Australia Won 1st Final Beat Sri Lanka by 15 Runs in CB Tri Series 2012

Australia Won 1st Final Beat Sri Lanka by 15 Runs in CB Tri Series 2012.David Warner chose a fine time to awaken from his one-day international slumber. His first ODI century set up a 15-run victory in the first final for Australia, who will raise the Commonwealth Bank Series trophy in two days if they repeat their success in Adelaide on Tuesday. But Sri Lanka will enter the second final with some confidence after a remarkable, though ultimately futile, fightback in a chase of 322.

Warner made 163, the sixth-highest score by an Australian in an ODI, and he batted through until the last ball of Australia’s innings as they made 321, the second-best one-day international total ever achieved at the Gabba. Sri Lanka’s batsmen struggled against the pace of Brett Lee and the canny spin of David Hussey, and the top order left too much work for those who followed.

Not that they gave up. Far from it. Nuwan Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga came together at 6 for 144, needing another 178 runs at nearly nine an over. It seemed an unrealistic goal, and in the end it was. But only just. They used the batting Powerplay to great effect, attacking Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson, who both served up too many half-volleys and between them finished the match with 0 for 95 off nine overs.Australia Won 1st Final Beat Sri Lanka by 15 Runs in CB Tri Series 2012

Though Kulasekara and Tharanga had both fallen in the search for boundaries by the time the last few overs came around, they had left their colleagues with some hope. Sri Lanka needed 20 off the final two overs but they couldn’t quite get there and the end came when Lasith Malinga skied a catch to deep midwicket off Shane Watson when they needed 16 from five balls.

David Warner scored a magnificent 163 to lead Australia to 321 for six in the first tri-series one-day international final against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Warner, whose previous highest ODI score was 74, smashed 13 fours and two sixes in his 157-ball innings to dominate the Sri Lankan attack.

The 25-year-old left-hander was in imperious touch as he became only the seventh Australian to pass 150 in a one-day international, batting through the entire innings until he was bowled on the last ball of the 50th over by medium pacer Dhammika Prasad.

Warner also passed Englishman David Gower (158) to record the highest ODI score by any player at the Gabba.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke earlier won the toss and had no hesitation batting first on an overcast Brisbane afternoon.

Warner and fellow opener Matthew Wade got the Australians off to a blistering start, smashing their first 50 runs from just 40 deliveries.

Wade brought up his 50 and the Australian 100 in just the 18th over as the home side continued to dominate. Wade’s half century came off 52 deliveries and included three boundaries and a towering six over mid-on off Lasith Malinga.

Warner reached his 50 soon afterwards with the two powerful left-handers providing the platform for a massive score.The Sri Lankans eventually broke through when Rangana Herath took a spectacular catch in the deep to dismiss Wade for 64 with the total on 136.

Wade smashed Nuwan Kulasekara over long-on, only for Herath to leap backwards, thrust out his left hand and snare the ball, somehow managing to hold on to it as he crashed into the ground just inside the boundary rope.

Shane Watson joined Warner at the crease and carried on where Wade left off. He and Warner put on 50 before the burly Watson skied a catch to Lahiru Thirimanne off Farveez Maharoof at deep midwicket for 21.Warner hardly missed a beat, however, bringing up his 100 with an outside edge to the third man boundary during the same over.

The Sri Lankans slowed the run rate with quick dismissals of Dan Christian and David Hussey, but Warner and Clarke put on 50 off just 38 balls and Mike Hussey played a late cameo of 19 to ensure the visitors would be chasing over 300 under lights.

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