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Aus vs SL, 9th ODI: As it happened

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Feb 24, 2012 at 04:55pm IST

Sri Lanka innings:

50th over SL win with four balls to go. Thisara Perera's six in the previous over made all the difference, it has to be said. It's been one hell of a match. The Lankans chased down 281 thanks to their skipper Mahela Jayawardene who made a quick 85. He deservedly got the Man-of-the-Match award.

Sri Lanka go top of the table with their 3rd win in 6 matches. India remain in third on 10 points, five behind Sri Lanka; four behind Australia. India's chances take a big dent. They will now have to play out of their skin to reach the finals.

Aus vs SL, 9th ODI: As it happened

Jayawardene departs after scoring a fabulous 85.

49th over: 278 for seven in pursuit of 281.

Mathews c Warner b Christian 24 (31)

46th over: Now Maharoof out. Pulls Ben Hilfenhaus straight to Harris at deep midwicket.

Maharoof c Harris b Hilfenhaus 5 (7)

45th over: Chandimal out. Plays across a straight ball from Ryan Harris. Plumb! Big breakthrough for Australia. Now they are favourites to take this tie.

Chandimal lbw b Harris 80 (100b)

42nd over: Sri Lanka 229/4 in pursuit of 281. Chandimal, who has scored his 6th ODI fifty, and Mathews are out there in the middle. This partnership is key for Sri Lanka. A wicket here can set them back big time.

37th over: Thirimanne out. Tries to play a cheeky stroke over short fine leg but finds Hilfenhaus. It was not needed. Australia back! Sri Lanka 202 for four.

Thirimanne c Hilfenhaus b Christian 24 (34)

34th over: Sri Lanka 185 for three. It's advantage Sri Lanka right now. Both Thirimanne and Chandimal are batting sensibly.

27th over: Mahela Jayawardene out! Doherty beats him through the air and Wade does the stumping in a flash.

Jayawardene st †Wade b Doherty 85 (81)

22nd over: Sri Lanka 133 for two in pursuit of 281.

19th over: Sri Lanka 115 for 2. Chandimal is already into his stride. Things are looking goods for the Lankans at the moment. They just have to make sure they don't lose a wicket at this point.

14th over: Sangakkara out. Gets a leading edge off Daniel Christian and David Warner takes the catch at backward point. Big wicket for Australia against the run of play. Sri Lanka 91 for two.

Sangakkara c Warner b Christian 22 (22)

13th over Sri Lanka 85 for one.64th ODI fifty for Jayawardene.

8th over: Ben Hilfenhaus removes a sedate Tillakaratne Dilshan for 3. Dilshan goes for the pull but picks out the man down at deep square leg. Sri Lanka are 55 for 1 after eight overs, with Mahela Jayawardene looking good on 44 off 39 balls.

Dilshan c Forrest b Hilfenhaus 3 (9)

4th over: Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan begin Sri Lanka's chase with a mix of circumspect and cheeky shots. 23 for no loss, but the Lankans have a long way to go. Can Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus find an early breakthrough for Australia?

Australia innings:

50th over: Australia close on 280/6. Good bowling from the Lankans in the last five overs, otherwise the score could have been even bigger.

46th over: Christian out. Sangakkara does a good job behind the stumps. Christian leaves his crease for a big swipe but he gets it all wrong. Australia 250 for six.

Christian st †Sangakkara b Herath 6

45th over: Michael Hussey out! Malinga's yorker does the job.

Michael Hussey b Malinga 21 (14)

41st over: Forrest out. Maharoof takes a simple catch in the deep cover area as Forrest tries to hit it over him. The idea was right since there was just one fielder in that area but the execution was poor. Anyway, it's a great innings by him. In such a short time he has shown what he is capable of. He certainly looks the future. Australia 205 for four.

Forrest c Maharoof b Mathews 104 (138b)

40th over Peter Forrest reaches his maiden ton.

39th over: Clarke out! He hits the ball from the middle of his bat but finds Perera at deep midwicket who takes a top-class catch.

Clarke c Perera b Mathews 72 (79b)

37th over Australia 178 for two. For some reasons, Forrest has slowed down a bit in the last few overs. Maybe, it's the century thoughts.

36th over: Australia 175 for two. It's the end of the batting powerplay. 43 runs come for Australia in it. They are certainly on course for a big score.

34th over: 51st ODI fifty for Michael Clarke. It's been a clean innings. Australia 155 for two.

33rd over: Australia 148 for two. Two boundaries for Forrest off Malinga's over.

32nd over The batting powerplay has been taken. This is a crucial stage. Sri Lanka desperately need a couple of wickets.

30th over: Australia 128 for two. 1000 runs for Michael Clarke against Sri Lanka. Also, the 100-run partnership is up between Clarke and Forrest. Now the batsmen are playing more freely and that's not a good sign for Sri Lanka.

26th over: Australia 105 for two. Six runs off the Herath over.

Meanwhile, Peter Forrest reaches his third fifty. Mind you, it's his just fourth game.

20th over: Australia 81 for two. The fifty-run partnership is up between Forrest and Clarke. Good going!

17th over: Australia 68 for two. Both Forrest and Clarke are playing the ball on its merit. Defensive approach as of now for the Aussies but somebody has to let loose.

12th over: Australia 50/2. A big partnership is the need of the hour for the Kangaroos. Clarke is already into his stride.

9th over: Captain Clarke is on the offensive. Fetches a four and a six off Maharoof's second over. The party is over for the Sri Lankan bowler. Australia 41 for two.

7th over: Maharoof strikes. The ball swings towards the keeper and Warner plays at it defensively to find an edge. Sangakkara makes no mistake. Australia 27 for two.

Warner c †Sangakkara b Maharoof 7 (13)

2nd over: Kulasekara strikes for Sri Lanka! After taking a four off the bowler off the fourth ball, Wade gives an easy catch to Jayawardene at wide mid-off. Peter Forrest is the new man in. Australia 9 for 1.

Wade c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 5 (7)

1st over: Malinga starts the proceedings for Sri Lanka. David Warner and Matthew Wade take one one off the over. Australia one for no loss.

8:28 a.m. Hello, welcome to the match number nine of the triangular series. It's Australia vs Sri Lanka. The Aussies have won the toss and they will bat first. Australia captain Michael Clarke returns after missing a couple of matches on account of a hamstring injury.

Squads:

Australia David Warner, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Michael Clarke (captain), Peter Forrest, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brett Lee, Ryan Harris, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus

Sri Lanka Tillakaratne Dilshan,Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Chandimal, HDRL Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, NLTC Perera, Farvez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath

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