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    Australia v Sri Lanka

    ANZ STADIUM, JANUARY 26, 2013

    1st Twenty20 - AUS v SLA

     
    Australia 1st Inn 3/137
    Sri Lanka 1st Inn 5/139
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
    Sri Lanka Over:18.5  RR:7.38
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    AD Mathews 35 27 3 1 129.63
    NLTC Perera* 19 12 0 2 158.33
    Australia
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    B Laughlin* 3.5 0 46 0 12.00
    MA Starc 4.0 0 19 1 4.75
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    Last Wicket: Thirimanne, 20 (c:Voges b:Starc)
    Current Partnership: 35 runs, 21 balls, RR:166.67

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    The last leg of Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia begins with the first of two T20Is which will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

    We’ll bring you the live coverage of the action throughout this T20I at Sydney from 7.35pm AEST on January 26.

    It will be a different set of personnel who take field for Australia but George Bailey, their captain, will enter the series with some more experience of playing at the highest level and leading as well.

    His three games as captains in the ODIs against Sri Lanka led to two victories and he will hope to build on it.

    Also back into the squad is Shaun Marsh after scoring heavily in the Big Bash League while Aaron Finch will hope to consolidate on his T20 credentials after a poor couple of ODIs.

    Adam Voges gets a call-up too, almost two years after he last played an international for Australia.

    Back in the World T20, Australia had gotten themselves a semi-finals spot thanks mainly due to the all-round prowess of Shane Watson.

    A failure with bat and ball in the semi-finals for Watson had ended Australia’s run in the competition, giving rise to thoughts that the side overly depended on it.

    Watson will miss out this time because of injury and Australia will have a good chance to prove their T20 credentials with this new team

    Sri Lanka have something new as well and it is their captain. Angelo Mathews has taken over the baton from Mahela Jayawardene who had resigned from the job at the end of the World T20.

    Mathews will have a task on his hands, not necessarily only because playing against Australia is Australia is difficult.

    Juggling his batting and bowling responsibilities with leading the team could be handful for this young skipper, who may not be a certainty to take over as the Test captain as was originally envisaged.

    Such have been the Sri Lankan board machinations that what was earlier deemed a foregone conclusion – about Mathews’ leading the side in ODIs and Tests as well – is now highly doubtful.

    What Mathews will therefore look at is to focus on what he can do. And first up will be a task to choose their 11 best players for this first T20I against Australia.

    It isn’t certain whether or not Jayawardene will play this game but on current form he will do well to take a break and allow someone younger to get a chance. That could leave Sri Lanka with Tillakaratne Dilshan as the only experienced bat in the order.

    The bowling will be a hard nut to crack with Lasith Malinga having found form in the ODIs and Nuwan Kulasekara being hard to get away.

    The Lankans will be tempted to play another one of their mystery spinners in Akila Dananjaya but with Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis in the squad, he might have to wait his turn if they decide to go in with only one tweaker.

    We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the SCG and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

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    • 10:10am
      dcnz said | 10:10am | ! Report

      australia were schooled badly last night….

      marsh and voges should really have provided another 30 runs minimum from their balls faced….but Sri Lanka too good !

    • 11:09pm
      Lukeling said | 11:09pm | ! Report

      Ridiculous that Warner is man of the match- surely Malinga should have been named, he did help WIN the game.

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      11:06pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:06pm | ! Report

      That’s it then, will be back for the second T20I on Monday. Have a very good night!

    • 11:06pm
      Matt said | 11:06pm | ! Report

      Disappointing, not sure why marsh took forever then got out, and voges at the end with a strike rate of 100 is a fail in 20/20

      • 7:59am
        Christo the Daddyo said | 7:59am | ! Report

        Because they’re over-rated?

    • Roar Guru

      11:05pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:05pm | ! Report

      Four wins in a row for Sri Lanka over Australia means that the final game of their tour down under will be a must-win for the hosts. Sri Lanka lead 1-0, doing well to chase a modest score.

      Warner was excellent but lacked batting support when Australia went in first. 150 would have been a better score one felt.

      Sri Lanka chased well. Kushal Perera was quickly off the blocks, Dilshan supported him well and despite the quick fall of wickets in the middle overs, there was captain Mathews and Perera to shore up the chase.

      Mathews will be beaming from ear to ear in his first game as a skipper.

    • Roar Guru

      11:02pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:02pm | ! Report

      And now it IS all over!

      Another six to end the game. Perera wasn’t getting them off the middle so far but gets two in two to finish the game. Full-toss and blasted over long-on for a maximum.

      Sri Lanka win by five wickets with an over and a ball to spare.

    • Roar Guru

      11:00pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:00pm | ! Report

      Six! Almost all over!

      Despite an excellent effort from Ben Cutting, diving to his right at deep square-leg, it has been tipped over the fence for a six!

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