Australia vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI Video Highlights
Australia 231 (Clarke 57, Mathews 2-37) beat Sri Lanka 226 (Mathews 64, Doherty 2-24) by 5 runs
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Watch the Highlights of Australia vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI Match of the Australia Tri Series 2012. The match will be played/hosted at W.A.C.A., Perth. Schedule time of Match is 12:20 Local Time (04:20 GMT). The match is schedule to be played on Feb 10, 2012. Watch free video highlights of AUS vs SL match online for free.
Angelo Mathews narrowly failed to deliver victory to Sri Lanka at the WACA, where the Australians held on by five runs in a thrilling finish. Sri Lanka needed 18 from the final over bowled by Mitchell Starc, and Mathews gave them every chance by pulling the first ball for four and driving the next delivery over long-off for six, before a pair of singles left the visitors needing six from two balls.
But Mathews skied the next delivery to long-on, where Daniel Christian held his nerve to take the catch, ensuring Australia remained unbeaten in the Commonwealth Bank Series. And while the Australians did, for the most part, bowl and field well, they could consider themselves fortunate to have escaped with victory after posting what appeared to a sub-par 231, with Michael Clarke (57) the only man to score a half-century.
Initially, Sri Lanka were on track in the chase before a middle-order collapse left too much to Mathews and the tail. That Mathews nearly got them home was remarkable, as was his 46-run tenth-wicket stand with Dhammika Prasad, but his dismissal for 64 should at least mean the rest of the batting order is held accountable for a disappointing effort that undid the fine work of the bowlers.
The Australian bowlers were also impressive. Xavier Doherty was the standout with a miserly 2 for 24 from his ten overs but there were other positives from the hosts in the field as well. Starc hooped the new ball and claimed an early wicket, Christian picked up two victims to add to his handy 33 with the bat, Clint McKay completed a terrific run-out from side-on and Matthew Wade enhanced his reputation with a stumping and a wonderful diving catch.