Sri Lanka romp to 2-0 win in T20Is

Mohit Singh, January 28 2013,
A rain-affected match was won by the Lankans to sweep the series clean.
Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka to a 2-0 win
Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka to a 2-0 win
A pulsating T20 international at the MCG saw acrimonious scenes at the end, as the players left the field.

Australian batsman, Glenn Maxwell, needed four runs from the last ball of the innings to seal victory for his side. However, at this point a number of the Sri Lankan team held a long discussion, presumably to sort out the field placing and the delivery that they wanted Thisara Perera to bowl.

Maxwell seemed to become frustrated by the delay, which he felt was a deliberate time wasting tactic, and he missed the bowl which was wide of off stump, the batsmen managed to run just a single bye, leaving the visitors as victors by a mere 2 runs.

While the Sri Lanka players couldn't conceal their joy, there was clear tension between the two sides as the players walked off of the field. Maxwell was in no mood to hide his annoyance at the tactics employed by Sri Lanka, and even the post match hand shakes between the players who weren't on the field at the end of the match, became heated.

In was a controversial finish to a match that had already suffered its share, when Australia's run chase was interrupted by rain. Although it was only a short shower that fell, the umpires kept the players off of the pitch for 45 minutes, because of a delay in drying parts of the outfield.

Australia were 2 for 60 from 10 overs when the rain drove the players from the field, which left them 15 runs behind on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

By the time the teams returned, Australia revised target meant that they needed to score another 62 runs from five overs. A new target of 122 must have seemed within their grasp to the hosts, as they still had 8 wickets in hand, and Shaun Marsh and George Bailey seemed well set.

However, Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara were difficult to score off, and although Bailey and Marsh struck 16 runs from Lasith Malinga's only remaining over.

A further 12 off a single over from Ajantha Mendis, they were still left to score 18 from the final over for victory. Bailey was out for 45 from just 36 balls, caught at deep midwicket, leaving 16 required from the last four balls.

Perera seemed to be overcome with nerves, and delivered a no-ball above waist height, and was then struck for consecutive fours by Maxwell. Reducing the target to four from the final delivery. After the excessive delay, Perera denied Maxwell a winning boundary, and the ill will between the sides began to surface.

Australia vs Sri Lanka

Date: Monday, 28 Jan 2013
Time: 08:35 ( GMT )
Competition: Australia - Sri Lanka Series
Live/Repeat: Live
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

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