Sri Lanka impress in 64-run loss to Australia


By Nick Mulvenney | March 8, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara became the only batsman to score three World Cup centuries in a row. © AFP PHOTO

Australia stormed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 64-run victory over Sri Lanka, fired by a spectacular maiden one-day international century from Glenn Maxwell at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Sri Lanka signalled that they are also in fine form for the knockout stages by having a good crack at what would have been a record run chase with Kumar Sangakkara becoming the first man to score three successive centuries at a World Cup.

They were always up against it after Maxwell's 53-ball 102 had helped Australia to 376-9, however, and it is the co-hosts who are now almost certain to finish second in Pool A and avoid champions India or South Africa in the quarter-finals.

On a night when the 40,000 crowd were thrilled by a feast of batting, it was Maxwell's deployment of the full array of shots in his prodigious armoury that proved decisive.

His hundred came off 51 balls, just one shy of the record for the quickest World Cup century, and he shared a 160-run partnership with Shane Watson, who hit 67 to celebrate his recall to the team.

Maxwell was dropped by a back-peddling Sangakkara on 95 and there was a nervous wait on 99, his chance of sharing the World Cup record with Irishman Kevin O'Brien disappearing when the umpire ruled a leg bye off the 50th ball he faced.

The century came up soon enough with two runs to mid-off, though, and his emotional celebration after reaching the milestone in his 43rd one-day innings was a graphic illustration of what it meant to a player often dismissed as a show-pony.

Steve Smith (72) and skipper Michael Clarke (68) had earlier steadied the innings with a partnership of 134 after openers David Warner (nine) and Aaron Finch (24) had been dismissed inside the first 10 overs.

Maxwell hit 10 fours and four sixes in his innings and the pyrotechnics continued when Sri Lanka came out to bat, Tillakaratne Dilshan setting the tone by spectacularly hitting six fours off Mitchell Johnson's third over.

Johnson had already dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne caught behind for one in his opening over to bring Dilshan and Sangakkara together at the crease.

While their 130-run partnership continued, it looked like Sri Lanka had a chance but once James Faulkner (3-48) trapped Dilshan in front for 62, it looked like an uphill struggle.

Sangakkara had already become only the second player after Sachin Tendulkar to score 14,000 runs in one-day internationals and was not going to be denied his century, which he reached in as many balls with two runs to backward square.

He departed soon afterwards for 104, leaving Dinesh Chandimal, who hit 52 off 24 balls before retiring hurt, and Angelo Mathews (35) to lead the rearguard action.They were finally dismissed for 312 after 46.2 overs.

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  1. When one expert from UK said
    When one expert from UK said Srilanka will eat Parrippu AKA Dhal.

    Chasing a huge total we had Aussies rattled!!!!

    ONLY IF….






    We never know what the result would have been.

  2. All those Srilankans who were
    All those Srilankans who were there at SCG, what they witnessed was a tremendously supreme batting display by our boys. I am sure M. Johnson won’t forget that shellacking he received from Dilshan in a hurry. The crowd number was 39,000..but looked like 30,000 Srilankans and 9000 Aussies.

  3. @Byron Raj, you didn’t have
    @Byron Raj, you didn’t have the Aussies rattled. You lost!
    No points nada,nothing zero!!!
    Sri Lanka lost. Yes it was a heroic loss because they fought extremely hard because Sri Lanka hate losing to Australia but they lost. It is about time you gave some credit to the Australians. Sri Lankan’s did eat parippu and the expert from the UK is absolutely right.
    Because Sri Lankan team lost. No world cup points. Why are you guys behaving as if you won! Many Aussie fans on the forums are saying the poor sportsmanship of Sri Lankan fans like yours not giving any credit for Australia’s incredible victory. I am sure, next time Australia meets Sri Lanka. I can garuantee Australia will make sure people like you in particular and the Sri Lankan team eat massive amounts of parippu. Dhal whatever. Prepared not very well at that. Byronraj I hope enjoyed your 64 run loss to Australia!

  4. @Rohan Mark whoever, first of
    @Rohan Mark whoever, first of all pull your head in…don’t come and lecture me about how I should write??? Your pathetic comments about how all Srilankan supporters should behave made me laugh so much I had stomach cramps. Didn’t know we have a Saint here registered on this site!!!
    I told you before .. I will repeat that again… Don’t come and put your one cent worth without knowing the facts and having no knowledge of the subject, you make yourself look like an imbecile. If Srilankan supporters behaved badly they would have been thrown out the ground. I was there ..maybe there could have been some small incidents. Due to the warm weather in Sydney.. some might have drank bit more than glass full. But I didn’t see anything from where I was seated. There was no mention in print, TV media about any eviction. Looks like your have inside information??? I live here.. you don’t!! Do you have any idea how much visiting team supporters cop from Aussie supporters? Were you living inside a cave when Murali was playing? Ask anyone who were seated in Bay 13 @ MCG or any part of MCG.!!! The behavior of Australian supporters have gone so bad in recent years. Very recently there were incidents involving Aboriginal players who were racially vilified. Now if you hear someone vilify someone based on race, religion or because he/ she supports the opposite team…you were asked to report it by text!! It includes current ICC games. So if there is any anti social behaviour by any supporter.. he or she will be thrown out. I am sure you aware of that, since you have been to Australia as you claim!!!
    Remember it’s OURS meaning Srilankan supporters!!
    IF ANY OF OUR SUPPORTERS behaved badly.. it could be because they were the victims of abuse from an Australian supporter. You know why Glen Maxwell was targeted? Because Sydney siders haven’t forgotten what he did when Srilanka played in Sydney. Two wrongs can’t make one right..but we live in the world where reaction is common in daily life. It’s just a reflection of what you see on the field.. even a 5 year old knows AUSSIES ARE PERENNIAL SLEDGERS…but when someone gives back thier own medicine.. they winge and mourn. Just ask Arjuna, he will tell you. So who cares what Australian supporters write in the forums!!! Have you seen how Indian supporters behaved in Australia?? Srilankan supporters are mild mannered compared to them. I never seen them abusing anyone.. they cheer and have a friendly banter..
    For you to comment on something you have no idea made me chuckle.. and it’ tells something about the person!! If you don’t call yourself Srilankan why ari you here? Are you one of those who have Dark skinned Arse but called themselves whites?? Or you are one of those who live in a foreign country for few months.. and try to imitate the local slang and call yourselves bona fide natives!!! You have been to Australia as you have mentioned in detail about Australian TV channels!! So you know hell of a lot about Australia??? Did you get here as a transit passenger.. spent time in the Airport lobby.. but tell everyone you have been to Australia? Or did you Google it? You remind me of someone who just looks at cover and photos of a book and write a critique about the book?? Besides White Australians don’t eat Parripu…Dhal in English for you!! They don’t even know how to cook it. Get your facts right!! I think you should get a lesson in Australia history before you bark like a street dog!!! I am more than happy to educate you. Free of charge of course.

    Again your shallow mind doesn’t get my point… WE WERE UNDERDOGS… Australia is one of the favorites to win the cup…for us to chase 370 plus total and get close to an achievement itself. If not for Chandimal’s injury… we don’t know what the end result would have been?? During the time when Angelo and Chandimal Bludgeoned the Australian attack.. did you see the body language of Clarke? And few others in the field? Maybe you forgot to wear your glasses!!! THAT’S WHAT I MEAN RATTLED!!

    To your concaved mind.. I along with many Srilankans who watched the game live or on TV enjoyed the game..”It’s not all about winning.. it’s all about how you play the game”!!!

    I am waiting for your reply. You know I love taking on half wits like you!!!

  5. Who is this blowhard Byron
    Who is this blowhard Byron Raj? Of all the commenters on this forum, he is the most insulting, disrespectful, vituperative, towards other commenters. People to him are imbecilic, idiots, cowards, racists, dim wits, etc., etc. He has become paranoid after his experiences in the ethnic tensions of Sri Lanka. Having abandoned Sri Lanka, he is now a faux Sri Lankan. People are entitled to have their views treated with respect even when one is in disagreement with them. Having gone through the racial tensions and prejudice he has experienced, one would have thought he understood the need for respecting others.

    Is this the respect that members are supposed to show to contributors to this forum? Based on his hostile comments to everybody, his membership should be cancelled. He will not be missed. And I am not afraid that “he is coming after me.”

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