Sri Lanka chase down 280 with four balls to spare

Courtesy: International Cricket Council

Fired by half-centuries from captain and man-of-the-match Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal, the tourists were ushered to victory by a brilliant cameo from allrounder Thisara Perera who blasted an unbeaten 21 off 11 balls in the final few overs.

Perera smacked a six and a four in consecutive balls to leave his team needing only three runs from the final over and paceman Nuwan Kulasekara bashed a boundary through the covers to bring up the winning runs.

The victory continued Sri Lanka’s stunning turnaround in the series, which also includes India, after they went winless from their first three matches.

Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat in glorious sunshine on a flat pitch at Bellerive Oval, and enjoyed a 154-run stand with Peter Forrest after openers Matt Wade and Dave Warner both fell cheaply.

Forrest, promoted to three after former skipper Ricky Ponting was dropped from the side earlier this week, marked his fourth one-day match with a glittering 104.

The 26-year-old New South Welshman blasted two sixes and 10 boundaries in his 138-ball knock before his post-century celebrations ended quickly at the hands of Angelo Mathews.

Deceived by a slower ball, Forrest attempted to slog over the covers, but succeeded only in skying a simple catch to Farveez Maharoof.

Mathews also removed Clarke for 72 two overs prior to Forrest’s dismissal, the Australia captain slogging over midwicket to Thisara Perera, who took a brilliant catch just above the grass after sprinting from the boundary.

Mike and Dave Hussey combined for a quickfire 42-run stand but paceman Lasith Malinga took the wind from Australia’s sails when he bowled the former for 21 with a sizzling yorker.

Allrounder Dan Christian was stumped for six after charging down the wicket to meet spinner Rangana Herath, and Australia managed only 30 runs from their last five overs to give the tourists hope of reeling in the total.

Sparked by a belligerent Jayawardene, Sri Lanka marched to 51 in eight overs before Tillakaratne Dilshan was out for three, pulling a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery straight to Forrest at deep square leg.

The Sri Lankan captain marched on with a 45-run stand with wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, who fell for 22, poking an edge to Warner at backward point off an innocuous delivery from Christian.

Jayawardene added another 49 with Dinesh Chandimal before being stumped, deceived by a venomous, turning ball from spinner Xavier Doherty.

Chandimal’s 80 drove Sri Lanka to 243-5 before he was trapped in front by paceman Ryan Harris, who caught Maharoof for five off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus in the following over.

Mathews was out for 24, slogging a rash shot straight to Dave Warner in the deep to give the hosts their seventh wicket and briefly raise their hope of stopping the Sri Lankan charge.

But with 14 runs needed from the last nine balls, Perera plundered two short balls from Christian for 10 runs to propel the tourists to victory.

  • PremasiriS

    Compare Average & Strike Rate of Senanayake’s to that of Herath (Selectors’Babe

    Sachithra Senanayake’s Career since 2005
    Balls Runs Wkts Ave SRate Econ Tournement Season

    72 34 3 11.33 24.00 2.83 Leag 2005U-23
    18 15 1 15.00 18.00 5.00 T/20 2006/07
    104 102 7 14.57 14.86 5.88 LO 2007/08 IP
    126 138 8 17.25 15.75 6.57 T/20 2007/08IP
    1666 746 50 14.92 33.32 2.69 Lea 2007/08 Pre
    369 244 14 17.42 26.36 3.97 LO 2007/20 Pre
    1282 525 46 11.41 27.87 2.46 Leag 2007U-23
    987 430 15 28.66 65.80 2.61 Leag 2008/09IP
    2066 919 49 18.75 42.16 2.67 Leag 2008/09Pre
    433 302 11 27.45 39.36 4.18 L/O 2008/09Pre
    492 269 20 13.45 24.60 3.28 LO 2009/10Pre
    2216 1098 53 20.71 41.81 2.97 Lea 2009/10Pre
    168 152 14 10.85 12.00 5.43 T/20 2009/10
    282 190 6 31.66 47.00 4.04 LO 2010/11 IP
    282 206 7 29.42 40.29 4.38 LO 2010/11 Pre
    1656 683 45 15.17 36.80 2.47 Lea 2010/11 Pre
    332 179 16 11.18 20.75 3.23 L/O 2011/12 Pre

    Rangana Herath Since 2005
    Balls Runs Wkts Ave SRate Econ Tournement Season
    72 88 6 14.66 12.00 7.33 T/20 2005/06
    72 78 5 15.60 14.40 6.50 T/20 2006/07
    204 131 6 21.83 34.00 3.85 LO 006/2007Pre
    139 115 9 12.77 15.44 4.96 T/20 2007/2008 IP
    72 52 0 LO 2007/2008 IP
    401 220 19 11.57 21.11 3.29 LO 2007/2008Pre
    1226 522 29 18.00 42.28 2.55 Leag 2007/2008 Pre
    743 393 9 43.66 82.56 3.17 Leag 2008/09 IP
    674 343 20 17.15 33.70 3.05 Leag 2008/2009 Pre
    138 95 1 95.00 138.00 4.13 L/O 2008/ Pre
    776 413 19 21.73 40.84 3.19 Lea 2009/10 Pre
    54 44 1 44.00 54.00 4.89 LO 2009/10 Pre
    42 46 3 15.33 14.00 6.57 T/20 2009/2010
    228 146 7 20.85 32.57 3.84 LO 2010/11 Int-Pro
    66 77 3 25.66 22.00 7.00 T/20 2011 Int Pro

    Who ever interested may verify these Stats at Cricket Archives website.
    I would also like to invite all Cricket loving public of our country to highlight the consistent performances all promising youngsters. If we don’t do that all youngsters would give up playing cricket soon after leaving schools, I say so because these young prospects have no incentives to be in the Game as it happens in our neighboring Countries.

    Local media too has their own bogus (heroes) stars to promote, they are yet to learn the worth of a young promising Cricketer to this Country . The local media has a lot to learn from Indian & Chinese media, the importance of promoting only those games that are most suited for the Country. The authorities have no clue how to keep these youngsters in the Game either. Actually it seems that they aren’t bothered a bit about the future of Cricket in the Country.

    By the way it is only now the World could see the difference of batting (risky stroke play) of seniors to that of classy risk-free innings of youngsters who have been very consistent since their age of 15. All these years these inept selectors have always try to hide these quality cricketers from representing the Country to make way for henchmen.

  • gihan

    Well played Sri lanka! By the way where is jeevan mendis? He was the best spinner in pakistan odi series and suddenly he was not picked. He could come handy if he was giiven some chance in the middle. Then our bowling attack can have 2 real good spinners


    War is now gone! While others make historial TV documenaries to demoralise Sri Lankans who won the war, lets now move forward to show WE SRILANKAN LIONS WILL, AND CAN WIN ANHYTHING!

  • muhammadh rikzy

    we need to try hard and be constant untill the end of the sereis. but to the next game against india we need to bring back senanayake droping herath.

  • Alex

    I spoke – replace the captain….

  • PremasiriS

    Chandimal was at his peak form at the time of the last WC, which compelled the selectors to pick him (to avoid criticism) for series against the Australians &WIs Nov/2010&Jan/2011 respectively, but didn’t give him a single chance to prove his worth because, if he had given a single opportunity, these inept selectors were very much aware of the fact that they wouldn’t be able to accommodate few VIPs in the WC squad of 2011, as it happened in WC 2007.The reason given by the chief selector (who himself as a person who represent the Country at a very young age as 19), for his non-inclusion was that Chandimal wasn’t up to the standards at the time, though by that time he has had already proven his worth by becoming the Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (2009),being the highest run getter in the Premier Div 2010,scoring a double century & a century against the SA A side & the Indians and having a 1st Class Batting Average of 59+ after a more than 50, 1st Class Innings . (to be CNTD)
    The World could now witness him, Mathews & Thirimanne batting like a professionals while seniors bat like amateurs. ( it is so much the better if they could avoid the risky stroke play of seniors till the team is better placed to win) These selectors of SL of last 25 years have had no faith in batsmen the Class of Dravid, Tendulkar, Amla, Trott or Samaraweera for that matter, who are always in a position to play risk free innings at consistent basis in contrast they’ve always preferred batsmen who try to survive with 101 risky strokes and unfortunately they have never valued the batsman’s stay-in power. Pls note that Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne & Senanayaake aren’t players that has been picked by the selectors, but those who’ve forced their way into the National Side for their sheer brilliance since their young age as 15 in the Domestic scene

  • Lalith Gunadasa

    Weldon Sri Lanka