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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
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Harris takes five in Australia's victory

The Michael Clarke era might not match the Ricky Ponting years for sheer victory numbers, but Clarke has at least started his tenure as Australia's full-time Test captain the same way as his predecessor - with a comfortable win over Sri Lanka in Galle

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Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
Australia273/10(86.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka105/10(50 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia210/10(59.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Sri Lanka253/10(95.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

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

end of over 943 runs
SL: 249/8CRR: 2.64 
Suranga Lakmal5 (7)
Angelo Mathews95 (190)
Nathan Lyon19-2-72-0
Ryan Harris20-5-62-5
93.6
Lyon to Lakmal, no run

ads this away, turning down the leg side. Mathews now has a full over to get closer to the century

Over the wicket to Lakmal

93.5
1
Lyon to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

worked with the turn, gets a single off the fifth ball of the over

Round the wicket

93.4
1
Lyon to Lakmal, 1 run

plays the instinctive shot to this one turning into the pads, the balls takes the glove and eludes leg gully. Only just

93.3
Lyon to Lakmal, no run

full, turning in, defended back to the bowler

93.2
Lyon to Lakmal, no run

turns in sharply from outside off, hits the pad outside the line of off

Four catching men around the bat now, plus short midwicket

93.1
1
Lyon to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

low full toss from round the stumps, smote to long-on for on

Nathan Lyon gets a share of the new ball now. Will Mathews try to get to the hundred in two hits? That will certainly be the temptation

end of over 938 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 246/8CRR: 2.64 
Suranga Lakmal4 (3)
Angelo Mathews93 (188)
Ryan Harris20-5-62-5
Mitchell Johnson19-6-56-2
92.6
Harris to Lakmal, no run

pushes away from the body, it goes uppishly, but bounces short of gully

92.5
Harris to Lakmal, no run

short of a length again, this one is waist-high, and he is right behind it

"In the good old days Murali would come in now and start smaking the cherry over midwicket" Moey, Herath tried it, but wasn't a great imitation

92.4
4
Harris to Lakmal, FOUR runs

short, rib/chest-high, Lakmal fends this off, and the edge bisects the slips and gully

Suranga Lakmal is the new man. Mathews has a long chat with him. They knock gloves, and go back to their respective ends. Two slips, a gully, a short leg, a short midwicket, a short extra cover

Best performances - batsmen
Mahela Jayawardene portrait
DPMD Jayawardene
105 runs (231)
15 fours
1 six
Control87%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
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Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey
95 runs (177)
7 fours
3 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
1 four
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Player portrait, Nathan Lyon
NM Lyon
O
15
M
3
R
34
W
5
ECO
2.27
Ryan Harris player pic
RJ Harris
O
20
M
5
R
62
W
5
ECO
3.1
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of Sri Lanka
Season2011
Player Of The Match
Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey
Series resultAustralia led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTEST No. 2005
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days31 August, 1,2,3 September 2011 - day match (5-day match)
Test debut
Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon
Trent Copeland
Trent Copeland
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
England Image
Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
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Chris Broad