Zeenews Sports Bureau
Sydney: Riding on captain Mahela Jayawardene's half century, Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling win against Australia in the sixth ODI of the ongoing CB series at SCG on Friday .
Chasing 152 for win, as per D/L method, on a rain-hit match, the Lankans reached the target with the loss of 2 wickets and 101 balls to spare, thereby gaining a bonus point.
The victory at SCG on Friday was Sri Lanka's first at the venue and their biggest victory against Australia. India top the table with 10 points from 4 games followed by Australia with 9 points and Sri Lanka with 7 points.
Over 21.1: Sangakkar tried to drive a full length Brett Lee delivery on middle and leg but mistimed and the ball went up in the air towards mid-on. Doherty at mid-on took a simple catch.
Sangakkara c Doherty b Brett Lee 30(29) [4s-4 6s-1]
Over 16.4: Sri Lanka were on course to register their first win of the series after they reached 100 runs with the loss of one wicket. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara were on the crease.
Tillakaratne Dilshan was in a hurry to finish off the match and got carried away and awarded his wicket to Clint McKay. He gave the Lankans perfect start with a quickfire 45 in their chase of 152 runs.
Over 11.4: Dilshan tried to drive a good length delivery outside off stump through cover but got an outside edge. At 1st slip Hussey made no mistake.
Dilshan c David Hussey b Clint McKay 45(41) [4s-4 6s-1]
Australia failed to bat out the alloted 41 overs as they fell short at a paltry 158 with 1 ball to spare. The hosts set Sri Lanka a score of 152 runs as victory target according to the D/L method in the sixth ODI of the ongoing CB series at the SCG on Friday.
The Australian camp will be relieved with the total, thanks to David Hussey, who fought hard to lift the Aussies from a dangerous position with a half century- his 9th in ODIs.
Over 40.5: Starc pushed a Malinga yorker to mid wicket and took off for a quick single. Starc was nowhere near the crease when Kula scored a direct hit at the bowler's end.
Starc run out (Nuwan Kulasekara) 17(24) [4s-2]
Over 39.2: Perera put an end to David Hussey's well-crafted innings. Full pitched delivery and wide outside off, David sliced it to deep backward point, went straight down the throat of Thirimanne.
David Hussey c Thirimanne b Thissara Perera 58(64) [4s-6]
David Hussey continued his good form and went on to complete another half century.
Over 37.3: He drove Malinga to deep backward point to collect 2 runs. Hussey on 52 unbeaten. Australia were 141/8.
Australia were facing a batting collapse in a rain-affected ODI against Sri Lanka at the SCG on Friday.
Brett Lee was the latest casualty, which left the hosts trembling against a side which is yet to taste victory in the series.
Over 31.2: An amazing piece of fielding from rain-affected saw Brett Lee out. Lee thumped a full pitched delivery from Malinga outside off to mid off without any timing and he took off for a quick single. Thissara charged towards the ball and scored a direct hit at the bowler's end. Brett Lee run out (Thissara Perera) 0(9)
Over 28.5: Herath claimed McKay's wicket. Australia were 7 down.
Clint McKay lbw b Herath 3(15)
Play resumed between Sri Lanka and Australia after rain relented and the match has been reduced to 41 overs per side. Four bowlers will get to bowl eight overs and one will
get nine overs after the match was interrupted by rain at the end of the 26th over when Australia were 88 for six.
Rain had halted play between Australia and Sri Lanka after 26 overs. Australia were 88/6, with David Hussey (15) and Clint McKay (0) at the crease, at the rain interruption.
Australian trouble deepened with the loss of Daniel Christian's wicket as they were 6 down before reaching 100 runs.
Over 23.3: A good length ball on the middle and leg stump from Perera. Thisara pinned Christian in front.
Christian lbw b Thissara Perera 6(13) [4s-1]
Maharoof struck again to leave Australia in a spot of bother as they lost their fifth wicket before reaching 100. They lost Forrest who scored just 16 runs.
After 22 overs Australia were 80/5. Earlier in the 18th over, the hosts lost Michael Hussey (13) who edged behind off Mathews.
Over 20.3: Forrest was out caught by Mathews!! Maharoof bowled slightly short just outside off, got some extra bounce as Forrest pushed at it, the thick outside edge nestled in the safe hands of Mathews at widish first slip. Forrest c Mathews b Maharoof 16(26) [4s-3]
Sri Lankans gave little time for the Australian batsmen to settle down after two early blows. Good fielding from Thissara Perera meant the hosts lost their third wicket inside first 15 overs. Australia were 48/3 after fifteen overs. Michael Hussey (5) and Peter Forrest (6) were at the crease.
Over 11.3: Full outside off, Wade tried to drive it through the off side but didn't get it past Perera at short cover who dived to his right to stop the ball. The batsmen tried to steal a run were caught in no man's land. Perera threw the ball back to the bowler who knocked over the bails. Wade had to depart.
Matthew Wade (Run Out Thissara Perera) 15(36) [4s-1]
Australia 37/3 at the end of 12 overs.
Maharoof handed Aussies the second blow by removing stand-in skipper Ricky Ponting.
Over10.4: Caught & Bowled!! Full and slow from Maharoof. Ponting was early into his shot and sent it straight back to the bowler.
Ponting c and b Maharoof 2(10)
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga gave Sri Lanka early breakthrough by sending explosive batsman David Warner back to pavilion.
Over 4.6 Malinga fired a slower one on middle and leg. Warner pushed at it but was quite early into his shot. The ball lobbed up into the air and went to Maharoof at mid-on. Warner c Maharoof b Malinga 13(21) [4s-2]
Australia stand-in captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in the 6th ODI of the CB series on Friday.
Australia brought back Michael Hussey for the injured Michael Clarke. The bowling department got a boost with the return of pacer Brett Lee in place of Ryan Harris.
Sri Lanka, who are yet to find a win in the series, made a couple of changes in their squad. Upul Tharanga`s disastrous form has caught up with him. Lahiru Thirimanne resurfaced in the eleven. Farveez Maharoof replaced Sachithra Senanayake.
Australia: David Warner, Matthew Wade, Ricky Ponting, Peter Forrest, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath.