1st Test, Brisbane, Nov 8 - 12 2007, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
(f/o) 211 & 300
Australia won by an innings and 40 runs
Player Of The Match
4/26 & 4/86
• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale

Lee spearheads a big Australia win

Brett Lee helped Australia beat not only Sri Lanka but also the unpredictable Brisbane weather as the hosts rattled out the last five wickets between rain breaks on the final day to win by an innings and 40 runs

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Scorecard summary
Australia551/4(151 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka211/10(81.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka300/10(99.2 overs)2nd INNINGS

Clark gets two, Lee finishes with four to make it eight in the match, and the home side walk off with another win at their fortress, the Gabba. Smiles, hugs, back-slaps and hi-fives all around as the small Brisbane crowd claps Australia off the field.

Just to recap for you, Sri Lanka won the toss, elected to field, and let Australia get up to 551 for 4, with hundreds to Jaques, Hussey and Clarke. Then they struggled, bowled out for 211 and following-on, being dismissed for 300. Not a lot to speak about with the bat, bar a battling first-innings half-century from Atapattu, back in the Test XI after two years and censured for his comments about the national selectors, a couple of aggressive 40s from Silva, and Vandort's well-composed 82 in the second innings, which denied Australia on day four. Sri Lanka's bowlers had a bad time too.

Mahela Jayawardene doesn't rue bowling first, but credits the Australian batting for putting up "a decent score". He says Sri Lanka lost the match with their batting on the third day. Hopes Sangakkara is fit for the second Test. Has no issues with Atapattu's "muppet" comments and hopes matters are sorted out behind closed doors. Wants to display Sri Lanka's talent here and is hopeful of a good game in Hobart. "It's disappointing ... hurtful to lose this Test by an innings."

Ponting says it was a frustrating win, having to toil on day four and deal with the weather delays. Australia haven't played a Test for ten months but this is their 13th consecutive win. Ponting likes coming to Brisbane and is very proud of Jaques, Johnson and MacGill. Feels Australia's new era is off to a good start and credits the preparation coming into this Test.

Lee picks up the Man-of-the-Match award for his 8 for 112 in the match.

Well, folks, its been a pleasure bringing you the commentary of this Test. Thanks for tuning into Cricinfo and putting up with me, as well as the many weather-induced breaks in play over the last four and a half days. Do join us for the second Test which begins at Hobart from November 16. That will be a 10:30 local, 23:30 GMT start, weather permitting.

This is Jamie Alter, your commentator for this match, signing off on behalf of all of us at Cricinfo. Bye for now!

Clark to Murali, OUT

all over! Australia win by an innings and 40 runs! Murali backs away to a yorker-length delivery on the stumps, misses his shot, and the stumps are splayed!

Muthiah Muralidaran b Clark 4 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Clark to Murali, 2 runs

biffed! Murali backs away to leg and hits Clark over his head down to long-on, MacGill runs after it as the ball slows down and Murali comes back for two

end of over 991 run
SL: 298/9CRR: 3.01 
Chaminda Vaas11 (26)
Muthiah Muralidaran2 (6)
Brett Lee 27-7-86-4
Stuart Clark 22-3-73-1
Lee to Vaas, no run

full on leg stump, Vaas drives back to Lee, who does well to field it

Lee to Vaas, no run

short of a length on the stumps, Vaas gets behind the line and defends it back

Lee to Murali, 1 run

yorker ends up a low full toss down leg stump, Murali backs away and chips it into the gap at midwicket

Lee to Murali, no run

and again, Lee doesn't get his yorker right and the ball bounces past Murali's back-and-away swipe

Lee to Murali, no run

swing and a miss! Lee bowls a good length on off stump, Murali heaves and misses and that was close to knocking off the bails

Lee to Murali, no run

bounced him short, Murali makes room to leg and swipes at it, missing

So back to Lee v Murali. Exciting times.

end of over 987 runs
SL: 297/9CRR: 3.03 
Chaminda Vaas11 (24)
Muthiah Muralidaran1 (2)
Stuart Clark 22-3-73-1
Brett Lee 26-7-85-4
Clark to Vaas, no run

full and very, very wide and Vaas doesn't give it a swing

Clark to Vaas, no run

good length on off stump, Vaas gets up and drives to mid-off

Deep square leg comes up to save one

Clark to Vaas, no run

short of a length on off stump, Vaas gets tall and defends to point

Clark to Vaas, FOUR runs

banged in short, Vaas goes for the pull again and this time top-edges down to fine leg four a boundary

Five men catching square of the stumps

Clark to Murali, (no ball) 1 run

full outside off stump, Murali has a swipe and gets an inside-edge to square leg

So Murali will face now ... how long before he slogs one up in the air? Clark goes back over

Clark to Vaas, 1 run

short outside off stump, Vaas pulls wide of Johnson at mid-on for one

Clark to Vaas, no run

slow ball, good length outside off stump, Vaas defends to point

Clark continues around the stumps to Vaas. Two men back on the leg side.

end of over 974 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 290/9CRR: 2.98 
Muthiah Muralidaran0 (1)
Chaminda Vaas6 (18)
Brett Lee 26-7-85-4
Stuart Clark 21-3-66-1
Lee to Murali, no run

full on leg stump, Murali makes room and drives down the ground to mid-on

Welcome back. Lee has four wickets. Muralitharan is the last man in. One wicket to win.

And with that the players take lunch. Australia one wicket away from victory. I'll see you in about 35 minutes.

Lee to Fernando, OUT

cleaned up! Another Lee specialty, changing the pace and bowling it very full, moving it off the pitch and through Fernando's push to shatter middle and off

Dilhara Fernando b Lee 4 (12m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Lee to Fernando, no run

closer to the stumps but still full and this time Fernando gets low, driving to Symonds at point, good shot

Lee to Fernando, FOUR runs

full and wide from Lee and Fernando square-drives, with little back lift and not off the middle, but finding the gap between point and gully for four

Lee to Fernando, no run

short on middle and leg, he gets on the toes and keeps it down in front of Jaques fielding at bat-pad

Best performances - batters
Michael Clark player pic
MJ Clarke AUS
145 runs (249)
14 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
40 runs
5 fours
0 six
Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey AUS
133 runs (249)
13 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
31 runs
5 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Brett Lee player pic
Brett Lee player pic
Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Brett Lee
Brett Lee
Series resultAustralia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1845
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch Noon-12.40pm, Tea 2.40-3.00pm, Close 5pm
Match days8,9,10,11,12 November 2007 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson
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Rudi Koertzen
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Peter Parker
Reserve Umpire
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Tim Laycock
Match Referee
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Mike Procter
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