Australia crumble at the Gabba

2013-01-18 07:50

Brisbane - Right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara claimed a career-best five for 22 as Sri Lanka skittled Australia for just 74 runs inside 27 overs in the third one-day internationals in Brisbane on Friday.

Scorecard: Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI

Kulasekara tormented the right-handers with his in-swinging deliveries while Lasith Malinga (3-14) polished off the tail as Australia collapsed in 26.4 overs with only Mitchell Starc (22 not out) and Xavier Doherty (15) managing double digits.

Number nine Starc took a couple of blows on his helmet but hung on to take Australia past their previous lowest total of 70 that came on two occasions, against England in Birmingham in 1977 and New Zealand at Adelaide in 1986.

Angelo Mathews drew first blood with the seventh delivery when he removed opener David Warner and Australia captain Michael Clarke was soon left to rue his decision to bat first at Gabba as the batting order came unstuck.

Kulasekara was on a hat-trick after removing David Hussey and George Bailey off successive deliveries but Matthew Wade denied him the personal milestone.

That was hardly solace for the hosts as the 30-year-old bowler returned to peg back Clarke's middle stump and push one through Moises Henriques's gate for his first five-wicket haul.

Malinga removed Mitchell Johnson, Wade and Clint McKay while Shaminda Eranga, replacing Ajantha Mendis, dismissed Doherty to end the Australian innings.

The five-match series is level 1-1.



Michael Clarke (captain), Phillip Hughes, David Warner, George Bailey, David Hussey, Matthew Wade, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty

Sri Lanka:

Mahela Jayawardene (captain) Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Kushal Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

Third Umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)


  • JokerZA - 2013-01-18 07:56

    Howzat warnie ???

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2013-01-18 08:01

    Lekka Lanka!!!!

  • mcsquire - 2013-01-18 08:14

    after years of tormenting sa how does it feel oz ?

      dhirshan.gobind - 2013-01-18 08:27

      Lol we have tormented them in recent years . . .

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2013-01-18 11:33

      Heh, you talk as though this is the first setback Aus have had. Losing the Ashes twice in a row - the second time in Aus and with three defeats by an innings - hurt the Aussies a lot more than being skittled out for a low score by SL in some meaningless ODI game. Aus won the Test series 3-0. They'll take that result rather than limited overs success every single time. But they won't rest until the Ashes are back in their possession again.

  • my10cent - 2013-01-18 08:33

    Goes to show these guys are only human - just wish SA supporters can come to understand it too!!!

  • weldon.broughton - 2013-01-18 09:21

    Whats happening

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2013-01-18 10:08

    Another hiding. It must be the weather or after effects of Proteas visit?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2013-01-18 11:28

      Sri Lanka have arguably the best limited overs squad in cricket. Although they didn't win either game, they made the finals of both the last ODI WC and the last T20 WC. Slinga and Kulasekara are killer opening and death bowlers in limited overs. Their problem is Test cricket, where their bowlers' ability to stifle runs doesn't count for much. You want wickets in Tests, not economy rate. Malinga doesn't even do Tests anymore and, in the Aus Test series, Kula's series return was 0 for 104 off 44 overs. So commendable economy again but no sticks. Aus, on the other hand, have a weak ODI squad atm. They were thrashed 4-0 by England just before the Proteas toured there. And only the first game was reasonably close with England winning by 15 runs. In the other three games, Eng won by 6, 8 and 7 wickets, with at least two overs to spare on each occasion. So it's not surprising at all that SL would get the upper hand in this series.

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