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Australia secure 5-run win in nail biting thriller

Perth Mathews' 64 is the highest score by a Sri Lankan No.7 batsman in Australia. In five innings in Australia, Mathews averages 100, at a strike rate of 93.02.

Sri Lanka have lost 15 out of 17 ODIs in Perth. Their last win here was in 1996 against West Indies. Since then, they've lost each of their nine ODIs. Sri Lanka's win-loss ratio in Perth is the lowest among all teams except Zimbabwe. Australia have a 22-15 win-loss record in ODIs at the WACA, and have won each of their nine games against Sri Lanka at this venue.

Australia's total of 231 is the lowest that they've defended against Sri Lanka in Perth. On the five previous occasions when they'd batted first, their lowest was 236.Michael Clarke averages 63.73 in 26 ODI innings against Sri Lanka. He has scored nine fifties against them, which equals his highest against any team - he also has as many fifties against England.Angelo Mathews narrowly failed to deliver victory to Sri Lanka at the WACA, where Australia held on by five runs in a thrilling finish.

Sri Lanka needed 18 from the final over bowled by Mitchell Starc, and Mathews gave them every chance by pulling the first ball for four and driving the next delivery over long-off for six, before a pair of singles left the visitors needing six from two balls. But Mathews skied the next delivery to long-on, where Daniel Christian held his nerve to take the catch, ensuring Australia remained unbeaten in the Commonwealth Bank Series. And while Australia did, for the most part, bowl and field well, they could consider themselves fortunate to have escaped with victory after posting what appeared a sub-par total, of 231, with Michael Clarke (57) the only man to score a half-century.

Sri Lanka were on track in the chase before a middle-order collapse left too much to Mathews and the tail. That Mathews nearly got them home was remarkable, as was his 46-run tenth-wicket stand with Dhammika Prasad, but his dismissal for 64 should at least mean the rest of the batting order is held accountable for a disappointing effort that undid the fine work of the bowlers. Agencies

 
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