Sunday, August 21, 2011
Australia regroup in ODI, India's Test woes continue.
Australia 5/133 (28 ov, S Marsh 70) def Sri Lanka 132 (38.4 ov, M Jayawardene 53, B Lee 4/15, X Doherty 4/28)by 5 wkts: ODI#4/5 at Colombo (Premadasa Stadium) . Australia lead series 3-1.
Sri Lanka fell apart with the bat, losing 8/37 in the face of some good Australian bowling by Brett Lee and Xavier Doherty.
132 didn't look enough, and Shaun Marsh, brought into the team in place of Steve Smith, made sure it wasn't with a vigorous 70/80b (1x6, 11x4) at the top of the order.
Good to see Doherty, whose place I thought might be in doubt, named player of the match for his 4/28 from 10 overs.
Fox Sports highlights
Meanwhile in London at The Oval yet another onesided Test match is unfolding or, from an Indian perspective, unravelling:
India 5/103 (33ov, R Dravid 57*) trail England 6/591 dec (I Bell 235, K Pietersen 175) by 488 runs with 5 1st inns wickets in hand: T#4D3 at The Oval.
Ian Bell 235/364b (2x6, 23x4) and Kevin Pietersen 175/232b (27x4) have batted India out of the match.
Foxtel only showed an hour of the rain-shortened D3 highlights, but they included Virender Sehwag's 8/6b (2x4), his first runs of the series, and Graeme Swann's three wickets, one a well executed though very close -IMO too close to give out - stumping. With Swann extracting some turn and bounce,a fourth English win is looking more likely. Only Rahul Dravid has knuckled down to the batting job.