Australia vs Sri Lanka

Match info: International Triangular Series ODI at Hobart - ODI

Date: 24th Feb 2012 Umpires: B F Bowden and B N J Oxenford

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score


280/6 (50.0 Overs)


Sri Lanka

283/7 (49.2 Overs)

Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.

  • Last Updated: February 24 2012, 11:53 GMT

Mahela Jayawardene's 85 and a brutal cameo from Thisara Perera led Sri Lanka to a gripping three-wicket win over Australia in the Commonwealth Bank Series in Hobart.

Mahela Jayawardene hits out on his way to 85
Mahela Jayawardene hits out on his way to 85

Peter Forrest's maiden international century - he scored 104 off 138 balls in a third-wicket partnership of 154 with Michael Clarke (72 off 79) - steered Australia to a competitive total of 280.

But there was always a feeling they may have scored too slowly, and Jayawardene scored 85 off 81 balls to get the chase off to a great start, before Dinesh Chandimal (80 off 100) took them to the brink and Perera (21no off 11) pushed them over the line.

The win took Sri Lanka to the top of the points table, ahead of Australia in second and India in third, with six games played apiece.

Australia were quickly in trouble as openers Matthew Wade and David Warner both fell within the opening seven overs to leave them 27 for two.

Clarke announced his arrival with a four and a six off Farveez Maharoof in his first full over at the crease, and Forrest dispatched Rangana Herath for a maximum.

But those shots were the exception as the pair found scoring tough against the changes of pace of the Sri Lanka attack.

Forrest powered Perera for four to reach 50 and, after Australia passed 100 in the 26th over, Clarke followed his partner to the landmark.

The captain was out to an excellent catch from Perera off Angelo Mathews, before Forrest reached 100 with a quick single.

Forrest smashed his next ball for four as he belatedly looked to up the tempo, but the next delivery, in attempting a rare extravagant shot, sliced Mathews to Maharoof at deep cover.

Thereafter Dave Hussey (40 not out off 28), Mike Hussey (21 off 14) and Brett Lee (20no off 15) swung the bat to boost Australia's total.

But the ease with which they found quick runs suggested Sri Lanka may have a chance of chasing them down, and that was seemingly confirmed when Jayawardene got his side off to a flying start.

The captain hit a succession of boundaries, including one big six off Lee, dominating proceedings to such an extent that when Tillakaratne Dilshan fell with the total on 55, he had contributed just three from nine deliveries.

Kumar Sangakkara came and went for a run-a-ball 22 as Jayawardene passed 50, before combining with Chandimal in a stand of 63.

Xavier Doherty eventually lured Jayawardene down the pitch for a stumping, but with Chandimal manipulating the strike, Sri Lanka were still well placed.

When Chandimal and then Maharoof fell in quick succession, they needed 31 off four overs and the dismissal of Angelo Mathews, caught in the deep to give Dan Christian his third wicket, in the penultimate over seemed to turn things decisively in Australia's favour.

But Perera edged a streaky four, before hoicking a huge six, and Nuwan Kulasekara's classy four off his first ball sealed victory with four balls to spare.