Australia clobber Sri Lanka


Australia: 168 for 5 (20 overs)

(White 85 off 49 balls, M Hussey 39 off 26 balls, Randiv 3 for 20, Matthews 2 for 24 )

Sri Lanka: 87 all out (16.2 overs)

(Dilshan 20 off 12 balls, Johnson 3 for 15, Smith 2 for 12, Nannes 2 for 19)

Sri Lanka got Australia struggling right away getting them down to 4 for 30 off 4.4 overs. However, this was to be the maximum of the day for Sri Lanka. Even at 11 overs they were just 67 for 5. Thereafter they lost the script and played too relaxed. White just tore apart their stars – Malinga and Mendis. Sri Lanka doesn’t play Muralitharan in Semifinals/ Quarter Finals against Australia – is it a coincidence? It had happened in the One Dayers World Cup too some time back. Saving him for a possible Finals clash? Maybe!

Well, Sri Lanka were never off the block today. All their batsmen failed and the Australian bowlers made merry. Even an unknown Smith came up with 2 for 12. Sri Lanka did get their 50 runs on board before Australia, but there were no prizes for that. They shouldn’t have tried that hard!

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