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    49.6 bowled'im! Was the offcutter, landed on leg and cut away as he tried to pull that over midwicket, missed and the stumps were pegged back 321/6
    23.6 An outstanding catch by Herath, for a moment it seemed Wade had struck it cleanly to send it over the ropes but it wasn't timed as well as initially thought, Herath was at long-on and Wade had enough on it to get it past him as he was standing a few yards inside the ropes, Herath though kept his eyes on the ball throughout, back-pedalled a few steps, stuck out one hand and snapped it while falling back, he made sure he caught it clean with his feet well inside the ropes, a stunning effort to bring an end to a superb opening stand 136/1
    34.2 Watson goes, it's been a quiet Powerplay so far, that landed on leg stump, was a slower ball, tried to flick it square but ended up playing uppishly and it appeared to come off the top edge as well, Thirimanne ran in from deep square leg and took a safe catch 186/2
    38.4 Christian goes! Reiffel upholds the appeal, bowled on a good length and it nipped back in, Christian walked into the shot, got a faint inside edge and Sangakkara dived to his left to take a good low catch 223/3
    39.1 David Hussey's gone! Tossed up and Hussey was drawn into playing the drive, a soft dismissal in the end, pushes it straight back to the bowler who takes it sharply, timing his jump well 224/4
    46.3 Malinga gets a wicket, finally, a slower one again and Clarke, looking to go over midwicket this time, mistimed the attempted pull and Jayawardene took a well-judged catch running to his right from midwicket 288/5
    not out
    6 (lb 1, w 5)
    321/6 (50 Overs, RR: 6.42)
    Fall of wickets: 1-136 (Matthew Wade, 23.6 ov), 2-186 (Shane Watson, 34.2 ov), 3-223 (Daniel Christian, 38.4 ov), 4-224 (David Hussey, 39.1 ov), 5-288 (Michael Clarke, 46.3 ov), 6-321 (David Warner, 49.6 ov)
    SL Malinga807419.25206330
    KMDN Kulasekara1006016.00296010
    MF Maharoof906417.11238000
    TM Dilshan903503.88250000
    KTGD Prasad705127.28194200
    HMRKB Herath703615.14171010
    4.4 Mahela has to go, couldn't resist fishing for a good length ball outside off that moved away, was trying to glide it to third man, got a thin edge and Wade took an easy catch 39/1
    6.6 bowled'im! Slightly wide of the crease and got it to angle in, nipped back in further as Dilshan tried to drive it through the line, it beat him through the fate and pegged back middle stump, Lee's seen off the openers 52/2
    21.3 Under pressure to step up the scoring, Sangakkra loses his wicket, was on a good length and he stood his ground and tried to clear mid-off, mistimed it completely and Watson at mid-off took a dolly 115/4
    16.1 strikes immediately! Short outside off, Chandimal moves away to cut that uppishly, straight into the hands of Pattinson at point, good bounce for Hussey there 93/3
    26.1 Thirimanne's nicked it, Hussey strikes again, came round the wicket and tossed it up outside off, landed on a good length and Thirimanne went for the drive, it spun away and took a thin outside edge, Wade made no mistake 125/5
    45.5 Tharanga goes! Is that the decisive blow? Pitched on a length and he had to go for it, strikes it well but not enough in it to take it over the ropes, David Hussey at long-on holds his nerve and takes a comfortable catch 285/8
    30.1 David Hussey's having a wonderful time with the ball, Maharoof came down the track again to a flighted ball but couldn't get the elevation he wanted as he tried to clear midwicket, Dan Christian took a comfortable catch 144/6
    41.4 Kula has to go back, Hussey takes four, just chipped at that one loosely, straight to extra cover who is at the edge of the circle 248/7
    not out
    47.4 Watson has struck, Herath is dismissed as he goes for his favourite slog shot, a length delivery is struck well by Herath, but Doherty had cleverly been placed well short of the rope, it ends up as a simple catch, only one wicket in hand now, Malinga was off-colour with the ball can he redeem himself with the bat? 301/9
    49.2 Another slower one, Malinga swings it high but not far enough and finds deep square leg where Michael Hussey judges it well, Australia win the first final. Struck that really high did Malinga, didn't get hold but he had no choice but to go for it. Clarke heaves a sigh of relief, his team was given a real scare 306/10
    17 (b 1, lb 3, nb 2, w 11)
    306 all out (49.2 Overs, RR: 6.2)
    Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Mahela Jayawardene, 4.4 ov), 2-52 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 6.6 ov), 3-93 (Dinesh Chandimal, 16.1 ov), 4-115 (Kumar Sangakkara, 21.3 ov), 5-125 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 26.1 ov), 6-144 (Farveez Maharoof, 30.1 ov), 7-248 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 41.4 ov), 8-285 (Upul Tharanga, 45.5 ov), 9-301 (Rangana Herath, 47.4 ov), 10-306 (Lasith Malinga, 49.2 ov)
    B Lee915936.55255141
    BW Hilfenhaus4046011.5087110
    JL Pattinson504909.8096011
    SR Watson9.203333.53322000
    XJ Doherty1003903.90270020
    DJ Hussey804345.37251210
    DT Christian403308.2553000

Match Details


Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the best-of-3-finals 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

13.20 start, First Session 13.20-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.35, Second Session 17.35-21.05

Match days

4 March 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Unlikely trio give Australia scare

    The fight that Upul Tharanga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad showed in Brisbane has let Australia know that the finals are not over. Sri Lanka are enjoying their tour and won't want it to end in defeat

  • 'Work to do with Powerplay, death bowling' - Clarke

    Australia have finally broken their three-tournament long run of losing the first game of the three-match final series at home, but Michael Clarke wasn't exactly thrilled

  • Warner corrects his ODI anomaly

    He has conquered the Twenty20 format, he has surprised some with his effectiveness in Tests, and now David Warner has finally sorted out the confusion about why he had not played that big ODI innings

  • Hussey hits, Welegedara misses

    ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the Day for the first final of the CB Series between Australia and Sri Lanka, in Brisbane

  • Warner sets up 15-run victory

    David Warner chose a fine time to awaken from his one-day international slumber. His first ODI century set up a 15-run victory in the first final for Australia, in Brisbane

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st39DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
2nd13TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd41KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
4th22KC SangakkaraHDRL Thirimanne
5th10WU TharangaHDRL Thirimanne
6th19WU TharangaMF Maharoof
7th104WU TharangaKMDN Kulasekara
8th37WU TharangaKTGD Prasad
9th16HMRKB HerathKTGD Prasad
10th5KTGD PrasadSL Malinga