result
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
romesh-kaluwitharana
Player Of The Series
231 runs
adam-gilchrist
22y
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Aussies get a taste of Kaluwitharana whiplash

Colombo (Sri Lanka) - Sri Lanka is a nation of contradictions: one half believes the selectors should be drawn and quartered the other half firmly that a local version of the Tooth Fairy exists and Romesh Kaluwitharana deserves to have a medal

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Scorecard summary
Australia202/10(50 overs)
Sri Lanka208/2(39.3 overs)

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.

39.3
6
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

39.2
4
Lehmann to Jayasuriya, FOUR runs

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

39.1
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
38.6
1
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

38.6
1nb
Ponting to Jayasuriya, (no ball)

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

38.5
Ponting to Jayasuriya, no run

defends down the wicket

38.4
1lb
Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, 1 leg bye

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

38.3
Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, no run

defends square to the point

38.2
Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, no run

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

38.1
Ponting to RS Kaluwitharana, no run

now Ponting gets a chance to mess about

end of over 383 runs
SL: 195/2CRR: 5.13 RRR: 0.66
Sanath Jayasuriya15 (17)
Romesh Kaluwitharana95 (113)
Darren Lehmann 1-0-3-0
Shane Warne 8-0-46-0

Up a full 0.01 in fact. Australia need many more of those the real interest now centers on if Kalu can get a ton

37.6
Lehmann to Jayasuriya, no run

dead bats it outside the off stump, that dot ball makes he run rate required climb a little

37.5
1
Lehmann to RS Kaluwitharana, 1 run

pulled on one knee to behind the square leg

37.4
1
Lehmann to Jayasuriya, 1 run

on side again

37.3
Lehmann to Jayasuriya, no run

over the wicket for left to left, turned onto the on side to the mid wicket

37.2
1
Lehmann to RS Kaluwitharana, 1 run

pulled through the mid wicket, 10 runs until a magnificent Sri Lankan win

37.1
Lehmann to RS Kaluwitharana, no run

around the wicket, straight one into the pads, Kalu made the near-fatal mistake of expecting that one to turn

Snort. Here comes Lehmann

Australia definitely undermanned in the spin department today

end of over 3710 runs
SL: 192/2CRR: 5.18 RRR: 0.84
Sanath Jayasuriya14 (14)
Romesh Kaluwitharana93 (110)
Shane Warne 8-0-46-0
Glenn McGrath 7-0-47-0
36.6
Warne to Jayasuriya, no run
36.5
4
Warne to Jayasuriya, FOUR runs

onto one knee, attempted flipper pitches too short, pulled forward of square, quite possibly the only Australian who's enjoying this is MacGill

36.5
1w
Warne to Jayasuriya, 1 wide

too far outside the off

36.4
4
Warne to Jayasuriya, FOUR runs

lifted over the mid on and to the boundary, another spanking shot to be omitted from the book of Warne

Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAiwa CupAustralia tour of Sri Lanka
Season1999
Player Of The Match
Romesh Kaluwitharana
Romesh Kaluwitharana
Player Of The Series
Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist
Series resultSri Lanka won the 1999 Aiwa Cup
Match numberODI no. 1491
Match daysdaynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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B.C. Cooray
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K.T.Francis
TV Umpire
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Peter Manuel
Match Referee
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Cammie Smith