Australia were well and truly beaten today. It was a good toss to win but Sri Lanka bowled well and Australia's inexperience was shown up.
Thirrimane was lucky early in his innings but after he past 40, he batted with ease. Dilshan never looked comfortable but such was the paltry target, his struggles were almost irrelevant.
There were some positives for the home team.
Brad Haddin batted well for his 50 (although he now has a hamstring strain)
Kane Richardson bowled well in his six overs (although he was not allowed to bowl his remaining four because of constant encroachment on the pitch)
Phil Hughes did a better than expected job as back-up keeper (but he won't be needed for that task next game).
I think the Australians might need to try some new blood.
Australia's squad for the Brisbane match next Friday is announced tomorrow. There are literally hundreds of grade cricketers around the country on tenterhooks waiting for the call.
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I hear this Michael Clarke is a handy player and the word is this Dave Warner has a mean switch-hit on him. Perhaps we should give David Hussey's older brother a go? Matt Wade must surely be close to selection.
That's it for now. Join Phil Lutton for next Friday's match. If Ben Cutting is playing, don't expect to read about the other 21 players on show.
He does it with a boundary through the offside, that's his century and that's the win for Sri Lanka.
Thirrimane smacks a four and then takes a single. He is on 98, Sri Lanka need three to win.
Will Perera do the right thing.
He blocks out Doherty's over.
I can remember many moons ago that the Australian were rejecting singles to help Mark Waugh score a hundred in Hobart against Zimbabwe.
Their captain Alistair Campbell blew up saying it was disrespectful.
Quite frankly, if you don't like being treated that way then don't be beaten so resoundly.
Glenn Maxwell not helping with a wide either.
New boy Perera has no interest in Thirrimane's hundred. He has just smacked a six and a four off Doherty. Maybe he wants to catch a bit of Die Hard too?
Thirrimane needs to snaffle nine of the final 12 runs to get his ton. Just let him do it, it's not like net run rate is important in head to head cricket.
Sri Lanka must take the batting powerplay. They need 27 runs from 84 balls with eight wickets in hand.
More importantly Thirrimane needs just 12 for his maiden international hundred.
Does this mean New Zealand are 50/50 proposition in one-day cricket?
When NZ score well in the 1st innings the second innings score is often poor.When NZ fail in 1st innings,2nd innings score is a lot better— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) January 13, 2013
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Australia, on the other hand, are no where near such a feat.
It's so annoying how the cricket keeps interrupting the ads for the new series of The Block.
Forget Die Hard, Australia have taken a wicket.
Dilshan spoons a catch to Glenn Maxwell at point at Ben Cutting has his first ODI wicket.
Brisbane Times reporter Phil Lutton doing silent fist pumps in his lounge room. He's a big Cutting fan.
Great news for New Zealand. Their openers have survived an over in tact. Need only another 403 runs to make South Africa bat again.
Adelaide Oval curse. Kane Richardson removed the attack by the umpire for running on the wicket, 27 years after Glenn Trimble was removed from the attack by Allan Border for not bowling on the wicket.
Batting powerplay yet to be taken (that is if you exclude the first 32 overs of the innings).
Looking at the Richardson replays, he literally covers the batsmen's vision of stumps at the non-striker's end, he is that far across. It would almost be impossible to get off the line of the stumps in time to make the umpire happy.
On another not, why am I not allowed to watch Die Hard?
Thirrimane crunches Ben Cutting over cover for four. Slats knows the game is up, he is not talking up an either/or result.
Is Richardson the first Australian ever removed from the attack for peristent running on the wicket?
More bad news for Australia.
Kane Richardson has received his third and final warning for running on the wicket.
Richo is outta of the game.
Thirrimane clubs anothr boundary from mystery spinner Maxwell and Kane Richardson is now one. Three of his five overs have been maidens - not bad on debut. But he has not taken any wickets or scored any runs. Does that make him the new Simon Davis?
Glenn Maxwell is having a bowl, you know the guy who bowls after Cameron White for the Melbourne Stars.
Match still very much in the balance with Thirrimane smacking another four. He moves to 63.
Sri Lanka need 58 runs from 126 balls with only nine wickets in had.
Mark Nicholas now getting in on the act of talking this game up. Just a couple of wickets and it all gets interesting, he says.
Oh really, try five or six.
Sri Lanka need 65 runs in 132 balls with nine wickets in hand.
I am assuming e-mails I'm receiving from Asian dating, Canadian pharmacy and Nigerians asking for my bank account details (although the joke will be on them if I gave it to them) are not people trying to get comments on to the blog.
More fan mail for James Brayshaw. I sat next to him at the Logies once, he was very welcoming.
Hundred up for Sri Lanka and it's a chance to use a logo.
Apparently there is comedy in Bones too, but not surely no match for Nine's cricket gag-fest.
Mark Taylor is having none of this "the match is already over" malarky. With Die Hard with a Vengeance on Ten and Bones on Seven, he knows the audience must stay with the cricket.
I am surprised he is not doing spoilers to keep viewers on Nine. Everyone knows the bad guys lose in Die Hard and in Bones, I'm sure the FBI get their man.
But there is genuine mystery in the cricket. Sri Lanka need 79 runs from 151 balls with only nine wickets in hand. Who will win?
Thirrimane brought up his fifty, by the way.
Thirrimane is positively rocking now. He clubs McKay over mid-on for four, but more importantly is working the ball around. Australia are no chance in this match.
I see the reserve umpire is Paul Reiffel, which means he will not be seen at his regular haunt, the Point Hotel in Pyrmont tonight. Not that Herald types are ever seen there, either (not on weekends anyway).
More trouble for Australia. Haddin's hammy has had enough. He's off and Phil Hughes is the new gloveman.
If only Xavier Doherty could spin the ball? Dilshan goes on the charge, misses and the ball strikes the back leg. The appeal is dismissed and it is referred by George Baily.
Everything looked good, the ball pitched in line, was not too high but the eagle eye says the ball was only just clipping leg stump. Not enough to overturn. Not enough even for Richard Kettleborough. No reviews left for Australia.
It would have been oh so different, if a left-arm orthodox spinner could mover the ball just a little bit from leg to off. Even Ray Bright could do that.
Dropped! Harsh but Thirrimane chipped it to short mid-wicket and the ball jams Steve Smith's fingers in the turf.
It's famine or four for Thirrimane. Another risky cut shot goes to the fence fine of third man. Not convincing. Fifty up for the visitors.
Question? Samuel L. Jackson and bet365. Discuss.
Injuries, there have been a few.
Australia's all injured XI 2012-13 Watson S Marsh Maddinson Clarke McDonald M Marsh Haddin Pattinson Harris Cummins Hilfenhaus 12th Copeland— The Tonk (@_TheTonk) January 13, 2013
The first convincing boundary by Thirrimane, charging Ben Cutting and slashng the ball behind point for four. They are hardly dominating, but there really is no pressure on Sri Lanka.
Suspect (know) this is a fake account.
Marvellous gesture by Haddin to pull a hamstring and allow Wade to continue to miss chances unhindered for the rest of the summer #AUSvSL— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) January 13, 2013
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Dilshan plunders another boundary. Driven on the up, in the air but in the gap to the cover-point fence.
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There is no run rate pressure, but Thirimanne is feeling it. He charges McKay and attempts to crash through the off-side field but instead gets a thick outside edge that clears second slip and heads to the boundary.
Dilshan gets in on the act for Sri Lanka with a thundering on-drive to boundary from the bowling of Kane Richardson. There is no run rate pressure on Sri Lanka and despite the early loss of Tharanga, I suspect Sri Lanka will do this in a canter.
Major injury concern for Australia. Brad Haddin is struggling with a hamstring injury. There is some doubt he will get through this innings, but one suspects that Matt Wade's well-earned rest will come to an end soon.
Softly, softly for Sri Lanka so far. They are 1-6 after three overs, with Thirimanne hitting an extrordinary four over Haddin's head. It was an attempted yorker, but the bump ball bounced over his head and to the fence.
Wicket, already. Tharanga is cruelling Sri Lanka's hopes too.
Clint McKay angled a delivery across the left-hander and Haddin gleefully accepts the simplest of catches.
Sri Lanka 1-0.
Things that happened in your absence. Sydney FC outscored Kane Richardson with two goals in the final eight minutes against the Melbourne Heart.
And according to Channel Nine news, big shark was caught in ocean. Who would have thought?
Anyway, Clint McKay is bowling for Australia and the man who ruined by fantasy cricket hopes at the 2007 World Cup, Upal Tharanga, is facing.
How's this for expert analysis. Australia face an uphill task to defend 170 in this match. The pitch is not the most helpful for batsmen, but with the hosts fielding two rookie quicks, Sri Lanka should do the job.
Still, I give Australia a greater hope of winning this game than Richard Kettleborough of umpiring a World Cup final after that bizarre decision today.
Can't wait to see the TV ratings tomorrow.
Landmark reached, and innings over.
Haddin is caught in the deep and Australia are all out for 170.
Lone hand by Haddin. He brings up his fifty and the question must be asked, what is he doing batting at No.7?
He is the most experienced player in this team and was deemed good enough top open for Australia at the last World Cup.
Lucky boundary for Haddin. He backs away and reaches for the ball and it takes the bottom of the bat and beats the keeper.
The NSW Breakers have won their eighth successive women's National Cricket League title defeating Queensland by six wickets (with a little help from those perennial matchwinners, Duckworth and Lewis).
Haddin is playing a lone hand. He launches Perera over wide mid-on for six. Terrific shot.
Just hopping on my soapbox once more.
Sri Lanka would have to play terribly for this decision to have any bearing on the final result, but what was Kettleborough thinking?
It's easy for an umpire on the field to get a-spur-of-the-moment decision wrong, but the third umpire had minutes to mull over that decision.
How on earth did he come to that conclusion?
McKay takes a swing against Perera and Tharanga rushes back but the ball just evades his clutches. The next ball there is a huge, instantaneous appeal for caught behind. He is given not out and Jayawardene refers it.
Controversy. There is no sign of a nick on hot spot, just what the third umpire Richard Kettleborough used to overturn that decision is unknown, but overturn it he does.
It's these sort of decisions that undermine the DRS and on-field umpires. Not enough evidence, if any, to make that decision. Disgraceful.
Kane Richardson is in elite company. Sir Garfield Sobers did not score a run in his short ODI career and after failing to pick up a Malinga slower ball that was heading for the stumps, nor has Richardson. Malinga on a hat-trick.
Cutting is gone. Malinga bowls full and wide of off-stump and Cutting fails to move his feet, playing away from his body and edges the ball through to Perera who takes a sharp catch. That's seven down and another debutant on the way in.
Haddin is just beginning to edge to the leg side to free up the arms for some off-side hitting. He is good at it but also been his undoing too many times.
Fifty partnership up between these two. Haddin sends another ball careering to the bounday. He moves to 27, Cutting is on 24 and Australia are 6-135 after 38 overs. There is hope.
Chucking is contentious issue on blog.
Batting powerplay now in play, but with six wickets down I hardly see it is an advantageous situation.
Still no cut shot from Cutting but he wields an awesome swivel sweep shot as the ball goes hurtling to the backward square leg fence for four.
The two mystery bowlers, Ajantha Mendis and Malinga are the two bowlers going for more than four an over this innings. Altoutgh they hardly being carted.
Australia 6-116 after 34 overs (Haddin 14*, Cutting 18*).
The 100 is up as Haddin sends a ball of his pads through the leg-side, desperate fielding on the fence not enough to save the boundary.
Ben Cutting is, well, driving - for four no less. When will he indulge in some nominative determinism and unleash the cut shot?
Not surprisingly the run rate has slowed with the loss of multiple wickets. The run rate is 3.20 and dropping and with two debutants in the bowling line-up it will take something pretty special for the hosts to win.
It's no good being a mystery spinner when you bowl rank full tosses. Haddin caresses that one through extra cover. He is Australia's last hope.
Another one gone. Oh no! Maxwell is caught behind from Mathews's bowling and Australia are now six down.
Australia 6-83 (Haddin 0*, Cutting 0*).
Could be a short game.
Disastrous run out for Australia. Hussey is out. He hit the ball to mid-wicket and Dilshan picked up and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end and Hussey was not in the frame.
Spin on and Ajantha Mendis is smacked behind point for four by David Hussey. Good start.
Hussey drives on the up this time against Perera. The off-drive is uppish but he finds the gap and in turn finds the fence.
Australia 4-71 during the 22nd over (Hussey 24*, Maxwell 2*).
Angelo Mathews is back on and his gentle loosener is sent crashing to the mid-wicket fence by Hussey.
Update from the Women's National Cricket League final at the SCG.
NSW chasing their eighth successive title are 4-135 after 27 overs needing 233 for victory.
It is currently bucketing down in Sydney and NSW are 15 runs ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis target.
Earlier, Australian captain Jodie Fields plundered an unbeaten 102 runs to set up the challenging target.
If Bob Quiney made the best nine of the summer, Smith has just made the best eight. He looked the part but must now depart after playing away from his body and getting an inside edge to the keeper.
Smith c Perera b Perera for 8.
Australia 3/60 (Hussey 15*, Maxwell 0*).
Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka celebrates taking the wicket of Steve Smith. Photo: Getty Images
Orthodox shot of the day goes to Steve Smith for this boundary from Maling'a bowling. The slinger zeroes in on the stumps but Smith just turns the face of the bat and the ball races off to the square leg fence.
Magnificent catch at mid-wicket brings about the demise of George Bailey. It looked like it was going to the fence but Thirimanne timed his leap to intercept the ball and Malinga has a wicket.
Australia 3/53 after 17 overs. (Hussey 15*. Smith 2*)
David Hussey has joined in on the act with successive boundaries through cover point off Malinga.
Australia 2-48 after 15 overs (Bailey 23*, Hussey 15*).
I remember the days when that was considered a solid start en route to a competitive total of 217.
Well, George Bailey unloads. Thisara Perera drops on short of a length and Bailey rocks back and hoicks him over mid-wicket for the maximum.
George Bailey hits a six. Photo: Getty Images
Another boundary and wide from that over. It's the new
This one less than convincing by Bailey as the slash at a wide on just clears Jayawardene at second slip and just beats Ajantha Mendis to the fence.
The good news is that Australia have seen on the fast men and now the part-timers are on - Lasith Malinga. Part-time cricketer that is.
We have our first boundary and first extra of the match. What an over!
A nice-on drive from Bailey delivers the four while Mathews little slip down leg side constitutes the other run.
Despite the run rate being less than two an over, there has yet to be a maiden. Yet again, there has not been a scoring shot worth more than two.
I have icons to use for fours and sixes, please let me use them. At this rate I won't even use the 100 icon.
Hussey gets a two from the over and Australia are 2/16 from nine overs (Bailey 5*, Hussey 3*).
Kulasekara has 1-6 from four overs, but he can bat too. Remember the 73 from 40-odd balls in the final agaisnt Australia last summer?
The man who got him on that occasion was David Hussey. Kulasekara has a chance to return the favour here.
Australia 2-14 after eight overs. (Bailey 5*, Hussey 1*).
Well, well, well, trouble for Australia.
Phillip Hughes gone! Nuwan Kulasekara got one thump into the pads and Hughes is given out LBW. The Australians review it, as you do when the ball pitches in line and is going to smash into middle stump.
Australia 2-12 and no reviews left.
Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka takes the wicket of Phillip Hughes. Photo: Getty Images
And just two runs off that over, too. A lucky lob over cover by Bailey that Jeevan Mendis gets a hand on, but the Australian skipper escapes.
monotamy monotony of scoring continues, I am going to hire Homer Simpson's wooden bird to do the commentary.
Australia 0/11 (Bailey 4*, Hughes 3*) after six overs.
Bailey and Hughes, who batted so well together in Melbourne, now have to consolidate.
The first four over of the innings each cost two runs, the fifth is down to one.
Australia 0-9 (Bailey 2*, Hughes 3*)
Both opening batsmen taking their time here. There is a bit of swing about. And as I type this Aaron Finch lobs an outswinger from Mathews to BMAJ Mendis at short cover, and he is on his way for four.
Australia 1/8 (Bailey 1*, Hughes 3*) after four overs.
The first sign of real aggression by Finch. He launches a pull shot over square leg but does not quite get a hold of it. Good fielding on the boundary restricts it to two runs and that's the total damage to Sri Lanka in this over.
Australia 0-6 (Finch 4*, Hughes 2*) after three overs.
A quiet over between the wickets with a couple of easy singles for both batsmen.
Australia 0-4 after two overs (Hughes 2*, Finch 2*).
More running between the wicket woes ... Phil Hughes would have been run out for a diamond duck if the throw from point had either hit the stumps or connected with the keeper.
Kulasekara getting a bit of swing. Australia 0/2 after one over.
Stay tuned ... play about to start. It's still a 50-over affair.
Commentary box news: Chappelli is here and so is James Brayshaw who enjoyed so much fan mail when 'Sonny' Phil Mitchell was in the chair on Friday.
Aaron Finch facing first-up
The great Chloe Saltau reports from Adelaide:
Mitchell Johnson is Australia's latest fast bowling casualty while Usman Khawaja has been dropped from the one-day team after just one game.
Johnson joined fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc on the sidelines with a "niggle" but acting captain George Bailey did not elaborate on his injury at the toss, which Sri Lanka won, opting to bowl first in damp conditions at Adelaide Oval.
In the absence of Starc and Johnson, Queensland paceman Ben Cutting and South Australian quick Kane Richardson will make their debuts.
Australia has unveiled five ODI debutants in two games, follow the first games of Phillip Hughes, Aaron Finch and Khawaja in the series-opener on Friday.
Khawaja was run out for three from 11 balls and was immediately replaced by Steve Smith, a curious decision given he plays a similar role to both David Hussey and Glenn Maxwell.
The selectors have asked Khawaja to improve his running between the wickets and would not have enjoyed his mix-up at the MCG but he is in contention to replace Mike Hussey in the Test team for next month's Test tour of India.
Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 107 runs in the opening match with Hughes becoming the first Australian to make a century on ODI debut.
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal is out with a hamstring injury and is replaced by Kushal Perera, the tourists' fourth gloveman for the tour.
One other change to the Australian team I neglected to mention was Usman Khawaja has been replaced by Steve Smith II.
Australia: George Bailey (capt), Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, David Hussey, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kushal Janith Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.
Sri Lanka's skipper Mahela Jayawardene has fond memories of the Adelaide Oval. It was at this venue he scored his first ODI ton in 1999 when his 120 helped Sri Lanka chase down England's total of 302. They did it with one wicket and two balls to spare, but the match will forever be remembered for the blow-up between Alec Stewart and Arjuna Ranatunga.
No news just yet on Channel Nine's rotation policy for this match, but it looks like Richie and Bill have been rested again. No sign of Chappelli yet either. Perhaps George Bailey's performance on Frdiay turned him off the 50-over game for good.
Tubby, Slats, Mark Nicholas and Heals, and I think even Adam Gilchrist are in the commentary box for today. Will have that all-important line-up soon.
Good news at last.
Mahela Jayawardene currently called at the toss and has decided to bowl. He his hopeful that Duckworth and Lewis will play their part later in the game.
A blow for Sri Lanka with Dinesh Chandimal out with a hamstring strain and in comes Kushal Perera.
Two new caps also for Australia with Ben Cutting and Kane Richardson making their debuts at the expense of both Mitches, Johnson and Starc, who both miss this game with niggles.
More news. The toss has been delayed again but play is expected to start close to 3pm (AEDT).
Early delay for this afternoon's match. There has been rain. A week ago that occurrence would have been considered as unlikely as Kane Richardson being called up to the national squad.
There is a wet outfield and the toss has been delayed by 15 or so minutes. But play should be underway soon.