All-round Sri Lanka draw level in Melbourne

Zeenews Sports Bureau


SRI LANKA Overs: 40.1 II Score: 172/2 ( Thirimanne 102*, Kushal 14*)

Lahiru Thirimanne brings up his well deserved century and the winning runs in style with a boundary off Maxwell. This is his maiden ODI ton and isn’t he delighted! Well played and with this Sri Lanka have drawn level in the five-match series. They have defeated Australia by eight wickets.

SRI LANKA Overs: 38 II Score: 159/2 ( Thirimanne 91*, Kushal 13*)

An expensive over from Xavier Doherty as the Sri Lankans collect 12 runs off it. Perera hit a six over deep square leg boundary to bring up the 150 runs for his team. He followed that up with a boundary though cover region. Sri Lanka are just 12 runs away from the win.

SRI LANKA Overs: 33.4 II Score: 137/2 ( Thirimanne 82*, Kushal 0*)

OUT! Ben Cutting has taken his first wicket in ODIs. He has removed Tillakaratne Dilshan by having him caught at point by Glenn Maxwell. He scored 51 (88b, 4X4). Kushal Janith Perera is new batsman in the middle.

SRI LANKA Overs: 31 II Score: 124/1 (Dilshan 50*, Thirimanne 70*)

Dilshan too has completed his fifty. This is his 29th ODI half-century. There was a chance of Australia getting a wicket off the first delivery of this over from Kane Richardson as Dislhan hit one straight back to the bowler. Thirimanne, who was backing up, had to make a dash to avoid getting run out as the ball hit Richardson’s hand and missed the stumps.

SRI LANKA Overs: 27 II Score: 103/1 (Dilshan 41*, Thirimanne 58*)

Sri Lanka have crossed the 100-run mark and are now just 68 runs short of a deserved victory. They have treaded carefully, not taking unnecessary risks while not wasting opportunities to score a boundary or two.

SRI LANKA Overs: 24 II Score: 90/1 (Dilshan 37*, Thirimanne 50*)

Lahiru Thirimanne has completed his fifth ODI fifty in 83 deliveries with a single off Smith as he along with Dilshan lead Lankan pursuit of Australia’s target. Dilshan, ended the over with a boundary towards midwicket region.

SRI LANKA Overs: 18 II Score: 64/1 (Dilshan 25*, Thirimanne 36*)

Doherty was left dejected as Smith at midwicket dropped a difficult catch of Thirimanne there. Off the final delivery, Dilshan was hit on the pads and the Aussies went up in unison. The umpire wasn’t impressed. However, the fielding team went for the review and it showed that the delivery would have missed the leg stump!

SRI LANKA Overs: 17 II Score: 62/1 (Dilshan 24*, Thirimanne 35*)It

Sri Lanka have recovered from that early jolt they were given in the first over by McKay and have safely moved past 50-run mark without any further damage to the innings. Off the last over from Richardson, Thirimanne played a cover drive that went for a boundary. Six runs came from the over. Drinks have been called. Australia need wickets if they want to keep Sri Lanka on backfoot. However, for the batting team, this is a golden chance to draw level in the series. They need just 109 runs to win this contest now.

SRI LANKA Overs: 10 II Score: 32/1 (Dilshan 16*, Thirimanne 13*)It

It has been a watchful session so far from the Lankan batsmen. The score they are chasing isn’t an imposing one. So, they can afford to play out these initial overs safely.

SRI LANKA Overs: 0.3 II Score: 0/1 (Dilshan 0*, Thirimanne 0*)

OUT! Clint McKay claims the first wicket in Upul Tharanga! It was an angled delivery from the pacer and as the southpaw went after it for a drive, the ball took an edge and landed in Haddin’s gloves. He departs for nought! In comes Lahiru Thirimanne.


AUSTRALIA Overs: 46.5 II Score: 170/10 (Haddin 50, Malinga 3/32)

OUT! That’s it. This will be the end of Australia’s innings as they have lost their 10th wicket in Brad Haddin who was caught in the deep midwicket region by Thirimanne off Ajantha Mendis. He scored 50 (67b, 4X4, 6X1). Australia have posted 170/10.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 46.1 II Score: 167/9 (Haddin 50*, Doherty 2* )

Brad Haddin has completed his 16th ODI fifty. Amid the ruins, he has stood tall and strong driving the Australian innings forward even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 41.5 II Score: 146/9 (Haddin 31*, Doherty 0* )

OUT! Thisara Perera has removed McKay who was adjudged caught behind by the third umpire after the on-field had given him not out. There was no evidence of a sound as the hot spot didn’t register anything. The umpire took his time and finally gave him the marching orders. He scored 4 (11b). In comes Xavier Doherty.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 39.3 II Score: 140/8 (Haddin 29*, McKay 0* )

OUT! And Malinga is on a hat-trick. A slower one from the slinger traps debutant Kane Richardson in front of the wickets and he takes a long walk back to the pavilion for duck. In comes Clint McKay.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 39.2 II Score: 140/7 (Haddin 29*, Richardson 0*)

OUT! Malinga has removed Ben Cutting thus breaking the stand that lasted for 57 runs and 15.1 overs. Outside off and Cutting went for a drive. The ball took a thick outside edge and Perera took a diving catch to his right. He scored 27 (45b, 4X2). In walks another debutant Kane Richardson.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 31 II Score: 104/6 (Haddin 12*, Cutting 8* )

Brad Haddin takes Australia pat 100-run mark with a boundary off Malinga. Off the last delivery of the over, he adds a couple more to his total to move to 12.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 24.1 II Score: 83/6 (Haddin 0*, Cutting 0* )

OUT! Australia have slumped to 83/6 with the wicket of Glenn Maxwell who was caught by wicketkeeper Kushal Perera off Mathews. It was pitched on the off and Maxwell was looking to drive it but it shaped away just a little bit and took a faint edge to land into the keepers’ gloves. He scored 8 (18b). In comes Ben Cutting.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 23.5 II Score: 82/5 ( Maxwell 7*, Haddin 0*)

OUT! And with this run out Australia have lost the crucial wicket of David Hussey and half of their side is already warming the benches in the pavilion. Another run out has seen their fifth wicket falling in the form of their most experienced batsman in the side today. Hussey played one to leg and set off for a quick single. Dilshan was alert and quickly picked up the ball aiming it at the stumps at non-strikers’ end. Mendis avoided collecting the ball as soon as he realised it was hitting the stumps. Hussey scored 29 (41b, 4X5). In comes Brad Haddin.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 19.1 II Score: 60/4 (Hussey 15*, Maxwell 0*)

OUT! Another Oz wicket goes down! Perera has ensnared Steve Smith who had just come to the crease after the departure of his captain. Smith went after a delivery that was pitched just outside off and got a thin inside edge that was easily taken by wicketkeeper Kushal Perera. He scored 8 (11b, 4X1). In comes Glenn Maxwell.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 16.4 II Score: 51/3 (Hussey 15*, Smith 0*)

OUT! Australia have lost their captain George Bailey just after they had completed their 50 runs and looked to be on a path of recovering from those early shocks. Lasith Malinga bowled one short and Bailey attempted a pull. Thirimanne leaped and took a good catch to put brakes on Bailey's innings. He scored 26 (46b, 4X2, 6x1). In comes Steve Smith.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 15 II Score: 48/2 ( Bailey 23*, Hussey 15*)

Consecutive boundaries for David Hussey through the same region. Maling bowls one short and wide of off stump and Hussey plays it through the gap between point and cover for four. The next ball is crashed through the same region for another boundary. 10 runs from the over.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 13.3 II Score: 36/2 (Bailey 20*, Hussey 6*)

George Bailey releases the pressure as he swings his arms and deposits one from Perera over midwicket boundary for the first six of the match.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 6.6 II Score: 12/2 ( Bailey 2*, Hussey 0*)

OUT! Australia have lost the wicket of first match centurion Phil Hughes! He was adjudged lbw after shuffling across while attempting to play one from Kulasekara towards leg. The ball hit him on the pad as he missed the shot and Kulasekara appealed. Umpire raised his finger but Hughes called for a review. Replay showed that would have hit the middle stump. He scored 3 (14b). Bothe the openers are back in the hut. In comes David Hussey.

AUSTRALIA Overs: 5 II Score: 9/1 (Hughes 3*, Bailey 2*)

OUT! Australia have lost their first wicket in Aaron Finch who was caught by Jeevan Mendis off Mathews. A good length delivery and Finch went for a drive. The ball ballooned towards cover where Mendis accepted an easy chance. Finch scored 4 (15b). In comes George Bailey.

AUSTRALIA Over: 1 II Score: 2/0 (Hughes 1*, Finch 1*)

Aaron Finch and Phil Hughes charge towards the middle as Nuwan Kulasekara warms up to begin the proceedings. Sri Lanka missed a golden chance to take a wicket in the very first over as a huge mix-up between Finch and Hughes left the latter all but assured of a run out. Finch played one to square leg and set off for a quick single. As the fielder took aim at the stumps, Hughes was in the middle of the pitch and given up his hopes. However, the throw was off target and Hughes survived. 2 runs from the over.

TOSS: Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Continuing their domination of Sri Lanka, Australia will look to extend their lead in the current ODI series when they take field at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. The hosts won the first ODI played in Melbourne by 107 runs to take 1-0 lead in the five-match series. There were showers in the morning today that led the toss being delayed. However, as per the latest reports, the rain has stopped.


Australia: Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, George Bailey(c), David Hussey, Brad Haddin(w), Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Kane Richardson

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene(c), Kushal Janith Perera(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis