3rd ODI (D/N), Brisbane, Jan 18 2013, Sri Lanka tour of Australia
(20/50 ov)75/6
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 180 balls remaining)
player of the match
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• The Report by Andrew Fernando

Kulasekara sets up low-scoring Sri Lanka win

A fearsome spell of inswing bowling from Nuwan Kulasekara was the definitive performance in a bizarre third ODI at the Gabba, where both captains would have batted first, but 100 may have been a winning total

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
Australia74/10(26.4 overs)
Sri Lanka75/6(20 overs)
end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 75/6CRR: 3.75  • Need 0 from 30 overs
Thisara Perera4 (2)
Kusal Perera22 (28)
Mitchell Starc7-0-25-2
Moises Henriques2-0-7-0

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!

Starc to Perera, FOUR runs

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

Starc to Perera, no run

fires in the yorker outside off and he tries to dig it out

Thisara joins Kushal. What a bizarre chase

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, OUT

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

Jeevan Mendis c McKay b Starc 2 (16m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.38
Starc to Jeevan Mendis, no run

another half volley and it was solidly punched down the track, Starc gets a hand to it

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, no run

good delivery, it was gaining on him and he did well to fend it off with soft hands

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, no run

drills a half volley down the track and Starc fields

end of over 191 run
SL: 71/5CRR: 3.73 • RRR: 0.13 • Need 4 from 31 overs
Kusal Perera22 (28)
Jeevan Mendis2 (9)
Moises Henriques2-0-7-0
Mitchell Starc6-0-21-1
Henriques to Perera, no run

gets forward and across and defends, no risk this time

Henriques to Perera, no run

just moves away and he's beaten

Henriques to Perera, no run

goes for another slog and he misses this one completely, what's happening guys?

Henriques to Jeevan Mendis, 1 run

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

Henriques to Jeevan Mendis, no run

gets across and he leaves it alone to the keeper

Henriques to Jeevan Mendis, no run

fullish in length outside off and he defends solidly to the off side

One big hit away

end of over 181 run
SL: 70/5CRR: 3.88 • RRR: 0.16 • Need 5 from 32 overs
Kusal Perera22 (25)
Jeevan Mendis1 (6)
Mitchell Starc6-0-21-1
Moises Henriques1-0-6-0

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."

Starc to Perera, no run

yorker sneaks past the stumps, the inside edge, everything

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, 1 run

Mendis gets off the mark with a push towards cover

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, no run

just short of a length and he pushes it down to short cover

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, no run

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

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, no run

tries to work it away to the on side but the ball clips his pads and it rolls to the off side

Starc to Jeevan Mendis, no run

bowls that short of a length, he stays right back at the crease and defends high on the bat

end of over 176 runs
SL: 69/5CRR: 4.05 • RRR: 0.18 • Need 6 from 33 overs
Kusal Perera22 (24)
Jeevan Mendis0 (1)
Moises Henriques1-0-6-0
Mitchell Starc5-0-20-1
Henriques to Perera, no run

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

Henriques to Perera, no run

lands it a shade outside the off stump and he leaves it alone to the keeper

Best performances - batsmen
Kusal Perera portrait
MDKJ Perera
22 runs (28)
4 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
12 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Mitchell Starc
MA Starc
22 runs (28)
2 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
9 runs
1 four
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Nuwan Kulasekara portrait
KMDN Kulasekara
Lasith Malinga portrait
SL Malinga
Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Nuwan Kulasekara
Nuwan Kulasekara
Series resultSri Lanka led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3321
Hours of play (local time)13.20 start, First Session 13.20-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.35, Second Session 17.35-21.05
Match days18 January 2013 - daynight match (50-over match)
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Paul Reiffel
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Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
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Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
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John Ward
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath