Ricky Ponting & Michael Clarke hope to change Test fortunes
Ponting, Clarke hope to change Test fortunes
Australia's star batsmen Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke are hopeful to motion off their recent unfortunate run in Test cricket when they acquire on Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday.

The tourists will rely greatly on the batting exploit of captain Michael Clarke and his forerunner Ricky Ponting to succeed the three-test series, Australia's initial since the upsetting 3-1 Ashes overcome to England in January.

Except the couple have struggled in the five-day format for approximately two years and will be fanatical to make compensation while the first test opens at the Galle International Stadium.

Ricky Ponting, 36, is the 3rd  highest run-getter in Test cricket at the back the Indian double act of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, with 12,363 runs as of 152 matches and 39 centuries.

Except he has not scored a test hundred in his previous 20 innings seeing as making 209 against Pakistan at Hobart in January 2010.

Michael Clarke, 30, has fared no improved, going lacking a hundred in 10 matches behind hitting 168 against New Zealand in Wellington in March last year.                 

Excluding a rotate in the fortunes of the tourists' captain and elder statesman may be presently an innings left.

Ricky Ponting, who complete way for Michael Clarke as captain subsequent to the World Cup in April, scored 53 and 90 not out during the previous ODI series against the Sri Lankans which Australia won by 3-2.

Michael Clarke also chipped in with two half-centuries in the series and after that he scored 104 in a three-day practice match in Colombo most recent week ahead of the first test.

Michael Clarke, who begins his time in power as a fulltime Australian test captain on Wednesday, said he was enthusiastic to score test runs once more.

My form has not been as high-quality as I would similar to in test cricket," Michael Clarke told the travelling Australian media.

Michael Clarke said Test cricket is the decisive, the summit, and I want to be at my most excellent.

"I could not have asked for enhanced training, but now I have got to do it when it counts. It's significant to make runs each time I bat but I would favor a hundred in the first test."

Michael Clarke, regarded as one of the optimum players of spin bowling, has scored 4,742 runs in 69 tests at an average of 46.49 with 14 centuries.                             

Ricky Ponting admitted Australia's Ashes loss at what time he was captain had exaggerated his batting, and now looked onward to doing well as the team's frontline batsman.

"The team's presentation had started to play on my intelligence and it almost definitely dragged my batting down a little bit," Ricky Ponting told allboardofcricket in a recent interview.

"I have got to score runs that are going to be sufficient to win for Australia, and that's my main purpose for the instant future."

Kevin Pietersen rested for the ODI series next to India

Kevin Pietersen rested for the ODI series against India

England selectors today announced the England squads for the approaching NatWest International Twenty20 match next to India - Old Trafford, Wed,Aug 31 and the NatWest Series next to India beginning at Chester-le-Street on Saturday September 3.

The 14-man NatWest Series squad sees the addition of Durham's Ben Stokes, who made his ODI debut against Ireland into Dublin on Thursday, at the same time as Kevin Pietersen will be rested for the 5th ODI match series next to India.

The 13-man NatWest International Twenty20 squad include two uncapped players in Somerset's Jos Buttler and Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales.

National selector, Geoff Miller, thought: "crossways equally squads we suppose we have selected an thrilling mix together of skilled international performers along with some thrilling young players with a big deal of talent. We will require to play a far above the ground quality brand of twenty overs cricket next to the World Champions India. "We are very energized to have incorporated some bright young players in the form of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, all of whom have proved themselves in domestic seasons  and will currently be looking to successfully take the stair up to international level.

The choice to leave out Kevin Pietersen from the ODI squad is in line with our strategy of sagaciously organization player workloads and will give the chance to another batsmen to test himself batting on number 4th position."

Twenty20 International squad

Stuart Broad Captain
Ravi Bopara
Tim Bresnan
Jos Buttler
Jade Dernbach
Steven Finn
Alex Hales
Craig Kieswetter
Eoin Morgan
Samit Patel
Kevin Pietersen
Ben Stokes
Graeme Swann

ODI Series squad

Alastair Cook  Captain
James Anderson
Ian Bell
Ravi Bopara
Tim Bresnan
Stuart Broad
Jade Dernbach
Steven Finn
Craig Kieswetter
Eoin Morgan
Samit Patel
Ben Stokes
Graeme Swann
Jonathan Trott 

 Shakib Al Hasan lead Bangladesh to face-saving win

Shakib leads Bangladesh to face-saving win   

Captain Shakib Al Hasan lead from the face with a struggle innings of 79 sooner than picking up two wickets as Bangladesh beaten Zimbabwe by 93 runs to succeed the 5th and final ODI at Queens Sports Club on Sunday.

It was Bangladesh's 2nd consecutive succeed, other than Zimbabwe still claimed the series 3-2 to insert to their success in the one-off Test between the two nations.

Subsequent to being position in to bat, Bangladesh made 253-6 out in their 50 overs ahead of Zimbabwe, who lost captain Brendan Taylor for a duck in the2nd over, were all out for 160 with more than 11 overs to additional.

Bangladesh had been 125-5 out at one phase before Shakib Al Hasan, whose 79 came off 71 balls and featured 5*4 boundaries and a 1*6, put on 109 for the sixth wicket partnership with Mahmudullah who made 60 runs.

It is Shakib Al Hasan 21st one-day century.

Mahmudullah was unbeatable at the end of the 50 overs with his runs coming off 67 deliveries with five boundaries and a six to match his skipper in the huge hitting.

Mahmudullah went on to maintain three wickets with his off-breaks for just 13 runs.

Flashy opener Tamim Iqbal also established his return to form with 45 but Mohammad Ashraful, bring back into the side, made only 15 runs even as Imrul Kayes fulfilled a dismal tour with nine.

The innings ended in disturbing situation when Zimbabwe seamer Keegan Meth took a full blooded drive on the chatter when half-way downward the wicket subsequent to bowling a high full toss.

X-rays showed no splinter though he lost two teeth and another was chipped and his injury prohibited him from batting.

In Zimbabwe's reply, Brendon Taylor is caught behind for a duck off the first ball of the 2nd over. It was his 4th breakdown after smashing a century in the first match.

Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza dug deep and they put on 57 for the 2nd wicket.

Other than when they went, and the knowledgeable Tatenda Taibu was lbw to Shakib Al Hasan, Zimbabwe were 73-4 out and the game was efficiently up.

Malcolm Waller, subsequent to surviving a missed catch, went on to make a steady 51 off 78 balls, his 2nd career ODI half century.

Other than Elton Chigumbura, on who so much rested, was caught for one and the Zimbabwe tail misshapen.

Zimbabwe will feature a tougher test next month when Pakistan arrives for one Test, three ODIs and two Twenty20s.
Regardless of Rahul Dravid brilliance, England on point of whitewash

Despite Dravid brilliance, England on brink of whitewash

England as a final point saw off Rahul Dravid as they closed within on a 4-0 series disturbance of India at The Oval here on Sunday.

Rahul Dravid batted for further than seven hours in the 4th Test ahead of England as a final point originate a way to smash 'The Wall'.
Except India, following-on, be 129-3 out at the close of the 4rd day, still 162 runs following England's first innings 591-6 out declared built upon Ian Bell's Test-best innings 235 and Kevin Pietersen's best innings in the 4th test  175.

Sachin Tendulkar, command for an unprecedented 100th international century, was 35 not out and nightwatchman Amit Mishra on 8 runs not out.

England however wanted just seven further wickets on Monday's final day to whole test series a 4-0 clean sweep for the foremost time since a home whitewash of the West Indies in 2004.

India resumed Sunday in the worried position of 103-5.
Rahul Dravid was 57 not out and India captain MS Dhoni 5 runs not out on crease last day on early session.

However MSDhoni, who not at all looked settled, was out for 17 when he pushed uncertainly at a James Anderson outswinger and was caught behind.

Rahul Dravid, in charge for all three India centuries this series, sped from side to side the 90s with 3*4 in four balls from off-spinner Graeme Swann, a sweep and a late cut foregoing his stylish go forward down the pitch to create a half-volley he abrupt from side to side mid-wicket A late cut two off Tim Bresnan then proverb Rahul Dravid to his hundred.

Rahul Dravid's century was the 2nd time in this series he did made a hundred whereas opening in the nonattendance of regular opener Gautam Gambhir.

He had before made 117, when Gautam Gambhir missed the 2ndTest at Trent Bridge with an elbow damage, subsequent his 103 not out at Lord's.

Rahul Dravid's 35th Test century took him in frontage of hero Sunil Gavaskar's spot of 34 and fourth in the all-time list at the back Sachin Tendulkar (51), South Africa's Jacques Kallis (40) and Australia's Ricky Ponting (39).

India started the 2nd session on 218-6 out, with Rahul Dravid 109 not out and Amit Mishra, who did driven Graeme Swann for six off the last ball sooner than lunch, 38 not out.

On the other hand, Amit Mishra additional just five more runs sooner than he was brightly caught by a diving lan Bell at an strangely situated short backward square leg off a pull against Tim Bresnan.

The new ball did for Gautam Gambhir, who did suffered concussion while fielding on Friday, when he fended at Stuart Broad and was caught by Kevin Pietersen at gully point.

Tim Bresnan struck twice in three balls as India were bowled out for 300 runs -- the first time they did made the score in this series.

Rahul Dravid had contributed almost 50% thanks to a masterful 146 not out in 266 balls with 20 fours.

He was simply the 3rd Indian subsequent to Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag to bring his bat in a Test innings other than India were still 92 floating of avoiding the follow-on.

The unselfish Rahul Dravid reserved his pads on but his confrontation ended controversially when, on 13, he twisted Graeme Swann to Alastair Cook at short leg.

Umpire Rod Tucker thought not out but England asked for a review and Tucker's fellow Australian Steve Davis gave Rahul Dravid is out, even though replays indicated the ball may have gone to Alstair Cook directly off the pad.

The India great, in what might be his very last Test in England, walked off to a standing ovation from a capability 23,500 crowd.

Virender Sehwag made a characteristically dashing 33 ahead of he was bowled between bat and pad by Graeme Swann -- a classic off-spinner's departs.

As well as England had one more wicket ahead of stumps when VVS Laxman, who has had a miserable series, was bowled for 24 by a superb James Anderson delivery that angled in and upro
oted his off-stump.

Sri Lanka again loose the 2nd ODI over Sri Lanka

Australia too clinical for Sri Lanka

Australia shaped an additional clinically capable performance to bang Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the 2nd one-day international at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium and obtain a 2-0 lead in the 5th -match series on Sunday.

Sri Lanka won the toss for the second time but was controlled on 208 for nine as of 49.3 overs after electing to bat first on an straightforward paced pitch.

Former captain Ricky Ponting with 90 not out off 104 balls, as well as a six and eight fours, then collective an continuous partnership of 107 from 112 balls with his successor Michael Clarke (58 not out) to see Australia home with 11.4 overs to standby.

Michael Clarke, playing his 200th one-day international, hit 2*6 sixes and 4*4 boundaries from 67 deliveries.

Man-of-the-match Ricky Ponting set on 94 with Shane Watson (43) for the second wicket partnership subsequent to Brad Haddin had departed cheaply for seven.

Australia condensed Sri Lanka to 77 for four before Kumar Sangakkara (52) and Angelo Mathews (35) added 63 run partnership from 97 balls.

All six bowlers used with Australia picked up a wicket with left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger capturing three for 35 from his 10 overs.

"The bowlers are executing their strategy really well, full praise to them," thought Michael Clarke. "They have get large plans and confidently they keep executing."

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan thought his side had not completed enough runs.

"This wicket was a 250 pitch. We include to work things out as a batting unit," he thought.

The third ODI match of the series will acquire place at the similar venue on Tuesday.

Ricky Ponting power Australia to victory

Australia won the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka

Ricky Ponting splintered an remarkable 90 not out to push Australia to an straightforward eight-wicket success over Sri Lanka in the 2nd one-day international on Sunday.

Ricky Ponting hit (1 six) and (8* 4) in his 106-ball knock and captain Michael Clarke completed an unbeaten 58 because Australia surpassed Sri Lanka's total of 208 with further than 11 overs to extra for a 2-0 lead in the 5th match series.

The double act had also scored half-centuries in their team's 7-wicket win in the previous match.

Fast bowler Doug Bollinger led Australia's closely controlled attack with three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to a self-effacing total before Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke ensured success with their 107-run position.

Michael Clarke, playing his 200th one-day international, strike (2*6) and four boundaries in his 67-ball knock.

Ricky Ponting also additional 94 for the second wicket with in-form opener Shane Watson 43 runs after the early dismissal of Brad Haddin.

Shane Watson, who becomes the first batsman to complete 1,000 runs in one-dayers this year, was bowled by paceman Lasith Malinga after striking (1*6) and (4*4) in his 51-ball knock.

Doug Bollinger was earlier excellently backed by pace bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, who bagged two wickets apiece.

Former captain Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for Sri Lanka with an unwearied 52, hitting just 1*6 and 1*4 in his 85-ball knock. He additional 63 for the fifth wicket with Angelo Mathews (35).

Lower-order batsman Nuwan Kulasekara helped Sri Lanka cross the 200-mark with a quick 31-ball 34.

Kumar Sangakkara cut down just when he looked like stepping up the run-rate, caught by Mitchell Johnson at long-on while attempt a gigantic shot off spinner David Hussey in the 37th over.

Australia gained the higher hand when they summary Sri Lanka to 77-4, with Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger and left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty attractive one wicket each.

Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (24), Mahela Jayawardena (17) and Upul Tharanga (13) all get starts, but nothing could play a big bang.

Australia won the first ODI against Sri Lanka in the five matches series lead ( 1-0)

Australia will attempt to push home their benefit when the ODI- Series against Sri Lanka moves to Hambantota on Sunday.
The attractive southern coastal city will play host to the 2nd and 3rd games of the 5th series which the guests lead 1-0 following a categorical 7 wicket win at Pallekele on Wednesday.
Australia drew first blood on the reverse of an exceptional spell by left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson.
Mitchell Johnson claim a career-best ODI haul of 6-31 from 10 overs, tinted by the major  wickets of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, as Sri Lanka was skittled for a reasonable 191.
It was an objective the Aussies chased downward contentedly with Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting and Captain Michael Clarke reorganization half-centuries.
Shane Watson look in sweltering touch, hitting six sixes & five fours in a sparkling innings 69 runs from just 51 deliveries.
He is the essential figure in the Australian top-order and if he can carry on to demonstrate that type of form all through the series, Sri Lanka will be hard pushed to maintain the rewards.
Ricky Ponting is footwork was a characteristic of his 71-ball stay for 53 runs, even as Michael Clarke finished a fine game with a victorious innings 53 runs.
Michael Clarke is captaincy was guaranteed all the way through, a positive sign not only for the remnants of the one-dayers, but also most important into his first full Test series at the helm.
Australia showed in game one why they are rank the world's leader one-day team and it’s hard to see them varying the combination for Sunday.
An impartial seam attack feature Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger and Shane Watson proved effectual, as did the three-pronged spin grouping of Xavier Doherty, David Hussey and Steve Smith.
Xavier Doherty, David Hussey and Steve Smith collective for 2-78 from 15 over’s, and you obtain the sentiment with the Sri Lanka wickets probable to favour spinners, that the triumvirate will contain a fair say on procedures for the remnants of the One Day International Series.
Xavier Doherty is cost-cutting measure rate has been imposing since construction his international debut, even as Steve Smith must carry on to be terrified the ball because he had shown a happy ability of getting wickets at imperative times.
The New South Welshman's career numbers - 21 wickets at 34.09 - make for high-quality reading.
Australia's batting arrangement looks steady with Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting, Michal Clarke, Michael Hussey, David Hussey and Steve Smith at seven.
Michael Hussey expects the residence side will bounce back strongly in a proposal to win game two.
We have got to construct sure we are correct on our game once more because I am sure the Sri Lankans will be coming back at us very unbreakable," Michael Hussey supposed.
Sri Lanka's hopes of leveling the series may rest on the health of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga.
Lasith Malinga has been cut downward by a backside injury, but is annoying to prove his health and Hussey knows what he brings to the board for the home side.
"He's an exceptional bowler, one-day cricket is attractive much made for him and he is a very important part of their team," Hussey thought.
Sri Lanka will also appear to star batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene to be at the forefront with the bat after gone astray out in game one.
England comprise worked very hard for the No.1 spot: Andrew Strauss

England won the third test match against India
England captain Andrew Strauss Saturday lauded his team for operational hard to turn into World No.1 Test team, replacing India.

England won the 3rd Test by an innings and 242-run defeat and took an incontrovertible 3-0 lead in the 4TH -match series that finished India's 22- month keep on at top.

Receiving to No. 1 has been an objective for a extended time and it fills me with a lot of conceit to know we have finished something very particular. We include had to work very hard and the guys have position a lot of hard attach to get to No.1,' supposed Andrew Strauss.

Cookie played a sensational innings
against India  294
The England captain was all admire for opening batsman Alastair Cook, who batted for 13 hours, for his career best 294. Andrew Strauss (87) and Alastair Cook set the attitude of the innings with their 186-run opening position.

'It was incredible to get runs for myself and then sit on the chaise longue and watch Alastair Cook bat for two days. He has remarkable attention and willpower, he is  in this square at the flash where he is very apparent what his game was and he is an example for us every one,' Andrew Strauss thought.

Asked concerning his judgment to bowl, Andrew Strauss said: 'It wasn't a gigantic chance to bowl first; there was almost certainly less in the wicket than we thinking there would be, and by the time we batted the wicket had moved out flat. The wickets have been public around the bowlers and the heaviness they have practical has been unyielding.'
Winning moments against India

Cookie, who was decided as Man of the Match, deliberation he was rewarded with his labors not making an allowance for of missing out on a admirable triple century.

'The work put in over the week off has remunerated dividends for me. Over the last 12 months scoring big hundreds was what I obligatory to work at and I am glad that is happened. You want the destructive center order players to go at the wearing bowlers later in the day. I am very delighted but it is a gigantic team effort to bowl a team similar to that India out for less than 250 on a flat wicket in the equally innings,' Andrew Strauss said.

MS Dhoni tipped to experience again form for remaining tests

Dhoni tipped to rediscover form for remaining tests 

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be presentation the initial signs of buckling under pressure but the wicketkeeper-batsman leftovers the best man for the work, according to previous players.

Four dumpy months ago, the 30-year old from the small town of Ranchi was the toast of the state after he lead India to their second 50-over World Cup coronet after a break of 28 years.

nevertheless, a slouch in batting form, messy work at the back the stumps and two embarrassing defeats to start India's four-test series in England have piled the under pressure on a man well-known for his still on-field demeanour.

Former India opener Anshuman Gaekwad thought it was untimely to inscribe off the captain, who lead India to the Twenty20 World Cup title in 2007 and had so far to lose a test series.

If you presently forget these two test matches... as a captain, as a batsman and as a wicketkeeper he has done marvelously job," Gaekwad told Reuters by phone.

"It must be marvelous pressure for a captain, particularly when he does not have his major strike bowler Zaheer Khan and batsman Virender Sehwag," supposed Gaekwad, who played 40 tests and coached India.

India were incapable to call on opener Virender Sehwag, coming back from a shoulder surgery operation, in both tests while Zaheer Khan gone the field on the first day of the series at Lord's and was afterward lined out of the whole tour with hamstring and ankle problems.

Virender Sehwag regular opening collaborator, Gautam Gambhir, missed the 2nd test with a bruised arm at the same time as off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and batsman Yuvraj Singh have also been lined out for the remains of the tour with injuries.

India's number one test team ranking is also on the row after they fell 2-0 at the back to England in a series the hosts require to win by a two-test margin to leapfrog the tourists.

Ms Dhoni has averaged 12.25 in the two England tests and 19.40 in the three-match series in the Caribbean in June, and previous India wicketkeeper Kiran More believes a need of confidence was at the rear the dip in performance.

I do not believe he has dropped any catches. He has fumbled a tad with the ball. He is not responsibility a great job absolutely," More told Reuters.

There is a lot of pressure on him... Not merely from wicket-keeping but also as of batting and captaincy. All the issues simmer down and then you misplace some self-assurance."

More, however, was positive MS Dhoni would quiet his critics.

I do not guilt him. We are playing against the best team England... the commentators and crowd stress is also there," he thought by phone.

So on the whole, things are not going fine for MS Dhoni but he is a physically powerful character and he has forever bounced back and expectantly he will struggle back.

   Floating England eye top Ranking

Ravi Bopara come in to England squad as a 12-man

An extensive England team overflowing with assurance goes into the third test against India on Wednesday prepared to maintain the victory that would safe the world number one ranking from their opponents.

England, 2-0 up in the four-match series, will be without creative batsman Jonathan Trott because of a shoulder hurt, even as India will neglect their two most qualified bowlers, seamer Zaheer Khan and spinner Harbhajan Singh.

India, peak of the rankings for almost two years, have not at all won at Edgbaston in five tests at the venue, behind four and drawing once.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will contain to lift up their game with a revamped bowling show aggression, though batsman Virender Sehwag may come back after shoulder surgery.
Buoyant England eye top ranking

Zaheer Khan will be a huge loss as he's the head of their show aggression, he is such a skilful bowler, particularly in English conditions, he always bowls fit here," England fast bowler James Anderson told Sky Sports.

"It is a huge loss for them but we can not get accepted away with one individual going home because they have got power in depth and we know that whoever replaces him will have excellence and we have got to seem to be to get the improved of him.

"They won't desire to lose the series and if they have got any possibility of staying in the series they be acquainted with they have got to win this week. We know they are going away to come hard at us and we have got to try and match that. It is their number one spot that they are defensive so they have got a batch to play for."

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra &Zaheer  Khan member left-arm paceman Rudra Pratap Singh are predictable to approach into the team, even as a batsman will also be not there if Virender Sehwag is deemed well sufficient to make his come back in to test action.

England will have to alter their team as Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has approach into a 12-man squad for Jonathan Trott.

Ravi Bopara seems probable to play as England are not predictable to go back to your old ways to a five-man bowling attack as well as both Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett who missed the previous match with a hamstring hurt.

Tim Bresnan did his probability of retaining his place no injury in Nottingham by scoring 90 in the 2nd innings and taking a test-best 5-48 to help close up the win.

"It's an perfect chance for me," Ravi Bopara thought. "I know it's come off the back of an hurt to one of our major players but nonetheless it's an chance for me.

I am chuffed to bits that I have been given the chance and I can not wait to start on Wednesday. I am coming into a great side.

We are not No. 1 so far, that's clearly the aim. It's a great team to play for, there are a number of great players and they have done an incredible job.

  Tillakaratne Dilshan's hundred sink Australia in tour opener

Tillakaratne Dilshan hammer a maiden Twenty20 century to place up Sri Lanka's 35-run success over Australia in the opening match on Saturday.

Sri lanka won the first twenty game
against australia these are the winning
The captain completed a 57-ball 104 not out, smash five sixes and 12 four in a excellent show of solid and clean beating to assist his team position a demanding Big total in Twenty Format 198-3 in the day-night match at the Pallekele International Stadium.

Australia were controlled to 163-8, with opener David Warner top-scoring through a 31-ball 53 with the help out of two sixes and six fours.

Sri Lanka almost wrapped up the match when they summary Australia to 63-4 in the nine overs, with debutant off-spinner Dilruwan Perera responsibility the highest injure with three wickets.

Tillakaratne Dilshan attractive 16 runs to total his hundred in the last over bowled by pace-man Mitchell Johnson, but strike two sixes and as a lot of fours. His second fifty came off just 16 deliveries.

The Sri Lankan captain and Jeevan Mendis (29 not out off 19 balls) plunder 104 runs in the last 7.3 overs to help out their team set a firm target.

"I’m really pleased. Before on I batted a bit gradually but then played huge shots later on. It was a good quality toss to drop," thought Dilshan, who was named man of the match for his sparkling knockout.

"Perera did a enormous job. Mendis came and took a not many risks and when runs are coming from both ends, it is very hard for the bowling side."

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who also additional 52 runs partnership for the third wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (30), went for huge shots following 15 overs, beating four boundaries in an over from pace-man  John Hastings and after that two sixes and as a lot of fours off Shane Watson.

"Complete thanks to Sri Lanka and Tillakaratne Dilshan. We were in the game for 13-14 overs, but Tillakaratne  Dilshan took the game gone from us," thought Australia captain Cameron White.

Kumar Sangakkara was batting self-confidently earlier than driving Shane Watson without delay to Cameron White at mid-wicket. He strikes four boundaries in his 22-ball thump.
After loose the 1st twenty game
against Sri Lanka

Pace-man bowlers Brett Lee, Johnson and Watson each took one wicket.

The 2th and final Twenty20 game will be played on the similar place on Monday.

Australia willpower also plays five one-day internationals and three Tests on their tour.