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Australia beat Sri Lanka by 15 runs in the first match of the Tri-series held in Brisbane a short while ago. The Australians batting first scored 321 runs and Sri Lankans scored 306 runs being bowled out in the 49th over.

The Australian side posted an imposing 321 for six from their 50 overs with opener David Warner in scintillating form with 163 off 157 balls, while Matthew Wade added 64.

Sri Lanka looked in contention at one stage as Kumar Sangakkara scored 42 and UpulTharanga compiled a breezy 60 with NuwanKulasekara adding 73 from just 43 balls, but Sri Lanka fell 15 runs short as they were dismissed with four balls to spare.

The victory gives Australia a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three final after India were sent home.

  Comments - 23

  • pranandu Sunday, 04 March 2012 03:48 PM

    Weldone to Mahela and his gallant team. Be proud of yourselves and keep going forward in the next 2 matches, today when it was an off day for our top class batsman and fielders we must thank the lower order who stood up. I wish to request the coaching staff, mahela and selectors on tour please speak to Malinga and make him understand that he is playing with a team and not a selfish IPL game. He scored 1 in 6 balls I don't understand why he couldn't take a single when the filed was all spread out and give the screaming PRASAD to face. One could see how Prasad was screeming for strike. Sorry to say Malinga's Batting bowling and fielding all are lost hope he is not saving it for the IPL

    K. C. John Monday, 05 March 2012 02:44 PM

    Excellent battle between two countries with similar populations from which to select their players.

    Gamini Udagepola Monday, 05 March 2012 06:25 AM

    What a Cricket Match it was, Good fight back by SL Team .Good Luck for rest of the matches.

    Imran Hussein Monday, 05 March 2012 04:57 AM

    Nevermind the end result, it was a very good match. My advise is dont open the bowling attach with Malinga in the next match. Use Malinga as a change bowler. When you hit Malinga for few boundries he loose confident and the batsmen get some courage to hit every bowler there after.Good luck to our boys.

    Sam of Hong Kong Monday, 05 March 2012 03:04 AM

    Thank you brother Darshan. I am a Sinhalese and but no difference we all in one family mate. Liong live Sri Lanka !!!

    prag Monday, 05 March 2012 01:55 AM

    Grate match and well chase by SL... Next match we will win...

    Kolomba Kaka Monday, 05 March 2012 12:41 AM

    Malinga must be rested for a while.

    Darshan Sunday, 04 March 2012 05:10 PM

    WOW..I am a Tamil Sri Lankan living in Australia and whole our family decided to support Sri Lanka fro here on..After all its my country too ! I will be waving the LION flag in Adelaide..

    prabath Sunday, 04 March 2012 04:52 PM

    Yes, Malinga gets a little clueless when batsmen come at him, he has practically three deliveries - yorker, bouncer and slower ball. needs to develop a get away length ball.

    gayan Sunday, 04 March 2012 05:02 PM

    well-done boys!
    Correct the mistakes done and come up with a blazing performance. We can win this. All the best for the rest for the finals.

    law Sunday, 04 March 2012 04:35 PM

    No one ever thought this fight...
    Well played guys !

    Well Wisher Sunday, 04 March 2012 04:46 PM

    Sri Lanka team has always over confident thats why finally they defeat. Also there is some internal jealous and panic by Dilshan Tilakerathne inside the team is this also one of the main problem in the team. Since im in the team i dont like to name the other guys who mislead SL team.

    aranee Sunday, 04 March 2012 11:56 AM

    Hats off to SL. gave a thrilling chase.we have two more and we can win the series

    m.m.m.izzeth Sunday, 04 March 2012 02:23 PM

    good game this is cricket

    CrickLover Sunday, 04 March 2012 02:18 PM

    well done boys... we lost, but really good effort. well done kula...

    jterm Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:46 PM

    Good game boys, no shame in defeat after performances like this! Hope the top order can deliver in the next game - again, gratz on a good showing!

    Labby Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:44 PM

    Ok Maharoof, thanks for coming.

    prabath Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:49 PM

    This is the type of cricket we all want. Fighting to the end, focused and hungry to win. The kind of attitude that was missing for along time, especially after the WC.

    Luck Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:17 PM

    Superb resilience by our low order batsmen. Top order need to perform exceptionally well if we need to succeed in the next match. Mahela should not open batting and he is more suit for middle order. Nuwan Kulasekara & Thisara Perera are potential openers. Anyway congradz Lions for the 'get rich or die trying' attitude. Keep it up!!!!

    balu Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:15 PM

    A very good fight back! Never expected this We are proud of our team! Proud to be Srilankan!

    Shanthi Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:09 PM

    Good chase..Good effort... But Sri Lanka gave away too many runs.Should have restricted Australia for around 280 runs. Sri Lanka should have brought on the spinners at the start.. Perhaps opened with a spinner at one end. Malinga's pace bowling sometimes prove too costly when the batsmen starts wild hitting...

    Sri Lankan/south afr Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:02 PM

    Proud of Lankan Team and Well Played you almost did OMG

    kasun Sunday, 04 March 2012 12:13 PM

    Good come back. even though v lost v go into the next finals with more confidence than the aussies

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