Australia were able to pull one back in the ODI series against Sri Lanka by routing the tourists in third and last match by 8 wickets and 170 balls to spare. Earlier, the hosts put on a fiery display of bowling with Clint McKay taking 5 wickets to shoot out the tourists for a paltry 115 in 32 overs.
Nothing went right for the Sri Lankans in the match. They got off to a horrible start when opener Tillakratne Dilshan went for 1 and Sangakarra and Jayawardene followed suit with ducks as Sri Lanka slumped to 14/3. McKay made the initial inroads with an incisive spell of bowling.
The other opener Upul Tharanga, tried to hang around and put on a partnership with Chamara Silva, but was caught plumb in front to Watson for 28 with the score reading a shocking 50/4. Then Starc got into the act, depriving Silva of any decent partnership with the middle and latter order. Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga couldn't repeat the heorics of their first match at Melbourne, going for 9 and 2 respectively, while their team-mates also got dismissed for single digits.
In reply, Australia got off to a brisk start courtesy fluent innings from Watson and Haddin, but the former hit one shot too many getting out for 15 to Dilhara Fernando. Then Haddin and Clarke carried on the work and brought their side within striking distance of victory before Haddin was caught and bowled by Fernando for 31 off 44 balls in the 14th over. The score was 84/2 when Hussey came to the crease. He and Clarke went on to win the match for Australia in the 22nd over as Clark brought up his half-century with a four.
One did not expect such a one-sided match, especially after Sri Lanka's fine performances in the first two matches. But good for Australia that they were able to get their act together finally, and conclude the lost series with a win. The victory will give them a slight morale-lifter before the Ashes which starts in under three weeks.