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Sanath steers Lanka to 51 run win

Bandara's four-wicket haul and the veteran's 114 off 96 proved to be too much for the Aussies.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 18:35 IST

Inspired by veteran Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka have beaten Australia by 51 runs in their triangular-series one-day international match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The Australians made just 258 in reply to Sri Lanka's 309 for seven.

The Sri Lankan innings was powered by Jayasuriya's 114 off just 96 balls.

It was a brilliant turnaround by the Lankans, who had lost their opening match against the hosts by 116 runs.

This was also Jayasurya's third century in a row at the SCG.

He flayed the Australian attack with four sixes and 10 boundaries, and in partnership with Kumar Sangakkara, who made 78, the pair added 163 runs for the second wicket to set up the Sri Lankan victory.

Mahela Jayawardene struck a quickfire 56 off 48 balls while leg spinner Malinga Bandara took 4 wickets for 58.

The run fest finally ended when a tired Jayasuriya was stumped by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin while trying to belt wrist-spinner Brad Hogg.

Sangakkara also played a key role, making 78 off 95 balls. The pair had Australian captain Ricky Ponting gasping for solutions.

Ponting substituted newcomer Brett Dorey, who had been battered for 35 runs off four overs and brought on Hogg.

Hogg manmaged to stem the flood of boundaries but the Sri Lankans continued to pound the bowling of Hopes, who ended with 0-65 off six overs.

Sangakkara was eventually caught and bowled by Andrew Symonds and Mahela Jayawardene then joined the fray, making a rapid-fire 56 off 46 balls.
The Australians had gone into the match without veteran pace bowler Glenn McGrath who is being rested. They dropped Phil Jaques, who made a brilliant 94 in his international one-day debut against South Africa on Friday.

Nathan Bracken, who was the best of the Australian bowlers with 2-40 from nine overs, was brought in for McGrath while Simon Katich returned from injury for Jaques.