Friday, February 22, 2008


Australia confirmed their place in the finals of the Commonwealth Bank Series finals after they recorded a 24-run Duckworth-Lewis system victory against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Sri Lankans, who must now win their final two games of the competition to stand any chance of joining the Australians in the best-of-three finals series, had looked on course to claim a rare victory against the Australians when they restricted the hosts to 184 for seven.

Half centuries from middle-order batsmen Michael Hussey (64 not out) and Michael Clarke (50) helped Australia to build a competitive target in difficult batting conditions after their top order had faltered.

However, in reply the tourists struggled to keep up with the modest run rate on the slow MCG pitch, and despite hope the players might re-appear after they were forced from the field in the 30th over with Sri Lanka on 77 for four, the rain persisted before play was called off.

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