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Sri Lanka probably could have won it in much easier circumstances than this. They were cruising when Asela Gunaratne was calling the shots but his wicket was an obvious stop gap for the flow of runs. But, they were taken over the line in the end by Kapugedara. It will be something special for Sri lanka despite the knowledge that they were facing only a second string Australian side with the majority of the first team in Mumbai playing India A.
Live Cricket Score, Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20
1746 hrs IST: Kapugedara dispatches the last ball for four and Sri Lanka have won the first T20 match.
1743 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are chipping away, nee d three runs of to win off the last two. The second last ball is pulled away by Kapugedara and they sprint to take two runs. This means Sri Lanka need one run off the last ball.
1740 hrs IST: The first is a dot ball but Sri Lanka scamper across for a run off the second. Tye hits the stumps and asks the question but the third umpire says not out
1736 hrs IST: James Faulker bowls the 19th over, and six runs have come off it. Sri Lanka need six runs from the last over
1734 hrs IST: Turner bowled the 18th over and it has given Australia a glimmer of hope. Two wickets went off but that four off the fifth ball has dampened the mood somewhat, Sri Lanka still have the upper hand, needing 12 off 12.
1732 hrs IST: GONE! Siriwardana is the next to depart and Turner gets his second! Australia have carved a way back into the match.
1728 hrs IST: OUT! Gunaratne is dismissed and that is a biggie for Australia. They needed just 18 off 18 and so its hard to see what was the reason behind Gunaratne trying to do that. He stretches forward, tries reverse sweep, misses and loses his balance. He gets stumped and the third umpire gives out.
1725 hrs IST: Asela Gunaratne gets his 50 and Sri Lanka are almost strolling towards victory now, need 18 runs off 18 balls.
1721 hrs IST: That body blow has seems to have charged up Gunaratne and he has smashed consecutive boundaries off Faulker. The last ball was a bit of a scare as the ball flew off his bat but landed in a safe area. They stole a single off it and that means Sri Lanka now need 29 off 24.
1717 hrs IST: James Faulkner bowls the 16th over and the first ball itself is directed at the area where it hurts the most for Gunaratne. Gunaratne falls in a heap and one can’t help but laugh. The Australians, though, are dead serious. Sri Lanka need just 38 runs off 27 balls now.
1711 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are kicking into gear now. If this period of the match is crucial for both sides, Sri Lanka has won this first part of it. 13 runs have come off Andrew Tye’s over, Sri Lanka need 49 to win off 36 balls with seven wickets remaining.
1708 hrs IST: These next few overs could be crucial and Andrew Tye is the man who bowls the 14th. He has bowled one over before this and gave away 11 runs. His first ball is dispatched for a four.
1659 hrs IST: 100 up for Sri Lanka in the second ball of the 12th over. But that was after Aaron Finch almost pulled off a stunner of a catch. At the end of that over, which was Zampa’s third, Sri Lanka have got to 107/3.
1656 hrs IST: OUT! Dilshan Munaweera falls to Zampa too. He has now taken out both the settled batsmen for Sri Lanka and the balance of the game is slowly tipping back to Australia now.
1650 hrs IST: OUT! Niroshan Dickwella has finally been dismissed by Adam Zampa. Dickwella has played an important innings scoring 30 off 25 balls but the spinners are getting Australia back into the match.
1644 hrs IST: Ashton Turner;s over goes for six runs. No boundary off this one two and that is the second consecutive over that has gone without a boundary and the spinners are stemming the flow of runs now.
1640 hrs IST: Adam Zampa has put a lid on the flow of runs, has given away just five runs off his first over.
1636 hrs IST: Runs are coming thick and fast now for Sri Lanka. Munaweera and Dickwella have now put up 56 runs for the second wicket and Sri Lanka are scoring at a rate of over 10 runs per over, well over the required run rate which is just above seven.
1633 hrs IST: James Faulkner bowls his first over and that has gone for just five runs. Sri Lanka need 118 runs to win from 90 balls, Australia could use a wicket now.
1630 hrs IST: 24 runs have come off the third over bowled by Stanlake. While the first 12 came off consecutive boundaries, a single followed and then a wide that went to the boundaries. The last ball was dispatched for a six by Dickwella with the perfect shovel scoop over short fine leg
1626 hrs IST: Munaweera turning it on now and looking to wrestle some control from Australia. Three perfectly timed shots has produced three consecutive boundaries off the first three balls of the third over.
1621 hrs IST: Dickwella hit boundary off Pat Cummins’ last ball of the third over. Seven came off it, only three runs came off the over otherwise.
1617 hrs IST: Dickwella is lucky to be standing. Billy Stanlake and the Australians for leg before but the umpire wasn’t interested. Replays show that the ball was indeed hitting the leg stump. Dickwella dispatches the very next ball for four and gets another boundary off the fifth ball of the over. He is making the most of the second lease of life he has got on the crease.
1613 hrs IST: OUT! Upul Tharanga is the first man to depart for Sri Lanka. Pat Cummins takes the first wicket in the very first over.
1549 hrs IST: Clumsy effort in the deep allows Faulkner to end the innings with a boundary. Australia manage 168/6 in their 20 overs. Fine job by the visitors to restrict the hosts to this total especially after the start they got. Malinga pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka as he returns with figures of 2/29
1546 hrs IST: In attempt to steal the double on the fielder’s throw, Paine walks back without facing a delivery, and troubling the scorers
1541 hrs IST: Faulkner survives the hat-trick ball. One to play, Australia are 154/5
1540 hrs IST: WICKET! Even full tosses earn wickets for Malinga as Turner hits one to Prasanna. The ball seems to be following the spinner at the moment. Two sharp catches by him, two wickets for Malinga and Australia lose their set pair off consecutive deliveries
1539 hrs IST: WICKET! Head connects well on that occasion but his shot travels straight to the fielder in the deep. Prasanna didn’t have to move much to complete a straight-forward catch. Australia 4/153
1538 hrs IST: 150 up for Australia in the 19th over of the innings. Malinga bowling a crucial over for the visitors and he is up against the pair of Turner and Head
1536 hrs IST: Tidy over by Kulasekara. 18 gone, Australia still searching for the big hits as they reach 3/148
1531 hrs IST: Big Kulasekara over coming up. If he manages to slip in tight six deliveries, Australia will be under some pressure to go after the runs in the last two
1530 hrs IST: Three to play, Australia are 3/139. Travis Head has spent enough time in the middle and it should be him who should take lead in pushing the total in the last three overs
1527 hrs IST: Malinga gets one to tail into Turner but the right-hander does well to find a boundary
1524 hrs IST: We are into the last four overs. Australia need to really push the total now. Making the task difficult for them is Lasith Malinga as the seamer will bowl two out those four overs
1517 hrs IST: WICKET! Henriques goes after Sanjaya but finds Kapugedera in the deep. Catching practice for the fielder in the outfield. The wickets soon after a stand looks to accelerate are not helping Australia’s push for a above-par total at the MCG
1513 hrs IST: After miscuing the big hit earlier in the over, Henriques charges Sandakan and launches him into the stands for a SIX. Australia move to 2/111 in the 15th over of the innings
1510 hrs IST: 100 up for Australia in the 14th over of the innings. Last six left and the hosts need to up the scoring rate
1506 hrs IST: After bowling just one over with the new ball, Malinga is back into the attack. His three overs will be very crucial in the business end of the Australian innings
1504 hrs IST: Australia need a really strong finish to put Sri Lanka under the pump. The visitors didn’t get the early wickets but were patient enough to slip in the tight overs. They were rewarded with two quick wickets and are now sustaining the pressure with tight lines
1502 hrs IST: Head cuts one straight to the fielder at backward-point and the he drops a sitter. Can’t afford to spill regulation catches at this level
1458 hrs IST: WICKET! Finch goes after Gunarathne again, miscues and Malinga takes a brilliant catch. It went very high in the air and Malinga was very calm there. Big wicket this for Sri Lanka. Australia 2/86
1456 hrs IST: SIX! Finch connects and gets a lot of distance. Clean as you would like and the skipper hits his second six of the night. Australia move to 1/84
1453 hrs IST: Travis Head walks out to join skipper Finch. Left-right combination in the middle for the hosts at the moment
1452 hrs IST: WICKET! Klinger miscues and Malinga takes a sharp diving catch to get rid of the right-hander of Sandakan’s bowling. Australia 1/76
1450 hrs IST: Short from Prasanna and Finch hits all the way for the first maximum of the innings. Much needed for the hosts. At the half-way mark, Australia 75/0. Both Klinger and Finch are set to accelerate
1447 hrs IST: Australia are yet to lose a wicket but the run-rate needs a push. Both Sri Lanka spinners are doing a fine containing job in the middle
1442 hrs IST: Finch hits one hard and it races to the fence. Plenty of power in that hit. Took the Prasanna delivery on the full and hit it in the gap for a boundary. And, that’s 1, 000 T20I runs for Finch
1438 hrs IST: Australia bring up their FIFTY in the seventh over of the innings. Klinger 31*, Finch 18*
1436 hrs IST: Field restrictions lifted, Sri Lanka operate with spin from both ends. Sandakan to bowl his left-arm wrist spin
1435 hrs IST: That’s the end of the powerplay overs. Australia collect 47 runs and ensure to keep wickets intact
1433 hrs IST: In an effort to slow things up, Tharanga introduces spinner Prasanna into the attack. The leg-spinner operates wicket-to-wicket and it shouldn’t be much of a problem for him to operate in the powerplay
1432 hrs IST: 16 coming off Sanjaya’s second over, Australia race to 43/0 at the end of the fifth over in the first T20I against Sri Lanka at the MCG
1430 hrs IST: On the pads, and Klinger clips it fine for another boundary. This is turning out to be a big big over for the hosts
1429 hrs IST: Sanjaya pitches one short and Klinger has no problem in pulling it to the ropes. The right-hander races to 24 and is looking very good
1425 hrs IST: Klinger just clears the fielder in the ring and gets a boundary. It was within the reach of Tharanga but he didn’t get the timing of his jump right. Australia move to 26/0 in the fourth over
1423 hrs IST: WRISTY! Klinger whips one through the leg-side and gets a boudary. Proper cricketing shot this by the experienced right-hander
1421 hrs IST: More than 30, 000 at the MCG already and there is plenty of support for Sri Lanka at the moment. The supporters are very vocal, and making their presence felt
1419 hrs IST: Early change as Tharanga replaces Malinga with Sanjaya. He was with the team on the tour of South Africa but didn’t get a game. Here he is now, in the side for his spell in the warm-up game before the series
1417 hrs IST: Finch gets a boundary in what was turning out to be a tight Kulasekara over. Full toss on the pads, and the right hander has no problem in clearin the ring on the leg-side. Australia 13/0 after two overs
1415 hrs IST: Two experienced seamers in operation now as Tharanga introduces Kulasekara from the other end. He has the ability to swing the ball and can test batsmen early in the innings
1414 hrs IST: Six coming from Malinga’s first over. Australia 6/0 after one over at the MCG
1412 hrs IST: Debutant Klinger is away with a couple of runs. This would ease some nerves
1410 hrs IST: Slight mix-up but no damage done as Klinger makes the right call. Finch makes ground in time and Australia remain 0/0 in the first over
1408 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga will commence proceedings with the ball for Sri Lanka. Electric atmosphere at the MCG
1405 hrs IST: Australian openers Finch and Klinger march their way out to the middle. Also joining them out are the Sri Lankans. Big game this for Klinger. The domestic workhorse finally gets his hands on the Australian jersey
1347 hrs IST: Tharanga wins his first toss as captain, and would be looking to make a mark with a very fresh-looking XI. Vikum Sanjaya, who impressed in the tour game, makes his international debut for Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan XI: Dickwella, Malinga, Munaweera, Tharanga (c), Gunaratne, Prasanna, Sanjaya, Siriwardana, Kapugedara, Kulasekara, Sandakan
1342 hrs IST: The Australian team sheet is out. Here’s a look at their playing XI
Australia XI: Finch (c), Klinger, Head, Henriques, Turner, Paine, Faulkner, Cummins, Zampa, Stanlake, Tye
1340 hrs IST: Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to field in the first T20I against Australia at the MCG
1338 hrs IST: Big series this for Sri Lanka. The team, undergoing transition, is struggling ever since the retirement of the experienced players. Good opportunity for the younger lot to make their presence felt in the international arena
1337 hrs IST: Michael Clarke can’t hide his happiness as three players make their T20I debuts
1335 hrs IST: We are moments away from the toss for the 1st T20 between Australia and Sri Lanka. Stay tuned for the big decision!
1327 hrs IST: Australia have handed debuts to three players in this match. Michael Klinger making his debut at the age of 36. Two other players are Billy Stanlake and Ashton Turner
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 17 February 2017
1320 hrs IST: We are 10 minutes away from toss in Melbourne. This will be a big toss as the captain winning it will like to chase rather than bat first
1318 hrs IST: Here’s a look at the two squads before action gets underway at the historic MCG
Australia: AJ Finch (c), PJ Cummins, BR Dunk, JP Faulkner, TM Head, MC Henriques, M Klinger, TD Paine (wk), JA Richardson, B Stanlake, AJ Turner, AJ Tye, A Zampa
Sri Lanka: WU Tharanga (c), JRMWS Bandara, N Dickwella, DAS Gunaratne, CK Kapugedera, KMDN Kulasekara, SL Malinga, BKG Mendis, EMDY Munaweera, SS Pathirana, S Prasanna, PADLR Sandakan, MD Shanaka, TAM Siriwardana, I Udana
1315 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of the first T20 international between Australia and Sri Lanka from Melbourne. Not the top quality side from Australia but they still be tough to beat. Sri Lanka have their task cut out.