Australia beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets

Australia beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the second one-day international at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Sri Lanka were restricted to 208 for nine from 49.3 overs after electing to bat first.

Former captain Ricky Ponting scored 90 not out off 104 balls, including a six and eight fours. He put on 94 with Shane Watson (43) for the second wicket after Brad Haddin had got out for seven.

Ponting then had a partnership of 107 from 112 balls with Captain Michael Clarke, who scored 58 not out, to see Australia home with 11.4 overs to spare.

Australia reduced Sri Lanka to 77 for four before Former captain Kumar Sangakkara scored a patient 52, hitting just one six and one four in his 85-ball knock. He added 63 from 97 balls for the fifth wicket with Angelo Mathews (35).

Nuwan Kulasekara scored a quick 31-ball 34 to get Sri Lanka over 200.

Fast bowler Doug Bollinger (3-35) led Australia’s attack with three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest total. He was backed by fast bowlers Brett Lee (2-50) and Mitchell Johnson (2-34).

“Any victory like that’s good,” said Clarke.

“In both games we’ve bowled really well so that’s set the game up.

“It’s allowed the batters to play a little bit more freely. To take a little bit longer at the start of our innings.

“I’m happy tonight with the way Punter and I didn’t throw our wickets away at the end there. It could have been quite easy to both go a little bit harder and if we got out, we got out.

“It is still a pretty tough place to start, Sri Lanka, in spinning conditions against pretty good spin bowlers. We’ve spoken a lot about that as a batting group and so far, so good.

“There’s still a long way to go but these first two games have been very impressive both with the ball and with the bat.”

Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said his side had not made enough runs.

“Not a great day for us,” Dilshan said.

“Not enough runs … I thought 250 would be a good score here.

“We have to work out the batting … work hard, come back strong the day after tomorrow.”

The third match of the series will take place at the same venue on Tuesday.

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