David Hussey pushes Australia to 158 against Sri Lanka in rain-marred ODI

David Hussey in action during his knock of 58 off 64 balls at the SCG Getty Images

Sydney: Feb 17, 2012

Sri Lanka stifled Australia with a disciplined bowling and fielding display as the home side were shot out for a modest 158 in a rain-curtailed cricket triangular series match on Friday.

Electing to bat, the Australians failed to stitch any substantial partnership in the face of tight bowling by the Sri Lankans at the SCG in the match reduced to 41-overs-a-side after rain interrupted play at the end of the 26th over.

But for the 49-run stand between David Hussey (58) and number 10 Mitchell Starc (17 not out) for the ninth wicket, the highest stand in the Australians innings, the total would have been much lower.

David Hussey and Starc batted sensibly for eight overs to give some respectability to the Australian innings after their top-order came a cropper to be reduced to 88 for six at the rain interruption.

David Hussey was, however, fortunate to survive a dropped chance from Malinga at third man when the batsman was on eight.

The Sri Lankans also effected three run-outs to add to the misery of the home side who were bundled out with one ball remaining.

For Sri Lanka, Farveez Maharoof and Thisara Perera bagged two wickets each for 18 and 29 runs respectively. Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath grabbed a wicket each.

Malinga struck the early blow by dismissing dangerous opener David Warner (13) with a slower ball. Warner punished Malinga with a pair of crisp boundaries but struggled to the bowler’s change of pace and ultimately lobbed a catch to mid-on in the fifth over.

Maharoof, in his return match, used a similar slower delivery to account for stand-in skipper Ricky Ponting (2) who was foxed to an early stroke to give a simple return catch in the 11th over.

Next over, Thisara Perera engineered the run-out of Matthew Wade (15) with a lightening throw to snap the stumps and soon Angelo Mathews joined the party to account for Michael Hussey (13).

Michael Hussey, who returned to the Australian side after being rested from the Adelaide match, was looking good as he hit a six from Mathews but next ball he failed to negotiate a delivery too close to his body and edged behind.

Peter Forrest (16) became the second victim of Maharoof’s tight length and line to offer a catch to the slip and before rain came, Daniel Christian (6) fell lbw to Perera as Australian sauntered to 88 for six.

After the rain break, Clint McKay (3) and Bret Lee (0) fell in quick succession before David Hussey and Starc took the score past 150 with some sensible batting.

David Hussey was finally out in the penultimate over and he hit six fours in his 64-ball knock of 58.

Brief Scores: Australia 158 all-out in 40.5 overs (David Hussey 58; Farveez Maharoof 2 for 18, Thisara Perera 2 for 29) vs Sri Lanka.

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