Australia vs Sri Lanka at Sydney Commonwealth Bank Series 2008

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AUS vs SL, match 3, Sydney: Sri Lanka have their tasks cut out against Australia

Sri Lanka will have to do some rethinking on how to bowl in the slog overs when they take on world champions Australia in the cricket tri-series at Sydney on Friday.
The islanders had India on the mat at 83 for four at one stage in their previous rain-abandoned game but conceded 105 runs in the last 10 overs to allow the opposition to put a competitive total on the board. Lankan vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara admitted after the match that his side needed to do a bit of rethinking on how to bowl in the slog overs. The team will no doubt tighten up things in the slog overs against the hosts, who have a very strong batting line up, as any slip-ups could prove costly on a Sydney Cricket Ground track which was expected to favour the batsmen.
The tri-series has still not seen a single match being completed as both the day-night encounters at Brisbane were abandoned because of rain and the forecast for tomorrow is also not too encouraging. The met office has predicted partly cloudy conditions with chances of rain during the day. If rain again plays spoilsport, it will come as a huge disappointment for the fans. After two washed out games, India find themselves on top of the points table with four points from two matches while Australia and Sri Lanka have two points each from one match.
The Australians have also indicated that Brett Lee, who has bowled brilliantly right through the Test series against India, will be given a break at some stage and it remains to be seen whether the pace spearhead takes the field on Friday. The Lankan batting will largely depend on the swashbuckling Sanath Jayassuriya and the veteran batsman is capable of destroying any attack on his day.
Apart from Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Tillakratne Dilshan and all-rounder Chamara Kapugedera make it a formidable batting for the island team. The bowling is vastly experienced too with spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas getting support from the young Lasith Malinga and Ferveez Maharoof. The spin of Dilshan and Jayasuriya gives them the variety. Sri Lanka team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Ferveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Upul Tharanga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chanaka Welegedara, Ishara Amarsinghe.
Australia team (from): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, James Hopes, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Ashley Noffke, Nathan Bracken.

Australia vs Sri Lanka at Sydney


Australia won the toss and decided to bat
253 for 6 (50.0 overs)
125 all out (31.3 overs)

Australia Innings - Close
Gilchrist lbw b Kapugedera
81 3 1
Hayden c M Jayawardene b Amerasinghe
50 5 0
Ponting c M Jayawardene b Vaas
22 1 0
Clarke not out
86 2 1
Symonds c Kapugedera b Vaas
17 0 0
M Hussey c Dilshan b Amerasinghe
13 1 0
Hopes c Dilshan b Malinga
29 2 0
Lee not out
2 0 0
6w 2lb 8
for 6 253 (50.0 ovs)

Vaas 10.0 1 34 2
Malinga 10.0 0 55 1
Amerasinghe 10.0 0 66 2
Muralitharan 10.0 0 42 0
Kapugedera 10.0 0 54 1
Fall of wicket
65 Hayden
88 Ponting
139 Gilchrist
160 Symonds
190 M Hussey
253 Hopes

Sri Lanka Innings - Close
Tharanga c Gilchrist b Bracken
18 1 0
b Lee
13 1 0
Sangakkara lbw b Bracken
41 7 0
M Jayawardene c Gilchrist b Johnson
16 0 0
Silva c Gilchrist b Hogg
32 0 0
Dilshan c Lee b Bracken
10 0 1
Kapugedera c Hayden b Bracken
2 0 0
Vaas run out
30 3 0
Malinga run out
10 0 0
Muralitharan c Symonds b Bracken
14 0 1
Amerasinghe not out
4 0 0
1nb 4w 3lb 8
all out 125 (31.3 ovs)

Lee 7.0 1 34 1
Bracken 8.3 1 46 5
Johnson 5.0 3 9 1
Hopes 5.0 0 16 0
Hogg 6.0 1 17 1
Fall of wicket
18 Jayasuriya
18 Tharanga
57 M Jayawardene
74 Sangakkara
81 Silva
84 Kapugedera
93 Dilshan
105 Malinga
114 Vaas
125 Muralitharan

Umpires: A L Hill, S J A Taufel
Australia: Gilchrist, Hayden, Ponting, Clarke, M Hussey, Symonds, Hopes, Hogg, Lee, Johnson, Bracken
Sri Lanka: Tharanga, Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, Dilshan, Silva, Kapugedera, Vaas, Malinga, Amerasinghe, Muralitharan

Australia vs Sri Lanka at Sydney


The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is a sports stadium in Sydney. It is used for Test cricket, one-day international cricket, some rugby league and rugby union matches, and is the home ground for the New South Wales Blues cricket team and the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League.

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