result
1st Test, Galle, Aug 31 - Sep 3 2011, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
273 & 210
(95.5 ov, target 379)105 & 253
Australia won by 125 runs
player of the match

That's all from Galle, but there is more cricket happening in Bulawayo and Chester-le-Street. You can read the Galle report here. Cheers from me, Sidharth Monga

Tony Greig hosts the presentation ceremony. Tillakaratne Dilshan is the first one to come up. He says, "They played well. Especially in the first innings they batted really well. I feel if we had got to even 200-225 in the first innings, we would have had a good tight match. Mahela and Mathews batted really well, good fightback, unfortunately Mahela got out to the new ball. Expected the pitch to turn, but not so much from the first day. But Test cricket is not easy, just one of the challenges of Test cricket."

The Man-of-the-Match couldn't have been easy, but for his innings on the first day, it is Michael Hussey. "It is a pretty pleasing test match, considering the conditions. We adapted pretty well. Probably the driest wicket I have played on to start with, but that is the good thing about international. You just adapt to different conditions. A very satisfactory Test win for us."

Michael Clarke walks up now. He says, "My first as captain, so very excited. The way we played throughout was spot on. As the days went on, the wicket died a bit, and the pace came off. So the most important part was the new ball, and our bowlers executed the plans with both new balls. The debutants did a fantastic job. Very special."

"Can't happen often that the bowler with the second most wickets in an attack is an opening batsman. Wasn't Wilfred Rhodes an opener too? But he wasn't a fast bowler." Travis, Manoj Prabhakar might have done that. Watto himself might have done that before. Mohammad Hafeez opened the bowling and batting recently on a turner in the West Indies

Lovely scenes of celebration. There's something on the faces after you win an away Test that no other look can match, not even a World Cup win. It is some special kind of satisfaction

A hundredth Test win for Ricky Ponting, easily a record, and a staggering one at that (for a perspective on that number, India reached 100 Test wins in 2009, and surely there are a few other teams who are yet to win even that many). First Test win for Clarke as captain. And Australia have now beaten Sri Lanka six times in Sri Lanka, joint-best along with Pakistan. Ryan Harris has taken out two stumps to keep with him. He bowled superbly. Mahela and Mathews fought and fought, but this was always going to be a mountain too high. Sri Lanka will look back at the number of loose balls their spinners bowled to the Aussie tail, who applied themselves and cashed in on the loose ones

95.5
W
Lyon to Lakmal, OUT

There it is. A big win for Australia. Lakmal gives him the charge, never gets to the pitch of it, and heaves, seemingly over mid-on. Johnson, though, runs back, and takes it almost over his shoulder

Suranga Lakmal c Johnson b Lyon 5 (15m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.56
95.4
1
Lyon to Welegedara, 1 run

shorter, turning in, drives loosely at it, gets an inside edge

95.3
Lyon to Welegedara, no run

defended back to Lyon

95.2
Lyon to Welegedara, no run

sharp turns, hits him in the rib area, lobs over backward short leg

95.1
Lyon to Welegedara, no run

tossed up outside off, defended to cover

"I find it ironic that Shane Watson of all people stops someone from getting their first test century" The spot of the day, Archit Mehta. Watto must know what to bowl when in the 90s

end of over 953 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 252/9CRR: 2.65 
Suranga Lakmal5 (8)
Chanaka Welegedara3 (4)
Shane Watson13-6-19-2
Nathan Lyon19-2-72-0
94.6
Watson to Lakmal, no run

nips back in, through the gap as he doesn't even try to get in line, but it misses the off stump by inches

94.5
1
Watson to Welegedara, 1 run

guided with the angle, gets a single to long leg

94.4
Watson to Welegedara, no run

right behind this outside off to drive it to mid-off

94.3
2
Watson to Welegedara, 2 runs

more swing for Watson, Chanaka drives, gets a thick inside edge for two

94.2
Watson to Welegedara, no run

swinging in, defended back to him

Welegedera is the last man in

94.1
W
Watson to Angelo Mathews, OUT

And Watto does it again! This is smart bowling. Not sure if this was intended to be a slower ball, but it comes at 124ks, Mathews sees a length ball, and thinks this is the ball to get to his hundred. He is well early into the shot, and the off stump is pegged back. Once again, he is dismissed in the 90s. The team-mates stand up and applaud him, but so gutted is he he doesn't even raise his bat on the way back. Even that last 90 came in a losing cause, perhaps he is saving the hundred for a win

Angelo Mathews b Watson 95 (238m 191b 13x4 0x6) SR: 49.74

Watson to bowl now. One wide slip, short extra cover and short midwicket in