Feroz Khan/Zeenews Sports Bureau
Adelaide: Right arm pacer Clint McKay claimed five wickets as Australia claimed victory in the third final of the CB series by 16 runs on Thursday at Adelaide.
Here is how the match panned out:
Highlights from the Sri Lankan innings
Over 48.4: Out! And it’s over for Sri Lanka. Australia have emerged winner of the CB series by 16 runs. They have capped an excellent summer with a closely fought win over Lanka in the third final of the tri-series. They defeated India 4-0 in the Test series and also took the ODI series as well.
Lasith Malinga was the last man to be dismissed as Clint McKay bowled him to take a five wicket haul.
Over 46.3: Out! McKay bowled Rangana Herath.
Clint McKay was the star of the show as he drove Australia closer to win by rattling the stumps of Rangana Herath (0). Score: 205/9
Over 45.5: Out! Shane Watson dismissed Upul Tharanga.
A fine innings from Tharanga (71) came to an end as he edged Watson to Wade. The ball was dying on Wade but he held on to it. Tharanga stood for a while but was eventually adjudged out. Score: 204/8
Over 44.2: 200 up for Sri Lanka.
Over 42: Sri Lanka need 54 runs from 54 deliveries. Maharoof and Tharanga on crease.
Over 38.5: Out! Brett Lee removed dangerous Kulasekara.
Nuwan Kulasekara (15) attempted a slog off Brett Lee but couldn’t time it correctly as he was holed out at mid-on by Nathan Lyon Score: 172/2.
Over 37.2: Upul Tharanga completed his fifty in 94 deliveries.
Over 36.3: 150 up for Sri Lanka.
Over 35.5: Out! And Clint McKay got the breakthrough for Australia removing Chamara Kapugedera.
Kapudegera (7) tried playing one towards off but ended it edging behind to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade who took a good one-handed catch. Score: 142/6
Over 35: Batting powerplay in operation.
Over 29.1: Finally a boundary for Sri Lanka and it came after a good 10 overs.
Over 26.4: Out! Lahiru Thirimanne caught by Warner.
Shane Watson pitched one outside off stump and Thirimanne (30) played it towards point where Warner was stationed to complete a good low catch. Score: 113/5
Over 22.1: 100 up for Sri Lanka.
Over 9.3: Out! McKay struck again!!
Mahela Jayawardene was bowled by McKay for 15. After 10th over, Sri Lanka struggling at 55/4.
Over 7.3: Out! Dinesh Chandimal out for 5!!
Clint McKay had the in-form Sri Lankan batsman plumb in front of the wickets. Score: 52/3
Over 6.4: 50 up for Sri Lanka.
Over 6.2: Out! Kumar Sangakkara out!!
Brett Lee induced an outside edge from Sanga`s bat which was taken beautifully taken by Shane Watson. He made 19. Score: 47/2
Over 2.6: Out! Brett Lee removed Dilshan.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (8) tried working one towards leg but got a leading edge and gifted an easy catch to David Hussey at short cover. Score: 23/1
Over 1: Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan took guard for Sri Lanka as Brett Lee opened up bowling for Australia.
Australian innings report
A combined bowling effort from the Lankans and some smart fielding restricted Australian team to a total of 231 in the third final of the tri-series at Adelaide on Thursday.
The initial momentum with the bat provided by the openers David Warner and Matthew Wade, both of them fell on the brink of half-centuries, was neutralized with regular wickets.
Farveez Maharoof and Rangana Herath took three wickets each while Nuwan Kulasekar with back to back wickets in the last over ended with two.
Wade (49) was the top scorer for the Australians as none of their batsmen managed a fifty.
Highlights from the Australian innings
49.2: Out! Nathan Lyon out for a first ball duck.
A full length delivery on the legs and Nathan Lyon (0) chipped it straight towards mid-wicket where substitute fielder Senanayake took a diving catch. Score: 231/10
Over 49.2: Out! Brett Lee bowled by Kulasekara.
Brett Lee (32) was bowled by Kulasekara after making a handy contribution with the bat. Score: 231/9
Over 46.6: Dropped! This time Maharoof failed to hold on to the ball as Brett Lee played one towards deep extra cover.
45.5: Out! Clint McKay caught by Maharoof.
Clint McKay (28) went for the big hit but holed out to Farveez Maharoof at deep mid-wicket as Rangana Herath took his third wicket. Score: 217/8
Over 42.4: 200 up for Australia with a six towards deep mid-wicket.
Over 37.3: Out! Daniel Christian caught by Jayawardene off Maharoof`s bowling.
Daniel Christian (19) failed to pick Maharoof’s slower one and charged down the track for an uppish drive. He could only chip it towards the fielder at mid-off where Mahela completed a simple catch. Score: 177/7
Over 31.6: Out! David Hussey trapped in front of the wickets by Farveez Maharoof.
Maharoof pitched a good length delivery on the off which struck David Hussey (19) high on the back leg. Lankans appealed and Asad Rauf raised his finger. Score: 151/6
Over 31.3: 150 up for Australia.
Over 26.4: Out! Peter Forrest bowled by Herath.
Peter Forrest (3) stood bewildered as Rangana Herath got the better of him. Forrest went for a drive towards off side but misread the line as the ball spun, deceiving him to crash on the off stump. Score:135/5
Over 24.1: Out! First-ball wicket for Rangana Herath as he dismissed Matthew Wade.
Herath dropped his first ball short and Wade (49) attempted a cut. He ended it edging it to Sangakkara who fumbled in the first attempt but pouched it safely on the second.Score: 123/4
Over 21.6: Out! Michael Hussey (run out by Dilshan).
Wade played one towards point and set off for a quick single. It was a poor call from the batsman and Dilshan came charging in, was on mark as he hit the stumps before Hussey (1) could make his ground. Score:119/3
Over 20.4: Out! Shane Watson removed by Dilshan.
A good catch from Herath. Shane Watson (19) tried slogging Dilshan towards midwicket area where Herath took a good, running catch to end the Australian skipper’s innings. Score: 115/2
Over 18.4: 100 up for Australia.
Over 13.6: Out! David Warner dismissed by Farveez Maharoof.
Maharoof got one delivery to nip across Warner (48) who edged it to Sangakkara behind the stumps. Score: 75/1
Over 8.5: 50 up for Australia.
After a quiet start when Warner and Wade scored only 19 runs from the first five overs, they pushed gears and raced to 50 runs within nine overs.
Over 6.6: First six of the day and with this Warner extracted 12 runs from the over.
Over 3.1: First boundary of the day. David Warner punched Kulasekara to long off for four.
Over 1: David Warner and Matthew Wade took guard for Australia as Tillakaratne Dilshan opened the bowling for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and asked Australia to bat first.