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Australia register 32 run win in Hobart to draw the series 2-2

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An unbeaten century from Phil Hughes, his second of the series, helped Australia register a comfortable 32 run victory in the final ODI at Hobart to end the series with Sri Lanka level pegging at 2-2. Dropped down the order to no.3 for this game, Hughes came out to bat at 31-1 and stayed through till the very end, contributing 138 runs to help Australia post a competitive 247-5 in their 50 overs on a sluggish pitch at Hobart this morning. Sri Lanka started well in their chase, but lost 4 wickets for 20 runs in between the 12th and 21st overs to fall behind significantly in the run chase. A battling half-century from Angelo Mathews (67) helped the visitors make a game of it, but they were eventually bowled out for 215, with Moises Henriques and Xavier Doherty sharing 6 wickets between them.

There was some disappointing news for Australia at the toss this morning with an ankle injury ruling out the skipper Michael Clarke with George Bailey taking over once again. The toss went Sri Lanka's way, and they put the Aussies in, hoping to continue their trend of getting over the line chasing.

Australia sprung a surprise by sending Matthew Wade alongside David Warner to open the batting, and Sri Lanka responded by tossing the new ball to Tillakaratne Dilshan. The part-time offspinner responded to the challenge by tossing down consecutive maiden overs and then bowling Dave Warner for 10 in his fourth over.

Nuwan Kulasekara at the other end was getting quite the same joy he has had so far this series, but did trap Wade leg before for 23 (28b) with the final delivery of his 5th over to make it a double blow for the Lankans.

Phil Hughes came out to bat at no.3 after consecutive failures in the last couple of games and took his time to get settled in. At the half-way stage of the innings, Australia were meandering along to 94-2, looking to keep wickets in hand for a late push.

Thisara Perera recovered from a poor opening over in which he conceded 12 to remove skipper Bailey for 17 (43b), caught comfortably off his own bowling. David Hussey joined Hughes out in the middle and duo continued to take Australia forward, reaching 139-3 in 35 overs.

The duo accelerated in the powerplay, adding 33 runs. Hughes reached his century shortly after, getting to the landmark in 132 balls, but exploded thereafter, striking 3 boundaries and a six in the final overs to push Australia's total up to a competitive 247. The Lankan spinners Dilshan and Rangana Herath had done a terrific job between them, sending down 17 overs for just 56 runs, and perhaps Mahela missed a trick by not giving the ball to Jeevan Mendis and bringing Dilshan back for an extra spell.

Sri Lanka got off to a good start in their chase with Mahela Jayawardene (38) finding form for the first time this summer, racing to 38 before he was beaten in an attempt to loft Xavier Doherty, dragging the ball to mid-on, while actually trying to go through the offside. From 57-0, Sri Lanka soon slid to 62-2 with Doherty striking for the second time in as many overs with Thirimanne finding the fielder in the deep, going for an unnecessary big one at a time when the Lankans needed to consolidate. Suddenly, it was very much game on.

The slide continued unabated with Moises Henriques contributing with the wicket of Dilshan for a sluggish 19 from 48 balls. Doherty though continued to be the dangerman for Australia and added a third by bowling Dinesh Chandimal for 6 as Sri Lanka slide to 83-4.

Angelo Mathews and Kushal Perera stemmed the slide briefly, adding 31 for the 5th wicket before the latter fell to the extra pace of Mitchell Johnson. He was replaced by Jeevan Mendis, who looked to keep Mathews company as Sri Lanka kept their slender hopes alive.

The duo toughed it out in the middle overs and waited for the powerplay to time their assault. They added 38 runs in the 5 over period with the field in and continued to go after the bowling once the field spread. 10 runs off Clint McKay in the 41st over meant that Sri Lanka needed 87 to win from the last 9 overs.

Sri Lanka though suffered a massive double blow as they lost both set batsmen within the space of 3 deliveries with Mendis being bowled by Henriques for 26 before Mathews was caught at midwicket off Johnson for 67.

The Lankan tail failed to wag sufficiently, and despite the odd lusty blow by Nuwan Kulasekara, capitulated for 215.

It was a deserved win for the Aussies, who end the ODI series level at 2-2. While their rotation policy may have indeed cost the hosts a series win, they did take the opportunity to blood some more youngsters, and that should hold them in good stead moving forward.

The two teams will now engage in a two match T20 series starting on Saturday, 26th January.

Teams:

Australia: Matthew Wade, David Warner, Phillip Hughes, George Bailey, David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Xavier Dohery, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kushal Perera, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath.

Mini Scorecard:

Australia 247-5 (50 overs, 4.94rpo)

P Hughes 138* (154) T Dilshan 1-22

D Hussey 34 (39) T Perera 1-39

 

Sri Lanka 161-5 (41 overs, 3.92rpo)

A Mathews 67 (79) X Doherty 3-21

M Jayawardene 38 (39) M Henriques 3-32