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PHOTOS: Sri Lanka too good for Aus in Sydney

Last updated on: February 17, 2012 19:52 IST

Australia struggle after early wickets

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Australia elected to bat on winning the toss but were off to a poor start as they lost an early wicket in the form of David Warner.

Warner made 13 from 21 balls before he was deceived by a slower delivery from Lasith Malinga and ended up spooning a simple catch to the mid-on fielder.

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Sri Lanka hammered Australia by eight wickets in a rain-shortened match to register their first victory in the CB tri-series.


Image: Lasith Malinga celebrates after claiming the wicket of David Warner
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Ponting fails again

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Ricky Ponting - standing in as captain for the injured Michael Clarke - had a miserable evening after winning the toss, continuing his poor form with the bat by being caught and bowled by Farveez Maharoof for two.


Image: Farveez Maharoof takes a return catch to dismiss Ricky Ponting
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Hussey's half-century rallies Australia

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David Hussey was dropped twice, when his score was on eight and 33, and he saved Australia the blushes with a fluent half-century (58), his third half century of the series.

His stand of 49 for the ninth wicket with Mitchell Starc rescued the Australian innings from 104-8 after a top order collapse but ultimately it proved too little to save the hosts from defeat.


Image: David Hussey
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Perera's heroics sinks Australia

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All rounder Thisara Perera was the standout for Sri Lanka in the field, taking 2-29 with his right-arm medium pace and running out two more Australian batsmen with brilliant fielding.

The 22-year-old's contribution would have been more telling had Lasith Malinga managed to hold onto a catch from David Hussey off his first ball of the day, when the batsmen was on eight.

Australia were bowled out for 158 in an innings that was interrupted for two hours by wet weather.


Image: Thisara Perera celebrates after running out Brett Lee
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Dilshan gives Sri Lanka flying start

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Sri Lanka were set 152 for victory from 41 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan made the other major contribution to the Sri Lanka tally with a quickfire 45 before being caught by David Hussey off Clint McKay, handing out brutal punishment to Brett Lee in particular early in the innings.


Image: Tillakaratne Dilshan
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Jayawardene guides Sri Lanka home

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Sri Lanka never looked like needing much more than half of their allocated overs, however, and captain Mahela Jayawardene smashed an unbeaten 61 as they reached their target for the loss of two wickets with 101 balls to spare.


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Sangakkara reaches 10,000 runs in ODIs

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Sangakkara delighted the large Sri Lankan contingent in the crowd by becoming the 10th cricketer to pass the 10,000-run milestone on his way to a 29-ball 30. He was congratulated at the crease by Jayawardene, another member of the exclusive club.


Image: Kumar Sangakkara
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