result
1st Test, Kandy, Sep 9 - 11 1999, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
188 & 140
(26.5 ov, target 95)234 & 95/4
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Player Of The Match
78 & 31
aravinda-de-silva
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Australia188/10(67.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka234/10(66.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia140/8(60.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Sri Lanka95/4(26.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

A sweet little anti-climax as the players and umpires looked at each other for 30 seconds wondering if that was it crowd was quite oblivious and only invaded once the stumps were finally drawn

Big congrats to Sri Lanka, an excellent win, quite against what most experts predicted

Stay tuned, presentations to come

The crowd are quite quiet in their celebrations, a couple of dozen people taking the opportunity to tread all over the pitch

But finally a cheer is given as the winning teams comes out onto the ground

Warne leading his team over to shake hands with the Lankans

MC Tony Greig goes through the tedious formalities of various people on the podium

Warne: "we didn't bat that well in the 1st innings.. 50 runs short... we fought back well.. but the Sri Lankans were too good today... Murali is going to turn them on any wicket... we're a good Test side, so we'll definitely bounce back.... "

Tut tut, almost leaves without collecting his 15000 dinar cheque

Jaya: "everyone bowled very well... Aravinda batted superbly... the bowlers bowled really well... the players are doing really well"

Man of the match adjudicator makes some terrible leg spinning references for some reasons, and then ends up giving a joint award to Ponting and Aravinda

de Silva says it was one of his dreams to beat Australia or South Africa, and sounds mighty proud to have achieved it

And that completes the coverage. Due to quick match we now now have about 12 days break until the next Test, with only a mere tour match slotted into that time. 2nd Test will be from Galle. Until then...

26.5
1
Warne to de Silva, 1 run

good save at short fine leg, but the direct hit allows an overthrow, and that Ladies and Gents is Sri Lanka's 1st ever Test victory over Australia, coming 16 and a half years after the 1st Test between these countries

26.4
1
Warne to Ranatunga, 1 run

casually dabbed down to the mid off scores are tied

26.3
Warne to Ranatunga, no run
26.3
1nb
Warne to Ranatunga, (no ball)

shoulder high beamer, Venkat signals no ball

26.2
2
Warne to Ranatunga, 2 runs

sweeping just for the double

26.1
Warne to Ranatunga, no run

bat hiding itself behind the pad crowd getting ready for a mass pitch invasion, Steve Waugh will be glad he's not there

end of over 266 runs
SL: 90/4CRR: 3.46 
Aravinda de Silva30 (59)
Arjuna Ranatunga15 (34)
Colin Miller 13-2-47-3
Shane Warne 6-2-21-0
25.6
2
Miller to de Silva, 2 runs

turned square, just behind the umpire, fielded a few metres in from the rope

25.5
Miller to de Silva, no run

around the wicket with with medium fasts, real all-sorts, defended

25.4
Miller to de Silva, no run

sliced off the bat, another slow ball, using off breaks with a long run up, Ponting dives for the catch at gully, but not out, looks to have bounced

25.3
Miller to de Silva, no run

behind the ball, dabbed to short leg

25.2
Miller to de Silva, no run

good shot, played direct to the point

25.1
4
Miller to de Silva, FOUR runs

crunching pull shot, ball is whacked through the forward square leg. Miller's pace is quite ineffective

end of over 252 runs
SL: 84/4CRR: 3.36 
Arjuna Ranatunga15 (34)
Aravinda de Silva24 (53)
Shane Warne 6-2-21-0
Colin Miller 12-2-41-3
24.6
Warne to Ranatunga, no run

more padding larks

24.5
Warne to Ranatunga, no run

off the pad and thru the slips, they take a run but alas the umpire signals that ball is deceased, it is an ex-ball

24.4
Warne to Ranatunga, no run

pushing straight onto the on side

24.3
Warne to Ranatunga, no run

clearly off the pad, Langer takes the catch, his lone appeal seem to startle Venkat

24.2
1
Warne to de Silva, 1 run

the only matter of interest now would be which one of these two wins the fight to score the winning run

24.1
1
Warne to Ranatunga, 1 run

well played off the stumps and into the point area

end of over 242 runs
SL: 82/4CRR: 3.41 
Aravinda de Silva28 (52)
Arjuna Ranatunga14 (29)
Colin Miller 12-2-41-3
Shane Warne 5-2-19-0
23.6
Miller to de Silva, no run

fishing for it outside the off stump, but well beaten, footwork deserting him for that one

23.5
Miller to de Silva, no run

steering it into the covers

Match details
Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of Sri Lanka
Season1999
Player Of The Match
Aravinda de Silva
Aravinda de Silva
Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting
Series resultSri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1459
Match daysday (5-day match)
Umpires
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Peter Manuel
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Srinivas Venkataraghavan
TV Umpire
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B.C. Cooray
Match Referee
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Cammie Smith