At Brisbane, January 18, 2013 (day/night). Sri Lanka won by four wickets. Toss: Australia.
Bowing to public pressure for the return of more recognisable names, Australia's selectors recalled Clarke, Warner and Wade. If the promoter's billboard was strengthened, the scoreboard was not: the prodigious inswing of Kulasekara razed Australia for 74, their third-lowest total in one-day internationals behind a pair of 70s, against England at Edgbaston in 1977 and New Zealand at Adelaide in 1985-86. Bending the ball unerringly into the right-handers on a warm Brisbane afternoon, Kulasekara scooped five of the first six wickets as Australia nosedived to 40 for nine, before the last pair almost doubled the score. Sri Lanka's pursuit was not plain sailing - Johnson grabbed three wickets in six deliveries - but Kushal Perera held his nerve to ensure one batting calamity would not be followed by another. The entire match lasted just 280 balls, one in the eye for those who had argued that bigger-name players offered greater value for spectators' money.
Man of the Match: K.M.D.N. Kulasekara.