It's all over. 14th consecutive Test win for Australia. Finally, some sense prevailed and Lee sent one full and straight. Murali was again moving outside leg stump and flailed at it. Death rattle. And Australia clinch the series.
The players from both team shake hands. And Sangakkara is seen shaking hands with Rudi Koertzen who, I think, apologized about the decision. I could lipread, Sanga saying, "No Problem" as he patted Rudi on the back.
It was absolutely fabulicious knock from Sangakkara. A shame it had to end the way it did, but grab the dvd. There were some breathtaking shots, some improvised, some traditional and some out of this world. He moved outside leg, walked towards off, waltzed down the track and indulged himself in the middle.
Sri Lanka started the final day with hopes of staging a upset. 260 runs with 7 wickets in hand. They started off positively with Jayasuriya looking to attack but Lee drew a false stroke from him and that was the beginning of the end.
Sangakkara played a delicious knock, counterattacking in the end with some breathtaking shots, before the fatal finger of fate intervened. Malinga indulged in some hit and giggle before Australia wrapped up the series win.
Man of the Match and the Player of the series Brett Lee
"I am pretty pleased with the way the ball is coming out. Credit to all the bowlers. Sangakkara played a fantastic knock but we knew if we could get one wicket we could win the game."
Mahela Jayawardene Let me congratulate Ricky and his boys. They played great cricket .. they keep raising the bar. Congrats to Lee who showed how to bowl on these tracks." He then thanks his team-mates.
Ricky Ponting: It was a pleasure to play against you [Sri Lanka] guys. It was good to see some of the talent going around in Australia. The transition has been very very smooth and I look forward to playing with the boys." He then thanks the crowd.
That's it for now. I am Sriram Veera, signing off. Meanwhile, his team-mates join Ponting on the dias and they pose for photographs. Laughter all round. Their 14th Test win in a row. Thanks for logging on. On behalf of Sid V ... bye!
A six over thirdman! And you guessed it right, it was another short-pitched delivery, on the off stump line, Murali moved outside leg and upper cut it over third man
Lee fires in a bouncer, following Murali who backs away but manages to steer it to point. Can we have a yorker on the stumps please?
a tennis style hit now. Yet another short-pitched delivery and Malinga, moving outside leg, flat-batted it over mid-on. It was a forehand slap
yet another short delivery - not too intelligent bowling- and Malinga has a flash and a miss
Malinga is having a party. He connects with his pull shot and it's 'dropped' in the stands. He shuffled outside leg and swung a short-of-length delivery over deep midwicket
run out chance missed. Clark anticipates that Murali will move outside leg and sends one well outside leg, Murali is cramped and manages to push it to off side. Clark swoops on the ball, turns around to fire at the non'striker's end but ..
Another slow bouncer and Murali falls down as he tries to pull it away! He had moved to leg side and was through with the shot as the ball followed him.
slow bouncer and it lobs over the stumps way after Murali had completed his pull shot!
moves outside leg, another yorker-length delivery, on the leg stump and Murali gets a inside edge to the on side
yorker, but outside leg stump, misses the jab of Malinga and Gilchrist fails to collect cleanly
backs away to the leg side, tries another pull shot, misses and the short-of-length delivery just gets over the middle stump
Ouch. Malinga is hit by a bouncer. Top-edges it to his neck. It reared up from short of length, Malinga was late on the pull and got a top-edge on to his neck. The physio is out and massages that area before spraying the magic spray and Malinga has a laugh.
yorker length, on the legs, jabbed away. Lee rushes to pick the ball and heads back to top of his runup
a bouncer to start off the proceedings, Malinga tries to pull but can't reach it
All set for the resumption
And news just in: Marvan Atapattu has announced his retirement.
drills a full pitched delivery to left of mid-off and that's lunch.
Malinga goes downtown. Full in length, Malinga moved outside leg stump and swung it over long-on!
Hello?! Malinga has pulled a Clarke delivery over the deep backward square leg! It was dug in short ,at the body, Malinga was backing away and he just short-arm jabbed it . up up and over!
bang! four more. Malinga pulls a short-of-length delivery over midwicket
slower one, Murali backs away and drives to the leg side