Result
1st T20I (N), Sydney, Jan 26 2013, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
137/3
(18.5/20 ov, target 138)
139/5
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Australia
2y
• Daniel Brettig at Sydney Olympic Stadium

Sri Lanka take 1-0 lead despite Warner

Sri Lanka's collective was enough to overcome an Australian team that left far too much up to David Warner on their national day

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Andrew Fernando
Scorecard summary
Australia137/3(20 overs)
Sri Lanka139/5(18.5 overs)

So Sri Lanka will retain their no. 1 ranking, regardless of the result of the next match. Daniel Bretting's report has been updated here. Join us again on Monday for coverage of the second Twenty20 in Melbourne.

David Warner is man of the match for his 90 from 62. He was the only man in the Australian side to hit a four - though Bailey did contribute one six. Just shows you what a lone hand it was.

The bowlers controlled Australia's innings from start to finish, and the death bowling in particular was critical in the end. Let's not forget Kushal Perera's 33 off 22 either. Just picked the right areas in the field to attack, and got good value for his strokes, even when he didn't hit it particularly well. Seems to have a head for pressure.

The Sri Lankan players head over to the big contingent of Sri Lanka fans in the crowd and show their appreciation. They seem to love playing in Sydney, no matter what the venue.

Mathews has a win as captain, and importantly, he was at the crease when the winning runs were hit, which Sri Lanka fans will be happy about. It's been a pretty complete performance in the end.

18.5
6
Laughlin to NLTC Perera, SIX runs
it's all over! Wonderful striking from Perera to close it out. slightly overpitched again and Perera throws everything at it, and hits it flat and hard over long on for six.
18.4
6
Laughlin to NLTC Perera, SIX runs
and that's what Perera's in the team for. Slightly overpitched on middle stump, right in Perera's hitting area and he just clears the deep midwicket fielder, who gets a hand to it.
18.3
1
Laughlin to Mathews, 1 run
Mathews advances, but Laughlin changes himself and almost yorks him. The ball bounces over Laughlin's head and there's a single to long off.
18.2
4
Laughlin to Mathews, FOUR runs
there's not mishit there. Another full toss, shin high, and wider this time, and Mathews drills it along the ground to the straight boundary.
18.1
2
Laughlin to Mathews, 2 runs
full toss on middle stump, and Mathews doesn't hit that as well as he would like. Gets it in the gap and deep midwicket though, and gets two
end of over 184 runs
SL: 120/5CRR: 6.66 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 from 12b
Thisara Perera7 (10)
Angelo Mathews28 (24)
Mitchell Starc4-0-19-1
Ben Laughlin3-0-27-0

Another good Starc over keeps Australia in the hunt. A wicket or a couple of boundaries will turn this match now.

17.6
Starc to NLTC Perera, no run
full outside off stump, and Perera can only drive that back to Starc, who does well to stop it
17.5
2
Starc to NLTC Perera, 2 runs
length ball this time, and Perera swings that aerially to deep midwicket for two.
17.4
Starc to NLTC Perera, no run
terrific bowling, and that shaved leg stump. Yorker angled in, Perera swings big again, aiming over mid on, and can't connect.
17.3
Starc to NLTC Perera, no run
141 kph, a wide yorker, Perera swings hard at that but can't get close to it
17.2
1
Starc to Mathews, 1 run
slower ball on the stumps, Mathews turns that behind square on the leg side. There is thought of two, but they wisely decide against it
17.1
1
Starc to NLTC Perera, 1 run
full and angled into the legs, Perera clears the front leg and drives it to long on
end of over 1710 runs
SL: 116/5CRR: 6.82 • RRR: 7.33 • Need 22 from 18b
Thisara Perera4 (5)
Angelo Mathews27 (23)
Ben Laughlin3-0-27-0
Mitchell Starc3-0-15-1
16.6
1
Laughlin to NLTC Perera, 1 run
sliding yorker outside off stump, Perera digs it out towards deep cover
16.5
2
Laughlin to NLTC Perera, 2 runs
slower ball again, and Perera turns that to the leg side. A run out chance there, but the throw was to the wrong end and the batsmen get back
16.4
1
Laughlin to Mathews, 1 run
worked away to backward square leg
16.3
Laughlin to Mathews, no run
another slower ball and almost a return catch. Mathews played early, got a leading edge, and Laughlin almost makes the diving catch. Close call.
16.2
6
Laughlin to Mathews, SIX runs
shot! Overpitched and punished. Mathews stood his ground and struck that clean back over the bowler's head and way over the boundary.
16.1
Laughlin to Mathews, no run
slower ball off cutter, and it just misses the off stump. Mathews went for drive, but it beats his inside edge
end of over 162 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 106/5CRR: 6.62 • RRR: 8.00 • Need 32 from 24b
Thisara Perera1 (3)
Angelo Mathews20 (19)
Mitchell Starc3-0-15-1
Aaron Finch1-0-9-0

End of a very good over from Starc that may have just brought the hosts back into this one.

15.6
Starc to NLTC Perera, no run
full and outside off stump, Perera drills it hard to mid on, and can't take a run.
Best performances - batsmen
DA Warner
90 runs (62)
5 fours
3 sixes
Control68%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
39 runs
3 fours
1 sixes
031397152023
AD Mathews
35 runs (27)
3 fours
1 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
leg glance
13 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
008006174
Best performances - bowlers
GJ Maxwell
O
3
M
0
R
15
W
2
Eco
5.00
XJ Doherty
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
2
Eco
5.25
Match details
Stadium Australia, Sydney
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
David Warner
Series resultSri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 299
Season2012/13
Hours of play (local time)19.35 start, First Session 19.35-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.35
Match days26 January 2013 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Ben Cutting
Kusal Perera
Umpires
Simon Fry
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
John Ward
Reserve Umpire
Ashley Barrow
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath