A Farewell lunch, for a colleague, saw me a little late on the way to the ground. Little traffic, so got my wanted parking spot. No long queues at the gates, so got in easily - Members hand scanner, rudimentary bag search - got to my usual viewing spot and only missed the first ball - a dot ball. Clarke had won the toss, elected to bat - Watson was 12th man (another rest?), Clarke & Harris in for dropped Punter & Starc. Sri Lanka were unchanged. Bright blue sky, with a few clouds - brilliant sunshine. Not as large a crowd as expected - no Punter, no come?
Malinga (but scoreboard showing Senanyake!) to Wade - just 1. ABC's Maxwell starte with the 'Antarctic End' quip. Kulasekera to Wade , sq cut, then (5) lifted to midoff - 1/5, Forrest in at number 3, he late cut thru Malinga on the boundary - 8 off over. Kula - just 1. Malinga - a bouncer wide, a legside wide - 9 off over. Kula - just 2. Maharoof replace Malinga (Southern End - for 7th over), Warner (7) snicked to keeper - 2/27 - just 1 off over. Forrest coverdrove Kula. Clarke pulled Maharoof square, then pulled sq onto Hll - 10 off over. Powerplay 1 (10 overs): 2/44. Herath replaced Kula (Members), 50 up in 12th over - just 2. Maharoof - just 1. Forrest straight hit Herath for 6 - 8 off over. Batting Powerplay taken at the usual 16th over, Mathews on for Herath (Members), scoreboard stuck on 16.4 overs(2/67). aharoof - just 1. Drinks 2/72 (Forrest 37, Clarke 20, 18 overs) - and I forgot to pack my portable radio - how do you know the score? (when the electronic scoreboard goes down).
Went to the Nine coverage on the replay screen - has total & batsmens scores. Scoreboard back - how long before it fails again? Beach ball on the Hill. 50 partnership (80 b), Forrest pulled Mathews sq - 7 off over. Powerplay 2 (5 overs): 0/18. Maharoof - just 1. Perera on for Maha (Souhern) - just 3. Herath for Mathews (Members). Forrest pulled Perera thru midwkt (his 50 - 84 b 4 4s 1 6s). Forrest offdrove Herath, 100 up in 26th over - 6 off over. Forrest pulled Perera sq (scoreboard having trouble moving into the Perera over), then pulled thru midwkt onto Hill - 13 off over. Clarke pulled Herath sq (thru a diving boundary Maharoof). Malinga on for Perera (Southern) - just 2. 100 p'ship in 139 b. Forrest took a salt tablet? Batting Powerplay taken early (for 32nd over, at 2/132), Kula on for Herath (Members), Forrest coverdrove - 6 off over. Person 'dressed' as an ATM on the Hill, with sidekick 'Keg Man'. Forrest straight hit Malinga, then flicked sq - 9 off over. Clarke's 50 (65 b 3 4s 1 6s) - 7 off Kula over. Another beach ball in the Wet Area of the Hill. Maha on for Malinga (Southern), Clarke onhit high - fielder just couldn't get to it, pulled sq onto Hill - 12 off over. Drinks 2/167 (Forrest 90, Clarke 61, 35 overs). Umpire Bowden go attention to his foot - sock off.
Malinga on for Kula (Members), Clarke cover hit, umpires looked at the ball (but only 18 overs old - at that End) - split seam so replaced - 8 off over. Powerplay 3 (5 overs): 0/43. 150 p'ship (176 b), end of Maharoof spell (1/40). Herath on for Malinga (Members). Mathews on at Southern End, Clarke (72) hit to deep midwkt - 3/181 - just 2 off over. Perera on for Herath (Members), Forrest offdrove, Mike Hussey pulled sq onto Hill, single for Forrest's maiden 100 (136 b 9 4s 2 6s) - 14 off over. Forrest sq Mathews, 200 up in 41st over, Forrest (104) cover hit uppishly - 4/201, Hussey brothers in - 8 off over. 'Ponting for PM' sign - with Rudd-like glasses. Kula on for Perera (Members), Dave Hussey cover drove - 9 off over. Beach Ball in Wet Area. D.Hussey Pulled Mathews thru midwkt - onto Hill, coverdrove past soccer fielding attempt - 15 off over. Big beachball in the Wet Area. M.Hussey scooped Kula over sq leg onto Hill - 12 off over. Sri Lankan out fielding getting sloppy. Malinga replaced Mathews (Southern), Security finally got the big beach ball, M.Hussey (21) couldn't keep a Malinga yorker out - 5/243. Herath on for Kula (Members), 250 in the 46th over, Christian (6) stumped - 6/250. Lee pulled Herath into midwkt fence for 6 (in front of me, just over fielder's head) - 8 off over. Lee pulled Malinga thru midwkt, ball looked at & replaced (this one just 25 overs old - at that End, with a few balls to go!) - 10 off over, end of spell (1/56). Kula for last over, mis-fielding gave 2 on last ball, his spell (1/55). Aussies 6/280 (D.Hussey 40, Lee 20). Too many to chase down?
On the Hill: a 'Where Punter?' Construction Crew. Saveloy & Coke: $7. Light towers coming on to a blue cloudless sky.
Lee to Jayawardene - just 2 (& a bye). Hilfenhaus to Jayaw - 5 wides down legside - 8 off over. Jayaw top edged pull over slips off Lee - 6 off over. Jayaw steered Hilfy over slips. Jayaw pulled Lee thru midwkt onto Hill, then steered over a leaping slip - 14 off over. Hilfy - 1 run + 1 leg bye. Harris replaced Lee (Southern), Jayaw stepped down & swotted thru covers - 9 off over. Jayaw steered Hlfy thru slips, 50 up in 8th over, Dilshan (3) pulled to deep sq leg (finally getting some strike) - 1/55 - 7 off over. Sangakkara cover drove Harris - 8 off over. Powerplay 1 (10): 1/68. Sanga flicked Harris thru midwkt - 8 off over. Christian replaced Hilfy (Members), Jayaw straight drove for 3 and his 50 (45 b 5 4s 1 6s). Doherty on for Harris (Southern). Sanga (22) dabbed Christian to backward pt - 2/90 - 6 off over. Doherty - just 1. Usual Batting Powerplay (at 16th over), Chandimal leg glanced Christian - 6 off over. Jayaw advanced to Dohery & onhit high, but run down for 3, 100 in 17th over, Chandimal back cut - 8 off over. Lee replaced Christian (Members) - just 3. Drinks 2/110 (Jayawardene 60, Chandimal 16, 18 overs).
Christian replaced Doherty (Southern), Chandimal steered thru empty slip and fielder rolled it into boundary. Jayaw over drove Lee - 7 off over. Batting Powerplay 2 (5 overs): 0/30. Harris replaced Lee (Members). Chandi pulled Harris very fine - 6 off over. Doherty replaced Christian (who had left the field) at Southern - 7 off over. Watson trotted off - so Christian was back? Clarke replaced Harris (Members) - double spin attack, 50 partnership. Beachball in the Wet Area. Doherty to Chandi - mdn! 150 in 26th over, Clarke - 8 off. Jayaw (85) went down to Doherty, it turned, he missed & was stumped - 3/153. Clarke - 6 off. Doherty - just 2. Hilfy replaced Clarke (Members), opened with a (single) wide (again!), Harris brought up a clod fielding at 3rd man. Wade fielded at sq leg, nearly threw bowlers stumps down (out if had). Clarke replaced Doherty (Southern). Dave Hussey replaced Hilfy (Members). Usual Batting Powerplay (at 36th over). Lee replaced single over D.Hussey (Members), Chandi's 50 (72 b 4 4s), Thirimanne straight drove - 7 off over. Christian replaced Clarke (Southern), 200 up in 37th over. , Thiri (24) tried a scoop to backward sq - 4/202. Drinks 4/202 (Chandimal 54, 36.5 overs).
Hilfy bowling faster than Lee (two in the 149 ks), Chani got treatment to a tummy hit? Mathews cover hit Lee - 7 off over. Chandi offhit Christian, then pulled behind sq - 10 off over. Batting Powerplay (5 overs): 1/34. Doherty replaced Christian (Southern) - just 1. Hifly replaced Lee (Members) - double Tassie attack! Doherty end of spell (1/35). Chandi onhit Hilfy - 8 off over. Harris on at Southern End, Chandimal (80) hit on pads - 5/243. 250 in 46th over, Maharoof (5) scooped Hilfy to backward sq leg - 6/250, end of spell (2/51). 31 runs needed off 4 overs. Perera flicked Harris behind sq - 8 off over. 23 needed off 3 overs, Lee on at Members End - 6 off. Can the Sri Lankan young guns handle the pressure? 17 off 2 overs, Christian replaced Harris (Southern), Mathews (24) off hit to boundary fielder - 7/267, Perera flicked sq (in front of me), then pulled thru midwkt into Spencer Stand - 13 off over, Christian 3/53 from 8). Just 3 runs needed from the final over, Lee bowling, Perera took a single, Kulasekera cover drove to boundary - Sri Lanka won by 3 wkts with 4 balls to spare - 7/283 (Perera 21, Kulasejera 4, 49.2 overs).
Man of Match: Mahela Jayawardene (85), for taking on the Aussie new ball bowlers.
Crowd: 9 158
Police were actually directing vehicles a particular way when reaching Clarence St, so my car location and exit route got me home within 30 mins - plenty of time for some 'beauty' sleep, for the early morning start.