Final (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Aug 31 1999, Aiwa Cup
(39.3/50 ov, target 203)208/2
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 63 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
95* (117) & 2 stumpings
Player Of The Series
231 runs

Terrific match by Sri Lanka, and a terrific innings by the man tediously dubbed as "Little Kalu"

Great fielding and great spin bowling by Sri Lanka earlier laid the proverbial foundations, and left Australia trying to defend a target at least 40 runs too short

Lots of cheers and fireworks in the crowd. Australia doesn't end up equaling the record for consecutive ODI wins, left 1 short. Stay tuned, the pressies are coming up....

Consecutive ODI non-losses. whatever.

MC Tony laying down some lines.... introducing various allegedly important people on the dias

Man of the match nervously announced by the adjudicator as Kaluwitharana. MC Tony insists on calling him "Liddle Kalu" photographed with the usual large over sized cheque.

MC Tony says "Kalu" a few more times

Cammie Smith the match referee to decide the Man of the Series.

Seems to mention every bloody person who competed in the tournament. A few in the crowd are falling asleep. Somehow arrives at naming Gilchrist the man of the series.

Now Gilchrist has got the bug and pays mention to "Liddle Kalooo"

Steve Waugh invited to make a few excuses. Tony asks him what he thought of "liddle Kalu" (and these are all quotes)

Jaya I: thanks Australia "they played hard"... "we have been fielding really well"... "we have a good chance of winning [the Test series]"

A mere $1500 US smackers is received for winning the tournament. Plus a trophy.

Excitement has come and gone. hardly any crowd noise now other than some polite clapping.

Perhaps everyone has already forgotten who's won another meaningless ODI tournament.

Anyway... The Tests are next, back to the whites and the red ball, all starts in just over a week's time. Full coverage as usual here on CricInfo.

Lehmann to Jayasuriya, SIX runs

big hit, pulled way over the mid wicket, Jaya says no century for Romesh today, instead chooses to finish in style

Lehmann to Jayasuriya, FOUR runs

slapped over the bowler's head Sri Lanka on Championship point

Lehmann to Jayasuriya, no run

pushes into the cover, Jaya sends Kalu out, Bevan to Lehmann, and the run out is missed

5 needed by both Sri Lanka and Kalu

end of over 393 runs
SL: 198/2CRR: 5.07 RRR: 0.45
Sanath Jayasuriya16 (20)
Romesh Kaluwitharana95 (117)
Ricky Ponting 1-0-2-0
Darren Lehmann 1-0-3-0
Ponting to Jayasuriya, 1 run

short arm tuck/pull behind square, nearly popped it in the air for a catch, Kalu must have been particularly loathe to take that run

Ponting to Jayasuriya, (no ball)

a bouncer, and is called by the bowler's end umpire

Ponting to Jayasuriya, no run

defends down the wicket

Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, 1 leg bye

seaming into the pads, loud appeal, umpire indicates it was missing leg

Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, no run

defends square to the point

Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, no run

defends, Gilchrist gets over excitement and shouts a lot of encouragement

Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, no run

now Ponting gets a chance to mess about