Sri Lanka win first series in Australia

SYDNEY, November 5, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka claimed their first-ever series success in Australia with a win against Ricky Ponting’s team in the rain-marred second one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. The Sri Lankans won by 29 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method after several rain interruptions and followed their stunning one-wicket victory in the opening match in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka condemned Australia to a seventh straight international defeat in all forms of the game by scoring 213 for three off 41.4 overs and then bowling the home side out for 210 off 37.4 overs.

“There’s a lot to be taken out of the way we played these games,” Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara said.

“It’s fantastic. We played the way we believed we could coming here.

“It was just a case of us fighting to convert every opportunity and tonight I thought it was a great all-round performance.”

Opening batsman Upul Tharanga was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten top score of 86 while veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan claimed two wickets to take his career ODI tally to 517 wickets.

Ponting’s team have one more chance to break their demoralising run of losses — the long