|Clarke made 106 - his 5th|
hundred for 2012
Despite the extra pressure put on the other quicks, Shaminda Eranga and Dhammika Prassad, the Sri Lankans kept the Australian batsmen in check and at no stage received the expected hiding that the conditions indicated. Even though Michael Clarke and Shane Watson batted through the first session, the scoring was restrained by accurate bowling.
Just before lunch, two chances were lost in the one over from Rangara Herath. First Clarke (54) advanced down the track, only to be stranded but amongst the tangle of pads and general chaos, Kumar Sangakkara was unable to take the stumping chance. Inexplicably, Watson (58) was dropped at slip by Mahela Jayawardene just three balls later.
Herath, who bowled superbly all day, would come no closer in the 36 overs he sent down on the day but kept all the batsmen under pressure. It is one of the oddities of cricket that the best bowler took no wickets.
|Watson hooks (83) and is caught |
at deep square leg by Samaraweera
|Herath took a screamer|
|Johnson made 73x|
There will be precious good news at the MCG tomorrow for Sri Lanka despite the quality of their effort today.