Mckay, Starc defeat the losing streak
Sri Lanka’s series winning hangover allowed Australia to overcome their seven match losing streak as Clint McKay and Mitchell Starc set up the victory. The result avoided Australia’s worst sequence of defeats and gave them a much needed boost for the Ashes. McKay gained his five wicket and Starc picked up his first four international wickets as Sri Lanka out for 115 on a bouncy surface.
K. Sangakkara won the toss and batted. Only two batsmen reached double figures. The total was the worst for an ODI involving Australia at the Gabba. The local batsmen had no problems in their reply and Shane Watson (15) and Brad Haddin (31), both going to Dilhara Fernando (2 for 47). Michael Clarke, who was in charge during Sri Lanka’s stunning win in Melbourne, made 50 off 51 balls. Clarke’s half century ensure his batting form before Ashes.
Starc, the 20 year old left armer in his second ODI, did not let Lankans to come in charge and on other hand McKay produced a double wicket maiden in the third over of the match, followed up with another breakthrough in next spells.
Sri Lanka were without Nuwan Kulasekara and Muttiah Muralitharan, is aiming for a clean first series win in Australia and hoping their overall success to a better series result.