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SL vs Aus, Match 6: As it happened

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Feb 17, 2012 at 04:19pm IST

Sri Lanka Innings:

25th over: Sri Lanka win by 8 wickets with 16.5 overs to go. Chasing a revised target of 152 runs in 41 overs, the Lankans reached the target on a gallop. They also earn a bonus point. Big boost for their triangular series hopes. Australia, on the other hand, suffer their second successive defeat.

22nd over: Sangakkara out! Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardene reaches his 63rd ODI fifty. Back to Sanga's dismissal. Goes for a big hit off Brett Lee over the leg side, gets a leading edge and finds Doherty at mid-on. Sri Lanka 136 for two.

SL vs Aus, Match 6: As it happened

Sri Lanka register their win of the triangular series. Reach 152 runs with 16.5 overs to go.

Sangakkara c Doherty b Lee 30 (29)

21th over: Sri Lanka 133 for one.

18th over: Kumar Sangakkara becomes the 10th player to score 10,000 runs in ODIs. What achievement!

17th over: Sri Lanka 102 for one. Need another 52 runs to win in 24 overs. SL have yet to register their first win at the SCG. This is going to be their day.

12th over: Dilshan out. He lashes at McKay's ball outside the off-stump, finds David Hussey at third slip. Sri Lanka 74 for one.

Dilshan c DJ Hussey b McKay 45 (41)

9th over: Sri Lanka 58 for 0. This is the highest opening partnership of the series by any side.

5th over: Sri Lanka for 41 for 0. Dilshan in full flow. Smashes Brett Lee for three successive fours. Utter disdain for the bowler. Australia need quick wickets, otherwise it will be too late for them.

2nd over: A good over for Sri Lanka as nine runs came from Mitchell Starc which included a brilliant straight drive from Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka 11/0 after the end of 2 overs.

1st over: Returning after injury spell, Brett Lee was handed the new ball and bowled a very good first over. He was charged up from the word go and even few words were exchanged between Lee and former Sri Lankan skipper Dilshan.

Australia Innings

40.5 overs All out! Another run out ends a forgettable day with the bat for Australia. But Hussey's half-century has given them a total of 158 that is much more than what the hosts looked like getting at 88 for 6 in 26 overs.

Three run-outs testify for Sri Lanka's excellent effort in the field. Maharoof was the pick of the bowlers with a spell of 8-1-18-2.

40th over: Taken in the outfield. Hussey's valiant knock of 58 and his 49-run partnership with Starc has been ended by Perera. Australia 153 for 8 in 39.2 overs.

David Hussey c Thirimanne b Perera 58 (64)

39th over: The solitary batting Powerplay over has produced seven runs to take Australia to 153 for 8. Two more overs to go.

38th over: Fifty for David Hussey. Worth it's weight in gold this one! Credit to Mitchell Starc as well for giving Hussey the support that he sought. At 140 for 8 and 3.3 overs to go, Australia now looking good to go past 150.

35th over: Starc has somehow held fort with David Hussey at the other end. Both have added 14 off 19 balls so far to take Australia to 120 for 8.

32nd over: Run out! Brett Lee has to go. Sensational fielding by Perera. Charged in from mid off and dived, collected and threw down the stumps in one action to find the Aussie short. It's looking embarrassing for the hosts now at 105 for 8.

Brett Lee run out 0 (9)

29th over: Out! Herath removes Mckay! Hussey holds the key here for Australia now, needs to maneuver the tail into producing some useful runs. Otherwise, it's all Sri Lanka at the moment at 95 for 7.

Clint McKay lbw b Herath 3 (15)

12:29 p.m. 41-over game! Play to resume in 15 minutes. Four bowlers can bowl 8 overs and one can bowl nine. The batting Powerplay for Australia now is just for one over. Must say heavily loaded in Sri Lanka's favour.

12:20 p.m. The mopping up at the SCG is on. If no more rain, play should resume in another 30 to 45 minutes.

12:05 p.m. Good news! Umpires have asked to take covers off the inner circle, though the wicket remains covered because of slight drizzle. The super-sopper is at work and what we can say as of now is that it's looking promising for resumption. Fingers crossed!

11:55 a.m. Still awaiting good news from Sydney. Unfortunately, none is expected soon as the rain refuses to fade away.

11:32 a.m. News filtering in that Clarke might not play against India as well on Sunday. Read it here.

11:22 a.m. It seems the rain is here to stay for a while. Lights are on, covers are on and the rain is on. So we can say that we are in for a curtailed affair for sure now. We'll keep you posted about the latest from the SCG.

11:07 a.m. The situation stays as is. No signs of covers coming off yet. Stay tuned for regular updates!

10:55 a.m. It hasn't relented yet and the covers are firmly in place. The D/L method heavily favours Sri Lanka here if the overs are reduced. On the other hand, SCG's drainage system is one of the best in the world. So should it stop now, they can resume in a matter of minutes.

26th over: The rain is getting heavier here and there you go! The umpires have called for the covers as the players make their way back into the dressing room. This will be much to Australia's relief who have huffed and puffed to 88 for 6 in 26 overs.

24th over: The Aussie procession refuses to cease. It's Daniel Christian's turn to walk back as he falls lbw to Perera. Australia 81 for 6.

Daniel Christian lbw b Perera 6 (13)

21st over: Maharoof strikes again to send Forrest back. Australia in dire straits as the Lankans tear into the hosts' lower order. Australia 74 for 5.

Peter Forrest c Mathews b Maharoof 16 (26)

18th over: Michael Hussey walking back! Big wicket this! The death knell sounded as Hussey edged it straight to Sangakkara, the ball after hitting Mathews for a mammoth six over the mid-wicket. Just 12 runs in the first three overs of bowling Powerplay. It's 60 for 4.

Michael Hussey c Sangakkara b Mathews 13 (23)

15th over: Sri Lanka in total control here, having reduced Australia to 48 for 3. Mahela signalling to the umpire that he wants to opt for the bowling Powerplay now, overs 16 to 20.

12th over: Double blow! Wade follows Ponting! Run out! It's 37 for 3 now. Perera's sharp work in the covers finds Wade and Forrest stranded mid pitch. This is turning into a disastrous start for the Aussies.

Mathew Wade run out 15 (36)

11th over: Ponting falls! Maharoof's slower ball does the trick as the Australian skipper checks his shot but not in time as Maharoof takes the return catch easily. Australia 37 for 2.

Ricky Ponting c & b Maharoof 2 (10)

10th over: The mandatory block of Powerplays has gone pretty well for Sri Lanka as the hosts haven't taken off by any means at 36 for 1. The overcast conditions are helping the Lankan quicks.

7th over: It's getting pretty dark at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the floodlights begin to warm up early. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka keeping a tight leash over the Australians at 25 for 1.

5th over: Malinga sends Warner back! A wayward delivery costing five wides, a perfume ball, a toe-crusher and then a slower one for the wicket. This over had it all as Malinga outsmarted Warner to give Sri Lanka their first breakthrough. 21 for 1.

David Warner c Maharoof b Malinga 13 (21)

3rd over: Sedate start as the trumpets blown by the Sri Lankan fans can be discernibly heard. Australia 9 for no loss.

8:45 a.m. Five minutes away from the start now. Ian Chappell says should the thunderstorm bring D/L system into play, it should suit Sri Lanka provided they haven't let Australia off the hook until that point. Thoughts?

8:30 a.m. Team News! Ricky Ponting is captaining Australia here as Michael Clarke recuperates; Michael Hussey returns in Clarke's place. Also, the 'rested' Ryan Harris has been replaced by Brett Lee, who returns after fixing a broken foot.

Two changes for Sri Lanka as well. Lahiru Thirimanne has displaced an out-of-form Upul Tharanga, while allrounder Farveez Maharoof will beef up the batting, which means offspinner Sachithra Senanayake sits out.

Australia: David Warner, Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Hussey, Peter Forrest, David Hussey, Matthew Wade (wk), Daniel Christian, Brett Lee, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath.

8:20 a.m. Toss! Australia win the toss and are batting.

8:15 a.m. Hi! It's the SCG, and Australia and Sri Lanka are here to play Match 6 of the Commonwealth Bank Series. While the World Cup finalists are still searching for their first win, the hosts will like to put the loss against India behind them.

Though a thunderstorm has been forecast later in the evening, at present it's pretty sunny.

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