If one has to get selected to play for a national team without playing a domestic match that too for a team like Australia then one can say ‘only David Warner can do it!’
|Warner pulls one during his knock of 163 from 157 balls
Warner was unstoppable during his measured yet aggressive innings scoring 157 ball 163. This was Warner’s first ODI ton. Warner along with Wade giving the Aussies the ideal start one can expect for in a final scoring 136 runs in 24 over. It took a breath taking catch from Herath to break the opening stand.
There was brief stoppage of play when the rain Gods marked their presence and then obliging to the prayers of 13000 spectators hoping for an epic match. Watson was then removed by Maharoof leaving Australia
186 for 2.
With Daniel Christian and Bomber failing to accelerate, the task was left to Warner and Clarke, who hit a crisp 25 ball 37 before being fooled by the slower one from the expensive Malinga.
Lasith Malinga was disappointing once again as he became a bit predictable with his length, not sure where are those slow bouncers and slow loopy full tosses. Incidentally this was the second time Malinga is taken for a plenty in 3 matches.
Is this end of Malinga mystery? Naaah! it’s too early to say that.
|Malinga was expensive once again!
With two might sixes from Senior Hussey along with Warner’s massive innings Australia managed to put up a mammoth 321 in their 50 over, just one more than what Srilanka put up against the Indians.
It was always tough chasing 322 under lights with rain in the air. Dilshan was threating for a while playing few risky shots. Brett Lee on the other hand was a treat to watch, with his rhythm near perfect one always felt that a wicket is not far away.
It was just matter of time before Lee removed Mahela with a peach of a delivery and later cleaned up Dilshan with a bowlers dream (slight in swinger hitting top of middle and off) Srilanka were 52/2 by then.
Sangakkara then tried to keep the visitor hopes alive before falling to Shane Watson during the bowling power play leaving Srilanka at 115 for 4 in 22 over. Srilanka was badly hit the absence of their two premier all-rounder’s Angelo and Thissara warming the bench due to injury.
With 144 for 6 in 30.1 over it looked as if it’s all over Srilanka. But Kulasekara and Tharanga showed their warrior spirits hitting 17, 16, 10, 10, 15 in the batting power play overs with kulasekara completing his second half century in just 32 balls.
By the end of 40 over both the teams were at tie scoring 230. Wade then dropped Nuwan allowing him to hit 2 consecutive sixes off David Hussey before the bomber claimed his 4th wicket. It was a special innings by once the world’s best bowler.
With the rain lurking overhead everyone’s eyes were on DL, which read SL should get 289 by 46th over. In what was his first innings batting at lower than No.3 Tharanga tried to loft Watson over long off only to be caught by David Hussey leaving Srilanka at 285 for 8. Nevertheless 60 well made runs.
It was Dhammika Prasad who took off from where Kulasekara left hitting Lee over covers for a six taking him for 13 runs in the 47thover.
It took the calm head of Watson to guide Australia to their win in the first finals.
Man of the match: David Warner
Bottom Line: Bravo Srilanka! Well done Warner!!!
Australia 1 Srilanka 0 (3 finals)
– David Warner score his first ODI century in his 19th ODI
– Upul Tharanga batted at lower than 3rdposition for the first time in his 139 ODI’s
– Nuwan Kulasekara scored his highest score in ODI 73 off 43