, good, straight delivery - excellent pace, just quick enough to keep him honest


Muralitharan to MEK Hussey, no run, flicked to leg to end a superbly parsimonious over

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 87/5 (RR: 6.21)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (4b)
    • DJ Hussey 7 (9b 1x4)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-8-0
    • I Udana 3-0-29-1

"Don't worry lads - the first Test isn't that long away, gives you time to prepare, rest and relax," says Colin Cook. "Maybe hit a few bars...... Oh no, wait a minute!" Careful...


Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, nearly another wicket for Mendis! Outside off, he tried to pull it from wide of the off stump and got a bottom edge


Mendis to DJ Hussey, no run, patted back to Mendis, nearly into his hands!


Mendis to DJ Hussey, SIX, a monster from David Hussey! That is huge! Down the pitch and he absolutely nailed it into the sky, over the top, for six


Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, flicked back to the bowler


Mendis to MEK Hussey, OUT, what bowling. What belief and guile from Mendis. A quicker and fuller ball to Hussey who's rapped absolutely dead in front. Too quick, too straight

MEK Hussey lbw b Mendis 1 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Australia are in an absolute mess here. Remember: they must win if they're to stay in the tournament.


Mendis to Johnson, no run, comes back into the left-hander and really rushes him - that was heading onto his off stump! Just got his bat down in time

End of over 15 (7 runs) Australia 94/6 (RR: 6.26)

    • MG Johnson 0 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 14 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-11-3
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-8-0

Around the wicket for Murali, as he has been all innings


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, stroked to mid-off


Muralitharan to Johnson, SIX, big, big six. He didn't quite time his sweep-slog, skying it miles in the air, but it just about had the legs on it

And there's Australia's 100


Muralitharan to Johnson, 3 runs, a carving slap off the back foot


Muralitharan to DJ Hussey, 1 run, comes confidently forward onto the front foot, meeting the pitch of the ball and flicking to leg


Muralitharan to Johnson, SIX, sheesh, that is huge. A massive slog sweep - the noise of bat on ball was sweet as a nut! The timing perfect

Johnson is quite some player now


Muralitharan to Johnson, FOUR, clipped off his pads down to third man for four. Easy

End of over 16 (21 runs) Australia 115/6 (RR: 7.18)

    • MG Johnson 19 (5b 1x4 2x6)
    • DJ Hussey 16 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-29-0
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-11-3

Mendis's last over


Mendis to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, short and quick, pulled with muscular power over midwicket


Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pushed out to the off side


Mendis to Johnson, FOUR, that was almost a medium pacer - outside off and Johnson back-cut it for four. Top, top shot


Mendis to Johnson, no run, the straightest of bats meets the straightest of deliveries


Mendis to Johnson, 1 run, down the pitch, cracks it to long-off


Mendis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, half-tracker, pulled over midwicket but can't place it

Wonderful spell from Mendis. 3 for 20 from four overs is quite a return

End of over 17 (9 runs) Australia 124/6 (RR: 7.29)

    • DJ Hussey 20 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 24 (8b 2x4 2x6)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-20-3
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-29-0

Malinga now


Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another slower ball on middle-and-leg


Malinga to Johnson, 2 runs, down the leg side and very full, chipped it uppishly and is fortunate that it falls safe at midwicket. Could've flown anywhere

It's yorker time


Malinga to Johnson, 1 run, another attempted yorker clipped to mid-on whose throw comes in and whacks Ian Gould (umpire) on the ankle!


Malinga to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slow bouncer, pulled to nowhere


Malinga to Johnson, no run, a full bunger wide of the off stump - Johnson didn't pick that up at all. Shakes his head as if to say "what was that?"


Malinga to Johnson, no run, oh great ball! Johnson completely deceived by this slower ball and somehow doesn't lose his off stump

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 129/6 (RR: 7.16)

    • MG Johnson 27 (12b 2x4 2x6)
    • DJ Hussey 22 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-24-1
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-20-3

Just five sixes whacked by Australia today. But they're nearly reaching a competitive total here. If they can give it an absolute hammering these last two overs, you never know...but remember, they need to win by a big margin if they're to stay in the competition


Udana to DJ Hussey, SIX, that. Is. Huge. Brilliant shot, getting his front foot out of the way and clobbering it wide of long-on. Ping!


Udana to DJ Hussey, OUT, tries to repeat the shot but slices it high and point swallows it with ease

DJ Hussey c Jayasuriya b Udana 28 (28m 22b 1x4 2x6) SR: 127.27

Brett Lee now


Udana to Johnson, 1 run, slower ball, picked by Johnson who works him to long-on

The variation in pace has been the key for Sri Lanka today. Barely two successive balls have been at the same speed

Steve is spitting from Australia. "Australian cricket needs to show some moral fortitude, retire Michael Hussey and put the likes of Clarke on notice...reputation not real talent is consistently being rewarded!!"


Udana to Lee, FOUR, bang! Terrific blow by Lee, hammering this back past the bowler for four. Heavy power


Udana to Lee, SIX, nailed it! Absolutely creamed this full toss over wide long-on. Huge, ugly power and great to watch


Udana to Lee, 1 run, beaten by a slower ball, slicing it short of third man

End of over 19 (18 runs) Australia 147/7 (RR: 7.73)

    • B Lee 11 (3b 1x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 28 (13b 2x4 2x6)
    • I Udana 4-0-47-2
    • SL Malinga 3-0-24-1

"This is dreadful," writes Ben from Australia. "Australia wouldn't beat the USA at this rate."


Malinga to Lee, FOUR, Lee steps to leg in classical tailender fashion in an attempt to scorch this over midwicket, but top-edges it over the keeper for four

It's not how; it's how many.

150 up for 'Straya


Malinga to Lee, OUT, what a yorker. Oh well bowled! Very, very fast and hit the base of the leg stump which is sent cartwheeling

B Lee b Malinga 15 (5b 2x4 1x6) SR: 300.00

He is so accurate, so dangerous at the death, Mendis. Yorker after yorker


Malinga to Hauritz, no run, a little wide of the off stump - plays and misses


Malinga to Hauritz, FOUR, clipped neatly off his legs for four down to fine leg


Malinga to Hauritz, OUT, outside edge, another one for Malinga - well caught by Sangakkara low to his right

NM Hauritz c †Sangakkara b Malinga 4 (2m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

One wicket, one ball left


Malinga to Bracken, FOUR, a thick inside edge for four! Great bonus for Australia there

7pm Well, 159 isn't the worst total, but Sri Lanka have been all over Australia this afternoon. Terrific bowling from Mendis and Malinga, and they ought to fancy themselves to chase 160. Back in 10 minutes, folks.

End of over 20 (12 runs) Australia 159/9

    • NW Bracken 4 (1b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 28 (13b 2x4 2x6)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-36-3
    • I Udana 4-0-47-2





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