After the controversial calling off the 4th ODI at Sidney due to light rain that annoyed the Lankan camp, the 5th and the Final encounter at Hobart had all eyeballs rolling where .
Australia batted first and just like the first ODI, debut centurion Philip Hughes impressed yet again as he stroked 138 off 154 balls and with other minor contributions via Hussey (34) and Warner (23) took Australia to a total of 247 for 5 in 50 overs. Bailey led the yellow men as Clarke missed the 2nd game due to injury. All Lankan bowlers were decent with the white leather. An Aussie loss would have been a disaster ahead of a long season for the Aussies.
Sri Lanka got off to a start with a 50-run stand before a flurry of wickets meant the scorecard reading 108 for 5 in the 32nd over. Matthews was the top visiting scorer with 67 whereas skipper Mahela compiled 38 up front. Sri Lanka was bowled out in the 49th over, as they fell short by 32 runs. Spinner Doherty and Henriques took 3 a-piece and Johnson and McKay scalped 2 each. Doherty was outstanding costing just 21 runs of 8 overs. Philip Hughes hits 2nd century of the series earned him man of the match award whereas Nuwan Kulasekara consistency with line and length in addition to his swing earned him the man of the series title.
This is the 1st time ever a bilateral series since 2008-09 has ended in a draw, 2-2. The stage now shifts to the 2 T20I’s, Sidney staging the first on 26th January at 2:05 IST.