Batting may have been disappointing for the visitors at Melbourne on Friday. Sri Lanka however, made up for it by bowling Australia out 9 runs short of the target and showing India the door in the CB Series. (AP and AFP images)
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat but the start was dismal for the team. Tillakaratne Dilshan fell to James Pattinson on 9, shortly after Mahela Jayawardena had been dismissed on 5.
Kumar Sangakkara's 64 (in pic), Dinesh Chandimal (75) and Lahiru Thiramanne (51) provided a solid foundation despite the early wickets.
It was Daniel Chirstian who brought Australia back in the match. After Pattinson managed to remove four Lankan batsmen, Christian struck with a hat-trick to pulverise the opposition.
Sri Lanka managed to replicate what the Australian bowlers had done in the beginning. While Lasith Malinga struck to remove David Warner (6), Nuwan Kulasekara got rid of Matthew Wade (in pic) on 9.
Skipper Shane Watson was able to deny any further gains to Sri Lanka as despite the wicket of Peter Forrest, held on to the other end of the batting track.
Michael Hussey's 29 was also important in the context of how the match was poised when he came to bat.
Micahel was replaced eventually by his brother and David Hussey helped himself to 74 runs, partnering Watson.
Malinga returned for another spell and struck with the wicket of Watson to break a vital partnership. The Australian stand-in skipper departed on a personal score of 65.
Although David managed to keep the Australians charging, Sri Lanka too managed to keep things interesting by striking out batsmen at the other end.
It finally paid off for the visitors as David Hussey was the final wicket to fall in the last over, leaving for five balls still left and an Indian team out of the competition.
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