Player of the Match
Player of the Match
582dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Hussey resists on tough day for Australia's batsmen

On the first day of the series Rangana Herath and Suranga Lakmal put Sri Lanka on top, but by stumps the Australians had found a stabilising ingredient, Michael Hussey, whose 95 kept them in the game

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
DPMD Jayawardene
105(231) 15x4 - 1x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 27 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
18 16 15 21 5 1 10 19
MEK Hussey
95(177) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 27 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
8 10 6 9 25 7 19 11

Best performances - Bowlers

NM Lyon
NM Lyon
O15
M3
R34
W5
Eco2.26
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Harris
RJ Harris
O20
M5
R62
W5
Eco3.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

31 August, 1,2,3 September 2011 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

AUSTRALIA 273(86.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 105(50 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 210(59.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SRI LANKA 253(95.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

That's all from Galle, but there is more cricket happening in Bulawayo and Chester-le-Street. You can read the Galle report here. Cheers from me, Sidharth Monga

Tony Greig hosts the presentation ceremony. Tillakaratne Dilshan is the first one to come up. He says, "They played well. Especially in the first innings they batted really well. I feel if we had got to even 200-225 in the first innings, we would have had a good tight match. Mahela and Mathews batted really well, good fightback, unfortunately Mahela got out to the new ball. Expected the pitch to turn, but not so much from the first day. But Test cricket is not easy, just one of the challenges of Test cricket."

The Man-of-the-Match couldn't have been easy, but for his innings on the first day, it is Michael Hussey. "It is a pretty pleasing test match, considering the conditions. We adapted pretty well. Probably the driest wicket I have played on to start with, but that is the good thing about international. You just adapt to different conditions. A very satisfactory Test win for us."

Michael Clarke walks up now. He says, "My first as captain, so very excited. The way we played throughout was spot on. As the days went on, the wicket died a bit, and the pace came off. So the most important part was the new ball, and our bowlers executed the plans with both new balls. The debutants did a fantastic job. Very special."

"Can't happen often that the bowler with the second most wickets in an attack is an opening batsman. Wasn't Wilfred Rhodes an opener too? But he wasn't a fast bowler." Travis, Manoj Prabhakar might have done that. Watto himself might have done that before. Mohammad Hafeez opened the bowling and batting recently on a turner in the West Indies

Lovely scenes of celebration. There's something on the faces after you win an away Test that no other look can match, not even a World Cup win. It is some special kind of satisfaction

A hundredth Test win for Ricky Ponting, easily a record, and a staggering one at that (for a perspective on that number, India reached 100 Test wins in 2009, and surely there are a few other teams who are yet to win even that many). First Test win for Clarke as captain. And Australia have now beaten Sri Lanka six times in Sri Lanka, joint-best along with Pakistan. Ryan Harris has taken out two stumps to keep with him. He bowled superbly. Mahela and Mathews fought and fought, but this was always going to be a mountain too high. Sri Lanka will look back at the number of loose balls their spinners bowled to the Aussie tail, who applied themselves and cashed in on the loose ones

95.5
W
Lyon to Lakmal, OUT, There it is. A big win for Australia. Lakmal gives him the charge, never gets to the pitch of it, and heaves, seemingly over mid-on. Johnson, though, runs back, and takes it almost over his shoulder

RAS Lakmal c Johnson b Lyon 5 (15m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

95.4
1
Lyon to Welegedara, 1 run, shorter, turning in, drives loosely at it, gets an inside edge
95.3
0
Lyon to Welegedara, no run, defended back to Lyon
95.2
0
Lyon to Welegedara, no run, sharp turns, hits him in the rib area, lobs over backward short leg
95.1
0
Lyon to Welegedara, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to cover

"I find it ironic that Shane Watson of all people stops someone from getting their first test century" The spot of the day, Archit Mehta. Watto must know what to bowl when in the 90s

END OF OVER:
95 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 252/9

  • Suranga Lakmal5 (8b)
  • Chanaka Welegedara3 (4b)
  • Shane Watson13-6-19-2
  • Nathan Lyon19-2-72-0
94.6
0
Watson to Lakmal, no run, nips back in, through the gap as he doesn't even try to get in line, but it misses the off stump by inches
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Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0TM DilshanNT Paranavitana
2nd15TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd37DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th11DPMD JayawardeneTT Samaraweera
5th5DPMD JayawardeneHAPW Jayawardene
6th142DPMD JayawardeneAD Mathews
7th11S RandivAD Mathews
8th21HMRKB HerathAD Mathews
9th7RAS LakmalAD Mathews
10th4UWMBCA WelegedaraRAS Lakmal