Australia Wins 2nd One-Dayer By 8 Wickets
Hambantota, Sri Lanka, Aug 14: Former captain Ricky Ponting hit an unbeaten 90 and shared unbroken 107-run stand with captain Michael Clarke on Sunday as Australia thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets in their second one-day international.
Ponting hit a six and eight boundaries to help his team chase down a victory target of 209 runs and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Captain Michael Clarke made 58 not out and Shane Watson scored 43.
Earlier, left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger picked up three wickets to help restrict Sri Lanka to a modest 208 all out in the final over.
Australia suffered an early setback in its chase, losing opener Brad Haddin with the total on 10. Wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, standing close to the stumps to seamer Nuwan Kulasekara, held a sharp catch to dismiss him for seven runs.
Watson and Ponting shared 94 runs for the second wicket before Watson was bowled by paceman Lasith Malinga for 43 runs. He hit a six and four boundaries.
Clarke hit two sixes and four boundaries in his 67-ball innings.
Sri Lanka had made a solid enough start after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Openers Upul Tharanga and captain Tillakaratne Dilshan shared 37 runs for the first wicket before pace bowler Brett Lee broke through, bowling Dilshan for 24 runs with an elegant in swinger.
Mitchell Johnson, who returned a career-best six wickets in the first ODI and was named player of the match, then had Tharanga caught behind by wicketkeeper Haddin for 13 runs with just four more runs added to the total.
Tharanga lowered the bat trying to leave a rising delivery but the ball brushed his glove before being caught by Haddin.
Mahela Jayawardene made 17 before sweeping left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty for a catch to Mike Hussey at deep mid-wicket. Bollinger forced an edge off Dinesh Chandimal to Haddin for his first wicket to leave the hosts in trouble at 77-4.
Bollinger also took the wickets of Angelo Mathews and Malinga to finish with 3-35, while Johnson and Lee picked up two wickets each.
Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews steadied the innings with a 63-run partnership. Sangakkara hit a six and a boundary for his 52 runs off 85 balls before hitting a full toss from off spinner David Hussey to Johnson at long-on. His dismissal exposed the tail and the host team lost the remaining five wickets for 68 runs.
Mathews made 35 and tail ender Kulasekara added 34.
The third match of the series will be played on Tuesday at the same venue. AP