White the hero as Australia crush Sri Lanka
Cameron White gave Australia the chance to inflict a mammoth 81-run defeat upon Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 Super Eights at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday.cricket Updated: May 11, 2010 01:40 IST
Cameron White gave Australia the chance to inflict a mammoth 81-run defeat upon Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 Super Eights at the Kensington Oval here on Sunday.
Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 87, with more than three overs to spare, in reply to Australia’s 168 for five from their full 20 overs.
But Australia themselves collapsed to 30 for four and 67 for five before White, who made an unbeaten 85, and Michael Hussey (39 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 101 that changed the course of the game.
Sri Lanka opener Mahela Jayawardene’s previous scores this tournament were 81, 101 and 98 not out.
But his dismissal by fast bowler Dirk Nannes, this event’s leading wicket-taker, for just nine sparked a dramatic collapse.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (20) and Dinesh Chandimal (19) were the only Sri Lankan batsmen to make double figure scores.
Victory left Australia firmly in charge of Group F.