18 Feb 2012

Sri Lanka claim bonus point victory over Australia in Sydney

6:49 am on 18 February 2012

Sri Lanka completed an emphatic eight-wicket bonus-point victory in a rain-shortened one-day international against Australia at the SCG.

Chasing a rain-revised target of just 152 in the 41-overs-a-side contest, Sri Lanka veterans Mahela Jayawardene (61 off 67 balls), Tillakaratne Dilshan (45 off 41) and Kumar Sangakkara (30 off 29 balls) easily chased down the runs with 16.5 overs to spare.

The victory lifts Sri Lanka to seven points on the triangular series ladder, just two behind Australia and three behind leaders India, with all teams having played four matches.

Australia take on India in the next match of the series in Brisbane on Sunday.