Australia topple Sri Lanka by 16 runs to win CB series

  • AFP, Adelaide
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  • Updated: Mar 08, 2012 17:49 IST

Australia's David Warner closes his eyes as he plays a delivery from Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga during the one-day international cricket match in Sydney. (Reuters/Tim Wimborne)

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs to win the best-of-three match one-day international tri-series at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Australia scored 231 off 49.3 overs and held off a determined fightback to dismiss the World Cup finalists for 215 with seven balls to spare in the third ODI final.

Paceman Clint McKay proved Australia's match-winner taking five for 28 off 9.5 overs, including the big wickets of captain Mahela Jayawardene for 15 and Dinesh Chandimal for just five.

Veteran Brett Lee chipped in with three wickets for a more expensive 59 runs.

Upul Tharanga topscored for Sri Lanka with 71 off 122 balls, but once he was caught behind off Shane Watson, Sri Lanka dropped behind the required run-rate and needed 22 for victory off the last two overs.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade topscored with 49 off 74 balls in Australia's innings, with fellow opening batsman David Warner hitting 48 off 45.

Match scores: Australia 231 (49.3 overs); Sri Lanka 215 (48.5 overs)


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