Sri Lanka upset Australia at Hobart
Sri Lanka made 283/7 in 49.2 overs to chase down Australia’s 280/6 to win their ODI fixture at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart by 3 wickets. The win took them to the top of the Commonwealth Bank Series points table.
Peter Forrest was promoted to no.3 as Australia played their first ODI after dropping Ricky Ponting. The youngster responded with his maiden ton in international cricket after Australia won the toss and chose to bat. He steadied and rebuilt the Australian innings in a 154 run partnership for the third wicket with Michael Clarke after SL’s bowlers had reduced them to 27/2 at one point. Contributions from the two Husseys and Brett Lee shored up the innings as the home team posted a total of 280/6.
Mahela Jayawardene raced away in Sri Lanka’s reply, he was in his 40s when the team 50 came up in the 8th over and Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan was only on one at the other end. Dilshan looked like opening up, adding two runs to his tally but was caught off the next ball playing a pull shot to be dismissed for 3.
Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal however kept the chase on course with their contributions, the captain and Chandimal both hitting 80s. A bunch of quick wickets towards the end added to the thrill but Thisara Perera settled the matter with his big hits off Daniel Christian in the penultimate over, bringing the equation down from 14 required off 9 to 3 required off 6.
SL needed only two balls of the last over to go better than that, reaching 283/7 and going to the top of the CB Series points table with their 3 wicket win.