Sri Lanka Humiliated in Adelaide

Australia A v Sri Lanka - One Day Cricket

Cricket News 07/01/03

Report By Jon Cocks

Sri Lanka won the first toss, elected to bat and from there it was all downhill. The wicket had a hint of green on it, that rewarded seam-up bowling and the humidity and breeze allowed swing.

Gunewardene was run out early. Lehmann defended the square boundaries strongly, but Jayasuriya (5) gave a leg side catch to Campbell. Aravinda, Jayawardene or Sangakkara could not deal with the bounce of the wicket, despite the errant lines of Williams and Bracken.

Harvey (4-3-2-3) came to the crease and wreaked havoc, removing Arnold immediately and Tillekeratne and Nissanka the following over. Hauritz bowled into a south-westerley from the Cathedral End and found loop and turn, bowling Fernando with a delightful ball.

Lehmann came on and drew the edge from Guneratne for Harvey to take a great catch at slip and the Lankans were all out for 65 in exactly 25, extras (26) top-scoring. Maher and Blewett made 28* each, as the home team knocked over the runs in 12 overs.

A 25-over match was agreed to, in order to fill the gaping hole in the evening's program. Jayasuriya won the toss, and invited Lehmann's team to open proceedings at six p.m.

Lehmann and Symonds (81 from 59 balls) opened the innings and Boof was out quickly for 6. Harvey came and went for 13, Clarke's cameo lasted no longer, Hodge played a couple of shots before falling and the rest of the team helped turn ones into twos to hold up an end for 'Roy'.

The athletic Queenslander stroked seven boundaries all around the wicket and hit one of the longest sixes ever seen at the Adelaide Oval, a monster that landed in the crowd on the grassy mound beside the Bradman Stand at the River End. The hundred came up in the eleventh over.

Aravinda came into the attack at the River End, bowling his five overs very craftily to grab 4-24, including Symonds from a lofted drive. Hussey was run out, Campbell dragged Aravinda onto his stumps, as the slower bowlers put the brakes on the 8-an-over stuff.

Blewett played one into the ground, inadvertently kicked the ball straight to cover in setting off for a run, was promptly run out and the A team was bowled out for 171 in the 23rd over of breakneck entertainment.

A splashy, stormy shower scudded across the Oval during the innings break. It passed, however, night fell and a glorious rainbow towered overhead, as Sri Lanka emerged to chase 172 at 6.8 an over. Jayasuriya hit Williams square for a boundary from his first ball at the start of a nice cameo, that was terminated by a catch by Campbell from Williams.

Sangakkara (71) swung and missed a few times, then pulled three sixes into the Members' stand - one into the garden seats and two from successive balls into the Mostyn Evan Stand, both of which were dropped risibly by the same spectator!

Hauritz clean-bowled Gunewardene with his first ball, disturbed Aravinda's stumps shortly afterwards and the hundred came up from seventeen overs. Hodge and Symonds took over at the crease, their lack of pace a problem for Sri Lankan batsmen trying to force the pace.

Hodge grabbed successive wickets and narrowly missed the hat-trick. A runout cut the Sri Lankan reply short by 25 runs and they had lost twice to the A team in one day.

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