Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1985 Article

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Rodney Hogg's four-wicket haul before Opener Graeme Wood's brilliant fifty, Captain Allan Border's brilliant unbeaten 79 and David Boon's valuable 44 steers to Australia convincing six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the second match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Sri Lanka scored 239-7 in 49 overs with top scorer by Amal Silva struck 68 off 109-balls including 7-fours.

Roy Dias scored a run-a-ball 60-runs including two boundaries, Brendon Kuruppu 22, Sidath Wettimuny 20, Aravinda de Silva 17 and Duleep Mendis 16.

Australia best bowler by Rodney Hogg claimed a 4-wickets for 47-runs in 10-overs, Simon O'Donnell, Murray Bennett and Carl Rackemann each took one-wickets.

Australia chased 240-4 in 46.2 overs with top scorer by Allan Border hit a unbeaten 79 off 82-balls including 7-fours.

Graeme Wood struck 52 off 75-balls including 5-fours, David Boom hit 44 off 57-balls included 3-fours, Andrew Hilditch 23 and Simon O'Donnell 20.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Ashantha de Mel took 2-wickets and one for Ravi Ratnayeke.

This match reported by The Daily Telegraph Staff (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

ALLAN BORDER, Australia's captain, scored an aggressive, unbeaten 79 to steer his side to a Six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their World Series Cup match in Sydney.

Border, who faced only 83 balls, hit seven boundaries and was deservedly named Man of The Match as Australia romped to victory with 2.4 overs remaining.

Sri Lanka, taking part in a day-night match for the first time, plaved enterprisingly to score 239 for seven from 49 overs.

Amal Silva was top scorer with a dashing 68, including seven fours, and Roy Dias, the vice-captain, showed an appreciative crowd of more than 26,000 all his flair and style as he raced to 60 in 59 deliveries with only one boundary.

Rodney Hogg returned the best figures for Australia, taking four for 47 off his 10 overs, but his performance was marred by eight no balls. Simon O'Donnell also bowled well, conceding only 39 runs off his nine overs and taking the wicket of Dias.

Hilditch run out

Australia made a sound start with Andrew Hilditch and Graeme Wood scoring 68 for the first wicket before Hilditch was run out for 23. Soon after, Wood had an attack of cramp and was forced to retire on 52.

Australia looked to be struggling when Kepler Wessels, their most successful batsman in the recent series against West Indies, was dismissed for one, but Border, ably assisted by David Boon (44) and O'Donnell (20), saw Australia home.



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