Australia thrash Sri Lanka in World Cup rerun

SYDNEY, Feb 8, 2008 (AFP) – Australia thrashed Sri Lanka by 128 runs in their World Cup final rematch in the tri-series competition here Friday. The home side made 253 for six after winning the toss and electing to bat and the Sri Lankans were never in the hunt after losing two early wickets, making a paltry 125.

It was the first time the sides had met in a one-day international since Australia’s win in last year’s World Cup final and although Kumar Sangakkara offered some brief hope in the run chase with a sparkling 42 from 41 balls, once he fell the tourists collapsed dramatically.

Sangakkara was in peak form, taking 16 runs off one Brett Lee over, but was trapped LBW by a delivery that jagged back off the pitch and into his pads from swing bowler Nathan Bracken.

The Sri Lankans were then 74 for four and when Chamara Silva (7) and Chamara Kapugedera (0) went quickly, they had lost three wickets for 10 runs in just 14 balls and never recovered.

On a slow pitch that suited his clever changes of pace, Bracken was the destroyer, claiming five wickets in 8.3 overs.

He removed opener Upul Tharanga (10) in his first spell and