Tharanga, Malinga shape Sri Lanka’s vital win

Courtesy: International Cricket Council

Upul Tharanga hit a century and paceman Lasith Malinga grabbed five wickets as Sri Lanka posted a crucial 78-run win over Australia in the third one-day international on Tuesday.

Left-handed opener Tharanga made 111 for his 12th one-day hundred as Sri Lanka scored 286-9 before dismissing Australia for 208 in the must-win match, despite Michael Hussey’s fighting 63.

Man-of-the-match Tharanga, playing his first series after serving a three-month drugs ban, also completed 4,000 runs in one-day internationals during his 139-ball knock, which contained 12 fours.

Australia, who won the first two games of the five-match series, were struggling at 52-3 after debutant seamer Shaminda Eranga bowled Brad Haddin in his opening over and then held a return catch to dismiss Ricky Ponting (22).

Skipper Michael Clarke (46) and Hussey steadied the innings with a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket before Malinga struck a vital blow.

The Australian captain looked set for a third successive half-century before being caught by Mahela Jayawardene at mid-on. Malinga ensured the win when he dismissed Hussey to finish with 5-28, his fourth five-wicket haul.

Sri Lanka were earlier strongly placed at 220-1 after 38 overs but paceman Doug Bollinger (4-42) bagged three wickets in two overs, including those of Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara (49).

The hosts made their best start in the series when Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan (55) put on 139 for the first wicket in the day-night match, watched by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nasheed.

Jayawardene was the other main scorer with a 33-ball 36.

The Australian bowlers, who set up their team’s comfortable victories in previous games, had to wait for more than 25 overs for the first wicket.

Bollinger provided the breakthrough when he had Dilshan caught pulling by Michael Hussey before Tharanga and Sangakkara added 81 in 13 overs for the second wicket.

Sangakkara hit a 37-ball 49 before being trapped leg-before by Bollinger, who got his second wicket in the same over when he had Dinesh Chandimal caught by Clarke in the slips.

Bollinger struck again when he had Tharanga caught behind in his next over.

  • Priyantha

    It is very good Chandimal is dropped for the rest of the series. He needs to learn a lot before he plays for SL. He may have talent (but I doubt it ) but he is not in good form. Being in the good form is the first thing one should have for palying for the national team. Talent comes next. My skill order is like this: form, talent, techniques and intelligence. Form comes far ahead of latter three that come quite close to each other. Personal favours, politics and so on should come nowhere close for selection of national team members.

    Drop Jeevan Mendis too. He is extremely useless and disgusting to watch. Play Randiv who is much better than Jeevan in all three departments (batting, bowling and fielding)

    Mathews is not in good form. He may have talent but now he is definitely not in good form. Drop him for the next match. I think he needs a rest.

  • http://srilankacriket prabuddha vimukthi

    4th match aka kawadada?mona ground akeda thiyenne?

  • ADITYA BHANDARI

    VERY GOOD JOB BOYS COME ON AND WIN THE REST 2 MATCHES PROVE THE WORLD WHO U R

  • PremasiriS

    A person of average knowledge of the Game would know that Chandimal was a too good player ( of quick reflexes) to touch those 2 deliveries that he got out in the 1st two ODIs any other player would have played & missed those. There weren’t any reckless batting involved in any of those too occasions. In the 3rd the situation ( the power play) was little bit different.

    Just because they have failed in 4-5 innings at a stretch, they cannot be discarded as useless players because they (of 1st Class Bat Ave above 50 mark) have been proving their brilliance since the age of 15. There are few other young players like them . they too should be absorbed into the Team soon than later. The true Cricket fans would like to see the Best players in the Team rather than somebody’s child.

  • RANGA

    good bowling for mali. also good batting tharanga.

    but mahela, dinesh. jeewan. they ave not enough for sofar???????????

  • paul

    Malinga is the best