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4th ODI (D/N), Colombo, Aug 20 2011, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
(28/50 ov)133/5
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

All-round Australia take series with big win

Thanks to some fine bowling from Xavier Doherty and Brett Lee, a calm innings from Shaun Marsh, and a couple of brain explosions from Sri Lanka's batsmen, Australia secured the series with a match in hand, courtesy a five-wicket win in the fourth ODI

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Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka132/10(38.4 overs)
Australia133/5(28 overs)
end of over 2810 runs
AUS: 133/5CRR: 4.75  • Need 0 from 22 overs
Michael Clarke38 (60)
Brad Haddin5 (6)
Lasith Malinga7-2-18-2
Seekkuge Prasanna6-1-32-3

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Clarke: "Great performance with the ball, Marsh won the game pretty much on his own, he played the two T20s, was training really hard, faced a lot of spin in the hands, and deserved his chance. Doherty was fantastic, Lee took four as well. Another game for Australia [coming up], and we would like to finish 4-1."

Xavier Doherty is the Man of the Match. Doherty: "Obviously coming from Australia, was looking forward to bowl in these conditions, was nice to get some wickets today after getting a bit of tap in the previous game. Just [looking] to focus more on one-day cricket, so far so good."

Dilshan: "We cannot get out for 130, we bowled well, cannot ask bowlers to defend 130 against a strong batting line-up. I think Prasanna has a good future for Sri Lankan cricket. Clarke batted really well."

Kumar Sangakkara gets a memento for playing 300 ODIs

Australia have back-to-back series wins in Sri Lanka, they won here in 2003-04 as well. It was a pretty safe chase till Marsh's dismissal led to two more wickets in the same over from debutant Prasanna. Sri Lanka's thin batting line-up caved in cheaply after Sangakkara fell, and there was no getting back from that.

Ahmed: "I assume this is the first time that 2 brothers got out to the same bowler in same match in same over with some score on board & scoring same number of runs."

ryan: "ah D.Hussey's failure taken in isolation is nothing, but really has he played a substantial innings yet for australia? More tothe point he looks out of depth, bring on Ferguson!"

27.6
4lb
Malinga to Clarke, 4 leg byes

full down the pads and he gets it away fine on the leg side, that will do for Australia

27.5
1
Malinga to Haddin, 1 run

eep, that was fired in and headed high and full for Haddin, but dipped on him late and he got it towards square leg off the thigh pad

27.4
4
Malinga to Haddin, FOUR runs

slings it full and wide, and Haddin goes after it, gets it high in the air but it clears the infield and trickles in to the deep cover boundary

27.3
Malinga to Haddin, no run

another yorker, a bowling machine could have deviated but not Malinga, on off stump and he digs it out

27.2
Malinga to Haddin, no run

almost sneaked through, tails in full on off stump with unfailing certainty, Haddin gets some bat on it, he was late in getting down on it

27.1
1
Malinga to Clarke, 1 run

coming in late and goes down the pads full, Clarke picks it away to long leg

Punter Fan: "What the???? Well I did tell you Haddin would be coming in - only 10 runs - can we make it?" Malinga is back, Sri Lanka need five wickets, Australia ten runs, slip in place

end of over 27Wicket maiden
AUS: 123/5CRR: 4.55 • RRR: 0.43 • Need 10 from 23 overs
Brad Haddin0 (2)
Michael Clarke37 (58)
Seekkuge Prasanna6-1-32-3
Shaminda Eranga4-0-16-0
26.6
Prasanna to Haddin, no run

drives a tossed up delivery to mid on, and brings to an end an over that Prasanna will never forget

26.5
Prasanna to Haddin, no run

tossed up slowly on middle and leg stump, he comes forward to defend

Haddin gets a bat as well

26.4
W
Prasanna to Hussey, OUT

three in four, that is a nothing shot, Hussey trying to cut off the back foot, one that was tossed up full on a length, it carries on to strike off stump, absolutely ordinary from Hussey, no way he can go back to that one

David Hussey b Prasanna 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
26.3
Prasanna to Hussey, no run

tossed up in to leg stump, pushed away to silly point off the front foot

On a hat-trick on debut, three men around the bat

26.2
W
Prasanna to Hussey, OUT

two in two for Prasanna and Sanga, Hussey is gone first ball, presses forward as this one turns away from him, and Sanga snaps up another edge

Michael Hussey c †Sangakkara b Prasanna 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
26.1
W
Prasanna to Marsh, OUT

Prasanna gets his first ODI wicket, Marsh backs away and tries to dab one sliding flat across him towards third man, gets an edge on its way to Sanga

Shaun Marsh c †Sangakkara b Prasanna 70 (108m 80b 11x4 1x6) SR: 87.5
end of over 267 runs
AUS: 123/2CRR: 4.73 • RRR: 0.42 • Need 10 from 24 overs
Michael Clarke37 (58)
Shaun Marsh70 (79)
Shaminda Eranga4-0-16-0
Seekkuge Prasanna5-0-32-0
25.6
Eranga to Clarke, no run

fires it in full around leg stump, Clarke flicks to midwicket

25.5
4
Eranga to Clarke, FOUR runs

Clarke takes the slower and fuller one on, gets forward and lofts it cleanly over mid off

25.5
1w
Eranga to Clarke, 1 wide

tries the short ball, and he allows it go past him close to off, called wide for height

25.4
1lb
Eranga to Marsh, 1 leg bye

shuffles and nudges one off the pads behind square leg

25.3
Eranga to Marsh, no run

cuts one leaving him with the angle but straight to point

25.2
1
Eranga to Clarke, 1 run

uses the angle to work a back of a length ball in front of square leg

25.1
Eranga to Clarke, no run

pushed off the front foot towards mid off

end of over 258 runs
AUS: 116/2CRR: 4.64 • RRR: 0.68 • Need 17 from 25 overs
Shaun Marsh70 (77)
Michael Clarke32 (54)
Seekkuge Prasanna5-0-32-0
Lasith Malinga6-2-12-2
24.6
Prasanna to Marsh, no run

pushed back down the track

Best performances - batsmen
Player portrait, Shaun Marsh
SE Marsh
70 runs (80)
11 fours
1 six
Control86%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
25714131523
Mahela Jayawardene portrait
DPMD Jayawardene
53 runs (102)
4 fours
0 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
1 four
0 sixes
466714295
Best performances - bowlers
Brett Lee player pic
B Lee
O
6.4
M
1
R
15
W
4
ECO
2.25
John Doherty player pic
XJ Doherty
O
10
M
0
R
28
W
4
ECO
2.8
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of Sri Lanka
Season2011
Player Of The Match
Xavier Doherty
Xavier Doherty
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-1
Match numberODI No. 3182
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days20 August 2011 - daynight match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Seekkuge Prasanna
Seekkuge Prasanna
Umpires
Sri Lanka Image
Asoka de Silva
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Asad Rauf
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
India Image
Javagal Srinath