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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Malinga hat trick helps Sri Lanka win ODI#5, though still lose series 2-3

Sri Lanka 6/213 ( M Jayawardene 71, C Silva 63) beat Australia 211 (46.1 ov, S Watson 56, L Malinga 3-35 inc hat trick) by 4 wickets with 18 balls remaining: ODI#5 at Premadasa Stadium Columbo. Australia win series 3-2.

Four of the top six Australian batters got a start but didn't notch large scores: the other seven combined added 17.

Lasith Malinga's hat trick turned a possible score of around 250 turned into a modest 211. Sri Lanka lost 3/33, two to James Pattinson who, with John Hastings replaced Brett Lee and Doug Bollinger (both rested) before Chamara Silva 63/71b (1x6, 8x4) and (once again) Mahela Jayawardene 71/119b (6x4) , set their team back on course. Australia had no Malinga equivalent so the Sri Lankans moved comfortably to a consolation win.

Now for the Tests. Australia will be pleased that Malinga will not be in the home eleven, as they will have enough issues of their own to deal with.

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