Overs: 20.0 / 20.0
Overs: 20.0 / 20.0
|15.6||S Prasanna to AJ Turner, OUT, No run, Excellent catch from Siriwardana at long-off. Starkly contrasts with those drops from Kapu and Munaweera. Tossed up and spins away outside off, Turner flat-bats this legbreak in the air. Siriwardana moves swiftly to his right, dives across, and snaps it up.|
|15.5||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, 3 runs, fired outside off, spins away, catches the outside edge and sneaks away fine of short third man. Three runs. Another example of good running from this pair.|
|15.4||S Prasanna to AJ Turner, 1 run, full-toss outside off, hacked away to wide long-on.|
|15.3||S Prasanna to AJ Turner, 2 runs, fuller legbreak outside off, forced away wide of point.|
|15.2||S Prasanna to AJ Turner, 2 runs, dug in short and outside off, skips back and square-cuts it away for a couple. Good running.|
|15.1||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, 1 run, full and outside off, slogged away to deep midwicket.|
More big news: Mitchell Starc will not play in IPL2017.
|14.6||KMDN Kulasekara to MC Henriques, 1 run, full and outside off, gets forward and pushes through the off side again.|
|14.5||KMDN Kulasekara to AJ Turner, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, driven through the covers.|
|14.4||KMDN Kulasekara to MC Henriques, 1 run, slower back of a length ball on off, nudged square of short fine leg for one.|
|14.3||KMDN Kulasekara to AJ Turner, 1 run, short of a length and outside off, stabs an inside edge for one.|
|14.2||KMDN Kulasekara to TM Head, OUT, No run, The drop costs Sri Lanka nothing. Munaweera will be relieved. Length and angling away outside off, bounces at the batsman. Head simply steers it into the gloves of Dickwella.|
|14.1||KMDN Kulasekara to TM Head, 2 runs, Munaweera misjudges a skier at short third man. Good length and angling away outside off, Head eyes up a leg-side slog and ends up top-edging it into the sky. Munaweera at short third man turns to his left instead of turning to his right and Sri Lanka drop another catch. Think Munaweera did not even get his hand to it. Their fielding is going to pieces.|
Kapil: "Ridiculous fielding. Had he taken that catch, both set batsmen would have been out"
|13.6||JRMWS Bandara to MC Henriques, 2 runs, short of a length on off, punched away to wide long-on, where Asela fumbles now.|
|13.6||JRMWS Bandara to MC Henriques, WIDE, 1 run, floated full and outside off, slower one past the tramline. Off-side wide.|
|13.5||JRMWS Bandara to TM Head, 1 run, full and outside off, driven on the front foot to the left of extra cover. Prasanna swoops down on the ball but can't under-arm it onto the stumps. Had he hit Head would have been caught short.|
Abhi: "This dropped catches is not going to help Lankans. Poor Fielding"
|13.4||JRMWS Bandara to MC Henriques, 1 run, short of a length on off, hops and jabs the ball in the direction of square leg.|
|13.3||JRMWS Bandara to TM Head, 1 run, back of a length on off, Head drops it straight to point and sets off. Henriques responded quickly too.|
|13.2||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, OUT, No run, a big appeal for caught behind from the bowler and the keeper. Nogajski takes his own sweet time and then raises his finger. Good length and outside off, Klinger reaches out with his hands, swishes and snicks behind. The snicko detects the outside edge. End of a sluggish knock from Klinger.|
|13.1||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, cut to the left of sweeper cover.|
|12.6||SL Malinga to MC Henriques, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Kapugedara drops it running to his right at long-on. What's more? The ball plonks behind to the boundary. Slower full ball on the off stump, Henriques skips out and skies a loft. He was hoodwinked by the lack of pace. Kapu runs across and makes a royal mess of it in the deep.|
|12.5||SL Malinga to M Klinger, 1 run, 113.8ks back of a length on off, the batsman was waiting on the back foot for it. Clipped through square leg.|
|12.4||SL Malinga to MC Henriques, 1 run, 112.5ks slower full ball on middle and leg, worked along the ground to deep midwicket.|
|12.3||SL Malinga to M Klinger, 1 run, shortish and outside off, leans back and cuts to point.|
|12.2||SL Malinga to MC Henriques, 1 run, length and outside off, whipped away to deep midwicket.|
|12.1||SL Malinga to MC Henriques, No run, slower ball, 113ks, grips and cuts away outside off, beats the groping bat.|
|11.6||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, 1 run, flatter and speared outside off, a back-foot force to cover ensures.|
|11.5||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, No run, slower and dips outside off, Henriques can't get close to the pitch. He slogs and drags an inside edge to short fine leg.|
|11.4||S Prasanna to M Klinger, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, eased to long-off.|
|11.3||S Prasanna to M Klinger, No run, slower and angled in on off, then turns, the batsman gets forward and plays it back to the bowler.|
|11.2||S Prasanna to M Klinger, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, lobbed up very full and outside off, Klinger lays into a drive, and sends the ball clattering away to the left of the covers.|
|11.1||S Prasanna to M Klinger, 2 runs, short legbreak outside off, slashes a cut to the left of sweeper cover.|
|10.6||DAS Gunaratne to MC Henriques, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, Henriques shuffles across off, fetches a length ball and dumps it over square leg with a slog-sweep.|
|10.5||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, 1 run, another floaty offcutter, shortish, whipped away on the back foot to deep midwicket.|
|10.4||DAS Gunaratne to MC Henriques, 1 run, hung up in the air outside off, 86ks, forced away to long-on.|
|10.3||DAS Gunaratne to MC Henriques, No run, even shorter, incutter, sticks in the surface. He attempts a flick and inside-edges it onto the pad.|
|10.2||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, 1 run, back of a length offcutter just outside off, whipped away towards deep square leg.|
|10.1||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, Klinger breaks free. Slower cutter outside off, he gets inside the line and laps it away fine of long leg for a six. Clears the short boundary.|
|9.6||S Prasanna to M Klinger, 1 run, half-tracker on middle, Klinger still can't get going. Skips back and pulls to deep midwicket.|
|9.5||S Prasanna to M Klinger, 2 runs, another turning legbreak, this is short in length. Square-cut to deep point.|
|9.4||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, 1 run, short and outside off, laced off the back foot to long-off.|
|9.3||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, No run, turning legbreak outside off, why was Sandakan left out? what was Zampa left out? Slashes and misses as the ball slides past the bottom edge.|
|9.2||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, 2 runs, slower legbreak thrown up wide outside off as Henriques steps out early. He is forced to reach out and slice it away between point and cover.|
|9.1||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, No run, dug short and outside off, goes back and forces the ball to cover.|
Ranuka Bathgala: "Malinga doesn't need to be a captain to lead the side. He the on field captain i guess ! Great team player"
Lakwin: "I think they should give Milinda a few overs. A left armer would come in really handy against the two right handed batsmen, both who are under pressure."
|8.6||DAS Gunaratne to MC Henriques, 1 run, Asela dives to his right, but the ball evades his outstretched right hand. Full and sticks in the surface, lobbed past the bowler.|
|8.5||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, 1 run, floated up outside off, flicked away nicely into the vacant spaces at midwicket.|
|8.4||DAS Gunaratne to MC Henriques, 1 run, length ball, floated on off, punched down the pitch past the bowler's right.|
|8.3||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, 1 run, length and outside off, dragged with a slog-sweep to deep midwicket.|
|8.2||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, 2 runs, loopier and outside off, waits the ball to arrive, and then chips it up and over the covers.|
|8.1||DAS Gunaratne to MC Henriques, 1 run, floated up outside off, whipped on the back foot through midwicket. They aim two, some miscommunication between the wickets. No harm done for the hosts. They settle with one in the end.|
|7.6||S Prasanna to M Klinger, No run, back of a length and outside off, angles his bat and chops to backward point.|
|7.5||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, 1 run, shorter and slides in with the arm outside off, Henriques forces to long-on on the back foot.|
|7.4||S Prasanna to M Klinger, 1 run, skiddy legbreak outside off, sits back and punches in the gap at the covers.|
|7.3||S Prasanna to M Klinger, No run, shorter and spins away outside off, Klinger skips back, cuts, and can't beat point. He hasn't got going.|
|7.2||S Prasanna to M Klinger, No run, tossed-up legbreak outside off, played with the turn to point with soft hands.|
|7.1||S Prasanna to MC Henriques, 1 run, full and outside off, eased through the covers on the front foot.|
Predictably, Munaweera if off. Here is Prasanna
|6.6||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, No run, floated on off, 86ks, patted to point inching forward. Just four off the over.|
|6.5||DAS Gunaratne to MC Henriques, 1 run, slower incutter, slower than the previous ball, 87ks, takes the inside edge and rolls away just wide of leg stump. Henriques played early and got away.|
|6.4||DAS Gunaratne to BR Dunk, OUT, No run, bowled'em. Just 88ks, the lack of pace does 'em in. Looks like another slower cutter, dips, creating distance between the bat and the pitch. Dunk aims a big swipe and does not touch it. Asela kisses the off stump.|
|6.3||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, 1 run, slower cutter outside off, Klinger chops it more or less straight to point. He aims for a quick single, Dunk responds . He dishes out a full-length dive and is safe. Dunk is in by the time the keeper collects the throw and swipes the bails off.|
|6.2||DAS Gunaratne to BR Dunk, 1 run, full on the stumps, which is slapped away through the covers.|
|6.1||DAS Gunaratne to M Klinger, 1 run, back of a length and angled in on off, clipped to deep square leg.|
Asela. Over the wicket. His run-up is probably shorter than the boundaries here
|5.6||EMDY Munaweera to BR Dunk, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, half-tracker on leg or outside leg, Dunk ventures deep in the crease and swats a pull over midwicket for his third six in four balls. 22 off the last over of the Powerplay. And just like that Australia have scooted to 60.|
|5.5||EMDY Munaweera to BR Dunk, No run, 99.5ks, skids on middle, gets forward and pushes to cover.|
|5.4||EMDY Munaweera to BR Dunk, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, Dunk goes downtown now. Tossed up and outside off, Dunk moves away outside leg again. He smashes it disdainfully over the long-off fence. This Munaweera experiment has backfired for SL.|
|5.3||EMDY Munaweera to BR Dunk, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, Dunk makes room outside leg, opens up the off side. Takes this length ball from outside off and launches it over cover for a six.|
|5.2||EMDY Munaweera to BR Dunk, No run, straight ball, which is drilled to mid-off.|
|5.1||EMDY Munaweera to BR Dunk, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short dart outside off, nearly 100ks, not much turn. Dunk hangs back and slashes it over the top of point. Evades the outstretched arm.|
Time for Munaweera's offbreaks.
|4.6||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, 2 runs, picked off the pads through backward square leg. Good Powerplay for Sri Lanka so far.|
|4.5||JRMWS Bandara to BR Dunk, 1 run, back of a length and skids onto rap the thigh as Dunk does not connect with a pull. The ball rolls square on the off side.|
|4.4||JRMWS Bandara to BR Dunk, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Duck backs away outside off, full and wide outside off, scythed away over cover. Klinger pats Dunk on the back.|
|4.3||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, 1 run, length ball, angled in, dropped to point and Klinger rushes off to the other end. Puts pressure on the fielder. Kapu, I think, runs in and fumbles.|
|4.2||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, No run, Klinger uses his feet and aims to scythe it through the off side. This one seams away and whistles past the outside edge.|
|4.1||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, No run, full and outside off, Klinger drives crisply but can't beat Mendis at extra-cover. The off-side ring is well populated.|
|3.6||KMDN Kulasekara to BR Dunk, No run, back of a length, starts on off and skirts away past the outside edge. Bad start, but good finish to the over from Kulasekara.|
|3.5||KMDN Kulasekara to BR Dunk, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, Dunk runs down the track, Kulasekara pulls his length back. Dunk says no problem and shovels it away with the bottom hand in the gap at midwicket. Skips away to the boundary.|
|3.4||KMDN Kulasekara to M Klinger, 1 run, full and outside off, opens the bat-face and dinks it to point.|
|3.3||KMDN Kulasekara to M Klinger, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short and outside off, the shot was on. Width on offer, he cracks a cut between backward point and cover.|
|3.2||KMDN Kulasekara to M Klinger, No run, shortish and outside off, chopped to point again.|
|3.1||KMDN Kulasekara to M Klinger, 2 runs, Klinger hares down the track, Kulasekara drags his length back outside off. Klinger does not have enough room for the cut. Drags an inside edge past the leg stump.|
|3.1||KMDN Kulasekara to M Klinger, WIDE, 1 run, full and drifting down leg for another leg-side wide.|
|2.6||JRMWS Bandara to BR Dunk, No run, wicket-to-wicket line, Dunk presses forward and pats it to mid-off. Impressive over first-up from Sanjaya.|
|2.5||JRMWS Bandara to BR Dunk, No run, short of a length on middle, played back to the bowler.|
|2.4||JRMWS Bandara to AJ Finch, OUT, No run, No fireworks from Finch in front of his home fans. Sanjaya has his man. Good length ball, angled in and kicks up at the batsman again. Finch is early into the shot, looking to work to leg. He jumps off the ground, and ends up lobbing a return catch. This surface has something in it for the seamers.|
|2.3||JRMWS Bandara to AJ Finch, No run, Finch has a wry smile. Length and outside off, it jumps from there, thuds into the splice of the bat. Hangs in the air before dropping in front of Mendis at cover.|
|2.2||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, 1 run, full, angled into the right-hander, and then shapes away, opening 'em up. Swing for Sanjaya. Wafted towards point.|
One slip in place
|2.1||JRMWS Bandara to M Klinger, No run, back of a length and outside off, chopped to extra-cover.|
Just one over for Malinga again. He's off. Sanjaya is here. Over the wicket
Leeroy: "To be honest I'm not sure why captains don't think outside the box more. They are too set in tradition having at least 2 pace bowlers. Spin bowlers are a lot more effective in 20 20 cricket, I don't understand why sides don't play with 3/4 bowlers spinners, or even 4"
|1.6||KMDN Kulasekara to AJ Finch, No run, shorter and ducks back in from outside off, some extra bounce too for Kulasekara. Finch jumps off the ground and punchily plays to the covers.|
|1.5||KMDN Kulasekara to AJ Finch, No run, slightly back of a length and outside off, Finch chops to point.|
|1.4||KMDN Kulasekara to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, length ball, angled in, too straight, Finch gets inside the line and twirls his wrists, sending the ball away to the right of deep square leg.|
|1.3||KMDN Kulasekara to AJ Finch, 2 runs, back of a length and outside off, carved away in the air to the left of point and to the right of third man.|
|1.2||KMDN Kulasekara to AJ Finch, 2 runs, uppish and this slashed away to the left of backward point. Back of a length and outside off, cut away.|
|1.1||KMDN Kulasekara to M Klinger, 1 run, good length ball on off, tip-and-run single in front of cover.|
|1.1||KMDN Kulasekara to M Klinger, WIDE, 1 run, wayward start from Kulasekara. Full and angling down leg, wide.|
Kulasekara from the other end.
|0.6||SL Malinga to M Klinger, 1 run, 117.6ks, slower dipping yorker, on off stump, that's a Malinga special. Klinger squirts it back down the pitch.|
|0.5||SL Malinga to AJ Finch, LEG BYES, 1 run, veering onto the pads, 133ks, Finch misses the flick, the ball rolls away to short fine leg.|
|0.4||SL Malinga to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, uppish but through the gap at the covers. Just short of a good length and swings away outside off, Finch is up on his tippy toes as he punches it away.|
|0.3||SL Malinga to AJ Finch, No run, short of a length and outside off, 132ks, Finch gently defends back to the bowler.|
|0.2||SL Malinga to M Klinger, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, glanced away to long leg.|
|0.1||SL Malinga to M Klinger, No run, back of a length and outside off, 129.7ks, leans back and chops the ball straight to point.|
7.20pm Finch and Klinger make their way out to the middle. Injury robbed Lasith Malinga of the chance to contribute to Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 last year. He is now charting his path to the Champions Trophy. He had a good workout on return, claiming two wickets and two catches at the MCG.
Malinga runs in from over the stumps with a slip in position. Klinger to face the first ball
DanielAlexander: "Sri Lanka's T20I record Last 3 T20Is - WWW Last 4 T20Is in Australia - WWWW Last 2 T20I series in Australia - WW"
6.55pm Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga wins the toss and chooses to bowl again.
Australia XI: Finch (c), Klinger, Dunk, Head, Henriques, Turner, Paine (wk), Faulkner, Cummins, Tye, Richardson
So, Stanlake, who took a pasting in the first T20I, has been left out. Zampa too misses out. Now, that's a surprise (at least to me). Spin was effective on the same pitch in the Women's T20I between Australia and New Zealand earlier this afternoon. Offspinner Anna Peterson claimed a hat-trick in the last over to help NZ defend a D-L target of 70. Dunk gets a look-in.
Sri Lanka XI: Dickwella, Tharanga, Munaweera, Gunaratne, Siriwardana, Kapugedara, Prasanna, Malinga, Kulasekara, Kusal Mendis, Sanjaya
Kusal Mendis comes in for Lakshan Sandakan. Both teams boosting their batting at the expense of a bowler
Navoda : "I don't see any logic behind replacing Sandakan with Kusal Mendis. SL should have stuck on to the same XI which played the 1st T20"
Surath: "WHAT? No Zampa? I don't believe this! He was the only bowler who troubled the Sri Lankans in the last game. Aussies had no issues in the batting dept. last game but their bowling was the concern as they could not restrict Sri Lankans. And they drop their best bowler in a must-win game."
Surath: "Richardson will be handy today and he should replace Stanlake. Pace on the ball, though, could help Sri Lanka."
6.45pm Australia hand an international debut to Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jhye Richardson. He is the fourth T20 debutant for Australia this series, after Klinger, Stanlake, and Turner.
6.40pm It was raining in Geelong earlier, but the covers are off now.
muneeb: "Is there any chance of rain?"
6.20pm Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It's time to roll out the red carpet for Kardinia Park's debut as an international venue in Geelong. Aaron Finch needs to rally the team in front of his home crowd if Australia are to force the series into a decider in Adelaide. For Sri Lanka this is a chance to secure their third successive T20 series win in Australia.
|N Dickwella||C TD Paine B JP Faulkner||14||13||8||3||0||175|
|WU Tharanga||C JA Richardson B AJ Turner||4||4||4||1||0||100|
|EMDY Munaweera||C TD Paine B AJ Tye||10||22||4||1||1||250|
|BKG Mendis||C TD Paine B JA Richardson||5||6||7||0||0||71.43|
|DAS Gunaratne||not out||84||82||46||6||5||182.61|
|TAM Siriwardana||C AJ Turner B AJ Tye||0||2||1||0||0||-|
|CK Kapugedera||C BR Dunk B PJ Cummins||32||35||32||4||0||100|
|S Prasanna||C TM Head B JP Faulkner||7||16||9||1||0||77.78|
|KMDN Kulasekara||C M Klinger B AJ Tye||12||19||8||2||0||150|
|SL Malinga||not out||1||6||1||0||0||100|