Adam Gilchrist played a memorable innings in what was his last match on his home ground. His 16th ODI hundred at the WACA paved way for a comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the 6th match of the CB Series.
Despite Gilchrist scoring a ton, Australia could manage just a moderate total of 236 on the board. Even that total was too good for the Sri Lankan batsmen who failed to complement their bowlers. Sri Lanka crashed to 173 to end up conceding a bonus point. Early on, a fruitful partnership of 105 between Gilchrist and Michael Clark was spoilt by a batting collapse in the last phase of the innings for Australia. Gilchrist scored 118 in 132 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes to stay right till the 44th over. Michael Clarke was the second highest scorer with 43 from 69 with 4 fours. Ponting and Hussey chipped in with 25 each but it was the collapse of 5 for 30 in 38 balls in the slog overs that brought Sri Lanka back in the game strongly.
Lasith Malinga was the star with the ball for Sri Lanka as he bowled fast, used the extra bounce coupled with his well disguised slower ones. He ended up with a fabulous 4 for 47. The Sri Lankan innings after losing its openers – Jayasuriya and Dilshan early was brought back into a nice shape through a partnership between Sangakkara and Jayawardene. But both these batsmen were up against some terrific bowling, in particular from left armer Mitchell Johnson, who made sure that Jayawardene didn’t last long. Jaywardene made 21 to take SL to 71 for 3 in the 11th over. Sri Lanka were very soon 76 for 4 when Andrew Symonds held to an incredible one handed diving catch to his left at covers which saw the back of Chamara Silva.
The initial thought of Symonds taking the catch was simply awesome but slow motion replays confirmed that it was a moment of shame for cricket. One half of the ball was clearly touching the ground! The Umpire in question, Daryl Harper made a blunder of giving that out straightaway without bothering to ask the third umpire! Sri Lanka after that couldn’t get back in the game even though there was a 53 between Sangakkara and Kapugedera (26 from 60) which was too slow to make any impact. Sangakkara was the last man to be dismissed when he was cleaned up by Lee in the 46th over which had Sri Lanka bowled out for 173. Sangakkara made 80 from 114 with 4 fours. Bracken and Johnson shared three wickets each while all the other bowlers got wickets as well. The Man of the Match was Adam Gilchrist.