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Rotation Hinders Australia

January 18th 2013 11:49
Australia brought back what some would call their star players, but it certainly wasn't a positive move as they were bowled out for a pitiful 74 on a pitch that wasn't particularly challenging.

Michael Clarke won the toss and decided to bat first. Dave Warner went in the 3rd over of the innings, caught at mid-off going for a signature booming drive. Phil hughes, the centurion from the first game, made just 3 before he was superbly caught by Mahela Jayawardene at point. David Hussey who has looked in the series so far, was next man back in the hutch, caught behind off an under edge. George Bailey left his first ball, it swung back into his pads and he was out for a golden duck without playing a shot. Captain Clarke showed some resistance, but he became Kulasekara's 4th victim, bowled by another in swinger. Moises Henriques, who came through a fitness test to play, made 2 before he succumbed to Kulasekara second ball. Mitchell Johnson, Matthew Wade and Clint McKay all went in quick sucession for 2,8 and 0 respectively. This left Australia on 40-9 and only a hard working 10th wicket partnership of 34, took them to the heady heights of 74 runs. Xavier Doherty made 15 before being caught off Eranga to end the innings, while Mitchell Starc made 22* at the other end.
Kulasekara finished with 5-22 from his 10 overs, while Malinga, Matthews and Eranga chipped in with the other wickets.

Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates the crucial wicket of Michael Clarke


In reply, Sri Lanka stuttered as Jayawardene was superbly caught by Dave Warner off McKay in the first over. Dilshan was removed by Johnson, caught at slip after trying to leave the ball, he made 22. Thirimanna and Matthews went in consecutive Johnson deliveries in the 12th over. At 37-4 Australia must have thought they had a shot, but it was never to be. Despite the wickets of Tharanga (c Clarke b Starc 12) and Mendis (c McKay b Starc 2), Sri Lanka were not going to muck this up. The two Perera's saw them through to the end, to win by 4 wickets.

Michael Clarke said he regretted batting first, but realised that if they batted like that every week they would never win a game. He also praised his bowlers, who tried their best to keep the host's in it.

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Comment by Anonymous

January 20th 2013 21:13
Heartening to see that Australia can struggle too - 74??!!

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