Tuesday, August 31, 1999 Published at 23:29 GMT 00:29 UK
Aussies trounced by Sri Lanka
Victory is a big boost for Sri Lanka after World Cup woe
Underdogs Sri Lanka have thrashed world champions Australia by eight wickets to pull off a surprise victory in the final of the Aiwa Cup triangular tournament.
The victory comes as a huge boost to Sri Lanka after their poor performances during the World Cup in England earlier this year.
And it meant Australia failed to equal England's record of being unbeaten in 12 consecutive one-day games.
Replying to Australia's total of 202, the home team got off to an electric start, with Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath conceding 47 runs in his seven overs, one of which cost 20.
Sri Lanka eventually passed Australia's 50-over total with 10 overs to spare, finishing on 208 for two when captain Sanath Jayasuriya ended the match by hitting Darren Lehmann for six over wide long-on.
"Sri Lanka took off to a flying start, and there was no pulling them back," said Australian captain Steve Waugh.
Kaluwitharana dominated the innings, sharing a partnership of 64 for the first wicket with Marvan Atapattu (24) and 110 for the second with Russel Arnold (47).
Earlier Australia's batsmen had struggled against Sri Lanka's spin bowlers after Waugh had chosen to bat first.
Backed up by excellent fielding, Sri Lanka restricted Australia to what was a modest score even on a slow wicket.
Man-of-the-series Adam Gilchrist had helped his team race to 37 off the first six overs, contributing an aggressive 21 off 16 balls.
Steve Waugh made a top score of 43 off 68 balls with three fours, and his brother Mark struck 32 off 52 balls with four fours.
But both were bowled by off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who finished with two for 36 off 10 overs.
Arnold and Jayasuriya picked up the last four wickets as Australia tried to battle it out, and only some lofted hits by tailenders Shane Warne and Jason Gillespie ensured they passed 200.
Fall of wickets: 1-37 2-74 3-75 4-126 5-126 6-144 7-178 8-197 9-198
Bowling: Zoysa 7-0-31-0 (2nb, 1w), Arnold 8-0-42-2 (1w), Wickramasinghe 8-0-24-1, Muralitharan 10-1-36-2 (1nb), Chandana 10-0-33-2, Jayasuriya 7-0-33-2 (1w)
Sri Lanka innings:
Fall of wickets: 1-64 2-174
Did not bat: M.Jayawardene, C.Silva, I de Saram, U.Chandana, P.Wickeremasinghe, M.Muralitharan, N.Zoysa
Bowling: McGrath 7-0-47-0 (4nb); Gillespie 9-0-37-1 (1nb, 2w); Fleming 7-1-28-1 (1w); Warne 8-0-46-0 (1w); Symonds 3-0-14-0; S.Waugh 3-0-16-0 (1w); Lehmann 1.3-0-13-0; Ponting 1-0-2-0 (1nb)
Result: Sri Lanka won by eight wickets