Warner, Clarke centuries help Australia set competitive total against Sri Lanka

Michael Clarke scored his fastest ODI century, coming off just 81 balls Getty Images

Adelaide: Mar 6, 2012

Skipper Michael Clarke and explosive opener David struck a century each to power Australia to 271 for six against Sri Lanka in the second final of the cricket tri-series at Adelaide on Tuesday.

Warner, who just managed to get fit on time for the game, showed no signs of any groin injury during his 100-run knock and registered his second successive century after his 163 in the first final on Sunday.

Warner was complemented well by his captain Clarke (117), who scored a century after a gap of nearly a year. He scored his last ton in ODIs against Bangladesh in April last year.

The duo shared stitched together 184 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for Australia’s total.

Both Warner and Clarke were intent to play the waiting game and showed immense patience to cosolidate Australia’s innings after the hosts lost their first two wickets for 56 runs.

By his reputation, Warner played a very slow innings, as he took 140 balls for his century with the help of four fours and a lone six.

On the other hand, Calrke’s innings was complete contrast as his 117 came off 91 just balls with five fours and four sixes.

After laying the foundation, Warner and Clarke opened up towards the end as Australia amassed 62 runs of the last seven overs.

The mayhem started in the 44th over of Ferveez Maharoof, which yielded 23 runs with a sequence of 6,4,6 and 4 coming from Clarke’s bat.

But soon after completing his ton, Warner departed in the same over, held in the deep by Dilshan.

Earlier, opting to bat Australia lost Matthew Wade (14), bowled by off-spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan in the fifth over.

New man in Shane Watson took 34 balls for his 15 before he was run-out in the 16th over, with Australia’s scoreboard reading 56 for two.

From there on, it was Australia all the way, as Warner and Clarke joined hand to ressurect the innings with the 184-run third-wicket stand.

The hosts did not try to force the issue in the powerplays also.

The first 10 mandatory powerplay overs produced 39 runs; the five overs of bowling powerplay between 16-20 overs yielded 28 runs and the batting powerplay between 32-36th over were worth 37 runs.

Clarke was the busier of the two, needing only 52 balls for his fifty while Warner reached his own off 69 balls.

Sri Lanka were uncharacteristically poor in the field with at least five catches put down, two of them by Rangana Herath.

Malinga was the pick of Sri Lanka bowlers, picking up three wickets for just 40 runs from his 10 overs. (PTI)

Brief Score: Australia 271 for 6 in 50 overs (Michael Clarke 117, David Warner 100; Lasith Malinga 3 for 40, Tillakaratne Dilshan 1 for 40) vs Sri Lanka

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