Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10.45 pm: Maxwell's brutal assault proved the difference in the end, while Sangakkara demonstrated the kind of class and pedigree we have all come to enjoy, as he stroked himself to a potentially match-winning century, before falling at the last hurdle. Australia will be pleased as they solidify their position at second place in Pool A. Sri Lanka now look ahead to their final match against Scotland as they look to finish off their group stages on a high. Hope you enjoyed this wonderful match from the SCG. Till the next time, this is Rohan Sharma wishing you all a good night, and good luck!

Michael Clarke, Australia captain: Credit to the boys for the way they batted. Maxwell scoring his first ODI hundred for Australia was just brilliant. Watching a lot of players around the world score so freely and so quickly, then any score is chaseable. The curator deserves a lot of credit for producing such a wonderful wicket here at the SCG. Starc has been brilliant both with the new ball and at the death. (Twitter question - What do you find more enjoyable, chasing or defending 300?) I would take scoring 375 and then backing the bowlers every time.

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: It was a bit too much to chase. We conceded 200 runs in the last 16 overs, and it was rather way too much. I thought the batsmen did really well, but unfortunately we couldn't get over the line. Sangakkara is in the form of his life. Three hundreds in three games is absolutely amazing. Seems to be getting better with age. We backed ourselves (Chandimal and myself), and they do have some good bowlers who could reverse swing it a bit. We have to improve our bowling and fielding, and if we can keep a well-respected opposition to under 300, we should be good.

Just hang on to your horses, folks as we wait on some quotes from the match presentation.

Glenn Maxwell, Man of the Match: It was a massive game for us. It was a big thing for us to win this game. Glad to get the monkey off my back. Showed just how quality the opposition was (in running this close), but luckily for us we were able to get over the line in the end. Guys should be mentally refreshed and physically refreshed for the next game.

The player of the match is Glenn Maxwell

10.25 pm: So in the end, Australia manage to hold on to a 64-run victory, despite Sangakkara, Dilshan and later on Chandimal and Mathews threatening to run this one close. Sri Lanka started the chase off beautifully before some thoughtful bowling changes, and bowling from the likes of Faulkner and Starc, ensured they held on to the win. How about a hand for Sangakkara, who became the first batsman in World Cup history to produce three tons on the trot. Chandimal's effort, before it was curbed by the hamstring niggle, seriously put Australia under the cosh.

Starc to Senanayake, OUT, fantastic yorker on middle which is spooned straight up to mid-off to end the game. There is a bit of confusion as to whether Chandimal would re-emerge, but it looks like the game is officially over

SMSM Senanayake c Doherty b Starc 7 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Starc to Senanayake, FOUR runs, continues from round the wicket as he looks to hone in on off, but the slice away from Sachin through third man means he has to have a boundary added to his runs tally

46 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 308/8 (69 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.69, RRR: 17.25)

  • Lasith Malinga0 (2b)
  • Sachithra Senanayake3 (6b)
  • James Faulkner9-0-48-3
  • Mitchell Starc8-0-25-1
Faulkner to Malinga, no run, delivers another back-of-the-hand slower delivery which has Malinga well early into his shot as he looked to pull this away
Faulkner to Malinga, no run, looks to have a go down the ground as he ends up inside-edging this failed bludgeon onto his shoes
Faulkner to Senanayake, 1 run, forces away a stroke down to long on to get off the strike
Faulkner to Senanayake, no run, slower delivery on and about leg which deceives Sachi

Chase going pear-shaped in these last few overs as Lasith Malinga saunters to the middle

Faulkner to Tharanga, OUT, Faulkner strikes right away for his captain as Tharanga, Sri Lanka's last recognised batsman, has to go after carting this back of a length straight to the man stationed at cow corner, who is able to get under it quite comfortably

WU Tharanga c Warner b Faulkner 4 (20m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

chase derailed


Sri Lanka's score in overs No. 41 to 45. Australia had scored 68/0 in the same period.

well on track, still


Sri Lanka's score at the end of the 40th over; Australia were 253/4

The first one!


Number of consecutive centuries in this World Cup by Sangakkara; he is the first one do so in the World Cup.

on a hat-trick


Centuries by Kumar Sangakkara in his last-two innings - against Bangladesh and England. He remained unbeaten in both the innings.

on a hat-trick


No. of century partnerships by Sri Lanka's openers in their last-two games.

Australia's fastest ton


Balls taken by James Faulkner who held the previous record for the fastest century by an Australia batsman. Maxwell took 51 in this match.

A Rarity


No. of times before Australia's innings all the four batsmen from No. 3 to No. 6 had got fifty-plus scores in an innings in ODIs. Pakistan have had two such instances.