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    Australia vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: As it happened

    Sri Lanka innings:

    Over No. 50: Australia win by 5 runs! Clarke is the Man of the Match and it was his fifty that took Australia to 231 after early strikes by Sri Lanka. The Lankans were on course until Sangakkara's run-out, and though Mathew's late heroics nearly saw them through, they lost too many wickets in the middle overs and couldn't come through.

    Angelo Mathews almost pulls it off again but eventually is the last man dismissed, as Sri Lanka fall short by five runs. A four and a six off the first two deliveries of the final over left Sri Lanka with just 8 to get off the final four balls, but going for the big one, Mathews holes out to long on. But an excellent last-wicket partnership from these two, taking the match right down the wire after it had looked all over when Malinga was dismissed. Sri Lanka all out for 226 in 49.5 overs.

    Over No. 48: 10 runs off Starc's over, that's a good one for Sri Lanka. 206 for 9, they need another 26 from 12 deliveries.

    Over No. 47: Mathews isn't ready to throw in the towel. He gets a streaky four but a diving save from Christian keeps his lofted shot down to just 2. The all-rounder is nearing his fifty, but is it too late for Sri Lanka? 196 for 9, three overs to go.

    Over No. 45: Malinga out! He tries to slog a slower ball from McKay, but only manages a top edge, and Wade effects his fifth dismissal of the day. Sri Lanka 181 for 9, need 51 from 30 balls. Mathews has only Dhammika Prasad left for company in this now near-impossible chase.

    L Malinga c Wade b McKay 1 (6)

    Over No. 44: The target is looking further and further away now. Sri Lanka 180 for 8, and the asking rate is now above 8, with 52 runs required from 36 balls. Meanwhile, Doherty finishes his excellent spell with figures of 2 for 24.

    Over No. 42: Doherty builds up the pressure and Senanayake falls! There were some dot balls, and with the required rate rising, Senanayake charges out to heave the ball, but misses it. Wade, who's had a busy day today, completes the easy stumping. It's a second wicket for Doherty. The spinner has bowled so well today, the batsmen have struggled to score off him and he has conceded less than 3 runs an over.

    S Senanayake st Wade b Doherty 9 (24)

    Over No. 40: The batting powerplay comes to an end, and Australia seem to have just backed off a little. Senanayake (8) and Mathews (28), meanwhile, have formed a useful partnership here, adding 28 runs. 10 over to go, Sri Lanka are still in touch with the asking rate at 171 for 7.

    Over No. 38: Any hopes Sri Lanka have of pulling off this chase now, all depend solely on Angelo Mathews. His poke goes through the slips for four despite yet another huge dive from Wade. A few wides also add to the total. Sri Lanka 160 for 7, need a run a ball - 72 off 72.

    Over No. 35: Kulasekara out! It was a wide delivery from Christian and the edge from Kulasekara is low and moving away, but Wade dives wide again to pull off an excellent catch. At this rate, Angelo Mathews is going to run out of partners soon. Sri Lanka 143 for 7, still need 89 runs from 15 overs.

    N Kulasekara c Wade b Christian 8 (11)

    Over No. 30: Clarke brings himself on and it pays off first ball, Chandimal trapped in front of the wickets. He can count himself a bit unlucky though, as replays show the ball is just touching the top of the leg stump. The wheels are coming off Sri Lanka's chase rather fast now. 133 for 6, they still need another 99 runs off 114 balls.

    D Chandimal lbw Clarke 37 (50)

    Over No. 27: Another one goes! Doherty beats Thirimanne neck and crop, that one spun in sharply and dislodged the stumps. Half the side gone, Sri Lanka are 119 for 5.

    H Thirimanne b Doherty 3 (6)

    Over No. 26: Poor shot from Jayawardene, edging it back to the wicket-keeper while trying to guide it to third man. Christian nearly gets another wicket too, but Chandimal's pull down the leg side just evades Wade at full stretch. Sri Lanka really need a partnership and Lahiru Thirimanne, meanwhile, is the new man in.

    M Jayawardene c Wade b Christian 13 (13)

    Over No. 25: Jayawardene brings up the hundred with a single off Doherty. Neither he nor Chandimal can get Doherty and Christian away though. Sri Lanka 106 for 3.

    Over No. 21: Just when it looked like Dilshan was settling in for the big one... Harris gets an inside edge from the former Sri Lankan skipper with an angled delivery and Wade makes no mistake. Next in, Jayawardene gets off the mark with a quick single. Sri Lanka, 90 for 3, will need their most experienced batsman to stay put for a while.

    T Dilshan c Wade b Harris 40 (57)

    Over No. 20: Australia introduce spin as Doherty bowls the last over of the bowling powerplay. Chandimal and Dilshan, meanwhile, run hard to take Sri Lanka to 83 for 2. Dilshan needs to stay awhile, while Clarke will not want this promising partnership to develop.

    Over No. 15: Terrible mix-up and Sangakkara is furious! He wanted the single and Dilshan started off, but then there is some hesitation from both batsmen, Sangakkara slips and McKay is quick to find the stumps with a clean direct hit. Sri Lanka 62 for 2.

    K Sangakkara run out (McKay) 22 (32)

    Over No. 14: Suddenly, two boundaries for Sangakkara. The first one is a thick edge through the slip area, which Wade can't reach despite a huge, despairing lunge. The next one is off a short ball down the leg side from Christian, easy for Sangakkara! Sri Lanka 60 for 1.

    Over No. 13: Daniel Christian and Clint McKay are now into the attack for Australia. Sri Lanka, dealing in singles at the moment, are 49 for 1.

    Over No. 10: The Australian pacers have done well to restrict Sri Lanka to 31 for 1 after the first powerplay. Starc has conceded just 10 runs in 5 overs, while Harris has been quite miserly as well. Dilshan, though, has managed to hit a couple of fours to ensure Sri Lanka stay in touch with the asking run rate, which is just about 5 runs an over.

    Over No. 7: Starc is bowling some excellent deliveries, but Dilshan is in typical mood, going for his shots. It was Sangakkara who got Sri Lanka's last boundary though, off Harris on the last ball of the fourth over. Cautious start for the visitors, who reach 19 for 1.

    Over No. 4: Australia draw first blood and Tharanga goes! Mitchell Starc's movement was causing the batsmen some problems and this was a good delivery, which Tharanga edged to Clarke at first slip. Sri Lanka 12 for 1 as Kumar Sangakkara (1) walks in to join Tillakaratne Dilshan (6).

    Upul Tharanga c Clarke b Starc 5 (13)

    Over No. 1: Upul Tharanga gets Sri Lanka on their way with a cracking four off Ryan Harris. Sri Lanka 4 for no loss.

    Australia innings:

    Over No. 50: Sri Lanka restrict Australia to 231 in 49.1 overs. Clarke makes a half-century for the home side, while all the Sri Lankan bowlers, except Dilshan, take two wickets each.

    Dhamika Prasad strikes twice! After going for plenty of runs, Prasad strikes twice in quick succession. First he gets Starc caught at long-off and then sends McKay back. Thirimanne takes a wonderful catch, his second for the day, at the midwicket fence. The two batsmen share an important 32-run stand for the ninth wicket.

    C McKay c Thirimanne b Prasad 25 (2)

    M Starc c Tharanga b Prasad 14 (19)

    Over No. 46: Sri Lanka are giving away some easy runs to the Australian tailenders. It's the ideal time for Malinga to finish things off. Bring him on Mahela! Australia 213/8.

    Over No. 42: Clarke and Harris depart! The Aussie captain, who was anchoring the Australian innings, departs for 57. Angelo Mathews once again provides the breakthrough for the Sri Lankans. Senanayake gets Harris caught at backward point. Australia 192/8.

    R Harris c Kulasekara b Senanayake 3 (9)

    M Clarke c Jayawardene b Mathews 57 (88)

    Over No. 40: Christian out! He could not control the temptation of coming down the track and hit a loopy Senanayake delivery for a six, getting stumped in the process. Jayawardene's gamble of bringing the offspinner for the last over of the batting powerplay worked. Australia 187/6.

    Over No. 38: Christian, as expected, is proving to be an impact player for Australia. He follows a four with a straight six off Senanayake, the offspinner. Meanwhile, Clarke gets to his half-century in 80 balls. Australia 178/5.

    D Christian st Sangakkara b Senanayake 33 (44)

    Over No. 35: The mandatory batting Powerplay is about to start and Australia will try to attack with a little bit of caution. Clarke may give Christian the nod to take the attack to the opposition. Australia 157/6.

    Over No. 32: Christian hits a hat-trick of fours! Daniel Christian, who replaces David Hussey, smacks three fours to Dhamika Prasad, who is looking off-colour in today's game. Australia 149/5.

    Over No. 28: David Hussey walks back to the pavilion now! Malinga does the trick for his skipper. Hussey is caught at short cover by Thirimanne when he tried to flick the ball through the mid-wicket gap. Australia 130/5.

    D Hussey c Thirimanne b Malinga 27 (38)

    Over No. 27: Lasith Malinga has been brought in for his second spell. He took the important wicket of Ponting in his first spell. David Hussey replaces his brother Michael and he looks in ominous touch from the beginning. Australia 126/4.

    Over No. 23: Drinks break. Clarke looks commanding at the crease as Australia are 108 for 4.

    Over No. 21: Whack! Senanayake's goes for a six. David Hussey steps out and clears the long-off boundary quite comfortably.

    Over No. 19: Hussey out to a stunner by Kulasekara! The medium pacer takes a diving return catch after he was brought in for the second spell by skipper Jayawardene. Australia 85 for 4.

    M Hussey c & b Kulasekara 23 (32)

    Over No. 16: Sachithra Senanayake has been brought into attack. The offspinner gets a little bit of spin and bounce from the wicket straight away. Australia 76 for 3.

    Over No. 13: Sri Lanka keep Australia in check. As expected, the wicket of Warner affects the flow of runs. Both Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey are taking their time to settle at the crease. Australia 58 for 3.

    Over No. 10: Warner departs! Angelo Mathews strikes in his very first over. Just the way he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in the previous game, the medium-pacer gets one to nip back from a good length. Warner chops it on. Australia 51 for 3.

    D Warner b Mathews 34 (29)

    Over No. 7: Warner is in full flow! The Australian batsman hits a four and a six off Malinga. The pick-up shot for a six is lovely to watch! Australia 42 for 2.

    Over No. 5: Ponting's out! The most experienced Australian batsman is trapped right in front by Malinga. He only scores one before making his way back. Australia 27 for 2.

    R Ponting lbw b Malinga 1 (4)

    Over No. 4: Matthew Wade departs! Nuwan Kulasekara has the Australian opener caught behind for one run. It may affect the flow of Aussie runs. Australia 24 for 1.

    D Warner b Mathews 34 (29)

    Over No. 3: Flying start by David Warner! The Australian opener is taking on Lasith Malinga and Co. from the outset. Three fours are already in the diminutive opener's account. Australia 22 for 0.

    9.25 a.m. Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bowl in their tri-series match against Australia in Perth on Firday.

    Australia are playing with the same team which beat India in Melbourne, while Sri Lanka opt for offspinner Sachithra Senanayake in place of allrounder Thisara Perera.


    Australia: David Warner, Matthew Wade (wk), Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Daniel Christian, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty

    Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad

    9.10 a.m. The pitch seems to be very hard and it also has a good cover of grass. It's a different wicket than the one used for the last game between India and Sri Lanka.

    9.00 a.m. Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the tri-series match between Australia and Sri Lanka here at the WACA in Perth.

    It's the second match for both the sides. Australia are at top of the points table after winning their opening encounter against India in Melbourne, while Sri Lanka lost their first match against India on Wednesday.

    Considering the workload David Warner is under - he is the only player in the present Australian team who is a part of all the three formats - the team management is expected to give the left-hander rest and Queenslander Peter Forrest will take his place if that happens.

    Sri Lanka are also not expected to repeat their mistake of not playing a genuine spinner in the game against India. Rangana Herath should come into the side in place of left-handed batsman Lahiru Thirimanne.

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