WICKET! Herath and Sangakkara bring Faulkner's cameo to an end, and Australia sink further into the mire. Faulkner was swinging at absolutely everything, but could only get an edge on one that dipped through the air and spun away from him. Considering that the ball was spinning, and he edged it, that's a quite remarkable catch from Sanga, too.
A brace of boundaries for Faulkner, as Mathews brings himself back into the attack! Both came off slower balls, but the execution of the shots was vastly different. A shellacked drive through extra cover was followed by a dainty paddle to fine leg, and 11 runs come from the over.
Faulkner is far happier against the returning Herath, sweeping the left-arm spinner powerfully to the deep backward square boundary. Herath has a few tricks up his sleeve, and almost defeats Voges with a carrom ball, but Australia add 9 more runs in the over.
Malinga sets his sights on Faulkner with a couple of short, quick deliveries but the young allrounder does enough to protect himself and keep off strike. Voges can't do much to counter Malinga's yorkers, meanwhile, but Australia are helped as the slinging quick fires five wides down the leg side.
WICKET! Wade departs, and Sri Lanka celebrate! Wade had no choice but to keep going for his shots with the required rate sky-rocketing, but couldn't make the most of a length delivery as he aimed to smite it down the ground. He sliced under the ball, and Dilshan settled under the chance near the long off boundary. Sri Lanka know how important that wicket was. They're almost there - and there'll be some interested England fans watching this game too, and hoping that Australia can make it to 164, thereby sending England through to the semis.
Yet more yorkers from Malinga. He mixes up his pace beautifully as well, but 10 runs still come from the over as Wade and Voges push for every available single, and Voges flicks a slower ball through midwicket for three.
Well, Australia may well be out of this, but the cricket is still proving compelling viewing. Wade continues to flash hard at anything hittable, scything another boundary over extra cover before shooting a lofted drive just past a diving Angelo Mathews. There's also a collision between Kulasekara and Wade, just to add some spice to the occasion, but there isn't much needle between bowler and batsman. Between the fielders and the batsman, however ...
Malinga's yorkers almost always prove impossible to get away, but his short deliveries aren't quite so effective. Wade and Voges dig out the full stuff, but when Malinga drops short Wade pounces and bludgeons the ball over midwicket for four.
More shot-making from Wade! After he and Voges worked Herath around for the first five deliveries of the over, the left-hander jumped out of his crease to slam a flighted delivery way, way over the sightscreen. A monstrous stroke. Ah, and after the over is up the Australians opt to take the batting Powerplay, so the fireworks will continue. For now.
Wade isn't going to die wondering. The combative Australian wicketkeeper launches into two medium-paced deliveries from Mathews, crunching one through point and the other through square leg - though he wasn't entirely in control of the second stroke. His biffing takes us to drinks, with Sri Lanka very much in control.
Matthew Wade is very lucky indeed to survive a marginal lbw call, with Herath giving the ball a good rip now. Wade came forward to one that zipped in to him, striking him flush on the pad ... but was it outside the line? Umpire Tony Hill gave it not out, so Sri Lanka asked for the review, which showed that the ball had struck him just outside the line - Umpire's Call.
WICKET! There goes another one. Marsh never really looked the part in this short knock, and he's departed in timid fashion to a slow Mathews offcutter. He'd snatched a single to mid-off earlier in the over, but simply played inside the line of the final delivery. Australia are crumbling as Sri Lanka surge.
Rangana Herath comes into the attack for the first time. There's not a great deal of purchase for him off the track straight away, but he settles almost immediately into an off-stump line from round the wicket to keep Voges and Marsh to three singles in the over. And that'll push Australia's required rate above 10.
Another quiet over for Australia, and they slip further. This is somewhat listless batting, with both Voges and Marsh dealing in dots and singles. Malinga, meanwhile, has not been at his best either - despite the wicket of Maxwell. He's bowled one no-ball and three wides already, and he's only three overs into his work.
Kulasekara didn't do it with the bat today, but he's having a great afternoon in the field. After his run-out of Bailey, he sends down another frustratingly accurate over at the new batsman, Mitchell Marsh. Just a single from the over, and four dot balls to end it, sends Australia's required rate even higher as the Powerplay comes to an end.
WICKET! What lazy, lazy running from Bailey. He clipped to fine leg, and Voges was technically running to the danger end, but the fielder - Kulasekara - was alert and swooped quickly, to throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end.
Kulasekara is pleased with the respite, in Maxwell's absence, and strings together a tight over, keeping the batsmen to singles. Australia's required rate is rising rapidly, and Sri Lanka are abuzz.
WICKET! The Malinga v Maxwell battle lasts all of four deliveries (one of them a wide). Maxwell swung the early punch, slamming a slower ball down the ground, but Malinga targeted his leg stump with a full pace delivery that rattled the timber. Is that the decisive blow? Or do Australia have some fight in them yet?
WICKET! Hughes finally middles one, cutting behind point for four, but in his exhuberance sets himself for a cute late cut immediately afterwards, only to feather the ball straight through to Sangakkara. Unfazed, Maxwell clubs to midwicket for his fourth four, but Australia's required run rate to qualify is still 8.72.
Maxwell isn't slowing down here. A length delivery is absolutely drilled through extra cover - fortunately there was no fielder unlucky enough to be in the way of the stroke - and a leg-stump half-volley is slapped through mid-on. There are hints, though, that this may not be the longest knock when he has an almighty swipe at the next ball and touches only fresh air. Had his eyes closed there. Hughes, meanwhile, continues to profit via the inside edge with another french cut to the fine leg boundary.
This is more like it from Australia. Maxwell pounces on Kulasekara, charging the medium pacer to lace a four over extra cover and a flat six over long on. A third flail brings four more, but off the pad, and 14 runs come from the over.
Eranga is shaping this new ball rather well. He beats Maxwell twice in the over with outswinging length deliveries, and then has a vociferous lbw appeal turned down - and rightfully so, as the ball was clearly missing leg. This has been a somewhat muted response from Australia, but a fidgety Maxwell won't be still for long.
WICKET! Watto falls! This will put a severe dent in Australia's chances. His feet were rooted in cement at the sight of Kulasekara's trundling inswingers, and he plays the second ball on to his own stumps, via the inside edge. Kula aeroplanes around The Oval as Sri Lanka's fans roar their support.
Well well, Shane Watson begins Australia's chase in emphatic fashion with a brutal thump through extra cover. Eranga adjusts, and eventually a single puts Hughes on strike. He's also able to find the boundary, but in rather unconvincing fashion as he chops a cut just past his stumps and down to fine leg. Still, 9 from the over ...
The proficiency of Sri Lanka's batting has left Australia with a monumental task, if they are to successfully qualify here. The quicks made early breakthroughs, including the big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, but a solid middle order performance on a good batting track resulted in runs. Thirimanne profited from a shift up the order, but it was Mahela Jayawardene who was the stand-out performer. He passed 11,000 runs in sublime fashion, guiding the second half of the Sri Lankan innings. Mitchell Johnson bowled with plenty of fire in his belly, but it was Xavier Doherty who made the most of conditions and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath may well be the main threat to Australia's chase. Join us in half an hour or so for the resumption.
WICKET! An action-packed last over. Herath begins it in comical fashion, run out backing up way too far, but Mahela is simply majestic, chipping yet another boundary up and over extra cover. This appears to annoy Matthew Wade, who sparks some sort of sledging match with moments to go in the innings ... The umpires do their best to diffuse the situation, but 9 runs from the over take Sri Lanka beyond 250. and Jayawardene is unbeaten.
Jayawardene continues to thread even the smallest of gaps when given the opportunity. A McKay slower ball is cut right between two men behind the wicket on the off side, and Jayawardene collects his 10th boundary. Wides, singles and byes make it nine from the over, and Sri Lanka are within shooting distance of 250. It's going to take a Herculean effort from Australia to chase all these runs in 30 overs or so.
WICKET! Kulasekara's cameo, this time, is a very short one. Faulkner strung together a good few yorkers, but it was a run-out that did for the batsman. He lifted a slow, low full toss down the ground, splicing the shot, and couldn't get back to his crease before the ball reached Wade, and he whipped the bails off. The pint-sized yet portly Rangana Herath is off the mark with a single, which means he'll keep strike in the penultimate over.
Chandimal perishes in the pursuit of quick runs. Johnson had been varying his pace well, and Chandimal failed to get a good connection on a slow offcutter he was aiming to bunt down the ground. Phil Hughes settled under the chance, and Sri Lanka are pegged back. The wicket brings Kulasekara in, and he gets going with a brace of twos.
Faulkner's not having the best day with the ball. A length delivery is chipped over extra cover by Jayawardene, who is batting as if in some sort of silken trance, and Chandimal then hacks a fierce cut through backward point for four more. The damage is 10 runs, and this game is slipping away from Australia. They need wickets, and soon.
Mahela Jayawardene goes to 11,000 runs in ODIs with an uncharacteristically ungainly shot, cue-ending the ball into the leg side and then very nearly being run out. Chandimal celebrates with a smoked six over wide long-on, damaging McKay's figures somewhat, and it appears the charge is on from Sri Lanka.
Ah, Jayawardene uses Johnson's extra pace to his advantage. Tremendous batting. Width outside off is dispatched with a swishing cut, the ball bisecting the men at backward point and third man, and then a leg-side delivery is helped on its way with minimum fuss. Chandimal's yet to hit a boundary, but Jayawardene has shepherded his team into a good position from which to launch in the last five overs.
McKay adopts a different tactic to his earlier spells, dealing in slower balls and short ones in his effort to keep the runs down. The strategy works in this over, and once again Jaywardene and Chandimal progress on singles alone.
Jayawardene ramps Johnson up and over the vacant slip region and down to third man for a single to bring up a silky fifty, from 57 balls and without a slog in sight. Neither batsman can really get hold of Johnson's short length, however, and the over brings only singles.
Great finish from Doherty. He completes his work with the ball for the day with a tight over, giving away just three, and immediately trots off the field. We're not sure why, although he was stepping around a little gingerly in the field, so perhaps he's nursing a niggle.
A controlled finish to the Powerplay by McKay, whose accuracy denies either batsman the chance to free his arms. Three singles from the over make it 36 from the Powerplay for Sri Lanka, with the loss of one wicket.
Chandimal and Jayawardene combine well to steal five singles off the first five balls of Faulkner's over, before Jayawardene steps forward to drive the sixth - a full-toss - through point with rapier-like grace. Despite the loss of Mathews, Sri Lanka have utilized this Powerplay well. Just one more over of restrictions to go.
Bailey continues to rotate his quicks, Clint McKay coming back as Johnson takes a break. McKay goes about his business well enough, but can't match Jayawardene's class as the right-hander chips him with finesse and timing to the cover boundary to end the over.
WICKET! Johnson-esque bowling from James Faulkner, who over-steps to offer up the very first Free Hit of the tournament - the extra ball being lapped stylishly to the fine leg boundary by Jayawardene - before dislodging Mathews' off bail with an away seamer. Faulkner didn't see that the ball had hit the stumps, but knew something was afoot and launched into an emotive appeal. A timely breakthrough for Australia.
Mathews starts the assault early, backing away to happy-slap a short ball to the cover boundary. But Johnson is generating fearsome pace, despite his slow, hunched run-up and the absurdity of his haircut, and Jayawardene, in particular is finding it a little hard to cope with. It's even harder when the ball is a full-toss above waist height, and Johnson is no-balled by Marais Erasmus for the beamer - though he's not happy with the call.
James Faulkner is brought back into the attack after the interval, perhaps to warm up before the Powerplay? He's on target to start, giving away just four singles, but neither batsman is forcing the issue just yet. That'll surely change now, as it's Powerplay time!
Almost another one for Johnson! Again it's a flick off the pads that almost gets the batsman into trouble, but this time it's Jayawardene and the ball landing inches short of a tumbling Watson at midwicket. Or did that carry? Not quite, but it wasn't far away. They're taking drinks at The Oval, and Australia have their tails up.
It's a double change, as Clint McKay also returns. He doesn't appear as threatening as Johnson first up, hurling the ball down at a modest 128kph, but after tying Mathews down with five dot balls he very nearly picks up a wicket, the batsman flicking the ball in the air and just past Watson at midwicket.
WICKET! Johnson returns, and lifts Australia almost immediately with the wicket of Thirimanne. Johnson, hipster undercut billowing in the wind as he loped to the wicket, slung down a sharp bouncer that hurried the left-hander's attempted pull, the ball being lapped straight to Watto at midwicket. Jayawardene briefly re-asserts himself with a slap-cut through point for four, but Johnson's pace troubles him too and he's struck a stinging blow to the wrist to end the over.
There's some excitement as Jayawardene steps out to chip Doherty over extra cover once more, but his placement is precise and deliberate, falling well short of the fielder. Just singles from the over, and this stand is now worth 36 at four an over.
That'll break the shackles! Jayawardene picks up consecutive boundaries with a paddle and a reverse-sweep off Maxwell, and 11 runs flow from the over.
Well, well, a maiden from Doherty, and Australia continue to exert pressure. Jayawardene was the batsman on strike, and the left-armer's variations of flight and spin were enough to keep him quiet.
Jayawardene greets Maxwell's fourth over with a reverse-sweep that's headed to the boundary before Clint McKay gets his bulky frame in the way. Maxwell, despite looking innocuous, is doing a good job here, with 10 dot balls and no boundaries so far in his spell.
Thirimanne reaches a 72-ball half-century with a squirt through backward point, and Doherty's concentration breaks as he offers Jayawardene a long-hop that is spanked through cover point for three.
Another lofted stroke, but this time it's Thirimanne. He jumps out at Maxwell, getting rather too much underneath the ball and scooping a tempting chance out into the deep. It's placed well enough to land safely wide of the long off fielder, however, and the batsmen continue to go at the bowler as six runs come from the over.
Doherty's got some bounce in his step now, and he's not the slightest bit deflated at the sight of Jayawardene skipping out to chip him over extra cover for two. In fact, he very nearly picks up a second wicket as Thirimanne charges at the ball but can't quite get to the pitch and almost pops a return catch back to the bowler. Suddenly, these batsmen seem in a bit of a hurry.
Maxwell is varying his speeds and flight well, working with what he's got to keep the batsmen tied down. Again, he gives away just three runs, and Sri Lanka's run rate dips below four an over.
WICKET! Doherty breaks through! He'd beaten Dilshan twice off the pitch already today, and finally managed to find the outside edge with one that straightened on the right hander from round the wicket. Watto is at hand to take a diving catch at slip, and he doesn't even muss up his hair as he does so. That'll lift Australia.The partnership was worth 72, and had helped to set a solid base from which to attack.
Yes indeed, Bailey turns to Maxwell's offspin. He starts round the wicket to Thirimanne, with a slip in place, but he doesn't find quite the same purchase as Doherty. He is similarly accurate, though, and gives away just three runs.
Well, Doherty's beaten Dilshan yet again with one that grips and spins past the outside edge. What's more, his tight lines mean just two singles from the over. Will Bailey consider bringing spin on from the other end? Maxwell perhaps?
Well, after so long without a boundary, Thirimanne gives a fidgety crowd something to celebrate with two off Marsh. The first is a little less than convincing, flying off the outside edge of a driving bat and down to third man, but his second is an emphatic hop, skip and thrash over extra cover.
Spin for Doherty! He holds one back, with Dilshan on strike, and the ball pitches, grips and spins past the right-hander's poking blade. Doherty's not too excited, and in fact looks a little less than gruntled, but his efforts mean it has now been eight overs since Sri Lanka last hit a boundary.
Australia turn to another of their Mitchells, this time of the Marsh variety. His first over is a tidy one, as he aims his medium-paced seamers at the right areas to keep the batsmen to two.
Doherty continues, and there's a muted appeal from Wade as his very first delivery rushes on to beat Thirimanne's outside edge. He comes round the wicket to Dilshan, who can't get a shot past the man protecting the deep cover-point boundary.
Watto's spell continues. He's looked the steadiest bowler today, and his fourth over is no different. A hint of a breeze through his golden locks as he trundles to the wicket, a hint of wobble through the air as he lets them go, and good lines to restrict the batsman's options. Just singles from the over, four of them, and Dilshan and Thirimanne progress through to the drinks break with their stand at 47.
Doherty is none too threatening despite this being a used, wearing pitch, and is milked for five from his first over. He may well find more purchase a little later one, as spinners often do at The Oval, but this still looks a fine track for batting.
Watson is helping Australia to build just a little pressure. After conceding a single into the leg side, he strings together four dot balls to Thirimanne, who feels compelled to take on a short ball at the end of the over. The shot is a controlled one, but he can't find the boundary, the square leg fielder keeping them to two. We've got another change lined up, with Xavier Doherty warming up now.
Faulkner follows Watto's lead with some tight lines. He even gets one to hit the seam and nip away froma flat-footed Dilshan off a perfect length, but the edge isn't forthcoming. This partnership is progressing nicely for Sri Lanka, and is now worth 35 from close to 10 overs. The Australians already have a noticeable sheen of desperation writ across their brows.
A grumpy-looking Watson completes a tight second over. His line is generally aimed right at the stumps, and although that means both batsmen are able to work runs into the leg side, their efforts aren't without risk. Just three runs from the over, which will please the Australians, but no wickets. And not a single man, barring the 'keeper, in a catching position to hold onto a chance if one does come their way ...
The runs flow from Faulkner's second over! He can feel a little aggrieved, though, as he didn't do too much wrong. A dismissive slap out to the fielder in the deep by Dilshan puts Thirimanne on strike, and he immediately shuffles across to club a length delivery to the midwicket boundary. Faulkner's next delivery takes the outside edge, flying through the vacant slip area and down to the third man boundary, and despite a slower-ball dot to finish, that's nine from the over.
Ah, it's a double change in fact as Shane Watson is brought on at the other end. He trundles through a typically slippery over, but Dilshan's feet are moving nicely now and he's able to manoeuvre runs into the leg side. A slice down to third man by Thirimanne means it's four from the over.
A solid first over from the young allrounder. His lengths are a little all over the place, but his lines are generally spot on, and each batsman is only able to pinch a single.
Consecutive deliveries aimed at the pads of Dilshan and Thirimanne bring runs to leg, but McKay is otherwise nicely accurate in this over, his fourth. Ah, and it appears we're in for our first change, James Faulkner will replace Mitchell Johnson.
Johnson gurns and growls his way through a good over - perhaps his best of the day. Dilshan mis-reads a slower one, the ball coming off the edge and going to third man for a single, before Thirimanne wafts cluelessly at a slinging, swinging length delivery that fizzes past the outside edge and the off stump. Unplayable.
A full length from McKay helps to repair some of the damage. He gets the ball consistently up to the left-handed Thirimanne, giving it every chance to swing, and just two runs come from the over.
Good grief but there's more than a hint of quantum physics in Mitchell Johnson's bowling. The cricket ball may land on any part of the pitch, and there's simply no way to predict it. He beats a Dilshan drive with a testing line, but cannot repeat the delivery and an attempted bouncer at Thirimanne balloons over a leaping Matthew Wade and bounces away for four byes. Six runs from the over put Sri Lanka back on track.
WICKET! Sangakkara slices a drive straight to Maxwell at backward point, and Australia have snaffled another one! No great pace from McKay, but he got the new ball to wobble and nip off the pitch away from the left-hander, who drove away from his body to present the fielder with a simple chance. Suddenly, there's a lot more noise from the slips and Thirimanne is tested by four accurate deliveries before the over's up.
Much better lines from Johnson in his second over. Aiming generally just short of a length, the left-armer keeps both batsmen honest and just two singles can be found. The second of them was very risky indeed, Sangakkara nudging one just wide of Doherty at mid-on and setting off ... the shy flies just wide, and a grimacing Doherty is left disappointed.
Clint McKay shares the early duties with Johnson, but his radar clearly isn't wired properly either. He follows a first-ball wide with a seamer that holds its line outside off to beat Sangakkara's bat, but then unravels as Dilshan slaps a wide length delivery through cover point for his first boundary. He picks up three more with a firm push in the same direction, and Sri Lanka are cruising at nine-an-over despite the early wicket.
WICKET! Mitchell Johnson opens the bowling for Australia in, I dare say, somewhat characteristic fashion. He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right and after thrashing a cut over point and tickling one of his legs for a brace of boundaries, Kusal Perera is trapped in front by a full, fast delivery. Australia will be buoyed by the early strike, but it's Sangakkara and Dilshan at the crease now.
Sri Lanka: MDKJ Perera, TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara¿, DPMD Jayawardene, LD Chandimal, AD Mathews*, HDRL Thirimanne, KMDN Kulasekara, HMRKB Herath, RMS Eranga, SL Malinga.
Australia: SR Watson, MS Wade (wk), PJ Hughes, GJ Bailey (Capt), AC Voges, GJ Maxwell, MR Marsh, JP Faulkner, MG Johnson, CJ McKay, XJ Doherty.
And the news from the middle is that Australia have won the toss and will field first. They're still captained by George Bailey, Michael Clarke's back troubles ruling him out, and there are no changes in their squad. Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews isn't too disappointed at having to bat first, as that is what he'd have done anyway, he says. Sri Lanka are also playing with an unchanged squad.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of Monday's Champions Trophy Group A fixture between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London.