Australia vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Win By One Wicket
Sensational stuff. Superb. Wonderful. Brilliant. Awesome. All credit to Sri Lanka. Doherty's four-for amounts to pot. Malinga and Mathews all the way. Clarke dumbstruck. The tourists go one-nil up in the three-match series. Take a breathe, everyone. Game over. Wow.
Over 44.2 Watson 0-4
243-8 - Thanks to nerves of steel, Muralitharan stays cool, calm and collected to steer four past short fine-leg to seal a near unbelievable win for Sri Lanka.
Over 44 Clarke 1-1-0-W-0-0
239-8 - Resigned to the inevitable, Clarke drags himself into the attack. Malinga goes for the glory stroke, but makes do with a lucky single off the inside edge. Mathews then milks a single through cover, leaving Malinga to gun home the miraculous win. Wicket! But he can't, instead running himself at the non-striker's end. Muralitharan in now. Over up. Muralitharan to face the first ball of the next over.
Over 43 Watson 1-2-0-4-1-4
237-8 - Malinga sprints back for the second to go to his half-century and then slaps four down the ground belated celebration. It's the first 50 of his ODI career and it appears to be a match-winning knock. Mathews joins in the fun with four worked through midwicket and mid-on. Just three runs from 42 balls now.
Over 42 Johnson 1wd-2-0-0-6-0-1
225-8 - Johnson returns for his final over of the day with a wide, after which Mathews launches a couple past extra cover, who puts in the dive but can't get a finger to it. Then, Mathews, knowing full well that this is Johnson's last hurrah, decides he'll take in the entire over, adding a six thrashed over long-off for good measure. Sixes asided, the key is to keep the vulnerable Malinga away from the strike.
Over 41 Watson 0-1-0-0-2-0
215-8 - Big moment this, as Watson returns for the home straight. Some outswing served him well earlier, and, if can find it again, it might be too much for Malinga in particular. Not to be, though, with Malinga instead taking in a couple of sighters before belting a couple down the ground.
Over 40 Siddle 0-1wd-0-0-4-1-0
212-8 - The required rate is a mere 2.75 to the over, so Sri Lanka effectively have all the time in the world to win this. Wickets in hand - just two of 'em - is the issue, though.
Over 39 Hastings 1-0-0-2-0-2
206-8 - Strap in for the ride, folks. We are in for an utterly thrilling finish. Who needs Twenty20 when ODI cricket is serving up such nail-biting thrillers...?
Over 38 Siddle 4-0-4-0-1-0
201-8 - Siddle returns to the attack but Mathews isn't bothered. He will attack anyone and anything. A perfectly lofted straight drive brings four before four more clubbed through midwicket heralds the arrival of the collective double-ton. Half-century up for Mathews too. And to think, Sri Lanka were at one stage limping at 107 for eight. This stand now in the 90s. Sri Lanka need 39 runs from 72 balls to win.
Over 37 Hastings 6-0-0-0-1-1
192-8 - Another wonderful boundary - a six, in fact - from Malinga, whose batting wagonwheel now shows that the tail-ender is heavily in favour of big runs down the ground. Aussies really getting worried now. And rightly so. A stand that started as fun and games now poses a very real threat to the hosts.
Over 36 Doherty 1-0-2b-1wd-0-0-0
184-8 - The spinner opts for a spell from around the wicket, which only serves to test Haddin with a couple of byes and add to Australia's rather large wides tally. Meanwhile, Malinga and Mathews now have the highest ever ninth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in ODI competition -77 runs in and still going strong.
Over 35 Hastings 0-0-1-0-1wd-0-2
180-8 - Hastings still can't the wides at bay. I can't help but think Watson, not Hastings nor Doherty nor Siddle should be in the attack right now.
Over 34 Doherty 2-0-0-1-6-1
176-8 - Malinga and Mathews suddenly mean geniune business, with Malinga showing that perhaps next time around he can bat above Randiv as a massive six screams over Cow Corner. Perfect timing, wonderful wrist work in that.
Over 33 Hastings 0-1wd-0-0-1wd-0-1-0
166-8 - Clarke hopes Hastings can sink in the final nails to Sri Lanka's coffin. Not to be, though. Instead, a lame return over littered with unwelcome wides.
Over 32 Doherty 1-1-1-2-2-0
163-8 - Still chasing a five-for, the debutant returns to the attack. No fifth scalp for him yet, though. Malinga and Mathews, however, treat him with a greater deal of respect than they did the seamers in bringing up their half-century partnership. And so ends the batting Powerplay - 52 with out loss from it.
Over 31 Johnson 4-0-0-0-2-1
156-8 - Mathews gets in on the boundary-hitting act, powering four on the pull past a diving midwicket fielder. Johnson just not learning from his weak, lame short-ball approach. Drinks break.
Over 30 Siddle 4-0-1-0-1-4
149-8 - Siddle's return to the attack fails to halt the flow of boundaries, with Malinga moving to his highest ODI score - 21 not out - with four planked through cover and down the ground respectively. All fun and games for Sri Lanka, but no real cause for alarm for the Aussies.
Over 29 Johnson 4-0-4-0-0-2
139-8 - Orthordox from Mathews, who hauls for across square-leg and cheeky from Mathews, who shuffles across his stumps to plank four more over short fine-leg. Not much thought going into Johnson's angle of attack here.
Over 28 Doherty 0-4-0-0-0-4
129-8 - Doherty's figures taking a bit of stick now, as Malinga tucks in for a bit of fun down the ground time and time again four some last-gasp fours.
Over 27 Johnson 1wd-0-0-1wd-2-4-2-0
121-8 - Sri Lanka wisely call for the batting Powerplay before it's too late and are aided by the returning Johnson's fodder. Poor day with the ball for the southpaw seamer, bar that cracker that got rid of Perera.
- 3rd Nov 2010
- M Erasmus and P R Reiffel
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Dilshan||c Hussey b Siddle||7|
|Jayawardene||lbw b Doherty||19|
|Silva||c Watson b Doherty||3|
|Kulasekara||lbw b Doherty||0|
|Extras||12w, 2b, 1lb||15|
|Total||Close, 44.2 Overs||243 - 9|