Australia edge out Sri Lanka in Perth

February 10, 2012

by privatemusings

CB series 3rd match, Perth
Australia 231 (49.1 overs) beat Sri Lanka 226 (49.5 overs) by 5 runs

In a pulsating game at the Waca, Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 5 runs giving them two wins from as many games at the start of the CB series.

Batting first, Australia were bowled out for 231, a total that looked 20-30 runs under par. Captain Michael Clarke top scored for the home side with 57 from 88 balls. Australia lost wickets at regular intervals during their innings which meant they were unable to capitalise and up the rate at the back end of their innings.

Angelo Matthews was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka as he claimed 2-37 from 9 overs, and this included the vital breakthrough of Clarke.

In reply, Sri Lanka looked all at sea on the bouncy Waca surface as they slumped to 143-7, still needing 89 runs for victory. However, Matthews got them back into the game as he batted sensibly with the tail.

With one over to go the visitors gave themselves an outside chance, as they needed 18 runs with just one wicket in hand, but importantly Matthews was still at the crease.

Matthews hit the first two balls of the over for 4 and then 6, and all of a sudden Sri Lanka looked favourites for victory. However, with just two balls to go, Matthews holed out to long on, off the bowling of Mitchell Starc and Australia won the game by 5 runs, sparking huge cheers from the Western Australian crowd.

The next match of the tournament sees Australia take on India at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

The Scoop 10/02/2012

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