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Last Updated:  Friday, 7 March, 2003, 16:37 GMT
De Silva revels in swansong
Aravinda de Silva
De Silva produced a late flurry
Aravinda de Silva said he was bidding to bow out of the sport with a bang after scoring a superb 92 in Sri Lanka's defeat to Australia.

The 37-year-old offered the only real resistance with the bat, during his 94-ball innnings, as his side slumped to a big defeat against the current world champions.

De Silva hit nine fours and four sixes and afterwards confessed it was something of a swansong.

He said: "This is probably my last tour. I think I'm giving it a go with the best of my ability."

Sri Lanka's chances of victory were seriously diminished on Friday when Ricky Ponting's century steered the Australians to 319 off their 50 allotted overs.

The Sri Lankans were let down by some inconsistent bowling and some dire fielding.

And afterwards de Silva added: "I'm a bit disappointed with the team's performance. We let them post a big score batting first.

If someone can do well in the first hour against Australia they can be beaten
Sanath Jayasuriya

"Chasing that was always going to be tough. But I tried to push the scoring rate a bit at the stage I came in.

"And I thought I'd take the strike and take my chances against the quick bowlers."

Sri Lanka had struggled with the bat from the moment Sanath Jayasuriya retired hurt with a badly bruised arm.

The captain was taken to hospital for an X-ray but it was confirmed the arm was not broken.

Afterwards he insisted Australia could be beaten.

He said: "If someone can do well in the first hour against them they can be beaten."

Sri Lankan coach Dav Whatmore, meanwhile, admitted his side had under-performed.

"After this result it is another test of character for our boys and the next one against India won't be easy either.

"In the first 15 overs they hit a lot of fours and I felt their captain had a couple of lives.

"At this level it is difficult to give more than one chance and we paid for it. The next game can't come quickly enough."


SEE ALSO
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