Result
6th Match (D/N), Sydney, Feb 17 2012, Commonwealth Bank Series
(40.5/41 ov)
158
(24.1/41 ov, target 152)
152/2
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 101 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Nitin Sundar
Scorecard summary
Australia158(40.5 overs)
Sri Lanka152/2(24.1 overs)
end of over 251 runs
SL: 152/2CRR: 6.28 
Dinesh Chandimal6 (8)
Mahela Jayawardene61 (67)
Daniel Christian5.1-0-32-0
Brett Lee7-0-42-1

Right, that winds up our coverage for today, with the series wide open. Here's hoping the second half of the league phase is just as intriguing. Dan Brettig's report is getting updated here, and we'll soon have lots of analyses from our on-field writers. Until the next game on Sunday, this is Nitin Sundar signing off on behalf of the ESPNcricinfo team. Cheers and bye!

Mahela: "When those two catches went down, I wondered if this was again one of those days, but we pulled it back really well. Our bowlers are capable of adapting to different conditions. The slower balls are all about getting it in the right place. We needed a start, I have done opening before, and thankfully it worked today. We knew we had to win today, the bonus point was the icing on the cake."

Man of the Match is Thisara Perera: "I am really happy to play in Sydney, this is my second match here. I am really happy" [He looks it too. Great call from the ABC commentators to reward him for the stupendous show today.]

Ponting: "The pitch didn't have the sort of pace we thought it had, and their bowlers capitalised. Wade's run out was costly. Full credit to Sri Lanka, they bowled and fielded really well, and played their shots in the chase. We thought we could use the seam of the ball and capitalise, but that wasn't the case. Hopefully Sunday is better than tonight!"

The Sri Lankans have absolutely stomped Australia here. I wonder how much more comprehensive this may have been, if David Hussey hadn't been dropped and Malinga had bowled properly in the death overs. The series is now wide open, and thank god for that. Could have been a complete bore-fest if SL lost today.

Here's the list of Australia's biggest defeats in terms of balls remaining. This is fifth in the list, and is Sri Lanka's biggest win against Australia. And to think the overs were reduced to 41...!

"An innings without runouts .. wow!" Indeed, Anansh.

"If David Hussey hadn't been dropped, there wouldn't have been death overs." Fair point, Sifaan.

24.1
1lb
Christian to Chandimal, 1 leg bye
The win comes courtesy a leg bye. Christian angles into the pads, Chandimal can't get bat on the flick, but the ball goes off the pads to square leg, and Mahela scampers through.
end of over 246 runs
SL: 151/2CRR: 6.29 • RRR: 0.05 • Need 1 from 16.5ov
Mahela Jayawardene61 (67)
Dinesh Chandimal6 (7)
Brett Lee7-0-42-1
Daniel Christian5-0-32-0
23.6
Lee to Jayawardene, no run
over-pitched on the pads, Mahela flicks straight to midwicket.

One to win.

23.5
4
Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR runs
Mahela's class is oozing all over the SCG now. Get the covers out. Short ball outside off, he leans back languidly and steers with surgical precision through backward point. I can't explain why the ball went at the speed at which it did. It scorches the outfield on the way to the fence.
23.4
Lee to Jayawardene, no run
slow bouncer, Mahela can't get bat on it as he looks to dab it to third man.
23.3
1
Lee to Chandimal, 1 run
full length on the stumps, Chandimal whips through square leg for a single.
23.2
Lee to Chandimal, no run
back of a length, Chandimal jumps behind the line and defends.
23.1
1
Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run
short of a length, nipping in off the seam, nudged with the angle to the leg side for one.
end of over 239 runs
SL: 145/2CRR: 6.3 • RRR: 0.38 • Need 7 from 16.5ov
Dinesh Chandimal5 (5)
Mahela Jayawardene56 (63)
Daniel Christian5-0-32-0
Brett Lee6-0-36-1
22.6
4
Christian to Chandimal, FOUR runs
thumping stroke from Chandimal, shuffling inside the line and pulling with the angle as Christain drops it short. He goes aerial on purpose and picks up four authoritative runs behind square.
22.5
Christian to Chandimal, no run
short of a length, Chandimal still can't get the single away as he drops it to the off side.
22.4
Christian to Chandimal, no run
Chandimal defends a length ball into the off side.
22.3
1
Christian to Jayawardene, 1 run
angled in towards the pads, tucked to the leg side quietly for a single.
22.2
4
Christian to Jayawardene, FOUR runs
absolutely glorious. Nothing's better to watch than a batsman jumping out to a fast bowler and thumping him inside out over the covers. Mahela's made Christian look like a spinner there, superb footwork and even better timing.
22.1
Christian to Jayawardene, no run
good length ball outside off, Mahela defends to the off side.
end of over 223 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 136/2CRR: 6.18 • RRR: 0.84 • Need 16 from 16.5ov
Mahela Jayawardene51 (60)
Dinesh Chandimal1 (2)
Brett Lee6-0-36-1
Daniel Christian4-0-23-0
21.6
1
Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run
high full toss outside off stump, Mahela droves into the covers for another single.
21.5
Lee to Jayawardene, no run
full ball on off stump, Mahela tries to whip drive through mid-on, but can't find the gap.
21.4
1
Lee to Chandimal, 1 run
pitched up outside off, Chandimal pushes to the point area for a quick single. He's away too.
21.3
Lee to Chandimal, no run
short of a length on off stump, defended down the track.
21.2
1
Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run
Mahela has 50 now. Welcome relief, it's been ages since he reached a 50 in any format. Short of a length, dropped towards covers and the single is taken.
Best performances - batsmen
DPMD Jayawardene
61 runs (67)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
70617111109
DJ Hussey
58 runs (64)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
17 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
9419151712
Best performances - bowlers
MF Maharoof
O
8
M
1
R
18
W
2
Eco
2.25
NLTC Perera
O
7
M
1
R
29
W
2
Eco
4.14
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesCommonwealth Bank Series 2012
Player Of The Match
Thisara Perera
Match numberODI no. 3241
Season2011/12
Hours of play (local time)14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.25, Second Session 18.25-21.55
Match days17 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Billy Bowden
Simon Fry
TV Umpire
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Gerard Abood
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft
PointsSri Lanka 5, Australia 0