Australia beat Sri Lanka in first ODI

Mitchell Johnson’s career-best six wickets and Shane Watson’s aggressive innings of 69 runs led Australia to a seven-wicket victory in the first one day international at Pallekele on Wednesday.

Left-arm fast bowler Johnson claimed 6-31 to restrict Sri Lanka to 191, with lower-order batsman Suraj Randiv top-scoring with a six and four boundaries in 41

Opener Watson scored 69 runs which included six sixes and five fours as Australia achieved the target with more than 11 overs to spare, assisted by half-centuries from captain Michael Clarke (53 not out) and former skipper Ricky Ponting (53).

“The wicket was fantastic. It was dry but held together better than I expected,” said Clarke.

“It is important that I lead from the front and it is great having Ponting at number three with all that experience at the other end.”

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan blamed bad batting for his team’s loss.

“This was not a 190 wicket,” said Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.

“We did not bat well and our shot selection was not good. ”

“I think our spinners bowled well, but they did not have runs to defend.”

The next ODI in the five-match series is on Sunday at Hambantota.

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