Sri Lanka’s bowling attack completely bamboozled Australia in the third One Day International (ODI) at Brisbane Cricket Ground on Friday, January 18th.
The home side looked completely helpless in front of the Sri Lankan pacers. None of the top eight batsmen could touch the double figures, as the entire side collapse on meagre 74 in 26.4 overs. Nuwan Kulasekara picked up five wickets
for only 22 runs.
Lasith Malinga bowled equally well, and dismissed three Australian in his seven overs. Mitchell Starc was the highest run-getter for Australia, as he remained unbeaten on 22.
Xavier Doherty was the second one to cross the double figures. He scored 15 runs before becoming the last victim. It was never an easy run chase for Sri Lanka though.
Mahela Jayawardene lost his wickets in the very first over. Tillakareatne Dilshan made things slightly easier for his side by scoring quick 22 runs. But the situation started to get worse with the continuous fall of wickets.
The middle-order batsmen failed to stay at the crease for a long time. The Aussies also wasted a few easy opportunities. Kushal Janith Perera stayed unbeaten until the end, and guided his side to a 4-wicket win. The tourists are now
2-1 up in the series.
So, the next game will be a do-or-die situation for Michael Clarke’s company. Kulasekera was given the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his classy work with the ball.
The Australian skipper expressed disappointment after the game. He described that there were no excuse of such a terrible performance by his crew. He stated:
"A horrible day. Probably should have bowled first. But if you bat like that in any conditions, you will lose. Our defense let us down more than anything. No excuse for the way we performed. Shot selection was poor. I understand the public wants us playing
consistently. Honestly, if we played like that (today) then the public wouldn’t want to see us playing at all. Our bowlers did a good job."