Sri Lanka vs Australia

Commentary

Last Updated: September 20, 2011 12:11pm

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    Match drawn

    So a 1-0 series win for Australia - one which they can be very pleased with. Conditions in Galle were suited for the hosts, and yet Australia won that match by 125 runs. The weather thwarted a result in Pallekele and the pitch was too flat at the SSC. Most encouraging for Australia is the fact that everyone contributed over the course of the series, meaning they can head to South Africa next month full of confidence. Thanks for joining us throughout the series. Take care.

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    Over 2 Lyon 4-0-0-0-0-0

    7-0 - Slight mash-up from Australia as Nathan Lyon is thrown the ball. He comes around the wicket from the end that Herath enjoyed so much, with four men around the bat. He tosses up his first ball, and Thirimanne chases it, driving a little aerially through backward point for four. Nothing to report thereafter, and Clarke offers his hand to the batsmen so that is that.

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    Over 1 Copeland wd-0-0-0-0-2-0

    3-0 - Oh dear. The only way this match can be extended is through extras, and Trent Copeland starts with a wide. Argh. Tharanga Paranavitana and Lahiru Thirimanne are the batsmen at the crease, so no mixing up of the batting order here, and Paranavitana gets forward to push one through the covers for two. We need just one more over and then we can call this thing.

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    Aus 488 all out

    Cricket's a silly game sometimes. Australia's lead is 331, and there are 17 overs left in the game. The laws require us to continue, so I suspect Sri Lanka will come out to face two overs before they all shake hands and call it quits.

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    Over 139 Eranga 0-0-1-0-W

    488 all out - They think it's all over, but it isn't. Aleem Dar raises the finger to stick Lyon lbw, but he refers it and is proven correct. The commentators have to eat some humble pie because Tom Moody thought it was a flippant referral from a tail-ender, but it hit him in line with leg stump so Hawkeye's claim that it would have missed leg stump is probably right. WICKET! That's out though! Copeland goes for the big drive, gets an edge and is well pouched by Tharanga Paranavitana to his left at first slip.

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    Over 138 Herath 0-0-0-0-0-0

    487-9 - Has Herath been denied an eighth wicket unfairly here? Copeland goes for the reverse sweep, gets hit somewhere around the wrist, and Mahela Jayawardene takes the catch after running from slip and diving forward. The question is whether it caught a bit of the glove. Tony Hill doesn't think so, but Sri Lanka are adamant. They've used their reviews though - 'squandered' is the term I would use, so no sympathy - so we have to move on.

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    Over 137 Lakmal 0-0-1-0-0-0

    487-9 - Copeland works one off his pads for a single, and Nathan Lyon sees out the remaining three deliveries.

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    Over 136 Herath 0-4-0-4-0-W

    486-9 - After what should be the final drinks break in the match, Siddle continues to show off his batting prowess. Twice he comes down the track to hit Herath for four - once to the right of mid-on, once to the left. WICKET! His fun ends there, however, as Herath traps him plumb in front. He refers the decision, but there was never any overturning that - hit on the back leg in front of middle stump. And so he falls for 26, and Herath has his 100th Test wicket.

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    Over 135 Lakmal 0-1-0-0-0-0

    478-8 - Lakmal returns for one final effort in the series, but is pulled away by Siddle for one. Lakmal pitches the ball up to Copeland and gets one to reverse in at the stumps, but Copeland gets his bat down and then manages to get out of the way of a very good bouncer. That was an excellent over from Lakmal in the context of the game - he ran in hard and threatened at a time when he could just be going through the motions.

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    Over 134 Herath 1-0-1-0-0-0

    477-8 - Copeland top-edges his sweep shot, but the ball lands safely in the outfield to give him a casual single. Siddle whips through midwicket and goes to 17 with a single of his own. Just nine overs until we can call an end to the series.

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    Over 133 Dilshan 3-0-0-1-0-0

    475-8 - Siddle's enjoying his time at the crease. Nothing to lose - it's a bit like a middle practice. He flicks Dilshan away fine and picks up three, before Copeland gets off the mark with a push into the covers.

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    Over 132 Herath 0-0-0-W-0-0

    471-8 - WICKET! There's a sixth scalp for Herath, giving him his best figures in a Test. Haddin tried to go over mid-off, but didn't get hold of it and so Lakmal had an easy catch. Australia lead by 314, and might have to come out and bowl a few overs unless their tail can wag. Trent Copeland joins Siddle in the middle.

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    Over 131 Dilshan 1-0-0-1-0-0

    471-7 - After a couple of singles, Dilshan has a big, belated appeal for lbw against Siddle, but the batsman must have got an inside edge because Aleem Dar isn't interested.

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    Over 130 Herath 0-1-0-2-0-0

    469-7 - Siddle gets a leading edge over the bowler for a single, and then Haddin gives himself room to loft over extra cover for a couple. That takes Haddin to 29, and he has a good chance to pick up another Test half-century here.

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    Over 129 Dilshan 1-0-1lb-0-0-0

    466-7 - Spin from both ends now, so we should get through some quick overs. The field is pretty defensive for Haddin, but the fielders crowd the bat when Siddle takes strike. Both look fairly comfortable as they work singles.

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    Over 128 Herath 0-4-0-4-0-0

    464-7 - Herath back on now to see if he can add to his tally of five wickets, and he has a short leg, silly mid-off and two slips in place. Siddle pays no attention to them, and sweeps a couple of fours. One is hit well in front of square, the other helped finer.

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    Over 127 Welegedera 0-0-1-0-1-0

    456-7 - A couple of singles take Australia's lead to 299. We have 31 overs left to be bowled today, but the captains can shake hands on a draw when there are 15 overs (or one hour) to go. So in all likelihood we'll have another 16 overs of pseudo-cricket.

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    Over 126 Dilshan 0-0-0-0-2-0

    454-7 - Guessing now that Australia won't bother with a declaration. After getting through 174 overs in the first innings, their bowlers would probably rather have a bat than try and bowl Sri Lanka out on a flat pitch in 30 overs. So Peter Siddle takes strike, and gets off a pair with a sweep through backward square for two.

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    Over 125 Welegedera 0-0-4-0-0-W

    452-7 - Cracking shot from Johnson to get off the mark, driving straight through the line to send the ball screaming through extra cover for four. WICKET! But then he's gone! Welegedera digs one in, Johnson fetches the bouncer from just outside the off stump and doesn't get on top of it, and the catch is taken at deep backward square leg. Something for Sri Lanka to cheer at the end of a tough Test match.

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    Over 124 Dilshan 4-0-4-0-W-0

    448-6 - Dilshan on to bowl now, but his first ball is short outside leg stump and Hussey rocks back to pull past short fine leg for four. Dilshan packs the leg side as a result, so Hussey employs the reverse sweep and strikes it beautifully, going straight through point for four. WICKET! No hundred for Hussey though, because Dilshan's plan has come off. He tossed one up outside leg, Hussey went on the sweep and got a top edge, and Welegedera took a good catch as he ran in from deep backward square leg and threw himself forward. Hussey falls seven runs short, but there's still no declaration from Clarke so Mitchell Johnson joins the action.

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Match Details

Date
16th - 20th Sep 2011
Toss
Venue
Colombo (SSC)
Umpires
Aleem Dar and A L Hill

sri lanka BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Paranavitana not out 2
Thirimanne not out 4
Extras 1w 1
Total Close, 2.0 Overs 7 - 0
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Copeland 1 0 3 0
Lyon 1 0 4 0
Full Bowling Card