SL vs AUS,5th ODI Match – R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Malinga hat-trick keeps Australia to 211 Australia 211 (46.1 ov)
Sri Lanka 106/3 (18.3 ov)
Sri Lanka require another 106 runs with 7 wickets and 31.3 overs remaining
Lasith Malinga became the first bowler to take three one-day international hat-tricks as he demolished Australia's tail to leave Sri Lanka a chase of 212 in the final ODI in Colombo. Shane Watson gave Australia a solid start before Michael Clarke and David Hussey kept the runs ticking over, but the lower order had no answers for Malinga, who had previously taken World Cup hat-tricks in 2007 and earlier this year. Watch Live Score
In fact, it could be argued that he has taken four in international cricket, given that his 2007 effort was a double hat-trick - four wickets from four balls against South Africa. This time he began with a fast yorker that got through Mitchell Johnson's defences and bowled him for 1, and followed up with a low full toss that John Hastings was unable to get his bat to, and he was trapped lbw. Watch Live Streaming
Xavier Doherty had the job of facing the hat-trick delivery, and even though he must have been expecting a yorker, he still couldn't keep it out. The middle stump was rattled, and so were Australia, who in the previous over - the 45th of the innings - had been cruising towards a competitive total, at 210 for 5.
But they began to spiral out of control when David Hussey, who had just launched Ajantha Mendis (3 for 49) over the long-on fence for six, played back to the next delivery and was bowled for 46. When the innings ended with Brad Haddin, on 8, driving a catch to mid-off from the bowling of Mendis, Sri Lanka had taken a remarkable five wickets for one run in 11 balls.
A chase that looked like being 250-plus had suddenly become much more gettable for Sri Lanka, who want a consolation victory to finish the series. The wicket of David Hussey was the key moment; in the previous over he had laced Malinga through cover for a magnificent boundary, and he was carrying on the solid work of Clarke and Watson from earlier in the innings.
The Australians had been sent in on a pitch expected to offer some assistance for the seamers in overcast conditions, and in the second over, bowled by Shaminda Eranga, the openers were already in trouble. Shaun Marsh was dropped at gully by Mahela Jayawardene, who juggled the ball and initially seemed to think he had caught before saying he wasn't sure, and the replays showed the ball had touched the ground.