January 18, 2013
Third one-day international, Brisbane
Sri Lanka 75-6 beat Australia 74 by four wickets
Australia capitulated to 74 all out against a rampant Sri Lanka in Brisbane and now find themselves 2-1 behind in the ODI series with just two matches remaining.
Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first on what was predicted a high scoring surface at the Gabba. However, Sri Lanka had other ideas as Nuwan Kulasekara ripped through the top order claiming 5-22, using primarily in-swing deliveries as his main weapon.
Australia looked all at sea against the swinging ball and good carry off the pitch. It could have been even more embarrassing for the hosts had it not been for a 34 run partnership for the 10th wicket. Mitchell Starc (22 not out) and Xavier Doherty (15) were the only batsmen to reach double figures sparking sarcastic cheers from the crowd.
Despite losing six wickets, Sri Lanka were always in charge of the chase, and the winning runs were struck by Thisara Perera hitting Mitchell Starc backward of point for four.
The 20,000 strong Gabba crowd left the stadium angry as Australia only past their lowest ever total by four runs. Australia have made several changes to their team throughout this series and fans and past players have called for Australia to be more consistent with their selection.
Michael Clarke and his team still have the opportunity to turn the series around with fixtures in Sydney and Hobart, but they know they will have to improve drastically if they are to do so.
The Scoop 18/01/2013