result
12th Match (D/N), Melbourne, Feb 29 2008, Commonwealth Bank Series
(48.1/50 ov, target 222)208
Sri Lanka won by 13 runs
Player Of The Match
83 (50)
adam-gilchrist

Jayasuriya loves that, clenching his fist and if that's his last contribution in a game on Australian soil, as it is likely to be, well, that was a fitting ending. What a game at the MCG, it had everything and Sri Lanka are jubilant with their second win of the tournament. It's not enough for them to stay in the tournament of course, but this was the most live of dead rubbers. Handshakes all round now as the Australia team come into the tunnel.

10.20pm Here's Jayasuriya. "We badly needed this win today. Overall we didn't bat well. The bowlers have been bowling well and the fielders have backed up well."

And here's another who won't be back to Australia, Murali. "It's going to be the last tour for me definitely, good on us for finishing like that. I enjoyed myself always, sometimes ups and downs in Australia but I enjoy the cricket."

And their departure will be swift, as Jayasuriya explains. "We are flying out tonight, a 12.30 flight. Should be able to do it, a wash and then on to the airport."

Great work from the pair who have given so much to the game over so many years.

Here's Ponting. "It looked like a couple of us got done off the surface rather than anything else. These sort of wickets, and chasing runs, you can't affort to lose groups of wickets. Gilly struck the ball beautifully. He's showing some great form going into the finals. I'd rather that performance come tonight rather than on Sunday.

"It's always painful when you lose, especially when you seemingly have the game in the bag like we did. Sri Lanka bowled well and took the chances when they came."

Tonight's Man of the Match is Gilchrist, although Jayawardene must have come close there. "I had that game by the throat, so I feel a bit silly," he says. "I should have seen it through, I got carried away. When you get out like that you think 'No big deal' but then it changed.

"I'm very proud of the time I've had here. The crowd were fantastic, just a shame they've got to leave with a loss. Hopefully this will sharpen us up, it was a reminder."

Here's Jayawardene now: "Guys are all ready to head to the airport. We showed a lot of character today and can take a lot of positives. We had a lot of opportunities in this tournament but we didn't take them. We have to learn to take them."

Thanks for joining me for this cracker today. Do tune in again on Sunday when we'll be back with coverage of the sold-out first final from the SCG when Australia will take on India while Sri Lanka are leaving on a jet plane... in a few hours. They'll be able to have a celebratory drink then, though after today.

48.1
W
Jayasuriya to Lee, OUT

another inspired decision by Jayawardene! Jayasuriya strikes with his first delivery of the match at a crucial time, the batsman trying to pull across the line and he got an inside edge back on to leg stump and all the stumps wobble

Brett Lee b Jayasuriya 37 (80m 59b 2x4 1x6) SR: 62.71

Jayasuriya into the attack. No pressure then on the man who has not bowled all day. Jayawardene has a word with him and a pat on the shoulders

end of over 485 runs
AUS: 208/9CRR: 4.33 RRR: 7.00
Brett Lee37 (58)
Nathan Bracken14 (26)
Ishara Amerasinghe 10-2-44-3
Nuwan Kulasekara 10-3-36-2

Now then, does this match have a final twist?

47.6
1
MKDI Amerasinghe to Lee, 1 run

on off, driven out to mid-on and they looked for the two, Bracken says "No" and that means Lee is back on strike

The batsmen meet to consult

47.5
1
MKDI Amerasinghe to Bracken, 1 run

on the legs, pushes out deep square where Malinga fires it back in

47.4
MKDI Amerasinghe to Bracken, no run

right up there on off, a dot ball builds the pressure there as Bracken defends back into the turf

47.3
1
MKDI Amerasinghe to Lee, 1 run

outside off, cut into the ground off the back foot and they hasten through

That far away, the ball was

47.2
1
MKDI Amerasinghe to Bracken, 1 run

another yorker, this time slightly outside off, and driven to Jayasuriya at mid-on who would have got him out with a direct hit

47.1
1
MKDI Amerasinghe to Lee, 1 run

yorker on off, clipped out to short midwicket

It's Amerasinghe time, he'll be on from the Members End

end of over 477 runs
AUS: 203/9CRR: 4.31 RRR: 6.33
Brett Lee34 (55)
Nathan Bracken12 (23)
Nuwan Kulasekara 10-3-36-2
Ishara Amerasinghe 9-2-39-3
46.6
1
Kulasekara to Lee, 1 run

yorker, dug out by Lee to the covers

46.5
Kulasekara to Lee, no run

full delivery on off stump, dug back out to the bowler

46.4
1
Kulasekara to Bracken, 1 run

outside off, rising and Bracken waits on the back foot, and opens the face to guide the ball to third man

46.3
1
Kulasekara to Lee, 1 run

outside off, a good drive through the covers for one, meaning it's exactly a run a ball required

46.2
Kulasekara to Lee, no run

stabs down on it in defence, a great yorker that one

46.1
4
Kulasekara to Lee, FOUR runs

not much wrong with that delivery, but Lee stabs out through third man to bring up the 200