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Who would have predicted that: The story of Malinga's only ODI fifty and a famous Sri Lankan win

In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

In a knock that remains the maiden and the only half-century of Lasith Malinga's ODI career, Malinga showed the lesser-known aggressive side to his batting. He hit a couple of cracking sixes and scripted an improbable victory against Australia with Angelo Mathews who remained unbeaten on 77.


Match Summary

Australia 239/8(50 Overs) - Michael Hussey* 71 (91), Brad Haddin 49 (55); Thisara Perera 5/46(8), Suraj Randiv 1/35(9)

Sri Lanka 243/9(44.2 Overs) - Angelo Mathews* 77 (84), Lasith Malinga 56 (48); Xavier Doherty 4/46(10), Peter Siddle 1/51(8)

Result - Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket (with 34 balls remaining)


Australia, batting first in the first ODI of the series, put up a target of 240 runs for Sri Lanka. Mike Hussey played an unbeaten innings of 71 runs while opener Brad Haddin made 49.

Shaun Marsh occupied the crease for a long time but could make only 31 off 53 balls. All-rounder Thisara Perera took a 5-wicket haul as Australia failed to get quick runs towards the end.

 Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Shane Watson, 6.2 ov), 2-85 (Michael Clarke, 16.5 ov), 3-88 (Brad Haddin, 18.5 ov), 4-88 (Cameron White, 18.6 ov), 5-155 (Shaun Marsh, 35.2 ov), 6-178 (Steven Smith, 40.2 ov), 7-204 (Mitchell Johnson, 45.2 ov), 8-235 (John Hastings, 49.3 ov)

 Sri Lanka lost both their openers within the first six overs for just 19. However, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene added 54 runs for the 3rd wicket, taking the visitors to a reasonable score of 73 for 2 wickets after 15 overs. Sri Lanka needed 167 off the last 35 overs with 8 wickets in hand and things looked under control.

 But, the Lankans collapsed in dramatic fashion courtesy of a brilliant spell by leggie Xavier Doherty (4-15 in 5.2 overs) and lost 6 wickets for only 34 runs. The Lankan scoreboard now read 107-8 after 25.2 overs.  A further 133 runs were required off 24.4 overs with only two wickets in hand. As Malinga joined Angelo Mathews in the middle, he showed his intent from quite early on. The pacer smashed a boundary on the fourth ball he faced and then hit a couple of big sixes.

 When Sri Lanka required one run to win and the remaining deliveries were not a problem, Malinga tried to steal a quick single but a direct hit from Steve Smith sent him back to the pavilion. Malinga scored 56 off only 48 balls including 6 fours and 2 sixes. Next two balls were dots and Watson bowled the next over to Muralitharan. Murali flicked the second ball down to fine leg for a four and handed his team an improbable victory. Angelo Mathews was awarded the Man of the Match title for his 77 not out.

 Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3.3 ov), 2-19 (Upul Tharanga, 5.1 ov), 3-73 (Mahela Jayawardene, 15.2 ov), 4-84 (Chamara Silva, 17.2 ov), 5-84 (Kumar Sangakkara, 17.3 ov), 6-86 (Thisara Perera, 18.3 ov), 7-107 (Suraj Randiv, 24.6 ov), 8-107 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 25.2 ov), 9-239 (Lasith Malinga, 43.4 ov)



Australia - Brad Haddin (wk), Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Xavier Doherty 

Sri Lanka - Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga


Match Details

Match: AUS vs SL, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka in Australia, 2010 

Date: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 

Toss: Australia won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 

Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Paul Reiffel 

Third Umpire: Bruce Oxenford 

Match Referee: Chris Broad 


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