Ponting powers Sri Lanka’s defeat to Australia

HAMBANTOTA, August 14, 2011 (AFP) – Ricky Ponting cracked an impressive 90 not out to steer Australia to an easy eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international on Sunday. Ponting also added 94 for the second wicket with in-form opener Shane Watson (43) after the early dismissal of Brad Haddin.

“The game was set up by our bowlers who kept taking wickets,” said former captain Ponting, who was named man of the match.

“I am getting a few runs, so not being captain must be working all right.”

Watson, who became the first batsman to complete 1,000 runs in one-dayers this year, was bowled by paceman Lasith Malinga after hitting one six and four boundaries in his 51-ball knock.

Bollinger was earlier superbly backed by fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, who bagged two wickets apiece.

“It was not a great day for us,” said Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.

“We didn’t get enough runs. This was a 250 pitch. We have to work things out as a batting unit. Ponting and Clarke batted really well.”

Former captain Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for Sri Lanka with a patient 52, hitting just one six and one four in his 85-ball knock. He added 63