finishes it off with a boundary! They really huffed and puffed getting there didn't they? Bowls that full outside off and he opens the face of the bat and steers it past gully
Clarke: "A horrible day. Probably should have bowled first. But if you bat like that in any conditions, you will lose. Our defence let us down more than anything. No excuse for the way we performed. Shot selection was poor. I understand the public wants us playing consistently. Honestly, if we played like that (today) then the public wouldn't want to see us playing at all. Our bowlers did a good job."
Clarke was clearly peeved with himself for the way he and his team played. Nice to see a captain be so honest about his own team. Not all captains in world cricket today can say 'yes we messed up real bad.' You have to admire Clarke for that.
Nuwan Kulasekara is the Man of the Match. A no-brainer. Sometime later, see if you guys can catch the highlights on Youtube or TV and see how he squared everyone up with his inswing.
Sri Lanka are 2-1 up ahead of the 4th ODI, They won't be so happy about the way they chased this, but that's a worry for another day. They can afford to savour 74 all out today. Great performance in the field.
Thanks for your company. Thanks for the mails. The 4th match is on the 20th, same time, at the SCG. Cheers!
fires in the yorker outside off and he tries to dig it out
Thisara joins Kushal. What a bizarre chase
another throw away! Mahela sighs in the dressing room, this was on a good length and Jeevan shaped to pull in front of square, gets a top edge, slips and falls at the crease and McKay ensures he takes it at midwicket
another half volley and it was solidly punched down the track, Starc gets a hand to it
good delivery, it was gaining on him and he did well to fend it off with soft hands
drills a half volley down the track and Starc fields
gets forward and across and defends, no risk this time
just moves away and he's beaten
goes for another slog and he misses this one completely, what's happening guys?
Dropped by Warner of all people would you believe this! Kushal tried to chip it over the on side and got a thick top edge, swirled towards cover and Warner was under it, miles up in the air and he fluffed it
gets across and he leaves it alone to the keeper
fullish in length outside off and he defends solidly to the off side
One big hit away
Andy: "Selectors, please. If Chanidimal is fit for the next match please keep Kushal Perera in the side and drop Tharanga. Players like Kushal is the future and should be given as many chances as possible to flourish."
yorker sneaks past the stumps, the inside edge, everything
Mendis gets off the mark with a push towards cover
just short of a length and he pushes it down to short cover
chance for a run-out! He punched it towards cover and set off for a single, for some reason they decided against it and Kushal had to turn around, Johnson picked up, had enough time to aim but he missed the stumps, Kushal was not even in the frame
tries to work it away to the on side but the ball clips his pads and it rolls to the off side
bowls that short of a length, he stays right back at the crease and defends high on the bat
short and wide and he could have put that away, stopped by one of the two men at short cover
Two short covers in place
lands it a shade outside the off stump and he leaves it alone to the keeper