No result
4th ODI (D/N), Sydney, Jan 20 2013, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
(3.2/50 ov, target 223)
No result
• The Report by Daniel Brettig at the SCG

Australia's batting exposed before wash-out

Australia's batsmen were again exposed by the moving ball in the hands of Sri Lanka's seamers before the fourth ODI at the SCG was washed out

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
Australia222/9(50 overs)
Sri Lanka14/0(3.2 overs)

9.00 Very unexpected news from the SCG, the game has been called off. Loud boos from an enthusiastic SCG crowd as they hear the news over the PA system. There's been no rain for 45 minutes, and it didn't rain for very long and it wasn't very heavy either. So I'm quite surprised by this decision.

Michael Clarke: "As you can hear the crowd is very disappointed, it was nice of them to stick around. Having said that we wanted to play .. have a crack at winning the game ... we have to take the umpires' judgement ... it was completely up to the umpires. We thought there was going to be enough in the wicket ..."

The Sri Lankans go to the section of the SCG filled with their supporters and give them a wave.

"Due to the poor condition of the outfield the match has been abandoned," says the message on the large screen at the SCG. Why didn't they cover more of the SCG then?

Devalochana: "This is amazing... Back here in SL we have heaps of rain and still have games played since we cover the entire grounds. Shocking to see that Australian grounds are like this..!"

Rob Noah: "Dont quite remember this happening in.. well, since I've been watching cricket. I simply imagine there are massive puddles and potholes my eyes cannot detect."

Micka: "Marius Erasmus and Paul Reiffel are not popular in Australia at the moment. Not only did they give Warner and Henriques out LBW when they hit the ball, they have called off the game 45 minutes after rain stopped falling because the outfield was slightly damp. Maybe the umpires should have thought about the fans who were waiting for over 2 hours for play to resume before they decided to make another bad decision. No wonder ODIs are on the way out...."

Well that's all we have for you today. Sri Lanka lead the series 2-1 and can't lose it now as the teams head to Hobart for the final ODI. An unexpected and rather inexplicable end today, ruined what could have been an absorbing chase.

Thank you for all your emails and thank you for your patience. Do join us on January 23 for the fifth and deciding ODI. Cheers.

8.30 pm The stumps have been put back in at the SCG. However, the umpires have inspected the conditions and word is they haven't decided on a resumption time yet. They want to let the ground dry out some more.

8.10 pm Looks like the crowd is dancing to the YMCA ... and it looks like the umpires are going to inspect the edges of the square for dampness in about ten minutes. They are taking a rope across the outfield and the super sopper is at work too, to take the surface water off.

Chris: "Have the crowd done the YMCA song yet? Well done on the beer snake...and cant we just give SL the win - they were 4-0 after 2 overs and Oz were 4-1...match sorted..."

The covers are coming off too, so not too far from a re-start.

8.00 pm The rain has stopped at the SCG and the groundstaff are having a look at the damage it's caused.

"The SCG crowd has apparently broken the record for the longest beer-cup snake. It went the length of the Victor Trumper Stand," says our correspondent Dan Brettig, who is at the venue.

Gareth: "Australia's chances droop with every over that's lost. They'll need to remove the openers almost immediately."

The umpires are out there speaking to Tom Parker, the SCG curator. The square is still covered.

7.30 pm No improvement in the weather at the SCG. Still drizzling.

7.15 pm Still drizzling at the SCG. And Caron writes in with not-so-good news: "@vignesh- i live about 3km from the SCG and its pouring cats and dogs over here ... doesn't look like its gonna stop anytime soon."

6.55 pm Mahela backs away as the bowler approaches the crease. I think he's saying the drizzle is impairing his vision, I can't be sure though. And they are going off. It's got a bit heavier. The groundstaff bring on the covers.

vignesh: "It should be a passing shower. I'm staying 15kms north of the stadium and it is quite clear here. I don't think D/L would be a case today"

Starc to Jayawardene, no run
defended off the back foot on the off side
Starc to Jayawardene, no run
short of a length outside off stump, Mahela lets it go
end of over 310 runs
SL: 14/0CRR: 4.66 • RRR: 4.44 • Need 209 from 46.4ov
Tillakaratne Dilshan9 (9)
Mahela Jayawardene4 (9)
Clint McKay2-0-13-0
Mitchell Starc1-0-1-0

It's still drizzling at the SCG. Mahela's having a word with the umpire about it. The umpires decide to continue playing.

McKay to Dilshan, no run
short of a length outside off, Dilshan lets it go
McKay to Dilshan, FOUR runs
width outside off stump and Dilshan sends the ball racing to the cover boundary with a powerful drive off the front foot
McKay to Dilshan, 2 runs
length once again outside off, Dilshan finds the gap at cover with a front-foot drive
McKay to Dilshan, 2 runs
a length ball outside off stump, Dilshan moves forward and drives the ball through mid-off
McKay to Jayawardene, 1 run
short of a length outside off stump, Mahela stays in his crease and cuts the ball towards third man
McKay to Jayawardene, 1 wide
Wade leaps like a football goalkeeper to bring the wayward ball down leg side with both hands
McKay to Jayawardene, no run
Mahela lets a good length ball go outside off
end of over 21 runs
SL: 4/0CRR: 2 • RRR: 4.56 • Need 219 from 46.4ov
Tillakaratne Dilshan1 (5)
Mahela Jayawardene3 (7)
Mitchell Starc1-0-1-0
Clint McKay1-0-3-0
Starc to Dilshan, no run
a huge swing from Dilshan across the line, Starc pitches on a good length and shapes the ball across the right-hander before bending it back in, that nearly shaved off stump
Starc to Dilshan, no run
Dilshan tries to work the ball on the leg side but mis-times it
Starc to Jayawardene, 1 run
in the blockhole outside off stump, Mahela tries to drive through the off but gets an inisde edge on the leg side, Dilshan calls him through for a single

There's a drizzle at the SCG.

Starc to Jayawardene, no run
Mahela stays in his crease and defends on the leg side
Starc to Jayawardene, no run
full ball outside off stump, Mahela drives fluently but the shot is stopped at short cover
Starc to Jayawardene, no run
there's an inside edge on to the pad and there's no lbw appeal. Starc pitched the ball full and got it to shape into Mahela after slanting across him, Mahela tried to play on the leg side and closed the face

Here's Starc, from over the wicket. Two slips in place.

end of over 13 runs
SL: 3/0CRR: 3 • RRR: 4.48 • Need 220 from 46.4ov
Tillakaratne Dilshan1 (3)
Mahela Jayawardene2 (3)
Clint McKay1-0-3-0
McKay to Dilshan, no run
short of a length outside off, McKay lets it go with a grunt, Dilshan also lets it go, without grunting
McKay to Dilshan, no run
Dilshan attempts a booming drive to a good length ball that holds its line and is beaten
Best performances - batsmen
DA Warner
60 runs (73)
6 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
16 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
MA Starc
52 runs (37)
7 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
16 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
KMDN Kulasekara
SL Malinga
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Australia
Series resultSri Lanka led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3324
Hours of play (local time)14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05
Match days20 January 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
Marais Erasmus
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire
John Ward
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath