Australia finish off in style... but lose by 35 runs! Hastings clears the front leg, gets down on the knee, and slogs this for the biggest six of the night
Time for the quotes from the presentation. "Yeah didn't go to plan, that's for sure," says Cameron White. "Full credit to Sri Lanka and Dilshan. I wish I could have that toss back, but that's the way it goes. We were in the game for 13-14 overs, but Dilshan took the game away from us."
Tillakaratne Dilshan is the Mom and winning captain. He says: "I am really satisfied. Earlier on I batted a bit slowly, and then played the big shots later. It was a good toss to lose. Dilruwan Perera did a great job, as did Rangana. Kula got us off to a great start too. Jeevan Mendis too came and took a few risks, and when runs are coming off both ends, it is very difficult for the bowling side." And he thanks the crowd before leaving.
That's all from today. Do join us for the second T20I on Monday. Cheers
So, as comprehensive as T20 wins get. Sri Lanka displayed better skill, better application, and better knowledge of conditions. Dilshan scored his maiden T20 hundred, Sang and Mendis supported him, and then debutant Perera ripped the heart out of Australia's batting with three wickets. Well-deserved cheers from the crowd. Adde has this astonishing bit of trivia: "This is first victory of Sri Lanka at home in T20 Int." Indeed, after four losses
And Zeke has this awesome rant: "I may be a bit dopey, but I'm confused... Nathan Lyon was a huge revelation last season play T20 cricket, and was the leading wicket taker for Aus-A, playing 50 cricket - but he isn't here playing T20 games, but he's in the test team!? I guess I'm just an idiot who doesn't know a thing about cricket! If they see so much potential in him, why wouldn't they get him in this game and give him every chance to adapt to the conditions?"
driven down to long-on for one
low full toss, placed for a couple into the on side
pushed into the on side for a couple
slogged away this time to midwicket, and Lakmal's overthrow goes for four overthrows, through Lakmal's leg. Bad bounce involved
Hastings lofts over the bowler's head, gets a couple
Rob Noah, at the fag end of this match, has sent in the feedback of the day: "If I was Cameron White and I had inherited this team, I would let out a Homer Simpson-like scream before running off into the woods. Then again I would do the same if I found that I was Cameron White."
low full toss, pushed to long-off for a single
John Hastings to bat now
Timber. Full, in front of off, O'Keefe swings, misses, hears the death rattle
full ball, slogged down to long-on. Lakmal doesn't realise they are coming for two, and doesn't go to disturb the bails. He was gone otherwise
Extras barring, this game is over
low full toss, gets an inside edge onto the pad, gets a single
Ten sixes off 10 balls now
slower short ball, beats Johnson's swing across the line
that's one of the fours. A loosener first up, and he smashes this full toss wide of midwicket
Ten sixes and a four, or nine sixes and two fours required. Lakmal comes back
that's the drag flick! Walks across the stumps, and flicks this from outside off, over the keeper's head
low full toss this time, shipped to midwicket for one
Lovely clean swing, almost golf-like, over long-on. Admires the shot, and it is worth admiring
good-looking drive on the up, wide of long-on, gets a couple
full and wide inswinger, just inside those guide lines for wides
Dropped. An absolute sitter for Mathews at long-off. He goes with the fingers pointing skywards, the ball bursts through them and hits him in the chest
and now the reverse-sweep, goes swiftly past point for four more. Just delaying the inevitable I am afraid
O'Keefe is getting stuck into Perera, sweeps him over square, finds the gap between deep back wards square and deep midwicket