Australia too clinical for Sri Lanka

HAMBANTOTA, (Reuters) – Australia produced another  clinically efficient performance to beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the second one-day international at the Mahinda  Rajapaksa Stadium and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series yesterday.   

Sri Lanka won the toss for the second time but were  restricted to 208 for nine from 49.3 overs after electing to bat  first on an easy paced pitch.  
 
Former captain Ricky Ponting with 90 not out off 104 balls,  including a six and eight fours, then shared an unbroken  partnership of 107 from 112 balls with his successor Michael  Clarke (58 not out) to see Australia home with 11.4 overs to  spare.  
 

Ricky Ponting

Clarke, playing his 200th one-day international, hit two  sixes and four boundaries from 67 deliveries.  
 
Man-of-the-match Ponting put on 94 with Shane Watson (43)  for the second wicket after Brad Haddin had gone cheaply for  seven.   

Australia reduced Sri Lanka to 77 for four before Kumar  Sangakkara (52) and Angelo Mathews (35) added 63 from 97 balls.   

All six bowlers used by Australia picked up a wicket with  left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger capturing three for 35 from his  10 overs.  
 
“The bowlers are executing their plans really well, full  credit to them,” said Clarke. “They have got great plans and  hopefully they keep executing.”   

Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said his side had not  made enough runs.   
“This wicket was a 250 pitch. We have to work things out as  a batting unit,” he said.   
The third match of the series will take place at the same  venue tomorrow.   

 

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