Australia vs Sri Lanka 11th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1989-90 Article

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Carl Rackemann and Greg Campbell's combined 5-wickets before A lusty innings from Dean Jones' unbeaten 80 steers to Australia to a ruthless seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka and stay top of the points table in a low-scoring game of the 11th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

Sri Lanka scored 158 for all-out in 40.4 overs with top scorer by Aravinda de Silva blasted a 39 off 29-balls including 3-sixes & 3-fours with strike rate of 134.48.

Rumesh Ratnayake cracked a 31 off 39-balls including 3-fours, Sanath Jayasuriya scored 31 off consuming 66-balls included a boundary and Asanka Gurusinha 20.

Australia best bowler by Greg Campbell picked up 3-wickets for 31-runs in 7-overs including a maiden, Allan Border captured two-wickets for 2-runs in 2.4-overs included a maiden with economy rate of 0.75, Carl Rackemann took 2-wickets and one for Simon O'Donnell - Terry Alderman.

Australia chased 159-3 in 40 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones hit a unbeaten 80 off 120-balls including five boundaries.

Allan Border scored 29 off 35-balls including 2-fours and Mark Taylor hit 23 off 54-balls included 3-fours.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Asanka Gurusinha, Ranjith Madurasinghe and Asoka de Silva each took one-wickets.

Dean Jones named Player of the match for his match-winning unbeaten 80 off 120-balls including 5-fours.

This match reported by The Canberra Times Staff (Third Party Reference from The Canberra Times)

Dean Jones continued his passionate affair with the Adelaide Oval yesterday by piloting Australia to a ruthless seven wicket World Series Cup cricket victory over Sri Lanka.

Electing to open the innings with Mark Taylor, Jones remained unbeaten on 80 as Australia finished at 3-159 in reply to Sri Lanka's inade- quate 158.

After dismissing Sri Lanka in just 40.4 overs, Australia casually cruised home with 10 overs to spare.

It was a lacklustre conclusion to Sri Lanka's three-month tour, but skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his mainly youthful side will fly home Monday none the worse for the experience.

Jones' 80 from 120 balls lifted his tally of runs in his past seven innings in Adelaide to 702 at a staggering average of 234. In his last start here in the second Test against Pakistan the 28-year-old Victorian posted 116 and 121 not out.

Before then he notched 65 and 49 not out for Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia, 216 in the fifth Test against the West Indies last year, and the run started with an unbeaten 55 in a one-day game with the Windies last season.

In this season's World Series Cup competition he is averaging more than 80 and must be considered the world's finest one-day player at the moment with 3281 runs in 89 matches at better than 45 an innings.

Australia's win ensured it stayed atop the WSC ladder with six wins from seven games and was a solid preparation for tomorrow's final round- robin match against Pakistan.

Allan Border's men will face the Pakistanis in the Cup finals and a series triumph looks a difficult prospect considering Pakistan's recent improved batting efforts.

After toppling Australia by five wickets on Sydney's tricky strip last Tuesday, Pakistan smashed Sri Lanka for 315 in a 27 run win on Saturday with openers Saeed Anwar and Rameez Raja both compiling hundreds in a WSC record first wicket stand of 202.

"Pakistan is playing better and a few of their players are starting to hit their straps." Border said. 

Despite the absence of Merv Hughes because of knee problems, Border would be encouraged by Tasmanian pace bowler Greg Campbell's performance.

Brought into the side in place of Queenslander Craig McDermott, Campbell had 15 whacked off his first over by plucky Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva. But he recovered to complete the best Austra- lian bowling figures of 3-31 off seven overs.

Aravinda cracked 39 off 29 balls, including two impetuous sixes over cover off Campbell, while Sanath Jayasuriya and Rumeesh Ratnayake (both with 31) were the only other creditable Sri Lankan batting performances after Arjuna won the toss and had first use of a good track.

Australia will field the same squad for Monday's encounter.



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