1st T20I, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, 17 February 2017

Australia vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 2nd Inn:172/5 (20)

Seekkuge Prasanna* 8 (9);Chamara Kapugedera 10 (7);
James Faulkner* 4-0-27-0; Andrew Tye 3-0-32-0;

Last bat: Milinda Siriwardana

Result: Sri Lanka won by 5 wkts.

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Sri Lanka Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c Klinger & b Zampa 30 25 4 1 120
Upul Tharanga(c) c Paine & b Pat Cummins 0 2 0 0 0
Dilshan Munaweera c Finch & b Zampa 44 29 6 0 151.72
Asela Gunaratne st Paine & b A Turner 52 37 7 0 140.54
Milinda Siriwardana lbw A Turner 15 11 1 0 136.36
Chamara Kapugedera not out 10 7 1 0 142.86
Seekkuge Prasanna not out 8 9 1 0 88.89
Vikum Sanjaya dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Nuwan Kulasekara dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lakshan Sandakan dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lasith Malinga dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 1, lb - 3, w - 9, nb - 0)13
Total(172 for 5 in 20 overs)172 (8.6 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/5 (Upul Tharanga, 0.6 ov.) 2/79 (Niroshan Dickwella, 8.5 ov.) 3/91 (Dilshan Munaweera, 10.4 ov.)
4/151 (Asela Gunaratne, 17.1 ov.) 5/152 (Milinda Siriwardana, 17.3 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Pat Cummins 4 0 29 1 7.25  
Billy Stanlake 3 0 42 0 14 (8w)
James Faulkner 4 0 27 0 6.75 (1w)
Andrew Tye 3 0 32 0 10.67  
Adam Zampa 4 0 26 2 6.5  
Ashton Turner 2 0 12 2 6  
               

Australia Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Aaron Finch(c) c Malinga & b Asela Gunaratne 43 34 2 2 126.47
Michael Klinger c Malinga & b Lakshan Sandakan 38 32 4 0 118.75
Travis Head c Prasanna & b Malinga 31 25 0 1 124
Moises Henriques c C Kapugedera & b Vikum Sanjaya 17 10 0 1 170
Ashton Turner c Prasanna & b Malinga 18 13 1 0 138.46
James Faulkner not out 14 7 2 0 200
Tim Paine(wk) runout (Kulasekara) 0 0 0 0 0.00
Pat Cummins not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
Adam Zampa dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Billy Stanlake dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Andrew Tye dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 1, lb - 1, w - 4, nb - 1)7
Total(168 for 6 in 20 overs)168 (8.4 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/76 (Michael Klinger, 10.3 ov.) 2/86 (Aaron Finch, 11.3 ov.) 3/116 (Moises Henriques, 15.1 ov.)
4/153 (Travis Head, 18.4 ov.) 5/153 (Ashton Turner, 18.5 ov.) 6/162 (Tim Paine, 19.4 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Lasith Malinga 4 0 29 2 7.25 (1w)
Nuwan Kulasekara 4 0 38 0 9.5 (1w)
Vikum Sanjaya 3 0 35 1 11.67 (1w)
Seekkuge Prasanna 4 0 23 0 5.75 (1w)
Lakshan Sandakan 4 0 30 1 7.5  
Asela Gunaratne 1 0 11 1 11  
               
All|Overs 1-50
W

Cummins to Tharanga, out Caught by Paine!! Credit to the bowler to pepper the corridor outside off and credit to the fielding effort from Head off the last ball as it would have been Dickwella on strike had that been a four. But the ball landed on the sticks and shaped a wee bit to take the edge. The keeper had no problems in gobbling it up. The skipper is gone. Tharanga c Paine b Cummins 0(2)

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, backs away a mile and then creams that one away with the pivoted pull. There was no one in the deep and the ball reaches the fence

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, stays inside the line of short ball and bulldozes the pull away. There were two men inside the circle on the on-side and it goes over them for a four

4

Cummins to Dickwella, FOUR, uncanny but effective! That's the nature of this format. Technique can take a back seat at times. For the umpteenth time in his short stay, he backed away and this time got the ball on his pads to thwack it over the in-field onto the on-side

4

to Dilshan Munaweera, FOUR, another back away movement and this time the drilled drive down the ground. The bowler in his followthrough did come up with a movement but it was move to admire the shot

4

to Dilshan Munaweera, FOUR, back away and get boundaries. That is the mantra. Backed away, picked up the short ball and upper cut it away over the in-field on the off-side for a four

4

to Dilshan Munaweera, FOUR, stays back, finds the short ball meeting his meat of the bat and over the cover point region for a four. Hat-trick of fours for Dilshan Munaweera

6

to Dickwella, SIX, the TD shot!! The dilscoop!! That was an angled across delivery and on a length, Dickwella scooped it away staying inside the line of the delivery. Dilshan would have been proud of that

4

to Dilshan Munaweera, FOUR, the blistering start only continues to garner more wings. That was a charge down the track and then followed by the clobber as the man at mid-off escorted the ball to the fence

4

Tye to Dilshan Munaweera, FOUR, the partnership between Dilshan Munaweera and Dickwella is now 50!! The outside edge comes in handy for the batsman as he tried to flay it down the ground but the ball kissed the outer edge to outrun the man at third man

4

Tye to Dilshan Munaweera, FOUR, on the pads and you know as a bowler that will be hammered away. It is lifted away over the man at short fine leg and it races into the fence

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, he attempted one in the last over and didn't quite get the desired outcome. But, this time he has nailed it to perfection; the reverse sweep. Picked the pace and belted it between cover and backward point

W

to Dickwella, out Caught by Klinger!! is a tricky customer and is hard to get away, especially on this ground. Dickwella gets a lesson. Takes Zamps for granted and seeks a lazy tuck into the leg-side, the ball spins late to take the leading edge which settles in the bucket hands of Klinger at short third man. Dickwella c Klinger b 30(25) [4s-4 6s-1]

W

to Dilshan Munaweera, out Caught by Finch!! There you go again. These little elements in T20 cricket will have a big say; proof? Wickets of Tharanga and Munaweera. Nothing shot. Just rocked back and went for a mighty pull, the ball did skid and came at a quicker pace. No control and he drags it straight to Finchy at short mid-wicket. Dilshan Munaweera c Finch b 44(29) [4s-6]

D

to Asela Gunaratne, 1 run, dropped! Tough chance, but Finch will feel he should have hung onto that. Half-tracker on middle, Gunaratne swivel-pulls to the left of short mid-wicket who dives full length and loses the grip of the ball air-borne. Good attempt though

4

Tye to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, dances down the pitch and smears a full ball over mid-off, there's no-one in the deep

4

Tye to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, Pace and bounce. His enemy, his friend. Slips one around the ribs, Gunaratne manages a top-edge on the pull and off she goes

4

Tye to Siriwardana, FOUR, and again! Tye feeding them pace and both these batsmen pouncing on ruthlessly. Right where Siriwardana likes it, in the slot pitched up, bludgeoned for a one bounce four over mid-off

4

Tye to Siriwardana, FOUR, and again! Tye feeding them pace and both these batsmen pouncing on ruthlessly. Right where Siriwardana likes it, in the slot pitched up, bludgeoned for a one bounce four over mid-off

4

Cummins to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, gee! This guy can bat. Quite Kohli-esque that shot. Slaps a near yorker delivery by opening the bat face and slicing it in the gap over backward point. Shot

4

to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, lovely! What power from that bottom hand. Manufactures room outside off and flays a short ball over backward point. See ya tomorrow!!

4

to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, rubbing salt on injury. overcorrects and bowls it too straight, helped away to the fine leg fence. Sri Lanka can't lose it from here

4

Cummins to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, plenty of room on offer and Gunaratne - throws the kitchen sink - runs it off the thick outside half down to the third man fence

4

Cummins to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, short and that sits up nicely for Gunaratne who upper cuts it wide of a diving third man, all the way

W

to Asela Gunaratne, out Stumped!! Cheeky from Guna. Was looking for a reverse sweep, didn't account for the skid and pace of the delivery, past his swinging blade and he loses balance in the process. Was a fraction late to bring his bat down in time and Paine was too quick behind the stumps. Asela Gunaratne st Paine b 52(37) [4s-7]

W

to Siriwardana, out Lbw!! Oh Ashton , oh Australia. How did it come down to this? Two wickets in three balls. A slider on middle and leg, Siriwardana plays down the wrong line and the umpire had his finger up in a flash. That was sliding down leg as the replay suggests. Siriwardana lbw b 15(11) [4s-1]

4

to Prasanna, FOUR, cut fiercly past backward point and Henriques makes a meal of it in the deep, dives but was a bit lackadaisical in his attempt as the ball wins the race

OT

Tye to Kapugedera, 2 runs, clobbered across the line to deep mid-wicket and there's a poor throw from the fielder. Good running from both the batsmen. They just kept running as if they had to catch the last bus

4

Tye to Kapugedera, FOUR, hammers a full ball through cover and that's a victory for Sri Lanka. There were at least 5 fielders placed on the off-side ring, but Kapugedera - absolutely - nailed the drive. Sri Lanka, by virtue of this win, go 1-0 up in the 3-match series

4

to Finch, FOUR, first boundary of the game and it was a gift from . A full toss on middle and leg, Finch is too good a player to miss out, tonks it over mid-wicket and releases some of the shackles. Kula missed his yorker there

4

Sanjaya to Klinger, FOUR, that is a top shot! Full and on off, Klinger leans forward and brings those supple wrists into play, whipped past the diving short mid-wicket fielder and that is his first boundary in Australian colours

OT

to Finch, 1 run, fuller and around off, Finch drives to mid-off and sprints across. The fielder was right on the edge of the ring and the single was on

4

to Klinger, FOUR, just over Tharanga. Russell Arnold reckons, "He got the timing wrong." The leg-spinner from , Klinger makes room and lofts it towards mid-off. Tharanga jumped early and allowed the ball to fly over him

4

Sanjaya to Klinger, FOUR, short on middle and leg, that is easy pickings for an Australian, especially a Western Australian, who is brought up on fast bouncy wickets at the WACA. Pulled away behind square on the leg-side. The fielder at deep square leg had no chance

4

Sanjaya to Klinger, FOUR, Sanjaya is struggling with his radar. It is either short on middle and leg or full on the pads, Klinger glances it away fine and collects four more

OT

to Finch, 1 run, even the wrong 'un is on the shorter side, Finch slaps it past cover and down to long-off

4

to Finch, FOUR, low full toss on the stumps, Finch brings that strong bottom hand into play, whipped right between deep mid-wicket and long-on, couldn't have placed it better

6

to Finch, SIX, Finch smokes one into the stands. drags the length short, Finch makes room and flat-bats it over the bowler's head. Went a long way to take the six count to one for the day

W

to Klinger, out Caught by Malinga!! This was always on the cards. Something had to give as the spinners were dictating the game. Klinger tries to take on the chinaman and perishes in the process. The wrong 'un on off, Klinger eyes mid-wicket and goes for a wild heave, the outside edge balloons to short third man where Malinga clings on. Klinger c Malinga b 38(32) [4s-4]

6

Gunaratne to Finch, SIX, welcome to the crease, Gunaratne. Off-cutter on leg-stump, Finch was already standing outside leg, it was right in the swinging arc and he sends it a long way back into the long-on stand

W

Gunaratne to Finch, out Caught by Malinga!! He had made up his mind to attack Gunaratne and he was not backing away. Another slower delivery, Finch crouches low to hoick it into the leg-side, the fat top-edge skies up and keeps swirling in the night sky. It was a tough one, but the experienced Malinga kept his eyes on the ball and took it calmly. Both set batsmen back in the hut now. Finch c Malinga b Gunaratne 43(34) [4s-2 6s-2]

D

to Head, no run, dropped! Tharanga puts down a sitter. Short and outside off, Head cuts straight to backward point, Tharanga was the fielder and it went in-and-out. The ball was down before he could even realize

6

to Henriques, SIX, lovely use of the feet with the surf down the track and then wham!! Over the sight screen for a maximum. That was wonderfully done as the ball landed well outside off and despite that the batsman wanted to go straight through the line of the ball. The balance and poise while making contact with the ball was exemplary. It never mattered whether it was a googly or not as he was right to the pitch of the ball

W

Sanjaya to Henriques, out Caught by Kapugedera!! On a length, not the best ball but gets the desired result! Henriques trying to smack it downtown only manages to scale the fielder at long-on. Never got the elevation he wanted and despite powering it away failed to beat the fielder in the deep. This wicket shall boost the confidence of the young man ahead of the death overs. Henriques c Kapugedera b Sanjaya 17(10) [6s-1]

OT

Sanjaya to Turner, 1 run, that has been blocked by the batsman and the bowler dived sidewards to stop it but the ball soaped out of his hands for a wee bit and that allowed the two batters to collect the single

6

Sanjaya to Head, SIX, picks the bones out of that slower length delivery and cannons it over the cow corner region for a mighty six. Gosh, this bloke can really flex his muscles and that shot is an ample proof of that. No pace from Sanjaya but the flow of the bat from off to on was like a golf swing

OT

to Turner, 2 runs, bowls it full on the sticks and the batsman knocks it away into the on-side for a couple. The throw from the deep was not the strongest and was no match for the despairing dive put in by Turner

4

to Turner, FOUR, not a bad delivery as it searched for the boot, but Turner covered the taling-in movement by going deep in his crease and then nudges it away past the man at 45 degrees for a four. 6 off 2 already

W

to Head, out Caught by Prasanna!! The batsman cracks it straight to the man at sweeper cover. Full delivery angled across, Head got enough wood on it to flay it away but unfortunately found the man in the deep. That was nailed hard but the placement went awry and that plotted his downfall. Head c Prasanna b 31(25) [6s-1]

W

to Turner, out Caught by Prasanna!! Two in two for the -Prasanna combo. Once again, the lower trajectory delivery doing the trick. That was a low full toss on the pads and was heaved away to the long boudnary at deep square leg. Prasanna came charging in, slid and took it well. He was all pumped up! on a hat-trick.. Turner c Prasanna b 18(13) [4s-1]

4

to Faulkner, FOUR, short delivery outside off and Faulkner dances down, stays inside the line of the delivery and upper cuts it away over the man at short third man for a four. field awareness from Faulkner helped him score a handy boundary

OT

to Faulkner, 2 runs, backs away and employs the whippy clip. There is a direct hit at the non-striker's end but both the men were always looking for a couple and thus they did with elan

W

to Faulkner, out Paine Run Out!! 1 run completed. They wanted to come back for a couple but Paine was always running to the danger end. In the end, the fielder at long-on fired the throw in at the bowler's end to get his man. Paine run out (Kapugedera/) 0(0)

4

to Faulkner, FOUR, My o My, not the end the Lankans wanted. A horrible misfield by the man at deep mid-wicket, who allows the ball to spin away from him and go away into the fence. Kula is not a bit pleased..