After having lost the opening match of the series by a massive 107 runs in Melbourne, Sri Lanka came back strongly in the second ODI at Adelaide to register an equally comprehensive 8 wicket win to level the 5-match series at 1-1. Putting Australia in after winning the toss, Sri Lanka routed the Aussie top order, making the most of the overcast conditions to reduce their hosts to 83-6. A battling half-century from Brad Haddin helped Australia post 170. Sri Lanka lost Upul Tharanga early in their chase, but a second wicket partnership between Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan worth 137 took them within sniffing distance of victory. Thirimanne went on to notch up his maiden international century to steer his side to victory with nearly 10 overs to spare.
Angelo Mathews took the new ball for Sri Lanka alongwith Nuwan Kulasekara, and troubled the Aussie openers right away. Mathews picked up the wicket of Aaron Finch caught in the covers for 4 to set the visitors on their way. A few overs later Kulasekara removed Sri Lanka's chief tormentor this summer, Phil Hughes for 3, trapping him leg before. Australia crawled to 21-2 in the mandatory powerplay.