Friday, February 29, 2008

Gilchrist fires but Srilanka clinch a thriller

Adam Gilchrist provided the fireworks but Sri Lanka's seamers had the extinguisher at the MCG, Chasing 222 Australia were cruising as Gilchrist belted 83 from 50 balls, but a collapse of 6 for 16 in ten overs ensured Sri Lanka regained some pride with a 13-run win. After Srilanka won the toss,they elected to bat first,great bowling by nathan bracken who took 4 wickets just 29 runs from 10 overs reduced lankans to a modest total of 221.Dilshan scored 62 and Jayawardene scored 50.Then while chasing Australia was off to a flying start with the first wicket partnership contributing 107 runs but later on the Srilankan seamers troubled the aussie batsmen with some great bowling as the wickets tumbled at regular intervals.The last wicket partnership contributed to the score but it did not las longer before jayasuriya finally bowled lee in the first ball of the 49th over.Finally,Srilanka won the match by 13 runs.Gilchrist won the man of the match award for his fiery batting.Hope he will continue this form in the finals also!!!