1st ODI (D/N), Melbourne, Nov 3 2010, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
(44.2/50 ov, target 240)243/9
Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket (with 34 balls remaining)
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• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Mathews and Malinga script stunning victory

Thisara Perera's five-wicket haul ensured Australia's total wasn't too imposing but Michael Hussey at least gave the hosts a competitive score, and eased a small amount of the pressure on him in the lead-up to the Ashes

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Australia239/8(50 overs)
Sri Lanka243/9(44.2 overs)

What a finish. I never thought I would be saying these words, but Australia could have choked here. They last won a game in July. They had the Sri Lankan batsmen playing without using their brains, and had 132 to defend with those last two wickets remaining. Then Sri Lanka took the Powerplay and set the cat among the pigeons. They batted incredibly since then, a mix of slogs, and classical hitting. Mathews's aerial drives, after charging down to fast bowlers, were ones for the albums. Don't forget the contribution from the other half of the Josephian Mafia: Thisara Perera bowled splendidly to take five wickets. He did what the Aussie bowlers didn't do: move the old ball off the straight. And finally, what a week it has been for the good-old 50-over cricket. There is life in the old dog yet. Do read Brydon Coverdale's Bulletin. Until Sydney, then, cheers

Angelo Mathews is MoM He says, "I am still catching my breath All credit must go to Lasith. Batting was so easy then."

Sanga: "Angelo and Lasith were unbelievable. He is the greatest asset we have had over the last year. He can bowl, he can bat, total champion. He is still 21, 22."

Michael Clarke "Tough day in the office. 8 for 107. I honestly don't know how we lost this game. I thought we could have done better with the bat, but from 8 for 107... Having said that, full credit must go to Sri Lanka. Mathews played a fantastic innings, and we just couldnt' stop Malinga. Mohali didn't come to my mind, certainly not. I tried to bowl almost everyone. Steven Smith hurt his back, so couldn't bring him back. In tried everything. Have you any tips?"

Mark Nicholas says, "Bowl yourself more often."

What an image. Murali leaping six feet high in the air, and Watson in the same frame looking to the heavens. Sums up the emotions.

Australia have been blown away here by this partnership. They are stunned. Not sure they quite know what hit them. Malinga can't stop grinning. Out come Sanga, Mahela, the rest of the team. Champaka Ramanayake, too, Malinga's mentor, but with the ball, mind you.

"The way Lasith batted was excellent," says Angelo.

"We were eight down, we knew there was no point hanging around," says Lasith.

"Mitchell was bowling really well, so I kept strike against him," says Angelo.

Watson to Murali, FOUR runs

Murali has done it! Malinga is ecstatic. Runs onto the field. Not a great delivery. Sliding down the leg side, and Murali flicks it fine of short fine. Murali exults too. Mathews is cool. He was cool throughout

Watson to Murali, no run

defended to point. Mathews has the stakes on. Murali keeps his head and sends him back. There was no way there was a run here

Watson to bowl. Everybody saving single

end of over 442 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 239/9CRR: 5.43 RRR: 0.17
Angelo Mathews77 (84)
Muthiah Muralidaran0 (0)
Michael Clarke 1-0-2-0
Shane Watson 6-0-35-0
Clarke to Angelo Mathews, no run

Goes for the big shot, gets an inside edge towards short fine. They decide against the single. Murali will have to face

they are going to take one now, surely?

Clarke to Angelo Mathews, no run

forward defensive. Doubts in SL minds now

Out comes Murali. Will there be a tie?

Clarke to Malinga, OUT

twist n the tail? Smith legendarily missed one run-out a few weeks ago, in Mohali, giving away four overthrows. This time, though, he hits the stumps direct, and catches Malinga short of a suicidal run. It was hit straight to him at cover. And they stopped and started too

Lasith Malinga run out (Smith) 56 (90m 48b 6x4 2x6) SR: 116.66
Clarke to Malinga, no run

flat-batted to mid-on, they think of one, don't take it

Clarke to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

scores are level, coolly he has forced this shortish delivery past point. Melbourne is like Colombo today. There is blue all ever at the G

Clarke to Malinga, 1 run

tosses this up, teases, Malinga slogs, gets an inside edge, and a single

captain comes. Clarke. One slip waits

end of over 4312 runs
SL: 237/8CRR: 5.51 RRR: 0.43
Angelo Mathews76 (81)
Lasith Malinga55 (45)
Shane Watson 6-0-35-0
Mitchell Johnson 10-1-68-1
Watson to Angelo Mathews, FOUR runs

shot! Angelo is finishing this off. Hit over wide mid-on. Length ball, gets to front foot and clears the ring easily. Highest ninth-wicket partnership. Ever. Beating Kapil and Kirmani's 126 from WC 1983, when Kapil scored 175

Watson to Malinga, 1 run

full, stays back, places it wide of mid-on

Watson to Malinga, FOUR runs

What. A. Strike. Nerves? What nerves? He is striking it as if playing in a neighbourhood game in Rathgama. Makes room, lofts this length ball over Watson's head. One bounce for four. Less than 10 required now

Watson to Malinga, no run

left alone also now

Watson to Malinga, 2 runs

angled into the pads, worked around the corner comfortably, scrambles back for two. Fifty for Malinga! I dare anybody to wipe that smile off his face in this moment. Sri Lanka flags all around

Watson to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

length ball, pushed down to long-off for one. Mathews doesn't mind exposing Malinga to Watson

end of over 4210 runs
SL: 225/8CRR: 5.35 RRR: 1.88
Angelo Mathews71 (79)
Lasith Malinga48 (41)
Mitchell Johnson 10-1-68-1
Shane Watson 5-0-23-0
Johnson to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

to square leg, easily done, not sure if Malinga on strike gives them that much greater a chance for a wicket

Last ball... where is the single coming?

Johnson to Angelo Mathews, no run

and suddenly he slogs, but it goes along the ground to short midwicket

Are England watching?

Johnson to Angelo Mathews, SIX runs

Angelooooo! whaddaplayaaaaa! Beautiful shot. Classical inside-out shot upon having charged down the wicket. Except it is against Johnson bowling at 140kmph. What a clean strike, over long-off. Only 16 required

Johnson to Angelo Mathews, no run

slower ball, around off, Mathews defends off the front foot

fine leg comes up

Johnson to Angelo Mathews, no run

refuses the single off Johnson. Shades of Laxman there?

Johnson to Angelo Mathews, 2 runs

inches from getting out. Doherty nearly pulls off another screamer. Hit loopily wide of extra cover. Doherty takes two steps, then dives full length, but it evades him

Best performances - batters
Angelo Mathews portrait
AD Mathews SL
77 runs (84)
8 fours
1 six
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
28 runs
6 fours
0 six
Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey AUS
71 runs (91)
1 four
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
22 runs
0 four
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Thisara Perera portrait
NLTC Perera SL
John Doherty player pic
XJ Doherty AUS
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews
Series resultSri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3065
Hours of play (local time)14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50 Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05
Match days3 November 2010 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Xavier Doherty
Xavier Doherty
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
Australia Image
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
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Bob Parry
Match Referee
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Chris Broad