Sri Lanka beaten by Australia

PERTH, Australia, Feb 15, 2008 (AFP) – Local hero Adam Gilchrist scored a fairytale century in a man-of-the-match performance that lifted Australia to victory in their tri-series one-day game against Sri Lanka at the WACA Friday. After his 118 helped the hosts make 236 from 49.4 overs, Sri Lanka blew the chance to go top of the tri-series ladder when several batsmen threw their wickets away as they were dismissed for 173 in the 46th over, giving Australia a 63-run win.

Classy left-hander Kumar Sangakkara anchored the Sri Lankan chase with 80 and was the last man to fall, but received no support and could do little but watch as poor shots cost wickets at the other end.

The tourists’ last five men fell for just 14 runs as they handed Australia a bonus point and top spot on the ladder.

Spinner Brad Hogg (2-41) rocked Sri Lanka with two wickets in as many balls, seamer Nathan Bracken claimed 3-31 and Mitchell Johnson led the Australian fightback with the ball, taking 3-29.

But the match was all about Gilchrist, the 36-year-old left-hander quitting international cricket at the end of the series and playing his final innings at his home ground.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was given an emotional farewell when