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Who would have predicted that: When the mighty Bevan miscalculated a chase

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya

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.


Australia's Michael Bevan was better than most, if not the best, when it came to chasing totals in ODIs. He had a higher average in the second innings - 56.50 to 51.66 when batting first and remained unbeaten 30 times in 81 ODI innings while chasing, compared with 37 in 115 when batting first. 

Bevan was not known for his big hits but the precision of his calculation. He would pierce the field and pinch ones and twos rather than going for the mighty heave too early. Much like MS Dhoni believes in taking the game deep, Bevan's philosophy was similar, and worked for him more often than not. But, it failed him in this match against Sri Lanka in 2004.


Match Summary

 Sri Lanka 245(49.5 Overs) - Marvan Atapattu47 (68), Sanath Jayasuriya55 (65); Michael Clarke5/35 (7.5), Ian Harvey1/38 (9)

 Australia 244/5(50 Overs) - Matthew Hayden93 (116), Ricky Ponting69 (93); Kumar Dharmasena1/40 (10), Chaminda Vaas

 Result - Sri Lanka won by 1 run


Batting first, Sanath Jayasuriya (55) and Marvan Atapattu (47) got off Sri Lanka to a great start. But, despite an opening stand of 121 runs and a third wicket partnership of 70, the Lankans could manage only 244 runs. They suffered a major collapse in middle and lower order and slid from 192-3 to 236-8 in a matter of 10 overs.

 At the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla where the pitch offered ample assistance for the spinners, makeshift tweaker Michael Clarke made full use of the conditions and picked up a five-wicket haul. This remains the only fifer in the ODI career of the left-arm spinner.

 Fall of wickets: 1-121 (Marvan Atapattu, 21.1 ov), 2-122 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 22.1 ov), 3-192 (Mahela Jayawardene, 37.6 ov), 4-216 (Kumar Sangakkara, 42.5 ov), 5-220 (Romesh Kaluwitharana, 44.1 ov), 6-225 (Upul Chandana, 45.2 ov), 7-226 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 45.6 ov), 8-236 (Chaminda Vaas, 47.4 ov), 9-242 (Kumar Dharmasena, 48.6 ov), 10-245 (Russel Arnold, 49.5 ov)

 Australia were cruising towards victory after a 148-run partnership for the 2nd wicket despite losing their first wicket for naught. The Aussies then suffered a mini-collapse as well and were reduced to 192/5. With 56 required off the last 10 overs, and Andrew Symonds and Michael Bevan at the crease, it seemed that the duo would do it easily.

 But Sri Lanka did not allow them to loosen the lid. More so, the two did not look to go aggressive and were content with singles and doubles. Australia required just eight off the final over with both batsmen still at the crease. 

 Chaminda Vaas conceded just two singles off the first two balls of the last over and then bowled two dot balls to Symonds. Another single on the fifth ball of the over meant the Aussies required five to win off the last delivery. Bevan struck the ball high in the air, and could only come back for three as Sangakkara dropped the catch at extra cover. Sri Lanka registered a thrilling win by one run.

 Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Michael Clarke, 0.3 ov), 2-148 (Ricky Ponting, 31.1 ov), 3-170 (Damien Martyn, 35.4 ov), 4-190 (Matthew Hayden, 40.2 ov), 5-192 (Adam Gilchrist, 41.2 ov)

 The miscalculation remains one of the flew blots on an otherwise sparkling CV of Michael Bevan, the finisher.



 Sri Lanka - Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Dharmasena, Chaminda Vaas, Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Romesh Kaluwitharana (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu (c) 

 Australia - Andrew Symonds, Damien Martyn, Ricky Ponting (c), Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Michael Bevan, Ian Harvey, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie


Match Details

 Match: Sri Lanka v Australia , 2nd ODI, Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2004 

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2004 

Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla 

Umpires: Billy Bowden, Peter Manuel 

Third Umpire: Gamini Silva 

Match Referee: Mike Procter 


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