Sri Lanka have accomplished an emphatic eight-wicket reward-level victory in a rain-shortened 1-day worldwide against Australia at the SCG on Friday.
Chasing a rain-revised target of just 152 in the 41-overs-a-facet contest, Sri Lanka veterans Mahela Jayawardene (61 off 67 balls), Tillakaratne Dilshan (45 off 41) and Kumar Sangakkara (30 off 29 balls) easily chased down the runs with 16.five overs to spare.
The triumph lifts Sri Lanka to seven details on the triangular series ladder, just two driving Australia and 3 powering India with all teams acquiring concluded 4 matches.
It was yet another challenging night for Australia, who have misplaced their previous two matches, with only Clint McKay (one-23 off six overs) enjoying a excellent night time with the ball while Brett Lee, on his return from a fractured toe, finished with one-42 off seven overs.
Earlier, David Hussey’s fifty percent-century lifted Australia to 158 off forty.5 overs following a best-purchase collapse.
Hussey manufactured 58 off 64 balls to best score by a lengthy way in an innings interrupted by a two-hour rain delay.
The disappointing overall is Australia’s fifth-lowest completed innings in a one particular-day match up at the SCG and their lowest considering that getting dismissed for 133 towards South Africa in 1997.
Hussey, who was dropped 2 times in his innings, was the mainstay of an innings which was in all sorts of trouble at seven-95 before a 49-run stand among the Victorian and Mitchell Starc (17) lifted the score from disastrous to just poor.
Starc was the final male out when he became the third run-out target of the innings.
Farveez Maharoof (two-18) and Thisara Perera (two-29) ended up the very best bowlers for Sri Lanka even though Perera also starred in the subject with a important part in two of the operate-outs.
Australia just take on India in the following match up of the collection in Brisbane on Sunday.
Australia will nevertheless be without captain Michael Clarke for Sunday’s match up, with Tasmanian skipper George Bailey additional to the squad as standby for the clash with the Indians.
Victorian spinner John Holland, who was called up on Thursday following Xavier Doherty experienced back again spasms in instruction, will continue to be with the staff despite the fact that Doherty played on Friday.
Ponting, leading the staff in Clarke’s absence, explained there have been quite few positives to take out of the match up.
“A really inadequate day with bat, ball and in the field,” he mentioned.
“No doubt will have a chat about it as a group … but bottom line is we’re really going to have to shift on rather speedy.”
Ponting himself has failed to achieve ambigu figures in the series but the 37-12 months-old said he had no ideas to phase away from the ODI arena.
“But declaring that it’s not just track record that’s really going to get you picked,” he explained.
“You have to score runs, that is what it is all about. I know that as nicely as anyone.”
Jayawardene was obviously delighted following his team’s comprehensive show, their sixth win from their past 8 ODIs at the SCG.
“The intent was excellent, the aggression, the tempo … it was a excellent, medical finish,” he mentioned.
“The reward level was brilliant, we just desired a get, but now we’re undoubtedly back again in it.”