McKay leads Aussies Win CB Series
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McKay leads Aussies Win CB Series

Adelaide : Australia | Mar 08, 2012 at 3:49 AM PST
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CLINT McKAY ran through the Lankan batting with the figures of five for 28 to lead Australia win the Tri Nation Commonwealth Bank Cricket Trophy by 16 runs at the Adelaide Oval Ground, Adelaide, Australia on Thursday.They won the best of three finals 2-1. Final scores: AUSTRALIA 231/9 (49.3 overs) SRI LANKA 215 (48.5 overs). Upul Tharanga had provided the resistance through to the end for his top score of 71 along with Lahiru Thirimanne who scored 30. But it was McKay who turned the table having taken 5 for 28 and was supported by Brett Lee (3/59) and skipper Shane Watson (2/13). The Aussies medium pacer was adjudged as the Man of the Match while Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan Man of the Series. The Lankan chase through Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan, the two former skippers and right hand bat against slow left arm Xavier Doherty and right arm pacer Brett Lee, 23 runs in three overs for the loss of Dilshan, caught David Hussey off Brett Lee for 8. Good beginning for the Aussies. Kumar Sangakkara joined Jayawardene. Brett Lee put the Aussies in control following his second scalp in his fourth over having Sangakkara well taken by Watson for 19 at 47. He also hit 3 boundaries and Dinesh Chandimal departure at 52 had the Lankans fair amount of pressure. He was trapped leg before by Clint McKay for 5. He was survived an earlier appeal on the very first delivery when almost every fielder in the circle had shouted loudly. Shane Watson, the skipper, came himself to bowl from one end. Lahiru Thirimanne came to repair the damage along with Jayawardene. Nine overs gone and they had already lost three wickets and only 53 runs on the board and there came another disaster,fourth dismissal at the very total, second wicket for McKay, clean bowled the Lankan skipper for 15. Upul Tharanga was the new batsman. The crowd delighted as Lankan batsmen blundered, 177 still required and six wickets remaining as Watson continued. Much depended on T & T, Tharanga and Thirimanne. McKay had bowled superbly in three overs to claim two for 5. Nathan Lyon, whose debut earlier with the bat had failed, was brought in place of McKay from the other end, gave away 2 in his first over. Another change right away, Daniel Christian introduced in place of Watson. Six bowlers in operation so far and only Lee and McKay were successful. The fifth wicket stand between the two had carried the Lankans past one hundred mark before Watson struck to end the 60 runs stand when Warner had caught Thirimanne at 113 for 30. A relief for the Aussies and sad blow to the Lankans. Chamara Kapugedera was the new man, 23 overs left 119 still required and 5 wickets in hand. Could there be a close finish. McKay claimed his third wicket breaking the Tharanga-Kapugedera 29 runs partnership at 142 having Kapu caught by Matthew Wade for 7. Nuwan Kulasekara joined Tharanga, who was holding on at the other end. 77 runs off 78 deliveries and 4 wickets remaining. Tharanga reaches his fifty. A good one under demanding situation, just 3 boundaries so far.. Round of applause from the crowd, Sri Lankans also in good number flying their flag and cheering for Tharanga. And they lost Kulaseakara after a 30 runs partnership at 172 for 7, Lyon caught him to give Lee his third wicket. Farveez Maharoof walked in and 60 off 66 balls needed. Watson had made very intelligent use of his bowlers and Lee and McKay had delivered when needed. And Lee was taken off and it was Christian in operation. Shane Watson brought himself on again which delivered right away and Tharanga's resistance finally came to an end, caught Wade for 71 at 204 and then McKay had his tally of wickets jumped ahead in the very next over having gotten rid of Rangana Herath clean bowled without score. Lasith Malinga was the last man in for the 25 more required off 18 deliveries and its all over for the Lankans as Clint McKay took his fifth wicket, clean bowled Malinga for 6 and Aussies won by 16 runs with seven deliveries remaining. Maharoof remained unbeaten 18. Brett Lee finished with three for 59 and Shane Watson two for 13.Earlier, David Warner and Matthew Wade started against Tillakaratne Dilshan and Nuwan Kulaseakara after the Aussies had won the toss and elected to bat first. Dilshan had a maiden over while Kulaseakra gave away 2 in his first over. Its spin and pace operation against the two left hand batsmen. Two more to the total 5 without loss in three overs. Warner hits the first boundary off first ball of Kulaseakara's second over. Fifty of the innings in 9 overs as both the batsmen looked well set for another big score like the previous match, in particular Warner, who had cracked some good boundaries but Fraveez Maharoof dented the hopes when he had Warner caught behind Kumar Sangakkara for 48 at 75. He also hit a six and 5 boundaries. There was a moment of confrontation of some sort between the out going batsman and Maharoof, who had stared at Warner. But nothing happened, probably a routine always witnessed during a high tension encounter like the Finals. Shane Watson came at number 3 and they carried the total past one hundred in 19 overs. Dilshan finally struck in his ninth over to remove Watson at the hands of Rangana Herath for 19 at 114. Good running catch by the fielder although he had run little faster and could have slipped from his hands and the Aussies ran into trouble right away losing the third wicket at 118 when Michael Hussey was run out for 1. Another superb fielding there, this time from Dilshan, who makes it a direct hit at the stumps and the batsman was just short of the crease. Third umpire gave the decision. The Lankans roared into action as Wade finally lost his wicket caught Sangakkara off Rangana Herath, just one short of his fifty including 3 boundaries at 123. David was joined by Peter Forrest. 25 of the 50 overs gone at 125 for 4. Forrest didn't last long and was bowled by Herath for 3 at 135. Daniel Christian and Hussey had added 15 more to the total when sixth wicket was fallen at 151 when Maharoof had trapped David leg before for 19. Brett Lee joined Christian at 166 for 6 and 14 overs remaining when Lasith Malinga was brought back for his second spell. Maharoof takes his third and the Aussies were 177 for 7. Daniel Christian gone, caught Mahela Jayawardene for 19. The partnership between him and Lee 26 runs. Clint McKay walked in. Lankan bowlers on the top as Fraveez Maharoof completed his quota of 10 with the figures of three for 40. They carried the total past 200 in the 44th over before Herath struck in his final over to removed McKay at the hands of Maharoof for 28 including a six and 3 boundaries and the total being 218 for 8. Xavier Doherty was dropped by Maharoof off Malinga which would have given the speedster his first wicket who finished none for 69. Brett Lee fell to Nuwan Kulaseakara, clean bowled for 32 and Nathan Lyon, making his ODI debut was the last man out at 231 just three balls remaining of the 50 overs, caught substitute Sachithra Senanayake without score to give Kula return with the figures of two for 40. Xavier Doherty remained not out 5. Fraveez Maharoof and Rangana Herath had three wickets each for 40 and 36 while Tillakaratne Dilshan took one for 41. Sri Lanka to chase 232 to win. From Australia, the Lankans fly straight to Dhaka, Bangladesh for the Asia Cup scheduled to begin from March 11. The current series experience would help them a lot during the next two weeks against rivals like India, whom they had defeated in the Tri Nation Series, Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh.

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Kulasekara of Sri Lanka tries a take a return catch of Lee of Australia in their international cricket tri-series finals in Adelaide
Kulasekara of Sri Lanka tries a take a return catch of Lee of Australia in their international cricket tri-series finals in Adelaide
TASNEEM KHAN is based in Miami, Florida, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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