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Last Updated: Friday, 20 February, 2004, 16:08 GMT
Australia crush Sri Lanka
1st one-day international, Dambulla
Australia 262-6 beat Sri Lanka 178 by 84 runs

Ponting collects off-side runs as Kalu keeps watch
Ponting collects off-side runs as Kaluwitharana keeps watch

An in-form Australia unit were far too strong for Sri Lanka in the first one-day international, winning by 84 runs.

Batting first in Dambulla, the Aussies recorded the highest score at the ground in reaching a total of 262-6.

Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg then grabbed figures of 5-41 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 178 in the 44th over.

Australia's runs had mainly come from the top three but Andrew Symonds, with 37 off just 20 balls, took them from a good total to an outstanding one.

Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first, mindful of the difficulty of scoring runs under floodlights late in the game.

The Australian score smashed the previous record score at the Rangiri Stadium, and it was largely thanks to a 104-run partnership between Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden.

Sri Lanka captain Atapattu, who elected to use spin for 44 of the 50 overs his team bowled at the Aussies, was involved in the dismissals of both openers.

He took a catch off Upul Chandana's bowling to end Gilchrist's innings on 66 off just 64 balls and then reacted fast to run out Hayden for 40.

M Muralitharan
Muralitharan has a chuckle as umpire Bowden calls a wide

The dual strike, coming after the openers had put on 104 in 19 overs, signalled a period of much slower scoring by the tourists.

Ricky Ponting (58) and Damien Martyn (27) used up 16 overs in adding 75 for the fourth wicket until Martyn was caught and bowled by Chandana.

Muttiah Muralitharan, in figures of 2-30, dismissed Michael Bevan and Michael Clarke in the same over.

But Sanath Jayasuriya, who became the most-capped Sri Lankan in one-day internationals, was hit for 66 in his nine overs, his sole victim being Ponting.

Symonds, celebrating his call-up to the Test squad, hit three fours and a six off the final over, bowled by Jayasuriya, which cost 20 runs in all.

Sri Lanka's run chase got off to a disastrous start with two run-outs in the first four overs.

Jayasuriya, breaking a Sri Lankan record by featuring in his 309th one-day international, fell for eight while fellow opener Romesh Kaluwitharana was dismissed for just two.

Brad Hogg
Hogg had never previously taken five wickets in an ODI

When Marvan Atapattu was bowled by Jason Gillespie for just one, Sri Lanka seemed to have little chance of recording a victory.

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene put on 121 for the fourth wicket, both recording fifties in the process.

But both men fell soon after the final drinks break, when they were forced to throw caution to the wind with seven runs an over wanted.

It was left to Hogg to tear through the tail, who had been left with an almost impossible task.

Brett Lee's diving catch at deep mid-wicket, which ended Muralitharan's innings on nought, ended the contest, and gave Hogg four wickets from his last six deliveries in the match.

Sri Lanka: M S Atapattu (Capt), S T Jayasuriya, R S Kaluwitharana (Wkt), K C Sangakkara, D P M D Jayawardene, T M Dilshan, U D U Chandana, W P U J C Vaas, M Muralitharan, H D P K Dharmasena, K M D N Kulasekara.

Australia: A C Gilchrist (Wkt), M L Hayden, R T Ponting (Capt), D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M G Bevan, G B Hogg, B Lee, J N Gillespie, B A Williams.

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