Player of the Match
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    40.3 Irony once again. Tharanga has edged so many times today, he has played and missed so many times today. He falls to Bollinger, who caused him most of the problems today, but it is not an edge! Short of a length ball on off stump, Tharanga tries to back away and guide it to third man, and ends up steering it straight into Haddin's gloves. Straight off the face of the blade. Good innings, but Tharanga will be the first to admit he's played much better than this several times. 230/4
    25.1 Irony, thy name, cricket! Dilshan is gone, but the manner in which he has fallen explains everything about this lovely game. Bollinger has bowled superbly all day, without getting a wicket. And now he gets one with one of his lesser hostile balls. It was short, it was angling in, and Dilshan saw it early. There was a man at deep midwicket, but Dilshan wanted to take him on and went for the pull. He ended up timing it too well, hit it emphatically, right out of the screws, but dead straight to the man in the deep. It was a plan to Dilshan ever since Bolly began this spell round the stumps to him, and it has worked. 139/1
    38.1 and a wicket straight away! He's ducked this one full on the leg stump, Sanga misses the flick and it is hit on the pads. Umpire Ranmore Martinesz (what a name!) gave that immediately, and Sanga referred it on Tharanga's advice. No luck. Pitches on the stumps as he shuffles across, hits in front of middle and it is more than clipping leg. The decision stays and SL take a bit of a blow at the start of the Powerplay. 220/2
    38.3 stunning catch! Australia are rallying here. That's a replay of his dismissal from the first game. Bolly angles it across Chandimal who again pushes across and feels for it, away from the body. It takes the edge and flies to the left of Clarke at the only slip, he dives away and fumbles it as he goes for it with both hands, but clutches to it behind him on the rebound, using the left hand. 224/3
    49.3 and he's gone after playing a little gem. Watson keeps it full and angling in again, Mahela looks to whip-lash over deep square leg, but finds the fielder. SL were completely losing course when he came in, and kept losing wickets. He saw them through a tricky phase and opened up at the very end. 284/8
    45.5 appeal for a freaky catch. What's happened there? Yorker scorching in towards leg stump, it hits Silva's left foot on the full and then, as it comes up, it hits the bat which was completing a flick and pops up tamely to midwicket. A pad-bat catch. 252/5
    46.4 another one bites a dust. Mitch gets into the act and Jeevan is out, as plumb an lbw as you will see. Full, pacy and curving in towards middle and leg. Jeevan ambitiously plonked the front foot forward and looked to slam it over the leg side, and ended up playing all over it. The umpire's decision was quick, he's pinned in front of middle and leg. 255/6
    48.5 Kula falls in the search for boundaries, backs away to a short of length ball and looks to hoist it over the covers. Didn't get much timing into that shot, and an easy catch for the deep point fielder running in. 276/7
    49.6 Watson messes up the stumps with the perfect yorker. Eranga plays the copy book straight drive, but can't connect. 286/9
    not out
    14 (lb 4, w 10)
    286/9 (50 Overs, RR: 5.72)
    Did not bat: BAW Mendis
    Fall of wickets: 1-139 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 25.1 ov), 2-220 (Kumar Sangakkara, 38.1 ov), 3-224 (Dinesh Chandimal, 38.3 ov), 4-230 (Upul Tharanga, 40.3 ov), 5-252 (Chamara Silva, 45.5 ov), 6-255 (Jeevan Mendis, 46.4 ov), 7-276 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 48.5 ov), 8-284 (Mahela Jayawardene, 49.3 ov), 9-286 (Shaminda Eranga, 49.6 ov)
    B Lee1004714.70284000
    DE Bollinger1004244.20374040
    MG Johnson904525.00274010
    SR Watson905826.44224120
    XJ Doherty504108.2094100
    DJ Hussey503406.80152120
    SPD Smith201507.5052000
    2.4 Sri Lanka get Watson cheaply, and boy will they be relieved! Pace and a hint of movement do the trick, but it is crucial to note the perfect length from Malinga here. Not there for the drive or the cut, it forces Watson to fend-steer even as it shapes away a touch. Watson ends up steering it to the left of an alert Mahela at first slip and he takes it. 6/1
    6.2 A wicket for Eranga in his first over at the highest level! That was pacy, and Haddin just seemed to play down the wrong line without moving the feet. Back of a length, a touch outside off stump and it went straight past the drive to uproot off stump. A classic clean-up job. 18/2
    12.3 Eranga has another one! And a huge wicket, this one. He's got Ponting with a slyly disguised slow offcutter. Ponting clearly did not spot it and was lulled into the drive, and ended up playing at it too early. It popped back to the left of Eranga, who unlike Kula earlier in the evening, pouched it. 52/3
    27.5 Malinga comes on and things just begin to happen! What happened there? 135 kph is what it is clocked at, but Clarke seemed bemused almost as he looked to play it off the pads and found he was early on the shot. It popped up off a leading edge and this time went straight to mid-on. Big wicket. Was there a hint of late straightening there? 123/4
    40.1 And that I guess is the end of that. Hussey is gone. Malinga sends down the fast and wide yorker outside off, and Hussey slashes it well, but straight to Randiv at point. Sri Lanka are on course to pulling one back here. 183/7
    31.6 and that's the end of David Hussey. Boy, they just can't play Ajantha Mendis can they? Another googly, lands outside off and turns in, David goes for the cut and inside-edges it onto the stumps. The brothers are separated. 138/5
    39.6 oh my. Smith has done something really bizarre here, feeding his critics with more ammo to have a go at him. It was a full ball well outside off, Smith got across to it and drove it to the on-side, and set off for the single. It's been his one-point agenda today - get the single. Except that, this time, he had played it straight to Kula and taken off. And then he just stands and looks as Kula moves to his right, picks up and hurls down the stumps. Not quite Roger Harper, but good enough. 183/6
    41.1 make that three wickets in three overs. Mitch had the right idea, he looked to get inside the line of a low full toss and hoick it over midwicket, but ended up giving Chandimal at square leg a chance above his head, which he took very well as he tumbled back. 189/8
    not out
    42.3 the faster ones did the softening up, and the slower one bursts through. 118 kph, full, low and aimed at the stumps. Doherty did his part, he played all around it and missed. Clatter. 198/9
    44.2 Malinga settles it on the field, picks up his fifth to go one better than Bolly, and fittingly, it is Bolly's wicket. SL have made it 2-1, and they are now the world's second-ranked ODI side. Top yorker again, it headed to base of middle stump like a guided missile, and Bollinger had no chance of stopping it. The furniture is clattered. 208/10
    20 (b 4, lb 6, nb 1, w 9)
    208 all out (44.2 Overs, RR: 4.69)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Shane Watson, 2.4 ov), 2-18 (Brad Haddin, 6.2 ov), 3-52 (Ricky Ponting, 12.3 ov), 4-123 (Michael Clarke, 27.5 ov), 5-138 (David Hussey, 31.6 ov), 6-183 (Steven Smith, 39.6 ov), 7-183 (Michael Hussey, 40.1 ov), 8-189 (Mitchell Johnson, 41.1 ov), 9-198 (Xavier Doherty, 42.3 ov), 10-208 (Doug Bollinger, 44.2 ov)
    SL Malinga8.222853.36373031
    KMDN Kulasekara1015015.00387100
    RMS Eranga703825.42223050
    TM Dilshan1003903.90292000
    BMAJ Mendis10505.0010000
    BAW Mendis803814.75181000

Match Details


Australia , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 5-match series 2-1

Match number


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

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

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Clarke critical of Australian top order

    Australia's captain Michael Clarke pointed to the failure of his top order batsmen to set a platform as the primary reason for a heavy loss to Sri Lanka in the third limited overs match

  • Tharanga and Malinga keep series alive

    Upul Tharanga's fourth one-day international century this year and a five-wicket haul from Lasith Malinga kept the series alive as Sri Lanka compiled a comfortable 78-run victory in Hambantota

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

6BJ HaddinSR Watson
12RT PontingBJ Haddin
34RT PontingMJ Clarke
71MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
15MEK HusseyDJ Hussey
45MEK HusseySPD Smith
0MEK HusseyMG Johnson
6B LeeMG Johnson
9B LeeXJ Doherty
10B LeeDE Bollinger