Thursday, 8 March 2012

ஆஸ்திரேலியா - ஸ்ரீலங்கா 3 ஆவது இறுதி போட்டி


Sri lanka innings commentry


Welcome back. Jayawardene and Dilshan take position. Stage set for an interesting chase no doubt
0.1
Lee to Jayawardene, no run, makes him play straightaway, Jayawardene gets across and softly taps it to the on side
0.2
Lee to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Jayawardene cannot resist on seeing the width, reaches out and flashes over backward point and Doherty slides at square third man and his foot was close to the rope as he pulled it back
0.3
Lee to Jayawardene, 4 leg byes, no chance at cutting this off, strays on the leg stump and he clips it off his pads down to fine leg
0.4
Lee to Jayawardene, no run, nicely punched off the meat of the bat down to mid-on, Dilshan has to hurry back
0.5
Lee to Jayawardene, no run, stays back at the crease and defends down the track
0.6
Lee to Jayawardene, 2 runs, classic flick but unlucky not to get a boundary, pitched up on the pads and he easily clips it over midwicket, the fielder gives the chase
Ok ok, no more talk of Dravid, I promise!
End of over 1 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (224 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.57)
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     
1.1
Doherty to Dilshan, no run, one slip in place, he rocks back and punches it to the off side
1.2
Doherty to Dilshan, FOUR, drops it short and wide and Dilshan gives it a thrash past backward point
1.3
Doherty to Dilshan, no run, gives the charge and pushes it to the off side
1.4
Doherty to Dilshan, no run, gets beside the line and steers it to the off side
1.5
Doherty to Dilshan, no run, chips down the track and tries to mow that past mid-off but can't beat the fielder
1.6
Doherty to Dilshan, FOUR, forced away, Doherty drifts on middle and leg and Dilshan gets on his knee quickly and hammers it along the ground down to fine leg
End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 16/0 (216 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.50)
TM Dilshan    8* (6b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-4-0
2.1
Lee to Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene shows a lot of intent there by stepping down the pitch and hammering a length ball in front of square, past cover
2.2
Lee to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene stays back at the crease and defends, Lee mumbles something to him but Mahela laughs it off
2.3
Lee to Jayawardene, 2 runs, he goes for the chip over midwicket again and he clears the fielder comfortably, turns the face of the bat a bit too much and hence didn't time it as well
Fine leg comes up and midwicket goes back
2.4
Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the pads and he elegantly works it straight to to the deep midwicket fielder
2.5
Lee to Dilshan, no run, shows the full face of the bat and neatly pushes it to mid-on
2.6
Lee to Dilshan, OUT, soft dismissal! Dilshan tries to turn the face of the bat and work it to the on side but he gets a leading edge that lobs to cover, always a risky proposition if you try and fetch the ball from outside off

TM Dilshan c DJ Hussey b Lee 8 (12m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 23/1 (209 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 4.44)

     B Lee    2-0-11-1
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (10b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-8-0
3.1
Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side
3.2
Doherty to Jayawardene, no run, this one beats him! Nearly takes the outside edge, bit of turn there
3.3
Doherty to Jayawardene, 1 run, floated on the pads and he clips it behind square
Sanga has a short cover and short midwicket
3.4
Doherty to Sangakkara, 1 wide, sprays it down the leg side as he tries to flick it away
3.4
Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, crisply timed cover drive, Doherty tosses it up outside off and he drives well wide of the close-in fielder
3.5
Doherty to Sangakkara, no run, turns the face of the bat and clips it to the leg side
3.6
Doherty to Sangakkara, FOUR, almost an action replay of the previous boundary, full and tossed up, he drives past the covers and it speeds away
End of over 4 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1 (199 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 4.32)
KC Sangakkara    8* (3b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (13b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-11-1
4.1
Lee to Jayawardene, no run, gets behind the line and defends solidly again
4.2
Lee to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Lee bangs it in short and it sails over the batsman who doesn't offer a shot, he's penalised for it though
4.2
Lee to Jayawardene, no run, hits a good length on the off stump and he defends down the track
4.3
Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he clips it down to square leg
Short cover goes to second slip
4.4
Lee to Sangakkara, 3 runs, another pleasing straight drive, shows the full face and beats mid-off, the straight boundaries are long
4.5
Lee to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers him wide of backward point
4.6
Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball on a full length outside the off stump and he pushes it wide of mid-off
Cam: "This is why I don't think you should open with a spinner. Doherty hasn't bowled that badly, but has no protection with the two men out. Already been hit for 4 fours."
End of over 5 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 40/1 (192 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.26)
KC Sangakkara    12* (5b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-1
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (17b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-18-0
5.1
McKay to Sangakkara, no run, fullish in length on the off stump and he pushes it to mid-on
5.2
McKay to Sangakkara, 3 runs, on the pads and elegantly clipped in front of square on the on side, i think it was Forrest who picked it up at the edge of deep midwicket and relayed it to Mike Hussey
5.3
McKay to Jayawardene, no run, slightly slower in pace and he gently tucks it to midwicket
5.4
McKay to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off and he gets across and pushes it cover
5.5
McKay to Jayawardene, no run, gets across and checks his shot to midwicket
5.6
McKay to Jayawardene, no run, shuffles across and defends with soft hands to the off side
End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 43/1 (189 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 7.16, RRR: 4.29)
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (21b 1x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    15* (7b 2x4)      B Lee    3-0-18-1
6.1
Lee to Sangakkara, FOUR, Lee drops it short and Sanga makes him pay for that length, it was quick on the body and he swiveled and clubbed that behind square on the on side
6.2
Lee to Sangakkara, OUT, Lee brings Australia right back in! Loose shot by Sangakkara, pitched up outside off and angling away slightly, he half-heartedly drives at it and the edge flies off the toe of the bat and Watson cups it over his head at first slip

KC Sangakkara c Watson b Lee 19 (17m 9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 211.11
The impressive Chandimal walks in. Now SL need to buckle down a bit
6.3
Lee to Chandimal, no run, gets him on the backfoot straight away to defend
6.4
Lee to Chandimal, FOUR, brings up the fifty with a booming cut! Short and wide and it appeared as it third man would mop that up but it was too quick for him, down to deep point
6.5
Lee to Chandimal, no run, Lee pitches it up and has Chandimal poking forward and the ball sneaks past the face of the bat
6.6
Lee to Chandimal, 1 run, cut away again but third man is square enough to cut that off
End of over 7 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 52/2 (180 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 7.42, RRR: 4.18)
LD Chandimal    5* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    4-0-27-2
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (21b 1x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-3-0
7.1
McKay to Chandimal, no run, and now there is a spring in the step. The ball pitches outside the off stump and Chandimal is hit outside the line too. Every fielder in the circle appeals
7.2
McKay to Chandimal, no run, comes forward and defends it to cover
7.3
McKay to Chandimal, OUT, and there is no escaping the dreaded finger this time around! Fuller ball on the off and middle line. Chandimal leans across and looks to flick it. He misjudges the length and is struck on the pads.The umpire doesn't waste a second in raising the index finger. Sri Lanka does need the batting depth today

LD Chandimal lbw b McKay 5 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42
7.4
McKay to Thirimanne, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the off side
7.5
McKay to Thirimanne, no run, on the leg stump. Thirimanne turns it to short fine-leg
7.6
McKay to Thirimanne, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the cover fielder. A maiden over
End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 52/3 (180 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 4.28)
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (3b)      CJ McKay    2-1-3-1
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (21b 1x4)      B Lee    4-0-27-2
Captain Watson brings himself into the attack, and will be bowling it to his opposite number
8.1
Watson to Jayawardene, no run, comes forward and defends a good length ball to cover
8.2
Watson to Jayawardene, no run, fuller ball on the off stump. Jayawardene leans forward and pushes it to mid-on. Exactly the kind of the shot that Chandimal was looking to play
8.3
Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, turns it to the leg side for a single
8.4
Watson to Thirimanne, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Thirimanne defends it back onto the pitch
8.5
Watson to Thirimanne, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Thirimanne drives it to the short cover fielder
8.6
Watson to Thirimanne, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Thirimanne comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. A good first over by the captain then
End of over 9 (1 run) Sri Lanka 53/3 (179 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 4.36)
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (6b)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (24b 1x4)      CJ McKay    2-1-3-1
9.1
McKay to Jayawardene, no run, gets across and defends this solidly down the track
9.2
McKay to Jayawardene, no run, drifts on the pads and McKay is lucky the flick didn't beat short fine leg
9.3
McKay to Jayawardene, OUT, Australia are on a roll here! McKay deceived him with one that nipped back in from outside the off stump and bowled him through the gate, Jayawardene played down the wrong line and the ball clipped his off stump

DPMD Jayawardene b McKay 15 (46m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55
SL in big trouble here. They've lost at least two wickets to poor shots
Tharanga walks in
9.4
McKay to Tharanga, no run, full and swinging away and he pushes it softly to the off side
9.5
McKay to Tharanga, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he gently clips that down to square leg
9.6
McKay to Thirimanne, 1 run, drifts on the pads again and he easily works it wide of midwicket
Lasantha: "Is there something spooky in this ground? 3 people from Australia went for 19. Now another one from Sri Lanka as well."
End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 55/4 (177 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 4.42)
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (7b)      CJ McKay    3-1-5-2
WU Tharanga    1* (2b)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0
10.1
Watson to Thirimanne, no run
10.2
Watson to Thirimanne, no run, he reaches out to drive a full delivery but checks his chot
10.3
Watson to Thirimanne, 1 run, he opens the face of the bat and steers him down to point
10.4
Watson to Tharanga, no run, bangs it in short and he it's a very quick bouncer which he ducks to evade
10.5
Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, nicely cut away past backward point, third man picks up
10.6
Watson to Thirimanne, no run, gets across and solidly pushes this one down to short cover
End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 57/4 (175 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 4.48)
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (11b)      SR Watson    2-0-3-0
WU Tharanga    2* (4b)      CJ McKay    3-1-5-2
It's Nathan Lyon now. He has one slip
11.1
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, bowls it quick and Tharanga defends solidly
11.2
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga gives the charge and luckily for him the ball lands in front of mid-on, not the smartest move
11.3
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, gets forward and tucks it to the on side
11.4
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, drives towards cover and tells his partner to wait
11.5
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, gets his front foot across and defends solidly
11.6
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, flatter this time and he rocks back and punches it wide of extra cover
End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 59/4 (173 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 4.55)
HDRL Thirimanne    3* (14b)      NM Lyon    1-0-2-0
WU Tharanga    3* (7b)      SR Watson    2-0-3-0
12.1
Christian to Thirimanne, no run, comes round the wicket and he lands it on a good length, pushes it to the off side
12.2
Christian to Thirimanne, 1 run, tries to steer it wide of point but Hussey dives and stops it
12.3
Christian to Tharanga, no run, nips back in off the seam from round the wicket and slices him in half and Wade does well to stop it
12.4
Christian to Tharanga, no run, close call again as he gets an inside edge on the drive and onto his body
12.5
Christian to Tharanga, no run, goes back at the crease and defends down the track
12.6
Christian to Tharanga, no run, angles it on the pads and he closes the face of the bat and works it to midwicket
End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 60/4 (172 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.61, RRR: 4.64)
WU Tharanga    3* (11b)      DT Christian    1-0-1-0
HDRL Thirimanne    4* (16b)      NM Lyon    1-0-2-0
This will be a real test of temperament for Thirimanne
13.1
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, comes forward and knocks it just wide of short cover
13.2
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, quicker through the air and defended to the off side
13.3
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, can't resist giving the charge but he checks his shot, slower in pace
13.4
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, gets a bit of turn but he stays back and defends
13.5
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, drops it wide of cover but they scamper a single
13.6
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, gets well forward and defends to the off side
Just heard that Australia are leaving for the Caribbean tomorrow! Talk of cramped itineraries...
End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 63/4 (169 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.69)
HDRL Thirimanne    6* (18b)      NM Lyon    2-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    4* (15b)      DT Christian    1-0-1-0
14.1
Christian to Thirimanne, 2 runs, full and wide and he flashes at it and clears point, Lyon mops up
14.2
Christian to Thirimanne, no run, stays back and defends to the off side
14.3
Christian to Thirimanne, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it to the off side
14.4
Christian to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, drifts on the pads and he clips it off his legs to the on side
14.5
Christian to Thirimanne, no run, gets across and softly taps it to the off side
The Sri Lankan supporters are a little subdued at the moment, but not down in the dumps
14.6
Christian to Thirimanne, no run, gets across and pushes it firmly towards mid-on
End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 67/4 (165 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.46, RRR: 4.71)
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (23b)      DT Christian    2-0-4-0
WU Tharanga    4* (16b)      NM Lyon    2-0-5-0
Australia are taking the Powerplay
15.1
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, goes back at the crease and cuts him wide of backward point
15.2
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, just about manages to cover the line, the ball rolls the off side
15.3
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, waits for the turn and then stabs it down to point
15.4
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, short and wide and he cuts but the old fox Brett Lee dives at point
15.5
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, gets well forward and drives wide of cover
15.6
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushes it just wide of cover point for a single
Peter: "I know McKay has taken the big wickets but i think its Lee deserves a lot of credit. His enthusiasm and attitude will be a great loss when he retires. He embodies Australianism with bat or ball he gives it his all."
Lakitha: "No need of miracles guys... Just hang in there and rotate the strike. That's all what it needs to give your country the pride."
End of over 16 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 71/4 (161 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 4.73)
HDRL Thirimanne    11* (26b)      NM Lyon    3-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    6* (19b)      DT Christian    2-0-4-0
16.1
McKay to Thirimanne, 1 run, short and wide outside off and he gets beside the line and places it to third man
16.2
McKay to Tharanga, no run, fullish in length and he mistimes the drive to the on side
16.3
McKay to Tharanga, no run, nips back in and he somehow manages to defend it away
16.4
McKay to Tharanga, no run, steers it towards point and they decide not to take the single
16.5
McKay to Tharanga, no run, nicely punched on the walk down towards short cover
16.6
McKay to Tharanga, no run, a touch shorter and a bit wide but he can't squeeze it past the gap at the covers
Yash: "This is the reason why its best to bat first in knock-out matches. Whatever the team batting first scores, you're always under pressure. If its a 300+ score, you're under extreme pressure to score quick. If its a sub 250 score, you're under extreme pressure to be cautious and hold your wickets. More so when you choose to field since in the back of your mind, you're always trying to prove that the decision you made wasn't foolish!"
End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 72/4 (160 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 4.84)
WU Tharanga    6* (24b)      CJ McKay    4-1-6-2
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (27b)      NM Lyon    3-0-9-0
17.1
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, gets well forward and defends
17.2
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, the leading edge and it just lands short of Lyon!
17.3
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, clips it away close to his pads down to deep square leg
17.4
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, gets forward and paddles it to the on side
17.5
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, comes well forward and drives to the off side
17.6
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, Thirimanne gets on his knee early and sweeps it away to the on side
End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 75/4 (157 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 4.90)
HDRL Thirimanne    14* (32b)      NM Lyon    4-0-12-0
WU Tharanga    7* (25b)      CJ McKay    4-1-6-2
18.1
McKay to Thirimanne, no run, chops it straight towards point, he tries to bisect that gap
18.2
McKay to Thirimanne, no run, McKay gets him to drive square of the wicket on the off side and he misses it completely, that just missed the edge
18.3
McKay to Thirimanne, 1 run, on the pads and it runs down to deep square leg
18.4
McKay to Tharanga, 4 runs, nicely driven on the front foot to beat the diving mid-off fielder, he picks the longer boundary and that allows them to run all four
18.5
McKay to Tharanga, no run, goes back and pushes it towards extra cover
18.6
McKay to Tharanga, no run, stays behind the line and defends solidly
End of over 19 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 80/4 (152 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.21, RRR: 4.90)
WU Tharanga    11* (28b)      CJ McKay    5-1-11-2
HDRL Thirimanne    15* (35b)      NM Lyon    4-0-12-0
19.1
Lyon to Thirimanne, FOUR, been a while coming, he bowls it a fraction short and the batsman rocked back at the crease, made room and cut past point and gully
19.2
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, uses his feet and checks his drive back to the bowler
19.3
Lyon to Thirimanne, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side
19.4
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, stays back and clips it against the turn to the on side
19.5
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, comes forward and drives on the up but it was well wide of extra cover, Wade thought there may have been a chance of a catch
19.6
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, gets forward and squeezes it past a diving cover
End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 87/4 (145 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 4.83)
HDRL Thirimanne    21* (40b 1x4)      NM Lyon    5-0-19-0
WU Tharanga    12* (29b)      CJ McKay    5-1-11-2
20.1
Lee to Thirimanne, 1 run, Lee comes round the wicket and drifts on the body, gently tucked to the on side for a quick single
20.2
Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, stays beside the line and taps it in front of square on the off side
20.3
Lee to Thirimanne, no run, Lee bangs it in short and Thirimanne has to fend that off really high on the bat, Lee comes over and has a word with him
20.4
Lee to Thirimanne, 2 runs, just checked his on drive but it was good enough to beat a diving mid-on, mid-off runs across and cuts it off
The Sri Lankan supporters getting more vocal now
20.5
Lee to Thirimanne, 1 run, full outside off and he plays a neat square drive down to sweeper cover
20.6
Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga ensures he shows the full face of the bat to drive to sweeper cover
End of over 21 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 93/4 (139 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 4.79)
WU Tharanga    14* (31b)      B Lee    5-0-33-2
HDRL Thirimanne    25* (44b 1x4)      NM Lyon    5-0-19-0
21.1
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, drops it down towards short midwicket and takes a quick single
21.2
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, floated on the pads and he clips it down to midwicket
21.3
Lyon to Tharanga, 3 runs, cuts but wide of first slip! Rocks back and there's extra bounce, catches the outside edge and flies past Watson
21.4
Lyon to Thirimanne, 1 run, comes well forward and works it across the line to midwicket
21.5
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, stays back and chops it to the off side
21.6
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, clips it to the left of Lyon who stops it
End of over 22 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 99/4 (133 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.75)
WU Tharanga    18* (35b)      NM Lyon    6-0-25-0
HDRL Thirimanne    27* (46b 1x4)      B Lee    5-0-33-2
22.1
Lee to Thirimanne, 1 run, shuffles and clips it towards midwicket and it brings up the 100, perhaps a lot more laborious than we all expected
22.2
Lee to Tharanga, no run, reaches out to cut and he gets an inside edge which rolls to the keeper
22.3
Lee to Tharanga, 1 wide, he ducks under that quick bouncer and the umpire penalises him
22.3
Lee to Tharanga, no run, nicely punched off the front foot but straight to mid-off
22.4
Lee to Tharanga, no run, Lee comes from over the wicket and the batsman places it to point, Warner has a shy at the bowler's end but Christian's there to back the throw
22.5
Lee to Tharanga, no run, stays back at the crease and chops it to the off side
22.6
Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it down to deep square leg
Matthew wants me to predict a winner. If I did, my mailbox will be filled with abuse, so I better not venture there!
End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 102/4 (130 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 4.81)
WU Tharanga    19* (40b)      B Lee    6-0-36-2
HDRL Thirimanne    28* (47b 1x4)      NM Lyon    6-0-25-0
23.1
Doherty to Tharanga, 4 wides, slides it down the leg side and it beats the keeper
23.1
Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, this one goes through straight and beats the outside edge!
23.2
Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, comes forward and smothers the spin
23.3
Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, waits for it and pushes it to midwicket
23.4
Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, comes forward and plays it wit soft hands
23.5
Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, pushed through quicker and he gets well forward and defends
23.6
Doherty to Thirimanne, no run, he clips it down towards midwicket
End of over 24 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 106/4 (126 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 4.84)
HDRL Thirimanne    28* (53b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    19* (40b)      B Lee    6-0-36-2
Here's Watson. Forgot to mention these two have added 50 already
24.1
Watson to Tharanga, no run, loosener on the off stump and he gets across and knocks it to the on side
24.2
Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he clips it to the on side
24.3
Watson to Thirimanne, 1 run, chips down the track, haven't seen that in a while, he steers it down to third man
24.4
Watson to Tharanga, no run, stays behind the line and defends down the track
24.5
Watson to Tharanga, no run, tries to squeeze that past the off side field but can't beat Warner at point
24.6
Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, short delivery and he's not afraid to pull, importantly he keeps it along the ground and down to deep midwicket
End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 109/4 (123 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.36, RRR: 4.92)
WU Tharanga    21* (45b)      SR Watson    3-0-6-0
HDRL Thirimanne    29* (54b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-22-0
25.1
Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, comes well forward and drives him down to long-on
25.2
Doherty to Thirimanne, 1 run, gets right across his stumps and paddles it to the leg side
25.3
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, close call for Tharanga as he gives the charge and nearly scoops it on the full to Watson at mid-off!
25.4
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, turn this time, he sticks his leg out and pads it away
25.5
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, comes well forward and clips it to the on side
25.6
Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, drives to sweeper cover and escapes Nelson
End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 112/4 (120 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 5.00)
WU Tharanga    23* (50b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-25-0
HDRL Thirimanne    30* (55b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-6-0
26.1
Watson to Tharanga, no run, full on the pads and clipped to the on side
26.2
Watson to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, full on the pads and he clips it with his legs to deep square leg
26.3
Watson to Thirimanne, no run, fullish on the off stump and he drives him down to mid-off
26.4
Watson to Thirimanne, OUT, Thirimanne's resistance comes to an end! Watson pitches it up outside the off stump and Thirimanne can't resist slicing it in the air and it travels low to Warner at point

HDRL Thirimanne c Warner b Watson 30 (82m 57b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.63
26.5
Watson to Kapugedera, no run, good length on the off stump and Kapugedera leaves it alone
26.6
Watson to Kapugedera, no run, gives him width and he chops it down hard towards point
End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 113/5 (119 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.18, RRR: 5.17)
CK Kapugedera    0* (2b)      SR Watson    4-1-6-1
WU Tharanga    23* (52b)      XJ Doherty    4-0-25-0
27.1
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, driven hard down the track straight to the bowler
27.2
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, stays back and clips it back to the bowler
27.3
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, turns it back in and he works it to the on side
27.4
Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, places it to midwicket and takes a single
No team has gone on to win the third final after winning the second
27.5
Doherty to Kapugedera, 1 run, gets well forward and drives towards cover
27.6
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, clips it straight to midwicket
So much depends on Tharanga now...At the moment, Australia are right on top
End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 115/5 (117 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 5.31)
WU Tharanga    24* (57b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-27-0
CK Kapugedera    1* (3b)      SR Watson    4-1-6-1
28.1
Watson to Kapugedera, 1 run, fullish on the off stump and he steers it down to point
28.2
Watson to Tharanga, no run, fullish on the off stump and he drives him down to mid-off
28.3
Watson to Tharanga, no run, gets across and clips him down towards midwicket
28.4
Watson to Tharanga, no run, stays beside the line and chops it straight towards Warner at point
28.5
Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish outside the off stump and he drives him down to sweeper cover
28.6
Watson to Kapugedera, no run, bangs it in short and he bends his knee and evades it
End of over 29 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 117/5 (115 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 5.47)
CK Kapugedera    2* (5b)      SR Watson    5-1-8-1
WU Tharanga    25* (61b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-27-0
29.1
Doherty to Tharanga, FOUR, that's a pleasing shot, Tharanga comes down the track and ensured he hit it hard enough to beat extra cover and Hussey has no chance of cutting it off
29.2
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, defends back to the bowler
29.3
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, comes down the track and squirts it back to the bowler
29.4
Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, run-out appeal! They take a quick single towards square leg and Kapugedera's dive saved him, Wade whipped off the bails and the 3rd umpire had a look
29.5
Doherty to Kapugedera, no run, gets on the front foot and defends back to the bowler
29.6
Doherty to Kapugedera, 1 run, he sweeps but a trifle late, manages to get bat on it
It's a problem SL have had in the last few years haven't they - the struggle to close out games in the final. They've finished runners up in two World Cup finals and one T20 final.
End of over 30 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 123/5 (109 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 5.45)
CK Kapugedera    3* (7b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-33-0
WU Tharanga    30* (65b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-1-8-1
30.1
Christian to Kapugedera, 1 run, short outside the off stump and he opens the face and runs it down to third man
30.2
Christian to Tharanga, no run, gets on the front foot and drives towards cover
30.3
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, the slower ball and he places it just wide of cover
30.4
Christian to Kapugedera, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers it down to backward point
30.5
Christian to Tharanga, no run
30.6
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, nicely placed, just opened the face of the bat and steered it wide of point
End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 127/5 (105 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.09, RRR: 5.52)
WU Tharanga    32* (69b 1x4)      DT Christian    3-0-8-0
CK Kapugedera    5* (9b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-33-0
It's back to Lyon
31.1
Lyon to Tharanga, FOUR, Lyon makes the mistake of dropping short again, Tharanga rocks back and cuts wide of cover point, squeezed it past quite a narrow gap, well placed
31.2
Lyon to Tharanga, no run, gets well forward and defends
31.3
Lyon to Tharanga, 2 runs, gets forward and drives just wide of the diving short cover fielder, SL need less than 100 now
31.4
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, gets on the front foot and drives to long-off
31.5
Lyon to Kapugedera, no run, some turn for Lyon, he gets forward and defends to the on side
31.6
Lyon to Kapugedera, no run, gets on the front foot and defends
End of over 32 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 134/5 (98 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.18, RRR: 5.44)
CK Kapugedera    5* (11b)      NM Lyon    7-0-32-0
WU Tharanga    39* (73b 2x4)      DT Christian    3-0-8-0
32.1
Christian to Tharanga, no run, sharp bouncer from Christian, had Tharanga ducking under that one
32.2
Christian to Tharanga, no run, gets on the front foot and drives him to cover
32.3
Christian to Tharanga, no run, angles it on the pads and he clips it down towards midwicket
32.4
Christian to Tharanga, no run, sliced towards point and a slight blooper from Warner as he slips after collecting the ball
32.5
Christian to Tharanga, no run, stays beside the line and slices it down to cover point
32.6
Christian to Tharanga, no run, tries to force the pace after five dot balls and he ends up slicing it to Warner again
Krishna: "During the league stage a lot of commentators kept saying Chandimal and Thirimanne are the future of SL cricket. Maybe, but they need to show they have the stomach for crunch matches."
End of over 33 (maiden) Sri Lanka 134/5 (98 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.06, RRR: 5.76)
WU Tharanga    39* (79b 2x4)      DT Christian    4-1-8-0
CK Kapugedera    5* (11b)      NM Lyon    7-0-32-0
If it's tied, the CB Series will be shared
33.1
Lyon to Kapugedera, no run, gets well forward and defends to the off side
33.2
Lyon to Kapugedera, 1 run, chips down the track and drives to long-off
33.3
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted on middle and he drives him down to long-off
33.4
Lyon to Kapugedera, 1 run, Kapugedera doesn't mind using his feet, he forces this down to long-on
33.5
Lyon to Tharanga, 1 run, worked wide of mid-on for a quick single
33.6
Lyon to Kapugedera, no run, gets well forward and knocks it to the leg side
End of over 34 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 138/5 (94 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.05, RRR: 5.87)
CK Kapugedera    7* (15b)      NM Lyon    8-0-36-0
WU Tharanga    41* (81b 2x4)      DT Christian    4-1-8-0
34.1
Christian to Tharanga, no run, gets across and clips it with soft hands to the on side
34.2
Christian to Tharanga, no run
34.3
Christian to Tharanga, no run, plays it late and cuts quite close to the body, places it straight to point
34.4
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga's doing the right thing by keeping it along the ground, he squirts it out to deep cover
34.5
Christian to Kapugedera, no run, that's a very good yorker from Christian and he had Kapugedera in a tangle as he squirted that out
34.6
Christian to Kapugedera, no run, squeezes out a tight yorker outside off and it was well fielded by point
End of over 35 (1 run) Sri Lanka 139/5 (93 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.97, RRR: 6.20)
CK Kapugedera    7* (17b)      DT Christian    5-1-9-0
WU Tharanga    42* (85b 2x4)      NM Lyon    8-0-36-0
It's the mandatory Powerplay now. Some AC/DC to pump up the hosts
35.1
McKay to Tharanga, no run, nips back in and skids off the pitch and he gets an inside edge
35.2
McKay to Tharanga, no run, McKay really tucks him up for room, on middle stump and all he can do is knock it down the pitch
35.3
McKay to Tharanga, no run, this time he beats him outside the off stump, Tharanga tries to run it down to third man
35.4
McKay to Tharanga, 3 leg byes, SL will want more of those, half volley on the pads and the ball clipped his pads and raced past short fine leg
35.5
McKay to Kapugedera, OUT, that's another failure for Kapugedera and Australia edge closer! There was no room for the batsman to steer it to the off side and he ended up getting a thick edge that was taken neatly by Wade falling to his right

CK Kapugedera c †Wade b McKay 7 (35m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.88
35.6
McKay to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kula gets across the stumps and clips it to the on side for a single
End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 143/6 (89 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.97, RRR: 6.35)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (1b)      CJ McKay    6-1-12-3
WU Tharanga    42* (89b 2x4)      DT Christian    5-1-9-0
36.1
Lee to Kulasekara, no run, fullish on middle and leg and he digs it out to mid-on
36.2
Lee to Kulasekara, FOUR, Kula's not going to waste too much time, the ball it pitched up on middle and off and he has the room to bash that down the pitch and past mid-on
36.3
Lee to Kulasekara, 3 runs, tries to repeat that through the off side and this time mid-on runs across and gets a hand to it and parries it to the deep on the off side
36.4
Lee to Tharanga, no run, squeezes out a full down towards point
36.5
Lee to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga goes over the infield! Pitched up on middle and off and he clips over midwicket, pretty effortless, the field is up
36.6
Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, forces a full delivery wide of mid-off for a single, 12 from the over
End of over 37 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 155/6 (77 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.18, RRR: 5.92)
WU Tharanga    47* (92b 3x4)      B Lee    7-0-48-2
KMDN Kulasekara    8* (4b 1x4)      CJ McKay    6-1-12-3
37.1
McKay to Tharanga, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he works him behind square on the on side and they race through for a couple
37.2
McKay to Tharanga, 1 run, fired in on the pads and Tharanga gets to his fifty with a single to the leg side, it's been a very hardworking knock. Rewarding? Let's wait and see
37.3
McKay to Kulasekara, 1 run, good slower ball and Kula wisely keeps it out by clipping it to the on side for a single
37.4
McKay to Tharanga, no run, well bowled by McKay, round the wicket and he doesn't give him the space to hit, all he can do is quiet;y tuck it back to the bowler
37.5
McKay to Tharanga, 1 run, full on middle and leg and he mows it along the ground to square leg
37.6
McKay to Kulasekara, 1 run, looked like another slower one which had Kula is a moment of anxiety, he wanted to force it down the ground but checked his shot and ended up spooning it to safety at cover
End of over 38 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 161/6 (71 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 5.91)
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (6b 1x4)      CJ McKay    7-1-18-3
WU Tharanga    51* (96b 3x4)      B Lee    7-0-48-2
38.1
Lee to Kulasekara, FOUR, shots like this will get that dug out on their feet! He fearlessly makes room outside off and biffs a square drive that bisects the gap between cover point and cover
38.2
Lee to Kulasekara, 5 wides, big lapse from Lee as he sprays this one wide down the leg side and beats the diving Wade, can't blame the keeper at all
38.2
Lee to Kulasekara, 1 run, good yorker by Lee and well dug out by Kula to the on side, they scamper the single
38.3
Lee to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga gets some awkward bounce there, he wasn't quick enough to get his arm out of the way as the ball dribbled to the leg side
38.4
Lee to Kulasekara, no run, makes room and plays another spanking square drive but straight to extra cover
38.5
Lee to Kulasekara, OUT, Kula's cameo comes to an end! He makes room to mow Lee over the on side, Lee follows him and fires it full wide of the leg stump and he can only scoop it down to mid-on, easily taken at the edge of the ring

KMDN Kulasekara c Lyon b Lee 15 (14m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00
Maharoof walks in. Sri Lanka are stretching their batting limits here
38.6
Lee to Maharoof, no run, full on middle and leg and he forces it down to midwicket
End of over 39 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 172/7 (60 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 5.45)
MF Maharoof    0* (1b)      B Lee    8-0-59-3
WU Tharanga    52* (97b 3x4)      CJ McKay    7-1-18-3
39.1
McKay to Tharanga, no run, chance for Tharanga to send that down to fine leg but he ends up hitting it with his glove, the keeper collects it
39.2
McKay to Tharanga, no run, good length on the stumps and he knocks it to the off side
39.3
McKay to Tharanga, no run, once again he's cramped for room as he stays back and knocks it back to the bowler
39.4
McKay to Tharanga, 1 run, gets behind the line and clips it to mid-on, the Powerplay's coming to an end
39.5
McKay to Maharoof, 1 run, stays beside the line and steers it to the off side
Mid-on goes back
39.6
McKay to Tharanga, no run, cramps him for room and all he can do is knock it back to the bowler
End of over 40 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 174/7 (58 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.35, RRR: 5.80)
WU Tharanga    53* (102b 3x4)      CJ McKay    8-1-20-3
MF Maharoof    1* (2b)      B Lee    8-0-59-3
Australia are choking them up here. It's quite clear who holds the edge
40.1
Christian to Maharoof, 1 run, gets beside the line and he punches it towards sweeper cover
40.2
Christian to Tharanga, no run, Christian does well to cramp him up again, knocked back to the bowler
40.3
Christian to Tharanga, no run
40.4
Christian to Tharanga, no run, bangs it in short and Tharanga waits in hope for the wide call but the umpire doesn't budge
40.5
Christian to Tharanga, 2 runs, steers it to the sweeper square on the off side and they push the second run, the throw was wide
40.6
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, he opens the face and runs it down to third man
End of over 41 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 178/7 (54 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.34, RRR: 6.00)
WU Tharanga    56* (107b 3x4)      DT Christian    6-1-13-0
MF Maharoof    2* (3b)      CJ McKay    8-1-20-3
54 off 54. It's not over yet. Doherty to bowl
41.1
Doherty to Tharanga, 2 runs, excellent running as it puts pressure on the fielder, he softly knocks it towards long-on and takes the first run quickly
41.2
Doherty to Tharanga, SIX, well well! Tharanga gives him the charge and lofts him crisply over extra cover, just clears the rope
41.3
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, pushes it firmly to the off side
41.4
Doherty to Tharanga, no run, run-out chance! He makes room and chops it to the off side, the fielder at cover point fires the throw at the bowler's end on seeing Maharoof struggle, Doherty fails to cover it
41.5
Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, clips it down towards midwicket for a single
41.6
Doherty to Maharoof, no run
End of over 42 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 187/7 (45 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.62)
MF Maharoof    2* (4b)      XJ Doherty    7-0-42-0
WU Tharanga    65* (112b 3x4 1x6)      DT Christian    6-1-13-0
42.1
Christian to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga gets a bit of width outside the off stump and he ends up chopping it to the off side
42.2
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, slices it just wide of cover point for a single
42.3
Christian to Maharoof, no run, half volley on the pads and he clips it straight to midwicket
42.4
Christian to Maharoof, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he clips it down to mid-on and a fumble allows a single
42.5
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga chops it down to sweeper cover
42.6
Christian to Maharoof, 1 run, nicely clipped off the pads and Maharoof takes a single to wide long-on
End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 191/7 (41 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.44, RRR: 5.85)
MF Maharoof    4* (7b)      DT Christian    7-1-17-0
WU Tharanga    67* (115b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    7-0-42-0
43.1
Doherty to Maharoof, 1 run, makes room and chops it towards cover point and Hussey fumbles, the nerves are getting to everyone
43.2
Doherty to Tharanga, 1 run, full and wide outside off and driven safely to sweeper cover
Singles will do it
43.3
Doherty to Maharoof, FOUR, and shots like that make it easier....floated on middle and leg and he sweeps hard and along the turf behind square on the on side, the fielder had no chance
43.4
Doherty to Maharoof, no run, driven firmly but well stopped by Mike Hussey at cover
43.5
Doherty to Maharoof, no run, driven down the track and the bowler shows good commitment by stopping it
43.6
Doherty to Maharoof, 1 run, he drills this one wide of the bowler, down to long-on
End of over 44 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 198/7 (34 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.66)
MF Maharoof    10* (12b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    8-0-49-0
WU Tharanga    68* (116b 3x4 1x6)      DT Christian    7-1-17-0
44.1
Christian to Maharoof, 1 run, it's short of a length and Maharoof pulls and he times it well but Lyon does well at deep square leg to cut it off
44.2
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, good running! He drops it with soft hands down to cover and sets off, fielders on their toes
44.3
Christian to Maharoof, 1 run, Maharoof also does the sensible thing by dropping it to the off side for a quick single, good backing up for the throw
44.4
Christian to Tharanga, no run, a dot ball! Christian fires a yorker outside off and Tharanga can't squeeze it out
44.5
Christian to Tharanga, 1 run, full on middle and leg and he clips it to square leg
44.6
Christian to Maharoof, no run, crisp straight drive but Christian takes some miles off the ball, saved at least two there
End of over 45 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 202/7 (30 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.48, RRR: 6.00)
MF Maharoof    12* (15b 1x4)      DT Christian    8-1-21-0
WU Tharanga    70* (119b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    8-0-49-0
30 off 30! Watson brings himself on...
45.1
Watson to Tharanga, no run, nice punchy drive off the front foot but straight to short cover
Justin: "Dont see the point of saving the best bowlers for the last overs in situations like this. Even your best bowler will struggle to stop the opposition score 4 off the last over. Put them on now and put pressure on the opposition so that your not so good bowler has more runs to play with."
45.2
Watson to Tharanga, 1 run, stays beside the line and squirts it wide of sweeper cover
45.3
Watson to Maharoof, no run, Maharoof misses a boundary opportunity! Drifts on the pads and the ball clips his pads and dribbles to the keeper
45.4
Watson to Maharoof, no run, swing and a miss and Maharoof plays out another dot ball
45.5
Watson to Maharoof, 1 run, doesn't try anything brave this time, decides to punch this down the ground to long-on
45.6
Watson to Tharanga, OUT, big relief for Australia! Angles it close to the off stump and Tharanga tries to drive and gets a thick outside edge and Wade takes the catch low, the captain himself gets the vital breakthrough

WU Tharanga c †Wade b Watson 71 (158m 122b 3x4 1x6) SR: 58.19
End of over 46 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 204/8 (28 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 7.00)

     SR Watson    6-1-10-2
MF Maharoof    13* (18b 1x4)      DT Christian    8-1-21-0
Tharanga still hasn't taken his helmet off. He's still dazed
46.1
McKay to Maharoof, 1 run, slower ball and a touch short and Maharoof thinks of clubbing it away and ends up flat batting it down the track
46.2
McKay to Herath, no run, Herath shuffles across his stumps to work that away but the ball clips his pads and dribbles down the track
46.3
McKay to Herath, OUT, Australia are one more death rattle away from the Cup! Herath decides to go for broke over the on side, swings and the ball pegs back the off stump from round the wicket

HMRKB Herath b McKay 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Australia really holding their nerve here
46.4
McKay to Malinga, no run, the slower ball and Malinga nearly spoons it to the keeper! We've seen so many slower ones today
46.5
McKay to Malinga, 1 run, chipped in the air as he tries to work it to the on side, Sri Lanka live to fight another delivery
46.6
McKay to Maharoof, 1 run, short and pulled and there are two fielders patrolling the deep on the on side to pick that up, Australia really applying the choke
End of over 47 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 207/9 (25 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.40, RRR: 8.33)
MF Maharoof    15* (20b 1x4)      CJ McKay    9-1-23-4
SL Malinga    1* (2b)      SR Watson    6-1-10-2
47.1
Watson to Maharoof, no run, Maharoof takes a bit off his bat, literally! He tries to dig out a full delivery and jams the ball on the pitch, a big chunk off the toe of the bat goes flying
47.2
Watson to Maharoof, 1 run, makes room to slam that away and he ends up mowing it along the ground to long-on
47.3
Watson to Malinga, no run, the yorker outside the off stump is too good for Malinga to dig out
47.4
Watson to Malinga, 1 run, steps down the track and tries to hoick it over the on side and he ends up mistiming it
47.5
Watson to Maharoof, 1 run, another desperate heave and Maharoof can only just beats the bowler
47.6
Watson to Malinga, no run, pounced down towards long-on but Maharoof refuses the single
End of over 48 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 210/9 (22 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.37, RRR: 11.00)
SL Malinga    2* (5b)      SR Watson    7-1-13-2
MF Maharoof    17* (23b 1x4)      CJ McKay    9-1-23-4
Australia's lower order resistance proving so crucial here.
48.1
McKay to Maharoof, 1 run, Maharoof makes room and slams a length delivery straight to sweeper cover, not much pace on the ball to work with
48.2
McKay to Malinga, no run, Malinga's chopping wood but making no contact, these slower balls are annoying the batsmen no end
48.3
McKay to Malinga, FOUR, he made contact this time and good one too! Swings this one past square leg and it beats the man in the deep, raw power
48.4
McKay to Malinga, no run, that slower ball again! Ever considered walking down the track? Swish and yet another miss
48.5
McKay to Malinga, OUT, McKay hits the timber, he takes five and Australia take the CB Series! He bowls it full and straight on the stumps, Malinga exposes all three of them, fails to get his bat down and the ball hits the middle stump

SL Malinga b McKay 6 (12m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Presentation time:
McKay, is the Man of the Match: "The batting was important to the situation in this game. It's great to be back in this squad. I had to keep the six by Dhoni (at Adelaide) out of my head."
The Man of the Series is Dilshan: "We played very well throughout but today we didn't finish well. We've played great cricket after SA. I took the wrong option against Lee, but they bowled and fielded well. I'm enjoying my one-day cricket. Thanks for all the support and the fans who've come from Melbourne."
Jayawardene: "Initially if we were given 231 we would have taken it. They put a lot of pressure on us, one of those days. Very proud of the boys against two quality teams. The objective is to rebuild for the next four years and we've learnt a lot and I'm proud of the youngsters."
Clarke: "Much better team without me I reckon. All the boys have a few more grey hairs. Hopefully I will get to Windies at the back-end of the one-dayers. Watson's done another good job. I think we continue to see the strength of our domestic set up, getting guys ready for Australia."
Australia pose with the trophy. That ends the Australia home season. Will they revert to the tri-series concept? Nobody knows.
So Australia go to Windies, Sri Lanka go to Bangladesh. And the rest of us go home. Thanks for joining us today. Sri Lanka, don't despair. You did great getting to the finals despite all the off-field tension about payments. Continue the good work. Cheers!
End of match: That concludes one of the most open tri-series in Australia in recent times. Sri Lanka probably never expected to hold the edge over Australia coming into the first final, but they made Australia sweat. In the end, the visitors were made to work hard and also pay for those soft dismissals at the top.
McKay's showing has added to the depth to Australia's bowling attack, with Pattinson and Cummins around. In the final analysis, it brings to an end a very rewarding home season after the Ashes drubbing last year.
There will be an extended presentation today, given it's the final. It's these middling totals that make ODI cricket more watchable. Sri Lanka's resurgence has also made this tournament more watchable, and of course Kohli's blinder, which gave the final league game some context.
 

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