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Aus vs SL, 2nd final: as it happened

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Mar 06, 2012 at 05:02pm IST

Sri Lanka innings:

Over No. 45: Sri Lanka win! Centuries from David Warner and Michael Clarke went in vain as a 179-run opening stand between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene sealed an eight-wicket victory in the second CB series final for Sri Lanka.

Over No. 42: Sri Lanka are just 17 runs away! Sangakkara and Chandimal have taken Sri Lanka on the verge of victory after a century (106) by Dilshan and another important contribution (80) from Jayawardene gave them a terrific start. Sri Lanka 255/2.

Aus vs SL, 2nd final: as it happened

Dilshan plays a shot during his century knock in the second CB series final in Adelaide on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Over No. 40 Dilshan departs! Dilshan goes after playing a magnificent knock of 106 in 119 balls. He pulled a Brett Lee delivery right on the throat of a square leg fielder Mike Hussey, who took a tumbling catch to send the danger man back. Sri Lanka 242/2.

T Dilshan c M Hussey b Lee 106 (119)

Over No. 38: Fifty partnership between Dilshan and Sanga! It came in 63 balls. Sangakkara is now opening his shoulders, hitting two boundaries off Clint McKay.

Over No. 36: Dilshan reaches 100! Another brilliant innings by the veteran batsman, who got to the landmark, his second in the series, in 110 balls, with 10 fours. He has now crossed the 500-run mark in the series. Sangakkara, on the other hand, is taking his time and making sure that Sri Lanka reach the target without losing any more wicket. Sri Lanka 217/1.

Over No. 34: 200 up for Sri Lanka! What a reply by the Lankan Lions! Although only 22 runs have come in the last five overs, Sri Lanka are still on course. Dilshan is closing in on another hundred, while Sangakkara is playing second fiddle. Sri Lanka 204/1.

Over No. 31: One experienced player replaces another! Sangakkara joins Dilshan and gets to the business - stealing singles - from the outset. Both of them are doing it easy. One would expect some fireworks if Dilshan stays till the batting powerplay, which is still five overs from now if it is not taken earlier. Sri Lanka 192/1.

Over No. 28: Jayawardene departs! So finally a breakthrough for Australia. Mahela missed an incoming Pattinson delivery which struck top of his inner pad, trapping him right in front. The Sri Lankan skipper made 80 off 76 balls and placed his team on the doorstep of a victory.

M Jayawardene lbw b Pattinson 80 (76)

Over No. 25: When was the last time we saw such a one-sided chase? Will have to go to the record books for that! But Sri Lanka are cruising at the moment. Neither Dilshan nor Jayawardene is giving any chance to Australia. Clarke is running out of ideas. Sri Lanka 169/0.

Over No. 22: Sri Lanka going strong! Chasing 272, They are 150/0 in 22 overs. Wow! The Dilshan-Jayawardene opening stand is already the best of the series, beating the previous best of 139 between David Warner and Matthew Wade in the first final in Brisbane.

Over No. 19: Fifty for Jayawardene! Mahela's decision to open the batting with Dilshan has made a huge difference to Sri Lanka. He is a master in manoeuvring the ball and a perfect foil for attacking Dilshan. His run-a-ball fifty, too, comprises five fours. Sri Lanka 124/0.

Over No. 17: Dilshan reaches fifty! The attacking batsman took 56 balls to reach to the landmark, which comprised five fours. Sri Lanka 114/0.

Over No. 15: Sri Lanka are in the driver's seat, scoring 24 runs in the last five overs. Both Dilshan and Jayawardene close in on to their respective half-centuries. Sri Lanka 98/0.

Over No. 12: Christian replaces McKay! Remember he took a hat-trick in the last round robin match against the same opponents! Even one wicket from him at the moment will serve the purpose for his skipper, who is desperately looking to break the Sri Lankan opening stand, which has already accumulated 82 runs so far.

Over No. 10: In comparison to Australia's score in the first 10 overs, which was 39/1, Sri Lanka are well placed in their 10 overs, 74/0. Scoring with almost a double rate and not losing a wicket.

Over NO. 8: Good deception by McKay! The medium pacer is displaying his skills of delivering a variety of slower balls. The one bowled from the back of the hand is proving to be the most troublesome for the batsmen. The Australian fielding is complimenting their bowling, which at times, is a little wayward. Sri Lanka 59/0.

Over No. 6: Sri Lanka reach 50! Just the sort of a start the visitors were looking for. Dilshan is in his usual attacking best, while Jayawardene is a mixture of caution with aggression.

Over No. 5: Good start by Sri Lanka! Chasing a competitive 272, Dilshan and Jayawardene are just doing what is required of them, punishing any loose delivery offered by the Aussie bowlers. Sri Lanka 42/0

Over No. 3: Pattinson replaces Lee! After a wayward first over by Lee, captain Michael Clarke brings Jammes Pattinson into the attack. He hits the right line but only after bowling two wayward deliveries first up. Dilshan is making use of it, hitting two fours which flow from the thick part of his bat through the slip region. Sri Lanka 30/0.

Over No. 2: Mahela gets a life! After chasing and nicking a wide delivery by Clint McKay behind the wickets, the Sri Lankan captain gets a life when the replays showed the bowler overstepped. A smile of big relief on Jayawardene's face. Sri Lanka 19/0.

Over No. 1: Brett Lee starts for Australia! The Aussie speedster would like to repeat his performance of the last game where he gave his side early breakthroughs. But that will not be easy on a batting-friendly Adelaide wicket. Dilshan illustrates this by hitting a very wide Lee delivery for a four over the backward point fielder. Lee is also finding it hard to get his line right, bowling three wide deliveries. Sri Lanka 12/0.

Australia innings

50th over: Australia 271 for six. Malinga bowls David Hussey off the last ball through a yorker. His third wicket! Only five runs come from the over.

Hussey b Malinga 7 (8)

49th over: Clarke run out! The end of a great innings. Australia 266 for five. Six runs off Kulasekara's over.

Herath picks up the ball at midwicket and hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. Clarke well short.

Clarke run out 117 (91)

48th over: Michael Hussey out. Goes for a big shot dancing down the wicket, misses the ball which is a little slower. Cleaned up! Maliga strikes again. Australia 260 for four.

Hussey b Malinga 6 (5)

47th over: Australia 256 for three. 16 runs from the Rangana Herath over with Clarke taking another six off him. A captain's innings, indeed.

46th over: Warner out! Goes for a big hit over point but finds Dilshan who runs from the boundary to take a low catch. Malinga strikes. 184-run partnership comes to an end. Australia 240 for three.

Warner c Dilshan b Malinga 100 (140)

45th over: Century for Clarke. What a knock. His 7th overall. His first since April 2011. Australia 236 for two.

44th over: Single off the first ball. Lasith Malinga drops a difficult catch off Michael Clarke at deep square leg and the ball goes over the ropes. The next ball goes for a four. The third ball is hit for a six over long-off. Clarke is really turning it on. Another four. Maharoof is having a nightmare of a time. It's been called a no-ball. Single. Big relief for Maharoof having seen Clarke off strike. Warner gets no run off the last ball. Still, 23 runs from the over. Australia 232 for two.

41st over: Clarke greets Herath with a six over deep midwicket. But hang on, he is dropped off the next ball. Kulasekara runs from long-off towards his left but spills it. It was indeed catchable. Big miss. The Sri Lankan fielding has been very bad today and mind you, they are a good fielding side. Australia 199 for two.

40th over: Huge appeal against Warner for caught behind off Maharoof. Umpire Bruce Oxenford turns it down. The replays show he was right. Australia 189 for two.

36th over: 37 runs have come in the batting powerplay. Well, not many runs! But the good thing for the Australians is they haven't lost a wicket, which is very important. Australia 169 for two.

35th over: Michael Clarke also reaches his fifty, his 52nd. It's been a flawless innings by him. Also, the 100-run partnership is up. Australia 168/2.

33rd over: Australia 151 for two. Now Warner and Clarke are scoring at will. The Sri Lankans are desperate to break this stand. Who will do it for them? That's the question. Second over of the batting batting powerplay is over. Maharoof concedes 9 runs.

30th over: Australia 127 for two. This partnership is damaging Sri Lanka's chances not a little. Mind you, it's a very slow wicket and a score of 240, which Australia look likely to get, would be very tough to chase down.

26th over: Australia 108 for two. David Warner reaches his fifty. Fourth fifty for him. Also, the fifty-run stands is up between him and Clarke. Good stuff on a pitch that is getting slower by the over.

21st over: Australia 85 for 2. Just one run from the Rangana Herath over. Now spin operation from both ends. This a crucial period in the match.

18th over: Warner hits a big six over long-on off Maharoof. The ball travelled 99 metres. Australia 70 for two.

16th over: Watson out! Warner pushes for a single after nudging towards bowler Maharoof's left. Maharoof picks up the ball in a flash and throws the stumps down at the striker's end. Watson is short. Australia 58 for two. Captain Michael Clarke joins Warner.

Watson run out 15 (34)

14th over: Watson dropped again. This time the culprit is Rangana Herat. But it was not an easy catch. He had to run backwards at long off. He did his best but it was not enough. Mind you, he took a blinder in the similar position in the previous match to see the back of Matthew Wade. But this another day! Second reprieve for Watson. Kulasekara is frustrated. Australia 51 for one.

13th over: Watson dropped in the previous over! Dilshan drops a fairly each catch at point off Maharoof. Normally, he is a very good fielder, but in this case he has been way sub-standard. Australia 48 for one.

10th over: Australia 39 for one. It seems the day is going to belong to the spinners. The pitch is playing really slow.

8th over: This is a fresh pitch and a bit on the slow side. Well, that explains Dilshan opening the Lankan bowling. A score of 240-250 here would be more than challenging. Australia 28 for one.

5th over: Wade bowled! The ball is a bit on the short side. Wade goes for a shot through midwicket but fails to connect. Result, his off-stump is rattled. Shane Watson is the next batsman. Australia 23 for one.

Wade b Dilshan 14 (19)

1st over: Surprise, surprise! Tillakaratne Dilshan opens the proceedings for the Lankans. And Wade hits him for a four off the fifth ball, past point. Australia 6 for no loss.

8:25 a.m. Australia win toss, will bat first. David Warner has been declared fit to play the match. He was doubtful for this match. Meanwhile, Ben Hilfenhaus has been rested; Clint McKay will take his place. Angelo Mathews is still out for Sri Lanka. Bowler Dhammika Prasad has been replaced by batsman Chamara Kapugedara. Clearly, the Lankans have gone for batting strengthening.

Australia: David Warner, Matthew Wade(w), Shane Watson, Michael Clarke(c), Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brett Lee, James Pattinson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene(c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath

Welcome to the second final of the Commonwealth Bank Series between Australia and Sri Lanka at Adelaide. If Australia win today, they will clinch the series and there will be no need for the third match. So, it's a must-win game for the Lankans.

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