Monday, August 15, 2011
Impressive Australia win another ODI, lead series 2-0
Australia 2/ 211 ( 38.2 ov, R Ponting 90*,M Clarke 58*) beat Sri Lanka 208 (49.3ov,K Sangakkara 52, ) by 8 wickets: ODI#2/5 at Hambantota. Australia lead series 2-0.
Another good, verging on very good, performance by Australia. Sri Lanka crumbled against a tightly drilled attack, with all 6 bowlers used (Steven Smith wasn't) doing their bit. Doug Bollinger's 3/35 from 10 overs was an eyeopener for me, as , overlooking the differences between Tests and ODIs, I'd written him off after his performances in the Ashes.
In the batting department things went well too, with a vintage Ricky Ponting 90*/106b (9x6, 8x4) combining with Shane Watson and then a refeshingly aggressive Michael Clarke 58*/67b (2x6, 4x4) seeing their side home easily.
Clarke's captaincy looked good too, though I'm not enamoured of his habit of whistling to attract players' attention.
I'd expected Sri Lanka to win this series, but so far they've disappointed. Are they really that bad or are Australia better than I've given them credit for?
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