Player of the Match
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    65.5 gone! Murali drags Jaques out of his crease with a well-disguised slower one, well wide of off stump, deceiving him in the flight and the momentary lapse of concentration bring Sri Lanka back late in the day! 216/3
    22.2 first blood! Hayden walks down the track, looking to go over mid-off, but he's early into the shot and splices a leading-edge up over extra cover, and Murali, running backwards and to his right from mid-off, keeps his eyes on it takes a great catch away from his body out near wide long-off! Really, a good catch to dismiss what seemed a well-set Hayden 69/1
    51.5 awesome piece of bowling, terrific stumping! The change of angle works immediately for Murali, as he tosses up a jaffa that and goes on past Ponting, beating him in the flight as he lunges forward, and Prasanna Jayawardene whips off the bails in a flash as Ponting fails to drag his back leg in! 183/2
    135.1 gone! Hussey leans forward and drives a full delivery outside off uppishly into the covers and Atapattu, at short cover, cups his hands in front of his face and takes a hard, flat catch! Fernando finally gets a wicket and a solid partnership is snapped, but well played by Hussey 461/4
    not out
    not out
    21 (b 4, lb 12, nb 4, w 1)
    551/4d (151 Overs, RR: 3.64, 650 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-69 (Matthew Hayden, 22.2 ov), 2-183 (Ricky Ponting, 51.5 ov), 3-216 (Phil Jaques, 65.5 ov), 4-461 (Michael Hussey, 135.1 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas28610213.6400
    MF Maharoof34610703.1404
    CRD Fernando34313013.8210
    M Muralitharan50417023.4000
    ST Jayasuriya401804.5000
    TT Samaraweera10808.0000
    61.3 thats the end of Atapattu! After pushing and prodding for ages, Atapattu decides to pull a short ball that bounces on him sharply, he's late into the shot and the ball goes nowhere, just bobbing up with the leading-edge for Jaques to hold a simple catch at square leg! End of a watchful innings and thats Johnson's second Test wicket as Sri Lanka slump to 153 for 6 153/6
    2.5 ohh! Jayasuriya's feet don't move much as he slashes at a wide delivery, there's no noise but the slip cordon goes up, though Gilchrist wasn't too vocal, and after a quick thought the umpire raises his finger ... replays didn't show any contact ... Jayasuriya stands his ground and walks off unamused ... a tough call ... Gilchrist didn't appeal for the catch, he just stuck up one hand 7/1
    6.5 edged and gone! Lee pitches fractionally fuller, ever so fuller, and forces Vandort, again playing away from his body and pushing off the front foot, to give Gilchrist a regulation nick! Lee loves it, clicking his heels before his team-mates mob him 11/2
    18.5 edged and gone! Clark hits the deck on a great length, moving it expertly off the seam just that little bit and Jayawardene, poking at it tentatively, nicks through to Gilchrist 45/3
    29.2 and what a comeback delivery! Johnson follows up the rank full toss with one hitting the deck on a short length, nipping across Samaraweera with the angle and squaring him up, he has to play at it, and edges into Gilchrist's gloves! Johnson's first Test wicket and a good way to start your career, he's mobbed by his team-mates and looks thrilled 65/4
    41.5 all over for Silva! Ponting's decision to bring a man inside from the ropes at teh start of the over works to a charm, as Silva chases a short and wide delivery and slashes up and over gully, and Clarke back peddles a couple steps and holds a dolly at a sort of wide short third man 119/5
    79.3 got 'em, thats the Lee special! A nasty yorker, swinging back through the air late and hitting him on low on the front foot as he tries to defend across the stumps! Lee knows its out even as he turns to ask the question and Rudi Koerzten nods his head before raising the finger of fate! Sri Lanka are nine down as the well-set Prasanna goes for 37 198/9
    75.1 bowled 'em! Symonds goes straight through Maharoof, pushing forward off the front foot and he's very late on the shot, as the ball shoots between bat and pad and knocks back the off bails! Symonds leaps in the air and the Gabba erupts 181/7
    78.6 beauty! Classical legspinner's dismissal to the left-hander as MacGill serves it up full, with great drift and turn, pitching outside off stump and curling back past Vaas' forward defense to crash into the stumps! Completely beat him with deadly flight and turn 198/8
    81.5 all over! Lee bowls it short of a length, Fernando backs away to leg and swipes this straight up in the air for Johnson to run around from mid-on and hold a comfortable catch as Sri Lanka are dismissed for 211! 211/10
    not out
    7 (lb 1, nb 6)
    211 all out (81.5 Overs, RR: 2.57, 360 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 2.5 ov), 2-11 (Michael Vandort, 6.5 ov), 3-45 (Mahela Jayawardene, 18.5 ov), 4-65 (Thilan Samaraweera, 29.2 ov), 5-119 (Chamara Silva, 41.5 ov), 6-153 (Marvan Atapattu, 61.3 ov), 7-181 (Farveez Maharoof, 75.1 ov), 8-198 (Chaminda Vaas, 78.6 ov), 9-198 (Prasanna Jayawardene, 79.3 ov), 10-211 (Dilhara Fernando, 81.5 ov)
    B Lee17.592641.4502
    MG Johnson1824922.7200
    SCG MacGill2557913.1600
    SR Clark1644622.8704
    A Symonds531012.0000
    13.3 and there's the breakthrough, as Atapattu chases a short delivery angling down leg stump only to get a touch of glove on it, and Gilchrist pulls off a good diving take down the stumps! Symonds loves that wicket and the change of bowling works for Australia once again 53/1
    18.2 The change works. Big wicket. Jayasuriya falls. Very good catch from Ponting at second slip. It was a length delivery, just outside the off stump, Jayasuriya pushed at it, bat slightly away from the body as he didn't quite lean forward and edged it for Ponting to lunge to his right to take a sharp catch. Jayasuriya was looking very good out there but has to go now. Pity for the visitors. 65/2
    73.4 ripper! Pitches well outside off stump and spins back a mile as Vandort gets a stride forward and tries to defend, a hint of drift does it for him as he plays down the wrong line and looks back to see his off stump pegged back! What a delivery to get your 200th Test wicket, take a bow, Stuart MacGill 213/4
    52.6 edged and gone! The extra pace and bounce does Jayawardene in, pushing at it neither back nor forward, just feeling for it and the faintest of edges is gladly snapped up by Gilchrist as Australia break a very good partnership! 167/3
    74.3 sharp catch at gully! Johnson bowls short and wide, Samaraweera gets up and slaps that hard, just failing to keep it down, and Hussey intercepts a stinger, low and flying hard at him but he just stays low and cups it near his knees! That was firmly struck by Samaraweera but Hussey was too good, and Australia have a double-strike to swing the momentum back their way 215/5
    94.1 gone! Lee bowls it short of a length outside off stump and Silva plays it across the line, attempting to go leg-side with an odd sort of shot, neither a pull nor a short-arm jab, closing the face of the bat and gets a thick outside edge to Hussey at a well-placed deep wide third man! 281/8
    83.1 thats plumb! Clark strikes early, pitching straight on the stumps and moving it in ever so slightly off the seam to catch Prasanna defending forward, the bat gets down late and he's a sitting duck in front of about middle and leg 226/6
    90.5 bowled 'em! Great delivery to follow up three short short ones, pitching on a length on about middle and swinging away to clip Maharoof's off stump as he stands and plays down the wrong line, completely beaten for movement 259/7
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    96.5 cleaned up! Another Lee specialty, changing the pace and bowling it very full, moving it off the pitch and through Fernando's push to shatter middle and off 290/9
    99.2 all over! Australia win by an innings and 40 runs! Murali backs away to a yorker-length delivery on the stumps, misses his shot, and the stumps are splayed! 300/10
    13 (b 4, lb 3, nb 6)
    300 all out (f/o) (99.2 Overs, RR: 3.02, 430 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Marvan Atapattu, 13.3 ov), 2-65 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 18.2 ov), 3-167 (Mahela Jayawardene, 52.6 ov), 4-213 (Michael Vandort, 73.4 ov), 5-215 (Thilan Samaraweera, 74.3 ov), 6-226 (Prasanna Jayawardene, 83.1 ov), 7-259 (Farveez Maharoof, 90.5 ov), 8-281 (Chamara Silva, 94.1 ov), 9-290 (Dilhara Fernando, 96.5 ov), 10-300 (Muttiah Muralitharan, 99.2 ov)
    B Lee2778643.1800
    MG Johnson1954722.4700
    SR Clark22.237523.3502
    A Symonds612113.5000
    SCG MacGill2536412.5600

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch Noon-12.40pm, Tea 2.40-3.00pm, Close 5pm

Match days

8,9,10,11,12 November 2007 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 08 Nov - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 242/3 (MEK Hussey 28*, MJ Clarke 5*, 76 ov)
  • Fri, 09 Nov - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 31/2 (MS Atapattu 19*, DPMD Jayawardene 5*, 16 ov)
  • Sat, 10 Nov - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 80/2 (MG Vandort 15*, DPMD Jayawardene 8*, 22 ov)
  • Sun, 11 Nov - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 218/5 (LPC Silva 5*, HAPW Jayawardene 0*, 78 ov)
  • Mon, 12 Nov - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 300 (99.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • First impressions

    Stuart Clark has developed a liking for the early breakthrough

  • Sri Lanka Test proves to be a turn off

    Cricket Australia has denied charges of complacency after the first Test of the summer attracted disappointing crowds and TV viewing figures

  • Atapattu to stay on Australia tour

    The Sri Lanka selectors have kept Marvan Atapattu on the tour of Australia to minimise disruption for the team, but will take "the necessary disciplinary action" when they return home

  • No underestimating Murali

    Australia have not downgraded the threat of Muttiah Muralitharan despite delivering a significant obstacle to his hopes of breaking Shane Warne's Test wicket-taking record in Hobart

  • Failing to walk the talk

    Sri Lanka's tactics in the first Test were conservative and they were beaten easily despite the public mutterings of self-belief, writes Peter English

Sri Lanka 3rd innings Partnerships

1st53MS AtapattuST Jayasuriya
2nd12ST JayasuriyaMG Vandort
3rd102DPMD JayawardeneMG Vandort
4th46TT SamaraweeraMG Vandort
5th2TT SamaraweeraLPC Silva
6th11HAPW JayawardeneLPC Silva
7th33LPC SilvaMF Maharoof
8th22WPUJC VaasLPC Silva
9th9WPUJC VaasCRD Fernando
10th10M MuralitharanWPUJC Vaas