White half century vital for Australia
Cameron White reignited Australia’s innings with a wonderful half century to help set Sri Lanka a victory target of 169 after the Aussies had been reduced to 67-5 after the 12 overs.
The middle order batsman has had a quiet tournament so far for Australia but White regained his form with a top score of 85 from just 49 balls.
He shared a 6th wicket partnership of 101 with Michael Hussey which saw the pair score 69 runs from the last 5 overs to give Sri Lanka a tricky run chase.
Angelo Mathews and Suraj Tandiv were the pick of the bowlers taking two wickets a piece to reduce Australia to 30-4 inside the first 5 overs.
The pair bowled with intelligence; taking the pace off the ball to restrict Shane Watson and David Warner who came into the game in a rich vain of form having enjoyed a 104 run partnership against India on Friday.
With a wicket full of pace and bounce Watson and Warner would have fancied another big opening partnership but Sri Lanka opened the bowling with Angelo Mathews who took all the pace of the ball.
Having scored a half century against India; Watson could only manage one run before he played the ball onto his own stumps from the 5th delivery of Mathews’s first over as Sri Lanka started off the brighter of the two teams.
Brad Haddin (15) quickly followed Watson back to the dugout before Tandiv took two consecutive wickets in the 4th over to reduce the Aussies to 30-4 after he removed Warner (9) and David Hussey (0) cheaply.
With the Aussies deep in trouble skipper Michael Clarke and Cameron White came to the crease with the team needing the experienced pair to produce a dramatic partnership in order to rebuild Australia’s stuttering innings.
Although Clarke (14) was unable to increase the scoring rate; White added 24 runs in a partnership of 37 before the Aussies skipper was bowled by Randiv from the final ball of the 11th over to leave the Aussies 67-5.
With Clarke gone White was joined at the crease by Michael Hussey and the pair lifted the Aussies spirits with a vital partnership which put Australia into a strong position after such a disappointing start.
While Hussey played the supporting role White continued to keep the Aussies on track by dispatching Chamkaka Welegedara for consecutive sixes in the 16th over as the runs started to flow with ease.
With the pressure now on the Sri Lanka’s their bowlers lost their way a little bit conceding 69 runs from the final 5 overs.