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    4.6 Malinga's hoodwinked Warner in some style here. The pace has yo-yoed from the mid 140s to the low 120s, without any discernible change in action. Warner wasn't spotting them, and tried to take a start down the track this time for the chip. Malinga's offcutter came in slow motion, and Warner was through the shot when it pinged the bat. Too late to properly check the shot. Warner tries to, but ends up popping it straight to Maharoof at mid-on. 21/1
    11.3 Australia in a hole now. Wade's gone after a mix-up of epic proportions. Thisara Perera has done a Jonty Rhodes in the short cover region. Full length ball outside off, Wade pushed it into the covers, a good five yards to Thisara's right, but he moved like a panther and dived full length to gather it in his palm. Forrest saw Thisara moving and started reluctantly for the single, but chose to go full tilt after Thisara stopped it. Wade had already backed out, meaning both of them were stranded mid-pitch when Thisara had lobbed it to the bowler. Gone by a mile. 37/3
    10.4 and he's got him! Ponting's poor form extends. He's yet to get to 10 in this series. What a lovely slower ball that. Maharoof sucked Ponting into a drive down the ground with a 117 kph slower ball, and he played it right back at him. Maharoof put his hands up and snaffled it, this is such a fine comeback for him. 37/2
    20.3 Things getting worse for Australia. At this rate, this game will be over before the rain comes. Maharoof keeps it on a nagging line just outside off, and Forrest flirts with it perilously. The ball kisses the outside edge and settles in the hands of the widish fly slip, who couldn't have been positioned more accurately. 74/5
    17.6 and he's gone next ball. Mathews is beside himself with glee. He keeps this on a length just outside off, and Hussey tries to be cheeky as he plays a cut close to the body. The ball kisses the outside edge and heads straight into Sanga's gloves. 60/4
    39.2 at long last, Thisara has got DJ caught deep on the off side. He should have had him with his first ball today. Another full ball angling across wide of off stump, Hussey had to reach out and try to carve it in the air. He picked out the sweeper on the off side, who took the catch well. DJ has played his part here, reviving Australia from the doldrums. They have a chance now. 153/9
    23.3 Another one bites the dust. Thisara has pinned Christian in front with an indipper. He was looking to get across to middle stump and work it to leg, but the ball burst through to hit the pad. Was it missing leg stump? I want to see a replay of that. Right, Hawk-Eye shows it would have missed leg stump. 81/6
    28.5 on your bike, young man. Classic left-arm deception from Herath, whose tossed up the left-arm spinners all over. He slyly slides in the arm ball, faster and straight from a slightly shorter length this time. McKay didn't pick it as he thrust the pad forward and played outside the line. The ball thuds into the foam in line with off, and it seems to be crashing into middle. 95/7
    31.2 Sri Lanka are unstoppable on the field! Thisara Perera pulls off another special run out, this time all by himself. Over-pitched outside off, Lee drives wide of mid-off and goes for the single. Thisara cuts the angle quickly as he approaches the ball and hurls it down at the stumps at the bowler's end. Dead-eye. Lee is out by a yard. Gone for a nine-ball blob. 104/8
    40.5 Kulasekara hits the stumps now down, but has Starc made it? Nope. Another full ball, Starc works it to mid-on and sets off. Kulasekara bounds in and fires in the throw to the bowler's end. Starc is out by half a foot. The CB series should be renamed the Run-out series. 158/10
    not out
    13 (lb 2, w 11)
    158 all out (40.5 Overs, RR: 3.86)
    Fall of wickets: 1-21 (David Warner, 4.6 ov), 2-37 (Ricky Ponting, 10.4 ov), 3-37 (Matthew Wade, 11.3 ov), 4-60 (Michael Hussey, 17.6 ov), 5-74 (Peter Forrest, 20.3 ov), 6-81 (Daniel Christian, 23.3 ov), 7-95 (Clint McKay, 28.5 ov), 8-104 (Brett Lee, 31.2 ov), 9-153 (David Hussey, 39.2 ov), 10-158 (Mitchell Starc, 40.5 ov)
    SL Malinga8.504214.75343020
    KMDN Kulasekara812903.62314000
    MF Maharoof811822.25372000
    AD Mathews402616.50143100
    NLTC Perera712924.14253000
    HMRKB Herath511212.40231010

Match Notes

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st74DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
2nd59DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
3rd19DPMD JayawardeneLD Chandimal