Player of the Match
Player of the Match
328dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

All-round Australia take series with big win

Thanks to some fine bowling from Xavier Doherty and Brett Lee, a calm innings from Shaun Marsh, and a couple of brain explosions from Sri Lanka's batsmen, Australia secured the series with a match in hand, courtesy a five-wicket win in the fourth ODI

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SE Marsh
SE Marsh
70(80) 11x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
2 5 7 14 13 1 5 23
DPMD Jayawardene
DPMD Jayawardene
53(102) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 6 6 7 14 2 9 5

Best performances - Bowlers

B Lee
O6.4
M1
R15
W4
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
XJ Doherty
XJ Doherty
O10
M0
R28
W4
Eco2.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 5-match series 3-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

20 August 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

END OF OVER:
28 | 10 Runs | AUS: 133/5 | RR: 4.75

  • Michael Clarke38 (60b)
  • Brad Haddin5 (6b)
  • Lasith Malinga7-2-18-2
  • Seekkuge Prasanna6-1-32-3

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Clarke: "Great performance with the ball, Marsh won the game pretty much on his own, he played the two T20s, was training really hard, faced a lot of spin in the hands, and deserved his chance. Doherty was fantastic, Lee took four as well. Another game for Australia [coming up], and we would like to finish 4-1."

Xavier Doherty is the Man of the Match. Doherty: "Obviously coming from Australia, was looking forward to bowl in these conditions, was nice to get some wickets today after getting a bit of tap in the previous game. Just [looking] to focus more on one-day cricket, so far so good."

Dilshan: "We cannot get out for 130, we bowled well, cannot ask bowlers to defend 130 against a strong batting line-up. I think Prasanna has a good future for Sri Lankan cricket. Clarke batted really well."

Kumar Sangakkara gets a memento for playing 300 ODIs

Australia have back-to-back series wins in Sri Lanka, they won here in 2003-04 as well. It was a pretty safe chase till Marsh's dismissal led to two more wickets in the same over from debutant Prasanna. Sri Lanka's thin batting line-up caved in cheaply after Sangakkara fell, and there was no getting back from that.

Ahmed: "I assume this is the first time that 2 brothers got out to the same bowler in same match in same over with some score on board & scoring same number of runs."

ryan: "ah D.Hussey's failure taken in isolation is nothing, but really has he played a substantial innings yet for australia? More tothe point he looks out of depth, bring on Ferguson!"

27.6
4lb
Malinga to Clarke, 4 leg byes, full down the pads and he gets it away fine on the leg side, that will do for Australia
27.5
1
Malinga to Haddin, 1 run, eep, that was fired in and headed high and full for Haddin, but dipped on him late and he got it towards square leg off the thigh pad
27.4
4
Malinga to Haddin, FOUR runs, slings it full and wide, and Haddin goes after it, gets it high in the air but it clears the infield and trickles in to the deep cover boundary
27.3
0
Malinga to Haddin, no run, another yorker, a bowling machine could have deviated but not Malinga, on off stump and he digs it out
27.2
0
Malinga to Haddin, no run, almost sneaked through, tails in full on off stump with unfailing certainty, Haddin gets some bat on it, he was late in getting down on it
27.1
1
Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, coming in late and goes down the pads full, Clarke picks it away to long leg

Punter Fan: "What the???? Well I did tell you Haddin would be coming in - only 10 runs - can we make it?" Malinga is back, Sri Lanka need five wickets, Australia ten runs, slip in place

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  • All-round Australia take series with big win

    Thanks to some fine bowling from Xavier Doherty and Brett Lee, a calm innings from Shaun Marsh, and a couple of brain explosions from Sri Lanka's batsmen, Australia secured the series with a match in hand, courtesy a five-wicket win in the fourth ODI

  • And the band played on

    ... while the Titanic sank. If only Clarke had won the toss, things would have been so much better for this Lanka fan

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
26SR WatsonSE Marsh
0RT PontingSE Marsh
97MJ ClarkeSE Marsh
0MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
0MJ ClarkeDJ Hussey
10BJ HaddinMJ Clarke