After a dramatic and thrilling last few matches, the top two sides in the Commonwealth
Bank Series were decided and now Australia and Sri Lanka will lock
horns in the best-of-three finals, with the first on Sunday in Brisbane.
Sri Lanka chose the difficult route for themselves, after being spanked all over
the park against India to not only give the world champions a ray of hope, but
also make their task astoundingly difficult - to win against a vastly improving
Australian side. But their streak of wins over the home team gave them the confidence
and were able to clinch the game in the end.
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Under Mahela Jayawardene's captaincy, Sri Lanka have put up a far better show
than was expected of them. They have a few bright individuals to thank for this
turnaround, but the overall contribution of each player also deserves credit.
Lasith Malinga has bowled splendidly in phases, and is the leading wicket-taker
while Dinesh Chandimal has stepped up and batted responsibly. Heading
into the finals, the signs look good as Kumar Sangakkara, out of form for so
long, scored a century and a half-century in the last two matches.
For Australia, the tournament has been a happening one on the field as well
as off it. Frequent squad changes, even captaincy changes, and fluctuation in
form has all combined to make the return of Commonwealth Bank Series an intriguing
one. The most worrying aspect though will be their hat-trick of defeats against
Sri Lanka. With captain Michael Clarke expected to return to the side,
the fans will be hoping for a change in fortunes. It could all start with a
quickfire start from David Warner at the top who has endured a relatively
sober series otherwise.
The weekend fixture at the 'Gabba is expected to pull in a large crowd to the
ground where Australia have not lost an ODI in four years.