50th over: Sri Lanka win by nine runs. This means India are out of the CB Series. Sri Lanka have shown great character. Who would have thought that they would beat Australia after the humiliating loss against the Indians in the previous match? Great teamwork. There is not a single player in the Lankan eleven that did not contribute today. Heartbreaking news for the Indians. If Australia had won today, they would have made it to the finals. Dinesh Chandimal is the Man of the Match for his 75.
David Hussey goes for a big shot off Kulasekara but finds Dilshan at long-off.
Hussey c Dilshan b Kulasekara 74 (74b)
49th over: Doherty out. Malinga's last over and he does it again. Doherty goes for a big shot but fails to connect properly and Dilshan takes a skier. Australia 229 for nine. Need another 10 to win.
Doherty c Dilshan b Malinga 7(15)
48th over: Herath is going to bowl. Hussey hits a six off the first ball. Nine runs from the over. Australia 225 for eight. Need another 14 to win.
47th over: Malinga back into the attack. The defining moment, for sure!Australia 216 for 8. Six runs from the over. Need another 23 to win.
46th over: Australia 210 for eight. Need another 29 to win. Doherty is playing with great caution. That's the need of the hour.
45th over: Australia 205 for eight. Need another 34 to win. David Hussey completes 11th ODI fifty. He is now key for Australia. The match is going down the wire. A slurping contest!
43rd over: McKay run out! Hussey pushes Herath in the covers for a single. Dilshan fields the ball and throws a rocket to Sangakkara who removes the bails in a flash. Australia 187 for eight.
McKay run out 6 (8)
41st over: Pattinson out. Tries to hit Herath over mid-wicket but finds Dilshan who takes a ripper of a catch. Australia 179 for seven.
Pattinson c Dilshan b Herath 12 (23)
40th over: Australia 178 for six. 19 runs from the batting powerplay. That tells you the whole story. SL on top at present. The Aussies need another 61 to win.
37th over: Australia 166 for six. Four runs from the over. Need another 73 to win. The match is poised for an exciting finish. David Hussey is key for Australia; for Sri Lanka, who could it be other than Lasith Malinga who has three more overs to bowl.
34th over: Senanayake removes Daniel Christian. The batsman plays it straight back to Senanayake who takes a nice low catch. Australia 151 for six.
Christian c & b Senanayake 3 (8)
31st over: Watson out. Australia 140 for five. A dream yorker from Lasith Malinga. Watson could not have done anything against such a beauty. The middle stump is uprooted. Watson was Malinga's third wicket. It seems he is trying to make up for the disastrous bowling he did against India in the last match. So far, he has been on the money.
Watson b Malinga 65 (83)
29th over: Sri Lanka bring Malinga back into the attack. This is an important period in the context of the match. Mind you, Malinga has already taken two wickets. Just one run from the over. Australia 132 for four.
28th over: David Hussey replaces his brother, Mike. He is already in his stride. Sweeps Herath for a four. Australia 131 for four. With Mike's wicket, the Lankans are back into the contest. The partnership was threatening to take the match away from them.
25th over: Hussey out against the run of play. The angled ball from Thirimanne takes an outside edge and Sangakkara takes a blinder keeping close to the bowler. Australia 113 for four. Another 126 they need to win.
Michael Hussey c Sangakkara b Thirimanne 29 (56)
23rd over: 26th ODI fifty for Shane Watson. Plays Thirimanne straight back for two. It was close as the ball was not far away from the bowler's hand. Australia 106 for three.
22nd over: Australia 101 for three.
19th over: Michael Hussey greets Kulasekara with a four. The ball was a bit short and he pounces on it, pulls it over midwicket. The boundary also brings up the fifty partnership between Hussey and Watson. Australia 83 for three.
17th over: Australia 69 for three. Both Watson and Hussey look in control. Watson has played some delightful strokes. After conceding a four off the fifth ball, Perera seems to have some trouble with his back. He is going out, wincing with pain. Not good news for the Lankans. Now who is going to finish Perera's over? It's Thirimanne.
14th over: Australia 50 for three. 24 runs have come for Australia since the departure of Peter Forrest. A big partnership is the need of the hour.
11th over: Australia 43 for three. Angelo Mathews finishes a tidy over. Concedes just two runs.
8th over: Shane Watson and Michael Hussey begin the repair work. Australia 35 for three. The Sri Lankan supporters in the crowd are having a ball; the Indian fans, not so happy. This partnership is key for Australia - for India as well.
5th over: Peter Forrest is Malinga's second victim. Australia lose their third wicket. Forrest goes for a bold shot with the ball way outside the off stump; finds an edge and a vigilant Kumar Sangakkara takes a regulation catch behind the wicket. Australia 26 for three.
Forrest c Sangakkara b Malinga 2 (9)
4th over: Another wicket for Sri Lanka. Now Matthew Wade departs. Nuwan Kulasekara traps him in front. Bowling from over the wicket, he brings it back; the batsman plays it across and misses the ball. Australia 20 for two.
Wade lbw b Kulasekara 9 (12b)
3rd over: Sri Lanka strike, Warner out! The dangerous opener hits a full toss straight to Perara at short cover. He can't believe it. It was struck really hard. Australia 18 for one.
Warner c Perera b Malinga 6 (6)
1st over: Lasith Malinga starts the proceedings for the Lankans. Matthew Wade gets a four off the second ball. Australia 7 for no loss.
Sri Lanka innings:
Over No. 50 Sri Lanka bowled out for 238! A five-wicket haul (5/31), including a hat-trick, by Daniel Christian restricted Sri Lanka to 238 in a crucial tri-series match at the MCG on Friday. Chandimal (75), Sangakkara (64) and Thirimanne (51) scored impressive fifties for Sri Lanka, while Pattinson, too, got four wickets for Australia.
L Malinga b Christian 2 (4)
Over No. 49: Fifty for Thirimanne! A good hand by another young Lankan batsman. His third fifty in ODIs which came off 57 balls. But his was the ninth wicket to fall. Pattinson gets another wicket, his fourth, on the last delivery of his fourth spell.
L Thirimanne b Pattinson 51 (59)
Over No. 48: Rangana Herath is using the long handle to good effect. A six behind the keeper off Pattinson, followed by a few hoicks on the leg side off Christian. Sri Lanka 230/1.
Over No. 45: Hat-trick for Daniel Christian! I think the bowler is as surprised as we are at the moment! Christian takes the wickets of Perera, Senanayake and Kulasekara in successive deliveries to achieve the landmark. Last seven overs have yielded only 30 runs for Sri Lanka and they have lost five wickets. Sri Lanka 212/8.
K Kulasekara lbw b Christian 0 (1)
S Senanayake lbw b Christian 0 (1)
T Perera c M Hussey b Christian 5 (7)
Over No. 42: Angelo Mathews goes! Like Chandimal, he too skied a slightly slow delivery by Daniel Christian, which was taken superbly by Xavier Doherty while running towards the boundary from mid-on.
A Mathews c Doherty b Christian 5 (8)
Over No. 40: Chandimal departs! Pattinson does it again for Australia. He has picked up wickets in each spell today. Chandimal mistimes a hoick, which he wanted to hit over the mid-on fielder, giving a simple catch to McKay at mid-off. The batting powerplay has only yielded 26 runs for Sri Lanka, and they have lost the wicket of Chandimal during the process.
D Chandimal c McKay b Pattinson 75 (84)
Over No. 38: Chandimal is going from strength to strength, scoring runs at will. Thirimanne is supporting his young batting partner equally well. Sri Lanka are trying to make the most of the five-over batting powerplay, which is taken from the 36th over. Sri Lanka 182/3.
Over No. 35: Chandimal should thank his lucky stars! After being given run-out for a suicidal third run, Chandimal got a life when Hilfenhaus, despite trying his best, touched the fence at the time of releasing the ball at third man. Sri Lanka 164/3.
Over No. 33: Thirimanne joins Chandimal! The two young guns of Sri Lanka have a job on their hands, taking their team forward without taking too much risk. Sri Lanka 152/3.
Over No. 30: Sangakkara departs! Pattinson provides the much-needed breakthrough for the Aussies as he tempts the experienced Sangakkara play a hook shot, which landed into the hands of Peter Forrest at the deep square leg. With Sanga's wicket, the 123-run stand between him and Chandimal also ended. Sri Lanka 144/3.
K Sangakkara c Forrest b Pattinson 64 (93)
Over No. 28: 270 looking good for Sri Lanka! Any score over 250 will be very competitive on this track which is expected to take turn in the second innings. And with two spinners - Herath and Senanayake - in their ranks, Sri Lanka have an upper hand. Sri Lanka 138/2.
Over No. 25: Fifties for Sangakkara, Chandimal! The two batsmen have also shared an unbeaten century stand for the third wicket. Sanga took 79 balls to reach to his 68th half-century, while 47 balls were enough for Chandimal to get to his fourth fifty of the series. Sri Lanka 119/2.
Over No. 22: 100 up for Sri Lanka! An impressive batting display by Sangakkara and Chandimal. Both got together when the score was 17/2 and how good they have played! The second fifty came in just 46 deliveries. Sri Lanka 102/2.
Over No. 19: The drinks break has hardly affected Chandimal's concentration who is taking calculated risks to get the scoreboard moving. He stamps his authority with another pull shot off Shane Watson. Two square drives for fours by Sangakkara off Hilfenhaus was a real treat. Sri Lanka 82/2.
Over No. 16: Chandimal on song! The right-handed batsman is making full use of the medium pace of part-timer Daniel Christian, hitting him for a straight six and running three for a blazing square cut. Sri Lanka are going just over four an over.
Over No. 13: Sri Lanka consolidate! After losing two wickets in the first 10 overs, Sri Lanka look to build their innings, with Sangakkara and Chandimal nudging the ball for quick singles. Double bowling change by Australia. Watson has now employed offspinner David Hussey and medium pacer Daniel Christian into the attack. Sri Lanka 47/2.
Over No. 10: Tough work for Sri Lanka! This was not the sort of a start Jayawardene would have hoped for when he decided to bat first on a dry MCG wicket. Sri Lanka managed only 36 runs and lost both of their openers in the first mandatory powerplay.
Over No. 8: Chandimal replaces Dilshan! The young batsman has been in a rich vein of form and Sri Lanka would want him to come good again today. Sri Lanka 24/2.
Over No. 5: A ripper by Pattinson sends Dilshan back! A typical Pattinson delivery, which seamed away a fraction after pitching just short of a good length area, kissing the outside part of Dilshan's bat on its way to Matthew Wade behind the stumps. Sri Lanka 17/2.
T Dilshan c Wade b Pattinson 9 (16)
Over No. 4: Australia paceman - Pattinson and Hilfenhaus - are not giving any leeway to the Sri Lankan batsmen. Dilshan although has been trying to rotate the strike, Sri Lanka don't need another run out.
Over No. 3: Jayawardene run-out! What a throw by David Hussey! The Sri Lankan skipper got run-out after he responded to Dilshan's call for a suicidal single. Sri Lanka 11/1.
M Jayawardene run out 5 (6)
Over No. 1: Good start by Sri Lanka! Dilshan starts the proceedings for Sri Lanka with a boundary off Pattinson, who has come into the side after a long injury layoff. Sri Lanka 6/0.
8:20 a.m. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat on a dry MCG wicket on Friday.
As expected, injured Farveez Maharoof was not included and was replaced by offspinner Sachithra Senanayake. Australia will be once again led by Shane Watson. Michael Clarke was asked to sit out as a precautionary measure.
"We are batting first. We are playing two spinners and I am surprised that this is a dry pitch. We have recovered from the Hobart ODI. Half the overs in the previous match was powerplays and so we have moved on. Senanayake replaces Maharoof," Mahela said at the toss.
"We are looking forward to this contest. The last week has been great and captaining the side again is a pleasure. Lee still has a broken toe and he is looking forward to the final on Sunday. James Pattinson will play today," Watson said.
Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson(c), Peter Forrest, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Matthew Wade(w), Daniel Christian, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene(c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath
8.10 a.m. Hello and welcome to our live coverage of a crucial tri-series match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the MCG on Friday.
India's thrilling win over the Lankans on Tuesday have given the spark to this last round robin match. It's a do-or-die situation for Sri Lanka. They are on level with points with India, and only a win today can take them to the best-of-three finals, first of which to be played in Brisbane on Sunday. India's hope of making to the finals hang on today's tie. They would want Sri Lanka to lose.
The availability of Australian skipper Michael Clarke was not certain. He has been troubled by back problems. Jayawardene also cleared on Wednesday that allrounder Farveez Maharoof will not play today's match because of an injury.
Australian young bowling sensation James Pattinson is expected to be a part of the Aussie playing XI. The 21-year-old has been out of international cricket since the Sydney Test against India.