9th Match (D/N), Melbourne, Feb 22 2008, Commonwealth Bank Series
(29.3/29.3 ov, target 102)
Australia won by 24 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
• Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Ponting's rut grows deeper with run out

"The pitch was really slow, very hard to get your timing and to penetrate the field," Michael Hussey, named Man of the Match for an unbeaten 64, said

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Australia184/7(50 overs)
Sri Lanka77/4(29.3 overs)

10.10pm The game's off, the rain has worsened, so Australia, as expected, win by 24 runs on the D/L method, grab the bonus point and are through. Thanks for joining us today, come back on Sunday for the next round. Till then, it's goodbye from me.

9.50pm To confirm, Australia get a bonus point if there is no more play. Our Oracle reckons the cut-off is 10.20pm, so half an hour from now. Although I've heard rumours that it may be 10.30[m, nothing's official yet but about a million times less farcical than the World Cup final finish which is just playing across our screens.

"I don't fancy our chances of any more play," Brydon doommongers.

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"Bit hard to transfer to the Dome," says Dave Bags. "A game of footy on there at the moment, with the mighty Bombers battling against the Bulldogs." But we've got all night.

9.45pm Channel Nine are now showing highlights of the World Cup final. The margin here's not that drastic.

9.35pm Regarding the cut-off time, patience my pretties. I'll tell you as soon as someone's told me. Crowd figures meanwhile, there were 27,854 here, which is low for Melbourne on a Friday. Easily half of those must now have left, though. Australia are on for the 24-run win.

9.30pm The covers are still on. "It's just a very misty rain," says Brydon, "but it's not looking great."

9.20pm Andrew McDougal has a solution: "How long would it take to shift all players, officals and fans from MCG to the Dome and vice versa? Shut down the city, get extra trams going and we can do this in one hour tops. Who's against this? Think of the publicity!" See you there.

9.15pm Kunal wants to know: "Why have there been so little boundaries in both innings? It just seems strange." A combination of a slowish pitch but mainly some very nagging bowling from both teams, which has been a feature of this series, not to mention there are a few batsmen struggling on both sides.

9.10pm "Forget the IPL, Gilly, come and play for Cowell" reads a sign. Or Port Adelaide. We're pretty handy, we've got the Australia captain, opening bowler and an England batsman... ah, that's us women. Nevermind.

Long-time reader Bob O'Hara pops up. "In the early days of D/L, it produced some strange targets, so it was pretty useless. I guess then it was known as Duck-Lewis. No?" No. We've had variants on those jokes, too, so 'thanks' to those who wrote in.

9.00pm Woo woo, those three little words every cricket fan is waiting to hear - covers coming off. Gah, but wait, Brydon reckons that's ambitious. "I wonder if the groundstaff have seen the radar, which indicates much heavier rain soon."

And in fact, the covers are being laid down again as we speak. Reminds me of that classic Fawlty Towers "It's up... it's down again" moment.

8.55pm C'mon, someone's gotta have a worse joke than Geoff. Just to clarifying, meanwhile, that if there's no resumption, Australia will win on D/L by 24 runs. Lots of fairweather fans have already deserted the G.

8.45pm Heavy drizzle and now the players come off, the groundstaff come on. Sri Lanka are 25 behind on D/L right now.

Geoff Black deserves to be outed for the poorest 'joke' ever. "Does this mean it's only a Worth-Lewis score seeing as Sri Lanka have a duck already?" Get off the stage.

Hogg to Silva, 1 run
driven out to mid-off
Hogg to Dilshan, 1 run
they squeeze out a single to short midwicket and charge through
Hogg to Dilshan, no run
played out off the front foot to the covers
end of over 293 runs
SL: 75/4CRR: 2.58 • RRR: 54.00
Tillakaratne Dilshan8 (12)
Chamara Silva15 (46)
Mitchell Johnson7-1-17-0
Brad Hogg4-1-13-0

Australia's bowlers clamping down now and Sri Lanka are behind the 8-ball and the D-L method with their best batsmen back in the hutch. The slow pitch doesn't help

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run
low full toss, driven out behind point
Johnson to Dilshan, no run
pushed forward now

"That's so, so, so good," oozes Mark Nicholas. "He's soo strong."

Johnson to Silva, 1 run
outside off, pushed on to the leg side, straight forward, Johnson runs round, turns and shies but the batsman is home
Johnson to Silva, no run
pushes to gully on the front foot, they set off, then both head back
Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run
width outside off, whipped over gully with a deliberate aerial steer
Johnson to Dilshan, no run
defended forward on the front foot
end of over 28Maiden
SL: 72/4CRR: 2.57 • RRR: 20.00
Chamara Silva14 (44)
Tillakaratne Dilshan6 (8)
Brad Hogg4-1-13-0
James Hopes7-2-23-1
Hogg to Silva, no run
good loop on leg, turned out to short midwicket
Hogg to Silva, no run
backs well away outside off, pushed to the covers and roundly tidied up
Hogg to Silva, no run
tightened up there, driven out to point
Hogg to Silva, no run
another dot ball
Hogg to Silva, no run
psuhed forward on the front foot
Hogg to Silva, no run
enthusiastic appeal for a strangle down leg off the glove, but not given
end of over 273 runs
SL: 72/4CRR: 2.66 • RRR: 12.00
Tillakaratne Dilshan6 (8)
Chamara Silva14 (38)
James Hopes7-2-23-1
Brad Hogg3-0-13-0

So Sri Lanka are being squeezed right now

Hopes to Dilshan, 2 runs
down leg, a bouncer turned round through fine
Hopes to Dilshan, no run
lets that one through on a good length down off
Best performances - batsmen
MEK Hussey
64 runs (98)
1 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
17 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
MJ Clarke
50 runs (69)
4 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
14 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SR Clark
MF Maharoof
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesCommonwealth Bank Series 2008
Player Of The Match
Michael Hussey
Match numberODI no. 2683
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 days22 February 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)
Rudi Koertzen
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Bob Parry
Reserve Umpire
Geoff Joshua
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe
PointsAustralia 5, Sri Lanka 0