Result
3rd Match (D/N), Sydney, Feb 8 2008, Commonwealth Bank Series
253/6
(31.3/50 ov, target 254)
125
Australia won by 128 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the SCG

Bracken slides Sri Lanka to 128-run defeat

Nathan Bracken bowled Australia to a comfortable win, exploiting the slow SCG pitch to perfection after Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist set up an imposing target of 6 for 253

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Scorecard summary
Australia253/6(50 overs)
Sri Lanka125(31.3 overs)

Really good spell from Bracken, bowling the majority of his deliveries as slower balls to suit the track, excellent adjustment. Australia then have romped home with this win, more than doubling Sri Lanka's score thanks to some patient bowling and batting too. So Australia record the first result of the series and the Sri Lankans run out to congratulate the Australians.

"It's great to be back," beams Hayden. "Every game we play is a special thing. It's a time I can savour with Adam [Gilchrist]. We got off to a reasonably solid start. 240 was probably a par score. This has been an outstanding performance from Nathan Bracken. We've seen some great ... intellectual bowling tonight so we have to give him a tick there."

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy," says Jayawardene. "A slowish wicket, we knew 240 would be a good score. We were trying to get a good start but lost too many wickets first up. A very disappointing day. We need to concentrate on our basics, come back strongly and show our character."

Here's Ponting. "Gilly played really well, and Clarke played a sensible knock. We got to 250 and I knew that as the game wore on our bowlers would be able to take the pace off the ball.

"I thought our fielding tonight was very sharp," he adds, which is important as it had been under the spotlight.

The Man of the Match is undoubtedly Bracken. "The boys batted very well and gave us a good total to bowl with," he says modestly.

Thanks for joining me today, it's been entertaining if a little predictable from the early stages of Sri Lanka's innings.

31.3
w
Bracken to Muralitharan, OUT
but he gets him this time, his best ODI figures and there's a five-for as the batsman goes to pull again over midwicket, but picks out the fielder instead
M Muralitharan c Symonds b Bracken 11 (17m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 78.57

Bracken is furious, hands on hips, how dare a tailender smack him for six when he has four wickets. In he comes again...

Quality stroke, absolutely leathered that one

31.2
6
Bracken to Muralitharan, SIX runs
slower ball again, Murali gets right under the ball and drives it straight and over long-on
31.1
Bracken to Muralitharan, no run
too good, on off, moved away and was just too high for the off bail, Murali was nowhere near it

Bracken looking for his fifth wicket now

end of over 313 runs
SL: 119/9CRR: 3.83 • RRR: 7.10 • Need 135 from 18.3ov
Muttiah Muralitharan5 (11)
Ishara Amerasinghe0 (4)
Brad Hogg6-1-17-1
Brett Lee7-1-34-1
30.6
1
Hogg to Muralitharan, 1 run
big air on that one, pushed to midwicket
30.5
Hogg to Muralitharan, no run
down the track, drives outside off to the covers
30.4
1lb
Hogg to Amerasinghe, 1 leg bye
outside off, turned back in
30.3
1
Hogg to Muralitharan, 1 run
worked into the leg-side this time
30.2
Hogg to Muralitharan, no run
nipped back in from outside off, defended on the back foot
30.1
Hogg to Muralitharan, no run
outside off, tries to pull it to midwicket
end of over 302 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 116/9CRR: 3.86 • RRR: 6.90 • Need 138 from 18.3ov
Ishara Amerasinghe0 (3)
Muttiah Muralitharan3 (6)
Brett Lee7-1-34-1
Brad Hogg5-1-15-1
29.6
Lee to Amerasinghe, no run
defended on the front foot in line with off
29.5
Lee to Amerasinghe, no run
right up there on off, driven out square to point
29.4
Lee to Amerasinghe, no run
full toss, stands on the back foot and drives to mid-on
29.3
1
Lee to Muralitharan, 1 run
outside off and driven straight this time
29.2
Lee to Muralitharan, no run
backed away from it but could not connect with an upper cut off the back foot
29.2
1nb
Lee to Muralitharan, 1 no ball
an overstep here

Here comes a free hit

It's a procession I'm afraid folks and the last man comes in now

29.1
w
Lee to Muralitharan, OUT
Lee sees that he's backing away and follows him outside leg, the ball dug out to the legs. A mix-up results as Ponting slides in at mid-on and crashes down the stumps with the ball still in his hand
WPUJC Vaas run out (Ponting) 18 (34m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 60.00
end of over 297 runs
SL: 114/8CRR: 3.93 • RRR: 6.66 • Need 140 from 18.3ov
Chaminda Vaas18 (30)
Muttiah Muralitharan2 (2)
Brad Hogg5-1-15-1
Brett Lee6-1-32-1
28.6
4
Hogg to Vaas, FOUR runs
outside off, pulled round through deep midwicket
28.5
Hogg to Vaas, no run
rightu p there, defended on the front foot
Best performances - batsmen
MJ Clarke
77 runs (86)
2 fours
1 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
23 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
61961721916
AC Gilchrist
61 runs (81)
3 fours
1 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
leg glance
15 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
45310121296
Best performances - bowlers
NW Bracken
O
8.3
M
0
R
47
W
5
Eco
5.52
WPUJC Vaas
O
10
M
1
R
34
W
2
Eco
3.40
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesCommonwealth Bank Series 2008
Player Of The Match
Nathan Bracken
Match numberODI no. 2673
Season2007/08
Hours of play (local time)14.15 start, First Session 14.15-17.45 Interval 17.45-18.30, Second Session 18.30-22.00
Match days8 February 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Tony Hill
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Peter Parker
Reserve Umpire
Gerard Abood
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe
PointsAustralia 5, Sri Lanka 0