edged and taken! Pradeep backs away to slog, swings blindly and ends up nicking behind. Fourth win in five matches for Australia as they move to the top of the points table.
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Aaron Finch is the Player of the Match for his 153. "I was hitting some nice drives early, which is a good sign for my batting. It was a nice wicket. I'm working on trying to ensure my head doesn't fall over. We thought we could get 350 plus, but Sri Lanka executed superbly under pressure at the end. We thought we were a touch short with the new ball, Kusal and Dimuth were superb. You want to bowl top-of-off and when they kept hitting there, we had to change plans. It was nice for Maxwell to have a long boundary to bowl with, hard to get 10 overs out of him on flat wickets, but with a bit of real estate out here and the breeze against him, it helped to get overs out of him."
Dimuth Karunaratne: "Finch and Smith batted well, but we came back strongly. Lost key moments in the chase. Started well, but the middle order couldn't capitalise. They had to handle pressure and keep the momentum going. Starc, Cummins are world class, we knew what they could do, had to keep a plan but we didn't. We lost couple of games to the rain, now need to win a couple of games. We came here to play well, we want to play it one game at a time."
Malcolm: "Sri Lanka had the right approach, but as soon as Maxwell was brought on the game was over as a contest. People always praise his batting but I think he has been even more instrumental with his bowling, tightening the screws and reinstating psychological advantage for the Aussies." -- This was just the sort of pitch where he could do his thing. As Monga said earlier, this was no pitch to play four pacers, really.
6.00pm Sri Lanka were cruising. 87 without loss in 10 overs. Australia slipped into their Plan B and brought Maxwell on to try and preserve their trumpcards for later. Sri Lanka fell into the trap of the asking rate once Australia got the first breakthrough. Sri Lanka really needed Mathews and Thisara to bail them out, but once they fell, the chase was as good as over.
Karunaratne's 97 was in the end Sri Lanka's only consolation. If you're a Sri Lankan fan, you probably feel crushed right now. You have every right to feel that way. There was a ray of hope that turned into spurts of excitement. And then it all came crashing down.
hangs his bat up in the air even as he tries to evade this bouncer, lobs into the square leg region
punches to cover
defends with an angled bat to the off side
walks across and looks to pull, beaten.
Sajidh: "Really disappointed as a Sri Lankan fan. Was excited like never before having a belief we will chase this target down and we could have done that quite comfortable with the start we had, but all that excitement for no avail. Now all hopes lost on qualifying for the semis." -- Well, you expected them to get to the semi-finals. You're an optimist
swing and a miss. Backed away and swing it towards Lord's.
top-edges a pull, falls in no man's land at midwicket.
reverse-scoop that flies over short fine off the back part of the bat. Just eluded Behrendorff as he was back-pedaling.
walks across and scoops this on the bounce to Behrendorff at short fine. Hint of confusion there, but the fielder gave a clear indication that he isn't sure. Soft signal is not out. Not out it will stay. Clear bump ball.
yorker-length outside off, squeezed to mid-off
slower and fuller, backs and leaves. Bizarre?
toe-ends a wild slog to mid-on
has a big swipe at this length ball outside off, beaten again.
looks to back away and slap over point but is beaten for pace
pulled all along the ground to deep square leg
hops back and defends this incoming length ball
backs away, bowler follows him, cramped for room but keeps it out
sways out of the way of this slower bouncer
short of length on middle, he hops back and defends
makes room and steers this down to third man