Australia thrash Lanka by 63 runs

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Australia beat Sri Lanka by 63 runs in the sixth match of the CB series on Friday

Updated: March 04, 2008 09:51 IST
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Australia beat Sri Lanka by 63 runs in the sixth match of the CB tr-series at the WACA in Perth on Friday.

The hosts batted first and made 236 in their 49.4 overs.

Earlier, Lasith Malinga claimed four wickets for 47 to help Sri Lanka restrict Australia to a 236-run total.

While retiring wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist struck a superb 118, Michael Clarke scored 43 for the Aussies after captain Ricky Ponting elected to bat.

Malinga struck in the fourth over to remove hard-hitting opener Matthew Hayden (4) and then picked up Ponting, who scored a run-a-ball 25.

Gilchrist, who flourished at one end, stayed on to establish a 105-run partnership with Clarke and bail out Australia.

But Sri Lankan bowlers continued to attack the hosts scalping Clarke and all-rounder Andrew Symonds (4) in successive overs.

After Gilchrist's departure, Australia lost the remaining half of its batting line-up in seven overs as their innings folded with two balls to spare.

Earlier, Gilchrist entertained the WACA crowd with his fireworks. He sent nine hits to the fence and struck three sixes in his 132-ball knock before falling prey to Malinga.

Gilchrist was trying to loft one over long-off and a leading edge went to Chamara Kapugedera at the covers to end the centurion's innings.

Tail-enders Brad Hogg (5) and Brett Lee (2) were the other victims of Malinga.

The Sri Lankan pacer fired a yorker to clean up Lee and end the Aussie innings.

Nuwan Kalusekara picked two wickets for Sri Lanka.

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