Live Updates

  • 10:22 PM IST

    Man of the Match: Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

  • 9:55 PM IST

    Live: Australia 206 in 47.2 overs; Nathan Lyon 4 (6): SL WIN!!!! Yes, that’s it. The final couple of wickets fall in the form of Adam Zampa and Faulkner, as Aponso’s four-wicket haul did all the damage for the Aussies, while The Lankans level the series 1-1, with three more matches to go.
    OUT! Adam Zampa c Tillkaratne Dilshan b Amila Aponso 5 (16), James Faulkner b Amila Aponso 13 (19)

  • 9:49 PM IST

    Live: Australia 201/8 in 45 overs; James Faulkner 12 (12), Adam Zampa 5 (12): GONE!!!! A couple of wickets fall again in the form of Head and Starc, while Faulkner and Zampa are the new men in. It’s most likely over for the Aussies in this game. Good comeback by the Lankans.
    OUT! Travis Head c Tillakaratne Dilshan b Angelo Mathews 31 (48), Mitchell Starc c and b Angelo Mathews 0 (1)

  • 9:29 PM IST

    Live: Australia 182/6 in 40 overs; Travis Head 76 (88), James Faulkner 0 (0): GONE!!!! Finally, Wade has been dismissed for a healthy 76 to Thisara Perera, as Faulkner makes his way in. How does this change things in the game?

    OUT! Matthew Wade c Gunathilaka b Thisara Perera 76 (88)

  • 9:01 PM IST

    Live: Australia 156/5 in 35 overs; Matthew Wade 63 (75), Travis Head 16 (29): Wade goes past his half-century and is batting brilliantly, as he aims to take his team home from here, but would be needing good support from the other end. Can Head give that support?

  • 8:43 PM IST

    Live: Australia 130/5 in 30 overs; Matthew Wade 49 (64), Travis Head 7 (8): GONE!!!! Henriques is gone as well for mere four of Prasanna, as Head is the next man in. However, Wade continues to bat steadily. can he steer his team to a win here?
    OUT! Moises Henriques st Dinesh Chandimal b Sekkugge Prasanna 4 (16)

  • 8:27 PM IST

    Live: Australia 111/4 in 25 overs; Matthew Wade 41 (55), Moises Henriques 0 (5): GONE!!!! Bailey is the latest to fall, as he is bowled by Aponos for 27, while Henriques comes in. Much needed breakthrough for the Lankans, but Wade is cruising in. can they stop him?

    OUT! George Bailey b Aponso 27 (46)

  • 8:05 PM IST

    Live: Australia 87/3 in 20 overs; George Bailey 19 (37), Matthew Wade 28 (39): again no harm done, as both the batsmen continue to play a steady innings, as the same story continues form the Lankan bowlers.

  • 7:46 PM IST

    Live: Australia 68/3 in 15 overs; George Bailey 8 (24), Matthew Wade 20 (22): No harm done as both the batsmen continue to bat well, and make sure that no further setback is suffered in their pursuit to chase down the big total, while the Lankan bowlers are desperate for another breakthrough.

  • 7:27 PM IST

    Live: Australia 42/3 in 10 overs; George Bailey 5 (12), Matthew Wade 1 (4): GONE!!!! The third wicket is down in the form of Steven Smith, who is dismissed for a steady 30 by Aponso, as wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade comes in.
    OUT! Steven Smith c Dilruwan Perera b Amila Aponso 30 (31)

  • 7:09 PM IST

    Live: Australia 23/2 in 5 overs; Steven Smith 17 (15), George Bailey 1 (4): GONE!!!! A couple down for the Australians, as both the openers David Warner and Aaron Finch are gone for cheap, while the skipper Smith and Bailey are out. Lanka off to good start with the ball.

    OUT! David Warner c Dinesh Chandimal b Thisara Perera 1 (4), Aaron Finch b Thisara Perera 4 (7)

  • 6:33 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 288 in 48.5 over; Seekkuge Prasanna 2 (1): THAT’S IT!!!! Sri Lanka had been shot out for 288, courtesy of a last moment hat-trick from James Faulkner, as he claims three for 45, while it’s an above par total from Sri Lanka, and Australians would be having a tough time chasing it down.

  • 5:48 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 252/5 in 45 over; Angelo Mathews 51 (56), Kusal Perera 51 (49): No harm done, as both the batsmen bring up their respective half-centuries, while they steer towards a good total. How much exactly is on the cards?

  • 4:56 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 170/5 in 33 over; Angelo Mathews 14 (26), Dhananjaya de Silva 9 (7): Kusal
    Mednis was the latest man out as skipper, Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva start the repair work again. Mendis and Chandimal have gone again after giving a solid platform for their side. Mathews needs to hold on the innings and bat as long as possible else the team will perish inside 50-60 odd runs.

  • 4:43 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 157/4 in 30 over; Angelo Mathews 10 (16), Dhananjaya de Silva 7 (9): GONE!!!! Kusal Mednis is the latest victim, as he is dismissed for an impressive 69, after being trapped leg before by Zampa, as Dhananjaya makes his way in.

    OUT! Kusal Mendis lbw b Zampa 69 (69)

  • 4:23 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 141/3 in 25 over; Kusal Mendis 67 (63), Angelo Mathews 3 (1): GONE!!!! Chandimal falls for 48, just a couple short of his half-century, as he is trapped leg-before, originally given not out, while Australians go for the review, and the decision is overturned. Mathews is the new man in.

    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal lbw b Zampa 48 (67)

  • 3:52 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 105/2 in 20 over; Kusal Mendis 51 (49), Dinesh Chandimal 32 (52): Half-century for Kusal Mendis, as he reaches his fifth half-century, while Chandimal on the other side continues to give a good amount of support to Mendis, as the batsmen continue to play a steady innings, and build up a good gameplay with a good total.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 77/2 in 14 over; Kusal Mendis 38 (32), Dinesh Chandimal 18 (33): No harm done, as both the batsmen continue to play a good innings, while Chandimal just took apart Head for 20 runs in the 10th over.

  • 3:20 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 22/2, in 6 over; Kusal Mendis 28 (22), Dinesh Chandimal 14 (25): Sri Lanka are now steady and gaining momentum with every over. How well can form play a part in your confidence is been displayed by Mendis and Chandimal. Both have gone about their business excellently. They have gone for their shots at regular intervals and played Starc and Faulkner decently. 50 runs partnership is already up for the third wicket. They have picked up the part timers and rotated the strike against the main bowlers so far. Australia will feel they have a job in hand til the time any of these two are at the crease.

  • 3:00 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 22/2, in 6 over; Kusal Mendis 4 (8), Dinesh Chandimal 5 (9): Sri Lanka have lost both their openers cheaply. Australia have started with Nathon Lyon and Mitchell Starc and both of them have got one wicket apiece. Sri Lanka have their best batsmen and in-form players, Mendis and Chandimal, at the crease. They again need to stitch an important partnership here for the side. Chandimal is in the form of his life with 5 fifties in his last 5 innings. If he scores another fifty, he will be the first Sri Lankan to do so. He will become the seventh player to join this club headed by Javed Miandad.

  • 2:38 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 1/0, in 1 over; Tillakaratne Dilshan 0 (4), Danushka Gunathilaka 0 (2): What a beauty from Mitchell Starc to begin the proceedings for Australia. The track is not having any grass it seems. This can be a bit easy for batting but Sri Lanka will have a task in hand playing against a confident and disciplined bowling attack of Australia. Tillakaratne Dilshan has to set the tone for his side today. He needs to play carefully without shifting from his normal game.

  • 2:13 PM IST


    AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Moises Henriques, Travis Head, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

    SRI LANKA: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Amilo Aponso

  • 2:07 PM IST


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the second One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Australia, on Wednesday. Australia have a 1-0 lead in the ODI series after winning the first ODI by 3 wickets with 19 balls to spare. Australia suffered a 3-0 whitewash in Test series as they struggled to cope against the spinners. On the other hand Sri Lanka ended their bad run in international circuit by registering a thumping series win. In the first ODI hosts suffered a batting collapse which hampered with the momentum. They could only post 228 on the board which was never enough against Australian batting line up. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia 2016, 2nd ODI at Colombo

Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal on this tour taking wickets, despite spin-friendly pitches. Starc took 3 wickets in the first ODI spoiling the momentum Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal provided and pushing the Sri Lankan batsmen on back foot. James Faulkner too had an impressive start to his ODI campaign by taking four wickets in the series opener. In batting department Aaron Finch looked in good form with Steven Smith backing him up in the top order.

Sri Lankan spinners have had a major impact on the series. Rangana Herath’s absence from the side is clearly visible as Steven Smith breathes a sigh of relief. Their fast bowlers have disappointed so far. Youngster Amila Aponso has looked promising so far, taking a wicket and bowling an economical spell. Kusal Mendis continues his good form in ODIs too along with Dinesh Chandimal. Though, they need to be cautious against Starc. Skipper Mathews too urged his team recently to be extra cautious against Starc


Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Avishka Fernando, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Milinda Siriwardana.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia 2016, 2nd ODI at Colombo