PERTH: Australia beat Sri Lanka by five runs in the third tri-series one-day international at the WACA Ground on Friday.Sent in to bat by Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, Australia made 231 from 49.1 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 226 in 49.5 overs, falling short of five runs after needing 18 runs to win from the final over.
Man-of-the-match Michael Clarke top scored for the home side with 57 from 88 balls, while Sri Lanka’s five frontline bowlers all claimed two wickets each and were backed by some superb fielding.
The tourists got off to a good start in the chase, but lost their way after Kumar Sangakkara was run out for 22.
Tillakaratne Dilshan made 40 and Dinesh Chandimal 37, while Angelo Mathews tried bravely to rally the cause late in the innings with 64, putting on 46 for the last wicket with Dhammika Prasad (15 not out).
Spinner Xavier Doherty picked up two wickets for 24 runs from his 10 overs.
The next match in the series takes place in Adelaide on Sunday between Australia and India.
Match scores: Australia all out 231 (49.1 overs); Sri Lanka 226 (49.5 overs).
Australia: Michael Clarke (Capt.), David Warner, Matthew Wade, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Daniel Christian, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (Capt.), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Matthews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad, Sachitra Senanayke.
Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
D. Warner b Mathews 34
M. Wade c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 1
R. Ponting lbw Malinga 1
M. Clarke c Jayawardene b Mathews 57
M. Hussey c and b Kulasekara 23
D. Hussey c Thirimanne b Malinga 27
D. Christian st Sangakkara b Senanayake 33
R. Harris c Kulasekara b Senanayake 3
C. McKay c Thirimanne b Prasad 25
M. Starc c Tharanga b Prasad 14
X. Doherty not out 2
Extras (lb6, w5) 11
Total (all out; 49.1 overs) 231
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Wade), 2-26 (Ponting), 3-50 (Warner), 4-81 (M. Hussey), 5-130 (D. Hussey), 6-180 (Christian), 7-190 (Clarke), 8-192 (Harris), 9-224 (Starc), 10-231 (McKay).
Bowling: Malinga 10-0-48-2 (4w), Kulasekara 10-0-39-2, Mathews 9-0-37-2 (1w), Prasad 9.1-0-55-2, Senanayake 10-0-45-2, Dilshan 1-0-1-0.
Sri Lanka Innings:
U. Tharanga c Clarke b Starc 5
T. Dilshan c Wade b Harris 40
K. Sangakkara run out 22
D. Chandimal lbw Clarke 37
M. Jayawardene c Wade b Christian 13
L. Thirimanne b Doherty 3
A. Mathews c Christian b Starc 64
N. Kulasekara c Wade b Christian 8
S. Senanayake st Wade b Doherty 9
L. Malinga c Wade b McKay 1
U. Tharanga not out 15
Extras (lb3, w6) 9
Total (all out; 49.5 overs) 226
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Tharanga), 2-61 (Sangakkara), 3-88 (Dilshan), 4-110 (Jayawardene), 5-119 (Thirimanne), 6-129 (Chandimal), 7-143 (Kulasekara), 8-175 (Senanayake), 9-180 (Malinga), 10-226 (Mathews).
Bowling: Harris 10-0-43-1, Starc 9.5-0-50-2 (2w), McKay 10-0-50-1 (2w), Christian 8-1-47-2 (2w), Doherty 10-0-24-2, Clarke 2-0-9-1.
Man of the match: M. Clarke (AUS)