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    5th ODI - AUS v SLA

    Australia 1st Inn 5/247
    Sri Lanka 1st Inn 215 All Out
    Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl
    Australia won by 32 runs
    Sri Lanka Over:48.3  RR:4.43
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    KMDN Kulasekara 14 11 2 0 127.27
    SL Malinga* 2 5 0 0 40.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    CJ McKay* 9.3 0 51 2 5.37
    MA Starc 9.0 0 48 0 5.33
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    Last Wicket: Malinga, 2 (c:Johnson b:McKay)
    Current Partnership: 15 runs, 10 balls, RR:150.00

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    Australia are in a must-win situation when they take on Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one day international at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Wednesday.

    We’ll bring you the live coverage of the action throughout this fifth ODI at Hobart from 1.50 pm AEST on January 23.

    Preview: It is difficult to hypothesise who had the upper hand when the fourth match got rained out, but had the game been reduced to 20 or so overs, Sri Lanka could have had an advantage.

    That is evidently why Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene had the right to feel aggrieved with the decision to call off the match, despite what he thought were playable conditions.

    Still, Sri Lanka can take heart from two facts. One, for the third game in a row, the bowlers did an impressive job of tying up the Australian batsmen and had it not been for a 40-run stand for the last wicket, the hosts would have barely touched 200.

    Secondly and more vitally, Sri Lanka cannot lose the series from here, in what is Jayawardene’s last series as captain.

    Everything to play for Australia, however, given the situation they find themselves; one that was quite unimaginable at the end of the first ODI of the series.

    Having won the Test series 3-0 and taken a 1-0 lead in the ODIs with a second-string line-up, Australia would have fancied an easy series stroll when the main guys returned to the team.

    Instead, three poor batting performances in a row have left Australia in a bit of a soup going into this final ODI and if the conditions at Hobart remain overcast, things may not get any better.

    What could add to Australia’s woes is an ankle sprain for Michael Clarke in pre-match training that leaves him in doubt for the game. George Bailey will take over the captaincy in Clarke’s absence and Glenn Maxwell could make it to the playing XI.

    The good news from the previous game for the home side is Dave Warner’s batting at the top of the order. Warner’s first half-century since June 2012 was one filled with caution that he mixed with crisp stroke-play and aggressive running between the wickets to push the Aussies early.

    Nuwan Kulasekara continued to remain the Australian batting bugbear though. After his five-wicket haul in the third ODI, Kulasekara followed it with figures of 3/30 in his 10 overs and was ably supported by Lasith Malinga (2/33 in 10).

    As suspected earlier, Malinga’s potency increases manifold when someone at the other end is making life difficult for the batsmen and Australia will now need to come up with a tactic to counter the pair.

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

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    • 10:07am
      Jason said | 10:07am | ! Report

      Did James Brayshaw really wish Henriques good luck for the T20s?

      (Henriques not being in the T20 squad of course).

      • 12:09pm
        Christo the Daddyo said | 12:09pm | ! Report

        Brayshaw really is a muppet. All in all it really was a low water mark for the Ch 9 commentary team that game. They seemed determined to gibber endlessly about anything other than the game itself.

    • 11:12pm
      Peter said | 11:12pm | ! Report

      Great win by the boys and well done Hughes, fantastic batting. I was critical that selectors didn’t take Khawaja for Clarke but Hughes ensured that the lack of top order batsman wasn’t exposed, may have been a different scenario if we were chasing. I think Mahela will be regretting not batting first as a chase against the Sri Lankan spinners would have been very tough. Wasted opportunities again for Bailey and Hussey as today was the day to get runs. Maxwell still not establishing himself with bat or ball. Doherty bowled really well and may well have booked a flight to India with Beer out injured. Great work boys.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      That is that then, that’s the end of the ODI series, shared 2-2. It will now be down to the first of two T20Is at Sydney on Australia Day on January 26.

      Ciao for now!

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:26pm | ! Report

      It was a slower one and Malinga hangs his bat out, gets a tap on it and it flies to backward point for Johnson to swoop on it.

      Sri Lanka tried to make a match out of it but the target of 248 was too much to get on this track, which showed bit of tackiness…the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat and the slowness did not help either.

      Doherty was the star in the middle overs, taking three for 21 in his eight overs. Moises Henriques also chipped in with figures of 3/32 as nobody barring Angelo Mathews got going for Sri Lanka.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:23pm | ! Report

      Good catch by Johnson to level the series. Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 215.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      And Starc has been sent to the fine-leg boundary yet again by Kulasekara! Swinging it away to the leg-side…

      …34 required from 2 with a wicket standing.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      Couple of runs to the leg-side before smashing it away over extra-cover, up and over the field for a four.

      They aren’t going down without a fight but it’s almost all over…38 needed off 13.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:16pm | ! Report

      Bouncer that Malinga was trying to pull before wanting to evade it. Hits Malinga flush on his gloves and he seems to be in a lot of pain and there is a physio out there checking on him.

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