The 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia at Brisbane was the lowest scoring game in the history (by Aus) as the visitors got the better of the hosts, leading the 5 match series by 2-1.
Nuwan Kulasekara showed his craftsmanship with the inswing wobbling the full strength Aussie line-up and packing all the 11 batsmen with the total of just 74 inside 27 overs. Nuwan took his career best 22 for 5 in his 10 overs whereas Malinga cleaned the tail with 3 wickets in his pocket. None of the top 8 from Australia could get to the double figures and at a stage they were 40 for 9, with Starc and Doherty at the crease. The top scorers were M.Starc unbeaten on 22 while No. 11 Doherty contributed 15.
Sri Lankan batters too were beaten all ends up with a poor start as Johnson and Starc took 3 and 2 wickets respectively but the tiny total was chased in 20 overs at an expense of 6 wickets. Dilshan and Perera’s 22 each got Sri Lanka over the line. Rightly and expectedly Kulasekera was given the man of the match award. Michael Clarke quoted, “Honestly, if we played like that (today) then the public wouldn’t want to see us playing at all…”. The Aussie skipper who joined the team after missing the first 2 games won the toss and elected to bat, a rare bad decision.
The two teams lock horn on 20th January for the 4th ODI at Sydney.