Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    24.1 can't keep Herath out for too long! Strikes with ball No.1, comes round the wicket, Wade makes room to cut but he ends up getting a thick outside edge, good reflexes nevertheless as he takes it in the second attempt. Good knock by Wade 123/4
    13.6 Sri Lanka will be mighty relieved at that because it's Warner! Things get a little tasty as Maharoof walks past the batsman, Maharoof angles it across the left-hander, the batsman gets a thick outside edge and it's well taken by Sanga falling to his left, Maharoof says something to Warner who gives him a stare, it all lasted a couple of seconds 75/1
    20.4 Herath manages to hang on! Dilshan bowls round the wicket and flat, Watson is on his knee and slogs him, the ball travels quickly and flat and Herath runs to his right at deep midwicket, nearly over-runs the ball but manages to hang on on the dive, the ball could easily have bounced off his hands but he ensure he got his body behind it 115/2
    21.6 direct hit and he's gone! Excellent work by Dilshan there, Wade sliced it down towards short point and wasn't sure about the single, Hussey was off the blocks but Dilshan was too quick for him, picks up and throws flat at the stumps in one motion, just short of his ground and the third umpire takes a look 119/3
    31.6 hits him a touch high but Asad Rauf's convinced! Maharoof gets it to nip back in off the pitch, the ball skids through and hits his thigh but Rauf was convinced with the height, took a few seconds before raising the finger 151/6
    26.4 Forrest looked quite flummoxed there! Herath got it to grip and Forrest was looking to drive towards mid-off but the ball spun just a bit and hit the off stump, Forrest playing down the wrong line 135/5
    37.3 Maharoof strikes again! He continues bowling the slower ball, Christian chips down the track and has to check his shot, ends up spooning it straight to mid-off, Jayawardene takes it 177/7
    49.2 knocks off the leg bail! Kula bowls another yorker on the leg stump, Lee makes room to flay that anywhere but the ball hits his boot and shaves the leg stump 231/9
    45.5 McKay perishes trying to go over the top on the on side, he gets on his knee for the slog and he ends up hitting it flat to Maharoof at deep midwicket, he falls forward and takes it 217/8
    not out
    49.3 not the best start to Lyon's ODI career with the bat! Kulasekara bowls it full on the pads and Lyon makes room and chips it high over midwicket and Senanayake the substitute times the dive well and takes the catch 231/10
    8 (b 2, lb 3, w 3)
    231 all out (49.3 Overs, RR: 4.66)
    Fall of wickets: 1-75 (David Warner, 13.6 ov), 2-115 (Shane Watson, 20.4 ov), 3-119 (Michael Hussey, 21.6 ov), 4-123 (Matthew Wade, 24.1 ov), 5-135 (Peter Forrest, 26.4 ov), 6-151 (David Hussey, 31.6 ov), 7-177 (Daniel Christian, 37.3 ov), 8-217 (Clint McKay, 45.5 ov), 9-231 (Brett Lee, 49.2 ov), 10-231 (Nathan Lyon, 49.3 ov)
    TM Dilshan1014114.10342110
    KMDN Kulasekara9.304024.21363110
    SL Malinga1006906.90278010
    MF Maharoof1004034.00311100
    HMRKB Herath1003633.60333000
    9.3 Australia are on a roll here! McKay deceived him with one that nipped back in from outside the off stump and bowled him through the gate, Jayawardene played down the wrong line and the ball clipped his off stump 53/4
    2.6 soft dismissal! Dilshan tries to turn the face of the bat and work it to the on side but he gets a leading edge that lobs to cover, always a risky proposition if you try and fetch the ball from outside off 23/1
    6.2 Lee brings Australia right back in! Loose shot by Sangakkara, pitched up outside off and angling away slightly, he half-heartedly drives at it and the edge flies off the toe of the bat and Watson cups it over his head at first slip 47/2
    7.3 and there is no escaping the dreaded finger this time around! Fuller ball on the off and middle line. Chandimal leans across and looks to flick it. He misjudges the length and is struck on the pads.The umpire doesn't waste a second in raising the index finger. Sri Lanka does need the batting depth today 52/3
    26.4 Thirimanne's resistance comes to an end! Watson pitches it up outside the off stump and Thirimanne can't resist slicing it in the air and it travels low to Warner at point 113/5
    45.6 big relief for Australia! Angles it close to the off stump and Tharanga tries to drive and gets a thick outside edge and Wade takes the catch low, the captain himself gets the vital breakthrough 204/8
    35.5 that's another failure for Kapugedera and Australia edge closer! There was no room for the batsman to steer it to the off side and he ended up getting a thick edge that was taken neatly by Wade falling to his right 142/6
    38.5 Kula's cameo comes to an end! He makes room to mow Lee over the on side, Lee follows him and fires it full wide of the leg stump and he can only scoop it down to mid-on, easily taken at the edge of the ring 172/7
    not out
    46.3 Australia are one more death rattle away from the Cup! Herath decides to go for broke over the on side, swings and the ball pegs back the off stump from round the wicket 205/9
    48.5 McKay hits the timber, he takes five and Australia take the CB Series! He bowls it full and straight on the stumps, Malinga exposes all three of them, fails to get his bat down and the ball hits the middle stump 215/10
    21 (lb 9, w 12)
    215 all out (48.5 Overs, RR: 4.4)
    Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2.6 ov), 2-47 (Kumar Sangakkara, 6.2 ov), 3-52 (Dinesh Chandimal, 7.3 ov), 4-53 (Mahela Jayawardene, 9.3 ov), 5-113 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 26.4 ov), 6-142 (Chamara Kapugedera, 35.5 ov), 7-172 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 38.5 ov), 8-204 (Upul Tharanga, 45.6 ov), 9-205 (Rangana Herath, 46.3 ov), 10-215 (Lasith Malinga, 48.5 ov)
    B Lee805937.37226030
    XJ Doherty804906.12286120
    CJ McKay9.512852.84401000
    SR Watson711321.85290000
    NM Lyon803604.50212000
    DT Christian812102.62290000

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Australia won the best-of-3-finals 2-1

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

13.50 start, First Session 13.50-17.20, Interval 17.20-18.05, Second Session 18.05-21.35

Match days

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

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

23DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
24DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
5DPMD JayawardeneLD Chandimal
1DPMD JayawardeneHDRL Thirimanne
60WU TharangaHDRL Thirimanne
29WU TharangaCK Kapugedera
30WU TharangaKMDN Kulasekara
32WU TharangaMF Maharoof
1HMRKB HerathMF Maharoof
10MF MaharoofSL Malinga